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
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
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.
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April 9, 2017 | WhoWhatWhy Staff
A selection of WhoWhatWhy stories on Syria that demonstrate why you should question any country’s official explanations for what it does.
April 8, 2017 | WhoWhatWhy Staff
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?
Russ Baker joins comedians Tim Dillon and Ray Crump to discuss WhoWhatWhy’s groundbreaking article on Trump, Russia, and the FBI.
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."
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
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
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.
April 7, 2017 – Experts address institutional and cultural Islamophobia and chart a course for challenging Islamophobia nationally, and in Maryland and Montgomery County.
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.
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
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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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
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FBI cold case expert aims to solve Anne Frank betrayal mystery Society October 1, 2017 - By Robin Pascoe Anne Frank at school in 1940. Photo: Collectie Anne Frank Stichting Amsterdam via Wikimedia Commons
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It is now well over 200,000 unsolved murders since this study was done1/3 of murders go unsolved
This figure does not include people on missing persons listwe don't know if they have been murderedGuess how many people on missing persons list.
Nearly 185,000 murders in U.S. from 1980 to 2010 remain unsolvedBy Thomas HargroveScripps Howard News ServicePublished: May 26, 2010 12:00 a.m.
Every year in America, 6,000 killers get away with murder.
The percentage of homicides that go unsolved in the U.S. has risen alarmingly, even as the homicide rate has fallen to levels last seen in the 1960s.
Despite dramatic improvements in DNA analysis and other breakthroughs in forensic science, police fail to make an arrest in more than one-third of all homicides. National clearance rates for murder and manslaughter have fallen from about 90 percent in the 1960s to below 65 percent in recent years.
The majority of homicides now go unsolved at dozens of big-city police departments, according to a Scripps Howard News Service study of crime records provided by the FBI.
"This is very frightening," said Bill Hagmaier, executive director of the International Homicide Investigators Association and retired chief of the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit.
"We'd expect that — with more police officers, more scientific tools like DNA analysis and more computerized records — we'd be clearing more homicides now with more resources," Hagmaier said. "But the clearance rates have fallen drastically."
Nearly 185,000 killings went unsolved from 1980 to 2008, the Scripps study found.
Additionally, a survey of 1,001 adults interviewed by telephone from Feb. 3 to March 9 by Scripps Howard News Service and Ohio University found nearly one-third of American adults personally know the victim of a homicide and at least one in nine personally knew the victim of an unsolved homicide.
The odds of knowing a homicide victim are greater among racial and ethnic minority groups, among men and among less-educated people, the poll showed.
The public is starting to notice the growing percentage of unsolved killings.
"When my first son was killed, I was embarrassed and ashamed. Why did this happen to me? But when my second son died, I decided I'd had enough and wanted to be an advocate for murder victims," said Valencia Mohammed, founder of Mothers of Unsolved Murders, in Washington, D.C.
Mohammed's 14-year-old son, Said, was found shot to death in his bedroom in March 1999. His elder brother, Imtiaz, 23, was shot to death along a city street in June 2004, prompting Mohammed, a former member of the D.C. Board of Education, to demand a meeting with top police officials.
"I asked, 'How many unsolved murders do you have?' They said 3,479 since 1969. That's when I broke down. I was in tears. I said, 'I know you guys are not going to solve these murders.' "
Police made an arrest and obtained a conviction four years after Imtiaz was killed, but Said's death has not been solved.
Experts say that murders have become tougher to solve because there are fewer crimes of passion, where the assailant is easier to identify, and more drug- and gang-related killings. Many police chiefs — especially in areas with skyrocketing numbers of unsolved crimes — blame a lack of cooperation by witnesses and even surviving victims of violent crime.
Still, some police departments routinely solve most of their homicides, even the tough ones, while others are mired in growing stacks of unsolved cases.
Police solved only 35 percent of the murders in Chicago in 2008, 22 percent in New Orleans and just 21 percent in Detroit. Yet authorities solved 75 percent of the killings that same year in Philadelphia, 92 percent in Denver and 94 percent in San Diego.
"We've concluded that the major factor is the amount of resources police departments place on homicide clearances and the priority they give to homicide clearances," said University of Maryland criminologist Charles Wellford, who led a landmark study into how police can improve murder investigations.
Wellford served as a consultant in the Scripps study, which found enormous variation in murder-clearance rates around the nation. But the patterns are not random. Police departments that showed the most dramatic improvement made concerted and conscious efforts to do so.
After clearance rates in Philadelphia dropped to an anemic 56 percent in 2006, newly elected Mayor Michael Nutter declared a "crime emergency."
He hired Charles Ramsey, a former police chief in Washington, D.C., as police commissioner. Ramsey installed a fresh homicide supervisor, Capt. James Clark, who led a results-based oversight of murder investigations similar to total-quality management methods first employed by Japanese manufacturers.
"This is just like in any industry," said Deputy Commissioner Richard Ross, a veteran Philadelphia homicide investigator and major-case supervisor. "If you don't work a job, then it's not coming in. That's the saying around here. So we make our guys work the jobs."
Clearance rates jumped to 75 percent in 2008.
The turnaround of solution rates in Philadelphia has been repeated in dozens of police departments around the nation, the Scripps study found.
"If police organizations say it's unacceptable to have clearance rates of 50, 40 even 30 percent, then those rates will rise," Wellford said. "They begin to institute smart policing in their homicide investigations."
The nation's most dramatic improvement, according to the Scripps study, was in Durham, N.C., where clearances averaged only 39 percent in the 1990s following a dramatic increase in drug-related crime. But the solution rate shot up to an average of 78 percent for the city's 215 killings since 2000.
"This doesn't happen in a vacuum," said Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez.
Durham's department uses several best practices espoused by criminologists and Justice Department researchers:
Generous authorization of overtime for murder investigators during the critical first hours after a killing.
More manpower at the murder scene, including up to eight experienced detectives.
Sharing electronic information between homicide investigators and the intelligence and crime-analysis units.
Sending forensic-science technicians to crime scenes, and expanding in-house lab procedures for fingerprint and ballistics analysis.
In addition, they developed Durham's Community Response Program to locate witnesses after a major crime.
"We will canvass door-to-door to see what information we can get. If necessary, we'll get up to 100 officers knocking on doors," Lopez said. "It's civilians, police, even elected officials who come out so we can get more witnesses … witnesses we otherwise would never have gotten. And that builds more trust throughout the neighborhoods."
While several police departments have shown similar improvements, most have not. The average solution rate fell in 63 of the nation's 100 largest police departments.
City police in Flint, Mich., and Dayton, Ohio, suffered the worst decline in clearance rates among major police departments. The average clearance rate fell more than 30 percent since the 1990s in both cities.
PROLOGUETainting EvidenceInside the Scandals at the FBI Crime LabBy JOHN F. KELLY and PHILLIP K. WEARNEThe Free Press Read the Review
Prologue: Examining the Examiners
The tall, graying legislator strode past the American flag onto the platform of Committee Room 226. With a quick adjustment of his black-and-white spotted tie, he seated himself at the center of a semicircular dais under the carved eagle on the hardwood-paneled wall. As the lights of six television cameras were switched on and photographers and cameramen began to jostle for position, Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa began to read slowly from three sheets of paper. It was his opening statement as chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight into the Courts at hearings entitled, "A Review of the FBI Laboratory: Beyond the Inspector General's Report."
His purpose, he explained, was to help restore public confidence in federal law enforcement in general and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in particular. But the facts the senator went on to outline hardly seemed likely to do that. The hearings had had to be postponed twice, he stated, because of the FBI's refusal to cooperate by supplying requested documentation and by making FBI employees available to testify without the bureau's lawyers present. This, Senator Grassley said, was despite FBI director Louis Freeh's appeal for more oversight to another congressional subcommittee just four months earlier, when he had stated that the FBI could be the most dangerous agency in the country if "not scrutinized carefully."
Senator Grassley said the FBI was being hypocritical. "It is not the message that rings true. It's the actions. The Bureau's actions contradict the director's assertion that it is inviting oversight. And until the actions match the words, the ghosts of FBI past are still very much in the present." He went on to say that he expected the requested documentation to arrive the moment the hearings finished. In fact, within an hour, Senator Grassley had to apologize to the packed committee room for being "so cynical." The documents had arrived but were so heavily redacted as to be virtually useless, he said, holding up page after page of blacked-out FBI memos.
Senator Grassley's hearings took place in the wake of the release five months earlier of a damning 517-page report by the Inspector General's Office of the Department of Justice, the result of an eighteen-month investigation into the FBI laboratory. The investigators had included a panel of five internationally renowned forensic scientists, the first time in its sixty-five-year history that the FBI lab, considered by many -- not least, by itself -- the best in the world, had been subject to any form of external scientific scrutiny. The findings were alarming. FBI examiners had given scientifically flawed, inaccurate, and overstated testimony under oath in court; had altered the lab reports of examiners to give them a pro-prosecutorial slant, and had failed to document tests and examinations from which they drew incriminating conclusions, thus ensuring that their work could never be properly checked.
FBI lab management, meanwhile, had failed to check examinations and lab reports; had overseen a woefully inadequate record retention system; and had not only failed to investigate serious and credible allegations of incompetence but had covered them up. Management had also resisted any form of external scrutiny of the lab and had failed to establish and enforce its own validated scientific procedures and protocols -- the same ones that had been issued by managers themselves in an effort to combat the lab's known shortcomings in the first place.
But the IG's report, shocking as its conclusions were, was severely limited. It had looked at just three of seven units in the FBI lab's Scientific Analysis Section, a fraction of the lab's total of twenty-seven units.* The IG had been mandated to look into the specific allegations of just one man, Dr. Frederic Whitehurst, a Ph.D. chemist and FBI supervisory special agent who for eight years, until 1994, had worked solely on explosives-residue analysis -- trace detection, and identification of the residue left behind by explosions in the lab's Materials Analysis Unit.
For nearly ten years, until he was suspended and put on "administrative leave" just weeks before the IG's report was published in April 1997, Whitehurst had reported his own observations and what others had told him. Underpinning his complaints and their persistence were three things: the unscientific nature of so much of what was being passed off as science in the FBI lab; the culture of pro-prosecution bias rather than scientific truth that pervaded the lab, including the possibly illegal withholding of exculpatory information; and the complete inability of the FBI lab or its management to investigate itself and correct these problems.
Not only had the IG report confined itself to Whitehurst's admittedly limited sphere of knowledge within the FBI lab, it had no mandate to look into the evidentiary matters raised, to ask how particular cases might have been affected, or to look at the possibility of charges against FBI lab employees heavily criticized by the report. Given the plentiful evidence of pro prosecution bias, false testimony, and inadequate forensic work, it was only logical to assume that cases had been affected. How many people might be in jail unjustly? How many might be on Death Row by mistake? If innocent people were in jail for crimes they did not commit, how many guilty ones were walking the streets?
Nonprofit accuses high-level FBI agent of stealing thousandsMonday, October 16th 2017, 11:55 pm EDT
A former high-ranking FBI official in Honolulu is under fire after a local nonprofit accused him of stealing more than $33,000.
In a police statement filed last month, the nonprofit Hawaii LGBT Legacy Foundation said that between November 2016 and August 2017, 56-year-old Robert Kauffman wrote improper checks and made several unauthorized withdrawals from the foundation's bank account.
Kauffman is a former assistant special agent-in-charge of the FBI’s Honolulu field office, and served with the bureau for more than 20 years where he investigated organized crime and espionage cases. He also served as the foundation's treasurer.
“Several of these checks and bank account withdrawals were in excess of $3,000, which requires the approval of two board members,” attorney and foundation director David Brustein wrote.
“Robert did not have signatures or board approval,” Brustein added.
But Kauffman's attorney, Myles Breiner, said his client is “innocent of any embezzlement,” and was safeguarding the money from being misspent.
He said Kauffman returned the money with a cashier's check even before the foundation went to the police.
“Mr. Kauffman is innocent of any embezzlement. We believe that there was a disagreement over the handling of funds by the Legacy Foundation,” said Breiner.
“(He) was concerned about some of the decision being made about the costs and financing of various projects the foundation was endorsing."
Kauffman is currently chief investigator for the state Judiciary's Office of Disciplinary Counsel, which oversees attorney conduct.
He’s also listed as the CEO of The Wellness Group LLC, which unsuccessfully applied for a medical marijuana dispensary license. Among the Wellness Groups’ investors included foundation board members Brustein and Dr. David McEwan.
Brustein said Kauffman’s role at the two organizations are unrelated.
The Hawaii LGBT Legacy Foundation is a tax-exempt organization that supports causes for the gay, lesbian and transgendered people and is a big organizer of the Honolulu Pride festival happened throughout October.
Lightning winger J.T. Brown's raised fist leads to training shift with Tampa cops
BY EVAN GROSSMAN NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 5:30 PM
It didn’t take long for the death threats to arrive.
Right after Lightning winger J.T. Brown put his fist in the air during the national anthem earlier this month, he said he received threats over social media. Brown is the first NHL player to demonstrate against racial injustice during the national anthem, and the treatment he’s received is no different than the many NFL players who have protested racial injustice during the anthem.
He said in a recent statement that the threats “prove why this topic must be talked about.”
Brown, 27, is one of almost 30 NHL players who are black. He grew up in Minnesota, the son of former Minnesota Viking Ted Brown, and for the last year, he wrestled with the idea of joining the anthem protests sweeping through professional sports. Finally, on Oct. 7, prior to a road game against the Panthers, he raised his fist like John Carlos and Tommie Smith did at the Olympics 49 years ago this week.
NHL’s Joel Ward explains why he decided not to kneel for anthem“It’s been a process,” Brown told the Daily News. “I just made the decision I felt was right.”
J.T. Brown tells the Daily News he spoke with members of the military before deciding to raise his fist.Brown said the decision to demonstrate was clinched after speaking with military veterans. Similar to Green Beret Nate Boyer recommending Colin Kaepernick take a knee (rather than sit) during the anthem a year ago, Brown decided to raise a fist after speaking with servicemen.
“I think if you ask each individual military member, they may give you a different story. Just like if you ask each member of a team, you’re going to have different opinions,” Brown said. “But the overwhelming majority said, ‘Whether or not I agree with you, it’s your right to do it and it’s not going to change how I feel about you. I’ll stand right with you. If I was standing next to you, I’d put my hand on your shoulder, whether you’re sitting, kneeling, doesn’t matter.’”
As a black hockey player, Brown has said he’s endured racism throughout his career. He and a handful of other black NHL players have talked about social issues, but so far Brown is the only one to demonstrate.
VIDEO: J.T. Brown, Lightning forward, raises fist during anthem“We have had discussions, but the most important thing is outside,” Brown said. “The change happens outside the rink.”
Consistent with that belief, Brown met with Tampa police last Friday and spent the day training with officers. After he put his fist in the air, Brown was offered an invitation by interim Police Chief Brian Dugan, a former Lightning employee. The experience was eye-opening.
“It was nice for him to reach out and say, ‘How can we work together?’” Brown said. “I think that’s the most important thing is working together and finding the common ground and being able to step outside of my comfort zone and see what it’s like over on their side.”
Brown went through various training exercises with cops, ranging from domestic disturbances to drunk and disorderly conduct, to the use of tasers and pepper spray. One particular exercise, in which Brown took part in a staged traffic stop, was especially scary when the driver pretended to open fire at him.
“I know they have a hard job. But that put it in perspective. I want to learn,” Brown said. “I wanted to be able to learn from them and get the first-hand experience.”
Brown is no stranger to activism. Last year he pushed back against Columbus and former Rangers coach John Tortorella after he threatened to bench any Team USA players who kneel during the anthem. Brown tweeted “Wouldn’t benching a black man for taking a stance only further prove Kap’s point of oppression?”
Brown also donated $1,500 to a fund committed to taking down a Confederate statue in Tampa.
The Lightning issued a statement supporting Brown after his protest. The NHL does not prohibit players from demonstrations during the anthem.
Raanta, Zibanejad lift Rangers to 1-0 OT win over Lightning“The Tampa Bay Lightning celebrate the moment before every game when we can unite as a community, paying homage to a flag that is representative of our nation and those who have sacrificed,” the team said in a statement. “At the same time, we respect our players and individual choices they may make on social and political issues.”
For now, Brown remains the only NHL player to demonstrate during the anthem. He plans to continue to do work in the community and keep raising his fist on the nights he does play.
“We can’t just stick to the status quo,” Brown has said. “I want young minorities to see that what they maybe be going through is not being ignored by the hockey community.”
Brown said the decision to demonstrate was clinched after speaking with military veterans. Similar to Green Beret Nate Boyer recommending Colin Kaepernick take a knee (rather than sit) during the anthem a year ago, Brown decided to raise a fist after speaking with servicemen.
Lawsuit seeks disclosure of FBI 9/11 investigation file
October 17, 2017 Updated: October 17, 2017 10:27am
MIAMI A lawsuit seeking disclosure of FBI files that may detail a U.S.-based support network for the 9/11 hijackers has reached a federal appeals court, which is being asked by a Florida online publication to order a Freedom of Information Act trial on the dispute.
The case centers around reporting published by the Broward Bulldog on the FBI's investigation into a Saudi family that abruptly left its home in a gated Sarasota community two weeks before the 2001 terror attacks. One FBI document written in 2002 that was disclosed in court said agents had found "many connections" between the family and some of the hijackers who took flying lessons at a nearby airport, including ringleader Mohamed Atta.
Later, however, the FBI disputed its own document, telling a 9/11 review commission in 2015 that it was "poorly written and unsubstantiated."
The former Sarasota residents, Saudis Abdulaziz and Anoud al-Hijji, have denied having connections with or supporting the hijackers. They now live overseas.
And the FBI's position is that it doesn't have to explain why it discounts its 2002 memo, despite details that were reported by the Bulldog and other media a decade after the attacks. Those 2011 stories on the Al-Hijjis focused on how neighbors had reported that they abruptly moved out of their home in an upscale, gated Sarasota community before the 9/11 attacks, leaving behind cars, clothes, furniture and even a refrigerator full of food. The possible connections to hijackers include gate records indicating some had visited the home as well as telephone calls involving them.
Documents filed Monday with the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta by Broward Bulldog attorneys seek an order overturning a Miami judge's June decision not to have a FOIA trial over the FBI documents provided to the review commission. The FBI has asserted seven exemptions to the FOIA requirements, including that releasing the files would endanger national security and expose law enforcement techniques.
"How much information concerning its investigation of the 9/11 attacks must the FBI share with the public? The answer, according to the district court, is very little," Bulldog attorney Thomas Julin wrote in the document, adding that the hidden records are "paramount to the nation's right to know how the FBI handled the investigation of 9/11."
The appeal also seeks an order enabling the Bulldog attorneys to take a sworn deposition of the FBI agent who told the 9/11 review commission to discount the Sarasota "many connections" memo.
The attacks by 19 hijackers in four planes in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania killed 2,977 people.
Separately, the Broward Bulldog is awaiting a different judge's decision on whether any or all of some 80,000 pages of files from the FBI's Sarasota investigation will be made public. U.S. District Judge William Zloch has been reviewing those documents in private since 2014, and announced this month that his review is complete. Zloch has asked the FBI and the publication to suggest how he should rule.
The FBI has also indicated it will file its response with the 11th Circuit over the FOIA trial
Neo-Nazi comes out as gay and reveals Jewish roots while renouncing ties to far-right groups BY JESSICA SCHLADEBECK NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 4:02 PM
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Photo of white Maine roofers stopping work to stand for national anthem goes viralBy Dialynn Dwyer 10:39 AM
Three roofers in Maine have gained national attention after they halted work Saturday to stand, hands across their hearts, for “The Star-Spangled Banner” as it played at a nearby high school football game.
Why is Maine so white? And why does it matter?
September 14, 2012 9:59 am Updated: September 14, 2012 6:11 pmAUGUSTA, Maine — When 95 percent of the people around you have a different skin color, it’s hard not to notice that you’re different.
That reality marks life for people of color who live in Maine.
“I recently took my family to an agricultural fair,” said Professor Charles Nero, who moved from the South to teach rhetoric and African-American studies at Bates College in Lewiston. “In the back of my mind, I asked if I should bring my family there. I didn’t see other black people, but people were really nice to me. As a black person, you do think a lot about how freely you can move about.”
“I have an 8-year old daughter who is biracial. She and her mother, who is white, went to see a concert in Bangor,” said Pious Ali, a native of Ghana who now lives in Portland.
When she returned from the concert, Ali’s daughter asked him why there were so few people who look like her in the audience.
“In Portland, she sees a very diverse community,” he said. “She sees a lot of kids like her: Arabs, Asians, Hispanics. When she leaves Portland, she doesn’t see many other people. I think she was amazed when she looked around and saw very little diversity.”
Although Maine ranks just behind Vermont as the whitest state in the nation, census figures indicate that the Pine Tree State is slowly becoming more racially and culturally diverse. Ethnic populations increased in all 16 counties between 2000 and 2010.
And the state’s three largest metropolitan areas — Bangor, Lewiston-Auburn and Portland-South Portland — saw increases during the past decade of 6.2 percent, 3.8 percent and 5.4 percent, respectively, in the percentage of residents who identify their ethnicity as something other than non-Hispanic white, according to data compiled by Harvard School of Public Health.
But that change toward a more culturally diverse society in Maine occurred at a much slower pace than in most other parts of the United States during the past 30 years, according to a recently released Brown University study. That report lists Bangor, Lewiston-Auburn and Portland-South Portland among the 25 least diverse metro areas in the nation.
The Brown study measured how evenly population is spread across five groups: Hispanics of any race, non-Hispanic whites, blacks, Asians and “others,” which includes non-Hispanic Native Americans, other races and multiracial people.
While the number of Portland and Lewiston-Auburn residents who identified themselves as non-Hispanic blacks increased 109 percent and 496 percent, respectively, between 2000 and 2010, that ethnic group still only represents 1.5 percent of the overall population in Portland-South Portland and 3.6 percent of Lewiston-Auburn’s population, according to the Harvard School of Public Health information.
Why do so few people of color choose to live in Maine?
Ali, who moved to Portland from New York and founded the Maine Interfaith Youth Alliance “to create community dialogues” among young people of different backgrounds, believes “culture shock” has something to do with it.
Because Maine is a large, rural state with a few scattered metropolitan areas, “even for a white person from New York who moves here, there will be shock,” he said.
Being a person of color increases the challenge of adjusting to life in Maine, and being an immigrant makes it even more difficult, Ali said.
“You need support from people who understand you,” he said. While most Mainers he has encountered are “warm-hearted” and try to be supportive, they don’t share the common experience of being a relatively new immigrant.
“I honestly think there are a lot of people out there who want to understand where you come from. I’ve been a lot of places where people are open-minded,” he said. “But people are scared of what they don’t know. The fear of the unknown plays a big role.”
Young people who come to Maine from more ethnically diverse communities, especially those where white people are a minority, often feel “anxious about moving to a different kind of place,” said Laura Lee, assistant dean of student affairs at Bowdoin College in Brunswick. Lee advises international students and coordinates the college’s host family program for them.
The weather and isolation from a major city top concerns among international and nonwhite students, according to Lee. “Being a really white state did not seem to be their top association with Maine,” she said.
Having grown up in the warm climate of Ghana, Ali said that adapting to Maine’s cold winters played a role in his adjustment to life here.
But Nero warns that blaming the cold for Maine’s limited diversity feeds a false, negative stereotype.
“I don’t agree that cold and remote location discourage migration,” he said. “There is a historic black population in this state. Black people have a pioneering spirit and have moved to diverse regions of the nation. There is this belief that does circulate that black people are warm-climate people. That’s not true.”
Instead, Nero points to Maine’s rural character and economic climate as factors that discourage people of color from settling in the state.
“Diversity is created by economic reality,” Nero said. “Currently in Maine, we don’t have those economic realities. The [Brown University] study refers to certain kinds of business and educational structures that attract diversity. Maine
A nurse's aide plays video games while a Vietnam veteran dies at Bedford VA Medical Center - The Boston Globe2017/10/17 The hospital admitted its care for Bill Nutter was not “up to our standards,” but the reality was uglier. Now, the FBI is investigating.Bill Nutter was very sick. Not only had he just lost his second leg to diabetes, but he also suffered from a condition that could cause his heart to stop beating without warning.
But his daughter, Brigitte Darton, felt reassured because her mother had found a bed for the ailing Vietnam veteran and retired police detective at the Bedford VA Medical Center. He would be under the watchful eyes of the staff at a hospital ranked by the Veterans Administration as one of its best nationwide.
So Darton went on a long-planned family vacation in July 2016, only to get a shocking call from her mother the next day. “Your father passed away,” Carol Nutter said. “He didn’t wake up.”
A doctor eventually told Carol Nutter that a staff member on the night shift had failed to check on him hourly, as she should have.
But that was not the full story.
Kansas man set free after spending 23 years behind bars for crime he didn't commit — and state gives him $0BY JESSICA SCHLADEBECK NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 9:14 AM
Regreening the planet could cut as much carbon as halting oil use – reportNatural solutions such as tree planting, protecting peatlands and better land management could account for 37% of all cuts needed by 2030, says study
Former NYPD sergeant faces prison in New Jersey
Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 4:58 AM
NY to set new rules for solitary confinement in local jails
Another Historic Storm: Surreal Ophelia Strikes Ireland with Hurricane Force“Ophelia is breaking new ground for a major hurricane. Typically those waters [are] much too cool for anything this strong. I really can’t believe I’m seeing a major just south of the Azores.” — National Hurricane Center scientist Eric Blake on Twitter.
Warmer than normal ocean temperatures due to human-forced climate change are now enabling major hurricanes to threaten Northern Europe. A region that was traditionally considered primarily out of the range of past powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricanes under 20th Century climatology. One that, in a warmer world, is increasingly under the gun.
(Ophelia roars over Ireland. Image source: NASA Worldview.)
On October 14, Ophelia hit major hurricane status as it moved swiftly toward Europe. Packing 115 mph maximum sustained winds over a region of ocean where we’ve never recorded this kind of powerful storm before, Ophelia set its sights on Ireland. Crossing over warmer than normal North Atlantic Ocean waters, the storm maintained hurricane status up to 12 hours before barreling into Ireland. At that time, cooler waters caused the storm to transition to extra-tropical. But this transition was not enough to prevent Ireland from being struck by hurricane-force gusts up to 119 mph, storm surge flooding, and seeing structural damage reminiscent to a category one storm.
360,000 power outages and two deaths were attributed to a storm that should have not maintained such high intensity so far north and east. Yet another historic storm that forced the National Hurricane Center to shift its tracking map east of the 0 degree longitude line (Greenwich) since they had not planned for a hurricane or its tropical remnants to move so far out of the typical zone for North Atlantic hurricanes (see image at bottom of page).
the terrifying beauty of mama nature #Ophelia pic.twitter.com/k2GmMxRcPV
— Stiofan mac (@REDEARL777) October 16, 2017
(Human-caused climate change produces angrier seas off Ireland as amped-up Ophelia rages.)
As with many of the recently powerful storms, 1 to 2 degree Celsius above average sea surface temperatures were a prime enabler allowing Ophelia to maintain such high intensity so far north. And under the present trend, it appears that the Atlantic coasts of Spain, Portugal, France, Ireland and England are now all more likely to see tropical storm and hurricane impacts in the future as sea surface temperatures continue to rise. In the past, strikes by tropical cyclones to places like Ireland were considered to be rare — with the last Hurricane to impact Ireland being Debbie in 1961. But recent climate science studies indicate that global warming is likely to increase the frequency of hurricane and tropical storm impacts to Northern Europe:
In a paper published in April 2013, the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute predicted that by the year 2100, global warming would greatly increase the threat of hurricane-force winds to western Europe from former tropical cyclones and hybrid storms, the latter similar to Hurricane Sandy in 2012. One model predicted an increase from 2 to 13 in the number of cyclones with hurricane-force winds in the waters offshore western Europe. The study suggested that conditions favorable for tropical cyclones would expand 1,100 km (700 mi) to the east. A separate study based out of University of Castile-La Mancha predicted that hurricanes would develop in the Mediterranean Sea in Septembers by the year 2100, which would threaten countries in southern Europe.
The present Atlantic hurricane season can now only be described as a surreal caricature of what we feared climate change could produce. Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and a dozen or more Caribbean islands are now devastated disaster areas. Some locations may feel the effects of the off-the-charts powerful storms enabled by a warmer than normal ocean for decades to come. Puerto Rico, unless it receives far more significant aid from the mainland than the Trump Administration appears to be willing to provide, may never fully recover. And now Ophelia has maintained hurricane status until just twelve hours before striking Europe’s Ireland as a powerful extra-tropical storm.
2017 has also been an extraordinary year basin-wide by measure of storm energy. Total accumulated cyclone energy (ACE) for the North Atlantic as of October 15 was 222.5. So far, according to this measure, 2017 is the 7th strongest hurricane season ever recorded since records began in 1851. The most intense season, 1933, may see its own record of 259 ACE exceeded over the coming days and weeks. For storms still appear to be forming over record warm waters. According to the National Hurricane Center, a disturbance off the East Coast of the United States now has a 40 percent chance of developing into the season’s 16th named storm over the next 48 hours. Meanwhile, during recent years, powerful late October storms like Matthew and Sandy have tended to crop up over warmer than normal ocean waters even as late season storms ranging into November and December appear to be more common. In other words, we’re not out of the woods yet and 2017 may be a year to exceed all other years for total measured storm intensity as well as overall damage.
Ex-Hurricane Ophelia Batters Ireland Under Orange Skies
The National Hurricane Center
Colorado State: Accumulated Cyclone Energy
Tropical Cyclone Effects in Europe
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Hat tip to Jeremy in Wales
Cop arrested for allegedly flashing two young girls in the Bronx has done it before
BY ROCCO PARASCANDOLA KERRY BURKE THOMAS TRACY NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 12:21 PM
Prison used inmate as bait to catch perv, then punished her: lawsuitBY ANDREW KESHNERNEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 6:26 PM
Manhattan judge banned from bench after dropping F-bomb in heated spat with colleague in court
BY SHAYNA JACOBS NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 8:50 PM
Two officers fired for violently dragging doctor from United Airlines flight, a third resigns BY JESSICA SCHLADEBECK NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 3:16 PM
The law enforcement officers caughtdragging a Kentucky doctor from a plane destined for Louisville no longer work for United Airlines, officials said.
The Chicago Department of Aviation fired two officers — one of them an Aviation Security Sergeant — and a third officer resigned for their role in booting Dr. David Dao from a United Airlines plane at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago back in April, NBC News reported.
Another officer was handed a five-day suspension — later shortened to two following an appeal — for their involvement in the incident, the footage of which almost immediately went viral.
Dao refused to leave the Kentucky-bound flight after being told by officials that his seat was needed for a crew member.
David Dao settles with United after being dragged from planeCell phone video of the incident shows the doctor being dragged through the plane’s aisle by a group of security officers while nearby passengers express confusion and disgust.
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