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Bonus Read

http://whowhatwhy.org/2016/12/21/berlin-truck-terror-suspect-curious-matter-id-papers-left-behind/

DEEP POLITICS, THREATS TO DEMOCRACY
DECEMBER 21, 2016 | WHOWHATWHY STAFF
BERLIN TRUCK TERROR SUSPECT AND THE CURIOUS MATTER OF ID PAPERS LEFT BEHIND
Not the First Time a Terror Suspect Apparently Left a Paper Trail -- or Was Previously Known


Photo credit: Adapted by WhoWhatWhy from DutchGamingCommunity DGC / YouTube, Bundesrepublik Deutschland / Wikimedia and Screenshot
Today, WhoWhatWhy has seen heavy traffic coming from Google searches that point to a story we ran almost two years ago. Why the sudden interest? It took us only a moment to discover the connection: We had written about the odd phenomenon of terrorists repeatedly leaving ID papers behind at the scene. And now, with the Berlin truck attack, we see yet another such example.

We also see that, in a pattern we have previously reported on with other terror incidents, the suspect was already known to authorities — had even been in custody, but was released.

From CNN:

The Berlin truck attack suspect had been arrested in August with forged documents on his way to Italy but was released by a judge, a German security official tells CNN.

The suspect’s identity papers were found inside the truck used in Monday’s attack on a Christmas market, which left 12 people dead, German security officials said.

The suspect was known to German security services as someone in contact with radical Islamist groups, and had been assessed as posing a risk, Interior Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia Ralf Jaeger told reporters.

The suspect was believed to have entered Germany in July 2015, Jaeger said. His asylum request was refused in June, and Tunisian authorities were informed when the deportation process started.

What does it all mean? That’s for you to decide. You can start by reading the original article, below.

Original story:
One intriguing—if barely discussed—aspect of the Paris massacre was the quick progress authorities made in their investigation.

According to CNN, this was thanks to a staggering error—by one of the two now-dead alleged perpetrators. The man, Said Kouachi, reportedly left his identification card in the abandoned getaway vehicle. “It was their only mistake,” Dominique Rizet, police and justice consultant for CNN-affiliate BFMTV, opined.


Said Kouachi’s ID card. Allegedly found in the getaway car.

Nonetheless, it was a most curious mistake.

After all, this is the same man who went to such trouble to seemingly hide his identity by wearing a mask.

***

Intriguingly, such apparent gaffes have marked other watershed violence. Consider these examples, and draw your own conclusion:

The Bundle of James Earl Ray: The accused killer of Martin Luther King escaped from a prison shortly before the attack, and left several items on the sidewalk near the assassination site—in a bundle that included his rifle, binoculars, clothing, his prison radio, and a newspaper clipping revealing where King would be staying.


Bundle of evidence dropped by James Earl Ray.

The Wallet of Lee Harvey Oswald: The alleged assassin of John F. Kennedy and killer of Officer J.D.Tippit purportedly dropped his wallet, which was found at the scene of Tippit’s murder. To some, this appeared a little too neat. In any case, original law enforcement reports with this scenario were almost immediately replaced by another version: that the police took the wallet from him after he was arrested. (See “Assignment: Oswald” by former FBI agent James P. Hosty.)


Oswald’s military ID, said to have been stained by FBI fingerprinting fluid.


Contents of Oswald’s wallet.

The Visa of Satam al-Suqami: This identify document of one of the alleged 9/11 hijackers somehow survived unscathed a few blocks from the twin towers, though the plane itself was virtually obliterated.


Visa belonging to Satam al-Suqami

The Passports belonging to Ziad Jarrah and Saeed al-Ghamdi: The passports of two alleged hijackers of United Airlines Flight 93 supposedly survived the fiery crash in Pennsylvania that left the aircraft itself charred and widely scattered—with one passport entirely intact.


Remains of Ziad Jarrah’s visa.


Passport of Saeed al-Ghamdi



http://mattofboston.com/general-james-mad-hog-mattis-a-typical-trump-appointment-71504/

General James “Mad Hog” Mattis: A Typical Trump Appointment
December 24, 2016
As a Marine my initial impression was that Mad Hog was a good appointment as secretary of defense. I had read somewhere after it was first announced that he was not like the other generals who left service in retirement. He was substantially different. A bachelor and a scholar of military history. The article I read spoke of his independence and unwillingness to be like those who sold their souls to the industries surviving on military contracts.

I heard he had a stellar reputation. He reportedly served the American people from 1969 to 2013 a period of 44 years. It was actually 41 years because he did not go on active service until 1972. He retired on May 22, 2013, three and a half years ago. I pictured him sitting at home studying his books and living on his $237,144 yearly pension while shaking his head at those other greedy bastards who sold themselves to the highest bidder. A true patriot and man of the people.

Then I learned the truth. It turned my stomach to learn he is probably worse than the others. He has turned himself into an industry whore seeking to benefit the people employing him and himself by using his military connections to get contracts for his new bosses. I feel so bad that he went for the big bucks. I now question where his loyalties lie. What will do once he has control of the defense department?

Just recently at a friend’s house in Maine I was telling how great it was that Maddis had been nominated for the position. I explained how after he served in the Marines he was not tempted to sell himself to some private industry so he could use his connections with his underlings to get good deals for himself and his company.

Maybe it is just me that gets turned off by these people constantly ripping off the taxpayers by using inside connections to help their new best friend get contracts they can not get competing on the merits. I know it is common practice. Inside dealings will become more common under the president-elect but it still turns me off seeing all the undeserving pigs at the government trough.

Are you aware as noted here the Pentagon has buried “an internal study that exposed $125 billion in administrative waste in its business operations.” The Pentagon spends $134 billion dollars a year not on preparation for war but on “core business operations such as accounting, human resources, logistics and property management.” You want to know why. It’s because of hogs like Mattis.

Mad Hog went to work for General Dynamics three months after retiring gaining a position on its board of directors. General Dynamics is a big military contractor and as noted here “a $30-billion colossus that heavily relies on Pentagon contracts overseen by the Defense Secretary.” which is vying to get its share of the budget. He has received from General Dynamics in his three years almost $600,000 in salary and $900, 00 in company stock.

You know one thing, General Dynamics is not a charity. It expects a good return on its money. While working there Mad Hog went before Congress saying the caps on spending were jeopardizing our national security.

It gets worse. He was pushing a company’s product while in a command position and then went to work for the company, Theranos, two months after retiring. In 2012 while the head of operations in the Middle East and Central Asia he pressured the Army to buy Theranos blood testing equipment which had not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use. Last year Theranos was warned by the FDA to stop using an uncleared blood collection device.

Mattis and the president of Theranos 27-year-old Eizabeth Holmes (shown above) met in 2011 at a Marine Memorial event. Mattis, was smitten. Despite being busy overseeing the war in Afghanistan as commander of the U.S. Central Command, he expressed interest in testing Theranos’s technology in combat areas, according to the e-mails. “I’ve met with my various folks and we’re kicking this into overdrive,” Mattis wrote to Holmes in June 2012. “I’m convinced that your invention will be a game-changer for us and I want it to be given the opportunity for a demonstration in-theater soonest.”

Mattis knew nothing about the field. Theranos “was running most of its tests on devices made by other firms instead of its own “breakthrough” technology.” Here you can read more. There’s more here and here.

I had Mattis on a pedestal until I saw he was just another military hog. Bad enough he signed with General Dynamics but what about while in charge pushing an untested device to be used in combat when lives were on the line. I wonder what and how Theranos paid him.

I guess you could say that Ike was very prescient. Does capitalism really ruin a man’s soul? Are there no good men left?







Link du jour



https://wronghands1.com/gallery-june-2011/

http://www.crownofmaineproductions.com/


https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/gallery/2016/dec/23/best-photography-2016-us-gallery




http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/king-black-family-brutalized-texas-reporting-assault-article-1.2920020

Black family brutalized by Texas cop for reporting assault

Thursday, December 22, 2016, 9:33 AM


http://www.waynemadsenreport.com/articles/20161221


December 21-22, 2016 -- Obama's Halloween scare for America: he threatened Putin over the "Red Phone" with war
publication date: Dec 21, 2016
Obama almost became the final president of the United States on October 31, 2016.


http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Jersey-City-Police-Department-Federal-Corruption-Investigation-Private-Security-Off-Duty-407967875.html

Several police officers with the Jersey City Police Department are under federal criminal investigation in connection with an alleged private security and no-show job scandal.
Sources familiar with the investigation said as many as 10 police officers could be charged with corruption early next year.


Jersey City police officers can work security jobs while off duty, but private business must hire them through the city and pay extra administrative fees to the city. But a group of officers allegedly ran their own security operation, according to investigators, at times demanding cash payments from construction firms to avoid city rules and fees.
In many cases, off-duty officers were paid even though they did not show up at sites where private security


http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/celebrities-turned-performing-inauguration-article-1.2921353

All the celebrities who turned down performing at inauguration
BY NICOLE BITETTE
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Friday, December 23, 2016, 10:48 AM



http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/son-ohio-dies-shooting-father-gun-article-1.2921407

Son of Ohio cop dies after shooting himself with father's gun



Updated: Friday, December 23, 2016, 1:09 PM





http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/officer-commits-suicide-days-christmas-cops-article-1.2920815

L.I. officer commits suicide three days before Christmas: cops



Friday, December 23, 2016, 12:08 AM





http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/rockettes-scrooged-told-dance-trump-article-1.2921313

Rockettes get Scrooged as they're told to dance for Trump
or else!
Friday, December 23, 2016, 9:39 AM





nx
Brooklyn
Manhattan

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/busted-posting-photo-nyc-family-cuffed-snapchat-article-1.2922017

Cop busted after posting photo of NYC family cuffed on Snapchat
December 23, 2016, 11:13 PM




http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/texas-teen-recorded-violent-arrests-mom-sister-speaks-article-1.2921532


Texas teen who recorded violent arrests of mom, sister speaks out
Friday, December 23, 2016, 1:42 PM


Mother and daughter who were arrested speak in front of police station

The black Texas teenager who recorded video of a white officer violently arresting her little sister and mom said she was scared for her life and wanted to document the altercation in case the cop pulled out his gun.

“We see police kill people every day on video. And that could have easily been my mother, myself or my 15-year-old sister,” Brea Hymond, 19, said at a news conference Thursda



http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/off-duty-nypd-accidentally-shoots-hand-article-1.2922477

Off-duty NYPD cop accidentally shoots himself in the hand

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Saturday, December 24, 2016, 10:55 AM



The 24-year-old cop called 911 and paramedics took him to Elmhurst Hospital, where he was in stable condition. (VIC NICASTRO/FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS )
An off-duty police officer accidentally shot himself in the hand in Queens early Saturday, officials said.

The 24-year-old cop was sitting in his car at Steinway St. and 23rd Ave. in Astoria when the gun discharged





http://whowhatwhy.org/2016/12/22/classic-iran-not-biggest-nuclear-cheater-guess/


WAR & PEACE
DECEMBER 22, 2016 | RYAN MCNAMARA
CLASSIC WHO: IRAN IS NOT THE BIGGEST NUCLEAR CHEATER — GUESS WHO IS

Photo Credit: Steve Jurvetson / Wikimedia adapted by WhoWhatWhy
Many leading conservative voices are telling President-elect Donald Trump to trash the international nuclear deal with Iran.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he looks forward to speaking to Trump about “what to do about this bad deal.”

Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS), nominated as director of the Central Intelligence Agency, said: “I look forward to rolling back this disastrous deal with the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism.”

Retired General James Mattis, Trump’s choice for Secretary of Defense, said, “The Iranian regime, in my mind, is the single most enduring threat to stability and peace in the Middle East.”

Former Defense Intelligence Agency Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, Trump’s choice for national security adviser, said: “I don’t trust Iran. … What I’ve seen over certainly the last 10 years, if not the last 30, they are not a nation to be trusted. … Stop all engines on this nuclear deal. Take a step back. Really take a deep-dive look at everything going on in the Middle East.”

We suggest they also take a “deep-dive look” at the US track record when it comes to complying with these kinds of deals. See our story below, first published August 4, 2015.

Trump, who fancies himself a master negotiator, is also an expert when it comes to not honoring agreements. None of this bodes well for US-Iranian relations and the future of a deal involving six countries that took years to craft.

**********************************************************************
If you think Iran presents the greatest danger of nuclear war today, think again.

It is none other than the United States that has consistently violated the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty—and it’s these violations that are one of the main drivers of the spread of nuclear weapons and the threat of nuclear war across the world.

While some worry about inspecting Iran’s nuclear facilities, Americans should be pushing first for inspecting something nearer to home: the embarrassing and dangerous record of nuclear treaty violations committed by the US and its fellow nuclear states.

And there’s something else that bears closer inspection: how the mainstream media’s misreporting about nuclear armaments played a key role in justifying the Iraq war and other recent conflicts.




http://bordc.org



Meet Trump’s Worst Nominees For Civil Liberties


December 19, 2016 – Throughout the campaign, President-elect Donald Trump made shocking promises to create a Muslim registry, championed stop and frisk, and in general promised us more profiling, more surveillance, and less protections for civil liberties. His cabinet nom… [Read More]
What Does Gen. John Kelly Mean for Civil Liberties?


December 19, 2016 – DHS is responsible for a number of areas where civil liberties are concerned. It oversees immigration enforcement, as well as, the US response to the border. DHS has been implicated in the monitoring of domestic social movements. It is therefore highly inappropriate that Kelly, given his background of human rights abuses and anti-civil libertarian views, would be named to head the DHS.
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http://www.captainsjournal.com/2016/12/20/understanding-whats-happening-in-north-africa-in-the-context-of-the-clinton-foundation/



Understanding What’s Happening In North Africa In The Context Of The
Clinton Foundation
BY HERSCHEL SMITH

George Webb is doing some very interesting work at YouTube connecting
the dots concerning current events in North Africa, all within the
context of Clinton Foundation machinations.

The links and contacts go very deep inside the U.S. government, extend
outside the U.S. government to private armies, and can all be rolled
up into one theme.  Follow the money, weapons and oil.

Everything that has happened has happened for a purpose.  Everything
has been planned for a lot longer than you might imagine.

I do have two problems with his analysis.  First of all, I hate to use
Seymour Hersh or anything he writes as a source for anything, but
concerning the information he presents, the allegations are backed by
independent journalistic reports on the ground (e.g., the rat lines of
weapons and oil).  Second, he sees Benghazi as an accident, a curve
ball in the plans of TCF.  Perhaps so, but I have always believed that
the event was planned in its entirety by nefarious actors to
accomplish exactly what happened.  I’d like to see George consider
that in the context of his analysis.

It all makes sense, and without context like this, it’s rather like
reading #Pizzagate code language (pizza, chicken, handkerchief, walnut
sauce, etc.), code that no adult on the face of the planet uses in
real life without trying to hide something.  If George is wrong about
his analysis (and I’ll entertain





Comey, the man who won the election for Trump



http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/reince-priebus-comey-competent-not/2017/01/15/id/768667/

Priebus: No Plans to Dump Comey, 'He's Extremely Competent'
Newsmax
President-elect Donald Trump has no plans to boot FBI Director James
Comey amid a Justice Department watchdog review, incoming White




http://morochos.net/politics/bernie-sanders-joins-call-for-fbi-director-james-comey-to-resign-amidst-pending-investigation/1254

Bernie Sanders Joins Call for FBI Director James Comey To Resign ...

On Sunday Sen. Bernie Sanders publicly backed a growing call for FBI
Director James Comey to resign due to criticism of his decision to
reopen



http://www.inquisitr.com/3887975/martin-luther-kings-wife-said-fbi-sent-her-sex-tapes-of-king-with-other-women-in-smear-bid/

Martin Luther King's Wife Said FBI Sent Her Sex Tapes Of King With ...
The Inquisitr-
Martin Luther King's wife Coretta Scott King says that despite the
best attempts by FBI agents to destroy her marriage, she believed
until the day she died that her ...




http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/cia-veteran-claims-adolf-hitler-9626537




Adolf Hitler survived WW2, fled to Argentina - former CIA agent



http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/01/16/the-fbi-s-war-on-civil-rights-leaders.html


The FBI's War on Civil Rights Leaders
Daily Beast
Seeped in its own racism, without any checks or balances, the FBI
devoted more ... FBI agents were directed to spy on King's personal
life and professional life ...



Link du Jour

http://www.thesullenbell.com/2017/01/14/webbs-braverman-videos/


https://www.ramdass.org/ram-dass-on-self-judgement/


http://www.sfgate.com/entertainment/the-wrap/article/Van-Jones-Predicts-Horrendous-Abuse-of-10859697.php


http://www.commondreams.org/views/2007/08/31/necessary-embrace-conspiracy

Economy Rights Solutions
The Necessary Embrace of Conspiracy

Published on
Friday, August 31, 2007
by CommonDreams.org
The Necessary Embrace of Conspiracy
by
Robert Shetterly
Several years ago I gave a talk on Martha's Vineyard about many of the
people whose portraits I've painted in the Americans Who Tell the
Truth series. I spent some time talking about the legacy of Martin
Luther King, Jr. When I talk about King, I like to focus on his last
year --- the period when, defying the advice of many of his advisors
in the civil rights movement, he spoke against the Vietnam War,
equating racism with imperialism. King felt bound to make the point
that the forces of capitalism, materialism, and militarism that were
driving segregation were also driving the war, and until we confronted
the source of the problem, the abuses would continue. It was April 4,
1967, in Riverside Church in New York, that he made that declaration.
A year to the day before his assassination.

It has always confounded me every year when we celebrate Dr. King's
life that no mention is made of that Riverside Church speech in the
major media. We are always treated to sound bites of the 1963 I Have a
Dream speech. That speech's oratory is as powerful as it is
non-confrontational. Which is why it is re-played for modern
audiences. Dr. King was about confrontation. Non-violence and
confrontation, each ennobling and making the other effective. In 1967
he said, "... my country is the greatest purveyor of violence in the
world today." And he explained how our economic system thrived on
exploitation and violence, or, as Emma Goldman put it, "The greatest
bulwark of capitalism is militarism." This was probably the most
important speech King ever gave and not playing it when we ostensibly
honor him, is tantamount to castrating him morally and intellectually.
Just as there is a long history of White America castrating black men,
there is an equal legacy of Elite America cutting the most important
truths of our social prophets out of the history books. We pay homage
to King's icon, the cardboard cutout, but not to his strongest beliefs
and his most cogent analysis of our problems --- to what vision called
forth his courage. And, if we think that he spoke the truth, to censor
that truth is to promote a curious kind of segregation. He is
segregated, not for the color of his skin, but for the accuracy of his
perception, how close to the bone his words cut. We can't bear to hear
the sound of truth's knife scraping on hypocrisy's bone. Only people
who actually want to change the system dance to that music or want it
to be heard.

Equally important, and part of the same neglect, is the intentional
ignoring of the facts of his death. In my talk on Martha's Vineyard I
spoke about William Pepper's book, An Act of State: The Execution of
Martin Luther King, Jr. Pepper had been James Earl Ray's lawyer. Ray
was the man convicted of killing King. But both Pepper and the King
family were convinced that Ray was innocent. The King family hired
Pepper to represent them in a suit; they asked only $100.00 in damages
to clear Ray's name. Before the trial came to court in 1999, Ray had
died in prison. The jury determined that King had been assassinated by
a conspiracy involving the Memphis police, the Mafia, the FBI, and the
Special Forces of the U.S. Army. Ray, the patsy, had left town before
the shot was fired. Pepper had confessions from people involved from
each of the organizations named. The verdict was barely mentioned in
the U.S. media then and is not mentioned every year on the anniversary
of his death. Why?

After my talk on Martha's Vineyard a man came up to me and said, "I
enjoyed your speech and was with you until you started that conspiracy
stuff about MLK, Jr." I said, "That's not conspiracy. What I told you
are facts." End of conversation.

I think we're confronted with two conspiracies here: one to commit the
crime, the other to ignore it even when the facts are known. ( Two
sides of the same coin.) The man who accused me of slipping into the
neurotic, aliens-are-among-us land of conspiracy nuts was unable to
hear the evidence, perhaps because he was so utterly convinced by our
government and media that conspiracies don't exist, people who espouse
them are dangerous fruitcakes, and if you begin to think like that,
your whole house of cards wobbles then topples. Who wants that? Better
a standing tower of marked cards, than having to admit the game is
rigged and the ground is shaking.

America is steeped in conspiracy, and even more steeped in propaganda
that discredits those who try to expose the conspiracies. Whether
we're talking about MLK, Jr., JFK, RFK, Iran-Contra, 9/11, or, most
importantly, the status quo, anyone who works to uncover the truth is
branded a "conspiracy nut" and discredited before any evidence has a
fair hearing. The government/corporate/media version is THE VERSION.
Anything else is illusory.

In fact, the cultural success of labeling investigative reporters and
forensic historians, and, simply, anyone who tries to name reality,
"conspiracy nuts" is perhaps the most successful conspiracy of our
time. Well, not the most successful. That prize goes to the conspiracy
to give corporations all the rights of individual persons under our
Constitution. That conspiracy has codified and consolidated corporate
power so that it controls our lives in almost every meaningful way. It
controls the election funds of our candidates, and them once they are
in office. It controls our major media including public broadcasting.
It controls the content of our television programming. It controls how
are tax dollars are spent making sure that the richest get the most
welfare. It controls the laws, the courts, the prison system and the
mind numbing propaganda that we are the greatest democracy on earth.
It controls the values with which we raise our children. It controls
our ability to dispense justice. It controls how we treat nature, how
we deface our land with strip malls, and blow the tops off our
mountains --- a form of corporate free speech. It dictates our modes
of transportation. It controls our inability to respond to true crises
like climate change. It attempts to create a spiritual deficiency in
every person that can be filled and healed only with stuff --- and no
stuff is ever enough.

As Richard Grossman puts it, "Isn't it an old story? People create
what looks to be a nifty machine, a robot, called the corporation.
Over time, the robots get together and overpower the people. ... For a
century, the robots propagandize and indoctrinate each generation of
people so they grow up believing that robots are people too, gifts
from God and Mother Nature; that they are inevitable and the source of
all that is good. How odd that we have been so gullible, so docile,
obedient."

It is obvious to say that we have been engineered into a culture that
values competitive consumption and consumers instead of community
cooperation and citizenship. Capitalism with its obsessive and
necessary appetite for consumption, expanding markets, resource
depletion, and increasing profits has consumed democracy. Have you
ever watched a small snake swallow a large frog? The snake's hinged
jaw stretches wider and wider, squeezing the frog millimeter by
millimeter into its gullet until finally the snake looks like the
Holland Tunnel might if it had devoured the Titanic. Then the acids
and enzymes do their corrosive work. The frog becomes the snake. And
the snake claims it is the frog. Capitalism has gulped down democracy
and claimed it is democracy. When, immediately after 9/11, President
Bush advised Americans to demonstrate their love of freedom and their
resistance to terrorism by courageously, selflessly, hurrying to the
mall to buy something, he was speaking as the snake that identifies
itself as a frog. He was asking us to play a little game with our
brains' synapses, replace the snake icon with the frog's. Sadly, he
may also have been speaking about democracy in the only way that he
can understand or recognize it. And, for him, Christianity has been
another tidy meal for the snake.

Perhaps this switcheroo is nowhere more obvious than in the military
/industrial complex. We are told that the vulnerable frog needs
protecting. The threats are grave. So we fork over our money and
children's lives for war and weapons. We are told that we are building
security and peace. More lives. More weapons. What we aren't told is
that the largest US export to the world is weapons. What we aren't
told is that enormous fortunes are being made from the arms trade.
What we aren't told is that the more precarious and unstable the world
is, the better the business for the arms dealers --- that the real
promotion is not for security and peace but insecurity and war, that
the lives of our children are the necessary collateral damage for this
monster. What we aren't told is that the only real security is in
cooperation, conservation, and fairness, not imperialism. The frog,
who is a snake, wrapped in a flag, pleads for patriotism and counts
the cash. The snake's forked tongue is a barbeque fork on which we've
all been roasted.

I'd call that conspiracy.

The neocons have claimed, with some accuracy, that they can create
reality faster than we can react: the deed is done, now deal with it.
The troops have invaded, Halliburton, Blackwater, and Lockheed signed
their contracts, the prisoners are tortured, your email is bugged, the
resources for social programs are gone, the laws are changed, the
Wal-Mart is built, the sludge dump has already polluted the aquifer,
truth is hollowed out ---- catch me if you can! How is that not
conspiracy?

The cooks & the crooks create a new status quo, legalize it,
propagandize it, mythologize it, fundamentalize it, slather it with
fear and patriotism, and force feed it to the complacent, sedated cow
we call America. How is that not conspiracy?

Of course, ever since the Constitution was signed and didn't free the
slaves or give the vote to women, poor folks, Native Americans and
freed blacks so that people with power and money could continue to
profit, America has been a conspiracy against itself. It's been cowboy
grilling his own heart over a smoke & mirrors campfire, a CEO with
inherited wealth and three hundred years of patrician, affirmative
action crooning "Only in America."

The reason we can't talk about conspiracy is because it is the modus
operandi. It isn't the elephant in the room, it is the room itself. We
all live there. We can impeach a few elephants, and we should, but the
architecture is in place. And they control it.

When I was in school, I was reminded - repeatedly --- to avoid using
an indefinite pronoun without identifying whom it refers to, as in,
"They are coming to get us," ... or, "They control everything." Who
are They? It's bad practice to think and write like that. Without
reference it just sounds like paranoia. But the hell of it is that
it's damned hard to say who the They are that are in conspiracy to
destroy democracy and, by exploitation, nature. Did They do it on
purpose or merely discover by serendipity, like cavemen seeing copper
ooze out of a rock by a fire, the wondrous possibility and power of
what they had found. For instance, the invention of the TV was not a
conspiracy. But once the realization of how TV could be used to
submerge the public in a lobotomizing swamp of advertising, sound
bites, inactivity, community destruction, titillation, false history,
empty myth, consumption, and complicity in making fortunes for the
sponsors, the program was clear. Conspiracy was the silent partner in
the euphemism good business practice. And, once they saw the
implications of giving corporations First Amendment rights, they were
home free.

Time to re-think conspiracy.

We need to embrace conspiracy in two ways. One, admit that it's real,
its quotidian, it's the fabric of our lives, the mercury in the air,
the dioxin in the water, it's filling the airwaves and the marketplace
and the courts and the halls of Congress before we even get out of bed
every morning. Two, counter it with a conspiracy of our own. On our
side we have the fundamental fact that although the corporate They can
alter many of our realities, they can't alter Reality. They can't
change the behavior of Nature. They can sell off the rain forest, but
they can't leverage the effect of cutting it. They can keep the
mileage of cars poor so we'll buy more gas, but they can't alter the
amount of oil in the ground or the damage to the atmosphere. They can
privatize every human interaction and every natural resource, but they
can't privatize the laws of nature. They have conspired to change
reality. We must conspire to live in harmony with Reality.

In the same way, they can conspire to kill Martin Luther King, Jr.,
but they can't totally eradicate the truth of who did it and why.

Con + spirare, from the Latin. To breathe together. Those are the
roots of conspiracy. Breathing together doesn't sound like an activity
of the ideologically deracinated whispering seditiously in a dank
cellar or a board room, foul breaths denting a weak flame flickering
over a candle nub, gunpowder or greed blackened fingers setting a
timer, the whites of creased eyes glinting like knives with treason,
murder, power, and deceit. Con + spirare sounds like healthy men and
women standing in the sun figuring out how in the hell they are going
to take care of each other and their aging mother Earth and love life
while doing it. Breathing together, sharing the same air, plotting to
make sure that what's mine is yours, conspiring to save their
self-respect, their ideals, the future for their children.

I want to be part of a conspiracy. Pervasive, populist, revolutionary,
and totally transparent. Grassroots. Idealistic. Simplistic.
Life-affirming. Community building

A conspiracy to make the common good and the love of nature the common
denominator of every economic transaction.

And the simple truth is either we start breathing together, conspiring
big time, right out in the open, nakedly, unashamedly, or we will have
conspired in secret, by default, in our own demise.

We have let them breathe for us, and they have stolen our breath, our
air, our spirit.

Secret con + spirare is death. Open con + spirare is life.

Conspiracy is dead. Long live conspiracy!

Robert Shetterly lives in Brooksville, Maine
http://www.americanswhotellthetruth.org





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http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/nyc-correction-employee-busted-moonlighting-hooker-article-1.2944850




http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ex-cop-riding-coasters-raking-nypd-disability-pension-article-1.2946550



Ex-cop riding coasters despite raking in NYPD disability pension
BY GRAHAM RAYMAN STEPHEN REX BROWN
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Saturday, January 14, 2017



http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/heroin-dealing-ex-nypd-four-year-sentence-article-1.2946330



Heroin-dealing ex-NYPD cop gets four-year sentence
BY BEN KOCHMAN
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Saturday, January 14, 2017, 6:38 AM





 http://wdtn.com/2017/01/14/allen-county-sheriff-resigns-amid-investigation/
 
Allen County Sheriff resigns amid investigation

By WDTN Staff
Published: January 14, 2017, 8:43 pm

LIMA, Ohio (AP) – The Allen County sheriff in northwestern Ohio is
resigning at the end of January amid a series of personal and legal
problems.




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Former spy Christopher Steele's frustration with FBI who sat on ...
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The former MI6 agent who compiled the dossier on US president-elect
Donald Trump reportedly felt "duty bound" to share the intelligence he
"deemed crucial".



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Video shows police tackling and beating a black PhD student suspected
of stealing a car. It was his.
By Cleve R. Wootson Jr. January 14 at 2:08 PM





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POLITICS
North Dakota Bill Would Protect Drivers Who ‘Accidentally’ Hit And
Kill Protesters
It’s aimed at Dakota Access protesters, and it doesn’t bode well.
 01/14/2017 11:56 am ET

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FBI agent  took two guns, a knife and a grudge into fatal meeting
Special Forces vet had a grudge and guns

By Sig ChristensonJanuary 15, 2017 Updated: January 15, 2017 3:19pm





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Widow of Slain Oregon Standoff Leader Carries on His Mission
WTVQ-
In March, the inspector general of the U.S. Justice Department began
investigating possible FBI misconduct and whether there was a
cover-up. The



https://newpittsburghcourieronline.com/2017/01/15/coard-forget-the-dream-martin-had-malcolms-nightmare/


Coard: Forget 'The Dream' – Martin had Malcolm's nightmare
New Pittsburgh Courier-
COINTELPRO Victims– After Martin's powerful 1963 “I Have A Dream”
speech, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover wrote an internal memo stating
Martin was ...




http://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbrewster/2017/01/15/police-spying-on-car-conversations-location-siriusxm-gm-chevrolet-toyota-privacy/


Cartapping: How Feds Have Spied On Connected Cars For 15 Years
Forbes-
It initially complied with the order in November of that year to spy
on audible communications for 30 days, but when the FBI asked for an
extension



http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Ex-Contra-Costa-Co-deputy-arrested-Sacramento-10859302.php

deputy arrested in shooting up party he was attending
KCRA staff Published 3:47 pm, Sunday, January 15, 2017

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Blink Tank


Banned film made in Mass Prison/Hospital


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An F.B.I. Inquiry Fed by Informer Emerges in Analysis of Documents



The Federal Bureau of Investigation's sweeping inquiry into a group opposed to United States policy in Central America was largely fueled by an undercover informer who has said he invented much of his information.

The informer, Frank Varelli, a former evangelist from El Salvador, told a Congressional subcommittee last year that the investigation of supposed terrorist links had simply been an excuse for the F.B.I. to intimidate opponents of American foreign policy.

Although his credibility was questioned at the time and the hearings were quickly





http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/emmett-accuser-exaggerated-claims-led-lynching-article-1.2957336

Emmett Till accuser admits she fabricated trial testimony
BY RICH SCHAPIRO
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Friday, January 27, 2017, 2:27 PM



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KING: Woman who lied about Emmett Till should be prosecuted

SHAUN KING
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Friday, January 27, 2017,



http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/city-pay-8m-drunk-off-duty-shoots-men-article-1.2957759

City to pay out $8M after drunken off-duty cop shoots at two men



: Friday, January 27, 2017, 7:04 PM




Two men who claim that a boozed up, off-duty cop shot at them for no reason will receive more than $8 million in settlement money from the city, officials confirmed.

Hockey teammates Joseph Felice and Robert Borrelli were heading home from a game in Pelham in Westchester County in April 2014 when disgraced ex-NYPD Officer Brendan Cronin blasted 14 rounds at their car.

Felice — who was hit six times — nearly died.



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Brooklyn gun broker secretly recorded corrupt NYPD cops




BY VICTORIA BEKIEMPIS GRAHAM RAYMAN
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, January 26, 2017, 9:46 AM




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simply put these guys got chops


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http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/fbi-lift-restrictions-online-foia-requests-1605348

FBI to lift restrictions on online FOIA requests
International Business Times UK
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will reportedly lift restrictions on its online system designed for sending public records requests. It was recently ...



http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/224616

Trump aide: Holocaust statement criticism is 'asinine'
Arutz Sheva-
Gorka, who was formerly an associate dean at the National Defense University and worked with the FBI's counterterrorism division before joining the Trump ...



https://www.rt.com/usa/376639-white-supremacy-indiana-university/


Indiana University calls FBI, investigates white supremacy fliers ...
RT-3

Indiana University calls FBI, investigates white supremacy fliers found on ... Professors of color at Indiana University (IU) contacted the FBI after their office doors .



http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nypd-disclose-surveillance-black-lives-matter-protesters-article-1.2967219


NYPD must disclose surveillance of Black Lives Matter protesters


Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 11:13 AM





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Blue by Day, White by Night

Posted by R. Patrick Link | filed in Case Studyno comments
While I firmly believe there are many honest, hardworking law enforcement officers who are committed to justice alongside the District Attorney, this case shows work still needs to be done in Philadelphia.
R. Patrick Link | Philadelphia Criminal Defense Attorney
This is Part 1 of the trial recap showing how my investigation as a criminal defense attorney in Philadelphia uncovered a controversial KKK association with one of the police officers involved and how it impacted the outcome for my client. Let’s start at the scene of the crime…

The Scene of the Crime

According to the police reports, three uniformed police officers in an unmarked car observed my client who is black, (L.H.), in an alleyway accepting money from a white male (R.A.).

The cops see L.H. walk into a clearing out-of-view of the officers for 10 seconds, return, and hand an unknown item to R.A. Based upon this instance, the police believe a drug transaction just took place.

One officer gets out of the car and stops R.A., who throws a packet of cocaine to the ground. L.H. is stopped by another officer with a twenty dollar bill in his hand. The third officer went to the area L.H. was seen going and that officer retrieved a lipstick container with an additional 28 packets of cocaine that matched what R.A. had in his hand.



The Arrest

According to L.H., he was suffering from a heroin addiction, withdrew his last 20 dollars, and walked to Stella and B Street in Kensington, Philadelphia, an area well-known for sales of heroin and cocaine.

Once on the block, a “runner” (lookout on a bike) told L.H. to wait in the alley to be sold the heroin.

R.A. claimed he received the same information from the runner. After waiting in the alley for several minutes L.H. sensed something was amiss and left without being sold any drugs. L.H. and R.A. exited on opposite sides of the alley.

2 officers spotted L.H. and asked what he sold “the white boy”. L.H. explained that he was “just copping” (picking up drugs), but the officers arrested him on a felony charge of Possession With Intent to Deliver.

While both men claim they were trying to buy drugs, based on my investigation, I believe my client (L.H.) was wrongfully accused of Intent to Deliver drugs.

Pre-Trial: Lead Investigator was Previously Suspended for Possessing Offensive Material

Prior to trial, the defense obtained Internal Affairs records that revealed the lead investigator had been suspended in 2009 from a Narcotics Unit for possessing offensive items in his police locker.

One sticker read “Whites Only”

The other depicted half a police officer and half a Ku Klux Klan member with the words “Blue By Day, White By Night.”

One sticker appeared to have been in the officer’s locker for months as his fingerprints were dotting it.

After being suspended, the officer moved out of the narcotics unit though he was still used in court to testify at drug cases. In this case, I believed we would need to combat dishonest police officers.

Trial: The Ku Klux Klan Material Presented

Shortly before opening arguments, the DA asked whether I had planned on introducing any evidence of the officer’s past (without ever mentioning what that consisted of).

When told I was going to use the KKK material as impeachment evidence to show the officer’s bias towards my black client, the DA complained to the judge that it should not be admitted because she wasn’t provided notice of my plan to use it!

However, Rule 404(b) only requires the Commonwealth to file notice of intent to use prior acts evidence, and it appears the DA’s Office had previous knowledge about acts of its own officer. This lead me to ask a few questions:

Why did I have to get this information on my own?
Why didn’t the DA provide it to me?
And was the DA hoping I didn’t know about it?
In Brady, The United States Supreme Court placed a duty on prosecutors to turn over all evidence favorable to the accused in a criminal trial. When asked why this wasn’t a Brady violation, the DA stated it was because the officer who saw the exchange of money wasn’t the officer in dispute and therefore not relevant.

The trial judge strongly disagreed with the Commonwealth’s position and held that it could be used by the defense to impeach the officer.

Cross Examination: Officer Claims to See Defendant Exchange of Money for an Item

In the officer’s original reports, he claimed to see the defendant exchange an item for money, a statement the defense a





https://thinkprogress.org/anonymous-releases-personal-data-of-alleged-kkk-members-and-fbi-informants-182e28fd0190#.vlzbpm2hr



Anonymous Releases Personal Data Of Alleged KKK Members And FBI Informants

Some 300 people rally at a KKK rally in Alabama. CREDIT: AP PHOTO
Anonymous, the controversial hactivist organization, released what it claims to be a list of hundreds of members and supporters of the Ku Klux Klan and other hate groups.
The group launched the anti-KKK campaign #OpKKK on Twitter last year in retaliation to the 150-year old white supremacist group’s violent threats against protesters and demonstrations following the police shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
The data release, which Anonymous said was collected over 11 months, should not be confused with the smaller-scale leak earlier this week, which Anonymous confirmed was a hoax in its manifesto Thursday.
Anonymous made good on its promises to expose people believed to be affiliated with the KKK, Skinheads, Neo-Nazi or other white supremacy groups behind the hate group Thursday, posting dozens of pages of personal information — including Facebook pages, payment information, places of occupation, aliases, criminal history, and whether they were FBI informants — on Pastebin with a message outlining the group’s motives.
We hope Operation KKK will, in part, spark a bit of constructive dialogue about race, racism, racial terror and freedom of expression, across group lines. Public discourse about these topics can be honest, messy, snarky, offensive, humbling, infuriating, productive, and serious all at once. The reality is that racism usually does NOT wear a hood but it does permeate our culture on every level. Part of the reason we have taken the hoods off of these individuals is not because of their identities, but because of what their hoods symbolize to us in our broader society.
In its essay, Anonymous draws similarities between the KKK’s principles and its own, saying the opposition of government surveillance, championing free speech, and the experience of poverty and anger at “the Man,” is “common ground we understand all to well.”
But the comparisons stop there. The essay continues: “We will never sympathize with the KKK but we do desire to understand them and learn about how they see their world. We do see their humanity, we respect their right to free thought and we know their fear of others is wrong. We also know their behaviors strike fear, anxiety and terror into others. This will no longer be socially tolerated.”
Anonymous has been decentralized political force online, aiming to fill cracks in the justice system by shutting down law enforcement websites, accessing databases, and doxxing individuals who seemingly escape legal ramifications. But despite perhaps noble motives, the vigilante group hasn’t always targeted


http://www.agweb.com/article/rulings-could-shape-vegas-trial-of-6-in-bundy-ranch-standoff-apnews/

Rulings Could Shape Vegas Trial of 6 in Bundy Ranch Standoff
AgWeb-
Defense attorneys allege that crew members said they were making a documentary, but the interviews were for the FBI. Cliven Bundy is among other defendants




https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/feb/07/cliven-bundy-bunkerville-standoff-trial

FBI posed as journalists to get evidence on Bundys. Now it could hurt their case





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Politics
Speeches allowed in the Senate when Coretta Scott King's wasn't

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This is why we need to create volunteer
civilian review police boards who will
set and enforce standards of performance
for police.
The board is useless without subpoena
powers.


http://www.fairfaxtimes.com/articles/nine-appointed-to-police-civilian-review-panel/article_66cceb3c-fdfa-11e6-9694-0ff76cd37f4c.html

Nine appointed to Police Civilian Review Panel

On Feb. 28, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors appointed nine Fairfax County residents to serve on the newly established Police Civilian Review Panel. The creation of a Civilian Review Panel was recommended by the Ad Hoc Police Practices Review Commission in their October 2015 final report to the Board of Supervisors.

“The Police Civilian Review Panel will promote further transparency and openness in community policing,” Chairman Sharon Bulova said. “Each appointed member will bring a valuable perspective, extensive knowledge and years of community involvement to the table. Together with their impressive skillsets, this group of individuals will set the bar high for how the Civilian Review Panel will operate. I am very proud of our Fairfax County Police Department. This Panel will contribute toward making us a model of excellence for the nation.”

The Civilian Review Panel will act as an independent avenue or “portal” for residents to submit complaints concerning allegations of abuse of authority or misconduct by a Fairfax County Police (FCPD) Officer. The Panel will also have the authority to request and review completed Police Department internal administrative investigations regarding a civilian complaint against an officer. The Panel may hold public meetings to review police administrative investigations and walk through with members of the community how the investigation was conducted, including findings of fact, evidence collected and witness statements. Examples of complaints and cases for the Civilian Review Panel to receive and review may include:

• The use of abusive, racial, ethnic or sexual language;

• Harassment or discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, marital status, age, familial status, or disability;

• The reckless endangerment of a detainee or person in custody;

• Serious violations of Fairfax County or FCPD procedures

The Civilian Review Panel will not address potentially criminal use of force or police-involved shootings. Cases of that magnitude would likely involve an investigation by the Commonwealth’s Attorney and would be monitored by the newly hired Police Auditor, Richard G. Schott.

The Board of Supervisors has appointed Adrian Steel to serve as the first chairman of the Civilian Review Panel. All subsequent chairmen will be selected by members of the Civilian Review Panel in a manner that will be determined by the Panel’s bylaws. Panel members will serve three year terms with a two term limit, although some inaugural members will serve for less time to allow for staggered terms.

The first orders of business for the Civilian Review Panel include writing bylaws detailing how the Panel will function, and training Panel members on current police practices and policies in Fairfax County. Once those items are complete, which may take a number of months, the Civilian Review Panel will begin their work of requesting and reviewing cases.

See below for the names and short bios of the Police Civilian Review Panel Members (in alphabetical order):

 • Hansel Aguilar, Fairfax

Mr. Aguilar, originally from Honduras, investigates allegations of police misconduct at the D.C. Office of Police Complaints. Mr. Aguilar is a former police officer for the George Mason University Police Department and previously worked as a case manager and internal investigator for Youth for Tomorrow. He has served with the Vinson Hall Retirement Community in McLean and with the Fairfax County Office for Women & Domestic and Sexual Violence Services. Mr. Aguilar is bilingual in Spanish and English and believes that oversight is an important tenet of maintaining justice and equality in a democratic society.

 • Kathleen Davis-Siudut, Springfield

Ms. Davis-Siudut has spent the past 15 years providing training as well policy development and implementation in the areas of sexual violence, human trafficking, and cultural diversity. Ms. Davis-Siudut is of Korean descent and has previously worked for the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Polaris Project, and the US Marine Corps. She currently works with the Air Force as a sexual assault prevention and response subject matter expert.

 • Steve Descano, Springfield

During his six years as a federal prosecutor, Mr. Descano led numerous investigations conducted by FBI, IRS and USPIS agents. While at the Department of Justice, he analyzed documentary evidence, interviewed witnesses, and reviewed the investigatory work of agents and other prosecutors. Mr. Descano currently works as Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel for Paragon Autism Services and serves on the Criminal Justice Committee of the Fairfax County NAACP. Mr. Descano also serves on the Fairfax County Trails and Sidewalks Committee, is a graduate of West Point, and was nominated by the Fairfax County NAACP to serve on the Civilian Review Panel.

 • Hollye Doane, Oakton

A Fairfax County resident for more than 30 years, Ms. Doane spent most of her career as an attorney in Washington D.C. representing an array of clients, including the National Down Syndrome Society and Down Syndrome Research and Treatment Foundation. Ms. Doane has been an advocate for the disability community for more than 20 years and understands the importance of building positive relationships between law enforcement officers and people with disabilities. Her experience as a journalist prior to attending law school gave her an appreciation for clear, timely and transparent communication between government officials and the community. After her retirement, Ms. Doane trained as a mediator and facilitator and currently serves as a lay pastoral minister in her church.

 • Douglas Kay, Fairfax

Mr. Kay is a trial lawyer who has handled civil litigation, criminal defense and personal injury cases for over 20 years. He currently focuses his practice on commercial litigation matters. As a criminal defense attorney, he has represented individuals charged with everything from simple traffic matters to the most serious felony offenses in state and federal courts. Mr. Kay previously served as a judge advocate in the U.S. Navy and Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for Fairfax County. A lifelong Fairfax County resident, Mr. Kay attended Fairfax County Public Schools, coaches his son’s youth basketball team, and served on Fairfax County’s Ad Hoc Police Practices Review Commission. Mr. Kay was nominated to serve on the Civilian Review Panel by the South Fairfax Chamber of Commerce and the Fairfax Bar Association.

 • Randy Sayles, Oak Hill

Mr. Sayles has over 35 years of law enforcement and criminal investigations experience. He worked as a Federal Agent for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and served as a police officer for the Denver, Colorado Police Department. Mr. Sayles enjoys giving back to the community by volunteering for the Clean Fairfax Council and Creekside Homeowners Association, and was the recipient of a Fairfax County 2016 Environmental Excellence Award for removing 800 bags of trash and over 1200 illegal signs along nine miles of Centreville Road. Mr. Sayles served as a member of Fairfax County’s Ad Hoc Police Practices Review Commission and has continued to work with the Board of Supervisors and Fairfax County Police to implement the Commission’s recommendations.

 • Jean Senseman, Lorton

Ms. Senseman is a licensed clinical social worker who has spent many years working with clients who experience mental illness, PTSD and substance use disorders. Ms. Senseman has worked in private practice providing treatment and therapy for individuals young and old who experience a wide variety of mental health disorders. Ms. Senseman taught at George Washington University Medical School and volunteers for her Condo Association Finance Committee. Previously, Ms. Senseman worked at the Woodburn Community Mental Health Center and at the Bailey’s Crossroads Community Shelter helping residents of all socio-economic backgrounds receive mental health treatment.

 • Adrian L. Steel, Jr., McLean (Chairman)

Mr. Steel served on Fairfax County’s Ad Hoc Police Practices Review Commission and has continued to work with the Board of Supervisors to implement the Commission’s recommendations. Mr. Steel has been appointed by the Board of Supervisors to serve as the first chairman of the Police Civilian Review Panel. Mr. Steel has demonstrated extensive knowledge and a strong commitment regarding 21st Century police policies and best practices, including civilian oversight. Mr. Steel currently works as a senior counsel at Mayer Brown LLP where he has practiced law for over 35 years, and previously served as Special Assistant to FBI Director, William H. Webster.

 • Rhonda VanLowe, Reston

Ms. VanLowe was appointed to the Governor’s Taskforce for Improving Mental Health Services and Crisis Response and served on the Public Safety workgroup. She has devoted much of her community service work to serving those with unique physical, mental, emotional, intellectual or cognitive backgrounds. Ms. VanLowe practiced law in law firm and corporate settings, served as Board Chair of The Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program, Inc., and received the National Women of Color Special Recognition Award at the 2008 STEM Conference. Ms. VanLowe is a 36-year resident of Fairfax County and looks forward to working together with members of the Panel to develop procedures that will set the foundational tone and tenor for the work of the Panel.






http://sfbayview.com/2017/02/new-release-of-black-panther-file-reveals-fbi-rigged-investigation-of-murdered-policeman/



New release of Black Panther file reveals FBI rigged investigation of murdered policeman
February 26, 2017

by Michael Richardson

Buried in the Federal Bureau of Investigation file of deceased Black Panther leader Wopashitwe Mondo Even we Langa (formerly David Rice) are secrets still hidden by Bureau censors, missing records, a misleading letter to a New Jersey Congressman, and a handwritten note revealing the FBI called off the search for a policeman’s killer just four days after the officer was buried.


An FBI memo dated Aug. 20, 1970, approves the Omaha Police request for help comparing voices – the voice of the person who called police with the voices of the suspects. But two days later, in a handwritten note at the lower right, the voice exams are cancelled, indicating a setup.
Mondo was deputy of information for the National Committee to Combat Fascism in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1970 when he was accused of murdering a policeman with a bomb. The NCCF was a Black Panther affiliate organization targeted by the FBI under an illegal and clandestine counterintelligence operation dubbed COINTELPRO.

Mondo was on a secret detention list called the Security Index, and Director J. Edgar Hoover ordered the Omaha FBI office to get Mondo off the streets. Mondo died serving a life sentence for murder on March 11, 2016, at the Nebraska State Penitentiary.

The heavily redacted file contains three pages of content still censored from public release 46 years after the crime. Many redactions go to protect the identity of informant OM T-7. The three redacted pages of interview information were “immediately







http://ticklethewire.com/2017/02/28/democrat-questions-fbi-directors-willingness-investigate-trumps-ties-russia/

Democrat Questions FBI Director’s Willingness to Investigate Trump’s Ties to Russia


Russian leader Vladimir Putin


FBI Director has shown virtually no willingness to cooperate with a Congressional investigation into potential ties between Russia and President Trump’s campaign, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said Monday.

“I have yet to be convinced … by the director of the FBI that we will have the fulsome kind of cooperation that we will need,” Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., told reporters in the Capitol, The Hill reports.

Without the full coperation of the FBI and Comey, Schiff said there’s little the Intelligence Committee can do.

“We can’t become the FBI, we can’t send out our own investigators spanning all over the globe,” Schiff said. “We will need their cooperation, and whether we will get that in as fulsome a manner as we need has yet to be determined, in my view.”

Schiff’s comments came just hours after Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said he’s seen “no evidence” of ties between Russia and





Who is FBI agent Brad Orsini?




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http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2017/02/27/local-jewish-federation-hires-former-fbi-agent-as-its-first-director-of-community-security/



Local Jewish Federation Hires Former FBI Agent As Its First Director Of Community Security
February 27, 2017 6:41 PM By Jon Delano


2.

World renowned JFK assassination pathologist
Dr. Cyril Wecht exposed FBI Director Hoovers involvement in
Coup D Etat.

FBI agent Brad Orsini was sent to silence Dr Wecht
permanently.
He failed.




http://www.post-gazette.com/frontpage/2007/07/11/Wecht-investigator-s-discipline-file-opened/stories/200707110253

Wecht investigator's Brad Orsini discipline file opened
July 11, 2007 11:00 PM
By Paula Reed Ward Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A federal judge yesterday unsealed records revealing that the lead FBI agent in the criminal case against Dr. Cyril H. Wecht was disciplined elsewhere for forging other agents' names and initials on chain-of-custody forms, evidence labels and interview forms.


Related documents
See more information about the disciplinary reports of FBI agent Bradley W. Orsini.



http://www.salon.com/2017/02/26/immigration-as-leverage-against-muslims-trevor-aaronson-reveals-fbi-tactics-on-informants/



SATURDAY, FEB 25, 2017 08:00 PM EST
FBI agents used Immigration as “leverage against Muslims”: Trevor Aaronson reveals FBI tactics on informants
A bombshell report reveals that the FBI has used some questionable tactics against vulnerable Americans, immigrants VIDEO
JEREMY BINCKES




http://www.bostonherald.com/news/local_coverage/2017/02/whitey_s_fbi_handler_john_connolly_seeks_parole_on_murder_rap



Ex FBI agent Connolly seeks parole on murder rap
Laurel J. Sweet Tuesday, February 28, 2017


Ex-Hub FBI Agent John J. Connolly.


Former Boston FBI agent John “Zip” Connolly has already had one interview in support of his improbable bid for


http://www.newschief.com/news/20170227/fbis-lawyer-sting-rattles-billion-dollar-whistle-blower-unit

Posted Feb 27, 2017 at 11:18 PM
Updated Feb 27, 2017 at 11:20 PM
       
By David Voreacos, Jef Feeley and Neil Weinberg, Bloomberg News
The Justice Department offers secrecy and cash to whistle-blowers for information about companies that cheated the government.

But one former government attorney is accused of using that information for his own gain. Turning the tables on a unit that can spend years investigating fraud cases, FBI agents are now questioning Justice Department lawyers about their ex-colleague, who was accused last month of trying to sell secrets about a case for $310,000.
Prosecutors say Jeffrey Wertkin attempted to sell a whistle-blower's confidential lawsuit against a Silicon Valley company -- while wearing a wig in disguise. FBI agents want to know whether Wertkin, who left the government in April, got the lawsuit from someone inside the Justice Department and if he sold other secrets while working there, according to two people familiar with the matter who weren't authorized to discuss it publicly.
"They're going to have to review all his cases," said Glenn Grossenbacher, a San Antonio whistle-blower attorney not involved in the case. "Did somebody give this case to him? Did he take it with him? Are there other cases involved? It's a Pandora's Box of questions."
Justice Department spokeswoman Nicole Navas and FBI spokesman Matthew Bertron declined to comment.
The case has riveted the legal community. Justice Department lawyers specializing in False Claims Act cases conduct their investigations in secret after whistle-blowers file a lawsuit accusing companies of defrauding the government; in such cases, they have recovered $24 billion over eight years. Companies usually don't learn about a suit until the government nears the end of its probe.
"It's shocking to everyone




FBI Octopus


Fox /FBI


http://www.fox32chicago.com/news/local/238552863-story

Mock crime fighting preparing Chicago teens for real life careers
Fox 32 Chicago
The students are getting this special opportunity through the Chicago FBI ... Hey, I'm running this thing,” yelled an FBI agent playing the role of the robber.


http://www.fox32chicago.com/news/local/238563905-story


The FBI strategy that combats home grown extremists
Fox 32 Chicago-
FOX 32 NEWS - They're called home grown extremists: individuals who take up an enemy's cause, working right out of their homes without organized cells or ...




http://www.fox13memphis.com/top-stories/retired-mid-south-police-chief-speaks-on-domestic-terrorism/498127175

Former police chief warns President Trump about domestic terrorism

Retired FBI Agent CM Sturgis, who runs his own investigation firm said the White House maybe fixated in stopping threats from abroad but during the daily ...


http://www.oregonlive.com/oregon-standoff/2017/02/blaine_cooper_becomes_1st_coop.html

Blaine Cooper becomes 1st occupier to testify for government in ...
OregonLive.com-
11, 2016, defense lawyer Andrew Kohlmetz pointed out that he admitted to an FBI agent that he had carried an AR-15 at the Bundy Ranch in Nevada and also ...




http://www.securityinfowatch.com/news/12309765/how-an-armed-rocker-often-rolled-through-tsa
WJLA
How an armed rocker often rolled through TSA
SecurityInfoWatch-
Two years ago some undercover Homeland Security agents, known as the "Red Team ... "The FBI recommended him," Derringer said. "The FBI agent was a fan.






http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-sac-police-accountability-bills-20170228-story.html



California has some of the toughest laws keeping police discipline private. That seems unlikely to change



http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-boot-we-still-need-kremlingate-investigation20170228-story.html

We need answers to questions about Russia and the White House ...
Los Angeles Times
The FBI refused to help, but CIA Director Mike Pompeo apparently complied with ... agent Christopher Steele, was considered credible enough that the FBI was ...



http://www.fairfaxtimes.com/articles/nine-appointed-to-police-civilian-review-panel/article_66cceb3c-fdfa-11e6-9694-0ff76cd37f4c.html



Nine appointed to Police Civilian Review Panel
Fairfaxtimes.com
During his six years as a federal prosecutor, Mr. Descano led numerous investigations conducted by FBI, IRS and USPIS agents. While at the Department of ...




http://ticklethewire.com/2017/02/28/ex-border-officials-question-trumps-plan-hire-5000-officers/

Ex-Border Officials Question Trump’s Plan to Hire 5,000 More Officers




President Trump’s plans to add more than 5,000 border enforcement officers has caught criticism from former top officials at Customs and Border Patrol.

Three top officials at CBP told Reuters that the hiring presents logistical challenges



http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/feb/27/wary-of-federal-bullying-idaho-house-kills-fbi-bac/


Wary of ‘federal bullying,’ Idaho House kills FBI background check bill
UPDATED: MONDAY, FEB. 27, 2017, 6:54 P.M.


How they voted
Here’s how North Idaho representatives voted on the background check bill, HB 164:

Voting in favor: Reps. Paul Amador, R-Coeur d’Alene; Luke Malek, R-Coeur d’Alene; and Eric Redman, R-Athol.

Voting against: Reps. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens; Don Cheatham, R-Post Falls; Sage Dixon, R-Ponderay; Priscilla Giddings, R-White Bird; Paulette Jordan, D-Plummer; Ron Mendive, R-Coeur d’Alene; Heather Scott, R-Blanchard; Paul Shepherd, R-Riggins; and Caroline Nilsson Troy, R-Genesee.

BOISE - The Idaho House on Monday killed legislation allowing FBI background checks on certain state employees.

The bill’s sponsor warned that the state could lose millions of dollars the state Department of Labor relies on to pay federal
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http://www.occurrencesforeigndomestic.com/2017/03/19/errata-and-update/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two FBI  agents and the doctor murdered Dr King after spitting on

his body then smothering him to death with a pillow

depositions reveal

 

 

Martin Luther King was murdered when he arrived at the hospital..

 

 

FBI Director Comey investigating Trump/Russia since July 2016

No mention of this by Comey before the election.

 

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/fbi-trump-russia-probe-timeline-236258

Comey: FBI launched Trump-Russia probe in July

Politico-

FBI Director James Comey told lawmakers Monday that his agency has been investigating possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian ...

 

 

 

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2017/03/20/suspended-secret-service-agent-who-said-she-wouldnt-take-a-bullet-from-trump-removed-from-top-post-n2301360

 

 

 

Secret Service Agent Who Said She Won’t Take Bullet for Trump Removed from Post

 

Kathy O’Grady, the Secret Service special agent who said she would rather go to jail than take a bullet for President Trump, has been removed from her position.

O’Grady was the special agent in charge of the Secret Service’s Denver district. Now there’s a concern she will be transferred to another federal agency, Townhall.com reports. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/03/18/louisville-mayor-asks-fbi-investigate-child-sex-abuse-claims-against-police/99365378/

 

Louisville mayor asks FBI to investigate child sex-abuse claims against police

USA Today Network Phillip M. Bailey and Andrew Wolfson, The (Louisville, Ky.) Courier-Journal Published 8:41 p.m. ET March 18, 2017 | Updated 8:42 p.m. ET March 18, 2017

 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville’s mayor announced that he has asked the FBI to investigate what he called “our worst nightmare,” the alleged sexual abuse of children in the police department’s Youth Explorer program.

Mayor Greg Fischer also said he had hired former U.S. Attorney Kerry Harvey to review an investigation conducted by Louisville Metro Police and determine whether “errors were made,” including by police Chief Steve Conrad.

“If there has been an injustice, it will be remedied,” Fischer said Friday.

 

http://archive.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2004/02/18/retired_fbi_agent_guilty_of_sex_abuse/

FBI agent guilty of sex abuse

Was bureau's chief of internal affairs

WASHINGTON -- The former chief internal watchdog at the FBI has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl and has admitted he had a history of molesting other children before he joined the bureau for what became a two-decade career.

John H. Conditt Jr., 53, who retired in 2001, was sentenced last week in Tarrant County Court in Fort Worth to 12 years in prison after he admitted he molested the daughter of two FBI agents after he retired. He acknowledged molesting at least two other girls before he began his law enforcement career, his lawyer said.

 

FBI OCTOPUS

 

http://wjhl.com/2017/03/20/elizabethton-high-school-students-get-to-step-in-to-officers-shoes-with-firearms-training-simulator/

 

Elizabethton High School students get to step in to officers' shoes ...

WJHL-

Presnell is a former FBI agent. He traded in his FBI badge seven years ago to give students a look inside the world of criminal justice. He said most of the ...

 

 

 

 

 

http://articles.latimes.com/1997-04-16/news/mn-49200_1_fbi-laboratory

Frederick Whitehurst FBI Lab scandal Whitehurst Report ... - Unabomber

http://www.unabombers.com/A26.htm

The FBI's Unabomber Cover-up began long before the Whitehurst Report ever exposed the FBI Lab Scandal and it goes much deeper. Evidence Planting ...

 

 

Discovery UK Picks Up Unabomber Drama 'Manhunt'

TVWise-

It follows FBI agent Jim “Fitz” Fitzgerald and explores how he deployed a radical approach to intelligence gathering to take down the so-called Unabomber.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.chelsearecord.com/2017/03/17/return-to-basefbi-agent-mojica-gives-inspiring-talk-to-chs-students/

 

Return to Base:FBI Agent Mojica Gives Inspiring Talk to CHS Students

Chelsea Record-Mar 17, 2017

FBI assistant special agent-in-charge Carlos Mojica (second from right) was a guest speaker at Chelsea High School where he talked to ...

 

 

 

 

F.B.I. Is Accused of Intimidation By Attorneys for Hispanic Agents ...

http://www.nytimes.com/.../fbi-is-accused-of-intimidation-by-attorneys-for-hispanic-agents.ht...

Aug 27, 1988 - The plaintiffs' attorneys, Hugo Rodriguez and Antonio Silva, said the ... state that the first rule of the F.B.I. is, 'Don't embarrass the bureau.

Hispanic Agents Maintain Bias Persists in F.B.I. - NYTimes.com

http://www.nytimes.com/1990/03/16/us/hispanic-agents-maintain-bias-persists-in-fbi.html

Mar 16, 1990 - F.B.I. Denies Any Retaliation The F.B.I. denies that there has been retaliation ... Antonio V. Silva, an El Paso lawyer who has represented all the ...

 

 

 

 

http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2017/03/20/fbi-agent-prosecutor-anger-judge-in-price-trial/

 

FBI Agent & Prosecutor Anger Judge In Price Trial

CBS DFW-

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The judge Monday in Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price's federal corruption trial angrily lashed out at ...





http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-kellyanne-conway-husband-justice-department-job-20170319-story.html

 

 

 

Kellyanne Conway’s Husband Poised to Land a Top DOJ Job

 

Kellyanne Conway

 

White House adviser Kellyanne Conway’s husband is expected to be nominated to lead the Justice Department civil division, a position that will enable him to defend President Trump’s executive order on immigration.

White House officials are poised to make the announcement of the nomination of George Conway, a New York lawyer, in the next few days, people familiar with the matter told the Chicago Tribune. 

 

http://ftw.usatoday.com/2017/03/donald-trump-russia-election-house-intelligence-committee-james-comey-new-england-patriots-giants-metaphor-video

 

FBI's James Comey used bizarre Patriots metaphor to explain ...

For The Win-

If you made a bet on sports somehow making its way into Monday's House Intelligence Committee hearings with FBI director James Comey, you probably would ...

 

 

Part 1

Part  2

 

 

 

 

 

FBI  agents Blackmailing the President Congress - Part 1 - YouTube

▶ 6:58

May 28, 2007 - Uploaded by 10Garmonbozia01

Blackmailing the President - Part 1 ... Further comments by G.Gordon Liddy, Walter Mondale regarding the ...

 

 

 

http://www.veteranstoday.com/2013/09/02/35-things-the-ruling-cabal-does-not-want-you-to-know/

 

35 Things the Ruling Cabal Does Not Want You to Know | Veterans ...

http://www.veteranstoday.com/.../35-things-the-ruling-cabal-does-not-want-you-to-know/

Sep 2, 2013 - YouTube - Veterans Today - .... The FBI is basically a cover-up mechanism for the Ruling Cabal, also ..... night “not to worry” FBI visits, like those mention in G. Gordon Liddy's book, ... zio manipulations and blackmail, it means that Zionism is actually in its final death throes and will take down the NWO with it.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/shirtless-fbi-agent-article-1.1203108

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2232130/FBI-agent-sent-topless-pictures-David-Petraeus-whistleblower-Jill-Kelley.html

FBI agent  Fred Humphries,friend of Florida housewife at center of Petreaus scandal who sent topless pictures to her ‘went rogue’ after being told to 'stay the hell away'


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2232130/FBI-agent-sent-topless-pictures-David-Petraeus-whistleblower-Jill-Kelley.html#ixzz4btyOt5KP
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http://www.examiner-enterprise.com/news/20170320/nude-photos-scandal-fbi-military-investigate-cyber-bullying-claims

 

NUDE PHOTOS SCANDAL: FBI, military investigate cyber bullying ...

Examiner Enterprise-

NUDE PHOTOS SCANDAL: FBI, military investigate cyber bullying claims ... from all military branches, FBI agents and state prosecutors, officials said Friday

 

 

 

http://canadafreepress.com/article/someone-stole-a-secret-service-agents-laptop-right-out-of-his-car-but-dont

 

Someone stole a Secret Service agent's laptop right out of his car, but don't worry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/01/politics/investigates-fbi-syria-greene/

 

FBI agent married ISSIS jihadi she was investigating

The Australian-

Daniela Greene, 38, an FBI linguist, lied to her bosses and went to Syria in 2014 to marry an Isis recruiter who had previously been a rapper in Germany.

 

 

 

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/fbi-agent-puerto-rico-accused-kicking-neighbors-dog-222930316.html

 

 

 

FBI agent in Puerto Rico accused of kicking neighbor's dog

 

 

 

 May 2 2017

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico

 

An FBI agent in Puerto Rico has been accused of kicking his neighbor's Yorkshire terrier in the head.

 

Police said Tuesday that 46-year-old Timothy Boruff was charged with animal abuse and posted a $500 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court May 17.

 

Authorities say the alleged incident occurred April 21 in the upscale private community of Palmas del Mar along Puerto Rico's eastern coast.

 

 

 

 

 

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2017/05/02/2-investigators-chicago-detective-has-rap-sheet-for-shoplifting/

 

 

 

2 Investigators: Chicago Detective Has Rap Sheet For Shoplifting

 

 

May 2, 2017 10:20 PM

 

Cherie Hendricks, a veteran Chicago Police Department detective, was arrested at a Louisiana Walmart on Christmas Eve for stealing $113.50 worth of reading glasses and coffee mugs.

 

She was placed into a court-ordered diversion program, typically reserved for first time offenders.

 

This wasn’t Hendricks’ first incident, the 2 Investigators have learned.

 

Hendricks was arrested for shoplifting more than $200 worth of vitamins in 2013 at a Lakeview Whole Foods, but has not faced any discipline. The Chicago Police Department opened an internal investigation after Hendricks was caught. Four years later, the 2 Investigators were told that probe is still “open and active.”

 

The U.S. Department of Justice’s investigation into the Chicago Police Department, completed last January, found “officers are too rarely held accountable for misconduct” and “when investigations do occur they are glacially slow.”

 

David Bradford, a former police chief and executive director of Northwestern University’s Center for Public Safety, said the lack of discipline is detrimental because “it produces bad morale within the good officers of the department and puts the credibility of the whole agency in question with the community.”

 

Only recently, after the 2 Investigators started asking questions, did Chicago police finally close the internal investigation and recommend Hendricks be terminated.

 

The matter now goes before the Police Board.

 

CBS 2’s Brad Edwards caught up with Hendricks but she declined to discuss the allegations.

 

Hendricks was placed on desk duty in 2013, but has continued to collect an annual salary of more than $90,000. Additionally, taxpayers have picked up nearly $25,000 worth of educational expenses for her since May 2016, according to city records.

 

It’s unknown if she was convicted of theft in the 2013 case.

 

Her case doesn’t appear in Cook County court records and a Chicago Police spokesperson said her case had been expunged.

 

The police spokesperson says the internal probe dragged on in part because Hendricks went on medical leave.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/doj-police-reform-jeff-sessions-chicago_us_58f50a77e4b0da2ff86254cf

 

 

04/29/2017 07:01 pm ET |

 

 

Chicago Was On The Verge Of Police Reform. Then Trump Picked Jeff Sessions To Run The DOJ.

The city will serve as a bellwether for how — or if — the Justice Department will fight police abuse under the new attorney general.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHICAGO ― In the final months of the Obama administration, the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division scrambled to complete its biggest-ever investigation of a city police department: a 13-month probe of Chicago’s 12,000-strong police force that wrapped up just a week before President Donald Trump’s inauguration.

 

For more than a year, the division’s lawyers reviewed thousands of Chicago Police Department documents, visited all 22 police districts, went on 60 ride-alongs, reviewed 170 police shooting files, examined over 425 incidents of less-lethal force, interviewed 340 department members and talked to about 1,000 Chicago residents.

 

Their final report, issued Jan. 13, recognized the tough job officers had in Chicago as they dealt with spiking gun violence, and praised the “diligent efforts and brave actions of countless” officers. But a “breach in trust” eroded Chicago’s ability to prevent crime, because officers were able to escape accountability when they broke the law, the report found. Because “trust and effectiveness in combating violent crime are inextricably intertwined,” the report found “broad, fundamental reform” was needed in Chicago.

 

Without a formal legal agreement to reform — known as a consent decree — and independent monitoring, the report concluded, reform efforts in Chicago were “not likely to be successful.”

 

 

JI SUB JEONG/HUFFPOST

Jeff Sessions, Trump’s attorney general, disagrees. In recent weeks, Sessions has expressed deep skepticism about the role of the federal government in fixing broken police departments, leaving serious doubts about the ultimate outcome of the Justice Department’s work in Chicago.

 

Sessions wants the Justice Department to serve as the “leading advocate for law enforcement in America.” While admitting he hadn’t read the full Chicago report, he called it “anecdotal” and “not so scientifically based.” Earlier this month in Baltimore, a Justice Department lawyer said Sessions had “grave concerns” about an agreement previously reached between that city and the Obama administration. A federal judge signed off on the deal over Sessions’ objections.

 

In an interview with a conservative radio host this month, Sessions seemed to suggest that Justice Department investigations and consent decrees were resulting in “big crime increases.” In an op-ed for USA Today last week, Sessions wrote that consent decrees could amount to “harmful federal intrusion” that could “cost more lives by handcuffing the police instead of the criminals.” There’s too much focus on “a small number of police who are bad actors,” Sessions wrote, and “too many people believe the solution is to impose consent decrees that discourage the proactive policing that keeps our cities safe.”

 

 

 

https://www.sebastiandaily.com/news/local/sebastian-police-k9-found-dead-in-officers-vehicle-6216/

 

 

Fla. K-9 found dead in cruiser parked outside courthouse

The National Weather Service reported the high in central Florida on Friday afternoon was 88 degrees

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://9-11themotherofallblackoperations.blogspot.com/2006/09/female-fbi-agent-discusses-sexual.html

 

 

 

"The Mother Of All Black Ops": Female FBI Agent Discusses Sexual Harassment At The Bureau & Suicide Of Her Husband -- Did The FBI Drive Him To It? - blogger

9-11themotherofallblackoperations.blogspot.com › ...

Sep 26, 2006 - Perhaps it wasn't his fight against terrorism that caused Brad Doucette to commit suicide, but instead, his knowlege and possible complicity in the FBI's obstruction of justice which took place during the ...

 

 

 

 

http://abc7.com/society/fbi-to-host-rare-recruiting-event-in-la/1945142/

 

 

FBI COMING TO LOS ANGELES LOOKING TO RECRUIT WOMEN, MINORITIES

 

LOS ANGELES The FBI is hosting a rare recruiting event in Los Angeles on May 9 in hopes of diversifying its team with more women and minorities.

 

In the more than 13,000 special agents, 83 percent are Caucasian, 6.5 percent are Hispanic, 4.5 percent are Asian and about 4.4 percent are black.

 

"It's pretty important to have a general population in the FBI that matches the general population in the community because sometimes people relate better to people who they perceive are like them," explained Cathy Kramer, an FBI special agent.

 

The event is part of the Diversity Agent Recruitment Program.

 

The FBI said director James Comey will speak to applicants about his major push to hire talented women and minorities.

 

"He has absolutely pinned diversity as one of his core values in the FBI, and he added that just a few years ago, when he came on board," Kramer said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Martin Luther King was murdered by FBI when he arrived at the hospital.. - YouTube

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Posted: Jul 2, 2016

Combined segments from an interview with the honorable ...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2017/05/03/nagarwala-genital-mutiliation-clinic-livonia-surveillance/101226050/

 

 

 

Alleged mutilations proceeded despite surveillance

The Detroit News-

Detroit — FBI agents were unable to stop a doctor from allegedly mutilating the genitalia of 7-year-old girls at a Livonia clinic despite installing a secret video ...

 

 

http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/FBI-Has-Open-Case-File-on-Dallas-Shooter-Who-Killed-Roommate-Injured-2-Others-421051803.html

 

 

FBI Has Open Case File on Dallas Shooter Who Killed Roommate ...

NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth-

Eric Jackson, Special Agent in Charge of the Dallas FBI, said Tuesday the bureau had an active, open investigation into Brown prior to the shooting and that they ...

 

 

https://robertscribbler.com/

 

 

India to Fight Airpocalypse by Making Every Car Electric by 2030

Stricken by air pollution, tired of paying so much for fuel imports, fearful of climate change, and looking to cut vehicle ownership costs, India now plans to have all new cars purchased in the country be electric-powered by 2030.

 

A Crisis Brought on by Fossil Fuel Dependence

 

If you thought air pollution in China was bad, you haven’t really taken a good look at India.

 

According to a 2015 ‘Airpocalypse’ report from Greenpeace, the massive country sees 1.2 million people die from toxic air pollution every year. This number, according to the report, was only slightly less than total deaths attributed to tobacco use.

 

 

 

(Smoke, dust, and industrial pollution choke India’s skies in this 2012 NASA Satellite Photo. During recent years, air quality decline in India has been attributed both to increasing air pollution and to rising instances of wildfire ignition spurred by human-caused climate change.)

 

Over recent years India’s air pollution death rate, according to Greenpeace, has been steadily ticking upward. And in 2015, the country surpassed China’s annual loss of life due to bad air. In places like the capital city of Dehli, the amount of harmful particulate pollution now often rises to 13 times the maximum safe level recommended by the World Health Organization.

 

A large share of the pollution that causes these deaths comes from automobile emissions. Add in the worsening instances of heat and drought caused by fossil-fuel-emissions-based climate change — which are already hitting India’s farmers and water security hard — and the incentive to move to clean energy sources couldn’t be higher. Facing multiple and worsening but related crises, it is now the goal of the country’s energy minister — Piyush Goyal — to begin a massive vehicle electrification program that first targets the country’s most heavily polluted population centers and then aims to encompass the entire nation.

 

100 Percent Electric Vehicles by 2030

 

The program would both add electrical vehicle charging infrastructure even as it incentivizes India’s citizens to purchase zero emissions vehicles. Individuals would be offered electrical vehicles for zero money down and then would pay back the price of purchase in installments from money saved due to far lower fuel costs. The plan would ramp up in 2020, leverage subsidies of around 4.3 billion dollars equivalent value per year, and would aim to build demand for between 4-7 million electrical vehicles annually.

 

Goyal says that the goal is to have 100 percent of all new cars sold as electrical vehicles by 2030. And it’s a goal that not only aims to reduce harmful pollution — but also to significantly lower fuel imports which presently stand at around 4.5 million barrels of oil per day even as it tamps down the overall cost of running a vehicle. As an added benefit, the program would spur rapid growth in the country’s automotive sector which, if successful, has the potential to leap-frog the country into a far more competitive economic position vis-a-vis the rest of the world. Especially considering the backward energy and climate policies of western heads of state like Donald J. Trump which threaten to put countries like the U.S. behind the energy transition curve.

 

 

 

(Are electrical vehicles about to hit an S-Curve type adoption rate? Policies in India and in other nations and cities around the world seem set to help enable an electrical vehicle and renewable energy based transition away from fossil fuels. Image source: Solar Feeds.)

 

India’s clean energy ambitions do not start or end with electrical vehicles, however. The country is also involved in major efforts to promote wind and solar energy. India’s solar bid process has been very successful in both lowering costs and spurring mass adoption of clean energy sources. This year the program will help to add fully 10 gigawatts of solar power capacity to the country’s electricity sector. A recent wind energy bid program now appears set to achieve similar gains — with another 6 gigawatts of capacity from that clean energy source on tap in 2017. So it’s likely that these new electrical vehicles will be powered more and more by renewable sources even in previously coal-dependent India.

 

India is among a growing group of nations announcing ambitions to switch entire vehicle fleets over to electric and renewables. The Netherlands is mulling over a ban on petroleum and diesel based vehicles by 2025. Sweden, Norway and Belgium are planning similar bans by 2025 through 2030. And these countries join an expanding number of major cities around the world like Athens, Paris, Mexico City and Madrid who have announced bans on pollution-causing fossil fuel based cars by 2025.

 

Links:

 

India Eyes All-Electric Car Fleet by 2030

 

India to Make Every Single Car Electric by 2030

 

Airpocalypse

 

NASA

 

India Expects to Add 10 Gigawatts of Solar Power in 2017

 

Wind Power Passes Inflection Point in India

 

Diesel Controls at Critical Technological Junction in Transport

 

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Duration of Indian Hot Season Nearly Doubles

 

 

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http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-doj-alton-sterling-2017-story.html#nt=oft12aH-1gp2

 

 

https://www.prisonpolicy.org/scans/price/index.shtml

 

 

https://massispost.com/2014/04/suffolk-university-partner-in-armenian-genocide-denial/

 

 

 

http://www.ajmuste.org/index.html

 

 

 

 

 

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Guards at St. Louis halfway house streamed Netflix for hours while man hanged himself

BY MEGAN CERULLO

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 4:00 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://sjlendman.blogspot.com/2017/04/100-us-senators-want-israeli-high.html

 

 

100 US Senators Want Israeli High Crimes Suppressed

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

In an April 27 letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, all US senators demanded the world body ignore Israeli high crimes, calling truth-telling “anti-Semiti(c).”

 

“Too often, the UN is exploited as a vehicle for targeting Israel,” they said.

 

Fact: Much more needs to be done to hold Israel accountable for high crimes of war and against humanity - for decades of ruthlessly persecuting Palestinians, for committing slow-motion genocide, for attacking its neighbors.

 

The letter quoted neocon US UN envoy Nikki Haley, saying “(i)t is the UN’s anti-Israel bias that is long overdue for change” - an outrageous perversion of truth.

 

The senators praised the world body “for disavowing” the important Richard Falk/Virginia Tilley report, calling Israel a racist apartheid regime - “beyond a reasonable doubt.”

 

The entire US Senate urged the UN “to improve (its) treatment of Israel…” It demands no world body support for the vital global BDS initiative - or any other actions hostile to Israeli interests.

 

It wants information about its human rights abuses suppressed. It demands support for US interests. It calls truth-telling anti-Israeli “bias.”

 

All 100 US senators disgracefully signed the letter. Washington and Israel partner in each other’s high crimes - a ruthless axis of evil threatening humanity.

 

Last week, Haley accused the world body of holding “Israel-bashing sessions.” Ignoring US wars in multiple theaters, she lied claiming “Iran is using Hezbollah to advance its regional aspirations.”

 

“They are working together to expand extremist ideologies in the Middle East. That is a threat that should be dominating our discussion at the Security Council.”

 

Iran threatens no one. Neither does Hezbollah. Haley turned truth on its head. So did Tillerson days earlier, irresponsibly accusing Tehran of “alarming ongoing provocations” to destabilize regional countries.

 

Iranian UN envoy Gholamali Khoshroo debunked his remarks, calling them “misleading propaganda…”

 

Last week Washington asked which Middle East countries benefit from regional chaos, “and what are the connections between terrorist groups and these states?”

 

Israel, of course, benefits most. So does America by its belligerent presence in a part of the world not its own - waging endless wars of aggression, supporting terrorist groups it created, wanting pro-Western puppet rule replacing all sovereign independent governments.

 

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.

 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

 

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

 

 

 

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/rikers-correction-officer-accused-impregnating-inmate-suit-article-1.3114005

 

 

 

EXCLUSIVE: Rikers correction officer already accused of raping two inmates impregnated another woman behind bars, suit claims

BY VICTORIA BEKIEMPIS

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Saturday, April 29, 2017, 4:00 AM

 

 

 

 

http://www.freedom2boycottmd.com/

 

 

Victory! Maryland's Anti-Boycott Bill is Dead!

Last Monday was Sine Die, the final day of the Maryland General Assembly’s annual legislative session. We are pleased to announce that the Anti-Boycott Bill SB739/HB949 has officially died! The legislation never even received a single vote in any committee. For the third consecutive year, legislative attacks on supporters of Palestinian human rights failed decisively.

 

This outcome was not due to any back-door negotiation from insiders in the legislature or because of lobbyist efforts. It was mainly due to legislators (especially Democratic legislators) being convinced that this bill was unconstitutional or they simply disagreed with it's intent. This convincing was largely done by a grassroots statewide movement -- including

 

April 12, 2017

 

BDS Co-Founder Omar Barghouti Sends Letter to MD Assembly

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 During the hearings on the Zirkin/Kramer anti-Boycott bills (SB739/HB949), supporters of the bills repeatedly mentioned the name of Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement co-founder Omar Barghouti.

 

Omar Barghouti responded with a letter directly addressed to members of the Maryland General Assembly. Read his full letter here.

 

 

ACLU Says Anti-Boycott Bill is Unconstitutional. Warns of Censorship

Today the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland has released a statement saying that the Zirkin/Kramer Anti-Boycott Bill is unconstitutional.

 

While we take no position on the underlying boycott, we do oppose the bill, as it is inimical to democratic principles. The bill penalizes a point of view deemed unacceptable by government officials. It would allow the state to assume the role of censor in matters of political controversy.

 

It is well-accepted that boycotts are fully protected speech under the First Amendment

 

 

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Just Another Week in Hell

The news from your local lockup is not good.

By KEN ARMSTRONG

In San Jose, California, three jail guards stood trial this week, charged with beating an inmate to death, ripping his spleen nearly in half. In northeast Arkansas, two supervisors at a juvenile lockup pleaded guilty to conspiring to pepper-spray kids without cause. And in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, an inquest revealed that jail guards cut off water to an inmate’s cell seven days before he died of dehydration.

 

 

 

 

 

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Chicago airport security chief fired over sexual harassment allegations

BY ELIZABETH ELIZALDE

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, April 27, 2017, 7:33 PM

 

 

 

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VIDEO: Protesters demand murder charge for cop who forced motorcyclist off the road

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Lawyer: Cops “deliberately misled” judge who seemingly signed off on stingray

“Any system that is not transparent is inherently corrupt.”

 

 

 

- 5/6/2017, 9:00 AM

 

FBI’s stingray quickly found suspect after local cops’ device couldn’t

OAKLAND, Calif.—Defense attorney Martha Boersch has strong words for federal law enforcement's warrantless use of cell-site simulators, better known as stingrays.

 

Her client, Purvis Ellis, charged with attempted murder and racketeering, was tracked down to an East Oakland apartment in January 2013 with the help of not just one stingray, but two. Prosecutors initially insisted that only one stingray was used, but as was revealed last summer, that turned out to not be the case. The Oakland Police Department's own stingray was seemingly insufficient, so officers then called in the FBI, both times without a warrant.

 

"When they then take that technology and use it in a run-of-the-mill criminal case and use it secretly and clearly without providing defendants with notice or any of the Constitutional protections that a defendant is supposed to have, that's a real problem," Boersch, who herself served as a federal prosecutor for 12 years, told Ars during a recent in-person interview at her downtown office.

"Why courts are letting the government get away with it, I don't quite understand."

The stingray question is proving to be a constant thorn in the prosecution's side—the defense has seized on it as an avenue to challenge the government's case. Earlier this week, Boersch filed three new motions that an Oakland federal judge will hear next month. Her client may finally get a judicial ruling as to whether the Oakland Police Department and the FBI's stingray use here was appropriate and what effect that should have, if any, on his case.

Boersch noted that she didn’t have a problem with law enforcement using stingrays per se, but she wanted agents to be "up front about it."

"To me, the biggest issue is transparency," she continued. "Any system that is not transparent is inherently corrupt, and that's what happens when law enforcement is able to use something like the stingray secretly."

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FURTHER READING

“PING SUSP PHONE”—An Oakland shooting reveals how cops snoop on cell phones

As Ars has reported for years, stingrays determine a phone’s location by spoofing a cell tower. In some cases, they can also intercept calls and text messages. Once deployed, the devices intercept data from a target phone along with information from other phones within the vicinity.

 

In recent years, the use of stingrays has come under increased public scrutiny. In 2015, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice, which oversees the FBI, said that they would have new policies regarding a warrant.

On January 21, 2013, Ellis was arrested not long after he was located via stingray in Apartment #112, one of many in a complex of units at 1759 Seminary Avenue in East Oakland. Several hours earlier, during the evening before, an undercover Oakland police officer was shot inside the gated parking area in front of the building. (That officer, Eric Karsseboom, accused one of Ellis’ co-defendants, Damien McDaniel, of being the one who pulled the trigger. McDaniel recently pleaded guilty—three defendants remain, including Ellis.)

In the Ellis case, prosecutors have said that no warrant was needed under the exigent circumstances exception. The defense has challenged that assertion, but the judge has not made a ruling.

Of Boersch's May 1 motions, the first was a new motion to suppress all the evidence that was found as a result of the stingray, and it applies to all three remaining defendants. In addition, she filed a second motion to suppress the evidence found in the four apartments that were searched, including #112, where Ellis was located, on account of an allegedly defective warrant.

Finally, she filed a third motion to sever Ellis' case from the other two co-defendants. She notes that her client can no longer wait for the case to unfold at the glacial pace that it has. Under the US Constitution, Ellis has a right to a speedy trial, and he has been kept in "administrative segregation," also known as solitary confinement, inside Oakland’s Glenn Dyer jail for more than two years. Until now, Ellis has waived his right to a speedy trial, but he has seemingly grown frustrated with the pace of his case.

“The application does not inform the judge... ”

 

 

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Oakland may become rare American city with strict rules for spy gear use

The new stingray motion makes a forceful argument that deployment of a cell-site simulator requires a warrant and that warrantless searches are presumed to be unreasonable. The Oakland Police Department did file a pen register order with Metro PCS, the mobile phone carrier. That legal order, however, makes no mention of any stingray use.

 

In ideal circumstances, detectives typically go to a local judge before they deploy a stingray. Instead of a warrant, most law enforcement officers file an application for a "pen register and trap and trace order." Unlike the threshold for a warrant—probable cause of an actual crime—the pen register and trap and trace order only requires authorities to show "relevancy to a criminal investigation."

As Boersch writes:

The order did not allow the FBI or OPD to bypass the carriers and independently use a roaming cell-site simulator, which, as discussed above, performs very different and more intrusive functions than these. In fact, the affidavit in support of the order did not mention cell-site simulators at all or seek authorization to conduct any of the sort of electronic surveillance that the Stingrays were apparently performing.

Third, if the government intended this order to cover its use of the two Stingrays, it deliberately misled the state court judge by failing to inform him of the technology being used, the materials to be collected, or the nature of the surveillance it was conducting. The affidavit in support of the order fails to mention that the FBI or OPD would be using a Stingray, cell-site simulator, or any other similar device. The application does not inform the judge that law enforcement will be using devices wholly independent of the carriers to whom the order was directed. And the affidavit fails to inform the judge that the FBI and OPD would be monitoring everyone's phone within range. If the government contends that the order authorized the use of the Stingray, then the agent's statements were necessarily deliberately misleading.

The new filings come at a time when the city of Oakland itself is thinking in entirely new ways about how best to balance the needs of law enforcement with the citizenry's right to privacy, which is enshrined in the state constitution.

On Tuesday, May 9, the Public Safety Committee is expected to formally recommend that the City Council adopt a new proposed law—believed to be one of the most stringent local surveillance oversight laws in the nation. Brian Hofer, the chair of the city's Privacy Advisory Commission, made the case for the new law in a recent op-ed in a local newspaper, the East Bay Express.

In it, he writes:

The ordinance will also shift the balance of power. By requiring Council approval for acquisition or use of surveillance technology, law enforcement will no longer be able to make secret, unilateral decisions, such as OPD's move to acquire and use a Stingray cell-phone tracking device in 2007. Our City Council found

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In 2007, FBI agents raided his home in Maryland. Drake was left in limbo for two years, wondering whether the new Obama administration would continue the ...

 

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Thomas Drake still thinks about waking up a free man, instead of the lifelong prison term he was promised by the government he used to work for.

Drake woke up Wednesday in a guesthouse on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn. The former senior executive of the National Security Agency spoke at the college's annual MAYDAY! Peace Conference last week as part of his second career: the whistleblower warning the nation about the rise of mass surveillance.

 

After a career in the U.S. Air Force and stints as a CIA analyst and an intelligence agency contractor, Drake took a job at the NSA, perhaps the country's most secretive federal agency, which exists to protect the nation by intercepting and analyzing telephone and digital communications. His first day of work was Sept. 11, 2001.

Within months, he said, he was disturbed by what he saw. To stop future attacks, the NSA was collecting huge volumes of communications of Americans, flouting the Constitution's protection against warrantless searches, he said.

He said he raised his concerns internally at first, to no effect. In 2006, he contacted a reporter at the Baltimore Sun, which then published a series of stories about Trailblazer, an NSA program it described as violating privacy at huge cost and dubious benefit.

Drake said he chose defending the law over loyalty to the agency. "If that meant going to prison, then I would go to prison. I knew that in blowing the whistle, shortly after 9/11, I would expose myself to that possibility, and not just lose my job, but lose everything."

In 2007, FBI agents raided his home in Maryland. Drake was left in limbo for two years, wondering whether the new Obama administration would continue the case. He got his answer in April 2010 when he was charged with 10 felony counts. Five of them invoked the Espionage Act, a law that's intended for saboteurs, not whistleblowers.

Four days before his trial was to begin in 2011, the government dropped the espionage charges and allowed Drake to plead guilty to a misdemeanor of misusing a government computer. He was sentenced to community service, probation and a $25 court fee.

The judge lashed out at the prosecution for putting Drake through "four years of hell."

By then, Drake could no longer afford private attorneys and had found a job at an Apple Store, where he still works today. Yet he had the unique distinction of having beaten the rap in the Obama administration's unprecedented use of the Espionage Act to punish leakers.

Now he's a celebrity in the small society of federal whistleblowers, a subject of documentary films and profiles, with his own book on the way and plans to teach.

 

 

 

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And let me ask you, how would you handle an FBI Agent who forwarded thousands of classified emails to his or her spouse on a non-government computer?”.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.thebaynet.com/articles/0517/madison-county-sheriffs-deputy-arrested-on-federal-criminal-complaint.html

Madison County Sheriff’s Deputy Arrested on Pedophile  Complaint

         05/06/2017

 

 

The U.S. Department of Justice

 

 

 

Charlottesville, VIRGINIA – A Madison County Sheriff’s Office detective, assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force [ICAC], was arrested this morning and charged via federal criminal complaint with four counts relating to the sexual exploitation of minors, Acting United States Attorney Rick A. Mountcastle, Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Virginia State Police Colonel Steve W. Flaherty and Acting Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Richmond Division John J. Lenkart, announced today.

 

Bruce A. Harvey, 40, of Reva, Va., has been charged with two counts of transporting minors across state lines with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and two counts of interstate travel with minors with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct. The alleged criminal activity involved two minor female victims who had contact with Harvey while he worked

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Red Sand Project will not raise awareness of cops trafficking

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County Commission Chairwoman Gina Cerilli says an FBI agent will address the topic at an upcoming women's caucus of county commissioners. “Unfortunately ...

 

 

 

 

 

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Marchers Decry Epidemic Of Violence Against Native Women

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Jury finds  FBI special agent guilty of manslaughter in hammer death

Judge sets sentencing for February for 63-year-old former law enforcement officer

 

Edward Preciado-Nuno is shown during a break in his murder trial at the Regional Justice Center Thursday, December 16, 2010. Preciado-Nuno, a retired FBI special agent, is accused of killing his son’s girlfriend Kimberly Long. Preciado-Nuno says he was attacked by the girlfriend and killed her in self-defense.

 

Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010 | 4:54 p.m.

Edward Preciado-Nuno

A jury found retired San Diego FBI special agent Edward Preciado-Nuno guilty of voluntary manslaughter with use of a deadly weapon Tuesday afternoon in Clark County District Court.

 

 

Preciado-Nuno, 63, who was out on bail, was taken into custody and will be sentenced on Feb. 23. The jury deliberated from 9 a.m. until about 2:30 p.m., Chief Deputy District Attorney Giancarlo Pesci said.

“We’re grateful he’s in custody,” Pesci said.

Preciado-Nuno was arrested in November 2008 on a charge of murder with a deadly weapon. Police found Preciado-Nuno’s son’s girlfriend Kimberly Long dead in his son’s garage with several blunt force trauma wounds.

The trial began Nov. 14 of this year and the main issue contested was whether the attack was self-defense or murder.

In his opening statements, Pesci said the evidence would show that Long was trying to defend herself. He showed the jury an autopsy photo of Long's head. It showed 13 places where Preciado-Nuno had hit her with a claw hammer.

Pesci also showed the jurors photos of cuts and bruises from the hammer marks on her arm, plus an X-ray that showed her arm had been broken. There were 34 areas of injury on her body, he said.

 

 

 

http://www.41nbc.com/2017/05/06/utahns-puzzled-by-chaffetz-decision-to-quit-congress/

 

 

 

 

UTAHNS PUZZLED BY CHAFFETZ DECISION TO QUIT CONGRESS

05/06/2017 - 7:36am

 

 

 

Raised Jewish, Chaffetz father’s first wife was Kitty Dukakis — who later married failed Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis — and his grandfather was an FBI agent.

Chaffetz became a Mormon while a student at Brigham Young University. Before he got into politics, he was a spokesman for the Utah-based Nu Skin Enterprises, a personal care and dietary supplement company that had been accused in the past of being a pyramid scheme — and which now operates abroad in countries like

Russia and China.

While Chaffetz

 

 

 

 

 

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Pressure builds on FBI to explain Garland terrorist attack

 

May 6, 2017, 12:01 AM

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The FBI is under mounting pressure from the Senate to explain the circumstances behind a terrorist attack in Garland, Texas in 2015, although it's still far from clear whether the FBI intends to explain why an FBI agent was at the scene and did nothing.

In open testimony before the committee on Wednesday, FBI Director James Comey told Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, that he would be willing to explain media reports that suggest the FBI may have had advance knowledge of the attack. But he only said he would do that in a classified briefing, and no briefing has been set.

 

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Cruz's request was just the latest attempt to get to the bottom of the attack. Senator Ron Johnson, R-Wis., has been trying to get information from the FBI and the Justice Department for over a year and a half, and has had little to show for his efforts.

Requests for comment from Cruz and Johnson were not returned about when a briefing might occur.

In May 2015, two radicalized Islamic extremists, Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, went to a "Draw Muhammed" event in a car loaded with firearms and ammunition. They opened fire at a security checkpoint at the perimeter of the parking lot, and were quickly shot and killed by a traffic officer on the scene before they could reach the building in which the event was being held. Bruce Joiner, a security guard on the scene, was shot in the leg and survived.

A report by 60 Minutes, however, showed a remarkable level of involvement by the FBI on that day. An undercover agent was in the car immediately behind the two attackers, and was taking pictures of the scene just seconds before Simpson and Soofi opened fire. The undercover FBI agent had been in touch with Simpson for weeks prior to the shooting, and even texted him the message "Tear up Texas" weeks before the attack. And just after the pair began their attack, the undercover agent tried to flee the scene.

When Johnson first queried the Justice Department for information that could help him understand what happened that day, he said the response "contained little specificity and ignored several important questions."

After the 60 Minutes report in March, Johnson again requested documentation from the FBI, but his deadline came and went, and the FBI sent him nothing.

The FBI press office told the Washington Examiner it is "in contact" with Johnson's office about the questions he's raised about the FBI's involvement in the incident, but had nothing else to say about it.

Still, that acknowledgment is a big leap forward in the bureau's willingness to make any public admission about the attack, which was the first on American soil for which the Islamic State claimed responsibility.

Toward the end of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing this week, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, forced Comey to confirm for a second time that he would not only brief Cruz, but also committee staff.

"Assuming they have the clearances for it. I don't think that's a problem at all, I'll do that," Comey replied.

The attorney for the wounded security guard, Trenton Roberts, previously told the Washington Examiner that he was concerned the FBI may have been more invested in moving an undercover agent up the ranks in a U.S.-based cell of the Islamic State than they were interested in stopping an imminent attack.

"It seems like it had to have been one or the other," Roberts told the Examiner. "Just a complete botched operation where they [the FBI] don't want the attack to actually take place, or, it's something where they need the attack to take place in order for this guy [the agent] to advance in the world of ISIS."

Joiner and Roberts have about six months to decide if they'll sue the FBI, whi

 

 

 

 

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Organization that assassinated Martin Luther King and Malcolm X

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MARTIN LUTHER KING SURVIVED SHOOTING, WAS MURDERED IN HOSPITAL: AN INTERVIEW WITH WILLIAM PEPPER

 

 

 

 

For one bright moment back in the late 1960s, we actually believed that we could change our country. We had identified the enemy. We saw it up close, we had its measure, and we were very hopeful that we would prevail. The enemy was hollow where we had substance. All of that substance was destroyed by an assassin’s bullet. – William Pepper (page 15, The Plot to Kill King)

By Craig McKee

The revelations are stunning. The media indifference is predictable.

Thanks to the nearly four-decade investigation by human rights lawyer William Pepper, it is now clear once and for all that Martin Luther King was murdered in a conspiracy that was instigated by then FBI director J. Edgar Hoover and that also involved the U.S. military, the Memphis Police Department, and “Dixie Mafia” crime figures in Memphis, Tennessee. These and many more incredible details of the King assassination are contained in a trilogy of volumes by Pepper culminating with his latest and final book on the subject, The Plot to Kill King. He previously wrote Orders to Kill (1995) and An Act of State (2003).

With virtually no help from the mainstream media and very little from the justice system, Pepper was able to piece together what really happened on April 4, 1968 in Memphis right down to who gave the order and supplied the money, how the patsy was chosen, and who actually pulled the trigger.

Without this information, the truth about King’s assassination would have been buried and lost to history. Witnesses would have died off, taking their secrets with them, and the official lie that King was the victim of a racist lone gunman named James Earl Ray would have remained “fact.”

 

Instead, we know that Ray took the fall for a murder he did not commit. We know that a member of the Memphis Police Department fired the fatal shot and that two military sniper teams that were part of the 902nd Military Intelligence Group were sent to Memphis as back-ups should the primary shooter fail. We have access to the fascinating account of how Pepper came to make contact with Colonel John Downie (he had to work through a third party), the man in charge of the military part of the plot and Lyndon Johnson’s former Vietnam briefer. We also learn that as part of the operation, photographs were actually taken of the shooting and that Pepper came very close to getting his hands on those photographs.

Unfortunately, the mainstream media has ignored all of these revelations and continues to label Ray as King’s lone assassin. In fact, Pepper chronicles in detail how a disinformation campaign has featured the collaboration of many mainstream journalists over almost half a century. He says he suspects that those orchestrating the cover-up, which continues to this day, are no longer concerned with what he writes about the subject.

“I’m really basically harmless, I think, to the power structure,” Pepper said in an interview.

“I don’t think I threaten them, really. The control of the media is so consolidated now they can keep someone like me under wraps, under cover, forever. This book will probably never be reviewed seriously by mainstream, the story will not be aired in mainstream – they control the media. It was bad in the ’60s but nowhere near as bad as now.”

And the most stunning revelation in The Plot to Kill King – which some may question because the account is second hand – is that King was still alive when he arrived at St. Joseph’s Hospital and that he was killed by a doctor who was supposed to be trying to save his life.

“That is probably the most shocking aspect of the book, that final revelation of how this great man was taken from us,” Pepper says. (By the way, when I quote Pepper as having “said” something I mean in our interview. If I’m quoting from the book, I’ll indicate that.)

The hospital story was told to Pepper by a man named Johnton Shelby, whose mother, Lula Mae Shelby, had been a surgical aide at St. Joseph’s that night. Shelby told Pepper the story of how his mother came home the morning after the shooting (she hadn’t been allowed to go home the night before) and gathered the family together. He remembers her saying to them, “I can’t believe they took his life.”

She described chief of surgery Dr. Breen Bland entering the emergency room with two men in suits. Seeing doctors working on King, Bland commanded, “Stop working on the nigger and let him die! Now, all of you get out of here, right now. Everybody get out.”

Johnton Shelby says his mother described hearing the sound of the three men sucking up saliva into their mouths and then spitting. Lula Mae described to her family that she looked over her shoulder as she was leaving the room and saw that the breathing tube had been removed from King and that Bland was holding a pillow over his head. (The book contains the entire deposition given by Johnton Shelby to Pepper, so readers can judge for themselves whether they think Shelby is credible – as Pepper believes he is.)

 

William Pepper with his friend Martin Luther King.

In fact, a second invaluable source was Ron Adkins, whose father, Russell Adkins Sr., was a local Dixie Mafia gangster and conspirator in the planning of the assassination even though he died a year before it took place. Ron told Pepper he had overheard Bland, who was his family’s doctor, tell his father that if King did survive the shooting he had to be taken to St. Joseph’s and nowhere else. As Pepper describes it:

“He remembers Breen Bland saying to his father, ‘If he’s not killed by the shot, just make sure he gets to St. Joseph Hospital, and we’ll make sure that he doesn’t leave.’”

Ron, who was just 16 when the shooting took place, was apparently taken everywhere by his father in those days, and he was able to recount many details of what happened as the assassination was planned and carried out.

“I definitely found him credible,” Pepper says. “I found him troubled, I found him disturbed in a lot of ways by things that went on earlier in his life.”

His deposition is also contained in the book, which Pepper explains was important so that readers could judge the statements for themselves.

“What I wanted to do was to make sure that the entire deposition of these critical moments and this critical information was there, so that one could go and read the depositions and see that I was being accurate,” Pepper says.

Besides describing what he heard Bland tell his father, Ron Adkins described the many visits made to Russell Sr. by Clyde Tolson, J. Edgar Hoover’s right hand man. Known to Ron as “Uncle Clyde,” the high-level FBI official often delivered cash to the elder Adkins for jobs he and his associates would carry out on behalf of Hoover. Among those the younger Adkins said were paid to supply information about the activities of Martin Luther King were the reverends Samuel “Billy”  Kyles and Jesse Jackson.

 

The basics of the official story

If you seek out any information from a mainstream source about James Earl Ray, you’ll find him described as the killer of Martin Luther King, just as Lee Harvey Oswald and Sirhan Sirhan are labelled “assassins” in the murders of John and Robert Kennedy.

But once you read any or all of Pepper’s three books on the King slaying, you see very clearly that Ray is not a killer at all. Instead, he was a petty criminal who was a perfect “follower.” Like Oswald and Sirhan, Ray was set up to take the fall for an assassination that originated within the American deep state. In fact, Pepper says he’s convinced that knowledge of the plot went all the way to the top.

“The whole thing would have been part of Lyndon Johnson’s playbook,” Pepper says. “I think Johnson knew about this.”

As the official story of the shooting goes, at 5:50 p.m. on April 4, Kyles knocked on the door of room 306 of the Lorraine Motel to let King and the rest of his party know that they were running late for a planned dinner at Kyles’s home. Kyles then walked about 60 feet down the balcony where he remained even after King came out of the room at about 6 p.m. (Although Kyles has maintained ever since that he spent the last half hour in the room, Pepper has proven otherwise.)

 

Andrew Young (left) and others on balcony of the Lorraine pointing to where the shot originated while King lies at their feet. (Joseph Louw photo)

Members of a militant black organizing group the Invaders, who were also staying in the motel because of King’s visit, were told shortly before the shooting by a member of the motel staff that their rooms would no longer being paid for by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and that they had to leave immediately. When they asked who had given this order, they were told it was Jesse Jackson. At the time of the shooting, Jackson was waiting down by the swimming pool. Ron Adkins also identified Jackson as the person who called the owners of the Lorraine Motel and demanded that King be moved from a more secure inner courtyard room to an exposed room on the second floor facing the street.

The Memphis Police Department usually formed a detail of black officers to protect King when he was in town, but did not this time. Emergency TACT support units were pulled back from the Lorraine to the fire station, which overlooked the motel. Pepper also learned that the only two black members of the Memphis Fire Department had been told the day before the shooting not to report for work the next day at the fire station. And black detective Ed Redditt was physically removed from his surveillance post in the fire station taken to MPD headquarters, where he described seeing many Army officers. He was then driven home where he heard news about the assassination in his car  just after arriving.

Just about a minute after King exited his room, a single shot was fired and the bullet ripped through King’s jaw and spinal cord, dropping him immediately. The shot appeared to come from across Mulberry Street. King was rushed to hospital, where he was pronounced dead just after 7 p.m.

According to the official story, the shot was fired by Ray from the bathroom of a rooming house above a bar called Jim’s Grill, which backed on to Mulberry and faced onto South Main Street. But, as Pepper’s investigation proves, the shot actually came from the bushes located in between the rooming house and the street.  In fact, the only “witness” who placed Ray at the scene was a falling-down-drunk named Charles Stephens, who later did not recognize Ray in a photograph and who cab driver James McCraw had refused to transport a short time before because he was too intoxicated.

The bushes that concealed the shooter were conveniently trimmed the day after the shooting, giving a false impression that a shooter could not have been concealed there. Several witnesses, including journalist Earl Caldwell and King’s Memphis driver, Solomon Jones, described seeing the shot come from the bushes and not from the bathroom of the rooming house as the official story states.

Another casualty of the King murder was cab driver Buddy Butler who reported that he saw a man running from the scene right after the shot, going south on Mulberry St., and jumping into a police car (this would turn out to be MPD Lieutenant Earl Clark). Butler reported this to his dispatcher and later to fellow cab driver Louie Ward. Butler was interviewed at the Yellow Cab Company later that evening by police. Ward was told the next day that Butler had either fallen, or was pushed, to his death from a speeding car on the Memphis-Arkansas Bridge.

The owner of Jim’ Grill, Loyd Jowers, would later admit to being part of the conspiracy to kill King, and he would be found responsible – along with various government agencies – for the killing in a 1999 civil lawsuit by the King family, which was represented by Pepper.

“The King family got enormous comfort out of the results of that trial and the evidence that came forward from that,” Pepper says.

Betty Spates, a waitress at Jim’s Grill and girlfriend of Jowers, says she saw him rush into the back of the Grill through the back door seconds after the shot, white as a ghost and holding a rifle, which he then wrapped in a tablecloth and hid on a shelf under the counter. He turned to her and said, “Betty, you wouldn’t do anything to hurt me, would you?” She responded, “Of course not, Loyd.” Spates, who didn’t come forward until the 1990s, also recounted that Jowers had been delivered a large sum of money right before the assassination.

James McCraw stated that Jowers had shown him a rifle the day after the shooting and told him it was the one used to kill King.

“We confronted Loyd,” Peppers explains. “We told him he was likely to be indicted if he didn’t help us, if he didn’t give more information. Jowers didn’t know there was no way the grand jury was going to indict him. All he knew was what he did, what he participated in, how much money he got for it – he got quite a large sum of money, built a taxi cab company with it, had his gambling debt with [local Mafia figure Frank] Liberto forgiven.”

Liberto, an associate of Louisiana crime boss Carlos Marcello, turned out to be involved in the assassination also. He owned a produce warehouse and one of his regular customers, John McFerren, was making his weekly shopping trip there when he overheard Liberto shout into the phone an hour before the shooting: “Shoot the son of a bitch on the balcony.” Nathan Whitlock and his mother, LaVada Addison Whitlock, who owned a restaurant frequented by Liberto, stated that Liberto had told them he was responsible for the King murder.

 

Setting up the patsy

One thing that many don’t know is that Ray was in prison in 1967, the year before the assassination, serving a 20-year sentence for a grocery store robbery in 1959. After a couple of unsuccessful escape attempts, Ray succeeded in breaking out of prison on April 23, 1967. Unknown to Ray was the fact that the escape had been orchestrated, because he had already been chosen as the patsy in the planned assassination of King, which was still a year away.

The warden of Missouri State Penitentiary was paid $25,000 by Russell Adkins Sr. to allow the escape (as confirmed by Ron Adkins). The money was delivered to Adkins by Tolson, and it was this same connection that would later be used to finance the assassination of King.

After his escape from prison, Ray went to Chicago for a few weeks where he got a job. But, worried about getting caught, he went to Canada, specifically Montreal, and took the name Eric S. Galt. His intention was to get a passport under a false name and to travel to a country from which he could not be extradited.

 

James Earl Ray spent the last 30 years of his life in prison for a murder he did not commit.

At the Neptune Bar in the Montreal dock area in August 1967, Ray met a mysterious figure who identified himself as “Raul.” Raul asked Ray to help him with a smuggling scheme, and Ray agreed. In the months ahead, Ray would do a number of jobs, including gun running, for Raul for which he was paid and given a car. Always, Ray had to wait to be contacted by Raul, who Ray said co-ordinated his activities right up until the day of the assassination.

At one point Ray was instructed to purchase a deer rifle with a scope (although Raul was not satisfied with the one he bought and made him exchange it for another). Ray was instructed to go to Memphis (he arrived April 3, 1968) and upon meeting with Raul in his motel was given the name of Jim’s Grill, where the two were to meet at 3 p.m. the next day.  He also handed the rifle over to Raul and always maintained that he never saw it again.

Ray rented a room at the rooming house above Jim’s Grill (the two met the day of the assassination as planned). About an hour before the shooting, he was given money to go to the movies, but first he tried to have a tire repaired because Raul had said he wanted to use the car. But when Ray heard the sirens that followed the shooting, he got scared and left the area.

Fearing he had been set up, Ray left the country and ended up in England where he was captured on June 8, 1968 at London’s Heathrow Airport as he was trying to leave the UK. Once charged with the crime, Ray was pressured by his second lawyer, Percy Foreman, to plead guilty on the grounds that the evidence was too strong against him and Foreman was not in good health and couldn’t offer a strong defence.

“Foreman was sent in with the purpose of replacing the original lawyers,” Pepper says.

Foreman offered Ray $500 to get another lawyer if he pleaded guilty and even put this in writing. Ray would regret accepting this offer for the rest of his life. He tried unsuccessfully to rescind the guilty plea and get a trial for the next 30 years, finally dying in prison of cancer in 1998.

 

Pepper becomes convinced of Ray’s innocence

It was 10 years after the assassination before Pepper would even consider meeting with Ray. He had taken for granted at first that Ray was the assassin, but he was encouraged to meet him by Rev. Ralph Abernathy, who had succeeded King as President of the SCLC. Abernathy had remained unsatisfied with the official account of the shooting.

In the book, Pepper describes his first meeting with Ray in 1978 and how he quickly came to believe that Ray had not been the shooter and that the case was essentially still unsolved. It wasn’t until 1988 before Pepper became certain that Ray had not played any knowing part in the conspiracy, and at that point he agreed to represent him, which he did until his death.

Purveyors of the official story of the assassination have always claimed that Raul was an invention of Ray’s, and mainstream media accounts refer to this question as still unanswered even though Pepper not only found witnesses who described their connections to Raul, he actually found Raul himself with the help of witness Glenda Grabow (Pepper learned that his last name was Coelho). She identified Raul as someone she had known in Houston in 1963 and who around 1974, in a fit of rage, had implicated himself in the King assassination right before raping her. Grabow also identified Jack Ruby as someone who she had seen with Raul in 1963. This fascinating story is recounted both in An Act of State and The Plot to Kill King.

One of the most intriguing things to come out of both of these books is the account of a young FBI agent named Don Wilson who after the assassination was sent to check out a white Mustang with Alabama plates (Ray drove a white Mustang) that had been abandoned and that was thought to be connected to the assassination. Wilson opened the car door and some papers fell out. He examined them later and found a torn-out piece of a 1963 Dallas, Texas telephone directory. Written on the page was the name “Raul” and the initial “J” and a phone number, which turned out to be that of a Las Vegas night club run by Jack Ruby, the man who had shot Lee Harvey Oswald in the basement of the Dallas police station. A second piece of paper had a list of names with amounts of money beside each. Wilson decided to hold on to this evidence, fearing it would disappear forever if he turned it in. He held on to it for 29 years before making it available to Pepper and the King family.

 

The shooter revealed

Another incredible revelation in The Plot to Kill King is the identity of the man who appears to have fired the fatal shot. Pepper learned his identity from Lenny B. Curtis, who was a custodian at the Memphis Police Department rifle range. Curtis told Pepper this in 2003, and Pepper recorded a deposition with him but kept it confidential out of fear for Curtis’s life. Only after his death in 2013 did Pepper reveal what Curtis had said – that the shooter was Memphis police officer Frank Strausser.

“We had to be very careful about [Curtis’s safety],” Pepper says.

Curtis said to Pepper in his deposition that he heard Strausser say about King four or five months before the assassination that somebody was going to “. . . blow his motherfucking brains out.” He also described that Strausser had practised in the rifle range with a particular rifle that had been brought in four or five days earlier by a member of the fire department. That fireman had shown the rifle to Curtis and asked, “How would you like that scoundrel, that baby there?” When Curtis said it look like any other rifle, he replied, “No, this is a special one; that baby is special.” Lenny remembered that on the day of the assassination, Strausser spent the whole day practicing with it. (Strausser has given several conflicting accounts of where he was and what he was doing that day.)

After the assassination, Curtis says he was followed and intimidated by Strausser. Pepper writes:

“Lenny said that he subsequently became aware that strange things were happening around him. His gas was strangely turned on once when he was about to enter his house. He had lit a cigarette, but as he opened the door he smelled gas and quickly put out the cigarette. A strange Lincoln was occasionally parked across the street from his apartment house. He was frightened. One morning when the car was there, he got into his own car and quickly drove off, and the strange car pulled out and followed him. He managed to see the driver. It was Strausser.”

In the book, Pepper describes how he came to meet with Strausser, who he describes as a committed and devoted racist.

“He had no respect for black people at all,” Pepper says. “He wasn’t explicit about his racism. But he was not at all sympathetic to what Martin King was all about.”

In the hope of prompting an admission, Pepper lied and told him that he had been implicated in the killing by Loyd Jowers – but Strausser didn’t take the bait. Pepper also told Strausser that the footprints found in the bushes after the shooting were from size 13 shoes (which they were). Then he asked him about the size of his feet:

“He had a bit of a grin on his face, and he said ‘13 large,’” Pepper says.

Pepper also arranged to have cab driver Nathan Whitlock, who Strausser knew, tell him that there was a good possibility that he (Strausser) would be indicted for the shooting. He responded: “What are they going to indict me for, something I did 30 years ago?” Then he caught himself and added, “Or something I knew about 30 years ago?”

 

A threat to the powers that be

As Pepper explains, King was not only hated by the establishment as he rose to prominence in the 1960s, he was feared. Not only did he have the ability to move large numbers of people with his message of peace and tolerance, but he had designs on a political career. According to Pepper, King was planning to run for president on a third-party ticket with fellow anti-war activist Dr. Benjamin Spock. He was also causing panic in powerful circles because he intended to bring hundreds of thousands of poor people to an encampment in Washington, D.C. in the spring of 1968 to bring attention to the plight of the poor.

“They were terrified that the anger level when [the demonstrators] were not going to get what they wanted was going to rise to such a point where Martin was going to lose control of that group and the more radical among them would take it over and they’d have a revolution,” Pepper explains. “And they didn’t have the troops to put it down. That was a real fear that the Army had. And I think it was a justifiable fear.”

King would also have posed an increasing threat to the political establishment because he intended to become much more vocal in his opposition to the Vietnam War. He had been influenced by an article and photos by Pepper called, “The Children of Vietnam,” which was published in Ramparts Magazine in January 1967 and was going to be reprinted in Look magazine until the man who made that decision, Bill Atwood, had a heart attack and left the magazine. (Atwood told Pepper he received a visit from former New York governor and ambassador to the Soviet Union Averill Harriman who passed on a message from President Johnson that he would appreciate it if Atwood never published anything by Pepper.)

Beyond King’s importance as a powerful force for justice, peace, and equality, he was also Pepper’s friend. And the lawyer/journalist had to deal with that loss as he sought the truth about who really killed King and fought for justice for the man falsely accused of his murder. He writes:

“For me, this is a story rife with sadness, replete with massive accounts of personal and public deception and betrayal. Its revelations and experiences have produced in the writer a depression stemming from an unavoidable confrontation with the depths to which human beings, even those subject to professional codes of ethics, have fallen. In addition, there is an element of personal despair that has resulted from this long effort, which has made me even question the wisdom of undertaking this task.” (page xiv, The Plot to Kill King)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.philasun.com/stateside/florida-senate-apologizes-68-year-old-racial-injustice/

 

 

Florida Senate apologizes for 68-year-old racial injustice

 

           

May 5, 2017

ABOVE PHOTO:  Pictured are three of the Groveland Four.  Ernest Thomas was killed in a hail of bullets by law inforcement after being found sleeping under a tress.     

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –The Florida Senate formally apologized on Thursday to the families of four Black men accused of raping a white teenager nearly seven decades ago in a case now seen as a racial injustice.

The Senate also is asking Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet to posthumously pardon the men known as the Groveland Four. The Florida House issued the same apology last week. Both votes were unanimous.

“We cannot go back to this terrible event and undo it, but we can acknowledge our wrongs and we can bring peace and healing and closure to the families who have suffered for so long,’’ said Democratic Sen. Gary Farmer, who sponsored the resolution.

Their ordeal began in Lake County in 1949, when a 17-year-old said she had been raped. Three of the men were arrested and severely beaten; a fourth, Ernest Thomas, fled.

A posse of about 1,000 men was formed to hunt down Thomas. He was shot 400 times when they found him sleeping under a tree. White residents also formed a mob and went to a black neighborhood, burning houses and firing guns into homes in a disturbance that took days to quell.

Charles Greenlee, Walter Irvin and Samuel Shepherd were convicted despite dubious evidence. Other evidence that could have exonerated them —  such as a doctor’s conclusion that the teen probably wasn’t raped —  was withheld at their trial. Greenlee was sentenced to life, and Irvin and Shepherd to death.

Thurgood Marshall, later the first African-American justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, took up Irvin and Shepherd’s appeals for the NAACP, and in 1951 the U.S. Supreme Court ordered new trials.

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/06/us/politics/congress-surveillance-nsa-privacy.html?_r=0

 

 

 

Fight Brews Over Push to Shield Americans in Warrantless ...

James B. Comey, the F.B.I. director, testifying on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. He calls Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act an “essential tool.” Credit ...

 

 

 

 

 

http://pppfocus.com/2017/05/06/abc-hammers-fbi-director-comey-push-that-he-swayed-election/

 

 

 

ABC HAMMERS FBI DIRECTOR COMEY, PUSH THAT HE SWAYED ELECTION

May 6, 2017

 

 

 

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FBI OCTOPUS

Northern Michigan DNR captain completes FBI National Academy

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(WPBN/WGTU)-- A northern Michigan-based Department of Natural Resources conservation officer recently graduated from the prestigious FBI National ...

 

 

 

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[ May 6, 2017 ] Mistrial: Protesters Get Off But FBI Informant Found ...

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Shockingly, one of the two men convicted had been an FBI informant for years. His cover was ... During testimony, FBI agents said Burleson was an informant.

 

 

Last week, the jury in the first of three trials of supporters of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy ended in a hung jury for four of the six defendants. Perhaps most shocking in the case was one of the two found guilty of multiple charges had been a paid FBI informant.

 

 

 

 

 

LINK DU JOUR

 

 

https://www.lawfareblog.com/week-was-all-lawfare-one-post-198

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Suppression of Photographers During Civil Rights Movement an Important Reminder for Today

I recently wrote about violations of free speech in the civil rights movement and how  the First Amendment’s strong speech protections are critical for minorities, the powerless, and those trying to change the world. One element I did not discuss was the importance of photography as a check against majority power and oppression. Indeed, the contours of today’s battles over the First Amendment rights of photographers can also be seen in the movement’s history.

In March 1963, for example, after police in Greenwood, Mississippi, allowed their dog to bite the Black pastor of a local church as he was peacefully walking along the sidewalk as part of a voter registration effort, police seized the film of a CBS cameraman who had captured the incident. (The photo of a similar attack the following May in Birmingham would later become famous.)

In 1965, a nighttime march by 400 protesters in Marion, Alabama, was attacked by law enforcement officers. As network news crews rushed to ready their cameras, officers knocked out streetlights, destroyed reporters’ cameras, sprayed their lenses with black paint, and, in some cases, simply clubbed them. Not captured on camera that night were assaults that sent 10 Black men to the hospital (the one hospital that would treat them), including a man named Jimmy Lee Jackson who died of two police gunshots to the stomach.

Jackson’s death helped inspire the famous Selma to Montgomery marches later that year. As hundreds of peaceful Black marchers were beaten by police and possemen on “Bloody Sunday,” a White man named Dan Doyle was on the sidewalk taking pictures, and the attackers beat him and stole his camera. Photographers were frequent targets of white mobs throughout the civil rights movement. (However, Dolye was actually an FBI agent, and despite the wonton carnage, the men who beat him were the only ones to be jailed that day—with the federal charges later dropped because of the embarrassing optics of that fact.)

Alabama Governor George Wallace, who had personally overseen strategy for the state's response to the Selma march, had told his advisors, “I'm not going to have a bunch of niggers walking along a highway in this state as long as I'm governor.” But his aides recognized that the violence was a public relations disaster. There was “too much film.... Just too much film,” one kept repeating in the aftermath.

Photography was also used offensively by the police, as a means of seeking to intimidate protesters by recording them (as I discussed here). After the bloody outcome of the first attempted Selma march, the government finally sent thousands of federal troops to protect the marchers. On the second federally protected march, one activist snapped this ominous photo of an Alabama state trooper filming him:

Trooper filming 1965 Selma march
Trooper filming Selma march, 1965. Photo by Alfred M. Loeb; used by permission. 

In the 1960s, cameras — especially motion picture cameras — were expensive and bulky and relied on wet film to record images and on the news judgment of editors at newspapers and the three corporate television networks to distribute them. Today, everyone has a high-quality motion-picture camera in their pocket and can distribute images to the world in an instant online. Nevertheless, it’s clear that the essential shape of the power struggles around cameras has not changed: who can film whom and when and who gets to control the pictures and who views them.

In the end, of course, photography was absolutely critical to the success of the civil rights movement. Without it, outside pressure might never have been brought to bear on southern states intent on continuing to oppress their Black citizens through the omnipresent threat of violence. Images of firehoses, police beatings and dog attacks, bombings, and other examples of that violence put the issue before a larger American public in a way they couldn’t ignore — a public that beforehand had been some mixture of ignorant, supportive, indifferent, and resigned to the treatment of Blacks in the south.

Very much the same thing is happening today. Police violence against Black Americans has been a problem for a very long time — Martin Luther King talked about it — but we have only seen the emergence of the Black Lives Matter and other expressions of a new focus on this problem in the last few years. There’s a very good argument that a principal reason is what I have called the “video revolution in policing” — that, as my colleagues Dennis Parker and Lee Rowland put it, “the onslaught of repeated, searing images of police shooting unarmed people of color” has left “no plausible deniability about the reality of being policed while Black in America.”

This is one reason why ACLU lawyers around the country have been fighting over the past decade in numerous lawsuits against attempts by police officers and others to stop people from recording. As during the civil rights movement, today's authorities also recognize the consequences of “too much film.” But with a camera in nearly everyone's pocket, there's more film than ever and, under our Constitution, no stopping it.

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http://wizbangblog.com/2017/06/26/prosecutorial-misconduct-at-the-federal-bureau-of-investigation/


DID THE FBI RETALIATE AGAINST MICHAEL FLYNN BY LAUNCHING RUSSIA PROBE?
SECRET MEMOS SHOW TRUMP ADVISER ROILED BUREAU BY INTERVENING IN AGENT’S DISCRIMINATION CASE BEFORE HE WAS TARGETED IN RUSSIA CASE.



The FBI launched a criminal probe against former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn two years after the retired Army general roiled the bureau’s leadership by intervening on behalf of a decorated counterterrorism agent who accused now-Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe and other top officials of sexual discrimination, according to documents and interviews.

Flynn’s intervention on behalf of Supervisory Special Agent Robyn Gritz was highly unusual, and included a letter in 2014 on his official Pentagon stationary, a public interview in 2015 supporting Gritz’s case and an offer to testify on her behalf. His offer put him as a hostile witness in a case against McCabe, who was soaring through the bureau’s leadership ranks.

The FBI sought to block Flynn’s support for the agent, asking a federal administrative law judge in May 2014 to keep Flynn and others from becoming a witness in her Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) case, memos obtained by Circa show. Two years later, the FBI opened its inquiry of Flynn.

The EEOC case, which is still pending, was serious enough to require McCabe to submit to a sworn statement to investigators, the documents show.

The deputy director’s testimony provided some of the strongest evidence in the case of possible retaliation, because he admitted the FBI opened an internal investigation into Gritz’s personal conduct after learning the agent “had filed or intended to file” a sex discrimination complaint against her supervisors.

McCabe eventually became the bureau’s No. 2 executive and emerged as a central player in the FBI’s Russia election tampering investigation, putting him in a position to impact the criminal inquiry against Flynn.

Three FBI employees told Circa they personally witnessed McCabe make disparaging remarks about Flynn before and during the time the retired Army general emerged as a figure in the Russia case.

The bureau employees, who spoke only on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution, said they did not know the reason for McCabe’s displeasure with Flynn, but that it made them uncomfortable as the Russia probe began to unfold and pressure built to investigate Flynn. One employee even consulted a private lawyer.

“As far as the troops in the field, the vast-majority were disgusted with the Russia decision, but that was McCabe driving the result that eventually led [former FBI Director James] Comey to make the decision,” said a senior federal law enforcement official, with direct knowledge of the investigation.

Read the whole thing. The rot appears to be deep set in both the FBI and the DOJ.






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(GLOBALINTELHUB.COM) – 6/26/2017 — Drugs have been a part of human society forever – however far back you go, humans have used drugs in one form or another; medicine, recreation, spirituality (Shamans of simple tribes often ate psychedelics). In the world today there is an interesting schism between the puritan “America” and “Europe” about this issue – in Europe they consider drug addiction a health issue, and in places like Switzerland you can literally get strong narcotics like heroin from the Government. In America it’s the opposite, there is an exploding prison population for small non-violent offenses. But as with many things in America there are lots of ironies and hypocrisies, America also has the highest per capita rate of users of legal pharmaceuticals ‘drugs’ – and is one of the only countries in the world where drug companies are allowed to advertise on TV (In Europe you won’t see commercials for Prozac, Viagra, or other questionably useful drugs).

As the CIA represents the main head of the octopus that controls America’s society on behalf of their Illuminati owners, it is only fitting that the CIA has its hand in the international drug trade. It is also an interesting side note that since its early days the CIA has been interested in drugs for the use of interrogation, mind control, crowd control, and other purposes. In fact there have been suggestions based on circumstantial evidence that the entire ‘hippie’ movement came straight out of a CIA drug lab vis a vis Tim Leary and other affiliated icons.

The inspiration of this article is the book and legend of Gary Webb, the book is Dark Alliance – a must read for any trader or investor. Here’s a real blueprint how groups like the CIA manipulate markets. While the story of Dark Alliance which was originally published in a small California regional newspaper the San Jose Mercury News, this story has been re-published in nearly every major news source there is ranging from the NYTimes, Washington Post, LA Times, hundreds of foreign newspapers, etc.. The book is a great example of how to properly research a topic where its difficult to find information (in this case, because most of the CIA involvement was ‘secret’ and thus information was classified or destroyed, mostly). In trading, information is also difficult to find – analysts can learn a great deal from reading this book and understanding how one investigative journalist broke open the biggest secret the CIA had in its closet of deep secrets: The CIA was managing the international drug trade. The book concludes with the impeccable logic of the agency and how they could be involved in such dastardly deeds. When the topic was officially investigated it was discovered that the CIA had a secret legal agreement with the Department of Justice (DOJ) stating that through the CIAs business of spying, it was not their obligation to report illegal activities they witnessed to the DOJ (such as drug trafficking) as it may compromise their intelligence gathering. And lo and behold, most of the CIAs international assets happened to be major drug kingpins like Manuel Noriega. So based on this understanding, no employee of the CIA ever directly brought drugs into the USA, and likely never touched the operation directly. It was CIAs job to provide logistic support, planes, pilots, operational instructions, airfields, needed gear, and most importantly – protection from prosecution in USA due to ‘national security.’ And there were side benefits to this operation. They got to redirect funds from Central and South American cocaine to the fledgling contra revolution in Nicaragua which the US Congress didn’t want to continue funding. They got to destroy the black community in South Central Los Angeles with the crack explosion (not only by health, but by using it as a tool to pass draconian laws). They also could easily use the information on the drug trade to go after their enemies in Central America. It seemed to be a win-win-win for USA. And according to this secret agreement with DOJ it was all legal!

Before continuing, let’s un-muddy the waters about key points on this issue. An investigation found that no CIA employee was found bringing illicit narcotics into USA. That’s probably true. In “Dark Alliance” there is no suggestion that the CIA itself was bringing drugs into the country. The drug kingpins such as Norwin Meneses, Danilo Blandon, and others – were simply protected as ‘assets’ – the CIA not only looked the other way, they stopped other US Government investigators from uncovering anything substantial. Several instances where the drug operations were discovered by DEA, FBI, and others – turned into a situation where they were instructed to cease the investigation and if they did not, the individual was targeted.

So how is all this connected to the markets? The CIA is a fairly large organization, 20,000 employees working in the US and in practically every country in the world. Their operations are vast, just to name a few not commonly known but public CIA operations, they are active angel and seed investors in Silicon Valley and have even created a budding DC based VC community that develops technology with primarily intelligence and military applications (such as face recognition). The most absurd example of a CIA project was when they hired psychologist BF Skinner to train pigeons to aid in missile guidance systems:

One of the most seemingly preposterous military programs of all time occurred during WWII, when famed behavioral psychologist B.F. Skinner was enlisted by the government to try and train pigeons for use in a missile guidance system. At the time, Skinner was known as one of the major practitioners of operant conditioning, a system that used reward and punishment as a means of controlling behavior. With these ideas in mind, Skinner placed a series of specially trained pigeons inside missiles. A camera on the front of the missile recorded its flight path, which was then projected on a screen for the pigeon to see. The birds were trained to recognize the missile’s intended target, and they would peck at the screen if it was drifting off course. This information was fed to the weapon’s flight controls, which would then be changed to reflect the new coordinates. Skinner was originally given $25,000 to get the project up and running, and he actually managed to make some minor progress with it. But government officials were never quite able to get past the obvious absurdity of the program, and it was eventually shut down. .. and another one “Acoustic Kitty”

Most people wouldn’t think of the common house cat as being a potential master of espionage, but the CIA sure did. In the 1960s, American intelligence is said to have spent over $20 million on “Acoustic Kitty,” a top-secret project that used cats as recording devices. The project took a group of specially trained cats and surgically implanted microphones, antennae and batteries into their tails, and then set them loose near the Russian embassy. The idea was that an unassuming cat would be able to stride right up to groups of communist officials and listen in on their conversation, which it could then beam back to agents with its sophisticated radio equipment. The plan was eventually put into action, but the first cat sent into the field was supposedly run over by a taxi before it could make a recording, and operation ‘Acoustic Kitty” was abandoned shortly thereafter.
Why did we use this ridiculous example? Because it is a known project, that the CIA was using Pigeons to guide missiles – it’s not so hard to believe they provided drug traffickers with the logistic and legal support needed to bring Cocaine into USA (and many other activities). For more absurd CIA programs see this article.

But the primary role of the CIA, is that of intelligence gathering and analysis which puts them right in the middle of the information war – and the battlefield is the financial markets. As we explain in our book Splitting Pennies Understanding Forex – the only thing that backs the US Dollar are bombs. Basically, the US Military, and in this case the CIA primarily, protects the US Dollar globally. If you look at any foreign CIA operation it’s all about one thing: money. Cuba became an enemy only after the communist government nationalized US owned businesses there (effectively, seized). You can literally overlay a global map of CIA activity which is negatively correlated with Coca Cola and McDonald’s sales (which are all denominated in US Dollars). And by the way, that is the connection to the CIA and FX – wherever there’s a foreign market, there is the CIA. They fight for market domination of the US Dollar (and the US corporations and culture that comes with it) no different than a major US corporation competes for market share. But their ‘client’ is one single entity: The US Government (and US Citizens, but rich ones). They are protecting capitalism at the front lines – fighting communism while making a few dollars along the way – what could be more American than that? They use the same playbook as they’ve developed internally for most of their operations – thus, by understanding the Contra-Cocaine operation one can understand any operation. They aren’t really so different.

Here’s a document that shows how the CIA has been supporting the US Dollar, regarding Gold markets (bear in mind, this document is dated 1970, one year before Nixon created the free floating FX regime we use today, which means the US Dollar was pegged to Gold). CIA support of US Dollar and USD interests is implied; that’s at the core of what they do – it is their doctrine. Intelligence gathering, is the tactical level and Communism, and other threats to the USD global hegemony are strategies. And relatively speaking, they do a good job. The USD has never been used so widely around the world, the US stock market has enjoyed a bull run never seen before in history. All the crap in the news and investigations into their drug operations are really an irrelevant side issue – what the CIA was created for, they succeed.

Probably, let’s hope this is not the case, probably – there wasn’t a CIA plot to bring Cocaine into America and turn it into crack and flood the black community. These were all convenient circumstances to achieve what they wanted operationally – fund a covert war and at the same time make a little money and use the issue to ruin their local enemies. Central America has few natural resources to speak of without sophisticated mining and/or manufacturing operations to tap them; in other words, there isn’t any ‘oil’ to exploit, as in the middle east. The one thing that is easy to grow and is more valuable than any other naturally growing substance, is Coca (when refined into Cocaine). And as explained in the book, before it was realized that it could be turned into crack – Cocaine was the habit of the Elite themselves, due to price and the fact that you could literally continue working while you were high on the powder (such as Wall St. traders during the trading session). So while it seems extreme, and the crack epidemic of Los Angeles is clearly a huge social problem – it isn’t really surprising that the CIA was involved in such profitable business. Similar circumstantial evidence suggests that a similar operation was run in Afghanistan, a land where the Poppy plant grows wild. George H.W. Bush’s CIA nickname was George “Poppy” Bush. Like “Grandpappy” right? In the book Gary Webb claims that Pablo Escobar had a photo of “Poppy” standing in front of a huge pile of cash and cocaine, but the photograph never surfaced and he was killed shortly after making this statement about the photograph (it may be another funny coincidence).

In conclusion – this book is a must read for any trader or investor: Dark Alliance. Also it’s a must read for any lawyer – as this is a unique situation where you have a hidden hand protecting defendants in Federal cases with ‘national security’ – silencing witnesses (with gag orders) and other mechanisms not common in district courts.




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Brooklyn priest sexually abused woman who sought spiritual guidance: lawsuit
BY JAMES FANELLI
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, June 26, 2017, 4:00 AM



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Canada Becomes First Western Country To Legalize Bestiality-Vaccinate Them-Fluoridate Them And Provide Animals For Comfort-Oh Canada!
Posted on June 25, 2017
Canada legalizes bestiality
Having sex with animals is now legal in Canada, according to an astonishing new ruling by the Canadian Supreme Court.

According to the law on bestiality – citizens are now permitted to have sexual relations with animals as long as there is no penetration involved.

Independent.co.uk reports: The determination stemmed from a case involving a British Columbia man convicted of 13 counts sexually assaulting his stepdaughters – including one count of bestiality. But the man, identified only as “DLW”, was acquitted of the bestiality count with the new ruling.

DLW’s attorneys argued that bestiality linked to “buggery” – or sodomy – with animals beginning with an 1892 criminal code. Bestiality was first used in a 1955 code, but still was not defined to encompass every sex act with animals.

“Although bestiality was often subsumed in terms such as sodomy or buggery, penetration was the essence – ‘the defining act’ – of the offence,” the court said.

Thus, the court ruled by a 7–1 majority that bestiality required penetration.

“There is no hint in any of the parliamentary record that any substantive change to the elements of the offence of bestiality was intended,” the ruling reads.

According to court record DLW smeared peanut butter on the genitals of his victims and had the family dog lick it off while he videotaped the act.

Court documents disclose that DLW attempted to have the dog perform intercourse on the stepdaughter, but that ultimately failed.

DLW is serving a 16 year prison sentence. He brought the bestitality conviction to the court on appeal.

Justice Rosalie Abella was the lone dissenter, and had suggested that the court deny the appeal.

“Acts with animals that have a sexual purpose are inherently exploitative whether or not penetration occurs,” she wrote.

Representatives for Animal Justice, who brought the case to the Supreme Court, said the ruling should encourage Parliament to act on changing “outdated” laws that fail to protect the country’s animals.

“As of today, Canadian law gives animal abusers license to use animals for their own sexual gratification,” executive director of Animal Justice Camille Labchuk told The Independent via emailed statement. “This is completely unacceptable, contrary to societal expectations, and cannot be allowed to continue.”

Animal Justice implored Parliament to pass the Modernizing Animal Protections Act.

“This much-needed bill updates the animal offences in the Criminal Code,” Ms Labchuk added, “and closes this dangerous loophole to make it crystal clear that all forms of sexual activity between a person and an animal are unacceptable.”

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British PM Theresa May: Pedophiles Should be Allowed to Adopt Children Too

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NYC correction boss worked from his Maine home and is eligible for fat check from piling up unused vacation time
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Nearly three dozen illegal weapons found in home of LAPD officer accused of unlawful sex with teen cadet, sources say






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Texas police chief accused of calling beauty queen a ‘black b---h’ resigns


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Weed killer Roundup ingredient going on California list as cancerous



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Washington convenience store owner sentenced to 8 years for fatally shooting shoplifter
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Upstate New York judge forced to step down for tormenting ex-girlfriend, threatening legal action
BY GLENN BLAIN
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, June 26, 2017, 2:15 PM




“… We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did….”

Nixon Policy Advisor Admits He Invented War On Drugs to Suppress ‘Anti-War Left and Black People’

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Students Are the Newest U.S. Weapon Against Terrorist Recruitment
By RON NIXONJULY 18, 2017


Homeland Security’s battle to stop the radicalization and recruitment of young people has tapped American college students for help.

The program, called Peer to Peer: Challenging Extremism, gives students at 50 to 75 universities up to $2,000 each to counter online recruiting efforts by developing social media campaigns, the New York Times reports.

Homeland Security and other national security officials judge a competition by students to develop online tools to counter recruiting efforts of terrorist groups like ISIS.

The University of Maryland placed first in the competition with a project, which was built around a video game and social media campaign, that teaches friends and neighbors to identify signs of radicalization.








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June of 2017 Was Third Hottest on Record for Globe
According to NOAA, June of 2017 was the third hottest such month in the global climate record since temperature tracking began in 1880. For NASA, June was also the third hottest on record with June of 2016 settling in at 1st hottest, and 2015 and 1998 tied as second hottest. Overall, global temperatures were about 0.91 degrees Celsius warmer than late 19th Century averages in the NASA record and about 1.02 degrees Celsius warmer than the same time period in the NOAA record.






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BY CHRISTOPHER BRENNAN
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Wednesday, July 19, 2017, 1:58 PM







https://skepticalscience.com/fear-brough-denial-trump.html


       
Surrendering to fear brought us climate change denial and President Trump

Posted on 17 July 2017 by John Abraham
This story picks up where an earlier post left off a few weeks ago. Then, I discussed some of the political realities associated with inaction on climate change. In that post, I said I would revisit the question of why so many people deny the evidence of a changing climate. Now is the time for that discussion.

What continually befuddles people who work on climate change is the vehement and indefensible denial of evidence by a small segment of the population. I give many public talks on climate change, including radio and television interviews and public lectures. Nearly every event has a few people who, no matter what the evidence, stay in a state of denial. By listening to denialist arguments, I find they fall into a few broad categories. Some of them are just plain false. Examples in this category are ones like:

There was a halt to global warming starting 1998.

Humans are only responsible for a tiny fraction of the greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

Scientists are colluding to create this fraud.

Others are not false but are completely irrelevant. For example:

Climate is always changing.

We didn’t have thermometers a million years ago to measure global temperatures.

Cities are hotter than their surroundings.

Why would people think things or repeat statements that are known to be false or irrelevant? I am convinced that for the vast majority of people, they are not intentionally being incorrect. Something must be forcing them to be wrong. What could that be? Why are people so willing to believe and repeat lies?

That brings me to the connection with President Trump. His sheer number of falsehoods and flip-flops is so great, you lose track of them all. For instance, let us take the so-called wall to stop illegal immigration. First he said Mexico will pay for it and it will be “so tall;” now, he wants it to be paid by the US taxpayer. He falsely exaggerated the number of jobs that have been created since he came into office. He made false statements about the size of his electoral win. He made false statements about President Obama’s birthplace. He has made false and unsupported claims about voter fraud. He has made false claims about climate scientists.

Finally, there is the current investigation into his and his administration’s potential collusion with Russia and obstruction of justice. I could go on and on and likely will get complaints from readers that I forgot this or that falsehood, but I have to limit the length of this post.

In a sane world, everyone would understand the threat of climate change and our ability to take meaningful action to handle it. In a sane world, no one would believe a president who has misled them time and time again.

So that raises the question - what is the reason people still discount the incontrovertible climate change evidence? What is the reason a persistent minority still support this dishonest president? I think I have figured it out, and if I’m right, it makes it much easier to reconcile the generally logical people I know with their seeming indefensible belief systems.

In a certain respect, this reason is something we as humans are nearly powerless to counteract. Before I give the reason, I want to be clear that I am sure others have noticed this too. I am sure others have written learned papers articulating this much more clearly than I can. My discovery is just a personal observation; something I should have recognized long ago. I am also not a psychologist so this is just my observations as a physical scientist.

The reason isn’t religion, it isn’t political ideology, it isn’t lack of scientific knowledge, it isn’t politics, it isn’t tribal identification. It’s none of those things.

The reason is fear.

Whether people are reciting a litany of falsehoods about climate change or whether they are contorting themselves to justify support for this president, they are doing so because they have to. They have to, because they are afraid of what happens if they accept reality.

With climate change, people are afraid for two reasons. First, they are afraid there is nothing they can do about it. Humans hate to have threats that are beyond our control. We are more afraid of Ebola than heart disease. We are more afraid of flying than driving, we are more afraid of sharks than toasters. We afraid of things we feel we cannot directly control.

Secondly, we are also afraid of bad news. How often have you not checked your bank account because you don’t want the bad news? Have you ever known someone who didn’t go to a doctor because they just didn’t want to know what their ailment was? It is so much easier to pretend a problem doesn’t exist. In fact, I’ll go a step further and say that people like to be lied to when it quiets their fear.

So with respect to climate change, that puts the population into two groups. The first group (which I am part of) knows that there is a problem, wants to face it head on, and solve it together. The second group cannot bear to look the problem honestly in the face and finds it easier to deny its existence.




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BY MEGAN CERULLO
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Wednesday, July 19, 2017, 4:48 PM







https://eric.ed.gov/?id=EJ544189


A Quantitative Description of FBI Public Relations.
Gibson, Dirk C.
Public Relations Review, v23 n1 p11-30 Spr 1997
States that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had the most successful media relations program of all government agencies from the 1930s to the 1980s. Uses quantitative analysis to show why those media efforts were successful. Identifies themes that typified the verbal component of FBI publicity and the broad spectrum of mass communication channels that were tapped. (PA)
Descriptors: Federal Government, Mass Media Use, Media Research, Public Relations, Statistical Analysis, United States History




http://www.smartbrief.com/original/2017/07/leadership-traits-taken-career-fbi

July 19, 2017 Leadership Careers


I loved being an FBI agent because there was a sense of meaning and purpose every time I walked into the office. The FBI’s mission is to protect the American people and uphold the Constitution of the United States. There was a sense of meaning and purpose every time I walked into the office.
I worked hard to solve complex problems. You might be imaging movies, gunbattles, and running down bad guys. In truth, a lot of what I did as an agent wasn’t all that different from many of the challenges you face as entrepreneurs, leaders, and business owners.
I was good with a gun, I admit, but most of my time was spent working with people who had different opinions and a conflict of interest. This created problems I couldn’t just shoot. Instead, they required people skills; I suspect many of you can relate.
Today's business world is volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous. If you want to move your career or company forward, you have to know how to lead yourself and those around you.
The FBI does not hire new agents based on their skills. Instead, they hire by the traits and values exhibited by applicants and then train new agents with the skill sets they will need. If an agent has the right values, traits, and abilities, they can learn anything.
This is where most businesses have it backward. Instead of hiring people because of their traits and values, they hire skill sets and then try to backload the company’s culture and values.
If the goal of leadership is to empower people to make their own decisions, then here are seven FBI traits that will make you a better leader:
1. Confidence

Boosting confidence is the primary goal of the FBI Academy -- before they send agents out with a gun and badge.
As a new agent, there were days when my heart raced and my palms sweat just thinking about the new challenges that faced me. But I learned that success would not make me confident; rather, confidence in myself and my abilities would make me successful.
If you don’t believe in yourself, how can others believe in you? It took a bit of acting on my part in the beginning, but the more I acted confident, the more confident I became. Feedback from others was positive, which in turn, gave me more confidence!
Tip: Cultivate ways you can signal your confidence to others, especially using body language. When our brain receives a clear image of confidence and competence, it takes that good impression and makes a snap judgment. This allows the brain to move on to other issues.
2. Humility

A few years back, my squad was set to arrest a fugitive known to be armed and dangerous. Since I was the case agent, everyone assumed I would be the one to make the arrest. The fugitive was a big guy with broad shoulders and sure to resist arrest, but defensive tactics had never been my strong point.
It is humbling to admit to yourself, or others, that you are not the best person for the job. It’s OK to admit it and turn to another person more experienced or better prepared and ask for their help.
You may not need help in arresting a fugitive, but you may need to surround yourself with people who are more experienced or better prepared and ask for their help. The best leaders are confident enough to surround themselves with people who are smarter and more talented.
They are also humble enough to learn from these people because they understand they will get a better outcome as a result of their involvement. Such leaders are willing to listen to, but not be dominated by, the talent around them.
Tip: If you are the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room.
3. Good values

For insiders, FBI also stands for "Fidelity, Bravery, and Integrity." These are the values that drive the organization.
Leadership is not a skill set; it is rooted in who we are and what matters to us. Our values are defined by what we are willing to struggle for when the chips are down. It’s doing the right thing and doing the best we can because that is who we are.
Ultimately, our values define our struggles. When we choose better values, we get better problems to solve. We need to be motivated by something more important and greater than our own happiness. If we are not driven to take our life to the next level by something more than our own selfish desires, we are the definition of a narcissist.
Tip: When you prioritize good values, it produces true confidence and genuine humility. Decisions are easier because the answer is always “do the right thing.”
4. Kindness

Not all FBI negotiations involve the barrel of a gun. The most successful agents find ways to get along with people, pure and simple. It is rare that an agent can dictate how a relationship is going to unfold.
In the movies, we hear lines like, “OK, this is what you’re going to do for me.” In reality, we need to look for what’s mutually beneficial if we’re looking to cut a deal or negotiate.
The best way to accomplish this is to find common ground, and this is accomplished by being sensitive to the needs of the other person. Bullying, extortion or browbeating rarely gets constructive results.
Tip: Mentally tough leaders who are kind know how to inspire their people in a way that, in turn, creates a commitment for their mission.
5. Tough

It may seem that kindness and toughness are contradictions, but they are actually very compatible. There are times when a leader needs to hold people accountable and draw a clear line that differentiates between acceptable and unacceptable behavior.
Great leaders don’t worry about being unpopular or making everyone happy. They’re always reminding themselves that their job is to improve the organization.
While rules and standards provide structure for people, tough leaders are not afraid to buck the system to get what they want. They know how to interpret the cultural norms of the office or company and are respectful, yet persistent, in presenting new ideas for projects.
It is the mixture of toughness and kindness that opens doors without alienating the standard-bearers who have calcified in their corner offices.
Tip: Successful leaders stumble and make mistakes as much as anyone, but they are tough enough to take control of their reputations and manage the ways they are perceived.
6. Listening skills

I didn’t know what to expect when the FBI sent me to a training course on hostage negotiation. As an unassuming man stood in front of the class and welcomed everyone in dulcet tones, I was looking around for the hardass who had talked down a terrorist in New York the week before. The man spoke politely, but I didn’t listen because I wanted to hear from the hostage negotiator!
Guess what? He was the hardass hostage negotiator. That week I learned the key to agreements, whether you are negotiating with a kidnapper or a client, is that they happen only when both sides are willing to listen.
When we listen, we get insight into how other people think, feel, and behave. It is counterproductive to be aggressive, pushy, and demanding. Instead, good listeners are likable and create an environment that feels both safe and comfortable. They are secure enough that they are not threatened by listening to someone who may have more talent or experience.
Tip:: It’s a good idea to repeat what you think you heard the other person say. It lets them know you really are listening and gives you an opportunity to let their words soak in.
7. Emotional intelligence

The FBI is not a touchy-feely organization; agents prefer terms like competence and persistence to explain their success. The words emotional intelligence rarely escape their lips. Yet face-to-face interviews remain the FBI’s top investigative technique.
Emotional intelligence is an ability to walk into a room and understand what others might be feeling, and through that insight, communicate to them in effective ways. Awareness and curiosity about their own emotions, as well as those of others, place leaders in a stronger position to not only recognize the negative ones but to anticipate how they could spin out of control.
Tip: Emotional intelligence allows us to build on relationships with others and then use those relationships to accomplish our goals.
“I actually have come to learn that the way to evaluate leaders is not from skills through abilities to values but to actually start the other way. If a leader has the right values and the right abilities, they can learn anything. If you hire and promote backwards and start with, ‘so what are their skills? What jobs have they had?’ you may miss the fact that they don't have the abilities you need and the values you need.” ~ James Comey, former FBI director, in 2016

LaRae Quy was an FBI undercover and counterintelligence agent for 24 years. She exposed foreign spies and recruited them to work for the U.S. government. As an FBI agent, she developed the mental toughness to survive in environments of risk,




http://www.post-gazette.com/frontpage/2007/07/11/Wecht-investigator-s-discipline-file-opened/stories/200707110253


Wecht investigator's discipline file opened
U.S. judge orders FBI records unsealed


11:00 PM JUL 11, 2007
A federal judge yesterday unsealed records revealing that the lead FBI agent in the criminal case against Dr. Cyril H. Wecht was disciplined elsewhere for forging other agents' names and initials on chain-of-custody forms, evidence labels and interview forms.


Related documents
See more information about the disciplinary reports of FBI agent Bradley W. Orsini.


Further, in September 2001 Special Agent Bradley W. Orsini was demoted and received a 30-day suspension without pay for a series of policy violations that occurred from 1993 through 2000, which included having an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate; making improper vulgar and sexual comments; threatening a subordinate with violence; and improperly documenting the seizure of a weapon and ammunition from a search.

"We're pleased this information is now available to the public for its own analysis and understanding of its impact on the case," said Dr. Wecht's defense attorney, Jerry McDevitt. "The report speaks for itself."

The U.S. attorney's office filed Agent Orsini's records under seal on April 7, 2006, asking U.S. District Judge Arthur J. Schwab to determine if it was required to turn them over to Dr. Wecht's defense attorneys.

What followed was a 15-month legal battle that ended this week when the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a final order in the case, making the disciplinary reports public.

Judge Schwab unsealed the records late yesterday afternoon. He also vacated a previous decision in which he'd ordered a contempt hearing for the defense attorneys for their failure to follow his orders.

He wrote "this Court considers the 'time-out' caused by the interlocutory appeal to the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit as providing an opportunity for a 'fresh start.'"

He also ordered a hearing in Dr. Wecht's case on Sept. 18 that will allow the defense to use the Orsini reports in their examination of him.

Agent Orsini has been an agent for more than 18 years, and he has spent much of that time, including in Pittsburgh, working public corruption cases. All of the allegations included in the two disciplinary reports occurred while he was working in the FBI's Newark, N.J., office.

U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan would not comment on the reports' release. It was unclear if she was aware of Mr. Orsini's background before he became the lead agent in the case against Dr. Wecht, who is charged with 84 counts of misusing his public office for private gain.

( Dr Cyril Wecht has been a prominent researcher into the JFK assassination and has now become a target
of the FBI )

The first time Agent Orsini was disciplined was Nov. 2, 1998. He received a five-day suspension without pay for signing other agents' names to evidence labels and custody forms from May 1995 to January 1997.

He explained that he and another agent, on limited occasions, signed each other's names on evidence "to save time."

Though the investigator from the Office of Professional Responsibility found that Agent Orsini did not intend to jeopardize the evidence or cases involved, his actions could have called the integrity of the bureau into question, he wrote in his report.

A 28-page report issued Sept. 24, 2001, by the assistant director of the Office of Professional Responsibility described additional transgressions.

The first violation listed dated to Nov. 2, 1993. Agent Orsini failed to obtain the proper consent form while searching a man's home for illegal firearms and failed to properly document the ammunition seized.

Agent Orsini was found to have falsified at least six FBI interview forms in 1993 and 1994 by writing other agents' initials on them.

He said in a statement that he didn't believe there would be a problem with that provided the information in the body of the interview form was accurate.

"I have no idea how many times I may have done so," he said. He said he did so for "convenience and a shortcut."

Throughout the Wecht case, defense attorneys have argued that the government based part of the charges against their client -- that he exchanged unclaimed bodies from the county morgue for lab space from Carlow University -- on a single interview form filled out by Agent Orsini.

The disciplinary report next goes into great detail about a relationship Agent Orsini had with a subordinate agent, from April 1998 through early 2000.

The document indicates that other agents in his squad believed Agent Orsini was favoring the woman and gave her premium assignments. It also details gag gifts exchanged at the squad's Christmas parties in 1998 and 1999. One, given to the woman, was a pet collar, with a note that said, "If found, return to Brad Orsini."

"By their very nature, the public notoriety attached to the gag gifts would have put even the most insensitive person on notice of this perception of favoritism," the assistant director wrote.

By January 2000, when supervisors in the Newark office learned of the relationship, Agent Orsini was reassigned.

But before that, he approached one of the agents in his squad and accused him of revealing the relationship. During the meeting, Agent Orsini threatened to hit his subordinate but quickly added that he was kidding.

Newark's assistant agent in charge reported that Agent Orsini "has an aggressive personality, and I would characterize him as a bully."

Other substantiated allegations in the report included that Agent Orsini punched at least one hole in the wall in the Newark office, and threw and broke chairs. He also jokingly called fellow supervisors "homosexuals," and even used a bullhorn to make his comments.

For those actions, the Office of Professional Responsibility said he failed to prevent the development of a "locker room atmosphere" in his squad that repressed professional conduct.

In addition to the suspension and demotion, Agent Orsini was ordered to serve 12 months' probation and to attend mandatory sensitivity training.

Ray Morrow,






https://www.ksl.com/index.php?sid=45090294&nid=148&title=fbi-looking-into-ephraim-police-situation-ex-officer-says-he-would-have-resigned-too

FBI looking into Ephraim police situation; ex-officer says he would have resigned, too
| Posted Jul 19th, 2017 @ 7:31pm


EPHRAIM — The attorney representing three Ephraim police officers who resigned after calling out their longtime chief for failing to properly complete hundreds of incident report said Wednesday that the FBI is now involved.

"I am pleased to learn that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into this matter," said Bret Rawson, legal counsel for former officers Larry Golding, Jared Hansen and Darren S. Pead.







http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/unsealed-fbi-report-alleges-police-fed-statements-to-englewood-four/

Unsealed FBI report alleges police fed statements to ‘Englewood Four’
CHICAGO NEWS 07/19/2017, 08:09pm


CHICAGO NEWS 07/19/2017, 08:09pm
Terrill Swift sits next to his mother, Carleane Swift, on Nov. 16, 2012, in Woodridge. He was a member of the so-called Englewood 4, who were exonerated two years ago, and has sued the city of Chicago for wrongful conviction. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times






https://www.engadget.com/2017/07/18/isps-barred-from-telling-users-they-re-under-fbi-investigation/

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ISPs barred from telling users they're under FBI investigation
Engadget-Jul 18, 2017
Back in 2013, a federal judge ruled that the FBI couldn't force ISPs to hand over a users' private data without the suspect being informed first.




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Trump: Jeff Sessions Should Have Muzzled the FBI
Mother Jones-
I can only assume that Donald Trump barely even knows what he's saying anymore. Here he is during an interview with the New York Times, ...




http://www.afro.com/feds-reviewing-ohio-police-shooting-unarmed-sam-dubose/

FBI Reviewing Ohio Police Shooting of Unarmed black Sam DuBose
Afro American
The Justice Department said investigators analyzed store surveillance video using resources at the FBI laboratory in Quantico, Virginia; interviewed witnesses ...






http://articles.latimes.com/2001/may/01/news/mn-57894

FBI Settles Black Agents' Discrimination Lawsuit
Law: Bureau must overhaul procedures and permit an outside mediator to review individual cases. But the director could overrule damage awards.


WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Monday approved a sweeping settlement in a 10-year-old lawsuit between the FBI and some 500 current and former agents who contend they were systematically discriminated against because they are black.

The agreement requires the FBI to overhaul its promotion, evaluation and disciplinary procedures by 2004 to address the concerns of African American agents. It could also result in the awarding of monetary damages to individual agents who prove their claims of discrimination to an outside mediator.

Black FBI agents, who supported their claims with statistical models, argued that white agents were much more likely to gain promotions, win high-profile assignments with units such as the SWAT team, earn positive evaluations and avoid disciplinary action for misconduct.

The FBI has condoned a dual-track system that "allowed people to be promoted based on who they knew and not how they did their job," David J. Shaffer, a Washington attorney who is representing the black agents, said in an interview.



"This goes all the way back to J. Edgar Hoover," who headed the FBI for nearly half a century until 1972, Shaffer said. "White people promoted people who were white, who promoted people who were white, and so on. . . . Hopefully, this type of behavior will now be put behind us."

FBI officials declined to discuss the discrimination claims. But the agency said the settlement "reaffirms the FBI's commitment to reform of key aspects of its personnel system." It agreed to the settlement mainly to avoid the cost and time of trying a case that has already proved a major distraction, FBI officials and Justice Department lawyers said.

The black agents first sued the FBI in 1991. They reached a settlement three years later after a federal judge found that there was "statistical evidence of discrimination."

The FBI was supposed to institute a new personnel system by 1998, but the agents said it failed to do so. They went back to court that year and began a new round of negotiations.

The most significant difference between the pact--approved Monday by U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan--and the initial agreement is that it requires the FBI for the first time to bring in an outside mediator to assess discrimination complaints.

That provision could open up the FBI to millions of dollars in liability. Black agents who can persuade a mediator that they were denied promotions or discriminated against because of their race are eligible for up to $300,000 apiece under federal law, plus any lost wages, the attorneys said.

"It is really unprecedented for the FBI to allow an outsider to decide a personnel issue within the agency," said Ron Schmidt, another attorney for the agents.

The agreement gives the FBI director the authority to overrule a mediator's decision.

The agreement also requires the FBI to change the way it selects bureau supervisors within the next three years and to pay the agents' legal fees to date, $230,000.

About 12% of the more than 10,000 current FBI agents are African American, the agents' attorneys said. A handful of black agents have pressed individual claims against the FBI in recent years.

In the most notorious case, former FBI agent Donald Rochon won a $1-million settlement from the government in the early 1990s. He said that when he worked in FBI offices in Chicago and Omaha, white agents pasted photographs of apes over the family pictures at his desk and subjected him to other racist treatment. Eight FBI employees were disciplined.



The discrimination alleged by the 500 black agents--most of whom are still working at the bureau--is more subtle, their lawyers said.

"There weren't any claims of a racially hostile environment," Schmidt said. "You have a situation here where it's not overt, but from the numbers we saw, we were convinced that there was a [racial] disparity in treatment. There was a substantial shortfall in the number of black promotions, for instance, and the government had no explanation for that."

Federal law-enforcement agencies have been hit with repeated claims of racial discrimination in recent years. In 1988, hundreds of Latino FBI agents won a discrimination suit against the bureau after alleging that they were routinely given demeaning assignments on the "Taco Circuit."






http://www.workers.org/2017/05/18/the-fbi-is-a-racist-sewer/#.WXAY8bEpChA

The FBI is a racist sewer
By Stephen Millies posted on May 18, 2017
Longtime FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover hated the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and wanted him dead. Hoover called Dr. King “the most notorious liar in the country” at a Nov. 18, 1964, news conference. Hoover was furious the Black leader had just won the Nobel Peace Prize.

The FBI boss organized a slander campaign and had his No. 3 man, William Sullivan, write a letter to King urging him to commit suicide. (New York Times, Nov. 11, 2014)

“There is abundant evidence of a major high-level conspiracy in the assassination of my husband, Martin Luther King, Jr.,” said Coretta Scott King in 1999. She spoke after a Memphis jury found the U.S. government guilty of conspiring to assassinate Dr. King. (newsone.com, 2014)

The campaign against Dr. King was part of Cointelpro, the FBI’s terror program against the Black liberation movement and communists. Anti-war activists were also targeted by the FBI.

Cointelpro coordinated the deadly campaign against the Black Panther Party in which at least 28 Panthers were killed. Among them were Fred Hampton and Mark Clark, who were murdered in Chicago on Dec. 4, 1969. Decades later, Dr. Mutulu Shakur and other Black Panther Party members are still imprisoned.

Hoover died in 1972, and the FBI claims Cointelpro was terminated in 1971. But the agency’s railroading of dissidents to prison never ended.

American Indian Movement leader Leonard Peltier was framed by the FBI in 1976, and is still in jail. The FBI helped jail Puerto Rican liberation fighter Oscar López Rivera, who has just been released after 35 years in prison.

On May 13, 1985, the FBI worked with Philadelphia police to drop a bomb on the MOVE house. Six adults and five children were killed.

The FBI was no different under Director James Comey, who was fired by Trump on May 9. Comey continued the racist entrapment of Muslims and Palestinians.

Comey even claimed that police were hindered by a “viral video effect” because they were being filmed while brutalizing people. Comey was endorsing the bogus “Ferguson Effect,” which blames the Black Lives Matter movement for a supposed increase in street crime since 2014. (New York Times, May 11, 2016)

Frame-up agency

From its inception the FBI was used to crush any resistance to capitalism. William J. Burns — head of the strikebreaking Burns Detective Agency — was FBI director from 1921 to 1924.

At the time, judges were issuing union-busting injunctions. A 1922 strike of workers in railroad shops was crushed. But Burns had to be dropped because he was tied to the corrupt Warren G. Harding administration’s Teapot Dome scandal.

Burns’ No. 2 man, J. Edgar Hoover, took over. Hoover had helped carry out the roundups and deportations of communists in the 1919-1920 “Palmer raids,” named after President Woodrow Wilson’s attorney general, Alexander Palmer.

Just like today, immigrant workers were under attack. Among them were the Italian-born anarchist labor organizers Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti. They were framed for a payroll robbery in which a guard was killed in Massachusetts.

Despite affidavits by ex-FBI agents Lawrence Letherman and Fred J. Weyand stating that the bureau knew that Sacco and Vanzetti were innocent, the two were executed on Aug. 23, 1927.

The first struggle that Sam Marcy, founding chairperson of Workers World Party, participated in was to stop these Italian-American heroes from being murdered. Although the worldwide movement wasn’t able to stop their execution, it was an inspiration for the successful effort to save the lives of the African-American Scottsboro defendants in the 1930s.

Hoover helped instigate the anti-communist witch-hunt that dominated U.S. political life in the late 1940s and throughout the 1950s and early 1960s. Thousands of activists lost their jobs and dozens were jailed, including Ben Davis, the communist New York City councilperson from Harlem.

The height of the “red scare” was the execution of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg on June 19, 1953. Framed on phony charges of giving “atomic secrets” to the Soviet Union, the FBI used perjured testimony to convict them. In his eulogy at the Rosenbergs’ funeral, W.E.B. Du Bois declared these martyrs died because “they would not lie.”

The FBI has been







http://www.idsnews.com/article/2017/07/excitement-for-kamala-harris-2020-bid

EDITORIAL: Candice Jackson should resign from the Department of Education








https://ktar.com/story/1662421/charges-mount-in-corruption-probe-at-kansas-city-jail/

Charges mount in corruption probe at Kansas City jail


JULY 19, 2017 AT 2:10 PM
UPDATED: JULY 19, 2017 AT 2:38 PM
KANSAS CITY, Mo

A federal crackdown on alleged bribery-related smuggling of such contraband as cigarettes, cell phones and prescription drugs into the county jail in Kansas City, Missouri, has expanded with indictments accusing a fifth person and adding more charges against the previous four suspects.

A criminal complaint last month had accused Jackson County Detention Center corrections officers Andrew Dickerson and Jalee Fuller, inmate Carlos Hughley, and Fuller and Hughley’s friend Janikkia Carter of one count of telephone use to further unlawful activity, in this case corruption.

But a federal indictment Tuesday accuses those four of conspiracy and charges Carter and Hughley with three counts each of the unlawful telephone use charges. The indictment added Marion Byers — another Fuller and Hughley acquaintance — and charges him with two telephone-related counts.

A separate indictment accuses Dickerson of conspiracy and three more counts involving telephone use to further criminal activity.

Hughley, who prosecutors have said is the father of Fuller’s recently born child, had been awaiting trial on charges of domestic assault, armed criminal action, resisting arrest and multiple counts of distributing controlled substances. Dickerson no longer is employed with the county, and Fuller is on unpaid administrative leave.

Messages left Wednesday by The Associated Press with the defendants’ attorneys were not immediately returned.

Last month’s original charges related to a raid of the jail by roughly 200 law enforcers, including the FBI. An FBI investigation that began two years ago focused on excessive use of force by guards on prisoners before expanding to other areas, with previous searches having uncovered drugs, weapons and other contraband.

Authorities have said in court filings that an inmate’s relative who was acting as an informant paid bribes and provided cellphones and cigarettes that Dickerson and Fuller smuggled into the facility in May and June. The contraband then was delivered to an inmate who also was acting as an informant, the affidavit said.

Tuesday’s indictment alleges that Dickerson took part in a bribery and contraband-smuggling plot from May 2 to June 26, promoting the scheme through telephone calls and texts. Authorities allege Dickerson smuggled cell phones and other contraband to the lockup’s inmates, telling one of them that he would ensure that inmate was the only one on the floor to get bootleg cigarettes, narcotics, drugs and telephones if the inmate paid him $2,500 a month.

During that same time, the indictment alleges, Fuller, Carter, Hughley and Byers engaged in a separate, similar bribery and smuggling scheme. At one time, according to the indictment, Fuller — with help from Carter and Byers — smuggled a cell phone, charger and 15 anti-anxiety medications to an inmate for $300.

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http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-racism-whites-blacks-20170727-story.html

 

You can predict how many blacks are killed by police by measuring the racism of whites, research finds

Some of the stereotypes that prevail in a given geographic area go unrecognized by the people who hold them, and even more often, they’re not acknowledged. But psychologists know that such bias is widespread.

New research finds that when more white people in a community hold African Americans in greater suspicion, that prevailing view may influence police behavior in ways that drive the outsize use of lethal force against African Americans by cops.

It’s a finding likely to stir controversy and spark new interest in the phenomenon of implicit bias — the beliefs and prejudices we hold beneath our level of awareness.

Studied and measured by psychologists since the early 1990s, these unconscious views, which sometimes conflict with the opinions we explicitly embrace, are thought to shape our behavior every day. That influence may be subtle, psychologists say. But it’s never more powerful than when we are under extreme stress or time pressure, as police officers often are.

In a study published Thursday, a trio of psychologists built a map of the racial bias and stereotypes that prevail among whites across the United States. They gathered individuals’ answers to a pair of online tests that measure implicit bias and stereotypes about black and white people. The, they arranged them in geographical clusters according to the recorded location of the test-taker.

When the researchers overlaid those maps with their hot spots of white racial bias and presumption of violent intent against African Americans, they discerned a strong correlation with a very different map: one showing where, in the first nine months of 2015, African Americans were killed by police in disproportionate numbers.

The study, published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, was conducted by psychologists Eric Hehman and Jessica K. Flake of Ryerson and York universities, respectively, in Toronto, and by UC Davis social psychologist Jimmy Calanchini.

 

 

 

Link du jour

https://www.courthousenews.com/environmentalists-say-feds-ignored-worries-pennsylvania-coal-plant/aqq

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-tsui-transgender-history-wars-20170730-story.html


http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/yale-professor-died-drug-overdose-medical-examiner-article-1.1567978

http://www.occurrencesforeigndomestic.com/2017/07/31/anytime-soon/

http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-california-bucket-list-updates-share-the-streets-of-san-francisco-with-1498157974-htmlstory.html

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/transgender-military-members-offered-free-surgeries-doctor-article-1.3371580

 


Two border patrol agents’ dangerous method of checking for drugs killed a teen, lawsuit say

 

 

Cruz Velazquez Acevedo began convulsing shortly after he drank the liquid methamphetamine he'd brought with him from Tijuana, Mexico.

The 16-year-old had just crossed the U.S.-Mexico border to San Diego and was going through the San Ysidro Port of Entry. He was carrying two bottles of liquid that he claimed was apple juice. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers told him to drink it to prove he wasn't lying, court records say.

A surveillance video published by ABC Friday, about 3 1/2 years after Acevedo's death, shows the teen taking a sip of the liquid after one of the two officers, Valerie Baird, motioned for him to drink. He took another sip after the other officer, Adrian Perallon, made a gesture with his hand, appearing to tell him to drink more.

The teen took four sips.


Then, he began sweating profusely. He screamed and clenched his fists.

In a matter of minutes, his temperature soared to 105 degrees, his family's attorney said. His pulse reached an alarming rate of 220 beats per minute - more than twice the normal rate for adults.

"Mi corazón! Mi corazón!" Acevedo screamed, according to court records - "My heart! My heart!"

He was dead about two hours later.

The United States has since agreed to pay Acevedo's family $1 million in a wrongful-death lawsuit brought against two border officers and the U.S. government.

 

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/latest-news/article164383482.html#storylink=cpy

 


http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-cia-interrogations-20170730-story.html

Suit against 2 psychologists over torture used in CIA interrogations appears headed for trial

 


https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2017/jul/31/cia-jamaica-election/

CIA’s Guide To Other Country’s Elections: Why Jamaican “National Hero” Michael Manley worried the Agency

July 31, 2017
Michael Manley, who served as Prime Minister of Jamaica for a total of 11 years, is considered by nearly half of Jamaicans as the best Prime Minister the country ever had. 68% say that he should considered a national hero. However, as a 1980 Agency memo in the middle of a tough re-election battle shows, the CIA had a much more negative view of Manley, fearing he would resort to illegal means to stay in power.
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http://wiat.com/2017/07/31/birmingham-fire-and-rescue-investigating-suspicious-package-situation-at-fbi-headquarters/


Alabama's News Leader-
Birmingham Fire & Rescue personnel investigate a package discovered to have a suspicious substance at the FBI Headquarters in downtown Birmingham, July ...

 


https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2017/jul/28/kick-foiafriday-right-how-host-your-own-foia-karao/

 

How to host your own FOIA Karaoke

July 28, 2017
FOIA and public records are vital to holding our government accountable - but that doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun with the results, too. Here’s how you can host your own FOIA Karaoke - and if you do, let us know how it goes!

 

https://www.courthousenews.com/study-finds-aardvarks-suffering-african-climate-heats/


Study Finds Aardvarks Suffering as African Climate heats up

July 31, 2017

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Little is known about Africa’s elusive aardvarks, but new research says they are vulnerable to climate change like many other species.

Hotter temperatures are taking their toll on the aardvark, whose diet of ants and termites is becoming scarcer in some areas because of reduced rainfall, according to a study released Monday.

Drought in the Kalahari desert killed five out of six aardvarks that were being monitored for a year, as well as 11 others in the area, said researchers at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.

The aardvarks’ body temperatures plummeted during the night because they were not getting enough energy from diminished food sources, said physiology professor Andrea Fuller. She said they tried to conserve energy by looking for insects during the warmer daytime, but their efforts to adapt could not save them.

The body temperatures of the ones that died had dropped to as low as 25 degrees Celsius (77 Fahrenheit), compared to a normal temperature of a little below 37 degrees Celsius (98.6 Fahrenheit).

Researchers, who monitored the aardvarks with tiny sensors attached to implanted computer chips, said some birds, reptiles and other animals use aardvark burrows to escape extreme temperatures, reproduce and hide from predators. They could have fewer refuges available if aardvark populations shrink because of rising temperatures, they said.

The aardvark, which lives in many parts of sub-Saharan Africa, is identified as an animal of “least concern” on an international “red list” of threatened species. The list, compiled by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, said

 

https://www.courthousenews.com/eu-launches-probe-fuel-burning-power-plants/

EU Regulator Launches Probe
of Fuel-Burning Power Plants

The European Commission said Monday that it will review operating permits of the EU’s 3,500 large combustion plants by 2021, with an eye to moving the continent to low-emissions energy production and compliance with the international Paris climate agreement.

 


https://www.courthousenews.com/agriculture-caused-dead-zone-threatening-gulf-mexico/


Agriculture-Caused ‘Dead Zone’ Threatening Gulf of Mexico
July 31, 2017


Ocean life and our supply of clean drinking water will decrease unless more is done to limit farmland runoff of nitrogen-based fertilizer and livestock waste, according to a study published Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The nitrogen that washes into rivers and eventually out to sea is necessary for the growth of plant life, but excessive amounts found in the Gulf of Mexico and other places create areas known as dead zones. Excess nitrogen leads to exponential algae growth, which in turn causes an increase of bacteria that decomposes the algae and exhausts all the nearby oxygen. These dead zones choke off all other oceanic life and form algae blooms that are toxic to humans.

Scientists and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have been working on ways to cut down on nitrogen runoff, but Monday’s study suggests such actions aren’t enough. The Gulf of Mexico is expected to form a dead zone this summer the size of New Jersey, about 8,000 square miles, according to NOAA. An intergovernmental panel wants to reduce it to the size of Delaware, about 1,950 square miles, by 2035.

Researchers estimate nitrogen runoff into the Gulf of Mexico needs to be reduced by 59 percent.

“The bottom line is that we will never reach the action plan’s goal of 1,950 square miles until more serious actions are taken to reduce the loss of Midwest fertilizers into the Mississippi River system,” University of Michigan aquatic ecologist Don Scavia said.

The study reveals that hardly any progress has been made to reduce the amount of nitrogen runoff. Concentrations of the nitrogen compound nitrate found in rivers are the same today as in the 1980s. Despite more than $28 billion in government spending to reduce nitrogen runoff, there has been no significant reduction in the amount of nitrate washing away to the Gulf of Mexico.

“Clearly something more or something different is needed,” Scavia wrote in the study. “It matters little if the load-reduction target is 30 percent, 45 percent or 59 percent if insufficient resources are in place to make even modest reductions.”

Researchers suggest that the agriculture sector needs to make significant changes in order to protect ocean life, including the pursuit of alternatives to corn-base biofuels since corn requires a lot of nitrogen and other soil nutrients.

“It is time to ask what is preventing more extensive implementation of some or all of these strategies,” the researchers said.

 

 


https://www.courthousenews.com/judge-nixes-alabama-law-putting-pregnant-girls-trial/

Judge Nixes Alabama Law Putting Pregnant Girls Through Trial


July 31, 2017


MONTGOMERY, Ala.A federal judge has struck down Alabama’s one-of-a-kind law that enabled judges to put minors seeking abortions through a trial-like proceeding in which the fetus could get a lawyer and prosecutors could object to the pregnant girl’s wishes.

Alabama legislators in 2014 changed the state’s process for girls who can’t or won’t get their parents’ permission for an abortion to obtain permission from a court instead. The new law empowered the judge to appoint a guardian ad litem “for the interests of the unborn child” and invited the local district attorney to call witnesses and question the girl to determine whether she’s mature enough to decide.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan Russ Walker sided Friday with the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama , writing that the law unconstitutionally and impermissibly imposes “an undue burden on a minor in Alabama who seeks an abortion through a judicial bypass,” and violates the girl’s privacy rights by enabling a prosecutor to call witnesses against her will.

Both the judge and the ACLU said they were aware of no other state with such a law.

Every state requiring parental consent for abortions involving minors must also have a “judicial bypass” procedure so that girls can get a judge’s approval in a way that is effective, confidential, and expeditious, the ACLU said.

The state had argued that the law was intended to allow a “meaningful” inquiry into the minor’s maturity and the process was still a “confidential, and expeditious option for a teenager who seeks an abortion without parental consent.”

The civil rights organization said it had the opposite effect, by enabling lawyers for the state or the fetus to subpoena the minor’s teacher, neighbor, relative or boyfriend to testify she’s too immature to choose an abortion, or that continuing the pregnancy would be in her best interest.

It is unclear how many such proceedings have happened since the law was enacted. Walker noted that a district attorney this summer opposed the abortion request of a 12-year-old girl who had been impregnated by a relative.

The girl was 13 weeks pregnant and had just completed fifth grade when she went before a family court judge, according to a court record. The judge approved the abortion on June 27, and the district attorney appealed the same day, arguing that the girl was too immature to make an informed decision. The Alabama Court of Civil Appeals on July 12 ruled in favor of the girl.

The ACLU filed the lawsuit in federal court in Montgomery on behalf of Reproductive Health Services, a Montgomery

 

 

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ex-sheriff-joe-arpaio-found-guilty-criminal-contempt-case-article-1.3371912


Ex-Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio found guilty in criminal contempt case
BY ELIZABETH ELIZALDE
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Monday, July 31, 2017, 9:37 PM

 


https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/31/american-renaissance-conference-white-identity

'Young white guys are hopping mad': confidence grows at far-right gathering
‘Race realism’ and call for a white ‘ethnostate’ among themes at the American Renaissance conference in Tennessee

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'We only shoot black people': Georgia officer faces investigation for comment
Lt Greg Abbott of Cobb County caught on dashcam footage making remark to white woman during traffic stop in July 2016





http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/pregnant-seattle-mother-killed-seattle-cops-shot-7-times-article-1.3457822

Black Pregnant Seattle mother killed by Seattle cops was shot seven times, had no drugs or alcohol in system


BY DAVID BOROFF
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, August 31, 2017, 11:42 AM


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NYPD officer kills dog, accidentally shoots U.S. marshal in foot while searching for fugitive in Jersey City
BY ROCCO PARASCANDOLA  THOMAS TRACY



http://stevehochstadt.blogspot.com/2017/08/the-character-test-is-dead.html


The Character Test is Dead


In 2016, Donald Trump confounded every informed opinion about his campaign’s chances for success. The same question kept returning: why didn’t this particular outrageous display of personal character sink his ship? Trump was confident that his personal morality would make little difference: “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters.” That was in January 2016.

A report on new poll results says “only 73% of Republicans” approve his performance. Why “only”? The great majority approve of what he has done, and presumably are looking forward to more of the same.

This keeps surprising the media. In February, CNN tried to explain what puzzled them: “Why Trump’s supporters still love him.” In April, the Huffington Post asked, “At 100 Days, Why Do Most Of Trump’s Voters Still Love Him?” Now it’s August and little has changed. Trump bet that character doesn’t matter, and he keeps winning.

A sea change has swept over the public consciousness of our country since the 1950s. In the America that Trump’s supporters believe was great, character mattered. You might be a jerk in business, in academia, in politics and get ahead. You might be a jerk in town, and still get elected to important local positions. You might be jerk at home and abuse your family, but still parade as a family man.

But being a jerk didn’t help. Those who got caught cooking the books or cheating their customers or beating weaker people up could lose everything. Failing the character test in a public way meant disaster.

Passing the character test depended a lot on what the media were willing to make public. Dwight Eisenhower’s affair with Kay Summersby and JFK’s liaisons with many women were known, but treated gingerly by the press. Searching for the personal scandals of powerful men was considered sleazy.

Nixon’s enormous character failure, and the long-running national scandal that dominated the media in 1972-1974, changed the character test. Journalists and publishers grew more attuned to the use of character flaws as news. But adultery was not yet enough to sink an important politician. Arkansas Congressman Wilbur Mills was caught with a stripper, Fanne Fox, in 1974, but was reelected the next month. As the media embraced a new sexual ethic of visual exploitation in the 1970s and 1980s, it also embraced the virtues of sensationalized print. Gary Hart’s extramarital affair while he was running for President in 1988 showed that adultery had become a major element in the character test.

Other questions on the character test assumed conservative ideology was moral character. That has long been true. In the postwar decades, made-up accusations of “Communism” were sufficient to attribute severe moral failings to crusaders for labor and civil rights. 1950s gender rules were clearly represented in the character test: gay was sick, dominance was manly, ambition was unwomanly. Blackness was itself considered as a moral failing. The character test often functioned to weed out liberals by turning emotion into a flaw. Ed Muskie failed the character test in 1972 by tearing up in a New Hampshire snowstorm as he defended his wife against scurrilous lies planted by the Nixon White House.

These politicized claims about character have lost their persuasiveness. People, a lot of whom suffered personally from these ideas about character, have changed the test by challenging its premises. Race may always be a failing of our union, but the certainty that black skin is a character flaw is gone. Homosexuality no longer needs to be hidden from view for political success.

I have no statistics, but I believe that Republicans have adopted better to a media hungry for sensationalized scandal and contributed much to its triumph. Republicans tried during Bill Clinton’s entire presidency to make his sex life the key test of character. They impeached him for lying, an almost amusing idea in the Trump era. The character assassination of John Kerry in 2004 became the birther controversy for Obama.

That brings us back to Trump, who demonstrates that the character test is dead. His abuse of women, his cheating of people he hired, his personal nastiness, his lying and bragging, seem to have contributed to rather than hurt his appeal. Trump fails every test of character, but it makes no difference.

Even as personal behavior has become important in the careers of NFL players and TV personalities, it seems to have lost its relevance in politics. The careers of Adrian Peterson and Ray Rice were damaged by evidence of domestic violence, but Mark Sanford could have an affair, lie about it, use public funds to finance his adultery, and then get elected to Congress.

In fact, the character test may have been turned on its head. Trump appeals to a surprisingly large segment of Americans who like nastiness, who applaud insults, who cheer bloodshed, and who hate liberals and liberal ideas. When he grabs women and laughs about it, when he tells lies about good people, when he calls journalists “sick”, when he mocks the handicapped, and when he winks at white supremacists, his supporters are happy. Criticize what look like his character flaws and you’ll get nowhere with them.

But do it anyway. The character test is dead only if we let it die.

Steve Hochstadt
Springbrook WI


http://www.climatecentral.org/news/climate-change-death-sentence-afghanistans-highlands-21715a

Here’s How Climate Change is a ‘Death Sentence’ in Afghanistan’s Highlands
 
 
Published: August 29th, 2017
By Sune Engel Rasmussen, The Guardian

The central highlands of Afghanistan are a world away from the congested chaos of the country’s cities. Hills roll across colossal, uninhabited spaces fringed by snow-flecked mountains, set against blistering blue skies.

In this spectacular, harsh landscape, one can pinpoint more or less where human settlement becomes impossible: at an altitude of 3,000 meters (9,840 feet).

This is where Aziza’s family lives, in the village of Borghason. In a good year, they just about survive by cultivating wheat and potatoes for food and a small income. However, when the rains fail, as they increasingly do, the family is plunged into debt, unable to reimburse merchants for that year’s seeds. “Last year, we had to borrow money from the bazaar,” Aziza says.



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Female guards sexually assaulted young male detainees at Horizon juvenile center: lawsuit
BY VICTORIA BEKIEMPIS
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Wednesday, August 30, 2017, 11:05 PM


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August 29, 2017
Hate Crimes: A Conference on Law Enforcement and Civil Rights September 17 and 18

BIRMINGHAM—Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will be the keynote speaker for the opening session of the 2017 annual Conference on Civil Rights and Law Enforcement sponsored by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Birmingham Division, and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.

The two-day conference will focus on hate crimes. The program begins at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, September 17, at the historic 16th Street Baptist Church, with Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein delivering his address at 4 p.m.

The conference continues on Monday, September 18, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will include a case study on the 2015 hate-crime massacre at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, from a federal prosecutor and investigators who worked the case. The gunman, a 21-year-old white supremacist, killed nine people during a Bible study at the church. The speakers will include Nathan Williams, who prosecuted the case, Brian Womble, supervisory FBI special agent, and Gregory Mullen, the recently retired Charleston chief of police. Each will speak about the role he played in the tragic event.

The conference is free, but registration for each day is required at http://www.bcri.org.

“Hate crimes have devastating effects beyond the harm inflicted on any one victim,” stated Andrea L. Taylor, BCRI President and CEO. “They reverberate through families, communities, and the entire nation.”

“Hate crimes are the highest priority of the FBI’s civil rights program and the objective of this conference is to create open, honest dialogue between law enforcement officials and the community, promote cooperation, and share with the community what a federal hate crime is and how to report it,” said FBI Birmingham Division Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp Jr.

Monday’s session will begin with Dr. Andrew Baer, assistant professor, Department of History, University of Alabama at Birmingham, who will speak about the history of hate. Dr. John Gampher, UAB Department of Psychology, will follow with his presentation, “Inside the Mind of Hate.”

Dr. Shay DeGolier, Outreach and Organizing Specialist with the Southern Poverty Law Center, will deliver Monday’s luncheon address.

Monday’s program also will include a panel discussion addressing what hate looks like from the perspective of various minority communities within the Greater Birmingham metro area. Dr. G. Christine Taylor, Vice President and Associate Provost, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, at the University of Alabama, will moderate the panel.

FBI Special Agent Gerome Lorrain, Jackson Division, will conclude Monday’s session with a case study on the 2015 death of Mercedes Williamson, which resulted in the first conviction on federal hate crime charges arising from the murder of a transgender woman.

For more information on the conference, contact Paul Daymond, at pedaymond@fbi.gov or (205) 279-1457, or Charles Woods III, at cwoods@bcri.org or 205-328-9696 x246.

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http://www.climatecentral.org/news/google-earth-satellites-climate-change-21012

Google Earth Shows 30 Years of Climate Change

Satellites have revolutionized the way we see the world. Since the first satellite image of earth was taken in 1959, they’ve captured a world reshaped by humans.

Cities have risen, lakes have dried out, ice shelves have disappeared and the future of energy has begun popping up in deserts and fields around the world. Human ingenuity put the satellites into orbit hundreds of miles above the earth to chronicle these changes. And now human ingenuity has strung together decades of images to crystalize what those changes look like in every corner of the globe.

Google has been collecting a database of imagery from the Landsat and Sentinel satellite systems that spans 1984 until the present. It’s part of a petabyte-scale database from our eyes in the sky (for reference, you’d need 31,250 iPhone 7s — the basic 32 gigabyte version — to store a single petabyte of data). Using their Earth Engine system, anyone with an internet connection can see those changes. Here are some of the starkest and most hopeful timelapses of our planet.

The Larsen ice shelf disintegrates in Antarctica



FBI Octopus


http://jewishexponent.com/2017/08/30/congressmans-trip-israel-leaves-awe/


Former FBI agent Fitzpatrick
Congressman’s Trip to Israel Leaves Him ‘In Awe’

August 30, 20170

U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-District 8) traveled to Israel a few weeks ago with high expectations.

The trip, which included visits with both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Palestinian Authority counterpart, Rami Hamdallah, as well as meetings with military personnel, from generals of the Israel Defense Forces to rank-and-file soldiers, exceeded those expectations.

“It was the most educational trip I’ve ever been on,” said Fitzpatrick, who took office in January. “You learn on every trip you’re on, but I learned more on this trip about foreign affairs, about Israel in particular, about coalition government, about national security threats, about border security and about history. When you think of Israel and particularly Jerusalem, it’s ground zero for humanity. I was just in awe being there.”

The annual trip for congressmen, which ran from Aug. 6 to 14, was sponsored by the American Israel Education Foundation. According to Fitzpatrick, whose district encompasses all of Bucks County and a section of upper Montgomery County, about 35 people made the journey, including House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).






Mayor promised to increase public’s trust with police. He now has a new police auditor

Read more here: http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/article170254047.html#storylink=cpy

AUGUST 30, 2017 12:25 PM

Fresno Mayor Lee Brand took a step toward fulfilling one of his campaign pledges from last year, naming his appointees Wednesday to a new Citizens Public Safety Advisory Board and announcing the hiring of a new independent police auditor to work on building greater trust between the public and the city’s police force.

John Gliatta, a crime analyst with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office and 27-year veteran of the FBI in Sacramento and Washington, D.C., will take the job in the Office of Independent Review. He will fill the role on a full-time basis and reside in Fresno. Previous auditors have worked part-time and most recently lived out of state, reviewing complaints lodged by residents against police by way of a paper trail and after-the-fact interviews.

Read more here: http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/article170254047.html#storylink=cpy





NECA, PTSA applaud difference makers
Natchez Democrat
The guest presenter is Juan Cloy, a former FBI agent. The theme is 'Keepin It 100' which will focus on helping youth understand their true identity. For more ...


https://www.city-journal.org/html/what-criminologists-dont-say-and-why-15328.html

FROM THE MAGAZINE
What Criminologists Don’t Say, and Why
Monopolized by the Left, academic research on crime gets almost everything wrong.
John Paul Wright Matt DeLisi
Summer 2017 Public safety


https://www.skepticalscience.com

Study: Katharine Hayhoe is successfully convincing doubtful evangelicals about climate change
Posted on 28 August 2017 by dana1981

Approximately one-quarter of Americans identify as evangelical Christians, and that group also tends to be more resistant to the reality of human-caused global warming. As a new paper by Brian Webb and Doug Hayhoe notes:

a 2008 study found that just 44% of evangelicals believed global warming to be caused mostly by human activities, compared to 64% of nonevangelicals (Smith and Leiserowitz, 2013) while, a 2011 survey found that only 27% of white evangelicals believed there to be a scientific consensus on climate change, compared to 40% of the American public (Public Religion Research Institute, 2011).

These findings appear to stem from two primary factors. First, evangelicals tend to be socially and politically conservative, and climate change is among the many issues that have become politically polarized in America. Second, there is sometimes a perceived conflict between science and religion, as Christians distrust what they perceive as scientists’ “moral agenda” on issues like evolution, stem cell research, and climate change. As Webb and Hayhoe describe it:

theological conservatism, scientific skepticism, political affiliation, and sociocultural influences have reinforced one another to instill climate skepticism into the evangelical tribe mentality, thus creating a formidable barrier to climate education efforts.



The front and back stages of carceral expansion marketing in Canada
This study was produced as part of the Carceral Cultures research initiative (www.carceralcultures.ca), which aims to generate knowledge about Canada’s culture of punishment that informs and gives meaning to related penal policies and practices.

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This article examines how provincial and territorial government agencies and prison authorities in Canada promote new penal infrastructure initiatives. Through an analysis of press releases, websites, opening ceremonies and open houses to promote jail and prison construction projects, our analysis reveals discourses that are legitimating carceral expansion in the Canadian context including: the pursuit of public safety and institutional security; providing opportunities for rehabilitation and healing; addressing the legacies of colonization through the ‘indigenizing’ of imprisonment; generating economic stimulus through prison-related employment and other financial contributions; and the establishment of ‘environmentally-friendly’ prisons. Drawing from government records obtained using Access to Information and Freedom of Information requests, we also provide examples of how front stage messages communicated to the public are assembled by bureaucrats and marketing firms in the back stage of these punishment campaigns.



http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/times-ivanka-trump-supported-women-work-article-1.3457708

Everything Ivanka Trump’s done for working females since her father became President (hint: not much)
BY JESSICA SCHLADEBECK
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, August 31, 2017, 12:04 PM




https://www.stripes.com/news/us/air-force-veteran-in-leak-case-wants-fbi-admission-suppressed-1.485240#.WahMM9EpChB

Air Force veteran in leak case wants FBI admission suppressed







https://robertscribbler.com/2017/08/30/half-a-world-away-from-harvey-global-warming-fueled-deluges-now-impact-42-million-people/

Half a World Away From Harvey, Global Warming Fueled Deluges Now Impact 42 Million People
Rising sea surface temperatures in South Asia led to more moisture in the atmosphere, providing this year’s monsoon with its ammunition for torrential rainfall. — The Pacific Standard

While flooding is common in the region, climate change has spurred dramatic weather patterns, greatly exacerbating the damage. As sea temperatures warm, moisture increases, a dynamic also at play in the record-setting rainfall in Texas. — Think Progress

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With Harvey delivering its own hammer blow of worst-ever-seen rainfall to Texas, 42 million people are now impacted by record flooding half a world away. The one thing that links these two disparate disasters? Climate Change.

A Worsening Flood Disaster in South Asia

As Harvey was setting its sights on the Texas Coast this time last week, another major rainfall disaster was already ongoing. Thousands of miles away, South Asia was experiencing historic flooding that seven days ago had impacted 24 million people.

At the time, two tropical weather systems were developing over a very warm Pacific. They were angling in toward a considerably pumped up monsoonal moisture flow. And they appeared bound and determined to unleash yet more misery on an already suffering region.


As of Monday, the remnants of tropical cyclone Hato had entered the monsoonal flow and was unleashing its heavy rains upon Nepal. The most recent in a long chain of systems that just keeps looping more storms in over the region to disgorge they water loads on submerged lands.

By Wednesday, the number of people suffering from flooding in India, Bangladesh and Nepal had jumped by 18 million in just one week to more than 42 million. With 32 million impacted in India, 8.6 million in Bangladesh, and 1.7 million in Nepal. More tragically, 1,200 people have perished due to both landslides and floods as thousands of square miles have been submerged and whole regions have been crippled with roads, bridges, and airports washing out. Adding to this harsh toll are an estimated 3.5 million homes that have been damaged or destroyed in Bangladesh alone.

Worst impacts are likely to focus on Bangladesh which is down-stream of flooded regions in Nepal and India. As of last week, 1/3 of this low-lying country had been submerged by rising water. With intense rains persisting during recent days, this coverage is likely to have expanded.

Hundreds of thousands of people have now funneled into the country’s growing disaster shelters. A massive international aid effort is underway as food and water supplies are cut off and fears of disease are growing. The international Red Cross and Red Crescent and other relief agencies have deployed over 2,000 medical teams to the region. Meanwhile, calls for increased assistance are growing.

Warmer Oceans Fuel Tropical Climate Extremes

As with Harvey, this year’s South Asia floods have been fueled by much warmer than normal ocean surface temperatures. These warmer than normal ocean surfaces are evaporating copious amounts of moisture into the tropical atmosphere. This moisture, in turn, is intensifying the monsoonal rains.



(Very warm ocean surface temperatures related to global warming are contributing to catastrophic South Asian flooding in which 42 million people are now impacted. Image source: Earth Nullschool.)

In the Bay of Bengal, ocean surfaces have recently hit about 3 C above the three decade average. But ocean waters have been warming now for more than a Century following the initiation of widespread fossil fuel burning. So even the present baseline is above 20th Century temperature norms. At this point, such high levels of ocean heat are clearly having an impact on tropical weather.

In an interview with CNN, Reaz Ahmed, the director-general of Bangladesh’s Department of Disaster Management noted last week that:

“This is not normal. Floods this year were bigger and more intense than the previous years.”

Further exacerbating the situation is that fact that glaciers are melting and temperatures are rising in the Himalayas. This increases water flow into rivers during monsoon season even as glacial melt flow into rivers is reduced during the dry season. It’s kind of a flood-drought whammy in which the dry season is growing hotter and drier for places like India, but the wet season is conversely getting pushed toward worsening flood extremes.

Links:

The Pacific Standard

Think Progress

Earth Nullschool

Nepal, India, Bangladesh Floods Impact Millions

NASA Worldview




https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/31/south-asia-floods-fears-death-toll-rise-india-pakistan-mumbai-building-collapses

South Asia floods: Mumbai building collapses as monsoon rains wreak havoc
Flooding across India, Nepal and Bangladesh leaves parts of cities underwater as storm moves on to Pakistan
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10/5/2017 at 11:00 a.m.
Watch the Trailer for the Documentary Frank Serpico
In the first trailer for Frank Serpico, a man tells Frank, the legendary cop, “You got a loud mouth, Serpico, would you just listen for a moment?” Serpico shoots back: “At least it’s honest!” The new documentary from Antonino D’Ambrosio gets the man to talk in his own words about his upbringing, blowing the whistle on widespread corruption in the NYPD in the 1960s and 1970s, and his life after publicly exposing the illegal dealings of his fellow officers. You’ve seen the Sidney Lumet and Al Pacino version of this story. Now you can have a feature-length experience with the real, larger-than-life Frank Serpico in theaters on November 1.




http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/firefighter-fired-giving-black-station-watermelon-article-1.3551765


Rookie firefighter fired for gifting mostly black station with watermelon  
BY BRIAN LISI
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, October 9, 2017, 2:48 PM



Mesa police fatally shoot an armed woman threatening suicide


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MESA, Ariz.

Police in Mesa say a woman has been fatally shot after she threatened to commit suicide and refused to drop a handgun.

The name and age of the woman haven’t been released.

Mesa police say the woman ran from officers Saturday night and they tried to talk to her at an apartment south of U.S. 60.






https://www.thedailybeast.com/alleged-mueller-witness-james-burnham-is-on-trumps-judicial-wish-list

Alleged Mueller Witness James Burnham Is on Trump’s Judicial Wish List
If nominated, James Burnham’s confirmation hearing could be must-see C-SPAN—and could draw scorching criticism from the president’s opponents.



http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/number-women-accusing-catholic-priest-sexual-abuse-23-article-1.3552018

Number of women accusing Catholic priest of sexual abuse rises to 23
BY GRAHAM RAYMAN
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, October 9, 2017, 4:15 PM




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SEE IT: L-train riders scold racist, splash him with soup and toss him off (GRAPHIC)
BY JOHN ANNESE
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, October 9, 2017, 10:17 PM
 





http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/manhattan/correction-officer-cuffed-abandoning-kids-harlem-home-article-1.3551726

City correction officer arrested for abandoning young kids and dog in squalid East Harlem home
BY KERRY BURKE SHAYNA JACOBS  ROCCO PARASCANDOLA
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Monday, October 9, 2017, 7:25 PM
 



http://space4peace.blogspot.com


The elites “have no credibility left”

An interview with journalist Chris Hedges
By David North

WSWS International Editorial Board Chairman David North interviewed Chris Hedges, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author, lecturer and former New York Times correspondent. Among Hedges’ best-known books are War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, The Death of the Liberal Class, Empire of Illusion: the End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle, Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, which he co-wrote with the cartoonist Joe Sacco, and Wages of Rebellion: the Moral Imperative of Revolt.
Chris Hedges

In an article published in Truthdig September 17, titled “The Silencing of Dissent,” Hedges referenced the WSWS coverage of Google’s censorship of left-wing sites and warned about the growth of “blacklisting, censorship and slandering dissidents as foreign agents for Russia and purveyors of ‘fake news.’”

Hedges wrote that “the Department of Justice called on RT America and its ‘associates’—which may mean people like me—to register under the Foreign Agent Registration Act. No doubt, the corporate state knows that most of us will not register as foreign agents, meaning we will be banished from the airwaves. This, I expect, is the intent.”

North’s interview with Hedges began with a discussion of the significance of the anti-Russia campaign in the media.

David North: How do you interpret the fixation on Russia and the entire interpretation of the election within the framework of Putin’s manipulation?

Chris Hedges: It’s as ridiculous as Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction. It is an absolutely unproven allegation that is used to perpetuate a very frightening accusation—critics of corporate capitalism and imperialism are foreign agents for Russia.

I have no doubt that the Russians invested time, energy and money into attempting to influence events in the United States in ways that would serve their interests, in the same way that we have done and do in Russia and all sorts of other countries throughout the world. So I’m not saying there was no influence, or an attempt to influence events.

But the whole idea that the Russians swung the election to Trump is absurd. It’s really premised on the unproven claim that Russia gave the Podesta emails to WikiLeaks, and the release of these emails turned tens, or hundreds of thousands, of Clinton supporters towards Trump. This doesn’t make any sense. Either that, or, according to the director of national intelligence, RT America, where I have a show, got everyone to vote for the Green Party.

This obsession with Russia is a tactic used by the ruling elite, and in particular the Democratic Party, to avoid facing a very unpleasant reality: that their unpopularity is the outcome of their policies of deindustrialization and the assault against working men and women and poor people of color. It is the result of disastrous trade agreements like NAFTA that abolished good-paying union jobs and shipped them to places like Mexico, where workers without benefits are paid $3.00 an hour. It is the result of the explosion of a system of mass incarceration, begun by Bill Clinton with the 1994 omnibus crime bill, and the tripling and quadrupling of prison sentences. It is the result of the slashing of basic government services, including, of course, welfare, that Clinton gutted; deregulation, a decaying infrastructure, including public schools, and the de facto tax boycott by corporations. It is the result of the transformation of the country into an oligarchy. The nativist revolt on the right, and the aborted insurgency within the Democratic Party, makes sense when you see what they have done to the country.

Police forces have been turned into quasi-military entities that terrorize marginal communities, where people have been stripped of all of their rights and can be shot with impunity; in fact over three are killed a day. The state shoots and locks up poor people of color as a form of social control. They are quite willing to employ the same form of social control on any other segment of the population that becomes restive.

The Democratic Party, in particular, is driving this whole Russia witch-hunt. It cannot face its complicity in the destruction of our civil liberties—and remember, Barack Obama’s assault on civil liberties was worse than those carried out by George W. Bush—and the destruction of our economy and our democratic institutions.

Politicians like the Clintons, Pelosi and Schumer are creations of Wall Street. That is why they are so virulent about pushing back against the Sanders wing of the Democratic Party. Without Wall Street money, they would not hold political power. The Democratic Party doesn’t actually function as a political party. It’s about perpetual mass mobilization and a hyperventilating public relations arm, all paid for by corporate donors. The base of the party has no real say in the leadership or the policies of the party, as Bernie Sanders and his followers found out. They are props in the sterile political theater.

These party elites, consumed by greed, myopia and a deep cynicism, have a death grip on the political process. They’re not going to let it go, even if it all implodes.

DN: Chris, you worked for the New York Times. When was that, exactly?

CH: From 1990 to 2005.

DN: Since you have some experience with that institution, what changes do you see? We’ve stressed that it has cultivated a constituency among the affluent upper-middle class.

CH: The New York Times consciously targets 30 million upper-middle class and affluent Americans. It is a national newspaper; only about 11 percent of its readership is in New York. It is very easy to see who the Times seeks to reach by looking at its special sections on Home, Style, Business or Travel. Here, articles explain the difficulty of maintaining, for example, a second house in the Hamptons. It can do good investigative work, although not often. It covers foreign affairs. But it reflects the thinking of the elites. I read the Times every day, maybe to balance it out with your web site.

DN: Well, I hope more than balance it.

CH: Yes, more than balance it. The Times was always an elitist publication, but it wholly embraced the ideology of neo-conservatism and neoliberalism at a time of financial distress, when Abe Rosenthal was editor. He was the one who instituted the special sections that catered to the elite. And he imposed a de facto censorship to shut out critics of unfettered capitalism and imperialism, such as Noam Chomsky or Howard Zinn. He hounded out reporters like Sydney Schanberg, who challenged the real estate developers in New York, or Raymond Bonner, who reported the El Mozote massacre in El Salvador.

He had lunch every week, along with his publisher, with William F. Buckley. This pivot into the arms of the most retrograde forces of corporate capitalism and proponents of American imperialism, for a time, made the paper very profitable. Eventually, of course, the rise of the internet, the loss of classified ads, which accounted for about 40 percent of all newspaper revenue, crippled the Times as it has crippled all newspapers. Newsprint has lost the monopoly that once connected sellers with buyers. Newspapers are trapped in an old system of information they call “objectivity” and “balance,” formulae designed to cater to the powerful and the wealthy and obscure the truth. But like all Byzantine courts, the Times will go down clinging to its holy grail.

The intellectual gravitas of the paper—in particular the Book Review and the Week in Review—was obliterated by Bill Keller, himself a neocon, who, as a columnist, had been a cheerleader for the war in Iraq. He brought in figures like Sam Tanenhaus. At that point the paper embraced, without any dissent, the utopian ideology of neoliberalism and the primacy of corporate power as an inevitable form of human progress. The Times, along with business schools, economics departments at universities, and the pundits promoted by the corporate state, propagated the absurd idea that we would all be better off if we prostrated every sector of society before the dictates of the marketplace. It takes a unique kind of stupidity to believe this. You had students at Harvard Business School doing case studies of Enron and its brilliant business model, that is, until Enron collapsed and was exposed as a gigantic scam. This was never, really, in the end, about ideas. It was about unadulterated greed. It was pushed by the supposedly best educated among us, like Larry Summers, which exposes the lie that somehow our decline is due to deficient levels of education. It was due to a bankrupt and amoral elite, and the criminal financial institutions that make them rich.

Critical thinking on the op-ed page, the Week in Review or the Book Review, never very strong to begin with, evaporated under Keller. Globalization was beyond questioning. Since the Times, like all elite institutions, is a hermetically sealed echo chamber, they do not realize how irrelevant they are becoming, or how ridiculous they look. Thomas Friedman and David Brooks might as well write for the Onion.

I worked overseas. I wasn’t in the newsroom very much, but the paper is a very anxiety-ridden place. The rules aren’t written on the walls, but everyone knows, even if they do not articulate it, the paper’s unofficial motto: Do not significantly alienate those upon whom we depend for money and access! You can push against them some of the time. But if you are a serious reporter, like Charlie Leduff, or Sydney Schanberg, who wants to give a voice to people who don’t have a voice, to address issues of race, class, capitalist exploitation or the crimes of empire, you very swiftly become a management problem and get pushed out. Those who rise in the organization and hold power are consummate careerists. Their loyalty is to their advancement and the stature and profitability of the institution, which is why the hierarchy of the paper is filled with such mediocrities. Careerism is the paper’s biggest Achilles heel. It does not lack for talent. But it does lack for intellectual independence and moral courage. It reminds me of Harvard.

DN: Let’s come back to this question of the Russian hacking news story. You raised the ability to generate a story, which has absolutely no factual foundation, nothing but assertions by various intelligence agencies, presented as an assessment that is beyond question. What is your evaluation of this?

CH: The commercial broadcast networks, and that includes CNN and MSNBC, are not in the business of journalism. They hardly do any. Their celebrity correspondents are courtiers to the elite. They speculate about and amplify court gossip, which is all the accusations about Russia, and they repeat what they are told to repeat. They sacrifice journalism and truth for ratings and profit. These cable news shows are one of many revenue streams in a corporate structure. They compete against other revenue streams. The head of CNN, Jeff Zucker, who helped create the fictional persona of Donald Trump on “Celebrity Apprentice,” has turned politics on CNN into a 24-hour reality show. All nuance, ambiguity, meaning and depth, along with verifiable fact, are sacrificed for salacious entertainment. Lying, racism, bigotry and conspiracy theories are given platforms and considered newsworthy, often espoused by people whose sole quality is that they are unhinged. It is news as burlesque.

I was on the investigative team at the New York Times during the lead-up to the Iraq War. I was based in Paris and covered Al Qaeda in Europe and the Middle East. Lewis Scooter Libby, Dick Cheney, Richard Perle and maybe somebody in an intelligence agency, would confirm whatever story the administration was attempting to pitch. Journalistic rules at the Times say you can’t go with a one-source story. But if you have three or four supposedly independent sources confirming the same narrative, then you can go with it, which is how they did it. The paper did not break any rules taught at Columbia journalism school, but everything they wrote was a lie.

The whole exercise was farcical. The White House would leak some bogus story to Judy Miller or Michael Gordon, and then go on the talk shows to say, ‘as the Times reported….’ It gave these lies the veneer of independence and reputable journalism. This was a massive institutional failing, and one the paper has never faced.

DN: The CIA pitches the story, and then the Times gets the verification from those who pitch it to them.

CH: It’s not always pitched. And not much of this came from the CIA. The CIA wasn’t buying the “weapons of mass destruction” hysteria.

DN: It goes the other way too?

CH: Sure. Because if you’re trying to have access to a senior official, you’ll constantly be putting in requests, and those officials will decide when they want to see you. And when they want to see you, it’s usually because they have something to sell you.

DN: The media’s anti-Russia narrative has been embraced by large portions of what presents itself as the “left.”

CH: Well, don’t get me started on the American left. First of all, there is no American left—not a left that has any kind of seriousness, that understands political or revolutionary theories, that’s steeped in economic study, that understands how systems of power work, especially corporate and imperial power. The left is caught up in the same kind of cults of personality that plague the rest of society. It focuses on Trump, as if Trump is the central problem. Trump is a product, a symptom of a failed system and dysfunctional democracy, not the disease.

If you attempt to debate most of those on the supposedly left, they reduce discussion to this cartoonish vision of politics.

The serious left in this country was decimated. It started with the suppression of radical movements under Woodrow Wilson, then the “Red Scares” in the 1920s, when they virtually destroyed our labor movement and our radical press, and then all of the purges in the 1950s. For good measure, they purged the liberal class—look at what they did to Henry Wallace—so that Cold War “liberals” equated capitalism with democracy, and imperialism with freedom and liberty. I lived in Switzerland and France. There are still residues of a militant left in Europe, which gives Europeans something to build upon. But here we almost have to begin from scratch.

I’ve battled continuously with Antifa and the Black Bloc. I think they’re kind of poster children for what I would consider phenomenal political immaturity. Resistance is not a form of personal catharsis. We are not fighting the rise of fascism in the 1930s. The corporate elites we have to overthrow already hold power. And unless we build a broad, popular resistance movement, which takes a lot of patient organizing among working men and women, we are going to be steadily ground down.

So Trump’s not the problem. But just that sentence alone is going to kill most discussions with people who consider themselves part of the left.

The corporate state has made it very hard to make a living if you hold fast to this radical critique. You will never get tenure. You probably won’t get academic appointments. You won’t win prizes. You won’t get grants. The New York Times, if they review your book, will turn it over to a dutiful mandarin like George Packer to trash it—as he did with my last book. The elite schools, and I have taught as a visiting professor at a few of them, such as Princeton and Columbia, replicate the structure and goals of corporations. If you want to even get through a doctoral committee, much less a tenure committee, you must play it really, really safe. You must not challenge the corporate-friendly stance that permeates the institution and is imposed through corporate donations and the dictates of wealthy alumni. Half of the members of most of these trustee boards should be in prison!

Speculation in the 17th century in Britain was a crime. Speculators were hanged. And today they run the economy and the country. They have used the capturing of wealth to destroy the intellectual, cultural and artistic life in the country and snuff out our democracy. There is a word for these people: traitors.

DN: What about the impact that you’ve seen of identity politics in America?

CH: Well, identity politics defines the immaturity of the left. The corporate state embraced identity politics. We saw where identity politics got us with Barack Obama, which is worse than nowhere. He was, as Cornel West said, a black mascot for Wall Street, and now he is going around to collect his fees for selling us out.

My favorite kind of anecdotal story about identity politics: Cornel West and I, along with others, led a march of homeless people on the Democratic National Convention session in Philadelphia. There was an event that night. It was packed with hundreds of people, mostly angry Bernie Sanders supporters. I had been asked to come speak. And in the back room, there was a group of younger activists, one who said, “We’re not letting the white guy go first.” Then he got up and gave a speech about how everybody now had to vote for Hillary Clinton. That’s kind of where identity politics gets you. There is a big difference between shills for corporate capitalism and imperialism, like Corey Booker and Van Jones, and true radicals like Glen Ford and Ajamu Baraka. The corporate state carefully selects and promotes women, or people of color, to be masks for its cruelty and exploitation.

It is extremely important, obviously, that those voices are heard, but not those voices that have sold out to the power elite. The feminist movement is a perfect example of this. The old feminism, which I admire, the Andrea Dworkin kind of feminism, was about empowering oppressed women. This form of feminism did not try to justify prostitution as sex work. It knew that it is just as wrong to abuse a woman in a sweatshop as it is in the sex trade. The new form of feminism is an example of the poison of neoliberalism. It is about having a woman CEO or woman president, who will, like Hillary Clinton, serve the systems of oppression. It posits that prostitution is about choice. What woman, given a stable income and security, would choose to be raped for a living? Identity politics is anti-politics.

DN: I believe you spoke at a Socialist Convergence conference where you criticized Obama and Sanders, and you were shouted down.

CH: Yes, I don’t even remember. I’ve been shouted down criticizing Obama in many places, including Berkeley. I have had to endure this for a long time as a supporter and speech writer for Ralph Nader. People don’t want the illusion of their manufactured personalities, their political saviors, shattered; personalities created by public relations industries. They don’t want to do the hard work of truly understanding how power works and organizing to bring it down.

DN: You mentioned that you have been reading the World Socialist Web Site for some time. You know we are quite outside of that framework.

CH: I’m not a Marxist. I’m not a Trotskyist. But I like the site. You report on important issues seriously and in a way a lot of other sites don’t. You care about things that are important to me—mass incarceration, the rights and struggles of the working class and the crimes of empire. I have read the site for a long time.

DN: Much of what claims to be left—that is, the pseudo-left—reflects the interests of the affluent middle class.

CH: Precisely. When everybody was, you know, pushing for multiculturalism in lead institutions, it really meant filtering a few people of color or women into university departments or newsrooms, while carrying out this savage economic assault against the working poor and, in particular, poor people of color in deindustrialized pockets of the United States. Very few of these multiculturalists even noticed. I am all for diversity, but not when it is devoid of economic justice. Cornel West has been one of the great champions, not only of the black prophetic tradition, the most important intellectual tradition in our history, but the clarion call for justice in all its forms. There is no racial justice without economic justice. And while these elite institutions sprinkled a few token faces into their hierarchy, they savaged the working class and the poor, especially poor people of color.

Much of the left was fooled by the identity politics trick. It was a boutique activism. It kept the corporate system, the one we must destroy, intact. It gave it a friendly face.

DN: The World Socialist Web Site has made the issue of inequality a central focus of its coverage.

CH: That’s why I read it and like it.

DN: Returning to the Russia issue, where do you see this going? How seriously do you see this assault on democratic rights? We call this the new McCarthyism. Is that, in your view, a legitimate analogy?

CH: Yes, of course it’s the new McCarthyism. But let’s acknowledge how almost irrelevant our voices are.

DN: I don’t agree with you on that.

CH: Well, irrelevant in the sense that we’re not heard within the mainstream. When I go to Canada I am on the CBC on prime time. The same is true in France. That never happens here. PBS and NPR are never going to do that. Nor are they going to do that for any other serious critic of capitalism or imperialism.

If there is a debate about attacking Syria, for example, it comes down to bombing Syria or bombing Syria and sending in troops, as if these are the only two options. Same with health care. Do we have Obamacare, a creation of the Heritage Foundation and the pharmaceutical and insurance industries, or no care? Universal health care for all is not discussed. So we are on the margins. But that does not mean we are not dangerous. Neoliberalism and globalization are zombie ideologies. They have no credibility left. The scam has been found out. The global oligarchs are hated and reviled. The elite has no counterargument to our critique. So they can’t afford to have us around. As the power elite becomes more frightened, they’re going to use harsher forms of control, including the blunt instrument of censorship and violence.

DN: I think it can be a big mistake to be focused on the sense of isolation or marginalization. I’ll make a prediction. You will have, probably sooner than you think, more requests for interviews and television time. We are in a period of colossal political breakdown. We are going to see, more and more, the emergence of the working class as a powerful political force.

CH: That’s why we are a target. With the bankruptcy of the ruling ideology, and the bankruptcy of the American liberal class and the American left, those who hold fast to intellectual depth and an examination of systems of power, including economics, culture and politics, have to be silenced.

~ Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist, New York Times best selling author, former professor at Princeton University, activist and ordained Presbyterian minister.







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October 9, 2017
Read the Pentagon’s report on Che Guevara’s death
CIA archives contain a first-hand account from one of Guevara’s Bolivian captors, which tells a very different story of the revolutionary’s fate
Written by JPat Brown
On October 9, 1967, 50 years ago today, Ernesto “Che” Guevara died in Bolivian captivity. However, a report located in the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) declassified archives by Emma Best shows that it wasn’t until four years later that the Pentagon finally got what was allegedly a first-hand account of what happened, and even then the details were sketchy.




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President Trump’s support plummets in rural areas and small towns, poll shows
BY JASON SILVERSTEIN
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, October 9, 2017, 2:31 PM
 


Lawsuit says canceled funding led to harassment by sheriffs

Oct. 04, 2017
    

https://apnews.com/f3eb929fd0774f56acc6805e2bea23b9


LINCOLN, Neb. A lawsuit accuses two county sheriffs and a police chief of harassing two employees with the Nebraska Crime Commission after it denied grant funding to a western Nebraska anti-drug task force.

The lawsuit filed Monday in Lancaster County District Court by Lisa Stamm and Vanessa Humaran said officials improperly used a state criminal database to check out the two in an attempt to discredit and harass them.

Stamm is grants division chief for the commission and Humaran is federal Justice Assistance Grants administrator.




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Family: Video of man killed in police shooting heartbreaking




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The family of black man fatally shot after he ran from police in Utah said Monday that body-camera footage of the shooting shows that the officer should lose his job.




http://stevehochstadt.blogspot.com/2017/10/doing-things-right-way.html


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Doing Things The Right Way


Doing things the right way is hard. It takes more time, energy, and resources than any of the other possibilities that we think of to ease the load. Daily compromises are unavoidable.

Doing things the wrong way in public means running the risk of being caught, the risk that your shortcuts, maybe justifiable, maybe not, are publicly discussed. Those moments are revealing about people who don’t try to get things right.

Tom Price was Cabinet Secretary of Health and Human Services, confirmed by the Senate, right at the center of American politics. He must have thought that appointment was a promotion from his House seat, Newt Gingrich’s seat in Georgia, where he had no primary challenger and beat his opponent for his seventh term 62% to 38%.

Now he could play a dominant role in achieving his political dream, getting rid of Obamacare and recreating America’s entire health care system, having led the Republican charge since 2009. After that, maybe he could go one step further and get rid of Medicare: his organization, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, publishes “The Physicians Guide to Opting Out of Medicare” and works to make vaccinations optional.

What a dream job. But now, as the Minneapolis StarTribune headlined on Saturday, “High-flying Price takes off”. From May to September, Price took a flight every week on private charter planes at taxpayers’ expense, costing us $400,000 in just a few months. He spent $25,000 of public money to fly from Washington to Philadelphia, when a train costs $72 and takes about the same time.

Price didn’t steal anything. All of his very expensive travel was on government business. His mistake was thinking that his time and comfort were worth a great deal to us, the people who are paying, at the same time as he was arguing that the government is spending much too much on our health care. Price is a hypocrite who doesn’t care a bit about the values of “Trump voters” or any voters.

In the wake of Price’s ouster, other Trump appointees have hastened to draw a clear ethical line. Billionaires Betsy DeVos and Wilbur Ross pay for all of their travel on their own planes, and others like Ben Carson and Alex Acosta fly commercial unless they are with the President or Vice President. They are clear that they would never use government money to pay for personal travel. That would be stealing.

So where does that leave Steven Mnuchin? The Secretary of the Treasury requested that a government jet take him and his bride on their honeymoon to Scotland, France and Italy this summer. Mnuchin is worth about $300 million. Mnuchin is also not guilty of stealing, because his request was turned down. But he tried, in a textbook attempt at corruption.

Now he says he’ll do the right thing in the future: “I can promise the American taxpayer the only time that I will be using milair [military aircraft] is when there are issues either for national security or where ... there’s no other means.”

Is the swamp being drained? Seems not.

Price resigned under pressure. Before his flights became a public scandal, Trump announced to the Boy Scouts that if Price failed to get the votes to repeal Obamacare, Trump would say “Tom, you’re fired.” A “senior White House official” complained that Price was “nowhere to be found” in the Republicans’ final effort to kill Obamacare. Price made the boss look bad, not because he wasted our money, but because he couldn’t deliver.

He’s gone, but the swamp is deeper.

Price’s luxury travel is the visible tip of the iceberg of the wider corruption of values and morality of those in power. Price said “all of this travel was approved by legal and HHS officials.” The Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin took his wife to Europe, where they visited four palaces, took a river cruise, and watched the Wimbledon tennis tournament, paid by taxpayers. He did a bit of work, too. The VA said that its “ethics counsel” okayed everything. The Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, who is proposing big cuts in his department, which includes the EPA, flew an entourage in private jets to the Virgin Islands for 3 days. Not a peep out of the swamp-drainer-in-chief.

Mnuchin will still decide what taxes we all will pay in the future. He and his fellow multi-millionaires will save enough by the tax cuts to take European vacations whenever they want.

Trump’s voters thought that draining the swamp in Washington would be the right thing. There is no evidence that it’s happening. Trump’s hand-picked advisors are living it up in unprecedented fashion at our expense. His ethics watchdogs say it’s all okay.

That’s not doing anything the right way.

Steve Hochstadt
Springbrook WI




https://robertscribbler.com/2017/10/09/wounded-tropical-forests-now-emit-425-million-tons-of-carbon-each-year-restoration-fossil-fuel-emissions-cuts-now-urgent/

    

Wounded Tropical Forests Now Emit 425 Million Tons of Carbon Each Year — Restoration, Fossil Fuel Emissions Cuts Now Urgent
by robertscribbler
In his seminal piece -- Collapse -- Jared Diamond documented how a number of civilizations who failed to protect their forests ultimately also experienced severe systemic decline.

Forests provide innumerable ecosystem services. They filter the air and water, provide a habitat for helpful plants and animals, prevent erosion, sequester moisture that enables healthy rainfall patterns. To keep forests safe and to nourish them is to keep the land itself safe. To keep life safe. To, ultimately, keep human civilizations safe.

In other words, a city or nation cannot healthily exist without healthy forests to support it.

Mistreated Tropical Forests become Carbon Source

From the point of view of confronting climate change, maintaining healthy forests is also essential. Healthy forests sequester more carbon -- keeping that carbon locked in plants and soils. Unhealthy forests do the opposite -- they release carbon stored over years and decades.

Since time immemorial, short-sighted forms of human civilization have harmed forests by cutting down too many trees, or worse, by burning the forests down. Ultimately, most of those civilizations also cut their own life-spans short. In the present day, we see this kind of harmful activity throughout the tropics. And, as a result, the tropical forests which have done us such an amazing service by drawing down a substantial portion of the fossil-fuel based carbon emission are ailing.



(In this image from Earth Nullschool, we can see high present carbon dioxide concentrations at the Earth's surface. High CO2 concentrations show up in light colors. Low CO2 concentrations show up in dark colors. As you can see in the above image, the rainforest regions of the Amazon and Equatorial Africa are presently drawing down a considerable amount of atmospheric CO2 -- which is generating a lower local concentration. That said, these forests do not draw down as much carbon as they used to. They have been disrupted by harmful human activity such as clear cutting and hunting of key species. As a result, through decay, fire, and drought, these forests are now emitting more carbon than they take in on net.)

According to a recent report out of the journal Science, about 425 million tons of carbon are being released, on net, from tropical forests around the world each year. This is equivalent to about 4 percent of global human emissions (primarily from fossil fuel burning) of around 11 billion tons of carbon each year. In other words, poor forest management is already amplifying the impact of fossil fuel based climate change. The tropical forest carbon release occurred between 2003 and 2014.

Study authors noted in The Guardian:

“This shows that we can’t just sit back. The forest is not doing what we thought it was doing. As always, trees are removing carbon from the atmosphere, but the volume of the forest is no longer enough to compensate for the losses. The region is not a sink any more.”

These same authors attributed this turning of a net carbon sink into a net carbon source primarily to poor land management practices. Primary sources of harm and loss involved the thinning of tree density and the culling of biodiversity below an apparently protected canopy – usually as a result of selective logging, fire, drought and hunting. More of the forested land has been turned over to developers and hunters when the land should have been set aside for parks and for the use of indigenous peoples whose ways of living help to support forest ecosystems.

An Urgent Need to Rapidly Cut Carbon Emissions While Restoring Healthy Forests

While human-caused climate change is now adding pressure to tropical forests, poor land management is presently a greater source of harm. In the past, sustainability-minded scientists had assumed that tropical forests would remain mostly functional as a carbon sink until warming approached 3-4 C above late 19th Century averages. At that point, heat alone will be enough to wring carbon out of these forests on net. But harmful human activity has pushed that time forward to the first decade of the 2000s.

Ultimately, the early failure of forests as a tropical carbon sink means that there's less of a so-called carbon budget available. At this blog, we have long asserted that the effective carbon budget for a safe Earth at this time is basically zero. What this means is that some bad climate outcomes such as worsening weather, reduction of habitability in the Equatorial and near-Equatorial region, possible disruptions to growing seasons, declining ocean health for at least the next century, and sea level rise forcing mass abandonment of coastal settlements are already possible, likely, or happening now. That said, rapid cuts to fossil fuel emissions can still prevent worse outcomes such as more rapid sea level rise, much worse weather, very extreme heat rendering large regions practically uninhabitable for present societies, and a potentially worst-in-class global mass extinction associated with a hothouse ocean anoxic event.



(How removal of large animals through hunting and poaching can harm a forest's ability to sequester carbon. Image source: Carbon Brief.)

Present science pointing toward loss of Tropical forests as a carbon sink means that our window is, again, rather smaller than past scientific oracles previously identified. The urgency for rapid carbon emissions cuts, therefore, could not be greater. But we also need to protect and restore forest vitality -- which will be necessary to help the natural world bounce back from the insult we've already produced.

From study author Wayne Walker:

"We need to be positive. Let’s turn tropical forests back into a sink. We need to restore degraded areas. As far as technology for reducing carbon is concerned, this is low-hanging fruit. We know how to protect and sustain forests. It’s relatively cost effective.”

But to be clear, without emissions cuts and subsequent atmospheric carbon drawdown substantial enough to prevent 3-4 C warming, these forests will eventually be in trouble due to the very harmful impacts of rising heat alone. So we need to do both. And we need to do it now.

Links:

Tropical Forests are Now a Net Carbon Source

Alarm as Study Reveals Tropical Forests are a Huge Carbon Source

Earth Nullschool

Carbon Brief

Collapse

robertscribbler | October 9, 2017




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http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/hospital-evacuated-wildfires-continue-rage-california-article-1.3551569

California wildfires kill one, destroy 1,500 buildings
BY MINYVONNE BURKE
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Monday, October 9, 2017, 6:26 PM
 








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