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North Georgia FBI agent pleads guilty to disclosing confidential information

July 14th, 2017

An FBI agent who ran a "To Catch a Predator"-style task force in North Georgia pleaded guilty Thursday to disclosing confidential information.

According to a release from the U.S. Department of Justice, Special Agent Ken Hillman let Emerson Russell and his wife, Angela, observe agents chatting undercover with potential child predators. He also let them ride along for meet ups and arrests of the task force's targets.

In addition, Hillman let Angela Russell chat with suspects on an FBI laptop, as if she were an agent herself.

The Northwest Georgia Internet Crime and Child Exploitation Task Force, spearheaded by Hillman, also consisted of officers from multiple local agencies, including the Catoosa County Sheriff's Office. The investigators would post on websites like Craigslist or Backpage.com, pretending to be fathers and uncles willing to pawn off children for sex.

The task force disbanded after Hillman's relationship with Angela Russell became public in February 2013. According to an internal Ringgold police investigation, Officer Tom Evans stopped Hillman and Angela Russell in the parking lot of a local bar, after the staff called 911 to report a couple that might be driving away drunk.

According to the investigation, the officer drove them to an apartment in the Chattanooga area. The officer also said that Hillman told him he was having an affair with Angela Russell. Emerson Russell later said he watched his estranged wife chat with the task force's targets while they were still together.


Family of Temple professor joins lawsuit against FBI for false arrest

Jul 14, 2017,

The family of a Temple University professor who was falsely accused of being a Chinese spy is joining his civil rights lawsuit against the FBI.

Xiaoxing Xi was chair of the physics department at the North Philadelphia university in May of 2015 when the FBI arrested him during a raid at his Penn Valley home, accusing the renowned expert in superconductivity of selling U.S. defense technology to China.

Xiaoxing Xi is the Laura H. Carnell Professor of Physics at Temple University.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia dropped the charges four months later after Xi, a naturalized citizen who was born in China, was able to prove to investigators he did not share or discuss restricted technology in emails with his contacts in China and was just collaborating with other academics.

In May of this year, the 57-year-old professor filed a civil rights lawsuit against an FBI agent who Xi claims fabricated evidence and pursued charges against him despite knowing he did not engage in illegal activity. It also alleges that the charges were motivated by Xi's Chinese ethnicity and is the latest in a string of discriminatory accusations against Asian-American scientists.

Xi's family's now joined the lawsuit, alleging the search of their home and seizure of property was illegal.

"We saw him get dragged away. After that, we were kind of at a loss of words," Xi's daughter Joyce Xi told Newsworks in 2015. "It was hard to sleep. It was hard to concentrate. It was hard to do any work." She also said agents pointed guns at the family as they walked down the stairs of their house.

Other Asian-American advocacy groups are backing Xi's suit, according to a recent announcement. They argue Xi's case is in line with at least three others in which Asian-American scientists were charged by the FBI but later saw those charges dropped.

"Professor Xi’s prosecution is indeed part of a disturbing string of recent cases in which Chinese Americans have been accused by the federal government of spying for China, only to have those charges later dropped with no explanation, no apology and no accountability," Executive Director of Chinese for Affirmative Action Vincent Pan said in a statement.

FBI Octopus


Teens graduate from FBI "Future Agents In Training" Program

Future FBI agents in training

It's Graduation Day for Future Agents in Training for the FBI.

Michaela MacDonald, WHAS 6:21 PM. EDT July 14 2017
LOUISVILLE (WHAS11) -- School may be out for summer, but for this group of teens it has been a week full of learning in the FBI's Future Agents in Training Program.

"We had them visit our FBI office, we talked to them about our SWAT program, about our evidence response team, but we also talked to them about our investigations, our cyber investigations, all the things we do, counter terrorism, counter intelligence, white collar crime, violent crime, transnational organized crime," said Amy Hess, FBI Special Agent in Charge of the Louisville office.

These 18 students graduated from the program held at the Chestnut Street YMCA in front of their families Friday afternoon. A celebration to culminate a week of expanding their horizons from developing leadership skills to learning CPR to meeting a bomb technician.

"We got to see the bomb technician, which personally I think is really good because that is kind of what I want to do, technician stuff, so it was a great experience all around," said Dakota O'Bannon.

O'Bannon says this experience reaffirmed her interest in being an evidence technician.

"I was kind of hesitant because I want to go into law enforcement, but I didn't know which path to take and when we went to the FBI building they told us that there is a lot of support behind and agent, so I was hoping that I could fall into the support group and just, find my way there," said O'Bannon.


St. Louis-area lawyer nominated for US attorney post

LOUIS - A former FBI agent and federal prosecutor may be the next U.S. ... Jensen worked as a certified public accountant before joining the FBI in 1989.


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FBI's 'G-Man' Image: From Comic Books To 'The X-Files' And 'The ...
WBHM (press release)
That archetype of the clean-cut, indefatigable and incorruptible agent was largely the invention of J. Edgar Hoover, who led the FBI for 48 years, from May 1924 .


Hiring another swamp creature for the FBI
American Thinker
Christopher Wray, President Donald Trump's FBI director nominee, seems a ... the federal government's top law enforcement agent didn't know the law (or was ...


Hawaii soldier thought US government behind Sept. 11 attacks


Defense bill calls climate change a national security threat

Friday, July 14, 2017, 11:17 AM


State Department spent more than $15,000 for rooms at new Trump hotel in Vancouver

By Amy Brittain July 12
The State Department spent more than $15,000 to book 19 rooms at the new Trump hotel in Vancouver when members of President Trump’s family headlined the grand opening of the tower in late February.

The hotel bookings — which were released to The Washington Post under a Freedom of Information Act request — reflect the first evidence of State Department expenditures at a Trump-branded property since President Trump took office in January.


After 30 years, 'White Boy' Rick Wershe could be paroled Friday
Fox 2 Detroit
Wershe worked as an informant for Detroit police and the FBI while selling crack ... with the FBI going on now 46 years," said Gregg Schwarz, retired FBI agent.


FBI's dark web sting activity in SC prison mail bomb plot kept secret ...
The State-
Griffin asked FBI agent Matthew Desmond. The defense needs to know how much actual danger there was, and whether the whole matter was concocted by the FBI


FBI agents upgrade their ability to make explosive devices

FBI trains with Ellsworth EOD Airmen
DVIDS (press release)
Special Agents from the FBI trained with 28th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordinance Disposal Airmen and other law enforcement agencies during a ...


Betty Shelby, cop who fatally shot unarmed black Terence Crutcher, resigns from Tulsa police department
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Friday, July 14, 2017, 1:12 PM


Inequality and Opportunity in America
Under siege by liberals: the town where everyone owns a gun
Nucla, Colorado, was founded by socialists before becoming a mining town. Now, as wealthy liberals with different values encroach, the town is fighting for its economic survival
by Lois Beckett in Nucla, Colorado


Judge tosses conviction of female protester who laughed during Jeff Sessions' Senate hearing
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Friday, July 14, 2017, 12:11 PM


JUL 12 2017, 11:42 PM ET

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Criticized for Speaking to ‘Hate Group’

Democrats and LGBT groups assailed Attorney General Jeff Sessions for an off-camera, closed-door speech Tuesday to an organization designated as a "hate group" by a prominent civil rights watchdog.

As announced on his public schedule, Sessions addressed a crowd at the Alliance Defending Freedom’s Summit on Religious Liberty in Orange County, California.

As the news of the scheduled speech traveled, nonprofit advocacy groups and Democrats issued statements asking why the head of the U.S. Justice Department was speaking at a summit put on by the ADF, designated a "hate group" by the Southern Poverty Law Center in 2016.

Image: Attorney General Jeff Sessions
File Photo: Attorney General Jeff Sessions answers questions during a press conference at the Department of Justice. Win McNamee / Getty Images
“You can judge a person by the company they keep and tonight — Attorney General Jeff Sessions is choosing to spend his time speaking in front of one of the country’s leading anti-LGBTQ hate groups,” Democratic National Committee spokesman Joel Kasnetz wrote in a statement emailed to NBC News. “Sessions’ appearance at this event, as the top law enforcement official in the country, brings into question whether the attorney general intends to protect all Americans.”

"The nation’s top lawyer rallying with an anti-LGBTQ hate group? Outrageous," the Human Rights Campaign said in a blog post Wednesday.

NBC News asked the Justice Department for comment on the public outcry but did not receive a response. An additional request for comment sent to Alliance Defending Freedom did not receive a reply.

ADF is essentially a powerhouse Christian law firm, defending clients like Masterpiece Cakeshop, the bakery taking its refusal to make a same-sex wedding cake all the way to the Supreme Court. But with millions in its war chest, ADF does more than just litigate: The firm wrote model legislation called the Student Physical Privacy Act that built a foundation for dozens of proposals and policies around the country that are frequently referred to as “bathroom bills.” ADF’s model legislation, and the national trend that stems from it, is aimed at keeping transgender people out of restrooms and other private facilities that correspond to their gender identity and presentation.

Related: Gay Rights Group Launches $26M Campaign Ahead of Midterms

Founded in 1994, the Alliance Defending Freedom was a coalition effort between conservative Christian leaders aiming to preserve traditional social norms, restrict access to abortion and fight the “homosexual agenda.” Much of the firm’s early work came in the form of court briefs urging states to keep anti-gay sodomy laws on the books and in fighting attempts to legalize same-sex marriage. After Massachusetts legalized gay marriage in 2003, ADF issued an official statement deriding the “radical homosexual” state policy.

"Radical homosexual activists have made their intentions clear – ‘couples’ will now converge on Massachusetts, ‘marry,’ and return to their respective states and file lawsuits to challenge Defense of Marriage Acts (DOMAs) and try to force the states to recognize their ‘marriages.’ We are disappointed but we’re going to continue the fight state by state,” longtime ADF president Alan Sears wrote at the time.

The list of anti-LGBTQ remarks by ADF co-founders is long; James C. Dobson wrote an entire book about the gay “culture war” in 2004’s “Marriage Under Fire.” But after a Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges made same-sex marriage legal across America, ADF pivoted away from a now-futile fight and toward a new goal: keeping transgender people out of bathrooms.

Related: Lesbian's Workplace Discrimination Case May Be Headed to Supreme Court

In April, ADF attorney Kellie Fiedorek disputed the idea that the firm’s model legislation — and general motivation — is anti-LGBTQ or harmful to the rights of transgender people.

"The bills protecting privacy are simply ensuring that when it comes to intimate facilities, they are simply limiting them to biological sex. We all have a right to privacy," Fiedorek said. "Even if you believe you are a man, a woman shouldn’t have to undress in front of you."

In response to ADF being designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Fiedorek said the latter was “increasingly irrelevant” and “extreme,” saying ADF was the world’s “largest religious freedom legal advocacy organization.”

SPLC’s Heidi Beirich, though, told NBC News in April her organization doesn’t recklessly toss around the hate group label and had good reason to classify ADF as such a group.

"We don’t put a group on the hate list because they are against gay marriage," Beirich said. "Where the rubber hits the road is when ADF attorneys engage in model legislation and litigation that attacks the LGBT


Colombia producing more cocaine than ever before, UN figures show
About 866 tonnes of cocaine were produced in 2016, new report suggests
Farc rebels say they will work with government to find crop substitute


LAPD officer accused of having sex with underage cadet pleads not guilty to felony weapons charges


Women's March leads hundreds in gun control protest at NRA headquarters
Friday’s protest, organized by Women’s March on Washington, honored those who gather monthly to remember Sandy Hook and sought to expand agenda


Rinat Akhmetshin, lobbyist at Trump Jr. meeting, has been trying to repeal a major sanctions bill
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Friday, July 14, 2017, 1:00 PM

Our Guv here in Maine


Paul LePage hates the press. But he’s a pretty good golfer


KING: Bernie Sanders would make a great third-party candidate — under a reformed Electoral College system
Shaun King
Friday, July 14, 2017, 1:09 PM


Security mistakes prompt changes to Georgia election system

JULY 14, 2017 — 5:00P
ATLANTA — Georgia's top elections official announced Friday that his office plans to take over managing the state's elections technology after major security mistakes were discovered at the center that has done the work for 15 years.

The planned change by Secretary of State Brian Kemp follows media reports that cybersecurity experts discovered the state's 6.7 million voter records and other sensitive files had been left exposed for months on the public website of the Center for Election Systems. The researchers raised an alarm in March, prompting an FBI investigation and revealing still more problems.


He made large drug busts along a stretch of the 5 Freeway. Now an L.A. County deputy's credibility is questioned in court
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State Dept Dan Rosen’s Arrest: Cheat Sheet for Journos

Fairfax County PD Search Warrant for Daniel Rosen as reported by @NBC’s @JulieCareyNBC
When Senator Lamar Alexander’s (R TN) Chief of Staff, Ryan Loskarn, was arrested, last year, for trading in the rape and torture of children, aka child pornography, not one journalist provided context to the story. The media reported Loskarn’s arrest, and subsequent suicide pending trial, as if it were a one-off event. As if, no other high-level government employees were being arrested on child porn charges.
So, I suppose I should be thrilled to see that both Paul Farrell, the Breaking News Editor for Heavy, and Shane Harris, Sr. Intelligence and National Security Correspondent for The Daily Beast and New America Foundation Fellow, tried to provide context to the State Department’s Director of Counterterrorism, Daniel Rosen’s arrest, 26 February 2015, on charges of computer solicit of a child under 15 years old for sex/sodomy.

Daniel Rosen’s Fairfax County PD Arrest Warrant Reported by NBC’s @JulieCareyNBC
Farrell reported Rosen’s arrest was “the Second Child Sex Scandal to Hit D.C. in 12 Months.” Harris said Rosen’s arrest marks the “3rd U.S. Official Hit With Child Sex and Porn Charges.”
At least Paul and Shane poked their heads up and said something like: Hang on. Seems to me I’ve heard this story before. Haven’t there been other recent arrests of high level government officials on child sex abuse charges? Nonetheless, both are far off the mark. A simple Google or Twitter search reveals far more than two or three government officials arrested on similar charges.
Research 101
As I have been documenting, for years now, by all accounts there is both a national child porn crisis and, within that, a crisis of American federal and state employees engaged in child porn. In what appears to be epidemic numbers men are down-loading child porn often on their work computers at The Pentagon, The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), The Department of Justice (DOJ), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), The Department of Transportation (DOT), The Transportation Security Agency (TSA), The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) not to mention state-level police departments from Maine to California.
Maine’s Governor, Paul LePage, has recognized this crisis by issuing the first, to my knowledge, of its kind Executive Order, on 20 February 2015, prohibiting Maine state employees from accessing pornographic or sexually explicit material on both state computers or devices even when they were off-duty on personal time.
North Carolina’s Congressman, Mark Meadows (R) also recognizes the scope of the crisis and put forward the Eliminating Pornography from Agencies Act. This law, if passed, would stop federal employees from accessing, watching or sharing pornography on government-issued computers and devices. Congressman Meadows introduced this 18 September 2014. To date, he has not one co-sponsor. Not one other member of Congress cares about this issue? Apparently not.
Other Recent Arrests of Government Employees
Because the Department of Justice is not collecting data on child porn arrests, no one knows how many government employees have been arrested on child porn related charges, much less how many are engaged in the child porn industry who have yet to be caught.
The arrests listed here are, therefore, an incomplete data-set, gathered from the most rudimentary search method: simple Google and Twitter searches. On my other Medium postings I have listed recent arrests of police and military. So many police chiefs, for example, are being arrested for trading in brutal child rape and torture, I had to create a separate section.
From the record of the following arrests alone, we can speculate, child porn within our government agencies has reached crisis level.
A Few Highlights
• Acting Director of Cyber Security at the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Timothy DeFoggi, age 56, was sentenced, January 2015, to 25 years in federal prison for “participating in a child pornography ring that sources say was so depraved, it even shocked veteran investigators.” DeFoggi was a registered user of an on-line child rape and torture, aka child porn, trading site. DeFoggi “expressed an interest in the violent rape and murder of children. DeFoggi suggested meeting one member in person to fulfill their mutual fantasies to violently rape and murder children.”
• Former Undersecretary of the Navy, 70 year old James Daniel Howard, arrested on child porn possession and reproduction charges in 2013. Howard had served as special assistant to President Ronald Reagan. He plead guilty to ten child porn counts and served only seven months in jail.
• Joint Strike Fighter Program Navy officer, Bruce Babchyck, arrested in 2014 for downloading “hundreds of gigabytes” of young girls and bestiality on government computers. He received a one year sentence.
• Anthony Mangione, 50 year old Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for South Florida, was arrested on “extreme child abuse” charges on 28 September 2011. He was sentenced, November 2012, to nearly six years in prison. Mangione is a 1982 graduate of the University of Maine Orono (UMO) where former Senior Child Protection Services (CPS) Cynthia Wellman claimed, at the time, CPS was operating a child sex ring, on campus, with UMO’s involvement. “Little is known about Mangione’s time at UMaine. Originally from Rhode Island, he arrived in Orono in August 1978.”
• David Bourque, formerly the 51 year old Police Captain of Granby, Connecticut, was sentenced to ten years for child porn possession and distribution. He had more than 328,528 images and 4,000 videos on his police department computer including “sadistic and violent acts” against infants and toddlers. His “collection” was organized into more than 300 sub-folders named “photos — babies — men” and “6–10yo boys pics.” In this excerpt Bourque is D for defendant.

David Bourque’s Criminal Complaint
Prosecutors said the images were “extremely disturbing; some are especially horrific” including: (1) a boy between 1 and 3 years old being raped by an adult male penis in the child’s anus, (2) a boy between 3 and 6 years old with a “penis of what appears to be an adult male pressed against the child’s anus” and (3) a child, less than a year old, “performing oral sex on an adult male.” Bourque showed “callous disregard” for the children being abused telling people to “enjoy” themselves and “have fun.” Samples of his on-line chats include extensive discussions of rape and bondage of children. Bourque was a decorated officer with more than 31 years in law enforcement.
• Army prosecutor and judge advocate, Daniel Wollverton, father of two, convicted in 2011 for infant sodomy and possession of over 30,000 images and 1,000 videos of brutal child sex abuse including that of a three month old infant.
• Maine Assistant Attorney General, 52 year old James Cameron, was sentenced to just over 15 years in federal prison, December 2014, for seven counts of child porn possession, receipt and transmission. Cameron, widely recognized as Maine’s “top drug prosecutor,” had been trading in PTHC - pre-teen hard core. Images/videos that investigators seized included “images depicted prepubescent children, sadistic and other violent conduct.”
• Army Colonel, 55 year old Robert Joel Rice, a war game developer at Army War College, was charged with 130 child porn counts. He had more than 30,000 images/videos of child sex abuse when his wife discovered the files and notified local police. The Army War College had continued to employ Rice, and allow him supervised access to Army computers, while on bail pending trial. Col. Rice had been scheduled for a July 2013 arraignment; however, Rice’s federal hearing was delayed until February 2015. Rice’s preliminary county hearing had been set for April 2013.
• David O’Brien, America’s chief scientist responsible for monitoring global nuclear activity at Patrick Air Force Base’s Technical Applications Center, which operates our Atomic Energy Detection System, was arrested May 2013 and charged with ten counts of child porn possession and distribution.

O’Brien had a large child porn collection on his home and Air Force computers. On 17 October 2014 he was sentenced to five years in federal prison in exchange for a guilty plea to one child porn count. O’Brien had download videos of the sex abuse of children as young as three years old. He had taken pictures of his granddaughter and placed images of her head over images of children being sexually abused. He also had pictures of Air Force employees transposed over sex abuse images.
US Department of State
• Carl Carey, a 54 year Senior Project Manager in Information Technology (IT) at the US State Department, was arrested on ten counts of child porn possession, April 2012, by the Fairfax County Police.
• Gons Nachman, a 42 year old former US diplomat “admitted taping his sexual encounters with teenage girls while stationed in Brazil and the Congo” was sentenced, August 2008, to 20 years in prison. Nachman also plead guilty to child porn possession. One of his videos was titled “Congo 2004 Sexual Adventures.” His law degree is from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was president of the Naturist Student Association and “led demonstrations involving public nudity in 1995.”
• James Cafferty, 45 year old Special Agent with the US State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security, pleaded guilty, 5 January 2012, to child porn charges and was sentenced, 26 April 2012, to 7 years in federal prison. Upon his arrest he had more than 30,000 images of child sex abuse. He “had shipped computer equipment containing many of those images from London to the United States when he returned home from his last official government assignment.”
• Timothy Towell, 75 year old former US Ambassador to Paraguay, was charged with “sex crimes” against an 18 year old in 2009.
• Howard Gutman, former US Ambassador to Belgium was accused of “routinely… soliciting sexual favors from both prostitutes and minor children” according to an Office Inspector General (OIG) investigation. Aurelia Fedenisn, a now former OIG investigator said her unit had found widespread evidence of “sex and drug scandals” but “were told not to look into it.” Fedenisn said “investigations into the allegations were called off by senior officials to avoid political embarrassment.”
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
• Andrew Warren, a 42 year old former CIA Chief of Station in Algeria, was arrested April 2010. Warren’s neighbors called Norfolk police when Warren exposed himself in public. “He had his genitals hanging out of his pants, over the top of ‘em,” said one witness. Warren reportedly said “Excuse me. I’ve had minor surgery so I get a little horny sometimes.” He had been terminated from employment with the CIA in May 2009, after he drugged the drink of a woman in Algiers and raped her. Warren plead guilty and, June 2009, was indicted on sexual assault charges. Diplomatic Security Service agents also found child pornography on Warren’s laptop computer in 2008. When he was the CIA’s Chief of Station in Algeria, he allegedly “drugged and raped multiple women before getting recalled home.” Warren was sentenced, on sex assault charges, among others, to more than five years in federal prison in March 2011. It appears Warren was not charged for the child pornography on his government computer.
Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI)
• Donald Sachtleben, a 54 year old former FBI Agent was arrested, 14 May 2012, and charged on child pornography charges. He plead guilty to distribution and possession and was sentenced, 14 November 2013, to eight years in prison. He was also sentenced to unrelated charges of one count of disclosing and one count of possessing classified information. At the time of his arrest Sachtleben was Director of Training at the Center for Improvised Explosives at Oklahoma State University. He served the FBI from 1983 to 2008 as a bomb technician and counter terrorism investigator. Sachtleben had been using the handle pedodave69@yahoo.com when he was caught sending images of child sex abuse in an on-line forum. He wrote, “Saw your profile on (a file sharing network). Hope you like these and can send me some of ours (sic). I have even better ones if you like.”
• Keith Dietterle, a 28 year old FBI Analyst, was arrested, 23 November 2012, on child porn charges. He plead guilty to child porn possession and was sentenced, September 2013, to more than three years in prison. Dietterle was caught when he sent child sex abuse images/videos to an undercover Metro DC Detective. The detective was posing as a man sexually abusing his 3 year old nephew and 12 year old daughter. Dietterle described the rape of the children as “So hot man … how’d it start?” and discussed meeting the detective with the intention of sexually abusing the three year old boy. Upon his arrest, the FBI terminated Dietterle’s employment.
Homeland Security
• Brian Doyle, Deputy Press Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security, was arrested “for trying to seduce online someone he thought was a teenage girl.” Doyle was charged with 23 felony charges related to sexually graphic conversations with a person he thought was a 14 year old girl who, in reality was, an undercover detective. On 17 November 2006, Doyle was sentenced to five years in prison with ten years probation thereafter. He is a registered sex offender and was released from prison on 11 January 2015.
• 31 year old Eric Higgins, a Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection agent in Michigan, plead guilty to child porn possession. Over forty images of a child previously identified by law enforcement were found on his laptop.
• Nicholas Bolden, a 40 year old Homeland Security Customs and Border Patrol agent, was sentenced for child porn possession on his government computer. Bolden had accessed a Russian child porn website while at work from his work computer. A child porn CD was also found at his workplace desk.
• Gilbert Lam, a 38 year old Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection agent who worked at San Francisco airport, was charged with child porn possession and distribution. Investigators said his electronic resources were “elaborate” and included “a whole closet… independent server, several computers, several hard drives…”
• Robert Rennie, a 43 year old Homeland Security agent who worked in the National Protection and Programs Directorate, was charged with attempting to solicit sexual acts from more than seventy young girls using a fake Facebook account and pretending to be both a male student at a Virginia middle schools as well as a college student at George Mason University.
• An unnamed Homeland Security agent with Customs and Border Protection and Byungki Koo an Air Marshal were arrested for trafficking “young women” from South Korea in a sex-trafficking ring in Queens, New York.
National Children’s Museum
• Robert Singer, 49 year old father of two and Chief Operating Officer for Washington DC’s National Children’s Museum, was arrested, 6 November 2007, and charged on five child porn distribution counts. He plead guilty and was sentenced, 16 July 2009, to five years in prison. Singer was caught sending child sex abuse images of children as young as five years old, including from his work computer, to an undercover New York Police Detective who was posing as a 12 year old girl and her 33 year old mother. Singer was pretending to be a 15 year old boy. He was using the online handle badboy2. Upon his arrest, the museum terminated his employment.
Police Departments & Military Staff
Police officers are, of course, also government employees as are US military staff. The arrests, alone, of both state government employed police officers and federally employed military staff are stunning. These arrests are so numerous, and my record is very incomplete, that it appears trading in child sex rape and torture is almost encouraged within some police departments and military units. Recent arrests of Police Arrested for Trading in Child Rape & Torture and Military Staff Trading in Child Rape & Torture are listed in separate postings.
Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)
• 48 year old Scott Whitcomb, a former police officer, at the time of his arrest a Drug Enforcement Agent, was sentenced for child porn production. He had been producing and distributing sex abuse of boys under sixteen years old since 2007. Whitcomb lured boys to his house with video games and porn magazines and would turn violent if the boys didn’t submit to the sex abuse. He had been an Air Marshal and a prison guard.
• DEA agent Darren Argento was arrested for possession and distribution of child sex abuse of girls between seven and fourteen years old his work laptop.
Department of Energy
• David Busby, 61 year old computer technician who had worked for the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center for 30 years, was arrested on child porn charges. He was sentenced, March 2014, to ten years in federal prison. He had been trading in child sex abuse on his US government computer. He was previously convicted for “lewd behavior” toward his 7 year old stepdaughter in 1990. At the time of his arrest, investigators found some 1,400 child sex abuse images/videos. Busby was also a Navy veteran who served in Vietnam.
Department of Agriculture
• James Spargo, a 66 year old employee with the Department of Agriculture in Florida, plead no contest plea to 20 felonies child porn counts and was sentenced, February 2015, to 10 years in prison. Spargo was arrested when investigators found child sex abuse images/videos on his government computer. Most of the children in the images/videos were infants and toddlers. “The activity we uncovered here was just was just horrible,” said Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services spokesperson Erin Gillespie. “It was horrifying, it was disgusting, and we gathered all the evidence we could to make sure that this arrest was going to happen.”
Forest and Park Rangers
• Bobby Kelly, a 31 year old US Forest Ranger was sentenced to five years for more than two dozen child porn related charges.
• Derek Alan Lee, a 44 year old US Forest Service employee, was sentenced for child porn. Lee was sentenced with his 21 year old step-son Jeffrey McMillan. Their computers were found sending “several hundred files” of child sex abuse on the internet. Lee said he had been downloading child porn for ten years. At the time of his arrest his computer had 111 videos and 116 images of child sex abuse. He also had a collection of “incest stories.”
Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS)
• William Shaffer, a Child Protection Services (CPS) staff was arrested, July 2013, after he purchased nearly $7,000 of child rape and torture, aka child porn. According Shaffer’s criminal complaint “a 1987 police report alleged Shaffer sexually molested a boy between the ages of 8 and 9. The police report alleged the incident happened while Shafer was a Child Protective Services employee.” Investigators also seized “sexual stories” from Shaffer’s home. “One of them describes a seventh grade boy being abducted, molested and sodomized. It is not clear if Shaffer wrote the story — but refers to Michigan State University and 16 Mile Road. Shaffer’s residence is located just south of Maple Road.”
• Stanley Dorozynski, a 53 year old Child Protective Services (CPS) employee, was arrested, 21 December 2010, and charged with two counts, one each, of possessing and receiving child porn. Upon his arrest, Dorozynski possessed more than 2,400 child sex abuse images/videos including the abuse of children as young as four years old. Investigators also recovered 11 zip discs of child porn in a locked trunk, among other CDs. Doroszynski had been trading in child rape and torture since 1990. Dorozynski plead guilty, 27 July 2012, and was sentenced to six years in federal prison. His girlfriend found the child sex abuse images/videos and notified law enforcement. He had been a police officer in Utica, New York, before he went to work for Health and Human Services.
Air Marshals
• Michael McGowan, a 41 year old Air Marshal, was convicted for molesting three young boys, age eleven to thirteen, and child porn possession. He had 1,300 videos and images, along with fake FBI and CIA badges.
• Richard Castillo, a Houston Air Marshal, was indicted for indecency with a child after his daughter’s fourteen year old friend said he sexually assaulted her during a sleepover.
• Air Marshal Byungki Koo, who was mentioned under the Homeland Security section, received four years probation for participating in the sex trafficking of young women from Korea in Queens.
Transportation Security Agency (TSA)
• 59 year old Boston TSA agent Jose Salgado, charged with possession and distribution of child porn. As of this arrest April 2012, it was reported that a total of twelve child sex crimes in the previous sixteen months had been brought against TSA agents across America.
• Michael Wilson, 41 year old Baltimore TSA agent was indicated for child porn possession including videos “depicting a prepubescent female engaged in masturbation and anal sex with an adult male.”
• Andrew Smeal, 39 year old Florida TSA agent, was charged with twenty-five counts of child porn possession. An investigator said “…the living room was loaded with electronics, storage devices, hard drives.” I couldn’t locate information on how much child porn he had or what it was depicting; however, given he was charged with twenty-five counts, one can assume he had a large amount of child sex abuse videos and images.
• Thomas Gordon, a 46 year old TSA agent in Philadelphia, was sentenced for possession and distribution of child porn. He had over 600 images and videos of child sex abuse including children as young as six years old which were described as “horrific.” He had as many as six fake Facebook accounts he was using to distribute child porn.
• TSA hired 65 year old Thomas Harkin, a former Catholic priest who had been removed from the church for the sex abuse of an eleven year old girl, among possible other victims, to work at Philadelphia airport.
• TSA Agent, 38 year old Miguel Angel Quinones, who worked at Manchester airport in New Hampshire, was indicted on twenty counts of child porn possession. He had more than 1,000 child sex abuse images and videos. He kept his child porn in his airport work locker.
Bureau of Indian Affairs
• Jasper Neil Blair, a 27 year civil engineer with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, was arrested for child porn possession and plead guilty, 31 May 2012, “to knowingly possessing an image of a six-year-old girl being sexually abused,” and was sentenced, 4 October 2012, to two and half years in federal prison. Blair was using his government computer to trade in child rape and torture, aka child pornography.
Corrections and Probation Officers
• Former West Virginia Corrections Center Officer, 35 year old Joseph Roush, plead guilty to child porn possession and distribution. He had more than 500 image of child sex abuse.
• Leon Perry Brookes, a 39 year old a Corrections Officer for Jacksonville (Florida) Sheriff’s Office was arrested for child porn possession and distribution. Among others, he had child sex abuse files called “pthc- freaky latin parents and 5yr daughter.mpg” and “video-8yr orgasm and anal fuck hard ! new ! (ptch) 2007 new girl img.
• Gerald Silva, a 59 year old Rhode Island State Probation Officer, was convicted of child porn for his $1,589 USD purchase of 22 orders of child sex abuse from Azov Film’s website, spending a total of $1,589 on 75 different videos. He was caught by USPS Inspectors and Toronto Police investigation, Project Spade.
• Stuart Forrest, 62 year old Chief Probation Officer of San Mateo County, California, was sentenced for child porn possession that included the abuse of young bound boys. He had more than 400 images and videos of child sex abuse. This case was also part of Project Spade, run by the USPS and Toronto Police.
• Supervisor of Adult Probation and Parole and Sex Offender Unit in New Mexico, Larry Franco, 56 years old, was charged two counts of fourth-degree felony sexual exploitation of a minor by possession and one count of tampering with evidence. He had originally been charged with 26 new child porn counts. He was producing child porn.
• James Leone, a 50 year old Senior Parole Official in New York who supervised officers who monitored paroled sex offenders, was arrested for child porn possession. He had been downloading child sex abuse images in online searches for “preteen hard-core” including ten or twelve year old girls being sexually abused by their parents and a brother. Leone was a Child Abuse Investigator with New York City Child Welfare Bureau before he became a parole officer.
• Barry Porter Griffith, a 45 year old Parole Officer from Flint Texas, was sentenced for child porn possession after investigators noticed “significant Internet bandwidth being used by a state-owned computer to view pornography” including child sex abuse from his office computer.
• James Kriegner, a 43 year old Corrections Officer with Mercer County, New Jersey, charged with downloading more than 100 child sex abuse images.
Media Coverage of Ryan Loskarn’s Arrest
The media coverage of late Senate staffer Ryan Loskarn’s arrest for graphic and violent child porn, including the rape of a six year old girl in the woods by her father, ignored, entirely, the children in the videos. These are real children suffering real harm. Will the six year old girl raped in the woods by her father be rescued? No one asked. No one wanted to know.
John Harwood, for example, a DC reporter for CNBC and The New York Times, tweeted “Feeling so sad about Ryan Loskarn. Knew him a bit as a reporter and liked him. RIP.” I asked Harwood about the children in Loskarn’s child porn collection. Harwood’s response was “as father of daughters I’m horrified by that violent abuse. But I knew Ryan Loskarn & yes, I am sad for him & his family.”
I responded, “I appreciate that. As the father of daughters will you focus media attention on finding the 6 yr girl in Loskarn’s video? That’s all I am asking. It’s a simple & I think appropriate request. Given #Loskarn’s final words were to the children. No?”
Harwood never replied.
Child Porn as a National Security Threat
America has a child porn crisis. The disturbing number of federal and state employees arrested for child porn charges makes this a national security issue. Over the past few years, I’ve been documenting the scope of America’s child porn industry and the apparent level of involvement by America’s national security and federal employees. Forbes, The Washington Times and others have published my research. Fox News and Canadian TV (CTV) invited me for interviews. My CTV interview went mini-viral as did my Forbes article. I was the first to ask, in 2012, if White House staff might have been involved in the Colombia Secret Service scandal.
I am now researching and writing a book: Child Porn Nation: America’s Hidden Security Threat. My starting premise is men, and increasingly women, are raping children, very young children, including infants and toddlers, and sharing videos, images, and live-streaming of this abuse at epidemic levels. These criminals are, by and large, getting away with it because America refuses to move beyond our denial.
We are sustaining crisis-level numbers of seemingly normal, often powerful and successful men, and some women, involved in America’s child sex abuse industry; far too many of whom are federal or state employees.
It does not matter if the perpetrator is on the demand-side, with incessant appetites for graphic child abuse to achieve sexual gratification, or the supply-side of abusing children, often their own or children of friends and relatives, and selling this abuse on-line. Both supply and demand, which often cross over, have reached epidemic proportions and no one is talking about it.
My research is intended to be a wake-up call. The problem of child sex abuse, and its cover-up, is real. A generation of American children are being destroyed. If you think this only happens to other children, and your children are safe, you are sadly mistaken. Your children might be enduring sexual abuse right now while you remain dangerously ignorant. Ryan Loskarn’s parents never knew, until they read his suicide note, that he had suffered sex abuse as a child.
America’s appetite for child porn puts all our children at risk. Your children and mine. Whether you acknowledge it or not.
Dr. Paul Farmer, a humanitarian and personal hero, has said we must find the words to talk about the most painful subjects if we hope to have any positive impact on this world of ours. This is my attempt to find those words and open a subject no one wants to discuss.
That is, that while no one was watching, America has become a child porn nation and that puts us all at risk.
Dr. Lori Handrahan’s forthcoming book Child Porn Nation: America’s Hidden National Security Risk details America’s child sex abuse epidemic. Her Ph.D. is from The London School of Ec
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A security researcher embarrassed the D.O.J., and the department retaliated with a subpoena.

OCTOBER 25, 2017 10:42 AM

The Justice Department, which is typically tasked with chasing major criminals, has found itself at the center of a case involving an ambitious tweeter. After noted security researcher Justin Shafer mentioned five Twitter users who regularly engage in vocal discussions about policy and law—@Popehat, @PogoWasRight, @dawg8u, @abtnatural, and @associatesmind—in a tweet with a single smiley-face emoji, the D.O.J. sent a subpoena to Twitter demanding personal information about all five users. Techdirt reports that the subpoena asks for details including the users’ names, addresses, IP addresses associated with their time on Twitter, phone numbers, and credit card or bank account numbers.



#WESTLAW NEWSOCTOBER 26, 2017 / 8:42

Former FBI agent can’t bring whistleblower retaliation claim - Fed. Circuit


A federal appeals court on Thursday said a former Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent who claims he was fired for reporting sexual misconduct by colleagues cannot challenge his termination on whistleblower retaliation grounds.

In a 2008 whistleblowing letter, Parkinson alleged that one Sacramento-based colleague had a “career-long pattern of soliciting sex with prostitutes.” This agent, Parkinson alleged, “utilized the FBI’s plane to fly at night to Reno, Nevada, for the sole purpose of engaging prostitutes in acts of illicit sex.”

Another Sacramento-based colleague, Parkinson alleged, had a “history of viewing Internet pornography, both on government and personal computers during work hours.”

“Mr. Parkinson was concerned that (the two colleagues) would defile the furniture by engaging in sexual activity and masturbating on it and watching pornography on the television,” his attorneys recounted in a filing with the Merit Systems Protection Board.

An attorney and decorated Marine Corps Reserve lieutenant colonel who had deployed to Iraq in 2004, Parkinson was, in turn, given poor job evaluations and reassigned from his position.

Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/crime/article63413112.html#storylink=cpy

The en banc U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in a 12-2 decision said federal law granting whistleblower protections to government employees does not extend to FBI agents, and John Parkinson’s status as a military veteran did not change that.

To read the full story on Westlaw Practitioner Insights, click here: bit.ly/2ljIv1L




The Bibb County Sheriff's Office says two deputies contacted sex-trafficking victims and exchanged texts with them

One of the deputies told a woman "he would protect her if she went on a date with him," according to a sheriff's office file on the two Bibb deputies who resigned last month.




When Law Enforcement is the Perpetrator
Last Thanksgiving I posted Police Trading in Child Rape & Torture profiling nearly 70 local and state police officers arrested on child pornography charges.




AP: Hundreds of officers lose licenses over sex misconduct

Nov. 01, 2015
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Flashing lights pierced the black of night, and the big white letters made clear it was the police. The woman pulled over was a daycare worker in her 50s headed home after playing dominoes with friends. She felt she had nothing to hide, so when the Oklahoma City officer accused her of erratic driving, she did as directed.




FBI agent to speak at Viewpoints series
Daron Borst, assistant special agent in charge of the San Diego Division of the FBI is slated to give a presentation as part of the Viewpoints series at the Village Church in Rancho Santa Fe.

Daron Borst, assistant special agent in charge of the San Diego Division of the FBI is slated to give a presentation 6:30 p.m. Sunday Oct. 29 as part of the Viewpoints series hosted by the Village Church and the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation.

Borst is a 19 year veteran of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and leads several hundred special agents, forensic accountants, computer forensic examiners, and professional staff. Borst heads the FBI's White Collar Crime Program, including major frauds, health care fraud, public corruption and civil rights investigations.

Wine and light hors d’oeuvres served at 6 p.m. followed by the program at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets: $10-$30 at http://villagechurch.org/serve/ministries/viewpoints/agent-borst.




By Rudy Miller; Updated July 05, 2017


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



FBI: No foreign terror links in Florida mall bomb plot
The Spokesman-Review-6 hours ago
FBI: No foreign terror links in Florida mall bomb plot ... a Florida mall despite his claimed allegiance to the Islamic State group, an FBI agent testified Thursday.




FBI explains its history with Orlando shooter

FBI investigated Omar Mateen for 10 months in 2013


The FBI says it investigated Orlando nightclub shooter for 10 months in 2013, conducting surveillance and even introducing confidential informants to him before closing out the case.

“We can't be 100 percent safe. That's not going to happen,” said Boston University professor and former CIA career officer Joe Wippl.


FBI Director James Comey revealed today the extent of the investigation the bureau conducted into Omar Mateen in 2013.

The investigation began after he made inflammatory statements to coworkers when he was working as a contract security guard at a courthouse.

"Our investigation involved introducing confidential sources to him, recording conversations with him, following him, reviewing transactional records from his communications and searching all government holdings for any possible connections, any possible derogatory information. We then interviewed him twice," Comey said.

The investigation was then closed after he admitted making statements but said he did it because he was angry at his coworkers who were teasing him because he was a Muslim.

The FBI interviewed him again the next year after he was linked to a Florida man who went on to become a suicide bomber for ISIS in Syria.

"I don't see anything in reviewing our work that our agents should have done differently. But we'll look at it in an open and honest way, and be transparent about it,” Comey said.

The size of the investigation contrasts with the one the FBI did on Tamerlan Tsarnaev two years before the Boston Marathon bombing, closing the case within three months.

Wippl, who spent 35 years in the CIA, said he has no doubt there are many people like Mateen who make inflammatory statements, but knowing when someone will act is another matter.

It’s a challenge acknowledged by the FBI.

“We are looking for needles in a nationwide haystack but we are also looking at what pieces of hay can also become needles,” Comey said.




John Miller Named Assistant Director of FBI Office of Public Affairs
Washington, D.C.
August 23, 2005

FBI National Press Office
(202) 324-3691
Director Robert S. Mueller, III is pleased to announce the appointment of John Miller to be the assistant director for the Office of Public Affairs. In this position, Mr. Miller will oversee the FBI's internal and external communications, including relations with the news media and handling of fugitive publicity, community relations, and other communications support. He will fill a vacancy left by Cassandra M. Chandler, who has been appointed special agent in charge of the FBI's Norfolk, Virginia Division.

John Miller brings to the Office of Public Affairs an unusual mix of knowledge and experience. Since January 2003, he has served as chief of the Los Angeles Police Department's Counterterrorism and Criminal Intelligence Bureau, where he oversaw the operations of the Anti-Terrorist Division, Bomb Squad, Hazardous Materials Unit, and units dedicated to prevention, training, and preparedness in the event of a terrorist incident.

Prior to joining the LAPD, Mr. Miller was a correspondent and anchor for ABC News, with a primary focus on terrorism. His 1998 interview with Usama bin Laden and his later coverage of al Qaeda and the September 11, 2001 attacks earned him a number of prestigious awards, including two Peabody Awards, a DuPont Award, and nine Emmys.

In 1994, he served as deputy police commissioner of New York City, where he was the chief spokesman for the NYPD. Earlier in his career, he worked as a criminal justice reporter for WNEW-TV and WNBC-TV in New York.

No stranger to the Bureau, Mr. Miller has lectured annually at the FBI Academy on issues involving both media and terrorism. He is a graduate of the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Emergency Preparedness Hazmat Technician Course, working with VX and sarin gas. He also completed the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators 40-hour course on Advanced Improvised Explosive Devices and Terrorist Activities. Mr. Miller will begin his employment after Labor Day.





Remembering that many crimes go unreported to police and that those reported often go unsolved







FBI unable to isolate reason why murders go unsolved
They say cutting back on masturbating at the FBI office
may free up some extra time to solve over 200,000 unsolved murder cases

In a 2008 whistleblowing letter, Parkinson alleged that one Sacramento-based colleague had a “career-long pattern of soliciting sex with prostitutes.” This agent, Parkinson alleged, “utilized the FBI’s plane to fly at night to Reno, Nevada, for the sole purpose of engaging prostitutes in acts of illicit sex.”

Another Sacramento-based colleague, Parkinson alleged, had a “history of viewing Internet pornography, both on government and personal computers during work hours.”

“Mr. Parkinson was concerned that (the two colleagues) would defile the furniture by engaging in sexual activity and masturbating on it and watching pornography on the television,” his attorneys recounted in a filing with the Merit Systems Protection Board.

An attorney and decorated Marine Corps Reserve lieutenant colonel who had deployed to Iraq in 2004, Parkinson was, in turn, given poor job evaluations and reassigned from his position.

Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/crime/article63413112.html#storylink=cpy


Full Fed. Circ. Keeps FBI Whistleblowers In AG's Purview
By Vin Gurrieri

Law360, New York (October 26, 2017, 5:43 PM EDT) -- The en banc Federal Circuit ruled Thursday that all FBI employees must bring whistleblower retaliation complaints to the U.S. attorney general, not a federal personnel board where an ex-FBI agent tried arguing he was fired for reporting agents who solicited prostitutes and watched porn at work.

In 2016, a Federal Circuit panel had found in part that the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board wrongly barred military veteran and former FBI special agent John Parkinson from raising a whistleblower reprisal affirmative defense in a case where the...





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



Open Cases: Why One-Third Of Murders In America Go Unresolved

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Cops solve Cold Case murder.
They come forward with evidence year after suspect dies.
Are they telling the truth?



Oakland police, FBI solve 2015 fatal shooting of musician


You ever wonder why police never mention missing persons in their unsolved murders statistics?
750,000 people go missing each year




How many unsolved murders are there in the U.S.?
Think about this. More than 211,000 homicides committed since 1980 remain unsolved – a body count greater than the population of Des Moines, Iowa. That

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With JFK files open, students say open civil rights killings files, too
The Clarion-Ledger Published 12:21 p.m. CT Oct. 26, 2017 | Updated 5:10 p.m. CT Oct. 26, 2017

Prof. Larry Sabato of the University of Virginia said it was "ridiculous" that so much time has passed since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy without the public release of documents. (Oct. 24) AP

In the wake of the release of the rest of the secret John F. Kennedy assassination files, a group of high school students is pushing for the still-secret or redacted FBI files on killings from the civil rights era to be made fully public.

President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963
Advanced Placement U.S. Government students from Hightstown High School in New Jersey have written legislation for Congress to do just that.

"This issue is not as prominent within the mainstream media, but it should be," said one of the students, senior Zabir Rahman. "The families of the victims of these atrocious crimes deserve justice if they can get it and some measure of closure."

Advanced Placement U.S. Government students from Hightstown High School in New Jersey have crafted a law to open FBI files on civil rights killings, many of them unsolved. (Photo: Special to The Clarion-Ledger)
The students based their Cold Case Records Collection Act of 2017 on the John F. Kennedy Records Collection Act of 1992. Like its precursor, the law creates an independent review board to facilitate the release of classified government records on civil rights killings.

Many of the FBI files on these killings remain largely redacted, including the 1959 lynching of Mack Charles Parker in Poplarville and the Ku Klux Klan's 1964 killings of civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner. The FBI files on the 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. have some redactions.

Related: Emmett Till eyewitness dies





Trump rips billionaire Democrat as 'wacky,' 'unhinged' after he launches $10M campaign to impeach President
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Friday, October 27, 2017, 9:06 AM






Journalist in UK reported call about 'big news' 25 minutes before JFK assassination
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Friday, October 27, 2017, 8:49 AM




Meet witnesses, famous authors, and world class speakers face to face! 3 full days of conference and activities!
Welcome to the 5th annual JFK Assassination Conference!

This fast-growing conference brings you info on the latest secret records released, important witnesses, authors and researchers in the JFK, RFK and MLK assassinations. Learn the truth about the treason and cover-up that changed our government and America forever. Register now! This conference sold out last year!


OUR SPEAKERS (See Speaker’s Page for more info!)

JUDYTH VARY BAKER: “Damning Evidence Against Michael & Ruth Paine” /ALSO: “The Tippit Murder”


RANDOLPH BENSON: Film Director/Researcher “The Searchers”

RICHARD CHARNIN: Statistician; Specialist on Data Analysis in the Kennedy Assassination

HUBERT CLARK: JFK Honor Guard Member

DAVID DENTON: Researcher / JFK Historical Group Founder

JIM DOLAN: Son of James Dolan, Dallas Mafia Mobster

GARY FANNIN: Author, Researcher and Emcee

DR. JIM FETZER: JFK Research and False Flag Specialist

ROBERT GRODEN: Original HSCA member; witness and researcher

JEFFREY HOLMES: New Orleans Site and Witness specialist: New Orleans History

ST. JOHN HUNT: Witness and author; son of CIA agent/Watergate & JFK assassination team, H. L. Hunt

WYNNE JOHNSON: Witness who saw CIA’s David Atlee Phillips and Alpha 66’s Antonio Veciana meeti with Lee Harvey Oswald in early Sept. 1963.

ANDREW KREIG: Wash. DC Media Expert: “Connecting Dots To Today: 2017’s JFK Records Revelations and 2018’s 50th – RFK & MLK.”

PAUL KUNTZLER: JFK AARB files publisher/censorship witness

KRIS MILLEGAN: Publisher, Supporting Witness and son of CIA officer

MARY ANN MOORMAN KRAHMER: Grassy Knoll Witness Nov. 22

PHIL NELSON: LBJ’s Treachery/also, what his newest book reveals

DAVID NEAL: Musician: “Oswald Didn’t Do it”, etc.

BEVERLY OLIVER: Grassy Knoll Witness and Talented Entertainer

GROVER PROCTOR: “The Raleigh Call” (and more)

LARRY RIVERA: “Blender-3D” Opens Secrets to Dealey Plaza ID’s”

DICK RUSSELL: Author: “The Man Who Knew Too Much” etc. “The government’s lies about the Kennedy assassination, and JFK’s vision of a nuclear-free world.”

LARRY SCHNAPF: JFK researcher, CAPA Oswald trial attorney

EDWARD SCHWARTZ: Author: Kennedy & Oswald: the Big Picture; Witness to CIA Witness Donald Denesleya

ZACK SHELTON: FBI Officer and longtime investigator of James Files and the Chicago Mob

PHIL SINGER: HSCA activist and Researcher/Witness

VICTORIA HAWES SULZER: New Orleans Witness re Oswald


EDGAR F. TATRO : Witness, Garrison Trial, Consultant, The Men Who Killed Kennedy Series; author, researcher on the Kennedy assassination, etc., etc., etc.


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Government Documents Show FBI Cleared Filmmaker Laura Poitras After Six-Year Fishing Expedition

The government recently revealed for the first time that federal agents maintained an open investigation of our client, Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras, for six years despite never finding any evidence that she committed a crime or was a threat to national security.

Coming up empty handed after Poitras had been subjected to dozens of border searches, the FBI finally closed the investigation, according to agency documents we obtained.

We’ve learned about this fishing expedition through documents we obtained in a Freedom of Information (FOIA) lawsuit filed on Poitras’s behalf to find out why she was constantly being stopped by federal agents during her travels. Border agents detained Poitras at airports over 50 times from 2006 to 2012. The detentions began after she directed and released documentary films about post-9/11 life in Iraq and Yemen that challenged the U.S. government’s narrative about the war on terror.

Poitras was subjected to hours of questioning, and had her belongings searched and notes seized at U.S. and international airports. Border agents once threatened to handcuff her when she tried to take notes during a stop.

On another occasion agents seized her electronic devices without a warrant —an increasingly common U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) practice in recent years. Her treatment is a clear example of the government abusing its vast surveillance power at the border.

Poitras filed her FOIA lawsuit in 2015 to find out not only why her detentions started in the first place, but also why they abruptly stopped in June 2012, coincidentally (or not) just two months after her detentions made national news. EFF’s suit forced the government last year to turn over 1,000 pages, some of which answered the first question: The government’s reasoning for making Poitras the target of an intelligence investigation was because they speculated she had foreknowledge of an ambush of American forces in Baghdad in 2004 in which a U.S. soldier was killed and others seriously wounded. Poitras has repeatedly denied the allegation. In addition, the government never sought her footage from that day, which shows she did not film an ambush.

The speculation was based on her mere presence with a film camera on a rooftop on a day of intense fighting. Documents turned over in the FOIA case showed that a journalist embedded with the military, John Bruning, believed Poitras had prior knowledge of the attack and kept quiet so she could film it, which would have been criminal. But Army investigators found no evidence supporting his claim. Furthermore, in April 2006—three months before Poitras’s detentions began—they said in a letter to the FBI that there was “no credible evidence” that she had committed any crime.

The redacted documents obtained by EFF reveal multiple new aspects of the investigation for the first time:

-- The government’s investigation into Poitras was classified as secret

-- A grand jury was convened in 2007

-- Poitras’s personal records were subpoenaed from multiple companies

-- FBI agents were sent to film screenings where Poitras participated in Q&As

Vast portions of the documents are redacted, so EFF is now challenging the government’s basis for continuing to withhold this information.

However, these documents still didn’t explain why the detentions stopped in 2012. It wasn’t until after we pointed out this missing information that the government turned over another six pages. These heavily redacted pages said, “no potential criminal violations or priority threats to national security warranting further investigation were identified.” Federal agents closed the investigation, according to an August 2012 declassified FBI report.

We now know that even though investigators determined in 2006 that there was no evidence Poitras had committed a crime, the FBI maintained a fishing expedition for another six years, finally closing the matter and giving up its efforts to find something it could use against Poitras after journalist Glenn Greenwald published an article about Poitras’ experiences and a group of documentary filmmakers submitted a petition to the Department of Homeland Security protesting her treatment. It’s concerning to think that these detentions may have continued indefinitely had they not been called out. The government’s use of border crossings as an opportunity to target a journalist for intelligence investigations is disturbing and wrong.

It’s particularly troubling in light of the exponential increase in warrantless searches and seizures of travelers’ digital devices in recent years—a fact that CBP touts on its website. According to CBP data, the agency conducted 14,993 electronic device searches in the first half of fiscal year 2017 alone, up from 8,503 searches during the entire 2015 fiscal year. These searches have ensnared tens of thousands of Americans from all walks of life, including other journalists, artists, students, former military personnel, engineers, and limousine drivers. In September, EFF and the ACLU filed a lawsuit on behalf of 11 travelers whose smartphones and laptops were searched at the U.S. border without a warrant or explanation.

Our digital devices contain massive amounts of information—including emails, texts, contact lists, photos, work documents, and medical or financial records—that can reveal sensitive details of our personal lives. The government should not be allowed to use border crossings as an opportunity to conduct fishing expeditions into our personal, private information. The Fourth Amendment requires border agents to have probable cause before seizing digital devices and to get a warrant before searching those devices.

There is still much we don’t know about how the government decides who to pull out of line and, increasingly, whose digital devices to seize and search. We are seeking additional documents in Poitras’ case and hope to shed more light on the government’s unjust and potentially chilling treatment of a journalist. And we hope our new lawsuit will force the government to start respecting constitutional rights at the border.


Climate change causes first time ever
Late-season toxic algae bloom closes most shellfishing areas in Casco Bay
The surprising invasion of phytoplankton affects hundreds of acres of clam flats in Freeport and Brunswick and at least 12 mussel and oyster farms.


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Oxford County sheriff steps down in wake of sexual harassment allegations
Wayne Gallant, who held the position for 11 years, submits his resignation to the county and the governor a day after commissioners asked that he be removed from the job.


Judge rejects motion to dismiss shooting victim’s lawsuit against Biddeford Police
Susan Johnson's lawsuit alleges police didn't do enough to prevent her landlord from wounding her and killing her son and his girlfriend in 2012.


New Maine lead exposure standard fuels 10-fold jump in children tested
Under the new law, thresholds for testing have been lowered to align with federal Centers for Disease Control recommendations.

South Carolina cop Michael Slager awaits sentence of 19 to 24 years in Walter Scott shooting death


Letter to the editor: Sen. Collins makes bad decisions, can’t be viewed as a moderate
Sen. Susan Collins, moderate Republican? Let’s review some facts:

She voted for a process called “reconciliation” that ensured the Senate tax bill would not be a bipartisan effort. Then she voted to approve the resultant tax bill, which she (like her fellow senators) hadn’t fully read, although it obviously stiff-arms the middle class, provides welfare for the super-rich, sows the seeds of massive cuts to Social Security and Medicare, and adds greatly to the national debt. She based her vote on claimed assurances from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan, both of them masters of the false promise.

Earlier this year, she proudly introduced Jeff Sessions at his Senate confirmation hearing for the post of attorney general, despite his prior record as a racist. She continues to defend him even though he has been caught in at least three lies of his own making while testifying under oath.

She has voted to confirm Trump Cabinet nominees even though it’s obvious that most were ethically challenged, had lied under oath and were untruthful in their required financial and other official submissions.

Now, thanks to special counsel Robert Mueller, we are beginning to find out how much of a criminal enterprise the White House and the executive branch have become.

Susan Collins has not done the job she was elected to do. As I see it, she has failed to understand what she is voting on, whether legislation or nominations. I believe her votes and words have enabled the Trump administration to ignore the meaning of integrity in favor of personal profit, lower the standing of the U.S. in the eyes of the world and made the world a more dangerous place.

Moderate Republican? Heir to the image of Margaret Chase Smith? I don’t think so. Maine deserves better. Our country deserves better.


Florida officer hailed as hero in Pulse shooting to be terminated from police force


Lionel Richie cancels Las Vegas show to help family evacuate from California wildfires

Southern California fires force thousands to evacuate

Low-calorie diet shown to reverse type 2 diabetes
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Former police officer in Mexico convicted of raping a woman at Aurora apartment complex
Ricardo Corral-Venegas is a former police officer in Chihuahua, Mexico

Fayetteville police officer on administrative leave following Ft. Bragg assault

Police officer accused of groping woman fired in S. Carolina

CHESTER, S.C. A police officer in South Carolina accused of groping a woman at a restaurant has been fired.

The Rock Hill Herald reports Union police charged 45-year-old James Franklin Johnson with third-degree assault and battery. The warrant says the Chester police officer groped the wife of a Union County sheriff’s deputy Saturday night.


Former head of Cleveland police commission pleads not guilty to forging travel expenses

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Bulletproof vests, $8K in cash swiped from FBI agent’s car
By Tina Moore and Daniel Prendergast December 7, 2017 | 1:26pm
Modal Trigger Bulletproof vests, $8K in cash swiped from FBI agent’s car

A thief broke into an FBI agent’s car and stole a safe containing over $7,800 and several bullet proof vests as it sat parked in the shadow of Manhattan’s Federal Plaza, police said.

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The most accurate climate change models predict the most alarming consequences, study finds

Pet owners seek shelter for their animals as California wildfires spread
The Ventura County Fairgrounds has become a makeshift animal shelter as the wildfires in California continued to spread. Over 600 small pets entered the shelter on Dec. 5.
December 6, 2017 | 3:34 AM EDT

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Santa’s On His Way

Rejoice! Rejoice! Your tax cut is almost here!

All you taxpayers, your standard deduction is going way up! You will be able to deduct thousands more dollars from your income, tax-free! You’ll save big.

Oh, you’re a single filer? Well, you still save, but not big. Although the standard deduction goes up by $5650, the personal exemption of $4050 disappears. That leaves you an extra $1600 sheltered from income tax. If you are an average earner, with an income of about $31,000, you’ll save about $500. A few more cups of coffee every week. But only for a few years, since the individual rate cuts are temporary.

You’re a married couple? Your standard deduction also nearly doubles from $12,700 to $24,000, but you lose two personal exemptions. Say you’re an average household making $51,000 – your savings could be about $700, nothing to sneeze at. Put it away, because the tax cut expires soon.

Your family has children? That’s much more complicated, of course. Now the loss of personal exemptions really hurts. But there’s another wrinkle: the tax credit for each child goes up from $1000 to $1600 in the House bill and to $2000 in the Senate bill. You have two kids and make $75,000? That higher tax credit really helps, bringing your tax bill down more than $1500. Oops, the higher tax credit is also temporary.

Some other goodies in the Republican plan are really sweet. You’ll still only pay a 20% tax on your carried interest earnings, while your neighbors pay up to 39% on their income. You don’t know what carried interest is? Then you probably don’t own a hedge fund, so it’s better not to think about this tax break for the richest Americans.

But congratulations, you don’t have to worry any more about passing on your hard-earned inheritance to your children. The Senate bill doubles the amount to $11 million that you can pass on and the House bill eliminates the estate tax completely. That’s good – but only if you are even richer than most 1%-ers. If not, rejoice for them!

Stop. Let’s get serious. This tax bill is not for you and me, unless we’re among the lucky 1%-ers who are the real beneficiaries of Republican “tax reform”. Just in the final hours before the Senate vote, even more goodies for the very, very wealthy were shoved into the legislation. Although the top rate for income over $500,000 (know anyone like that?) is 39.6%, a few new categories of income will now get a reduced rate of 29.6%: pass-through entities, investments in mortgages held by real estate investment trusts, and certain income from gas and oil operations. That means about $114 billion less revenue. The White House will be rejoicing: much of Trump family income will benefit from these new loopholes.

Have you been hiding billions in off-shore accounts? If so, you can now bring those profits home for less than 15% tax, even lower than the new 20% corporate tax. Good news for those tax cheaters.

But not for you. Those big breaks have to be paid for somehow. Here’s one way: if your employer rewards you a $50 gift card, you’ll have to declare that as income.

There’s not much for us to rejoice about. But wait – if you want smaller government, rejoice, rejoice! Because the new tax bill will cause huge deficits, a law that goes back to the Bush administration mandates automatic cuts in spending in hundreds of government programs. Smaller government, here we come! Isn’t that great?

Unless you want Medicare to pay for some of your health care – the cut is “only” 4%, so just reach more deeply into your pocket for the $25 billion that will be cut. Unless you are a victim of crime – the cut will be $13 billion. Unless you have black lung disease or need Meals on Wheels or care about wildlife restoration, public health, highways, or hundreds of other federal programs, which will all automatically be cut, often to zero, because of this tax bill.

Well, perhaps we just need to postpone our rejoicing. The Republicans say that the best way to help the rest of us is to give billions now to the wealthy and to corporations. They will be so happy that they’ll raise everybody’s wages and create new jobs.

That’s called trickle-down economics. It’s working right now – the economy is booming, big banks are making huge profits, big corporations have trillions of dollars in reserve, and wages are skyrocketing.

Oops, that last part is not true. Average wages have been rising about 2% a year for 7 years, just a bit faster than inflation has eaten those gains up. The rich have been getting a lot richer, corporations have made huge profits, and the middle class has been stuck.

Nothing has been trickling down.

Republicans say this new tax bill will change everything. Trump saysabout the tax bill, “This is going to cost me a fortune.”

If you believe in Santa Claus, rejoice, rejoice.

What’s next for us? Just take a look at Paul Ryan’s New Year’s resolution – cut Medicare and Social Security.

Steve Hochstadt
Jacksonville IL
Published in the Jacksonville Journal-Courier,


Ari Fleischer: While I Still Have Faith in Mueller, ‘We Have Legitimate Reasons’ To Doubt The FBI
by Joseph A. Wulfsohn | 12:12 am, December 6th, 2017


FBI Documents link Goldson with Cuba in 1967
BELIZE CITY, Mon. Dec. 4, 2017-Information gleaned from a document “Released under the John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992,” suggest that the challenge to Hon. Philip Goldson’s leadership of the National Independence Party (NIP), by the attorney Dean Lindo in 1969, might have been orchestrated by Washington and Whitehall because of FBI intelligence which showed that Goldson had gotten too close to Fidel Castro and communist Cuba. When Lindo made his challenge, the NIP, which held two seats in the House of Representatives (Goldson’s Albert seat and Edwin Morey’s Toledo North seat), was constitutionally considered Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition.

The revelations are astounding for political historians, because Mr. Goldson was surrounded in the late 1960s by people who were pro-British, pro-American, Christian, and definitely anti-communist. It is true that Mr. Goldson was so intense where the Guatemalan claim to Belize was concerned, that he might have thrown caution to the winds, so to speak. But it would be safe to say that most of Mr. Goldson’s supporters would have been alarmed by a Cuban connection.

After Mr. Lindo was defeated by Goldson for the leadership of the NIP, he left the party to form the People’s Development Movement (PDM) in October of 1969. Lindo’s split with Goldson in mid-1969 put the People’s United Party (PUP), which, under the leadership of the Hon. George Cadle Price, held 16 of the 18 seats in the House of Representatives at the time, on easy street politically, and a hastily assembled “NIPDM” party was crushed at the polls in the general elections of December 1969. Of the eighteen candidates the NIPDM put up, only Philip Goldson was able to win a seat – the aforementioned Albert seat. The Opposition were caught with their pants down when Mr. Price called general elections in November of 1969, elections which were not due until March of 1970.

The PDM was basically pro-American, which, especially in that era (the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s during the so-called Cold War), meant anti-communist, that is to say, anti-Cuba. In early 1973, the PDM merged with the Goldson-less NIP (Mr. Philip was in London studying law), a newly formed Liberal Party, and a faction of the UBAD Party which had broken away from that group’s core base, to form the United Democratic Party (UDP). Belize, it was then felt in conservative, business circles, had a party to counter Mr. Price’s budding socialist tendencies. And, for the first time, Belize had an Opposition political party, the new UDP, which explicitly considered the “economic development” of Belize more important than Guatemala’s ugly claim to our territory.

Cuban leader Fidel Castro had been increasingly hostile to Guatemala after that Central American country allowed its territory to be used as a training base for Cuban exiles, organized and financed by the American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), planning to invade Cuba and overthrow Castro in 1961. Indeed, Guatemala was already in the bad books of progressive politicians in our region, such as Fidel, after the Guatemalan oligarchy, with the support of the said CIA, overthrew the land reform government of President Jacobo Arbenz and drove him into exile in 1954. Right-wing Guatemala’s disdain for its peasant class exploded during a civil war which began in 1960 and lasted for 36 years. Guatemala’s armed forces massacred over two hundred thousand of the republic’s Indigenous citizens.

Did our beloved Belizean national hero, Hon. Philip Goldson, secretly forge an alliance with Cuba to help protect our nation when Washington and London schemed against us? In 1968, Goldson led Belize’s rejection of Bethuel Webster’s Seventeen Proposals which, effectively, would have made Belize into a satellite state of Guatemala. Every step of the way, it now turns out, Mr. Goldson was under intense surveillance by the United States FBI and British Intelligence. It is possible that Mr. Goldson attracted that increased scrutiny after he exposed the Thirteen Proposals in 1966. The Thirteen Proposals were what Mr. Goldson remembered of talks being held between the British and the Guatemalans in the United States, with the PUP and NIP as observers. The Belizean politicians had been sworn to secrecy. Mr. Goldson therefore risked jail when he revealed the Thirteen Proposals. The official release of the Seventeen Proposals in 1968 confirmed Mr. Goldson’s honesty, accuracy, and courage.

An FBI paper dated January 5, 1968, claimed that a then confidential source, one William George Gaudet (the publisher of Latin-American Reports), stated that he was in Belize (British Honduras) during the Christmas holidays (1967), and that “he heard several comments from acquaintances that Philip Goldson … was giving every indication of working with the Cuban Government. Goldson, it was rumored, was conducting a siege of agitation to create continued friction between Belize and Guatemala.” Gaudet, who claimed to be a “personal acquaintance” of then British Honduras Governor, Sir John Paul, said he had “interviewed Sir Paul in connection with the Goldson matter.” The same FBI paper to which we referred earlier in this paragraph, says that Sir Paul reportedly told Gaudet “that British Intelligence is almost sure that Goldson is being paid by Cuban authorities in cash monies by the courier route … that British Intelligence is conducting their investigation with the assistance of Jamaican informants to the extent that they hope to trap Goldson cold when he is contacted by a courier for a payoff.”

Another paper from the FBI, also dated January 5, 1968, spoke of a confidential source, “an American businessman (who by) virtue of his frequent travel to Latin-American countries is in a position to meet individuals who are closely associated with officials of various national governments in Latin America.” This “source” was also in Belize during the Christmas holidays of 1967, and he “received information that Philip Goldson … is suspect by British officials as a result of certain recent actions”; “for example, it is reported that Goldson, during his recent visit to London, England, told acquaintances there that leaders in the United States and London were engaged in a twin conspiracy to turn Belize over to Guatemala.”

Belizeans recall that Cuba was in the forefront of support for Belize when our government lobbied the United Nations to support Belize’s Independence. We are forever indebted to Panama’s Omar Torrijos, Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega, Cuba’s Fidel Castro, and the leaders of the Caribbean bloc, for without them Belize would never have realized September 21, 1981. That we marched into statehood as a full member of the United Nations, with all our territory intact, is testament to the fortitude and the determined leadership of heroes like Philip Stanley Wilberforce Goldson. The irony of these fifty-year-old FBI documents, which accuse Mr. Philip of a Cuban connection, is that it was Mr. Goldson’s political opponent, the PUP’s Rt. Hon. Price, who sealed the Cuban support which was so vital in Belize’s successful journey to political independence and territorial integrity.


Bridgewater guards to stand trial in patient’s death

Eight years after the tragic death of a 23-year-old patient with schizophrenia at Bridgewater State Hospital, three prison guards are slated to stand trial Tuesday on charges they killed Joshua K. Messier while forcefully strapping him to a bed in a brutal scene captured on prison video.

The trial, scheduled to unfold in Plymouth Superior Court, once seemed highly unlikely even though the medical examiner ruled that the guards caused Messier’s death. Plymouth District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz in 2010 determined there was insufficient evidence to pursue criminal charges, and none of the guards was charged or even disciplined.

But four years later, after The Boston Globe reported on the guards’ rough treatment of Messier on the night he died, Attorney General Martha Coakley appointed a special prosecutor to investigate.


Protesters arrested for sit-in at Senator Collins’ office released on bail

December 5, 2017 12:12 pm
Updated: December 5, 2017 5:11 pm

The five protesters arrested Monday for staging a sit-in in Sen. Susan Collins’ Bangor office were released that night and are due in court Jan. 17.

The demonstrators were released on recognizance bail, meaning they paid no money but agreed to appear in court and abide by conditions of release that stipulate they commit no crimes, according to the Penobscot County Jail.

Nothing in their conditions of release forbids the five protesters from returning to the federal building or Collins’ office.

Penobscot County District Attorney R. Christopher Almy declined Tuesday to say whether the five would be prosecuted. His office has opted not to prosecute protesters in the past.

“I am unable to make any decisions on this situation right now,” he said. “We have no set policy. Each circumstance gets its own evaluation.”

Meanwhile, Annie Clark, the Republican senator’s communications director, said that Senator Collins “appreciates hearing from her constituents and respects their right to protest. In this particular situation, the Bangor federal building is run by the Federal Protection Services, and it was their decision alone to arrest the protestors. This is now a matter for law enforcement and the protestors to resolve.”

Sarah Bigney of Maine AFL-CIO, which organized the protest with Mainers for Accountable Leadership, said Tuesday morning that her group has not planned any more demonstrations.

Bigney, 33, of Hallowell was arrested alongside Nicholas Paquet, 39, of Benton; Tina Davidson, 47, of Portland; James Betts, 66, of Winthrop; and Erin Oberon, 37, of Old Town.

The group — along with a sixth person who left before police arrived — gathered Monday afternoon inside Collins’ offices at the Margaret Chase Federal Building at 202 Harlow St. to protest her vote to support the Republican tax bill. Collin was in Washington at the time and did not communicate with protesters.


Kalispel Tribal Police chief accused of domestic violence
UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 6, 2017, 2:36 p.m.


Oxford County officials to ask LePage to remove sheriff from office

BDN Staff • December 5, 2017 3:25 pm
Updated: December 5, 2017 6:07 pm

The commissioners have asked LePage to remove Gallant and appoint another sheriff to serve the remainder of his four-year term. The sheriff has denied that he sexually harassed employees.

The commissioner’s complaint to the governor states that, while in uniform, Gallant sent a female employee of another law enforcement organization photographs in which his genitals were exposed. It also says that the sheriff sent a subordinate officer multiple text messages with “indecent photographs” and solicitations of sex from the employee and his “female companion.”

These allegations mirror ones made against Gallant by an organizer for the union that represents employees in the sheriff’s office. But the complaint also refers to what seem to be other instances of Gallant allegedly making sexual requests of people who worked for him.


Pentagon report confirms decades of failure to report convictions
In a two-year period ending Dec. 31, 2016, the military failed to submit roughly one in four fingerprint cards, and almost a third of its final disposition reports, to the FBI's Next Generation Identification database, a national computerized system for storing, comparing and exchanging fingerprints and criminal histories, the study ...


There's a Westboro Baptist Church Movie in the Works
'Hate (A Love Story)' follows the case of Al Snyder, a gay man who took on the hate group after it picketed at his Marine son's funeral.

Officer charged in killing must give up guns, wear ankle GPS

OKLAHOMA CITY A judge has granted bond for an Oklahoma police officer charged with fatally shooting a suicidal man, but he must wear an ankle GPS monitor and surrender handguns and rifles from his home.

Oklahoma City Sgt. Keith Sweeney was released Wednesday on $75,000 bond.

He was charged Tuesday with second-degree murder for the Nov. 15 killing of 29-year-old Dustin Pigeon. Pigeon had doused himself with lighter fluid and was trying to set himself on fire when Sweeney shot him.


Cleveland police officer under internal investigation after appearing in online video

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A Cleveland police officer is being investigated by the department's internal affairs bureau after a video surfaced online that shows him listening to a rap song with the lyrics "F--k the police."


St. Paul police dog attacked innocent black woman , suit says
Gabe, the police dog, ignored more than 10 commands to release the woman, the suit said.
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Collins was treated at Regions Hospital for her injuries, and required a return visit and outpatient care; she could not change her own dressings because her left hand was amputated when she was a child. She also receives ongoing counseling.


White Texas police officer indicted in shooting of black man

DALLAS A former police officer in a Dallas suburb has been indicted in the shooting of a black man who was mistaken for a burglar while trying to unlock his own truck.
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