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Utah Mormons had 911 Anthrax spores in 1997.
see film Sirius for importance of this news

« * Whose DNA is on the originals of the key notebooks taken from
Bruce Ivins and not yet produced under FOIA?
* New FOIA request by Ken Dillon »
* FBI document recently produced indicates that disposition of some of
Ames made by Dugway for Ivins is unknown — though 70 ml of that
9/23/1997 production run was taken by FBI from Dugway in 2004 search

Posted by Lew Weinstein on March 21, 2016




The Persecution of Robert Fitzpatrick

In Beantown, the indictment and upcoming trial of retired FBI agent
Robert Fitzpatrick on perjury charges is a vindictive prosecution
designed to intimidate potential whistleblowers and rewrite history.
By T.J. English
The case of the notorious Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger is not
yet over. It is not over because a federal prosecutor in the District
of Massachusetts does not want it to be over.
Earlier this week, Assistant U.S. attorney Fred M. Wyshak Jr. filed
papers in the case against Robert Fitzpatrick, a retired FBI agent
who, in the summer of 2013, testified on behalf of the defense at the
trial of Whitey Bulger. In April 2015, nearly two years after the
trial was over, the U.S. Attorney’


April 4 2016

Who, What, Where, and Why: The FBI/NSA Mass Surveillance Collaboration


Dragnet surveillance: Need to make a bust? Doesn’t matter for what.
Just listen in!

That pretty much sums up what could soon become the status quo for law
enforcement in America.

Executive action by the Obama administration is expected to authorize
direct sharing of information collected by the NSA with the FBI. In
other words, the FBI will be able to directly access unfiltered
streams of NSA data. It will basically allow the NSA to spy for local

Under the proposed rule changes, federal agencies such as the FBI
would gain direct access to streams of information gathered by the
NSA, including emails, phone calls and location data. They would then
be free to pass along this information to state and local law

NSA spying is always justified on the grounds of ” fighting
terrorism.” But this warrantless information sharing will not be
limited to terrorism investigations. In fact, it will almost certainly
primarily involve regular criminal investigations.

Spying within the United States border was considered off-limits to
the NSA and other federal intelligence agencies at one time. The FBI
was the sole agency authorized to investigate U.S. citizens. But it
too is an intelligence agency with investigative powers.

As years have gone by, “National Security” has become a massive
directive dedicated to information sharing and spying on U.S.
citizens, but both the FBI and other federal intelligence agencies.
Again, very little of this surveillance has anything to do with
terrorism. Radley Balko, a writer for the Washington Post, documents
how warrantless surveillance has been used to investigate everyday
domestic crimes instead of terrorism. He shows how the government
covers up surveillance through parallel construction, shares
information with non-intelligence agencies like the IRS, and evades
public scrutiny through use of the non-disclosure acts.

Still, arguments both inside and outside the government defend mass
surveillance because they say it will defend against terrorism. Radley
Balko, the ACLU, EFF, and many others have thoroughly rebuffed that
myth, showing a minority of cases involving warrantless surveillance
actually have anything to do with terrorism cases. In fact, less than
1 percent of surveillance information acquired through the Patriot Act
was for terrorism. Just as one example, Sneak and Peak warrants that
allow police to enter homes and poke around without the resident’s
knowledge were used as an “everyday investigative tool” rather than
for the highest of high crimes.

Before we buy into the “we have to let the FBI have access to all of
this NSA data,” and shrug our shoulders at yet another expansion of
the U.S. surveillance state, let’s look at what is already on the
books. Is this expansion of information sharing really necessary to
fight terrorism? No! Surveillance practices based on executive orders
and laws already in place enable the FBI to fight terrorism.

Orders and Acts that Enable Counter-Terrorism through Mass
National Security Act of 1947

Identifies the FBI as an intelligence agency.
Allows for the FBI to award personal service contracts.


Outlines each agencies’ goals, granted powers, spying restrictions
in and outside of the US, and on citizen, resident or foreigner.
Federal intelligence agencies may spy within the US if they seek
coordination with the FBI.
FBI authorized to conduct counter-intel within the US.
Restricts FBI counterintelligence on military/civilian personnel
without DoD coordination
Restricts Signals Intelligence to the DoD unless authorized by the
Tasks FBI with collection of foreign intelligence when tasked by
Authorizes surveillance on narcotics activity.
Can only develop systems and devices to support what is written in
this section of the Patriot Act.

Patriot Act Section 215

FBI authorized to applies for a secret order (National Security
Law) to required production of tangible things.
Order forbids disclosure of purposes of an investigation under
Section 215, (Sneak and Peak)

EFF has reported on a FOIA document about a Secret interpretation of
the Patriot Act. Even though the Patriot Act outlines intelligence
collection abroad, Section 215 has been used to authorize gathering
intelligence within the U.S. on U.S. citizens. It also negates the
Fourth Amendment’s requirement for a warrant based on probable cause,
but rather, evidence that could be of some use in an investigation.

USA Freedom Act Amendments to the FISA Act and Restoration of Powers
Lost from Provisions Expired from the Patriot Act

Patriot act provision that expired was bulk collection of
American’s communications metadata.
Instead it requires a specific selection term to be used for
tangible things sought from a National Security Letter (NSL). The
tangible things sought or obtained must show reasonable articulable
suspicion that connect the tangible thing to the obtain tangible
Requires call details records to have a selector term.
An agent of a foreign power is no longer just relegated to a
person outside of the U.S. Acts of this person include events that
have not happened, or when knowingly aids or abets another person for
a clandestine activity for a foreign government.

EFF also lists the ways the NSA has used Section 702 to justify mass
surveillance on American citizens. Section 702 has been used to shared
information for ordinary crimes.

Expectations of FBI and NSA Coordination

As surveillance executive orders and laws become the norm, the amount
of hay in the proverbial haystack has increased. That makes the needle
harder to find. Intelligence analysts have a harder time pinpointing
terrorism crimes within the sheer amount of data now available.
However, knowledge of everyday domestic crimes has increased. What can
we expect from the FBI and NSA directly sharing info? It isn’t clear
as to what the president’s plans for direct sharing between FBI and
the NSA are yet, but here is what we do know.

Information Sharing Inhibitors
NSA can already contact the POTUS to task the FBI to follow up on
intelligence already gathered. We know this is true from parallel
construction leaks. We also know that the POTUS didn’t want to be the
man in the middle delivering intelligence from one agency to another,
so the policy was changed to allow the heads of intelligence agencies
to do it directly when George W. Bush issued executive order 13388.

So, is there still must be a problem with noncooperation between
agencies? Probably not. Since 9/11 information sharing is usually to
blame when we have any type of intelligence failures, but executive
orders and laws should have solved that. Also, DEA and IRS already
have access to the NSA data. So this probably isn’t the problem

Along with executive order 13388, President Obama encourages sharing
between intelligence communities and even private industry. (See here
here here and here) Sharing data is not restricted to only
intelligence agencies. It is even accessible through private
industries. We no longer live in the days of prior to Mark Klein’s
revelations. This is now assumed to happen in every company – not just

We also know secret interpretations of the Patriot Act were used to
circumvent both oversight and the warrant clause. As a result,
intentional or accidental intelligence collection of U.S. persons
within the U.S. have occurred. So, it’s clearly not the result in too
much oversight or hurdles.

Even Edward Snowden said that FBI had access to the NSA data for
routine crimes.

So What Is This Really All About?

I speculate that the FBI/NSA cooperation is about maintaining PRISM.
It will enable the continuation of mass surveillance for lesser crimes
than terrorism. No matter what happens, and something is about to
happen. Section 702 of the FISA Act is scheduled for sunset in 2017.
This is the section, as the EFF has reported, that the FISA court has
been convinced that any tangible item relevant to an investigation is
fair game if it relates to foreign affairs of the U.S. By continuing
this coordination between FBI and NSA, The move would keep the channel
open just in case privacy advocates can pressure Congress enough to
allow Sec. 702 to sunset, as they did to end other provisions in the
Patriot Act. While the POTUS has not finalized the cooperation
agreement, it is anticipated it will not include privacy protections.

Will it end with just the FBI? No, local police have been set up as
satellite intelligence agencies for federal law enforcement. The 1033
program has helped local and state law enforcement with technology
used for surveillance


John Guandolo: Close The Majority Of Mosques In America
Submitted by Brian Tashman on Monday, 4/4/2016 5:00 pm

John Guandolo, the disgraced former FBI agent who is now a vocal
anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist, gave an interview to WorldNetDaily
yesterday about why the U.S. government should treat mosques as
security threats.

Alluding to a bogus study that claimed that eight out of 10 mosques in
America preach violence and extremism, Guandolo urged the government
to start “arresting all of the Muslim Brotherhood leaders in the U.S.,
shutting down their organizations, and all Muslim Brotherhood mosques,
which is over 80 percent

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Apple Accuses FBI of Ulterior Motives in New York iPhone Feud
In early April, U.S. prosecutors penned a letter to a federal judge in
Brooklyn requesting that Apple unlock an iPhone in a drug trafficking
case, but the tech giant claims there is no proof that an unlocked
iPhone is necessary.
by Howard Mintz, San Jose Mercury News / April 18, 2016 0



The FBI's Orwellian Little Program To Catch Would-Be Jihadis
The Shared Responsibility Committees program will force ordinary Muslims to spy on their own communities

Shikha Dalmia|Apr. 18, 2016 3:58 pm


Heat is online

2 stories
1 farenheit
1 celsius



Climate change

March temperature smashes 100-year global record

Average global temperature was 1.07C hotter - beating last month’s
previous record increase
An illustration shows that 2015 was the hottest year since 1880.

Friday 15 April 2016 11.33 EDT
Last modified on Friday 15 April 2016 14.52 EDT

The global temperature in March has shattered a century-long record
and by the greatest margin yet seen for any month.

February was far above the long-term average globally, driven largely
by climate change, and was described by scientists as a “shocker” and
signalling “a kind of climate emergency”. But data released by the
Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) shows that March was even hotter.

Compared with the 20th-century average, March was 1.07C hotter across
the globe, according to the JMA figures, while February was 1.04C
higher. The JMA measurements go back to 1891 and show that every one
of the past 11 months has been the hottest



Conditions Promoting the Arctic Sea Ice Collapse Are Exceptionally
Strong This Spring

It didn’t take long for Arctic sea ice to start to respond to a
fossil-fuel based accumulation of hothouse gasses in the Earth’s
atmosphere. For since the 1920s, that region of ocean ice along the
northern polar zone has been in a steady, and increasingly rapid,
retreat. Rachel Carson wrote about the start of the Northern
Hemisphere ocean ice decline in her ground-breaking 1955 book — The
Edge of the Sea.

But it wasn’t until the late 1970s that consistent satellite
observations began to provide an unbroken record telling the tale of
Arctic sea ice decline. The National Snow and Ice Data Center, The
Polar Science Center (PIOMAS), Japan’s JAXA, The Danish Meteorological
Institute, and others have since that time provided a loyal recording
of the stark




Groups Call for Cease and Desist of FBI Effort to Increase Student
Awareness About Terrorist Activity

The FBI quietly rolled out “Don’t Be a Puppet” in February, a website
that aims to inform students about signs of violent extremism so they
can help authorities identify potential terrorist suspects in schools.
The site also attempts to prevent students from being radicalized.

The site is being criticized by several big-name groups including The
American Civil Liberties Union and the American-Arab
Anti-Discrimination Committee who say the site will end up isolating
Muslim students and increase low-tolerance, bullying in schools.

"The website is an effort to counter an expanding problem, according
to the FBI: the recruitment, especially online, of young people by
violent extremist organizations. However, since 'Don’t Be a Puppet’
went live in February, it has



Documents Show FBI Deployed Software Exploits To Break Encryption Back
In 2003
from the and-privacy-and-security-for-none... dept

Documents FOIA'ed by Ryan Shapiro and shared with the New York Times
shed some new light on previous FBI efforts to break encryption. Back
in 2003, the FBI was investigating an animal rights group for possibly
sabotaging companies that used animals for testing. The FBI's
Department of Cutesy Investigation Names dubbed this "Operation Trail
Mix," which I'm sure endeared it to the agents on the case. At the
center of the investigation were emails the FBI couldn't read. But it
found a way.

They persuaded a judge to let them remotely, and secretly, install
software on the group’s computers to help get around the encryption.

That effort, revealed in newly declassified and released records,
shows in new detail how F.B.I. hackers worked to defeat encryption
more than a decade before the agency’s recent fight with Apple over
access to a locked iPhone.

The documents don't detail what the exploit was, but it targeted PGP
-- the encryption method used to keep the group's communications
private. The FBI was able to obtain a "full access" warrant to grab
every communication, but that did nothing to decode the scrambled
emails. The documents don't specify what the FBI used, but language
suggests it either copied the decryption keys or deployed a keylogger
to snag passwords.

Either way, it apparently was the first time the FBI had deployed its
own malware.

“This was the first time that the Department of Justice had ever
approved such an intercept of this type,” an F.B.I. agent wrote in a
2005 document summing up the case.

The secrecy surrounding the FBI's tactics was nearly absolute. The
wiretap order was discl

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Republican Climate Change Denial is Blinding Our Ability to Observe
the Arctic

It’s all-too-often what happens to the powerful when they are
confronted with the consequences of their own bad actions. It can best
be said that denial is blindness — the willful inability to open one’s
eyes to the tough reality of the world. In literature, we can see
denial in the tragic sin of hubris and in the metaphor of Oedipus the
King gouging his own eyes out as a result of his failure to come to
terms with the warnings of prophecy.

In the psychological sense, denial involves the inability to cope with
reality such that a person will act in an irrational fashion to the
point of generating fantasies that the object of said denial does not
exist. Behaviorally, this results in an increasing degradation of a
person’s ability to confront or cope with the object of denial — to
the point of ardent, irrational, and possibly destructive outbursts
when faced with it.

Arctic sea ice loss.

Ever since 1979 an array of satellite sensors has allowed our
scientists to directly observe the sea ice in the Arctic. Since that
time, and as a human-forced warming of the world ramped up, the area
which that ice covers has dramatically shrunken. So much so that by
this year, 2016, there’s a risk that not only will a new all-time
record low be reached, but that by the end of this summer almost all
the ice in the Arctic Ocean will be melted out entirely. A risk that a
new climate change related event will start to take shape in the
Arctic. The blue ocean events.

(Arctic sea ice area as measured by observational satellites and most
recently by  F17. The bottom line of the graph measures days of the
year. The left side of the graph measures sea ice area. The
corresponding intersections determine sea ice area on any given day of
a year in the record. The up and downward swoop of eac


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From: Bill Kelly

Subject: CAPA

Will you kindly read this, consider joining and pass it on to anyone
you know who is interested in these issues. Also attached as word doc.
Thank you, Bill Kelly
Citizens Against Political Assassinations
Washington, DC
Dear Friends and Associates:
As a researcher and/or student of the JFK assassination, you may be
aware that The JFK Act of 1992 requires the release of all government
records on the assassination of President Kennedy by October 2017. The
president of the United States at that time will be responsible for
its enforcement.
Our recently formed nonprofit organization, Citizens Against Political
Assassinations (CAPA), will continue the fight we started decades ago
to get the law passed and ensure this Act is enforced as well as
undertake similar national initiatives on other political
assassinations to see the truth is revealed and justice prevails. To
do this we need your help and support.
CAPA plans to pursue the release of the remaining JFK records, file
Freedom of Information Act requests for more records, take legal
actions to enforce the law and undertake public education efforts to
see that the forces that orchestrated such assassinations will no
longer be able to influence government policies. These initiatives
require funding to be effective.
Please help by joining us and providing whatever financial support you
can afford, volunteering your time as part of a CAPA Committee,
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crimes and cover-ups.
There is power in numbers so join this worthy endeavor to bring truth
and justice to those who have been killed for their beliefs. Thank
The CAPA Board of Directors: Dr. Cyril Wecht, Andrew Kreig, Larry
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CAPA Board of Advisors: Professor Peter Dale Scott, Dr. John Newman,
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The American Police State - BlackListed News
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other government .... in the eyes of the FBI (and its network of
snitches) if you: express libertarian ...



FBI failed to follow its own rules when it impersonated The Associated
Press in a 2007 investigation

Hannah Bloch-Wehba | Freedom of Information | Commentary | April 28,
The FBI failed to follow its own rules when agents impersonated an
Associated Press reporter in order to locate a criminal suspect in
2007, according to documents newly released in response to a FOIA



Cora Currier, Murtaza Hussain
Apr. 28 2016, 1:02 p.m.
Illustration: The Intercept
OF THE PLANS put forward by the federal government to identify and
stop budding terrorists, among the least understood are the FBI’s
“Shared Responsibility Committees.”

The idea of the committees is to enlist counselors, social workers,
religious figures, and other community members to intervene with
people the FBI thinks are in danger of radicalizing — the sort of
alternative to prosecution and jail time many experts have been
clamoring for. But civil liberties groups worry the committees could
become just a ruse to expand the FBI’s network of informants, and the
government has refused to provide details about the program.

The Intercept has obtained a letter addressed to potential committee
members from the FBI, outlining how the process would work. While the
letter claims that committees will not be used “as a means to gather
intelligence,” it also makes clear that information from the
committees may be shared widely by the FBI, including with spy
agencies and foreign governments, and that committee members can be
subpoenaed for documents or called to testify in cases against the
people they are trying to help. At the same time, committee members
are forbidden even from seeking advice from outside experts


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methods the Communist Party uses in its efforts to uncover FBI
informants, and how to ...l

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* DXer Has Requested The Army To Remove The Inapt (B)(2) Redaction
Identifying The 3 Notebooks Bruce Ivins Once Reported Missing

Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 30, 2016


Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: *** 2001 anthrax attacks, *** Dr.
Bruce Ivins, *** FBI anthrax investigation, Foia redaction | 5
Comments »

* The Army Has Wrongfully Redacted Under (B)(2) Information Relating
To Transfer Of The Ames Strain Used To Murder 5 People In Fall 2001

Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 30, 2016

Link du jour

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FBI agent admits to stealing money seized in drug probes to buy cars
and plastic surgery

FBI agent has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $100,000 in
suspected drug money.

May 3, 2016, 1:31 a.m.
Nearly two weeks before he was to go on trial, a former FBI agent
pleaded guilty Monday to stealing more than $136,000 in cash that had
been seized during drug investigations.

Former special agent Scott M. Bowman admitted to using the cash to
fund a lavish spending spree on items including plastic surgery and
cars. The plea deal draws to a close a case that has led prosecutors
to drop criminal charges against more than a dozen defendants in a
case Bowman had investigated.

In a Riverside courtroom, Bowman, 45, admitted to


Clinton Investigation


MSNCB host Joe Scarborough, who is a former congressman, suggested
Monday that the FBI may be playing politics with the Hillary



‘D.C. Madam’ attorney forbidden by Supreme Court to disclose records
‘relevant to present election cycle’ –Supreme Court issues
‘denial-without-explanation’ to ‘D.C. Madam’ attorney Montgomery Blair
Sibley By Lori Price, http://www.legitgov.org | 03 May 2016 | On Monday, the
U.S. Supreme Court “denied a stay sought by Montgomery Blair Sibley,
who had asked to be released from a lower court restraining order that
barred him from sharing the records of Deborah Jeane Palfrey, known as
the ‘D.C. Madam'” (The Washington Post). Sibley, attorney for the late
Palfrey, seeks to release the sealed records that he has maintained
are “relevant to the present election cycle.”

In his a blog entry posted Tuesday, entitled ‘My Next Steps…,’ Sibley
discussed his next course of action. “Yesterday, the Supreme Court
docketed the denial of my Application. They gave no reason for the
denial of my request to review the refusal of the District Court Clerk
to file my Motions for Modification of the Restraining Order which I
believe prevents me from releasing information relevant to the present
election cycle. So now what is my next step? Torn as I am that I
should not be gagged from First Amendment political speech by a
restraining order that I am being denied the opportunity to even asked
to be dissolved… I will continue to press Obama Supreme Court nominee
Chief Judge Garland of the D.C. Circuit Court to expedite the
resolution of the Petition I placed before him on March 9, 2016.”

For more on the history of the ‘D.C. Madam’ political scandal, see:
CLG’s ‘DC Madam’ Phone Records.




May 3-4, 2016 — Trump refers to Rafael Cruz being with Oswald in New


May 3, 2016

Rafael Cruz and Lee Harvey Oswald has gone mainstream.


See realtime coverage

Donald Trump associates Ted Cruz’s father with JFK’s assassin

Washington Post

1030 hours GMT-5 5/3/16

Try watching this video on http://www.youtube.com, or enable JavaScript if it
is disabled in your browser. Never one to shy away from discussing
unsubstantiated tabloid fodder, Donald Trump told the Fox News Channel
on Tuesday morning that Ted.


Trump hits back at Cruz’s dad over ‘body of Christ’ appeal Fox News

Donald Trump Accuses Ted Cruz’s Father of Associating With Kennedy
Assassin New York Times (blog)

Highly Cited:Trump accuses Cruz’s father of helping JFK’s
assassinPolitico (blog)

Opinion:The Latest: Trump attacks Cruz’s father over Oswald photoDaily

In Depth:News roundup: Trump says Cruz’s father was with JFK
assassinSalt Lake Tribune (blog)






Clinton says she’d take Bill ‘out of retirement’ for White House jobs

[Ed.: Public call-in segment: What jobs do you foresee Bill getting in
the Clinton administration?
Oh, our first caller is Monica…]


TUESDAY, MAY 03, 2016


Tweet (WikiLeaks):

“Panama Papers not to be published or given to police/lawyers as money
is moved and evidence destroyed

A film review: “Michael Moore’s new movie, “Where to Invade Next””.



inspired ‘Silence of the Lambs’ characterBy Colin Ellis on May 2, 2016
FALMOUTH — Anyone who has seen or read “The Silence of the Lambs”
knows Clarice Starling, the FBI agent who interviews serial killer Dr.
Hannibal Lecter.

When Starling first appeared in the 1988 novel, current Falmouth
resident Patricia Kirby said she saw aspects of herself in Clarice.

And she should have, since Kirby, a former FBI agent, served as
inspiration for the character.

Kirby, who is in the process of moving to Bath, last week said just
like Starling, she interviewed serial killers for the FBI’s Behavioral



Cop Admits Illegally Helping Drug Dealer boyfriend Buy Car: U.S.
Kiyia M. Harris was involved in a personal relationship with Donell
Williams, buying a car and hiding his involvement in the purchase.
Galloway, NJ

By ANTHONY BELLANO (Patch Staff) - May 3, 2016 10:58 am ET


Pennnsylvania man wrongly arrested and given rough ride in police car
because he posted video on Facebook of cop dealing ywith parking
Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 7:06 PM

Parking Dispute Video At Center Of Federal Lawsuit
CBS Pittsburgh

00:00 / 02:45
PITTSBURGH - A Pennsylvania man was wrongly arrested, given a rough
ride in a police car and jailed for hours after posting a Facebook
video he recorded

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BREAKING: Blogger Who Tried To Connect CRUZ'S DAD With Lee Harvey Oswald Found DEAD
The blogger who claimed that Ted Cruz's dad was in connection with John F. Kennedy's murder has been found dead in his home..


Mark Lane, 89; lawyer offered evidence for Kennedy conspiracy

 MAY 13, 2016
NEW YORK — Mark Lane, the defense lawyer, social activist, and
best-selling author who concluded in a blockbuster book in the
mid-1960s that Lee Harvey Oswald could not have acted alone in killing
President John F. Kennedy, a thesis supported in part by the House
Select Committee on Assassinations in 1979, died Tuesday at his home
in Charlottesville, Va. He was 89.

The cause was a heart attack,

In its final report in 1979, the House committee went further than any
branch of government to support the central points of Mr. Lane’s
thesis about Kennedy’s murder. It concluded that the FBI and the
Warren Commission investigations of the assassination were flawed.

The committee also found that while Oswald fired three shots, one of
which killed Kennedy, a “high probability” existed that a second
gunman was present and that the president “was probably assassinated
as a result of a conspiracy.” The committee, though, was “unable to
identify the other gunman or the extent of the conspiracy.”

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historic zoning by planning board

Landmark zoning to preserve the home of photographer Ernest Withers
received the backing of the Land Use Control Board. (By Thomas
Bailey/The Commercial Appeal).
Ernest Withers, who covered many of the major events in the civil
rights movement of the 1950's and 60's, in his studio in February
By Thomas Bailey Jr. of The Commercial Appeal

Updated: 5:55 p.m. 0
The longtime home of photographer Ernest Withers is well on its way to
becoming only the third single-lot historic district in Memphis.

The Land Use Control Board on Thursday voted to recommend that the
City Council give final approval for the designation.

The action would preserve for posterity what appears as just a typical
ranch-style home of white brick built 63 years ago at 480 W. Brooks
Road in South Memphis' Walker Estates neighborhood.

The landmarks designation also could set the stage for the family's
plan to open the home for tourism. 

Withers, who died in 2007 at age 85, was a prolific photographer of
more than six decades of black history in the segregated South.

His images chronicled the Montgomery bus boycott, the Emmett Till
case, sanitation workers strike, Negro League baseball and Memphis
blues and soul musicians. The pictures also captured the more ordinary
lives of black Memphians. 

Withers' body of work seems to have outweighed any taint from the
three-year-old revelations that he also worked as a paid informant for
the FBI's investigation of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Southern
Christian Leadership Conference.

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May 12 2016 6:26 pm  May 12 6:29 pm

A former Lowcountry police officer was sentenced to five years in
federal prison Wednesday for after trying to line up sex with

According to District Judge Richard Gergel’s sentencing order, Ernest
Christopher Limehouse of Summerville was a North Charleston police
officer when he posted ads seeking “taboo fun” and “pics of any kids
or hot siblings.”



Rapist deputy asks Belknap County cases to be dismissed
LACONIA — Convicted rapist and former sheriff's deputy Ernest Justin
Blanchette has asked that a Belknap County Superior Court judge
dismiss the four cases he faces locally because he wasn't employed by
the Department of Corrections  

The FBI Can Neither Confirm Nor Deny Wiretapping Your Amazon Echo


May11 2016

An Amazon Echo, which the FBI can neither confirm nor deny has ever
been hacked during an investigation (Gizmodo)
Back in March, I filed a Freedom of Information request with the FBI
asking if the agency had ever wiretapped

May 12, 2016 - 06:59 PM EDT
Overnight Cybersecurity: Mozilla presses FBI to disclose hacking trick



by Tim Cushing
Thu, May 12th 2016 3:33pm


Filed Under:
biometric database, biometrics, fbi, fingerprints, ngis, privacy

FBI Doesn't Want Privacy Laws To Apply To Its Biometric Database
from the
The FBI has been building a massive biometric database for the last
eight years. The Next Generation Identification System (NGIS) starts
with millions of photos of criminals (and non-criminals) and builds
from there. Palm prints, fingerprints, iris scans, tattoos and
biographies are all part of the mix.

Despite having promised to deliver a Privacy Impact Assessment of the
database back in 2012, the FBI's system went live towards the end of
2014 without one. That's a big


FBI joint training at UT Memphis prepares for bioterrorism threat

May 12, 2016 -- A representative of the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention presents a case study during the Memphis Joint
Criminal-Epidemiological Investigations Workshop at the University of
Tennessee Health Sciece Center.
By Kevin McKenzie of The Commercial Appeal

Updated: 5:10 p.m. 0
The law enforcement, public health, emergency responders and others
who might play a role


U.S. Senator Rand Paul to back bill blocking FBI hacking expansion
by Reuters
Thursday, 12 May 2016 21:42 GMT
By Dustin Volz

WASHINGTON, May 12 (Reuters) - Kentucky Senator Rand Paul plans to
become the first Republican co-sponsor of legislation to block a
pending judicial rule change that would let U.S. judges issue search
warrants for remote access

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Meryl Nass MD blogspot

Wednesday, May 18, 2016
CDC: Inept. Stupid. Deadly.
From the CDC website we learn that CDC issues “authoritative guidance directly to Medscape's physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals.”
Want to learn the newest on screening and managing Ebola?  Screening for Ebola is not an easy task, since many other diseases can look very much like Ebola. But CDC is here to help doctors and other medical professionals with this very challenging, subtle differentiation.
CDC has offered up a video featuring Dr. Knust to give us this important information.  But wait--Dr. Knust is a veterinarian. Huh?  Ebola is not an animal disease.  And Dr. Knust has never (legally) treated a human. Is this the best CDC can do?  Is this a joke or what?  
If you listen to the video, you will find that it acknowledges, but remarkably minimizes, the problem of persisting Ebola virus in patients after recovery.  Dr. Knust mentions there were only "two" documented patients in whom recrudescence of Ebola occurred

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FBI employee arrested for concealing evidence

POSTED: 01:59 PM MDT May 18, 2016 


FBI worker arrested for obstructing investigation.

An FBI employee Jennifer Barnett, 38, of Pocatello was arrested for destruction, alteration, or concealment of evidence.

The evidence was involved in an investigation on her husband, David Phillips, 41. She was arrested for informing Phillips of the investigation before it was conducted.

According to Bannock County Court records, police were planning to search for evidence of child pornography on Phillips' electronic devices.



Man in handcuffs escapes FBI custody Downtown
WCPO-5 minutes ago
Mekahale Lamb, 31, is described as 5-foot-7 and 160 pounds. He was wearing a gray hoodie and salmon pants when he escaped at Fifth and Walnut streets


FBI's Huge Biometrics Database Should Not Be Exempt ...
Dissent NewsWire (blog)-50 minutes ago
That's why the Department of Justice's proposal to prevent Americans from finding out if pictures of their fingerprints and tattoos are being stored in the FBI's Next ...


Poll shows Hoover as favorite for new FBI building
Federal Times-
An online poll conducted by Federal Times shows that respondents think the FBI's new headquarters should still be named after former Bureau director J. Edgar ...



Senators Push To Stop Expanding The FBI's Right To Hack
A coalition of privacy-minded senators wants to overturn a looming new set of rules that would give the FBI far more authority to hack people's computers when ...

Mumbai attack in India created
by FBI informant David Headley

FBI to train Indian counter-terror experts
Web India
The FBI will train Indian counter-terror experts and prosecutors on how to request for evidence from the United States through the Mutual Legal Assistance

NYPD cop Michael Milici fired, first cop axed in corruption probe


Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 6:23

Detective Michael Milici was dismissed on Wednesday.
The first NYPD officer embroiled in the ongoing federal and NYPD probe has b



Tragedy as Milwaukee girl, 9, who asked police whether they could keep her safe in her neighborhood dies from a gunshot wound to the head just days later
Za'layia Jenkins died Monday afternoon, a day before her 10th birthday
She was struck in the head by a stray bullet as she was watching

FBI Control of Media


Many viewers watched the shocking season finale of ABC's hit show 'Quantico' Sunday night, but do you ever wonder what it's really like to join the FBI? (KABC)
By Anabel Munoz
Sunday, May 15, 2016 11:44PM
LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Many viewers watched the shocking season finale of ABC's hit show "Quantico" Sunday night, but do you ever wonder what it's really like to join the FBI?

Young, ambitious and attractive FBI hopefuls took center stage in the show. Much of the action and drama took place at the FBI's 20-week training academy in Quantico, Virginia.

Dramatic scenes such as car chases and gunfights are often how Americans perceive a day in the life of a law enforcement agent. Eyewitness News spoke with two real-life Quantico graduates to see how close those depictions really are.

Although agents do have to train for intense encounters, they said what is shown in Hollywood is not the real thing.

"(The Quantico show creators) captured parts of it very well, obviously the plot line is something only created in Hollywood," Kimberly Anderson said.

Anderson is a special agent in the cyber division. When she was young, she felt a heightened sense of justice for victims and said she always wished she could do more to help if she ever witnessed anything.

Prentist Henderson graduated two weeks ago. He was actually inspired by the Hollywood television shows, and now works in the violent crimes unit.

He said growing up watching shows such as "The X-Files" and "America's Most Wanted" help drive him down the law enforcement career path.

Both agents admit training


Murder conspiracy mustn’t be excused as merely political rivalry


By Sajeeb Wazed - - Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Ayear-and-a-half ago I received an out-of-the-blue phone call from the U.S. Department of Justice. The news was shocking: People were planning to abduct and possibly kill me.

It turned out that a former FBI agent, Robert Lustyik, was sentenced to five years in prison last year for selling secret information about a Bangladesh political figure living in the United States to his political rivals. I am that figure.

The person buying the FBI information was Rizve Ahmed Caesar. He


in Oriskany
By Kirk Tupaj May. 18, 2016


It's called Raven's Challenge. It's a chance for Public Safety Bomb Squads and Military Explosive Units to work together.It all took place at the State Preparedness Training Center in Oriskany.

When it comes to explosives, there's no room for error. That's why these explosive experts need to learn the different techniques being used by various agencies.
Donald Robinson, ATF Explosive Training and Research Special Agent explains what this training is like.

"What we do here is we make the scenarios and the incidents here that they're training in very lifelike. Really realistic, based on the current information coming in to us on tactics, techniques, and procedures of the bad guys."

The rise in terrorism has forced first responders to be aware of what to do when they come across a bomb, but bomb makers are becoming more sophisticated in their techniques. This exercise keeps bomb squads on top of their game. Stephen Shelley, ATF Explosive Enforcement Officer says the bombs are becoming more difficult to deal with.

"People who make bombs, it's up to the ingenuity and their creativity in how they design bombs, and so somebody may come up with something that's never been seen before. So for a bomb technician to see something new they've never seen before, it helps hone their skills and gets them in a mindset to always be thinking of the unexpected."

There are chemicals that can be bought over the counter to make explosives, but that doesn't mean there aren't security procedures in place to keep an eye on suspicious activity.
Special Agent David Acquavella is a Bomb Technician for the FBI and says you have to know what you're doing to mix up a chemical bomb, but the information to make one is out there.

"There are security checks. They take your driver's license and they make record of the transaction, but everything else that I showed you, especially to make the primary explosives, you can just walk into any store and buy it without anybody blinking an eye."



3:23 PM

ALLO, THE MESSAGING service Google announced today at its Google I/O conference, is designed to allow a new style of communication, in which a clever bot listens in on your conversations and offers helpful suggestions and services. But a different feature is just as significant, one that’s designed to let no one listen in on your conversations at all: Not Google, not any hacker or eavesdropper, not even an FBI agent with a warrant.

When it launches this summer, Allo will offer an “incognito” mode that switches on an end-to-end encryption system known as Signal, designed by the privacy-focused non-profit Open Whisper Systems. In that incognito mode, only the two phones at either end of a conversation will possess the secret keys necessary to decrypt messages. Google’s new video calling app Duo will use end-to-end encryption, too. The result is a pair of tools that are resistant to government surveillance: Google couldn’t, in theory, help law enforcement decipher an incognito Allo conversation or Duo call even if it wanted to. And in the wake of Apple’s landmark fight with the FBI over the encrypted iPhone of San Bernadino killer Syed Rizwan Farook, the move represents another step in Silicon Valley’s shift toward user-controlled encryption in defiance of law enforcement.

“With incognito mode, Allo gives users additional controls over their privacy and security,” said Erik Kay, a Google engineering director in the Google I/O keynote. “We anticipate adding even more security features to it over time.”

In Allo’s incognito mode, the app will offer Snapchat-style expiring messages that delete themselves after a set time or when a conversation window is closed. And by adopting the open-source encryption system developed for the encrypted voice and messaging app Signal, the app will gain a level of protection from eavesdroppers that’s resistant to even sophisticated spies. Edward Snowden himself has vouched for Signal, writing that he uses it every day. As ACLU lead technologist Chris Soghoian has written, “every time someone downloads Signal and makes their first encrypted call, FBI Director Jim Comey cries.”

Better Late Than Never
But in the encryption arms race, Google is playing catch-up. Apple’s iMessage has, without much fanfare, end-to-end encrypted iPhone owners’ communications for years. FaceTime, too. In April, Facebook-owned Whatsapp completed the rollout of Open Whisper Systems’ encryption to the more than one billion phones that have the app installed, the largest default end-to-end encrypted network ever. The competing app Viber followed up just weeks later with its own switch to end-to-end encryption, extending that protection to around 700 million more people.

Google’s move, late as it may come, answers critics who have chastised its slow adoption of user-controlled encryption tools. The company announced an encrypted email project called “End-to-End” in 2014, but the initiative has yet to release any actual tools to the public.

Allo’s incognito mode represents a far more limited approach to encryption than Whatsapp’s, Apple’s, Viber’s, or even what it’s offering with Duo: Unlike with those apps, you must purposefully turn on incognito mode to send encrypted Allo messages; the app doesn’t hide all messages by default. On the flip side, Duo is encrypted by default all the time. But Google’s launching its encrypted communication apps as new tools that may or may not catch on, rather than Whatsapp’s far bolder move to turn on encryption for its existing, massive userbase. Gmail and Google Hangouts, meanwhile, still lack end-to-end encryption, leaving them open to government surveillance orders.

Seeking a Middle Ground?
Even so, Google’s new experiments in end-to-end encryption represent the company tiptoeing into an increasingly heated debate between Silicon Valley and cryptophobic government officials in the US and abroad. In March, Brazilian authorities briefly arrested a Facebook executive after Whatsapp failed to comply with a surveillance order in a drug case. The country’s government temporarily banned the app in both December of last year and earlier this month due to its encryption features, although the ban was overturned in both cases by a judge. And the New York Times reported that Whatsapp had told the U.S. Justice Department it couldn’t comply with a wiretap order in a criminal investigation due to its use of encryption.

FBI director James Comey has made clear his opposition to encryption because it presents a barrier to law enforcement, saying as early as 2014 that encrypted communication “threatens to lead all of us to a very dark place.” When Whatsapp announced the completion of its encryption rollout in April, Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton, a member of the Senate’s Select Committee on Intelligence, responded in a blistering statement: “The WhatsApp and Facebook decision to add end-to-end encryption to all of WhatsApp’s services with no secure method to comply with valid search warrants continues a dangerous trend in the tech and data world,” he wrote. “This is an open invitation to terrorists, drug dealers, and sexual predators to use WhatsApp’s services to endanger the American people.”

Google’s more limited adoption of that same encryption system may signal that the company is looking for a path that will please its privacy-seeking users without entirely antagonizing law enforcement. An even bigger consideration for the company may be the fact that end-to-end encryption prevents not only government surveillance, but its own collection of data about its users’ conversations—the lifeblood of Google’s advertising-driven business.

Allo and Duo’s new security features, in other words, are Google’s baby steps towards a fully-encrypted future, not the sort of bold moves to elevate privacy above profit or politics that some of its competitors have already taken. But for a company built on a data collection model that’s often fundamentally opposed to privacy, baby steps are better than none at all.


FBI interrogation of Oregon refuge holdout David Fry called into question


on May 18, 2016
Two FBI agents questioned David Fry immediately after his Feb. 11 arrest at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge despite prior notice by Fry's court-appointed lawyer objecting to any interrogation and invoking Fry's right to remain silent, court records reveal.

Attorney Per C. Olson has asked the court to order the government to turn over communications between federal prosecutors and any law enforcement officers involved in the arrest, detention and questioning of Fry that day.

Fry was one of the last four holdouts in a 41-day armed occupation of the federal bird sanctuary in Harney County. He surrendered to the FBI after a tense standoff carried live on a YouTube feed. Thousands of people followed it in real time, listening to Fry's requests for pizza and marijuana and his talk about his wish to die rather than end up in prison.

Olson seeks text messages, emails, notes or memoranda of phone conversations between prosecutors and FBI special agents Sean Hamblet, Eric Thompson and another agent known only by her first name, Audrey.

"It will be defendant's contention that the government should not have taken unfair advantage of the trust defendant had placed in the agents in his vulnerable state of mind by interrogating him in disregard of his counsel's invocations,'' Olson wrote in a motion filed in U.S. District Court.


Aldermen want to give TSA the boot at O'Hare and Midway
Chicago Sun-Times

“That's like the FBI agent that shows up at your door and knocks and says, `I'm from the FBI and I'm here to help you,” the alderman said. Emanuel said he's ...

FBI Octopus

Democrats tap former judge to succeed DiFiore

Scarpino was an FBI agent for a few years in the 1970s before working as a lawyer for the city of Mount Vernon. He was then a Mount Vernon city judge, a Westchester County Court judge and a state Supreme Court justice before unseating the incumbent surrogate judge in 2000. Scarpino won a second 10-year term in an uncontested race in 2010. He stepped down in January 2015 to join the White Plains firm of DelBello, Donnellan, Weingarten, Wise &



Residents weigh in on release of police shooting videos

By David Hernandez | 11:58 p.m. May 17, 2016 | Updated, 4:32 p.m. | May 18, 2016

SAN DIEGO — About 100 residents turned out to a town hall meeting Tuesday evening to offer law enforcement leaders their input on how and when to release videos of officer-involved shootings.

A handful of residents voiced concerns about officers having access to the video; families of victims having to wait, or file a lawsuit, to see the footage; and officers forgetting to turn on their body-worn cameras.

Police Chief Shelly Zimmerman, Sheriff’s Commander Dave Myers, FBI Special Agent in Charge Eric Birnbaum and La Mesa Police Chief Walt Vasquez were on hand to listen to the public’s comments at Cherokee Elementary School in City Heights.

District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, who announced earlier this month that she plans to release videos of most officer-involved shootings, was not in attendance because of a prior commitment.

The public’s comments often referenced the fatal shooting last week in Encanto, where four officers opened fire at a driver after a chase — a specific topic law enforcement leaders strayed away from, saying it’s an ongoing investigation.

About a dozen relatives and friends of the victim, 30-year-old Thongsoune Vilysane, attended the meeting.

“I’m here to remind you all that a life was taken that night,” a friend said. “No one deserves to lose a life in that manner.”

The man acknowledged there were many unanswered questions and said footage of the fatal shooting could help provide family and friends answers.

Several residents strongly suggested that families of victims fatally shot by officers or deputies should not have to wait long, or file a lawsuit, to view footage of the shooting in question. Cornelius Bowser, a community activist and bishop at the Charity Apostolic Church, said it could bring closure to the families.

Others voiced concerns about officers having initial access to the video, particularly when they write a report. Many said it could lead to manipulation or a change in officers’ narrative about the shootings in which they are involved.

“We do want our officers to review the video evidence before writing the report so we get the most accurate report,” Zimmerman told the audience.

Other residents, such as Blair Overstreet, expressed concerns about officers forgetting to turn on their body-worn cameras in the fist place. Overstreet, a member of a local group called Showing


Deputy allowed to retire and collect pension


Retired Delaware County deputy to plead guilty to stealing ammo
Muncie Star Press-May 17, 2016
In that document, FBI Special Agent Neal Freeman said the ammunition was sold during a period when the sheriff's lieutenant was experiencing financial

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May 29, 2016 Uncategorized Austrian election, Bernie, cell phone brain cancer, corruption, genetically-modified human embryos, Hillary, war
come here Watson

“… Americans need to pay attention to the fact that “their” government is a collection of crazed stupid fools likely to bring vaporization to the United States and all of Europe….”

Heat is online


Multi-Day ‘Siege of Storms’ Follows Exxon Shareholder Meeting
A multi-day siege of severe thunderstorms morphed into a major flash flood event in parts of Texas, Kansas, and other states late Thursday into Friday, and more severe weather is expected into Friday night. — Weather Underground.


It was a stifling hot and humid day that set the scene for the Exxon shareholder meeting this week. There, in Dallas, Texas on Wednesday, oil company CEO Rex Tillerson found himself besieged by environmentalists enraged over his company’s decades-long campaign to misinform the public on climate change and by shareholders concerned about the company’s future prospects. But what the climate change denying oil company CEO, and even NOAA weather forecasters, didn’t know was that an extreme rainfall event worsened by the very smoke and fumes emitted by Exxon was starting to gather over Southeast Texas — not far from where the shareholder proceedings were taking place.

(Protesters urge stockholders to dump Exxon in a push for accountability over Exxon’s deceptive language and media campaigns related to emissions-based climate change. Image source: Exxon Facing Heat Over Climate Change.)

At the meeting, Rex Tillerson, set to retire in 2017, spewed out his usual pro-fossil-fuel rhetoric — defending the myth that oil represents the inevitable mainstay of global energy and concocting various straw-man arguments imagining oil protesters filling up cars with gasoline or flying jet airplanes to join in an array of embittered protests surrounding this week’s shareholder meeting. Rallying the board of directors, Tillerson managed to deflect numerous shareholder attempts to positively modify Exxon’s behavior with regards to fossil fuel emissions and responses to climate change. Outside the meeting, protestors called for keeping oil reserves in the ground, urged Exxon to transition to a non-fossil fuel based energy company and acknowledge and prepare for climate change, or urged Exxon investors to dump stock holdings in response to the company’s decades-long-effort to stifle effective climate action.

Outside the meeting, a 13 foot long ice statue spelling out the words — #ExxonKnew — rapidly melted in the sweltering heat of an atmosphere roiled by the powerful climate-altering forces fossil fuel entities like Exxon had already unleashed upon the airs [frown] of our world.

‘Siege of Storms’ Batters Texas

By Thursday, the day after Exxon’s shareholder meeting, an expansive trough had extended down from Canada and over Texas. Exploiting this hole in an increasingly weakened Jet Stream cool, Arctic airs plunged south. Crossing the Great Plains into Texas, this unstable atmospheric mass came directly into confrontation with a super-heated, moist flow rising off the Gulf of Mexico and Pacific Ocean.

(Very heavy storms firing off over Southeastern Texas have dumped record amounts of rainfall over portions of the state and set off a flash flood emergency. Image source: NOAA.)

Both the big Jet Stream dip and the extreme moisture content in the airs over Texas were not normal. Both were new features enabled by a human-forced (Exxon-forced) warming of the world. For with global temperatures early this year spiking to 1.4 C above 1880s values, the planetary atmosphere is now enabled to contain about a ten percent higher moisture load than during the late 19th Century. It’s a weird new atmosphere that is now capable of producing storms with previously unimaginable heights of 70,000 feet over temperate Latitudes. And as the current





, May 29, 2016, 7:39 PM

Kristin Davis, a former hooker, says ex-cop Michael Rizzi came to her for business advice.
The disgraced ex-cop who got caught running his own prostitution ring sought business advice from the “Manhattan Madam,” according to former hooker Kristin Davis.

The one-time madam who claims the “Luv Guv” Eliot Spitzer was among her clients said she met retired cop Michael Rizzi a few years ago — and he plied her with inappropriate questions.

“He sort of mentioned that he was trying to open some sort of business,’’ Davis said Sunday during an interview with told AM radio host Frank Morano on his “Morano in the Morning” show.

“Didn’t know him before that,” she said.

Ex-NYPD cop with mob ties busted for running prostitution ring
“So he alluded basically to maybe getting your help in running some sort of prostitution ring?” Morano prodded.

“Yes,” Davis answered.

“I said repeatedly, ‘I don’t want to talk about these things because that’s in my past and I don’t want to talk with some stranger about entering into an illegal venture that he kept trying to discuss,’ ” said Davis.

The publicity-loving ex-madam also whined that Rizzi got a far low



Organized "Cop Watch" Groups Across the US
Thursday, 02 October 2014 10:13

When communities attempt to police the police, they often get, well... policed.

In several states, organized groups that use police scanners and knowledge of checkpoints to collectively monitor police activities by legally and peacefully filming cops on duty have said they've experienced retaliation, including unjustified detainment and arrests as well as police intimidation.

The groups operate under many decentralized organizations, most notably CopWatch and Cop Block, and have proliferated across the United States in the last decade - and especially in the aftermath of the events that continue to unfold in Ferguson, Missouri, after officer Darren Wilson fatally shot unarmed, black teenager Michael Brown.

Many such groups have begun proactively patrolling their communities with cameras at various times during the week, rather than reactively turning on their cameras when police enter into their neighborhoods or when they happen to be around police activity.

Across the nation, local police departments are responding to organized cop watching patrols by targeting perceived leaders, making arrests, threatening arrests, yanking cameras out of hands and even labeling particular groups "domestic extremist" organizations and part of the sovereign citizens movement - the activities of which the FBI classifies as domestic terrorism.

Courts across the nation at all levels have upheld the right to film police activity. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and photographer's assocications have taken many similar incidents to court, consistently winning cases over the years. The Supreme Court has ruled police can't search an individual's cellphone data without a warrant. Police also can't legally delete an individual's photos or video images under any circumstances.

"Yet, a continuing stream of these incidents (often driven by police who have been fed 'nonsense' about links between photography and terrorism) makes it clear that the problem is not going away," writes Jay Stanley, a senior policy analyst at the ACLU's Speech, Privacy & Technology Project.

Sources who have participated in various organized cop watching groups in cities such as New York; Chicago; Cleveland; Las Vegas; Oakland; Arlington, Texas; Austin and lastly Ferguson, Missouri, told Truthout they have experienced a range of police intimidation tactics, some of which have been caught on film. Cop watchers told Truthout they have been arrested in several states, including Texas, New York, Ohio and California in retaliation for their filming activity.

More recently, in September, three cop watchers were arrested while monitoring police activity during a traffic stop in Arlington, Texas. A group of about 20 people, a few of them associated with the Tarrant County Peaceful Streets Project, gathered at the intersection of South Cooper Street and Lynda Lane during a Saturday night on September 6 to film police as they conducted a traffic stop. A video of what happened next was posted at YouTube.

Arlington police charged Janie Lucero, her husband, Kory Watkins, and Joseph Tye with interference of public duties. Lucero and Watkins were charged with obstructing a highway while Tye was arrested on charges of refusing to identify himself.

Arlington police have defended the arrests of the three cop watchers, but the watchers say they weren't interfering with police work, and were told to move 150 feet away from the officers - around the corner of a building where they couldn't film the officers.

"When we first started [cop watching, the police] seemed kind of bothered a little bit," Watkins told Truthout. "There was a change somewhere where [the police] started becoming a little bit more offended, and we started having more cop watchers so I guess they felt like they needed to start bringing more officers to traffic stops."

On the night of Watkin's arrest, his group had previously monitored two other traffic stops without any confrontation with Arlington police officers before the incident that led to the arrests.

Sometimes, though, retaliation against cop watching groups goes far beyond arresting cop watchers on patrol.

Cops Label Cop Watch Groups Domestic Terrorists

On New Year's Day in 2012, Antonio Buehler, a West Point graduate and former military officer, witnessed two Austin police officers assaulting a woman. He pulled out his phone.

As he began photographing the officers and asking questions about their activities, the cops assaulted and arrested him. He was charged with spitting in a cop's face - a felony crime.

However, two witness videos of the incident surfaced and neither of them showed that Buehler spit in Officer Patrick Oborski's face. A grand jury was finally convened in March 2013 and concluded there was not enough evidence to indict Buehler on any of the crimes he was charged with.

A few months after the New Year's Day incident, Buehler and other Austin-based activists started the Peaceful Streets Project (PSP), an all-volunteer organization dedicated to stopping police abuse. The group has held "Know Your Rights" trainings and a Police Accountability Summit. The group also regularly organizes cop watch patrols in Austin.

Since the PSP was launched, the movement has grown, with local chapters popping up in other cities and states across the United States, including Texas' Tarrant County chapter, which the three cop watchers arrested in Arlington were affiliated with.

But as the Peaceful Streets movement spread, police retaliation against the groups, and particularly Buehler himself, also escalated.

"[The Austin Police Department (APD)] sees us as a threat primarily because we shine a spotlight on their crimes," Buehler said.

The group recently obtained documents from the APD through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request that reveal Austin police colluded to arrest Buehler and other cop watchers affiliated with the Peaceful Streets Project. Since the New Year's Day incident, Buehler has been arrested three more times by APD officers. At least four other members of PSP have been arrested on charges of interference or failing to identify themselves during their cop watching activities.

The emails indicate APD officers monitored Buehler's social media posts and attempted to justify arresting him for another felony crime of online impersonation over an obviously satirical post he made on Facebook, as well as reveal that some APD officers coordinated efforts to stop PSP members' legal and peaceful activities, even suggesting reaching out to the District Attorney's office to see if anything could be done to incarcerate members of the group.

Another internal email from APD senior officer Justin Berry identifies PSP as a "domestic extremist" organization. Berry writes that he believes police accountability groups including PSP, CopWatch and Cop Block are part of a "national domestic extremism trend." He believes he found "mirror warning signs" in "FBI intel." Berry makes a strange attempt to lump police accountability activists and the hacker-collective Anonymous in with sovereign citizens groups as a collective revolutionary movement.

"Sovereign citizens" groups generally believe federal, state and local governments are illegitimate and operate illegally. Some self-described sovereign citizens create fake license plates, identification and forms of currency to circumvent official government institutions. The FBI classifies the activities of sovereign citizens groups as domestic terrorism, considering the groups a growing "domestic threat" to law enforcement.

Buehler told Truthout the APD is working with a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) fusion center to attempt to identify PSP as a sovereign citizens group to associate its members with domestic terrorism with state and federal authorities. DHS fusion centers are designed to gather, analyze and promote the sharing of intelligence information between federal and state agencies.

"They have spent a fair amount of resources tracking us, spying on us and infiltrating our group, and we are just peaceful activists who are demanding accountability for the police," Buehler told Truthout. "They have absolutely no evidence that we've engaged in any criminal activity or that we've tried to engage in criminal activity."

APD officials did not respond to a request for comment.

"They've pushed us; they've assaulted us for filming them; they've used their horses against us and tried to run us into walls; they've driven their cars up on us; they illegally detained us and searched us; they get in our face and they yell at us; they threaten to use violent force against us," Buehler said. "But we didn't realize until these emails just how deep this intimidation, how deep these efforts were to harm us for trying to hold them accountable."

Buehler also said the group has additional internal emails which have not been released yet that reveal the APD attempted to take another charge to the District Attorney against him for felony child endangerment over the activities of a teenaged member of PSP.

He said he and other members of PSP were interested in pursuing a joint civil action against the APD over their attempts to frame and arrest them for their First Amendment activities.

This is not the first time a municipal police department has labeled a local cop watching group as an extremist organization.

In 2002, internal files from the Denver Police Department's (DPD) Intelligence Unit were leaked to the ACLU, revealing the unit had been spying on several activist groups in the city, and keeping extensive records about members of the activist groups. Many of these groups were branded as "criminal extremist" organizations in what later became a full-scale controversy widely known as the Denver police's "spy files." Some of the groups falsely branded as "criminal extremist" groups included three police accountability organizations: Denver CopWatch, End the Politics of Cruelty and Justice for Mena.

Again, from October 2003 through the Republican National Convention (RNC) in August 2004, intelligence digests produced by the New York City Police Department (NYPD) on dozens of activist groups, including several police accountability organizations, were made public under a federal court order. The NYPD labeled participants of the "Operation CopWatch" effort as criminal extremists.

Those who participated in "Operation CopWatch" during the RNC hoped to identify undercover cops who might attempt to provoke violence during demonstrations and document police violence or misconduct against protesters.

Communities Benefiting From Cop Watch Patrols Resist Police Retaliation Against Watchers

In some major urban areas, rates of police harassment of individuals drop considerably after cop watchers take to the streets - and communities band together to defend cop watch patrols that experience police retaliation, say veteran cop watchers.

Veteran police accountability activist José Martín has trained and organized with several organizations that participate in cop watch activities. Martín has been detained and arrested several times while cop watching with organized patrols in New York and Chicago.

His arrests in New York are part of a widely documented problem in the city. In fact, retaliation in New York against cop watchers has been so widespread that the NYPD had to send out an official memo to remind officers that it is perfectly legal for civilians to film cops on duty.

Martín described an experience in Chicago in which he felt police unjustly retaliated against him after a local CopWatch group formed and began regularly patrolling Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood. After the group became well-known by the Pilsen community, residents gathered around an officer who had detained Martín after a patrol one night in 2009, calling for his release. The officer let him go shortly after.

"When cop watchers are retaliated against, if the community is organized, if there is a strong relationship between cop watch patrols and the community, but most importantly, if the cop watchers are people of the community, that community has the power to push back against retaliation and prevent its escalation," Martín said. "Retaliation doesn't work if you stand together."

Another veteran cop watcher, Jacob Crawford, co-founder of Oakland's We Copwatch, is helping the community of Ferguson, Missouri, organize cop watch patrols and prepare the community for the potential of police retaliation. His group raised $6,000 to pass out 110 cameras to organizers and residents in Ferguson, and train them to monitor police activity in the aftermath of the upheavals that rocked the city after Wilson killed Brown.

"I do expect retaliation, I do expect that these things won't be easy, but these folks are in it," Crawford told Truthout. "This is something that makes more sense to them than not standing up for themswlves


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Half of Indiana police don't report hate crimes data to FBI
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — More than half of Indiana's police agencies failed to file hate crime reports with the FBI between 2009 and 2014, a trend


Lynch police chief arrested following FBI investigation

Posted: Fri 12:05 PM, Jun 03, 2016  |  Updated: Fri 8:43 PM, Jun 03, 2016

HARLAN COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Kentucky State Police have arrested Lynch Police Chief Jackie Stewart on Friday.

State Police say they also arrested Stewart's girlfriend Rettie Morris.

KSP said the arrest came after a multi-agency investigation into narcotics in Appalachia was taken over by the FBI.

A federal indictment naming Stewart and


Officer fires gun at Pine Ridge hospital



Operation Condor: A transnational criminal conspiracy, uncovered


The EPA is still stonewalling Inspector
General’s office
POSTED AT 10:01 AM ON JUNE 4, 2016

The troubles at the Environmental Protection Agency continue unabated this month, but this time we’re



Bureau of Prisons breaks space-time continuum to deny FOIA
by JPat Brown
June 02, 2016
Five years ago, Jason Smathers filed a FOIA request with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. A week later, the BOP closed out the request due to lack of interest - three days before they even acknowledged receiving it.
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Department of Education refuses to release its feedback of FBI’s Counter-Extremism website
by Waqas Mirza
June 01, 2016
The Department of Education has rejected a FOIA request for departmental feedback on the FBI’s Countering Violent Extremism website, which recruits teachers to spy on “troubled” Muslim teens.
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Parents refusal to get vaccine forced the Minnesota zoo to put down their meerkats
by JPat Brown
May 31, 2016
With debate raging over the Cincinnati Zoo’s decision to euthanize an endangered gorilla after a child fell into its enclosure, documents from a similar incident ten years prior raise the same questions about parental responsibility and stringent laws concerning animal safety.
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The NSA’s guide to the internet is the weirdest thing you’ll read today
by JPat Brown
May 27, 2016
The NSA has a well-earned reputation for being one of the tougher agencies to get records out of, making those rare FOIA wins all the sweeter. In the case of Untangling the Web, the agency’s 2007 guide to internet research, the fact that the records in question just so happen to be absolutely insane are just icing on the cake - or as the guide would put it, “the nectar on the ambrosia.”
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Exxon Sues MA Attorney General In Retaliatory Attempt To Intimidate ‘Exxon Knew’ Climate Accountability Movement
Acting like a wounded and cornered beast, ExxonMobil has launched what appears to be a blatantly retaliatory and frivolous lawsuit against Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.

Beneath a very thin veil, this legal maneuver by Exxon is seemingly an effort to intimidate any and all who seek to hold the oil giant accountable for its multi-million dollar campaign to attack climate science and sow doubt through decades of deception.

Just to remind everyone – 17 Attorneys General are investigating what Exxon knew about climate science and when, as well as what the company has done to potentially mislead policymakers and the public in order to delay action to address climate change.

Exxon has claimed that there has always been uncertainty within the company about the role of fossil fuels in causing climate change.

Yet, as InsideClimate News and the LA Times and Columbia School of Journalism and the Center for International Environmental Law and other investigations have pointed out, Exxon and others in the oil industry had advanced knowledge of the link between fossil fuel combustion and global warming decades ago.

And DeSmog uncovered an Exxon document that unequivocally stated the company’s knowledge in the late 1970s. Read DeSmog's investigation: “There is no doubt”: Exxon Knew CO2 Pollution Was A Global Threat By



Conservative Funders of Climate Denial Are Quietly Spending Millions To Generate More Partisan Journalism
Millions of dollars have been pouring into conservative media outlets and student journalism projects from the same groups funding climate science denial, a DeSmog analysis has found.

Analysis of IRS tax filings shows the funding groups, including some linked to the oil billionaire Koch brothers, are trying to combat a perceived left-wing bias in media with cash to ideologically-aligned projects.

Many of the funded journalism projects also produce stories that claim human-caused climate change is either a liberal hoax or that policies to mitigate it, such as promotion of renewable energy, are an unnecessary drag on the economy.

DeSmog found that two linked funds — Donors Trust and Donors Capital Fund — have been a key source of cash for organisations attacking climate science and opposing policies

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FBI says utility pole surveillance cam locations must be kept secret
Ars Technica UK
Peter Winn, assistant US attorney in Seattle, won the injunction after telling Judge Jones that "the FBI's use of the pole camera technique is a powerful tool in FBI ...


Your Driver's License Pic May Be In FBI's Face-Scanning Database


The FBI trawls the databases of 16 states' drivers license photos to match with its facial recognition technology, according to a new government report by the ...



Ex-Florida cops' black girlfriend testifies in racist text case
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Wednesday, June 15, 2016, 4:13 PM


FBI's face recognition database is vast and often inaccurate


The FBI's vast biometric database is even more vast than most people realized. According to a new government report, the FBI can currently run face recognition



Dozens of news orgs demand DOJ release its secret rules for targeting journalists with secret National Security Letters

Freedom of the Press Foundation recently filed a huge brief in the organization's case demanding that the Justice Department release


Reaction to police shooting continues in Mobile


Federal and state investigators are continuing to look into the death of Michael Moore, a 19-year-old from Mobile who was shot and killed by a Mobile Police officer on June 13.

As the facts are being gathered, thousands are expressing anger over the situation on social media and some have already tak


5 added to drug probe at Air Force nuclear base
Posted: Jun 15, 2016 4:39 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 15, 2016 5:29 PM EDT


Five more airmen are under investigation for illegal drug activity at a nuclear missile base in Wyoming, bringing the total to 19 and expanding the probe



June 15, 2016 Uncategorized behavioral insights, brains, implants, mind, mind control, neurotechnology, psychotronic warfare, weaponization of neuroscience

A group of military veterans are suing to get the CIA to come clean about allegedly implanting remote control devices in their brains.


Source: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/11/cia-allegedly-implanted-electrodes-brains-unsuspecting-soldiers/




“… At the time Sarah Kershaw wrote the article for the New York Times, the use of psychotronic warfare, the process of using non-lethal weapons which emit electromagnetic frequencies and target the central nervous system, leading to disruptions in the normal activity of the brain, was illegal against US citizens.

According to a report in the Abreu Report (3), in 2013 the legality involving mind-control weapons and techniques in America

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Senate Still Considering Giving FBI More Power to Spy on Browser ...
Despite strong opposition in Congress and from the grassroots, the FBI is still pushing to expand its National Security Letter (NSL) authority. The proposed ...


FDNY's Herlocker to Address Government Video Expo
He'll talk about how live video supports tactical decision-making in the nation's largest fire department
July 8, 2016

WASHINGTON—Few people need information fast like the commander of a fire scene does.
Attendees to Government Video Expo & the National Drone Show will hear about the New York Fire Department's aggressive urban firefighting strategy from Timothy E. Herlocker, director of the FDNY Emergency Operations Center.

Timothy Herlocker
The EOC is the department's information hub and command & control center, where Herlocker has designed and implemented systems and policies to provide real-time data to support rapid decision-making by incident commanders and senior executives.
His session is titled "Live Video Supports Tactical Decision-Making in the Nation's Largest Fire Department."
A longtime special agent with the FBI — where he specialized in counterintelligence, counterterrorism and intelligence collection and analysis — he has a background that today helps FDNY create packages of information that incident commanders can easily assimilate without impeding

Ex-FBI Agent Blames Refugees for Rise in Smuggling Threats at US ...
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Maryland Port Administration security director Dave Espie, a retired FBI agent and former National Security Agency special agent, testified at a hearing on behalf ...


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N.O. FBI Chief Interested In Mayor's Office, Gets Reassigned


NEW ORLEANS -- The tough-talking FBI chief sent to New Orleans three years ago to fight public corruption has been reassigned after he said he was interested in running for mayor. Speculation about James Bernazzani's political aspirations took off earlier this week after a New Orleans weekly newspaper, Gambit Weekly, and two television stations reported on his interest in running for mayor. The FBI on Friday said it had decided to reassign Bernazzani to its Washington headquarters to avoid "the appearance of a conflict of interest." A federal law, the Hatch Act, prohibits federal officials from engaging in "partisan political activity." Bernazzani said he is not sure if he'll return to Washington, suggesting his political ambitions are still alive. Bernazzani's office has targeted members of some of New Orleans' most prominent political families. Under his watch



With feds in charge of Alton Sterling case, what happens next?

Jim Bernazzani, the former Special Agent in Charge of the FBI New Orleans division, said federal agents are likely already hard at work conducting interviews ...


Thinks US Faked Double Agent’s Death For Witness Protection Program



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Why the Heck Wasn't Hillary Clinton's FBI Interview Recorded?
During FBI Director James Comey's testimony before the House Committee on ... For example, the FBI's standard procedure was for an agent to take notes ...



Comey: Why, no, we didn't put Hillary under oath for our interview ...
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It's longstanding FBI policy not to record interviews. Normal practice is for agents to jot notes during an interrogation and then summarize what was said in a ...


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FBI Entrapment Issue Dominates Hearing as 'Christmas Tree ...
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FBI Entrapment Issue Dominates Hearing as 'Christmas Tree Bomber' Appeals to ... have argued that their client was entrapped by sophisticated FBI agents who ...



That refers to a provision of the Espionage Act of 1917 that makes it a felony for someone to let classified information about national defense be "removed from its proper place of custody" due to "gross negligence."

This suggests that a prosecutor might not necessarily have to prove that Clinton intended to do something illegal — proving she was grossly negligent could be enough. And given that Comey himself has said Clinton and her aides were "extremely careless" in handling classified information ... well, doesn’t extreme carelessness sound a whole lot like gross negligence?

But in Thursday’s hearing, Comey argued that the Justice Department has historically set an extremely high bar for prosecutions of gross negligence — so high, he said, that the statute has only been used once in the 99 years it’s existed, "in a case involving espionage."

Comey is apparently referring to a 2003 case against FBI counterintelligence agent James Smith. Smith was having an affair with one of his assets, Katrina Leung, who was accused of working for the Chinese government. According to the government, Smith brought classified documents in an unlocked briefcase to Leung’s home, and, unbeknownst to Smith, Leung took some of those documents and photocopied them. (You can read more background on this case in this law review article, but Smith’s gross negligence charges were eventually dropped as part of a plea deal.)



Rasha, a Syrian immigrant born in 1983 and one of Bayoumi’s narrators, depicts a remarkable story of racism, elimination of civil liberties and injustice her family had to endure after 9/11. In February 2002, as a working class family, they all were hurried to a detention center in New Jersey without knowing why they were detained in the first place. She remembers the FBI Agent saying “We are cleaning out the country and you are the dirt.” Rasha’s storytelling is simple yet multilayered in its intellectual capacity. When listening to her story



JULY 7, 2016

Will Hurd, a Republican Representative from Texas, has emerged as a patriotic all-star, according to social media posts still flowing in response to the James

Talking terrorism: A discussion group on Terrorism in the Middle East meets the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 10 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.



Jay White, a retired FBI agent and former member of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, leads the discussion. He is an adjunct faculty member at several area colleges and is knowledgeable on the topic of terrorism and the Middle East.

Call Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390 if you are interested in participating in the group


From FBI Boss to Death Penalty Foe
Tom Parker’s Quest to Free a Convicted Murderer

Thursday, July 7, 2016


After a long career as an FBI boss, having put the Mafia behind bars, investigated dozens of homicides and sent two murderers to their deaths by lethal injection, Tom Parker became a spokesman for death penalty repeal.

Parker, a 72-year-old Santa Barbaran, is seeking the support of law enforcement officials for the Justice That Works Act, a death penalty repeal measure that qualified last month for the November ballot in California.

“There were times during my career when I would gladly have pushed the button on a murderer,” he said. “Today, my position would be, life without parole.”

During 45 years in law enforcement, Parker said, he’s seen too many corrupt homicide investigations to believe in the death penalty anymore. The worst of them, he said, is the Chino Hills murder case of 1983.

For five years, Parker has been working pro-bono as a lead investigator to free Kevin Cooper, an African-American who was convicted for killing three family members and their houseguest on June 4, 1983, in the affluent white community of Chino Hills in San Bernardino County. Cooper had escaped from a nearby minimum-security prison, where he was serving a sentence for burglary. He was arrested off Santa Cruz Island in July, 1983, and is on death row in San Quentin State Prison.

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“Kevin was a car thief and a burglar, but he doesn’t deserve to be where he is,” Parker said. “I’m convinced he was framed. We arrest and convict innocent people almost every day in this country. As long as we have a death penalty in America, we will continue to execute innocent people.”

The notorious Chino Hills case, which has been featured on CNN’s “Death Row Stories,” is a flashpoint for both sides of the death penalty debate, even as it draws national and international scrutiny for alleged


Second Circ. Deals a Blow to Miranda Protections
Courthouse News Service-


As they entered Faux's house, FBI agents Matthew McPhillips and Lucile Fontes escorted her to the dining room for a marathon, two-hour interview that has ...


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UPDATED:JUL 08 2016 10:37PM EDT


NEW YORK - An off-duty NYPD cop appears to have waited barely a second before he shot a man during a road rage incident, according to a video obtained exclusively by the New York Post.

The footage, captured at the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and Bradford Street in Brooklyn, shows that as Delrawn Small approaches officer Wayne Isaacs' car, small then staggers as the officer's car lurches and eventually Small collapses in the street. Small had been shot twice through the car wind



Rhode Island DMV Denies Sharing License Photos with FBI for ...
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The Rhode Island DMV vehemently denied allegations raised by the American Civil Liberties Union about the sharing of driver license photos with the FBI.

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MACC working with FBI


PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has confirmed that it is working with the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to probe


Fulton runoffs for sheriff, solicitor, judge to be decided Tuesday

Posted: 5:49 p.m. Friday, July 22, 2016

Several contentious Fulton County runoffs will be decided Tuesday, as voters go to the polls to vote in races for sheriff, solicitor general and superior court judges.

In the sheriff’s race, incumbent Ted Jackson is facing off against Richard Lankford, who held the position more than 20 years ago. Jackson, the former FBI chief agent in Atlanta, last defeated Lankford in 2012. The winner will face Republican Ben Cowart


Austin police apologize after video shows black woman's violent arrest
Breaion King dragged and thrown to ground after traffic stop escalated
Officer told her ‘people’ fear of black people’s ‘violent tendencies’

Breaion King is overcome with emotion as she describes being pulled from her car and thrown to the ground by an Austin police officer during a traffic stop in 2015.
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Stopped by police for going 15mph over the speed limit, Breaion King pulled into a fast-food joint’s parking lot. Within a minute of an officer asking to see her driver’s license, the schoolteacher was dragged out of her car and thrown to the ground.



Rape victim sues after being jailed during trial for 'mental breakdown'
Plaintiff who suffers from bipolar disorder was detained to ensure she would testify against attacker and was incorrectly entered into the jail’s computer system as a defendant, lawsuit allege



California police officer charged with on-duty sexual assault of five women
officer Noah Winchester allegedly targeted ‘vulnerable women’ as young as 17 while with the San Mateo police in north

July 22 2016

Ten Lessons for Creating Safety Without Police
Thursday, 14 July 2016 00:00


Members of the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood enjoy a Memorial Day cookout on May 24, 2009. Bed-Stuy is one of several Central Brooklyn neighborhoods that has benefited from the Safe OUTside the System collective. (Photo: Clementine Gallot)
How can we create safety collectively? How can we challenge hate and police violence by using community-based strategies rather than relying on the police?
For the past 10 years, the Safe OUTside the System (SOS) Collective -- an anti-violence program led by and for lesbian, gay, bisexual, two spirit, trans and gender non-conforming (LGBTSTGNC) people of color (POC) in Central Brooklyn, New York, specifically Bed-Stuy, Crown Heights and Bushwick neighborhoods -- has been working to answer these questions. After a decade of organizing, the three SOS Coordinators, founding coordinator Ejeris Dixon (2005–2010), the second coordinator Che J. Rene Long (2010–2014), and the current coordinator Tasha Amezcua (2014–present) co-wrote this piece to share the lessons we've learned over the years. We also asked SOS members from the past 10 years about their reflections on our successes, struggles and our hopes for the future. We write these lessons for all the people seeking to address violence and envision safer communities.
—Ejeris, Che and Tasha
1. Cultural work is a crucial organizing strategy. From its onset our members have included activists, organizers, artists and cultural workers (i.e. dancers, musicians, playwrights, actors, singers, poets, performers, artists, healers, etc.) and many people who see themselves at the intersections of these identities. However, it took us time to integrate people's passions, fully utilize each other's skills, and create a collective culture and value system that allowed us all to be seen and heard. We knew that cultural work was necessary to build community, create our vision of safety and make space for healing. Yet we struggled with the question of what our priorities were -- and where cultural work fit into those priorities. SOS members who identified as artists and cultural workers refused to let organizers deprioritize art and healing, and consistently reminded us that cultural work is not a footnote or an addition to make an event more interesting. Instead, these members showed us all that art and cultural work can allow us to vision, strategize, educate, heal and organize with our full selves. Organizing that integrates cultural work transforms people's perspectives in a way that is often deeper and longer lasting than organizing alone. After many meetings and challenging conversations we began to build cultural work into our organizing strategies, events and community-based curriculum. We created a step team to engage and excite new members as an outreach strategy. Our annual Bed-Stuy Pride includes visual artists, performers, healers and vendors to bring our full communities together. This conversation still continues today and not without tension, but we keep growing and learning new ways to communicate across our perspectives and passions.
2. Organizing for community safety must include an analysis of gentrification. The Safe Neighborhood Campaign began at a time when Bed-Stuy was still a mostly low-income Black community. Our campaign relied on small businesses agreeing to become safe spaces that would open their doors to people fleeing from violence, and uphold our principles of using transformative justice strategies to address and reduce violence. As the campaign progressed and built relationships with more community-based businesses, the neighborhood also changed in less subtle, more abrupt ways. Soon the question of gentrification took center stage in our campaign development as well as in our outreach and base building. Gentrification and increased policing of LGBTSTGNC POC disrupted our existing community safety networks, pushing out our safe spaces. We met this strong socio-economic force with study and research, developing a timeline for the average lifespan of a small business and finding new ways to engage locally owned small businesses. We began to invest in longstanding institutions such as schools and churches and explored ways to engage them in the campaign. This work continues today. As a mixed collective of people born and raised in Bed-Stuy and transplants, we have honest conversations internally about how to support the local community together with our money, energy and time.
3. Our work exists within a legacy and we are just a small part. Over time we've noticed thatsafety exists in relationships. And wellness exists in culture. In this moment of rapid displacement, we continue to identify LGBTSTGNC/POC cultural workers


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FBI Says No Agent Investigating Clinton's Emails Refused To Sign Non-Disclosure Agreement
Matt Vespa |Posted: Jul 15, 2016 1:00 PM


protesters decry FBI no-knock raid
Investigator ' Police tactics involving protesters attacked

July 21, 2016

Rod Webber describes himself as a flower-bearing artistic filmmaker.

The Boston native, dubbed "The Flower Guy" has been in Cleveland every day of the Republican National Convention

An Arkansas man was the victim of excessive police force when he was Tasered repeatedly for refusing to give an officer his name during an encounter on Fourth of July, a new lawsuit says.

Blytheville, Ark., police officer Stephen Sigman, the target of the lawsuit, charged Chardrick Mitchell with resisting arrest, obstruction of justice and disorderly conduct.

But shocking body cam footage of the exchange shows Sigman not telling Mitchell he was under arrest until he fired the Taser gun at the man's back, who was casually walking a



Senator stiff-armed over concerns of FBI 'double standard' for Hillary ...
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The FBI has refused for a second time in six months to answer key lawmakers' formal questions about the bureau's handling of the Hillary ...


FBI Searching for Weapons Stolen From Agent's Vehicle
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The FBI's Washington Field Office is trying to recover a set of weapons, equipment and ammunition that was stolen this month from an ...



FCC selects Telcordia to run sensitive national database routing ...
The Journal-
The database is particularly important for the FBI and other law enforcement agencies that query the database every day, several million times a year, in the ...



Attorneys ask for medical exam of suspect accused of killing JPSO deputy

Jerman Neveaux, 19, of, New Orleans man, was arrested in the fatal shooting of Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office Detective David Michel Jr. on June 22. (Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office)

on July 22, 2016 at 3:26 PM, updated July 22, 2016 at 3:35 PM
The attorneys for Jerman Neveaux, the 19-year-old New Orleans man accused of fatally shooting Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office Detective David Michel, have asked the court for medical exams and physical therapy to identify possible spinal and internal injuries they say he received during his arrest, according to court records

Martin Regan and Adam Beckman filed a motion this week to have the Sheriff's Office obtain CT scans of Neveaux's brain, facial bones, abdomen and pelvis. The attorneys also asked for a CT scan of Neveaux's spine to assess "spinal cord contusions associated with his abnormal gait" and loss of control of certain muscle, the motion says.

Use of force questioned in arrest in deputy's death
A witnesses recorded cellphone video of the suspect's arrest.
"We know there's definitely an issue with his walk that he's had for several weeks, a clear indication to the doctor that there is some injury," Regan said Friday.

Neveaux was arrested and booked with first-degree degree murder after authorities said he shot Michel three times in the back when the deputy stopped him as he was walking near Manhattan Boulevard and Ascot Road in Harvey on June 22.

Neveaux was hospitalized for three days following his arrest. Sheriff Newell Normand has said Neveaux suffered a fractured eye socket and oth


WikiLeaks Shares Voter Names, Addresses in Hillary Clinton Email ...

Today's data dump is part of a series revealing emails sent from Clinton's private email server, which has outraged voters at least partly because the FBI decided ...

WikiLeaks says the release contains 19,252 emails; 891 documents; 175 spreadsheets; and “thousands” of images that were attached to those emails. Many of the messages have news value, and journalists will surely find stories to write about how the Clinton campaign operates. But it’s hard to argue that the inclusion of this personal information, which means little to the public but could allow people’s lives to be ruined simply because they donated to a political campaign, is justified even to those who want to read Clinton’s emails.


Microsoft's president explains the company's quiet legal war for user privacy; Q&A
FRIDAY , JULY 22, 2016 - 1:00 PM

Apple’s legal battle over encryption dominated headlines earlier this year, but another



Union boss claims state undercover agents sabotaging Corbyn’s Labour leadership

Union boss Len McCluskey has accused British intelligence agencies of using agents provocateurs to undermine Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
The Unite general secretary said he believed spies were using “dark practices” in an attempt to “stir up trouble” and suggested they could be behind the abuse of MPs on social media.
McCluskey told the Guardian he thought the truth would come out in 30 years, when classified government documents are released into the public domain.
Asked if he believed online abuse of Corbyn’s critics was posted by people trying to discredit his supporters, he said: “Of course, of course. Do people believe for one second that the security forces are not involved in dark practices?
“We found out just a couple of years ago that the chair of my union then, the Transport and General Workers Union, was an MI5 informant at the time that there was a strike taking place that I personally as a worker was involved in. [In] 1972, I was on strike for six weeks. And 30 years later it comes out that the chair of my union at that time was an MI5 informant.”
When asked again if he believed classified documents would reveal the involvement of British intelligence agents in Corbyn’s leadership strife, McCluskey said: “Well I tell you what, anybody who thinks that that isn’t happening doesn’t live in the same world that I live in.
“Do you think that there’s not all kinds of rightwingers who are not secretly able to disguise themselves and stir up trouble? I find it amazing if people think that isn’t happening.”
Labour MP Angela Eagle, who dropped out of the leadership race to back ‘unity candidate’ Owen Smith, dismissed McCluskey’s comments as “over the top.”
“These are serious issues. Rape threats,

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2016 election decides who controls the drug trade
Posted on July 20, 2016 by Daniel Hopsicker
In the Presidential Election of 2016, Republican and Democratic insiders are wrestling like two dogs over a bone over who controls the illegal drug trade.

To the victor go the spoils. Who wins the election wins control of America’s vast drug bazaar, largest in the world, whose proceeds prop up lucky bankers and politicians lapping at the trough of  the biggest richest slush fund in the history of the world.

It’s the smart play

It’s the biggest business in the world, and the No. 1 industry on the face of the planet, in terms of foreign trade. And if you didn’t know that about the illegal drug trade, then the vast amounts spent on propaganda and disinformation every year in the so-called “War on Drugs” is working.

The first industry to globalize vertically was the illegal drug business. It’s an open question whether drug



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Mike Ruppert
by Dave Emory

Published 1998
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Topics CIA, Clinton, Drug Trafficking, Iran-Contra, JFK, Kohlman, LAPD, Mafia, Mike Ruppert, Oliver North, Bill Tyree, Albert Vincent Carone

FTR #115 In October of 1998, Mr. Emory interviewed attorney Ray Kohlman in a conference call with former LAPD narcotics detective Mike Ruppert on the subject of the Tyree suit. Mr. Kohlman is representing former Special Forces soldier Bill Tyree in his lawsuit against George Bush, the CIA, Oliver North and Bill Clinton, among others. The discussion centers on the structure of the lawsuit itself, the current status of the suit (as of the Fall of 1998) and the possible impact of the publication of Volume Two of the CIA Inspector General's report on the agency's involvement in the drug trade. The main element connecting the disparate aspects of the lawsuit is the remarkable career of Albert Vincent Carone, who worked variously for the New York Police Department, the U.S. Army, the CIA and the Mafia. One item of information of particular interest (and not included in the previous broadcasts on the subject) is the allegation Carone made (during a deathbed confession) that he had paid money to Ruth Paine, one of the people who shepherded Lee Harvey Oswald around in the Dallas area. Carone also alleged that he paid money to Jack Ruby on 11/21/63 and that he was on a rooftop on a building at Love Field in Dallas with a rifle in order to kill President Kennedy on 11/22/63 but was unable to get a clear shot.


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This is a press release from one of 13 conferences we organized
in New England looking at crimes committed by FBI agents.
It was held at Bates College for 11 years.

By Bates News. Published on January 5, 2000

The 11th annual Maine Conference Investigating Crimes Committed by the FBI by will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 15, in the Olin Arts Center Concert Hall. The public is invited to attend free of charge.

The conference, sponsored by Maine Citizens to Defend the Bill of Rights and the New World Coalition, a student organization at Bates, features a talk by Raymond Kohlman, an attorney who in December 1999 successfully represented the family of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in a lawsuit claiming the civil rights leader was the victim of a vast murder conspiracy, not a lone assassin. The King family had sued Loyd Jowers, a retired businessman who claimed six years ago that he paid someone other than James Earl Ray to kill King in Memphis, Tenn., in 1968. Kohlman claimed the FBI, CIA, the Mafia and the U.S. military were involved in the assassination.

The conference also features a talk by Hoppy Heidelberg, a member of the Oklahoma City bombing grand jury who believes the FBI was involved in the destruction of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. Heidelberg, a Reform Party gubernatorial candidate in Oklahoma, also is a member of Oklahomans for Truth, a group that recently took depositions from an FBI informant who testified to the FBI’s involvement in the Oklahoma City bombing.

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Subject:         Himmler, NATO, Gold Train & more
Date:         Fri, 12 Aug 2016 11:06:10 -0400

Sharkhunters HOW MAIL!
RENSE RADIO - As we have reported, the server at Rense Radio had fizzled and we had to input the codes to listen to all our radio shows.  This is complete and all our radio shows on Rense Radio are available again.  Go to http://www.sharkhunters.com then click on NEWS.  All our radio programs are there for your enjoyment.
POLISH GOLD TRAIN - As you will remember a few years ago a couple guys in Europe, one a German and the other a Pole, claimed to have discovered a train filled with gold in a sealed tunnel in Poland.  They swore it was true, they had the Polish Government convinced but we said at the time that this was going to be a fake bubble that would soon burst.  Sure enough - the bubble did burst and the world realized that this was just a hoax.
     Now some people claim to have found another trail filled with gold and again we say - this is going to be another phony story that will quickly burst when they dig and find nothing.
EMAILS RESUMED - We have been quiet most of the week because Harry has been out of town visiting.....someone and talking about.......something - we cannot go into the details, but we are back on the air and we will quickly catch up with the 115 emails waiting here.  Thanks for your patience.
BALTIC ABOUT TO BOIL - One of our S.E.I.G. Agents has Intel that Russia will be poking a stick in the eye of NATO by the Baltic States shortly & since the Royal Navy is almost totally shut down and the USA military will probably not be sent.....the Baltic will soon be boiling.
KTB #281 - Will be sent to Members over this week-end.  If you are a Member, make sure that you have cleared your emailbox to receive it.  If you are not a Member - why waste time.  Join now and get all the news as it happens as well as history you cannot find anywhere else.
HIMMLER's DIARIES - It was reported a short while ago by the Lamestream Media that the diaries of Heinrich Himmler were just discovered and various passages were revealed.  We said at that time that this all smelled like another hoax like the scandal of the Hitler Diaries of many years ago.  Former British agent Hugh Trevor-Roper declared the Hitler diaries were indeed genuine; then a short time later it was discovered that the ink used in those diaries was not even invented until many years AFTER the end of the war.  And so Hugh Trevor-Roper had egg on his face and looked really foolish.  Remember too that he is the one who stated absolutely and definitely that Hitler killed himself in the Berlin Bunker and now we find that he was wrong on that as well.
     After our report a week or so ago, we have been flooded with emails about this topic and all of them were in agreement - all believe this is another hoax.  We shall see, but we believe this will by yet another fancy story with absolutely NO basis in fact.....another hoax.
U-BOAT WAR IN PICTURES - That is the title of our newest book and this series will become THE source for information on all the U-Boats in the war.  The manuscript is in the final phase before we send it to the printing company but soon we will release full information on this book.
HITLER in ARGENTINA - Watch for a MAJOR announcement regarding our Best Selling book about the escape of Adolf Hitler, Eva Braun, Martin Bormann and thousands of others to the southern hemisphere - primarily Argentina.



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El Paso parole officers arrested

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Response to 50 GOP National Security Officials Opposing Donald Trump
Catherine, News & Commentary on August 6, 2016 at 1:08 am ·
Ladies & Gentlemen:
Your statement regarding Donald Trump’s character, values and experience leaves me deeply concerned. Clearly, the Presidency of the United States is not an entry-level position. However, the disassociation of the Republican establishment from reality and from respect for the most basic human rights of the American people has left many Republicans with no other choice but a brash outsider.
The Clinton Administration “missed” $4 trillion, engineered a housing bubble that grew into trillions of dollars in mortgage fraud and instituted private slave labor camps that skyrocketed the US to the most imprisoned population in the world. The George W. Bush presidency spent $4 trillion for Middle Eastern Wars and outsourced our nuclear laboratory and weapons infrastructure to a private business controlled by a private family whose management was described by a senior Lawrence Livermore employee as a combination of “the worst aspects of the Department of Motor Vehicles and Goldman Sachs.” The Obama Administration finished us off with $27 trillion of bailouts and participation in a global quantitative easing that is debasing our retirement savings.
This was the result of the leadership of one or more people you consider to have the “character, values and experience” to be President of the United States. Why would we want more of that?

The life expectancy of a woman my age without a high school degree has fallen by five years since 1990.
Our children are being targeted by heavy vaccine schedules; current predictions are that 1 out of every 2 American children will be autistic by 2030.
Mandates for health care insurance we do not want and common core testing that is destroying our children’s education are dictated by Washington.
State efforts to ensure transparency regarding the quality of food we eat are overruled by Washington.
NBC ran a perfectly serious news spot recently arguing that we should microchip our children, as if they were livestock.
The homeownership rate is now at its lowest point since 1965.
The employment statistics are completely cooked.
Our children are overwhelmed with student debt issued under conditions of entrapment and predatory lending approved and financed by Washington.
Your profound disassociation from the pain within America is inexplicable. What you consider to be reasonable and respectable is psychopathy. Donald Trump’s popularity comes from his willingness to have a forthright conversation about what is happening and what needs to be done to make America great again.
The “debt growth model” is over. There is no more cheap money to fund false realities and unproductive behavior – whether by the general population or the establishment. Breaking this trance of disassociation between reality and the official narrative is an essential first step to practical solutions. Trump is the only person proposing to break the trance.
If you want to provide an alternative to Donald Trump, you must break the trance – yours included.
Sincerely Yours,
Catherine Austin Fitts
The Solari Report
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Man accused of being IS recruiter says he was FBI informant
Published: August 12, 2016, 7:47 pm


— A North Carolina man accused of trying to recruit people to join the Islamic State group says he had been paid by the FBI since 2009 to help identify potential terrorists.
In a statement his mother delivered to The Charlotte Observer (http://bit.ly/2b42fyx ), Erick Jamal Hendricks said his code name was “Ahkie,” a variation of the Muslim term for “brother.”
Hendricks also said he’s been outspoken against IS and all extremist groups. He added that he’s baffled as to why the FBI accused him of terrorist ties.
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A former ATF agent who faked having cancer to collect sick leave pay, has agreed to pay the federal government $40,000 to resolve the matter, the Justice Department announced this week.

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“America Nuked…”
August 9, 2016 Uncategorized 9/11, CIA, Fetzer, MoonRockBooks, Mossad

America Nuked on 9/11: Compliments of the CIA, the Neocons in the DoD & the Mossad

http://jamesfetzer.blogspot.com/2016/08/america-nuked-on-911-compliments-of-cia.html [read more than is here at the link]

If you want to know the WHO, the HOW and the WHY of 9/11, this book provides the answers. In 28 extensive, thorough and detailed studies, 14 authors contribute their expertise on different aspects of 9/11 to resolve the issues decisively. 9/11 was brought to us compliments of the CIA, the neocons in the Department of Defense and the Mossad in order to justify the transformation of U.S. foreign policy from one in which we never attacked any nation that had not attacked us first to one in which we became the greatest aggressor nation in the world, launching a series of invasions intended to take out seven governments over the next five years , as Wesley Clark, former Commanding General of NATO, has explained. It hasn’t played out that way, but not for lack of trying.

You will discover here that the most prominent 9/11 organization, A&E911, has been running a limited hangout focusing on the use of Nano-thermite, an incendiary, which has long since been demonstrated to be incapable of blowing the Twin Towers apart from the top down. While Richard Gage, Kevin Ryan and others acknowledge that other explosives may have been used, they refuse to explain what those could possibly be. Although their studies were based upon dust samples obtained from an apartment in the vicinity of Ground Zero, they deliberately ignore the far more extensive results of the U.S. Geological Survey’s dust studies, which reveal the presence of elements that would not have been there had this not been a nuclear event.

Moreover, the Journal for 9/11 Studies perpetuates the charade by publishing articles intended to perpetrate the false belief that a Boeing 757 hit the Pentagon. Because the Pentagon is our nation’s military command-and-control center, it was this event that justified declaring a “War on Terror”. But the proof that no plane hit the Pentagon is overwhelming and compelling. In fact, as surprising as it may seem, none of the official “9/11 aircraft” actually crashed on 9/11, as evidence from the “crash sites” and research by Pilots for 9/11 Truth has established. The public was conned by resorting to a series of sophisticated fabrications, reinforced by the major media. This book demonstrates we have lost our way and are now no better than a third world, banana republic.

The contributors include some of the best students and scholars of 9/11:

* Ed Ward, M.D. * Jeff Prager * Susan Lindauer * Preston James,

Ph.D. * Dennis Cimino * Jack White * Nick Kollerstrom, Ph.D. *

* Mike Palecek * T. Mark Hightower * Jim Fetzer, Ph.D. * Steve

Fahrney * Aeronautical Engineer * Joshua Blakeney * Don Fox *

It has been edited by Jim Fetzer, former Marine Corps officer and Distinguished McKnight Professor Emeritus at UMD, and Mike Palecek, who has committed his life to the search for truth and justice.

Softcover, 458 pages, 338 photos, $20 from moonrockbooks.com


An Aeronautical Engineer graduated from a major university with a Bachelor’s degree (with Honors) in Aeronautical Engineering with a major in aerodynamics. A qualified pilot and co-designer of two experimental aircraft, he has been engaged in aviation for over four decades. Many online debates about a “Boeing 757” at the Pentagon confuse the aerodynamic phenomenon known as Wake Turbulence (caused mainly by Induced Drag) with Ground Effect (caused as a reaction to downwash). Arguments that dispute the official account of a Boeing 757 approaching the Pentagon at 400 mph and taking out a series of lampposts are shown to be well-founded in their conclusion but in need to technical corrections to the explanations that have been advanced in their support, where a Boeing 757 at 400 mph could not have come closer than about 100 feet of the ground.

Joshua Blakeney, a journalist and writer based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, earned a BA (with distinction) in Sociology from Lethbridge. As a grad student, he received The Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship. His research on the Origins of the Global War on Terror became national news in Canada, when certain neoconservatives took issue with his chosen line of academic enquiry. He published Japan Bites Back: Documents Contextualizing Pearl Harbor (2015) based upon archival research he conducted at The National Diet Library in Tokyo, Japan. He has published in GlobalResearch.ca, The American Herald Tribune, Voltairenet.org, Coldtype.net, The Canadian Dimension, The Canadian Charger and The Information Clearing House. He recently started blogging about Japanese History.

Dennis Cimino, who has extensive engineering and support experience with military electronics, predominantly U.S. Navy Combat Systems, was the Navy’s top EMI troubleshooter before he went to work for Raytheon in the 1980s. He has collaborated with Jim Fetzer on many articles about “false flag” attacks, including (with regard to Sandy Hook), “The Nexus of Tyranny: The Strategy behind Tucson, Aurora and Sandy Hook” (30 January 2013), “Sent worldwide, Shannon Hicks’ ‘iconic’ photo was faked” (18 July 2014), and “Sandy Hook, Stephen Sedensky, William Shanley and the Elaborate Hoax” (28 July 2014). He has also published extensively on various aspects of 9/11. His articles on the Pentagon, for example, include “The ‘official account’ of the Pentagon is a fantasy” (2012), “9/11: A World Swirling in a Volcano of Lies” (14 February 2014) and “Reflections on the Pentagon: A Photographic Review” (16 August 2014), and “Limited Hangouts: Kevin Ryan, A&E911 and The Journal of 9/11 Studies” (with Jim Fetzer, 14 August 2014).

Jim Fetzer earned his Ph.D. in the history and the philosophy of science. A former U.S. Marine Corps officer, he has published widely on the theoretical foundations of scientific knowledge, computer science, artificial intelligence, cognitive science, and evolution and mentality. McKnight Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota Duluth, he has also conducted extensive research into the assassination of JFK, the events of 9/11 and the plane crash that killed Sen. Paul Wellstone. The founder of Scholars for 9/11 Truth, his latest books include The Place of Probability in Science (with Ellery Eells, 2010), And I Suppose We Didn’t go to the Moon, either? (2015), Nobody Died at Sandy Hook (2015) and And Nobody Died in Boston, either (2016), which was his 32nd. He also hosts the two-hour video show, “The Real Deal”, on Media Broadcasting Center M/W/F from 8-10 PM/ET and “The Raw Deal” on renseradio.com T/Th from 8-9 PM/ET.

Don Fox has done extensive research on the role of mini-nukes by Dr. Ed Ward and on work by The Anonymous Physicist on the towers and has formulated an account of how it was done and why there is more to this story relative to very low-yield thermonuclear devices. His articles include “Mystery Solved: The WTC was Nuked on 9/11” and “Mini Neutron Bombs: A Major Piece of the 9/11 Puzzle (with Clare Kuehn, Jeff Prager, Jim Viken, Dr. Ed Ward and Dennis Cimino). Don Fox has been among the most successful in conveying the results of this complex and technical research in a fashion that makes it easily accessible to a wide audience. See, for example, “2 + 2 = Israel Nuked the WTC on 9/11” and “Rainbow in the Dark: Powerful Proof of 9/11 Nukes”. He maintains a blog at https://donaldfox.wordpress.com.

T. Mark Hightower earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering from San Jose State University and over 30 years of engineering experience. He has worked in the chemical industry, the space program and the environmental field. He is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and the American Water Works Association (AWWA). He became a “born again” conspiracy theorist in January 2004 after stumbling upon Peter Meyer’s Serendipity web site and learning that controlled demolition was a more likely explanation for the destruction of the Twin Towers than the official government story. He is a member of Scholars for 9/11 Truth, a petition signer at Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth, and a member of Pilots for 9/11 Truth. His 9/11 research is done as an exercise of his Constitutional rights as a private citizen, and in no way represents his employers or the professional societies in which he holds membership. He recently retired after 25 years with NASA.

Nicholas Kollerstrom, Ph.D., has two history of science degrees, one from Cambridge 1968, plus a Ph.D. from London, 1995. An honorary member of staff of UCL for 11 years, he was in 1999 elected as a Member of the New York Academy of Sciences. A Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, he has several dozen articles on the history of astronomy in academic journals. His book, Terror on the Tube (3rd edition, 2011), establishes that the accused Islamic youth were innocent of the 2005 London bombings. Breaking the Spell: The Holocaust, Myth and Reality (2014), demonstrates that the official narrative of WWII cannot be sustained. He contributed four chapters to And I suppose we didn’t go to the moon, either? His latest book, The Life and Death of Paul McCartney 1942-66: A Very English Mystery (2015), has recently appeared.

Susan Lindauer covered Iraq and Libya at the United Nations, as a U.S. Intelligence Asset and back-door channel on anti-terrorism from 1993 to 2003. Most notoriously, in the summer of 2001, her team warned about a major terrorist attack involving airplane hijackings and a strike on the World Trade Center. Lindauer also campaigned heavily against the War in Iraq, and developed a comprehensive peace framework through her back-channel in the run up to War. Her book, Extreme Prejudice (2010), is the true story of what happened when she tried to disclose what she knew personally of Iraqi Pre-War Intelligence and the 9/11 warning to Congress and the American people. Her attempts to bring the truth to the public led to the nightmare of her arrest under the PATRIOT Act and her imprisonment without trial at the notorious prison inside Carswell AFB in Texas.

Mike Palecek lives in Saginaw, Minnesota, west of Duluth. A writer, he is a former federal prisoner for peace and the Iowa Democratic Party candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, 5th District in the 2000 election, gaining 65,000 votes on an anti-war platform in a conservative district. A former award winning reporter, editor, publisher in Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota. The small newspaper that Mike & Ruth Palecek owned and operated in Byron, Minnesota, won the MNA Newspaper of the Year Award in 1993. He co-hosts “The New American Dream” radio show and has published over a dozen books that offer fictional but insightful studies of the American character and the plight in which we lend ourselves in the world today. Mike is the founder of Moon Rock Books and the co-editor of this volume.

Jeff Prager, founder of an award winning magazine for senior citizens, set out in 2002 to prove that 19 Muslims had hijacked four airplanes and attacked us. After extensive investigation by 2005, he realized that the official narrative of 9/11 was false, sold his business, left the United States and began to conduct 9/11 research full-time. What he found astonished even himself, because the evidence that the Twin Towers had been destroyed by a sophisticated arrangement of very small nuclear devices became simply overwhelming. He subsequently published an extensive and detailed report about this research in 9/11 AMERICA NUKED! (2012), which is a 500-page book available to the public for free, in Part 1 and Part 2.

Mike Sparks is a graduate of Liberty University with a B.S. degree in History/Education. His last assignment in the U.S. Army Reserves was as a MOS 11A5P Airborne-qualified Infantry officer with the rank of 1LT promotable. He leads Military Intelligence Group [00]7 (aka MI7) focusing on how Commander Ian Fleming, creator of the fictional super-spy James Bond (Agent 007), is actually warning us in code of real organized evil entities. He is the editor and co-author of several military reform books, including Air-Mech-Strike: Asymmetric Maneuver Warfare for the 21st Century (2002) andAirborne Warfare: New Edition (2015), plus several books on American Cultural Reform; Racket Theory: Why Humans Embrace Problems instead of Solving Them (2006), Hive Theory: Why Humans Stay in Destructive Rackets(2015) and in the military/spy arena with James Bond is REAL: The Untold Story of the Political & Military Threats Ian Fleming Warned Us About (2011). More recently, he has published The Point of Gravity (2012), Masquerade: Everything is NOT What it Appears (2013) and The Bell Tolls for Thee: The Poppy is


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Man struck by cops in Bronx allegedly attacked first (GRAPHIC)

Saturday, August 13, 2016, 1:09 PM

A disturbing video surfaced on Friday showing two Bronx cops repeatedly punching and kicking a suspect in the head — despite the fact that he was on the ground being pinned by two of the officers.

After the clip was posted to Instagram on Friday, police said they have a longer video showing the suspect busting one of the cop’s noses. The NYPD declined to release the full video.

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Record Flooding in Southeast Louisiana May Get Worse
By: Bob Henson , 8:20 PM GMT on August 12, 2016

A devastating flood event was unfolding over southeast Louisiana on Friday, and conditions may get worse yet, as an extremely slow-moving center of low pressure is dumping colossal amounts of rain on the region. This sprawling, “stacked” low is carrying more water vapor than many tropical cyclones, and its slow motion is leading to persistent rains that could add up to all-time record totals in some places.

Multi-sensor analyses indicate that several areas in southeast Louisiana and southermost Mississippi racked up more than 6” of rain from 7:00 am CDT Thursday, August 11, to 7:00 am Friday (see Figure 1). More than 10” of rain was analyzed just northeast of Baton Rouge, the hardest-hit area thus far. In the 24 hours from 2:00 pm CDT Thursday to 2:00 pm Friday, Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport recorded a preliminary total of 8.49” of rain. Since records began in 1892, the city’s largest calendar day total is 11.99” (set on April 14, 1967), and the largest two-day calendar total is 14.03” (June 6-7, 2001). Given the very slow motion of the stacked low, these all-time records are conceivably within reach. A cooperative observer in Livingston, LA, reported 17.09” of rain from midnight to 3:00 pm CDT Friday. The state’s official 24-hour record is 22 inches, reported near Hackberry on August 28-29, 1962.

Figure 1. Multi-sensor rainfall analysis for the period from 7:00 am CDT Thursday, August 11, to 7:00 am Friday shows a gyre-like pattern of torrential rains spinning around a low in southern Mississippi. Image credit: NOAA/NWS Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service.

As the low edges westward over the next 24-48 hours, the zone of heaviest rain potential will shift toward west Louisiana and east Texas, but southeast Louisiana will remain under the gun for more downpours at least into early Saturday. The short-range HRRR model produces another 2”-6” of widespread rain over southeast Louisiana through Saturday morning, with localized totals of 8-12” not out of the question.

Figure 2. Enhanced infrared satellite image for the central Gulf Coast reveals the vast scope of the area of low pressure generating torrential rains in southeast Louisiana. Image credit: NOAA/NESDIS.

Severe flood threat for Baton Rouge area
Both flash flooding and river flooding threats are looming large for southeast Louisiana, where flash flood warnings were in place on Friday afternoon. Major flooding has already occurred throughout the day Friday, and a flash flood emergency (the most urgent type of flash flood warning) was in effect Friday afternoon for parts of Feliciana, West Feliciana, St. Helena, and East Baton Rouge parishes, which extend roughly from Baton Rouge northward. Water rescues and evacuations were under way in this region, according to the NWS. Even if the rains ease during the weekend, the area faces a major flood threat. The Tickfaw River at Montpelier, LA, hit a record crest of 22.75 feet at 1:30 pm CDT Friday, with several more feet expected this weekend. A number of other rivers across southeast Louisiana are projected to reach all-time crests, including the Amite River, where record levels of flooding can be expected to inundate many homes and roadways on the eastern side of the Baton Rouge metro area for an extended period.

Figure 3. Forecasts issued on Friday morning, August 12, 2016, were calling for an all-time record flood crest of 42.5 feet late Sunday on the Amite River at Denham Springs, just east of Baton Rouge, LA. The forecast keeps waters above the previous record of 41.5 feet (April 8, 1983) for a full 24 hours. These projections could be boosted further in light of the heavy rains persisting in the area on Friday. The last major crest in this region was 36.09 feet on March 13, 2016. Image credit: NOAA/NWS Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service.

Tropical cyclone or not? Does it matter?
Although this system does not qualify as a tropical cyclone--its center has remained just inland--the point is moot in terms of impact, as the torrential rains and flooding from this low could end up ranking among some of the more damaging tropical depressions and tropical storms on record. The low’s rainmaking power is a combination of its extremely slow motion and the astoundingly moist air mass feeding into it. The upper air sounding launched from Slidell, LA, at 12Z Friday (7:00 am CDT) showed that the atmosphere was carrying 2.85” of precipitable water (the amount of water in a column of air over a given point). This is the second-highest amount of water measured in any sounding since records began in the New Orleans area in 1948, and just 0.03” below the record of 2.88”. In Jackson, MS, only two other dates have seen more precipitable water than the 2.74” measured on Friday morning, with the record being just 0.02” higher (2.76”). These values may seem puzzlingly low compared to the amounts of rain occurring. This is because showers and thunderstorms can concentrate the amount of moisture present in the atmosphere throughout a region, so they can produce much higher local totals than the precipitable water values would suggest.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune is providing live updates on the situation in southeast Louisiana. Governor John Bel Edwards has declared a state


Communist agenda in U.S.
By JOHN HAWKS Herald Staff Writer  12 hrs ago  0
Communism is a threat in America today, Dennis Pratt said.

Pratt, a 32-year military veteran who spent time in the military’s intelligence department and Russian language school, is set to show the film “Agenda: Grinding America Down” from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m Aug. 22 at Neosho County Community College, 900 E. Logan St., Ottawa. The event is free and open to all, Pratt said, and is designed to educate the public.

The documentary purports to highlight the dangers of communism, and expose its root in American government.

To use its facilities, Neosho County Community College required Pratt to present the documentary through a non-profit organization, he said.

“The Republican [Central] Committee let me use their name, but we want to make it fully understandable that it is not their endorsement,” Pratt said.

According to Pratt, the documentary is based on “The Naked Communist,” a 1958 book penned by a former FBI agent, U. S. author and political theorist W. Cleon Skousen.

“The book is based in all facts,” Pratt said.The documentary is a two-part series according to its website, a http://www.agendadocumentary.com/

“We’re only going to show one first, and see what kind of interest we have to show the second one,” Pratt said, adding the film won first prize at the 2010 San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival.

The film is produced by Curtis Bowers, one time Idaho congressman who gained state and national attention and criticism for a 2008 opinion column to the Idaho Press-Tribune. In the column, Bowers claimed to have attended a 1992 Communist Party USA gathering at the University of California, Berkeley, and detailed their alleged plan to “take down America” via destruction of the family unit, eliminating profit potential from business and use of the “homosexual movement” to undermine American culture and religion.

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District Magistrate Judge Santala to be sworn in Monday
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FBI cannot locate anthrax case lab notebook for the day first letters were mailed!

Posted by Lew Weinstein on August 25, 2016

DXer says:

The former lead investigator of Amerithrax, Richard L. Lambert, has brought a whistleblower suit in federal district court.  He has alleged that the FBI is withholding a staggering amount of information that is exculpatory of the late scientist, Bruce Ivins.

NYT interview of former lead Amerithrax investigator Richard Lambert: “a staggering amount of exculpatory evidence” regarding Dr. Ivins remains secret
Posted by Lew Weinstein on July 16, 2016

FOX NEWS interview with RICHARD LAMBERT … Former agent claims FBI concealing evidence in anthrax case
Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 22, 2015

FBI fights release of exculpatory information regarding 2001 anthrax attacks
Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 10, 2015

Ivins/Amerithrax-Notebook 4282 FOIA follow-up by DXer
Posted on June 13, 2016

By letter dated August 23, 2016, Attorney Matthew Hurd denied Kenneth Dillon’s appeal of the FBI’s denial of his request.  Dr. Dillon had requested all documents not yet produced relating to Dr. Bruce Ivins during the September-October 2001 time period.



Dr. Dillon has a related pending request for the “Interim Case Management Summary” authored by Richard Lambert.

Many observers, including most outside scientists, have argued that the FBI’s “Ivins Theory” was unpersuasive.  The FBI reasoned that Dr. Ivins had no reason to be in the lab on particular dates.  Some DOJ and FBI officials reasoned he must have been making and preparing a powderized anthrax to kill 5 people.  I  have interviewed the Al Qaeda anthrax lab director Yazid Sufaat, however, and he does not deny responsibility for the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings.

Yazid Sufaat says that, contrary to some media reports, he was successful in developing anthrax, but prefers other bugs; he views anthrax as good for sabotaging, but not killing
Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 30, 2015

Al Qaeda anthrax lab technician tells DXer that he realizes that by addressing these issues he may “jack myself up” but says that the “plan is on the way” — what does he mean when he says the “plan is on the way”?
Posted by Lew Weinstein on May 1, 2012

Hambali: Recommendation for Continued Detention (excerpt)
Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 25, 2011

There were Al Qaeda operatives meeting with Mohammed Atta in the United States that were not caught (or were caught and released).

Ken Dillon asks … Who Was the Real Anthrax Mailer? … the key people in the anthrax mailings were not Bruce Ivins or Steven Hatfill … instead, they appear to have been Ali al-Timimi and Abderraouf Jdey.
Posted on March 28, 2010

Atta Was Coordinating With Jdey’s Associate Al-Hazmi, First In Fort Lee, NJ In Late August 2001 And Then In Laurel, MD in September 2001 ; Jdey’s Associate Nawaf Al-Hazmi Had Been At The Planning Meeting At Yazid Sufaat’s Kuala Lumpur Condo With Anthrax Planner Hambali And Anthrax Lab Director Yazid Sufaat And Yet The FBI Never Told The Public That Jdey Had Been Detained Along With Moussaoui In August 2001 (With Biology Textbooks) And Then Released
Posted by Lew Weinstein on January 25, 2012

DXer says … Adnan El-Shukrijumah, son of Saudi missionary, was the Fall 2001 anthrax mailer and FBI is withholding relevant documents
Posted by Lew Weinstein on May 12, 2016

DXer says: Adnan El-Shukrijumah is the anthrax mailer … on or about 9/13/2001, he phoned from KSM’s house to tell his mom he was coming to the US
Posted on June 6, 2014

Requestor Dr. Dillon is an academic and publisher.  He is a former intelligence analyst associated with the US State Department.  In testing the FBI’s theory that Dr. Ivins had no reason to be in the lab, he has sought Lab Notebook 4282 which contains contemporaneous handwritten notes about one of the many experiments he was working on (at pages 65-70).  The pages were first obtained by the FBI in 2003 and put in Part 1A of an FBI 302 report.  See 1A GJ 1100.

In response to Dillon’s FOIA request for information relating to Ivins’ activities in Sep.-Oct. 2001, the FBI falsely claimed that it had uploaded the information (such as Notebook 4282) to the FBI’s “Vault”
Posted by Lew Weinstein on October 15, 2015

The original was then seized again in 2007 and not returned.  An FBI agent in an excel spreadsheet that has been produced explains that the notebook has entries from the time of the mailings. (See Part 55 of 59 of Amerithrax documents in the FBI’s “Vault.”)   The FBI and DOJ have failed to produce the notebook despite requests by both me and Dr. Dillon.  Specifically, there are notations from September 14, 15 and from September 18, 2001, the date of the first mailing.

The Army has sought the return of the notebooks taken by Dr. Ivins for years — and has uploaded all those that it has and that eventually were returned by the FBI.  Notebook 4282, however, still has not been returned.  According to USMRMC FOIA Officer Sandra Rogers, the FBI still has not returned Notebooks 4037, 4010 and 4282, preventing the Army from uploading them in USAMRMC’s excellent reading room that was created containing my FOIA requests directed to USAMRIID.

I have uploaded the FBI discussing the documents relating to Notebook 4282 that is still subject of the DOJ and FBI’s game of hide-the-ball at the hyperlinks above.  I have forwarded them to Attorney Matt Hurd.  Attorney Hurd, who has been very gracious, has expressed a willingness to have an attorney reconsider the denial.  But that will lead to an attorney doing the same ineffectual searches in the decades-old database being used of words like “Notebook” “USMRMC.”  Instead, Attorney Hurd should pick up the phone and call FOIA Meredith Savary or former lead Amerithrax investigator Richard Lambert or someone currently at the FBI who would know and ask where to find the documents.  To claim that the dog ate the lab pages in Dr. Ivins’ notebook on the date of mailing of anthrax that killed 5 people is unacceptable.  I am advised by FOIA Officer Ms. Rogers that the Notebook 4282 that the FBI has not returned is titled “Anthrax.”

This past week, Hambali, the supervisor of Al Qaeda anthrax lab director Yazid Sufaat, saw the light of a courtroom for the first time since his capture in 2003.  That’s an incredible 13 years without any transparency about his involvement in Al Qaeda’s anthrax program.

On this issue of the FBI blaming Dr. Bruce Ivins for the anthrax mailings,however, there is no justification for there not to be government in the sunshine.  The Department of Justice and FBI should comply with FOIPA.  The Department of Justice and FBI, first and foremost, should stand for the rule of law.

Anthrax, Al Qaeda and Ayman Zawahiri:  The Infiltration of US Biodefense

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Judyth Vary Baker was born South Bend, Indiana, is an American artist, writer, poet and social scientist specializing in linguistics. She is the author of Me & Lee: How I came to know, love and lose Lee Harvey Oswald, which is an underground best seller. Her newest book is David Ferrie, Mafia Pilot and Key to the Kennedy Assassination.

When Judyth was 16, her abilities in science were first recognized when she invented a modified method for obtaining magnesium from seawater. But her dream was to cure cancer after her beloved grandmother, Anna Whiting, died of breast cancer in 1954. Judyth’s work in cancer research as a teen attracted national attention and widespread support, culminating in inducing lung cancer in mice, using tobacco aerosols and radiation, in only seven days — a feat that had not been accomplished, at the time, in the nation’s top laboratories.

Newspaper articles chronicled her work, which was investigated, then mentored, by three doctors noted for their crusade linking cancer to tobacco products: Dr. Alton Ochsner of Ochsner Clinic, Dr. Harold Diehl (Vice President of Research of the American Cancer Society), and Dr. George Moore, Director of Roswell Park Institute for Cancer Research. These doctors, along with Nobel Prize winners Dr. Harold Urey and Sir Robert Robinson, gave Judyth assistance and and training, with a focus on melanoma and cancer viruses, described in newspaper articles as an assignment “to make cancer more deadly…” The argument was that enhancing cancer growth could be a key to controlling it.

After nearly two years of training at Roswell Park Institute, in laboratories in Indiana, and at the University of Florida, Dr. Ochsner invited Judyth to work with noted cancer specialist Dr. Mary S. Sherman in New Orleans. After the ‘summer internship’ she was promised early entry into Tulane Medical School. However, she was steered into a biological warfare project aimed to eliminate Cuba’s Fidel Castro, directed by Ochsner, whose organization, INCA, was famed for its anti-communist zeal.

Author Edward T. Haslam has linked a linear particle accelerator that Baker said was involved in the project to Drs. Ochsner and Sherman, through a detailed study of Dr. Sherman’s brutal, unsolved murder on July 21, 1964, the day the Warren Commission came to New Orleans to obtain testimonies. During this same time period, Baker met and fell in love with Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of President John F. Kennedy.

Witnesses and a mass of documentation support Judyth’s efforts in what she describes as a crusade “to clear Oswald’s name of a crime he didn’t commit, and to reveal the cancer treatment industry’s crimes. “They could have cured cancer decades ago — but that would have ruined their cash cow.,” Says Judyth. Due to death threats as a whistler-blower, Judyth is forced to live overseas, though she returns periodically to continue her crusade.

“Everything you’ve been told about Lee Oswald by the government is false,” she states. “Lee actually saved Kennedy’s life in Chicago. The full truth is in my book Me & Lee, which has become an underground best seller.” A History Channel documentary “The Love Affair” (2003) is available on YouTube. Me & Lee: How I came to know, love and lose Lee Harvey Oswald (Trine day, 2010), and Judyth’s new book, David Ferrie: Mafia Pilot (Trine day, 2014), along with her many appearances on TV, radio and Internet have created a following of supporters who, she says “now understand how they’ve been lied to by the government — and they want justice for John F. Kennedy, for Lee Oswald, and for those who suffer from cancer.

I want everybody to know that the government weaponized cancer back in 1963, that the government has patented cures for cancer — but cancer treatment is such a profitable industry that a cure for cancer is always last in line for funding.” She states that Oswald was working for the FBI, and had been loaned to the CIA from the Office of Naval Intelligence, to keep watch over the cancer project “that was being developed to kill Castro, whose death by a weaponized form of lung cancer could be called a ‘death by natural causes’ — because previous methods tried by the CIA had all failed.”

Oswald’s job was to identify pro-Castro spies in New Orleans, and his “pro-Castro activities,” Judyth says, “were to make him look like a harmless pro-Castro fool.” Judyth joins former Secret Service agent Abraham Bolden in confirming that Oswald was the informant named “Lee” who saved Kennedy’s life in Chicago three weeks prior to the assassination. “I spoke of Lee’s attempts to save JFK a decade before Abraham’s story reached the public.”

In 2003, Judyth was filmed saying Oswald called the operation to kill Kennedy “The Big Event,” several years prior to CIA’s E. Howard Hunt identifying the CIA operation to kill Kennedy by the same name. For a number of such reasons, Judyth’s claims are being more widely supported than when she first spoke out, except by those defending the Warren Commission’s conclusions, which Baker calls “an obsolete failure and an odious obstruction of justice for both Kennedy and Oswald.”

Judyth says she was ejected from the project to kill Castro because of her ethical objections to use one or more prisoners who had volunteered to test the deadly, SV-40 derived cancer bio-weapon. “They wouldn’t have volunteered to be tested for something that would kill them, if it was successful,” she states. After she was forced to return to Florida, Judyth was placed in a high-end chemistry laboratory, Peninsular ChemResearch, to temporarily hide her being “blackballed” from cancer research. She was then forced to leave the field altogether.

Judyth says she and Oswald kept in touch after her return to Florida, and that they planned to divorce (both had unhappy marriages), but first, Oswald had to deliver the material, after it was successfully tested, to a contact in Mexico City. When the contact failed to show, Oswald suspected that he had been lured to Mexico City. Bitter over being banned from cancer research, and their plans to marry delayed when Oswald was ordered back to Dallas, Judyth was devastated when she saw Oswald shot on live TV. Judyth says Oswald was part of an “abort team” that he described to her only 37 ½ hours before the Kennedy assassination. When Baker told researcher Jim Marrs about the “abort team” in late 1999 or early 2000, at this time only a handful of insiders knew of its existence.

In 2000 Baker was nearly filmed three times by Sixty Minutes in a 14-month investigation that Sixty Minutes’ founder, Don Hewitt, said was the most expensive investigation in the history of the program at that time. He stated to C-Span that “the door was slammed in our faces.” But then Gerry Hemming, a legendary name in Kennedy assassination research, met Judyth, who gave him “insider information” that impressed him so much that he asked British documentary maker Nigel Turner to film her. “The Love Affair” [Episode 8: “The Men Who Killed Kennedy”] was aired by The History Channel in Nov. 2003, but none of Baker’s living witnesses were included. Episode 9 [“The Guilty Men”] quickly generated lawsuit threats from former Pres. Lyndon Johnson’s widow, and two former Presidents: all three new episodes [7-8-9] were quickly banned, and The History Channel apologized to the Johnson’s. Over the next few years, all of the other segments of The Men Who Killed Kennedy filmed by Turner, aired for over a decade on the History Channel, were also removed. “Mr. Turner has now vanished,” Judyth said. “He’s obviously been told to shut up. This happens to many brave souls who dare reveal the truth.”

In 2012, a 3-act play by noted playwright Lisa Soland [“The Sniper’s Nest”], based on Me & Lee, began production in the United States and overseas. In 2014, Me & Lee was issued as an audiobook. Judyth, who has lived mostly overseas since 2003 due to death threats, has been hosted by supporters in nation-wide book tours in 2011, 2012 and 2013. In 2014, she was asked to host and direct The JFK Assassination Conference (held in Dallas/Arlington Nov. 22-23-24), which was financed by numerous donations from supporters.

Judyth’s poetry is collected into two books: When the Clouds Came Flying By (for children) and A Dangerous Thing to Do (available on Kindle) She was co-author of a three-act play, Castles in the Sky, with John MacLean, for the Texas regional LDS Sesquicentennial. She also composes music. In 1976, Judyth’s name was one of those placed on the Bicentennial Monument in Stafford, Texas for civic service. Her oil and mixed-media paintings, logos and lithographs sell worldwide.

Judyth was married to Robert A. Baker, III in Mobile, Alabama in 1963. They had five children between 1968-1978: Baker says David Ferrie “warned me not to speak of what I knew, if I wished to stay alive. I was told to be ‘a vanilla girl.'” She thus remained silent for 35 years. Then, when Baker’s last child left home Dec. 26, 1998. she began writing a series of letters for her son to publish. “I felt guilty,” she says, “after seeing the film ‘JFK.’ I had promised Lee I would tell his children the truth about him. I had to do it.”

Since then, Judyth has continued to gain support as researchers meet her and familiarize themselves with her account. Today, Judyth lives in various countries overseas. “I regret that I haven’t been able to be a grandma and great-grandma,” she says. “Some of my family

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9/11 and Other Deep State Crimes Teleconference

** wtc7   pentagon

** Draft minutes for July 27, 2016

August 24, 2016
Craig McKee, Secretary 9/11 Monthly Teleconference Call


Minutes for the Wed., July 27, 2016 regular conference call

Present were:

Ken Freeland, Teleconference facilitator, Houston 9/11Truth
Craig McKee, Teleconference secretary, Truth and Shadows
Dave Slesinger, 9/11 Truth Outreach
John O’Malley, DC 9/11 Truth
Barton Bruce, Massachusetts 9/11 Truth
Cat McGuire, 9/11 Truth Outreach
Barbara Honegger, Behind The Smoke Curtain
Sheila Casey, DC911Truth
Wayne Coste, 9/11 Outreach
Dan Hennen, AE911Truth
Rodger Bories, 9/11 activist
David Cole, Nine Eleven Accountability Team
Adam Ruff, 9/11 activist
Tim Michael, 9/11 Truth Outreach
Dennis Cimino, 9/11 researcher
Jerry Turner, 9/11 activist
Xander Arena, Arizona 9/11 Studies and Outreach, Arizona State University
Richard Gage, AE911Truth
Nita Renfrew, NY 9/11 activist

The minutes of the June 29, 2016 conference call were APPROVED.

The agenda was APPROVED.

Gage on plans for NY conference
Richard Gage offered the teleconference a report on the plans for a 9/11 conference in New York City on Sept. 10-11. Among the many who will be appearing are Daniel Sheehan, Ferdinando Imposimato, Wayne Madsen, Michael J. Springmann, William Pepper, Graeme MacQueen, and Steven Jones. For more information, go to http://houston911truth.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=84a2c6cbe080c5515da932a5d&id=8050a57538&e=91763ac879 Gage also mentioned the launch of Truth Action Project and its website http://www.911tap.org (http://houston911truth.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=84a2c6cbe080c5515da932a5d&id=7e7cb9acac&e=91763ac879) .

Question ruled out of order
A question by Dave Slesinger to Richard Gage was ruled out of order by the chair because it did not address the topic Gage joined the teleconference to discuss. Dave challenged this, and the vote upheld the chair’s ruling.

Curtiss becomes co-facilitator
Ken Freeland nominated Cheryl Curtiss as co-facilitator of the Teleconference, which was approved without objection. Ken informed the group that Cheryl won’t be involved in moderating calls, but she will use her contacts to find potential guests who could be invited to make presentations on future calls.

The Pentagon and crash tests
Wayne Coste gave a presentation called “Full Scale Aircraft Crash/Impact Tests and their Relevance to 9/11.” He also produced a slide presentation to accompany his talk (http://houston911truth.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=84a2c6cbe080c5515da932a5d&id=760b2139ab&e=91763ac879 ).

Critique of Behind the Smoke Curtain
Dennis Cimino gave a nuanced critique of Barbara Honegger’s video Behind the Smoke Curtain.

Third Pentagon debate
After withdrawing from the January 2016 agreement to debate Craig McKee and Adam Ruff on the statement, “A large plane was destroyed at the Pentagon,” Barbara Honegger proposed a new agreement: that she debate Craig alone on the statement, “No plane was destroyed at the Pentagon.” Craig proposed that a vote on this be postponed until after the second part of this agenda item, a review of the breakdown in the previous agreement, was completed. This was approved. After a very contentious exchange ensued about the events in question, a motion was approved to table this entire agenda item.

* Craig McKee announced that on August 10 at the World Social Forum in Montreal there will be a 9/11 presentation featuring Elizabeth Woodworth, Niels Harrit, and Graeme MacQueen.
* Wayne Coste announced that Christopher Bollyn will be coming to Hartford, CT in early September.

Call began at 8 p.m. EST and adjourned at 10:00 p.m. EST/5 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. PST

Audio of the June call can be heard here: http://houston911truth.us5.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=84a2c6cbe080c5515da932a5d&id=d2d3d6e87c&e=91763ac879 The next monthly teleconference will take place on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at 8 p.m. EST, 5 p.m. PST. Please email agenda items for next call to facilitator Ken Freeland (diogenesquest@gmail.com) by August 27. Please use subject line “Agenda item for 911 Truth Teleconference.” Please include a concise title for your proposed agenda item, a brief description of it and any relevant links you’d like participants to be aware of, together with your estimate of the number of minutes your agenda item will require.



Lawsuit alleging excessive force by LAPD at black USC student party settled for $450,000

Folasade Aremu, who was then a freshman economics major, holds a photo during a 2013 sit-in on the USC campus to protest the LAPD's handling of the party.
The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday approved a $450,000 settlement of a lawsuit by USC students who alleged that LAPD officers in riot gear used excessive force and falsely arrested attendees at a predominantly black off-campus student party.

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Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke is PBA's 'Man of the Year'
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Approaching the First Climate Tipping Point — On Track to Hit 1.5 C Before 2035
July 2016 was the hottest month ever recorded. That record lasted for all of one month as global temperatures remained at record-high levels through August, resulting in a tie with July during a period when the Earth typically cools.

Given natural variability, we might expect August to remain hot if an El Nino were forming in the Pacific, but at that time, with a weak La Nina struggling to fire off, the exact opposite was the case. In other words, the El Nino/La Nina cycle, which typically helps to drive global warm and cool periods, was pointed in the direction of ‘cool’, but the world remained near record-hot

Sea ice
Arctic sea ice shrinks to second lowest level ever


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LAPD sergeant who leaked recording of 'Django' actress sues city to block release of his employment records

Actress Daniele Watts and Brian Lucas speak during a 2014 interview about their controversial encounter with an LAPD officer.
September 16, 2016, 8:00 a.m.



Teenager at center of Bay Area police sex crimes scandal will return to California to testify against cops

The alleged victim in the Bay Area police sex scandal will return to California to testify against officers expected to be charged, according to her attorney.

September 14, 2016, 8:40 p.m.
The teenager whose allegations of sexual abuse at the hands of several police officers rocked the Bay Area law enforcement community will return to California to testify against them, her attorney said Wednesday.

Jasmine Abuslin, 19, of Richmond, was freed from the Martin County Jail in Florida on Wednesday morning after accepting a plea deal to settle allegations that she bit a security guard during a violent clash at a drug rehabilitation facility last month. 

Pamela Price, an Oakland civil rights attorney who is representing Abuslin, said Abuslin now plans to return home, where she will serve as the key witness in the prosecution of at least seven current and former East Bay law enforcement officers.

“We’re going home as soon as we can,” Price said at a news conference in Stuart, Fla.

She was originally arrested on a charge of felony aggravated battery, which carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in state prison, but Florida prosecutors downgraded the charge to simple battery, a misdemeanor, earlier this week.

Richard Kibbey, the defense attorney representing Abuslin in Florida, said the plea deal stipulated that Abuslin would serve no more jail time and plead no contest to the misdemeanor charge.

Abuslin, who has previously used the pseudonym Celeste Guap, asserted during a television news interview earlier this year that she had had sex with at least a dozen Oakland police officers, and that some of the encounters occurred while she was underage. She also accused officers of leaking information to her about planned prostitution raids in exchange for sex.

The scandal soon widened to include accusations against members of four other East Bay law enforcement agencies.

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Expensive equipment stolen from ATF vehicle in Detroit

Expensive equipment was stolen from an ATF vehicle in Detroit.
By: Hannah Saunders
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A man arrested twice on suspicions of robbing banks has sued the FBI, the city of Denver and its police department, claiming he was falsely arrested and subjected to excessive force and malicious prosecution.

FOX31 reports that officials dismissed bank robbery charges against Steve Tally, who is now homeless and is seeking $10 million.


AP and Vice sue FBI for San Bernardino iPhone hack info
Vice Media and the Gannett Satellite Information Network, parent company to the Associated Press and USA Today, filed suit against the FBI in federal court on ...



Real Secret Agents on New 'Call a Spy' Hotline Answer Your ...
Sputnik International-
"We have a lot of them, including for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, NSA, CIA, FBI, BND (Germany's federal intelligence service), and the BfV ...



Two hackers who entered into Hack The Pentagon program leaked ...
FBI has arrested two men from North Carolina for supposedly participating in the Hack The Pentagon program to target high-ranked federal officials.


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At long last, the FBI has released its document cache of files containing information on Nikola Tesla, including his inventions like death ray and ball lightning, as well as how the government obtained his notes and memos following his death. Tesla, an inventor and innovator considered at least decades ahead of his time, predicted and helped develop an early prototype of a smartphone, among many other things.

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NASA to reveal ‘surprising’ activity on Jupiter’s moon Europa PhysOrg (Chuck L)

How the FDA Manipulates the Media Scientific American (Randy K). Wowsers.

Twitter Is Said to Be Discussing a Possible Takeover New York Times. Bye bye Twitter.


Airstrikes, Obfuscation and Propaganda in Syria Patrick Cockburn, Counterpunch. Bill B: “Lies and damned lies from both sides.”

Big Brother is Watching You Watch

Exclusive: Probe of leaked U.S. NSA hacking tools examines operative’s ‘mistake’ Reuters. EM: “How dare Reuters try to absolve Vladimir Putin here? Traitors. Make sure to read to the end, to appreciate the tortured logic used by ‘Jim Lewis, a cybersecurity expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ in order to get right back to ‘the Rooskies did it!’”

With U.S. drone rules set, firms race for flight data Reuters (EM)

2016Ted Cruz Will Back Donald Trump For President NPR

Trump is headed for a win, says professor who has predicted 30 years of presidential outcomes correctly Washington Post. Note we featured this theory last week, via American Conservative.

Ted Cruz on Why He Decided to Support Trump (Joe H). God told him.

Your Vote For Jill Stein Is Not A Wasted Vote Mint Press (Judy B). IMHO, 1. voting is important, if nothing else for down-ticket races. 2. Making sure neither major party candidate gets more than 45% of the popular vote, as in cannot possibly claim to have a mandate, is also important, given that we have unacceptable choices. So third party or write-in votes are valuable.

Ex-Cuomo advisers, others charged in New York corruption cases Reuters (EM)

Black Injustice Tipping Point

Moments Before Keith Lamont Scott’s Fatal Shooting Seen in New Video ABC (furzy)

‘Don’t shoot!’ wife tells Charlotte police in video BBC

St. Louis cop accused of planting gun on black man he shot to death Boing Boing (resilc)

Wells Fargo

Not Wells Fargo’s First Rodeo… Adam Levitin, Credit Slips. From a few days ago, still germane.

It’s strike three for Warren Buffett as Wells Fargo faces investigation – MarketWatch

Wells Fargo Whistleblower: “They Are All Riding the Stagecoach to Hell” Truthout (J-LS). Important. Wells had quotas for subprime that also produced fraudulent conduct.

Stumpf Is Lucky’: Comments of the Week American Banker. Hoisting in full:

Stumpf is lucky. A community bank CEO having presided over a fraud proportionally this large would already have his assets frozen, be awaiting prosecution, and have been personally fined a substantial amount of money, not to mention that he would be under an order barring him from ever working at a bank for the rest of his life. Stumpf gets to keep his hundreds of millions and worst case, resign and enjoy his several homes.

Sullivan & Cromwell Hires Top NY Fed Lawyer American Lawyer (Adrien)


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“Stephen Hawking Wants to Find Aliens Before They Find Us”

September 22nd, 2016 by Kevin

Via: Cnet:

In his new half-hour program “Stephen Hawking’s Favorite Places” on science-themed subscription service CuriosityStream, the world’s most famous theoretical physicist flies by the potentially habitable exoplanet Gliese 832c in a CGI spaceship as part of his hypothetical dream itinerary for a tour of the universe.

The super-Earth is only 16 light-years away and just the sort of world the Hawking-supported Breakthrough: Listen initiative hopes to scan for signs of alien signals using our most sensitive radio telescopes.

“If intelligent life has evolved (on Gliese 832c), we should be able to hear it,” he says while hovering over the exoplanet in the animated “U.S.S. Hawking.” “One day we might receive a signal from a planet like this, but we should be wary of answering back. Meeting an advanced civilization could be like Native Americans encountering Columbus. That didn’t turn out so well.”

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Quotes by Caroline Myss

“If anyone tries to complicate your life, turn and walk away from them.”
“Whenever you become empowered, you will be tested.”
“You are afraid of your own empowerment  as much as those around you are of you becoming empowered.”
“Always go with the choice that scares you the most, because that’s the one that is going to require the most from you. “
“I firmly believe that intuitive or symbolic sight is not a gift but a skill–a skill based in self-esteem.”
“Do not assume that divine guidance flows only when you are in need of help. Guidance continues to flow whether or not you have problems. It transcends problems, heartbreaks, and traumas, flowing through dreams and illuminations. Whether guidance comes during times of tranquility or trauma, however, it is up to you to have the courage to acknowledge it”
“We grow primarily through our challenges, especially those life-changing moments when we begin to recognize aspects of our nature that make us different from the family and culture in which we have been raised.””When we harbor negative emotions toward others or toward ourselves, or when we intentionally create pain for others, we poison our own physical and spiritual systems. By far the strongest poison to the human spirit is the inability to forgive oneself or another person. It disables a person’s emotional resources. The challenge is to refine our capacity to love others as well as ourselves and to develop the power of forgiveness. “
“Forgiveness is no longer an option but a necessity for healing.”
“The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind.”
“Our goal while on this earth is to transcend our illusions and discover the innate power of our spirit. We are responsible for what we create, and we must therefore learn to act and think with love and wisdom and live in service to others and all life.”
“The forgiving heart is capable of anything. I believe that deeply. And that’s where in terms of becoming an empowered individual….when you get to the point where you realize you can look at someone and say “I love myself enough – not in a schmaltzy garbage sense, Hallmark stuff, I’m talking respect myself – I respect my life-force enough to no longer waste it.”
“One of the greatest struggles of the healing process is to forgive both yourself and others and to stop expending valuable energy on the past hurts.”

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NYPD: Hillary Clinton 'Child Sex Scandal' About To Break
Source: YourNewsWire

November 2, 2016 •

New York Police Department (NYPD) detectives have uncovered evidence of a 'child sex ring' on Anthony Weiner's laptop that they say could "put Hillary Clinton away for life".

According to NYPD sources, files found on Weiner's newly found laptop which he shared with his wife Huma Abedin, show evidence of a political pedophile ring operating within Washington, involving members of Congress as well as numerous top Clinton aides and insiders.

According to reports, a folder on Weiner's laptop named "life insurance" contains explicit evidence that both Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin helped run and cover-up a Washington pedophile sex ring.

Truepundit.com reports:

NYPD sources said these new emails include evidence linking Clinton herself and associates to:
• Money laundering
• Child exploitation
• Sex crimes with minors (children)
• Perjury Pay to play through
• Clinton Foundation
• Obstruction of justice
• Other felony crimes
NYPD detectives and a NYPD Chief, the department's highest rank under Commissioner, said openly that if the FBI and Justice Department fail to garner timely indictments against Clinton and co- conspirators, NYPD will go public with the damaging emails now in the hands of FBI Director James Comey and many FBI field offices.

"What's in the emails is staggering and as a father, it turned my stomach," the NYPD Chief said. "There is not going to be any Houdini-like escape from what we found. We have copies of everything. We will ship them to Wikileaks or I will personally hold my own press conference if it comes to that."

The NYPD Chief said once Comey saw the alarming contents of the emails he was forced to reopen a criminal probe against Clinton.

"People are going to prison," he said.

Meanwhile, FBI sources said Abedin and Weiner were cooperating with federal agents, who have taken over the non-sexting portions the case from NYPD. The husband-and-wife Clinton insiders are both shopping for separate immunity deals, sources said.

"If they don't cooperate they are going to see long sentences," a federal law enforcement source said.

NYPD sources said Weiner or Abedin stored all the emails in a massive Microsoft Outlook program on the laptop. The emails implicate other current and former members of Congress and one high-ranking Democratic Senator as having possibly engaged in criminal activity too, sources said.

Prosecutors in the office of US Attorney Preet Bharara have issued a subpoena for Weiner's cell phones and travel records, law enforcement sources confirmed. NYPD said it planned to order the same phone and travel records on Clinton and Abedin, however, the FBI said it was in the process of requesting the identical records. Law enforcement sources are particularly interested in cell phone activity and travel to the Bahamas, U.S. Virgin Islands and other locations that sources would not divulge.

The new emails contain travel documents and itineraries indicating Hillary Clinton, President Bill Clinton, Weiner and multiple members of Congress and other government officials accompanied convicted pedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein on his Boeing 727 on multiple occasions to his private island in the U.S Virgin Islands, sources said. Epstein's island has also been dubbed Orgy Island or Sex Slave Island where Epstein allegedly pimps out underage girls and boys to international dignitaries.

Both NYPD and FBI sources confirm based on the new emails they now believe Hillary Clinton traveled as Epstein’s guest on at least six occasions, probably more when all the evidence is combed, sources said. Bill Clinton, it has been confirmed in media reports spanning recent years, that he too traveled with Epstein over 20 times to the island.


“Aberration in the Heartland of the Real: The Secret Lives of Timothy McVeigh”

and it’s must reading. This is compelling stuff.

There are four to six paragraphs in the prologue that provide an overview for all crimes of the deep state that are simply some of the best material written on the topic.

I’ve just finished the section on McVeigh during the Gulf War, the Basra highway turkey shoot, the bulldozer assault, and much more. Every American ought to read this.

The author describes the Gulf War as a “war whose carefully-constructed spectacular prime-time entertainment value qualified it as the first hyper-real post-modern info-war. The mass mediated murderous extravaganza masked its managers’ surreal and brutal genocidal, ecocidal and homocidal New World visions”.

Her next work is based on the research of Cheri Seymour, whose book “The Last Circle” I devoured (and reviewed) years ago; Dr. Painting has become an expert in in the investigative research of author Seymour, herself a private investigator and journalist.

The first footnote for the third chapter of the book speaks of “ Fusion Paranoia ”, a term coined by Michael Kelly in 1995, which refers to “the convergence of political wings in the conspiracy theory milieu”.

The second footnote for the third chapter details Peter Knight’s description of the “canon” of conspiracy theory.

The book is deeply and meticulously footnoted, there is a bibliography and a master document bibliography, and it is indexed. There is already a very small number of errata listed at her web site and a note that these will be corrected in a forthcoming second edition.

To purchase the book from Trine-Day, click here.

“Presenting startling new biographical details about Timothy McVeigh and exposing stark contradictions and errors contained in previous depictions of the “All-American Terrorist,” this book traces McVeigh’s life from childhood to the Army, throughout the plot to bomb the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building and the period after his 1995 arrest until his 2001 execution.

McVeigh’s life, as author Wendy Painting describes it, offers a backdrop for her discussion of not only several intimate and previously unknown details about him, but a number of episodes and circumstances in American History as well, including Cold War popular culture, all-American apocalyptic fervor, organized racism, contentious politics, militarism, warfare, conspiracy theories, bioethical controversies, mind control, the media’s construction of villains and demons , and institutional secrecy and cover-ups. All these stories are examined, compared, and tested in Aberration in the Heartland of the Real, making this book a much closer examination into the personality and life of Timothy McVeigh than has been provided by any other biographical work about him.”

“Wendy S. Painting, PhD, is a professor of U.S. history at Empire State College and works as a freelance investigative researcher. Her extensive and seminal investigatory research into the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and Timothy McVeigh distinguishes her as a leading national expert on both subjects. She coauthored and coproduced the

2011 documentary film, A Noble Lie: Oklahoma City 1995. She lives in Rochester, New York.”

About the film:



Here is the full two-hour film:

Her web site: http://lonewolfresearch.com/AHR.php

Her curriculum vitae is there and it ought to be a model for youngsters to emulate.

Warden admits showing prisoners violent sexual films in 'shame therapy'
The head of a Hawaiian jail is being sued for allegedly subjecting female prisoners to sexual humiliation and discrimination

‘Shame therapy is talking about things that are deep within a person,’ prison warden Neal Wagatsuma told a court in Hawaii.
Wednesday 2 November 2016 23.48 EDT

The warden of a Hawaii jail has admitted showing inmates violent sexual films as part of a program he created that includes what he calls “shame therapy”.

Neal Wagatsuma, warden of Kauai community correctional center, began testifying in Honolulu on Wednesday in a trial for a lawsuit that accuses him of retaliating against a former jail social worker who alleged he subjected female inmates to sexual humiliation and discrimination.

Ever since the mid-1990s there have been rumors that he shows pornography to inmates at the mixed prison, but the videos are not porn, he said: “I would never do that.”


Clinton Con
Breitbart News
2 Nov 2016
She’s finally done it. The country faces a possible constitutional crisis should Hillary win the election. With a federal criminal investigation of the possible president-elect underway, President Obama might well issue a preemptive presidential pardon on his way out the door. Imagine that. Pardoned before inaugurated. Or she will find a way to pardon herself for “the good of the country.” It will simply never end.
If the past portends the future, we should ponder that which came before. The tale of four partners of the Rose Law Firm in Little Rock, Arkansas is a good place to start. They came to Washington, DC with Bill Clinton in 1993. You couldn’t turn a corner in the West Wing without bumping into one or all of them. Webster Hubbell became Associate Attorney General of the United States. He ended up in a federal pen. Vince Foster became Deputy Counsel to the President and he was found dead by gunshot in Fort Marcy Park. Bill Kennedy became an Associate White House Counsel and was neck deep in Filegate and Travelgate. He also oversaw the ubiquitous Craig Livingstone, the former bar bouncer personally chosen by the First Lady to head the Office of White House Security. Together, Bill Kennedy and Craig Livingstone were the ones to officially identify the body of Vince Foster. I knew them all. Of the four partners, only one is left standing. She is currently


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New Evidence Points to TWA-800 Coverup | Veterans Today
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Anthony Weiner's 16-year-old alleged sexting victim blasts FBI director

2016-11-02 11:40 p.m. | Last updated 2016-11-02 11:40 p.m.

In an open letter, the young woman whose sexually explicit online conversations with disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner ignited a national firestorm blasted FBI Director James Comey for his role in politicizing her plight and subjecting her to unwanted scrutiny from the media.

“I am the 15-year-old (now 16) who was the victim of Anthony Weiner,” the woman wrote in a letter published by BuzzFeed. “I now add you to the list of people who have victimized me. I told my story originally to protect other young girls that might be a victim of online predators.”

The woman, whose identity media outlets have kept hidden in an effort to protect her privacy, recalled how, not 10 minutes after she concluded a seven-hour interview with FBI agents regarding allegations that Weiner broke the law in sending her sexually explicit electronic messages, she received a phone call from a reporter asking about 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Weiner's estranged wife, Huma Abedin, is a close adviser to the former secretary of state. When law enforcement officials confiscated Weiner's computer as part of their investigation


Man dies after cop shocked him twice with stun gun in Bronx

Updated: Thursday, November 3 2016

The tragic incident comes just 15 days after cops shot and killed Deborah Danner, a 66-year-old woman suffering from schizophrenia, when officers answered a neighbor’s complaint about her behaving “in an irrational manner” in her Bronx apartment building.

FBI probing 'Vote Trump' tag, fire at black church
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“Massachusetts law firm donated $1.6M to Democrats including Hillary Clinton and received bonuses that precisely matched their political donations in massive ‘straw-donor scheme’ ”


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Hoover`s Sexuality, Mob Ties
February 9, 1993|By TOM JICHA, TV/Radio Writer
Frontline does unto J. Edgar Hoover as he did unto others.

The PBS documentary series tonight peeps into the bedroom and other seamy aspects of the man who guided the FBI for almost a half-century. Two wrongs might not make a right, but they do make for an explosive and deliciously scandalous hour.

Frontline contends that Hoover was ``personally corrupt, sexually compromised and tainted by ties to organized crime.``

It also alleges Hoover used surreptitiously obtained evidence of John F. Kennedy`s womanizing to blackmail him into offering the vice presidency to Lyndon B. Johnson, a Hoover ally.

Frontline also repeats and elaborates on the belief that Hoover, who labeled homosexuals ``sex deviants,`` had a homosexual relationship with his aide Clyde Tolson. In addition to the hypocrisy involved, Hoover`s sexual orientation is significant because organized crime found out about it and used the threat of exposing him to keep the FBI off its case.

Anthony Summers, author of the Hoover biography Official and Confidential, said notorious mob figure Meyer Lansky was one of those who had pictures of Hoover and Tolson in a compromising situation. ``Lansky controlled the pictures and he had made his deal with Hoover to lay off,`` Summers said.

A fashion model who, with her date, socialized with Hoover and Tolson one New Year`s, said she saw Hoover and Tolson holding hands in the backseat of a car. Later that evening, she says she heard Tolson express a desire to dance with Hoover at the Cotton Club in Harlem. The irony is, Hoover was livid at the time because he saw an interracial couple on the dance floor, according to the woman.

Susan Rosenstiel, wife of Louis Rosenstiel, who is identified as a mob- connected bootlegger, says she went to a party at New York`s Plaza Hotel, where she was promised a surprise. She was greeted at the door by a man in ``a black chiffon dress, very short with ruffles, and black lace stockings and high-heeled shoes and a black curly wig and black eyelashes.``

The person was introduced to her as Mary. ``It was clearly J. Edgar Hoover,`` she says.

Later, two teen-aged boys arrived, according to Susan Rosenstiel, and Hoover, Roy Cohn and her husband went into the bedroom and had sex with them.

``I heard (her husband Louis) Rosenstiel say that if Hoover ever brings pressure against Lansky or any of us, we`ll use this as blackmail.``

Throughout his career, Hoover claimed there was no such thing as a national crime family. He insisted organized crime was a local problem, which put it outside the jurisdiction of the FBI.

Ralph Salerno, head of the New York Committee on Organized Crime, says the hands-off policy had dire ramifications. ``If they (the mob) could have been attacked before they grew, before they got the wealth, before they got the knowledge, organized crime could have been nipped in the bud ... (the mob) never would have grown as strong as it got to be in later decades.``

Another reason Hoover might have gone easy on the mob, it is offered, is that he liked to play the horses, and the bookmakers he used to place bets were all mob backed. What`s more, it adds, Hoover had the kind of arrangement gamblers dream of.

According to Mrs. Rosenstiel, ``(My husband) would call the boys up and they would make the bets. If Hoover won, he got paid. If he didn`t win, they would just forget it.``

Gambling debts evidently were not all Hoover didn`t pay. He reportedly never picked up a check.

Also, John Dowd, head of the government`s Organized Crime Strike Force, says, ``Four years after Hoover died, I was assigned to conduct an investigation of 40 years of fraud and corruption by J. Edgar Hoover, in which he had taken at taxpayers` expense, goods and services provided to him by employees of the FBI.``

These perks included elaborate vacations disguised as business trips; using his government limos -- he had three -- for personal pleasure; using FBI personnel to service his lawn and to embellish and furnish his home.

Dowd also cites an incident his investigation uncovered that illustrates how petty Hoover c

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In aftermath of Petraeus scandal, outed FBI agent's family still feels sting of betrayal
Howard Altman, Times Staff Writer
Thursday, November 10, 2016 5:30am

'Comey has built a massive biometric database that places privacy of all Americans at risk'

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Did Rogue FBI Agents Attempt Presidential Election Coup by Reopening the Clinton Email Investigation?
Rudy Giuliani brags about Trump fans inside the FBI.
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Prosecutor admitted that Englewood Four teens coerced into false confessions

Harold Richardson, from left, Vincent Thames, Terrill Swift and Michael Saunders were convicted of a 1994 rape and murder but later were cleared

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Alabama deputy only sentenced to 3 years in prison for lying about brutal traffic stop

Crime scene photo of Robert Bryant at Huntsville Hospital following arrest on Aug. 22, 2012. (Photo by Madison County Sheriff's Department)

on November 17, 2016
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- A federal judge today sentenced a former sheriff's deputy in north Alabama to three years in prison for lying under oath about a brutal traffic stop four years ago.

On the night of Aug. 22, 2012, Justin Watson pulled over Robert Byrant, a handyman from Tennessee, "struck him in the face, knocked out his teeth, beat him with a baton and choked him until he was unconscious."
the stop and beating were revenge for a barfight weeks earlier.


Montgomery city judge suspended amid ethics charges; jailed those who couldn't pay traffic fines

on November 17, 2016 at 5:29 PM, updated November 17, 2016 at 7:49 PM

Armstead Lester Hayes III, the presiding judge of Montgomery's  municipal court, was suspended today after the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission filed ethics charges against him regarding claims that include the jailing of poor people for significant lengths of time because they couldn't pay fines for traffic fines or other misdemeanor offenses.

And the collection tactics have helped Montgomery's municipal court system collect millions of dollars in fees and fines that are three or more times the amounts collected in Birmingham and other large A


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Sep 13, 2011 - A decade after the FBI found ties between a Saudi family living quietly near Sarasota and ... Mike Rogers, R-Michigan and ranking Democrat Rep.

Cover-Up Archives - 911Truth.Org
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Updated | Mark Rossini, a former FBI special agent at the center of an enduring mystery related to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, says he is “appalled” by  ...
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Latest Jon Gold 9/11 Podcast Episode Covers the 28 Pages ... 11 attacks after the congressional panels, said the commission followed up on the ..... chairman ( Mike Rogers) misrepresented information to the committee about my actions.” Rep.
Florida congressman denied access to censored pages from Congress' 9/11 report - Florida Bulldog | Florida Bulldog
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FBI agents assassinate Martin Luther King
in Hospital


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Sep 4, 2016 - William Pepper with his friend Martin Luther King. ... Known to Ron as “Uncle Clyde,” the high-level FBI official often delivered cash to ...

The Plot to Kill Martin Luther King: Survived Shooting, Was Murdered in Hospital | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization
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Sep 5, 2016 - Martin Luther King was murdered in a conspiracy that was instigated by then FBI director J. Edgar Hoover. Review of William Pepper's Book.


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Wooden sculpture causes costly mess at FBI's Miami field office
'Cedrus' sculpture cost tax payers about $1.2M, Politico reports

Posted: 9:05 PM, December 02, 2016

Photo of FBI Miami Building by Herich Blessing Photographers
MIAMI - German artist Ursula von Rydingsvard has been working with red cedar flagrant wood for decades. Her monumental sculptures are for the most part placed outdoors.

At 17-feet tall, her "Cedrus" sculpture defied gravity in the shape of a tornado. It made it to the FBI's new modern Miami field building, where the high ceilings offered plenty of space. And now it's in the middle of a scandal. 

Politico reviewed hundreds of documents revealing details of the "Cedrus" case. The government reportedly paid the artist $750,000 for the sculpture, but Politico reported that after it got FBI employees sick it actually cost tax payers about $1.2 million. 

More than a dozen employees reportedly got sick, beca


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A self explanatory video. Gerard has been dismantling the box of lies that has been fed to us for years and years. The out of the box thinking, results, and clear evidence has been demonstrated over and over. This research is in need of the next level development. To take this energy to the people, with a full understanding of all it’s potential.


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The FBI Is About To Get The Power To Hack Millions Of Computers
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11/30/2016 02:40 pm
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WASHINGTON — Congress had six months to debate granting President-elect Donald Trump’s FBI new legal powers to hack millions of computers, and Republican leaders objected to doing so on Wednesday.

That means that starting Thursday, a Department of Justice official will be able to go to a single judge, assert that a computer crime may involve millions of networked devices, and get a warrant that lets the FBI hack all of those devices.

According to three senators who tried to put the brakes on that new authority Wednesday so Congress could at least discuss it, there are no concrete assurances from law enforcement officials that privacy won’t be violated or that devices won’t be damaged. Nor was there any explanation of how authorities will hack Americans’ wired equipment.

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Juror 'cannot convict' ex-cop Slager in death of Walter Scott

Friday, December 2, 2016, 8:28 PM

A lone juror nearly caused a mistrial Friday in the South Carolina murder trial of Michael Slager, a white ex-cop caught on video gunning down an unarmed black man in 2015.

The jury of 11 whites and one black man went through three days of deliberations before twice declaring on Friday that they were at an impasse.

“Yes, we are at a deadlock,” the jury wrote in a final note to state Judge Clifton Newman just before 5 p.m.

But the jury also made it clear the majority was prepared to convict Slager, a former North Charleston cop. He’s charged with shooting Walter Scott five times after a traffic stop on April 4, 2015.

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Senate Judiciary Committee opens inquiry into Harry Morel case, suspension of local FBI agent

DEC 1, 2016 - 11:50 AM (3)

The suspension of an FBI agent who investigated former St. Charles Parish District Attorney Harry Morel has drawn the attention of the Senate Judiciary Committee, an influential panel of lawmakers that has opened an inquiry into the case. 

The committee's chairman, Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, sent a list of questions to FBI Director James Comey, Attorney General Loretta Lynch and other officials regarding the bureau's treatment of agent Michael Zummer, who was stripped of his security clearance after sending a lengthy letter to the federal judge presiding over Morel's criminal proceedings.

The FBI suspended Zummer without pay during the summer and escorted him out of the bureau's New Orleans field office pending the results of an internal inquiry to determine whether he mishandled "sensitive material."  

The suspension, Grassley wrote, "looks like it could be a misuse of the security clearance process to mask retaliation for protected whistleblowing."  

The agent had been pushing for prosecutors to pursue more serious charges against Morel, according to FBI records.

Morel was sentenced this year to three years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of obstruction of justice, a charge that stemmed from his efforts to derail a multi-year FBI probe into his sexual misconduct.

Though he was never charged with a sexual crime, Morel acknowledged, in pleading guilty, that he used his office to prey upon women who sought leniency in their criminal cases. He demanded sexual favors in exchange for his assistance. 

U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt has declined to make public Zummer's 31-page letter, but he said he shares the agent's "legitimate concerns" about whether the U.S. Justice Department "is either unable or unwilling to self-police lapses of ethics, professionalism and truthfulness in its ranks."

Zummer's letter included the names of more than two dozen people involved in the Morel case and apparently outlined allegations of misconduct involving government officials.  

After his suspension, Zummer took his concerns to Congress, telling the Senate Judiciary Committee that the Morel case was tainted by a conflict of interest in the U.S. Attorney's Office. He alleged that Morel received favorable treatment from the U.S. Attorney's Office


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Virginia State Police’s Stingray-like device captures voice communications – docs

Documents acquired from a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request show the Virginia State Police have a powerful cell-site simulator that can capture not only GPS location and metadata but voice communication.
In 2014, Virginia State Police upgraded their Digital Receiver Technology box, a cell site simulator, for a smaller more powerful model at a cost of over $500,000, according to documents acquired by Muckrock as part of a nationwide FOIA request and published Friday.
The DRT boxes, made by a Maryland company, are similar to other cell site simulators like Stingrays in that they can also intercept voice communication along with GPS location and other metadata, such as phone numbers and duration of call.
The device came with accessories and was installed in a Chevrolet Suburban outfitted specifically to run the device.
Cell-site simulators, or IMSI catchers, are devices that masquerade as a legitimate cell phone tower, tricking phones nearby into connecting to the device in order to log the international mobile subscriber identity (IMSI) numbers of mobile phones in the area or capture the content of communications.
The increased use of the devices by law enforcement had been kept from the courts and the public. In 2014, police in Florida revealed they had used such devices at least 200 additional times since 2010 without disclosing it to the court or obtaining a warrant.
The American Civil Liberties Union has filed multiple requests for the public records of Florida law enforcement agencies about their use of the cell phone tracking devices.
In some cases, police have refused to disclose information to the courts, citing nondisclosure agreements signed with the Harris Corporation, which manufactures Stingrays.
The FBI defended these agreements, saying that information about the technology could allow adversaries to circumvent it.
The ACLU said in 2014 that “potentially unconstitutional government surveillance on this scale should not remain hidden from the public just because a private corporation desires secrecy. And it certainly should not be concealed from judges.”
Among the documents acquired in the FOIA request is a utilization log from May 2015 that shows the unit was used 12 times. In five of the 12 instances, it was ineffective


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The Environmental Protection Agency said it plans to withdraw a mandate that Texas coal-fired power plants reduce their pollution, but also found five counties have dangerous levels of toxic gas linked to coal plants.


Pushing for a conviction on a death that shocked Rikers Island, a federal prosecutor told jurors Friday that the guard abused his position to carry out a savage and fatal beating.

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Charlotte man who spent 24 years in prison pardoned
A Charlotte man was pardoned after serving nearly 25 years behind bars for a crime he didn't commit.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A Charlotte man who spent over 24 years behind bars for a brutal rape and attempted murder has been pardoned.

Timothy Scott Bridges had been sentenced to life in prison but was pardoned by Governor Pat McCrory after it was shown that he was convicted at trial based on evidence that was erroneous.

Bridges had been convicted of raping an 83-year-old woman in her home off the Plaza in 1989, and attempting to kill her.

In court, prosecutors used hair sample and the testimony of an FBI-trained analyst to convict him, despite the fact that a palm print found on a door was not a match to Bridges.

An FBI review later found Bureau-trained analysts had overstated, or were simply wrong about hair samples in thousands of cases across the country including  the case of Bridges.

Bridges himself was not ready to talk about the end of his long ordeal, but his uncle, Larry Swann said in a telephone interview, “I’m excited because


Members of the Westbank chapter of the NAACP held signs saying “A Man was Lynched Yesterday” while calling for answers as to why the man who shot and killed Joe McKnight was released.

The NAACP called the press conference on Friday afternoon after finding out that Ronald Gasser, the man who shot former NFL player Joe McKnight, was not held by police and may not be charged in McKnight’s death. They believe he is getting special treatment because he is a white man.

“This man apparently believes that he had the right to settle the score with a young black man by using a weapon,” the westbank chapter of the NAACP’s president said. “We cannot continue to have that situation in our country. We have


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Retired Green Beret says Mattis left 'my men to die' in Afghanistan

Published: December 2, 2016

WASHINGTON – A retired Green Beret officer alleged Friday that Gen. James Mattis, who has been nominated to be the next defense secretary, hesitated to send medical evacuation flights and left soldiers to die during a 2001 friendly fire incident in Afghanistan.


Retired Lt. Col. Jason Amerine, in a Facebook post, said a delay by Mattis in sending rescue aircraft from a nearby base might have led to the deaths of Staff Sgt. Brian Cody Prosser and at least two Afghans after they were hit by a U.S. bomb outside of Kandahar.


“He was indecisive and betrayed his duty to us, leaving my men to die during the golden hour when he could have reached us,” wrote Amerine, who is a future of war fellow at the New America think


More National Security Letters Made Public After Government Drops Its Attempt To Keep Its Gag Orders In Place

FabI issue NSLs when its warrant requests are turned down by federal courts. Throw an indefinite gag order on it, and the FBI can pretty much ensure complete compliance from recipients, whose only option is to fight an often-futile legal battle against the government.


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For Third Year in a Row, Earth Sets Heat Record

Earth sizzled to a third-straight record hot year in 2016, with scientists mostly blaming man-made global warming with help from a natural El Nino that's now gone.

Two U.S. agencies and international weather groups reported Wednesday that last year was the warmest on record. They measure global temperatures in slightly different ways, and came up with a range of increases, from minuscule to what top American climate scientists described as substantial.

They're "all singing the same song even if they are hitting different notes along the way. The pattern is very clear," said Deke Arndt of the National Oceanic and Atmo

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Cops breaking rules more often, but discipline is limited: report
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Out of the 518 cops the CCRB found fault with, none were fired and only 20 were suspended or forced to give up vacation days. (MICHAEL IP/FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)
More NYPD cops are being accused of abuse and misconduct — but very few are being disciplined, the New York Civil Liberties Union charged Wednesday.

Tabulating year-end figures released by the city’s Civilian Complaint Review Board, the NYCLU determined the CCRB substantiated 1,179 cases brought to its office between 2014 and 2016 — an 82% increase over the 648 the board substantiated during the three prior years.

Yet neither former Police Commissioner Bill Bratton nor his successor James O’Neill seriously disciplined the cops the CCRB had substantiated cases against.

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Tampa Bay Times: Trump’s Justice Department Can’t Ignore Bad Policing

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The Justice Department’s thorough report detailing the Chicago Police Department’s systemic disregard for civil rights is a sickening account of excessive force and abuse. It also is just one of the depressingly familiar federal investigations of police departments throughout the nation that have used discriminatory tactics. Yet President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for attorney general, Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, has criticized such federal efforts as overreaching. Whether it’s civil rights or voting rights, Washington cannot look the other way when there is nowhere else to turn for help.

The Chicago situation is breathtaking in its scope, brutality and cynicism. The Justice Department’s report says police officers routinely use unnecessary force, from firing their guns at cars or during foot chases to using Tasers in nonthreatening situations. It describes officers taking gang members to the neighborhoods of their rivals in an attempt to force them to talk. And it recounts an instance when an officer pointed his gun and then handcuffed teens who were trespassing on their bikes. No wonder the police have difficulty getting cooperation from residents as the city’s murder rate soars.

In such a dysfunctional situation, it’s also understandable that the federal report describes a Chicago Police Department that is demoralized, lacks discipline and fails to follow its own policies. That is exactly why the Justice Department has to step in to protect the rights of citizens, independently spotlight the abuses and help change the system. Under the Obama administration, the department has investigated police department


Seattle can't release info about FBI cameras, judge rules
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SEATTLE - A federal judge has barred Seattle from releasing information about surveillance cameras the FBI has placed in the city.

Seattle had planned to release information about the cameras under a public records request, but the FBI said that would jeopardize its ability to conduct investigations and that the city had already promised not to disclose it.

U.S. District Judge Richard Jones issued a temporary restraining order last June preventing the city from releasing the relevant documents, and on Tuesday he issued a final order to that effect. He said the information is protected from disclosure for law enforcement reasons

FBI agents will not file charges in thousands of pedophile cases
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FBI faces backlash for child porn investigation

A case involving the FBI taking over a child porn website as part of a sting operation has sparked an ethics debate among legal scholars and defense attorneys, including lawyers for a Texas man caught in the sting.

Federal prosecutors are defending the agency's decision to secretly seize, control and monitor a child pornography website for two weeks to catch child predators in 2015, The Dallas Morning News (http://bit.ly/2jkFt8v ) reports. During that time, tens of thousands of child porn images were uploaded to

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LAPD officer convicted of sending ‘harmful’ texts to teen, acquitted of child annoyance charges

A Los Angeles police cruiser in Hollywood in 2015. Officer Abel Montes De Oca has been convicted of two misdemeanors in connection with distributing "harmful matter" to a female teen cadet in an LAPD youth program. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
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ALos Angeles police officer who worked in an LAPD youth program was convicted Tuesday of distributing harmful matter to a teenage girl, authorities said.

After a five-day trial, a downtown L.A. jury convicted Abel Montes De Oca of two misdemeanor counts: destroying evidence and distributing “harmful matter” to a juvenile, according to the L.A. city attorney’s office.

Montes De Oca, 32, was acquitted of two counts of child annoyance.

After the verdict was read, the judge remanded Montes De Oca into custody, and he is being held on $100,000 bail, prosecutors said.

He faces up to 18 months in jail at his sentencing, scheduled for Friday.

Prosecutors say that in September 2015, the officer met a then-16-year-old girl who was a cadet in the L.A. Police Department’s Community Youth Program. The program runs 18 weeks and provides physical training and criminal-justice education to students ages 13 to 20, according to the program’s website.

Through October 2015, prosecutors alleged that Montes De Oca sought an inappropriate relationship with the girl, sending her text messages and other missives via social media.

Once the officer’s mistreatment of the girl was disclosed, prosecutors alleged, he tried to delete photos and messages from his phone and computer. He also told the girl to wipe out any evidence of his correspondence, according to the city attorney’s office.

Police arrested Montes De Oca in August at the LAPD’s downtown headquarters.

Montes De Oca’s defense attorney, Lou Shapiro, said his client did not dispute that he inappropriately texted with the girl or destroyed evidence. Shapiro said the key issue was whether Montes De Oca was guilty of two counts of child annoyance — graver charges that carry stiffer penalties. The jury ultimately acquitted him of both counts.

“Defense expert Dr. Sanjay Sahgal testified that for a 31-year-old male to be sexually attracted to a 16-year-old post-pubescent female was not abnormal or unnatural from a clinical point of view,” Shapiro said. “[Sahgal] conceded that it was not normal from a moral point of view.”

Shapiro thanked the jurors “for being able to set aside the fact that he was a police officer and simply judge him based on the facts and evidence.”

Los Angeles City Atty. Mike Feuer had harsher words for Montes De Oca after the verdict was announced.

"This was an egregious breach of trust by an LAPD officer responsible for supervising student cadets,” Feuer said in a statement. “It is essenti


Ex-FBI Agent Pleads for the Release of Leonard Peltier for Humanitarian Reasons
Forty years in jail, six in solitary confinement, guilt questionable; it is time to let Peltier out of prison.
By John C. Ryan / AlterNet January 18, 2017

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I was an agent with the FBI when two of my fellow agents were murdered at the Pine Ridge Reservation in 1975. Today I’m calling on President Obama to free the man convicted of killing them. 

I didn’t know Special Agents Jack Coler and Ronald Williams personally, but I felt the same shock and horror everyone in the FBI felt at their deaths. Like former United States Attorney James Reynolds, who handled the prosecution in the critical post-trial period, I believe that clemency for Leonard Peltier “is in the best interest of justice.” I further believe that keeping him incarcerated any longer perverts the system of justice for which the two agents died, and which the agency is sworn to uphold.  

I do not make this call lightly, and it should not be seen as a criticism of the actions of the well-meaning, patriotic agents of the Bureau, nor as a referendum on the Bureau itself. A benefit of hindsight is that sometimes it provides an opportunity to address an injustice like this.

According to the Eighth Circuit, witnesses were coerced and ballistics evidence was withheld from Peltier's attorneys at trial. U.S. Attorney Reynolds has re-emphasized in recent interviews that the government had no proof to support its trial theory that Peltier was the person who shot the two FBI agents, and he remains in jail today on a thin “accomplice” theory. 

Despite the disturbing number of red flags, judicial criticism of government conduct, and his accomplice status, Peltier has been held in prison for more than four decades, four times longer than former FBI Special Agent Mark Putnam, who had an affair with an informant, murdered her when he learned she was pregnant and then obstructed the investigation into her disappearance. Over the course of those four decades, Leonard Peltier has spent no less than six years in solitary confinement; conditions


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Justice deferred: Ethel Rosenberg innocent, per Seton Hall Law team

Ethel and Julius Rosenberg in custody in 1951

January 18, 2017
Almost 64 years after Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were sent to the electric chair, a team of investigators from Seton Hall Law School in Newark uncovered a document showing that Ethel, a Jewish woman with two small sons, was executed wrongfully.

Heading the investigation was a law professor who believed anti-Semitism was partly behind the prosecution and punishment of the Rosenbergs. The couple was executed in 1953 on charges of conspiring against the United States by providing classified material on the country’s nuclear program to the Soviet Union.

The Seton Hall team unearthed a one-page memo written on July 17, 1950, from FBI special agent A.H. Belmont to D. Milton Ladd, assistant to FBI director J. Edgar Hoover. It relayed the findings of Assistant Attorney General James McInerney, who wrote that “there is insufficient evidence to issue process against her at the time.”

The memo added, “Mr. McInerney requested that any additional information concerning Ethel Rosenberg…might be possible to utilize her as a lever against her husband.” 

In other words, prosecutors and FBI agents knew that evidence against Ethel was not strong enough to warrant putting her on trial. Nonetheless, the FBI urged prosecutors to threaten her with the death penalty unless she agreed to betray her husband. She stood fast in her refusal to do so and was put to death in the electric chair at Sing Sing prison on June 19, 1953.

“The reason for her prosecution seems clear: Ethel was executed because she refused to cooperate with the government to help convict her husband,” said Mark Denbeaux, the Seton Hall law professor who shepherded 25 of his students through a three-year review of the case. “Ethel was merely a pawn used for leverage in the government’s attempt to build a case against Julius Rosenberg.”

Their findings were published on Dec. 21.

Many scholars familiar with the case believe that anti-Semitism played a role in their prosecution, even suggesting it was a reason for their being electrocuted on a Friday night. Among them is Denbeaux, a Protestant whose opinion was strongly influenced by his father, a Presbyterian chaplain in World War II. The elder Denbeaux returned home keenly attuned to Jewish suffering after taking part in the liberation of two concentration camps. “My father never talked about combat,” said the professor, “only about the camps.”

When the Rosenbergs were arrested in 1950 for conspiracy to commit espionage, the professor’s father was skeptical of their guilt. “I grew up believing from him that they were both innocent and wouldn’t have been executed if it wasn’t for anti-Semitism. My dad saw anti-Semitism in many places,” he said.

One longstanding theory is that several Jews were given prominent roles in order to dispel the notion that officials’ motivation for pursuing the case was related to anti-Semitism. Noting that the judge in the case, Irving R. Kaufman, was a Jew, as were prosecutor Irving Saypol and his deputy, Roy Cohn, Denbeaux said his father believed their presence spoke volumes. “If you didn’t think religion mattered, why would you make sure the judge, the prosecutors, and the investigators were all Jews?” he asked. 

Intrigued by the case, Denbeaux tasked his students in 2013 to start digging into 250,000 pages of testimony and evidence relating to the investigation, trial, and execution of the Rosenbergs, who were convicted of joining in a conspiracy to violate the Espionage Act of 1917.

Their alleged accomplices were Ethel’s brother and sister-in-law, David and Ruth Greenglass. Originally David told the FBI his sister had no involvement in the plot. Then he changed his testimony to implicate Ethel so his own wife would not be indicted. In 1996, he confessed to lying under oath, telling a New York Times reporter, “My wife is more important to me than my sister.”

Greenglass served 15 years in prison for his role in the alleged spy ring. His wife never spent a day behind bars.

“What’s revelatory is the government, the FBI, admitted it,” said Denbeaux. “It is one thing to say we want her to roll over, but it is another to say, ‘We’ve got nothing on her but we can use her as leverage.’ I can see that to be the significant statement in that memo. 

“The government did not believe she was guilty and executed her anyway. That seems to me to be a dramatic, shocking fact. How often do you have people in the government say, ‘We’ve really got to hammer her to make her talk?’”

The law students wrote that what is known is that “even though Ruth and David played much larger roles in the conspiracy than Ethel, it was Ethel who was sent to the electric chair, while David received a 15-year sentence, and Ruth walked away without ever being indicted. That supports the theory that the government only actively prosecuted Ethel to obtain a confession, and cooperation, from her husband.”

Amanda Frankel, a third-year law student from South Orange who worked on the study, said that although she feels that Ethel’s execution was unjustified, she doesn’t consider it a result of anti-Semitism. “I just associated it with anti-communism,” she said.

Her work on the project taught her of


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January 19, 2017 7 Min Read

On Jan. 3, outgoing Attorney General Loretta Lynch secretly signed an order directing the National Security Agency — America's 60,000-person-strong domestic spying apparatus — to make available raw spying data to all other federal intelligence agencies, which then can pass it on to their counterparts in foreign countries and in the 50 states upon request. She did so, she claimed, for administrative convenience. Yet in doing this, she violated basic constitutional principles that were erected centuries ago to prevent just what she did.
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The Million Women’s March January 21, 2017

Submitted by robert shetterly on 7 February 2017 - 12:00am


What happened?

This was not a protest. It was a clarification.  A realignment.

It was not an aggrieved victim struggling to have her lonely voice heard as she implores power to hear truth.

It was power speaking to power. Legitimate power speaking to illegitimate power.

It was a global, universal tweet speaking to an arrogant twit.

The phoenix shaking off  the ashes.

It was liberation speaking to domination. Diversity speaking to white patriarchy.

The heart of freedom speaking to the heel of oppression. Right to wrong.

When I watched  footage of the hundreds of marches in cities and towns all across America and then discovered that there were masses of people in the streets in other countries, it was clear something significant was happening. The deadly gloom of despair was lifted by the joy of millions of colorful, exuberant, powerful people.   The point was tipping. This was not like the massive protests against the lies of the Bush administration in 2003 which propelled us into the Iraq invasion. Consciousness wasn’t raised then in enough people. People now realize an arrogant demagogue surrounded by a covey of ego-bloated generals,  billionaire bankers and smug CEOs full of fear-mongering and racism, sexism and war-profiteering,  science denial and nature destruction  is not the way forward. This was a clarification. A re-set. Howard Zinn said our problem is not civil disobedience,  it’s civil obedience. This was the exhilarating freedom of disobedience.

Obedience is uniformity; disobedience is a declaration of new identity. This was the people of the world speaking not so much to power as to each other. We’re in charge. We can shape the future we want, not be prey to what they want.  Let’s practice respect. Let’s try love. Let’s embrace peace. Let’s insist on justice. Let’s honor the reality of our place in nature. Let’s build an economy of decency rather than  disaster. Let’s base diplomacy on the common good.

As Trump was pathetically obsessed  with the size of his inauguration crowd, the world passed him by. On his first day in office, the world passed him by!  He’s already an anachronism. Dangerous, but an anachronism. The power has shifted.

Trump is the rock in the river from which we can leap to the other side.

Thank you, women.













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General Assembly reconsiders how Maryland deals with sex crimes

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The FBI redefined rape about four years ago, he said. "Initially I was against this bill, because I don't like redefining words," he said. "Words have meanings and ...


ANNAPOLIS — For several hours on Tuesday, state legislators in the House Judiciary Committee listened to sometimes excruciating testimony on various pieces of proposed legislation dealing with sexual assault. Then on Thursday, the committee heard more.

In fact, Maryland lawmakers have filed more than 40 bills this year that deal in some way with sexual offenses — ranging from processing evidence in child pornography cases to requiring local governments to audit the number of reportedly unfounded sexual assault cases.

But three bills in particular would fundamentally reshape the way Maryland deals with these crimes, meaning Washington County law enforcement and prosecutors might have to alter their me


Proof of resistance

On Thursday, the Maryland Senate unanimously approved legislation to remove a requirement that prosecutors show evidence that a victim physically resisted a sexual assault in order to prove a crime was committed. A companion bill was one of the 12 heard in the House Judiciary Committee last week.

The House bill's lead sponsor, Del. Kathleen Dumais, D-Montgomery, noted that "one of the things we often talk about when we're talking to young women, particularly at colleges or high school, is that if you are in one of these situations, we actually tell them not to resist if they are concerned about further physical injury or death. We tell them not to resist. … But if it is even a question in a law enforcement officer's mind, that in fact if you didn't resist it's not rape or it's not a sexual assault, we need to make it clear on our statute."

Lisae C. Jordan, executive director of the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault, was blunt.

"Victims of sexual assault should never be required to physically resist the attack," she said.

During a recent review of 124 Baltimore County rape cases that were ruled "unfounded," Jordan said, there was "case after case after case of women saying, 'No, please stop,' crying, saying, 'Don't do that,' saying, 'Stop.' One woman who had vomited and then felt a little bit better, so the perpetrator started to sexually assault her, and she cried and said, 'Stop.' And the officer said to that victim — to all of these victims — 'Did ya hit him? Did ya kick him? What did you do to fight back?'

"And when she said, 'No, I didn't hit him or kick him,' or fight back physically, the officer said, 'Well, ma'am, Maryland's rape law doesn't cover this situation. You were not raped.'

A third of these cases involved this type of scenario, Jordan said.

"We don’t ask a robbery victim if they they resisted — 'Did you push the gun away? Did you tell him that he couldn't rob you?'" added Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger. "We never ask that of any other victim in the state of Maryland … except in the area of sexual assault."





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Kan. House advances bill limiting access to police records

– Feb 22, 2017


The bill allows the state commission that certifies law enforcement officers to close records about officers who have been fired or disciplined




Missing reports prompt review of Texas police shootings law

Texas is one of seven states that require LE agencies to provide information about officer-involved shootings to the stat


HOUSTON — Police in Texas could soon find it easier to report officer-involved shootings to the state — but they also may pay a price for failing to do so.

Texas is one of seven states that require law enforcement agencies to provide information about officer-involved shootings to the state, and it could become the first to mete out punishment to those that don't.

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State Rep. Eric Johnson says he's is pushing to "put some teeth" into Texas' statute after learning that up to a dozen fatal shootings hadn't been reported since the law went into effect in 2015. He's also trying to create a web portal that would make it easier for law enforcement to report crime data, including officer-involved shootings.

Texas' law, which was sponsored by Johnson, requires agencies to provide information about the shootings in a one-page report emailed to the state attorney general's office within 30 days, but there are no enforcement or tracking mechanisms.





Texas cop fired over feces sandwich fired again

– Jan 30, 2017


Matthew Luckhurst was originally given an indefinite suspension in October after giving a homeless man a feces sandwich



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Signals of Climate Change Visible as Record Fires Give Way to Massive Floods in Peru
“We’ve rarely seen this kind of rapid and quick change in climatic conditions.” — Juber Ruiz, of Peru’s Civil Defense Institute


During September through November, wildfires tore across parts of drought-stricken Peru.

Peru’s Amazon was then experiencing its worst dry period in 20 years. And, at the time, over 100,000 acres of rainforest and farmland was consumed by flash fires. Rainforest species, ill-adapted to fires, were caught unawares. And a tragic tale of charred remains of protected species littering a once-lush, but now smoldering, wood spread in the wake of the odd blazes.

(Last November, wildfires burned through the Amazon rainforest in Peru as  a record drought left the region bone-dry. From Drought Now Spans the Globe. Image source: LANCE-MODIS.)

At the time, scientists noted that the after-effects of El Nino had combined with a warmer world to help spur the drought and the fires. And they warned Peru to prepare for more extreme weather in the future as Earth continued to heat up.

Fast forward to 2017 and we find that the moisture regime has taken a hard turn in Peru as the droughts and fires of 2016 gave way to torrential rains. Since January, more than 62 souls have been lost and about 12,000 homes destroyed as flash floods ripped through Peru. Over the past three days, the rains have been particularly intense — turning streets into roaring rivers and causing streams to over-top — devouring roads, bridges and buildings. As of yesterday, 176 districts within the country have declared a state of emergency due to flooding.

(Flooding in Peru leaves tens of thousands homeless. Video source: TRT News.)

The rains come as coastal waters off Peru have seen sky-rocketing temperatures. Sea surface readings over recent months have climbed from an average of 24 degrees Celsius to 29 degrees Celsius. These extremely warm waters are pumping a huge plume of moisture into the local atmosphere. And it’s this extraordinarily heavy moisture loading that is spurring the massive rainstorms now plaguing the state.

Scientists call this phenomena a coastal El Nino. And the last time Peru experienced one was in 1925. Though the coastal El Nino probably helped to spur the extreme rains now plaguing Peru, the peak sea surface temperatures of the very warm waters off Peru have also been increased by the larger human-forced warming of the world (primarily through fossil fuel burning). So many scientists are also now saying that the severe rainfall events now occurring in Peru were likely contributed to by climate change.

(Sea surface temperature anomaly map shows that ocean surfaces are more than 5 C above average off coastal Peru. Image source: Earth Nullschool.)

New Peru movement leader Verónika Mendoza noted earlier this week:

“We know the ‘coastal El Niño’ comes from time to time. We know we are a country that is extremely vulnerable to the effects of climate change. We should have prepared ourselves better.”

The climate extremes Peru has experienced — flipping from flash drought and wildfires to flash flood in just 5-6 months is exactly the kind wrenched weather we can expect more and more from climate change. For as the Earth warms, the amount of moisture evaporated from lands, oceans, lakes and rivers increases. As a result, the hydrological cycle gets kicked into higher gear. And what this means it that droughts and fires will tend to become more intense even as rains, when they do fall, will tend to be heavier.


Deadly Flooding in Peru Sparks Criticism over Climate Change Preparedness

Wildfires Tear Across Drought-Stricken Peru

With Temperatures Hitting 1.2 C Hotter than Pre-Industrial, Drought Now Spans the Globe


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Philly FBI sex-discrimination trial airs dirty laundry
Updated: MARCH 16, 2017 —

In a case that promises to air dirty laundry at the FBI’s Philadelphia office, a woman who once headed the office's computer unit charged Thursday that she was a victim of sexual discrimination when she was demoted and replaced with a male employee.

The civil trial before U.S. District Judge J. Curtis Joyner focused on why computer specialist Megan Lampinski was moved out of her job as a supervisor of the information technology division in 2008.

Lampinski’s civil rights lawsuit charges that FBI officials repeatedly violated the bureau’s policies, first in removing her and then in an effort to cover up the initial policy violations



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L.A. County probation supervisor accused of ordering beating of teen inmate


Former L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca found guilty on obstruction of justice and other charges


Judge throws out murder conviction and orders man released after 32 years behind bars


An Alabama cop has been cleared of wrongdoing for shooting a man brandishing a wallet — which he mistook for a gun — as video of the nighttime incident has been released.

A federal appeals court held up a lower court’s decision that Opelika, Ala., police officer Phillip Hancock acted reasonably when he shot Air Force veteran Michael Davidson in


Work by women photographers in Santa Monica exhibit bound by dedication to social justice


Calif. cop seen brutally beating man in video being investigated

Sunday, March 12, 2017, 2:50 PM


An NYPD sergeant who raped and sexually abused a 13-year-old girl scored a soft sentence Monday of only three years in prison — one year for each attack.

Vladimir Krull, a 12-year veteran of the department assigned to the Midtown North precinct, first kissed the teen on the mouth in September 2013, prosecutors said.

The victim was the daughter of Krull’s then-girlfriend.

Following a four-week trial in January a Bronx jury found Krull, 39, guilty of having sex with the victim twice — in her home and in his car.

NYPD sergeant guilty of rape, sexual abuse of 13-year-old girl
He was also convicted of making the victim perform a sex act on him in his car in June 2014 after a father-daughter breakfast for her 8th grade


A Texas state representative proposed a satirical anti-choice bill mimicking a 2011 law that ordered women to receive a sonogram while hearing “a detailed description of the fetus before getting an abortion," according to the Dallas News.

Hoping to shed light on the sensitive topic, Jessica Farrar (D-Houston) suggested men be required to pay fines for "unregulated masturbatory emissions.”

If the legislation passes, men would also be subject to a rectal examination in order to be prescribed Viagra or undergo vasectomy and colonoscopy procedures.

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Editorial: ATF tobacco investigation scheme needs scrutiny
The Register's Editorial 4:32 p.m. CT March 12, 2017

It’s getting harder and harder to tell the good guys from the bad guys.
First there was the scandal involving federal agents who helped route guns to Mexican drug cartels. Then it was revealed that law enforcement officials nationwide have routinely abused forfeiture laws to seize the property of law-abiding citizens.
Now there are signs that agents from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives used highly questionable — arguably illegal – cigarette sales in order to fund a secret bank account used to pay informants.
And we’re not talking about a handful of rogue agents raising a few thousand dollars. The evidence points to tens of millions of dollars being raised by law enforcement officials through the same schemes used by the criminals they were supposed to be apprehending.
The operation, detailed in a recent report from the New York Times, wasn’t authorized by the Justice Department, the agency under which the ATF operates, and that appears to have been by design. It gave agents access to a bank account that, because it was off the books, wasn’t subject to the usual level of oversight.
The scheme itself was built on a complex series of transactions, some of which involved the sale and shipment of water and snacks disguised as cigarettes.
According to court records, one deal involved a pair of ATF informants, both of whom were supposedly working for the tobacco farmers’ cooperative, secretly buying cigarettes at $15 a carton and then selling them to the cooperative at the inflated price of $17.50 per carton, generating $519,000 in profit. That money was routed to the secret ATF bank account which was used to pay for tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of iPads, flat-screen televisions and other gifts doled out to potential targets of ATF investigations.
One of the most alarming aspects of this scheme is that it wasn’t disclosed by whistleblowers at the ATF or by the Justice Department’s internal watchdogs. It surfaced only because a collective of tobacco farmers became suspicious and filed a lawsuit alleging they had been cheated out of at least $24 million.
In fact, when the tobacco farmers first realized what was up, they didn’t just file a lawsuit, they reported their findings to the Justice Department, which chose not to file any charges.


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Senator says FBI paid $900K for iPhone hacking tool





— Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate committee that oversees the FBI, said publicly this week that the government paid $900,000 to break into the locked iPhone of a gunman in the San Bernardino, California, shootings.

The FBI considers the figure to be classified information. It also has protected the identity of the vendor it paid to do the work. Both pieces of information are the subject of a federal lawsuit by The Associated Press and other news organizations that have sued to force the FBI to reveal them.

An FBI spokeswoman declined to comment Friday.

Feinstein cited the amount while questioning FBI Director James Comey at a Senate Judiciary Committee oversight hearing Wednesday.

"I was so struck when San Bernardino happened and you made overtures to allow that device to be opened, and then the FBI had to spend $900,000 t




















Here’s What’s Disturbing About the FBI Director’s Comments on WikiLeaks




May 04, 2017





react-text: 226 As the Justice Department considers espionage charges against WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange for leaking classified documents, the director of the FBI has made it clear in a Senate hearing that he doesn't believe that what the group does should qualify as "legitimate" journalism. /react-text

react-text: 228 A number of First Amendment activists and media experts have said that charging Assange for his role in distributing leaked documents /react-text react-text: 230 would threaten /react-text react-text: 231 journalism. The fact that WikiLeaks receives classified information from anonymous sources and publishes it is no different than what the /react-text New York Times react-text: 233 does, they argue. /react-text


react-text: 236 FBI director James Comey, however, said in testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday /react-text react-text: 238 that he believes /react-text react-text: 239 there are critical differences in what WikiLeaks does and what "legitimate" journalists do in the pursuit of such information. /react-text



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Comey: "‪@WikiLeaks is an important part of our investigation...There's nothing that even smells "journalist" about this kind of conduct."

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react-text: 244 And what are those differences? For one thing, Comey said that American journalists who receive or obtain classified intelligence usually call the government before publishing it, in order to ensure that people named in the documents aren't put in danger. "This activity I'm talking about with WikiLeaks involves no such considerations whatsoever," he said. /react-text

react-text: 246 Julian Assange, however, responded to this charge on Twitter, /react-text react-text: 248 saying the FBI director /react-text react-text: 249 was not telling the truth. "James Comey just mislead the Senate while under oath when he said Wikileaks ‘doesn't call us’," Assange wrote. "We did over #Vault7 and I know he knows it."










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NYPD cop gets a year and three months in prison for running multimillion-dollar prostitution ring




Thursday, May 4, 2017, 12:49 PM


It was a happy ending of sorts for an ex-NYPD officer busted by the feds for running an upscale escort service.


Michael Rizzi got a year and three-month sentence in Brooklyn federal court on Thursday — but prosecutors had been pushing for a harsher sentence of of up to four years.


Rizzi told Judge Carol Bagley Amon that his business, Manhattan Stakes and Entertainment, was "the stupidest thing I've ever done in my life."


The Staten Island resident had pleaded guilty in October 2016 to money laundering conspiracy for an operation that raked in more than $2 million in credit card transactions alone between October 2012 and May 2016.


In court papers, Rizzi said he started out in 2012 trying to launch a less-than-steamy, totally legitimate business that offered mere companionship to customers. But business was good, said the filing, and Rizzi "turned a blind eye" to what was going on.


On Thursday, Rizzi admitted his wrongs.


“I want to put what I did in the past,” he said.


Rizzi, who also owns a Staten Island porn shop, said he wanted to put his business skills to good use. He's going from the oldest profession to something a little more cutting edge: Rizzi told the judge he's been working on a mobile food delivery app with his son.














Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Part 1: Rex Tillerson

First part of an excerpt from Horsemen of the Apocalypse: The Men Who are Destroying Life on Earth and What It Means for Our Children (with an Introduction by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.).















Thursday, May 4, 2017

US Medicine is a Racket: 10 Examples by Elisabeth Rosenthal, MD


Former NY Times journalist and non-practicing physician Elisabeth Rosenthal's new book, An American Sickness, lists 10 economic "rules" of US medicine that are guaranteed to make money, but not to improve outcomes:

More treatment is always better. Default to the most expensive option.

A lifetime of treatment is better than a cure.

Amenities and marketing matter more than good care.

As technologies age, prices can rise rather than fall.

There is no free choice. Patients are stuck. And they're stuck buying American.

More competitors vying for business doesn't mean better prices; it can drive prices up, not down.

Economies of scale don't translate to lower prices. With their market power, big providers can simply demand more.

There is no such thing as a fixed price for a procedure or test. And the uninsured pay the highest prices of all.

There are no standards for billing. There's money to be made in billing for anything and everything.

Prices will rise to whatever the market will bear.

Here is a review of her book.  I am thrilled this book is getting the attention it deserves: for without understanding what our health care system has become, there is no way to make the changes needed for it to work for the People, and their medical providers.


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Activists Rally As Prosecutors Bring More Felony Charges Against J20 Protesters

May 3, 2017 – ““They came here on inauguration day expecting to be able to express their free speech right, and instead, they were kettled, their civil rights were violated, and now, they are facing years, some even decades, in prison.”

This is Not a Drill Oakland!

May 3, 2017 – Oakland is on the verge of passing a strong regulatory framework that will make sure that no unconstitutional or unwarranted surveillance is taking place in Oakland. We need your help to make sure it becomes law.

These Bills Go Exactly the Wrong Way on Criminal Justice Reform

May 1, 2017 – Tell your Representative to oppose three bills that will increase police militarization, invade privacy, and expand the federal death penalty.









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Protester in iconic Ferguson photo found dead from self-inflicted gunshot wound




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Miami-Dade cop sentenced for bogus stops of female drivers



A Miami-Dade police officer who stopped women drivers so he could have sexually suggestive conversations — including asking to see the scars on a bartender’s surgically enhanced breasts — was sentenced Thursday to 2-1/2 years in federal prison.


Prabhainjana Dwivedi would let the women go without issuing any citations.


Dwivedi, a seven-year veteran who once worked the overnight shift patrolling an area from Key Biscayne to Jackson Memorial Hospital, was assigned to desk duty after he came under suspicion for questionable traffic stops during May and June of 2011.


In February of this year, Dwivedi, 34, was convicted of six misdemeanor counts of depriving a half-dozen victims of their civil rights. Now fired, he was found not guilty on the seventh count involving a female undercover police officer.


“Our victims were so traumatized that one of them could not come to court [as a witness] because she was physically ill,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Karen Gilbert said, before asking U.S. District Judge Jose Martinez to imprison the defendant for three years.


“He abused these women; he took advantage of them.”


Dwivedi’s defense attorney, Douglas Hartman, tried to depict the defendant in a more sympathetic light, saying psychological evaluations showed that the Indian immigrant possessed the reading level of a fourth-grader. Dwivedi, who received a high school diploma a decade ago, also served in the U.S. Coast Guard.


Hartman said his misconduct as a police officer was “aberrant,” and that generally over the course of his career Dwivedi had an “outstanding” record.


The judge said he felt “sorry” for Dwivedi, wondering aloud how he could have qualified to become a Miami-Dade police officer with his limited intellectual ability. “That’s real scary,” Martinez said.


But the judge concluded that he would stack the penalties for Dwivedi’s six misdemeanor offenses because his crime “tears at the very fiber... of our community.”


Both FBI and Miami-Dade Police officials said Dwivedi undermined the public’s trust in law enforcement. “The officer’s actions have tarnished the badges of all sworn to uphold the law,” Police Director J.D. Patterson said in a statement. “We support this conviction and remain resolute in policing our own.”


According to a criminal complaint and other court records, Dwivedi was a rogue patrol officer who detained female drivers for “unreasonable” lengths of time “without probable cause, reasonable suspicion or other lawful authority to conduct a stop.”


Dwivedi stopped a 19-year-old woman at 2:20 a.m. on May 27, 2011, as she was leaving a Miami-Dade nightclub with two friends. The woman, identified in court records as A.R., said the officer stopped her because she did not turn on her headlights. Dwivedi also claimed she was intoxicated, which she disputed.


Dwivedi asked the driver to get out of her car and sit in the back seat of his marked cruiser, then “instructed A.R. to lower the zipper on the front of her dress down past her breasts to her mid-stomach,” the complaint said. “A.R. stated that, by following Dwivedi’s instructions, she somewhat exposed her breasts.”


She was detained for one hour and 20 minutes before the officer left without issuing a citation. According to Miami-Dade police, Dwivedi did not list the traffic stop on his daily activity report, nor did he advise a dispatcher of the stop. He also did not conduct a driver’s license check of A.R. or her two passengers.


The criminal complaint also showed that on the same date, at 5:30 a.m., Dwivedi stopped a 24-year-old woman bartender traveling from Miami Beach to her home in Broward County. He pulled her over in the area of the Golden Glades interchange, where he accused her of driving under the influence.


The woman, identified as M.F., asked the officer to perform a roadside sobriety test on her, but he refused, the complaint says.


Dwivedi asked her if she was the mother of a young child because she had a child safety seat in the rear passenger area. He told the woman that if he arrested her for DUI, she would lose custody of her child.


Then, he shifted the conversation to the woman’s breast-enhancement surgery, asking her “if she had any photographs of her breasts.”


“M.F. provided Dwivedi with her cellular telephone so that he could view the photographs,” the complaint said. “After viewing the photos, Dwivedi asked M.F. if she had any scars or incisions from the surgery.”


She replied that she did, and he asked to see them.


“M.F. then lifted her shirt and showed Dwivedi the scar,” according to the complaint written by FBI special agent Susan Funk. “M.F. stated that Dwivedi did not touch her breast.”


Afterward, the officer told her that she appeared sober and could drive home. He also said that he would follow her to ensure she arrived safely.


At her residence, Dwivedi said he was thirsty, asking for a drink. The woman said the officer spent more than one hour at her home talking about his personal life.


As in the previous incident, Dwivedi did not list the stop on his daily activity report or inform a dispatcher of the stop. He did not conduct a check of her driver’s license, either.







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May 3, 2017

J. Edgar Hoover’s gambit to force his enemies into retirement came close to ending his career

Nixon administration mulled on what to do about mounting pressure to oust the aging Director

Written by Michael Best

Edited by JPat Brown

When J. Edgar Hoover forced William “Bill” Sullivan, the Bureau’s domestic intelligence chief, into retirement he set into motion a chain reaction which nearly forced him into retirement as well. While Hoover was no stranger to attempts to push him into retirement, his handling of Bill Sullivan appears to have been a bridge too far for the Bureau.

Memos, found in CIA’s archive, were passed through the White House, the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board (PFIAB) and the offices of General Haig, Henry Kissinger and John Ehrlichman’s office detail concerns about Hoover’s dismissal of Sullivan was going to be handled in the press.


Sullivan’s dismissal by Hoover had hardly been cordial, or even what most would term as professional. Rather than be fired or asked to retire, Sullivan had come into the office seven days before the PFIAB memo was written to find that he was locked out of his office on Hoover’s orders. With the locks changed and his nameplate removed from his office door, Sullivan had no choice but to retire from the Bureau. At the time, Sullivan was the head of FBI’s Domestic Intelligence Division and the third highest ranking person in the Bureau.

The move was controversial at the time, both within and without the Bureau - not only was Sullivan well respected (despite his participation in illegal activities including COINTELPRO and the FBI letter urging Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to commit suicide), but his forced departure was seen as a political move. Sullivan had been increasingly critical of J. Edgar Hoover and some of the FBI’s policies and activities, and had “a reputation as the only liberal Democrat ever to break into the top ranks of the bureau.”

PFIAB saw the coverage of the matter as a partisan issue - “liberal democrats”, the PFIAB warned, might seek to “discredit Mr. Hoover and embarrass the administration.” If so, this would “provoke a reaction” from Hoover’s right wing friends within both political parties. Despite concern that the effort was a result of the pressure from the New York Times editorial board, the outrage went well beyond that and brought “a variety of sources” to the Times, with the result being that they were very well informed. So despite PFIAB’s attempts to frame it as one, it wasn’t a partisan issue or a case of the media trying to undermine the Bureau - merely to report on it accurately.


The net result was a “hot potato” which the President needed to be made aware of. The political ramifications of the problem were such that no action was recommended or taken at the time, though the matter remain of considerable concern to the PFIAB and the National Security Council.


A month later, the matter was still on their mind and the concerns were shared throughout the White House.


Attempts to force Hoover into retirement ultimately proved fruitless, and his death a few months later rendered the issue moot. Had Hoover survived, it’s almost certain that he would’ve been forced into retirement soon after by the scandals of his time as FBI Director, his handling of Sullivan and the imminent Watergate scandal which would begin making headlines six weeks after Hoover’s death. A copy of the memo is embedded below.











Proposed Texas bill to fine unregulated masturbation moves ahead 


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Dissent and Disloyalty: The FBI’s obsessive inquiry into Edward R. Murrow

by Grace Raih

May 03, 2017

In the white heat of the Red Scare, journalists were often at the center of the unceasing national probe over patriotism. Over 700 pages of files on Edward R. Murrow detail the FBI’s intricate special inquiry into the mythical American newsman.

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Tony Alamo, former preacher convicted of sexually abusing young girls he considered his wives, dies in prison



Thursday, May 4, 2017, 11:02 AM





. - Tony Alamo, a one-time street preacher whose apocalyptic ministry grew into a multimillion-dollar network of businesses and property before he was convicted in Arkansas of sexually abusing young girls he considered his wives, has died in prison. He was 82.


Once known for designing elaborately decorated jackets for celebrities including Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley, Alamo died on Tuesday at a federal prison hospital in Butner, North Carolina, according to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.


The disgraced preacher was convicted in 2009 on charges that he took underage girls across state lines for sex, including a 9-year-old. The judge who sentenced him to the maximum 175 years in prison told him: "One day you will face a higher and a greater judge than me. May he have mercy on your soul."


"Consent is puberty," Alamo once said.

"Consent is puberty," Alamo once said. (DANNY JOHNSTON/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Alamo started preaching along the California streets in the 1960s, advocating a mixture of virulent anti-Catholicism and apocalyptic rhetoric. He claimed God authorized polygamy, professed that gays were the tools of Satan, and believed girls were fit for marriage even at a young age.


Jurors convict Ark. evangelist on 10 sex-abuse counts

"Consent is puberty," Alamo told The Associated Press in September 2008, during the same weekend state and federal agents raided the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries in the tiny southwest Arkansas town of Fouke to investigate possible child abuse and pornography.


Witnesses in the ensuing trial said Alamo made all key decisions in the compound: who got married, what children were taught in school, who received clothes, who was allowed to eat. They said he began taking multiple wives in the early 1990s, including a 15-year-old girl in 1994, followed by increasingly younger girls.


Alamo was convicted after five women testified they were "married" to him in secret ceremonies at his compound when they were minors — including one when she was only 8 years old — and later taken to places outside Arkansas for sex.


"There's no telling how many little girls' lives he destroyed," Fouke Mayor Terry Purvis told the AP on Wednesday. "I wouldn't want to be in his shoes right now."


FBI: Evangelist Tony Alamo arrested in child sex case

Former followers said Alamo grew increasingly unhinged after his wife, Susan, died from cancer in 1982. Devotees prayed for months for her resurrection, and her body was eventually placed in a crypt on the ministry's 300-acre compound in Dyer. Her body remained there until Alamo ordered his followers to flee in 1991, before federal marshals seized the property to settle a court judgment. Alamo returned his wife's remains to her family seven years later, after being threatened with jail.


Initially, Tony Alamo Christian Ministries attracted hippies and youngsters alienated from their parents when it started in the streets of Los Angeles in the 1960s. The self-proclaimed "Jesus Freaks" preached a wrathful version of Pentecostalism known for spirited worship and a belief in modern-day miracles.


In the 1970s and '80s, the ministry sold elaborately designed denim jackets to celebrities including Presley, Jackson and several country music stars. The iconic black leather jacket on Jackson's "Bad" album was an Alamo original later sold at auction to settle $7.9 million in federal tax claims.


At its height, Alamo's ministry claimed thousands of members nationwide and was perhaps most known for leaving fliers on car windshields with screeds against the Vatican, homosexuality and a perceived one-world government.


John Wesley Hall, a lawyer who had represented Alamo, said Wednesday that the ministry still produces the fliers.


"My staff still gets them in the mail," Hall said, noting that Alamo "denied that he ever did anything (wrong)."


In a 2008 interview with the AP, Alamo claimed to be unique among Christian preachers because he was born a Jew and had a "supernatural experience" through which he became a born-again Christian.


From his initial compound in northwest Arkansas, Alamo presided over several businesses — including gas stations, a hog farm, a grocery store and a restaurant — that funded his ministry. He was convicted of tax evasion and served four years in prison despite claiming he had no tax liability because he received no salary.


Alamo also was accused in 1991 of child abuse after an 11-year-old boy told police he was paddled 140 times by four men on orders from Alamo in 1988 at the church's compound in Saugus, California. Prosecutors eventually dropped the charges, saying too much time had passed. The same year he was charged with threatening to kidnap a federal judge in Arkansas. He was acquitted by a jury.


It was after he left prison in the 1990s that he started the compound in Fouke in southwestern Arkansas with about 100 followers.


Tony Alamo was born Bernie Lazar Hoffman on Sept. 20, 1934, to a Jewish family in Joplin, Missouri. He arrived in Los Angeles in the 1960s, claiming he was a music promoter with clients including the Beatles. He and his wife legally changed their names to Tony and Susan Alamo after they married in Las Vegas in 1966.












7 Things the Trump Administration Gets Wrong about MS13

 | May 2, 2017



One of  Latin America’s most violent gangs has become a centerpiece of the Trump administration’s campaign to go after the criminal activities it says are committed by undocumented migrants—but the facts it is relying upon are open to question.


Last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions traveled to New York to warn members of the Mara Salvatrucha gang, known as MS-13, that “we are coming after you” in the aftermath of a series of deaths in Long Island tied to the gang.


But the verbal offensive by both the attorney general and President Trump, which ratcheted up earlier last month, as well as their statements on the origins and evolution of the gang, are for the most part false or misleading.


On April 18, Trump tweeted that the “weak illegal immigration policies of the Obama administration” allowed the MS13 to develop in several US cities. The current president also said that his administration has been expelling gang members at rates never seen before.


In addition, speaking to Fox News, the President stated that the gangs are made up of “illegal immigrants that were here that caused tremendous crime. That have murdered people, raped people — horrible things have happened. They’re getting the hell out or they’re going to prison.”


On the same day that Trump made these comments, Sessions expressed similar thoughts in a separate TV interview and in a speech he gave to an elite group of federal officials, the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF).


Like Trump, Attorney General Sessions also blamed so-called “sanctuary cities,” which forbid local police forces from cooperating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers, for facilitating the MS13‘s expansion.


As he had promised during his presidential campaign, upon assuming office Trump began threatening to cut federal funds to these cities if they refused to cooperate with ICE. Only a few of the more than 100 sanctuary cities have given up their sanctuary status. Others that are home to large migrant communities, such as San Francisco; Hyattsville, Maryland; Houston; and Los Angeles have defied Trump.


In addition, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly spoke about the MS13 at a public event held by George Washington University, in Washington, DC.


“They are utterly without laws, conscience, or respect for human life. They take the form of drug cartels, or international gangs like MS13, who share their business dealings and violent practices. Their sophisticated networks move anything and everything across our borders, including human beings,” Kelly said.


Each of these comments comes with its flaws, and at the very least distorts the reality and obscurs the strategies that should be followed to tackle the MS13 threat. In an effort to shed more light on this complex issue, InSight Crime has listed seven aspects of these statements in which the Trump administration is plainly mistaken.


1. Barack Obama’s immigration policies allowed the MS13 to expand across the United States


Trump blames former President Obama, but he may have been more correct if he had pointed the finger at Ronald Reagan. The MS13 and Barrio 18 street gangs were established in the 1980s in Los Angeles. At the beginning, they were made up of young undocumented migrants that came to California escaping the civil war in El Salvador. They were tuned in to rock music and took part in small-scale drug dealing. Some of them had received military or guerrilla-style training.


As Salvadoran news outlet El Faro wrote about the origins of the MS13, very soon the gang began to articulate a violent ideology based by and large on opposition to rival gangs, most notably the Barrio 18.


The gangs migrated to the US East Coast towards the end of the 1990s, as part of the migration waves that saw Latino communities looking for jobs elsewhere in the country. By the beginning of the 2000s, the MS13 began to catch the attention of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).


Even the fact sheet the US Department of Justice (DOJ) released on April 18 to support Sessions’s statements clearly says that the MS13 was born and began to expand before 2009. “The MS13 has been functioning since at least the 1980s,” the report states.


In 2004, under the George W. Bush administration, the FBI created a special unit targeting the MS13, after members of the gang committed some atrocious homicides.


In 2006, Brian Tuchon, then-head of the FBI’s special unit, told Salvadoran news outlet La Prensa Gráfica that the gang had settled in 42 US states, and had begun to participate in drug trafficking, chiefly as local distributors. Since that time, the FBI and the US State Department have maintained that gangs like the MS13 do not play an important role in the international drug trafficking chain.


The MS13‘s expansion is directly related to the evolution and migration of Central American communities into the United States, and also with the large-scale deportation campaigns that began towards the end of the Bill Clinton administration and intensified during George W. Bush’s two terms in office.


2. US law enforcement has done nothing against the MS13


“It is a serious problem and we never did anything about it, and now we’re doing something about it,” President Trump told Fox News during the April 18 interview.


This is false. In addition to several FBI operations, local police forces and attorneys from counties across the states of Maryland, Virginia, New York, New Jersey and California carried out several law enforcement actions against MS13 members during the previous decade.


To give a few examples, federal cases brought by attorneys under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) law in Greenbelt, Maryland, and Arlington, Virginia led to blows that decimated the MS13 cells on the US East Coast for a decade.


In 2007, Greenbelt’s federal court sentenced some 20 members of gangs based in Maryland, DC and Virginia to several years in prison as part of an organized crime case that included charges of homicide, drug possession, illegal use of weapons and rape, among others. Among the defendants was Saúl Hernández Turcios, alias “El Trece,” one of the MS13 leaders in El Salvador.


Again, the DOJ report on the MS13 appears to contradict the president’s words. The fact sheet states: “Through the combined efforts of federal, state, and local law enforcement, great progress was made diminishing or severely disrupted the gang within certain targeted areas of the US by 2009 and 2010.” That is, during the Obama administration.


3. More gang members are being deported from the United States than ever before


In his tweet, Trump said that “we are removing [gang members] fast.” Yet there is no data to support this claim. The ICE deportation figures available to the public do not show data from the first three months of 2017, when Trump has been in office. Up until the end of 2016, the percentage of gang members compared to the total deported population was minimal: 0.8 percent, that is, 2,057 individuals “with confirmed or suspected connections to gangs” out of a total of 240,255 deported people that year.


Ever since 2011, when the Obama administration announced that it would prioritize deportations for undocumented migrants with criminal records or ties to illegal groups, Washington has been juggling two distinct figures: the number of people accused or convicted of a crime, and the number of people whose only crime has been violating migration laws by illegally entering the United States. This, according to many pro-immigrant organizations, has only further criminalized migrant communities.


There is no data showing that deportations carried out during the Trump administration have targeted more gang members, and Central American police sources have told InSight Crime that this is not the case.


4. The MS13 is recruiting more in the United States in an attempt to revive defunct ‘clicas,’ and to commit more violent acts


Sessions told OCDETF that “Because of an open border and years of lax immigration enforcement, MS13 has been sending both recruiters and members to regenerate gangs that previously had been decimated, and smuggling members across the border as unaccompanied minors.”


This is, in part, correct. As InSight Crime recently reported, between 2014 and 2016 the FBI and local authorities detected an increase in homicides attributable to the MS13 in Virginia; Boston; and Long Island, New York.


Testimony from a RICO case opened in Boston in 2015 against various MS13 “clicas,” or cells, indicates that orders from the gang’s jailed leadership in El Salvador may have been behind some of these homicides. The court documents also mention a meeting between clica leaders in Richmond, Virginia, in which a spokesperson known as “Ricky” relayed the order to expand the MS13‘s East Coast program.


Federal investigations revealed that some of the Boston homicides could be linked to this order. It is also true that the recent homicides were brutally executed, which is characteristic of the MS13 in Central America.


But Sessions’ statement also distorts the truth. Once again, there is no information that allows the attorney general or Trump’s administration to affirm that these murders are attributable to the arrival of undocumented minors, who began coming to the United States in larger numbers in 2014. In fact, there is no study by federal agencies or academic institutions that proves that there is a significant number of gang members among these minors. On the contrary, a large portion of these undocumented youths who come seeking asylum claim that they are fleeing gangs in the Northern Triangle.


Moreover, there is no evidence that the migratory patterns of gang members are different than those of any other group of migrants, or that they are moving in accordance with a grand plan forged by the MS13‘s Salvadoran leadership to revitalize the organization.


It is nonetheless true that in 2007 the MS13 started to resume recruitment activities and indiscriminate use of violence in some US cities, according to FBI officials who have studied the gang for at least two decades. But these efforts are not directly related to Obama’s migration policies. David LeValley, who until last November was chief of the FBI’s criminal investigations unit in Washington, explains that there have been attempts by the MS13 to regain strength following the RICO prosecutions between 2006 and 2010. This has been occurring “since 2007, after real successes and after the leadership had been decimated,” the FBI agent told InSight Crime in an interview last year.


In more recent years, the MS13 has largely been following the organization’s dynamics in Central America. This includes the gang truce between the MS13, Barrio 18 and the Salvadoran government during the presidency of Mauricio Funes (2009-2014), and the subsequent declaration of war by current President Salvador Sánchez Cerén.


5. Sanctuary cities are more hospitable to the MS13, and the gang can operate freely in them


Sessions told OCDETF that sanctuary cities “dangerously undermine [the process of fighting gangs]. Harboring criminal aliens only helps violent gangs like MS13. Sanctuary cities are aiding these cartels to refill their ranks and putting innocent life — including the lives of countless law-abiding immigrants — in danger.”


This is false. There is no evidence that the “sanctuary” status of certain cities — those that refuse to allow local police to assist ICE in locating and deporting undocumented migrants — has any effect on their crime rates. Evidence indicates that, as in much of the United States, crime rates in sanctuary cities have been decreasing for years. In fact, some studies suggest that crime indicators are actually lower in migrant communities.






Congress’ secret police

by Caitlin Russell

May 04, 2017

After the arrest and conviction of a woman for laughing during Attorney General Jeff Sessions confirmation hearing, one might be curious to see the incident report filed by the police. Unfortunately, the arresting agency, the United States Capitol Police, is a “legislative branch entity,” and therefore not subject to FOIA.

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Late night comedian Stephen Colbert had harsh words for FBI Director James Comey following controversial testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.


Colbert played clips of Wednesday’s committee hearing in which Comey defended his decision to notify Congress that the Hillary Clinton investigation had reopened.


Colbert also ribbed Comey for saying he was “mildly nauseous” for potentially upending the election.


“Maybe it’s morning sickness — after all, you did screw the whole country,” Colbert said. 







Documents detail FBI investigation of Scientology that never resulted in charges

Thomas C. TobinThomas C. Tobin, Times Staff Writer

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 5:26pm








Guccifer 2.0 - DCLeaks - APT 28


By Adam Carter --- April 17th, 2017


The DCLeaks - APT 28 Attribution


DCLeaks was a site established last year, at the beginning of June (with the domain initially registered on April 19th). Initially, it began publishing leaks covering emails from members of the US government and military.


APT28 (also known as: Fancy Bear, Pawn Storm, Sofacy, Sednit and STRONTIUM) is a name given to an "Active Persistent Threat" group discovered in October of 2014 and thought to have been operational for anything up to a decade prior to this. - The "APT28" designation is effectively a collective term for the group and all of the Internet infrastructure they make use of. APT28 is considered by various cyber-security firms to be linked to the Russian military intelligence agency GRU.


In the first quarter of 2016, a breach at the DNC was reported by CrowdStrike (a cyber-security firm hired by the DNC). In that report, CrowdStrike essentially blamed APT28 for the hack. 


In August of 2016, ThreatConnect reported that, following their own investigations, It appeared that the DCLeaks.com domain was initially handled by a nameserver that only had 14 other domain names resolving to it and was a nameserver for a domain suspected as being a part of APT28 (service-yandex.ru), as well as phishing/scam domains set up by others not deemed part of APT28).


Other examples cited included things like DCLeaks using a free webmail service to initially register their domain (via the "@europe.com" domain, operated by 1&1) and it is noted that "@europe.com" was the same free webmail provider that was used by whoever registered a dodgy 'misdepartment' domain (which was attributed to a phishing attack considered to originate from APT28).


So it seemed there was at least some overlap on service providers and name servers historically (if the assumptions/suspicions of various domains being part of APT28 are correct).


Certainly the overlaps are noteworthy, it does seem to hint that there could easily be an association between them, but... even if domains suspected of being a part of APT28 have used the same service providers or name servers that DCLeaks started using at a later date - it's not proof of a direct link between them and relies to a degree on guilt-by-assocation.


However, whether you are or aren't convinced by the DCLeaks-APT28 attributions, there is another association in the chain that needs scrutiny.










The DCLeaks 'Leadership' - Guccifer 2.0 Attribution


On 27 June, 12 days after its initial appearance, Guccifer2.0 shared a password with the press that gave access to an area on DCLeaks listing leaks (mundane emails from Sarah Hamilton, apparently from a phishing attack she fell victim to).




As The Smoking Gun (TSG) concedes in their reporting, it's clear the password given them by Guccifer 2.0 gave limited access to the site. However, when TSG later inquired about leaks in a different (and 'protected' section of the site). DCLeaks, independently, seemed quite happy to release a password to TSG on the condition they'd write a story about the leaks.


Examples of links to the leadership given by ThreatConnect follow:


Guccifer 2.0 has not publicly mentioned or promoted DCLeaks. Only in private communications with TSG does Guccifer 2.0 reveal prior knowledge of DCLeaks.

If you're communicating apparent controversy with a well known publisher AND know that you're going to be revealed as a "Russian hacker" due to fabricated evidence you've planted there is no reason to expect it to remain a "private communication" for long. Instead, it becomes an attribution that would be expected to become public knowledge sooner or later.


Guccifer 2.0 is the first known entity to have prior knowledge of and privileged access to exclusive content (Sarah Hamilton Emails) on the DCLeaks webpage before it was publicly available.




BadWolf/Badvolf, DCLeaks & Guccifer 2.0


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Following a raid on Mark Dougan and covering BadWolf's involvement, Gawker, reported the following in March 2016:




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Trump, Russia and a Shadowy Business Partnership
An insider describes the Bayrock Group, its links to the Trump family and its mysterious access to funds. It isn't pretty.

June 21, 2017, 4:00 AM EDT

Trump, Arif and Sater, at right, Trump Soho launch party, 2007 Photographer: Mark Von Holden/WireImage
The special counsel’s investigation of the White House has come more sharply into focus.

Robert Mueller is examining whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice when he fired James Comey as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Washington Post recently reported. As we've heard for months now, there is also a probe of possible collusion between Trump's campaign team and the Kremlin to tilt the 2016 election in the president's favor.

But the Justice Department inquiry led by Mueller now has added flavors. The Post noted that the investigation also includes "suspicious financial activity" involving "Russian operatives." The New York Times was more specific in its account, saying that Mueller is looking at whether Trump associates laundered financial payoffs from Russian officials by channeling them through offshore accounts.

Trump has repeatedly labeled Comey's and Mueller's investigations "witch hunts," and his lawyers have said that the last decade of his tax returns (which the president has declined to release) would show that he had no income or loans from Russian sources. In May, Trump told NBC that he has no property or investments in Russia. "I am not involved in Russia," he said.

But that doesn't address national security and other problems that might arise for the president if Russia is involved in Trump, either through potentially compromising U.S. business relationships or through funds that flowed into his wallet years ago. In that context, a troubling history of Trump's dealings with Russians exists outside of Russia: in a dormant real-estate development firm, the Bayrock Group, which once operated just two floors beneath the president's own office in Trump Tower.

Bayrock partnered with the future president and his two eldest children, Donald Jr. and Ivanka, on a series of real-estate deals between 2002 and about 2011, the most prominent being the troubled Trump Soho hotel and condominium in Manhattan.

During the years that Bayrock and Trump did deals together, the company was also a bridge between murky European funding and a number of projects in the U.S. to which the president once lent his name in exchange for handsome fees. Icelandic banks that dealt with Bayrock, for example, were easy marks for money launderers and foreign influence, according to interviews with government investigators, legislators, and others in Reykjavik, Brussels, Paris and London. Trump testified under oath in a 2007 deposition that Bayrock brought Russian investors to his Trump Tower office to discuss deals in Moscow, and said he was pondering investing there.

"It's ridiculous that I wouldn't be investing in Russia," Trump said in that deposition. "Russia is one of the hottest places in the world for investment."

One of Bayrock's principals was a career criminal named Felix Sater who had ties to Russian and American organized crime groups. Before linking up with the company and with Trump, he had worked as a mob informant for the U.S. government, fled to Moscow to avoid criminal charges while boasting of his KGB and Kremlin contacts there, and had gone to prison for slashing apart another man’s face with a broken cocktail glass.

In a series of interviews and a lawsuit, a former Bayrock insider, Jody Kriss, claims that he eventually departed from the firm because he became convinced that Bayrock was actually a front for money laundering.

Kriss has sued Bayrock, alleging that in addition to laundering money, the Bayrock team also skimmed cash from the operation, dodged taxes and cheated him out of millions of dollars. Sater and others at Bayrock would not comment for this column; in court documents they have contested Kriss's charges and describe him, essentially, as a disgruntled employee trying to shake them down.

Jody Kriss in a luxury unit in a building he is developing in New YorkPhotographer: Jeff Brown for Bloomberg
But Kriss's assertion that Bayrock was a criminal operation during the years it partnered with Trump has been deemed plausible enough to earn him a court victory: In December, a federal judge in New York said Kriss's lawsuit against Bayrock, which he first filed nine years ago, could proceed as a racketeering case.

(I have my own history in court with the president. Trump sued me in 2006 when I worked at the New York Times, alleging that my biography, “TrumpNation,” had misrepresented his business record and his wealth. Trump lost the suit in 2011; my lawyers deposed him and Sater during the litigation. Trump's representatives didn't respond to repeated interview requests for this column.)

Trump has said over the years that he barely knows Sater. In fact, Sater — who former Bayrock employees say met frequently with Trump in the Trump Organization's New York headquarters, once shepherded the president's children around Moscow and carried a Trump Organization business card — apparently has remained firmly in the orbit of the president and his closest advisers.

Sater made the front page of the New York Times in February for his role in a failed effort — along with Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen — to lobby former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn on a Ukrainian peace proposal.

Comey was still Trump's FBI director when he testified before the House Intelligence Committee in March about Russian interference in the 2016 election. During that hearing, Comey was asked if he was "aware of" Felix Sater, his criminal history and his business dealings with the Trump Organization. Comey declined to comment.

It's unclear whether Sater and Bayrock are part of Mueller's investigation. But Mueller has populated his investigative team with veteran prosecutors expert in white-collar fraud and Russian-organized-crime probes. One of them, Andrew Weissmann, once led an FBI team that examined financial fraud leading to the demise of Enron. Before that, Weissmann was a prosecutor with the U.S. attorney's office in Brooklyn and part of a team that prosecuted Sater and mob associates for investment scams in the late 1990s.

However the Mueller probe unfolds, a tour of Trump's partnership with Bayrock exposes a number of uncomfortable truths about the president's business history, his judgment, and the possible vulnerabilities that his past as a freewheeling dealmaker — and his involvement with figures like Sater — have visited upon his present as the nation's chief executive.

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Sater was born in the Soviet Union in 1966 and emigrated with his parents to the heavily Russian enclave of Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, when he was about eight years old. He attended Pace University before dropping out when he was 18, then found his way to Wall Street where he worked as a stockbroker.

His early years on Wall Street, according to the recollections of his one-time business partner, Salvatore Lauria, were flush. By his mid-20s, Sater was collecting expensive watches, spending thousands of dollars on Zegna suits and buying luxury cars. That all came to a brief halt in 1993 when he was sent to prison for using the stem of a broken margarita glass during a bar fight two years earlier to attack another stockbroker; Sater’s victim needed 110 stitches to hold his face together.

When Sater emerged from prison 15 months later, he found his way back into trouble. With a group that included Lauria (who admits to having had ties to organized crime figures and grew up in New York as a close friend of a prominent Mafia boss), Sater opened an investment firm on the penthouse floor of 40 Wall Street, a Trump-owned building in Manhattan. From there, according to federal prosecutors, Sater and his team set about laundering money for the mob and fleecing about $40 million from unwitting and largely elderly investors, a number of whom were Holocaust survivors.

By the time law enforcement authorities eventually caught on to the 40 Wall Street operation, Sater had fled to Russia. Lauria visited him there.

Sater "was always hustling and scheming, and his contacts in Russia were the same kind of contacts he had in the United States," Lauria wrote in a 2003 memoir, "The Scorpion and the Frog." "The difference was that in Russia his crooked contacts were links between Russian organized crime, the Russian military, the KGB, and operatives who played both ways, or sometimes three ways."

Sater, who had been charged with racketeering and money laundering by the U.S. attorney's office in Brooklyn in connection with the 40 Wall Street scam, eventually decided to return to America and face those charges. He had a card to play, however: his knowledge, gleaned from contacts in Russia, about a small stock of Stinger antiaircraft missiles loose on the black market in Afghanistan that were of interest to U.S. intelligence officials.

"We were hoping for a free ride or a get-out-of-jail-free card for our crimes on Wall Street," Lauria wrote of Sater's maneuvering with U.S. officials.

Sater told authorities that he could use his Russian contacts to buy the Stingers and, according to court filings in Kriss's lawsuit and other accounts, a deal was struck in December 1998. Sater pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges and then entered into a cooperation agreement with the government that sealed court records in the case and allowed his sentencing to be postponed for 11 years. (Sater would ultimately only pay a $25,000 fine and never go to prison.)

Many years later, as part of her confirmation hearings to become President Barack Obama's attorney general, Loretta Lynch would note that the cooperation deal she made with Sater when she was the U.S. attorney in Brooklyn lasted for a decade — from 1998 to 2008 — and that Sater gave the government "information crucial to national security and the conviction of over 20 individuals, including those responsible for committing massive financial fraud and members of La Cosa Nostra."

At some point after becoming an informant, Sater also recast himself as a real-estate savant. He made his way to a Manhattan real-estate investment firm, APC Realty, where he raised money for deals and where he met Kriss in 2000.

Kriss, a native of Miami and a business graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, was an aspiring real-estate developer who was in his early 20s when they met. He says he was initially captivated by Sater.

“Felix knew how to be charming and he knew how to be brutally nasty,” says Kriss. “He has a talent for drawing people in. He has charm and charisma. But that’s what con men do.”

After APC began to fall apart in 2002, Kriss decided to strike out on his own back home in Miami, doing real-estate deals. Sater made his way to a small Hong Kong investment bank that used him as a New York-based rainmaker for real-estate deals.

In addition to his new life as a real-estate investor and government informant, Sater owned a comfortable home in Sands Point, Long Island, a toney New York suburb that was a setting for “The Great Gatsby.” He also had a wife and three daughters and was a member of an Orthodox synagogue in neighboring Port Washington. On one occasion Sater brought his rabbi with him to meet U.S. intelligence officials in New York, where, the rabbi said, agents praised Sater's service to the country.

When Sater received a community service award at his synagogue on another occasion, a band played "Hail to the Chief." Sater gave an acceptance speech in which he noted that he was "not a very religious person" but that his goal in life was to "repair the world or make it a better place."

'Air of Success'

About a year after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Sater joined Bayrock, a company that marketed itself as a property developer and had opened Manhattan offices on the 24th floor of a well-known building at 725 Fifth Avenue: Trump Tower.

In late 2002, Sater phoned Kriss and invited him to consult at Bayrock, bragging about a deep-pocketed investor, Tevfik Arif, who was partnering with him in search of bigger deals.

Arif, born in Kazakhstan, was a former Soviet official who had relocated to Turkey to make his fortune. He ran several upscale, seaside hotels there that catered almost exclusively to Russians, according to Kriss, and he had also redeveloped a shopping center in Brooklyn. At one point in his post-Soviet years, Arif also reportedly took over a former Kazakh state-owned chromium producer with his brother.

Like Sater, Arif had a home in Sands Point and Kriss says that Arif brought his children there from Turkey to learn English. (Arif's representatives declined to respond to a list of questions about his business history, including how he met Sater and brought him to Bayrock, citing ongoing litigation.)

Bayrock was initially funded, in part, with a $10 million investment transferred to the firm by Arif's brother in Russia, who, according to Kriss's lawsuit, was able to tap into the cash reserves of a Kazakh chromium refinery. (A spokeswoman for Arif declined to comment on that allegation.)

A marketing document Bayrock once circulated to prospective investors noted that Alexander Mashkevich, an oligarch born in the former Soviet Union, was one of Bayrock's primary sources of funding. Mashkevich's firm, the Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation, was based in Kazakhstan and elsewhere and had interests in chromium, aluminum, coal, construction, and banking. (A person close to Mashkevich, who requested anonymity because of the Kriss-Bayrock litigation, said Mashkevich never invested in Bayrock.)

Bayrock never seemed to be short of money, however. According to Kriss’s lawsuit, the team running the little development firm in Trump Tower could locate funds "month after month, for two years, in fact more frequently, whenever Bayrock ran out of cash." If times got tight, Bayrock's owners would "magically show up with a wire from 'somewhere' just large enough to keep the company going."

Kriss says that Sater and Arif wooed him to Bayrock by offering him 10 percent of the firm's profits. Bayrock’s Trump Tower offices gave “an air of success to it,” Kriss says. Bayrock also gave Kriss, then 28 years old, the opportunity to work with Trump.

It was Sater who initially developed the relationship with Trump, according to Kriss and court records from Trump's lawsuit against me. Sater had made the acquaintance of three Trump Organization executives who then introduced him to their boss. When the Bayrock team met Trump in 2002, the future president was enduring a long stretch in the financial wilderness, having narrowly escaped personal bankruptcy in the early 1990s.

He eventually emerged from that mess as a pariah among big banks. He was also a determined survivor and tireless self-promoter and he parlayed those skills into recreating himself as a branding machine and golf course developer in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Kriss says that it was Arif and Sater who pitched the future president on the idea of launching an international chain of Trump-branded, mixed-use hotels and condominiums. And Bayrock got to Trump at a time when his “brand” could help get a little extra attention for a condo project, but didn’t amount to much more than that.

“Trump was trying to build his brand and Bayrock was trying to market it,” Kriss recalls. “It wasn’t clear who needed each other more. This was before the show, remember.”

The “show,” of course, was “The Apprentice.” It aired for the first time on Jan. 8, 2004, and became a sensation that vaulted Trump into reality TV stardom. In the real world, Trump's casinos were faltering. But on reality TV, Trump posed as a successful leader and dealmaker who embodied a certain kind of entrepreneurial flair and over-the-top billionairedom — an impression that stuck with tens of millions of TV viewers.

The popularity of "The Apprentice" also gave the Bayrock-Trump partnership added zing.

“That put Bayrock in a great position once the show debuted,” Kriss says. “The show did it for Trump, man. Nobody was interested in licensing his name before that.”

The hook at Bayrock, for Trump, was an 18 percent equity stake in what became the Trump Soho hotel, a steady stream of management fees on all Bayrock projects and the ability to plaster his name on properties without having to invest a single dollar of his
It’s not clear how carefully Trump vetted his Bayrock partners. But his lack of concern about their backgrounds — and the potential risk to his own reputation from dealing with them — was part of a pattern. In Atlantic City, he had partnered with men with organized crime ties. Later, he and his children struck deals in Brazil and Azerbaijan with partners who had murky backgrounds or unusual legal entanglements.

Sater said in court filings that he disclosed his securities fraud conviction to members of the Trump Organization. He assumed they had told Trump, but he wasn't sure.

"It's not very hard to get connected to Donald if you make it known that you have a lot of money and you want to do deals and you want to put his name on it," Abe Wallach, who was the future president's right-hand man at the Trump Organization from 1990 to about 2002, told me in an interview. "Donald doesn't do due diligence. He relies on his gut and whether he thinks you have good genes."

Given Arif's halting English, it was Sater and Kriss who interacted most frequently with the Trump family—and Sater the most often with Trump himself. Kriss says that most of his own contacts were with the elder Trump children, Don Jr. and Ivanka, and included drafting contracts and occasional nights on the town.

While Trump’s kids were involved in the back-and-forth with Bayrock, it was Trump himself who always had the final say.

“Donald was always in charge,” says Kriss. “Donald had to agree to every term of every deal and had to sign off on everything. Nothing happened unless he said it was okay to do it. Even if Donald Jr., shook your hand on a deal, he came back downstairs to renegotiate if his father told him to.”

The Trumps, Kriss says, saw Sater "frequently" and valued the relationship because “Felix demonstrated that he was loyal to them.” He says that at one point Sater was meeting with the future president in his Trump Tower office multiple times a week. Sater, according to a later court deposition, said that his business conversations with Trump in that office were wide-ranging and frequent — “on a constant basis."

The pair had what Sater described as "real-estate conversations," and they talked about "gathering intelligence, gathering know-how, general market discussions," and also chatted about using Sater's Russian connections to build a "high-rise, center of Moscow” that would be a “great opportunity, megafinancial home run."

Although Sater socialized with Trump, "I wouldn't call him my friend," he said in the 2008 deposition. Still, Sater said he traveled with Trump to look at deals and was proud of Bayrock's relationship with the famous developer. "Anybody can come in and build a tower," he said. "I can build a Trump Tower because of my relationship with Trump."

Bayrock and the Trumps then began laying the groundwork for domestic and international hotel-condo projects, eventually exploring deals in Turkey, Poland and Ukraine. Sater escorted Ivanka and Don Jr. on a trip to Moscow, where they looked at land for a Trump-branded hotel.

None of those overseas projects got past the planning stages. In the U.S., Bayrock and Trump projects moved forward haltingly.

In Phoenix, a one-story mall that Bayrock bought out of bankruptcy was meant to be the site of a Trump-branded tower. It became ensnared in zoning debates and then the national real-estate downturn and never got built.

Sater's dealings in Phoenix later landed him in court with a local developer who had invested in the Phoenix project, Ernest Mennes. Mennes said in a lawsuit that when he threatened to reveal Sater's criminal record, Sater told him that he would have a cousin "electrically shock Mr. Mennes’ testicles, cut off Mr. Mennes’ legs, and leave Mr. Mennes dead in the trunk of his car."

In Mennes's suit against Bayrock and Sater, he alleged that Sater also skimmed money from the Phoenix development. Bayrock and Sater settled the suit (which was later sealed and its terms left undisclosed; Sater's lawyer, in an interview with ABC News, denied Mennes's allegations).

The next project Trump and Bayrock pursued was the Trump International Hotel and Tower, a mixed-use hotel and condominium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Announced in 2005, it later went into foreclosure.

The third and final major project Bayrock and Trump worked on together was their most high-profile effort, the 46-story Trump Soho hotel in lower Manhattan.

Trump, Sater and Arif were all photographed together at a splashy launch party for the Trump Soho in 2007. Trump also pitched the Trump Soho on an episode of "The Apprentice," promising that "this brilliant, $370 million work of art will be an awe-inspiring masterpiece."

Helping Trump and Bayrock fund that masterpiece was a fresh influx of money from an Icelandic investment bank called the FL Group. Sater and Lauria, his longtime mob associate, had jointly recruited FL, introducing the firm to Bayrock and the Trump Organization. (I’ll have more on the FL Group and Bayrock in a future column; the firm's former leaders, one of whom was later convicted of tax and accounting fraud, declined to comment or did not respond to interview requests for this column.)

Yet again, the Trump Organization — even though it signed off on the FL investment — appeared to care little about vetting a firm that came into the partnership through Sater. FL operated in a country with a porous, vulnerable banking system, and some investigators who scrutinized other Icelandic banks at the time said they suspected those banks of being conduits — unwitting or otherwise — for dirty funds from outside Iceland. (The FL Group collapsed a little over a year after it invested in Bayrock. The firm itself was never prosecuted; the leaders of a number of other Icelandic banks were prosecuted or jailed for crimes including money laundering).

Kriss said in an interview that an Icelandic competitor of the FL Group also contacted him to invest in Bayrock. When he took that offer to Sater and Arif they told him, he says, that the money behind Icelandic banks “was mostly Russian” — and that they had to take FL’s funds for deals they were doing with Trump because the investment firm was “closer to Putin."

“I thought it was a lie or a joke when they said Putin,” Kriss recalls. “I didn’t know how to make sense of it at all.”

(Kriss says he doesn't have financial records showing that Russian President Vladimir Putin had a connection to the FL Group and that his own knowledge is purely anecdotal. A Kremlin spokesman said via email that Putin had no connection to the FL Group or Bayrock.)

'Somebody Said That He Is in the Mafia'

Kriss says that in the wake of the FL deal he was owed a payout that could have ranged from about $4 million to $10 million, but that Bayrock reneged. When he persisted, he claims, Sater threatened him.

So Kriss says he accepted a $500,000 payment instead and then eventually quit. Sater, as it turns out, didn’t have much time left at Bayrock either.

In December 2007, the New York Times published an article detailing some of Sater’s past run-ins with the law and some of his ties to organized crime (the article also noted that Sater had begun using “Satter” as an alternate spelling for his last name so he could try to “distance himself from his past” if people Googled him).

Two days after the Times story ran, Trump sat for a deposition with my attorneys as part of the libel lawsuit he had filed against me for “TrumpNation.” They asked him whether he planned to sever his relationship with Sater because of Sater's organized crime ties. Trump said he hadn't made up his mind.

"Have you previously associated with people you knew were members of organized crime?" one of my lawyers asked.

"No, I haven't," Trump responded. "And it's hard to overly blame Bayrock. Things like that can happen. But I want to see what action Bayrock takes before I make a decision." (In fact, Trump had partnered in the past in Atlantic City's real-estate business with men he knew were mobbed up.)

Whenever he was asked in later years about his relationship with Sater, Trump routinely misrepresented it as distant. In a 2013 deposition taken as part of litigation surrounding Trump and Bayrock’s failed Fort Lauderdale project, Trump was asked again about his partnership with Sater.

"He was supposedly very close to the government of the United States as a witness or something," Trump said. "I don't think he was connected to the Mafia. He got into trouble because he got into a barroom fight."

"I don't know him very well," Trump added, saying that he hadn't conversed very often with Sater. "If he were sitting in the room right now I really wouldn't know what he looked like."

Trump also said that he didn't think that questions about Sater’s background meant that he should have ended his business partnership with him: “Somebody said that he is in the Mafia. What am I going to do?”

Shortly after my lawyers asked Trump about Sater, Bayrock began discussing the best way for him to resign, according to company email and court records. By 2008, Sater had left the firm.

The Trump Soho ended in failure. It opened in 2010, but many units failed to sell and early condo purchasers sued Bayrock and the Trumps. Three years later, the Trump Soho went into foreclosure with most of its units still unsold, and a new company took control of the property. Bayrock hasn’t done another deal since then. (A spokeswoman for Bayrock attributed the failures of the Trump partnerships to fallout from the 2008 financial meltdown.)

'He Seems to Have Unlimited Funds'

After Kriss left Bayrock, he set up his own development firm in New York and then sued Sater, Arif, Trump and Bayrock in Delaware in 2008, alleging that Bayrock was a criminal enterprise and demanding to be paid in full for his work there.

When the case moved to New York in 2010, it came with a twist. Sater had left a copy of his cooperation deal with the government – the one dating back to his Stinger missile and mob informant days – on the hard drive of his Bayrock computer. A Bayrock employee leaked it to Kriss’s attorney, who promptly filed it as an exhibit in court.

Trump was eventually dropped from the case and Sater began carpet-bombing Kriss with his own lawsuits, ultimately filing several separate actions that claimed, among other things, that Kriss has used the courts to prosecute him maliciously.

Sater also apparently kept busy outside of the courtroom.

Kriss says that about three years ago he started receiving threatening email from websites carrying versions of his name (“JKrissInfo.com,” for example). He soon discovered there were hundreds of other new websites that also contained false, disparaging information about him.

Kriss sued the anonymous authors of the websites for defamation and when the court ruled in his favor he was able to get a large portion of the sites delisted from Google. He says he also was able to use the court order to untangle the provenance of the websites, discovering that their registration tracked back to Sater’s home address in Sands Point.

Kriss says that goons once showed up at real-estate developments he was overseeing in Brooklyn, asking his employees if they knew the true story about their boss. Waves of letters questioning his bona fides have arrived at his office and in the mailboxes of every resident in two separate buildings where Kriss kept apartments.

Kriss says investors in his new company, East River Partners, have stood by him, but he's worried that Sater's digital vendetta may be hard to overcome. His new lawyer, Bradley D. Simon, says that he's mystified by how Sater has managed to stay afloat all these years.

“Sater was a cooperating witness for the Eastern District of New York and he continued going on a crime rampage,” says Simon. “He’s filed all kinds of frivolous lawsuits, but that’s what he does. He seems to have unlimited funds.”

MuellerPhotographer: Win McNamee/Getty Images
For his part, Sater continues to wear many hats. A couple of years after he left Bayrock, the Trump Organization hired him briefly as a consultant to prospect for real-estate deals, giving him company business cards with his name engraved on them.

More recently, Sater got enmeshed in litigation again, this time around the sale of an Ohio shopping mall — and the alleged disappearance of tens of millions of dollars — in a court case that was settled in 2013.

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Sater has also entered into a war of words with his former Bayrock partner, Tevfik Arif. Sater claims, according to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, that Arif owes him money — and that if he isn't paid he'll publicize what he describes as Arif's ties to organized crime and to tainted dealings in Kazakhstan’s metals business. (A Bayrock spokeswoman says that Sater's claims about Arif are baseless.)

Meanwhile, Trump is mired in a probe that now pivots off sensitive topics for him and his family: their money, their deals and Russia – all of which will test his promise to testify under oath to Mueller and his investigators.

Mobsters Without Borders

Trump Mansion Sold to “Mobsters Sans Frontières”

 Russian "businessman" to whom Donald Trump sold his Palm Beach mansion for a purported $100 million was arrested in Russia in April of 1997  and charged with masterminding the killing of a business rival,  in what law enforcement authorities  called "a contract hit."

The MadCowMorningNews has uncovered an April 13, 1997 report in the official Russian news agency TASS announcing that Russian law enforcement authorities arrested Russian fertilizer king Dmitry Rybolovlev and charged him with being behind the murder of the head of another Russian chemical company, in what authorities said was a war for control of Russia’s lucrative fertilizer business.  

“The suspected murderers and organizers of the crime, including the head of the FD-Kredit Bank, Dmitry Rybolovlev, have been arrested,” TASS reported.

Trump's announcement of his big sale Wednesday received wide play. It was trumpeted everywhere from the Wall Street Journal to Entertainment Tonight.  

The Wall Street Journal, with perhaps unintended irony, called Rybolovlev, a 42-year-old Russian billionaire who currently ranks #59 on the Forbes list of the world's billionaires, “one of Russia's richest and most discreet businessmen.”

None of the stories mentioned Palm Beach's newest billionaire's mainline connection to the Russian Mob.

The real 'never-ending story'

How  Donald Trump came to own and sell Maison de l’Amitie,  his 6.5 acre Palm Beach waterfront estate, is just the latest chapter in the “Never-Ending Story,” the continuing saga of the moves and machinations of spooks & crooks and other major players in the netherworld  of transnational organized crime.

Billionaire mogul Trump supposedly received a massive windfall,  selling a property for one of the the highest prices ever paid in the United States that he had scooped-up at a bankruptcy sale five years earlier.

Trump’s  self-promoting announcement yesterday may inadvertently provide a public service, shining a spotlight on the dark 21st Century phenomenon of the corruption of hapless nation-states by the insidious forces of global organized crime, who clearly appear to have a leg up in the contest.

News accounts identified Dmitry Rybolovlev, the man whose investment company purchased Trump’s lavish 6.3-acre estate, as, variously, a  ‘Russian businessman,’ a ‘Russian oligarch,’  a ‘mysterious Russian billionaire.,’ a ‘Russian fertilizer magnate’ and a ‘fertilizer billionaire.’

The Russian oligarch’s fortune increased by an amazing $10 billion, just in the past year,  according to London’s Financial Times.

And all this time we thought the hot tip was plastics.
iRybolovlev runs Uralkali, a Soviet-era fertilizer company founded in the 1930’s, and his designation as “fertilizer king” should have been newsworthy, marking him as the first person from that industry to splash in quite such dramatic fashion onto the “lifestyles of the rich and famous” Palm Beach social scene.

But the fertilizer business— as an explanation for a $13 billion fortune—left suspicions. No one in the recorded history of Planet Earth has ever made $10 billion dollars in fertilizer before, let alone in just one year.  

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FBI documents confirm murder of activist missing for 40 years

The Robinson family circulated this “missing” poster in South Dakota.
By    Phil Fairbanks
Published Mon, Feb 17, 2014

For the first time since her husband went missing 40 years ago, Cheryl Robinson can go to bed at night knowing what happened to the man she and her kids want so desperately to find.

The only questions now are why was he killed and where is he buried.

Robinson always suspected her husband, civil rights activist Ray Robinson, was murdered at Wounded Knee, S.D., where he had gone to support the American Indian Movement (AIM) in its fight against the federal government.

She also suspected he was killed because someone believed he was a government informant.

Thanks to the work of two Buffalo lawyers, Robinson now knows that her husband, a disciple of Martin Luther King Jr. and Jesse Jackson, was shot to death, and that the FBI suspects the killers were members of AIM.

Newly released documents from the FBI shed new light on what many consider one of America’s great unsolved murders and confirm what Robinson’s family has long suspected – that he was murdered at Wounded Knee.

“There have been rumors for years, and there’s multiple people who say he was shot,” Robinson said recently. “We just want some answers.”

They got some of those answers when the FBI, in response to a Freedom of Information request by their lawyers, released hundreds of pages of previously secret documents regarding Robinson.

The documents date back to 1973, the year of the Wounded Knee occupation, and for the first time reveal evidence that the FBI gathered over the years.

They cite confidential sources and witnesses who claim to have firsthand knowledge of what happened to the civil rights activist.

“They confirm the rumors that have been floating out there for years,” said Michael Kuzma, one of the Robinson family’s Buffalo-based lawyers. “The only missing part of the puzzle is where Ray’s buried.”

Ray Robinson, well known within civil rights circles, traveled to Wounded Knee with the intention of preaching his message of nonviolence and building a bridge between Indians and African-Americans.

By the time he backpacked into the Pine Ridge Reservation, a 71-day siege, an often-bloody confrontation with a federal government many thought had ignored treaties between the two sides, was well under way.

What happened next was, until now, unclear, but the speculation always centered around the belief that Robinson was shot and killed during the occupation.

“That was the story from the very beginning,” said Cheryl Robinson, who now lives in the Detroit area. “That he was shot in the knee and allowed to bleed to death.”

The newly released records provide few details about how Robinson was murdered but make it clear the FBI believes AIM was involved in the killing.

As recently as 2000, the Minneapolis office of the FBI developed information that the civil rights activist was killed by “militant members of the American Indian Movement.”

A memo documenting the new evidence says a confidential source had come forward with new information indicating “Robinson had been tortured and murdered within the AIM occupation perimeter, and then his remains were buried ‘in the hills.’ ”

The memo indicates the new evidence came from someone who took part in the Wounded Knee occupation and was present when AIM leaders talked about Robinson.

That same FBI memo also mentions a confidential witness who allegedly recorded a conversation in which AIM leader Vernon Bellecourt spoke of Robinson and said AIM, “really managed to keep a tight lid on that one.”

Bellecourt, who is not linked to the murder, has since died.

“I think AIM members were involved in Ray’s murder,” said Barry Bachrach, a Massachusetts lawyer working with the Robinsons. “They were very, very paranoid about informants and may have thought he was an informant.”

In the FBI’s eyes, the evidence of AIM’s possible involvement in Robinson’s disappearance was strong enough to warrant a criminal investigation.

It’s not clear from the documents if that investigation, separate from the one into his disappearance, was actually started and, if it was, where it went.

For a variety of reasons, Cheryl Robinson is skeptical.

She says the FBI never interviewed her about why her husband was there or, even basic information, like what he was wearing.

If there was an investigation, she thinks the FBI is covering up the results in an effort to protect its informants.

“It’s speculation on my part but there’s no other answer to the question of why they didn’t do more,” she said. “They never interviewed who they should have.”

Bachrach agrees.

“This is a case they don’t want solved,” he said. “A murder occurred. Why wasn’t it pursued and why wasn’t it pursued aggressively?”

Robinson and her lawyers think the answer may lie in FBI documents that are still confidential and they are currently working to make public.

“Why did they sit on this?” Kuzma said of the information suggesting AIM was involved in Robinson’s killing. “I think the most valuable information is still being withheld.”

The FBI declined to comment on the Robinson case, except to confirm that its 40-year investigation into his disappearance was closed when the documents were released.

“If new information comes forward, the FBI could reopen the investigation, depending on the information that comes forward,” said Gregory Boosalis, division counsel for the FBI in Minneapolis.

When asked about the allegations that it used informants at Wounded Knee and might be withholding evidence in an effort to protect them, Boosalis said the FBI could not comment.

Robinson’s lawyers say there’s a long history of sloppy or improper investigations by the government and they point to the case of Anna Mae Aquash, an AIM member whose body was discovered three years after the standoff.

Aquash was originally determined to have died of exposure, but a second autopsy found a gunshot wound to her head.

In 2004, 28 years after Aquash’s body was found, two men were convicted for her murder. The evidence also indicated she was shot because AIM members believed she was an FBI informant.

Even now, decades after Wounded Knee, the American Indian Movement continues to operate and one of the leaders is Vernon Bellecourt’s brother Clyde.

“I hear these rumors all the time,” Bellecourt said of the FBI memos claiming AIM was involved in Robinson’s murder. “It’s just another attempt by the FBI to get involved in legitimate organizations like ours by making crazy charges.”

When asked about the memo suggesting his brother had knowledge of Robinson’s murder, Bellecourt said it was news to him.

“I was pretty close to my brother and he never mentioned one word about that,” he said.

While the newly released documents shed light on Robinson’s disappearance, they stop well short of answering the question his widow and children have been asking for decades.

Where is Robinson buried?

One of the family’s lawyers thinks the FBI might know.

“They were watching everybody and everything,” said Buffalo attorney Daire Brian Irwin. “It’s just amazing to me that his body just went missing.”

With that in mind, Irwin, Kuzma and Bachrach have hired a private investigator who is circulating posters around Wounded Knee seeking information about where Robinson is buried.

“I never give up hope,” said Cheryl Robinson. “That’s all I want to know. Just tell me where he’s buried.”

She says her children were very young when their father went missing, but are nevertheless anxious to find his body.

“He’s there but just out of reach,” she said of her kids’ interest in their father. “We’ve never had a funeral. We’ve never had a burial. And that’s important to the kids.”


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Leaked Files Show How the CIA Can Hack Your Router to Spy on You

Dell Cameron
6/16/17 11:28am
The CIA has had the ability to turn routers and network access points into surveillance devices for years, according to secret documents published by WikiLeaks on Thursday.

In the latest installment of its Vault 7 series of leaks, WikiLeaks has disclosed an alleged CIA program known as CherryBlossom. The purpose of the initiative is to replace a router’s firmware with a CIA-modified version known as FlyTrap. In some cases, WikiLeaks says, physical access to the device may not even be necessary.

The potential applications of this toolkit are harrowing. With control over their router, a remote observer could monitor the target’s local network and internet traffic and inject malicious malware for a variety of purposes—injecting keyloggers to collect passwords or seizing control of a device’s camera and microphone, for example.

Further, CherryBlossom would allow the CIA to detect when a person is using their home network and divert the user’s traffic through predetermined servers.

Most of the router listed in the leak are older models, indicating that the documents themselves may be somewhat outdated, though there are undoubtedly plenty of targets still using the affected devices. One document, which is not dated, lists over 200 WiFi devices allegedly susceptible to the CherryBlossom program..

Once FlyTrap is deployed successfully, agents are able to monitor the target using a web-based platform called CherryWeb, the documents say. The command-and-control server that receives the data collected by FlyTrap is codenamed CherryTree.

The CherryBlossom disclosure is part of an ongoing WikiLeaks series titled Vault 7 which began on March 7 with the leaking of weaponized 0-day exploits used by the CIA in targeting a wide range of US and foreign products, including iPhones, Android devices, and Samsung TVs.

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Dr. Jerome G. Miller, Co-Founder of NCIA, Dies at the Age of 83

Dr. Jerome G. Miller With saddened hearts, we announce that Dr. Jerome G. Miller, Co-Founder of NCIA, passed away on August 7, 2015. Dr. Jerome Miller, better known as “Jerry”, was compassionate and committed to the human service and juvenile corrections field throughout his 60 year career. “We at NCIA owe a lot to Dr. Miller. He was my mentor, my inspiration and instilled in me the need to provide services to those most in need. He lived his life with the tenets of unconditional care and the need to provide individualized plans for all those we serve. His constant theme was to treat each client as we would want our own family and friends treated. These are all values I have tried to instill in NCIA. He was a prolific writer and always spoke from his heart”, stated Herb Hoelter, Co-Founder & CEO of NCIA. Since Herb & Jerry founded NCIA in 1977, Jerry has had a profound impact on our company’s continued success. With Jerry’s expertise, NCIA became known for influencing public policy in the development and growth of alternatives to incarceration across the United States. Through NCIA, Dr. Miller opened the Augustus Institute, one of the first community-based clinics for the treatment of sex offenders, and helped numerous jurisdictions in closing or reducing juvenile prison populations throughout the country. He also authored and assisted on numerous books and studies including the Real War on Crime (HaperCollins, 1996) and Search and Destroy: African American Males in the Criminal Justice System (Cambridge University Press, 1996; 2nd edition 2011). Dr. Miller was a powerful force in the justice system and we are grateful for all his efforts, as NCIA wouldn’t be the same without him. His funeral was held on Friday, August 14, 2015. Below are links to Dr. Miller’s obituaries from the New York Times and Washington Post:



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U.S. Climate of Troubles: Record Heat Out West, Severe Floods in the East

Yesterday a record heatwave affecting 40 million people cracked pavement, grounded flights, threatened power grids and risked serious injuries across the Southwestern U.S. Meanwhile, today, a heavily moisture laden tropical storm Cindy is threatening to dump 10 to 15 inches or more of rain on parts of the U.S. Southeast. A pair of opposite weather extremes of the kind we’ve come to expect more and more of in a world that’s warmed by about 1.2 C above 1880s averages.

(Very extreme weather conditions settled over the U.S. on June 20. Today, Cindy is expected to bring extraordinary rainfall totals to the U.S. Gulf Coast. Video source: ClimateState.)

Record-Shattering Western Heat

Yesterday, the mercury struck a scorching 127 degrees F in Death Valley California — the hottest June 20th ever recorded for that heat-blasted lowland. Meanwhile, Death Valley-like heat spilled out over a large swath of the southwest. Phoenix fell just shy of its daily record as temperatures struck 119 F. And Las Vegas tied its all-time record of 117 F (which was set just four years ago on June 30th). Needles, Daggett and Barstow in California joined Kingman in Arizona and Desert Rock in Nevada to also break previous heat records as temperatures soared to between 111 and 115 F across these cities and towns.

(Record heat hammered the U.S. West on Tuesday spiking fire hazards, grounding planes, causing power outages and increasing the risk of heat injury. Image source: National Weather Service.)

All these severe high temperatures took a serious toll as both cities and citizens fell under blast-furnace-like conditions. In Phoenix, 43 flights were grounded. Aircraft could not generate enough lift for a safe take-off in the thin, low-density hot air. Total number flights grounded since Monday now tops 50 for the city — with more expected Wednesday when temperatures are expected to hit 118 F.

As flights were grounded in Phoenix, fires began to spark across the Southwest. Several fires ignited in Southern California including a large 950 acre blaze near Big Bear. In Utah, hundreds of people were forced to evacuate a ski town when a weed-killing torch ignited a swiftly spreading fire. And in southwest Arizona, a wildfire burned 8 structures as more than 100 firefighters rushed to contain the blaze. Firefighters across the southwest struggled against some of the most difficult conditions imaginable — extreme heat, blustery southerly winds, and rapidly-drying vegetation.

Record heat also overwhelmed grids when customers cranked up air conditioning and high temperatures put a major strain on power lines and transformers. With California temperatures climbing to historic levels yesterday, power outages were reported across Central Valley and on into the Bay area. Extreme warming of road surfaces caused highways to buckle even as hospitals prepared for a surge of various heat-related injuries from burns, to heat exhaustion, to heat stroke.

(Recent warming of ocean surfaces to well above average ranges off the U.S. West Coast have likely boosted the development of the recent western heatwave. Ocean surface warming is a signature condition of human-caused climate change. Image source: Earth Nullschool.)

A strong high pressure system and a large associated ridge aided by abnormally warm waters off the U.S. West Coast are the primary regional causes of the most recent heatwave. The pool of warm water in the Northeast Pacific — somewhat reminiscent of the Hot Blob that formed in the nearby ocean zones during 2014 and 2015 — appears to be boosting the development of upper level ridges and related surface heat over the region as temperatures climb to 10 to 25 F or more above normal for many locations. Despite recent record winter and spring rainfall for parts of the region, this new heatwave is starting to again advance drought conditions across the Southwest. Yet another hard shift in weather extremes from wet and cool to dry and hot that can likely be linked to climate change.

Cindy Ushers in Severe Flooding across the Gulf Coast

While the west scorches under extreme heat, the weather threat to the U.S. Southeast comes in the form of severe flooding. In the Gulf of Mexico, a sprawling Tropical Storm Cindy is interacting with a stalled frontal system to spike moisture levels in the atmosphere above the U.S. Gulf Coast. Already, between 3 and 9 inches of rain have fallen over parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida and Alabama. But the slow-moving, heavy rain bearing Cindy is poised to dump still more.

(24 hour rainfall totals show that heavy precipitation in the range of 3 to 9 inches have already fallen across the Gulf Coast. Cindy is expected to bring even more over the coming days. Image source: NOAA.)

According to NOAA QPC predictions for the next week, as much as 8.5 additional inches of rainfall could impact already-flooded parts of SE Louisiana. And when all is said and done, the system is forecast to drop between 10 and 15 inches or more of rainfall over parts of the area. The storm is not presently expected to rival last year’s August rain event which dumped up to 30 inches over the same region. Of course, with climate change boosting rainfall potentials by warming the Gulf of Mexico and spiking atmospheric moisture and instability, the unexpected can certainly happen. Let’s just hope that’s not the case with Cindy. But 10-15 inch rainfall totals are certainly disruptive enough. And with some streets in New Orleans already seeing 2-3 feet of flooding as more storms rush in from the Gulf, this event is certainly far from finished.


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The U.S. government has prosecuted 805 people for terrorism since the 9/11 attacks. Most of them never even got close to committing an act of violence.


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July 7, 2017

FBI kept tabs on Aldous Huxley’s dark vision of the future
Bureau followed with interest Huxley’s warnings of technology eroding the foundation of democracy
The FBI file of Aldous Huxley, released after a FOIA request by Joseph Lloyd, reveals that while the English author was never under official investigation, the Bureau found his dystopian view of the future interesting enough to follow him and take notes.

The file begins in 1958, after Huxley had been interviewed on television by Mike Wallace. The interview was the work of the Fund for the Republic, a think tank founded in opposition to McCarthyism, which was itself enough to raise the FBI’s eyebrows. Huxley, the file notes, had never been deemed sufficiently suspicious to warrant an investigation …

though the Bureau was wary about his strong views on pacifism.

Despite the lack of official investigation, the Bureau taped the program and even took notes on Huxley’s views.

Those views include the literally growing threat of overpopulation …

the danger of emerging technology’s ability to erode reason …

the gradual conditioning of human beings to accept and embrace totalitarianism …

and the unfathomable horrors of science’s unintended consequences.

The Bureau, interest piqued, did their own version of subscribing to Huxley’s newsletter and started collecting press clippings.

Huxley apparently left enough of an impression on the FBI that when he spoke at a conference at UCLA three years later, there was an agent in attendance, again taking notes.

The last few years must have mellowed Huxley somewhat, as his “science will doom us all” message had been tempered into “science shouldn’t doom us all, if we can help it.”

(The old man still had enough harsh truth in him, however, to start the occasional “riot.”)

And in a true reversal, he even managed to end on a pretty heartwarming, optimistic note …

or at least as heartwarming and optimistic as you can get in the notes of an undercover FBI agent.

Read the full conference summary embedded below, or on the reque


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A Quantitative Description of FBI Public Relations.
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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.


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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


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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.



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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
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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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750,000 people go missing each year




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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
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 4:53 PM

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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

Updated 10:12 AM; Posted 10:11 AM


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.
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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.
DECEMBER 6, 2017 — 7:06PM

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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An open letter to the FBI agent who resigned because of Trump



02/05/18 11:50 AM


Until recently Josh Campbell was an FBI special agent. He was appointed in 2008 and stationed in the Los Angeles field office. He also once served as a special assistant to James Comey. He is now most well known for a New York Times op-ed, “Why I am leaving the FBI.”


In the wake of Comey’s firing last May, he wrote another piece for USA Today — a glowingly sympathetic tribute to the just-relieved director, “James Comey is no showboat.”


What struck me odd at the time — having retired in 2015 after serving for 25 years in the FBI agent and executive management ranks — was this: Who afforded a GS-13 bureau employee the privilege to have a personal opinion piece published?



An official farewell soiree flyer from the FBI’s Los Angeles office announced that party attendees could “celebrate [Josh’s] new endeavor defending the Bureau as a CNN Law Enforcement Analyst.” Well, knowing how difficult it is to break into the television analyst ranks, and having the privilege to work at CNN as a full-time contributor since last May, I graciously extend a hearty welcome



But, Campbell’s explanation for resigning talks of “reluctantly turning in his badge” and “leaving an organization he loves.” He describes his voluntary, unforced resignation as “painful.”


He describes ignoring the counsel of “a small number” of onboard and retired agents who gamely advised him that FBI agents should keep their heads down and ignore the maelstrom that is the current president’s rhetorical attacks on certain senior leadership. And as he flatly states in the piece about those who disagree with him: “They are wrong.”


Why the sudden urgency to quit, you ask?


Well, as Campbell notes, “So I can join the growing chorus of people who believe that the relentless attacks on the bureau undermine not just America’s premier law enforcement agency but also the nation’s security.”


And having served for a full decade in the special agent law enforcement ranks, Campbell now views criticism of FBI leadership as a “threat to national security.”


Utter nonsense.


Now, I do not know Campbell and some may view him as well intentioned. Comey — the man Campbell spent a year working for — certainly does. In another curious twist, Comey tweeted Campbell’s piece on Friday, adding his personal imprimatur, lamenting how Campbell would be missed at the FBI and noting, “his voice is an important addition to the national conversation.”


Comey’s public commendation to an agent who elected to resign is unusual.


But allow me to share another side of the debate that some, like Comey and Campbell, feel is settled. Many of us have watched the proceedings these past few years with disgust and revulsion. They are angry and disillusioned for different reasons than the ones described by Campbell, and certified by Comey.


Many of us await the impending report from the Office of the Inspector General that will, hopefully, answer some questions about glaring instances of politicization within the senior ranks of FBI and DOJ.


If the nine troubling encounters Comey described with the president occurred exactly as he recounts them, leaving him feeling “uneasy” — as he testified — why didn’t the 6’8” head of the world’s premier law enforcement agency directly confront the president?










Are you friends with the FBI agent inside your computer?

Mashable-Feb 2, 2018

But lately, the internet seems to have made a bizarre, poignant peace with the idea that someone might be watching us — not rogue hackers, necessarily, but the FBI itself. Jokes about the "FBI agent watching our computers" have becomes ubiquitous on Twitter in recent weeks, to the point where that ...









The FBI Targeted the Left with Devious Tactics for Years—Now Trump Is Giving the Agency the Same Treatment

The conservative Bureau is stunned to face its own anti-democratic tactics.




February 6, 2018, 11:03

The release of a Republican memo trashing the senior Justice Department has given the FBI a taste of its own medicine: a mendacious and misleading attack designed to impugn dissent and confuse democratic discourse, all dressed up in the righteous rhetoric about the American way.


From 1958 to 1974, the FBI routinely engaged in this sort of activity against its perceived enemies. The notorious Cointelpro—Counterintelligence Program—targeted civil rights, antiwar and other leftist groups for infiltration, disruption and destruction. Now that the president and his allies are giving the FBI the Cointelpro treatment, the Bureau and its leaders are indignant, understandably so.


The Association of FBI Agents protested the release of the memo, written by House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), as unfair to its members.











Poll: Most Republicans believe FBI, Justice Dept. trying to ...


NEW YORK, Feb 5 (Reuters) - Nearly three out of four Republicans believe the FBI and Justice Department are trying to undermine U.S. President Donald ... Erroll Southers, a national security expert and former FBI agent, said Trump had shown an uncanny ability to shape his supporters' views of the world in a way that ...










The House Intelligence Committee Just Voted to Release the Democrats’ Response to the Nunes Memo

The vote was unanimous, but Trump, Democrats warn, may try to suppress key parts of the document.

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New Evidence Suggests Coordinated Effort Between Clinton Camp ...

Fox News Insider

Judge Andrew Napolitano said he keyed-into an otherwise unremarkable reference in the FISA Memo, which referred to former MI6 Agent Christopher Steele as a "longtime FBI asset." Steele, the former British spy who is said to have compiled the Trump-Russia dossier, could have an "interesting problem," according to ...







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