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Quotes by Caroline Myss | Awaken
Nov 19, 2012 - Quotes by Caroline Myss ... “We are reluctant to live
outside tribal rules because we are afraid of getting kicked out of
the tribe. ..... YouTube.

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Cohen Wants Hoover Name Removed from FBI Building


U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis has introduced a bill that would
strip the name of J. Edgar Hoover, the first and founding director of
the Federal Bureau of Investigation, from the FBI building in
Washington, D.C.

Ten other Democratic House members cosponsor Cohen’s bill.

Cohen cited civil rights abuses and illegal conduct by the FBI during
Hoover’s long tenure, and with his specific approval, that were first
made public in the 1970s in the wake of the Watergate scandal.

“The civil rights we enjoy today are in spite of J. Edgar Hoover, not
because of him,” Cohen said. “Given his well-documented abuses and
prejudices towards African-Americans, gays and lesbians, I believe it
is past time to remove his name from this place of honor.”

Cohen also pressed the point on Capitol Hill Thursday, Oct. 22, as he
questioned current FBI director James Comey.

Cohen is not the first Tennessean in Congress to question Hoover’s
administration and build-up of the FBI.

U.S. Senator Kenneth McKellar of Memphis was an early critic of the
FBI in the 1930s as Hoover began to build the institution in terms of
its funding and the scope of its powers.

two or three stories about FBI agents


FBI could be found in contempt in case of Utahn investigating ...
Saying he is “perplexed” by the FBI’s failure to ... the Murrah
Building in Oklahoma City — information that Trentadue ... Agent Adam
Quirk, ...
Judge to FBI: Go probe yourself on OKC bombing - WND
Judge to FBI: Go probe yourself ... Agent Quirk had called him several
times, ... Trentadue sued the FBI for alleged violations of the U.S.
Freedom of Information Act
Criminal Violence as Political Theater: Standard Operating ...
beforeitsnews.com › Strange
Mar 13, 2015 · In a meeting with Salt Lake City attorney Jesse
Trentadue in July 2011 ... his live-in girlfriend. ... Adam Quirk
resigned from the FBI in ...
FBI Denies Witness Tampering In Oklahoma City Bombing Lawsuit ...
A federal judge has indicated that he wants an investigation into
whether the FBI tampered with a witness in a trial regarding the
Oklahoma City bombing.
They’ll Be Back: PATCON, Oklahoma City, and Jesse Trentadue’s ...
Nov 13, 2014 · Back at ya: FBI Special Agent Quirk. ... 1995, was
working for the FBI," Trentadue said in an interview with Lew
Rockwell. "The FBI had, I now know, ...
Did the FBI tamper with a witness in OKC bombing evidence ...
Nov 13, 2014 · SALT LAKE CITY -- A federal judge has indicated he
wants more investigation into allegations the FBI tampered with a
witness in a trial over evidence and ...


FBI agent John A. Yervelli arrested for public lewdness (driving
without pants)
Posted on 2 January 2013 by M        

Buffalo News: Driving without pants leads to charge against FBI agent
(Dec 11 2012)

Troopers said they received a report from a truck driver that
Special Agent John A. Yervelli made lewd gestures toward him while not
wearing pants and driving on the Thruway in Eden. Yervelli, 48, of
Lake View, faces up to 30 days in jail and a $500 fine if convicted of
the misdemeanor charge … A source familiar with Yervelli’s work as a
FBI agent said he is involved in at least one pending criminal case.
He also was involved in a large-scale federal probe of narcotics, gun
and gang activity on Buffalo’s West Side that resulted in federal
charges against 27 people in 2010.

Press King: New Details on FBI Agent Driving without pants (Dec 12

Federal prosecutors conducting an internal review of criminal
cases involving an FBI agent facing a charge of public lewdness got
more than they bargained for. U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr.
ordered the review after Special Agent John A. Yervelli was arrested
Friday night by state police. New details have emerged that Special
Agent Alan Raines was traveling in the vehicle with Yervelli at the
time of the incident.


Battle Continues Over Information-Sharing Bill
Saturday Oct 24th 2015


The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act pits privacy-focused
consumer advocates against government efforts to open the door to
information sharing.

Controversial legislation aimed at allowing companies to share
cyber-attack information with government agencies continues to attract
opposition, pitting privacy advocates and security experts against
non-technical businesses and government agencies.

On Oct. 22, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (Senate
Bill 754) advanced through the legislative process, with votes
expected next week on the bill's proposed amendments. The bill
promises liability protection for companies that share information
about attacks with specific government agencies, but privacy advocates
have criticized the legislation and proposed amendments as empowering
surveillance and increasing the reach of the controversial Computer
Fraud and Abuse Act.

"CISA is fundamentally flawed," Lee Tien, a senior staff attorney with
the Electronic Frontier Foundation, stated in a blog post on Oct. 22.
"The bill's broad immunity clauses, vague definitions, and aggressive
spying powers combine to make the bill a surveillance bill in

The bill, originally created by the bi-partisan chairs of the Senate
Intelligence Committee, is legislators' latest attempt to create an
information-sharing framework. However, security experts have argued
that the bill's language could give the National Security Agency
increased capabilities to collect information on U.S. citizens and
allow defenders to take steps that could impact Internet
infrastructure, without making the Internet appreciably more secure.

The debate underscores that privacy has become a major concern as the
lessons learned from documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward
Snowden sink into the public consciousness.

Many businesses support the bill. In particular, the bill's provisions
for protecting companies against lawsuits for providing data under the
auspices of the act gained support from organizations representing
retailers, the food service and grocery industry, health care
management providers, insurance companies and physical security firms.
In a letter to the U.S. Senate, the groups supported CISA and an
additional amendment proposed by Senator Tom Cotton, R-Ark., which
would eliminate liability for sharing information with the FBI and the
Secret Service.

"A major barrier that prevents the business community from working
together to combat these unprecedented attacks is the risk of costly
frivolous lawsuits," the groups stated in their letter to the U.S.
Senate. "We believe that Congress should enact legislation that gives
businesses legal certainty that they have safe harbor against
frivolous lawsuits when voluntarily sharing and receiving real-time
threat indicators and defensive measures and taking actions to
mitigate cyberattacks."

Yet most security professionals and privacy advocates are concerned
that the bill gives businesses a legislative shield against lawsuits
without making the Internet much safer. Seven out of eight well-known
security experts did not think CISA would help defenders, according to
a poll of 70 security "influencers" by the Christian Science Monitor.

Major technology companies—such as Apple, Microsoft and Twitter—had
supported the information-sharing act until a grassroots effort put
pressure on the companies. The campaign, led by FightForTheFuture.org,
resulted in a reversal in the support for the bill by the Business
Software Alliance and 23 major technology firms.

An industry organization representing technology and In



How to Spy the 9/11 Lie
Posted on October 4, 2015         by Kevin Ryan

Spy-the-Lie-2785550A recent book written by veteran CIA officers
describes how deception can be identified by simple observational
techniques. In Spy the Lie: Former CIA Officers Teach You How to
Detect Deception, authors Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, and Susan
Carnicero outline a number of verbal and visual behavioral clues that
are demonstrated by people who lie in response to questioning. These
proven techniques for recognizing deception can be easily applied to
see that U.S. leaders have lied repeatedly about the attacks of 9/11.

The authors make clear that there are two important guidelines to
employ when analyzing these verbal and visual clues. First, timing is
important. Due to the fact that people think ten times faster than
they speak, the behaviors are more important when the first one occurs
within five seconds of the question. Secondly, when the behavioral
clues occur in groups of two or more, called clusters, they are more
indicative of deception on the part of the person being questioned.
The more clues exhibited, the more clear the deception becomes.

Let’s take a look at some examples.

In a December 15, 2001 press conference, President George W. Bush was
asked an unexpected question about 9/11. In a remarkably delayed
response, Bush exhibited both a verbal clue for deception, the failure
to answer, and a visual clue called an anchor-point movement. The
latter is when the anxiety raised by the question causes the person
questioned to shift his body to relieve physical instability. As Bush
replied, he shook his head, moved his hands, and seemed to be
shuffling his feet uncomfortably.

Reporter: Do you agree or disagree with the RNC that [a question of
your advanced knowledge of 9/11] borders on political hate speech?

Bush: Uh, yeah, there’s time for politics and, uh, you know… time for
politics and, uh… I, uh, it’s an absurd insinuation.”

If the reporter had been a CIA interrogator, like any of the three
authors of the book, this response would have raised an immediate red
flag that the issue needed further examination.

In April 2004, Bush was asked a question about why he could only meet
with the 9/11 Commission if Vice President Cheney was with him. He
responded in a stuttering, repetitive fashion that demonstrated the
“failure to answer” clue as well as something called non-specific
denial, in which the question is refuted with unrelated verbiage. As
Bush repeated his diversionary answer, he also smiled—another
indication of deception when dealing with any serious subject matter.

Reporter: “Why are you and the vice president insisting on appearing
together before the 9/11 Commission?”

Bush: “Because the 9/11 Commission wants to ask us questions. That’s
why we’re meeting and I look forward to meeting with them and
answering their questions.”

Reporter: “My question was why are you appearing together, rather than
separately, which was their request?”

Bush: “Because it’s a good chance for both of us to answer questions,
that the 9/11 Commission is, uh, looking forward to asking us, and I’m
looking forward to answering them.”

Not long after Bush and Cheney finally agreed to their unrecorded,
secretive interview with 9/11 Commission members, Bush’s national
security advisor Condoleezza Rice gave testimony under oath. In that
testimony, she demonstrated at least six of the CIA’s verbal clues to
deception including isolated denial, selective memory, an overly
specific answer, and a process or procedural response. Rice was also
seen going into attack mode, responding to Commissioner Ri


** Draft Agenda for 10/28/15 Teleconference

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

Greetings all,

Last weekend the first annual Lee Harvey Oswald Conference (http://houston911truth.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=84a2c6cbe080c5515da932a5d&id=968ed1d28b&e=91763ac879 was held in, appropriately enough, oswald New Orleans. Cat McGuire has graciously volunteered to give us a detailed account of the proceedings. Yes, not to worry, Dr. Mary´s Monkey was among the topics!

On our previous teleconference, Craig McKee reported on David Chandler's Oakland 9/11 Truth Film Festival presentation on the Pentagon (which supported the 757-hit-the-Pentagon official story). This month, he'll dissect Ken Jenkins' intro to that presentation, in part a teaser for Jenkins' own upcoming video. Craig has included a copy of the transcript (http://houston911truth.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=84a2c6cbe080c5515da932a5d&id=35014a2ed7&e=91763ac879 of Jenkins' remarks for your advance perusal, and urges teleconferencers to review his treatment of Jenkins' statements (http://houston911truth.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=84a2c6cbe080c5515da932a5d&id=de567d9f4c&e=91763ac879 on Truth and Shadows. Here's a choice excerpt to give you the flavour of his piece: "While he doesn’t say it straight out, Jenkins creates the impression that the brain trust of AE911Truth itself, after establishing the case for controlled demolition, has moved on to the task of proving
that a 757 crashed into the Pe hidden history ntagon. I wonder if Niels Harrit, Steven Jones, and Richard Gage got that memo."

I'll round out our teleconference with a brief review of a newly released book,
Hidden History: An Exposé of Modern Crimes, Conspiracies, and Cover-Ups in American Politics
by Donald Jeffries. (http://houston911truth.us5.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=84a2c6cbe080c5515da932a5d&id=335839d744&e=91763ac879


Ken Freeland


I Roll call/minutes approval/agenda approval (5 min)

II Report on the first annual Lee Harvey Oswald Conference / Q &A [Cat McGuire] (20-30 min)

Ken Jenkins' remarks at the Oakland 9/11 Truth Film Festival [Craig McKee] / Q & A, discussion (30 min)

IV Book Review: Hidden History: An Exposé of Modern Crimes, Conspiracies, and Cover-Ups in American Politics (http://houston911truth.us5.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=84a2c6cbe080c5515da932a5d&id=ce9621745d&e=91763ac879
by Donald Jeffries (http://houston911truth.us5.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=84a2c6cbe080c5515da932a5d&id=76288f7b22&e=91763ac879 [Ken Freeland] (5-10 min)

V Announcements

VI Any available updates on issues of identified ongoing concern (any remaining time):

* 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
* The High-Rise Safety Initiative
* The 9/11 Memorial and Museum/VIrtual Walking Tour
* William Pepper’s efforts with AE911Truth against NIST and the Dept. of Commerce
* Deep State crimes in the news

ADJOURNMENT no later than 9:30 p EST.

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FBI Director Blames Citizens with Cameras for Increase in Homicides

October 25 2015


After years of refusing to acknowledge or investigate the alarming number of citizens killed by police taking place daily in the United States, the FBI is now blaming citizens with cameras for the recent surge in murders taking place in cities across the country.

After all, claimed FBI Director James B. Comey, police are now afraid to do their jobs for fear of becoming the next viral sensation.

That’s news to us considering the number of police abuse videos that come across our desk daily, making it seem as if police are trying their hardest to get a paid vacation. Or as they call it, paid administrative leave.

Comey made his remarks Friday to hundreds of students at the University of Chicago Law School, claiming that he had reached this consensus after speaking with several police chiefs who were too afraid to go on the record.

That should be our first indicator that he is doing nothing but playing the Police PR Spin Machine in an attempt to turn public scorn against those trying to hold police accountable.

Not much different than when police chiefs or union leaders accuse activists and journalists for having blood on their hands when a cop is killed in the line of duty, simply because they tried to raise awareness of police brutality.

You would think the agency that oversees the largest surveillance program in the United States, telling us that if we have nothing to hide, we should have nothing to fear, would be a little more supportive of citizens exercising their First Amendment rights to record police.

But then again, we shouldn’t be surprised that Big Brother doesn’t want to be watched by Little Brother.

According to the New York Times:

“I’ve been told by a senior police leader who urged his force to remember that their political leadership has no tolerance for a viral video,” Mr. Comey said, adding that many leaders and officers whom he had spoken to said they were afraid to address the issue publicly.

“Lives are saved when those potential killers are confronted by a police officer, a strong police presence and actual, honest-to-goodness, up-close ‘What are you guys doing on this corner at 1 o’clock in the morning’ policing,” Mr. Comey said. “We need to be careful it doesn’t drift away from us in the age of viral videos, or there will be profound consequences.”

In other words, if we don’t put our cameras away when police violate the rights of citizens for standing on corners after midnight – which is not a crime – then we need to prepare for “profound consequences”?

Here’s a news flash, Comey. We are already experiencing profound consequences by allowing cops to shoot and kill at will, knowing all they have to do is claim they were in fear for their lives, and be hailed as valiant heroes instead of violent killers.

We know police won’t investigate killer cops. We know the courts won’t prosecute killer cops. We know the politicians won’t address the epidemic of killer cops where an average of three citizens a day are killed by cops.

And we sure as hell know the FBI is not doing anything about it, refusing to even keep track of the number of killer cops.

So we have to do it ourselves with our cameras and our reporting and our documentation of police killings.

In fact, the agency that monitors every aspect of our lives allows police departments to work on the honor system, allowing them to voluntarily submit data of the people they kill, resulting in less than two percent of police agencies in the country submitting any information at all, according to an investigation by the Guardian.

As a result, high-profile police killings, including the chokehold death of Eric Garner at the hands of an NYPD detective; the shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice by a Cleveland cop who was deemed mentally unstable by a previous agency; and the Beavercreek police shooting of John Crawford who was walking around with an air gun he had picked up in an Ohio Walmart store aisle – were not included in the FBI’s 2014 official record of homicides.

As of this writing, at least 974 citizens have been killed by police this year. And the only reason we know that is because citizens are compiling that information on a website called Killed by Police, basing their data on news stories where police have confirmed the killings.

Yet the FBI claims they are incapable of doing the same, apparently too busy monitoring the social media accounts of citizens trying to hold police accountable, turning a blind eye to viral stories like the ones mentioned above by not including them in their official reports.

In fact, the Washington Post determined the FBI reports about half of the police killings that take place, which is surprising they are even doing that, considering only 224 agencies out of 18,000 bothered to report any data to the feds at all.

The New York City Police Department, which is the largest law enforcement agency in the country, has not submitted any data to the FBI since 2006.

And it is their union boss, Patrick Lynch, who has been one of the most vocal critics against citizens with camer
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------ Forwarded message ----------
From: Leslie James Pickering
Date: Wed, Oct 21, 2015 at 11:11 AM
Subject: Free Speech Activist Under Federal Surveillance to Speak in Easthampton
To: calendar@gazettenet.com

A radical environmentalist's free speech and privacy campaign, which has risen to national prominence, will be coming to Easthampton on November 2nd.

Leslie James Pickering, currently an owner of Burning Books in Buffalo and formerly known as Spokesperson for the underground Earth Liberation Front, discovered that he and his bookstore were under extensive federal surveillance.

During a 6 month period starting in late 2012, Pickering became aware that the FBI were questioning his former associates, the US Post Office was photocopying his mail, a federal grand jury had subpoenaed his bank records and he was put on a secret list for heightened security screening at airports. In response, Pickering launched legal efforts to resist and expose the government's intrusions, with surprising results.

Pickering and his legal team have won the release of secret files from the TSA, USPS, ATF and the FBI, among others. The FBI has claimed that their files on Pickering exceed an astonishing 30,000 pages. Pickering and his lead attorney, Michael Kuzma, will be giving a public presentation highlighting the details of the government's investigations which they have uncovered, shedding light on state repression of free speech activity.

Monday, November 2
at 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Flywheel Arts Collective
43 Main St, Easthampton, Massachusetts 01027

For more information:

New York Times article - http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/04/us/monitoring-of-snail-mail.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1#sthash.zKSnMBay.dpuf

More info - http://www.lesliejamespickering.com/repression.html

Michael Kuzma, esq. - (716) 474-3824 - michaelkuzmaesq@gmail.com
Leslie James Pickering - (716) 881-0791 - leslie@burningbooksbuffalo.com

Leslie James Pickering
Burning Books
420 Connecticut St.
Buffalo, NY 14213
(716) 881-0791

* Dugway’s “Chief, Life Sciences Division” and the “Requesting
Investigator” both likely would know the disposition of the 340 ml.
virulent Ames shipped June 27, 2001 that USAMRIID cannot track
* I have asked Bruce Ivins’ superior by email today to explain the
justification for the missing 340 ml. of virulent b. anthracis Ames
shipped from Dugway to USAMRIID on June 27, 2001

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1999 concluded police had assassinated Martin Luther King

Lawyer aims to right a long-ago wrong
Originally published October 25, 2015 at 5:27 pm

Lawyer works to restore lost history and find justice for an American

Jim Emison’s voice gets tight and his eyes teary when he talks about
Elbert Williams. “This man died because he wanted to be a real
American, because he wanted to vote, and I want America to know him.
He’s a real hero.” Emison is on a quest to make sure that happens,
bringing to light some lost American history.

He was in Seattle this month for the first time since he mustered out
of the Navy here in 1971. He came to speak at an event for
blackpast.org, the history website created by recently retired
University of Washington professor Quintard Taylor, who grew up in
Haywood County, Tenn., where Elbert Williams was killed in 1940.

Emison and his family lived in neighboring Crockett County. His law
practice included Haywood County, but he didn’t know about Williams.
Emison’s grandfather was a judge, his uncle and father were lawyers,
and they would have known the history but never spoke about it.

Emison learned only after he retired in 2011 and started working on an
article about local history. There was a mention of an incident that
led him to start digging. He’s working on a book about Williams’

see link for full story

Haywood was a cotton county, which meant lots of enslaved people. When
slavery ended, black people, who were the majority of the population,
joined the party of Lincoln, voted and, along with a small number of
whites who favored Reconstruction, ran the county. It was a brief
moment of democracy. As everywhere, Reconstruction was short-lived.
The North let white Democrats reassert themselves, intimidate the
black population and reclaim dominance.

The last time a black resident registered to vote was in 1907, Emison
said. Most black folks were working as sharecroppers, living on the
same plantations, in the same shacks, doing the same work as their
enslaved parents and grandparents.

But in 1939, 52 people who had had enough of being denied a basic
right formed a local chapter of the NAACP to register black residents
to vote. The leading white residents harassed the first president, had
him arrested on phony charges and beaten, then burned his house down.
He fled the night of the fire.

Ongoing terrorism caused about 22 black families to flee before
Williams took the lead in the NAACP. Then a group of men, led by two
police officers, came to his house and dragged him to jail in his
pajamas. Three days later, his mutilated body was pulled from the
Hatchie River, and it would be more than two decades before black
citizens tried to vote again.

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With plea deal, details of Hastert allegations may be 'lost to
Written B10/25/2015, 05:40pm

Former Republican Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert is shown
arriving at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse in June for his
arraignment. He is scheduled to return to the courthouse on Wednesday
to enter a guilty plea. He is accused of lying to the FBI and skirting
banking laws. | Getty Images

The legacy of Dennis Hastert is already in shambles.

The former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to
walk into a federal courtroom Wednesday, plead guilty to criminal
misconduct and take his place as possibly the highest-ranking Illinois
politician ever convicted.

But in doing so, the Republican might also seal a deal with federal
prosecutors designed to keep secret the most embarrassing details of
alleged sexual misconduct dating to Hastert’s days as a high school
teacher and wrestling coach.

Legal experts have long predicted Hastert, once second in line to the
presidency, would seek an arrangement that would keep those details
hidden even when he is sentenced. But an advocate for young victims of
sexual abuse told the Chicago Sun-Times that Hastert’s potential plea
agreement “sends a horrible message.”

“Secrets only allow more kids to be hurt,” said Barbara Blaine,
president and founder of the Survivors Network of those Abused by

Unnamed sources have said Hastert, 73, agreed to pay millions to cover
up sexual misconduct with a male dating to his time as a teacher in
Yorkville. His bombshell indictment refers only to “past misconduct,”
though. And Hastert is charged simply with skirting banking laws in
recent years and lying to the FBI last December.

The motivation behind the alleged crimes is irrelevant, former federal
prosecutor Jeffrey Cramer said. That’s why the feds don’t need to get
into the details.

“The prosecutors’ job does not entertain what the public wants to
know,” Cramer said. “They’re here to prosecute and investigate this
man, for this crime. And if certain facts are not relevant to do that
job, then they’re not brought out.”

A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office declined to comment.

Hastert’s indictment alleges he withdrew $1.7 million in hush money
from bank accounts between 2010 and 2014, handing it over to someone
identified in court documents only as “Individual A.” Hastert
ultimately agreed to pay $3.5 million, the indictment alleged.

The former speaker illegally structured the withdrawal of $952,000 to
evade banks’ reporting requirements, the feds claim. When the FBI
asked Hastert if he withdrew the money because he didn’t trust the
banks, he allegedly lied and said, “Yeah … I kept the cash. That’s
what I’m doing.”

Cramer, who now heads the Chicago office of the investigation firm
Kroll Inc., predicted Hastert will plead guilty to the structuring
charge. Andrew Herman, an attorney at the Miller & Chevalier law firm
in Washington, D.C., agreed. But Herman noted the structuring charge
was not designed for cases like Hastert’s.

“It’s intended to deal with terrorists, drug dealers and other people
who were concerned about concealing the source of funds they are
receiving to engage in misconduct,” Herman said.

Hastert’s case rather seems to revolve around his underlying conduct,
Herman said. And he questioned whether Hastert would have been dragged
into court had he not once served as speaker of the U.S. House.

But Kent Redfield, an emeritus professor of political science at the
University of Illinois at Springfield, also questioned whether “John
Q. Citizen” could afford the kind of high-powered legal team Hastert
has employed to secure a deal with prosecutors.

Redfield agreed it is good to have a “full accounting” of wrongdoing.

“I think there’s a cleansing and a heightening of awareness that’s a
positive thing that we may be being denied in this situation,”
Redfield said.

But some things are simply “lost to history,” Herman said. “And
sometimes they’re better off staying lost to history, for the people


FBI Director Blames Citizens with Cameras for Increase in Homicides

October 25 2015


After years of refusing to acknowledge or investigate the alarming
number of citizens killed by police taking place daily in the United
States, the FBI is now blaming citizens with cameras for the recent
surge in murders taking place in cities across the country.

After all, claimed FBI Director James B. Comey, police are now afraid
to do their jobs for fear of becoming the next viral sensation.

That’s news to us considering the number of police abuse videos that
come across our desk daily, making it seem as if police are trying
their hardest to get a paid vacation. Or as they call it, paid
administrative leave.

Comey made his remarks Friday to hundreds of students at the
University of Chicago Law School, claiming that he had reached this
consensus after speaking with several police chiefs who were too
afraid to go on the record.

That should be our first indicator that he is doing nothing but
playing the Police PR Spin Machine in an attempt to turn public scorn
against those trying to hold police accountable.

Not much different than when police chiefs or union leaders accuse
activists and journalists for having blood on their hands when a cop
is killed in the line of duty, simply because they tried to raise
awareness of police brutality.

You would think the agency that oversees the largest surveillance
program in the United States, telling us that if we have nothing to
hide, we should have nothing to fear, would be a little more
supportive of citizens exercising their First Amendment rights to
record police.

But then again, we shouldn’t be surprised that Big Brother doesn’t
want to be watched by Little Brother.

According to the New York Times:

“I’ve been told by a senior police leader who urged his force to
remember that their political leadership has no tolerance for a viral
video,” Mr. Comey said, adding that many leaders and officers whom he
had spoken to said they were afraid to address the issue publicly.

“Lives are saved when those potential killers are confronted by a
police officer, a strong police presence and actual,
honest-to-goodness, up-close ‘What are you guys doing on this corner
at 1 o’clock in the morning’ policing,” Mr. Comey said. “We need to be
careful it doesn’t drift away from us in the age of viral videos, or
there will be profound consequences.”

In other words, if we don’t put our cameras away when police violate
the rights of citizens for standing on corners after midnight – which
is not a crime – then we need to prepare for “profound consequences”?

Here’s a news flash, Comey. We are already experiencing profound
consequences by allowing cops to shoot and kill at will, knowing all
they have to do is claim they were in fear for their lives, and be
hailed as valiant heroes instead of violent killers.

We know police won’t investigate killer cops. We know the courts won’t
prosecute killer cops. We know the politicians won’t address the
epidemic of killer cops where an average of three citizens a day are
killed by cops.

And we sure as hell know the FBI is not doing anything about it,
refusing to even keep track of the number of killer cops.

So we have to do it ourselves with our cameras and our reporting and
our documentation of police killings.

In fact, the agency that monitors every aspect of our lives allows
police departments to work on the honor system, allowing them to
voluntarily submit data of the people they kill, resulting in less
than two percent of police agencies in the country submitting any
information at all, according to an investigation by the Guardian.

As a result, high-profile police killings, including the chokehold
death of Eric Garner at the hands of an NYPD detective; the shooting
death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice by a Cleveland cop who was deemed
mentally unstable by a previous agency; and the Beavercreek police
shooting of John Crawford who was walking around with an air gun he
had picked up in an Ohio Walmart store aisle – were not included in
the FBI’s 2014 official record of homicides.

As of this writing, at least 974 citizens have been killed by police
this year. And the only reason we know that is because citizens are
compiling that information on a website called Killed by Police,
basing their data on news stories where police have confirmed the

Yet the FBI claims they are incapable of doing the same, apparently
too busy monitoring the social media accounts of citizens trying to
hold police accountable, turning a blind eye to viral stories like the
ones mentioned above by not including them in their official reports.

In fact, the Washington Post determined the FBI reports about half of
the police killings that take place, which is surprising they are even
doing that, considering only 224 agencies out of 18,000 bothered to
report any data to the feds at all.

The New York City Police Department, which is the largest law
enforcement agency in the country, has not submitted any data to the
FBI since 2006.

And it is their union boss, Patrick Lynch, who has been one of the
most vocal critics against citizens with camer
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Harvard Law School Launches “Free the Law” Project with Ravel Law To
Digitize US Case Law, Provide Free Access
October 29, 2015        
Teaching & Learning

Harvard Law School has announced that, with the support of Ravel Law,
a legal research and analytics platform, it is digitizing its entire
collection of U.S. case law, one of the largest collections of legal
materials in the world, and that it will make the collection available
online, for free, to anyone with an Internet connection.

The “Free the Law” initiative will provide open, wide-ranging access
to American case law for the first time in United States history.
“Driving this effort is a shared belief that the law should be free
and open to all,” said Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow. “Using
technology to create broad access to legal information will help
create a more transparent and more just legal system.”
stacks of old books

Credit: Lorin Granger

Harvard Law School’s collection comprises 40,000 books containing
approximately forty million pages of court decisions, including
original materials from cases that predate the U.S. Constitution. It
is the most comprehensive and authoritative database of American law
and cases available anywhere except for the Library of Congress,
containing binding judicial decisions from the federal government and
each of the fifty states, from the founding of each respective
jurisdiction. The Harvard Law School Library—the largest academic law
library in the world—has been collecting these decisions over the past
two hundred years.

Digitizing these materials will make them broadly accessible to
nonprofits, academics, practitioners, researchers, and law
students—anyone with a smartphone or Internet connection. The material
will be added to—and will be searchable through—Ravel’s platform,
which uses data science, machine learning, and visualization to help
people sift quickly through millions of court opinions.
scanning documents

Credit: Lorin Granger

In the Harvard Library Innovation Lab (a unit within the Harvard Law
School Library), bound volumes are being scanned by high-speed imaging
equipment capable of scanning 500,000 pages per week, and the text of
each decision is then extracted into machine-readable files made
available to Ravel Law and to Harvard – and ultimately the public at

Case law for California jurisdictions will be online in November. The
full collection of nationwide case law is expected to be digitized and
searchable for free by mid-2017, and will be available through
http://www.ravellaw.com. Harvard and Ravel have agreed to release the entire
database for bulk use by anyone within eight years.

“Libraries were founded as an engine for the democratization of
knowledge, and the digitization of Harvard Law School’s collection of
U.S. case law is a tremendous step forward in making legal information
open and easily accessible to the public,” said Jonathan Zittrain, the
George Bemis Professor of International Law at Harvard Law School, and
Vice Dean for Library and Information Resources. “The materials in the
library’s collection tell a story that goes back to the founding of
America, and we’re proud to preserve and share that story,” said
Zittrain, who also holds appointments as Professor of Computer Science
at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and
Professor at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Daniel Lewis, co-founder and chief executive officer of Ravel Law,
said: “We share with Harvard Law School a common belief that
increasing access to our country’s legal records through technology
will help make our legal system more transparent and just. By
collaborating together on this digitization effort, we hope to provide
the public with unique and powerful ways to find and understand the

Nik Reed, co-founder and chief of everything else of Ravel Law, added:
“As a company founded by lawyers, we understand firsthand the
importance of access to legal information. The immense volume and
complexity of the law creates challenges for anyone appearing in
court, and through this collaboration, we seek to empower lawyers with
an extensive database of American case law along with Ravel’s
innovative analytics to help develop winning legal strategies.”
breaking book binding

Credit: Lorin Granger

Said Jim Sandman, president of the Legal Services Corporation, the
largest funder of civil legal aid for low-income Americans: “This is a
great development. Making legal materials and analytical tools
available for free will be of great value to non-profit legal aid
lawyers in providing essential legal services to low-income people.”

Ralph Baxter, an advisor to Ravel and also to the Harvard Law School
Center on the Legal Profession said: “Technology is changing the legal
landscape, and the law firm of the future will need to be more
efficient, more agile, and more opportunistic in finding new ways to
deliver legal services. The collaboration between Harvard Law School
and Ravel Law offers a new and exciting resource that lawyers can
deploy to improve how they practice law.”


Agents admit filter to screen private attorney-client emails had holes


October 28 2015
FBI agents didn't filter out attorney email addresses, law firm
Internet domain names or the names of associate attorneys and support
staff when processing emails seized from the accounts of indicted St.
George businessman Jeremy Johnson, according to testimony in federal
court on Thursday.

And an agent on the team prosecuting Johnson said he went through a
database that contained emails even before those involving at least
two of Johnson's attorneys were filtered out.

The agents testified Thursday at a federal court hearing called to
gather evidence about whether the prosecution had access to, or read,
private emails between Johnson and his attorneys after gathering them
up through a sealed search warrant.

Communications between attorneys and their clients are considered
privileged in the U.S. legal system, meaning they are normally
supposed to be private, so prosecutors, investigators and outside
parties are not to have access to them.

But in Johnson's case, where he and three other officers in his online
marketing company face charges related to bank fraud, the FBI used a
May 17, 2013, search warrant to obtain emails from Johnson's Gmail
accounts, including thousands between Johnson and his attorneys.

FBI Special Agent Randy Kim, who works at the agency's local computer
forensics lab, said after receiving the emails from a member of the
prosecution team he filtered out those that contained the names of
attorneys from a list provided by another agent. But under questioning
from Johnson attorney Rebecca Skordas, Kim said he filtered out emails
using names only.

"So if there were email addresses associated with these individuals
you didn't do a search of those addresses?" Skordas asked.

"Correct," Kim responded, answering the same way when asked about the
domain names of law firms and names of others associated with those
firms such as paralegals.

Skordas is expected to file a motion to dismiss the case based on
assertions the team of prosecutors and investigators violated
Johnson's attorney-client privilege by gathering and then having
access to thousands of his emails with attorneys.

FBI Special Agent Jason Henrikson, who obtained the warrant that
sought evidence of alleged witness tampering by Johnson, testified
that he was aware that the search warrant would gather up all
Johnson's emails from those accounts, including ones with attorneys.

Henrikson said he provided Kim with discs from Google and a list of
attorneys for filtering that he had obtained from the U.S. attor


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Army employee pleads guilty to stealing more than 90 computers from
Aberdeen Proving Ground
Most of the stolen computers were resold through pawnbrokers

Brian Lee Long, 48, of Rising Sun, is facing 10 years in prison after
he pleaded guilty Wednesday to theft of government property from
Aberdeen Proving Ground, federal law enforcement officials announced.

According to Long's plea agreement, from April 8, 2001 through Jan.
21, 2015, Long was employed at the Kirk U.S. Army Health Clinic at
Aberdeen Proving Ground, initially as a paramedic, then as a supply
technician at the Logistics Division. Long admitted that from Oct. 1,
2014 through Dec. 31, 2014, he stole 73 laptop computers, 19 desktop
computers and three monitors from the Logistics Division warehouse.

The guilty plea was announced by Rod J. Rosenstein, the United States
Attorney for the District of Maryland; Kevin Perkins, Special Agent in
Charge of the FBI; and Ed Collins, Special Agent of the U.S. Army
Criminal Investigation Command.

Long sold at least 19 of the stolen laptop computers and four of the
stolen desktop computers to pawnshops f


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From: Leslie James Pickering
Date: Wed, Oct 21, 2015 at 11:11 AM
Subject: Free Speech Activist Under Federal Surveillance to Speak in
To: calendar@gazettenet.com

A radical environmentalist's free speech and privacy campaign, which
has risen to national prominence, will be coming to Easthampton on
November 2nd.

Leslie James Pickering, currently an owner of Burning Books in Buffalo
and formerly known as Spokesperson for the underground Earth
Liberation Front, discovered that he and his bookstore were under
extensive federal surveillance.

During a 6 month period starting in late 2012, Pickering became aware
that the FBI were questioning his former associates, the US Post
Office was photocopying his mail, a federal grand jury had subpoenaed
his bank records and he was put on a secret list for heightened
security screening at airports. In response, Pickering launched legal
efforts to resist and expose the government's intrusions, with
surprising results.

Pickering and his legal team have won the release of secret files from
the TSA, USPS, ATF and the FBI, among others. The FBI has claimed
that their files on Pickering exceed an astonishing 30,000 pages.
Pickering and his lead attorney, Michael Kuzma, will be giving a
public presentation highlighting the details of the government's
investigations which they have uncovered, shedding light on state
repression of free speech activity.

Monday, November 2
at 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Flywheel Arts Collective
43 Main St, Easthampton, Massachusetts 01027

For more information:

New York Times article -

More info - http://www.lesliejamespickering.com/repression.html

Michael Kuzma, esq. - (716) 474-3824 - michaelkuzmaesq@gmail.com
Leslie James Pickering - (716) 881-0791 -




My comments on the JFK and the media panel at the Duquesne "Passing
the Torch" conference



The following are my prepared remarks for the special program I spoke
on last week during the “Passing the Torch” conference on the JFK
assassination at the Senator John Heinz Heinz History Center. The
other participants included writers Jeff Morley, David Talbot, Russ
Baker and Jerry Policoff and our special guest, film director Oliver

I skipped the paragraph on Max Holland, below, because he was in the
front row and I feared he would use that as an excuse to disrupt the
event. But I got him the next day, with a shout-out from the stage re
winning the CIA’s “Studies in Intelligence” award, “the first person
outside the government” to do so, and said I was glad the love went
both ways.

My interest in the JFK case was initially sparked, ironically, by the
mainstream media. I had been working on Jerry Brown’s presidential
campaign and saw up close how the press completely misrepresented
things that happened. I thought, if the media could be that wrong
about a presidential campaign, what else might they be wrong about?

Early in my research, it became clear that the notion that Oswald
acted alone was simply not supported by the evidence. I read Arlen
Specter’s questioning of Parkland doctor Malcolm Perry and was shocked
to find Specter leading the witness. Perry clearly thought the wound
in Kennedy’s neck indicated a shot from the front. Specter clearly
didn’t want Perry saying that.

My first thought was that Specter’s agenda was so obvious no serious
journalist could have missed it. My second thought was, no serious
journalist ever read this.

But the more I learned, ignorance alone could not excuse the shoddy
reporting on this case. The media could talk at length about the
theories I call collectively, the “anybody but the CIA did it” theory.
But the media has never addressed the myriad and strong evidence that
high-level people in the CIA planned the assassination of a president
they had come to see as a threat to their very existence. Why couldn’t
the media go there?

I found the answer in Mark Lane’s book “Plausible Denial.” He talked
about Priscilla Johnson McMillan, who had interviewed Oswald before
the assassination and written an inaccurate book about him after. Lane
made a strong, if circumstantial, case that she worked for the CIA.
We’ve since found out she did - her handler wrote that she could be
“encouraged to write” pretty much whatever the CIA wanted, and her
file listed her as a “witting collaborator,” which begs the question,
what is an “unwitting collaborator?”

I then read that now-famous memo the CIA sent its media assets
instructing them how to discredit critics of the Warren Report. I
found this stunning. Here was the chief suspect, the CIA, having the
power to destroy the credibility of anyone who might factually accuse

So I formed a theory. If the CIA really had killed Kennedy, anyone
devoting a lot of time and energy to tell me that they hadn’t was
likely working for the CIA. The value of any theory is its predictive
value. This particular theory has proven remarkably accurate over

One journalist in particular, James Phelan, author of a famous book
about Howard Hughes, had gone out of his way – to the point of bribing
a witness – to sabotage New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison’s
case against Clay Shaw back in the 60s. That was WAY beyond the bounds
of professional journalism, so naturally, I figured Phelan was likely
connected to the CIA. I started digging and it didn’t take me long to
find a significant connection.

I was the first to note the relationship between Phelan and Robert
Maheu, the man the CIA had tapped to run its Castro assassination
plots. During the Garrison investigation, Phelan had met with Garrison
in Las Vegas. Garrison trusted Phelan because he had previously
written a favorable article about him. But rather than using the
nearest copy machine, Phelan had taken Garrison’s documents to Maheu’s
office to be photocopied. Given Maheu’s relationship with the CIA,
which was ongoing during the entire period he worked for Howard
Hughes, I thought that was pretty stunning. Essentially, Phelan was
making Garrison’s key files available to the CIA.

When I posted about Phelan’s relationship with the CIA online, Phelan
called me up at home and tried to threaten me with a lawsuit. But I
knew I had only told facts, so he’d have no case. I also figured he
wouldn’t dare enter into a process where I could legally learn even
more about his life. I was right. I never heard from him again.

When Gerald Posner wrote his factually inaccurate “Oswald did it” book
“Case Closed” that got a lot of attention on the fortieth anniversary,
I figured he probably had connections to the CIA. I found his previous
nonfiction books had all been written with help from the intelligence
community, and his sole fiction work at that point was a novel about
the CIA that lauded the old guard covert operators over the new guard
bureaucrats. Indeed, Posner even said he’d been promised CIA
cooperation for Case Closed by his editor Bob Loomis (who, by the way,
had been James Phelan’s editor).

Edward Epstein, who attacked Garrison and later tried to pin the
assassination on the Soviets, turned out to be a protégé of the man
who held the most secret files on Oswald – CIA counterintelligence
legend James Angleton, one of the top suspects for a direct CIA

My theory’s holding up pretty well, isn’t it? Funny what you can find
when you ask the right question.

What’s scary is how naïve the press is. They never seem to consider
that members in their own ranks could be deliberately misleading them.
For example, reporter Hugh Aynesworth holds sway over the JFK case in
Dallas, despite the fact that Aynesworth has openly bragged about how
he lied to a reporter about a key item regarding Oswald. Why would you
take seriously someone who brags he misled other journalists?

Would it surprise you to learn that Aynesworth applied to work for the
CIA a month before the assassination? We have his application. Of
course, on the record, the CIA rejected him. But as anyone who knows
the CIA understands, that’s also standard operating procedure. As
Gordon Novel once put it, “no one ever works for the CIA,” even when
they do.

Does Max Holland work for the CIA? All I know is that he writes for
them. When he couldn’t get an anti-Garrison article published by his
former employer, The Nation magazine, he found a ready publisher at
CIA in their “Studies in Intelligence” newsletter. He even won their
award, claiming to be “the first person outside the US government to
do so.” Curiously, his vita shows a lot of fellowships from
foundations, which have often been conduits for CIA funding. Maybe he
was just an “unwitting collaborator.”

But it’s not just individual journalists who work hand in hand with
the CIA. It’s entire media organizations. The president of CBS for
decades worked with the CIA directly. The New York Times was the CIA’s
most powerful asset. The Washington Post under Katherine Graham and
later Ben Bradlee kept the CIA’s secrets. ABC, NBC other major media
sources have documented relationships with the CIA.

When the Church and Pike Committees started investigating the CIA’s
media operations, that was the one thing the CIA refused to give up.
Congress could not pry that information from the Agency.

By 1991, the CIA had become so all-powerful in the media that pretense
was no longer necessary. In December of 1991, less than a year before
the 40th anniversary of the JFK assassination, CIA Director Robert
Gates laid out, in a memo titled “Greater CIA Openness,” that its
Public Affairs Office:

“has relationships with reporters from every major wire service,
newspaper, news weekly, and television network in the nation. This has
helped us turn some intelligence failure stories into intelligence
success stories, and it has contributed to the accuracy of countless
others. In many instances, we have persuaded reporters to postpone,
change, hold, or even scrap stories that could have adversely affected
national security interests or jeopardized sources and methods.”

It should be clear that any organization that brags about its ability
to change “intelligence failures” into “intelligence success stories”
is, at its heart, an anti-democratic organization. The public simply
cannot make intelligent choices about politics when failures are
misrepresented as successes. No business could survive such
misrepresentation for long. But intelligence agencies get away with

We have to know the truth about our past and present in order to plan
adequately for our future. And it’s hard. Sorting good information
from bad in this case isn’t easy. It took me years to understand just
how solid the scientific evidence is that Oswald never fired a rifle
on November 22. And I was actively interested in the case. I can see
why journalists would shy away from that. It takes a Herculean effort.

And that’s the unfairness of ridiculing “conspiracy theorists.” Some
of them are the ones who have done the heavy lifting, the historical
mining that the mainstream media has failed to do. To group the
nuttiest with the most informed is labelism at its worst. Imagine
reading this in the New York Times: “these Jews should be ridiculed,
even shunned. It’s time we marginalized Jews the way we’ve
marginalized smokers … make [them] stand in the rain with the other
outcasts.” That’s what Bryan Burrough in the New York Times wrote
about conspiracy theorists, not Jews. But we hear the problem more
clearly when we substitute a different group of people. It’s
intolerable. It’s actually hate speech.

Conspiracies happen. I was a juror on a conspiracy trial. Pretending
they don’t is not only ahistorical, it’s irresponsible.

And conspiracy theories serve a useful purpose. They ask, essentially,
what if we’re being lied to, and that’s a question that, as history
has shown, journalists should be asking far more often than they do.
WMD, anyone?

If the press had looked seriously into the Kennedy assassination, they
would found a conspiracy. Had the press then reported the conspiracy,
there could have been prosecutions. Had there been prosecutions, we
might not have lost Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy. NOT
challenging the official story was the same as giving future
conspirators a blank check, which was taken and cashed, several times

The media has been an accessory to these crimes and more through
silence, ignorance and misrepresentation. My hope is that journalists
get more diligent and less naïve. My other hope is that the public
gets savv


Torture through a viewfinder: Photo exhibit at HLS shines light on Syrian government
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Average Secret Service Agent Had Just 25 Minutes of Training in 2013
REUTERS/Larry Downing
By Eric Katz, Government Executive
February 13, 2015

An independent panel investigating the recent failures of the Secret
Service told Congress on Thursday that agents were trained at
“unacceptable” levels, drawing outrage from lawmakers who mostly
agreed on the need to overhaul the agency.

The panel, which issued its initial findings in December, told members
of the House Oversight and Government



Judge Unravels Illegal Activity by Prosecution That Ensured a
Conviction of Renzi — But Will He Do Anything About it?
Rachel Alexander | Nov 02, 2015

Last Monday, Federal District Court Judge David Bury held an
evidentiary hearing in Tucson to consider new evidence that
prosecutorial wrongdoing took place during the criminal prosecution of
imprisoned former Congressman Rick Renzi. Specifically, the judge
considered whether the the FBI had offered money to — the one “victim”
Renzi had allegedly extorted — to change his testimony and make it
unfavorable toward Renzi in order to ensure a conviction. As the
hearing was ending, the shocking bribery was exposed, Judge Bury told
chief DOJ prosecuting attorney Gary Restaino he wrongly violated
Renzi’s rights.

Who is Restaino and why was he so intent on convicting Renzi that he
would violate the law? His wife, Leezie Kim, worked closely for former
Arizona Democratic Governor Janet Napolitano, and Renzi had been
rumored to be a potential contender against her for governor in 2006.
In 2003, Kim took a sabbatical from Quarles Brady where she was an
attorney to serve as the executive director of Napolitano’s Governor’s
Citizens Finance Review Commission. She became the treasurer of
Napolitano’s 2006 gubernatorial campaign and the treasurer of the
Competitive Edge PAC in 2007, which was primarily started to support

Kim next became Napolitano’s general counsel in February 2008, and
after Napolitano was confirmed as Secretary of Homeland Security,
joined her in Washington as a deputy general counsel. Kim left
Washington in 2010 after news reports indicated that she was involved
in efforts to limit responses to politically sensitive Freedom of
Information Act requests. In addition to these active roles, Kim also
donated $400 to the Arizona Democratic Party in 2005 and $928 to
Democratic candidates in 2008.

Like his wife, Restaino is also a staunch Democrat who has donated to
numerous Democrats in the past, including Barack



Supreme court case to examine alleged racial prejudice in US juries

Civil rights activists hope appeal in case of Timothy Foster, a black
teenager sentenced to death by all-white jury, will lead to major
changes in jury selection
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Alleged racial prejudice at the heart of the US criminal justice
system comes under scrutiny at the supreme court on Monday, as it
considers the controversial case of a black teenager sentenced to
death by an all-white jury.
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Lawyers bringing the appeal on behalf of Timothy Foster – who admitted
taking part in the murder of 79-year-old Queen Madge White in 1987 –
argue he has been on death row ever since because when recommending
capital punishment the jurors did not fairly consider evidence that he
was intellectually disabled.

The prosecution claimed race played no factor in its decision to
exclude five African Americans from the jury in the trial, which was
held in Rome, Georgia, shortly after a landmark supreme court ruling
that was meant to stamp out the practice of seeking to modify the
racial profile of juries.
Timothy Tyrone Foster.
Timothy Tyrone Foster. Photograph: Police handout

But notes found nearly 20 years later reveal that all the black jurors
were identified with a “B” against their name by the prosecutors, who
also said the death penalty was necessary “to deter other people out
there in the projects”, a reference to predominantly African American
housing areas.

Civil rights activists argue the case of Foster v Bruce Chatman, a
Georgia prison warden contesting the appeal, is one of the most
extreme examples of a practice that remains endemic in US courtrooms.
They hope it will lead to major changes in the way juries are

“This is a pervasive problem,” said Christina Swarms, litigation
director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored
People (NAACP) legal defense fund. “It hasn’t gone away. This is not a
problem that is limited to the deep south.”

Black jurors are up to three times more likely to be dismissed by
prosecutors in many states, she claimed, pointing to studies from
Louisiana to Philadelphia.

“The case is particularly important at this moment because the
criminal justice system is rightly being criticised for its failures
with respect to how it treats African Americans,” Swarms added.

“The focus for the last year and a half as been on the role of police,
but the reality is that every African American that comes into a court
room has experienced it.”

The nine supreme court justices reviewing whether Foster should face a
retrial will have to consider whether the reasons given by prosecutors
for dismissing all the black jurors pass a test established in the
court’s 1986 Batson v Kentucky ruling, that required prosecutors to
provide non-racial reasons for the so-called pre-emptory strikes.

Of the six jurors struck off by prosecutors in the case, the first
five on the list were African American.

One woman, Marilyn Garrett, then aged 34, was turned down because she
was said to be close in age to the defendant, who was 19 at the time.
Another was a member of the Church of Christ, which prosecutors
claimed was anti-death penalty even though they had notes pointing out
that the church left such decisions up to its parishioners.

If the supreme court upholds the claim that these reasons were not
credible, the case could have important repercussions not just for
whether the so-called “Batson test” is sufficient, but also whether
the US system of allowing prosecutors to make pre-emptory strikes can

“This is really undermining the legitimacy and the credibility of our
courts,” said Stephen Bright, Foster’s lawyer in the case.

“The criminal justice system is the part of


Police rape: like most rape, it's hard to report and aimed at the disadvantaged
Jessica Valenti


There’s a certain timeline of appropriate actions women are told to take if they are sexually attacked. Don’t shower; get help; call the police. That last one seems to be hardest – most rapes aren’t reported to law enforcement, and much of the mainstream advocacy against sexual assault is bent on changing that.

But how can we expect women to report their rapes to police when the police have done such a poor job in the past helping women and believing their stories? And what are victims to do when the very people they’re supposed to report to are the ones doing the attacking?

This week – as jury selection started for Daniel Holtzclaw, a former Oklahoma City police officer going on trial for the alleged sexual assault of 13 women – the Associated Press published the results of a year-long investigation showing that sexual assault committed by police officers isn’t that rare an occurrence. They found that over a six-year period approximately 1,000 police officers – a number they call “unquestionably an undercount” – had been fired for crimes ranging from rape and sexual misconduct to the possession of child abuse images.

One Florida police chief told the AP: “It’s so underreported and people are scared that if they call and complain about a police officer, they think every other police officer is going to be then out to get them.”

It’s not news that the very people tasked with helping others sometimes hurt them instead; police misconduct in the United States ranges from corruption to murder. So that sexual violence is also prevalent among officers, sadly, is not entirely shocking. But the way that police officers get away with their crimes – targeting the most marginalized women because they’re less likely to seek help or report the attacks – serves as an important reminder about the way power operates and how women are discredited when it comes to accusing someone of rape.

Holtzclaw, who is facing 36 charges, for example, is accused of targeting black women, many of whom were afraid of arrest or were drug users, making them all the more vulnerable to being disbelieved. One 44-year-old woman who is reportedly set to testify that Holtzclaw forced her to perform oral sex, for example, was a convicted felon. She said: “Who am I to a police officer?”

Holtzclaw, 28, was only charged after he attacked a woman with no criminal record (who therefore had less to be afraid of).

In a wholly predictable move, Holtzclaw’s defense attorneys have already used some of the accusers’ criminal history against them in questioning; they’ve already brought the victims’ histories up in their opening statements. The very reason these women were targeted will be used to try to discredit them.

This is part of the reason that some anti-rape activists are concerned about strategies that overly focus on reporting rapes to the criminal justice system. For many communities, there’s an understandable distrust of police, so asking women to rely on them for help is unrealistic.
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When the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, the largest anti-sexual assault organization in the United States, suggested in its White House recommendations that campus rape be curbed by increasing efforts around criminal justice as opposed to campus adjudication processes, for example, younger activists weren’t pleased. Wagatwe Wanjuki, a board member of Know Your IX and a sexual assault survivor, wrote at the time: “I chose a school judicial process for many reasons.”

She continued: “I was a young woman of color uncomfortable with the use of an institution that is often violent, distrustful, and discriminatory towards people who look like me, it was preferable to using the criminal court process.”

And despite the abundance of important coverage on campus rape and consent, we still don’t pay nearly enough attention to the abuses that happen to women off campus – especially women who society pushes to the edges already, and who are the most in need of sup
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Judge lets Jill Kelley seek information feds want hidden

Published: November 5, 2015

Lawyers for Jill and Scott Kelley, who are suing the FBI and Defense
Department over the leaking of Jill Kelley’s name to the media, will
be allowed to continue questioning an FBI agent and obtain additional
documents from the FBI, a federal court judge ruled Wednesday.

Judge Amy Berman Jackson issued a ruling that gives lawyers for the
Kelleys much of what they were seeking in a Sept. 2 deposition of
Supervisory Special Agent Adam Malone.

The Kelleys’ legal team will now be able to ask Malone about when he
discovered the source of emails that the couple considered threatening
and whether Malone had concerns Jill Kelley had committed a crime.

They also may ask Malone why the Kelleys’ yahoo.com email account was
subpoenaed, who else had access to the emails, with whom he discussed
them and where they were kept.

In addition, the FBI must turn over a number of records in the case
including names of everyone who received or reviewed the Kelleys’
emails and details about their transfer.

Also, internal communications between Oct. 15, 2012, and Nov. 15,
2012, mentioning Washington Post reporters Sari Horwitz or Greg
Miller, “even if those emails do not refer to the Kelley case in
particular,” the ruling says.

In June, 2012, Malone was working out of the FBI’s Tampa office and
was in charge of a cyberstalking investigation that lead to the Nov.
9, 2012, resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus. The resignation
came after it was found Petraeus had an affair with his biographer,
Paula Broadwell.

The investigation was initiated after Scott Kelley received what the
couple perceived as threatening emails from someone the FBI later
identified as Broadwell. Broadwell was cleared of any wrongdoing in
the case. The Kelleys and Broadwell declined comment.

On Nov. 11, 2012, Jill Kelley’s name was leaked to the media as the
woman who went to the FBI after her husband received the emails from
Broadwell. She and her husband eventually sued the government, but
most of the case has been tossed, leaving behind only a Privacy Act
claim. The claim requires that the Kelleys prove the leak was

Attorneys for the Kelleys suggested in a motion that the source of the
leak was former Defense Department General Counsel Jeh Johnson, now
Homeland Security Secretary. Jill Kelley’s name was leaked around the
time Johnson received emails from the FBI asking him to determine
whether Jill Kelley’s emails with now-retired Marine Gen. John Allen
violated military rules.

Allen was eventually cleared of any wrongdoing. However, nine
reporters were subpoenaed to testify after Judge Jackson ruled that
the Kelleys had to seek their testimony before Johnson would be
allowed to testify.

Last month, the government filed a motion to limit Malone’s testimony,
arguing that during that Sept. 2 deposition, he was subjected to
queries designed to “annoy, harass and embarrass” him and the agency.

The government also argued that some questions from the Kelleys’
attorneys are designed to advance the couple’s “public relations
goals” and insinuates that the Kelleys have leaked information from
the case to the media.

The Kelleys’ legal team argued Jill Kelley was the target of FBI
agents in Tampa fishing for evidence she was romantically involved
with military leaders. And instead of treating Kelley as a potential
crime victim, some of those agents were making lewd remarks about her.
The documents say the agents referred to Kelley as a “femme fatale”
who brought the trouble upon herself.

Jackson also ruled that protected information in this case cannot be
used for “publ


Thought Matters

The Telephone Call that Launched the FBI
Posted: 11/05/2015 3:08 pm ES


The course of history is not always altered by great events or
outsized personalities achieving the extraordinary. Often it is the
bold and clear-headed actions of ordinary citizens taking decisive
action at the moment of crisis that makes an outsized impact on the
course of events. One such action occurred in the beastly hot summer
of the worst year of the nation's Great Depression as a sense of
lawlessness prevailed and desperation spread.

It happened in the early morning hours of July 23, 1933, as J. Edgar
Hoover lay asleep in his home in Washington, DC. At that time, he had
only tentative hold on the job he had come to know and love. He was
Director of the United States Department of Justice Bureau of
Investigation. At age 36, he was thought by many to be too young, too
inexperienced and too politically unconnected for the job most people
in government considered to be barely more than a political patronage
appointment. To that point, he hadn't done much to prove them wrong.

His team's investigation of the 1932 Lindbergh baby kidnapping case
had been a laughable failure. The case had dragged on with no
resolution or notable progress in the 16 months since then-President
Herbert Hoover had tapped him to lead the federal efforts to solve the
case and find the kidnappers. His initial efforts to get involved in
the investigation had been rebuffed by the New Jersey State Police and
other law enforcement agencies, who flat out refused to share
information, and dismissed his men as inept federal interlopers.
Charles Lindbergh himself was barely co-operative.

Hoover's over-reaching in the capture and arrest of an escaped federal
prisoner had resulted in the mass murder of four law enforcement
officers, including one from his bureau, and the prisoner himself. The
machine gun assault had taken place in June of 1933, a month earlier,
in the parking lot of Kansas City's busy Union Station in full view of
the train station's bustling crowds. Its perpetrators were still at

Not only was his competence being called into question by the national
press, but his masculinity was as well as they mocked his gait and
dandified attire. The new president's wife was said to loath him, and
he'd just barely escaped a sacking by Franklin Delano Roosevelt's
first choice for Attorney General, Thomas Walsh, who died unexpectedly
before assuming the office.

But Hoover was about to receive a phone call that would turn his
fortunes around. The call would deliver to Hoover the most effective
and co-operative witness in the history of the agency's war against
crime. It would set into motion the biggest manhunt in the nation's
history and lead to a spectacular trial that would transfix the
country and transform the bureau.

The events would unleash a barrage of publicity that would ultimately
put the beleaguered director on course to become not only the most
powerful lawman in the nation's history, but the most admired as well.
Within ninety days, Hoover would go from a man whose head had been on
the political chopping block, to the star performer of the new
administration's ambitious plans.

Hoover could not have realized all of this as his bedside telephone
rang on that Sunday at 2 a.m. But his life was about to change, and
history was about to be made.

Just weeks earlier Hoover had established the country's first national
crime hotline—a special number that anyone could call to be put
through immediately to the Justice Department headquarters in
Washington, DC. It was intended to be used for reporting kidnappings—a
heinous crime that was occurring with alarming regularity throughout
the country. Hoover hoped his hotline would tip his agents off quickly
so they could get on the scene without delay and get control of the
investigation before the local authorities could lock things up and
freeze them out. So eager was he to get news quickly, that he
instructed the telephone operators at the bureau to put calls through
to a special line he had installed in his home.

When it rang, rousing Hoover, it brought news of the kidnapping of a
wealthy Oklahoma oilman, who'd been snatched off his sun porch just
hours earlier. The call was from the victim's wife, who'd read a story
about the special hotline just days earlier in Time magazine. Hoover
dispatched his men almost immediately.

Within days of his release after the largest ransom in the nation's
history had been paid, the victim, Charles Urschel (no relation to the
author), led the bureau's agents back to the farm in Texas where he
had been held captive, resulting in the arrest four members of the
crew that held him captive and legendary bank robber Harvey Bailey,
who was hiding out on the farm.

From there they would chase the actual kidnappers, George "Machine
Gun" Kelly, his wife, Kathryn, and partner Albert Bates over 20,000
miles and 16 states before their eventual capture. After a spectacular
and melodramatic trial that was covered in great detail by members of
the press from around the world, the Kellys, Bates, Bailey and Robert
and Ora Shannon, who owned the farm where the victim was held, all
would be convicted and sentenced to life in prison. George Kelly,
Bates and Bailey would eventually end up serving their time on
Alcatraz, the federal penitentiary that was opened a year later as a
place to house "criminals of the vicious and irredeemable type," in
the words of then-Attorney General, Homer Cummings.

Citing the Urschel kidnapping case, Cummings then went before Congress
and argued for an expansion of power for the Justice Department's
Bureau of Investigation. At the time, the Bureau was basically limited
to the pursuit of kidnappers, interstate auto thefts and those
transporting women across state lines for the purpose of prostitution.
He wanted federal laws against racketeering, the transportation of
stolen property across state lines, flight across state lines to avoid
prosecution, robbing banks operating under the Federal Reserve System,
assault on a Federal officer, regulations on the sale and manufacture
of machine guns, and other laws that would expand the enforcement
powers of the Bureau. He also wanted the death penalty for kidnappers.
With the passage of 1934's Crime Bill, he would get virtually
everything he wanted.

A year later Hoover and Cummings would go to the president and suggest
a new name for their bureau—a name that would distinguish it from
other federal agencies that also had investigative bureaus. They
wanted to call the Justice Department's bureau, the Federal Bureau of
Investigation. Roosevelt liked the idea, and on March 22, 1935, the
name formally took effect.

J. Edgar Hoover, its Director, who less than 2 years earlier was in
danger of losing his title, would hold on to it for another 35 years
until he died in his sleep on May 2, 1972. Charles Urschel and his
wife Berenice would fade into the background, largely forgotten. But
had they not taken the actions they did—standing up to the threats of
their captors and co-operating with the federal authorities—Hoover
would have been denied the landmark trial on which he launched his
career, and George "Machine Gun" Kelly would have remained in relative
anonymity as a bit player in the saga of America's gangland.



A National Security Agency (NSA) data gathering facility is seen in
Bluffdale, about 25 miles south of Salt Lake City, Utah, on May 18,

November 05, 2015
New NSA domestic spy program too clumsy to use: U.S. senator
Politics NSA Washington D.C. United States Reuters Surveillance Spying

WASHINGTON - A new, more limited system for monitoring Americans'
phone calls for signs of terrorist intent is so slow and cumbersome
that the U.S. National Security Agency will likely never use it, a
senior Senate Republican said.

Richard Burr, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, opposed
the new system when it was mandated earlier this year. He said this
week he was not concerned by how the NSA will transition to it because
it will probably not be used.

The NSA, which spies on electronic communications worldwide, is weeks
away from ending its former indiscriminate vacuuming of information
about Americans' phone calls, or metadata, and replacing it with a
more targeted system.

Burr made his comments as lawmakers and Obama administration officials
continue to disagree about the new approach to call monitoring, set to
take effect on Nov. 29 under a law that overhauled domestic
surveillance practices. It will replace a system exposed publicly more
than two years ago by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and
denounced by civil liberties advocates as overly intrusive.

The new system cannot be relied upon for national security purposes,
Burr said in an interview on Tuesday.

"I'm not concerned with the rollout (of the new system) because I'm
resigned to the fact that metadata will never be used again," added
Burr, a Republican security hawk.

He said he would have preferred to let the NSA continue its data grabs
unfettered, adding that discontinuing the metadata program represents
"a loss in the arsenal we have to identify terrorists."

Asked about Burr's comments, White House National Security Council
spokesman Ned Price replied that the USA Freedom Act, enacted in June,
"struck a reasonable compromise which allows us to continue to protect
the country while implementing various reforms."

A presidential review panel appointed by President Barack Obama found
that while the now-abandoned metadata collection program may have
assisted in terrorism-related investigations, it did not lead to a
single clear counterterrorism breakthrough that could be directly
attributed to the program.

The NSA declined to comment on Burr's remarks.

Under the new procedures, the government – NSA and law enforcement
agencies – will only be able to obtain, with court authorization,
telephone calling data of particular individuals or groups of
individuals available through routine billing records maintained by
telecommunications companies. The companies themselves will not be
required to maintain such data in any particular format or for any
specific period of time.

Under the previous law, the NSA itself collected and stored large
volumes of telephone calling data from U.S. telecommunications
companies and NSA spies were allowed to query it extensively,
including charting an individual suspect's network of phone contacts,
without a court warrant.


Some officials have raised concern about the effectiveness of the new
system, although there is little indication that the NSA plans to
forgo its use entirely.

NSA Director Mike Rogers told Burr's committee in late September that
his agency would lose some operational capabilities without bulk
collection. Additionally, Rogers said he could issue emergency orders
to query phone data less than 24 hours after being alerted of
potential terrorist activity. Such orders will now have to come from
the U.S. attorney general, Rogers said, so it could take longer to
"connect the dots" in an investigation.

Others in the intelligence community disagreed.

FBI Director James Comey told a congressional panel last month that
the new surveillance program was likely to produce more useful
intelligence for counterterrorism operations.

Jasper Graham, a former NSA technical director and now chief
technology officer at cyber security company Darktrace, said it was
extremely unlikely that spies would no longer rely on phone metadata
under the new program.

"All of it is useful information ... even if it is tremendously
burdensome and cumbersome," Graham said. But a slower process could
raise challenges, he added, beca



Cult Movie Inspires Global Protest Against Internet Censorship
Anonymous to Commemorate Guy Fawkes Day with Hundreds of Events
Members of Anonymous with Guy Fawkes masks. Photo credit: Peter K.
Levy / Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)        
Members of Anonymous with Guy Fawkes masks. Photo credit: Peter K.
Levy / Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Here’s something sure to raise “hackles” in corporate boardrooms
everywhere: The hacker collective Anonymous is marching in cities
around the world today in the name of a free Internet.

The more than 600 events scheduled coincide with Guy Fawkes Day, an
English holiday that animates the plot of the popular anti-tyranny
movie V for Vendetta. Guy Fawkes was a notorious rebel who tried to
blow up the English Parliament in 1605.
The Free Flow of Information: Unstoppable

“This year you are invited to stand against censorship and tyranny,
corruption, war, poverty,” Anonymous said in a video on the Million
Mask March website. “Millions will unite around the globe on the 5th
of November to make their voices heard and let the various governments
of the world know that they’ll never stop the free flow of

Most of the events will be held in the US and Europe. In London
protesters will gather outside the Ecuadorian embassy, where Wikileaks
founder Julian Assange has found temporary refuge from prosecution.
Hacktivists see his prosecution as payback for his making public vast
numbers of top-secret files. Another major demonstration is planned
for Washington, DC.

Others actions are scheduled for remote areas like Greenland and even,
purportedly, scientific stations in Antarctica.

Only a handful of events are planned in countries like Russia and
China, which have a history of dealing harshly with protesters.

The Million Mask March website warns marchers to be prepared for
government counter-measures.

“Don’t risk your safety. Depending upon your country, if you believe
you must go with superhero costumes, flowers, peace signs and pink
sunglasses, do it,” the site states. “Go with a buddy. Keep your
cameras on, and never surrender your camera.”

“Governments Don’t Work for the Interest of the People”

While advising caution, Anonymous frames the rationale for the Million
Mask March in the starkest terms.

“It must be clear by now that governments don’t work for the interest
of the people, but for big banks and corporations,” the hacker
collective says in the video. “Do you or your children really want to
live in a world where the government spies on its own citizens and
sees you as a potential terrorist or criminal?”

Anonymous also announced that it would release today the names of KKK
members that it gathered from hacked websites and databases. This
would be the group’s latest high-profile action.

Anonymous is credited with dozens of “hacktivist” activities — against
a wide range of government and private entities that rouse its ire.
Previous targets have included the governments of the US and Israel,
the Church of Scientology, child pornography sites, major corporations
and the rabidly anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church.

The hacker collective sees the Internet as “one of the last truly free
vessels that we the citizens have access to” and it has come out
against what they view as harmful to that freedom. This includes
government initiatives such as the Stop Online Privacy Act, the Cyber
Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, and the Trans-Pacific

Readers, tell us what you know about this “action” — and what you
think of it. Share your thoughts in our Comments section below.

Related front page panorama photo credit: Guy Fawkes Night bonfire
(Shane Global / Flickr – CC BY 2.0 )



Security Date of Publication: 11.06.15.

CIA Email Hackers Return With Major Law Enforcement Breach

Hackers who broke into the personal email account of CIA Director John
Brennan have struck again.

This time the group, which goes by the name Crackas With Attitude,
says it gained access to an even more important target—a portal for
law enforcement that grants access to arrest records and other
sensitive data, including what appears to be a tool for sharing
information about active shooters and terrorist events, and a system
for real-time chats between law enforcement agents.

The CWA hackers said they found a vulnerability that allowed them to
gain access to the private portal, which is supposed to be available
only to the FBI and other law enforcement agencies around the country.
That portal in turn, they say, gave them access to more than a dozen
law enforcement tools that are used for information sharing.

The hackers wouldn’t identify the vulnerability that gave them access,
but one of the hackers, who calls himself Cracka, provided WIRED with
a screenshot of one of the systems they accessed called JABS. JABS
stands for Joint Automated Booking System, and is a database of arrest
records for the US.

Cracka is the same handle of a hacker who spoke with WIRED last month
to describe how the same group hacked into the private email account
of the CIA director.

This latest breach, if legitimate, is significant because it gives the
hackers access to arrest records directly after they have been entered
into the system. This would be valuable information for gossip sites
and other media outlets interested in breaking stories about the
arrest of celebrities and politicians.

More importantly, the system can also include information about
arrests that are under court seal and may not be made public for
months or years—such as the arrest of suspected terrorists, gang
members and drug suspects. Knowledge about these arrests can tip off
other members of a terrorist cell or gang to help them avoid capture.

“Just to clear this up,” Cracka tweeted on Thursday about the breach
of the JABS database. “CWA did, indeed, have access to everybody in
USA’s private information, now imagine if we was Russia or China.”

Sealed arrest records are also quite common in hacker investigations
when law enforcement officials quietly arrest an individual, then flip
him to work as a confidential informant with agents to capture others.


Local Cops and Feds: An Unholy Alliance


The lines between local, state and federal law enforcement continue to
become increasingly blurred.

In fact, in many ways, the three spheres of law enforcement have
essentially morphed into one national police force, an unholy alliance
sustained and incentivized by federal dollars, and homogenized through
federal training programs.

The “war on drugs” has facilitated this blending of local and federal
law enforcement agencies. The feds cannot sustain drug prohibition on
their own. They depend on state and local resources and manpower to
prosecute their “war.”

The “war on terror” has further facilitated the nationalization of
policing, providing a pipeline that supplies billions in funding and
equipment to state and local police, incentivizing and ensuring
continued cooperation.

The unrest in Ferguson last year and the combat-like police response
focused a great deal of attention on the issue of federal police
militarization through the 1033 program and Department of Homeland
Security grants. But another equally insidious way the feds intertwine
themselves with our local cops has received less attention –
partnerships and training programs.

A recent New American article focused on the fact that federal agents
apparently consider constitutionalists a threat. But the story also
reveals the way the feds influence and co-opt local policing.

“On September 29, Defending Utah spoke with David Browning, police
chief of the city of Enoch, Utah. Browning told the group that he has
personally participated in federal training exercises. He said that
the federal agent in charge of the exercise informed local law
enforcement participants that ‘the mere carrying of the U.S.
Constitution constituted an individual being a potential threat.’”

Of course, the fact that U.S. government agents consider Americans who
believe in constitutional principles a threat is disturbing. But we
should find the fact that the feds train with local cops equally, if
not more troubling.


yes Virginia there is a Santa Claus..l.lol...


New Bill Would Make Local and State Law Enforcers Get a Warrant to Use

Federal lawmakers have introduced a new bill that would require state
and local law enforcement agencies to obtain a warrant before they
could use stingray surveillance devices.

The Cell-Site Simulator Act of 2015, also known as the Stingray
Privacy Act, was introduced in response to a new Justice Department
policy, announced last month, requiring all federal agencies to obtain
a search warrant before using stingrays—devices that simulate a cell
phone tower in order to track the location of mobile phone users.

The new policy forces prosecutors and investigators not only to obtain
a warrant but also to disclose to judges that the specific technology
they plan to use is a stingray, as opposed to some other surveillance

Civil liberties groups had criticized the federal policy because it
covers only agencies like the FBI, U.S. Marshals Service, and Drug
Enforcement Agency—while failing to address state and local police and
sheriff’s departments, who use the technology extensively, and often
borrow the devices from federal agencies.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) introduced the bill in the House of
Representatives on Monday
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Activist shares stories of government surveillance with Worcester

Leslie James Pickering speaks in front of a photo of a 1998 arson at
the Vail, Colorado, ski resort committed by members of the Earth
Liberation Front. Photo/Chris Christo


Posted Nov 5, 2015 at 7:03 PM
Updated Nov 5, 2015 at 7:18 PM

WORCESTER – Leslie James Pickering has been paranoid for years but
says he has good reason.

Through a series of mostly serendipitous discoveries, he learned a few
years ago that the federal government has been watching nearly his
every move.

An accidentally placed form in Mr. Pickering’s mailbox in Buffalo, New
York, tipped off the advocate-turned-bookstore-owner that he was being
investigated by the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and
Explosives and other government agencies since 2012. A laborious
public records battle uncovered portions of the FBI file, which he
says is more than 30,000 pages long, according to statements by
federal attorneys in court.

The longtime activist shared his experiences Tuesday at the
activist-artist collective and community resource center Stone Soup.
Addressing about 30 people, including local activists and Black Lives
Matter leaders, Mr. Pickering shared advice with his peers on how to
fight government repression – he told them to always resist, share
with the media their struggles to gain exposure and to request all
documentation the government keeps on them through the federal Freedom
of Information Act.

“When you find out you’re under surveillance … it can be really
intimidating,” he said before the talk. “A lot of people run and hide
and call it quits because of this. We want to set a different example
and show people you can turn lemons into lemonade, so to speak, and
continue to fight.”

Mr. Pickering, 37, was the unofficial spokesman for the radical
environmental group Earth Liberation Front in the late 1990s in
Portland, Oregon. He worked in a separate entity he started with a
peer dubbed the “ELF Press Office,” touting the accomplishments of the
organization the FBI labeled eco-terrorism. The efforts of that group
were featured in the Oscar-nominated 2011 documentary “If A Tree

Mr. Pickering said he only received anonymous communiques from the
underground ELF as he worked independently to get the group publicity.
He said he never participated in or planned any crimes; ELF was behind
several large-scale arsons. Still, Mr. Pickering has had approximately
two dozen arrests to his nam



Committee to
Stop FBI Repression
Organizing to stop FBI repression of anti-war and international
solidarity activists



How the FBI Tried to Block Martin Luther King’s Commencement Speech

The untold story of a government plot, a maverick college president,
and the most important

Jun 11, 2014

Their one and only meeting lasted barely a minute. On March 26, 1964,
Martin Luther King and Malcolm X came to Washington to observe the
beginning of the Senate debate on the Civil Rights Act. They shook
hands. They smiled for the cameras. As they parted, Malcolm said
jokingly, “Now you’re going to get investigated.”

That, of course, was well underway. Ever since Attorney General Robert
Kennedy had approved FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover’s request in October
1963, King had been the target of extraordinary wiretapping sanctioned
by his own government. By this point, five months later, the taps were
overflowing with data from King’s home, his office, and the hotel
rooms where he stayed.
Henry Griffin/AP Photo

The data the FBI mined—initially about King’s associations with
Communists and later about his sexual life—was used in an attempt to,
depending on your point of view, protect the country or destroy the
civil rights leader. Hoover and his associates tried to get
“highlights” to the press, the president, even Pope Paul VI. So
pervasive was this effort that it extended all the way to the small
campus in Western Massachusetts, Springfield College, where I have
taught journalism for the past 15 years.

In early 1964, King was invited by Springfield President Glenn Olds to
receive an honorary degree and deliver the commencement address on
June 14. But just days after King accepted the invitation, the FBI
tried to get the college to rescind it. The Bureau asked Massachusetts
Senator Leverett Saltonstall, a corporator of Springfield College, to
lean on Olds to “uninvite” King, based on damning details from the
related story
The FBI and Martin Luther King
“I'm trying to wait until things cool off,” King said, “until this
civil rights debate is over—as long as they may be tapping these
phones, you know."
Read the full story by David Garrow in the July/August 2002 Atlantic

King’s biographers have recorded little about this episode. Neither
David Garrow nor Taylor Branch—who both won Pulitzers for books about
King—ever mentioned Glenn Olds by name or title. Saltonstall is
relegated to a one-sentence footnote in Garrow’s The FBI and Martin
Luther King, Jr., a groundbreaking 1981 book that unmasked the
Bureau’s extensive surveillance of the civil rights leader. In the
hardcover edition of Branch’s 2006 book, At Canaan’s Edge, the third
volume of a towering trilogy about America in the King years that took
more than two decades to create, the renowned historian wrote that
Saltonstall had “helped block an honorary degree at Springfield
College, by spreading the FBI’s clandestine allegations that King was
a philandering, subversive fraud.”

There was just one problem with this lively statement. Nobody blocked
an honorary degree for Martin Luther King at Springfield College.

It was a small lapse by a formidable researcher and masterful
storyteller. But lurking beneath this mistake is a great and almost
entirely untold story about the most important figure of the civil
rights era and a maverick college president facing his moment of

The students in Springfield’s class of 1964 lived a Forrest Gump-like
connection with U.S. history. Born just after the attack on Pearl
Harbor, they came to college at the dawn of a new decade. In the fall
of their freshman year, Massachusetts’ native son John F. Kennedy
appeared at a rally in downtown Springfield one day, and got elected
president of the United States the next. In the fall of their senior
year, they flocked to the few black-and-white televisions on campus to
join America’s grim vigil when JFK was shot. The following June, they
expected to turn their tassels from right to left in the presence of
Martin Luther King.

For most of their college days, there was an innocence to this group
of American youth, at a time just before the ’60s became The Sixties.
During their freshman year, they wore beanies. Their social worlds
included hootenannies, panty raids, and carefully regulated visiting
hours in single-sex dorms, with strict rules of “doors open, feet on
the floor.” Many students of the almost exclusively white class
learned The Twist from Barry Brooks, a popular “Negro” student from
Washington, D.C., who earned election to the Campus Activities Board.

These students, at the tail end of the so-called “Silent Generation,”
were less inclined to question authority or conventional wisdom than
their younger siblings would later be. They’d also chosen to attend
Springfield College, an old YMCA school, known as the birthplace of
basketball and best regarded at the time for producing wholesome
teachers of physical education. “It was,” says Barry Brooks, “sort of
an apple pie kind of place.”

Members of the class were only vaguely familiar with Glenn Olds, who
served as college president from 1958 to 1965. He was a trim and
conservatively dressed man with receding blond hair and an engaging
grin. He sometimes hosted groups of students at his on-campus house,
serving apples, cheese, and water. He never drank alcohol or caffeine.
He began each morning with calisthenics.
Glenn Olds meets with Nigerian students at Springfield College in
1963. (Springfield College Archives)

But there was nothing drab about him. Olds was a man marked by
dazzling dualities. Raised by a Mormon mother and a Catholic father,
he became a Methodist minister. Working from a young age as a logger
and a ranch hand, he went on to get a Ph.D. from Yale, penning his
dissertation on “The Nature of Moral Insight.” While at Springfield,
he maintained an office in Washington, working on progressive programs
for Democratic presidents—the Peace Corps for Kennedy and VISTA for
Johnson—but later worked full-time for Nixon


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CONFERENCE in Dallas, Texas, November 20-21-22, 2015.
Produced by Kris Millegan and TrineDay Books, Lorien Fenton and
Conscious Community Events, David Denton and the JFK Historical
2.5 days of presentations by prominent JFK Assassination researchers.


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After a lengthy, costly federal investigation, 'Shrimp Boy' Chow
finally goes on trial
Chow and Serra

J. Tony Serra, right, an eccentric, highly regarded lawyer with a
lifetime distrust of government power, will defend Raymond "Shrimp
Boy" Chow, left, when his trial begins.

To federal investigators and prosecutors, Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow is
and has always been a criminal.

Ever since he arrived in Chinatown from Hong Kong as a 16-year-old
with swagger. Even as he testified for the government in exchange for
a reduced prison sentence in an earlier racketeering case. And, most
particularly, as he assumed the helm of the Ghee Kung Tong as its

Chow goes on trial here Monday in a federal courtroom after a lengthy
investigation that cost millions in taxpayer dollars and swept up
several dozen others — among them former state Sen. Leland Yee, who
pleaded guilty to racketeering in July.

Chow, prosecutors concede, may have put on a decent act as
gangster-turned-community-servant. But behind the scenes of the
fraternal organization he controlled, they will argue, he was running
a criminal enterprise that trafficked in weapons, contraband
cigarettes and stolen liquor.

Last month, the U.S. attorney's office upped the ante on the 140-count
indictment, adding charges that the 55-year-old Chow had arranged the
2006 murder of his Ghee Kung Tong predecessor and conspired to kill
another man who was shot to death in 2013 along with his wife.
The fact that Shrimp Boy is a many-times felon ... makes him look not
as pure as the driven snow. - Robert Weisberg, a Stanford University
law professor

The defense will tell a very different story — with the highly
regarded, eccentric lawyer J. Tony Serra doing the telling.

It is a tale of a government investigation marred by the conduct of an
undercover agent. The tactics of the man known mostly as UCE 4599 —
his cover name was "Dave" — were so egregious, the defense maintains,
that U.S. District Judge Charles R. Breyer should toss the case.

"History will show that this prosecution was the most shocking of all
time," Chow's lawyers wrote in a motion for dismissal last week, one
peppered with allegations they are sure to revisit at trial. "The only
way to maintain the integrity of the federal judiciary in the Northern
District is to acknowledge the severity of the government's mis



Stetson Kennedy first released this book in 1954, the 1990 edition includes some practical ideas to fight Klan and other neo-fascist organizations in an afterword.
This book is a very easy read, conversational in tone, and compelling in content. Mr. Kennedy outlines his infiltration into the headquarters chapter of the KKK in Atlanta and the Columbia Brownshirt organization there, and his undercover hob-knobbing with violent racists and hatemongers, and the colorful illiterates and semi-literates that made up the membership of the Klan and their fellow travellers. He put his life in danger many times confronting the evil, brutal and stupid nature of southern racists.
Another compelling part of the story is the complicity of the police, FBI, the Democratic machine of the Talmadge family, (who rode the upsurge in Klan violence to national political prominence), and the Republican businessmen of the south who paid Klansmen to help bust union drives by busting heads and nightriding.
He also spends alot of time detailing Klan rituals and meetings, and the seemingly neverending lists of Kleagles, Kludds, etc. that made up the hoodoo hierarchy of the Klan organization. It seems like never had so much empty ritual been used in attempt to 'sanctify' such mindless violence.
A good book that gives a good cross-section of what Klan terror and rightist violence was all about in the 1940s and 1950s.
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World's climate about to enter 'uncharted territory' as it passes 1C
of warming

Global warming milestone is one of three climate records set to be
broken in 2015, says UK Met Office
Ice flow floating on a lake in front of the Solheimajokull Glacier,
The world has passed the halfway mark to the 2C target, the agreed
safe limit to avoid catastrophic global warming, say scientists.
Photograph: Thibault Camus/Pool/Reuters


Monday 9 November 2015 10.02 EST
Last modified on Monday 9 November 2015 10.56 EST

Climate change is set to pass the milestone of 1C of warming since
pre-industrial times by the end of 2015, representing “uncharted
territory” according to scientists at the UK’s Met Office.

2015 is also set to be the hottest on record, as the temperatures are
so far beating past records “by a country mile”, they said. The World
Meteorological Organization further announced on Monday that 2016
would be the first year in which the concentration of carbon dioxide
in the atmosphere is over 400ppm on average, due to the continued
burning of fossil fuels.

The trio of landmarks comes just three weeks ahead of a crunch UN
summit in Paris where world leaders including Barack Obama, Xi Jinping
and David Cameron meet in Paris in a bid to reach a new deal on
cutting emissions.

The Met Office’s data from January to September 2015 already shows
global average temperatures have risen by 1C for the first time
compared to pre-industrial times. The rise is due to the “unequivocal”
influence of increasing carbon emissions combined with the El Niño
climate phenomenon currently under way. The Met Office expects the
full-year temperature for 2015 to remain above 1C. It was below 0.9C
in 2014, marking a sharp rise in climate terms.

“This is the first time we’re set to reach the 1C marker and it’s
clear that it is human influence driving our modern climate into
uncharted territory,” said Stephen Belcher, director of the Met
Office’s Hadley Centre, said. “We have passed the halfway mark to the
2C target.”

The announcement of symbolic milestones in the run up to the Paris
summit will increase pressure on negotiators to deliver a strong deal
to avert the catastrophic global warming expected beyond 2C of

“Mother Nature has been kind to the French, but it should not be that
way,” said Prof Myles Allen, at the University of Oxford, referring to
the impetus the milestones should give to the conference hosted in
Paris. “International negotiations on climate change should not be in
hoc to what happens ... in the preceding nine months.” In any case, he
said: “The last three months of 2015 would have to be really odd to
change [projections of unprecedented warming for 2015] as we are
beating the records by a country mile.”

Amber Rudd, the UK’s energy and climate change secretary, said:
“Climate change is one of the most serious threats we face, not just
to the environment, but to our economic prosperity, poverty
eradication and global security. That’s why I want an agreement on a
global deal in Paris. Pledges to reduce emissions made by countries
[are] just the beginning. We need to ensure that as the costs of clean
energy fall, countries can be more ambitious with their climate

Climate change is clear in the Central England Temperature record,
which is the longest in the world and stretches back to 1772, said Ed
Hawkins, a climate scientist at the University of Reading. “We can see
the fingerprint of global warming in our own backyard. Central England
has warmed 20% more than the global average [as land warms faster than
oceans] and we expect that to continue.”

The impacts of climate change are analysed in other research presented
on Monday by the UK’s Avoid project. It found that, compared to
unchecked global warming, keeping the temperature rise below 2C would
reduce heatwaves by 89%, flooding by 76%, cropland decline by 41% and
water stress by 26%.
Which countries are doing the most to stop dangerous global warming?
Read more

Prof Joanna Haigh, at Imperial College London and part of the Avoid
team, said the last major UN climate summit in Denmark in 2009 failed,
making Paris crucial in preventing widespread damage: “Copenhagen was
generally considered a complete disaster, so it is very important that
countries get together at Paris.”

Belcher said 4C of warming would be much more harmful than simply
doubling the impacts expected with 2C. He said the European heatwave
of 2003, which led to 70,000 deaths, would be “a rather mild summer”
in a 4C world.

The Met Office report also showed that the world’s “carbon budget” –
the maximum CO2 that can be emitted over time to keep below 2C – was
already two-thirds used up by the end of 2014. But only one-third of
the sea-level rise expected from 2C of warming – 60cm by 2100 – has so
far occurred, because of the time it takes for large ice sheets to

Prof Andrew Shepherd, at the University of Leeds, said a recent Nasa
study indicating that ice mass grew in Antarctica from 2003-2008 was
contradicted by 57 other studies and had just a 5-10% chance of being
a correct prediction.

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With Mass Civil Disobedience, Young Activists March Against 'Broken
Published on
Monday, November 09, 2015
Common Dreams
With Mass Civil Disobedience, Young Activists March Against 'Broken

More than 2,000 youth shut down intersections in march to the White
Nadia Prupis, staff writer

Demonstrators march through Washington, D.C. on Monday, November 9,
2015. (Photo: Jason Kowalski/Twitter)

Roughly 1,000 young activists are marching through the streets of
Washington, D.C. on Monday in what they hope will be the largest-ever
planned civil disobedience action to demand racial, immigration, and
climate justice reform for a "broken" political system.

Under the banner Our Generation, Our Choice, millenials from a range
of grassroots advocacy organizations—including 350.org, Million
Hoodies, Working Families, and the Fossil Fuel Student Divestment
Network—blocked traffic and shut down intersections as they marched to
the White House, risking arrest to "inspire urgency and courage from
our elected leaders."

"What do we do when our communities are under attack? Stand up, fight
back!" they chanted. "Injustice, we'll stop it. People over profit!"

One contingent marched behind a sign that read, "We are the ones we've
been waiting for." Another laid down a blank mural banner in the
middle of an intersection as demonstrators used colorful paint to
write or draw out their vision for a just world.

At other times, they called out, "No borders, no nations, stop the

The activists are demanding that Congress takes immediate action to
"keep fossil fuels in the ground, protect and respect the dignity and
lives of immigrants, and black, brown, and poor communities; reinvest
in healthy jobs, renewable energy, and an economy that works for all
of us," as organizers Yong Jung Cho, Waleed Shahid, Devontae
Torriente, and Sara Blazevic wrote in a piece published last week.

But more than that, they're presenting themselves as the stewards of a
just future.

"Politicians aren’t the only voices with power," the young activists
state. "We have power, too. And we have more power when we act
together. Young people don’t live single-issue lives. We live at the
intersection of the most pressing problems today. Our movements are
connected and our purpose is huge."



weapon of mass migration
November 2, 2015 Uncategorized Angela Merkel, Kelly Greenhill, mass
migration, Wayne Madsen Reports        

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November 2-3, 2015 – Merkel’s weapon of mass migration borne out of
Pentagon plan

By Silvija Germek with Wayne Madsen

The current invasion of Europe by migrants escaping civil war in
Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Afghanistan and economic ills in North and
sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia was planned by an adviser to the
U.S. Defense Department, Ford Foundation, and the United Nations High
Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

In 2010, Kelly Greenhill, an adviser to the U.S. government; chair of
the Conflict, Security and Public Policy Working Group at Harvard
Kennedy School of Government’s Belfer Center; former Senate aide to
John Kerry; and associate professor of political science at Tufts,
wrote a book titled, “Weapons of Mass Migration: Forced Displacement,
Coercion, and Foreign Policy.” Greenhill’s book has become as much a
template for creating social disorder through forced mass migration as
retired University of Massachusetts professor Gene Sharp’s books on
“themed revolutions” have become road maps for causing government
coups through the use of social media.

Unlike Sharp’s methodology of relying on synthetic social and
political movements created from outside a targeted country, which can
have mixed results as seen in Egypt, Greenhill views weapons of mass
migration as the most effective method to achieve sure results.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel began implementing the main tenets of
Greenhill’s book after its publication in 2010. In addition to the
arrival of new bodies for Germany’s work force, Merkel saw a mass
influx by refugees as a way for her to enable the German military,
security, and intelligence services to take a more active role in
domestic German affairs.

The anti-terrorism forces of the German Special Operations Command
(Spezialeinsatzkommandos or SEK) have already swung into action
against jihadist “refugees” who have initiated mass violence inside
German migrant shelters. It is only a matter of time before the SEK
and other security forces begin to take action against newly-arrived
jihadist troublemakers in German cities and towns like Hamburg,
Leipzig, Cologne, Munich, and Berlin.

Merkel’s government has mobilized the “Regional Backup and Support
Staff” (Regionale Sicherungs- und Unterstützungskräfte or RSUKr), a
“homeland security” force of military reservists. Since 2012, the
RSUKr has had the authority to engage in domestic law enforcement
inside Germany. If the RSUKr evokes memories of the Gestapo, it
should. Currently content with conducting “anti-terror” raids on
mosques and suspected jihadist homes in Germany, Merkel does not seem
concerned about putting this counter-terrorism “genie” back into the
bottle after it takes care of the jihadist threat.

According to various media reports named W2EU (Welcome to European
Union). Migrants in Greece are handed a booklet written in Arabic and
published by W2EU that instructs new arrivals in Germany how to travel
to Germany and ask for asylum, food, housing and the much-prized Hartz
IV unemployment benefits.

Another NGO assisting the migrants is MigrationAid Hungary, which has
coordinated Twitter messages to a surprisingly large number of young
men with iPhones who are neither refugees nor Syrians. Twitter, the
favorite tool of Soros NGOs in coordinating the Lotus Revolution in
Egypt and the Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia, assists migrants to
transit the designated corridor from Turkey into Greece, Macedonia,
Serbia, Croatia, and, ultimately, Salzburg, Austria where the German
government runs countless special trains into Germany. European media
has reported that trucks have been discovered at various refugee
collection centers with cargos of blank Syrian passports for sale. In
addition, thousands of fake Syrian passports have been issued by human
trafficking operations organizing massive streams of migrants from
Asia and Africa into Germany.


Soros- and U.S.-engineered mayhem at the borders of Europe. Above,
migrants at a Croatian-Serbian border post.

Merkel’s open door policy for migrants, has, at its roots, the desire
by large German corporations to produce new ranks of cheap labor to
offset the population reduction within the European Union, especially
with the first major wave of retiring “baby boomers.” The German Labor
Ministry reports that only ten percent of the migrants are employable
and many are noticed by German immigration and security authorities to
be Salafists. Essentially, Merkel is receiving more Salafists than
potential laborers among the new arrivals.

While the policy of importing fresh workers into Germany has the
support of Merkel loyalists within her Christian Democratic Union
(CDU) and her coalition partners, the Social Democrats headed by
Sigmar Gabriel, who is willing to sacrifice German workers for Asians
and Africans in their own country, it has faced opposition from
Merkel’s Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union of Bavarian
Minister-President Horst Seehofer.

In a traditional display of Bavarian independence from Berlin,
Seehofer has made common cause against Merkel’s migrant “welcome
wagon” with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, a one-time
political acolyte of Soros, and the right-wing Austrian Freedom Party
headed by Heinz-Christian Strache. A supranational “Danube Alliance”
of Hungary, Bavaria, and the Austrian Freedom Party has emerged to
oppose further mass migration of Syrian, Iraqi, and other refugees
into central Europe.

The danger of Germany and other European countries being swamped by
mostly Muslim refugees is backed up by real numbers and statistics.
Merkel approved one million refugees from Syria, Iraq, and other
countries. The German government estimates that number may soon
increase to 1.5 million because a large number of arriving migrants
are made up of family units. German government statistics reveal that
each approved asylum seeker brings into Germany an average of 4.5
relatives, which means the current estimate of 1.5 million may soon
increase to 6 to 7 million. Currently on foot and other means of
transportation are between 500,000 to 700,000 additional migrants who
have recently set out for Europe from Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan. The
UNHCR and the EU are now estimating that 3.7 million migrants will
arrive in Europe “within several months.” Such a demographic change
for Europe will irrevocably change the face of Europe as we now know

At a migrant camp in Leipzig, several hundred radical Afghans attacked
another group of secular Syrians, resulting in a number of injuries.
Rapes of migrant women in the camps and Germans in nearby
neighborhoods outside the migrant camps have skyrocketed. According to
media reports, migrant women and children are pimped out by migrant
gangs for 10 euros for sex inside camps. Many German women are now
avoiding leaving their homes and walking alone out of fear of rape
from their new foreign “neighbors.” There are also increasing evidence
that pedophiles are now preying on young migrant children. Recently, a
four year-old Bosnian boy named Mohamed was abducted, raped, and
murdered by a pedophile. The boy was stolen from his mother at a
migrant processing center in Berlin. The police discovered that the
murderer, who has been arrested, hid the body of the boy in the trunk
of his car and used kitty litter to suppress the odor caused by

There is a definite difference between jihadist agitators in the
migrant camps and the normal migrant populations of women, children,
and the elderly. The radicals are young men, many in possession of
iPhones, which the jihadists in Syria, Iraq, and other countries have
used to coordinate their attacks with great success. These Salafists
and jihadists routinely challenge Germans about their Christian
religion, consumption of alcohol, apparel deemed “un-Islamic,” and
acceptance of homosexuality. The highest number of male radicals are
from Afghanistan, followed by Iraqis, Syrians, Bangladeshis, and West
Africans. Merkel’s government is working with Facebook owner Jeffrey
Zuckerberg to identify and incarcerate not jihadist migrants who are
using social media to plan violent acts but Germans who post what are
considered “hateful” Facebook messages about the criminal nature of
the jihadist hooligans. The German government is guiding the street
protests by restricting anti-immigration protests to “free speech
zones.” Authorities are also permitting pro-immigration protests in
separate designated free speech zones. These opposing protests, with a
heavy police presence, feature the far-right and neo-Nazi
anti-immigrant PEGIDA (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of
the Occident) on one side and protesters representing the Soros-funded
Green Party and anti-Nazi ANTIFA (anti-fascists), as well as the
Confederation of German Trade Unions (DGB) who have turned out to be
more disruptive and violent than the neo-Nazis themselves. Also
arrayed against Merkel’s policies is the Alternative for Germany
(AfD), a far-right Euro-skeptic party that has seen increasing

Merkel, who was rumored to be a strong candidate to succeed Ban
Ki-moon as Secretary General of the United Nations, now may be run out
of Berlin on a political rail. In 1529, the seventy-year old Count
Nicholas of Salm commanded the Viennese troops who defeated the
invading Muslim Turks in the first siege of Vienna. Merkel now stands
ready to reverse Nicholas’s achievement at the gates of Vienna almost
500 years ago.

Coming soon: The Central Intelligence Agency’s blueprint for
introducing chaos and destabilization through mass migration.






Silvija Germek ( )

We have more articles coming as this is growing into a series by sheer
volume of material we have. We are processing the exact CIA blueprint
and their own written outline as to how to create ‘coercion by weapons
of mass migration’ (these are their own words)…. more coming soon,
including what methods are being used, what the political objectives
are, etc.

The article is up on FB right here. It is in the several thousand hits
and is being read at a steady rate of 1,000 per hour (per admin data
FB shows us) and being shared widely. It is generating a buzz on a
number of other sites where I posted just the link to it. Interesting.
Looks like there is a lot of interest in the topic. We have a LOT of
great information as this is a giant EU-wide restructuring of
demographics, economics, culture, destabilization of democracies,
militarization of society as a classic Hegelian blowback to the crisis
being carefully created such as the use of SEK (a GSG-9 twin) against
civilians with migrant riots as excuse and driver, demand for a new
massively militarized EU border police force which sounds like a
planned DHS type force with massive anti-terror/anti-riot and Special
Ops force which Merkel and key EU pols deem an appropriate response to
the crisis they are creating in direct cooperation with Soros under a
CIA umbrella plan which even comes with exact academic blueprints we
found and evaluated.

Merkel met Zuckerberg in NYC this month and they agreed to begin
censoring FB for harsh criticism of her asylum politics. There is
indeed a task force of massively intimidating censors working at all
German language groups, chats, major MSM articles which threatens and
bullies Germans into silence. The aggressive counter-intel trolls
deployed on FB are actually catching critics of Germany’s migrant
politics, accusing them racism, hate speech and sedition and handing
them over to the court systems who have begun convicting them in
on-the-spot trials in recent weeks. The last time I saw such total
palpable surveillance such as the constant monitoring of the German
language social media venues now was when I crossed the Berlin Wall
and had Stasi eyes and ears following me around in the 70s. An
atmosphere of fear and rage is simmering under the surface in Germany
which will erupt into a civil war if this mass migration continues.
This is not a normal refugee migration. These are a minority of Syrian
war refugees with families and an estimated 80% young men with IPhones
whom Viktor Orban aptly called “an invasion, an army”, among whom are
known to be thousands of jihadists. German domestic intel confirms
collapse of the national security state has long occurred. Police
unions went public and declared the same thing, as did mayors and

Next step of rapidly evolving freedom of speech restrictions:
Political correctness which was first invented by Horkheimer and
brought to its twin New School of Social Research in NYC is now being
legislated in Germany in the form of new hate speech laws which were
implemented last month as a result of the uproar in Germany over this
chaotic and dangerous invasion. The first handful of convictions of
Germans who made harsh comments criticizing the migrant invasion came
through German courts in the last 2-3 weeks. A number of people have
hefty financial fines plus years of probation which involves
restricted freedom of speech as part of the probation. One German who
wrote “I hope that they burn the migrant homes down in my area before
they can fill them” was sentenced to 2+ years prison last week and is
on his way to serve his sentence. Freedom of speech is dramatically
giving way to a crisis which is being created while turning Germany
and the EU toward more and more totalitarianism. The entire thing is
artificially created to fulfill multiple visible agendas.

Europe is in shock over the invasion and turning to the political
right and far right in response while it has been proven even in court
that German domestic intelligence runs the neonazi and far right scene
to this day as it did during the early Gladio years.

Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU alliance is in tatters and she is now
doing business with the Green Party which is on the forefront of
aggressive rhetoric of wealth distribution and helped push through
real estate confiscation laws so migrants could be accommodated. The
push to the right is entirely engineered from above also. Much more
coming. If we study Germany in detail now, we will know at least some
of the things which are already being sent our way by the same design
and controllers above.

Below is Spielfeld this past weekend. Spielfeld is the romantic
Steiermark border between Austria and Slovenia on the direct migrant
path. Soros groups in a host of countries are actively recruiting
migrants to follow Merkel’s call and sending them on their way with
guides and exact Twitter coordination to their IPhones how to bypass
barricades and break through certain borders. These groups even
provide waystations with IPhone chargers so they can continue to
direct the migrant tsunami. The mostly young men include many who are
highly aggressive, attack police with stones and teargas many seem to
have been equipped with. As Hungary’s president Orban said – they are
rogue armies, not families fleeing Syria who are the minority among

The largest migration corridor goes from various parts of Asia, Africa
and the Middle East via Turkey, next to Greece over the former
Yugoslav republics of Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia, bypassing the
Hungary bottleneck as Orban has disappeared all of Hungary behind
massive concertina wire fences to keep aggressive migrant mobs out.
From Croatia, it goes into Slovenia, Austria, Germany where most stay
and a smaller number on to Sweden. Germany is bearing most of the
brunt of this.

On record, Germany absorbed 200,000 in the last month but this is
certain to be a skewed number since thousands disappear off the trains
without being registered. It is estimated that 3.7 million more are on
the way right now and will arrive in Ger

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fabricating fixing impunity
November 9, 2015 Uncategorized 9/11, alternate universes, aluminum,
Ash Carter and the world order, Bush biography, cyberthreat, Hemingway
and the FBI, Hilary, ISIS coloring book, Kunduz, launch games,
roundtable II on pedophilia, The New York Times on 9/11        

fabricating fixing impunity

“ First Read is a morning briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC
Political Unit on the day’s most important political stories and why
they matter.”


[Ed.: Andrea Mitchell, who is privileged enough to know things others
can’t by dint of her marriage to Federal Reserve Chairman Allan
Greenspan, leads off this sharpening of an already powerfully-blunt
propaganda sword with a re-telling of the “fallout” from the new Bush
41 biography.

Her Wikipedia entry tells a funny story about Andrea and freedom of
the press in Sudan, as if she was free or willing to bludgeon any of
the people (41, 43, Rumsfeld and Cheney) noted in her schadenfreudian
tamping-down of the earth at the burial site of the Bush dynasty.

For a different look, visit Pottersville where he underlines and
emphasizes the same parts of Ray McGovern’s take on the matter that I
would have, and then takes a nice 3rd-to-second gear downshift through
the double chicane of 9/11 before entering a long straight-away on
that new Trudeau fellow up north. ]


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When states charge for public defenders, poor defendants are doomed

Making indigent people on trial pay for bad representation helps
ensure they won’t be well defended – and their inability to pay up is
another legal ding
We are creating an infinite regression that traps poor Americans in
the justice system. Photograph: Alexander Kozachok/Getty Images

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We usually lay blame at the feet of wardens and corrections officers
for inmate recidivism. They didn’t offer enough treatment. The staff
is abusive. Prisoners are discharged without education or job skills.

But the creeping trend toward requiring indigent defendants in the US
legal system to pay for public defenders proves that recidivism starts
before any defendants even hit a correctional facility – and that it
springs directly from the process that was designed to defend them.
They receive substandard representation that essentially guarantees
convictions and incarceration. They are saddled with the bills for
this representation and incarceration and then it becomes a crime not
to pay them.
Donate blood or go to jail: when did US judges become vampires?
Steven W Thrasher
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Since 1963, when the US supreme court decided Gideon v Wainwright, any
defendant who can’t afford an attorney is entitled to have one
appointed to protect the right to counsel as provided in the sixth
amendment of the US constitution.

While the phrase “absolutely free” doesn’t appear in any of the
supreme court decisions on the right to counsel, neither do the
phrases “at cost” or “on layaway”. Public defenders are supposed to be
appointed at no cost to the defendant – not because of a legal
requirement, but out of fairness and common sense, to give everyone
equal access to t



FBI takes a bullet in banks’ $50 billion fee war with retailers

FILE - This Nov. 18, 2009 file photo shows credit and bank cards with
electronic chips in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. In the wake of recent
high-profile data breaches, including this week’s revelation that
hackers stole consumer data from eBay’s computer systems, Visa and
MasterCard are renewing a push to speed the adoption of microchips
into U.S. credit and debit cards.

Posted: Sunday, November 8, 2015 10:30 pm

Perhaps the FBI should have stuck to catching bank robbers, rather
than weighing in on bank cards.

Last month, the nation’s premier law enforcement agency issued a
seemingly innocuous fraud alert telling shoppers to use a PIN with new
credit cards embedded with computer chips.

Though the goal was to promote security, the bureau instead found
itself ensnared in a decadelong dispute between banks and retailers,
in which about $50 billion in annual fees are at stake.

The blowback from both sides has been intense.

Banks said they were blindsided by the notice and forced the bureau to
retract it

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FBI infiltrated nonvoilent protest outside Georgia army base

Young people join a rally during the SOA Watch protests outside
Fort Benning, Ga., Nov. 22, 2009.

Nov. 12, 2015
A Freedom of Information Act request has revealed that School of the
Americas Watch, a nonviolent human rights organization founded by a
Maryknoll priest, was investigated and infiltrated by the Federal
Bureau of Investigation for at least a decade.

The 429 pages of documents, which were obtained by Washington
D.C.-based lawyer Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, also show SOA Watch was
under surveillance by a consortium of law enforcement agencies that
included the FBI’s counter-terrorism division, said Loyola Law School
Professor Bill Quigley of the SOA Watch Legal Collective, and who is
referred to in one FOIA document without mentioning his name.

In comments to NCR, Quigley, who authored a summary of the FBI
documents, said the FBI surveillance has had a chilling impact on some
SOA Watch activists. “Even people who have been involved in this
movement for a long time were chilled by the fact that they were being
subject to counter-terrorism monitoring and surveillance,” Quigley

The released files, which are heavily redacted and did not include 75
pages that were withheld from the release, cover the years 2001-2010.
The report was released just a week prior to the SOA Watch’s 25th
anniversary gathering at Ft. Benning in Columbus, Ga., where most of
the FBI’s surveillance was conducted.

The annual protest, began as an effort to close the U.S. Army School
of the Americas, an Army training school for Latin American soldiers,
some of whom carried out human rights abuses and murders in their
native countries. The school is now called the Western Hemisphere
Institute for Security Cooperation. SOA Watch was founded in 1990 by
former Maryknoll priest, Fr. Roy Bourgeois, a former Latin American

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In a document, dated Oct. 3, 2005, the FBI requested that the SOA
Watch protest be designated as a “Special Events Readiness Level”
(SERL). Quigley said SERL events involve coordination between local
law and state law enforcement, the Department of Homeland Security,
the FBI, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency “with the U.S.
Secret Service designated as the lead agency.”

Despite no incidents of violence over the multi-year period of the
gatherings, the FBI justified its activities by claiming that other
groups, such as anarchists, could join SOA Watch events and cause
problems. “The peaceful intentions of the SOA Watch leaders has been
demonstrated over the years,” the 2005 report noted. “The concern has
always been that a militant group would infiltrate the protestors and
use of the cover of the crowd to create problems. At this time, there
are no specific or known threats to this event.”

An Oct. 23, 2003, FBI memo refers to “The Americas Anarchist Movement”
and notes that the bureau was “concerned that factions of a radical
cell will travel to [the SOA protest] and may implement or instigate
violent and destructive behavior.”

Past media accounts in NCR have shown that nothing like that has ever
occurred at any of the two dozen annual SOA Watch protests at Ft.

Verheyden-Hilliard, executive director of the Partnership for Civil
Justice Fund, the group that made the FOIA request, said the FBI has
an institutional history of justifying its actions as necessary to
prevent otherwise nonviolent groups from being infiltrated by those
with bad intentions.

“When you criminalize dissent or make peaceful dissent have the
appearance of criminal character because of its response to it, it
can’t help but impact people’s ability to come out and express their
point of view,” Verheyden-Hilliard told NCR.

“But at the same time, the FBI and Department of Homeland Security
engage in this following a long tradition of American law enforcement
and intelligence agencies acting this way against political and social
justice movements in the United States. …

“It’s basically where federal and local enforcement begin to set
themselves up as if they’re engaged in paramilitary operations against
peaceful protesters.”

Verheyden-Hilliard said the SOA Watch files show a pattern used by the
FBI to justify its actions from year to year.

“Every year they acknowledge that it’s peaceful and just about every
year they have some type of alarmist warning that ‘While it’s
peaceful, you never know when something will turn unpeaceful. While
it’s peaceful you never when someone will infiltrate it and more
radical groups will show up.’ And by that logic every single mass
gathering in the United States could be deemed by the FBI to have
potential terrorist activity,” she said.

Verheyden-Hilliard said the FBI’s monitoring of SOA Watch was “a
significant expenditure of taxpayer dollars” used to monitor the
activities of what she called a group of “pacifist nuns.” Ironically,

Verheyden-Hilliard, “SOA Watch is an organization that had dedicated
itself to actually trying to find U.S.-trained terrorists, who are
then sent to other countries. They’re as far from terrorists
themselves as you can get.”

FOIA documents show that in September 2004 the FBI communicated with a
confidential informant who handed over a “compiled manual for affinity
groups, with telephone number of Legal Advisor from Loyola University
(Louisiana)” and provided the FBI with the names and email addresses
of people associated with SOA Watch.

“To have this event and this movement for human rights categorized as
subject to counter-terrorism and these sorts of things is scary to
people, and it’s very sad,” Quigley said.

Bourgeois said local law enforcement and other groups like the FBI,
were never able to show that SOA Watch was anything but peaceful.

“Our actions were always rooted to nonviolence; connected in
solidarity with the people of Latin America, Bourgeois said. “Our goal
to shut down the School of the Assassins as it became known. There
were times that I felt they [law enforcement agencies] were kind of
hoping maybe to find something they could use to discredit us. They
never did.”

SOA Watch has made all 429 pages from the FBI files available on its
website along with a summary of the material.



A List of the Dumb Swag the FBI Made to Promote Its Dumb Propaganda
November 12, 2015 // 09:00 AM EST

Earlier this year, a friend brought me a mysterious FBI-branded
mousepad she had gotten from a conference in Washington, DC. It has a
massive pawn chess piece on it, with the words “Don’t Be a Pawn” and
“Game of Pawns” plastered across the middle of it.

I immediately Googled Game of Pawns, and found that it’s a very bad,
pretty expensive anti-spying drama the FBI commissioned to persuade
impressionable youths to not sell secrets to foreign governments.

The film, which is heavy-handed and unwatchable except as a piece of
ironic entertainment for those who love to cringe, is based on Glenn
Duffie Shriver, an American who studied abroad in Shanghai, was asked
to provide the Chinese government with classified information, and was
ultimately arrested. The film, a fictionalized version of his story,
uses blatant shots of Washington DC's Chinatown to serve as "downtown
Shanghai" and suffers from awful dialogue, bad timing, weird
stereotypes, etc.

How much money had the agency spent on these damn mousepads? And
was it only mousepads? How else had the agency promoted this piece of

The movie was created specifically so study abroad offices and
university professors could warn their students that selling secrets
to foreign governments is an illegal endeavor. From the film's
original press release:

"The movie has played a significant role in our outreach efforts to
educate American academia on how foreign intelligence services target
and attempt to recruit American students studying abroad,” Frank
Montoya, the National Counterintelligence Executive, said.
“Productions such as the movie Game of Pawns are essential and very
practical tools for sensitizing the public and private sectors to our
nation’s growing counterintelligence mission.”

I immediately wondered why the FBI was creating totally crazy, mostly
fictional propaganda movies that tell people not to be spies, and
wondered how much money the agency (and FBI Academy TV Studios, which
is a thing) had wasted on this endeavor. Motherboard contributor Shawn
Musgrave had previously learned that this cinematic masterpiece cost
the agency at least $650,000 (the invoice docs he obtained are opaque
and hard to parse). It's been viewed on YouTube 117,403 times, which
has been its primary distribution method. Not exactly a blockbuster
considering its budget.

But what about the mousepad? How much money had the agency spent on
these damn mousepads? Had there been internal discussion about what
taglines to put on it? Various designs to choose from? Who put these
together? Do people even use mice anymore?


Now that you know FBI agents and their informants created the 1993 1st World Trade Center bombing; the Oklahoma City bombing; the Omargh bombing; the Mumbai attack, did I forget 911, TWA Flight 800, , the Lockerbie bomb; and lest we forget the Boston Marathon bombing

The following stories exemplify why FBI agents create terrorist events.
Can you name the FBI agent perps behind these terrorist attacks?

two stories 40 years apart


November 13, 2015
NYPD: the New Red Squad

Are you being illegally surveilled by the New York Police Department (NYPD)?

The Gothamist website recently exposed a NYPD undercover officer, “Melike Ser,” who had been spying on Muslim students at Brooklyn College. As it reported, three college graduates had “intimate ties” with the officer, with “her presence during some of the most private moments of their lives, and the fear they endured when they learned her true identity.” No charges were brought against anyone the agent supposedly investigated.

The NYPD dismissed the story. “There’s truth in the Gothamist story, if you pick out certain facts you can say, ‘Well, this is true,’ or ‘That’s true’,” claimed John Miller, Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism. “But it’s wrapped around this narrative that there was this over-arching blanket surveillance, which is not the case,” he claimed. He also suggested that the undercover agent had, in April, exposed the role of two Queens women as Islamic State terrorists by building and planning to deploy a home-made bomb.

The Brooklyn College episode is but the latest example of how the NYPD uses undercover officers, really secret police, to investigate — and sometimes provoke through agents provocateurs — illegal actions. This practice dates back more than a half-century and is part of the establishment of a new Red Squad and is unlikely to change anytime soon.

* * *

In 2012, the Associated Press (AP) broke the Pulitzer-Prize winning esposé on the NYPD surveillance of Muslim throughout the Northeast. It reported that the NYPD’s Intelligence Division Cyber Unit surveilled students throughout the City University of New York (CUNY) system including Brooklyn and Baruch Colleges as well as using “secondary” undercovers operatives Hunter, CCNY, Queens and LaGuardia colleges during at least from 2003 to 2006.

The NYPD surveillance activities raised a host of questions as to their legality. The AP found that some CUNY personnel may have shared student records with the police in violation of the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA); if convicted, a school could lose federal funding. In addition, undercover cops may have violated a 1992 agreement between CUNY and the NYPD that restricted police “to CUNY campuses, buildings and other property only upon the request or approval of a CUNY official.”

More troubling, on Octoer 12th, the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Philadelphia, ruled to reinstate a lawsuit, Hassan v. City of New York, originally brought by a group of 11 Muslim people, businesses and organizations that were allegedly the subject of NYPD surveillance by its now-disbanded Demographics Unit.

The Muslim Advocates and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed the original lawsuit in June 2012; it was dismissed in 2014. According to CCR, “the NYPD’s goal under this program – both ambitious and chilling – was to create a human mapping system that monitored Muslims all along the Eastern Seaboard and beyond. No Muslim individual or entity appears to have been beyond suspicion.” The NYPD targeted adherents of the Muslim faith from 28 “ancestries of interest” including Egyptian, Pakistani, Somali, Sudanese and an array of other Asian, Middle Eastern and African ancestries along with “American Black Muslim.”

In its reversal, the Third Circuit judges noted in their 60-page opinion that the NYPD’s practices recalled now-condemned government actions from the past, “We have been down similar roads before. Jewish-Americans during the Red Scare, African-Americans during the civil-rights movement and Japanese-Americans during World War II are examples that readily spring to mind.”

* * *

In the wake of the colossal federal intelligence failures that culminated in the September 11, 2001, attacks, the NYPD both “federalized” and “militarized” its counter-terrorism operations. It began working closely with the CIA, FBI and DHS, among others federal agencies, and received a considerable amount of military gear, including machine guns, ammunition and armored personnel carriers, from the Pentagon and DHS.

Following 9/11, four CIA operatives were embedded in the NYPD and, in 2002, it launched a clandestine surveillance campaign of regional Muslims and Muslim organizations through its Demographics Unit that led to the recent Third Circuit decision. (These activities were in violation of National Security Act of 1947 and the 1981 Executive Order 12333 that barred the CIA from engaging in domestic spying.) Also in 2002, it marshaled its forces against protesters of the World Economic Forum (WEF), infiltrated various anti-globalization organizations, including the NYC Independent Media Center, and arrested 500 people. Nevertheless, a half-million people came out to voice their rage, the largest protest in the city’s history.

In 2004, the NYPD employed an aggressive counter-terrorism strategy to suppress popular protest against the Republican National Convention (RNC). It deployed its “RNC Intelligence Squad” to conduct massive surveillance of political groups and to arrest (some preemptively), detain and fingerprinting over 1,800 protesters, journalists, legal observers and bystanders; in 2014, the city paid out nearly $18 million for the unlawful arrests.

In 2011, the NYPD lead a massive campaign against Occupy Wall Street that was distinguishing by the active collaboration of the police and a host of national security agencies and corporate representatives. The NYPD’s worked with DHS, including ICE, the Coast Guard, the TSA’s Federal Air Marshals, as well as the FBI, the Secret Service and U.S. Marshals Service. According to a DHS memo, its officials were “actively engaged with local law enforcement and trade partners to establish contingency plans.”

* * *

The NYPD has a long history as an undercover security service. In 1955, it established the Bureau of Special Services (BOSS), popularly known as the “Red Squad.” Like similar groups operating in Los Angeles, Detroit and other cities during the Cold War, its goal was, in the words of New York State’s chiefs of police, “to drive the pinks out of the country.” Two undercover female police officers and numerous FBI agents infiltrated the Communist Party (CP) and various municipal agencies, including the schools; it even kept a file on Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker from 1955 to 1968.

From 1957 to ’71, the NYPD actively collaborated with the FBI’s COINTELPRO (i.e., Counter Intelligence Program) and, initially, targeted the CP and Puerto Rican nationalists. In July 1959, HUAC held hearings held in New York and San Juan on “Communist activities among Puerto Ricans in New York City and Puerto Rico.” More then a dozen witnesses were subpoenaed; most of the alleged communist witnesses refused to testify. One of those who testified was Mildred Blauvelt, an undercover BOSS officer. “I became a member of the New York City Police Department in December of 1942, and upon entrance into the department was assigned by them to infiltrate the Communist Party as an undercover agent,” she revealed. Her actual infiltration of the party is a bit unclear: “I succeeded in doing so by becoming a member of the Communist Party in April of 1948. I was expelled from the Communist Party in September 1943, but gained reentrance into the party once again in April of 1944, and stayed in the Communist Party until my expulsion in November of 1951.”

In the ’60s, a BOSS undercover cop, Gene Roberts, served as Malcolm X’s chief of security and was at the Audubon Ballroom when Malcolm was assassinated. During the ‘60s and ‘70s, the Red Squad targeted political groups like the Black Panthers, Yippies, Young Lords, antiwar activists and “white hate groups.” In the mid-‘60s, it began to deploy video surveillance that is now ubiquitous. In the wake of the first terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in 1993, the NYPD joined forces with the FBI and the CIA to fight terrorism.

Deeply troubling, the NYPD has violated legal agreements limiting its surveillance powers. Over the last three decades, it has circumvented what is known as the Handschu Consent Decree. It is named for Barbara Handschu, an attorney defending the Black Panthers and Abbie Hoffman, who filed suit against the Red Squad in 1971. After nine years of litigation, the NYPD agreed to cease investigating any individual or group without specific information of criminal intent; it also agreed to release secret files it kept on 250,000 New Yorkers. In 2002, the Decree was modified in the wake of 9/11, but in 2007 the NYPD was found in violation of the agreement due to its videotaping of public demonstrations.

* * *

The attacks of 9/11 introduced the era of “war on terror” and paramilitary policing. Now, a decade-and-a-half later, a potential national security threat can include any disturbance, whether political protest, civil uprising, publicity spectacle like the pope’s visit or simply being “Muslim,” a very ill-defined category. Mass preventive arrests are common; undercover agents and agents provocateurs are assumed to infiltrate local activist groups; isolated incidents can rapidly metastasize; and nonviolent actions can quickly be turned into criminal activities.

NYPD conducts surveillance operation using both undercover operatives and high-tech equipment. One of its surveillance “toys” is a sophisticated Bell 412EP helicopter costing $10 million and acquired through a Justice Department grant. It operates through a shell company and maintains a special FAA “undercover” registration so it can’t be tracked. It is equipped with sophisticated photo- and video-surveillance capabilities that Wired magazine says can capture “clear images of license plates—or the faces of individuals—from 1,000 feet away.” The story noted that it could even “pick up the catcher’s signals at Yankee Stadium.” John Diazo, crew chief for the aircraft, replied, “Obviously, we’re not looking into apartments. We don’t invade the privacy of individuals. We only want to observe anything that’s going on in public.” And who would know if they did?

Another NYPD device is known as the StingRay, an IMSI catcher (International Mobile Subscriber Identity) that is a cell site simulator. It appears as a cellphone tower and services as a mobile wiretapping device and is used to capture metadata, record the content of phone conversations and SMS text messages.

And then there is the Z Backscatter Van, a mobile fortress used by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to scan for drugs and explosives costing between $729,000 and $825,000. Two were reportedly deployed at the 2004 Republican convention, one on each side of streets near Madison Square Garden, to X-rayed every vehicle that passed for explosives.

Over the last century, New York has witnessed innumerable civil disturbances that can be divided into four categories: (i) race riots (i.e, whites attacking blacks) like the 1900 riot; (ii) urban riots (i.e., blacks uprising against racist conditions) like the 1935 Harlem riot and those in 1964, 1991 and 2013; (iii) civil disorders like the 1977 blackout that witnessed widespread arson and the looting of over 1,500 stores (the 1965 Blackout did not result in disorder); and (iv) mass political protests like the 2002 mobilization against the WEF and the 2011 Occupy mobilization.

A violent militant protest by political activists or a riot by African-American or other people-of-color in New York in the near future seems unlikely. If economic conditions get significantly worse, a relatively inconsequential act, like the ones that sparked the riots or protests of the past, could precipitate a very violent civil disturbance. In the face of such a disruption, one can expect the coordinated might of the integrated security state – with its army of undercover secret police — rain down mercilessly.

Be prepared for the worst.

David Rosen is the author of the forthcoming, Sex, Sin & Subversion: The Transformation of 1950s New York’s Forbidden into America’s New Normal (Skyhorse, 2015). He can be reached at drosennyc@verizon.net; check out http://www.DavidRosenWrites.com.


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Compelled to Action: The Story of Citizens Alert trailer
from John Lyons Plus 3 years ago Not Yet Rated

From the 1969 murder of Black Panther Chairman Fred Hampton to the
2010 conviction of Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge, Citizens Alert
has been a voice for victims of police violence and torture.
Through in-depth interviews with Mary Powers, victims of police
torture and their families, pioneering lawyers who prosecuted
torturers in the Chicago Police department, and dedicated activists,
Compelled to Action tells the remarkable story of a small group of
people who, in the face of institutional ignorance, corruption and
abuse, dedicated themselves to making their city and their world a
more effective, compassionate and humane place.

Compelled to Action is scheduled for release in the spring of 2013.

I shot and am editing this film, which is directed by longtime
collaborator Jackie Rivet-River.


Most burglaries go unsolved


Tommy Thompson came home the night of Nov. 1 last year to find his
home ransacked.

While he was on a two-week business trip, thieves ran off with more
than $12,000 of his property. His television, computers and two credit
cards were gone. So was his microwave oven.

Thompson, 48, called Las Vegas police to report the burglary, and a
patrol officer arrived three hours later. After he demanded that
police investigators collect fingerprints and DNA from cups and
cigarette butts thieves left throughout the house, an investigator
showed up an hour later.

The night dragged on into the early morning hours, until investigators
finally left.

By most accounts, the officers did a thorough job -- probably more
than the case deserved, actually. On an average day, Thompson's case
would have been just one of 48 burglaries reported.

Yet for all that work, police admit the people who broke into
Thompson's home will probably never be caught.

Burglaries account for more crimes than murders, rapes, robberies and
assaults combined in Clark County, and, of those crimes, burglaries
are the least likely to be solved.

Nationwide, barely more than 1 in 10 cases will be solved, according
to data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

That rate is similar in Clark County, where the Metropolitan Police
Department covers the vast majority of the geographical area and
similarly the county's crimes.

"That's a very typical case," Capt. Stavros Anthony said of Thompson's
burglary. "And we will not solve that case."

For victims of burglary cases, some effort to solve the case is
expected. But such cases are so common and so difficult to solve that
they typically end in frustration for police and victims.

Ten percent solved

Las Vegas saw 17,724 burglaries last year. About 20 detectives in the
Metropolitan Police Department covered them.

Chances are that no more than 1,700 will get solved.

The FBI requires police departments nationwide to report their rate of
"clearances" annually for a variety of crimes, including burglaries.

By the bureau's definition, a case can only be cleared if an arrest is
made or if it's cleared exceptionally, defined as those rare instances
in which the offender dies or the victim refuses to cooperate with

Over the past decade, the Metropolitan Police Department's reported
clearance rate for burglaries has hovered around 25 percent, a number
that Anthony said didn't accurately represent the real burglary
clearance rate.

In 2006, the reported rate dropped to 5.8 percent, which may be a more
accurate figure than the 23.6 percent clearance rate reported the year

Police were never able to provide a conclusive explanation for the
drastic clearance rate drop. But they did provide several theories
about possible changes in record-keeping:

•The number of cleared cases in previous years could have been
inflated because records officials were counting the number of people
arrested for burglaries, not the number of cases that get cleared.
Often, more than one person is arrested for a single burglary.

•Whoever is compiling the statistics is relying on a different
definition of "burglary," thus skewing the numbers.

Anthony estimated that only 10 percent of typical burglaries in the
department's jurisdiction get solved, which is the national average
for departments serving populations of 1 million or more.

In North Las Vegas and Henderson, the rate of burglaries cleared is
9.4 percent and 12.5 percent, respectively. But those departments
handle only a fraction of the number of cases Las Vegas police see.

By comparison, murders nationally are usually cleared about 60 percent
of the time, and rapes about 40 percent of the time.

Regardless of the department or jurisdiction, burglaries are
notoriously difficult to solve.

"We get burglary reports where we have absolutely nothing," Anthony
said. "All we have is that it was broken into, some stuff was taken.

"If somebody breaks into a house and nobody sees anything, we have
absolutely nothing to follow up on. That's basically it."

Most homeowners don't keep track of product serial numbers, so finding
common electronic devices once they're sold at pawn shops and
returning them to their owners is nearly impossible.

Rarer items can be easier to find.

Las Vegas police Lt. Robert DuVall said a woman's necklace was
recently found at a pawn shop based only on the woman's hand drawing
of it.

Las Vegas police burglary detectives also must cover the thousands of
larceny and vandalism cases each year.

"You talk to these detectives and their caseloads are huge," Anthony

North Las Vegas police have only three burglary detectives, although a
new problem solving unit this year will greatly increase the
department's effectiveness, police spokesman Mark Hoyt said.

"For a department our size, that's pretty much average," he said.

Higher-profile crimes, such as rapes and murders, receive more
attention and resources, and rightly so, Anthony said.

"Property crimes are just hard to solve, and the resources are not
there like they are for person crimes," he said. "That's just the
nature of the beast. You put resources where they're the most

False impressions

Nevertheless, property crimes affect far more people than any other
type of crime. And when victims, who expect personalized treatment,
meet with overwhelmed police detectives, the results add to the
impression of a neglectful police department, which might not be the

UNLV criminal justice professor Bill Sousa, who has done consulting
work with the Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York police departments,
among others, said victims often expect personalized service.

"Citizens want their possessions back; but really, they want to know
that someone's paying attention to them," Sousa said.

Television shows have added to a false perception that police can
thoroughly investigate every crime.

"When people have things stolen out of their car, there is sort of the
expectation, based on watching shows like 'CSI,' that you're going to
have a full forensic sweep," Sousa said. "And the resources just
aren't there for that kind of thing."

But police philosophy is partly to blame for that perception, Sousa

Since police departments began using 911 systems in the last half of
the 20th century for reporting incidents, police sold the idea to the
public that crime and managing society's problems was the business of
police, not the business of other agencies, individual communities or
society in general.

"Now, they've sold that idea so well, that it's almost become the idea
that if something happens, whether it's a serious crime or a minor
disorder, it's the police's fault that something isn't being done
about it," Sousa said.

Anthony said the Las Vegas police internal affairs department receives
only a few complaints a year about detectives not doing their job.

Departments, including Las Vegas police, are approaching the burglary
problem in a new light through community policing.

In order to boost its clearance rate for burglaries, Las Vegas police
have begun dispatching its burglary detectives to its seven area
commands. The department will also double its number of burglary

No longer will those detectives reside in the department's building at
Oakey and Decatur boulevards, sheltered from the communities they
cover and out of touch with patrol officers.

The redeployment of detectives, which police are calling the largest
such effort in department history, will make those detectives more
accessible and accountable to the public, police said.

They'll also become more effective, police said.

When burglaries are reported, a patrol officer traditionally visits
the home and fills out a report, which is later given to a detective.
The patrol officer can also decide whether to send an investigator to
the home to dust for prints or collect evidence.

But patrol officers and detectives rarely communicate. Putting
burglary detectives in area command centers, where patrol officers
work out of, will change that. Detectives will be attending the same
meetings and work side-by-side with the officers.

"We think this is going to have a dramatic impact on the clearance
rates," Anthony said.



Executive Intelligence Review
        This article appears in the August 6, 2010 issue of Executive Intelligence Review.
Obama Revives Frühmenschen

by Jeffrey Steinberg

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Aug. 2—On Jan. 27, 1988, Rep. Mervyn Dymally (D-Calif.), the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, entered an affidavit into the Congressional Record, from an Atlanta attorney and FBI informant named Hirsch Friedman. Friedman provided an eyewitness account of a secret and illegal 40-year, ongoing FBI program, known within the Bureau as "Operation Frühmenschen" ("Operation Primitive Man").

Friedman described Frühmenschen in graphic terms: "The purpose of this policy was the routine investigation without probable cause of prominent elected and appointed black officials in major metropolitan areas throughout the United States." FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover and other top Bureau officials, Friedman explained, believed that African-Americans were incapable of serving in high public office, and took it upon themselves to railroad countless African-Americans from elected office, through trumped up charges, and worse.

Several authors have subsequently linked the FBI to the Martin Luther King, Jr. assassination—and tied that murder to Frühmenschen, as well.

As the result of Dymally's initial efforts, and a campaign waged throughout the 1990s by the Schiller Institute and a broad spectrum of civil rights activists and other close allies of Lyndon LaRouche, Operation Frühmenschen was widely exposed.

But now, Frühmenschen has been revived, with the full complicity of President Barack Obama and the "Chicago crew" at the White House. A senior U.S. intelligence source has confirmed crucial details of EIR's own investigation into a "marriage of convenience" between the FBI and the Obama White House. A select list of African-American legislators, who have been critical of key Obama policies, have been targetted for destruction, and, in return, the Obama Administration has given the FBI the green light to expand its illegal surveillance programs, targetted at American citizens.

"It is the worst of Chicago politics wedded to the worst FBI abuses of power," one source declared.
Pelosi's OCE

One of President Obama's key allies in this assault on the political leadership of the African-American community is Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. The day she was sworn in as Speaker, in January 2007, Pelosi vowed to "clean the swamp" of Congressional corruption, and proposed the creation of an independent Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE). The proposal was so flagrantly unconstitutional on its face, that several leading Congressional Democrats assailed it publicly, including John Dingell (D-Mich.) and Neal Abercrombie (D-Hi.).

Abercrombie charged that any referral from the OCE to the House Ethics Committee would be tantamount to a guilty verdict. "Any other conclusion by the House Ethics Committee will be seen as a coverup." He raised the crucial question of the source of the complaints to the OCE that would trigger its investigations: "I can't figure out where the ethics complaints come from. Are they dropped off at the door?"

LaRouche was even more blunt: In a July 30 statement, LaRouche declared: "The OCE is not an elected body and it does not have the powers of government. It is totally unconstitutional. It is rotten, and it should be uprooted. The behavior of this thing, and the way it functions, is contrary to the intention of the Constitution. And so, if it passes an unconstitutional ruling, that should be recognized as unconstitutional...."

In the face of strong protests, Pelosi narrowly rammed through a House Resolution, creating the Office of Congressional Ethics, on March 11, 2008. On July 24, 2008, Pelosi and House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced the appointment of six OCE board members and two alternates. The chair and co-chair of the body, named by Pelosi and Boehner, were two former Congressmen, David Skaggs, a Colorado Democrat, and Porter Goss, a Florida Republican, who later briefly served under President George W. Bush as the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The staff director and general counsel to the OCE, Leo Wise, came to the office from the Department of Justice, where he was a prosecutor in the criminal division, and received a special service award from the FBI.

The Office of Congressional Ethics held its first full session in January 2009, as Barack Obama was being inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States.
Targetting Rangel and Waters

Dingell and Abercrombie's warnings were prophetic. In its short existence, the OCE has zeroed in on a number of leaders of the Black Congressional Caucus, who have all crossed swords with both Pelosi and Obama. At one point earlier this year, all eight of the ongoing OCE investigations were aimed at members of the Black Caucus, a flagrant case of selective prosecution.

While the OCE does not have the power to take action against Members of Congress, its referrals to the House Ethics Committee, and the leaking of details of those referrals to major news outlets, amount to a "star chamber" proceeding.

And, according to a senior U.S. intelligence official, the OCE has been fed FBI dossiers on a hit list of Congressmen, predominantly African-American, including material illegally obtained, through unauthorized surveillance and unwarranted sting operations.

The source pointed to the case of former Rep. William Jennings Jefferson (D-La.) as a crucial event in the revival of Frühmenschen. A nine-term Congressman, Jefferson was the first African-American elected to the U.S. Congress from Louisiana, since the end of Reconstruction. In May 2006, the FBI raided his Congressional office, in what some Constitutional scholars called one of the most flagrant violations of the separation of powers in American history. Jefferson was indicted on June 4, 2007, and following his defeat in the 2008 general election, he was prosecuted, convicted, and sentenced to 13 years in Federal prison on bribery charges.

"The Jefferson case was the green light for the FBI to fully revive Frühmenschen, and the Obama Administration, contrary to the expectations of millions of voters, has done nothing to halt the FBI's latest assault on the African-American political leadership," the source charged.

On Aug. 2, the OCE aimed its guns at longtime California Democrat Rep. Maxine Waters, in an attempted political lynching, based on a bogus charge of "conflict of interest," in which bankers' boy Rep. Barney Frank is a primary witness against her. Like Rangel, Waters is refusing to capitulate to the Ethics Committee, stating,

"I have not violated any House rules. Therefore, I simply will not be forced to admit to something I did not do, and instead have chosen to respond to charges made by the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct in a public hearing."

Obama Speaks

On July 30, President Obama appeared on CBS Nightly News to issue what amounted to a direct threat to Congressman Rangel. Asked by Katie Couric about the just-announced House Ethics Committee bill of indictment against the 20-term New York legislator, Obama described the charges as "very troubling." He went on to say, "He's somebody who's at the end of his career. Eighty years old. I'm sure that what he wants is to be able to end his career with dignity. And my hope is that it happens."

For a professor of Constitutional law—Obama taught for a dozen years at the University of Chicago Law School—the President showed a criminal disregard for the sacred principle of "innocent until proven guilty." Indeed, after a 14-month investigation, the House Ethics Subcommittee that reviewed the charges against Rangel recommended a reprimand, a slap on the wrist. Rangel strongly defended his innocence, and refused to accept the "plea deal" offered to his attorneys in prolonged negotiations. His own declaration before the Committee, released July 29, is a powerful indictment of the whole rotten process (see Documentation, p. 39).

The widely publicized threat against Rangel from the President came just 24 hours after Obama appeared on the ABC-TV morning gossip show, "The View," where he made another blatantly racist comment, describing African-Americans as "a sort of a mongrel people. We are all sort of mixed up."

LaRouche declared: "Not since Woodrow Wilson embraced the Ku Klux Klan and reinstituted segregation throughout the Federal Government, has a U.S. President been so blatant in his racism," LaRouche charged in a July 23 statement, following the White House's pivotal role in the firing of U.S. Department of Agriculture official and civil rights activist Shirley Sherrod, and the anticipation of the House Ethics complaint against Rangel: "It is getting more and more obvious that President Obama intends to exert dictatorial control over the African-American vote, and that the only African-Americans he wishes to see in the United States Congress and in other important elected positions are Uncle Toms who will bow to his every command," LaRouche concluded.
Other Voices Assail Obama Racism

It is becoming painfully obvious to more and more civil rights activists that the Jim Crow charge against Obama sticks, and that he is committed to policies that will roll back some of the most hard-fought and precious victories of the civil rights stuggles of the past decades.

On July 26, an extraordinary coalition of the civil rights organizations issued a 17-page manifesto, denouncing Obama's signature "Race to the Top" educational reform program, charging that the so-called reforms were actually an assault on President Lyndon Johnson's Great Society commitment to equal educational opportunities for all children, regardless of their race or economic standing.

The civil rights groups blasted Obama and his Chicago crony and Education Secretary Arne Duncan, for discriminating against predominantly African-American school districts that will lose Federal funding for failing to meet the "Race to the Top" criteria (see Documentation, p. 42).

The manifesto was directed personally to the President: "Dear President Obama: You say you believe in an equal education for all students, but you are embarking on education policies that will never achieve that goal and that can do harm to America's school children, especially its neediest. Stop before it is too late."

There is no way that Obama, left to his own devices, will "stop before it is too late." The only way to save the nation is for the American people to wake up to the fact that Obama, as LaRouche has warned, repeatedly, since April 2009, is a failed personality, hell-bent on the destruction of the United States. Until he is safely, Constitutionally removed from office, the United St



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“Snowden Effect” in Action: NSA Authority to Collect Bulk Phone Metadata Expires


Nov. 28 2015, 6:14 p.m.

The National Security Agency no longer has legal authority to collect phone metadata in bulk as of midnight, Saturday, November 28. The executive branch previously claimed the government possessed such authority under Section 215 of 2001’s USA PATRIOT Act, which gave the FBI power to demand “any tangible things” needed “for an investigation to obtain foreign intelligence information.” The FBI was thus able to obtain the phone records of millions of Americans from U.S. telecommunications companies and turn them over to the NSA.

The USA FREEDOM Act, signed into law on June 2 earlier this year, gave the executive branch 180 days to wind down the bulk collection program. According to the Tumblr of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the government is “prohibited from collecting telephone metadata records in bulk” starting November 29. The executive branch will now be able to obtain phone metadata by asking the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to order telecommunications companies to turn over specific records.

The end of the bulk collection program is a modest but real victory for former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden, who provided documents concerning the program to Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald, co-founding editors of The Intercept. The first article by Greenwald based on the documents leaked by Snowden, published on June 6, 2013, was about the bulk collection



The CIA, Mafia, Mexico — and Oswald, Part 6
David Atlee Phillips. Photo credit: Adapted by WhoWhatWhy from Shane
McBryde / YouTube.        
David Atlee Phillips. Photo credit: Adapted by WhoWhatWhy from Shane
McBryde / YouTube.

When John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963, the United
States lost more than its president. It lost its innocence. The
subsequent investigations into the young president’s killing raised
more questions than they answered — and caused Americans to lose faith
in their government. Indeed, for many people in the US and across the
world, the assassination marked the point at which their fundamental
perceptions changed.

Just after the Warren Commission released its report on the
assassination, the level of public trust in government was at 77
percent. A decade later it had plummeted to less than half that (36

Kennedy’s death and the circumstances surrounding it gave birth to a
movement. This movement, composed of all kinds of people, is dedicated
to investigating the story behind the story, to exposing the power
networks hidden beneath surface events. These machinations have been
dubbed “Deep Politics.” Those who study it believe there is much more
to national and world events than what the public is told by
government officials and evening newscasters — and, as you will see,
Peter Dale Scott proves it.

On the occasion of the anniversary of Kennedy’s assassination,
WhoWhatWhy is pleased to present excerpts from Chapter 2 of Scott’s
latest work – Dallas ’63: The First Deep State Revolt Against the
White House by Peter Dale Scott (Open Road Media, September, 2015).

For Part 1, please go here; Part 2 go here; Part 3 go here; Part 4 go
here; Part 5 go here.
The Sources of the Stories and the ZR/RIFLE Assassination Project

In the pages to follow, I shall show how Staff D, the small CIA unit
responsible for SIGINT (signals intelligence), and thus for electronic
intercept operations, was also the unit which housed the CIA’s
ZR/RIFLE assassination project. The Mexican DFS, which supplied the
raw intercept data to the CIA in Mexico City, also overlapped in many
ways with the Cubans and organized crime personnel picked for the
CIA-Mafia anti-Castro assassination plots.[163]

It is possible that the special circumstances in Mexico City explain
why the CIA’s generic assassination project, ZR/RIFLE, was housed
within the Staff D’s intercept operations. (“ZR” normally prefixed the
cryptonym for a intercept program.) In his hunt for killers, ZR/RIFLE
chief William Harvey searched for individuals with criminal
connections.[164] The Mexico City intercept operation against the
Soviet Embassy was by far the largest and most important CIA intercept
program anywhere in the world.[165]

And the DFS, the local intelligence service on which the CIA relied to
man its listening posts, was probably the intelligence service with
the profoundest links to the international drug traffic and to
American organized crime.

Morales was a CIA officer and killer who “was well known as the
Agency’s top assassin in Latin America.” He also openly described
Kennedy’s conduct during the Bay of Pigs operation as “traición
(betrayal).” According to a friend, Morales once ended an anti-Kennedy
tirade with the words, “Well, we took care of that son of a bitch,
didn’t we?”

For example, the brother-in-law of Luis Echeverría Alvarez, in 1963
the main liaison between Win Scott


Walmart Recruited FBI and Lockheed Intelligence Unit for Surveillance
of Employee Union Activity

Friday, November 27, 2015


When workers at Walmart tried to unionize two years ago, company
executives turned to a defense contractor and the FBI to keep track of
labor organizers and supporters.

Using documents obtained from the National Labor Relations Board
(NLRB), Bloomberg Businessweek reported the retail giant launched a
surveillance campaign targeting OUR Walmart, which organized protests
in 2013 against the company.

Walmart leadership was so concerned about the union activity that “it
hired an intelligence-gathering service from Lockheed Martin,
contacted the FBI, staffed up its labor hotline, ranked stores by
labor activity, and kept eyes on employees (and activists) prominent
in the group” Susan Berfield reported for Bloomberg Businessweek.

“We are fighting for all workers to be paid a fair wage and enough
hours to put food on the table and provide for our families,” Mary Pat
Tifft, a Wisconsin Walmart employee of 27 years, said, according to
Common Dreams. “To think that Walmart found us such a threat that they
would hire a defense contractor and engage the FBI is a mind-blowing
abuse of power.”

The media investigation into Walmart revealed that inside its global
security operation is an Analytical Research Center (ARC), led by a
former FBI officer, Ken Senser. And overseeing ARC is an executive,
Steve Dozier, who used to run the Arkansas State Police. Walmart is
headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas.

ARC also took action the year before in 2012 when labor activists
talked about organizing strikes on Black Friday that year, which could
have hurt sales on one of the biggest shopping days of the year. “When
we received word of potential strikes and disruptive activity on Black
Friday 2012, that’s when we started to ask the ARC to work with us,”
Karen Casey, who was in charge of Walmart’s U.S. labor relations, told
the NLRB. “ARC had contracted with Lockheed leading up to Black Friday
to help source open social media sites.”

Additionally, a Lockheed analyst, Christian Blandford, monitored the
social media of activists in Bentonville before Walmart’s shareholder
meeting two years ago.

-Noel Brinkerhoff

To Learn More:

How Walmart Keeps an Eye on Its Massive Workforce (by Susan Berfield,

‘Mind-Blowing Abuse of Power’: Walmart Spied on Workers with FBI,
Lockheed Martin's Help (by Nadia Prupis, Common Dreams)

Labor Board Charges Wal-Mart with Illegally Firing and Punishing
Employees (by Noel Brinkerhoff, AllGov)

Largest Dutch Pension Fund Pulls Investments in Walmart over Poor
Labor Practices (by Noel Brinkerhoff and David Wallechinsky, AllGov).



How J Edgar Hoover got Larkin deported from US
Future FBI chief fabricated evidence to oust 'Big Jim' the agitator,
writes Emmet O'Connor
Emmet O'Connor

29/11/2015 | 02:30


HERO’S WELCOME: Jim Larkin (centre) cuts a dour figure as he is
greeted by supporters on his return from America
HERO’S WELCOME: Jim Larkin (centre) cuts a dour figure as he is
greeted by supporters on his return from America

When we think of James Larkin, what probably comes to mind is the 1913
Lockout or the iconic statue on Dublin's O'Connell Street of 'Big Jim'
with arms aloft in the middle of one of his famous orations. We are
unlikely to consider - or perhaps we are even unaware of - the
considerable time he spent in the United States.

That Larkin's experience should intersect with the infamous figure of
J Edgar Hoover, who would later head the FBI, is something one would
never expect - but it did happen in 1923 when Hoover colluded in the
fabrication of evidence to achieve Larkin's deportation.

Crushed by the Lockout, Larkin had gone to the US in October 1914,
hoping to develop a new career as a globe-trotting agitator. In 1918
his James Connolly club in New York's Greenwich Village became the hub
of a campaign to turn the Socialist Party of America into a communist
party. Among his confederates was Jack Reed, just back from Russia and
soon to be the author of a celebrated account of the Bolshevik
revolution, Ten Days That Shook The World. When the red scare of 1919
led to arrests, Larkin was seen as one of the biggest fish in the net.

Hoover took a keen interest in his case. All this radicalism, he
thought, was due to foreign malcontents and the answer was
deportation. Even after Larkin was gaoled in 1920, Hoover complained
to the New York State Attorney that he was carrying out propaganda
work from prison.

Worse followed for Hoover. Imprisonment won Larkin worldwide sympathy
as a man punished for his beliefs rather than anything he said or did.
One of his many famous prison visitors was Charlie Chaplin. Jim's
brother, Pete, was invited to Hollywood to speak to stars like Charles
Ray and Milton Stills. Chaplin sent presents to Jim's wife, Elizabeth,
and her children in Dublin.

In January 1923, Al Smith, New York's first Irish-American governor,
was persuaded that Larkin was a political prisoner and had him
released from Sing Sing with a free pardon. Hoover immediately set
about preparing a case for deportation in collaboration with William J
Burns, Director of the Bureau of Investigation, later the FBI. The
problem was there was no evidence Larkin had advocated violence. Burns
collated reports from field offices and found that "certain statements
are quoted and attributed to Larkin but copies of the reports in which
the statements appear cannot be located".

On January 23, 1923, he wrote to his New York 'Special Agent in
Charge' asking if quotes attributed to Larkin at a meeting in the Odd
Fellows Hall, New York, in 1919 could be proven. Despite a negative
reply, Hoover offered to draft a deportation case for the Department
of Labor. To seal the case, Burns supplied the missing evidence,
alleging that at the Odd Fellows Hall, New York City, on February 16,
1919, Larkin appealed for money, using such slogans as 'Every Dollar
Kills the Capitalist'. This was hardly the required smoking gun, but
Burns told the Department of Labor: "... it is very evident that James
Larkin is a person who fully comes within the provisions of the
immigration law providing for deportation of an alien who advocates
the overthrow of the Government of the United States by force or
violence. It would be very desirable to effect his deportation at an
early date…"

A deportation warrant was issued on April 18.

Larkin was arrested on April 19, taken to Ellis Island and deported.

On Monday, April 30, he landed at Dun Laoghaire where his sister and
40 supporters greeted him. A few hours later, a crowd of 4,000
followed him to Liberty Hall. Home was the hero.



Burger King manager: Police erased video of Chicago shooting
11/28/2015 08:05 PM
11/28/2015 08:07 PM

CHICAGO (AP) — A Burger King manager who accuses Chicago police of
erasing surveillance video in the case of a black teenager shot last
year by a white officer says he has testified before a federal grand
jury investigating the shooting.

Jay Darshane tells the Chicago Tribune that the FBI also took the
restaurant video recorder containing all of its surveillance images.

Federal prosecutors said this week that their investigation is
continuing, but would not comment further.

Under a judge's order, the city released police squad car video
showing the shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. Cook County
prosecutors also announced this week that the officer has been charged
with first-degree murder.
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New Batman comic opens with superhero saving young black man from police


November 30 at 5:21 AM


L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. investigating reports that deputy sexually
abused female inmates

Hermann Kreimann Jr., who was hired by the Sheriff's Department in
2009, worked as a bailiff at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal
Justice Center for at least two years.

November 29 2015



Here's Why the Alleged Planned Parenthood Killer Isn't Called a
Domestic Terrorist
Posted: 11/29/2015 9:27 pm EST Updated: 1 minute ago


The two words that were glaringly missing in the reams of news clips,
press reports and news features on alleged Colorado Springs Planned



November 29, 2015
Los Angeles Man Wrongly Convicted Of Rape 16 Years Ago Freed After DNA
Testing Proves Him Innocent
Mohit Priyadarshi

A Los Angeles man who was wrongly convicted of rape 16 years ago has
been cleared after DNA evidence linked the crimes to another man,
according to USA Today.

Los Angeles was rocked by a series of brutal rapes in the late 1990s,
where the suspect allegedly grabbed his hapless victims and threatened
them with a weapon
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French police want to ban public WiFi during emergencies
The 'Gendarmes' also want to ban the Tor network outright.
December 7 2015

The FBI isn't the only law enforcement agency that wants to restrict
privacy for the sake of national security. Following the Paris attacks
of November 13th, French police and gendarmes have submitted a wish
list of security measures for a new bill, according to a document
discovered by LeMonde. Among other things, police want to ban public
WiFi during states of emergency, "because of the difficulty of
identifying people connected to it," according to LeMonde. French law
enforcement also wants the Tor network banned completely and would
force companies like Microsoft to hand the encryption keys for apps
like Skype to police.

The bill could go up for a vote as early as January 2016, but there's
no guarantee that the proposed measures will be in the final draft,
let alone passed into law. In the US, the FBI has also requested that
companies like Facebook, Apple and Microsoft give it backdoor access
to encrypted voice, video and chat messages. However, companies have
pointed out that such measures would make such applications less
secure for everybody, or drive users to other apps.

The idea of banning Tor also seems unrealistic, given that it is a
loose, volunteer-run network with servers located around the world.
It's also used by journalists and other groups with legitimate needs
for privacy, and not just terrorists and drug dealers. The French
police proposal seems like it would be difficult to implement, and
also be problematic given that privacy is a huge concern across
Europe. With recent events, however, security has obviously become


for the uneducated and the uneducable

high school dropout can't find work so he joins the Marines to Semper
and collect some money.
High school dropout is sent to Paris Island to be all he can be. He is
trained to kill women and children and a occasional freedom fighter
trying to protect his wife from being raped by Mr Semper Fi.
High school dropout ships out to invade Iraq for USEmpire and US oil
American oil companies are struggling with the problem of Peak Oil.
Peak oil means we no longer have a infinite supply of oil.Maybe you
saw the documentary film END OF SUBURBIA see

high school drop out didn't because his high school teachers were too
busy DUMBING him down


High School dropout manages to kill a couple hundred women and
children while throwing in a occasional rape. Mr Sempi Fi has now been
transformed into Mr serial killer.
Mr high school dropout/serial killer now begins to experience extreme
depression from his actions. Mental Wealth workers call it Post
Stress Syndrome. But the only people who experience traumatic stress
in Iraq are the Iraqi women being raped by Semper Fi's before they
shot and killed them.
Good thing serial killer/high school dropout has never read the
of Ian Stevenson MD whose groundbreaking study of 3,000 children who
remember previous lives provides the science for the existence of
reincarnation. see

What this means for high school dropout is that he will be coming back
again for another life . Of course so will the people he murdered , so
for practical purposes he has another couple hundred lives he has to
live getting "wacked" by the life forms he semper fi'd.

The difference this time is the raped and murdered have had some time
to ponder while they wait for him to pass over, how they will "do" Mr
Semper Fi- the high school drop out serial killer.

Mr high school dropout comes back from Iraq out of work unless he
re-enlists. There are not to many job openings for serial killers
until he lands a job working with his be all you can be buddies at the
local police department or the FBI.



The Narco Terror Trap
The DEA warns that drugs are funding terror. An examination of cases
raises questions about whether the agency is stopping threats or
staging them.
By Ginger Thompson / Pro Publica
December 7, 2015

IN DECEMBER 2009, Harouna Touré and Idriss Abdelrahman, smugglers from
northern Mali, walked through the doors of the Golden Tulip, a hotel
in Accra, Ghana. They were there to meet with two men who had offered
them an opportunity to make millions of dollars, transporting cocaine
across the Sahara. Touré wore a dashiki, and Abdelrahman had on
tattered clothes and a turban that hid much of his face. They tipped
the guards at the entrance and then greeted Mohamed, a Lebanese
radical, in the lobby. Mohamed took them up to a hotel room to see
David, a drug trafficker and a member of the Revolutionary Armed Forces
of Colombia, or FARC. “Hola, Colombiano,” Touré said, as he entered
the room. Abdelrahman tried to call David “007” in Spanish, but said
“477” instead. David, who was dressed in a short-sleeved pullover and
Bermuda shorts, laughed and offered his guests bottles of water.

Touré and Abdelrahman came from Gao, a parched and remote city in
northern Mali which has long been used as a base for smuggling of all
kinds, from immigrants to cigarettes. In recent years, the surrounding
region has also been the scene of conflict between violent bands of
nomadic insurgents, including members of al-Qaida in the Islamic
Maghreb (AQIM). During months of meetings and phone calls, David and
Mohamed had told Touré that the FARC had some 30,000 fighters at war
with the United States, and that it wanted to work with al-Qaida,
because the groups shared the same enemy. “They are our brothers,”
Mohamed said. “We have he same cause.” Touré had explained that he had
connections to the organization: he ran a transport company, and, in
return for safe passage for his trucks, he provided al-Qaida with food
and fuel.

Still, David remained skeptical. He needed assurances that Touré’s
organization was up to the task. The FARC had a lot of money riding on
the deal and was willing to pay Touré and Abdelrahman as much as
$3,000 per kilo, beginning with a 50-kilo test run to Melilla, a
Spanish city on the North African mainland. Loads ten times that size
would follow, David said, if the first trip went well.

“If you’re done, I’m going to speak,” Touré said. He told David and
Mohamed that he was tired of all the “blah, blah, blah.” He had
operatives along the smuggling route, which stretched from Ghana to
Morocco. Abdelrahman, whom Touré had introduced as the leader of a
Malian militia, said that he had hired a driver with links to
al-Qaida. They had also bribed a Malian military official, who would
help them cross the border without inspection.

David was reassured. “I want us to keep working together, because
we’re not doing this for the money — we’re doing this for our people,”
he said.

Two days later, Touré and Abdelrahman went back to the Golden Tulip to
collect their initial payment. Oumar Issa, a friend from Gao who was
also involved in the plan, waited at another hotel to receive his
portion. Instead, the smugglers were met by Ghanaian police officers.
David and Mohamed, it turned out, were not drug traffickers but
undercover informants for the United States Drug Enforcement
Administration. Within days, Touré, Abdelrahman, and Issa were turned
over to the DEA, put on a private jet, and flown to New York, where
they were arraigned in a federal courthouse. They were charged under a
little-known provision of the Patriot Act, passed in 2006, which
established a new crime, known as narco-­terrorism, committed by
violent offenders who had one hand in terrorism and the other in the
drug trade.

In announcing the charges, Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the
Southern District of New York, said, “As terrorists diversify into
drugs, they provide us more opportunities to incapacitate them and cut
off funding for future acts of terror.” The case marked the first time
that the narco-­terrorism provision had been used against al-Qaida.
The suspects appeared to be precisely the kind of hybrid whom the law,
which does not require that any of the targeted activities take place
in the U.S., had been written to catch. Michele Leonhart, the DEA
administrator at the time, said, “Today’s arrests are further proof of
the direct link between dangerous terrorist organizations, including
al-Qaida, and international drug trafficking that fuels their

As the Malians’ case proceeded, however, its flaws became apparent. The
defendants emerged as more hapless than hardened, childhood friends
who believed that the DEA’s informants were going to make them rich.
“They were lying to us. And we were lying to them,” Touré told me from
prison. Judge Barbara Jones, who oversaw the final phases of the case,
said, “There was no actual involvement by the defendants or the
undercovers … in the activities of either al-Qaida or the FARC.”
Another judge saw as many problems with the statute as with the merits
of the case. “Congress has passed a law that attempts to bind the
world,” he said to me.

The investigation continues to be cited by the DEA as an example of
its national-security achievements. Since the narco-terrorism
provision was passed, the DEA has pursued dozens of cases that fit the
broad description of crimes under the statute. The agency has claimed
victories against al-Qaida, Hezbollah, the Taliban, and the FARC and
established the figure of the narco-terrorist as a preeminent threat to
the United States.

With each purported success, the DEA has lobbied Congress to increase
its funding. In 2012, Michael Braun, who had served as the DEA’s chief
of operations, testified before Congress about the link between
terrorists and drug traffickers: “Based on over 37 years in the
law-­enforcement and security sectors, you can mark my word that they
are most assuredly talking business and sharing lessons learned.”

That may well be true. In a number of regions, most notably Colombia
and Afghanistan, there is con­vincing evidence that terrorists have
worked with drug traffickers. But a close examination of the cases that
the DEA has pursued reveals a disturbing number that resemble that of
the Malians. When these cases were prosecuted, the only links between
drug trafficking and terrorism entered into evidence were provided by
the DEA, using agents or informants who were paid hundreds of
thousands of dollars to lure the targets into staged narco-­terrorism

The DEA strongly defends the effectiveness of such sting operations,
claiming that they are a useful way to identify criminals who pose a
threat to the United States before they act. Lou Milione, a senior
official at the agency, told me, “One of the things the DEA is kind of
in the business of is almost all of our investigations are proactive.”
But Russell Hanks, a former senior American diplomat, who got a
firsthand look at some of the DEA’s narco-­terrorism targets during the
time he served in West Africa, told me, “The DEA provided everything
these men needed to commit a crime, then said, ‘Wow, look what they
did.’” He added, “This wasn’t terrorism — this was the manipulation of
weak-minded people, in weak countries, in order to pad arrest

ON sEPT. 11, 2001, when
 American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the
Pentagon, DEA agents were among the first to respond, racing from their
headquarters, less than half a mile away. A former special agent named
Edward Follis, in his memoir, “The Dark Art,” recalls how he and
dozens of his colleagues “rushed over … to pull out bodies, but there
were no bodies to pull out.” The agency had outposts in more than 60
countries around the world, the most of any federal law-enforcement
agency. And it had some 5,000 informants and confidential sources.
Michael Vigil, who was the DEA’s head of international operations at
the time, told me, “We called in every source we could find, looking
for information about what had happened, who was responsible, and
whether there were plans for an imminent attack.” He added, “Since the
end of the Cold War, we had seen signs that terrorist groups had
started relying on drug trafficking for funding. After 9/11, we were
sure that trend was going to spread.”

But other intelligence agencies saw the DEA’s sources as drug
traffickers — and drug traffickers didn’t know anything about terrorism. A
former senior money-laundering investigator at the Justice Department
told me that there wasn’t any substantive proof to support the DEA’s

“What is going on after 9/11 is that a lot of resources move out of
drug enforcement and into terrorism,” he said. “The DEA doesn’t want
to be the stepchild that is last in line.” Narco-­terrorism, the
former investigator said, became an



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Patricia Goldstone’s INTERLOCK is the first biography to explore the life and suspicious death of Mark Lombardi, a controversial artist whose drawings walked the line between art and information — and revealed the incestous connections between banking, organized crime, politicians, the FBI and the CIA.

His work highlighted such subjects as the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI), the Iran-Contra affair, the World Finance Corporation, and the relationship between George W. Bush and Harken Energy Corporation. The mystery of Lombardi’s alleged suicide has yet to be resolved. On March 22, 2000, he was found hanged. Friends find it suspicious because Lombardi was on the the cusp of achieving the recognition that would crown his career.

Goldstone talks to WhoWhatWhy’s Jeff Schechtman about the full scope of Lombardi’s life and work.

For a look at some of Lombardi’s dangerously revealing and possibly fatal work, go here, and here.

Related front page panorama photo credit: George W. Bush, Harken Energy and Jackson Stephens c. 1979–90, (5th Version), 1999, by Mark Lombardi (flashpointmag.com), Mark Lombardi (Mesa Multimedia / YouTube)

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Librarians and privacy advocates ally to condemn cybersecurity bill

American Library Association and civil liberties groups warn of
‘abusive government spying’ and urge lawmakers to oppose
‘Frankenstein’ version of Cisa
House speaker Paul Ryan is attempting to reconcile two cybersecurity
bills, including the much-maligned Cisa, for passage in Congress.
House speaker Paul Ryan is attempting to reconcile two cybersecurity
bills, including the much-maligned Cisa, for passage in Congress.
Photograph: Gary Cameron/Reuters

Wednesday 9 December 2015 11.00 EST
Last modified on Wednesday 9 December 2015 11.16 EST

US librarians have joined with a host of civil liberties groups to
condemn a cybersecurity bill now passing through Congress they claim
will be both “unhelpful” and “dangerous to Americans’ civil

The American Library Association, the world’s oldest and largest
library affiliation, has joined with 18 other groups including Fight
for the Future, Demand Progress and FreedomWorks to issue a letter to
the White House and Congress urging lawmakers to oppose the final
version of a bill they claim will dramatically expand government
surveillance while failing to tackle cyber-attacks.

Politicians from both sides of the House have been pushing for
stronger cybersecurity measures in the wake of the Paris attacks and
the recent San Bernardino shooting.

Republican House speaker Paul Ryan has been leading the charge to push
through legislation and reconcile two bills, the Protecting Cyber
Networks Act (PCNA) and the National Cybersecurity Protection
Advancement with the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015
(Cisa), a controversial bill that passed a Senate vote in October.

The speed with which Ryan is trying to push through a compromise has
worried privacy activists. “We’ve just learned that the Intelligence
Committees are trying to pull a fast one,” Nathan White, senior
legislative manager at digital rights advocate Access, said in a
recent email to supporters. “They’ve been negotiating in secret and
came up with a Frankenstein bill – that has some of the worst parts
from both the House and the Senate versions.”

According to the letter’s signatories, the proposed “conference”
legislation would:

● Create a loophole that would allow the president to remove the
Department of Homeland Security, a civilian agency, as the lead
government entity managing information sharing.

● Reduce privacy protections for Americans’ personal information.

● Overexpand the term “cyber threat” to facilitate the prosecution of
crimes unrelated to cybersecurity.

● Expand already broad liability protection for information

● Pre-empt state, local or tribal disclosure laws on any cyber-threat
information shared by or with a state, tribal or local government.

● Eliminate a directive to ensure data integrity.

Moreover, they argue, the legislation would dramatically expand the
amount of sensitive information held “by government agencies with
dismal records on data security” and institute “blind, automatic
transfer of personal information to intelligence agencies, including
the National Security Agency, that would be authorized to use the
information for non­-cybersecurity purposes”.

“The final version of this bill is an insult to the public and puts
all of us in greater danger of cyber-attacks and government
surveillance,” said Evan Greer, campaign director of Fight for the
Future, who organized the letter. “This was already a fundamentally
flawed piece of legislation, and now even the meager privacy
protections it provided have been gutted, exposing it for what it
really is: a bill to dramatically expand abusive government spying.”


Inside the Mob: Retired FBI agent Cliff Hedges says slain gangster
Adolfo Bruno not informant, just talked too much

on December 09, 2015 at 6:30 AM, updated December 09, 2015 at 10:11 AM

About this series: Adolfo Bruno's 2003 murder has been thoroughly
vetted in the courts and news reports over the past 12 years, but new
light has been shed on the case and the workings of the Springfield
mob with a treasure trove of new information. Two of the eight
convicted defendants - former West Springfield mob enforcer Fotios
"Freddy" Geas, and onetime acting Genovese Mafia boss Arthur "Artie"
Nigro, of Bronx, NY - have filed fresh motions asking a judge in U.S.
District Court in Manhattan to vacate their life sentences. Among the
court filings related to those appeals, new details about government
witnesses have emerged, including local strip club magnate James
Santaniello. Also, retired FBI Agent Clifford Hedges, was prompted to
speak out about his controversial report on Bruno that has been billed
as the final trigger that sent the Bruno murder conspiracy in motion.

It was the million-dollar question in the Adolfo Bruno murder case:
Was he or wasn't he?

Mafia rivals in 2003 paraded a court document around organized crime
circles from Springfield to New York City, suggesting the already
vulnerable mob boss had at least developed a too-familiar relationship
with an FBI agent. At worst, he was a suspected informant. According
to a snippet of an FBI report that later became part of a
pre-sentencing memo for convicted racketeer Emilio Fusco, Bruno had
confirmed to now-retired Agent Clifford W. Hedges in 2002 that Fusco
had been "made" while Bruno was in jail.

"Big no-no," one government witness somewhat ironically testified in a
2011 trial focused on Bruno's 2003 murder.

The issue had been murky for years. The FBI always offered the
underwhelming response that it would "neither confirm nor deny" any
witness for the agency.

But Hedges, who recently gave his first post-retirement interview to
The Republican, said Bruno was never an informant to his knowledge,
but instead, a gangster who may have become too comfortable talking to
law enforcement officials whom he knew well.

"In fact, I always believed the contrary to be true, since he was
always a target in every case I worked," Hedges said.

The ex-agent confirmed that he was at the Red Rose restaurant in the
city's South End in February of 2002, staking out a political
fund-raiser for then-City Council candidate Luis Garcia. He said he
was there simply to rattle some cages at the height of a public
corruption probe. Hedges bumped into Bruno, and by coincidence, had
been tasked a week earlier to inform the mobster that there had been a
threat to his life. Hedges said it was an obligation he took
seriously, whether the threat was serious or not.

"I saw him in the hallway, and I told him there had been a threat on
his life. He was basically like: 'I get threats against me all the
time.' ... he kind of shrugged it off, and then it seemed to infuriate
him," Hedges said, adding that Bruno volunteered the information about
Fusco's promotion.

"He started talking to me for 45 minutes in the hallway with everyone
watching ... When I walked away, I was absolutely dumbfounded he was
comfortable enough with me to talk to me about something like that.'"

The entire report of the conversation, submitted by Hedges and
obtained by The Republican, shows Bruno did engage the agent in
conversation but it ran the gamut of asking after family members,


The FBI Won’t Confirm or Deny Buying Hacking Team Spyware, Even Though It Did


December 9, 2015 // 11:35 AM EST

The FBI really doesn’t want to talk about its business with the Italian surveillance tech company Hacking Team.

On November 30, the FBI rejected a Freedom of Information (FOIA) request for every contract and any internal record between the Bureau and Hacking Team’s US-based reseller Cicom USA. Motherboard had filed the request in April, long before any trace of the FBI’s relationship with Hacking Team ever surfaced. At the time, a source told me that Hacking Team had sold to the FBI, and not just the Drug Enforcement Agency, as Motherboard revealed in an investigation published in April.

In its rejection, the Bureau said it can “neither confirm nor deny” the existence of any records.

Yet, thanks to the massive hack suffered by Hacking Team in July, we know very well that the FBI was among the company’s clients.

The leak contains the receipts issued by Hacking Team, through its US-based reseller Cicom USA, to the FBI for the sale of the spyware suite RCS. Files titled “Receipt Cicom USA x FBI” detail exactly how much the FBI spent on the company’s spyware since 2011 (more than $775,000). And despite the fact that Hacking Team’s CEO David Vincenzetti insisted that employees used the codename “PHOEBE” to refer to the FBI, many weren’t too careful.

“It’s hard to answer your question if I don’t know who Phoebe is,” wrote an Hacking Team executive to an account manager in 2012.

The manager responded: “FBI.”

And documents are littered with explicit references to the FBI, and a client list reveals who the code actually belongs to.

Hacking Team employees also regularly talked about the FBI in their internal emails.

“Phoebe is doing fine with her new toy,” Alex Velasco, Hacking Team’s sales representative in the US, who also headed Cicom USA, wrote in an email.

Hacking Team even issued certificates of trainings to an FBI agent. The certificates were issued to a “Mick” Houck after the agent completed a training to learn how to use RCS in 2012, and are part of the leak. According to leaked emails, an FBI agent called James Houck was in touch with Hacking Team. The agent signed his emails “Mick.”

Houck actively used Hacking Team’s spyware at least in one occasion in 2014, according to the emails.

“We have a case where we want to use the [Internet Explorer] delivery feature,” Houck wrote to Hacking Team’s support in 2013. “Could you tell me the process for deploying with this method. I thin
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December 17, 2015 | Klaus Marre
Protecting FBI Whistleblowers from Retaliation
Whistleblower report chart of complaints. Photo credit: Adapted by WhoWhatWhy from U.S. Government Accountability Office and adil113 / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)        
Whistleblower report chart of complaints. Photo credit: Adapted by WhoWhatWhy from U.S. Government Accountability Office and adil113 / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

There are few things in Washington that garner bipartisan support these days. Protecting Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) whistleblowers is now on that short list.

On Thursday, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the ranking Democrat on the panel jointly introduced legislation to better shield from retaliation Bureau employees who report waste, fraud or misconduct. FBI whistleblowers are among the most poorly protected in the federal workforce.

“It’s no secret that FBI whistleblowers often face harsh consequences for simply trying to address failures or misconduct at work,” Judiciary Committee Chairman and frequent FBI critic Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said.

“Inconsistent and confusing disclosure rules and perpetual delays in retaliation investigations have left well-intentioned whistleblowers without adequate protections from reprisal.”

Former agent Michael German, a 16-year veteran of the Bureau, is one of the best-known FBI whistleblowers and his case illustrates that retaliation against those speaking out could weaken national security.

“I experienced two years of sustained and collaborative retaliation that pushed me out of the FBI, despite a career of superior performance and an unblemished disciplinary record…”

“I know the toll exacted on whistleblowers because I resigned from the FBI after this system failed to protect me from retaliation for internally reporting a mismanaged terrorism investigation,” German testified before the committee earlier this year.

After reporting the problem, he was ostracized from further participation in that investigation (which was in Tampa, Florida) and, it was threatened, he may never be allowed to work undercover again. Not long afterward, German was informed that he was being investigated for unauthorized travel and for spending $50 in case funds — a probe that was apparently bogus, and was later dismissed.

“In effect, the Inspectors had performed a retaliatory investigation against me on behalf of the Tampa managers involved in my complaint,” German testified. “I believe the only reason they told me they did this investigation was to warn me they would entertain even the pettiest allegations against me if I continued pursuing the whistleblower complaint.”

In addition, the FBI officials German had complained about were informed of the complaint — and who made it.

And, after he began working on a different terrorism probe, in Portland, Oregon, an assistant director of the Bureau’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) told the case agent and the supervisor that German’s involvement in the investigation was “problematic” — because he was a whistleblower. OPR is the entity supposed to handle whistleblower complaints.

“While these concerns might seem cynical, I experienced two years of sustained and

collaborative retaliation that pushed me out of the FBI, despite a career of superior performance

and an unblemished disciplinary record,” German testified. “High-level FBI officials who had nothing to do with the original complaint initiated adverse personnel actions against me because they heard I was a whistleblower.”

Grassley hopes his legislation — the FBI Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act — will help agents like German who have the courage to come forward and report problems. It would not only expand outlets for protected disclosures but also improve the process to halt reprisals.

Earlier this year, the Government Accountability Office determined that the FBI awarded corrective actions in only 3 out of 62 whistleblower retaliation complaints.

Some of the complaints were dismissed in part because the whistleblowers had reported a problem to somebody in their chain of command who “was not one of the nine high-level FBI or DOJ entities designated under DOJ regulations to receive such disclosures.”

In other words, whistleblowers were not protected from retaliatory actions simply because they went to the wrong person with their complaint.

The new bill would change that by extending whistleblower protections to FBI employees who make disclosures to their supervisors. It would also make clear that Bureau staff can take their complaints directly to members of Congress.

“Whistleblowers serve an essential role in providing transparency and accountability in the Federal government,” said ranking Judiciary Committee Democrat Patrick Leahy (VT). “It is important that all government employees are provided with strong and effective avenues to come forward with evidence of government abuse and misuse, and that they have protections from retaliation.”

The bill would also end the practice of the Bureau itself investigating FBI whistleblower complaints. Instead, all cases will be investigated by the Inspector General of the Department of Justice (DOJ), which will issue annual reports on the outcomes.

Even FBI Director James Comey appeared to agree that Bureau employees blowing the whistle must be protected.

“I think it’s very, very important that we create the safe zones that all of our people need to raise concerns that they might have,” Comey said at a December 9 committee hearing; he pledged to work with the lawmakers on strengthening those protections.

With the various problems that have plagued the FBI over the years, and which have been detailed by WhoWhatWhy (for example here, here, and here) as well as by Grassley, stronger whistleblower protection will improve accountability at the Bureau and give the public more confidence in the justice system.


I recently tried to contact Steven Greer MD through a mutual friend
named Tom Valone.

Tom is a PhD who works at the US Patent Office in DC.
Tom has been trying to develop zero point energy for the last 20
Dr Steven Greer just made a film called Sirius.
Tom Valone appears in the film.

Closer to home in Salt Lake City attorney Jesse Trentadue
has sued the FBI agents involved in creating the Oklahoma City
bombing trying to force them to turn over the videotapes they took
from survelliance cameras after the bombing.

Trentadue has solid evidence the videotapes will show other bombers.
FBI agents refuses to turn over the videotapes.
Salt Lake City FBI agent Quirk has threatened a witness who was to
see story
Did the FBI tamper with a witness in OKC bombing evidence case?


FBI agents decided to release the following information yesterday
through their public relations firms called the US Media or Main
Stream Media
In FBI speak this is called plausible denial.
The FBI agents can now turn over the survelliance videotapes to
attorney Trentadue
from the Oklahoma City bombing and claim the bomber died in the blast

also see below for breaking story about 911

Unknown DNA sample obtained, but not provided during Oklahoma City
bombing investigation


Monday, December 7th 2015

The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building following the April 19, 1995
bombing. (KOKH/FILE)

OKLAHOMA CITY — Has Oklahoma failed to honor one of the victims in the
Oklahoma City Bombing? Or did investigators sit on the crucial clue to
the identity of another conspirator for nearly two decades? These are
questions about the bombing case many thought was closed years ago.

Read more on the investigation from our partners at The Washington

Fox 25, working with The Washington Times, has confirmed that Oklahoma
officials have a DNA profile that was never identified from the April
19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. That DNA
sample came from an unmatched left leg found at the scene of the

Oklahomans will likely remember the controversy surrounding the leg
back in the late 1990s. Originally an unmatched leg was identified as
a misidentified body part that actually belonged to the known bombing
victim, Airman First Class Lakesha Levy. Levy's body was exhumed to
replace the leg and officials discovered she had been buried with the
wrong left leg. That leg was never identified.

The government argued the leg was not identified because of a
paperwork error. In testimony and reports filed for the multiple
trials of both Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols investigators said it
was not possible to obtain DNA from the sample. At McVeigh's trial,
his attorney Stephen Jones argued the leg was proof of a third

"We had no DNA evidence at the trial and the government didn't test
for DNA evidence or if they did test for it they didn't tell us the
result they didn't let us know," Stephen Jones, the attorney for
McVeigh, told Fox 25.

It turns out the state did have a DNA profile. The Oklahoma State
Medical Examiner's office confirms it is in possession of a DNA
profile, along with tissue samples from the leg. Amy Elliott, the
Chief Administrative Officer, told Fox 25 the sample was compared to
10 known victims but it did not match any of those people. Elliott,
who was not with the office in 1995, said she does not know what
process was used to determine which victims were compared to the

Fox 25 also contacted attorneys who represented Terry Nichols for his
state trial. Those attorneys say they do not recall ever being
provided at DNA sample from that unmatched leg.

Lou Keel, one of the Oklahoma County district attorneys who prosecuted
Nichols, said he was unware if a DNA test was every performed on the
leg; or if was even possible to run a DNA test on the leg.

How did the existence of an unknown DNA sample not emerge in the 20
years since the bombing? There may not be an answer to that question,
but Jeffrey Scott Shapiro with The Washington Times told Fox 25 "It is
my understanding that the relationship between Oklahoma City and
federal authorities was quite contentious during the Oklahoma City
bombing investigation and the trials."

"We have here, people that today still walk unaccountable for the
crimes committed in Oklahoma City," Jones said. He believes the DNA
profile does not belong to victim 169, but rather to the man multiple
witnesses saw with McVeigh before the bombing.

"The government was not able, despite the most expensive FBI
investigation on record then, could find anyone that claimed to have
seen just Tim McVeigh downtown," Jones said, "But there are probably
two dozen people who claimed to see Tim McVeigh and at least one other

Once secret FBI documents obtained as part of a Freedom of Information
request by a Utah attorney,- and part of his on-going lawsuit against
the government related to the bombing, reveal the potential of a video
showing another man with McVeigh when he delivered the truck bomb.

The records show national media outlets were approached in 1995 about
purchasing the video from an FBI source. The FBI memo states the video
being offered for sale showed McVeigh driving up and walking away.
After McVeigh exits, another man is seen "exiting the passenger side
of the Ryder truck and walking to the back of the truck." That man
walks out of the camera's view before the blast happens.

"There is no reported disappearance of someone that hasn't been found
that was in or around Oklahoma City at that time," Jones said of his
theory the leg belongs to the third conspirator.

However, government investigators have insisted McVeigh and Nichols
acted alone in the bombing.

The Oklahoma City field office for the FBI told Fox 25 the national
office would have to respond to our questions about the unknown DNA
profile. In a statement, Special Agent Ann Todd confirmed the last
known tests on the leg, identified as P-71 (for "part-71") was
performed in 1997.

"Without reviewing the investigative case file---which is not readily
available---the Laboratory has no way of knowing if additional DNA
analysis was conducted after 1997," Agent Todd wrote, "It is the
mission of the FBI Laboratory to apply scientific capabilities and
technical services to the collection, processing, and exploitation of
evidence in support of investigative and intelligence priorities. When
a request is received by the FBI Laboratory to analyze cold case
evidence---or evidence from older cases---with current scientific
capabilities, communication occurs between the investigators and FBI
scientists to evaluate whether current technologies can be applied.
Exhaustive efforts were made by the FBI to identify the left leg known
as P-71. Investigators will follow-up with officials from the Office
of the Chief Medical Examiner to obtain a copy of the DNA analysis,
conducted by the private lab, and determine its validity to the case."

Jones believes this newly revealed unknown DNA profile proves there
was no paperwork error or mix up with the remains. Jones wants the
government to re-open the investigation to solve the mystery.

"If the government were to reopen the investigation and actively
pursue it, it doesn't negate what the government did with Mr. McVeigh
or Mr. Nichols or for that matter with the Fortiers, you don't re-try
McVeigh after he's been executed," Jones said.

"I don't think it is ever time to put any investigation to rest when
it remains unsolved and the information could be important to the
American public," said Shapiro, who uncovered the existence of the
unknown DNA sample, " This was probably the single most significant
domestic act of terrorism in the United States history. If there is a
possibility that there was a broader conspiracy; if there is a
possibility there were other terrorists involved, I think it is
crucial the American public kn

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Oklahoma City bombing: Medical examiner has partial DNA extracted from
unknown, unmatched leg
Tulsa World‎ - 13 hours ago
According to a story from The Washington Times, the Oklahoma City
Medical Examiner has ...
Okla. officials go quiet in response to questions about unidentified
DNA from OKC bombing
KOKH FOX25‎ - 1 day ago
Fox Investigates: What will Oklahoma do with knowledge of unidentified
DNA from bombing?
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Unknown DNA sample obtained, but not provided during Oklahoma ...
3 days ago - OKLAHOMA CITY — Has Oklahoma failed to honor one of the
victims in the Oklahoma City Bombing? ... That DNA sample came from an
unmatched left leg found at the scene of the bombing. ... How did the
existence of an unknown DNA sample not emerge in the 20 years since
the bombing?
Oklahoma City Bombing Secret: DNA Extracted From Unknown Leg
2 days ago - The Oklahoma City Medical Examiner has partial DNA from
an unmatched left leg collected from the ruins, reviving the
possibility of a 169th ...


My name is Niels Harrit.

I wish to say a few words about the new project Professor Leroy Hulsey
has launched at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. (You may listen to
my statement here [

Many of you may have wondered why all the universities and high
schools have been silent about the collapse of the three World Trade
Center skyscrapers on September 11th, 2001. At our universities, we
have a constant flow of seminars, conferences, symposia,
presentations, defenses, lectures, etc., where everything is discussed
in assemblies of peers.

Everything is discussed - except 9/11.

I will not go into details about the mechanisms by which this has
happened. But you may take a look down the list of the scientists who
actually have spoken out. And you will notice that a majority are
retired - like myself.

Of course, the university is not dead. Just silent. Expertise and
integrity are still abundant. One very living example of this is
Professor Leroy Hulsey from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He has
undertaken the exciting project of modeling the collapse of World
Trade Center 7.

I urge you to see Professor Hulsey's presentations on this project [
]. This is a scientist of the very highest competence and integrity.

Professor Hulsey's project is unique in three respects. As already
emphasized, it is the first independent, university-based modeling of
the collapse of World Trade Center 7. This should have happened many
years ago. But late is far better than never.

Secondly, it is transparent. Usually, scientists don't like to be
looked over their shoulder while they work. But in this case the
public will be informed and invited to interact as the project

Thirdly, this project is crowd-funded. University research like this
must be funded because scientists have to eat on a regular basis.
Normally, university research is funded by grants. But this research
may be the first case of crowd-funding a university project.

The duration of this project is from now until April 2017. Architects
& Engineers for 9/11 Truth has asked us to be sustaining supporters
through that date. So, if you can spare a modest amount each month,
please sign up for this option, though a one-time donation will also
help [
https://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50694/donate_page/wtc7-evaluation ].

We don't know where Professor Hulsey's research ...
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NSA, FBI ask judge to dismiss Utah Olympic spying lawsuit
Posted Dec 26th, 2015

The FBI and National Security Agency have asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a former Salt Lake City mayor who claims agencies conducted mass surveillance of emails, texts and phone calls during the city's 2002 Winter Olympics.

There's no evidence the security agencies intercepted all communications in the Salt Lake City area before and during the games, federal lawyers argued in court documents. They also said the plaintiffs cannot show they were harmed if the surveillance did happen.

The agencies filed court documents last week asking a federal judge in Utah to dismiss the case. A judge has not yet made a decision.

Attorney Rocky Anderson, who was Salt Lake City's mayor at the time of the games, said Thursday that warrantless surveillance is harmful and the federal government needs to be held accountable.

"If these incursions on our rights of privacy and federal felonies are allowed to continue to go unchallenged, then we are further paving the road toward a more totalitarian and closed government," he said.

Anderson said he learned about the program from a 2013 report in the Wall Street Journal and has since confirmed it with an unnamed source who worked for the NSA during the Olympics. The games in and around the Salt Lake City area took place less than six months after the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

His lawsuit was filed in August and names six plaintiffs, including Republican Utah Sen. Howard Stephenson and Utah historian William Bagley.

Anderson said he has identified nearly 200 other people who could make similar claims that the agency violated their Constitutional rights as well as several laws.

In their response to the lawsuit, the NSA and FBI said the plaintiffs have not shown they have legal standing to seek damages or how they were harmed by "the claimed surveillance."

Agency lawyers also cited federal laws that make federal government immune from a lawsuit. Attorneys said an exception under the federal Privacy Act does not apply.

Anderson's lawsuit alleges the NSA and FBI collected the contents of text messages and emails and data on every phone call in the area without probable cause.

The lawsuit seeks damages of at least $10,000 per plaintiff. Anderson has said it could be expanded to hundreds of thousands of people_everyone who was in Salt Lake City during that time as well as anyone who communicated with someone there.

Anderson said Thursday that he plans to file a response to the government's claims and have at least one NSA source testify in the case.



Where information goes to die

December 26 2015

If you're going to despise or distrust the federal government, at least do it for the right reasons.

Turn on the TV or fire up the trusty Internet and you can find as many reasons as voters to be upset by the folks in the federal government. To be fair, the government cannot win: We need more postal service, we need less. We need more military, we need to pull out of any number of countries. And on it goes.

For all the failings of the federal government, I would argue we have better reasons than what cable TV gives us to be angry.

Last week was a good reminder of something that is played out dozens of times a year right here in Montana. In the trial of a man accused of murder, jurors learned that the murder weapon was the service gun of a federal Bureau of Indian Affairs agent. That raises the question: How does that happen, and how often is the gun of a federal agent used in a murder? In Montana?
Stolen BIA guns

And yet one astute reader pointed out that it has happened before, even in the relatively recent past. It turns out that Big Horn County Sheriff Lawrence "Pete" Big Hair's gun was stolen and used as a murder weapon in 1994 when Big Hair worked for the (you guessed it) BIA.

But this isn't a free-for-all aimed at the BIA.

It was an astute reader who pointed out the coincidence. The BIA couldn't be bothered with our pesky questions last week. The only BIA spokesperson in nearby Washington D.C. was out of the office when we called to ask. Another nameless BIA employee told us there were no other people in the entire federal government who could answer media questions. For the record: We're still waiting for a call back.

This is representative of what passes for information, transparency and accountability at the federal level — a maddening pattern of silence.

The Gazette continues to ask questions of the BIA or the FBI, the agencies charged with investigation and law enforcement on the reservations. Rarely does information get released until court documents are filed, sometimes years later.

Here's a sample of cases we continue to follow, without any information:

Recently, human remains were found on the Crow Reservation. We continue to call about information.
Jeffrey Hewitt, 38, of Billings, was founded dead on the Crow Reservation. Few details have ever emerged on that investigation because the FBI has no comment.
A 2-year-old was found dead in Lame Deer. The coroner confirmed the BIA was investigating. All calls have been referred to Washington D.C.
The Gazette had to file a Freedom of Information Act request to get information about a shooting in Pryor. After the request, the federal agencies simply said there was no further information about it because the shooter was a minor.

Double standards

If Billings Police Chief Rich St. John or Yellowstone County Sheriff Mike Linder acted in the same way, citizens would be outraged, and those two fine law enforcement officers would be out of jobs.

That's the point: Law enforcement agencies shouldn't be above the law they're charged with upholding.

I don't buy the excuse that it's just what happens on "the rez." That's a common retort every time some loud-mouthed journalist like me starts poking at this issue. But, if we accept that it's just the way things go down on the reservations, then we devalue the lives of those harmed by the crimes. Crime is no less violent, no less important just because it falls to the federal government to investigate.

In this way, the federal government reinforces a dangerous notion: That somehow mostly Indian crimes in Indian country are second-class concerns; that they don't deserve as much attention, transparency or follow-up. And, it is more than apparent to those of us who have to cover the crimes on the reservation that Washington, D.C., simply doesn't care about what goes on in the hinterlands of some place in between the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. The federal government should be ashamed for its lackadaisical law enforcement attitude, but shame would require the outrage of voters, something there are just too few of in places like Montana. So, the FBI and BIA let cases linger into oblivion.
Rural outrage

Montana Sen. Jon Tester should be given plenty of credit for trying to get some answers. In October, he sent a letter to Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewel — who oversees the BIA — sharing the same frustrations about transparency. Maybe it should make me feel better that Jewell's department doesn't really respond to a sitting U.S. senator either.

So there's outrage at law enforcement for how it treats minorities in big cities. I can only imagine the outrage and anger that would happen if a stolen gun from an urban police department gets used against someone in a big city. When it happens here, it's just a curious footnote on a murder.

A good friend of mine who taught governme


FBI specialist will speak in Dubuque about Internet safety


Posted: Saturday, December 26, 2015 12:00 am

Online safety tips will be shared by a representative with the Federal Bureau of Investigation during a free public event in Dubuque.

Dubuque Community School District will host "Internet Safety for Parents and Community" at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, inside the George Washington Middle School auditorium.

FBI victim specialist Karen Gale will share information for parents, children and community members on how to stay safe online given risks as cyberbullying, exposure to inappropriate material and sexting.

Gale has been a victim specialist for more than 10 years. Her experience assisting victims and their families covers federal crimes like human trafficking, online sexual exploitation, kidnapping cases and mass-casualty events.



Secretive data analytics startup, Palantir, increases total value by $5 billion


Saturday 26th December, 2015
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Low-profile data analytics startup Palantir has reportedly raised $880 million in recent weeks, increasing its overall value from $15 billion to $20 billion.

The private Silicon Valley company, helmed by CEO Alex Karp, services government agencies, such as the CIA and FBI, and businesses through accessible data analysis and specialized solutions ranging from fraud issues to national defense.

Sources told The New York Times Palantir's latest round of funding, which commenced last summer, raised a total of around $2 billion. Known investors are reportedly Bridgewater Associates, Tiger Global Management and Morgan Stanley.

Any new investing firms have not yet been revealed.

Palantir is now the fourth highest-valued startup in the world after leading contenders Xiaomi, Uber and Airbnb. It was launched in 2004 by founders Alex Karp, Peter Thiel


McAfee anti-virus creator to run for U.S. president as Libertarian
John McAfee, developer of McAfee Anti-virus software, has filed to run for president as a Libertarian candidate.


Dec. 26, 2015 at 4:18 PM

McAfee Antivirus developer John McAfee has announced he will seek the Libertarian nomination for president. Photo by John McAfee/Twitter

WASHINGTON, Dec. 26 2015-- John McAfee, better known in recent years for his brushes with the law in Belize and Guatemala than for his anti-virus software, filed to run for United States president as a Libertarian candidate.

McAfee told USA Today he plans to run on a platform of pardoning all marijuana users in prison and and to "stop the U.S. from being the world's policeman."

Doug Craig, a national board member of the Libertarian Party, said,"He fits right in with our political philosophy.:

Earlier this year, McAfee vowed to run as a member of the Cyber Party to "disrupt the political status quo" where his platform would focus on the "dangerously ignored issue of cybersecurity."

McAfee's campaign website says his qualifications for president are many:

"I have run a multi-billion dollar company, having to make decisions based on cash availability and the existence of real competitors while my government lived in a fantasy world and printed money when they had none to spend. I lived in a Third World Banana Republic, was tortured and had to watch my dog shot in front of my eyes by a soldier trained by the FBI at Quantico using an Ar-15 supplied by the US Government. I hid in the jungles of Central America for weeks while being chased by an army representing a government that I had refused to be extorted by."
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EXCLUSIVE: Brooklyn judge says former FBI agent aided in mob hits

Thursday, January 7, 2016, 4:00 AM


NYC PAPERS OUT. Social media use restricted to low res file max 184 x 128 pixels and 72 dpi Jesse Ward for New York Daily News
Federal Judge Edward Korman slammed ex-FBI agent Lindley DeVecchio in a 2012 case for mobster Gregory Scarpa Jr.

In a stunning burst of candor, a Brooklyn federal judge said he has long believed that a former FBI agent who beat a murder rap was a rogue G-man, the Daily News has learned.

Judge Edward Korman’s damning words were buried in a transcript of a 2012 court case for mob informant Gregory Scarpa Jr.

Scarpa was seeking a reduction of his racketeering sentence as a reward for helping the feds find explosives hidden in the home of Oklahoma City bomber Terry Nichols.

Korman suggested that the government opposed the motion because the FBI might still have a grudge against Scarpa for his willingness to testify against former agent Lindley DeVeccchio

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We brought FBI agent William Turner to speak
at the Univsity of Maine in Farmington Maine

William Turner, Bay Area FBI agent who criticized J. Edgar Hoover, dies at 88

The Marin Independent Journal
Posted: 01/06/2016 11:25:06 AM PST

01/06/2016 11:25:59 AM PST
William Weyand Turner of San Rafael, a former FBI agent who wrote books critical of J. Edgar Hoover, died Dec. 26 after a long struggle with Parkinson s
William Weyand Turner of San Rafael, a former FBI agent who wrote books critical of J. Edgar Hoover, died Dec. 26 after a long struggle with Parkinson s disease. Marin IJ archive photo

William Weyand Turner of San Rafael, a former FBI agent who wrote books critical of J. Edgar Hoover and became a senior editor of the "New Left" literary and political magazine Ramparts, died Dec. 26 after a long struggle with Parkinson's disease. He was 88.

Mr. Turner worked as an FBI special agent for 10 years until Hoover fired him in 1961 for testifying before Congress, calling for an investigation into the bureau's extensive wiretapping.

As an agent, he testified, he made hundreds of wiretaps on telephones and frequently broke into homes and businesses to plant hidden microphones in what were called "black bag" operations.

In his 1970 book "Hoover's FBI," Mr. Turner alleged that the FBI under Hoover had a misplaced focus on the so-called communist menace and was reluctant to prosecute organized crime.

"For nearly four decades, he (Hoover) stuck his head in the sand while the crime syndicates waxed fat," he wrote.

After leaving the FBI, Mr. Turner worked as a freelance journalist, writing investigative pieces on the JFK assassination. That led to him becoming a part of the controversial assassination investigation led by New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison.

In 1968, while living in Mill Valley, Mr. Turner ran


Raytheon-Websense to Build FBI’s Consolidated Virtual Network


December 29, 2015

VA, December 29, 2015 — The Justice Department has awarded a Raytheon
(NYSE: RTN) subsidiary a potential $8 million contract to build a
virtual network that consolidates secret and unclassified systems’
access and viewing in one screen, ExecutiveBiz reported Monday.

GCN reported Wednesday it is in accordance with FBI‘s Enclave
Consolidation Initiative to aim for an integrated system that is cost
saving and has augmented security.

According to Ward Ponn, consulting engineer and chief architect at
Raytheon-Websense, the virtual network technology will enable the user
to access both FBI’s Secret network and also the virtual desktop of
their unclassified network in “a single pane of glass, without the use
of the KVM switching device.”

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December 28, 2015 | Peter Dale Scott
Why CIA’s Richard Helms Lied About Oswald: Part 3
Not Ancient History -- But Preamble to the Present
Former CIA Director Richard Helms Photo credit: Adapted by WhoWhatWhy
from CIA Library

Former CIA Director Richard Helms Photo credit: Adapted by WhoWhatWhy
from CIA Library

This is a rumination on lies — layer upon layer of lies — told by US
intelligence agencies and other officials about what Lee Harvey
Oswald, or someone pretending to be him, was allegedly doing in Mexico
City just weeks before the Kennedy assassination. The original goal,
it seems, was to associate Oswald, in advance of the events of Dealey
Plaza, with the USSR and Cuba.

The essay focuses on tales told by Richard Helms, a top official of
the CIA in 1963 who later became its director — and is based on a
talk given by Peter Dale Scott.

Scott is the popularizer of the expression, “Deep Politics,” and a
virtuoso when it comes to what sometimes seems like grabbing smoke —
capturing proof, however elusive, of motives and objectives that could
explain the machinations of US intelligence agencies — and then
analyzing the residue.

Not all of the chicanery Scott describes is subtle. For example, in an
apparent attempt to bring the Russians into the picture, someone
delivered to the FBI’s Dallas office a purported audiotape of Oswald
calling the Soviet embassy in Mexico City. That failed, though, when
FBI agents decided that the voice did not seem to be Oswald’s.

Then, two days later, the FBI joined the subterfuge by falsely
reporting that “no tapes were taken to Dallas.” Because of this lie,
an investigation more than a decade later by the House Select
Committee on Assassinations would erroneously declare that there was
no “basis for concluding that there had been an Oswald imposter.” (The
existence of an Oswald impersonator in the months before the
president’s murder would in and of itself have been prima facie
evidence of a conspiracy in Kennedy’s death.)

And then there was the attempt to set up a Soviet agent…

You will probably not be able to keep up with each tall tale, nor does
it matter. They have a cumulative effect, one that explains why it is
impossible to study these documents without coming away believing in

There is dark humor here — reminiscent of the television sit-com of
the 1960’s, “Get Smart” —

about a secret agent who was always telling one lie after another,
blissfully unaware that each new lie not only undermined the last one,
but any new one that came after:

Smart: I happen to know that at this very minute seven Coast
Guard cutters are converging on this boat. Would you believe it?

Mr.Big: I find that pretty hard to believe.

Smart: Would you believe six?

Mr.Big: I don’t think so.

Smart: Would you believe two cops in a rowboat?

Would you believe that the US intelligence community has been telling
us the truth all of these years?

Essay based on talk given by Peter Dale Scott at Third Annual JFK
Assassination Conference in Dallas, 2015. (Produced by TrineDay Books,
Conscious Community Events, and the JFK Historical Group.)

—WhoWhatWhy Introduction by Milicent Cranor

(This is Part 3 of a three-part series. For Part 1, please go here,
and for Part 2, go here.)
The CIA’s Obstruction of Justice in 2015

Now let us compare the CIA’s lying performance in 1964 with its lying
performance in 2015. In the wake of the Kennedy assassination, members
of many U.S. agencies, including also the FBI, the Office of Naval
Intelligence, the U.S. Air Force, and the Secret Service, withheld
relevant information from those investigating the murder.[1] But to my
knowledge there is in 2015 only one U.S. agency that is still actively
maintaining the cover-up – and that is the CIA.

I am referring to the CIA’s declassification and release of a
previously classified CIA study by CIA historian David Robarge, “DCI
John McCone and the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy.”[2]
The essay is worth reading, and it contains interesting information on
such matters as McCone’s relationship with Robert Kennedy. It is also
significantly selective: it does not mention for example that McCone
only learned late on the night of November 22 that “the CIA had known
beforehand of [the alleged] Oswald’s trip to the Soviet Embassy in
Mexico City,” nor that as a result McCone “was enraged, ripping into
his aides, furious at the way the agency was run.”[3]

Buried within Robarge’s discussion of John McCone and the Commission –
a pertinent but hardly central topic – are a more important thesis
statement and conclusion about the CIA itself. In the light of what I
have just said about Helms, I would charge that both of these
statements are false – so false indeed as arguably to constitute, once
again, obstruction of justice.

The thesis statement on page 8 is that “Under McCone’s and Helms’s
direction, CIA supported the Warren Commission in a way that may best
be described as passive, reactive, and selective.” This claims that
the CIA’s deception of the Warren Commission was a sin of omission.
But no, the CIA was not just passive. Helms perjured himself, just as
he lied again in the 1970s.

Worse, the article focuses on the failure of the CIA to tell the
Warren Commission about its plots to assassinate Castro, which may
very well have been relevant; but in so doing it deflects attention
away from the CIA’s suppression of its own LCIMPROVE operation in
October involving “Lee Oswald” (or “Lee Henry Oswald”), which
unquestionably was of very great relevance.

Worst of all is the article’s conclusion:

Max Holland, one of the most fair-minded scholars of these events, has
concluded that “if the word ‘conspiracy’ must be uttered in the same
breath as ‘Kennedy assassination,’ the only one that existed was the
conspiracy to kill Castro and then keep that effort secret after
November 22nd.”
Fidel Castro Photo credit: Library of Congress / Wikimedia

Fidel Castro Photo credit: Library of Congress / Wikimedia

Of the many things wrong with this sentence, the worst service to
truth in my mind is the skillful effort to divert attention away from
the Angleton operation involving Oswald, and to focus instead on plots
to kill Castro. This is an old ploy dating back to 1965, following in
the footsteps of old CIA veterans and friends like Brian Latell and
Gus Russo. It allows a writer like Philip Shenon to quote from the
Robarge study the old red herring question “Did Castro kill the
president because the president had tried to kill Castro?”[4]
Public Attacks in 1963-64 on the CIA’s Operational Capacity

Some people have deduced, from the fact that CIA officials lied, that
the CIA killed Kennedy. I myself believe only that some CIA
individuals were involved, along with others in other agencies. As I
indicated earlier, my working hypothesis is not that the killing was a
CIA operation, but that the plot was piggy-backed on an authorized CIA
covert operation that was not under secure control and may in part
have been outsourced.[5] Some CIA actions before the assassination,
notably the protection of Oswald by suppressing the reported
allegation that he had been in contact with Kostikov, suggest to me
that some members of the CIA CI staff, and in particular CI Chief
James Angleton, may have participated to some degree in the
piggy-backed plot.

At a minimum, we can say that the CIA, through its Oswald operation,
was sufficiently involved in the facts of the assassination to have
been embarrassed into a cover-up. We have to recall that in late 1963
the CIA’s covert operations were coming under increasing criticism and
attack, initially because of the 1961 Bay of Pigs Operation against
Cuba, a total fiasco, but now also because of the developing chaos in
Vietnam, particularly after the assassination on November 1, 1963, of
Vietnamese president Ngo Dinh Diem and his brother.

We do not know just how aware the CIA was of Kennedy’s expressed vow
to friends, first revealed a decade later, “to splinter the C.I.A. in
a thousand pieces and scatter it to the winds.”[6] But objections to
the CIA’s covert operations were beginning, to an unprecedented
degree, to be voiced in the U.S. media.

On November 20, 1963, the New York Times published a letter, dated
November 7, that argued, as did some Congressmen of the period, that
“One of the very first steps … should be to strip the CIA immediately
of all operational and policy-making powers and confine it to its
original function – namely the gathering of information.”[7]

One month earlier, on October 2, Washington News correspondent Richard
Starnes had published a blistering attack on the CIA from Saigon
(possibly inspired by U.S. Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge, who was
already preparing to be a Republican candidate for president in 1964):

SAIGON, Oct.2 – The story of the Central Intelligence Agency’s role in
South Viet Nam is a dismal chronicle of bureaucratic arrogance,
obstinate disregard of orders, and unrestrained thirst for power….

Other American agencies here are incredibly bitter about the CIA. “If
the United States ever experiences a ‘Seven Days in May’ it will come
from the CIA, and not from the Pentagon,” one U.S. official commented
caustically. [“Seven Days in May” is a fictional account of an
attempted military coup to take over the U.S. Government.][8]

These complaints swelled to a crescendo after November 22. Exactly one
month later, President Truman himself wrote in the Washington Post,

“I think it has become necessary to take another look at the purpose
and operations of our Central Intelligence Agency…. For some time, I
have been disturbed by the way CIA has been diverted from its original
assignment. It has become an operational and at times a policy-making
arm of Government. This has led to trouble and may have compounded our
difficulties in several explosive areas. I never had any thought that
when I set up the CIA that it would be injected into peacetime cloak
and dagger operations.”[9]

As David Talbot notes in The Devil’s Chessboard,

“Truman’s explosive piece in The Washington Post, which instantly
caught fire and inspired similar anti-CIA editorials in newspapers
from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Sacramento, California. Syndicated
columnist Richard Starnes, a bête noire of the spy agency, used the
Truman op-ed to launch a broadside against the CIA, calling it ‘a
cloudy organism of uncertain purpose and appalling power.’ Meanwhile,
Senator Eugene McCarthy, another agency critic, weighed in with an
essay for The Saturday Evening Post… bluntly titled, ‘The CIA Is
Getting Out of Hand.’”[10]

And by the time of Helms’s testimony even McCone, the outside CIA
Director appointed by Kennedy, “kept saying that he wanted to get out
of the cloak-and-dagger business.”[11]

In other words, Helms’s motives for perjury in 1964, involved far more
than the technicality that he had sworn an oath to protect the
agency’s secrets. At risk in these crucial months was the preservation
of the agency itself, or at a minimum the preservation of its
operational capacity. The choice confronting him was not between two
conflicting oaths. It was a choice between the survival of the CIA as
he knew it, or the survival of America’s justice system and the rule
of law as we then knew them.

Helms’s choice was unambiguous, as it was again in 1973, when he
“falsely testified [to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee] that
the CIA had not passed money to the opposition movement in Chile”.[12]
He lied, at the expense of justice, to ensure that the CIA would
survive. In this he would assuredly have had the support of Angleton.
Angleton later testified to the Senate Church Committee that “it is
inconceivable that a secret intelligence arm of the government has to
comply with all the overt orders of the government.”[13]
The 1960s and 1970s Conflict: Public State versus Deep State

In Dallas ’63 I argue that these two decades, the sixties and
seventies, were a crucial period in American history, two decades in
which the American constitutional state and its structural deep state
(including the CIA) were opposing each other and struggling to see
which power would prevail over the other.[14]

It is noteworthy that in 1973, when Helms perjured himself again, not
only the agency’s but his own personal career were again at risk.[15]
In December 1972, after the Watergate break-in, Nixon believed Helms
“was out to get him;” and accordingly he banished Helms to be
Ambassador in Iran. He then he gave orders to Helms’s replacement,
James Schlesinger, “to turn the place inside out.”[16]

In The American Deep State, I argue that, by banishing Helms to Iran,
Nixon had heightened a conflict between the two forms of power (the
state and the deep state), a conflict in which he, and not Helms,
would become the victim. I believe that Tehran became a new center for
Helms’s machinations, in conjunction with the intelligence agencies of
Iran, France, and Saudi Arabia.

In 1976, after it became evident the new president Carter would resume
the efforts to trim the agency, Helms became part of an organized
offshore network (the so-called “Safari Club”) of these foreign
intelligence agencies, which resumed the covert operations (notably in
Angola) that were being curtailed by the combined efforts of the
president and Congress.[17] Then, in 1980 (in the so-called Republican
October Surprise), CIA veterans combined with leaders of the Safari
Club to defeat Carter’s bid for re-election, and elect instead Ronald

Given this evolution of events, I conclude that Helms’s perjuries
significantly affected the history of this country. They were a vital
part of an on-going process whereby, after the Reagan Revolution of
1980, the constitutional deep state was now subordinated to the needs
and priorities of the structural deep state (including, but not
limited to, the CIA). One of these needs, ever since 1963, has been to
preserve the threadbare fiction that Lee Harvey Oswald by himself
killed the president, and no one in the CIA was involved in any way.

How can we make the American people more aware that elements of the
CIA lied about the assassination in 1964, and are still lying today?
How are we to deal with the widespread climate of denial in our media
and academies?

To pursue the truth about these matters is to position oneself outside
the mainstream-supported structure of ideas. And we have learned from
experience that there are severe limits to the amount of assistance we
can expect in that pursuit from either Congress or the courts.

The truth, however, can be a powerful political weapon. So can
justice. So I hope we will all continue to dedicate ourselves to this
very slow, but undying and rewarding effort, to make truth and justice


[1] See Scott, Dallas ’63.

[2] David Robarge, “DCI John McCone and the Assassination of President
John F. Kennedy,” Studies in Intelligence, Vol .57 No. 3 (September

[3] Weiner, Legacy of Ashes, 224; cf. 239: “McCone kept saying that he
wanted to get out of the cloak-and-dagger business.” The response of
Thomas Karamessines, Helms’s Assistant Deputy Director of Plans, was
to order that no more messages “to DCI [McCone]… too confusing”
(Handwritten CIA record, “Document Concerning Name Trace Requests and
Results,” NARA #104-10015-10013

[4] Philip Shenon, “Yes, the CIA Director Was Part of the JFK
Assassination Cover-Up,” Politico, October 6, 2015,
I have described this suggestion that the assassination was a plot
that “backfired” as a “Phase Three” story, following (but not in time)
the Phase One Story that Castro (or the KGB) did it, and gthe Phase
Two Story that “Oswald acted alone.” See Peter Dale Scott, “William
Pawley, the Kennedy Assassination, and Watergate: TILT and the “Phase
Three” Story of Clare Boothe Luce,” GlobalReseearch.ca, November 28,

[5] For my similar hypothesis that the 9/11 plot was piggy-backed on
an authorized operation, see Scott, The American Deep State (Lanham,
MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014), 133.

[6] Tom Wicker et al., “C.I.A.: Maker of Policy, or Tool?” New York
Times, April 25, 1966; quoted in James Douglass, JFK and the
Unspeakable (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2014), 15; cf. Jack Anderson,
San Francisco Chronicle, March 3, 1967.

[7] New York Times, November 20, 1963, letter from Harold W. Thatcher,
of Forty Fort, Pa,; cf.

[8] Richard Starnes, Washington News, October 2, 1963. As James
Douglass points out, the Starnes story was discussed at a National
Security Council meeting the same day: “The President then asked what
we should say about the news story attacking CIA which appeared in
today’s Washington Daily News. He read a draft paragraph for inclusion
in the public statement but rejected it as being too fluffy. He felt
no one would believe a statement saying that there were no differences
of view among the various U.S. agencies represented in Saigon. He
thought that we should say that now we had a positive policy endorsed
by the National Security Council and that such policy would be carried
out by all concerned.”

[9] Harry S. Truman, “Limit CIA Role To Intelligence,” Washington
Post, December 22, 1963,

[10] David Talbot, The Devil’s Chessboard (New York: Harper, 2015),

[11] Weiner, Legacy of Ashes, 239.

[12] Melvin Allan Goodman, Failure of Intelligence: The Decline and
Fall of the CIA (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2008), 286.

[13] Mangold, Cold Warrior, 351.

[14] Scott, Dallas ’63, 170-78. Cf. Scott, The American Deep State,

[15] President Nixon had long mistrusted both Helms and the CIA, and
was looking for ways to be less dependent on them. Meanwhile Helms was
very close to former CIA officer Howard Hunt, now working for Nixon;
and Hunt may well have been informed Helms of Hunt’s trip to Miami in
April 1971, to recruit Cuban exiles for a new operational group,
outside the CIA, that would be backed by the Nixon White House. See
Stanley Kutler, The Wars of Watergate (New York: Knopf, 1990), 113,
200-03 (“close to Hunt); E. Howard Hunt, Undercover: A Memoir of an
American Secret Agent (New York: Berkley, 1974), 144; cited in Lamar
Waldron, Watergate, the Hidden History (Berkeley: Counterpoint, 2012),
472 (“operational group”).

[16] Weiner, Legacy of Ashes: 374; Scott, Dallas ’63, 174.

[17] Scott, American Deep State, 26-27.

[18] Scott, American Deep State, 27-29, 103-06.


People interested in creating standards of performance for law
and a volunteer civilian review police board with subpoena powers
can post their ideas here.
If they want to talk with people who have taken a leadwership role
in these areas contact Andrea Pritchett at Berkeley Copwatch
Dan Handelman at Portland Copwatch and Mary Powers at Citizens Alert

The Huffington Post today was critical of the FBI lack of standards
in reporting police shootings/killing of civilians


The Big Problem With The FBI's Tracking Of Fatal Shootings By Police
A Washington Post senior editor says the agency did "a very poor job."
12/29/2015 11:26 am ET

According to a comprehensive report from The Washington Post, nearly
1,000 Americans were shot and killed by police in 2015. That startling
number aside, another surprising finding from the data is just how
little the FBI truly understood the breadth of police shootings in
pervious years.

Washington Post senior editor Marc Fisher discussed the report with
HuffPost Live's Alyona Minkovski on Monday, explaining that because
most American law enforcement is decentralized and locally-powered,
national numbers about killings at the hands of police were lacking --
until now.

"The FBI does make at least a partial effort to get this information,"
Fisher said. "They ask police departments across the country to
voluntarily report fatal shootings by their officers, but only a small
number of those departments bother to do that, so the FBI's reports
are extremely incomplete, which is what we found this year when our
tally came up with three times as many fatal shootings as the FBI had
in each of the preceding nine years."

That doesn't mean there was a huge increase in fatal shootings by
police this year, Fisher said. Instead, the numbers show the FBI's
deficiency in investigating the data.

"What's going on is the FBI was really doing a very poor job of
collecting this information, which they'


Pittsburgh Mayor Hires FBI Agent As Public Safety Director
December 30, 2015 11:51 AM


Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto has hired a former city paramedic and
25-year FBI veteran as the city’s public safety director.

Fifty-three-year-old Wendell Hissrich will begin the job Jan. 11.

He replaces Stephen Bucar, another FBI veteran, who left in September
for a job as deputy commissioner with the Pennsylvania State Police.

Hissrich was a paramedic for five years before joining the FBI in

Most recently, Hissrich was Chief of the Weapons of Mass Destruction
Operations Response Unit at FBI headquarters. In that job, Hissrich
supervised 56 FBI field offices as they focused on WMDs and related

City Council must approve the hiring to the post which pays $112,500
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Was aviation firm saleswoman stalked and threatened by FBI agent on
business trips?
January 12, 2016 in Crime |

A former top saleswoman for a Van Nuys-based aviation firm alleged
Tuesday that she was stalked on business trips by an FBI agent/client
who warned her she would be unable to provide for her special- needs
son if she resisted him and lost his account.

Doreen Olson Mackey testified that her employer, Helinet Aviation
Services LLC, did little to help her resist the advances of agent
Victor Grant and that she was ultimately laid off, even though she
generated millions of dollars in sales for the company.

Fighting back tears, the divorced mother of two sons said she has
searched for more than three years for a steady job that would help
provide for her family the way she used to.

“I was devastated,” Mackey told the Los Angeles Superior Court jury
hearing her sexual harassment suit against Helinet. “I ended up
getting pretty depressed. I felt worthless.”

Mackey said she has made at most about $1,300 the last seven months
and that she can no longer pay for tutoring services for her
special-needs son, Noah, causing

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US Judge Names Ex-FBI Director to Help Settle Volkswagen Lawsuits
January 11, 2016


A federal judge in California overseeing more than 500 lawsuits filed
against German automaker Volkswagen AG over its excess diesel
emissions on Monday said he planned to name a former FBI director to
help settle the cases.

U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer said he would name Robert S.
Mueller, former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as
"settlement master" in the VW lawsuits.

Mueller, a Washington lawyer, will "use his considerable experience
and judgment to facilitate settlement discussions among the various
parties in these complex matters," Breyer wrote on Monday.

Breyer said the need for a settlement adviser was "urgent" and will
give VW and lawyers for all sides until Jan. 15 to object to the
FILE - A 2013 Volkswagen Passat with a diesel engine is evaluated at
the California Air Resources Board emissions test lab in El Monte,

FILE - A 2013 Volkswagen Passat with a diesel engine is evaluated at
the California Air Resources Board emissions test lab in El Monte,

VW potentially faces billions of dollars in claims from owners of
vehicles with excess emissions. Separately, the Justice Department
sued VW last week under the Clean Air Act seeking up to $46 billion.

VW has admitted to using software to allow 580,000 vehicles to emit up
to 40 times legally allowable pollution. It also faces investigations
by 47 state attorneys general.

Breyer said there are "few, if any, people with more integrity, good
judgment, and relevant experience" than Mueller.

Breyer said Mueller is "uniquely qualified to work with and earn the
trust of the parties, including the consumer and car dealer
plaintiffs, the United States government, the Volkswagen defendants,
and the interested state governments."

Last month, VW named its own adviser, lawyer Ken Feinberg, to create a
VW diesel owner claims program. Feinberg sai


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FBI files and assassination plots, oh my!

The recently revealed assassination plot against Occupy Wall Street
leaders isn’t the first such scheme to be uncovered in publicly
released FBI files.

You’ve likely heard by now of the mysterious plot directed against
OWS, revealed in the FBI files published by the Partnership for Civil
Justice. There are two references to this apparent assassination plot
in the 112 pages of documents. The first occurs in a document so
heavily redacted that we don’t know who wrote it, or from which FBI
office it originated. Here’s the relevant section:

An identified [redacted] of October planned to engage in sniper
attacks against protesters in Houston, Texas, if deemed necessary. An
identified [redacted] had received intelligence that indicated the
protesters in New York and Seattle planned similar protests in
Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, and Austin, Texas. [Redacted] planned to
gather intelligence against the leaders of the protest groups and
obtain photographs, then formulate a plan to kill the leadership via
suppressed sniper rifles.

Seven pages later in the file dump, in a Jacksonville, Florida FBI
"Domain Program Management – Domestic Terrorism” document, there’s
another reference to this murder plot. There the FBI briefly makes
note of an unknown party’s “interest[] in developing a long-term plan
to kill local Occupy leaders via sniper fire." The group or person
with the “interest” in these murders is redacted from the publicly
available files.

The natural response to this revelation is and largely has been: Why
didn’t the FBI warn people they were the targets of an assassination

TechDirt’s Timothy Geigner puts it like this:

What's plain as day is that some group somewhere was plotting to
murder OWS leadership in Texas. It's also clear that the FBI never
bothered to inform the targets of the threats against their lives.
This stands in apparent contrast to how closely they worked and
coordinated with private banks to handle the OWS protests as a whole.
And, remember, this is the same FBI who has put tremendous effort over
the past few years into breaking up its own terrorist plots. You'd
think that when it had a chance to go after actual plots to
assassinate leaders of a political movement, they might, you know,
actually do something and then trumpet the success in stopping a real
plot. Apparently not.

The news shocked people who paid any attention to it. (Admittedly,
that wasn’t very many people — the story was universally ignored in
the mainstream press.) But it isn’t the first time heavily redacted
FBI files released pursuant to a FOIA request have revealed a would-be
assassination attempt on the lives of political activists.
Fred Wilkinson, the First Amendment felon

Back in 1964, political organizer, housing and civil liberties
advocate and House Un-American Activities Committee resistor Frank
Wilkinson was almost assassinated. Wilkinson didn’t find out about the
designs on his life until decades later, however, after he’d finally
pried his 132,000 page FBI file out of the bureau’s hands.

In a must-read account of Wilkinson’s inspiring life and work, First
Amendment Felon: The Story of Frank Wilkinson, His 132,000-Page FBI
File, and His Epic Fight for Civil Rights and Liberties, Robert
Sherrill writes:

On March 4, 1964, when Frank was out of jail and doing field
organizing full tilt, he was almost assassinated. It remains unclear
precisely who instigated it. We know the FBI was working hard to
monitor his every movement, and to disrupt his activities, so they
must have known of this? Yes, there is a two page FBI teletype marked
"urgent" of the date, talking about the assassination. Five lines are
blacked out and then "contacted by an undisclosed source to assist in
an assassination attempt on Frank Wilkinson…" It notes he was to speak
at a private home to an ACLU group in Los Angeles. It notes the FBI
"will stake out residents…." And "matter will be closely followed and
pertinent developments promptly reported." A follow-up memo from
shortly after, initialed by Hoover, notes "that no attempt has been
made on the life of Wilkinson and there have been no further
developments in this matter." Under orders from the Federal District
Court, the FBI subsequently confirmed that house was staked out by the
L.A. Police’s Anti-Subversive division.

Like the 2012 revelation of an occupy assassination plot, the
disclosure of the FBI’s knowledge of a plot against Wilkinson’s life
raised "a few pertinent questions."


Who instigated the assassination? To this day this is not
confirmed. Were the L.A. police officers staking out the house to have
done the act, or just watch someone else do it? We don’t know. Did the
FBI warn Wilkinson that he might be killed? No. Did the FBI ever tell
Wilkinson his life had been or still might be in danger? No. Did the
FBI know who was to do the assassination? We can’t tell, but it sounds
like it from the file. If the FBI didn’t know the alleged assassin,
did it try to find out? Not from record of the files. Did it prosecute
or refer this for local law enforcement to prosecute? No.

This memo alone makes a laughingstock of any allegation that the
FBI was tasked to protect citizens. It clearly assigned itself the job
of spying on people engaged in dissent activity, without letting
evidence of the worst kind of criminal conduct (i.e., assassination)
get in the way of some important spying.


By 1983, when these files became public, activists were a little
jaded from seeing the results of a civil suit against Chicago
prosecutors and police proving that they, with active FBI assistance,
had assassinated Black Panther Party activists Fred Hampton and Mark
Clark in 1969. The guilt of law enforcement in that Chicago case also
was upheld in February 1983 by the U.S. Supreme Court. And yet this
evidence of related FBI behavior just a few years previously, against
a white guy like Frank, showed a clear pattern of behavior.

We don’t know and probably never will know who set out to assassinate
Frank Wilkinson or any OWS leaders because the FBI will probably never
tell us. But we know the bureau didn’t warn the public or activists in
the movement about threats against them, back in the 1960s or in 2012.
And given what we know about the FBI's history, that's enough to make
you wonder.


FBI uses tax dime to train death squads in Central America.

American taxpayers fund assassinations

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Transnational Gangs
Part 2: Countering the Threat with Strong Partnerships


At the start of the FBI’s recent Central American Law Enforcement
Exchange (CALEE) program, participants from U.S. police departments
and their counterparts from Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala,
Belize, and Panama were strangers, but they shared one thing in
common: a commitment to make their communities safe from violent gangs
such as MS-13 and 18th Street.

By the end of the three-week program, the men and women had overcome
language barriers and become friends as well as partners—and they were
armed with new resources to fight the transnational gang threat: a
network of intelligence sharing, expanded contacts, and access to
FBI-led task forces throughout Central America.

“There’s a synergy between the gangs that helps them grow and become
stronger,” said Special Agent Jason Kaplan, the FBI’s legal attaché in
El Salvador. “As law enforcement, we need to develop that same
relationship with each other, because the gangs are doing it, and if
we don’t we are going to fall behind.”

CALEE was developed in 2009 with that spirit of collaboration and
partnership in mind. This year’s group of nearly 40 participants
traveled to Los Angeles and Houston before spending a final week in El
Salvador, where the MS-13 and 18th Street


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Resist Empire & Militarization
November 20-22, 2015
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Overview of FBI Documents on SOAW

Overview of FBI Documents on SOAW

Click here to view the released documents that we obtained from the

Read articles about the FBI spying on SOA Watch from Telesur English,
the National Catholic Reporter, Alternet, KGNU Radio, LA Information,
and blogger Nancy Wheeler, and watch a video interview with Hendrik
Voss by the Real News Network.

Summary of obtained FBI documents

What was requested: At our request, Washington DC justice lawyer Mara
Verheyden-Hilliard made written demand on the Federal Bureau of
Investigation (FBI), under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), for
copies of all FBI records on the School of the Americas Watch
organization (SOAW).

What was produced: Over 420 pages of documents were produced by the
FBI covering the period from 2000 to 2010. Over 75 pages of documents
were withheld by the FBI.

What did the FBI documents show? For years, the FBI reported and
compiled annual files on the SOAW protest while at the same time
repeatedly describing the event and the organization as peaceful. For
many years, these reports were sent to the Counterterrorism division
of the FBI. The FBI sought out and used undercover informants to seek
information about the group and its actions. The FBI had undercover
FBI agents in attendance for at least two years. The FBI reports
demonstrate a close working relationship with Columbus Police
Department, Muscogee County Sheriff’s Department and Georgia State
Police. The reports also show the annual protest was designated by
the FBI as a Special Events Readiness Level (SERL) event which
involved coordination of law enforcement with the US Secret Service
and the Department of Homeland Security.

Next steps

SOAW is appealing the FBI’s withholding of responsive material from
the public including additional documents as well as redactions and
deletions in the materials provided. The FBI response indicated that
U.S. Army Intelligence also participated in this surveillance
operation and we are filing a relevant FOIA request for responsive
material. These documents also indicate there are a large number of
documents in the hands of local law enforcement as well and this will
be followed up.

What is the importance of these documents? FBI agents, including
Counterterrorism agents, have for years been surveilling, reporting
and gathering intelligence on First Amendment protected political
speech and actions of the SOAW movement. This is despite the fact that
the FBI repeatedly describes our actions as peaceful. The FBI and its
Counterterrorism Division have surveilled SOAW just as they have
members of the Black Lives Matter movement, the Occupy Movement and
various parts of the peace and justice movements for years. SOAW will
not allow the government to intimidate or silence our movement for
human rights. We call on Congress to review these actions, hold the
FBI accountable, and take corrective action. We stand for justice and
human rights with our sisters and brothers across the world and like
them we will not be silenced.

Highlights of Documents produced by the FBI

2000 – July 10, 2001. The FBI opened a case file on the SOAW in July
of 2000 after thousands of people entered onto Ft. Benning pursuant to
a nonviolent protest in fall of 1999. The FBI report of the Atlanta
office states: “It is hereby recommended a case be opened and
maintained as part of an ongoing process at Ft. Benning. The protest
has been building for the past ten years. At times the participants
have caused damage to government properties. The leadership of this
organization have promised a non-violent protest at any organized
event.” A report on November 20, 2000 indicates an unnamed source
advised the FBI that people associated with the World Trade
Organization protests planned to attend the protest and “if attacks
were to take place, the planning would be at a gathering a quarter of
a mile from the main gate on Saturday November 18, 2000.”

From 2000 – 2010 FBI officers reported on each SOAW protest. Reports
demonstrate close working relationship with Columbus Police
Department, Muscogee County Sheriff’s Department and Georgia State
Police. Reports included estimates of the numbers of people attending
the protest and the names and numbers of those arrested.

2001 – Correspondence between various FBI offices about Oberlin
College student arrested at protest.

November 13, 2001 FBI Pre-protest report that Columbus Police
Department (CPD) and Muscogee County Sheriff Office (MCSO) “have
collected uncorroborated, non-sourced intelligence that allegedly
anarchist elements will travel to Columbus to cause problems.”
Discussion of anthrax hoax preparedness. Request that “all agents
contact appropriate sources regarding travel to this event by known
criminals regarding any planned actions in conjunction with the
protest.” A FBI note on November 15, 2001 states “This is being
forwarded to the Atlanta Bomb Techs as the possibility of a hoax
device or bomb threat also exists. Local and military assets are
available to handle same…”

2003 – In 2003, the FBI started to report on the event to the
COUNTERTERRORISM DIVISION. On October 14, 2003, in a memo designated
PRIORITY, the FBI reported on the protest to Counterterrorism Division
“The leaders of the SOA Watch have taken strides to impart upon the
protest participants that the protest should be a peaceful event.” The
FBI report also noted “The primary issue of the protest is the funding
and training by the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of
State of Latin American military officers at the Ft. Benning, GA
military installation. This event draws protestors who object to human
rights violation conducted in these countries, and more specifically,
to the event in which a group of Catholic missionaries were murdered
in Central America.” FBI Headquarters and Counterterrorism were
requested to provide the Atlanta FBI office “with all intelligence
relevant to the SOA, so that this information can be provided to
local/military law enforcement agencies.”

October 23, 2003 in another memo to FBI Counterterrorism, the Atlanta
FBI requested that the Miami Division of the Domestic Terrorism
Intelligence Squad, provide any and all information on Anti-Free Trade
area of The Americas Anarchist Movement protest. The FBI was
“concerned that factions of a radical cell will travel to [the
protest] and may implement or instigate violent and destructive
behavior.” If contained in Miami, “this may encourage factions of the
protestors to travel to Columbus/Ft Benning to assert themselves in
what may be viewed as a softer target of opportunity.” The past has
been mostly peaceful. Any advance warning to the CRA of a group or
groups of more aggressive protest participants …is imperative.”
Representatives of the Columbus Police Department and the Muscogee
County Sheriff’s Office went to Miami to see how police there handled
protest. The memo concludes by saying “The Columbus Police and
military authorities have successfully controlled approximately ten
thousand, mostly peaceful protestors in past years. Any advance
warning …of a group or groups of more aggressive protest participants
planning to continue their acts of civil disobedience in Columbus/Ft.
Benning is imperative.” The FBI after protest report to
Counterterrorism, dated December 29, 2003 noted “Other than the cited
compliant trespassers, the even was peaceful. The arrestees did not
resist being taken into custody. It has been and apparently continues
to be the agenda of the SOA Watch to use the court system as the
platform for furthering their cause. ..Overall the crowd was peaceful
in their actions and the SOA Watch leadership appear to foster that
type of environment.” They also noted the Columbus Police videotaped
the entire event.

2004 – In September 2004 the FBI communicated with a confidential
source in the Northeast US more than once about SOAW. The informant
told the FBI that “SOA Watch has called out for more individuals and
affinity groups to attend this year’s protest.” The source also
shared a “compiled manual for affinity groups, with telephone number
of Legal Advisor from Loyola University (Louisiana)” and provided the
FBI with the names and email addresses of relevant contact persons
associated with the SOA Watch group.

On October 8, 2004, the FBI asked Counterterrorism to prove “any and
all intelligence particularly from any inside sources who are involved
in the protest planning. This information will be provided to local
authorities for their planning purposes.”

A FBI memo to Counterterrorism dated November 30, 2004 stated “This
year’s protest was peaceful as it has been for the most part over the
past fifteen years. The only change of note was the inability of the
police to use hand wands to check for metal and weapons. The Eleventh
Circuit Court of Appeals had ruled this was a violation of the
protestors’ constitutional rights.”

2005 – On September 8, 2005, there is a FBI report by Confidential
Informant who said SOAW wanted mass crossing the line in nonviolent cd
to overwhelm the base resources and tie up the judicial system. The CI
identified one person: “Individual identified BLANK as an organizer
intending to cross the line. BLANK was said to belong to a group
called “Witness for Peace.” Individual said that BLANK is, or was a
Maryknoll nun.” Informant also reported much of the organizing is
originating from Twin Ports SOA Watch and gave the name and address of
organizer who was schedule to speak at Oxford College on September 20,

October 3, 2005, the FBI requested that the SOAW protest be designated
a Special Events Readiness Level (SERL). SERL events involve
coordination between local law and state law enforcement, the
Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, and the Federal Emergency
Management Agency with the US Secret Service designated as the lead
agency.[1] The memo states the FBI and others will provide
intelligence to local police and military personnel that may impact
the security of the event. The FBI also requested intelligence
regarding the SOA and promised to provide intelligence to the Columbus
Resident Agency. “The peaceful intentions of the SOA Watch leaders has
been demonstrated over the years. The concern has always been that a
militant group would infiltrate the protestors and use of the cover of
the crowd to create problems. At this time, there are no specific or
known threats to this event.”

2006 – October 10, 2006 FBI report to Counterterrorism contained
information on threat assessment from intelligence and open source
reporting and BLANKED OUT. Report dated October 12, 2006 indicates the
FBI talked with confidential informant who reported “there was a group
organizing direct action and there were individuals committed to
taking their cause to the close the SOA directly onto the base.
International and national organizing in other places was also
reported including Fort Huachuca and Colorado. Individuals from all
over the US are planning to attend plus a large contingent from
Canada.” In the FBI report on the 2006 protest, they noted that the
Army blasting of music to interfere with the protest, led the police
to complain that they could not hear each other.

2007 – October 3, 2007 FBI report to Counterterrorism noted the
captioned event as a Special Events Readiness Level. Appears to follow
the 2005 report promising to provide intelligence to local police and
military, noting the peaceful intentions of the SOA Watch leaders and
admitting there were no specific or known threats to this event.

2009 – On November 13, 2009 the FBI reported “There have never been
any significant incidents of violence or widespread property damage in
connection with this event.” They also noted that undercover FBI
agents will be in attendance again. “As in 2008, a small contingent of
FBI personnel, acting in an undercover capacity, will be present to
monitor the activities of predicated subjects of FBI-Minneapolis, who
are expected to attend. These subjects have never expressed or
exhibited a propensity for violence at any time….Due to the nature of
this investigation and the fact that undercover employees need to
maintain their cover, local and state law enforcement will not be
notified in advance of their presence at this open and public event.”

[1] US Department of Justice public document. Edward Connors, PLANNING
Enforcement. (2007) online at:



Exposed: FBI Surveillance of School of the Americas Watch
by Mara Verheyden-Hilliard of the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund

FBI used counter-terrorism authority to track pacifist human rights
group for 10 years

For a decade, the FBI flagrantly abused its counter-terrorism
authority to conduct a widespread surveillance and monitoring
operation of School of Americas Watch (SOAW), a nonviolent activist
organization founded by pacifists with the aim of closing the U.S.
Army’s School of the Americas (now renamed) and ending the U.S. role
in the militarization of Latin America.

Hundreds of pages of documents obtained by the Partnership for Civil
Justice Fund, on behalf of SOAW, once again reveal the FBI’s
functioning as a political surveillance and intelligence operation and
its use of its domestic terrorism authority against peaceful protest
in the United States.

SOAW organizes annual protests in Fort Benning, Ga., the site where
the U.S. Army has trained many of the military leaders and dictators
in Latin America who were responsible for massacres of opposition
forces and the creation of torture centers, among other
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This article was written today by Matt Connolly.
He is a retired prosecutor .
As a young lawyer in the 1960,s he tried to stop
the integration of Boston Schools by forced busing.

He believes FBI agents created the Boston Marathon bombing.

Do Secret FBI Records Prevent Boston Marathon Terrorist Attack Victims
From Being Compensated. The Need to Act Now.
January 28, 2016


The third anniversary of April 15, 2013, the date of the Boston
Marathon Terrorist Attack (MTA) will soon be upon us. The clock to
bring suit against those who may be liable for the damages caused by
the attack is ticking away. That attack saw the death of three
individuals, the severe maiming of hundreds others, and injuries of
varying types to thousands more. The enormity of the action by
Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is well-known; what is not known is the
involvement of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) in bringing
it about.

The FBI will not voluntarily disclose its full involvement with
Tamerlan Tsarnaev. It is in its great interest not to be embarrassed
by it; and also in the interest of the Government not to have it
known. Imagine the extent of damages that our Government would be face
if it were to be shown that the FBI’s actions or negligence were a
direct cause of the bombing.

We have seen how generous the federal judiciary has been in handing
out damages to people harmed by the FBI in the cases involving the
victims of Whitey Bulger. More so have we seen it in cases involving
the Mafia where four families were awarded more than 25 million each
even though for two of them there was no basis for giving them

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Shrimp Boy’ Lawyer Claims Judge Shielded San Francisco Mayor in
Corruption Probe

— Jan 25 2016 - 11:09pm

The lead attorney for Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow, the reputed Chinatown
gangster who was convicted of murder and a long list of other crimes
two weeks ago, is now alleging that a federal trial judge failed to
disclose a conflict of interest, and that he downplayed evidence
implicating Mayor Ed Lee in a sprawling public corruption

In a long-shot bid to overturn Chow’s conviction, lawyer Curtis L.
Briggs accused U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer of acting out
of bias by withholding documents and secret recordings of the mayor
from court while presiding over the trial last year.

In a petition filed late Saturday, Briggs wrote that Breyer had an
undisclosed conflict of interest because his wife leads a nonprofit
organization, City Arts and Lectures, that received grants from a city
fund under the mayor’s influence. Briggs asked the judge to step
aside, and said his client deserved a new trial.

Starting around 2011, the FBI conducted a wide-ranging undercover
corruption investigation that involved at least 10 local public
officials in addition to Chinatown figures who federal prosecutors say
ran a criminal enterprise headed by Chow. Last Friday the probe
resulted in indictments for bribery and money laundering of two city
staffers who also worked on Lee’s 2011 campaign, plus a former school
board president.

Briggs complained in the nine-page “preliminary and summary request,”
provided over the weekend to the San Francisco Public Press, that
Breyer repeatedly shut down his attempts to widen the scope of the
Chow trial by showing that his client was being unfairly targeted in
the context of a much larger scandal.

“Judge Breyer was under a duty to evaluate potential conflicts of
interest and he failed to identify that his spouse was the director of
a corporation that received an annual grant of nearly $50,000 directly
from the Mayor’s budgetary allowance for the arts, during the time
frame in question up until the present,” Briggs wrote.

Since Lee became mayor in 2011, Grants for the Arts, a city-run
agency, gave City Arts and Lectures more than $200,000 in grants. But
for many years and under several mayors, the group has been among the
smaller recipients of money originating from the Hotel Tax Fund. Last
fiscal year Grants for the Arts gave out $10.3 million to 213

The brief never named Breyer’s wife — Sydney Goldstein, City Arts and
Lectures’ founding executive director — nor did it accuse her of any
wrongdoing. But the personal nature of the attack on the judge is
certain to get his attention. Goldstein was traveling Monday and was
unavailable for comment, an assistant said. A representative of
Breyer’s office said the judge would not comment on the brief.

In response to news about the filing, mayoral spokeswoman Christine
Falvey repeated a broad statement that said the mayor had no knowledge
of the bribes or campaign finance violations alleged to have been
conducted to his benefit. Years after the investigation started, the
mayor has not been charged with any crimes.

Briggs wrote that as a result of his wife’s position as a recipient of
city funds through a department controlled by Lee, Breyer had an
unavoidable conflict of interest and was incapable of presiding over
the case against Chow without bias. Breyer’s failure to declare this
conflict calls into question the government’s resounding victory on
Jan. 8, a jury trial that saw Chow convicted of all 162 counts,
including conspiracy to commit murder, racketeering and money

“It should be noted that many public accusations were made against
Mayor Ed Lee for his fundraising and alleged money laundering
activities in support of his election bid for the 2012 mayoral term”
Briggs wrote. “Although the public was not aware of the investigation
leading up to this indictment, it would be difficult to believe that
the Court was not aware of the corruption allegations against Ed Lee
that were subject of media headlines and ongoing public discourse.”

Stanford law professor Robert Weisberg said Briggs’s combatively
worded filing was a desperate effort to appeal his client’s
conviction, and that his claims of bias were “pretty far fetched.”

“The main thing is a legal matter,” Weisberg said, “If you don’t have
an unbelievably obvious conflict of interest — which this is not — you
have to demonstrate that it actually manifested itself in some way.”
He said that technically, any conflict of interest would exist for
Breyer’s wife and not the judge himself, a subtle but important
distinction. Weisberg said that overall Chow and his attorneys “don’t
have very good issues on appeal,” and the conviction would likely be

It has been widely noted that much like his big-mouthed and
charismatic client, Briggs displayed an irreverent swagger when
litigating on behalf of Chow. At one point in the trial last fall,
Briggs wrote that federal investigators used drones to watch his
clients (the FBI denied this) and that the still-sealed evidence may
have been burgled.

In a gambit to widen the case, in August Briggs released documents
containing details of the probe seeming to implicate City Hall
insiders in allowing undercover agents to make political donations
that skirted local campaign finance laws because they exceeded the
$500 individual giving limit. The leak defied the wishes of Judge
Breyer, who quickly issued strict court seals on all the records. One
of the files still under wraps is likely a recording of a conversation
between Lee and an undercover FBI investigator who was offering the
donations. But Breyer said none of the files implicated the mayor
himself in any wrongdoing.

Briggs noted in the court filing that the judge’s brother, U.S.
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, did declare a conflict of
interest in a recent case that had many parallels. “In 2015, Justice
Breyer overlooked the fact that his wife owned stock in a company that
was a party to a controversy which Breyer participated in
adjudicating.” The justice resolved the conflict when his wife
divested herself from the investment.

This was not the only effort by Chow’s defense team to retry the case
in and out of court. On Sunday, KTVU Channel 2 News aired a jailhouse
interview with Chow, who told reporter Amber Lee that he was innocent
of all charges. “You can’t find a worse scapegoat than me,” Chow said.
“My past record gets the whole Chinatown sheen. Every time there’s
been trouble, yeah, everyone wants to point the finger at me.”

The accusations made by Chow’s legal team came the day after District
Attorney George Gascón generated headlines by issuing three
corruption-related indictments, based largely on evidence collected
during the FBI’s investigation into Chow and now-imprisoned state
Senator Leland Yee.

Lee’s office has consistently accused Briggs and his colleagues of a
futile effort to deflect focus from Chow’s misdeeds. But last week’s
charges now offer a glimpse of possible improper back-room deals in
City Hall.

“This lightweight prosecution that focused on my client is an endless
sea of garbage that they didn’t dig through and look at the facts,”
Briggs said in an interview. “To charge only Chow in the context of
widespread political corruption and favoritism is more than

His protests mostly fell on deaf ears until this week. “People blew
them off,” Briggs said, “but lo and behold, it’s actually true.”

The new charges from the district attorney focus on former Human
Rights Commissioner Nazly Mohajer and former staffer Zula Jones. Each
is accused of four counts of bribery and one of money laundering.
Former San Francisco Unified School Board President Keith Jackson
faces four counts of bribery, one of money laundering and one of grand
theft of public money.

At a press conference Friday, the district attorney offered no
details, taking questions from reporters but said he could not answer
them because of a court-imposed protection order. On Monday, Mohajer,
Jones and Jackson all turned themselves in and were booked into the
county jail, though their arraignment dates have not been set, the San
Francisco Examiner reported.

The case from which the charges emerged was one of the largest federal
probes into public corruption in recent memory, which began sometime
before 2011 and is now being called as an ongoing federal case.

Briggs said the applications for wiretaps in the case, which Breyer
approved, included FBI affidavits claiming that Lee’s staff accepted
more than $20,000 in illegal campaign donations. The lawyer said this
demonstrated Lee’s participation in a scheme “facilitating
preferential treatment on real estate opportunities in San Francisco.”

But details about last week’s indictments remained scarce. Much of
what the public learned about the Jac



Black drivers in Florida receive double the number of seatbelt tickets
– study

ACLU says racial disparity in enforcing mandatory seatbelt law is very
alarming after 2015 saw several high-profile traffic stops escalate
into fatal encounters
The rate at which black drivers were ticketed over Florida’s mandatory
seatbelt law was as high as four times as often as white drivers in
some counties.
The rate at which black drivers were ticketed over Florida’s mandatory
seatbelt law was as high as four times as often as white drivers in
some counties. Photograph: Alamy

Wednesday 27 January 2016 10.21 EST
Last modified on Wednesday 27 January 2016 10.28 EST

Black drivers in Florida are stopped and ticketed for not wearing a
seatbelt significantly more often than their white counterparts,
raising “serious concern” that law enforcement may be racially
profiling motorists, according to a study released by the American
Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday.

Using data collected under Florida’s seatbelt law, the authors found
that in 2014 black motorists were ticketed nearly twice as often
statewide and up to four times as often in certain counties.

“This report brings forth new evidence suggesting that racial
profiling in traffic enforcement is real,” said Nusrat Choudhury, an
attorney with the ACLU’s Racial Justice Program and



Thursday, January 28, 2016Last Update: 8:53 AM PT
Judge Chides FBI for Cautious FOIA Handling

WASHINGTON - The FBI improperly withheld all records that would show how it responds to Freedom of Information Act requests, a federal judge ruled.
The political nonprofit National Security Counselors and the news-media outfit Truthout brought the challenge after the FBI refused to produce any records it generated in responding to FOIA requests over the last 25 years.
Joining those groups as plaintiffs were investigative Jeffrey Stein and Ryan Shapiro, who is studying FOIA and Privacy Act theory for his doctorate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Summarizing the case at issue as one "about how the FBI applies FOIA to FOIA," U.S. District Judge Randolph Moss said the exemption the FBI invoked here covers records compiled for law-enforcement purposes.
It said records related to past FOIA cases would risk "the implicit disclosure of highly sensitive information relating to ongoing investigations, confidential informants and classified national security matters," as paraphrased Friday by Judge Moss.
The FBI also invoked an invasion-of-privacy exception it said covers records tracking the performance of FBI personnel.
A court battle over the requests has been brewing for over three years, and Judge Moss granted each side partial summary judgment last week in a 63-page decision.
In rejecting the government's reliance on the "possible presence" of harm, Moss pointed to recent Supreme Court precedent warning "against permitting even substantial policy considerations to trump the plain language of the FOIA."
"There may be compelling reasons to authorize the FBI to withhold search slips and similar processing records," Moss wrote. "But the FOIA itself does not do so, and the FBI cannot act on the basis of an exemption ... that Congress has not provided."
An attorney for all the plaintiffs, National Security Counselors CEO Kel McClanahan echoed this sentiment.
"The overwhelming takeaway from this case is a reaffirmation that ... no amount of legal sleight of hand or predictions of dire consequence" can justify the FBI's decision to "create an exception to FOIA which would allow it to withhold the information it believed should be withholdable," McClanahan said in an email.
"The judge carefully dissected [the government's] argument and found that nothing in the statute or case law supported such an outlandish proposition," McClanahan added. "This opinion highlighted ... the basic truth that if an agency has a problem with the fact that the information it wants to withhold is not covered by an exemption, it should take the matter up with Congress, not the court system."
Judge Moss acknowledged the "gravity of the problem" the FBI faces, noting that its responding to requests for search slips and processing notes "might undermine the FBI's ability to exercise that authority by enabling sophisticated requesters to infer the existence of those records."
FOIA's exclusions simply do not apply, however, to the internal record-keeping documents that the plaintiffs sought.
"These narrowly defined exclusions relate to sensitive matters of law enforcement and national security," the ruling states. "They have nothing to do with the day-to-day administration of FOIA itself."
Moss also found it doubtful that the search slips requested here would disclose law-enforcement techniques as shielded by FOIA exemption 7(e).
"An agency cannot justify withholding an entire document simply by showing that it contains some exempt material," the decision says.
Stein and the National Security Counselors were less successful in seeking to compel disclosure of files that the FBI said contained information about private parties.
Though the plaintiffs pointed to FOIA's official-acknowledgment doctrine, which says an agency waives its right to invoke its exemption from disclosing certain information if it has already acknowledged the existence of said information in the past, Moss found that the information requested here was not a "perfect match" with what the FBI had already disclosed in previous requests for search slips and processing.
The FBI did not prevail, however, in withholding information that it said involved employees who perform FOIA searches.
On this point, Moss relied on a Supreme Court case over U.S. Air Force records.
Though the government can invoke the privacy exception used to shield "routine," internal information from public view, says the ruling, Moss said any document containing information of "genuine, significant public interest" is fair game for public consumption.
Under this logic, documentation of previous FOIA request processing is permitted under the public interest test, the court found.
By examining this information, the plaintiffs "may better understand the FBI's methods of processing FOIA requests, and, where appropriate, may hold the agency accountable for its missteps," Moss said, noting that governmental accountability is the very purpose of the FOIA's existence.
Declining to grant summary judgment for either party on certain issues, Moss called for further proceedings on Stein's claim that the FBI wrongfully invoked attorney-work-product privilege in withholding documents that a bureau lawyer prepared in anticipation of litigation.
More information "regarding the nature of the withheld documents" could "shed light" on what the decision referred to as a potential "novel concept of law," Moss said.
Representatives for the Department of Justice have not returned email Tuesday seeking comment nor phone call Wednesday.


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After FBI briefly ran Tor-hidden child-porn site, investigations went
"It's amazing the shit law enforcement leave online, accessible by
some Google-fu."


Jan 22, 2016 4:52pm EST

Feds bust through huge Tor-hidden child porn site using questionable

FBI seized server, let site run for two weeks before shutting it down.
In 2015, the FBI seized a Tor-hidden child-porn website known as
Playpen and allowed it to run for 13 days so that the FBI could deploy
malware in order to identify and prosecute the website’s users. That
malware, known in FBI-speak as a "network investigative technique,"
was authorized by a federal court in Virginia in February 2015.

In a new revelation, Vice Motherboard has now determined that this
operation had much wider berth. The FBI’s Playpen operation was
effectively transformed into a global one, reaching Turkey, Colombia,
and Greece, among others.

Motherboard’s Joseph Cox wrote on Twitter on Friday that he was able
to find a document describing this infiltration as something called
"Operation Pacifier" by using creative "Google-fu."

Ars was able to find the same document on a Danish website by
searching on Google for filetype[tongue]pt "operation pacifier" (we have
republished it here). When changing the filetype to PDF, we also found
a related document on a Colombian government website and republished
it as well.

The Danish document is an undated presentation by Rob Wainwright,
director of Europol, who notes that more than 3,000 criminal cases (34
in Denmark) have been generated by the European Union-wide law
enforcement agency. The Colombian document simply makes reference to
the operation in a summary of "trans-national operations," and it
includes others called "Operation Moulin Rouge" and "Operation Red
Eclipse." It is not clear if those initiatives are related to this
child-porn sting.
What goes around, comes around

One legal expert that Ars spoke with said that the FBI's hacking of
foreign targets is problematic.

"A foreign search by United States investigators potentially offends
the territorial sovereignty of the foreign state in which it occurred,
thus subjecting



FBI finally contacts Ammon Bundy as Oregon occupation nears third week
Bethania Palma Markus
21 Jan 2016 at 15:55 ET

It does not appear a resolution is near, however. Local KOIN reported
Wednesday that so-called militia members were coming to the occupation
from other parts of the country and they believe they’re on a mission
from God.

“God wants us here, there’s a sense that’s beckoning and it comes from
heaven,” militiaman Kelly Gneiting said. “We’re doing what’s right,
we’re doing what the founding fathers would do because we’re inspired
by God, also.”


FBI agents caught creating child porn addiction.

FBI ran website sharing thousands of child porn images

January 21 2016


WASHINGTON — For nearly two weeks last year, the FBI operated what it
described as one of the Internet’s largest child pornography websites,
allowing users to download thousands of illicit images and videos from
a government site in the Washington suburbs.

The operation — whose details remain largely secret — was at least the
third time in recent years that FBI agents took control of a child
pornography site but left it online in an attempt to catch users who
officials said would otherwise remain hidden behind an encrypted and
anonymous computer network. In each case, the FBI infected the sites
with software that punctured that security, allowing agents to
identify hundreds of users.

The Justice Department acknowledged in court filings that the FBI
operated the site, known as Playpen, from Feb. 20 to March 4, 2015. At
the time, the site had more than 215,000 registered users and included
links to more than 23,000 sexually explicit images and videos of
children, including more than 9,000 files that users could download
directly from the FBI. Some of the images described in court filings
involved children barely old enough for kindergarten.

That approach is a significant departure from the government’s past
tactics for battling online child porn, in which agents were
instructed that they should not allow images of children being
sexually assaulted to become public. The Justice Department has said
that children depicted in such images are harmed each time they are
viewed, and once those images leave the government’s control, agents
have no way to prevent them from being copied and re-copied to other
parts of the internet


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Did the FBI Kill My Father?
02/09/2016 04:34 pm ET

Anthony Colombo
Author and the eldest son of Joseph Colombo

Forty-five years ago, my father, Joe Colombo, the alleged boss of the
"Colombo" crime family, and founder of the Italian-American Civil
Rights League, was gunned down among a crowd of thousands in one of
the most highly publicized shootings in New York City's history.

To the media and the FBI my father was head of one of New York's
infamous Five Families. To the Italian-American community he was an
organizer and leader. To his family he was a great husband and father.
As Joe Colombo's son, who was responsible for my father's death -- and
that the efforts he made for the Italian-American community have gone
unrecognized -- has weighed heavily on me for years. I finally decided
I would write a book to address who my father really was, and to
address who should be held responsible for his death. The book is
based on my personal life beside my father, my in-depth knowledge
surrounding his shooting, and what I've come to learn was a
suspiciously flawed investigation into his death.

At the time of his shooting, my father had made enemies of the FBI,
the NYPD, and various members involved in organized crime. In many
ways, my father's shooting parallels the assassination of JFK. After
all the shock and finger pointing, an official investigation embraced
a "lone gunman" theory. And in both cases, the general public had
serious doubts. Similar to JFK, there has never been any question as
to who pulled the trigger, but the question has remained for over 45
years who pulled the strings behind the trigger man?

My father's life was a classic tale of rags to riches; he was a young
boy from the streets of Brooklyn, who in 1971 was voted New York
Magazine's top ten most powerful men in New York and was also featured
on the cover of Time. Tragically, at the height of my father's
influence, on June 28, 1971, he was shot while standing inside a press
barricade at Columbus Circle a few hours before an Italian-American
civil rights rally. The shooter, Jerome Johnson, was immediately
subdued and handcuffed by police. Johnson had posed as a cameraman
with official press credentials. Minutes after Johnson was subdued he
was shot and murdered while still handcuffed and surrounded by a sea
of NYPD blue.

Jerome Johnson being carried to an ambulance after being shot by an
unidentified shooter while in the custody of the NYPD.

Chief of Detectives of the New York Police Department, Albert Seedman,
led the investigation and within days made statements to the media
alluding to the conspiracy involved in the shooting and it being
solved. An excerpt from my book Colombo: The Unsolved Murder:

"On Friday July 2nd four days after the shooting, Seedman called
for a special conference with the city's Chief Inspector Codd and
Deputy Police Commissioner Robert Daley. Seedman had just returned
from a meeting with a source in Brooklyn and reported excitedly, 'It
was a Mob hit! According to my information the contract was let by
Gambino himself. The price was $40,000. Furthermore, Colombo is
supposed to be the first in a series of hits. Next on the list are
Mrs. Colombo and the two oldest sons. It's to be a reign of terror,
the object of which is to destroy both the League and the Colombo Mob

After a year of investigation the NYPD closed my father's case saying
Johnson was a lone gunman. This was a theory inconsistent with Chief
Seedman's previous certain belief that Johnson had not acted alone.
The case was closed even though evidence showed Johnson was not
capable of planning and executing such an elaborate plot alone.
Johnson's immediate murder after he shot my father also went unsolved.
The truth is Chief Seedman still believed this was all a mob hit as he
later printed in his book, Chief. Daniel P. Hollman, then the Chief of
the Joint Strike Force to Combat Organized Crime, agreed Johnson had
not acted alone, but disagreed with Chief Seedman about the shooting
and stated to the press he believed Johnson was not a mob affiliate.
He noted how organized crime members would never send a crazed gunman
shooting into a crowd of women and children.

Like Chief Seedman and Agent Hollman, I have not been convinced
Johnson was a lone gunman. I believe, just as they both did, there was
a conspiracy in Columbus Circle the day of my father's shooting. The
information in my book leans towards a more sophisticated plot arguing
that certainly a conspiracy existed, but not one perpetrated by
elements of organized crime. I know that not to be true. In the
decades since the shooting not one mob informant, and there have been
quite a few, has corroborated Chief Seedman's or the media's assertion
it was a mob hit. An FBI plot to kill my Father? Possibly. Law
enforcement's involvement? Most probably. Why the FBI? Why law

My father was a number one target of the FBI at that time. He had
organized the Italian-American community in a way never seen. Within
one year my father, through the Italian-American Civil Rights League,
forced the U.S. Justice Department to eliminate the use of the words
"Mafia" and "La Cosa Nostra", he shut down production of the film The
Godfather, and rallied over 200,000 people in pickets and protests of
the FBI. Despite the FBI's belief my father was a mob boss, he had
criminal cases against him dismissed, and even a conviction reversed
by the Supreme Court of the United States with the help of a brilliant
young lawyer, Barry Slotnick. My father was beating the FBI in the
street, with public opinion, and in court.

My father (left with megaphone) and me (far right) organizing a
protest of the FBI.

The 1960s and 70s were a turbulent time in our nation's history.
Evidence of FBI illegal activities leaked in 1971 when an FBI field
office in Pennsylvania was broken into and the "Citizens Commission to
Investigate the FBI" obtained internal FBI memorandum, which outlined
an aggressive program of domestic spying. The program known as
COINTELPRO (short for Counter Intelligence Program) was exposed.
Agents executing the COINTELPRO program had their direct orders from
then FBI Director, J. Edgar Hoover, and were required to "expose,
disrupt, misdirect, discredit, neutralize, and otherwise eliminate"
anyone viewed as subversive. There is no question my father was viewed
as subversive. I personally experienced how the FBI treated him,
myself, our family, and anyone close to us. I have lived with the
question for over forty-five years of how far would Hoover and his
agents go to "eliminate" a target such as my father?

FBI internal memorandum demonstrates the FBI's concerted effort with
at least one major media outlet, the New York Daily News, to vilify my
father and destroy his reputation by running, "an article concerning
Colombo and his associates, which will show just what a 'bum' he is".
The Daily News agreed to leave no "trail" leading back to the FBI.
These efforts by the FBI failed. My father's influence and power
continued to grow. Is it hard to believe that the FBI, under then
Director Hoover, would escalate the scale and scope of its efforts and
utilize a more permanent method to destroy my father?

I interviewed an ex-CIA case officer and asked him whether the FBI
would eliminate someone of my father's position and he confirmed
during those times agents infiltrated organizations, conducted dirty
tricks, psychological warfare, and used the legal system, break-ins,
stalking, assaults and beatings for harassment. They inflicted
physical, emotional, and economic damage, and he believed they would
not stop short of using assassinations to neutralize their

Today we not only hear more and more about illegal activities of law
enforcement but also are shown hard evidence. My book finally reveals
the major inconsistencies and suspicious sandbagging of the murder
investigation that certainly would lead a reasonable person to
question whether, as I long have, that elements of the NYPD, or the
FBI were either involved in the shooting, or at the very least didn't
want it solved. For example, Chief Seedman told the media during a
press interview that the German pistol used to shoot my father was
untraceable. Matching serial numbers in the ballistics report from the
shooting, which was buried for forty years and only recently
authorized for release, are revealed in the book saying something much
different. It is clear the gun was in fact traceable, and, strangely,
was missing from an NYPD evidence locker. Also suspiciously strange,
infamous FBI informant, Greg Scarpa handed FBI agents a photo of a
woman who eyewitnesses had identified as Johnson's female accomplice.
She was being sought out by the NYPD for questioning for assisting
Johnson with my father's shooting. However, the FBI buried her photo
and did not turn it over to the NYPD. A clear obstruction of justice
and evidence that they did not want this case solved.

I am certain now more than ever that Johnson was not a lone gunman. My
book offers the answers to the questions the media, the FBI, and the
NYPD did not.


Leaked police files contain guarantees disciplinary records will be
kept secret
Guardian analysis of dozens of contracts revealed by hackers shows
more than a third allow or require destruction of civilian complaint

Files released following the hacking of the country’s biggest police
union show guarantees of secrecy over disciplinary records, a Guardian
analysis finds.
Sunday 7 February 2016 07.00 EST Last modified on Sunday 7 February
2016 07.01 EST

Contracts between police and city authorities, leaked after hackers
breached the website of the country’s biggest law enforcement union,
contain guarantees that disciplinary records and complaints made
against officers are kept secret or even destroyed.

A Guardian analysis of dozens of contracts obtained from the servers
of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) found that more than a third
featured clauses allowing – and often mandating – the destruction of
records of civilian complaints, departmental investigations, or
disciplinary actions after a negotiated period of time.

The review also found that 30% of the 67 leaked police contracts,
which were struck between cities and police unions, included
provisions barring public access to records of past civilian
complaints, departmental investigations, and disciplinary actions.

Samuel Walker, a professor in criminology at the University of
Nebraska, Omaha, said there was “no justification” for the cleansing
of officers’ records, which could contain details of their use of
force against civilians.

“The public has a right to know,” said Walker. “If there was a
controversial beating, we ought to know what action was actually
taken. Was it a reprimand? A suspension?”

Walker said that while an officer’s whole personnel file should not be
readily available to the public outside of



Chicago police officer suing estate of teen he fatally shot
Officer Robert Rialmo’s lawsuit provides the officer’s first public
account of how he says the shooting happened late last year

One day after Antonio LeGrier’s death his mother, Janet Cooksey, said
at a press conference her son, an honor roll student, did not have a
history of aggressive behavior.
Sunday 7 February 2016 08.11 EST Last modified on Sunday 7 February
2016 08.13 EST

A white Chicago police officer who fatally shot a black 19-year-old
college student and accidentally killed a neighbor has filed a lawsuit
against the teenager’s estate, arguing the shooting left him

Families of two people killed by Chicago police seek answers: 'When
does it end?'
Read more
The unusual lawsuit was filed o



Fusion Center Issues New Statement on Its Warning That Police Should Watch Out for Don't-Tread-on-Me Flags
Many unanswered questions remain about both the bulletin and the DHS-funded intelligence-sharing operation that produced it.

|Feb. 9, 2016 2:33 pm

ProblematicToday the Utah Statewide Information and Analysis Center, a "fusion center" partly funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, responded to the controversy over a bulletin it sent to law enforcement officers last week.

The bulletin, which was first covered here at Reason, had been distributed in anticipation of last Friday's funeral for LaVoy Finicum, the rancher killed during the occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. The document warned that "[c]aravans of individuals traveling to the funeral services may be comprised of one or more armed extremists," and it displayed several "visual indicators" that an officer might be dealing with "extremist and disaffected individuals." These images ranged from the Gadsden flag (a popular patriotic symbol featuring a rattlesnake and the slogan "Don't Tread on Me") to an altered version of the skull-and-lightning-bolt logo favored by fans of the Grateful Dead.

Today the fusion center issued this statement:

The Utah Statewide Information and Analysis Center released an officer safety bulletin on February 3, 2016, regarding events surrounding the funeral of LaVoy Finicum. The bulletin was intended to inform law enforcement officers of the funeral and potential safety concerns based on recent events in Oregon and Nevada.

The bulletin contains symbols that may or may not be espoused by criminal extremist individuals or groups. We understand that law-abiding citizens also espouse these symbols, and we acknowledge so in the bulletin. Public safety personnel are always expected to evaluate and utilize all information in the context of their training in Constitutional Law and rules of criminal procedure.

There was no intent to offend or single out individuals and groups who use these symbols for historical or legitimate purposes. We will attempt to articulate those distinctions clearer in the future.

A few follow-up questions come to mind:

"How to tell a sovereign citizen from a Deadhead..."1. Precisely how does the center intend to "attempt to articulate those distinctions clearer in the future"? It's true that the bulletin acknowledged that "law-abiding citizens also espouse [sic] these symbols," and we mentioned that fact in our story. It's just that the agency's acknowledgement consisted, in its entirety, of this poorly worded and perfunctory aside:

[T]hough some or parts of these symbols are representative of patriotic and American revolutionary themes[,] they are often associated with extremism[.]

There was no breakdown of which symbols had multiple meanings or what different contexts they might be expected to appear in. The information that was included was often extremely limited: The Gadsden flag, for example, was simply identified as an image "commonly displayed by sovereign citizen extremists." So: What exactly do they plan to change?

2. Does the agency plan to address any other criticisms? The Utah bulletin didn't just do a poor job of explaining what the symbols it included might mean, thus making it more likely that a driver might be mistaken for an "extremist." It also failed to discuss what a cop should do if he does come across a bona fide "extremist." As former FBI agent Mike German complained to me last week, "What will the officers know after reading this that they didn't before? Here all they know is to be afraid if they see a Gadsden flag, which could result in an unnecessarily hostile encounter that would increase the chances of violence. There's nothing here that would help them correctly identify someone who held these beliefs, understand what might trigger hostile reactions, or how to talk to them in a way that would defuse any unnecessary tension." The statement released today does not deal with these issues.

3. Is there a larger pattern here? It would be comforting to think this was just one poorly drafted document. But fusion centers across the country have a history of producing work with similar problems, including an infamous "strategic report" in Missouri that identified the Gadsden flag as "the most common symbol displayed by militia members and organizations." More broadly, a 2012 congressional investigation concluded that the centers' output was "oftentimes shoddy, rarely timely, sometimes endangering citizens' civil liberties and Privacy Act protections, occasionally taken from already-published public sources, and more often than not unrelated to terrorism." According to the congressional investigators, nearly a third of these reports weren't even circulated after they were written—sometimes because they contained no useful information, sometimes because they "overstepped legal boundaries."

Four years later, is this Finicum bulletin typical of the Utah agency's work? Is it typical of fusion centers in general? Is any sort of review process underway?

These are among the issues I wanted to raise with the agency after I acquired its document last week, but at the time it didn't respond to my calls and emails. And today? Sgt. Todd Royce, the public affairs officer who sent me the statement, tells me "there will be no further comment on the report."
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St. Paul officer on leave after she allegedly lied to a Tennessee
grand jury
She was put on paid leave after men were acquitted of sex trafficking.

March 3, 2016 — 10:45pm

A St. Paul police officer was placed on paid administrative leave
Thursday after a federal Court of Appeals in Tennessee said she lied
in a statewide sex-trafficking case involving three Twin Cities men
who were recently cleared of charges.

St. Paul police spokesman Steve Linders confirmed that Sgt. Heather
Weyker, the lead agent in the case, was placed on leave.

“We are aware of the judge’s decision, and the information in the
court documents,” Linders said. “They are extremely concerning to us,
and immediately upon hearing about the court documents … we launched
an internal affairs investigation.”

Idris Ibrahim Fahra, Andrew Kayachith and Yassin Abdirahman Yusuf each
spent more than four years in jail after being found guilty of
conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of children. After the jury
convictions, a district judge acquitted the three, saying the evidence
and testimony did not back the charges. The Sixth U.S. Circuit Court
of Appeals upheld that decision this week, and questioned the
truthfulness of the police officer and a key witness.

The officer was caught lying to the grand jury and “likely exaggerated
or fabricated important aspects” of a story that a key witness, Jane
Doe No. 2, was taken in by the Somali gang members for sex, according
to the decision.

When Weyker, who served on an FBI task force on sex trafficking in
2008, tried to speak with Jane Doe No. 2, her parents objected.

According to the decision: Weyker then “met Jane Doe 2 surreptitiously
at her school.” They met in “secret meetings” more than 30 times. The
meetings also “produced a story in which Jane Doe 2 was not a troubled
runaway or juvenile delinquent, but was instead an innocent child
taken in by Somali gangs who used her for sex.”

The district court caught Weyker “lying to the grand jury and, later,
lying during a detention hearing, and scolded her for it on record.”
Weyker also lied on an application to get the witness’ family $3,000
in victim compensation by claiming that Jane Doe No. 2 was abducted,
when the witness denied that she was.

Jane Doe No. 2 told Nashville police that she willingly went on the
road trip to Tennessee with several boys and had sex with several

The decision went on to say: “She also wrote out and signed a
statement saying the same. She did not mention any prostitution or sex
trafficking. But when the Nashville


New FBI Program Instructs High School Teachers to Report 'Radical'


02:50 05.03.2016
Apparently the FBI is starting its own "21 Jump Street" division, one
that unfairly targets Muslim students.

As part of its ongoing war on terror, the FBI has launched a new
program in which it instructs high school staff across the United
States to report students who show signs of being future terrorists.

6-Year-Old on the No-Fly List: Toronto Family Demands Answers, Action

"High school students are ideal targets for recruitment by violent
extremists seeking support for their radical ideologies, foreign
fighter networks, or conducting acts of violence within our borders,"
the FBI guidelines read.

“[If you] see suspicious behavior that might lead to violent
extremism, [report it to] someone you trust."

Labeled “Preventing Violent Extremism in Schools,” the guidelines
instruct educators to look for loosely-defined indicators that a
student could be a threat. "Talking about traveling to places that
sound suspicious," "using code words or unusual language," "using
several different cell phones and private messaging apps," and
"studying or taking pictures of potential targets (like a government
building)," are all listed as potential warning signs.

Educators note that many of these so-called indicators are too broad
to be effective, as they could be applied to almost any teenager.
Other indicators seem specifically geared toward targeting Muslims.
Man beats Muslim store owner in Astoria; police investigates attack as
hate crime (print screen)
© Photo: pix11.com
Islamophobia Rising: New York Store Owner Attacked by Man Wanting to
‘Kill Muslims’

"In practice, schools seeking to implement this document will end up
monitoring Muslim students disproportionately," Arun Kundnani, a
professor at New York University, told AlterNet.

A similar program in the United Kingdom, known as "Preventing Violent
Extremism," relies on mass-surveillance of Muslim communities and
mosques, and has been expanded into the country’s public schools. This
program has been heavily criticized by rights groups.

"Our case studies show that children are being taken away from
mandatory school hours to be questioned on matters misconstrued as
markers of ‘extremism," Ibrahim Mohamoud, communications officer with
the Islamic advocacy group CAGE said in a statement.

"By alienating parents, turning teachers into informants, and
antagonizing students, [UK program] PREVENT is a divisive policy that
does an injustice to the education system."
Ahmed Mohamed, a 14-year-old boy from Texas, was arrested for bringing
a homemade clock to school, the Dallas Morning News reported
© Photo: Youtube/The Dallas Morning News
Texas Police Arrest 9th Grader for Brining Homemade Clock to School

The expansion of these programs is especially troubling given that
there is little scientific evidence to suggest that they are

"Drawing on the junk science of radicalization models, the document
dangerously blurs the distinction between legitimate ideological
expression and violent criminal actions," Kundani stated.

Such programs rely on antiquated social theory that has not been

"The whole concept…is based on the conveyor belt theory – the idea
that ‘extreme ideas’ lead to violence," Michael Germ

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FBI Warrant Used to Hack Child Porn Visitors Was Unconstitutional, EFF
Written by Joseph Cox
3 March 2016 // 04:30 PM CET

The Federal Bureau of Investigation's shuttering of dark web child
pornography site Playpen is one of the more controversial moves by the
agency in recent years. The FBI ran the site from its own servers for
13 days in order to deploy a network investigative technique (NIT)—the
agency's term for a hacking tool—in an effort to identify its

The NIT hacked over a thousand computers, but all of those malware
infections were authorised by one warrant, a point covered in a new,
strongly-worded amicus brief from attorneys with the Electronic
Frontier Foundation (EFF).

The brief, which was filed on Wednesday, says that the warrant was

It is signed by Mark Rumold, Nate Cardozo, and Andrew Crocker from the
EFF, and Venkat Balasubramani, an attorney who is representing the

Judging by court documents in related cases, the warrant used to
authorise the deployment of malware allowed the FBI to infect anyone
who logged into the site (the warrant and its supporting affidavit are
currently sealed). However


Baltimore school police chief and officers suspended after video
emerges of cop slapping, kicking young man
2, 2016, 9:18 AM A A A

00:00 / 00:29
They've been slapped with suspensions.

The head of the Baltimore school police force and two of its officers
were put on administrative leave Tuesday for a video showing an
officer slapping, kicking and cursing out a young man.

The five-second cell phone clip, which was covertly filmed by a Lake
Clifton Eastern High School student, shows an officer loudly slapping
a man three times in the face at the school.

“Go the f--- home!” the officer yells, with a fellow officer standing
next to him.

As the man stumbles away, the officer kicks him in the back and says,
“Get the f--- out of here!”

It’s unclear when the video was filmed or what led to the officer’s
attack. Sch

FBI informant Withers was standing next to Martin Luther King taking
photos when Dr King was killed by a FBI bullet. Wither's photographs
were used by FBI agents to destroy any incriminating evidence at the
crime scene the next day.
see link for full story


March 4 2014

Alabama state trooper charged with raping woman while on duty gets six
months in jail


Updated: Friday, March 4,

Samuel H. McHenry II pleaded

GREENVILLE, Ala. — An ex-Alabama state trooper who was accused of
raping a woman while he was on duty was sentenced to six months in
jail after he pleaded guilty Thursday to a misdemeanor sexual
misconduct charge.

Felony charges of rape and sodomy against Samuel McHenry II were
dismissed as part of a plea agreement he filed in Butler County
District Court in Greenville.

McHenry’s Alabama Peace Officers’ Standards and Training Commission
certification will be revoked and he’ll have to register as a sex
offender, according to the plea agreement.


The plea deal comes amid increased national attention on allegations
of sexual misconduct by law enforcement officers.

In a yearlong investigation of sexual misconduct by U.S. law
enforcement, The Associated Press learned of about 1,000 officers who
lost their badges in a six-year period for offenses including rape and
propositioning citizens for sex while on duty.

The figure includes only officers whose licenses have been revoked.
Not all states take such action, maintain accurate records or have a
statewide system to decertify officers for misconduct.

In McHenry’s case, the trooper drove a woman away from the scene of a
car accident the night of Dec. 6 and threatened to take her to jail if
she didn’t have sex with him, according to a warrant.

The former trooper made the demands after he found pill bottles and an
empty nasal spray bottle in her car at the accident scene,
investigators have said.

McHenry drove the woman to a closed store after having sex with her,
then let her out and drove off, investigators have said. Alabama Law
Enforcement Agency spokesman Sgt. Steve Jarrett said McHenry began
working as a trooper in 2009.

McHenry was ordered to report to the Butler County Jail by March 12
and pay court costs, fines and crime victims’ compensation fees.

Officials at the Alabama Attorney General’s Officer were not
immediately available to comment on McHenry’s plea deal Friday

“Both sides have to agree to it, so in that sense there was that
discussion about is this acceptable to both sides,” said James
Williamson, one of the attorneys who represented McHenry.

Williamson said state prosecutors offered McHenry the plea deal.
Prosecutors and McHenry’s defense team reached an agreement after
about three hours of negotiations, said Judge J. MacDonald Russell
Jr., adding that judicial ethics rules prevent him from giving further
details on the case.

“I suppose the court can always refuse a plea bargain but that’s not
done very often,” he said. “I’ve never
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CLUSIVE — FBI Agents Raid Sheriff Critic Mark Dougan’s House … Search For Evidence of Hacking, Computer Crimes!

March 14, 2016
The Palm Beach Gardens home of PBSO critic Mark Dougan, a frequent visitor to Russia, was raided this morning by FBI agents (Special to Gossip Extra)

The Palm Beach Gardens home of PBSO critic Mark Dougan, a frequent visitor to Russia, was raided this morning by FBI agents (Special to Gossip Extra)

flag-exclusivePALM BEACH GARDENS — FBI agents raided the Palm Beach Gardens home of Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office critic Mark Dougan this morning.

Dougan tells us he answered the door of his PGA townhouse about 7:30 a.m. this morning and was slammed to the ground.

About 10 agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation were still searching Dougan’s home about 10 a.m. Several squad cars from Palm Beach Gardens Police and PBSO were on standby.

“They slammed me to the ground as soon as I opened the door,” Dougan said. “They searched me for weapons then said something about looking for evidence of computer crimes and hacking.”

Dougan said the agents didn’t say what kind of case they’re working on.
Ric Bradshaw

Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw loves puppies, but do his deputies love people? (via Facebook)

A search of the federal court system shows no indictment or any other criminal action filed against Dougan.

Today’s development is particularly shocking: So happens that Dougan is a key witness in the lawsuit brought against PBSO by the family of Seth Adams, an unarmed civilian shot and killed by a PBSO sergeant in 2012. At trial, Dougan is expected to testify against the sergeant, Michael Custer.

The lawsuit has pointed to so many eye-popping “mistakes” in PBSO’s clearing of the sergeant that it could threaten Sheriff Ric Bradshaw‘s career.

— It’s yet another Gossip Extra scoop published while West Palm Beach’s out-of-town corporate media are still wondering what they’ll do today. Be the first to get the news you care about: Click here to subscribe to our daily news alerts!

Since he founded pbsotalk.com five years ago, Dougan has been a thorn in the side of PBSO.

The website publishes anonymous notes from deputies about inefficiencies and internal strife inside the 4,400-employee agency.
The warrant served today by FBI agents at the home of PBSO critic Mark Dougan (Special to Gossip Extra)

The warrant served today by FBI agents at the home of PBSO critic Mark Dougan (Special to Gossip Extra)

The sheriff, who is running for a fourth term, attempted to shut down the site several times and investigated former deputy Dougan but failed to file charges.

A civil lawsuit filed by PBSO First Deputy Chief Michael Gauger, who’s been the target of fake pbsotalk stories calling him a child molester, is pending.

Dougan’s campaign against PBSO ramped up late last year after Bradshaw announced he’d be running again.

Pbsotalk, which Dougan says he no longer owns, recently published tapes of conversations between a New York City woman and ex-PBSO Det. Mark Lewis in which Lewis admitted to being assigned to investigations into Bradshaw’s critics, including Dougan, a former candidate for sheriff and news reporters.

— EXCLUSIVE — Recordings of ex-PBSO detective show pattern of harassment, investigations into Sheriff Ric Bradshaw’s critics

Last month, pbsotalk posted the personal addresses of thousands of Palm Beach County law enforcement officials obtained by Russian hackers.

FBI agents destroying the Internet 101

WhatsApp Encryption Said to Stymie Wiretap Order
MARCH 12, 2016

Obama, at South by Southwest, Calls for Law Enforcement Access in
Encryption FightMARCH 11, 2016
Apple and U.S.


WASHINGTON — While the Justice Department wages a public fight with
Apple over access to a locked iPhone, government officials are
privately debating how to resolve a prolonged standoff with another
technology company, WhatsApp, over access to its popular instant
messaging application, officials and others involved in the case said.

No decision has been made, but a court fight with WhatsApp

Blink tank


Mr. Robot has an FBI consultant to make hacking look authentic
The creator of the show talks about Apple's encryption battle and the
theme for the second season.

March 14 2016

A long line of people snakes through the halls until it winds down a
flight of stairs. Over a thousand fans anxiously wait for the doors to
open inside the Austin Convention Center. They're here to see the
creator and lead actors of Mr. Robot, the most compelling TV show
about hackers in recent memory.

A little later, the crowd now settled inside a massive ballroom roars
as the Mr. Robot trio -- Sam Esmail, Rami Malek and Christian Slater
-- walked onto the stage at SXSW Interactive to talk about the
authenticity of coding in the psychological thriller. Dozens of
smartphone-wielding hands went up in the air to record the moment in

Mr. Robot has made nerd culture popular. What seemed like a niche show
about computer geeks at the time went on to win Golden Globes and
Critics Choice awards this year. When it first aired on USA Network
last summer, it predictably drew in a thriller-loving audience while
the poignant portrayal of a deeply troubled hacker named Elliot
Alderson captivated more code-illiterate viewers. But, above all, Mr.
Robot connected widely with coders and hackers who finally found
accurate representation of their skills.

That connection is one of the main drivers of the show. "I grew up a
nerd," says Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail on stage at SXSW. "A lot of
my friends are nerds and coders in InfoSec. Some of them are hackers.
I made a poor attempt at hacking in college and was on academic
probation. I wanted to tell a story about that culture because I found
those people very interesting. I was watching all this cheesy crap --
TV shows and movies -- some of it I adore but they're not great at
representing who those people are and what that world looks like and
what hacking really is."

Mr. Robot tackles the world of hacking in a way that hasn't been done
in mainstream culture before. The show uses real codes that have gone
through a rigorous vetting process. Esmail works with tech experts
including people from InfoSec; a cyber security expert (who was
recently promoted to being a writer on the show); and an FBI crime
unit consultant to get the computer language right. They help ensure
that the plots are grounded firmly in reality.

"We go heavy on the tech details," Esmail says. "My production
designer hates me because


Documentary Exposes U.S. Hypocrisy on Human Rights
2016-03-14 06:50:24 CRIENGLISH.com Web Editor: Xu Leiying

A Chinese documentary has highlighted the United States' double
standards on human rights-related issues.

The airing of the documentary comes just days after the US, along with
11 other countries, openly criticized China under the pretext of human
rights at the UN Human Rights Council.

The 45-minute TV program aired by the state-run China Central
Television reported evidence that the U.S. was trampling on the human
rights of its own people in all walks of life.

In one example, the documentary showed how the US Federal Bureau of
Investigation - the FBI - forced Internet companies to provide client
information without a court approval, while the country routinely
probed into other countries' private affairs.

The CCTV documentary was based on extensive media reports both inside
and outside the U.S., and included interviews with many human rights
experts from several countries.

One expert from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences said the United
States was prone to being condescending, in the belief that it had the
best system, and best human rights record. As a result, the expert
said, America tended to find faul


Deputy pleads guilty to child-porn distribution
Sunday March 13, 2016 1:25 PM


When federal agents searched Mark W. Wolfe's computer, they recovered
486 videos and 203 images of preteen girls and boys displaying their
genitals and in some cases having sex with adults.

Authorities said those weren't the worst discoveries.

Wolfe, 50, a former Delaware County Sheriff's deputy who served as
interim sheriff for five days in 2007, pleaded guilty Thursday, March
10, in U.S. District Court to one count of distribution of child
pornography. The charge carries a maximum 20-year prison term. The
plea agreement worked out by prosecutors

Star DEA agent finds himself at center of sprawling probe as drug
task force comes under scrutiny
March 12 2013


The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration for years considered Chad
Scott a golden boy among its special agents, a prolific narcotics
officer who earned countless plaudits for the DEA’s New Orleans field
division. Others knew him as a champion waterskier, a tan, blond boss
of the single ski.

His legend extended to the world of drug traffickers, where Scott
styled himself the “white devil,” a ruthless cop who strong-armed
informants and boasted to suspects that he was “the baddest (mother)”
along the Interstate 12 corridor.

One dealer loathed Scott so much that he hatched a plan to have the
agent executed for $15,000.

Scarface, a popular Houston rapper, name-checked Scott in a
controversial album that taunted the DEA — music the brash agent liked
to play at high volume following drug arrests.

Some colleagues, though, thought Scott — now at the center of a
widening investigation — played fast and loose with the rules, even
comparing him to the crooked detective played by Denzel Washington in
the movie “Training Day.”
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Speaking of candidates. Here’s a little Hillary trivia for the readers:




He is Edward “Ed” Mezvinsky, born January 17, 1937. Then you’ll probably say, “Who is Ed Mezvinsky?”

Well, he is a former Democrat congressman who represented Iowa’s 1st congressional district in the United States House of Representatives for two terms, from 1973 to 1977.

He sat on the House Judiciary Committee that decided the fate of Richard Nixon.

He was outspoken saying that Nixon was a crook and a disgrace to politics and the nation and should be impeached.

He and the Clintons were friends and very politically intertwined for many years.

Ed Mezvinsky had an affair with NBC News reporter Marjorie Sue Margolies and later married her after his wife divorced him.

In 1993, Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky, then a freshman Democrat in Congress, cast the deciding vote that got President Bill Clinton’s controversial tax package through the House of Representatives.

In March 2001, Mezvinsky was indicted and later pleaded guilty to 31 of 69 counts of bank fraud, mail fraud, and wire fraud.

Ed Mezvinsky embezzled more than $10 million dollars from people via both a Ponzi scheme and the notorious Nigerian e-mail scams.

He was found guilty and sentenced to 80 months in federal prison.

After serving less than five years in federal prison, he was released in April 2008 and remains on federal probation.

To this day, he still owes $9.4 million in restitution to his victims.

About now you are saying, “So what!”

Well, this is Marc and Chelsea Mezvinsky.


That’s right; Ed Mezvinsky is Chelsea Clinton’s father-in law.

Now Marc and Chelsea are in their early thirties and purchased a 10.5 million dollar NYC apartment (after being married in George Soros’ mansion).

Has anyone heard mention of any of this in any of the media?

If this guy was Jenna or Barbara Bush’s, or better yet, Sarah Palin’s daughter’s father-in- law, the news would be an everyday headline and every detail would be reported

over and over.

And yet say there are no double standards in political reporting.

And people are already talking about Hillarious as our next President!

And then there is possibly Chelsea for president in our future!

Chelsea Clinton earned $600,000 a year when working for NBC and now works for the Clinton Foundation and sits on many boards.

The cycle never ends!

Lying and corruption seem to make some candidates more popular.

When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty. ~~ Thomas Jefferson

“ America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” ~ ~Abraham Lincoln
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Link du jour


Bonus read

Serpico, Iconic Cop Whistleblower On Snowden And Ferguson


At 79, Frank Serpico, the former New York police whistleblower
immortalized by Al Pacino is still a rebel at heart, as cranky and
idealistic as ever.

Serpico in 2011(Rick Mackler/Globe Photos/ZUMA)


HUDSON — His tall, slender figure is topped by a simple wool hat, as
the man glares at us from behind his sunglasses. “How am I? Not too
bad for a man my age. Well, I do have this shrapnel that sometimes
hurt,” he says, his ringed hand pointing to his head.

Forty-five-year-old scars. He then curses the doctors who want to give
him a new hipbone and crutches. At nearly 80 — he’ll celebrate it on
April 14 — Frank Serpico still looks good. The interview, which took
place a few months ago in the unlikely cafeteria of an organic
supermarket on the outskirts of Hudson, two hours north of Manhattan,
made it clear: The legendary whistleblower is still driven by the same
inner rage that has always guided him.

A police officer in Brooklyn, he caused a sensation in the 1960s and
1970s by officially denouncing — a first — the rampant corruption
inside the New York Police Department. Faced with the silence of his
hierarchy, he refused to remain quiet. When his accusations made it on
the front page of The New York Times in April 1970, the then mayor,
John Lindsay, decided to launch an enquiry: the Knapp Commission.

Among his own, Serpico is seen as a traitor. In Feb. 1971, he was
struck by a bullet in the face during a drug bust that went wrong for
reasons that are still obscure. His colleagues refrained from calling
for help; a resident of the building next door had to call in an
ambulance. In 1973, director Sidney Lumet, in Serpico, immortalized
him with an Al Pacino who would later receive


Denver and the West
Denver mayor, police chief meet with student behind KKK cop portrayal
The controversial artwork was removed from a display in the city's Webb Building

Updated: 03/25/2016 03:35:26 PM MDT

This painting, which has since been taken down, was part of a public school art show in the lobby of Denver’s Webb Building.
This painting, which has since been taken down, was part of a public school art show in the lobby of Denver's Webb Building. (Courtesy of Denver7)

Mar 25:
Controversial Denver student art: Free speech or a teaching moment?
Mar 23:
Denver student's artwork removed from show for KKK cop portrayal
Mar 22:
Student art piece — cop in a KKK hood — prompts Denver meeting

Denver's police chief and mayor said they had a productive and educational conversation Friday with a student who created a piece of art showing an officer wearing a Ku Klux Klan hood while pointing a gun at a minority child.

"This was one of the more teachable moments that I've ever had as the mayor of this city," Mayor Michael Hancock told reporters after the meeting at Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy


March 25 2016

Former Israeli Intel Operatives Run Security at Brussels Airport

March 23rd, 2016 by Kevin

But wait, there’s more.

Via: sott.net:

The aviation and general security services firm ICTS handles security
operations at Brussels airport, the scene of a bomb attack yesterday

This will not, however, be the first time that ICTS has come under
scrutiny for possible security lapses leading to a ‘Muslim terror

As the provider of security services to Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport
and United Airlines and US Airways, the firm’s security system was
criticized for somehow allowing erstwhile ‘underwear bomber’, Umar
Farouk Abdulmutallab, to “slip through” and board Northwest Airlines
Flight 253 to Detroit with explosive materials on Christmas day 2009.

But ICTS’ security faux pas’ don’t end there. In December 2001, they
somehow managed to let deranged shoe bomber Richard Reid, onto his
Miami-bound flight in Paris, and this was after ICTS had cleared Reid
through security at Amsterdam airport on a flight to Tel Aviv in July
2001 for what was apparently an all-expenses paid week-long trip to
the Israeli city.

ICTS also somehow missed several of the alleged 9/11 hijackers who
allegedly flew out of Boston’s Logan airport on September 11th 2001.
ICTS also handled security for London’s bus network during the July 7,
2005, ‘suicide’ bomb attacks. In fact, two of its subsidiaries, ICTS
UK and ICTS Europe Systems, are based at Tavistock House, Tavistock
Square in London, scene of the London Stagecoach bus bombing that day.

That’s quite a record, all in all.

Posted in Coincidence?, Covert Operations, False Flag Operations,





‘Mason’ Present at Brussels, Paris and Boston Terror Attacks

March 23rd, 2016 by Kevin

Don’t look at me. I just work here.

Via: Metro:

A teenager who survived the Brussels airport attack was a block away
from the Boston Marathon finish line at the time of the bombing and
was in Paris on November 13 last year.

Mason Wells, 19, was hit by shrapnel when the bombs, which were hidden
in suitcases, detonated. He ruptured his Achilles tendon and suffered
second- and third-degree burns on his face and hands.

Remarkably, Mason, a Mormon missionary, also survived the Boston
Marathon bombing on April 15, 2013, and the Paris attacks last

Posted in [???], Coincidence?, False Flag Operations, Religion










Argument ‘over nothing’ led to FBI employee’s gun arrest

March 24, 2016

An argument “over nothing” between two women at a Hingham restaurant
erupted into an armed confrontation this week as the FBI employee
sitting between them put a gun to one of their heads, according to
court documents.

A police report filed in Hingham District Court describes how the
Tuesday night incident at Gourmet Garden restaurant unfolded, leading
to the arrest of James M. Doyle of Duxbury, who told police that he is
a supervisor at the federal agency and a friend of the victim.

He acknowledged that he had pointed the gun at one of the women, the


Tuesday, March 22, 2016
“Evidence-based medicine has been hijacked:” A confession from John
Ioannidis/ Retraction Watch
An interview with my favorite scientist, Dr John Ioannidis (excerpts
below), discusses the problem of bogus medical and scientific
findings, which are now ubiquitous-- as the standards are low and the
funders have come to view many of the studies they fund as marketing

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