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Here is a partial list of books,links and documentary videos detailing crimes committed by FBI  agents.




READING LIST
annotated bibliography


Aaronson, Trevor. The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI's Manufactured War on Terrorism  
Ig Publishing Brooklyn New York 2013
Exposes how the FBI has, under the guise of engaging in counterterrorism since 9/11, built a network of more than 15,000 informants whose primary purpose is to infiltrate Muslim communities to create and facilitate phony terrorist plots so that the Bureau can then claim it is winning the war on terror.

Bari, Judi. TIMBER WARS. Monroe, Maine: Common Courage Press, 1994.
The F.B.I. attempted to stop the political activity of Judi Bari and Daryl Cherney by exploding a
bomb under their car. Daryl Cherney and Judi Bari filed a Civil lawsuit
against the FBI and Oakland police. A jury awarded them $4.4 million
dollars in 2003. see http://www.judibari.org

Bowen Roger. INNOCENCE IS NOT ENOUGH: The Life and Death of Herbert Norman
New York USA M.E. Sharpe Inc 1988
Looks at FBI assassination of Herbert Norman, Canadian Ambassador to Egypt.

Buitrago, Ann Mari. F.B.I. FILES. Grove Press, 1981.
Covers the procedures for obtaining and interpreting your F.B.I. file.

Burnham, David. ABOVE THE LAW. Scribner, 1996.
Looks at secret deals and fixing of cases by the Justice Department for corporations.
Burnham was the New York Times reporter who broke the story about New York City cop Serpico and Police corruption.
He was the reporter on route to meet Karen Silkwood when she was found murdered. Read his other book A LAW UNTO ITSELF.
It details how FBI agents collaborate with the IRS to target political activists.
see his important website about the FBI
here http://trac.syr.edu/

Burnham, David A LAW UNTO ITSELF Vintage January 30, 1991 ISBN-10: 0679732837
Exposes FBI agents using the IRS to cripple political activists.


Buttino, Frank. A SPECIAL AGENT. William Morrow, 1993.
Investigates F.B.I. attacks on gay FBI agents .
This book is written by a FBI agent who is gay. It details how other FBI
agents tormented him .

Carson, Clayborne. MALCOLM X: THE F.B.I. FILE. Carroll & Graf, 1991.
Looks at the evidence for the F.B.I. assassination of Malcolm X.

Cashill,Jack, Sanders,James. FIRST STRIKE Thomas Nelson Press, 2003
Overwhelming evidence presented by Dr. Cashill on the downing of TWA
Flight 800 by a missle over Long Island and the ensuing cover-up by FBI
agents.One of my favorite books. see their documentary about the same
subject called SILENCED here


Charns, Alexander. CLOAK AND GAVEL. University of Illinois Press. 1992.
After reviewing thousands of pages of FBI documents the attorney author
exposes the FBI illegal phone tapping of the Supreme Court and how the
FBI fix court cases and work behind the scenes to get "their man"
appointed to the Supreme Court. Written by a lawyer active in Human
Rights.

Churchill, Ward. AGENTS OF REPRESSION. South End Press, 1988.
Professor Churchill gives first hand accounts of F.B.I. death squad
activities. This book is a classic and is a must read along with THE
COINTELPRO PAPERS

Churchill, Ward. THE COINTELPRO PAPERS. South End Press, 1990.
Explores how the F.B.I. disrupts legitimate political activities and engage in Death Squad activities.

Criley, Richard. THE F.B.I. VS. THE FIRST AMENDMENT. First Amendment Foundation, 1990.
Looks at the destruction of the First Amendment by the F.B.I.

Davis, John. MAFIA KINGFISH: CARLOS MARCELLO AND THE ASSASSINATION OF JOHN F.
KENNEDY. McGraw-Hill, 1989.
A must read book in understanding how the FBI has used the Mafia to carry out the assassination of President Kennedy.

De Camp, John. THE FRANKLIN COVERUP. AWT Publishers, 1992.
A former Republican state senator from Nebraska writes about a
pedophile ring involved in the kidnaping, sexual torture and murder of
children that went all the way to the Bush White House.
Attorney DeCamp discusses the FBI role in the coverup of this case and
the murder of a special prosecutor appointed to investigate the
pedophile ring.This book will keep you awake at night and is an active
barometer for evil indexing how the FBI crime family operates.

Dempsey, James X. and David Cole. TERRORISM AND THE CONSTITUTION: SACRIFICING CIVIL
LIBERTIES IN THE NAME OF NATIONAL SECURITY. Los Angeles, CA: First Amendment
Foundation, 1999. Examines FBI campaign of terror to undermine civil
liberties. Attorney Dempsey worked for Congressman Don Edwards who was
a former FBI agent.

Diamond, Sigmund. COMPROMISED CAMPUS. Oxford University Press, 1992.
Professor Diamond attempts to get F.B.I. files showing collaboration
between F.B.I. agents and professors at universities from 1945-1955.
The FBI created the Patriot Act , in part, because of this book.

Donner, Frank. PROTECTORS OF PRIVILEGE. University of California Press, 1990.
Looks at the death squad collaboration between local police and F.B.I. agents to stifle the Bill of Rights.

Dwyer, James. TWO SECONDS UNDER THE WORLD. Diane publishers 1997.
The most important book you will read on understanding FBI agents Floyd
and Anticev creating the 1993 terrorist act at the World Trade Center.
This book lays out in detail how the FBI engineered
the 1993 World Trade Center explosion.

Edmonds, Sibel D   Classified Woman-The Sibel Edmonds Story: A Memoir
2012  Sibel D Edmonds publisher
In this startling new memoir, former FBI  agent/analyst Sibel Edmonds—the most classified woman in U.S. history—takes us on a surreal journey that begins with the secretive FBI and down the dark halls of a feckless Congress to a stonewalling judiciary and finally, to the national security whistleblowers movement she spearheaded.


Emerson, Steven and Brian Duffy. THE FALL OF PAN AM 103. G.B. Putnam's Sons, 1990.
Oliver Revell was the number 2 man at the F.B.I. until he was demoted
by F.B.I. Director William Sessions to the Dallas Field Office. His son
Chris Revell had tickets for Pan Am 103, but he changed his flight two days before the plane
exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland. See Ross Gelbspan's book, BREAK-INS,
DEATH THREATS AND THE FBI to get a fuller picture of Oliver Revell.

Flannery, Greg .  REACH OUT AND TAP SOMEONE  . In These Times Magazine
March 1989 issue
This article appeared in the March issue of the national publication  IN THESE TIMES.
It details the massive illegal FBI  wiretap program
placed on US Presidents, members of Congress, Judges, people of color, local politicians during the 1970's thru the 1980's. This was before the Patriot Act.
More important it details how FBI  agents working with local police were committing voter fraud and arson.
see   https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http://64.62.200.70/PERIODICAL/PDF/InTheseTimes-1989mar22/12-14/

Foerstel, Herbert. SURVEILLANCE IN THE STACKS. Greenwood Press, 1991.
Looks at attempts by the F.B.I. to get librarians to spy on the American public .The FBI created the Library Clauses in the Patriot Act because of this book.

Gallagher, Dorothy. ALL THE RIGHT ENEMIES. Penguin Books, 1988.
The F.B.I. utilized the Mafia to carry out its executions against Presidents and political activists from 1930 through 2000.
Carlos Tresca was one of their victims.

Gelbspan, Ross. BREAK- INS, DEATH THREATS, AND THE F.B.I. South End Press, 1991.
This Pulitzer Prize winning reporter formerly with the Boston Globe,
details the F.B.I. death squad collaboration with the death squads in
El Salvador and their attacks upon American groups opposed to those
death squads.

Glick, Brian. WAR AT HOME. South End Press, 1989.
Attorney Glick details the F.B.I.’s covert war against political activists.

Goulet, Donald  Chesuncook Author House 2008
Autobiography of a FBI agent plagued by mental illness.

Hoffman, David. THE OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBING AND THE POLITICS OF TERROR. Feral
House, 1998.
Contains detailed evidence about the FBI alliance with the terrorist
underworld, and how FBI agent provocateurs are behind many of the
current bombings that have plagued the United States since the fall of
the Berlin Wall. Some current thinking has FBI agents creating these
acts to fill the void caused by the downfall of communism and replacing
communism with the new boogeyman Islam.

Holland, Max . Leak: Why Mark Felt Became Deep Throat
Deep Throat FBI  Supervisor Mark Felt, the number two guy in the FBI during Watergate, was leaking, not out of concern for public good but rather because he was angry he was not getting the top spot in the bureau
University Press Kansas  2012

Hougan, Jim. SPOOKS. William Morrow, 1978.
Important book detailing the life of former F.B.I. agent Robert Maheux
and his relationship with the Mafia. Groundbreaking book in
understanding FBI collaboration with the Mafia, using it to carry out
assassinations on President Kennedy, Martin Luther King and others.
Maheux was the liason between the Mafia and the FBI when the FBI assassinated President Kennedy and Martin Luther King.



Kaiser, Marty . Odyssey of an Eavesdropper( My Life in electronic
countermeasures and my battle against the FBI) W Carroll & Graf 2005
Author exposes wiretapping crimes committed by FBI agents as well as
Business Fraud. He built the wiretapping devices for FBI agents that
were later used in crimes committed against people like Martin Luther
King and public officials.After exposing FBI agents kickback schemes to
Congress the author became a target of retaliation by tax payer funded
FBI agents. see http://www.martykaiser.com/odyssey2.htm

Keith, Jim. OK BOMB. Illuminate, 1996.
Explores FBI coverup in the Oklahoma City bombing investigation.

Kelly, John F. TAINTING EVIDENCE. The Free Press 1998. The book is
based on testimony of FBI lab Whistleblower Dr. Frederick Whitehurst ,
an employee of the FBI for 17 years. Shows how bad the FBI Lab is run.
Dr. Whitehurst was the chemist who analyzed Timothy McVeigh's clothes
for traces of ammonium nitrate and was removed from the case when he
did not find any bomb residue.
see
http://www.whistleblowers.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=65&Itemid=108


Lehr, Dick & O'Neill, Gerard. BLACK MASS. Public Affairs, 2000.
Looks at the FBI's collaboration in Boston with the Mafia and Irish Mob
between 1960 and 2001 in which they collaborated in the murder of 21
women,children and men. Important book showing how the FBI uses the
Mafia to commit political and other assassinations .see
http://www.thebrothersbulger.com/


Lindauer, Susan Extreme Prejudice: The Terrifying Story of the Patriot Act and the Cover Ups of 9/11 and Iraq  2010 Susan Lindauer publisher
More evidence showing the FBI, CIA  and other government agencies created 911.
What if the government decided to invent a great lie to justify a disastrous war and a questionable anti-terrorism policy? What would happen to the people who know the truth? EXTREME PREJUDICE delivers an explosive, high tension expose of the real facts surrounding the CIA's advance warnings of 9/11 and an insider's look at Pre-War Intelligence, told by one of the very few U.S. Assets covering Iraq before the War.


McGhee , Millie WHAT'S DONE IN THE DARK  Allen Morris 2005
The author is a afro american relative of FBI  Director J Edgar Hoover
who is successful in presenting evidence that FBI  Director Hoover is part African-American
and related to her.
The book details the research conducted by Ms McGhee  and how FBI  agents tried to stop her from writing the book. Photographs show reunion of white and black relatives united by the research in this book. FBI Director  J Edgar Hoover was the descendant of Mississippi slaves.

Melanson, Phillip. THE MURKIN CONSPIRACY. Praeger, 1989.
Professor Melanson looks at the F.B.I.’s role in the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Melanson, Phillip. THE ROBERT KENNEDY ASSASSINATION. Shapolsky, 1991.
Professor Melanson was in charge of the Robert Kennedy archives at the University of Massachusetts.
He detailed the F.B.I.’s role as one of the principal architects in the assassination of Robert Kennedy.

Messerschmidt, Jim. THE TRIAL OF LEONARD PELTIER. South End Press, 1983.
Looks at the miscarriage of justice in the F.B.I.’s handling of the Leonard Peltier case.

Morrow, Robert  First Hand Knowledge: How I Participated in the CIA-Mafia Murder of President Kennedy (New York: S.P.I. Books, 1992)

Oklahoma City Bombing Investigative Committee. THE FINAL REPORT.2001.
The book providing evidence of FBI involvement in the Oklahoma City
Bombing .

Navasky, Victor. INVESTIGATING THE F.B.I. Doubleday, 1973.
Contains material presented at a major conference at Princeton University in 1971 investigating
crimes committed by the FBI.


Neff, James. MOBBED UP. Dell Publishers 1988.
Important book in understanding FBI collaboration with the Mafia
especially how the Bureau uses the Mafia to carry out its political
assassinations.

Nelson, Jack. THE F.B.I. AND THE BERRIGANS. Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, 1972.
Looks at F.B.I. death squad directed against Nobel Peace Prize nominee Phil Berrigan and his
brother, Jesuit priest Daniel Berrigan.

Olsen, Jack. LAST MAN STANDING: THE TRAGEDY AND TRIUMPH OF GERONIMO PRATT.
Doubleday, 2000.
Provides supporting evidence for the idea of the F.B.I. as a death
squad. Examines the F.B.I. acts of genocide against Afro-Americans .
Looks at how FBI agents framed Geronimo Pratt, a Afro American Viet-nam
vet who spent over 25 years in prison before a judge released him
saying he was innocent and framed by FBI agents.
Vermont filmaker has issued a 4 DVD collection of her films
about the Black Panthers. She interviews retired FBI agent
Wesley Swearingen who was part of the FBI Racial Squad in San Fransisco that put Pratt in prison see http://www.newsreel.us/

O’Reilly, Kenneth. RACIAL MATTERS. Free Press, 1989.
Professor O’Reilly looks at a file called Racial Matters that the F.B.I. is keeping on Black America.


Parenti, Michael. DIRTY TRUTHS. City Lights Books, 1996.
Dr. Parenti looks at the evidence for F.B.I. involvement in the
assassination of labor leader Walter Reuther while he was organizing
protests against the Vietnam War. It includes the essay “Why the Left
is Afraid to look at the Assassination of JFK” .

Pepper, William. ORDERS TO KILL. Carroll and Graf, 1995.
Attorney Pepper represented James Earl Ray in his bid for a new trial
and won a landmark case in civil court in December 1999 for the Martin
Luther King Jr. family. The jury in the case concluded hat the F.B.I.
was involved in the assassination of King. His book details our
government’s involvement and provides photographic evidence of the
F.B.I.’s role in this assassination.



Pepper,William. ACT OF STATE: THE EXECUTION OF MARTIN LUTHER KING Verso Press, 2003
The evidence from the 1999 Civil Trial in Memphis brought by the King
family in which the jury concluded FBI agents were principal architects
in the assassination of Martin Luther King. Written by the trial
attorney William Pepper.

Powers, Richard Gid. SECRECY AND POWER. Free Press, 1987.
A biography of FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover and his quest for power.

Powers, Tyrone. EYES TO MY SOUL. Majority Press, 1996.
Professor Powers an afro-american, talks about his 9 years working as
an F.B.I. agent, and the racism in the FBI . Powers discusses the FBI
FRUHMENSCHEN program set up in the 1920's thru 2010 to target black
politicians in sting operations without cause because the FBI feels
blacks are incpable of governing. White agents tried to kill him when
he was writing this book by blowing up his FBI issued car with him in
it..

Ranalli, Ralph. DEADLY ALLIANCE. Harper Torch, 2001
Boston Globe reporter Ralph Rannali exposes FBI collaboration with the
Boston Mafia from 1930-2009 where they ran a Murder Inc. President Bush
asserted Executive Privilege in 2002 preventing
Congress from seeing the Federal Prosecutor’s Investigative files on this case.

Robbins, Natalie. ALIEN INK. William Morrow, 1992.
Ms. Robbins acquired the F.B.I. files on the major writers and artists of the 20th century, and examines F.B.I. agents neutralizing them and their freedom of expression.

Rosenfeld, Seth, The FBI's War on Student Radicals, and Reagan's Rise to (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Hardcover August 21, 2012

Schultz, Bud and Ruth. IT DID HAPPEN HERE. University of California Press, 1989.
Contains interviews with human rights activists who survived F.B.I. assassination attempts.


Schultz, Bud and Ruth. THE PRICE OF DISSENT. University of California Press , 2001
The sequel to IT DID HAPPEN HERE with more interviews with civil rights activists , union organizers and anti-war protestors who survived FBI assassination attempts and with family members of people who were murdered.

Seymour, Sheri. COMMITTEE OF THE STATES. Self-published, 1989.
The F.B.I. infiltrated the California Militia 10 years before the Oklahoma City bombing. The book illustrates how easy it was for the F.B.I. to infiltrate the group and get it to make bombs.
Shows how easy it was for FBI agent provocteur to get Timothy McVeigh to make bomb and drive the truck. The exact same scenario
occured in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. google floyd
anticev salem

Sharkey, Joe. ABOVE SUSPICION. Simon & Schuster, 1993.
Looks at the F.B.I. coverup involving one of its own agents Mark Putnam, who murdered his informant after he got her pregnant.
FBI agent Putnam was eventually sentenced to prison for their murder thanks to the dogged work of the Kentucky State Police.
click link and scroll down to obituary of his wife. http://betrayedbylovemovie.blogspot.com/

Sherill, Robert First Amendment Felon Nation Books, 10/2005
The Story of Frank Wilkinson, His 132,000 Page FBI File and His Epic Fight for Civil Rights and Liberties


Suarez, Manuel. REQUIEM ON CERRO MARAVILLA. Waterfront Press, 1987.
Looks at F.B.I. collaboration with local police in the arrest, handcuffing, and death squad execution of two teenagers in Puerto Rico.

Summers, Anthony. OFFICIAL AND CONFIDENTIAL. G.B. Putnam and Sons, 1993.
This is the book on which the PBS Frontline documentary on J. Edgar Hoover and his friendship with the Mafia is based. In my eyes, this PBS program was the turning point in the good fortune the FBI has enjoyed for over 80 years.

Swearingen, Wesley. F.B.I. Secrets: An Agents Expose South End Press  1994
Swearingen is a retired FBI  agent currently living in the San Diego area who was a member
of the FBI  San Fransisco Office racial Squad.
The FBI  has Racial Squads in every major American City. The function of the FBI  Racial Squad is to assassinate or neutralize
black politicians and black activists who do not reflect the philosophy of American Corporations. Vermont filmaker Roz Payne has
interviewed Swearingen and he is on her recently released 4 DVD about the Black Panthers see  http://www.newsreel.us/


Swearingen,Wesley, To Kill a President: Finally – an Ex-FBI Agent Rips Aside the Veil of Secrecy that Killed JFK   2006
 According to Swearingen, Lee Harvey Oswald did not act alone in assassinating Kennedy as was claimed by the FBI, the Warren Commission and other investigating bodies. Instead, he argues that rogue CIA agents acting in concert with the mafia and certain Cuban exiles plotted to kill Kennedy. Swearingen contends that the conspiracy was covered up by the FBI, an effort that continues to this day through the agency's unwillingness to disclose key details about the events surrounding Kennedy's death.  see  http://www.lewrockwell.com/pr/new-book-fbi-cia-jfk-killing.html

Theoharis, Athan. THE F.B.I. Garland Publishers, 1994.
Professor Theoharis has compiled a comprehensive listing of books and articles about the F.B.I. up to 1994.

Thomas, Kenn. THE OCTOPUS. Feral House, 1996.
Investigates the F.B.I.’s role in the killing of investigative reporter Danny Casolero while he was investigating the October Surprise.

Turner, William. THE ASSASSINATION OF ROBERT KENNEDY. Thunder Mouth Press, 1993.
Written by a former F.B.I. agent, it looks at the F.B.I.’s involvement in the assassination of Robert Kennedy.

Turner, William. REARVIEW MIRROR foreword by Oliver Stone. Penmarin Books CA 2001.
More updated information on FBI involvement in President Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Assassination written by a former FBI agent.

U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. WHO IS GUARDING THE GUARDIANS? A Report on Police
Death Squad activities. 1981.


Williams,  Dennis O. Fidelity Bravery Integrity No Way!  Dorrance Publishing Company 2009

In 1979 FBI Supervisory Special Agent Dennis O. Williams moved across the country when he was promoted from the FBI’s Los Angeles Division to a supervisory position at FBI Headquarters. Soon after his arrival, Williams discovered that the mover had defrauded the FBI by billing for a higher weight of his household goods than actually existed. As Williams pursued the matter, he discovered a cover-up at FBI HQ; his attempts to expose this conspiracy resulted in his receiving threats and becoming the subject of retaliation. Though an investigation by the FBI Washington Field Office demonstrated that Williams was correct in his suspicions, the cover-ups continued for decades, eventually leading to a conspiracy to deceive the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding an inquiry into the involvement of Thomas J. Pickard.

Pickard was the acting director of the FBI when 9/11 occurred, despite Williams’ repeated warnings to the White House that Pickard did not have the integrity for such a position. The 9/11 Commission report reflects that the Phoenix Division of the FBI produced a memorandum dated July 10, 2001, advising FBI HQ that an inordinate number of supporters of Osama Bin Laden had attended civil aviation universities and colleges and would be in a position to conduct terror activity against civil aviation targets. Williams believes that Pickard’s testimony that no managers at FBI headquarters saw the Phoenix memo before September 11 constitutes a red flag indicating a conspiracy to defraud the 9/11 Commission.



Williams , Kristian
Our Enemies in Blue Police and Power in America (Revised Edition)
South End Press  2007

Wiener, Jon. GIMME SOME TRUTH. University of California Press, 1999.
Professor Wiener looks at the 14 year battle with the F.B.I. to get them to release their files on John Lennon.How many rock stars
has the FBI assassinated?

Wise, David   TIGER TRAP America’s Secret Spy War With China
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.2011
Looks at how FBI  agents were manipulated by Chinese spies after FBI  agents started having sex with their Chinese informants

SUGGESTED WEB SITES AND VIDEOS
http://www.madcowprod.com/
http://www.moldea.com/
http://www.fromthewilderness.com/
http://www.mikeruppert.blogspot.com/
http://www.narconews.com
http://911pressfortruth.net/
http://www.ae911truth.org/
http://www.heatisonline.org
http://www.whistleblowers.org
http://www.zpub.com/notes/fbi-shame.html
http://www.google.com/search?q=fbi%20coverup.com&hl=en&tbm=vid

VIDEOS:

CONSPIRACY OF SILENCE: The Franklin Cover Up
http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/the-franklin-cover-up/

Conspiracy of Silence: The Franklin Cover UpConspiracy of Silence, a documentary listed for viewing in TV Guide Magazine was to be aired on the Discovery Channel, on May 3 1994. This documentary exposed a network of religious leaders and Washington politicians who flew children to Washington D.C. for sex orgies. Many children suffered the indignity of wearing nothing but their underwear and a number displayed on a piece of cardboard hanging from their necks when being auctioned off to foreigners in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Toronto, Canada.

MALTESE DOUBLE CROSS
Incontrovertible evidence showing FBI  coverup of LOCKERBIE TWA Flight 800
explosion coverup.


WACO:RULES OF ENGAGEMENT
One of the best documentaries ever made, period.


A NOBLE LIE   2012 Convicts the FBI of creating the
Oklahoma City bombing
http://anoblelie.com/

SILENCED Jack Cashill
Convicts the FBI of the coverup of TWA downing over Long Island by a missile
http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/silenced/

also see
http://www.cashill.com/twa800/silenced_1of5.htm

THE GREAT DECEPTION Barry Zwicker
Convicts the US Government of creating 911
In 6 parts see all six


TRUTH&LIES 911 Mike Ruppert
best evidence linking US Government to creating 911
http://www.youtuberepeater.com/watch?v=vQR2z4YCzDw&name=911+Mike+Ruppert+The+Truth+And+Lies+Of+911+Full+length

AFTERMATH:UNANSWEREDQUESTIONS


then watch


FBI LIED in their JFK Assassination Reports



WHAT WE WANT WHAT WE BELIEVE  a 4 DVD set about the Black Panthers
with an interview with FBI  agent
Wesley Swearingen discussing the FBI Racial Squad and
their policy to assassinate black leaders    
http://www.newsreel.us/DVD/information.htm

911 PRESS FOR TRUTH details the evidence for the FBI  creating 911


also see 2012 film INFORMANT
Documentary about FBI informant Brandon Darby
https://www.google.com/#q=informant+documentary++youtubeyoutube


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Police, firemen and workers search through the rubble on Osage Avenue in West Philadelphia, May 15, 1985 in the aftermath of the blaze, which destroyed 61 homes in the neighborhood. Eleven bodies were found in the rubble of the house that was occupied by members of the radical group MOVE. — AP Photo/George Widman
It was 31 years ago on May 13, 1985 at 5:20 pm that a state police helicopter took off from the command post’s flight pad at 63rd and Walnut Streets, flew a few times over 6221 Osage Avenue, and then hovered 60 feet above the two-story house in the Black middle-class residential West Philadelphia neighborhood.
Lt. Frank Powell, chief of the city’s Bomb Disposal Unit, was holding a bag containing a bomb consisting of two sticks of Tovex TR2 with C-4 added, which was concocted by fellow unit member Police Officer William Klein.
After radioing firefighters on the ground and lighting the bomb’s 45-second fuse- and with the official approval of Mayor W. Wilson Goode and at the insistence of Police Commissioner Gregore Sambor- Powell at precisely 5:28 p.m. tossed the bomb onto a bunker on the roof. This was followed shortly thereafter by a loud explosion and then a large bright orange ball of fire that reached 7,200 degrees.
As a result, he, the Mayor, the Police Commissioner, Fire Commissioner William Richmond, City Managing Director Leo Brooks, and many police officers committed, in the words of Philadelphia Special Investigation Commission (better known as the MOVE Commission) member Charles Bowser, a “criminally evil” act that led to the death of eleven human beings, including five defenseless children, the destruction of 61 homes, and the incineration of thousands of family photos, love letters, heirloom jewelry, inscribed Bibles and Korans, and many other irreplaceable mementos.
As told to me by Mr. Bowser, my mentor and author of the tell-all book entitled Let The Bunker Burn, five of the city’s most influential Black political leaders met at the Mayor’s home before dawn on May 13, 1985
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Colby Coash can point to the moment his evolution in thinking about the death penalty began.

It was Sept. 3, 1994, and Coash — now a conservative senator in the Nebraska legislature but then a freshman at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln — decided to go with some friends to the state penitentiary. Willie Otey, convicted of first-degree murder, was set to be executed at midnight, and people were gathering in the parking lot outside. Coash can still remember the scene: the live band, the grilling meat, the revelers popping cans of beer and chanting, “Fry him!”

“You wouldn’t have been able to tell the difference between the parking lot of the penitentiary and a tailgate. It was pretty ugly,” Coash says now. Even though he went to the event as a supporter of capital punishment, he says, “it kind of changed my heart. I thought, ‘I don’t want to be a part of state-sponsored killing.’ ”



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NYPD sergeant aims gun at man recording her, busts into his home
Sunday, June 5, 2016, 4:00 AM

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/nypd-sergeant-aims-gun-man-recording-illegal-search-article-1.2661248


Pichardo, a 13-year-veteran who is known on the gritty streets of Coney Island by the nickname "Pocahontas," has been named as a defendant in 20 federal lawsuits. The city has paid out settlements of nearly $400,000 to the plaintiffs, according to court records.

An NYPD spokeswoman said a disciplinary case against Pichardo stemming from the phone incident is "ongoing" and that her lawsuit history ha


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Cuomo pens executive order to block anti-Israel group funding
Sunday, June 5, 2016, 3:07 Pfunding


http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/cuomo-pens-executive-order-block-anti-israel-group-funding-article-1.2662243




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Drug Trafficking, and Filing a False Tax Return

http://www.imperialvalleynews.com/index.php/news/california-news/9533-police-department-detective-pleads-guilty-to-bribery-drug-trafficking-and-filing-a-false-tax-return.html
Published: 04 June 2016
Fresno, California - Damacio Diaz, 44, of McFarland, formerly a detective with the Bakersfield Police Department, pled guilty Tuesday to bribery, possession and attempted possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, and making and subscribing a false income tax return, Acting United States Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

According to court documents, between April 2012 and February 2015, while employed as a police officer with the Bakersfield Police Department (BPD), Diaz handled a criminal informant who was involved in the large-scale sale and distribution of methamphetamine. Diaz continued to operate the informant even though he was fully aware of the informant’s



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https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/05/04/second-drug-lab-scandal-engulfs-state-criminal-justice-system/6Wib5YpC7FJNa5OaFsaebM/story.html

MAY 05, 2016
For the second time in recent years, prosecutors across Massachusetts are confronting the possibility that thousands of drug investigations may have been built on flawed scientific ground — raising the specter of convictions being thrown out.

That potential emerged amid disclosures that a former chemist at a Department of Public Health lab in Amherst was regularly high on the job and dipped into the lab’s stash of drugs for her



NYPD cop collects $100,000.00 disability
pension while working as a safety official


http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ex-nypd-disability-pension-works-nyu-safety-official-article-1.2662394
Monday, June 6, 2016, 4:00 AM


James Pisaniello (right) is NYU's assistant vice president of campus safety. He's a former NYPD cop who receives a disability pension.
(FACEBOOK)
He's in charge of NYU’s campus safety — and receives an NYPD disability pension that pays over $100,000 a year.

Former NYPD Capt. James Pisaniello is paid $8,526 per month by taxpayers thanks to a disability he sustained prior to retiring from the force in 2004, according to the Police Pension Fund.

Meanwhile, he works as NYU’s assistant vice president of campus safety, giving him responsibility








http://azbigmedia.com/az-business-leaders/former-fbi-agent-joins-cybersecurity-firm
FBI agent joins cybersecurity firm
Posted June 6, 2016 by AZ Business Leaders
A Scottsdale-based cybersecurity firm added a former FBI special agent to lead the firm’s forensic and investigative cybersecurity efforts.

WGM added Robert Meshinsky who will serve as the Practice Leader of Forensic Services and Cyber Security Investigations.  Meshinsky and his team will provide technical help and advice to clients – whether they’re handling a cyber
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http://www.occurrencesforeigndomestic.com/2016/06/14/mass-murder/


http://www.thesullenbell.com/2016/06/12/insidiously-incremental/

https://privacysos.org/blog/as-the-trial-of-the-century-comes-to-a-close-we-are-left-with-few-answers-to-nagging-questions-about-the-fbi-and-the-tsarnaevs/



http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/06/twa_800_breaking__air_traffic_controller_tells_all.html



June 13, 2016
TWA 800: Breaking -- Air Traffic Controller Tells All
By Jack Cashill

As I hoped would happen, American Thinker’s series on TWA Flight 800
has prompted individuals with first hand knowledge to come forward.
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http://www.westernjournalism.com/fbi-contradicts-account-of-miguel-mateens-alleged-gay-lover/


FBI Contradicts Account Of ‘Miguel’ — Mateen’s Alleged Gay Lover

June 24, 2016 at 3:53pm


In the initial aftermath of the Orlando attack earlier this month, all
that was known was that a 29 year-old man, Omar Mateen, killed 49
people at gay nightclub and had been heard pledging allegiance to
ISIS.

Rumors soon surfaced that Mateen himself was gay, with a man even
coming forward claiming to be Mateen’s gay lover. Univision, who
brought the report, kept the identity of the man private and gave him
the name “Miguel” as an alias. Miguel publicly denounced the notion
that the shooting was an act of terrorism. Instead, he said that it
was a display of revenge following Mateen’s discovery that he was HIV
positive.

Despite these recent claims, so far the FBI has not found any evidence
to support this notion.


After several men also surfaced last week claiming they had been
contacted by Mateen via various gay dating apps, the FBI began a full
investigation into the matter. Many of the men who came forward also
claimed that Mateen had been a regular at the Pulse nightclub where
the shooting took place.

However, according to a senior federal law enforcement source, after
multiple interviews and reviewing evidence collected from Mateen’s
phone, the FBI has not found any concrete evidence



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http://www.thesullenbell.com/2016/06/23/neoliberal-global-war/
neoliberal global war
June 23, 2016 Uncategorized agro-tech, Big Oil, Big Pharma, bio-tech,
Chussodovsky, covert intel ops, economic destabilization, famine,
GlobalResearch, media, military ops, new world order, poverty, Wall
Street
neoliberal global war

The text below is an English summary of Prof. Michel Chossudovsky’s
Presentation, National Autonomous University of Nicaragua, May 17,
2016. This presentation took place following the granting of a Doctor
Honoris Causa in Humanities to Professor Chossudovsky by the National
Autonomous University of Nicaragua (UNAN)

The original source of this article is Global Research

Copyright © Prof Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research, 2016

Neoliberalism and The Globalization of War. America’s Hegemonic
Project

By Prof Michel Chossudovsky
Global Research, June 16, 2016

The world is at a dangerous crossroads. The United States and its
allies have launched a military adventure which threatens the future
of humanity. Major military and covert intelligence operations are
being undertaken simultaneously



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DEA agents told: One strike, you’re out if soliciting prostitutes

In an effort to rein in sexual misconduct by its agents, the Drug
Enforcement Administration has instituted a one-strike policy against
those who solicit prostitutes while either on or off duty
Report
http://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/jun/22/dea-new-policy-agents-one-strike-youre-out-if-soli/



4.

Chris Voss Founder and CEO of the Black Swan Group
Big Think-

http://bigthink.com/videos/chris-voss-gives-language-tips-for-negotiations

Chris Voss, CEO of the Black Swan Group LTD, and former FBI
Investigator, is an ... the FBI Agents Association Award for
Distinguished and Exemplary Service.



3.

http://www.chattanoogan.com/2016/6/24/326753/Bradley-Commissioner-Dan-Rawls-Says.aspx


Bradley Commissioner Dan Rawls Says He Has Turned Over Allegations Of
Illegal Conduct Against Sheriff Eric Watson
Friday, June 24, 2016
Bradley County Commissioner Dan Rawls said he has turned over to
authorities what he said are multiple instances of alleged illegal
conduct by Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson.

He said the gave the evidence to District Attorney Steve Crump, the
TBI and the FBI.

Commissioner Rawls said, "And there is still more there. The more you
uncover the more you become appalled."

He said some of the allegations include the disposition of a sheriff's
van, the activity of his wife, Tenille, as a bonding agent, the
sheriff's alleged involvement with a woman who has had several
arrests, and alleged threats toward him made by the sheriff.


Commissioner Rawls said he began to become suspicious after examining
some transactions in the sheriff's department that came before the
commission finance committee.

He said the van that was sold was purchased in excess of $130,000. He
said various high-tech equipment was added to it. He said it was sold
for $20,000 to a bounty hunter in Nashville identified as a friend of
the sheriff's.

Commissioner Rawls said, "At first there was no bill of sale. Then one
was produced that did not have a date on it."

He said local bonding officials were told that Ms. Watson would not be
operating in Bradley County, but in adjacent counties. He said, "That
did not turn out to be the case."

The commissioner said he checked the records and found that for three
recent months Ms. Watson wrote more bonds than several agents did for
the next highest firm. He said, "People at the jail have to be
steering cases her way."
Commissioner Rawls said, "For the sheriff's wife to be in the bonding
business is a flagrant conflict of interest."

Regarding the one who he said was closely tied to the sheriff, he said
she was placed in jail on no bond. Then, he said, she got out on a low
bond after a call from the sheriff's office saying she was working as
a confidential informant.

Commissioner Rawls said, "I was told by someone on the command staff
that she never was a confidential informant and never will be."

The commissioner said he was able to obtain over 100 messages between
Sheriff Watson and the woman. He said the communication included a
number of suggestive remarks.

He said the woman sent the sheriff a photo of herself without a shirt
and wearing a red bra.

He said one discussed them ta


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https://www.mintpressnews.com/fbi-request-tech-companies-made-public-first-time/217723/
FBI Request To Tech Companies Made Public For First Time
Mintpress News (blog)-Jun 24, 2016
FBI Request To Tech Companies Made Public For First Time ... to get,”
said Michael German, a fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice and
former FBI agent.







FBI's Secret Surveillance Tech Budget Is 'Hundreds of Millions'
The Intercept-

https://theintercept.com/2016/06/25/fbis-secret-surveillance-tech-budget-is-hundreds-of-millions/

The FBI has “hundreds of millions of dollars” to spend on developing
technology for use in both national security and domestic law
enforcement investigations ...



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http://www.policechiefmagazine.org/magazine/index.cfm?fuseaction=display_arch&article_id=594&issue_id=52005



New Members - Police Chief Magazine
http://www.policechiefmagazine.org › magazine
Grant, Robert D. Special Agent in Charge, FBI, 219 S Dearborn St Rm
905 60604 . Kelly ... Hammond ... Louisiana Lafayette Hundley, Randal
Chief of Police, Lafayette Police Dept, 900 E University Ave
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Freedom of information
Justice department 'uses aged computer system to frustrate Foia requests'
Lawsuit accuses DoJ of ‘failure by design’ through use of decades-old system
DoJ refuses to use new $425m software on freedom of information requests


A new lawsuit alleges that the US Department of Justice (DoJ) intentionally conducts inadequate searches of its records using a decades-old computer system when queried by citizens looking for records that should be available to the public.

Freedom of Information Act (Foia) researcher Ryan Shapiro alleges “failure by design” in the DoJ’s protocols for responding to public requests. The Foia law states that agencies must “make reasonable efforts to search for the records in electronic form or format”.

In an effort to demonstrate that the DoJ does not comply with this provision, Shapiro requested records of his own requests and ran up against the same roadblocks that stymied his progress in previous inquiries. A judge ruled in January that the FBI had acted in a manner “fundamentally at odds with the statute”.

Now, armed with that ruling, Shapiro hopes to change policy across the entire department. Shapiro filed his suit on the 50th anniversary of Foia’s passage this month.
Foia requests to the FBI are processed by searching the Automated Case Support system (ACS), a software program that celebrates its 21st birthday this year.

Not only are the records indexed by ACS allegedly inadequate, Shapiro told the Guardian, but the FBI refuses to search the full text of those records as a matter of policy. When few or no records are returned, Shapiro said, the FBI effectively responds “sorry, we tried” without making use of the much more sophisticated search tools at the disposal of internal requestors.


Judge rules FBI unlawfully refused to comply with information act requests
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“The FBI’s assertion is akin to suggesting that a search of a limited and arbitrarily produced card catalogue at a vast library is as likely to locate book pages containing a specified search term as a full text search of database containing digitized versions of all the books in that library,” Shapiro said.

The DoJ has contended to Shapiro and others that only one of ACS’s three search functions, the Universal Name Index (Uni), is necessary to fulfill the law. The Uni search does not include the text of the files in the ACS, merely search terms entered – or not – by the FBI agent handling the case in question.

Shapiro told the Guardian that the reason the DoJ gave for refusing to use its $425m Sentinel software to process Foia requests after ACS had failed to recover records was that a Sentinel search “would be needlessly duplicative of the FBI’s default ACS UNI index-based searches and wasteful of Bureau resources”.

To Shapiro, this is both disingenuous and evidence of the well-documented resistance to this law at the DoJ. A PhD candidate at MIT, Shapiro is at work on a dissertation dealing with the conflict between perceived national security concerns and animal rights.

The Department of Justice has chafed under Foia requirements for even longer than it has used ACS. In 1981, the then FBI director, William H Webster, told the American Bar Association that the DoJ was “working with Congress to determine what corrective measures will be taken” regarding what it saw as a danger to the security of its investigations from Foia. The department never got its Foia exemption.

The FBI’s chief technology officer during the second George W Bush administration, Jack Israel, said he was unimpressed with the system in a Q&A cited in Shapiro’s complaint with the now-defunct site FierceGovernmentIT. “ACS – the Automated Case Support system – is based on old technology,” Israel said four years ago. “It’s based on an IBM mainframe with legacy database and programming technology, and I would say one of the main things that strikes you as a user of ACS is that you’re dealing with the old IBM green screens. You’re not dealing with a web-based environment, which everyone is used to from the internet.”

Not only is the interface archaic, but the way that you search data, the way you input data, all of those are archaic, wrote Shapiro in his complaint. Indeed, in 2012 a DoJ commission headed by Webster himself investigating the 2009 Fort Hood shooting called ACS “the FBI’s most outdated system”, noting that “[i]t is being phased out in favor of an impressive Web-based successor, Sentinel”.

More recently, the FBI’s own investigation into the September 11 attacks found that “[o]n September 11, 2001,


Link du jour
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/artist-loses-14-years-worth-work-google-shuts-blog-article-1.2713462

http://www.ammoland.com/2016/07/fbi-reverses-nics-denial-lawsuit-filed/#axzz4EVggX9Jj

https://caseclosedbylewweinstein.wordpress.com/


https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2016/07/14/the-diversity-of-life-across-much-of-earth-has-plunged-below-safe-levels-scientists-say/?hpid=hp_hp-more-top-stories_biodiversity-1020pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/donald-trump-mike-pence-unveil-suggestive-new-logo-article-1.2713104


http://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/Playpen-child-porn-site-ruling-opens-any-computer-8381458.php




Bonus Read

http://www.pressherald.com/2016/07/15/portland-group-demands-police-chief-recognize-value-of-black-lives/

July 15 2016

Eighteen arrested in Portland as group protesting police shootings blocks Commercial Street
Members of a group called the Portland Racial Justice Congress, calling for the city's police department to make changes, occupy a busy intersection in the heart of the Old Port for hours.















Shadiyo Hussain chants “hands up, don’t shoot!” with about 150 people as they march from Lincoln Park down Pearl Street to Commercial Street for a protest. Jill Brady/Staff Photographer
Portland police arrested 18 protesters late Friday who had blocked Commercial Street for most of the night.

They were among a group of demonstrators – decrying the recent police shootings of black men – who had marched from Lincoln Park to the heart of the Old Port on Friday evening, tying up traffic after they occupied a busy intersection on Commercial Street.

After the arrests for blocking a public way, all of the police officers who had been on the scene for hours pulled out by 10:50 p.m.


Police Chief Michael Sauschuck said at a news conference early Saturday that officers targeted “ringleaders” for arrest.

“There were people who, it is obviously from Day 1, they wanted to be arrested,” he said.

But immediately after the police left, a group of about 30 protesters chanting and carrying a banner about 20 feet wide returned to Commercial Street and then moved up Market Street. Supporters of theirs accompanied them along the sidewalks.

The group, about 50 or 60 strong, turned down Middle Street and gathered in front of the police station, where they shouted, “No justice, no peace!”

They were watched over by three officers on the steps of the police station. Those officers


Also see

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/drunk-off-duty-nypd-plows-suv-brooklyn-sidewalk-article-1.2714030
Crime U.S. World Politics
Drunk off-duty NYPD cop plows onto Brooklyn sidewalk, killing one


Saturday, July 16, 2016, 5:45 PM

Raw: Alleged drunk driver crashes, hits several pedestrians

A drunken off-duty cop plowed his SUV into a group of friends on a Brooklyn sidewalk early Saturday, killing one and seriously injuring three others, police said.

Witnesses said Officer Nicholas Batka, whose vehicle was speeding and swerving in the seconds before impact, flashed his badge and tried to flee the scene after the 3 a.m. crash.

One victim had a leg torn off in the gruesome wreck, and another was impaled on a railing in the deadly pile-up just four hours before rookie cop Batka was due on the job, police


Also see

http://www.oregonlive.com/oregon-standoff/2016/07/fed_judge_possible_misconduct.html
July 15 2016
Federal judge: Possible misconduct by FBI in LaVoy Finicum ...
OregonLive.com-
The investigation into alleged misconduct by FBI Hostage Rescue Team officers at the scene of Robert "LaVoy" Finicum's shooting in Harney County isn't ...


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https://www.muckrock.com

Coping with rejection: a guide to federal FOIA exemptions
by JPat Brown
July 15, 2016
At the federal level, nine FOIA exemptions stand between you and records you want. Here’s what they are, what they mean, and what you can do about them.
Read More

We’re building an open guide to every state’s public records law
by Michael Morisy
July 14, 2016
With agencies increasingly using an array of exemptions to deny access to information, we want to help requesters fight back. We’re launching a project to track every public records exemption in all 50 states - and provide the information needed to successfully overcome times when information is improperly denied.




2.







http://sputniknews.com/us/20160715/1043072861/fbi-saudi-financia-communications.html

FBI Failed to Communicate Saudi Financial Connections with 9/11 ...
Sputnik International



WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) San Diego Field Office failed to communicate information in a Central Intelligence Agency ...


3.

http://gizmodo.com/the-fbi-says-its-malware-isn-t-malware-because-the-fbi-1783537208

The FBI Says Its Malware Isn't Malware Because the FBI Is Good
Gizmodo-
The FBI is facing accusations that malware it deployed while running Operation Playpen, a sting that infiltrated and maintained a dark web


4.

Crime U.S. World Politics
Georgia man mistaken for suspect, hit with stun gun and arrested

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/georgia-man-mistaken-suspect-hit-stun-gun-arrested-article-1.2713147

Friday, July 15, 2016, 2:23 PM



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Thursday, July 15 2016



http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/Former-DEA-officer-Mission-police-investigator-8379448.php


McALLEN — A former Drug Enforcement Administration task force officer was found guilty Thursday for his role in a drug conspiracy, federal prosecutors




6.

http://dailycaller.com/2016/07/16/saudi-prince-and-friend-of-bushes-connected-to-al-qaeda-and-911-hijackers-unclassified-documents-reveal/
Saudi Prince And Friend Of Bushes Connected To Al-Qaida, 9/11 ...
Daily Caller-
The unclassified 28 pages of the 9/11 report reveal that the FBI and CIA had evidence connecting Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan, nicknamed Bandar Bush, ...


7.

https://www.fbi.gov/resources/businesses

FBI MORE
RESOURCES
Law Enforcement
Businesses
Victim Assistance
More
Businesses

Protecting business is our business. Our investigations make a difference to your bottom line and the overall economy—whether it’s keeping the competitive playing field level through our antitrust cases, protecting trade secrets and intellectual property, patrolling cyberspace, or preventing financially-crippling terrorist attacks. We work with business professionals across the country every day—not just to request support for our investigations, but to provide a range of services and to join together to protect vital infrastructure.

Learn about major partnerships with the private sector, how to do business with us, the threats we investigate, and more.

Key Information-Sharing Partnerships
Learn more about these four partnerships, what they offer to the private sector, and how to join by visiting the links below. 


Domestic Security Alliance Council
The Domestic Security Alliance Council, or DSAC, is a security and intelligence-sharing initiative between the FBI, the Department…


Counterintelligence Strategic Partnerships
Our Counterintelligence Strategic Partnerships work to determine and safeguard those technologies which, if compromised…


InfraGard
InfraGard brings together representatives from the private and public sectors to help protect our nation’s critical infrastructure…


iGuardian
With cyber threats continuing to emerge at the forefront of the FBI’s criminal and national security challenges…

Learn About Key Threats to Businesses
These are among the key threats and security risks facing businesses today. The pages and sections below include some information on protections and mitigations. More details can be found by joining one or several of the information-sharing partnerships listed above. 


Terrorism
Combating terrorism is the FBI’s top investigative priority. Working closely with a range of partners, we use…


Counterintelligence
Spies might seem like a throwback to earlier days of world wars and cold wars, but they are…


Cyber Crime
The FBI is the lead federal agency for investigating cyber attacks by criminals, overseas adversaries, and terrorists. The…


Intellectual Property Theft/Piracy
Preventing intellectual property theft is a priority of the FBI’s criminal investigative program. It specifically focuses on…


Business E-Mail Compromise
Business e-mail compromise (BEC) is a growing financial fraud that is more sophisticated than any similar scam the…


Health Care Fraud
The FBI is the primary investigative agency involved in the fight against health care fraud, with jurisdiction over…


Active Shooter Incidents
An active shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated…


Workplace Violence
This booklet is aimed at prevention, intervention, threat assessment and management, crisis management and critical incident response, and…


Financial Institution/Mortgage Fraud
The FBI is committed to aggressively pursuing those who endanger the stability of our banking system and the…

Doing Business with the FBI
The FBI’s Small Business Programs Office (SBPO) advocates for small, minority, service-disabled veteran, Historically Underutilized Business Zone, and women-owned small businesses. The SBPO promotes the use of small businesses throughout the Bureau, to include its 56 field offices. As the FBI is a Department of Justice (DOJ) agency, the SBPO receives policy direction and guidance from the director of DOJ’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization.

The Finance Division is responsible for the centralized procurement activities of the Bureau. The division is organized into six buying units and the Acquisition Strategy and Planning Unit (ASAPU). The SBPO is a part of the ASAPU, which is responsible for providing strategic planning support and guidance to internal FBI customers. The buying units are organized to purchase supplies and services to meet the requirements of specific customers. The SBPO interacts with each of the six buying units to promote the use of small businesses and provide assistance in locating appropriate small businesses—ensuring that the Bureau complies with congressionally mandated procurement goals, federal acquisition regulations, and Department of Justice regulations. 

The SBPO is committed to ensuring that small business consideration is given priority in each procurement and encourages small businesses to pursue FBI procurements. The FBI’s procurement forecast is a part of the consolidated DOJ forecast, which can be found at http://www.justice.gov/jmd/osdbu/. Those interested may also attend DOJ vendor outreach sessions.

Finance Division Personnel
Section Chief
Procurement Section
Finance Division
935 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20535

Small Business Representative

Small Business Competition Coordination Unit 
Room 6863
935 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20535
smallbusiness@ic.fbi.gov

Outreach Events
The director of the Department of Justice’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) hosts vendor outreach sessions each fiscal year. Each of the Department of Justice agencies is represented at the sessions, to include the FBI’s small business program staff. You can register to attend a session by calling the OSDBU staff at (202) 616-0521 or 1-800-345-3712. Appointments will be made on a first-come, first-served basis. Scheduling begins at noon EST/EDT on the first work day of each month. Complete information about the sessions may be found at: http://www.justice.gov/osdbu/meet-small-business-specialist

The sessions are held at:

OSDBU
Two Constitution Square
145 N Street NE, Room 1W.1001
Washington, D.C. 20530
9:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m.

Products and Services Purchased by the FBI
North American Industry Classification System/Description

541519: Other computer-related services
541512: Computer systems design services
541613: Marketing consulting services
541511: Custom computer programming services
453998: All other miscellaneous store retailers (except tobacco stores)
541611: Administrative management and general management consulting services
518210: Data processing, hosting, and related services
423430: Computer and computer peripheral equipment and software merchant wholesalers
334111: Electronic computer manufacturing
531210: Office of real estate agents and brokers
236220: Commercial and institutional building construction
334119: Other computer peripheral equipment
51720: Wireless telecommunications carriers (except satellite)
443120: Computer and software stores


541618: Engineering services
541690: Other management consulting services
561110: Office administrative services
334516: Analytical laboratory instrument manufacturing
811212: Computer and office machine repair and maintenance
334220: Radio and television broadcasting and wireless communications equipment manufacturing
337214: Office furniture (except wood manufacturing)
316999: All other leather goods manufacturing
511210: Software publishers
541199: All other legal services
561210: Facilities support services
611420: Computer training
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Bonus Read

http://www.boston.com/news/local-news/2016/07/30/mayor-after-black-lives-matter-protests-somerville-i-love-you

Mayor after Black Lives Matter protests: ‘Somerville, I love you’
A Black Lives Matter banner was raised to the front of Somerville City Hall last August.         July 30, 2016
A day after protesters gathered both in support and opposition to a “Black Lives Matter” banner hanging at Somerville City Hall, Mayor Joseph Curtatone took to Facebook with this message




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https://theintercept.com/2016/07/30/target-of-contested-national-security-letter-was-a-muslim-the-fbi-wanted-to-turn-informant/

THE TARGET OF a federal investigation that set off a more than decade-long battle over secret subpoenas called national security letters was a Muslim prison reform advocate the FBI wanted to become an informant.

Nick Merrill, who fought to make the information public, revealed that information for the first time at a hacker conference in New York City.

Merrill was the head of an Internet hosting company when the controversy began. He had launched a small New York-based internet service provider called Calyx Internet Access in the 1990s, and he also consulted on digital security.

In 2004, the FBI sent him a national security letter demanding extensive records on one of his customers.

National security letters are secret subpoenas the FBI can se




2.
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/man-custody-filming-syracuse-cops-article-1.2731305


SEE IT: Man arrested while filming Syracuse cops
BY DAVID BOROFF
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Friday, July 29, 2016, 2:48 PM


3.

Navy ship to be named for late gay rights leader Harvey Milk

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-navy-ship-harvey-milk-20160729-snap-story.html



4.
http://www.boston.com/news/local-news/2016/07/29/al-gores-daughter-appears-court-west-roxbury-protest-arrest
Al Gore’s daughter appears in court after West Roxbury protest arrest
Karenna Gore protests at the site of Spectra Energy's West Roxbury Lateral pipeline.        
The daughter of former Vice President Al Gore appeared Friday at a hearing in West Roxbury Municipal Court after she was arrested for protesting the construction of Spectra Energy’s West Roxbury Lateral pipeline.

“This pipeline is being built in West Roxbury against the will of the community. Elected officials have opposed it,” Karenna Gore said outside of the courtroom. “We’re in a position with climate change where, if we just keep on going like nothing is wrong and continue to use fossil fuels… then we are really headed for the worst.”

Gore, who serves as the director of the Center for Earth Ethics at the Union Theolo

5.


How do we identify a mass shooter being on the
FBI payroll?

http://www.twcnews.com/tx/austin/news/2016/07/29/fbi-increases-efforts-to-limit-identification-of-mass-shooters.html

FBI Increases Efforts to Limit Identification of Mass Shooters
TWC News-
These are horrible violent individuals, that don't deserve their names to be remembered by Americans,” said FBI Special Agent Michelle Lee. At Time Warner ...

6.

http://www.denverpost.com/2016/07/29/hail-colorado-springs-police-cars/
NEWSWEATHER
Tennis-ball-sized hail knocks out 27 Colorado Springs police cars
Colorado Springs divisions already moved unmarked police cars and patrol cars from other divisions into the south part of


7.

Indiana detective shot by off-duty cop who fled to Ohio

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/indiana-detective-shot-off-duty-officer-fled-ohio-article-1.2731789

Saturday, July 30, 2016, 3:23 AM



8.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/07/30/former-fbi-agent-doesn-deserve-jail-for-lying-bulger-trial-judge-told/XPSuloqPgCLOaiK9nP93rJ/story.html

Former FBI agent doesn’t deserve jail for lying at Bulger’s trial

  JULY 30, 2016
Former FBI supervisor Robert Fitzpatrick, who faces sentencing this week for lying on the



9.

FBI Octopus

http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-school-safety-official-calls-more-funding-and-planning-prevent-attacks
Fennewald is a featured speaker this week at the National School Safety Convention in Orlando, presenting on counter radicalization and extremism among youths in local communities. He served previously as Missouri’s Homeland Security Coordinator and also spent 23 years as a special agent for the FBI.
10.

http://www.wowt.com/content/news/Ex-probation-officer-found-guilty-of--388747472.html
Probation officer guilty of having sex with women on probation

- A now former Nebraska probation officer accused of having sex with probationers


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9/11 and Other Deep State Crimes Teleconference
        
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8pm (ET)/5pm (PT)   Teleconference # 1-218-895-6835    Access code: 9112001#



Greetings all,

We are  honored to announce that the "Dean of the 9/11 Truth movement,"  yes, David Ray Griffin himself, will be joining us for the first part of Wednesday's teleconference.  This prodigious author has yet another book in publication -- he'll give us his first-hand account of it and answer our questions.  Don't be late for this one!

Last month's teleconference featured an appeal by veteran 9/11 Truth activist Fran Shure on how to support Colorado 9/11 Truth's Colorado Public Television fund drive, featuring the video Demolition of Truth :Psychologists Examine 9/11 , by veteran Hollywood filmmaker Charles Ewing Smith. "Chuck" will join us on Wednesday to give a short report on the making of this outstanding 9/11 truth documentary, and to answer any questions.

Wayne Coste is at it again, this time with a presentation challenging the "9/11 mini-nuke" hypothesis (as presented by Jim Fetzer on last month's call).  Wayne's accompanying PowerPoint presentation, replete with graphics, can be viewed or downloaded here.

Postponed from last month is Pablo Novi's request for the Teleconference's endorsement of his 9/11 Truth Unity Manifesto, which can be viewed here.

Nita Renfrew will bring us up to date on the harassment (by the usual suspects) experienced during the recent Christopher Bollyn speaking tour on the East Coast.

And Cheryl Curtiss offers a special rule for our consideration that would require only those present for an issue's discussion to vote on decisions regarding it (see below for details).

As always, a final opportunity for your announcements of importance.

Please join us Wednesday for this very special Teleconference!

Peace,
Ken Freeland
Cheryl Curtiss


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DRAFT AGENDA for Wednesday 28 September Teleconference

I Roll Call, minutes approval, agenda  (5 min)

II Motion to expel David Slesinger from the Teleconference [Craig McKee, Cheryl Curtiss, Barbara Honegger] (5 min)
"On our August teleconference, David Slesinger accused Kelly David, the COO of AE911Truth, of being a police agent. He was offered the opportunity on our list serve to substantiate this allegation and he could not. He also has made it clear that he will not retract his remarks. In fact, he has created a web site to smear Kelly’s name.
Subsequent to this, David issued a series of threats against the teleconference (in addition to calling us all sycophants and cowards with no integrity). He threatened to cause problems for us as he had done to three other business entities. Worse than that, he said he would begin helping the adversaries of the 9/11 Truth Movement if we expel him from the call or if we don’t allow him to continue his attack on AE911Truth on the September teleconference.
"We move that David Slesinger be expelled from the teleconference, effective immediately."

III Bush and Cheney: How they ruined America and the World  [David Ray Griffin]  (15 min plus Q & A)

IV  The Demolition of Truth: Psychologists Examine 9/11 [Charles Ewing Smith] (5-10 min + Q & A)

V  Challenging the mini-nuke theory [Wayne Coste, PE] (15 min, including discussion)

VI Proposal for 9/11 and Other Deep State Crimes Teleconference endorsement of 9/11 Truth Unity Manifesto [Pablo Novi] (10-15 min) { Postponed from previous teleconference}

VII  Update on Chris Bollyn tour [Nita Renfrew] (5-10 min, including discussion)

VIII Special rule proposal [Cheryl Curtiss] (5 min)
"On any decision made by the teleconference, only those present from the commencement of its discussion are eligible to vote."

IX Announcements

X  Any available updates on issues of identified ongoing concern (if any remaining time -- highly unlikely):
 
28 pages campaign
New articles, books, and films
The 9/11 Crash Test
Cass Sunstein and cognitive infiltration, official statements on “conspiracy theorists”
The MSM treatment of 9/11 Truth
The 9/11 Consensus Panel
William Pepper’s efforts with AE911Truth against NIST and the Dept. of Commerce
Deep State crimes in the news
9/11 Truth political candidates
XI Adjournment (by 9:30 p Eastern if possible)


 
     
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Heat is online


https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/sep/24/lobsters-climate-change-oceans-marine-life-seafood-research

Marine life
Baby lobsters in hot water as ocean temperatures rise
A new study by scientists in Maine found that if global warming trends continue, lobsters will struggle to survive by the year 2100



Link du jour


http://www.occurrencesforeigndomestic.com/2016/09/23/purposeful-destruction/


uncle ed tatro just sent this in.
 
http://www.lobster-magazine.co.uk/free/lobster68/lob68-mac-wallace.pdf
Mac Wallace and the finger of guilt (Winter 2014) - Lobster
www.lobster-magazine.co.uk
Mac Wallace and the finger of guilt Garrick Alder This essay concerns disputes over the identification by latent fingerprint


http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/king-time-nationwide-boycotts-injustice-u-s-article-1.2802077

KING: It's time for nationwide boycotts to end police injustice in U.S.
Thursday, September 22, 2016, 2:32 PM


FBI OCTOPUS ...making tentacles visible



http://jamaica-star.com/article/news/20160923/fbi-help-jamaica-tackle-terrorism

FBI to help Jamaica tackle terrorism
Jamaica Star Online-
The United States Embassy in Jamaica has established a local FBI office in ... Crime Investigation Branch has already been put in touch with the new FBI agent.





http://www.boston.com/news/politics/2016/09/23/trump-adds-names-to-supreme-court-wish-list

In a Facebook post announcing his decision to endorse Trump, a man he’d once called a “pathological liar” and “utterly amoral,” Cruz called control of the court the most important issue at stake in the election.



Did FBI agents tweet before assassinating
Martin Luther King?

2 stories


1.

http://touch.latimes.com/#section/2426/article/p2p-91548837/
September 23, 2016, 8:05 p.m.
Can police prevent hate crimes by monitoring racist banter on social media?

Researchers will be testing this concept over the next three years in Los Angeles, marking a new frontier in efforts by law enforcement to predict and prevent crimes.

During a three-year experiment, British researchers working with the Santa Monica-based Rand Corp. will be monitoring millions of tweets related to the L.A. area in an effort to identify patterns and markers that prejudice-motivated violence is about to occur in real time.


2.

http://www.ctka.net/2016/book-review-pepper-mlk/the-plot-to-kill-king.html

The Plot to Kill King: The Truth Behind the Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., By William F. Pepper

Reviewed by Martin Hay
Posted August 1, 2016


The dust jacket for The Plot to Kill King quotes former United States Attorney General Ramsey Clark as stating that “No one has done more than Dr. William F. Pepper to keep alive the quest for truth concerning the violent death of Martin Luther King.” This is unassailably true. Dr. King's murder has never received anything approaching the level of attention and scrutiny that has been afforded the assassination of President Kennedy but, for nearly three decades, Pepper has worked tirelessly to uncover the truth and bring it to the attention of the American public. As he chronicles in his latest book, Pepper was the last attorney for accused assassin James Earl Ray before his death, and tried every avenue available to him to gain his client the trial he had been denied in 1969 when the state of Tennessee and his own lawyer, Percy Foreman, broke Ray down and coerced him into entering a guilty plea.1 Pepper and his investigators spent many, many hours locating overlooked witnesses, uncovering leads, and assembling a case. Then in 1993 he took part in a televised mock trial that resulted in a “not guilty” verdict for Ray.2 After Ray died in 1998, and any and all possibility of a real criminal trial went with him, Pepper worked with the King family in filing a wrongful death lawsuit against Loyd Jowers and “other unknown co-conspirators” so that the information he had uncovered could still be put before a jury. After 14 days of testimony from over 70 witnesses, the jury found that Jowers and others, “including governmental agencies”, were responsible for the death of Martin Luther King.3

William Pepper
Yet Pepper is and always has been a controversial figure, even among those who share his disbelief in the official story. For example, Harold Weisberg – who worked as an investigator for Ray's defense team in the early 1970s and wrote the classic MLK assassination book, Frame Up – referred derisively to Pepper as “a would-be Perry Mason” and described his work as “worse than worthless.”4 On the other hand, the late, great Philip Melanson once described Pepper's research and investigation as “groundbreaking” when it came to “establishing the presence of Army Intelligence and Army Intelligence snipers” in Memphis on the day of the murder.5 Over the years, this reviewer has adopted something of an agnostic position when it comes to areas of Pepper's work. Whilst there is undoubtedly great value in what he has uncovered and accomplished, it nonetheless remains true that there a number of legitimate reasons for doubting important elements of Pepper's research.

Loyd Jowers
Take for example the man at the very centre of Pepper's conspiracy narrative, Loyd Jowers. In 1968, Jowers was the proprietor of Jim's Grill, a restaurant located underneath the rooming house from which the state alleges Ray fired the fatal shot. For many years the only thing Jowers had to say that was of any interest to investigators was that a white Ford Mustang had been parked directly in front of the grill on the afternoon of the assassination; corroborating Ray's claim of where he had parked his car and helping establish the presence of two white Mustangs on Main Street. But in 1993, Jowers appeared on ABC's Prime Time Live claiming that Memphis-based produce dealer and alleged Mafia figure, Frank Liberto, had contacted him shortly before the assassination and paid him $100,000 to hire someone to assassinate Dr. King. He was then visited by a man named Raul who handed him a “rifle in a box” and asked him to hold onto it until “we made arrangements, one or the other of us, for the killing.”6
On the face of it, Jowers' story seems plausible enough. There is no doubt that he was at the scene of the crime and in a position to assist in carrying out the assassination. Additionally, parts of his account were corroborated by two other witnesses: former Jim's Grill waitress, Betty Spates, and local Memphis cab driver, Jim McCraw. Also, Jowers' claim that Frank Liberto brought him into the plot recalls the statement of civil rights leader John McFerren that, sometime in the afternoon shortly before Dr. King was shot, he overheard Liberto telling someone on the telephone to “Shoot the son of a bitch when he comes on the balcony.”7 And yet Jowers was, by any definition, a most unreliable witness. By Pepper's own admission there were numerous different versions of his story. In fact, he contradicted himself on virtually every important detail.

Jim's Grill
He initially named black produce-truck unloader Frank Holt as the gunman he had hired but changed his mind after Holt was found alive and well and passed a polygraph test, denying any involvement.8 Jowers then hinted that deceased Memphis Police Lieutenant Earl Clark was the real gunman only to tell Dr. King's son, Dexter, that he “couldn't swear” that he was because “All I got was a glance of him.”9 To Dexter, Jowers said that the gunman handed him the still smoking rifle, yet at an earlier time he had claimed to have picked it up after it had been placed on the ground.10 Around this time he also changed his mind about ever having been asked to hire the gunman, saying instead that he had simply been told to be out in the bushes behind Jim's Grill at 6:00 PM and that he didn't even know Dr. King was going to be killed.11 In this scenario, Jowers merely held onto the $100,000 until it was collected by a co-conspirator.
Perhaps even more troubling than these inconsistencies – of which there are more – is the fact that Jowers and his friend Willie Akins are known to have contacted Betty Spates in January 1994 saying that they were interested in doing a book or a movie and they needed her to change her story. If she would say that she saw a black man handing the rifle to Jowers immediately after the shooting, they could all make $300,000.12 And if that wasn't bad enough, in an April 1997 tape-recorded conversation with Shelby County district attorney general's office investigator, Mark Glankler, Jowers basically disavowed his confession by stating that Ray's rifle was the real murder weapon and that “there was no second rifle.”13
It may also be seen as significant that Jowers never did repeat his conspiracy allegations under oath. He was not actually present for the King v. Jowers civil trial, apparently owing to ill health. The only time he gave a legal deposition after his appearance on Prime Time Live was during the 1994 Ray v. Jowers lawsuit, at which time he reverted to his 1968 story and insisted that he was in the bar serving drinks when the shot was fired. Jowers had agreed that the transcript of his Prime Time Live appearance could be entered into evidence but, through his attorney Lewis Garrison, stipulated “that the questions were asked and Mr. Jowers gave these answers”.14 Thus he did not swear to the accuracy of his alleged confession, he merely agreed that he had given it.
In The Plot to Kill King, Pepper attributes Jowers' many contradictory assertions to his fear of being prosecuted and an understandable desire to minimize his own role when talking to members of the King family. Pepper also argues, in spite of Jowers' attempt to encourage Spates to lie for her share of $300,000, that it is “arrant nonsense” to suggest that he fabricated his story “in anticipation of a book or movie deal.” In fact, he says, “Jowers lost everything. Even his wife left him. There was no book or movie deal, and he was, for the most part, telling the truth.”15 Yet none of these arguments preclude the possibility that Jowers' confession was invented as part of a money-making scheme that backfired.
That being said, it should be borne in mind that Jowers' initial Prime Time story did not come completely out of the blue. Suspicion had already been cast on him by statements that Spates and McCraw had given to Pepper, after which Jowers', through Garrison, had contacted the Shelby County district attorney general offering to tell everything he knew in exchange for immunity from prosecution. Needless to say his proffer went completely ignored without anyone even attempting to speak with him. Assistant district attorney general, John Campbell, would later attempt to justify this total lack of interest by stating that the story looked “bogus” and that if they had given Jowers immunity “it would imply we thought there was some validity to his story, and that would increase the value of what he could sell it for.”16 Precisely how they were able to deduce immediately and without even talking to Jowers that his story was “bogus” is anyone's guess.
In the end, it will be up to each individual researcher to decide which, if any, of Jowers' varying accounts to believe. Whilst it is true that the jury in King v. Jowers did find him partly responsible for the assassination, it is also true that his assertions were not thoroughly tested at the trial because neither Pepper nor Garrison were looking to undermine Jowers' credibility. Legendary attorney, author, and activist, Mark Lane, was critical of the trial for that very reason, telling this reviewer that in his opinion, “It was not a real trial ... both sides offered the same position and I have reason to doubt that the position they offered was sound. The jury, having seen no evidence to the contrary, had no choice. In my view, the court system should not be utilized in that fashion.”17

Mark Lane with James Earl Ray
Lane's assessment is, in my view, somewhat off the mark in that it suggests a type of collusion between Pepper and Garrison that was likely not the case. In truth, Garrison was in an extremely awkward position. He could not simply deny the existence of a conspiracy without calling his own client a liar, so his strategy was to attempt to minimize Jowers' role and convince the jury that, as he stated in his closing argument, “Mr. Jowers played a very, very insignificant and minor role in this if he played anything at all. It was much bigger than Mr. Jowers, who owned a little greasy-spoon restaurant there and happened to be at the location he was.”18 In that regard, it worked to Garrison's advantage to allow Pepper to put on a case for a wide-ranging conspiracy without offering a rigorous challenge. Nevertheless, the result of this strategy, as Lane suggested, was that the jury essentially heard one story from both sides and for that reason the verdict was far from surprising.
By noting these circumstances, it is not meant in any way to suggest that the civil trial or the jury's verdict were entirely without merit. On the contrary, as Pepper details in The Plot to Kill King, numerous witnesses gave significant and often startling testimony under oath – many for the first time – and put important evidence on the record. For example, a succession of witnesses provided evidence establishing the manner in which Dr. King was, seemingly intentionally, stripped of all reasonable security, and left entirely vulnerable to a sniper's bullet. Of particular note is the testimony of Memphis Police Department homicide detective Captain Jerry Williams who had been in charge of organizing a unit of black officers that had previously provided protection for Dr. King on his visits to Memphis. Williams said that he was not asked to form his unit on Dr. King's final, fatal visit, and was later falsely informed that Dr. King's organization, the SCLC, had said Dr. King did not want protection.19 Additionally, as University of Massachusetts Professor Philip Melanson testified, MPD Inspector Sam Evans had ordered the emergency services' TACT 10 unit removed from the vicinity of the Lorraine Motel, claiming this too was done at the request of someone in the SCLC. As Pepper writes, “When pressed as to who actually made the request, he said that it was Reverend [Samuel] Kyles. The fact that Kyles had nothing to do with the SCLC, and no authority to request any such thing, seemed to have eluded Evans.”20
Not only had Dr. King been stripped of protection but a last-minute switching of his motel room had made the assassin's job all the easier. Former New York City police detective Leon Cohen testified that Lorraine Motel manager Walter Bailey told him on the morning after the assassination that Dr. King had originally been allocated a more secur




https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/sep/24/baltimore-man-tawon-boyd-dies-after-he-called-911

Black Baltimore man who called 911 for help dies after being punched by police
According to an incident report, Tawon Boyd attempted to enter two police cars, ran to a neighbor’s house and shouted: ‘Help! Call the police’




https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/ng-interactive/2015/jun/01/the-counted-police-killings-us-database

Number of people killed by police in 2016



https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/sep/23/obama-veto-bill-911-families-sue-saudi-arabia
September 11 2001
Obama's veto of 9/11 bill aimed at Saudi Arabia sets up standoff with Congress
The bill, which would have allowed families to sue, sailed through both chambers of Congress and lawmakers are expected to override president’s move

Obama, in a statement accompanying his veto message, said he had ‘deep sympathy’ for the 9/11 families, but the bill would be ‘detrimental to USnational interests’.


Friday 23 September 2016 17.14 EDT Last modified on Friday 23 September 2016 17.25 EDT


Setting up a potential override by Congress, Barack Obama vetoed a bill Friday that would have allowed the families of 9/11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia.



https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/sep/23/oculus-palmer-luckey-funding-trump-reddit-trolls

Who is Palmer Luckey, and why is he funding pro-Trump trolls?
Under the name NimbleRichMan, Oculus founder secretly funded Reddit users dedicated to electing Trump by flooding threads with negative Clinton memes


http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/ouvert-rally-turns-big-protest-cops-killing-blacks-article-1.2805096

A Brooklyn rally intended to bring awareness to black-on-black violence following two murders at the J’Ouvert celebration nearly three weeks ago morphed into a larger protest about the recent police killings of African-American men across the country.


http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/stasi-country-freedom-threatened-killings-article-1.2804972

God bless America. We need it.

Two black men were shot down in a matter of days like rabid dogs by police officers in Tulsa and Charlotte because cops just assumed the men had guns. Perhaps that’s because the cops just assume that most black men are armed, even though white males make up 61% of gun owners according to Pew Research.

While blacks are much more likely than whites to be victims of homicide, African-Americans are only half as likely to have a firearm in their home. Yet blacks have a 2.7% higher chance of being shot by



http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/queens/activists-queens-lock-rikers-throw-key-article-1.2805022
To hell with the cell.

A group of activists who want to slam the cell door on Rikers Island for good held a rally Saturday calling for the closure of the scandal-plagued jail complex.

Hundreds of protesters, including celebrities, politicians and former inmates, made their way through the streets of Astoria en route to the rally.


http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/truthdigger_of_the_week_cia_whistleblower_jeffrey_20160924

Truthdigger of the Week: CIA Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling, in Prison and Fighting for His Life

Posted on Sep 24, 2016

By Natasha Hakimi



    Former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling leaves the federal courthouse in Alexandria, Va., with his wife, Holly, after being convicted in 2015 on nine counts of leaking classified information to a New York Times reporter. (Kevin Wolf / AP)

Every week the Truthdig editorial staff selects a Truthdigger of the Week, a group or person worthy of recognition for speaking truth to power, breaking the story or blowing the whistle. It is not a lifetime achievement award. Rather, we’re looking for newsmakers whose actions in a given week are worth celebrating.

When Jeffrey Sterling was in his last year of law school, he was drawn to a newspaper ad that announced the promise of travel while serving the country as an agent for the Central Intelligence Agency. Part of a family of military service members, Sterling dreamed that the CIA would allow him to give back to the United States. Little did he know that his employment at the agency, which began in 1993 and ended in 2001, would turn into a nightmare of racial discrimination and persecution that would last decades.

Early in his career at the CIA, Sterling began to sense that he was treated differently because of his skin tone, a fact highlighted to him when he was pulled from an assignment in Germany with the explanation that “a black man speaking Farsi” would seem conspicuous. Sterling says this is just one example of the many ways his spy agency career was held back because of his race. Years of mistreatment led him to become the first African-American to file a racial discrimination suit against the CIA, an act of bravery the U.S. government would make him pay dearly for.

When, after the 9/11 attacks, Sterling felt inspired to help the agency tackle terrorism, he offered to drop his suit. Instead of enthusiasm for his dedication, he was met with a dismissal. As one of his colleagues put it, quoting a song by the late Jim Croce, he had “tugged on Superman’s cape.” The Intercept’s Peter Maass explains the ways in which Sterling’s heroism got under the CIA’s skin in a thorough piece about the whistleblower’s ordeal, “How Jeffrey Sterling Took On the CIA—and Lost Everything.”

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In 2001, as he was leaving the agency, he filed a federal lawsuit that said the CIA retaliated against him for making an internal discrimination complaint, and that he had indeed faced a pattern of discrimination there. The suit was dismissed by a judge after the CIA successfully argued in pre-trial motions that a trial would expose state secrets by disclosing sources and methods of intelligence-gathering. An appeals court upheld that ruling, though it noted that the dismissal “places, on behalf of the entire country, a burden on Sterling that he alone must bear” by being deprived of his right to a trial. The dismissal spared Sterling’s supervisors from testifying about their interactions with him. The government has not provided specific responses, in court or to the media, about his accusations of racial discrimination, other than to generally state that he faced none.

He tugged on the CIA’s cape in other ways. He wrote a memoir, tentatively titled Spook: An American Journey Through Black and White, and submitted chapters for pre-publication review. According to a lawsuit Sterling filed in 2003, the CIA determined that his manuscript contained classified information that should not be published, and demanded that he add information that, his suit said, was “blatantly false.” Facing a tough legal battle with a presiding judge who seemed sympathetic to the CIA, Sterling eventually agreed to drop the suit. His manuscript has not been published.

Also in 2003, Sterling met staffers from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence to let them know his concerns about the mismanagement of a classified program he worked on at the agency. Merlin, as the program was called, involved the CIA giving Iran faulty nuclear blueprints. If the blueprints were used, Iran’s nuclear program would be delayed.
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draft agenda for Wednesday 28 September Teleconference
Sep 24, 2016, 7:29 PM
From 9/11 and Other Deep State Crimes Teleconference
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9/11 and Other Deep State Crimes Teleconference
        
Draft Agenda for 9/28/16 Teleconference
      


8pm (ET)/5pm (PT)   Teleconference # 1-218-895-6835    Access code: 9112001#



Greetings all,

We are  honored to announce that the "Dean of the 9/11 Truth movement,"  yes, David Ray Griffin himself, will be joining us for the first part of Wednesday's teleconference.  This prodigious author has yet another book in publication -- he'll give us his first-hand account of it and answer our questions.  Don't be late for this one!

Last month's teleconference featured an appeal by veteran 9/11 Truth activist Fran Shure on how to support Colorado 9/11 Truth's Colorado Public Television fund drive, featuring the video Demolition of Truth :Psychologists Examine 9/11 , by veteran Hollywood filmmaker Charles Ewing Smith. "Chuck" will join us on Wednesday to give a short report on the making of this outstanding 9/11 truth documentary, and to answer any questions.

Wayne Coste is at it again, this time with a presentation challenging the "9/11 mini-nuke" hypothesis (as presented by Jim Fetzer on last month's call).  Wayne's accompanying PowerPoint presentation, replete with graphics, can be viewed or downloaded here.

Postponed from last month is Pablo Novi's request for the Teleconference's endorsement of his 9/11 Truth Unity Manifesto, which can be viewed here.

Nita Renfrew will bring us up to date on the harassment (by the usual suspects) experienced during the recent Christopher Bollyn speaking tour on the East Coast.

And Cheryl Curtiss offers a special rule for our consideration that would require only those present for an issue's discussion to vote on decisions regarding it (see below for details).

As always, a final opportunity for your announcements of importance.

Please join us Wednesday for this very special Teleconference!

Peace,
Ken Freeland
Cheryl Curtiss


-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

DRAFT AGENDA for Wednesday 28 September Teleconference

I Roll Call, minutes approval, agenda  (5 min)

II Motion to expel David Slesinger from the Teleconference [Craig McKee, Cheryl Curtiss, Barbara Honegger] (5 min)
"On our August teleconference, David Slesinger accused Kelly David, the COO of AE911Truth, of being a police agent. He was offered the opportunity on our list serve to substantiate this allegation and he could not. He also has made it clear that he will not retract his remarks. In fact, he has created a web site to smear Kelly’s name.
Subsequent to this, David issued a series of threats against the teleconference (in addition to calling us all sycophants and cowards with no integrity). He threatened to cause problems for us as he had done to three other business entities. Worse than that, he said he would begin helping the adversaries of the 9/11 Truth Movement if we expel him from the call or if we don’t allow him to continue his attack on AE911Truth on the September teleconference.
"We move that David Slesinger be expelled from the teleconference, effective immediately."

III Bush and Cheney: How they ruined America and the World  [David Ray Griffin]  (15 min plus Q & A)

IV  The Demolition of Truth: Psychologists Examine 9/11 [Charles Ewing Smith] (5-10 min + Q & A)

V  Challenging the mini-nuke theory [Wayne Coste, PE] (15 min, including discussion)

VI Proposal for 9/11 and Other Deep State Crimes Teleconference endorsement of 9/11 Truth Unity Manifesto [Pablo Novi] (10-15 min) { Postponed from previous teleconference}

VII  Update on Chris Bollyn tour [Nita Renfrew] (5-10 min, including discussion)

VIII Special rule proposal [Cheryl Curtiss] (5 min)
"On any decision made by the teleconference, only those present from the commencement of its discussion are eligible to vote."

IX Announcements

X  Any available updates on issues of identified ongoing concern (if any remaining time -- highly unlikely):
 
28 pages campaign
New articles, books, and films
The 9/11 Crash Test
Cass Sunstein and cognitive infiltration, official statements on “conspiracy theorists”
The MSM treatment of 9/11 Truth
The 9/11 Consensus Panel
William Pepper’s efforts with AE911Truth against NIST and the Dept. of Commerce
Deep State crimes in the news
9/11 Truth political candidates
XI Adjournment (by 9:30 p Eastern if possible)


 
     
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Heat is online


https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/sep/24/lobsters-climate-change-oceans-marine-life-seafood-research

Marine life
Baby lobsters in hot water as ocean temperatures rise
A new study by scientists in Maine found that if global warming trends continue, lobsters will struggle to survive by the year 2100



Link du jour


http://www.occurrencesforeigndomestic.com/2016/09/23/purposeful-destruction/


uncle ed tatro just sent this in.
 
http://www.lobster-magazine.co.uk/free/lobster68/lob68-mac-wallace.pdf
Mac Wallace and the finger of guilt (Winter 2014) - Lobster
www.lobster-magazine.co.uk
Mac Wallace and the finger of guilt Garrick Alder This essay concerns disputes over the identification by latent fingerprint


http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/king-time-nationwide-boycotts-injustice-u-s-article-1.2802077

KING: It's time for nationwide boycotts to end police injustice in U.S.
Thursday, September 22, 2016, 2:32 PM


FBI OCTOPUS ...making tentacles visible



http://jamaica-star.com/article/news/20160923/fbi-help-jamaica-tackle-terrorism

FBI to help Jamaica tackle terrorism
Jamaica Star Online-
The United States Embassy in Jamaica has established a local FBI office in ... Crime Investigation Branch has already been put in touch with the new FBI agent.





http://www.boston.com/news/politics/2016/09/23/trump-adds-names-to-supreme-court-wish-list

In a Facebook post announcing his decision to endorse Trump, a man he’d once called a “pathological liar” and “utterly amoral,” Cruz called control of the court the most important issue at stake in the election.



Did FBI agents tweet before assassinating
Martin Luther King?

2 stories


1.

http://touch.latimes.com/#section/2426/article/p2p-91548837/
September 23, 2016, 8:05 p.m.
Can police prevent hate crimes by monitoring racist banter on social media?

Researchers will be testing this concept over the next three years in Los Angeles, marking a new frontier in efforts by law enforcement to predict and prevent crimes.

During a three-year experiment, British researchers working with the Santa Monica-based Rand Corp. will be monitoring millions of tweets related to the L.A. area in an effort to identify patterns and markers that prejudice-motivated violence is about to occur in real time.


2.

http://www.ctka.net/2016/book-review-pepper-mlk/the-plot-to-kill-king.html

The Plot to Kill King: The Truth Behind the Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., By William F. Pepper

Reviewed by Martin Hay
Posted August 1, 2016


The dust jacket for The Plot to Kill King quotes former United States Attorney General Ramsey Clark as stating that “No one has done more than Dr. William F. Pepper to keep alive the quest for truth concerning the violent death of Martin Luther King.” This is unassailably true. Dr. King's murder has never received anything approaching the level of attention and scrutiny that has been afforded the assassination of President Kennedy but, for nearly three decades, Pepper has worked tirelessly to uncover the truth and bring it to the attention of the American public. As he chronicles in his latest book, Pepper was the last attorney for accused assassin James Earl Ray before his death, and tried every avenue available to him to gain his client the trial he had been denied in 1969 when the state of Tennessee and his own lawyer, Percy Foreman, broke Ray down and coerced him into entering a guilty plea.1 Pepper and his investigators spent many, many hours locating overlooked witnesses, uncovering leads, and assembling a case. Then in 1993 he took part in a televised mock trial that resulted in a “not guilty” verdict for Ray.2 After Ray died in 1998, and any and all possibility of a real criminal trial went with him, Pepper worked with the King family in filing a wrongful death lawsuit against Loyd Jowers and “other unknown co-conspirators” so that the information he had uncovered could still be put before a jury. After 14 days of testimony from over 70 witnesses, the jury found that Jowers and others, “including governmental agencies”, were responsible for the death of Martin Luther King.3

William Pepper
Yet Pepper is and always has been a controversial figure, even among those who share his disbelief in the official story. For example, Harold Weisberg – who worked as an investigator for Ray's defense team in the early 1970s and wrote the classic MLK assassination book, Frame Up – referred derisively to Pepper as “a would-be Perry Mason” and described his work as “worse than worthless.”4 On the other hand, the late, great Philip Melanson once described Pepper's research and investigation as “groundbreaking” when it came to “establishing the presence of Army Intelligence and Army Intelligence snipers” in Memphis on the day of the murder.5 Over the years, this reviewer has adopted something of an agnostic position when it comes to areas of Pepper's work. Whilst there is undoubtedly great value in what he has uncovered and accomplished, it nonetheless remains true that there a number of legitimate reasons for doubting important elements of Pepper's research.

Loyd Jowers
Take for example the man at the very centre of Pepper's conspiracy narrative, Loyd Jowers. In 1968, Jowers was the proprietor of Jim's Grill, a restaurant located underneath the rooming house from which the state alleges Ray fired the fatal shot. For many years the only thing Jowers had to say that was of any interest to investigators was that a white Ford Mustang had been parked directly in front of the grill on the afternoon of the assassination; corroborating Ray's claim of where he had parked his car and helping establish the presence of two white Mustangs on Main Street. But in 1993, Jowers appeared on ABC's Prime Time Live claiming that Memphis-based produce dealer and alleged Mafia figure, Frank Liberto, had contacted him shortly before the assassination and paid him $100,000 to hire someone to assassinate Dr. King. He was then visited by a man named Raul who handed him a “rifle in a box” and asked him to hold onto it until “we made arrangements, one or the other of us, for the killing.”6
On the face of it, Jowers' story seems plausible enough. There is no doubt that he was at the scene of the crime and in a position to assist in carrying out the assassination. Additionally, parts of his account were corroborated by two other witnesses: former Jim's Grill waitress, Betty Spates, and local Memphis cab driver, Jim McCraw. Also, Jowers' claim that Frank Liberto brought him into the plot recalls the statement of civil rights leader John McFerren that, sometime in the afternoon shortly before Dr. King was shot, he overheard Liberto telling someone on the telephone to “Shoot the son of a bitch when he comes on the balcony.”7 And yet Jowers was, by any definition, a most unreliable witness. By Pepper's own admission there were numerous different versions of his story. In fact, he contradicted himself on virtually every important detail.

Jim's Grill
He initially named black produce-truck unloader Frank Holt as the gunman he had hired but changed his mind after Holt was found alive and well and passed a polygraph test, denying any involvement.8 Jowers then hinted that deceased Memphis Police Lieutenant Earl Clark was the real gunman only to tell Dr. King's son, Dexter, that he “couldn't swear” that he was because “All I got was a glance of him.”9 To Dexter, Jowers said that the gunman handed him the still smoking rifle, yet at an earlier time he had claimed to have picked it up after it had been placed on the ground.10 Around this time he also changed his mind about ever having been asked to hire the gunman, saying instead that he had simply been told to be out in the bushes behind Jim's Grill at 6:00 PM and that he didn't even know Dr. King was going to be killed.11 In this scenario, Jowers merely held onto the $100,000 until it was collected by a co-conspirator.
Perhaps even more troubling than these inconsistencies – of which there are more – is the fact that Jowers and his friend Willie Akins are known to have contacted Betty Spates in January 1994 saying that they were interested in doing a book or a movie and they needed her to change her story. If she would say that she saw a black man handing the rifle to Jowers immediately after the shooting, they could all make $300,000.12 And if that wasn't bad enough, in an April 1997 tape-recorded conversation with Shelby County district attorney general's office investigator, Mark Glankler, Jowers basically disavowed his confession by stating that Ray's rifle was the real murder weapon and that “there was no second rifle.”13
It may also be seen as significant that Jowers never did repeat his conspiracy allegations under oath. He was not actually present for the King v. Jowers civil trial, apparently owing to ill health. The only time he gave a legal deposition after his appearance on Prime Time Live was during the 1994 Ray v. Jowers lawsuit, at which time he reverted to his 1968 story and insisted that he was in the bar serving drinks when the shot was fired. Jowers had agreed that the transcript of his Prime Time Live appearance could be entered into evidence but, through his attorney Lewis Garrison, stipulated “that the questions were asked and Mr. Jowers gave these answers”.14 Thus he did not swear to the accuracy of his alleged confession, he merely agreed that he had given it.
In The Plot to Kill King, Pepper attributes Jowers' many contradictory assertions to his fear of being prosecuted and an understandable desire to minimize his own role when talking to members of the King family. Pepper also argues, in spite of Jowers' attempt to encourage Spates to lie for her share of $300,000, that it is “arrant nonsense” to suggest that he fabricated his story “in anticipation of a book or movie deal.” In fact, he says, “Jowers lost everything. Even his wife left him. There was no book or movie deal, and he was, for the most part, telling the truth.”15 Yet none of these arguments preclude the possibility that Jowers' confession was invented as part of a money-making scheme that backfired.
That being said, it should be borne in mind that Jowers' initial Prime Time story did not come completely out of the blue. Suspicion had already been cast on him by statements that Spates and McCraw had given to Pepper, after which Jowers', through Garrison, had contacted the Shelby County district attorney general offering to tell everything he knew in exchange for immunity from prosecution. Needless to say his proffer went completely ignored without anyone even attempting to speak with him. Assistant district attorney general, John Campbell, would later attempt to justify this total lack of interest by stating that the story looked “bogus” and that if they had given Jowers immunity “it would imply we thought there was some validity to his story, and that would increase the value of what he could sell it for.”16 Precisely how they were able to deduce immediately and without even talking to Jowers that his story was “bogus” is anyone's guess.
In the end, it will be up to each individual researcher to decide which, if any, of Jowers' varying accounts to believe. Whilst it is true that the jury in King v. Jowers did find him partly responsible for the assassination, it is also true that his assertions were not thoroughly tested at the trial because neither Pepper nor Garrison were looking to undermine Jowers' credibility. Legendary attorney, author, and activist, Mark Lane, was critical of the trial for that very reason, telling this reviewer that in his opinion, “It was not a real trial ... both sides offered the same position and I have reason to doubt that the position they offered was sound. The jury, having seen no evidence to the contrary, had no choice. In my view, the court system should not be utilized in that fashion.”17

Mark Lane with James Earl Ray
Lane's assessment is, in my view, somewhat off the mark in that it suggests a type of collusion between Pepper and Garrison that was likely not the case. In truth, Garrison was in an extremely awkward position. He could not simply deny the existence of a conspiracy without calling his own client a liar, so his strategy was to attempt to minimize Jowers' role and convince the jury that, as he stated in his closing argument, “Mr. Jowers played a very, very insignificant and minor role in this if he played anything at all. It was much bigger than Mr. Jowers, who owned a little greasy-spoon restaurant there and happened to be at the location he was.”18 In that regard, it worked to Garrison's advantage to allow Pepper to put on a case for a wide-ranging conspiracy without offering a rigorous challenge. Nevertheless, the result of this strategy, as Lane suggested, was that the jury essentially heard one story from both sides and for that reason the verdict was far from surprising.
By noting these circumstances, it is not meant in any way to suggest that the civil trial or the jury's verdict were entirely without merit. On the contrary, as Pepper details in The Plot to Kill King, numerous witnesses gave significant and often startling testimony under oath – many for the first time – and put important evidence on the record. For example, a succession of witnesses provided evidence establishing the manner in which Dr. King was, seemingly intentionally, stripped of all reasonable security, and left entirely vulnerable to a sniper's bullet. Of particular note is the testimony of Memphis Police Department homicide detective Captain Jerry Williams who had been in charge of organizing a unit of black officers that had previously provided protection for Dr. King on his visits to Memphis. Williams said that he was not asked to form his unit on Dr. King's final, fatal visit, and was later falsely informed that Dr. King's organization, the SCLC, had said Dr. King did not want protection.19 Additionally, as University of Massachusetts Professor Philip Melanson testified, MPD Inspector Sam Evans had ordered the emergency services' TACT 10 unit removed from the vicinity of the Lorraine Motel, claiming this too was done at the request of someone in the SCLC. As Pepper writes, “When pressed as to who actually made the request, he said that it was Reverend [Samuel] Kyles. The fact that Kyles had nothing to do with the SCLC, and no authority to request any such thing, seemed to have eluded Evans.”20
Not only had Dr. King been stripped of protection but a last-minute switching of his motel room had made the assassin's job all the easier. Former New York City police detective Leon Cohen testified that Lorraine Motel manager Walter Bailey told him on the morning after the assassination that Dr. King had originally been allocated a more secur




https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/sep/24/baltimore-man-tawon-boyd-dies-after-he-called-911

Black Baltimore man who called 911 for help dies after being punched by police
According to an incident report, Tawon Boyd attempted to enter two police cars, ran to a neighbor’s house and shouted: ‘Help! Call the police’




https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/ng-interactive/2015/jun/01/the-counted-police-killings-us-database

Number of people killed by police in 2016



https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/sep/23/obama-veto-bill-911-families-sue-saudi-arabia
September 11 2001
Obama's veto of 9/11 bill aimed at Saudi Arabia sets up standoff with Congress
The bill, which would have allowed families to sue, sailed through both chambers of Congress and lawmakers are expected to override president’s move

Obama, in a statement accompanying his veto message, said he had ‘deep sympathy’ for the 9/11 families, but the bill would be ‘detrimental to USnational interests’.


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Setting up a potential override by Congress, Barack Obama vetoed a bill Friday that would have allowed the families of 9/11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia.



https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/sep/23/oculus-palmer-luckey-funding-trump-reddit-trolls

Who is Palmer Luckey, and why is he funding pro-Trump trolls?
Under the name NimbleRichMan, Oculus founder secretly funded Reddit users dedicated to electing Trump by flooding threads with negative Clinton memes


http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/ouvert-rally-turns-big-protest-cops-killing-blacks-article-1.2805096

A Brooklyn rally intended to bring awareness to black-on-black violence following two murders at the J’Ouvert celebration nearly three weeks ago morphed into a larger protest about the recent police killings of African-American men across the country.


http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/stasi-country-freedom-threatened-killings-article-1.2804972

God bless America. We need it.

Two black men were shot down in a matter of days like rabid dogs by police officers in Tulsa and Charlotte because cops just assumed the men had guns. Perhaps that’s because the cops just assume that most black men are armed, even though white males make up 61% of gun owners according to Pew Research.

While blacks are much more likely than whites to be victims of homicide, African-Americans are only half as likely to have a firearm in their home. Yet blacks have a 2.7% higher chance of being shot by



http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/queens/activists-queens-lock-rikers-throw-key-article-1.2805022
To hell with the cell.

A group of activists who want to slam the cell door on Rikers Island for good held a rally Saturday calling for the closure of the scandal-plagued jail complex.

Hundreds of protesters, including celebrities, politicians and former inmates, made their way through the streets of Astoria en route to the rally.


http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/truthdigger_of_the_week_cia_whistleblower_jeffrey_20160924

Truthdigger of the Week: CIA Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling, in Prison and Fighting for His Life

Posted on Sep 24, 2016

By Natasha Hakimi



    Former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling leaves the federal courthouse in Alexandria, Va., with his wife, Holly, after being convicted in 2015 on nine counts of leaking classified information to a New York Times reporter. (Kevin Wolf / AP)

Every week the Truthdig editorial staff selects a Truthdigger of the Week, a group or person worthy of recognition for speaking truth to power, breaking the story or blowing the whistle. It is not a lifetime achievement award. Rather, we’re looking for newsmakers whose actions in a given week are worth celebrating.

When Jeffrey Sterling was in his last year of law school, he was drawn to a newspaper ad that announced the promise of travel while serving the country as an agent for the Central Intelligence Agency. Part of a family of military service members, Sterling dreamed that the CIA would allow him to give back to the United States. Little did he know that his employment at the agency, which began in 1993 and ended in 2001, would turn into a nightmare of racial discrimination and persecution that would last decades.

Early in his career at the CIA, Sterling began to sense that he was treated differently because of his skin tone, a fact highlighted to him when he was pulled from an assignment in Germany with the explanation that “a black man speaking Farsi” would seem conspicuous. Sterling says this is just one example of the many ways his spy agency career was held back because of his race. Years of mistreatment led him to become the first African-American to file a racial discrimination suit against the CIA, an act of bravery the U.S. government would make him pay dearly for.

When, after the 9/11 attacks, Sterling felt inspired to help the agency tackle terrorism, he offered to drop his suit. Instead of enthusiasm for his dedication, he was met with a dismissal. As one of his colleagues put it, quoting a song by the late Jim Croce, he had “tugged on Superman’s cape.” The Intercept’s Peter Maass explains the ways in which Sterling’s heroism got under the CIA’s skin in a thorough piece about the whistleblower’s ordeal, “How Jeffrey Sterling Took On the CIA—and Lost Everything.”

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In 2001, as he was leaving the agency, he filed a federal lawsuit that said the CIA retaliated against him for making an internal discrimination complaint, and that he had indeed faced a pattern of discrimination there. The suit was dismissed by a judge after the CIA successfully argued in pre-trial motions that a trial would expose state secrets by disclosing sources and methods of intelligence-gathering. An appeals court upheld that ruling, though it noted that the dismissal “places, on behalf of the entire country, a burden on Sterling that he alone must bear” by being deprived of his right to a trial. The dismissal spared Sterling’s supervisors from testifying about their interactions with him. The government has not provided specific responses, in court or to the media, about his accusations of racial discrimination, other than to generally state that he faced none.

He tugged on the CIA’s cape in other ways. He wrote a memoir, tentatively titled Spook: An American Journey Through Black and White, and submitted chapters for pre-publication review. According to a lawsuit Sterling filed in 2003, the CIA determined that his manuscript contained classified information that should not be published, and demanded that he add information that, his suit said, was “blatantly false.” Facing a tough legal battle with a presiding judge who seemed sympathetic to the CIA, Sterling eventually agreed to drop the suit. His manuscript has not been published.

Also in 2003, Sterling met staffers from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence to let them know his concerns about the mismanagement of a classified program he worked on at the agency. Merlin, as the program was called, involved the CIA giving Iran faulty nuclear blueprints. If the blueprints were used, Iran’s nuclear program would be delayed.
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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2016

The ‘turn’

Trump doesn’t have to win the first debate, he has to win the third debate. He’s a showman with a connection to American televised fantasy (‘reality shows’) and American professional wrestling. In the first debate, he played the ‘heel‘. He now wants to execute a ‘turn’ to play the ‘face‘, with an emotionally satisfying finality to the ending of the third debate. The key to the debates is to see them as a series of American professional wrestling matches.

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Congress voted Wednesday to override President Obama for the first time in his eight-year tenure, as the House rejected a veto of legislation allowing families of terrorist victims to sue Saudi Arabia.

The House easily cleared the two-thirds threshold to push back against the veto.

Read the full story here

The White House lashed out at the Senate Wednesday for overriding President Obama’s veto of legislation that would allow U.S. citizens to sue Saudi Arabia over the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

“I would venture to say that this is the single most embarrassing thing that the United States Senate has done, possibly, since 1983,” Obama spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters aboard Air Force One.

Read the full story here

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“Pray don’t talk to me about the weather, Mr. Worthing. Whenever people talk to me about the weather, I always feel quite certain that they mean something else. And that makes me so nervous.”

– Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest, Act 1

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#TrumpWon First Debate – US Public (Corporate News Outlets Assert the Opposite)

Posted on September 28, 2016 by willyloman

(Mr. Tracy has collected screenshots from Variety, Slate, Heavy, The Hill, Fox 5, TIME and other polls that all show Donald Trump winning the first presidential debate this year. Of course, that doesn’t stop the complicit corporate media from saying Hillary won in their eyes. Tracy makes another good point when he reminds us it was the Clintons who freed up corporate media to gobble up all the little guys and consolidate all of the media back in ’96.)

by James Tracy, Memory Hole
It’s no secret that the same interests exerting ownership of major media regard Donald Trump’s candidacy as a very real threat to the status quo. This is reflected in the severely negative news coverage of the Trump campaign, particularly when contrasted with that of its counterpart–you know, the wife of the man who gave corporate media so much of their booty by signing into law the 1996 Telecommunications Act.

Unsurprisingly in the immediate wake of the first presidential debate of 2016 major cable news outlets unanimously argued that Donald Trump lost the matchup, or, at the very least it was “not his night.” For example, veteran MSNBC presstitute Chris Matthews effused that Clinton “cleaned [Trump’s] clock” and was the “home run debater–the Babe Ruth of debaters.” …

Granted, such polls do not meet specific social scientific protocols of academic institutions or polling firms–the latter of which often tailor surveys toward client preferences, as CNN’s commissioned poll suggests. Yet the spontaneous nature and presence of such polling across an array of online media catering to various political persuasions vis-a-vis the cable news talking points provide a glimpse of how much American public opinion appears to be at variance with the media monopoly that still controls what many mistake for actual public sentiment.

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https://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/2016/09/28/lester-holt-android-wisdom-figure-computer-brain/

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http://sjlendman.blogspot.com/2016/09/kerry-blames-russia-for-us-crimes-in.html

[Diplomacy is the art of saying “nice doggie” while you pick up a rock.

Who is this era’s Will Rogers?]

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The Perps are winning the Lie Bomb Race and they have the capacity to destroy entire nations with their lies.

http://greencrowasthecrowflies.blogspot.com/2016/09/mh17-west-goes-for-goebbels-big-lie.html

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The Demolition of Truth: Psychologists Examine 9/11

http://www.cpt12.org/911/

Charles Ewing Smith is a sound editor whose film credits include Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Sin City, The Long Kiss Goodnight, and The Witches of Eastwick, among many others. A recipient of five Golden Reel nominations, Chuck was executive producer with Richard Gage and co-editor of 9/11 Explosive Evidence – Experts Speak Out, one of the most widely viewed 9/11 documentaries ever made. After re-visiting the complete interview footage of the psychologists who appear at the end of that film, Chuck was moved to make The Demolition of Truth: Psychologists Examine 9/11 in order to share their powerful and compelling message.

If you would like to see, buy [$10], or rent [$5] the full uncut version of this movie (approximately three hours), go to https://vimeo.com/ondemand/dot.

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FBI Director James Comey appears Wednesday before the House Judiciary Committee, where he’ll get another chance to explain his agency’s double standard regarding Hillary Clinton. His probe of the former Secretary of State’s private email server is looking more like a kid-glove exercise with each new revelation.

House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz on Friday disclosed that the FBI granted immunity to Mrs. Clinton’s top aides as part of its probe into whether Mrs. Clinton mishandled classified information. According to Mr. Chaffetz, this “limited” immunity was extended to former chief of staff Cheryl Mills and senior adviser Heather Samuelson, in order to get them to surrender their laptops, which they’d used to sort through Mrs. Clinton’s work-versus-personal emails.

Why the courtesy? “If the FBI wanted any other Americans’ laptops, they would just go get them—they wouldn’t get an immunity deal,” Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan told Politico. He’s right. The FBI merely had to seek a subpoena or search warrant. By offering immunity, the FBI exempted the laptops and their emails as potential evidence in a criminal case.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/james-comeys-clinton-immunity-1475017121

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September 28-29, 2016 — America’s “neo-McCarthyism” a worrying trend with “liberals”

(in: WMR GENERAL ARCHIVES September 2016)

Sep 28, 2016

Russophobia in America is becoming a joke.

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https://consortiumnews.com/2016/09/21/george-h-w-bush-the-cia-and-a-case-of-state-terrorism/

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CHELSEA CLINTON: MARIJUANA IS KILLING PEOPLE

Former White House rugrat Chelsea Clinton believes marijuana may have some therapeutic benefits, but she also thinks the herb may be killing people in states where it has been made legal. During a recent appearance at Youngstown State University, Clinton—campaigning on behalf of her mother, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton—told a crowd of students that “anecdotally, we have lots of evidence” that cannabis is effective in treating epilepsy and stimulating the appetites of those undergoing chemotherapy treatment. But she then went on to say that there are still some public health concerns associated with pot consumption due to recent deaths in Colorado.
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http://boydownthelane.com/2016/10/18/tinfoil/


https://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2016/oct/18/2016-wildlife-photographer-of-the-year-winners-in-pictures

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https://www.aclunc.org/blog/facebook-instagram-and-twitter-provided-data-access-surveillance-product-marketed-target

Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter Provided Data Access for a Surveillance Product Marketed to Target Activists of Color
October 11, 2016
Issues : Privacy and Government Surveillance, Racial Justice, Technology and Civil Liberties

By: Matt Cagle follow @Matt_Cagle
The ACLU of California has obtained records showing that Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram provided user data access to Geofeedia, a developer of a social media monitoring product that we have seen marketed to law enforcement as a tool to monitor activists and protesters.
We are pleased that after we reported our findings to the companies, Instagram cut off Geofeedia’s access to public user posts, and Facebook has cut its access to a topic-based feed of public user posts. Twitter has also taken some recent steps to rein in Geofeedia though it has not ended the data relationship.
Further steps are required if these companies are to live up to their principles and policies by protecting users of all backgrounds engaging in political and social discourse. So today the ACLU of California, the Center for Media Justice, and Color of Change are calling on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to commit to concrete changes to better protect users going forward. Read our letters here and here.
We first learned about these agreements with Geofeedia from responses to public records requests to 63 California law enforcement agencies. These records revealed the fast expansion of social media surveillance with little-to-no debate or oversight.
But as we continued to comb through thousands of pages of documents, we saw emails from Geofeedia representatives telling law enforcement about its special access to Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram user data.
In one message, a Geofeedia representative tells police that the company has arrangements with Twitter and Instagram for user data. Right after that, the representative promotes a product feature that “covered Ferguson/Mike Brown nationally with great success.”


In another email from May 2016, a Geofeedia representative touts a “confidential legally binding agreement with Facebook.”






NYPD cop accused of helping Bronx drug lord



http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/bronx/nypd-accused-helping-bronx-drug-lord-article-1.2835840
Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 9:28 PM


it's spy versus snitch.

Merlin Alston, an NYPD officer facing narcotics conspiracy charges, was a Bronx drug dealer's "right hand man" for some four years, prosecutors said Tuesday in Manhattan federal court.

Alston, 34, protected and drove the aspiring coke kingpin as he delivered product. He also tipped several dealers off to cops'




https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/oct/18/police-facial-recognition-database-surveillance-profiling

Half of US adults are recorded in police facial recognition databases, study says
More than 117 million adults included in ‘virtual, perpetual lineup’, which authorities can use to track citizens, raising concerns over privacy and profiling




http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/obituaries/article107813257.html

OCTOBER 12, 2016 5:44 PM
Career FBI agent who investigated home-grown militants and Cuban spies dies at 71


As a young FBI agent, Richard Giannotti went undercover for six years to infiltrate a notorious militant group, the Weather Underground, sitting in on their classes about terror tactics, bomb-making and overthrowing the U.S. government.
Giannotti and another undercover agent also played tricks on other recruits, giving them incorrect lessons on how to shoot firearms





http://www.chron.com/news/article/Jackie-Kennedy-s-Secret-Service-agent-speaks-at-9976648.php


Retired Secret Service agent Clint Hill recently recounted his daily interactions and experiences as a first-hand witness to Jackie Kennedy's life in a special presentation that featured discussions about his book, Mrs. Kennedy and Me: An Interview with Clint Hill.
The book is co-authored by Lisa McCubbin, New York Times best-selling author and former news anchor. McCubbin interviewed Hill in a presentation hosted by The Buckingham, an SQLC retirement community, taking guests on a journey through history, complete with photos, videos and stories about the former first lady who fascinated the world.
"Clint Hill's emotional and moving presentation captivated the audience," said Julie Fenske, executive director of The Buckingham.
Hill spoke to an interested crowd about his past experiences while protecting one of the world's most iconic families. Hill acted as primary Secret Service agent to Jackie from her first days in the White House through the tragic assassination of her husband on Nov. 22, 1963. Hill became a part of history when he threw his body over President John F. Kennedy and the first lady - hoping to spare their lives by possibly sacrificing his own.
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Law and order
Evidence in St. Louis drug ring case should be tossed after alleged DEA misconduct, lawyers say
Oct 18, 2016


ST. LOUIS • Efforts to nix key evidence against accused members of a violent St. Louis drug ring have revealed a Justice Department investigation of claims that a Georgia DEA official had sexual relationships with paid informers.

The target, a DEA supervisor in Atlanta, allegedly was involved with two confidential informers and paid one of them $212,000 in agency funds, according to court documents obtained by the Post-Dispatch.

Much of the court material is under seal. The woman who received the funds testified for hours Monday in the closed courtroom of U.S. Magistrate Judge Shirley Padmore Mensah in St. Louis




http://touch.latimes.com/#section/2426/article/p2p-91723306/



When California schools call cops for small infractions it disproportionately hurts minority students, civil rights study finds




Officers from the Los Angeles School Police Department at a morning roll call at King Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science in 2015.
Bp
October 19, 2016, 9:00 a.m.
Many California school districts offer their staff little or no guidance on when police should be called to control student behavior, according to a new study that comes as districts face increased pressure to redefine law enforcement’s role in public schools.

The report, released Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union, analyzed law enforcement policies of 119 California school districts, including 50 of its most populous. It found that more than half of the districts — large and small — gave their staff broad discretion to summon police officers for small infractions, bullying and disrupting lessons.

After the police are called in (most districts don’t permanently station officers in their schools), many districts do little to shield their s


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http://touch.latimes.com/#section/1130/article/p2p-91727030/

Oct. 19, 2016 62°
Protesters sue El Cajon police over arrests at vigil for Alfred Olango








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Oct. 19, 2016 62°

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California Drought To Enter 6th Year, Colorado River States Struggle to Avert Water Crisis, Southeast Drought Worsens
Around the world, global warming is starting to have a serious impact on rainfall in the subtropics and middle latitudes. The tropical atmospheric circulation known as the Hadley Cell is expanding toward the poles. This expansion is causing clouds and storms to move further north. And as a result, regions in the middle latitudes are starting to dry out.

According to The World Resources Institute:

A changing climate means less rain and lower water supplies in regions where many people live and much of the planet’s food is produced: the mid-latitudes of the Northern and Southern hemispheres, including the U.S. Southwest, southern Europe and parts of the Middle East, southern Africa, Australia and Chile.

Such a fundamental shift in global weather patterns due to human-caused climate change is expected to reduce the food and water security of numerous nations. The World Resources Institute recently warned that food and water crises were imminent as a result. And, apparently, these kinds of changes to the world’s weather are already generating profound shocks in parts of the U.S.

Colorado River and California Droughts Expected to Persist

For the Colorado River, this combined warming and movement of clouds northward has produced a 16-year-long drought. Hotter average seasons result in greater rates of evaporation. So even if rainfall averages remain, grounds, lands and rivers are drier. But the Hadley Cell’s expansion has also moved rain bearing weather systems north.

It’s a compounding drying influence that has pushed Lake Mead, the nation’s largest reservoir, to record low levels. And states dependent on the great river’s water supply for farming and industry are now involved in negotiations to avert a water crisis in 2018. Forecasts predict a 50 percent possibility that Lake Mead’s water levels will fall below its mandatory rationing line. Such an event would result in water cut-offs for Arizona and Nevada.



(Over recent years, the U.S. has experienced numerous severe and long-running droughts. These worsening drought conditions have impacted everything from Colorado River levels to wildfires, to the health of forests, to commerce on the Mississippi River, to the productivity of state agriculture. As human fossil fuel burning continues, atmospheric changes will force rainfall toward the poles which will tend to further worsen drought conditions in middle-latitude regions like the lower 48 states of the U.S. Image source: Drought Monitor.)

In an attempt to prevent crisis in the coming months, California and other Colorado River states are attempting to cut water consumption now. Such a planned regional belt-tightening would help to avert conflict over the Colorado River’s dwindling stores and smooth out any losses over time. But, sadly, climate conditions are only likely to continue to worsen — increasing the risk of mandatory rationing for 2019, 2020 and beyond.

In California, a five-year-long drought that is the worst in state history now threatens to enter its 6th year. Rains during 2016 did help to reduce the severity of drought conditions for some parts of the state. And during recent days, a series of Pacific storms has helped to deliver moisture to some northern and central regions. However, with record warmth settling in over the Arctic and with a La Nina developing in the Pacific, long range forecasts indicate a high risk that California will experience a warm, dry winter. Such predicted conditions would res




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SPIN MASTERS: JEFF ROSS ROAST COOKS THE FACTS
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Earlier this month, Comedy Central aired a special called “Jeff Ross Roasts Cops,” hosted by the Roast Master General himself, Jeff Ross. Ross is a comedian extraordinaire who is known for lowbrow, crude, sarcastic, biting humor. He’s also known to be particularly brutal during his infamous roasts, as it should be in the tradition of the Friars Club, Don Rickles, and other showbiz legends.  
 
I like a joke as much as the next guy, and my own humor is often very crude. Among my favorites: Richard Pryor, Redd Foxx, Andrew Dice Clay, and George Carlin—trust me, I’m no puritanical prude. What’s not funny to me, however, is when a public institution—in this case, a city police department—essentially participates in a roast of the people it is supposed to serve. Are they laughing with you? Or at you?

As advertised, the BPD roast was chock full of good ole boy knee-slappers. A sampling:
 
African-American cop, that’s never an easy thing … it’s like being a Mexican border patrol agent.
I call my penis Rodney King because I beat it so much … And just like the LAPD… I always get off.
Six cops starin’ at me … now I know what it feels like to be a black kid walking home from school.
I have a theory why cops love doughnuts so much… because they look like they’ve been shot.
 
At first glance these may seem like predictable bush league cop jokes. However, the underlying punchlines all accept and acknowledge oppression as par for the course. Cop-meets-doughnut joke? Doughnut hole shot in it? Chocolate doughnut ? Hardy-Har-Har. This is particularly not funny in Boston, where the majority of people shot by the police are Black & Latino (unlike the national trends), combined with the fact that police are rarely, if ever found guilty of any wrongdoing or prosecuted.
 
There is also the ever-present BPD-as-good-guys narrative. BPD Commissioner William Evans proudly proclaims: “We got the best department in the country and they get it and they understand it is so important to earn the trust and the respect of the people that we police … I don’t think anyone does it better than the BPD … we are the model … President Obama recognized us as one of the top in the country.” Adds Ross: “I put it out there that I wanted to roast a major city police fo



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Abstinence Education: Dick Gregory Reveals Why He Never did drugs



http://patch.com/michigan/royaloak/ex-trooper-latest-snared-net-fbi-public-corruption-probe
-Trooper Latest Snared in Net of Public Corruption Probe
Seth Swanson, who resigned from the Michigan State Police Monday, accused of pocketing $170,100 in salvage vehicle inspection fees, forgery.

By Beth Dalbey (Patch Staff) - October 26, 2016 10:32 pm ET







http://nypost.com/2016/10/26/ex-secret-service-officer-who-wrote-clinton-tell-all-plans-to-file-defamation-suit/

Ex-Secret Service officer behind Clinton tell-all planning defamation suit
October 26, 2016 | 8:54pm
A former Secret Service officer who published an explosive tell-all from his days guarding the Bill and Hillary Clinton White House is planning to file a defamation lawsuit against his detractors, The Post has learned.
A lawyer for Gary Byrne, whose book “Crisis of Character: A White House Secret Service Officer Discloses His Firsthand Experience with Hillary, Bill, and How They Operate,” has sent notices to Media Matters for America and David Brock informing them that he intends to file suit.
“Officer Byrne will bring legal action against yo



http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/police-chief-beat-junkie-no-jail-time-care-mom-article-1.2848126
       
Police chief who beat junkie wants no jail time to care for mom


Thursday, October 27, 2016, 9:19 PM



Burke, 52, pleaded guilty last February to orchestrating a cover-up of the beatdown he gave a junkie, Christopher Loeb. (CHRISTIE M FARRIELLA/FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)
Disgraced former Suffolk County Police Chief James Burke is begging        
       
       
                       
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Cop accused of helping cocaine dealer denies he did anything


Thursday, October 27, 2016, 10:02 PM



Merlin Alston, 34, faces drug conspiracy charges for allegedly helping Bronx dealer Gabriel Reyes move some 40 kilos of coke from 2010 to 2014.
An NYPD cop accused of protecting an aspiring cocaine kingpin would be "the dumbest person in the world" to help a dealer for free, his lawyer said Thursday in Manhattan Federal Court.

Merlin Alston, 34, faces drug conspiracy charges for allegedly helping Bronx dealer Gabriel Reyes move some 40 kilos of coke from 2010 to 2014.

Prosecutors claim Alston also told other dealers about cops' locations
       



       
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http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/bronx/nyc-teacher-sue-nypd-cops-misidentified-criminal-article-1.2848106

NYC teacher to sue NYPD after cops misidentified him for criminal
BY CHRISTINA CARREGA-WOODBY
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, October 27, 2016, 9:16 PM



http://touch.latimes.com/#section/1129/article/p2p-91790818/

Fired sheriff's deputy who watched sickly man crawl home gets job back — but county doesn't want him




Former Riverside County Sheriff's Deputy Mark Franks about to go on patrol in Palm Desert in July of 2013.
BY JOSEPH SERNA
October 27, 2016, 7:55 p.m.
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is fighting to keep a former deputy from returning to the force after he successfully appealed his firing, according to court filings.

Mark Franks was fired last year after an administrative hearing concluded he was negligent in his duties when he watched an ailing man crawl to his apartment in Palm Desert and allegedly threatened to arrest him. The man was found dead in his living room five days later.

The legal battle, first reported by the Desert Sun, is centered on an arbiter’s decision in April to reinstate Franks and to give him back pay and benefits dating to his July 20, 2015 firing, according to court documents.

Attorneys for the Sheriff’s Department argue that the arbiter’s decision was premature and that he exceeded his authority.

According to court filings, which include Franks’ own report on the incident, the deputy found Curtis Nelson disoriented next to a shopping




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Climate change may be escalating so fast it could be 'game over', scientists warn
New research suggests the Earth's climate could be more sensitive to greenhouse gases than thought, raising the spectre of an 'apocalyptic side of bad' temperature rise of more than 7C within a lifetime




FBI agents destroy evidence in New York City
bombing allowing bomber to die .
FBI agents had relationship with bomber
beforw terrorist event.

http://www.pressherald.com/2016/11/10/suspect-in-n-y-and-n-j-bombings-has-serious-injuries-says-lawyer/


November 10 2016


Suspect in N.Y. and N.J. bombings has serious injuries, says lawyer
Ahmed Khan Rahimi was injured in a shootout with police as he was apprehended for allegedly planting bombs.

NEW YORK — A man charged with setting off bombs in New Jersey and New York shuffled slowly into a Manhattan courtroom Thursday to face federal terrorism charges as his lawyer expressed worries that a federal lockup could not adequately care for injuries stemming from his shootout with police.

Ahmed Khan Rahimi, 28, listened as U.S. Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn read him his rights and the charges against him during a brief morning appearance after he was transferred into federal custody at 5 a.m. No plea was required because he has yet to be indicted.

The Afghanistan-born U

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ISIS, Al Qaeda celebrate Trump victory with memes

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http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/brooklyn-man-accused-bribing-cops-allowed-feds-home-article-1.2867337

Brooklyn businessman pleads guilty to bribing NYPD cops
November 10, 2016, 12:55 PM



Alex Lichtenstein is accused of giving cops up to $6,000 per gun license to speed up the permitting process.
A Brooklyn boozehound pleaded guilty Thursday to bribing NYPD cops in exchange for expedited gun permits — while blaming the scheme on his drinking problem.

Alex "Shaya" Lichtenstein was joined in Manhattan Federal Court by around 20 supporters as he admitted to his r



https://insideclimatenews.org/news/09112016/trump-us-president-climate-change-denier

A Pulitzer Prize-winning, non-profit, non-partisan news organization dedicated to covering climate change, energy and the environment.

In Trump, U.S. Puts a Climate Denier in Its Highest Office and All Climate Change Action in Limbo

His anti-regulatory stances, support of unfettered fossil fuel production, and his threat to pull the U.S. out of the Paris agreement, send ripple effects worldwide.

NOV 9, 2016

Donald Trump campaigned on a platform of maximum fossil fuel production in the U.S. while rolling back environmental protections. Credit: Getty Images
Donald Trump's astonishing victory has turned the world of climate action upside down, setting back U.S. environmental policy and threatening the international drive to cut carbon pollution and slow global warming.

The stunning upset by Trump, who has routinely suggested that climate change is a hoax, threatens to unravel President Obama's climate action agenda, built on executive orders and regulations, including the Environmental Protection Agency's carbon clampdown at power plants. Trump has vowed to "cancel" the Paris climate agreement, but could cripple it by merely retreating from the U.S. commitment. As the world's second-biggest emitter of carbon dioxide pollution, the U.S. could render the global treaty meaningless, at a time when scientists are urging nations to quickly raise their ambition, or risk an escalating climate crisis.

Leading up to the election, the gulf between Trump and Hillary Clinton on climate and energy was wide and the stakes couldn't have been higher. But the campaign was not fought on those issues. And despite environmental groups pouring an enormous amount of money and people power into the race, they were unable to break through with the message that climate action is urgent.

The result sent shockwaves through the global climate talks now happening in Morocco, known as COP 22, that aim to turn the Paris agreement's promises into action. Many there expressed deep concern and disappointment.

"We are all stunned at the COP," said Saleemul Huq, a climate expert at the International Institute for Environment and Development. "No one had anticipated this result, and hence there was no plan B. We will have to think about what happens next."

In another disappointing outcome for climate advocates, Republicans maintained their control of the Senate, winning eight of 11 key races, as well as keeping their majority in the House of Representatives. Both chambers are strongly opposed to climate action policies.

The nation's climate leaders were left stunned, somber, angry and reflective. They had already prepped their wish lists for Clinton that included a massive clean energy spending program, a moratorium on fossil fuel leases on federal lands and other rules to curb the coal, oil and gas industry's impact on the atmosphere and water.

Most environmental groups had backed the Democratic nominee, despite reservations among progressives about her all-of-the-above energy approach. In her, they believed they had a leader who understands the risk of climate change and respected the science. Clinton had been challenged from the left by her primary opponent, Sen. Bernie Sanders, but climate activists were confident they would have been able to influence her policy and push her to further commitments to action. Most of all, she wasn't Trump.

Now, with little chance to have their agenda heard in Washington, environmental groups will be forced to play defense. At first, that will mean an effort to block Trump's plans, perhaps by convincing Senate Democrats to block appointments or use the filibuster. Legal challenges are another avenue, but Trump will be able to quickly make his mark on the judiciary, with his appointment of a Supreme Court justice.

Trump has signaled plans to populate his cabinet with oil industry executives and allies, to eliminate the EPA, and to cut all federal spending on the United Nations climate process. Trump has claimed that he will save $100 billion over eight years, which appears to be based on a plan to end federal funding for solar and wind energy, efficiency, batteries, clean cars and climate science, wrote Joe Romm, a former Energy Department official and founder of the Center for American Progress' Climate Progress blog.

Basically, Trump has promised an America-first, drill-baby-drill energy policy. He has promised unfettered production of coal, oil and natural gas and to "bring the coal industry back 100 percent."

Trump said he will rescind any regulations that unduly burden energy development, including the Clean Power Plan, which, if it survives legal challenges, was to have been the cornerstone of Obama's climate action legacy and the main policy for realizing the nation's Paris goals. He also said he would abolish the Waters of the U.S. rule, which the fracking industry in North Dakota has opposed. Trump said he would urge TransCanada to renew its permit application for the Keystone XL pipeline. Within his first 100 days, Trump said he would lift moratoriums on fossil fuel production in federal areas, which could clear the way to new coal leasing in the West as well as coastal oil drilling, not only in the Arctic but also the Atlantic and potentially, the Pacific.

"Western Energy Alliance is overjoyed that we will not be experiencing a third term of the Obama Administration," the industry group said in a statement this morning. "President-elect Trump understands that overregulation is killing American opportunity, and his plans to spur development of domestic s



http://www.reviewjournal.com/crime/courts/prosecutors-confirm-blm-shredded-documents-bunkerville-standoff
Posted November 10, 2016 - 11:27am
Prosecutors confirm BLM shredded documents before Bunkerville standoff



Prosecutors confirmed last week in court documents that undercover FBI agents posed as a documentary film crew to gather evidence during their investigation into the Bunkerville standoff.

Defense lawyers who have seen FBI reports of the undercover operation have said in court documents that the company’s name was Longbow Productions.


http://www.longbowproductions.com.au/projects/rochele-video/





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November Cases and the Continued Search for the Evolving Standards of Decency in Criminal Punishment
Ross Parker was chief of the criminal division in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit for 8 years and worked as an AUSA for 28 in that office.

With only a pair of criminal cases on the Oral Argument docket in November, the Court will primarily focus on civil and administrative cases. One of the criminal cases, Beckler v. United States, involves a question of interest probably only to some prosecutors and judges: whether the career offender sentencing guidelines defining a “crime of violence” warranting a sentence enhancement is unconstitutionally vague. The Court last year invalidated a similar clause (violent felony) in the Armed Career Criminal Act on that ground.

The other case, Moore v. Texas, involves yet another 8th Amendment Cruel and Unusual Punishment issue on the permissible medical standards for intellectual disability regarding a defendant’s fitness for execution.  The case involves another question which will probably not be resolved because of the absence of a Justice to fill Antonin Scalia’s seat. That question is whether long term solitary confinement on death row is itself unconstitutional as cruel and unusual.

In 1980 Bobby James Moore, age 20, shotgunned a grocery clerk to death in a robbery attempt. He was convicted and sentenced to death. Since that time he has spent more than 35 years in solitary confinement in a 60 square foot iron cell for 22 and ½ hours a day. He has no TV or association with other inmates. The medical and psychological effect of this kind of incarceration has been studied extensively, and some of the results show a deterioration ranging from mild mental disability to psychosis. In short some experts consider this to be a modern version of torture.

But can the time expended on repeated postponements caused by the defendant’s own pursuits in the Byzantine appeals process in capital cases be equated with government “torture?”

It is a gruesomely fascinating exercise to trace the evolution of torture as a means to punish. Four thousand years ago the Code of Hammurabi codified punis


http://www.nationalobserver.com/2016/11/09/news/conservative-think-tank-says-oil-patch-should-be-jumping-joy-over-trump-victory
National Observer
Conservative think tank says oil patch should be "jumping for joy" over Trump victory



Energy | November 9th 2016
Race Against Climate Change

Republican business mogul Donald Trump was elected president of the United States on Wed. Nov. 9, 2016. File photo by Associated Press.
Only hours after Donald Trump's stunning and historic U.S. presidential victory, a political pipeline already appears to be opening wide for an expansion of oil, gas, and coal.

While environmental activists and scientists have warned that the election of a climate-denying president in the U.S. would stall efforts to prevent dangerous global warming, political observers say the fossil fuel industry should be positively "jumping for joy."

Billionaire businessman Trump, a showman without any political or military experience, stunned most of the planet with his early-morning victory at the polls on Wednesday, and will bring a powerful pro-industry package with him to the White House that includes support for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, a pledge to withdraw from the Paris climate agreements, and the belief that climate change is concept cr



http://ticklethewire.com/2016/11/10/different-justice-department-expected-trump-presidency/

Expected under Trump Presidency

Rudolph Giulian

A Donald Trump presidency likely means a very different Department of Justice, which had focused on civil rights issues under President Obama.

That means potentially dramatic changes in the leadership at the DOJ, the New York Times reports. 

Career lawyers who handle prosecutions in the Justice Department are the least likely to be affected because they handle the day-to-day work of prosecuting cases.

Many are speculating that the new attorney general will be Rudolph Giuliani, the former mayor of New York. The new AG will have the authority to implement new priorities.

Because of Trump’s promised tax cuts, there likely will be fewer resources in the Justice Department, and that could mean devoting less time to white-collar crime, which takes a significant amount of time.


https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2016/11/09/secret-service-it-management-slammed-following-chaffetz-breach/



Secret Service Slammed
for IT Management Problems


The Secret Service has computer systems that are neglected and rife with bad management, according to a report by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) at the Department of Homeland Security.

The OIG launched an investigation into the Secret Service after employees breached the computer systems and leaked personal information about Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Republican, in retaliation for investigating agents’ misconduct, the Washington Post reports.

“Despite past warnings, USSS (U.S. Secret Service) is still unable to assure us their IT systems are safe,” Chaffetz said, citing the report.

The problems went well beyond the Chaffetz case.

According to the report, the “audit uncovers a myriad of problems with Secret Service’s IT management including inadequate system security plans, systems with expired authorities to operate, inadequate access and audit controls, noncompliance with logical



http://www.courier-journal.com/story/tech/science/watchdog-earth/2016/11/10/bevin-wants-trump-gut-us-epa/93560110/

Bevin wants Trump to 'gut' the US EPA


In the aftermath of an election that will put Donald Trump in the White House, Gov. Matt Bevin went off on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, tossing out some red meat to his base.

He told WVHU in Huntington, W.V., that there's no need anymore for the federal agency that makes sure each state plays by the same rules when it comes to the environment




http://www.climatecentral.org/news/physics-climate-election-2016-20862

Climate Change Doesn’t Really Care Who Was Elected
Published: November 10th, 2016
    

Donald Trump has said climate change is a Chinese hoax. His presidency raises the prospect of a climate denier atop the Environmental Protection Agency and an oil and gas billionaire running the Energy Department. He could pull the U.S. — and its 15 percent of all global carbon emissions — out of the Paris Agreement.

This information has made his supporters happy and his detractors furious. This information also matters not one iota to the climate.

Climate change doesn't care who the president is.
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http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-aclu-sheriff-brady-20170306-story.html


LOCAL CALIFORNIA
L.A. sheriff gains support in legal fight over secret list of 300 problem deputies

       
The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and three other advocacy groups have gone to court to back Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell’s attempt to send prosecutors the names of deputies found to have committed serious misconduct on the job.

The move is the latest turn in the fight over a secret list of 300 problematic deputies whose history of misconduct could damage their credibility if they are ever called to testify in criminal



http://www.citypaper.com/blogs/the-news-hole/bcpnews-five-times-law-enforcers-could-have-arrested-donald-trump-but-didn-t-20170306-story.html



Five times law enforcers could have arrested Donald Trump but didn't
Baltimore City Paper (blog)-
After President Donald Trump melted down on Twitter Saturday, it's safe to say that virtually no one in America doesn't know that he is under FBI investigation





FBI decides it will use Tor to replenish it's own supply
of child porn while maintaining it's ability to blackmail
tens of thousands of users of chuld pornography
Think of it : JUDGES,POLITICIANS,DOCTORS and other
highly valued FBI informant assets....sitting ducks



http://searchsecurity.techtarget.com/news/450414394/FBI-chooses-to-protect-Tor-vulnerability-and-dismiss-child-porn-case

NEWS
FBI chooses to protect Tor vulnerability and dismiss child porn case

06 Mar 2017

The Department of Justice dropped a child pornography case in order to avoid disclosing a Tor vulnerability; dozens more cases potentially affected.


Forced to decide between disclosing a Tor vulnerability used to gather evidence or dismiss the child porn case it had built; the U.S. Department of Justice chose to protect the exploit.


The undisclosed Tor vulnerability was used by the FBI to deanonymize user traffic to the Playpen child porn website hosted as a Tor hidden service. However, the evidence was deemed inadmissible by the court unless the FBI disclosed the method used to gather it. In a filing on the case federal prosecutor Annette Hayes wrote that the suppression order filed by the FBI "has deprived the government of the evidence needed to establish defendant Jay Michaud's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial."

Hayes said "the government has no choice but to seek dismissal of the indictment" because the FBI was unwilling to disclose the Tor vulnerability "network investigative



Link du jour
http://www.latimes.com/books/la-et-jc-lambda-litfest-20170306-story.html

http://www.thesullenbell.com/2017/02/26/whats-at-stake/

http://www.occurrencesforeigndomestic.com/2017/03/06/tap-dance/




SUNDAY, MARCH 05, 2017

Thick with conspiracies

“Requiem for a Martyr: The “Blind Sheik”, Omar Abdel Rahman, Innocent Victim of Seditious Conspiracy Trial”:

“Defense lawyers claimed that Emad Salem entrapped their clients by hiring them for his plots, then taped them making incriminating statements. Salem’s tapes, on which most of this trial would be based, would also include two FBI admissions of overseeing the provision of the WTC explosives. Ron Kuby requested that all of Salem’s tapes collected as evidence (which also showed the FBI’s unsavory ways of doing business) be released in their entirety to the public to expose the case as a conspiracy to frame the defendants. Judge Michael B. Mukasey, (who would be named Attorney General in 2007), refused to allow the tapes to be made public.”

and:

“The defense counsel immediately called for a mistrial because they believed that the problems with the trial were so egregious. It was clear that the FBI made use of Egypt’s intelligence agent as an agent provocateur to carry out its own agenda. Some defendants claimed that exculpatory conversations were missing from the tapes; the FBI admitted that they had “briefly” returned the tapes to Salem after they had been entered as evidence.

Judge Mukasey told the defense lawyers that he would consider their request to hold a post-trial hearing on the issue of whether he should overturn the convictions. But on January 10, 1996, he rejected the defense motion to throw out the convictions of Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman and nine others, claiming that there was no proof that the evidence that Salem had destroyed would have helped exonerate the defendants. Mukasey ignored Salem’s obvious motive for destroying evidence and the FBI’s interest in wanting him to do it.”

“Of course Donald Trump’s phones were tapped!”. Comment by noreen cerino on the speed of the protests with “professionally printed signs”. It is curious that the Clintonistas were completely certain of victory, yet there was a concerted organized Obama-Soros conspiracy to undermine President Trump in place from the summer of 2016, all turning on ties to Russia. [emphasis added]


Blink Tank








https://robertscribbler.com/2017/03/03/friday-march-3-2017-climate-change-open-discussion-permafrost-decay-ocean-acidification-renewable-energy-advances-trump-turning-epa-into-fossil-fuel-vending-machine/




http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/retired-florida-testifies-stand-ground-hearing-article-1.2985601



he retired Florida police captain accused of killing a man in a movie theater during an argument over texting said "it was either his life or mine," he testified Tuesday.

Curtis Reeves, now 74, said during a Stand Your Ground hearing that he acted in self-defense when he fatally shot 43-year-old Chad Oulson in January 2014.

"It looked to me like he





http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/New-York-Police-Department-NYPD-FBI-Probe-NYC-374908611.html

Two high-ranking NYPD officers were placed on modified duty and two others were transferred amid a federal investigation into potential violations of conflict of interest rules and federal criminal laws, Commissioner Bill Bratton announced Thursday.
Deputy Inspector James Grant, head the Upper East Side's 19th Precinct, was stripped of his badge and gun Thursday, according to the NYPD. The decision came after the New York Post reported that the FBI was investigating claims that Grant had accepted diamonds and cash from a Brooklyn businessman.

Deputy Chief Michael Harrington was also placed on modified duty, while Deputy Chief David Colon and Deputy Chief Eric Rodriguez were transferred because of the investigation, Bratton said.
'“This is not a particularly good day for the department,” Bratton said.


http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ex-cop-kills-landlord-brooklyn-article-1.2990055

Moody,Former police officer shoots neighbor in Brooklyn
Monday, March 6, 2017, 4:55 PM



The man accused of gunning down his Brooklyn landlord is seen in custody on Monday. (TODD MAISEL/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)
A dispute between neighbors turned violent Monday afternoon when an ex-cop shot a 45-year-old man in the head in Brooklyn, police sources said.

The attack happened around 2:30 p.m. in front of a building on Greenpoint Ave., near McGuinness Blvd., in Greenpoint.

The victim, Joe Stepinski, was rushed to Bellevue Hospital, where he was on life support Monday night, according to officials.


A neighbor said Stepinski’s girlfriend is the landlord of the building where he and the suspect, retired NYPD officer Gene Barrett, 51, live. The ex-cop retired on a disability pension in 2002.



http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/2017/03/06/could-be-truth-to-trumps-wiretapping-allegation

Could be truth to Trump's wiretapping allegation
24 Hours Vancouver
If the leak did not come directly from NSA, said Binney, it came from either the CIA for the FBI, both which have unfettered access to NSA's database. As Binney ...





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http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/tsarnaev-denied-extremism-fbi-said-mystery-men-came-see-him-n744881

 

 

 

 


Tsarnaev Denied Extremism to FBI, Said Mystery Men Came to See Him

The FBI has released a summary of an interview summary that agents conducted with Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev in April 2011, two years before the April 2013 bombing, and it includes Tsarnaev's claim that four mysterious men claiming to be FBI agents had previously tried to contact him.

The document, called a 302, does not speculate on who the four men might have been. Prior to the FBI interview, Russian intelligence was aware of Tsarnaev and had alerted the FBI that he had traveled to Chechnya, a region known for Islamist training camps.

Tsarnaev was approached by the FBI Boston Field Office after Russian intelligence told the FBI of his travels abroad.

The FBI agent who prepared the document wrote that Tsarnaev said four "young, handsome men in suits" had previously approached a person whose name was redacted by the FBI, saying they wanted to speak to Tamerlan Tsarnaev and claimed they were FBI. The four men provided no identification and left no business cards. It says "Tamerlan was open to all contact with the FBI and [will] report any additional contact with the four unidentified individuals (UI) who claim


http://sonorannews.com/new/2017/04/10/restoration-four-star-rank-kimmel/

 

Restoration of four star rank to Kimmel

 

April 10, 2017

It has been over 75 years since Admiral Husband E. Kimmel, USNA ’04, USN was Commander-in-Chief, United States Pacific Fleet, when on December 7, 1941, the Imperial Forces of Japan attacked the US Armed Forces in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. After the Roberts Commission investigated the events surrounding the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Admiral Kimmel was reduced in rank to Rear Admiral, and was subsequently Honorably Discharged in that grade.

Of the nine official investigations of the surprise attack by the Imperial Forces of Japan on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the Roberts Commission was the only investigation that charged Admiral Kimmel with “dereliction of duty.” Indeed, several of the other investigations made specific findings to the contrary. Recent writings on the subject of the Imperial Forces of Japan’s surprise attack on Pearl Harbor indicate an increasing awareness, that it was patently unfair to place the full responsibility for the losses in Pearl Harbor solely on the shoulders of the US Naval and US Army Air Force Commanders in Hawaii on the date of the attack.

The general public, Veterans of WWII, and members of the US Armed Forces have never fully accepted the official findings of the Roberts Commission. The lingering question is why the US military forces in Hawaii were not provided with the most current intelligence available to the Navy Department in Washington, DC about the potential of an impending attack by the Imperial Forces of Japan on Pearl Harbor.

Indeed, with every new book, with the new information brought to light by responsible historians, and with a continuing list of new facts brought into focus by investigators of the events leading up to the attack on December 7, 1941—it is apparent that Admiral Kimmel and the Commander of the US Army Air Force in Hawaii were both unfairly blamed for the US losses of ships, aircraft, facilities, and lives in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Admiral James Holloway, Jr. recommended the advancement of Rear Admiral Husband E. Kimmel to his four star rank in his April 27, 1954 memorandum.

Admiral Arleigh Burke wrote in 1991, that “This matter is important not because of the importance to the Kimmel family, but because of the importance to the Navy as an institution.”

In the interest of justice, after seventy-five years, the US Navy, the US Congress, and Office of the President of the United States should review the attached submission to The Bureau For Correction Of Naval Records in The Case of Admiral Husband E. Kimmel, USN (Ret). Corrective action should be taken, in order to set the record straight, and reverse the inherent injustice of blaming the Commander-in-Chief, United States Pacific Fleet in Hawaii for the loses inflicted by the Imperial Forces of Japan on the US Armed Forces in the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

Prior to the surprise attack, Admiral Kimmel did not receive the most current intelligence that Naval Intelligence in Washington, DC had been alerted to prior to the attack; that inherent injustice should be exposed to clear his name. Last December, on the seventy-fifth Anniversary of the Pearl Harbor surprise attack, the Henderson, Kentucky War Memorial Association dedicated a statue to honor Admiral Husband E. Kimmel, which speaks directly to how the people of Henderson feel about the injustice suffered by him.

Please review the attachment, an application to the Bureau For The Corrections Of Naval Records, submitted by Admiral Kimmel’s eldest grandson, Special Agent Thomas Kinkaid Kimmel, Jr., FBI (Ret) who retired from the FBI after 25 years of honorable service; he is a US Naval Academy graduate who served in three US Naval destroyers during the Vietnam Conflict. By this Op Ed, we are trying to mobilize support for Special Agent Kimmel’s quest to restore Admiral Husband E. Kimmel’s honor, reputation, and rank; we encourage each of you who receive this to do what you can to help right this wrong; you can communicate directly with Special Agent Kimmel by contacting him directly at the above listed E-mail address.

Joseph R. John, USNA ‘62

Capt., USN(Ret)/Former FBI

Chairman, Combat Veterans For Congress PAC

San Diego, CA

 

 

 

 

http://www.madcowprod.com/2017/03/31/russian-oligarch-election-probe-linked-drug-cartel/#more-13773

Russian Oligarch in Election Probe Linked to Drug Cartel

Posted on March 31, 2017 by Daniel Hopsicker

New evidence indicates that Oleg Deripaska, the Russian billionaire who paid $10 million a year to Paul Manafort between 2004 and 2009, has been in business since 2004 in Guyana with a politically powerful crime family involved in international drug trafficking whose most famous member is a drug pilot who had also been the chief pilot of the owner of the flight school in Venice Florida that taught Mohamed Atta to fly.

 

 

https://whowhatwhy.org/

 

 

Categories: War & Peace

April 9, 2017 | WhoWhatWhy Staff

Disinformation on Syria: Collection of WhoWhatWhy Exposés

A selection of WhoWhatWhy stories on Syria that demonstrate why you should question any country’s official explanations for what it does.

 

Categories: War & Peace

April 8, 2017 | WhoWhatWhy Staff

Rush to Judgment in Syria?

President Trump launched cruise missiles that destroyed a Syrian airfield and planes, drawing the ire of both the Assad government and Russia. The attack was in retaliation for a sarin gas attack allegedly carried out by the Assad regime. But where is the official investigation and presentation of evidence?

 

 

April 8, 2017 | WhoWhatWhy Staff

Russ Baker Talks with Comedians on Trump, Russian Mafia, and FBI

Russ Baker joins comedians Tim Dillon and Ray Crump to discuss WhoWhatWhy’s groundbreaking article on Trump, Russia, and the FBI.




http://www.dailycamera.com/editorials/ci_30905075/editorial-constitutional-policing-deals-dont-need-justice-department

Editorial: Constitutional policing deals don't need Justice Department review

Posted:   04/06/2017 07:40:40 PM MDT

 

More than a dozen cities, including Ferguson, Mo., have spent arduous months hammering out consent decrees with the U.S. Justice Department to institute much-needed police and judicial reforms aimed in large part at reducing enforcement disparities that unfairly target poor and minority communities. The cooperation of local police departments was key in reaching these agreements, which makes them partners in fixing what's wrong.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions now proposes meddling with a cooperative formula that's working. Last week, he ordered a review of Justice Department consent decrees and other interventions, threatening to reverse progress designed to halt the unequal application of justice around the country.

Sessions' unfortunate decision could undermine a lot of hard work in the 25 cities whose police departments — including Ferguson's — worked with the Obama administration's Justice Department. In 14 cases, consent decrees were reached with federal judges serving as monitors.

These agreements are not anti-police; they are pro-Constitution. We suspect that Sessions is motivated in no small part by President Donald Trump's drive to halt the questioning of police actions such as those in which officers are captured on video shooting or fatally restraining unarmed civilians. The White House has posted a pledge that this "will be a law and order administration," committed to ending the "dangerous anti-police atmosphere in America."

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Sessions' memorandum, made public Monday, emphasized that "the safety and protection of the public is the paramount concern and duty of law enforcement officials." He noted the dangers officers face but added that they "must protect and respect the civil rights of all members of the public." He also sought to distinguish the "misdeeds of individual bad actors" from the good work performed by the vast majority of law enforcers.

But in February, Sessions suggested that Justice Department scrutiny has gone too far. "Somehow, some way, we undermined the respect for our police and made, oftentimes, their job more difficult," he said, indicating an intent to back off.

Absent in his statements — or Trump's — is an acknowledgment that black and white communities in America have completely different experiences in their interactions with law enforcers. Consent decrees are aimed at "patterns and practices" within troubled police departments. While individual bad actors are part of the problem, the bigger problems are poor training and discriminatory cultures.

In Ferguson, the Justice Department found that "police and municipal court practices both reflect and exacerbate existing racial bias, including racial stereotypes." Fixing this, and building trust in the community, protects both police and citizens alike.

Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III is right to vow that, regardless of what the Justice Department review finds, his community remains committed to the consent decree's reforms. That's because Knowles now sees, thanks to federal intervention, that e

 

 

http://thehill.com/homenews/media/327987-buzzfeed-files-foia-lawsuit-against-fbi-over-breitbart-request-report

 

BuzzFeed files FOIA lawsuit against FBI over Andrew Breitbart records: report

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BuzzFeed News and journalist Jason Leopold are suing the FBI, claiming that the agency failed to adequately respond to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for material on Andrew Breitbart, The Wrap reported Friday.

The lawsuit alleges that Leopold filed the request for "all records related to Andrew Breitbart" with the FBI in August 2012, five months after the Breitbart News founder died of heart failure. The agency responded to the request in September, saying that they did not locate any such records in their "main file records."

Leopold's effort to appeal the FBI's response was rejected by the Justice Department's Office of Information Policy in 2013, which argued that "the FBI is not required to perform cross-reference searches unless the requester provides ‘information sufficient to enable the FBI to determine with certainty that any cross-references it locates are identifiable to the subject of [the] request,’" according to the lawsuit.

That information, the Justice Department allegedly said, would have included "the dates and locations of contacts between the subject of the request and the FBI, the subject’s social security number, or other such information."

BuzzFeed's and Leopold's lawsuit argues that the FOIA statute does not require a requester to provide any of that information in order for an agency to conduct a cross-reference search.

With the lawsuit, BuzzFeed and Leopold are asking the court to compel the FBI to “conduct a reasonable sea

 

 

 

 

 

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Dissent NewsWire

·       Communities United for Police Reform and Others Slam NYPD Body Camera Policy

 

April 7, 2017 – The NYPD’s newly released body camera policy fails New Yorkers and police transparency – it won’t help address police brutality, abuses and unjust killings of New Yorkers.

·       Teach In on Islamophobia to be Held in Takoma Park, MD on Sunday, April 9

 

April 7, 2017 – Experts address institutional and cultural Islamophobia and chart a course for challenging Islamophobia nationally, and in Maryland and Montgomery County.

·       REAL ID is Getting Real

 

April 6, 2017 – REAL ID threatens privacy, creates bureaucratic chaos, costs a fortune, and doesn’t do what it purports to do. More than nine states haven’t embraced REAL ID yet, and we can see why.

·       New Documents Show NYPD Infiltrated Black Lives Matter

 

April 6, 2017 – Undercover officers with the New York Police Department (NYPD) not only infiltrated Black Lives Matter protesters, they become so embedded within the group as to have access to text communications available only to a limited number of organizers. And, they continued their undercover operations despite a lack of any evidence of criminal wrongdoing

·       Drawing a Line on Mass Surveillance: How Congress Must Reform Section 702

 

April 4, 2017 – Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act, is a sweeping piece of intelligence legislation, that is up for reauthorization later this year and, in our view, permits significant offenses against Americans’ civil liberties. Section 702 authorizes two truly alarming efforts that must be reformed or ended.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/apr/8/james-patrick-burke-former-dea-agent-sentenced-chi/

 

 

Saturday, April 8, 2017

A federal judge sentenced James Patrick Burke, a former special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration, to seven years in prison Thursday following a conviction for child porn.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/apr/8/james-patrick-burke-former-dea-agent-sentenced-chi/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://rightsanddissent.org/news/communities-united-police-reform-others-slam-nypd-body-camera-policy/

·  Communities United for Police Reform and Others Slam NYPD Body Camera Policy

 

April 7, 2017 – The NYPD’s newly released body camera policy fails New Yorkers and police transparency – it won’t help address police brutality, abuses and unjust killings of New Yorkers.

 

 

http://www.northcarolinahealthnews.org/2017/04/10/20466/

 

 

Mentally Ill Could Be Charged With “Hate Crime” Under Proposed Bill

North Carolina Health News-13 hours ago

The FBI tracks hate crimes and defines them as “motivated by biases based on race, gender, gender identity, religion, disability, sexual orientation and ethnicity.”.

 

 

 

 

https://patriotpost.us/articles/48463

 

 

 

A Spying, Lying Obama Administration

The Obama administration worked to keep tabs on, and/or intimidate, people it considered threats to its agenda.

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.chieftain.com/news/attorney-general-wants-return-to-tough-enforcement-policies/article_957e8d1a-4ccc-59f5-8e9b-8fb5762b46cb.html

 

 

Attorney general wants return to tough enforcement policies

Pueblo Chieftain-16 hours ago

He credits one such program, Project Exile, with slowing murders in Richmond, Virginia, in the late 1990s. Its pioneer was FBI Director James Comey, who was ...

 

 

 

 

https://ww2.kqed.org/news/2017/04/10/privacy-advocates-slam-sfos-new-license-plate-reader-policy/

 

 

ACLU Slams SFO's New License Plate Reader Policy

KQED-15 hours ago

... database and allows the airport to release the data to the San Francisco Police Department, the San Mateo County Sheriff's Department and the FBI.

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.myajc.com/news/local/fbi-missed-cheating-scandal-but-declared-beverly-hall-patriot/p8NudLHegvqTXEp9rVmTFJ/

 

 

 

FBI missed cheating scandal but declared Beverly Hall a 'patriot'

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Elissa Eubanks Beverly Hall, Atlanta's school superintendent from 1999 to 2011, answered questions in 2010 about a test-cheating scandal. FBI agents reported ...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/crime/crime-safety-blog/sfl-stop-the-dragon-get-smart-about-opioids-at-april-20-presentation-20170407-story.html

 

 

Stop the dragon: Get smart about opioids at April 20 presentation

Sun Sentinel (blog)-8 hours ago

If you have an adolescent or young adult at home, special agents from the U.S. ... by the DEA and the FBI called Chasing the Dragon: The life of an opiate addict.

 

 

 

 

https://rightsanddissent.org/news/defending-rights-defense-condemns-anti-whistleblower-law-passed-arkansas/

 

Defending Rights & Dissent Condemns Anti-Whistleblower Law Passed in Arkansas

March 30, 2017 by BORDC/DDF

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/04/05/secret-service-agent-on-pences-detail-suspended-after-meeting-with-prostitute/?utm_term=.b73b4a2a8448

 

Secret Service agent on Pence’s detail suspended after meeting with prostitute

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-city/bs-md-ci-consent-decree-thursday-20170406-story.html

 

 

 

 

The U.S. Department of Justice has "grave concerns" about its proposed police reform agreeement with the city of Baltimore, its attorney told a federal judge on Thursday.

John Gore, deputy assistant attorney general in the federal agency's Civil Rights Division, said officials there are no longer sure the consent decree — reached in the waning days of the Obama administration — supports public safety, citing recent increases in city crime.

From Our Partners: Justice Dept. Seeks to Delay Police Reforms in Baltimore in Wake of Jeff Sessi…

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He asked U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar to "hold off" on signing the decree for at least 30 days so officials of the new Trump administration could "analyze it and re-engage with the city if necessary."

The Justice Department's request came at a hearing where, one after another, Baltimore residents, advocates and community organizers stood before Bredar and asked him to approve the deal without delay. Many said the consent decree isn't perfect, but represented a step in the right

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.oregonlive.com/oregon-standoff/2017/04/californian_gary_hunt_gives_ju.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Judge releases man in Malheur FBI informants case

California resident Gary Hunt, speaking by phone from jail Thursday, promised he would show up to court in Portland to defend his right to publish details about FBI informants involved in the investigation of the armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

"I give my word, my bond, my honor that I will appear at a time designated by the court,'' Hunt told U.S. District Judge Anna J. Brown. "Believe it or not, I've been looking forward to discussing the issue in your presence.''

The judge responded that she needed more than "his word'' before she approved his release from custody.

Hunt, 71, was arrested last Thursday on a warrant that Brown signed after he skipped a hearing to explain why he shouldn't be held in civil contempt of a court order that demanded he remove his online publications revealing confidential FBI informants who assisted in the investigation of the 41-day refuge occupation.

He has spent the last week in the Sacramento County Jail.

Hunt has argued that he was never a defendant in the federal conspiracy case and that the federal judge in Oregon doesn't have any jurisdiction over him nor does her order demanding he remove his online posts.

Brown advised Hunt on Thursday that he can make what's called a "special appearance'' in court and not waive his challenge to the court's jurisdiction.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Pamala Holsinger objected to the release of Hunt without him signing an

 

 

 

http://www.theverge.com/2017/4/6/15208820/customs-border-patrol-drone-facial-recognition-silicon-valley-dhsThe US Border Patrol is trying to build face-reading drones

A new approach to government tech, inspired by venture capital

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https://www.policemisconduct.net/the-waco-incident-20-years-later/
The Waco Incident – 20 Years Later
Since this web site is all about police misconduct, we cannot let the twentieth anniversary of the Waco incident pass without comment.
April 19, 1993 marks the worst police action in modern American history.   Here are the main things to know:
•      76 people, including 27 children, died that day.  That loss of life is a sufficient explanation as to why this incident is important and worth remembering.
•    The federal police operation did not involve a handful of “rogue” agents.  The incident is disturbing because it supposedly involved the best units of the ATF and the FBI.  And much of the decision-making was done by the top people at headquarters facilities in Washington, DC.
•    Make no mistake, crimes were committed by federal agents at Waco.  And those crimes were covered-up.
•    If the feds can successfully cover-up the worst police action in modern American history–an event that was highly publicized and that eventually brought extensive congressional hearings and the appointment of a special prosecutor– it is frightening to consider what police agencies would be able to get away in instances where there is no media scrutiny or legislative oversight.
For those interested in the details, read this paper that we published in 2001 (I also recommend the documentary film, Waco: The Rules of Engagement, which was nominated for an Academy Award in 1997).  For today, let me just highlight some facts for all the people who do not have the time or inclination to study the details.
•    When the Branch Davidian residence burned to the ground and it became apparent that the FBI tank assault on April 19 backfired–resulting in almost everyone losing their lives, Attorney General Janet Reno told the media that the reason she ordered the assault was because “babies were being beaten” —  so the feds had no choice–they just had to move in.  About a week later, Reno testified before Congress.  Under oath, she admitted she had no evidence that babies were being beaten!  What!?
•    The FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team kept saying they were there to save lives and that they were especially concerned about the safety of the children in the residence.   But their tanks drove into the side of buildings even as the agents admitted they did not know the whereabouts of the children.
•    Some of the Branch Davidians survived the inferno of April 19.  They were arrested and charged with “murdering ATF agents.”  In a stinging rebuke to the federal prosectors, the jury acquitted the Davidians of those very serious charges.
•    One of the primary reasons the cover-up was successful was that government officials kept deflecting attention away from their actions to the Branch Davidian leader, David Koresh.  And, later, the feds would deflect attention by pointing out the crimes of the Oklahoma City bombers.   The feds seemed to taunt everyone with the question, “Who are you going to side with? Koresh?  McVeigh and Nicols?”  That was always a false choice.  One can, for example, condemn excessive force against a shoplifter without “siding with” shoplifting.
•    There are, to be sure, some wild conspiracy theories out there about the feds and Waco.  But the existence of a conspiracy theorist(s) does not make all government conduct lawful and ethical, at least in logic.
What’s the takeaway from all this?  First, recognize that this awful incident really did happen.  Crimes were committed and then the government tried to deceive everyone about what actually happened there.  Second, when it comes to government power, especially police power and the use of deadly force, be impartial, ask questions, and follow the evidence.  We must remember that, in a free society, police agents may not use the “color of their office” to commit crimes.



FBI OCTOPUS

https://www.forbes.com/sites/falonfatemi/2017/04/28/3-customer-acquisition-tactics-youll-learn-at-connect-17-from-an-ex-fbi-agent/#1d2ef29134d2
Apr 28, 2017 @ 12:28 PM
3 Customer Acquisition Tactics You'll Learn At Connect '17 From An Ex-FBI Agent


I write about company building from the front lines of Silicon Valley

In a few weeks, I’ll be speaking at FullContact’s Connect ’17 conference with my friend Chris Voss. A decorated FBI veteran, the author of “Never Split the Difference,” and the founder of The Black Swan Group, Voss has a once-in-a-lifetime lecture planned for attending founders.
What is it? Well, you’ll have to attend the May 10-12 conference in Denver, Colorado, for the full story, but I’ll tell you this much: With the FBI’s hostage negotiation tactics in your back pocket, you’ll come away with a host of new customer acquisition ideas.
How, exactly, did Voss learn these techniques? After policing some of Kansas City’s toughest neighborhoods, Voss spent 24 years with the FBI, where he became the bureau’s leading kidnapping negotiator. Today, he’s a master of persuasion who helps people navigate everyday negotiations in their personal and professional lives.
A former FBI agent’s marketing playbook
Fortunately, Voss has agreed to share a few of those negotiation tips as a sneak peek of his presentation. He sees three primary ways salespeople and marketers can use them to improve their customer acquisition processes:
1. Don’t act without proof of life.
The FBI won’t bother negotiating with kidnappers unless they can provide proof that hostages are alive. Why? In short, it’s a waste of time. FBI agents first check for life without upsetting the negotiator-kidnapper power balance. Rather than say “Let me talk to the hostage,” one might ask for the hostage’s best friend’s name.
Apply a similar approach to targeting prospects. Don’t ask “Do you want to purchase this product?” First, discover whether a deal is possible. Is the customer actually facing the challenge you think he is? Solutions-based selling works only if you can address your prospect’s problem.
2. Get them to say, ‘That’s right.’
Negotiation is all about empathy. To successfully defuse a kidnapper, you have to show that you understand him. People tend to lower their defenses when they feel they’ve reached a point of agreement.
For example, in his book, Voss tells the story of a kidnapped Haitian boy. “You’re in Washington, D.C.,” the boy’s father told Voss on the phone. “How are you going to help me?” Thinking on his feet, Voss reminded the father that it was Thursday, and because the kidnappers liked to party on weekends, they wouldn’t kill his son. By showing an understanding of the situation and getting the father to say, “That’s right,” Voss elicited the father’s crucial cooperation and saved the boy.
In business, this tactic is particularly useful for price negotiations. “Why won’t you pay X price?” elicits a defensive response. “You feel X price is too high because of Y factor, right?” instead creates a point of rapport. With just a simple phrasing change, you can help a prospect see you as a partner, not an adversary.
3. Turn art and science from adversaries into allies.
In hostage negotiations, some of the work is science. Before ever hopping on the phone, the FBI analyzes kidnapping demographics, close contacts, recent travel, and more. When speaking with a kidnapper, however, there’s no substitute for artful, empathetic negotiation.

https://www.policemisconduct.net/national-police-misconduct-newsfeed-daily-recap-42717/




National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 4/27/17
April 28, 2017
Here are the 16 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, April 27, 2017:
•    Update: Gwinnett County, Georgia (First reported 4/14/17): Two now-former deputies were charged with battery and violation of oath for their video-recorded beating of a motorist. ow.ly/t6h630bdWaG
•    Michigan City, Indiana: An officer resigned and was later arrested for raping a woman with “diminished mental capacity.” ow.ly/4zRb30be5iN
•    Update: New York, New York (First reported 4/27/16): Two recently retired officers were arrested for their roles in a gun permit bribery scandal while they were on the force. A third former officer was also arrested, but his alleged criminal activity happened after he retired in 1999. ow.ly/Eahp30be5xm
•    Pickens County, South Carolina: A deputy was arrested for the alleged harassment of his estranged wife. He was fired. ow.ly/BByK30be8Ux
•    College Park, Georgia: An officer resigned and was arrested for meeting underage teens for sex.  Officials say that he may not have been aware of the girls’ true ages, as they had posted that they were older on the website through which the officer contacted them. ow.ly/UJdC30be9r2
•    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: An officer was arrested for sexual abuse of children and child pornography. ow.ly/a96j30bea2V
•    Update: Melrose Park, Illinois (First reported 4/15/15): A now-former officer pled guilty to stealing drugs from evidence and using his police car to drive as a cocaine courier. ow.ly/XaX730bebXt
•    Update: Federal Protective Service (First reported 6/6/16): A now-former officer pled guilty to murder and other charges for killing two strangers and wounding others during a 2016 DC-area shooting spree. He will still face charges for killing his estranged wife at the beginning of the spree. ow.ly/M2HX30becKw
•    Update: Neoga, Illinois (First reported 3/9/16): A now-former officer pled guilty to sexually abusing a teenage girl. He was sentenced to spend 90 days in jail and serve four years of probation. ow.ly/1sCl30bedcN
•    Leachville, Arkansas: An officer was suspended with pay for an undisclosed violation. ow.ly/aaat30bedVB
•    Hearne, Texas: An officer resigned while he was under investigation. He says he wants to continue a career in law enforcement. ow.ly/mzq630beesp
•    Update: San Antonio, Texas (First reported 9/19/16): A detective was suspended three days for striking his wife in the face. He was arrested for the incident, but his wife declined to press charges. ow.ly/8qZk30bef7S
•    Augusta, Maine: An officer is being sued for excessive force for shooting a suspect. A judge ruled that she did not properly warn the suspect before firing and thus the lawsuit could move forward. ow.ly/yi8A30befDT
•    Mandeville, Louisiana: An officer was fired after he was charged for stealing from Home Depot while he was off duty. ow.ly/Fciw30beg68
•    Update: Baltimore, Maryland (First reported 7/30/14): An officer who was convicted of misconduct and fired for actions against a teenage detainee was reinstated by a judge. ow.ly/w1WK30behdo
•    Sonoma State University (California): The chief has set a date to resign. He has been on leave since he allegedly stabbed his stepson with a power drill and fired his weapon in a domestic dispute. ow.ly/tXJ130beREl


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http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/05/01/grassley-presses-comey-on-material-inconsistencies-in-trump-dossier-inquiry.html


Grassley presses Comey on 'material inconsistencies' in Trump dossier inquiry

Published May 01, 2017
April 7, 2017: Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, arrives for a news conference just after the confirmation vote for President Donald Trump's high court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, on Capitol Hill in Washington.  (AP)
A top senator is pushing FBI Director James Comey for information on the bureau's connections to a British ex-spy who authored an unsubstantiated dossier of claims about President Trump on behalf of an opposition research firm -- saying there are “material inconsistencies” between new documents and prior FBI accounts.
In a letter to Comey dated Monday, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, complained about a “startling lack of responsiveness” from the FBI on previous questions the committee had about its involvement with Christopher Steele, who wrote the dossier for Fusion GPS.
The dossier, which claimed the Russians had compromising information about Trump, was first circulated by Buzzfeed, but many news networks, including Fox News, have chosen not to report on the specifics of the







http://www.jsonline.com/story/news/local/milwaukee/2017/04/28/white-house-considers-milwaukee-county-sheriff-david-clarke-post-homeland-security/101036918/

White House considers Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke for post in Homeland Security

 April 28, 2017 | Updated 7:41 p.m. CT April 28, 2017
 

Officials in the President Donald Trump administration are considering Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. for a job with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Clarke is to be appointed as assistant secretary at the department's Office of Partnership and Engagement where he would coordinate outreach to state and local law enforcement agencies, Politico, an online news company, reported Friday. The position of assistant secretary does not require Senate confirmation.
On Friday, sources confirmed that news of the possible appointment is coming out now because Trump officials recently completed their background check of the sheriff. Trump staffers are a few steps away from making the appointment. One source said it could take more than a month to finish the process.
"It wouldn't be for a while," the source said. "Nothing's imminent."
Clarke has said in the past that it would be hard to turn down the president if he asks the sheriff to join the administration.
Sources close to the sheriff have said for months that Trump officials have been interested in appointing Clarke to serve as the administration's liaison to the law enforcement community. Those sources said if Clarke landed such a job, he would speak out on police-related matters.
On Friday, Clarke was in Atlanta speaking at a leadership conference for the National Rifle Association, a group that helped him win re-election in 2014. He did not respond immediately to requests for comment.
In his speech Friday, Clarke told the gun-rights activists: "You see, our fight for freedom continues in earnest," according to a report on The Washington Times website. "You see, these rat bastards on the left never give up."
"Election defeats don't matter to them," he said.They will continue "their assault on our Constitution, the rule of law, liberty and American exceptionalism."
Clarke, who campaigned across the country for Trump, was passed over for the cabinet-level job of heading the Department of Homeland Security. Trump picked retired Marine Gen. John F. Kelly to lead the agency.
RELATED: Clarke passed over for Trump cabinet post
RELATED: Bice: As Sheriff David Clarke's profile soars nationally, his approval rating at home falls to 31%
The Department of Homeland Security was created in the wake of 9/11. The department's duties range from counter-terrorism to enforcing immigration laws.
This week, Kelly announced the creation of a new office of Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement Office within the department's Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The office was launched to support victims of crimes committed by "criminal aliens," Kelly said.
Friday was the fifth day of an inquest into the death of a Milwaukee County Jail inmate in April 2016. Terrill Thomas, 38, died of dehydration in a solitary confinement cell seven days after water to the cell was shut off.
His untreated bipolar disorder rendered him incapable of asking for help.
RELATED:3 Milwaukee County Jail staffers point fingers at others in dehydration death
Clarke has not commented publicly about the details of the case.
On Wednesday, the Voces de la Frontera immigrants rights organization asked Gov. Scott Walker to remove Clarke from office because of the death of Thomas in the jail.
Representatives of the group said they delivered to Walker petitions with more than 10,000 signatures of Wisconsin residents urging the governor to use his authority under state law to remove county elected officials for "inefficiency, neglect of duty, official misconduct, or malfeasance in office."
Walker said he would not remove Clarke from the elected post and suggested voters should make that decision.
Clarke is up for re-election in

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/07/18/suspected-alphabay-founder-dies-in-bangkok-jail-while-online-black-market-remains-closed/?utm_term=.0341fdee40b7







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Gilbert Baker met with FBI in full drag before 1987 Pope visit
by Timothy Rawles - Community Editor for SDGLNARTS & CULTURE






https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2017/07/why-ninth-circuit-got-it-wrong-national-security-letters-and-how-well-keep

Why the Ninth Circuit Got It Wrong on National Security Letters and How We’ll Keep Fighting

JULY 18, 2017
In a disappointing opinion issued on Monday, the Ninth Circuit upheld the national security letter (NSL) statute against a First Amendment challenge brought by EFF on behalf of our clients CREDO Mobile and Cloudflare. We applaud our clients’ courage as part of a years-long court battle, conducted largely under seal and in secret.

We strongly disagree with the opinion and are weighing how to proceed in the case. Even though this ruling is disappointing, together EFF and our clients achieved a great deal over the past six years. The lawsuit spurred Congress to amend the law, and our advocacy related to the case caused leading tech companies to also challenge NSLs. Along the way, the government went from fighting to keep every single NSL gag order in place to the point where many have been lifted, some in whole and many in part. That includes this case, of course, where we can now proudly tell the names of our clients to the world.

No matter what happens with these particular lawsuits, we are not done fighting unconstitutional use of NSLs and similar laws.

Making sense of a disappointing ruling

National security letters are a kind of subpoena issued by the FBI to communications service providers like our clients to force them to turn over customer records. NSLs nearly always contain gag orders preventing recipients from telling anyone about these surveillance requests, all without any mandatory court oversight. As a result, the Internet and communications companies that we all trust with our most sensitive information cannot be truthful with their customers and the public about the scope of government surveillance.

NSL gags are perfect examples of “prior restraints,” government orders prohibiting speech rather than punishing it after the fact. The First Amendment embodies the Founders’ strong distrust of prior restraints as powerful censorship tools, and the Supreme Court has repeatedly said they are presumptively unconstitutional unless they meet the “most exacting” judicial scrutiny. Similarly, because NSLs prevent recipients from talking about the FBI’s request for customer data, they are content-based restrictions on speech, which are subject to strict scrutiny. So NSL gags ought to be put to the strictest of First Amendment tests.

Unfortunately, the Ninth Circuit questioned whether NSLs are prior restraints at all. And although the court did acknowledge they are separately content-based restrictions on speech, it said the law is narrowly tailored even though it plainly allows censorship that is broader in scope and longer in duration than the government actually needs. As a result, the court held the government’s interest in national security overcomes any First Amendment interests at stake.


The ruling is seriously flawed.

Not-so-narrow tailoring

In order to find that the law satisfied strict scrutiny, the court overlooked both the overinclusiveness and indefinite duration of NSL gag orders. Narrow tailoring requires that a restriction on speech be fitted carefully to just what the government needs to protect its investigation and that no less speech-restrictive alternatives are available.

But NSLs are often wildly overinclusive. For example, they prevent even a company with millions of users like Cloudflare from simply saying it has received an NSL, on the theory that individual users engaged in terrorism or espionage might somehow infer from that fact alone that the government is on their trail.

The court admitted that a blanket gag in this scenario might well be overinclusive, but it simply deferred to the FBI’s decisionmaking. But of course, under the First Amendment, decisions about censorship aren’t supposed to be left to officials whose "business is to censor.” And here, we know that NSLs routinely issue to big tech companies with large numbers of users like both Cloudflare and CREDO, and only in rare circumstances does the FBI allow these companies to report on specific NSLs they’ve received.

Similarly, the FBI often leaves NSL gags in place indefinitely, sometimes even permanently. Indeed, the FBI has told our client CREDO that one of the NSLs in the case is now permanent, and the Bureau will not further revisit the gag it imposed to determine whether it still serves national security. Here again, the court acknowledged that at the least, narrow tailoring requires a gag “must terminate when it no longer serves” the government’s national security interests. But instead of applying the First Amendment’s narrow tailoring requirement, the court declined to “quibble” with the censoring agency, the FBI, and its loophole-ridden internal procedures for reviewing NSLs. Nevertheless, these procedures “do not resolve the duration issue entirely,” as the Ninth Circuit understatedly put it, since they may still produce permanent gags, as with CREDO. As a result, the court suggested that NSL recipients can repeatedly challenge permanent gags until they’re finally lifted.

The problem of prior restraints and judicial review

However, that points to the other fundamental problem with NSLs: they are issued without any mandatory court oversight. As discussed above, prior restraints are almost never constitutional. The Supreme Court has said that even in the rare circumstance when prior restraints can be justified, they must be approved by a neutral court, not just an executive official. But the NSL statute doesn’t require a court to be involved in all cases; instead, judicial review takes place only if NSL recipients file a lawsuit, like our clients did, or if they ask the government to go to court to review the gag using a procedure known as “reciprocal notice.”

The Ninth Circuit had two responses to this lack of judicial oversight.

First, it wrongly suggested the law of prior restraints simply does not apply here. The theory is that unlike cases involving newspapers that are prevented from publishing, NSL recipients haven’t shown a preexisting desire to speak, and when they do, they’re asking to publish information they supposedly learned from the government. But as we pointed out, that’s inconsistent with case law that says, for instance, that witnesses at grand jury proceedings—which are historically both secret and subject to court oversight—cannot be indefinitely gagged from talking about their own testimony. NSL gags go much further.

Second, the court suggested that even though the burden is on NSL recipients to challenge gags, this is a “de minimis” burden that doesn’t violate the First Amendment. When Congress passed the USA FREEDOM Act in 2015, it gave recipients the option of invoking reciprocal notice and asking the government to go to court rather than filing their own lawsuit. That’s simply not good enough; the First Amendment requires the government be the one to go to court to prove to a judge it actually requires an NSL accompanied by a gag. Not to mention that forcing companies that receive NSLs to fight them in court and defend user privacy may actually be a heavy burden.

Big progress nonetheless

Despite these considerable errors in the Ninth Circuit’s opinion, we shouldn’t lose sight of progress made along the way. Nearly all of the features of the NSL statute that the court pointed to as saving graces of the law—the FBI’s internal review procedures and the option for reciprocal notice most notably—exist only because Congress stepped in during our lawsuit to amend the law.

So what’s left to providers that receive NSLs? Push back on the gags early and often. The “reciprocal notice” process, which the government says only requires a short letter or a phone call, should be done as a matter of course for any company receiving an NSL. And since the Ninth Circuit said that courts retain the ability to re-evaluate the gags as long as they remain in place, gagged providers should ask a court to step in and make sure the FBI can still prove the need for the gag—potentially over and over—until the gag is finally lifted. EFF wants to help with this, and we’re happy to consult with anyone subject to an NSL gag.

We’ve also encouraged technology companies to make the best of the reciprocal notice procedure as part of our annual Who Has Your Back? report. If the government continues to argue that recipients don’t necessarily “want to speak” about NSLs, we can now point to the growing trend of major tech companies—Apple, Adobe, and Dropbox, among others—that have committed to invoking reciprocal notice and challenging every NSL they receive.

Finally, we’ve seen other courts question gag orders in related contexts, and we’ve supported companies like Facebook and Microsoft in these fights. We’re confident that in the long run, these prior restraints will be roundly rejected yet again.







http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-difference-between-watchers-and-doers_us_596e0e0de4b0b95f893e1b02

Scott Ritter, Contributor
Author, ‘Deal of the Century: How Iran Blocked the West’s Road to War’
The Difference Between Watchers And Doers
07/18/2017 09:56 am ET

As a Chief Weapons Inspector with the United Nations Special Commission in Iraq, I often found myself in the media limelight, as the work of the inspectors became fodder for the media. One of these media organizations was Al Jazeera based out of Doha, in Qatar. Al Jazeera began its operations in 1996, in the midst of inspection-derived controversy in Iraq that quickly became one of the lead stories covered by that outlet. In 2001, following my resignation from the UN, I produced and directed a documentary film, In Shifting Sands, about the search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Al Jazeera was the first outlet for this film, broadcasting it in its entirety to a large Middle Eastern audience; I also did a number of interviews with Al Jazeera from its Baghdad bureau. Later, in 2004, I began writing a regular opinion column for Al Jazeera’s English-language web site. I often appeared on Al Jazeera’s international and American outlets as an expert commentator on issues pertaining to Iraq and the Middle East. It was, in my opinion, a mutually beneficial relationship.

I imagine that one of the reasons I was attractive to Al Jazeera and other media outlets was the fact that I possessed a wealth of first-hand experience in the topics I was asked to comment on. The Middle East was awash in conflict; as someone who trained for, planned and fought in a Middle Eastern war, my experiences were relevant to the dialogue Al Jazeera wished to pursue. The same could be said for arms control, weapons of mass destruction, and the complex political relationships that existed among the major players of the region—I had direct personal experience, at the highest levels, in all of these areas. When I wrote or spoke on a topic, it was from the point of view of someone who had spent his adult life doing that which he now commented on.

In 2004, about the same time I began writing for Al Jazeera’s English language web site, a young man named Muhhammad Idrees Ahmad was finishing up his studies at The American University in Dubai, where among other things he captained the school tennis team and was recognized for his appreciation of jazz music. After receiving his bachelor’s degree, Idrees Ahmad—a citizen of Pakistan who was born in Chitral and raised in Abbottabad and Peshawar—attended the University of Strathclyde, where he earned his PhD. While a doctoral candidate, Idrees Ahmad began blogging on global political issues, and several prestigious outlets, including The London Review Blog and Le Monde Diplomatique, picked up his work. He has been a frequent contributor to Al Jazeera International, and currently works as a professor of digital journalism at the University of Stirling (he has also been a contributor to HuffPost.)

On July 12, 2017, Dr. Idrees Ahmad published an opinion piece in Al Jazeera.com that took umbrage with the recent reporting by the Pultizer Prize-winning journalist, Seymour Hersh, in the German daily, Die Welt, as well as earlier articles published in The London Review of Books. Idrees Ahmad also maligns the intellect and integrity of a group of experienced intelligence professionals, Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS). I am a member of VIPS, whom Idrees Ahmad dismisses as merely a group of “disgruntled former employees of the government.” The professionals who populate VIPS includes Ray McGovern, a retired CIA analyst who used to prepare the Presidential Daily Briefing, considered one of the most sensitive and important pieces of analysis in the US Intelligence Community. Coleen Rowley, a career FBI Special Agent who exposed flaws in the government’s investigation of the 9/11 terror attacks, is also a member. Larry Johnson spent years serving his country honorably in both the CIA and State Department doing things he can never talk about, and which the likes of Idrees Ahmad will never know. The same can be said for Philip Giraldi, William Binney, Elizabeth Murray and the many other intelligence veterans who are VIPS members. These are accomplished professionals with serious resumes that go far beyond playing college tennis and enjoying jazz music; in short, these are people who have decades of firsthand experience actually doing what Idrees Ahmad has only partially observed from afar.






http://www.voltairenet.org/article197144.html

Billions of dollars’ worth of arms against Syria
by Thierry Meyssan
Over the last seven years, several billion dollars’ worth of armament has been illegally introduced into Syria – a fact which in itself is enough to disprove the myth according to which this war is a democratic revolution. Numerous documents attest to the fact that the traffic was organised by General David Petraeus, first of all in public, via the CIA, of which he was the director, then privately, via the financial company KKR with the aid of certain senior civil servants. Thus the conflict, which was initially an imperialist operation by the United States and the United Kingdom, became a private capitalist operation, while in Washington, the authority of the White House was challenged by the deep state. New elements now show the secret rôle of Azerbaïdjan in the evolution of the war.



http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/nypd-sergeant-guilty-tossing-semen-female-co-worker-article-1.3336692


Former NYPD sergeant guilty of tossing semen on female co-worker
BY SARAH GABRIELLI SHAYNA JACOBS
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 10:33 PM


http://stevehochstadt.blogspot.com


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Why Americans Voted for Trump


I have been reading about why so many Americans voted for Trump. Simple ignorance is a partial answer. Many Medicaid recipients who voted for Trump did not know that their benefits were due to the Democrats’ health care legislation that he vowed to repeal.

Some voters just believed Trump’s promises to help Americans who suffered economically, even though there was no evidence in his history or the history of the Republican Party that he actually help cared about them. Many former Obama voters who switched to Trump thought that Democrats were more likely to enact policies that favored the wealthy. Now that we can see what Trump and congressional Republicans want to do about taxes and health care, it’s clear how wrong they were.

But support for Trump is about more than ignorance or deluded hopes. An extensive analysis of white working-class voters, about one-third of Americans and a group who favored Trump by a 2-1 margin, shows their unhappiness with today’s America. About two-thirds of them believe “American culture and way of life has deteriorated since the 1950s.” That time frame coincides with the civil rights and women’s movements that have shifted power away from traditionally dominant white men. They express this idea by saying that the US is losing its identity, that immigrants threaten American culture. They believe that America’s best days are in the past. No wonder Trump’s slogan about making America great again had such resonance.

Perhaps related to this pessimism about their country is a tendency to favor authoritarian leaders. A remarkable 56% of white working-class evangelical Protestants were rated as “high authoritarian”, another explanation for supporting Trump. An earlier survey confirms the authoritarian tendencies of Trump voters. People who wanted to raise their children to be “respectful, obedient, well-behaved and well-mannered” were much more likely to be Trump voters than those who wanted children to be “independent, self-reliant, considerate and curious”.

Although the views of the white working class are often labeled racist, I think this misses the mark. About half of them believe that discrimination against whites is as bad as discrimination against minorities, with older people even more sure of this idea. Nearly half of white working-class seniors believe that Christians face a lot of discrimination. This is nonsense, as shown by every study which actually compares treatment of white versus black. But it has this kernel of truth – black Americans and non-Christians have more power than they did in the 1950s. This may be the source of white belief that America has lost its identity and American culture has deteriorated.

A survey taken more than a year ago during the primaries already showed these characteristics of Trump voters: nearly all of them agreed that “my beliefs and values are under attack in America”. The label of “values voters” for white evangelicals was perhaps never accurate. Their votes for Trump, whose personal life represents a rejection of these values, show they are better named “nostalgia voters”, whose vision of a white-male-dominated America no longer represents reality.

A more complex comparison of presidential votes and moral beliefs shows that Trump voters were likely to be motivated by ideas of group loyalty, respect for authority, male dominance, and traditional social norms than by compassion for those who are suffering and desire for equal justice.

The other side of Trump supporters’ worries about fading white male power is their disparaging attitude about people different from them. The calls at his rallies to lock up Hillary Clinton and attack journalists, the desire to deport millions of immigrants, the anger at the legalization of gay marriage are signs of a meanness of spirit that Trump himself exemplifies.

Here is a local example of meanness. Catholic Bishop Thomas Paprocki in Springfield issued a “Same Sex Marriage” decree in June: people in same-sex marriages may not participate in communion or receive a Catholic funeral. Paprocki’s decree does not punish adulterers, thieves, liars, or those who disobey their parents. His isolation of gay couples is political malice, unique among American bishops. Bishop Patrick McGrath of San Jose explicitly rejected Paprocki’s nasty version of religious intolerance.

It is possible to value self-reliance and hard work without trying to cut food stamp aid to poor families. One can believe in the virtue of raising oneself out of poverty without trying to cut Medicaid for poor people in bad health. Taking a hard line on punishing criminals does not require assuming that all immigrants are law-breakers. We can deplore terrorists without discriminating against Muslims.

Too many Trump supporters take their beliefs in what is right as license to be hateful toward people who are not like them. Combine that with nostalgia for a time when blacks had to defer to whites, men could grope women, and gays stayed in the closet, and you have a Republican Party which cuts health insurance for millions of Americans, which keeps foreign students from returning to their American universities, which cuts federal programs for Americans in need. So far these attempts have failed, but Trump and his allies show no signs of letting up.

That’s what I call mean.

Steve Hochstadt
Springbrook, WI
Published in the Jacksonville Journal-Courier, July 11, 2017



https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/07/18/fbi_nsl_gagging_orders/

It's A-OK for FBI agents to silence web giants, says appeals court
One step back – but several steps forward possible in battle against NSL gagging orders


By Iain Thomson in San Francisco 18 Jul 2017 at 20:21
Gagging orders in the FBI's National Security Letters are all above board and constitutional, a California court has ruled.

These security letters are typically sent to internet giants demanding information on whoever is behind a username or email address. Crucially, these requests include clauses that prevent the organizations from warning specific subscribers that they are under surveillance by the Feds.

Cloudflare and Credo Mobile aren't happy with that, and – with the help of rights warriors at the EFF – challenged the gagging orders. Despite earlier successes in their legal battle, the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled [PDF] on Monday that the gagging orders do not trample on First Amendment rights.

“We are disappointed in the Ninth Circuit’s decision and are considering our options for next steps,” Credo CEO Ray Morris told The Register in a statement. “At CREDO, we know what an uphill battle challenging these gag orders can be, and feel that the court missed an opportunity to protect the First Amendment rights of companies that want to speak out in the




http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/07/how-chuck-grassley-is-creating-an-alternative-trump-russia-investigation/

How a Top Senate Republican Is Creating an Alternative Trump-Russia Investigation
In this one, the president is the victim.


JUL. 18, 2017 7:23 AM



Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) oversees a June 28, 2017 judiciary committee hearing.Tom Williams/CQ/Roll Call via ZUMA Press

At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last week on Christopher Wray’s nomination to head the FBI, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) quickly brought up President Donald Trump’s firing of former FBI Director James Comey. But the committee chairman didn’t fault Trump for Comey’s dismissal. Rather, Grassley defended Trump’s right to let him go. “There are no restrictions on the ability of any president to fire any director,” he said in his opening statement.

Grassley’s comment was significant because he heads what could wind up being the most consequential of the congressional investigations related to the Trump-Russia scandal: a probe of Trump’s firing of Comey and collusion between the Trump camp and Russia. The inquiry presumably will examine whether the president obstructed justice by axing the official leading the FBI’s investigation of interactions between the Trump camp and Russia and its related probe of Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser. The House and Senate intelligence committees are examining various aspects of the Trump-Russia controversy, and the FBI’s investigation is now proceeding under the leadership of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who may also be examining Trump’s dumping of Comey.

But the Judiciary Committee, unlike these other outfits, operates mostly in public, and, more important, it can actively pursue the case of Comey’s firing—and Trump’s possible obstruction of justice—whether or not that episode involved any violations of the law.

The intensity and extent of the committee’s investigation of the Comey firing and other aspects of the Russia scandal depend on Grassley. And so far it looks like the 83-year-old Iowan is more interested in developing a counter-narrative to the Trump-Russia storyline by conducting a series of alternative investigations into tangential subjects. These inquiries seem designed to minimize the culpability of Trump and his aides and to deflect attention from the core issues of the controversy.

Grassley has sent a stream of letters to government agencies and private parties demanding information that is barely or loosely related to the Comey dismissal or Trump-Russia contacts. The letters suggest wrongdoing by those investigating Trump or imply equivalence between the actions of the Trump gang and the Obama crew. Put together, they offer a rough conservative narrative of government officials and others colluding and conspiring to take down Trump. At the least, Grassley’s missives appear aimed at undermining the credibility of agencies or people who have uncovered information on Trump.

Meanwhile, Grassley is reluctantly moving ahead on the main issues. That’s due in part to careful coaxing by Democrats on the Judiciary Committee. The committee’s ranking member, Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and other Democrats on the panel know they need Grassley on board for the committee to pursue a thorough investigation of the Comey firing and other Trump-Russia matters. Aware that Grassley resents criticism and revels in a nonpartisan image, they have mostly avoided accusing him of covering for Trump. The Democrats have also more or less accepted his alternative inquiries as the price of doing business and winning Grassley’s cooperation in the collusion and obstruction probes.

Feinstein tells Mother Jones that this strategy of nonconfrontation led to a deal, ratified last Tuesday in an exchange of memos between Democratic and Republican committee staffers, which ensures the committee will investigate alleged obstruction and collusion by Trump and his aides.

There is “agreement to look into issues related to Russian interference in the election and possible obstruction of justice,” Feinstein spokesman Tom Mentzer wrote in an email. Mentzer, though, declined to elaborate on specifics of the arrangement, which judiciary aides say replaces a less formal working agreement that had lacked clarity on what Grassley had agreed to investigate. Grassley’s office did not respond to requests for comment.

After the deal was reached, Grassley announced he would call former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort to appear before the committee. He also agreed to Feinstein’s request that the committee ask Donald Trump Jr. to testify publicly before the panel regarding his June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer and an email exchange showing top Trump aides agreed to cooperate with what seemed to be a secret operation mounted by the Putin regime to disseminate negative information on Hillary Clinton to help Trump.

But while he moves ahead on those fronts, Grassley is also pushing his parallel probes and maintaining an idiosyncratic and at times truculent investigative approach.

Grassley has sent at least five letters this year to the Justice Department and the FBI asserting that Andrew McCabe, the FBI’s acting director, should have recused himself from the bureau’s probe into Trump campaign contacts with Russia because his wife received campaign contributions from the political action committee of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Clinton ally, during her unsuccessful 2015 Virginia state Senate bid. Grassley has cited reporting by the conservative news site Circa to assert McCabe should have also have recused himself from the bureau’s investigation of Flynn because Flynn wrote a letter supporting an FBI agent who had alleged she faced retaliation after filing a sex discrimination complaint in 2012.

Grassley said at the Wray nomination hearing last week that McCabe “was named in a sex discrimination case.” That’s a stretch. The report cited in Grassley’s letter says McCabe knew of an investigation into the FBI agent that she claimed amounted to retaliation—not that McCabe was personally accused of discrimination. Without presenting evidence, Grassley also called McCabe a “potential” suspect behind leaks of information on Flynn, a charge that McCabe has denied.

Grassley has tried to link McCabe and another entity he has portrayed as suspicious: Fusion GPS, the Washington, DC, firm that retained former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele to produce memos detailing allegations of secret ties between the Kremlin and Trump. Grassley has issued a series of committee letters demanding the firm hand over information on its clients and details of Steele’s work arrangement, including whether the FBI once planned to pay him for providing intelligence to the bureau.

Grassley has suggested that McCabe employed Steele as part of some anti-Trump effort. “The American people should know if the FBI’s second-in-command relied on Democrat-funded opposition research to justify an investigation of the Republican presidential campaign,” Grassley wrote in multiple letters. The letters, which include footnotes, do not document any contacts between Steele and McCabe.

But Grassley’s questions were picked up by conservative media outlets dismissive of the Russia scandal. “Chuck Grassley Asks If the FBI Helped Create Trump-Russia Allegations,” RedState.com said in a March 29 headline.

Grassley similarly helped fuel conservative talking points with a July 11 letter asking the State and Homeland Security departments how Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who met with Trump Jr. and others in Trump Tower, had entered the United States after she was previously denied a visa. The query led to errant reports that the Justice Department had okayed an exemption for Veselnitkskaya, including a Drudge Report banner: “Obama DOJ Let the Russian In.” (The Homeland Security Department says the State Department issued her a visitor’s visa in 2016.) Other pro-Trump sites incorrectly claimed former Attorney General Loretta Lynch personally approved of the exemption, a claim President Trump parroted during a press conference in Paris on Thursday. “Somebody said that her visa or her passport to come into the country was approved by Attorney General Lynch,” Trump said.

Grassley is also not done with Clinton’s emails. He wrote to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on March 30 asking if the department had concluded that Clinton’s email management was careless and whether it had launched a review into her “mishandling of classified information.”

Even as he pursues these disparate targets, Grassley has not sought to compel Attorney General Jeff Sessions to testify before his committee to explain Sessions’ false claim—made under oath at his confirmation hearing—that he had no contacts with Russian officials during the 2016 campaign. Nor has Grassley pressed Sessions, his former committee colleague, to explain how he squares his recusal from the Russia probe, which resulted from Sessions’ undisclosed meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, with his role in Comey’s firing.

Democrats, no surprise, grouse that these Grassley moves are overly partisan. “It’s a mistake,” says Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) a former Judiciary chairman. “The committee is more and more controlled by politics.”

A part-time pig farmer, Grassley, the first chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee without a law degree, won a reputation for independence after joining the Senate in 1981. He drew notice for pressing Republican and Democratic administrations to curb spending and protect whistleblowers. He developed an experienced team of investigators that earned a reputation as an effective, free-ranging oversight force that ran probes on a variety of issues, from federal contracting to drug pricing.

Democrats who have worked with Grassley say his nonpartisan bonafides began to decline in 2009, when he acceded to heavy pressure from GOP leaders and conservative activists and dropped out of bipartisan negotiations with Democrats regarding President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. Grassley ended up endorsing the false claim that Obamacare would create “death panels,” recalls Jim Manley, a onetime spokesman for former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and late Sen. Ted Kennedy. “He made his bed with the right and he’s been playing that game ever since,” Manley says.

Still, Grassley is no Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the hapless House Intelligence Committee chairman who was forced to recuse himself from the panel’s Russia probe after a ham-handed effort to bolster Trump’s false charge that the Obama administration had wiretapped him. Nor is Grassley taking the approach of House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), who has refused to even question the Trump administration on Comey’s firing or Sessions’ conduct.

Committee Democrats appear intent on playing to Grassley’s self-image as a fair and balanced chairman, ignoring his conspiratorial focus on events involving Fusion GPS and McCabe. Feinstein and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), the top Democrat on the crime and terrorism subcommittee, even signed onto Grassley letters regarding former Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s actions in connection to the bureau’s investigation of the Clinton email controversy.

Democrats remain cautious as they work to nudge Grassley forward. Feinstein is quick to praise his forthrightness in their dealings. But when asked if his investigative zeal is hampered by a desire to avoid damage to the Republican president, she tersely says, “I think that’s right.” But she quickly adds, “I really like him, because he’s very clear. Things are either bad or good. He’s very direct and honest with me.”

Still, it is anyone’s guess just where Grassley is headed. Feinstein says she’s not sure how he will navigate the obstruction and collusion probe and the various tangents he is pursuing: “I don’t know what’s going on




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https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/18/world/americas/state-department-war-crimes-office-closing.html


War Crimes Office May Be Closed in State Dept. Reorganization
July 18, 2017


Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson in Istanbul this month. A State Department spokeswoman said decisions on restructuring were not yet
WASHINGTON — The State Department office charged with combating war crimes may become the latest casualty of Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson’s plans to restructure his department, former American officials said on Tuesday.

Human rights advocates seized on the proposal as another example of what they assert is the Trump administration’s indifference to human rights outside North Korea, Iran and Cuba.

They also say that shutting the Office of Global Criminal Justice, as the war crimes bureau is officially known, would hamper efforts to publicize atrocities and bring war criminals to justice.

“The promise of ‘never again’ has proven hard to keep,” said Stephen J. Rapp, who led the office during the Obama administration. “If this Office of Global Criminal Justice closes, it will become even more difficult.”
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