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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.
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.
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
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?
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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.
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Understanding What’s Happening In North Africa In The Context Of The
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
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The Necessary Embrace of Conspiracy
Friday, August 31, 2007
The Necessary Embrace of Conspiracy
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,
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
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
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
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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
Emmett Till accuser admits she fabricated trial testimony
BY RICH SCHAPIRO
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Friday, January 27, 2017, 2:27 PM
KING: Woman who lied about Emmett Till should be prosecuted
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Friday, January 27, 2017,
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.
Brooklyn gun broker secretly recorded corrupt NYPD cops
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FBI to lift restrictions on online FOIA requests
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Indiana University calls FBI, investigates white supremacy fliers found on ... Professors of color at Indiana University (IU) contacted the FBI after their office doors .
NYPD must disclose surveillance of Black Lives Matter protesters
Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 11:13 AM
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.
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
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
Rulings Could Shape Vegas Trial of 6 in Bundy Ranch Standoff
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
FBI posed as journalists to get evidence on Bundys. Now it could hurt their case
Speeches allowed in the Senate when Coretta Scott King's wasn't
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