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FBI  agents drop charges against pedophile to buy his testimony, ACLU says
FBI  is populated with sick people who need taxpayers assistance to find
gainful employment, more evidence FBI  agents assassinated Malcolm X
Can you say time to shut down the FBI?

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Sex offender is new witness in Ga. militia case

  • February 22, 2013
GAINESVILLE, Ga. — A convicted sex offender from Wisconsin has emerged as a new witness in the federal criminal case against two northeast Georgia men accused of trying to manufacture a deadly toxin.
According to recently filed court papers, inmate David Watts told federal authorities that defendant Ray H. Adams made incriminating statements to him last month while they shared a cell at the Hall County Jail in Gainesville. Watts is serving a 180-year prison sentence after being convicted of kidnapping and five counts of first-degree sexual assault in 1996.
Court papers say Watts told FBI agents in a Jan. 15 interview that Adams said he was “connected with several militias” and that he had hidden 11 containers of a biological agent called ricin. Watts said Adams also told him that he was involved in a plot to blow up the Atlanta Underground, Stone Mountain Park and the Six Flags Over Georgia amusement park.
Adams and Samuel Jerry Crump, both of Toccoa, Ga., are charged with conspiring and attempting to produce ricin. They and two other militia members — Toccoa resident Emory Dan Roberts and Frederick W. Thomas of Cleveland, Ga. — were arrested on Nov. 1, 2011. The four men were between 55 and 73 years old at the time of their arrests.
Roberts and Thomas pleaded guilty to conspiring to obtain a silencer and an unregistered explosive device. Each received a five-year prison sentence last August.
Adams, a retired United States Department of Agriculture lab technician, and Crump are awaiting trial.

In court documents, a lawyer for Adams has described Watts as an unreliable “Johnny-come lately” jailhouse informant.
If FBI agents thought Watts was telling the truth, they would be “digging up” Adams’ farm in Stephens County to search for the hidden ricin, said attorney Edward D. Tolley of Athens, Ga.
Nancy Krejsa, a spokeswoman for Six Flags, said she was unaware of any plot against the park.
“According to the U.S. attorney’s office in Atlanta, Six Flags was never contacted because the FBI investigated the situation and found no merit to the claim,” she said.
Stone Mountain Park Police Chief Chuck Kelley said he asked state and federal law enforcement agents Friday about whether the comments that Adams allegedly made to Watts should be taken seriously.
Adams was “just bragging to this guy, according to the FBI,” Kelley said.
An FBI spokesman in Atlanta and Underground Atlanta officials did not return phone calls Friday.
Tolley filed a motion last week asking a judge to keep Watts from testifying at the trial of Adams and Crump. The trial, which was scheduled to begin Monday in Gainesville, has been delayed indefinitely.
Watts is not the only sex offender who may take the stand against Adams and Crump during the trial.
Joseph Harold Sims Jr. also is expected to serve as a government witness. Acting as an FBI informant, the 47-year-old Iva man secretly recorded hours of conversations with Adams, Crump, Roberts and Thomas over a seven-month period beginning in March 2011, according to court documents.
Earlier this month, more than 100 sex-related charges against Sims — including offenses such as incest and attempting or committing a lewd act on a child under 16 years of age — were dropped in Anderson County.
As part of a deal with prosecutors, Sims pleaded guilty to 21 counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. These charges involved images that Sims stored on a computer showing minors engaged in sexual activity, according to indictments in the case. He received a 10-year suspended sentence and one year in prison with credit for 219 days of time served at the county jail following his arrest in March 2010, court record show. He also must register as a sex offender.
Tolley said Adams is “absolutely innocent” and that he doubts testimony from two sex offenders will convince jurors otherwise.
“These are the people that the federal government are using to prosecute two old men,” he said.




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Today, Feb.21. marks the anniversary of the death of Malcolm X. http://malcolmxfiles.blogspot.com/ http://malcolmxfiles.blogspot.com/ http://malcolmxfiles.blogspot.com/ Part of a documentary on the U.S. government's COINTELPRO program. This clip includes an interview with Talmadge Hayer as well as actual audio of the assassination Malcolm X. John Ali, spokesman for the NOI announces the suspension of Malcolm X. Karl Evanzz, a staff writer for the Washington Post, researched more than 300,000 pages of declassified FBI and CIA documents for his book, The Judas Factor. In its introduction he states, "After analyzing these resources, I am convinced that Louis E. Lomax, an industrious African-American journalist who befriended Malcolm X in the late 1950's, had practically solved the riddle of his assassination." He believed that Malcolm X was set up for the assassination by a former friend, John Ali, who was an agent/informer for an intelligence agency. Malcolm X had previously commented that Ali had been responsible for his ouster from the NOI. Ali eventually rose to the position of National Secretary of the NOI. Lomax was later killed in an automobile accident (due to brake failure). It is now known that government and law enforcement agencies planted infiltrators in the OAAU, NOI and almost all of the other civil rights movement organizations. Some of these agent/informers were highly placed. Their assignments were not only to report on all of their activities, plans and members, but to create disruption, distrust and to frighten any supporters. The involvement of the government's "Cointelpro" (counter-intelligence program) operation to "neutralize" Malcolm X through BOSS, the NOI, and organized crime is strongly inferred by Evanzz in his book. The goal of the Cointelpro program was to neutralize radical and subversive political organizations and dissidents through covert means, such as "black-bag jobs," where agents/informers would enter homes and offices without warrants and remove or copy files, records ore plant incriminating material. http://malcolmxfiles.blogspot.com/ http://malcolmxfiles.blogspot.com/ http://malcolmxfiles.blogspot.com/


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Radically Wrong: Misstated Threats - Terrorism isn’t an American-Muslim Problem

By Dena Sher, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 4:50pm
None. Zero. That’s the number of fatalities or injuries from terrorist acts by American Muslims over the last two years, according to a recent report from the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security. Here are some other numbers from the report worth noting: In the United States in 2012, there were nine “terrorist plots” by American Muslims—only one of which led to violence. Of those nine plots, only 14 suspects were indicted. Separately, six suspects were indicted for support of terrorism.
Terrorism is not a “Muslim” phenomenon. Indeed, last year, the author of the report called terrorism by American Muslims “a minuscule threat to public safety.” Yet far too many policymakers assume the opposite is true, and too many policies are predicated on the false and bigoted assumption that Muslims are more likely to engage in terrorism than other Americans. The numbers above show how false the premise is. So why are we willing to undermine civil liberties, target an entire religious community, and devote countless resources to this “minuscule threat?”
The answer: a widely debunked “theory” on describing the “process” that drives people to become terrorists. This “theory” is based on the mistaken notion that adopting “radical” ideas (which, under the theory, includes religious beliefs) is a dangerous first step toward committing terrorist acts. Countering terrorism, the thinking goes, begins with countering “radicalization.”
Although it’s been refuted, the “theory” continues to drive policy. Recent Congressional Research Service reports cite it, and the White House issued a plan to counter violent extremism based on it. While the White House deserves some credit for using more careful language and for emphasizing the need for community engagement, it still perpetuates the notion that “how individuals are radicalized to violence” is something we can and should study and understand. And the number of agencies, task forces, working groups, and committees across government that are engaged in the White House’s plan is, well, staggeringly high.
Not surprisingly, when flawed theory drives policy, implementation of the policy is flawed too. If counterterrorism officials believe that adopting radical beliefs is a necessary first stage to terrorism, they will obviously target religious communities and political activists with their enforcement measures.
Take for example, the practice of “preventive policing” by which law enforcement doesn’t focus on crime, but rather tracks legal activities. It has a real and negative impact on individuals: the FBI conducts “assessments” or uses informants, conducts interviews, and surveils people based on their ideas or religious beliefs, or whether they are a certain religion, race, or ethnicity rather than information suggesting they might be involved in criminal activity. Preventive policing also affects entire communities. Through “domain management,” the FBI monitors and tracks entire religious, ethnic, and racial communities based on false stereotypes that ascribe certain types of crimes to entire minority communities. Targeted groups include Muslim- and Arab-Americans in Michigan, and also African-Americans in Georgia, Chinese- and Russian-Americans in California, and broad swaths of Latino-American communities in multiple states.
The FBI has increasingly relied on another tactic based on this flawed theory: the agent provocateur. Remarkably, most of the nine terrorist plots carried out by American Muslims uncovered in 2012 involved informants and undercover agents. According to a recent investigation, undercover agents and informants have targeted “Muslims who espouse radical beliefs, are vocal about their disapproval of American foreign policy, or have expressed sympathy for international terrorist groups”—otherwise known as First Amendment-protected activity. The investigation shows that these targets are fairly unsophisticated and “clearly pose little real threat” on their own. With all essential materials (like money and weapons) coming from government agents and informants, these plots are more manufactured by the government than interdicted.
It’s also clear that preventive policing won’t be tied to an empirical analysis of where significant violence occurs. According to West Point's Combating Terrorism Center, violent acts by far-right extremists significantly outnumber those by American Muslims, but have been virtually ignored by policy makers (though the report has its own problems). While there have been multiple congressional hearings on so-called radicalization of Muslims, there have been none on political violence emanating from the Far Right.
When we implement law enforcement practices that say those who hold “radical” political ideas or religious beliefs, for instance, are dangerous, we could all be in danger. What’s a “radical” idea or belief? It’s one that “reject[s] the status quo.” It’s not hard to imagine that almost all of us hold some “radical” beliefs, which is why it’s not surprising that so many groups come under government suspicion. Anti-government militiamen, misfit anarchists, PETA, Greenpeace, and the Catholic Worker have already been targeted. Who’s to say the group you belong to won’t be next.



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Opinion: FBI Continues to Target Vulnerable, Psychologically Troubled Muslims
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Opinion by Fadi A. Saba

The Federal Bureau of Investigation  a track record of attacking the undesirables of the time.

In the early part of the 20th century, immigrants from Italy were the focus; in the 1940s, it was Japanese-Americans; in the 1950s, it was Americans who questioned U.S. foreign policy; in the 1960s, civil rights activists. Today, it’s Muslims and people of color. It’s the Arab. It’s the South Asian. And often, the FBI uses entrapment to create a terror case out of thin air and then claim to have foiled it.

San Jose resident Matthew Llaneza, who converted to Islam in 2011, is accused of attempting to bomb a bank building in Oakland. However, many feel that the FBI used entrapment, which, in criminal law, is a legal defense. Essentially it is the act by law enforcement officers of inducing or encouraging a person to commit a crime when the potential criminal is not otherwise predisposed to committing the crime. I believe, given the history of the FBI, that Llaneza’s is a classic case of entrapment.
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FBI to Zimmerman: We don't have to give you our file, despite judge's order

February 27, 2013|By Rene Stutzman, Orlando Sentinel
Lawyers for the FBI say the federal agency should not give George Zimmerman's lawyers all the evidence from its case file, even though a Sanford judge has ordered it.
The U.S. Department of Justice filed paperwork Monday, arguing that federal regulations trump a state court judge's ruling. It's asking that judge, Debra S. Nelson, to undo her Feb. 5 order.
"This court has 'no power or authority' … to compel the FBI to produce the documents at issue here," wrote Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean P. Flynn.
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Judge Allows Discrimination Lawsuit to Continue for Black Secret Service Agents

Black Secret Service agents cleared a major hurdle this week in a discrimination lawsuit that claims the Department of Homeland Security has passed over African Americans for promotions, Reuters reports.

U.S. District Court Judge Richard Roberts ruled the eight current and former agents meet requirements for class recertification, a key technicality to move the case forward.
- See more at: http://www.ticklethewire.com/2013/02/28/judge-allows-discrimination-lawsuit-to-continue-for-black-secret-service-agents/#sthash.3uWmfqBl.dpuf

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"Hoarder" Admits To Removing Classified Papers
Ex-U.S. intelligence analyst pleads to federal charge

MARCH 1--A U.S. intelligence analyst who held a top-secret security clearance and described himself as a “hoarder” has pleaded guilty to illegally removing confidential documents from his government office and storing them in his car and home, which FBI agents found strewn with similar sensitive material.

In a misdemeanor plea deal, Robert Harwin admitted taking documents from the Virginia headquarters of National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), which analyzes images from satellites and military drones.

The FBI began investigating Harwin, 68, last year after a coworker told counterintelligence agents that they spotted him carrying “a heavy plastic bag out of NGA facilities” on several occasions. A second coworker told investigators that Harwin had admitted “accidentally” taking classified documents from his office to his home.



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By Ryan McBride - The Sun Staff

WAKEFIELD - A former FBI agent from Westerly has returned to prison
after a series of recent arrests for violating a court order to stay
away from his ex-wife.
John served 15 months at the ACI for a criminal conviction of violating a
 restraining order in March 2002. His suspended sentence and probation
from the conviction end in 2012.
According to court records, state police arrested John in February 2002
on a disorderly conduct charge for exposing himself in public.



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Why won't the Department of Justice (DOJ) investigate electronic vote fraud?
Is it because the DOJ and FBI have long been involved in it, themselves? 

Meet Craig C. Donsanto, head of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Election Crimes Branch, Public Integrity Section (from 1970-present). 

Photo of Craig Donsanto (left) and Ernest Locker Jr., former special agent at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, spoke at IFES and discussed their careers investigating electoral fraud.  Source: http://www.ifes.org/newsinbrief.html?title=U%25S%25%20Election%20Fraud%20Experts%20Speak%20at%20IFES


  • PROSECUTION OF ELECTION OFFENSES(see: DOJ/DonsantoElectionManuel.pdf)  January 1999, Sixth Edition, by Craig C. Donsanto, Director, U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Public Integrity Section --This manual is a study in how NOT to investigate election crimes. There is little mention of voting machines or the threat they pose to the process. Check out page 62 and see democracy.ru article (at bottom of this page) that tipped this editor off as to the existence of the manual, and is a good summary of the manuel --Excerpt: "Since the voting process is at bottom primarily a state-regulated activity, federal authorities should not interfere with it. This means that until the votes have been canvassed and the outcome of all the election contests on the ballot certified by the competent state authority, the documentation generated by the election process must remaininstate hands. Also, while this may not be possible in all situations, it is preferable that the predication of federal voter fraud investigations above «preliminaries» await the conclusion of the election and the certification of results. Again, close consultation with Public Integrity is encouraged."  (In other words, after the fox has left the henhouse, Donsanto allows his agents to investigate.)
  • A FEDERAL OBSERVER REPORT (See: FederalObserverReport.pdf)  Once again, this report is a study in how NOT to effectively observe the election process.  No meaningful information is collected as a result of federal observers filling out these reports.

The Cincinnati Bell-FBI scandal:  Leonard Gates, a Cincinnati Bell employee for 23 years, testified that in the late 1970's and 80's, the FBI assisted telephone companies with hacking into mainframe election computers in cities across the country. He spoke with agents from both the DOJ (U.S. Attorney Kathleen M. Brinkman) and FBI (Agent Love), but to his knowledge, neither agency took further action.  Leonard Gates 1987Deposition, plus 1985 Background Material from Jim Condit, Jr.//Pandora's Black Box & http://www.votefraud.org/expert_strunk_report.htm (contains case number) 


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Catha DeLoach helped assassinate President Kennedy and Martin Luther King


Hilton Head community leader, FBI top aide, Cartha 'Deke' DeLoach, dead

  March 14, 2013 


Cartha "Deke" DeLoach pictured on March 1, 2005 after he was selected by the Hilton Head Island St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee as grand marshal of the island's 22nd annual St. Patrick's Day Parade.

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Long-time Hilton Head Island community leader and former top aide to FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, Cartha "Deke" DeLoach, died Wednesday night.

DeLoach is the father of assistant town manager Greg DeLoach, who said his father, 92, passed away from natural causes.

Deke DeLoach worked as a right-hand man to Hoover. He oversaw the investigation into Martin Luther King Jr.'s murder and shared a wall with the man who later would leak Watergate secrets to The Washington Post.

DeLoach was honored in September by Mayor Drew Laughlin as a "Citizen of the Month." Laughlin said Hilton Head was the "fortunate beneficiary" of Deke DeLoach's "redirected focus" after moving to the island in 1982, following a 28-year career with the FBI as its third-ranking officer and a 15-year career as vice president and assistant to the chairman of PepsiCo Inc.

"I am pleased to recognize Deke as a Citizen of the Month for his involvement in the myriad of local projects, charities, and businesses -- all of which have benefited the growth and success of Hilton Head Island," Laughlin said at the time.

He was instrumental in starting the Self Family Arts Center, now the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, as chairman of the Hilton Head Island Cultural Council's fundraising committee and continued to serve as Chairman Emeritus of the arts center. He also was active in various scholarship and charity organizations, including the Heritage Classic Foundation.

DeLoach received the prestigious "Order of the Palmetto," the highest civilian honor awarded by the governor of South Carolina for his service to the Town of Hilton Head and state. Additionally, he received the Alice Glenn Doughtie Award for exceptional service to his fellow man, and the "Honoree of the Year Award" from the Hilton Head Hospitality Association.

As deputy director under Hoover, he worked on the investigation that helped convict James Earl Ray in the murder of King.

In 1964, DeLoach called President Lyndon Johnson to tell him that the bodies of three civil rights workers were found near Philadelphia, Miss. -- a case that ended in June 2005 with the manslaughter conviction of Edgar Ray Killen.

While at the agency, DeLoach worked next to Mark Felt, the man revealed to be the secret "Deep Throat" source helping Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein investigate the Watergate break-in's ties to the White House. In 1997, DeLoach was honored at a roast on Hilton Head hosted by G. Gordon Liddy, the former FBI agent who was convicted for his role in the Watergate scandal.




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Sen. Lindsey Graham at Center of Evidence Tampering Case?

• FBI allegedly cited bogus experts;used senator’s office to falsify reports


A civil case that is being waged in a South Carolina federal district court may expose decades-long Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) evidence tampering and perjury in numerous criminal cases. It could also affect the political career of South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey O. Graham.

Subpoenas filed in federal court in late February allege that two supposed video and audio experts for the FBI, Noel Herold and Bruce Koenig, not only lack the qualifications the FBI claims, but may have been used after their 1996 retirements to falsify evidence, which had been used to convict innocent people and to exonerate the FBI of criminal activity.

The cases where tampered evidence was allegedly entered into court include the 1993 attack on the Branch Davidian Church outside of Waco, Texas, the Oklahoma City bombing, the August 21, 1995 jailhouse murder of Kenny Trentadue and a New York mobster charged and convicted with John Gotti based on audio recordings that were never allowed to be examined by defense experts.


The FBI claims that Trentadue committed suicide after his arrest on suspicion of being “John Doe 2” in the OKC bombing in 1995. The facts, however, indicate he was murdered in prison and was in no way connected to the terrorist attack. It is believed that Koenig and Herold have been involved in these high-profile cases, which spanned decades. Their work was used by the Justice Department and the FBI to obtain convictions regardless of what the true evidence revealed.

Researchers who have looked at the two so-called experts have been unable to find any proof that the two actually participated in many of the cases that have been attributed to them. Other cases for which they claim credit seem to suggest various levels of falsification of evidence and even outright perjury.

As for the mob conviction, the government forensic team that worked on the tapes is known to have included Koenig, but no FBI agent who directly worked on the audiotapes was ever called as a witness in order to be cross-examined.

Plaintiffs in the civil case also argue that evidence proves the FBI used Graham’s office, while he served as chairman of a Senate Judiciary subcommittee, to illegally edit and certify FBI National Crime Information Center (NCIC) summary reports. These were then used to undermine a paralyzed man’s civil rights lawsuit in federal court. These reports, if not tampered with by the FBI, would have showed how a bribed county sheriff’s deputy had illegally gained access to the NCIC system and inserted the law-abiding plaintiff’s name as being “armed and extremely dangerous,” thereby making him a target for all law enforcement.




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Andrew Stolper, Shamed Ex-Federal Prosecutor in Santa Ana, Launches Litigation Finance Firm in Irvine with Convicted Former FBI Agent

Has this ever happened to you? Someone tells you about a person you have never heard of before, then a couple days later the same name pops up from a completely different source.

That happened to yours truly when it came to Santa Ana-based federal prosecutor Andrew Stolper.

Make that former prosecutor.

Addressing a lunchtime crowd at UC Irvine School of Law on Feb. 27, former Broadcom CFO William J. Ruehle mentioned Stolper's shameful conduct in the unsuccessful prosecution of Ruehle. I blogged about that presentation here:

William Ruehle, Ex-Broadcom CFO, Shares His Amazing Government Persecution Story at UCI

Stolper's name popped up a couple days later when Karen Hanover alleged to me shenanigans by the same prosecutor in the federal wire fraud and FBI spoofing cases against the Seal Beach real estate saleswoman.

Karen Elaine Hanover, Convicted FBI "Spoofer," Claims Hers Were Retaliatory Spoofs

My colleague R. Scott Moxley deals with the players on the ground at the Ronald Reagan federal courthouse in Santa Ana, including one Andrew Stolper, while I am usually confined to my journo-pod beneath the Weekly World HQ in Costa Messy.

However, I am familiar with, and have mentioned here in Navel Gazing, some of the federal judges at The Gipper, as we call it. Among them: Judge Cormac Carney, who became so incensed over Stolper's conduct in the 2009 Broadcom case that he forbid the prosecutor from speaking, leaving those less familiar with the details to run what quickly became a stinker for the U.S. Attorney's office.

Stolper's conduct would supposedly lead to a probe of his work by his superiors, although the Corona del Mar resident says in a new Reuters story that he was eventually cleared by brass. The main point of that story, however, is Stolper having finally left the U.S. Attorney's office in Santa Ana.

After a decade as a federal prosecutor, he has "teamed up with an ex-FBI agent to form a private equity firm specializing in litigation finance, a growing business in the legal industry," reports Reuters. Irvine-based Crux Capital, which launched on Monday, will have hedge funds and other investors essentially betting on the outcomes of commercial litigation buy providing money to litigants in exchange for cuts of any settlements or verdicts.

Peter Norell, Stolper's partner and a former FBI agent, pleaded guilty in 2010 to illegally accessing Bureau records and threatening to launch a criminal probe to help an acquaintance collect a debt. That's about the same time he left the Bureau.



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Woman sues police, Pittsburgh over ex-officer’s proposition

 Thursday, March 14, 2013, 3:39 p.m.

A Warrington woman who alerted Pittsburgh police in 2008 that an officer threatened her if she didn't perform a sex act is suing the officer, former police Chief Nate Harper and the city.

The woman, 38, claims in the lawsuit filed Wednesday in Allegheny County that former Officer Adam Skweres, 35, of Lincoln Place violated her Constitutional rights and caused her psychological pain. The city failed to train its employees and follow its hiring procedures, and Harper knew of the accusations against Skweres but did nothing, she claims.

City officials “should have known Skweres was not fit to be a police officer, yet he was allowed to hold a badge and abuse his authority,” the lawsuit says.

The Tribune-Review does not identify accusers in sexual assault cases.

Common Pleas Judge David R. Cashman on Monday sentenced Skweres to 3 1⁄2 to 8 years in prison, followed by 10 years of probation, for his guilty plea to charges of attempted rape, indecent assault, false imprisonment, bribery, official oppression and criminal coercion.

The woman's lawsuit says Skweres responded to a 911 call in June 2008 when someone stole her mother's purse. When she appeared at Pittsburgh Municipal Court to testify against the suspect that month, Skweres pulled the woman outside, told her he knew about a child custody dispute in which she was involved and said he could write a positive or a negative letter to county Children, Youth & Families depending on whether she agreed to the sex act, her lawsuit says.

The woman says she refused but Skweres gave her his cell phone number and threatened her not to tell anyone about their conversation.

“She did not immediately report the incident to the Bureau of Police” because Skweres remained on the force, the lawsuit says.

The woman contacted the city's Office of Municipal Investigations after another woman came forward saying Skweres propositioned her.

Police officials did not act until January 2012, when they asked her to provide another statement in the presence of an FBI agent, the lawsuit says. It claims the city hired Skweres in 2007 even though he failed an initial psychological exam and was allowed to take another.


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Senator Feinstein’s Book Ban
Published on Friday, March 15, 2013

Senator Cruz recently asked the following question to Senator Feinstein:

Eatontown, NJ --(Ammoland.com)- “The question that I would pose to the senior senator from California is,” said Cruz to Feinstein, “Would she deem it consistent with the Bill of Rights for Congress to engage in the same endeavor that we are contemplating doing with the Second Amendment in the context of the First or Fourth Amendment, namely, would she consider it constitutional for Congress to specify that the First Amendment shall apply only to the following books and shall not apply to the books that Congress has deemed outside the protection of the Bill of Rights?”

Senator Feinstein should have honestly answered “Yes.”

In 1997 her bill, S.936 the so-called “Feinstein Amendment”, became law. It banned books and other speech. Her law made it illegal to distribute bomb-making information, punishable by a $250,000 fine and 20 years’ imprisonment. It became a federal crime to “… distribute by any means information pertaining to, in whole or in part, the manufacture or use of an explosive, destructive device, or weapon of mass destruction, with the intention that the teaching, demonstration, or information be used for, or in furtherance of, an activity that constitutes a Federal criminal offense or a State or local criminal …” The law was in response to the Oklahoma bombing, in which Timothy McVeigh had two books titled Homemade C-4, A Recipe for Survival and Ragnar’s Big Book of Homemade Weapons and Improvised Explosives.

There are key differences between Senator Feinstein’s attacks on the First Amendment compared to her attacks on the Second Amendment. Her law limiting free speech requires that one must distribute the information “…with the intention…” that it be used for a crime. However, no such intentions matter when it comes to her gun bans.

Not long after 9/11 I had a case in which my client worked for a scrap metals company. He would remove the mercury switches from thermostats and would get paid per switch. He had been raided by the police over a false claim of domestic violence in which they seized his guns and observed his pile of mercury switches. The police also seized some books on weapons and explosives that he had bought at a gun show. Amongst the books were Poor Man’s James Bond by Kurt Saxon and Uncle Fester’s Home Workshop Explosives. The next thing he knew was that the FBI Weapons of Mass Destruction Unit wanted to speak with him. I went with him to see what the FBI wanted and discovered that they were only interested in his books! Even though these books were commonly available and protected by the First Amendment, the FBI Agent frankly told us that they were desperate to get a conviction under the “Feinstein Amendment” but had been unable to do so because of the difficulty in having to prove the “intent” part of the law.

The FBI Agent had hoped that my client at some point had personal contact with the authors, who the FBI was eager to prosecute. Needless to say, my client was unable to help them. This encounter with the FBI made me reflect on how important our First Amendment rights are and how, without that amendment, American politicians would have had no hesitation in acting flat out bans on books and other speech. Unfortunately, the Second Amendment is not treated with the same respect.

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Grassley Seeks Answers on Judge Nominee’s Past Oversight of FBI National Security Letters
March 20, 2013 11:38 am
A leading Republican senator pressed the Justice Department’s Inspector General yesterday for details about former FBI General Counsel Valerie E. Caproni’s oversight of a controversial intelligence-gathering tool.
Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley, the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, sent a letter to Inspector General Michael Horowitz asking him to explain why he hasn’t released “all working papers, draft reports, and correspondence” between the OIG and Caproni, now nominated to sit on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
A 2010 OIG report examined the FBI’s practice between 2003 and 2006 of issuing so-called national security letters to obtain telephone toll records and then often issue retroactive approvals to justify its actions. The Patriot Act, passed after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, expanded the FBI’s authority to issue national security letters to obtain phone and bank records without securing a warrant.
“It is difficult to square the OIG’s conclusory assertion that Ms. Caproni was unaware of improper requests for telephone records with the evidence presented in the report that she actually discussed those problems with her subordinates,” Grassley wrote.
“In an effort to move forward with Ms. Caproni’s nomination,” the Iowa senator urged Horowitz to provide copies of the transcripts of OIG interviews with Caproni and her deputy, Julie Thomas, by March 22.
The Senate did not act on Caproni’s nomination last year, and it expired at the end of the 112th Congress. Senate records show she was among some 30 judge nominees to be put forward again in the 113th Congress, which opened on Jan. 3.
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Aaron Swartz Prosecutor Carmen Ortiz Admonished In 2004 For Aggressive Tactic

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz, under fire over her office's aggressive prosecution of Internet activist Aaron Swartz, was admonished by a federal appeals court in 2004 for advocating a harsher jail term for a defendant than she had promised him in a plea-bargain agreement, according to a court document.
Ortiz, a potential candidate for Massachusetts governor or the federal judiciary prior to Swartz's January suicide, has come under congressional criticism for allowing Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Heymann to pursue an aggressive Internet fraud case against Swartz. A court decision from 2004 revealed that Ortiz, while an assistant prosecutor herself, also used an aggressive tactic. A Justice Department spokesman wasn't available to comment.
The appeals court document was brought to light in an anonymous letter to members of Congress involved in the House Oversight Committee investigation into the Justice Department's handling of the Swartz case.
Swartz committed suicide two years after he was arrested on federal hacking charges. Prosecutors had told Swartz they would recommend a seven-year prison sentence if he did not plead guilty to a felony and agree to serve six months behind bars. The charges against Swartz accused him of violating a terms of service agreement with the online database of academic articles, JSTOR. Swartz downloaded millions of articles quickly, rather than a few at a time. JSTOR had opposed Swartz's prosecution.
The case has become a flashpoint for Internet activists seeking to reform outdated hacking statutes and for critics of the criminal justice system seeking to curtail abusive prosecutions. Several lawmakers have questioned Attorney General Eric Holder over the Justice Department handling of the case.
The letter from "A Concerned Boston Lawyer" was sent to House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), along with Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.), Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), and Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas). It includes an ruling from a 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, also available on the court website.
According to the ruling, Ortiz had agreed to seek a sentence at the "low end of the guideline range calculated by the court" in a fraud case against Donald Gonczy if he agreed to plead guilty to wire and mail fraud for selling bogus appraisals to timeshare owners.
The court calculated a sentencing range of 70 months to 87 months. When Ortiz was asked to recommend a sentence, she began by stating that "the government would be seeking 70 months," a punishment "in line" with the plea deal. But she followed this statement with a lengthy digression on the severity of Gonczy's crimes. After the court interrupted her for being "repetitive," Ortiz concluded, "The defendant at a minimum deserves what the guidelines provide for and those are his just desserts," according to the document.
Gonczy ultimately received an 84-month sentence.
When Gonczy appealed, the Justice Department argued that Ortiz had been pressing not for a harsher sentence, but to pre-empt Gonczy's argument for a sentence shorter than 70 months.
The 1st Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Ortiz's argument.
"While paying lip service to a term of 70 months' imprisonment, the AUSA [Ortiz] substantively argued for a sentence at the higher end of the guidelines," Judge Juan Torruella wrote. "In doing so, the government violated the plea agreement it entered into with Gonczy."

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Franken Presses Holder about Swartz Prosecution
  March 25, 2013 

“There may be disagreement on the exact merits of the case against him, but charging a young man like Mr. Swartz with federal offenses punishable by over 35 years of federal imprisonment seems remarkably aggressive — particularly when it appears that one of the principal aggrieved parties, the academic subscription service JSTOR, did not support a criminal prosecution,” wrote Franken, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Franken’s note expresses a similar sentiment to a letter sent in January by Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas), a fellow member of the Judiciary Committee. Franken asked that he be copied on the DOJ’s response to Cornyn.
Also in January, two House Members not known for bipartisan agreement — House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) — wrote to Holder asking for explanations about the manner in which prosecutors pursued Swartz.
Swartz was under criminal investigation for unauthorized downloading of a huge number of academic articles from a publicly supported online database, JSTOR. JSTOR opposed his prosecution, but the office of Massachusetts U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz went ahead anyway.

FBI Memo Advised Schmoozing 'Slow' Mexicans, Duping Blacks With Phony Insurance Pitches

FBI agents were trained to exploit the perceived weaknesses of various minority groups, including Mexicans, Catholics and black people, according to a bureau memo from 1947, the U.S. News & World Report writes.
Compiled for the FBI’s field agents, the memo describes Mexicans as “slow to respond.”
Catholics, according to the report, are easier to get information from, especially after leaving a confessional booth.
Phony insurance salespeople can easily dupe African-Americans into giving them information, according to the report.

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FBI first interviewed ex-Pittsburgh police Chief Harper in '11

March 26, 2013
Communication between federal agents and former Pittsburgh police chief Nate Harper began in 2011, ceased for 18 months, and then intensified into a flurry of interviews in the weeks leading up to his Friday indictment, according to disclosures filed in U.S. District Court late Friday.
U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton's staff declined Monday to explain the timeline presented in the disclosures, other than to confirm that interviews with Mr. Harper occurred on the dates listed. Mr. Harper's attorneys could not be reached for comment Monday.
"They sure got a lot of interviews with him," said Alexander H. Lindsay Jr., a defense attorney who is a former federal prosecutor. He said the timeline suggests that the former chief may have been considered a witness up to a certain time, or may have been an unusually cooperative suspect.
Mr. Harper was indicted on one count of conspiracy involving the use of public funds for personal use, and accused of directing the diversion of some $70,000 into an unauthorized account, from which he then spent $31,986 on personal expenses. He is also charged with failing to file tax returns from 2008 through 2011.
The personal expenditures listed in the indictment -- which are a sample, according to prosecutors -- run from March 2010 through the end of 2012. The first public sign of the investigation was a Feb. 12 FBI visit to police headquarters, at which time agents left with boxes of documents.
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 Tuesday, March 26th, 2013
FBI task force cases in jeopardy

An appeals court decision casts doubt on numerous North Georgia sexual predator convictions and raises further questions about the operations of an undercover FBI task force already under scrutiny for possible impropriety.

On March 14, the Georgia Court of Appeals reversed a computer pornography conviction against Dennis Cosmo, who was charged in 2010 based on evidence obtained by the Northwest Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The court found that police were planting the idea of a crime in Cosmo's head and that the court didn't have sufficient evidence to prosecute.

The role-playing scenario that was examined in Cosmo's case involves police posing as a parent or step-parent and propositioning people who respond to their ads to have sex with their son or daughter.

But if the suspect has never talked to a child and only an adult, the computer pornography charge has no merit, experts said.

Appeals Judge Michael Boggs ruled there wasn't sufficient evidence for Cosmo's computer pornography charge and that he is entitled to a new trial on his remaining charges of criminal solicitation.

Defense attorneys and criminal experts say the appellate court's decision could affect criminal charges in other sex cases -- at least 20 in Catoosa and Walker counties alone -- in which similar police tactics were used.

Furthermore, one law expert said, such findings against law enforcement can undermine what police are trying to do -- catch child predators.

"A sting is an important arm of law enforcement to making sure youngsters aren't victimized," said Ron Carlson, a University of Georgia law professor. But when the government appears to be planting the idea of a crime, it brings their work into question, he said.

Prosecutors plan to appeal the appellate court's decision to the Georgia Supreme Court.

However, if it stands, Lookout Mountain District Attorney Herbert "Buzz" Franklin said, his office will have to re-examine the cases brought in by the FBI task force and decide what to do with charges the court has found to be the result of entrapment.

Ken Hillman, the special agent in charge of the task force, is under federal investigation after being accused of allowing a civilian to work on the task force and even to arrest suspects.

In Catoosa County, special appointed Judge Grant Brantley, of Cobb County, is scheduled to hear motions before deciding whether prosecutors or law enforcement officers involved in the FBI task force are withholding evidence in 10 criminal cases. The outcome could lead to those cases being dismissed, defense attorneys say.

Defense attorneys who first challenged the task force cases last month say the appellate court's decision further shows how officers in the task force were out of control.

"It's terrible the law enforcement we trust are creating the crimes," said Atlanta defense attorney McNeill Stokes, who represents several clients arrested by the task force. "It's happening in Catoosa County with relish."

Experts say police should be luring people into their sting who are trying to commit crimes, but it's entrapment if police put the idea into a person's head.

If there are clear signs that police used entrapment, the judge is supposed to instruct the jury on entrapment charges, which wasn't done in Cosmo's case, said Bob Jarvis, a Shepard Broad Law Center professor in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Indictments from more than 20 cases in the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit show that the parent or stepparent scenario has been popular within the FBI task force for at least two years.

FBI Agent Pleads Guilty to Child Abuse


Tuesday February 17, 2004 11:46 PM


Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - The former chief internal watchdog at the FBI has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl and has admitted he had a history of molesting other children before he joined the bureau for what became a two-decade career.

John H. Conditt Jr., 53, who retired in 2001, was sentenced last week to 12 years in prison in Tarrant County court in Fort Worth, Texas, after he admitted he molested the daughter of two FBI agents after he retired. He acknowledged molesting at least two other girls before he began his law enforcement career, his lawyer said.

Monday August 8, 2005 Longtime FBI agent sentenced to prison on child porn count

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Associated Press Writer

BOISE, Idaho (AP) A longtime FBI agent who helped arrest mountain-man Claude Dallas and was involved in a deadly 1984 siege involving white supremacists in Washington state is going to pris
on for 12 months after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography.

William Buie, 64, of Boise, most recently worked as an investigator for the Idaho attorney general's office.
February 22, 2007
Ex-FBI man gets 7 years for child sex
Former FBI analyst sentenced in child sex case

A 17-year veteran of the FBI will serve seven years in prison for having sexual relations with a young girl in Spotsylvania County, a judge ruled yesterday.

Anthony John Lesko, 44, entered an Alford plea yesterday in Spotsylvania Circuit Court to nine counts of felony indecent liberties upon a child.

Lesko, who later moved to Jacksonville, Fla., worked as an intelligence analyst at the FBI for 17 years, according to his attorney, James A. Carter II. He is a major in the U.S. Army Reserves and has received numerous military awards.

An Alford plea means Lesko doesn't admit guilt but believes there is enough evidence for a conviction. Under the terms of the plea, he was sentenced to seven years in prison with another 15 years suspended.

Lesko engaged in a sex act with a girl, 9 and 10 at the time, at least nine times in 2003-2004, according to evidence put forth by Spotsylvania Commonwealth's Attorney William Neely.

The girl told a member of the Spotsylvania Department of Social Services about the activity in February 2004, according to the evidence. Lesko at first denied the allegations, but later spoke with a U.S. Navy counselor about them.

Lesko told the counselor that he was the victim of the sexual assault; he said the girl initiated the contact, according to the plea. Lesko entered the plea partly to spare the girl the pain of a trial, his attorney said.

FBI Agent Accused Of Masturbating In Public
May 25, 2007
FBI Agent Accused Of Masturbating In Public

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FBI Special Agent Ryan Seese, 34, is facing sex offense charges after a cleaning woman said she found him masturbating in a women's lavatory on campus, according to a University of Arizona police spokesman.

FBI Workers Suspected of Secretly Taping Teens in Dressing Room

 April 20, 2009


Two FBI workers are accused of using surveillance equipment to spy on teenage girls as they undressed and tried on prom gowns at a charity event at a West Virginia mall.

The FBI employees have been charged with conspiracy and committing criminal invasion of privacy. They were working in an FBI satellite control room at the mall when they positioned a camera on temporary changing rooms and zoomed in for at least 90 minutes on girls dressing for the Cinderella Project fashion show, Marion County Prosecutor Pat Wilson said Monday.

Former top FBI agent charged with child porn distribution
By Bill Mears, CNN
 May 15, 2012

(CNN) -- A former supervisory FBI agent has been arrested and jailed on child pornography charges.

Donald Sachtleben was taken into custody and charged Monday after a nationwide undercover investigation of illegal child porn images traded over the Internet.

A federal complaint alleges 30 graphic images and video were found on Sachtleben's laptop computer late last week when FBI agents searched his home, about 23 miles north of Indianapolis.

Sachtleben is currently an Oklahoma State University visiting professor, according to his online resume. He is director of training at the school's Center for Improvised Explosives, but all references to his work have now been removed from the university's website. There was no indication from the school as to whether it had suspended him. Calls to the university and his Indianapolis attorneys were not immediately returned.

He had been an FBI special agent from 1983 to 2008, serving as a bomb technician. He worked on the Oklahoma City bombing and Unabomber investigations, according to his university biography.

A separate LinkedIn profile filled out by Sachtleben says he is an "accomplished investigator with more than 25 years of experience in FBI major case management, counter terrorism investigations, bombing prevention, post blast investigations and public speaking."

FBI agent arrested on child sexual assault charge

Associated Press - January 15, 2008 6:14 PM ET
PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) - An FBI agent is under arrest in Pueblo for investigation of sexual assault on a child by someone in a position of trust.

Authorities say 53-year-old David Allan Johnson is being held in the Pueblo County jail today on a $100,000 bail.

Former Great Falls FBI  agent sentenced on child sex charges

Jan 23, 2008

A man from Great Falls who's accused of sexually assaulting five underage girls will be spending the next 10 years behind bars.

Stanley Perkins, 64, changed his plea to guilty after police began investigating him for child molestation in August 2006.

The former educator, who also served two years as an FBI agent, was sentenced on one count of felony sexual assault.

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Jail for former FBI worker from Va.
Washington Post Editors

A 65-year-old former FBI employee from Prince William County was sentenced to nearly four years in prison Friday for possessing child pornography.

Samuel I. Kaplan, of Gainesville, who pleaded guilty June 2 in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, was sentenced to 46 months behind bars.

Kaplan was an information technology program manager at an FBI facility in Chantilly when authorities discovered that he had used the FBI's computer network to "facilitate sexually explict communications," the Justice Department said.

Investigators said they later found 10 to 20 images on Kaplan's home computer showing juveniles involved in sex acts.

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FBI  Supervisor Bernazzani violated the Hatch Act   by campaigning for Public Office while working as a FBI  agent .
Bernanzanni was allowed to retire and collect his pension by his friend FBI  Director Mueller.
When a complaint about James Bernazzani was filed with the Office of Special Counsel the  Federal Agency that investigates violations of the Hatch Act the FBI raided their offices two days later. The Office of Special Counsel never investigated the complaint.


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Local FBI chief apologizes to staff
He considers his options for future
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
By Gordon Russell

Jim Bernazzani, the former special agent in charge of the FBI's Louisiana operations, apologized to his staff Monday for the public flirtation with political office that brought his ouster and told them he would spend two weeks mulling his options.

In the meantime, Mark Gant has been named acting special agent in charge for the FBI's New Orleans headquarters, the bureau announced. Gant, an 18-year veteran of the agency, has since 2003 been one of the office's two assistant special agents in charge. He reported directly to Bernazzani.

Several people who attended Monday's meeting in the bureau's Lakefront offices said Bernazzani, 52, thanked employees for their service and told his staff he was sorry for creating a stir by speaking publicly of his political aspirations in two television appearances last week.

Federal law prohibits employees of the FBI and other agencies from seeking elective office. The law also frowns upon such employees publicly "seeking support for or undertaking an initial 'campaign' to secure nomination."

It's not clear whether Bernazzani's televised appearances last week -- in which he suggested he was strongly considering a run for office -- violated that law. But his remarks were clearly too much for FBI brass, who quickly ordered his transfer.

The agency confirmed late Friday that Bernazzani had been reassigned to headquarters in Washington, effective immediately, because his interest in running for mayor "could create the appearance of a conflict of interest." In his capacity as special agent in charge, the bureau noted, Bernazzani was charged with making decisions about investigations into the dealings of corrupt public officials, among other duties.

Those present at Monday's meeting said their former boss told them he was considering several courses of action: resigning the agency and staying in New Orleans; moving to Houston, where his children live; or accepting the transfer to Washington that the FBI has imposed.

FBI officials expressed confidence that the transition in leadership would be seamless. The special agent in charge of the New Orleans division oversees all of the bureau's roughly 300 Louisiana employees.

Gant, the acting special agent in charge, is an "experienced, veteran agent who will serve in that capacity until the application process is completed and the FBI director makes his decision," said Special Agent Sheila Thorne, spokeswoman for the bureau.

U.S. Attorney Jim Letten also stressed the continuity of the feds' mission in Louisiana in a prepared statement he issued Monday. The statement thanked Bernazzani for his service, but emphasized that the successes federal authorities have had in combating crime and corruption owe mostly to the foot soldiers in the agencies that investigate and prosecute such offenses.

"It is these men and women, guided by the highest standards and principles, who are the fabric of these great institutions, and who will continue to provide uninterrupted, uncompromised, fair, impartial and effective law enforcement necessary to wage and ultimately win the battles against corruption and crime in the defense of our citizens," the statement said in part.

Rafael Goyeneche, president of the nonprofit watchdog Metropolitan Crime Commission, said he's been hearing from residents who are concerned that Bernazzani's sudden departure will somehow throw a wrench into the feds' anti-corruption crusade. Not so, he said.

"I guarantee none of the investigations that were under way last Friday have been derailed because of these events," he said.

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FBI Raids Special Counsel Office, Seizes Records

by Ari Shapiro
May 06, 2008 4:44 PM

FBI agents on Tuesday raided the offices of Special Counsel Scott J. Bloch, who oversees protection for federal whistle-blowers. The agents seized computers and shut down e-mail service as part of an obstruction of justice probe, as first reported by NPR News.

May 4, 2007
Kent State, Gov. Rhodes and the FBI
Why Four Died in Ohio


Ten days after Governor James A. Rhodes assumed office on January 14, 1963, a Cincinnati FBI agent wrote Director J. Edgar Hoover a memo stating:

"At this moment he [Rhodes] is busier than a one-armed paper hanger . . . . Consequently, I do not plan to establish contact with him for a few months. We will have no problem with him whatsoever. He is completely controlled by an SAC [Special Agent in Charge] contact, and we have full assurances that anything we need will be made available promptly. Our experience proves this assertion."

Why would the FBI assert that the newly-inaugurated governor of Ohio is "completely controlled"? Media sources like Life magazine noted the governor's alleged ties to organized crime and the Mafia in specific. Gov. Rhodes' FBI file, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, suggests that it may be because of the FBI's extensive knowledge of Rhodes' involvement in the numbers rackets in the late 1930's that the Bureau could count on his cooperation. FBI declassified material suggests that the Bureau's extensive influence over Governor Rhodes, perhaps due to their knowledge of his ties to the numbers rackets, may have played a role in the Governor's hard line law and order tactics that led to the deaths of four students at Kent State in 1970.

A November 19, 1963 FBI memo, again from a Cincinnati agent to Director Hoover, outlines specific allegations from a Bureau's confidential informant about Rhodes' involvement in the numbers racket between 1936-38. The informant, a bagman for local organized crime, gave detailed information about pick ups at a cigar store located between Buttles and Goodale Avenues reportedly owned by Rhodes' sister. Rhodes purportedly was running the gambling operation. Years ago, a Dispatch reporter told the Free Press that the governor had run a gambling operation in the Short North, called Jimmy's Place.

As Rhodes assumed public office, first as a Columbus School Board member, and later as the Mayor of the city, he began to make overtures to Director Hoover. In a February 1949 letter, Mayor Rhodes invited Hoover to sit on the advisory board of the All- American Newspaper Boys Sports Scholarships organization. Hoover declined. Rhodes thanked him and then invited him to address a banquet for the National Newspaper Boys Association in August of 1949. Hoover again declined.

Two years later, Rhodes was again attempting to contact Hoover. On July 27, 1951, Rhodes called the FBI director's office and at first refused to speak to Hoover's assistant L.B. Nichols. When told that the director was in "travel status," Rhodes explained the important nature of his call. He wanted "to invite the director to attend a celebrity golf tournament, . . . since its benefits were to go to youth organizations and he knew of the director's interest in youth work." Nichols declined on behalf of Hoover.

Finally, Rhodes persistence paid off. Rhodes and his wife were given a special tour of the FBI building in Washington D.C. on January 19, 1953. "During the tour Mr. Rhodes stated he wanted to say with all possible sincerity that during all these years he has had continued and absolute faith in one government agency ñ the FBI," reads the 1963 memo.

The "completely controlled" memo showed great sympathy to Rhodes' youthful gambling enterprise: "It is understandable that Rhodes has previously said that it was necessary during the Depression to do many things to keep body and soul together and to provide food for existence." Although the FBI fails to point out that Rhodes came from an affluent family who paid his way at Ohio State University during the Depression.

The memo goes on to describe Rhodes in the following manner: "He is a friend of law enforcement and believes in honest, hard- hitting law enforcement. He respects and admires FBI."

Moreover, the agency recommended taking "no further action" against Governor Rhodes and his alleged ties to the gambling racket since, "persons very close to him, such as SAC contact Robert H. Wolfe, Publisher, the Columbus Dispatch, speak very highly of Rhodes and his personal attributes. Wolfe knows Rhodes well and was an active financier of the campaign of Rhodes . . . ."

The SAC of the Cincinnati office took special interest in Rhodes' first election as governor. Incumbent Governor Michael V. Disalle had hired a former FBI agent to investigate and dig up dirt on Rhodes: "We have arranged with friendly newspaper contacts to endeavor to avoid any headline or other prominent mention of the former FBI status of [deleted]."

Following Rhodes' 1962 election, the FBI described the governor-elect in the following terms: "Rhodes is a Bureau friend of long standing. Our first contact of record was in November, 1943." The memo goes on to record that, "On June 18, 1945, the SAC of Cincinnati transmitted a news clipping from the 'Columbus Dispatch' of 6-7-45 indicating that Mayor Rhodes urged the establishment of a Bureau field office at Columbus." Rhodes is portrayed as very "active and very friendly toward the Bureau." Later FBI files would not include these early contacts between the FBI and Rhodes.

The Bureau does detail one obvious connection between Rhodes and organized crime in Columbus: "One informant stated that the gambling element in Columbus has made a great effort to influence Mayor Rhodes to permit open gambling in the city but without success. In 1949, however, it was noted that the informants alleged that Rhodes did not interfere with the 'numbers racket' as apparently he was still interested in the colored vote."

In July of 1963, a memo from the Cincinnati office on the subject of "Communist Speakers on College Campuses" noted that "Governor James A. Rhodes has signed into law legislation authorizing the trustees of any state-operated college or university to bar from using campus facility any person that they wish to bar."

The SAC in charge of the Cincinnati Bureau wrote Hoover on October 9, 1967 to relay a conversation he had with Rhodes three days earlier regarding the civil unrest and riots that had rocked the nation during the summer of 1967. "During the conference, we discussed matters of mutual interest, particularly civil disorders and the high crime rate. The Governor told me that he would extend his full facilities, and he is all for stopping racial discord the moment it starts. He revealed that his plan is to immediately deploy troops and/the state patrol as soon as trouble arises," the memo states.

The Cincinnati SAC concludes, "Our relationship with the Governor is of the highest order and he assured me that we can expect full cooperation from the State of Ohio on any matter of mutual concern."

By the mid-1960s, the CIA and the FBI were working together through the National Security Agency (NSA) to spy on radical groups and harass peace organizations. The FBI's operation was known as COINTELPRO. The CIA's was Operation CHAOS.

In 1967, declassified government documents reveal that CIA Director Richard Helms, Hoover and President Lyndon Johnson believed that the domestic protest movements against the Vietnam War were being orchestrated by the Communist governments in Moscow, Peking, Havana and Hanoi.

Governor Rhodes used former SAC Ed Mason as an intermediary in an attempt to meet with Hoover on March 25, 1968. The FBI memo on the matter reads, "He formerly served as mayor of Columbus, Ohio and is a good friend of [deleted] of the 'Columbus

The FBI memo said, "SAC, Cincinnati advises that Rhodes has been extremely cooperative." Surprisingly, "there's no indication that Governor Rhodes has ever met Mr. Hoover and he has not received an autographed photograph."

Less than year before the tragic shootings at Kent State, the SAC of the Cincinnati Bureau sent Hoover a memo detailing Rhodes' attitude towards civil unrest: "He personally feels that the Director is the outstanding American and that he is the only person who has consistently opposed those persons who would subvert our government. He feels that the Director's stated position of dealing firmly with these groups is the only sensible method."

"He [Rhodes] commented on the riots and unrest which have occurred repeatedly and said that some of this might well have been avoided if the Director's warnings and advice had been followed. In Ohio, he has not hesitated to use the National Guard to deal with these situations and has instructed the Guard to act quickly and firmly. He feels that this is the only way to maintain law and order, and that the maintenance of law and order is the only way our government can survive," the memo records.

On May 4, 1970, Sandra Scheuer, Jeffrey Miller, Allison Krause and William Schroeder were shot dead by the Ohio National Guard at Kent State. Numerous investigative accounts have alleged that the FBI was involved in the burning of the campus ROTC building, which led to the deaths of the students.

The SAC in Cincinnati paid a "courtesy call" on Governor Rhodes 18 days after the shootings. Governor Rhodes informed the FBI agent that he intended to keep the Ohio State University campus open, despite what some historians regard as one of the largest student riots in U.S. history. ". . . He [Rhodes] intends to mobilize sufficient members of the Ohio National Guard (ONG) to accomplish this, 'even if he has to put a guard in every classroom,'" the memo reads.

The Governor blamed the unrest on outside agitators and "commented that of the upwards of 100 persons arrested on May 21 and May 22, 1970, only a few were OSU students. . ." the memo notes. The FBI memo cites that of the 78 arrests, 35 were OSU students and two OSU employees, even though the majority of the arrests were made off-campus.

". . . the Governor also referred to the current investigation at Kent State University (KSU) and commented that he felt this would present an excellent opportunity for the Department of Justice, through some detailed statement to the news media after the investigation is completed, to get to the public the true story of campus agitation and to identify the organizers of the violence. The Governor appeared somewhat concerned at the possibility that members of the Ohio National Guard might finally end up being charged with an offense in connection to the shooting of the students at Kent," the memo stated, "He commented at one point that if the ONG members were indicted in regards to this matter that he felt a million dollars should be spent to defend them, if necessary."

The memo also records for history that, "The Governor commented several times on the close relationship he has enjoyed with the Bureau locally and as a whole."

Critics have long charged that the FBI deliberately covered up information about those responsible for ordering the Kent State shootings. A tape was recently released revealing what appears to be an order to shoot at Kent State. FBI declassified docouments strongly suggest that the FBI's extensive influence over Governor Rhodes, perhaps due to their knowledge of his ties to organized crime and the numbers rackets, may have played a key role in the Governor's violent and repressive tactics that led to death of four students at Kent State in 1970.

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When an RPG Became a WMD

 March 30th, 2013

Let us appreciate the irony. A U.S. citizen fights for an opposition group against a government that is no longer recognised as legitimate, credible and legal in the eyes of the international community. (International here is loose, variegated and questionable.) The group he so happens to fight for was the Syrian al-Nusra front. The dolts in the US State Department have decided that the group is a “terror group”, as distinct from other groups, who presumably do not dabble in “terror” so much as watering the tree of patriotism with a good deal of blood.

This is the bad comedy that is facing Eric Harroun, who served in the U.S. Army from 2000 to 2003 and found himself in the octane-driven circumstances of attempting to overthrow the steely cool Bashir al-Assad. But what is the beef of FBI agent Paul Higginbotham against this American veteran? Harroun, it seemed, crossed into Syria in January 2013 to fight alongside members of the Jabhat al-Nusra group against Assad. All of that is fine, till one consults the list of terrorist organisations to find al-Nusra firmly planted there.

Criminal it might be to fight alongside a designated terror organisation, but the foolishness of the accusation is bound to throw us into hysterics of laughter when we read that Harroun is charged with “conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction, i.e. a Rocker Propelled Grenade, outside the United States, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 2332a(b).”

Ever since Iraq was invaded in March 2003, the political satirists have struggled to find briefs and chart new waters. The joke factory has been taken over by the error prone psychopaths. The term “Weapons of Mass Destruction” is not so much a confection of weasel words as a combination of conjured fancy. The conjuring trick, however, has persisted, much like irritable bowel syndrome. Here, we find the reductio ad absurdum – officials in the U.S. government believing that a rocket propelled grenade is a WMD equivalent to the destructive power of a nuclear device. President Bush must be proud, for it bears the cerebral strength and lightness of his reasoning.

Harroun’s treatment strikes a chord for those familiar with the treatment of Australian convict David Hicks, who trained with Al Qaeda in Afghanistan at a time when it was fashionable to do so. Both were a bit sparse in the top drawer, but they, as no doubt their mothers might say “meant well”. Harroun was medically discharged in 2004 after a car accident, and has found the adventures of travel and war irresistible. Being a creature of social media, he has happily posted pictures of his exploits on Facebook, showing, incidentally, his love of “WMDs”, at least those that fall within U.S. law. Not perhaps the brightest thing to do, but hardly, in the current political climate, as foolish as you might think.

Naturally, Harroun should have done the good thing and killed for the Free Syrian Army with weapons that were not, shall we say, of the WMD character. They are the pin-up boys of the moment, the feted thugs who titillate the security establishments in Europe and the United States with calls of liberation. Every gangster has a soft spot, every murderer, a kind streak. But he evidently found the violence offered by al-Nusra that much more exotic.

As Spencer Ackerman claims, writing in Wired (Mar 29), “U.S. law isn’t particularly diligent about differentiating dangerous weapons from apocalyptic ones.” W. Seth Carus of the Centre for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction has also commented on the evolution of the term in an occasional paper (No. 8, Jan 2012), noting that “high explosives” found its way into the definition over time. Lunacy is common place among the armchair experts.

A “destructive device” is more likely the term to be used for Harroun, but the case has already produced its own absurdities, with more to come. Some of us are bound to be very entertained.

Binoy Kampmark was a Commonwealth Scholar at Selwyn College, Cambridge. He lectures at RMIT University, Melbourne and can be reached at: bkampmark@gmail.com.


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we now know FBI  agents assassinated Martin Luther King.

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Civil Rights Leader to Speak at Pinehurst Church Tuesday

Sunday, April 7, 2013
A white son of the old South and veteran of the civil rights movement is to speak at the Congregational Church in Pinehurst on Tuesday.

Bob Zellner grew up in the home of a Ku Klux Klansman in what he likes to call "L.A." - by which he means "lower Alabama." When his father renounced the Klan, his mother turned his white robe into Sunday shirts for their boys.

Zellner was to become the first white field secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), which was born in North Carolina's early sit-ins challenging segregated lunch counters in Greens-boro. The late historian Howard Zinn called them the "new abolitionists" in his 1964 book.

"The SNCC that Bob joined organized nonviolent direct action against segregated facilities," Julian Bond wrote. "In McComb, a small town in southwestern Mississippi - the most racially recalcitrant state in the South - Bob was arrested and beaten into unconsciousness, not for the last time, when an enraged white mob ... turned on him with lead pipes and baseball bats."

Zellner will speak about his life in the movement - and the more recalcitrant racism of today that thrives on the lures of power and greed - introducing his newest writing, a chapter in Ann Todd Jealous' "Combined Destinies."

"I'm going to talk about what it was like to grow up and get to know Martin Luther King and Mrs. Rosa Parks," he said in a telephone interview, noting it was exactly 45 years to the day last Wednesday since King's murder.

His memoir, "The Wrong Side of Murder Creek: A White Southerner in the Freedom Movement," is Spike Lee's current film project, already shooting scenes from his Alabama boyhood. The working title is "Son of the South."

Maya Angelou expressed her support for the new movie with a fundraising party at her home. Zellner was there along with director Barry Alexander Brown and a host of civil rights figures, including former U.S. Department of Agriculture staffer Shirley Sherrod, whose unjust firing led to a personal apology from President Obama.

"In an era of such strong polarization, where hate is again being accepted as a tolerable response to our fellow human beings, his story needs to be told," Angelou said. "This story needs to be heard."

Rafe Spall headlines "Son of the South" as Zellner. With Brown directing for Lee, his longtime collaborator, as executive producer. Jacqueline Emerson ("The Hunger Games") co-stars as Zellner's fiancee, Carol Anne. The cast includes Lou Gossett Jr., Marianne Jean Baptiste ("Without a Trace," "Takers"), Saskia Reeves ("Luther"), Clint Dyer ("Unknown") and Chaka Forman - as his own father, James Forman.

Zellner describes his life story as "not about who wins and who loses, who's strong or who's weak, (but) about standing up for what you know is right. And if you really look, you're bound to see it: True courage isn't measured by your fists, your tanks, or your ability to overpower your enemy; it lies in compassion, forgiveness, benevolence ... and the joy it sprouts within."

Arrested 18 times in seven states, Zellner organized in McComb, Miss., Albany, Ga., Danville, Va. Talladega, Montgomery and Birmingham, Ala., as well as New Haven, Conn., and Boston. Zellner was charged with everything from criminal anarchy in Baton Rouge to "inciting the black population to acts of war and violence against the white population" in Danville.

From 1963 to 1965, Zellner studied race relations in the Graduate School of Socio-logy at Brandeis University. During Mississippi Freedom Summer of 1964, he traveled with Rita Schwerner taking part in SNCC's and CORE's investigation of the disappearance of her husband, Mickey; James Chaney; and Andrew Goodman, who had been shot and killed after being stopped on a remote rural road in Mississippi by two carloads of KKK members.

Zellner has been described as "one of the ordinary people with extraordinary vision who stood up for the cause of civil rights and social justice" like Schwerner, Chaney and Goodman.

When SNCC became an all- black organization in 1967, Bob and his wife, Dottie, joined SCEF, the Southern Conference Educational Fund, to organize an anti-racism project for black and white workers in the deep South called GROW, Grass Roots Organizing Work.

(People also called it "Get Rid of Wallace.")

Following Richard Nixon's pingpong diplomacy in 1972, Bob Zellner spent six weeks in China visiting paper plants, studying pulpwood harvesting, and lecturing at the National Institute for Minorities in Peking on SNCC, SCEF and multicultural work in the white community.

Beginning in the mid-1960s, he worked on documentary and feature films, traveling to Europe, Africa, the Caribbean, and Mexico. When he felt that the film "Mississippi Burning" so distorted the role of the FBI in the civil rights movement, Zellner toured college campuses lecturing on the real history of the struggle.

Zellner told them how J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI - far from being heroes of the movement - hounded Zellner's friend and mentor, Dr. Martin Luther King, and launched the Counter Intelli-gence Program (COINTELPRO), a U.S. government attack designed to destroy the movement.

How do you like your tax dime being used by FBI  the Crime Family to terrorize American composer Aaron Copeland?
FBI  agents did the same to American folksinger Peter Seeger.
Instead of going after the Mafia which the FBI  Director Mary Hoover denied ever existing
taxpayed funded Pedophiles in Black went after people like Aaron Copeland for their real bosses
American Corporations.  see 

But hey you and I both know what makes a good German, eh?
My apologies if you don't know what to do.

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Is this is an article written by FBI  agents  published by the LA Times?
Thick file details FBI's surveillance of Copland
For more than two decades, the government investigated the composer for communist ties.
May 20, 2003


WASHINGTON — FBI file 100-HQ-370562 begins simply enough.

On July 21, 1950, the subject, thought "to be self-employed as a composer of music," is reported linked to communist front groups. Within six months, he is classified outright as a communist.

So begins the government's surveillance of Aaron Copland, one of the country's most important composers, creator of such stirring music as "Appalachian Spring," "Fanfare for the Common Man," "Billy the Kid" and the patriotic "Lincoln Portrait."

The government, using informants, spends the next two decades and more monitoring Copland's whereabouts, analyzing his comments and taking note of his friends and associates.

The result is an inch-thick FBI file, replete with blacked-out passages, released to the Associated Press in response to a Freedom of Information Act request from late 1997.

The papers make clear that the government's interest in Copland did not end with his 1953 testimony at Sen. Joseph McCarthy's anticommunist hearings -- transcripts of which were released this month.

In dry bureaucratic language, the file discloses that the FBI wanted to prosecute Copland for perjury and fraud for denying he was a communist, and that Director J. Edgar Hoover got involved by enlisting the CIA's help in tracking the composer's travels.

"Copland has been abroad for some time and on June 25, 1951, he arrived in New York from Bombay, India, on TWA flight 6022-C," Hoover wrote to the CIA chief. "It would be appreciated if you would furnish the bureau any information you have received concerning Copland's activities while abroad."

Copland's music was pulled from President Eisenhower's inaugural concert in 1953 because of the suspicions about his politics. He denied being a communist when called to testify to Congress.

After the perjury-fraud investigation was dropped, Copland sought State Department guidance in 1956 on an invitation to attend an expenses-paid convention of Soviet composers. He asked whether the department encouraged U.S. citizens to accept such trips.

"Although I am free to go," Copland wrote, "I would not wish to attend the convention without the advice of the Department." The file suggests he did not make the trip.

Copland was deleted from the FBI's "security index" in 1955. In 1958, its "security-type investigation" of the composer was put on "closed status" but remained "subject to being reopened."

But the scrutiny of his activities continued. For nearly two decades after that, memos and newspaper clippings trickled in with details of Copland's doings.

The investigation ended in 1975. A three-page FBI memo concluded there was "no additional pertinent information concerning the captioned individual."

Left unanswered, however, is the question of whether Copland was a communist.

Terry Teachout, a New York-based music critic and commentator, said there is no question in his mind that the man sometimes called the "dean of American music" was a communist sympathizer.

"He was involved with the Communist Party up to his ears," Teachout said. "Whether or not he was an actual card-carrying member of the party, nobody knows."

Teachout noted, among other things, a 1934 speech by Copland to Minnesota farmers suspected of being communists.

Copland also supported the 1936 Communist Party presidential ticket, the FBI file says.

"The espousal of the presidential and vice-presidential candidates of the Communist Party surely means some degree of Communist sympathy."

But Vivian Perlis, an American music historian at Yale University who spent hours interviewing Copland for a two-volume autobiography, said he was not a communist -- and was not political at all.

Quincy Hilliard, a composer and University of Louisiana music professor who has studied Copland's life and music, laughed at the notion of him as a closet communist.

Unlike other beginning musicians who studied abroad in the 1920s, Hilliard said Copland returned from his first study trip to Paris bent on composing music that did not sound European.

Copland "was very interested in writing music that sounded American and that most people would recognize as American," he said. Indeed, Copland blended jazz rhythms of the South, Appalachian folk songs and cowboy tunes from the prairie to create a distinctly American brand of classical music.


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French Secret Service Freaks Out About Seemingly Nonexistent Military Secrets On Wikipedia

French agents at the Direction Centrale du Renseignement Intérieur (DCRI), apparently turning their attention to Wikipedia for the first time in years, demanded last month that the Wikimedia Foundation delete an entry about a military radio relay station written in 2009.
When Wikimedia refused, the DCRI approached a French man with administrative editing ability on Wikipedia about taking down the page. The man told them that he had no involvement in the page's creation or hosting. And that his mother told him not to talk to strangers.
Wikimedia released a statement today saying it is confused about the DCRI's desperate actions given that all of the information on the page seems to be readily available through other internet sources. There is even a video of the chief of the radio relay station, station hertzienne militaire de Pierre sur Haute, giving an interview about the station's functions and taking a reporter on a tour of the facilities. In a statement, Wikimedia wrote that, "without further information, we could not understand why the DCRI believes information in the article is classified."

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Montana Bill Would Let Sheriffs Arrest FBI Agents for Arresting People

Gary Marbut says Waco would have been averted if his bill had been in place two decades ago.

| Thu Feb. 21, 2013

If Montana voters approve Gary Marbut's referendum in November 2014, any FBI agent who tries to arrest a Montanan for a federal crime could be arrested—and charged with kidnapping.
Marbut's "Sheriffs First" bill, which cleared a Montana state Senate committee last week, makes it a crime for a federal agent to take any law-enforcement steps without first getting permission from the county sheriff. The proposal already passed both houses of the Legislature once, in 2011, but was vetoed by then-Gov. Brian Schweitzer, a Democrat. This time Marbut, the Montana gun lobbyist and aspiring firearms manufacturer who wrote the bill, is hoping Montana voters will determine the fate of his legislation. If passed, the latest version of the Sheriffs First measure would become a ballot question in November 2014.
The FBI's deadly 1993 raid on cult leader David Koresh's Waco, Texas, compound might never have happened if the Sheriffs First law was in place, Marbut argues. The sheriff "could have said, 'Look, I will call Koresh on the phone and he'll meet at my office and you can ask him whatever questions you want. You don't have to incinerate 100-and-some people.'" But under the Sheriffs First law, Marbut's imagined conversation wouldn't be the simple information exchange he describes. Instead, it would be a request for permission: The FBI would have had to ask the local sheriff before initiating a raid on Koresh's compound—and the local sheriff could have said no.

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Seattle anarchists imprisoned for refusing to testify before a grand jury

By Michael Stapleton
25 February 2013
Three witnesses in a grand jury investigation into acts of vandalism during May Day protests in Seattle last year remain incarcerated for refusing to answer questions about the political activities of people they know. None of the three—Matthew Duran, Katherine Olejnik, and Matthew Pfeiffer—are accused of participating in any criminal act.
Judge Richard Jones ordered the confinement of Duran on September 14, Olejnik on September 27, and Pfeiffer on December 26, 2012, all for civil contempt of court. The judge also imprisoned Leah-Lynn Plante on October 10, 2012, but she was released on October 27.
The imprisonment took place following government raids in July against individuals involved in Occupy protests around May Day. Among other items, the agents sought “anti-government or anarchist literature or material,” seizing political material as supposed evidence of “domestic terrorism”—essentially criminalizing political opinions. The FBI monitored the May Day events as part of a Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) operation.
Olejnik told a reporter for the Seattle newspaper The Stranger that she was only asked four questions about the events on May Day, of which she had no knowledge. Then the prosecutor showed her pictures of people and questioned her about their social contacts and political opinions. She refused to answer because, she said, “I truly believe that people have the right to believe whatever they want politically. And it’s none of the government’s business.”
When Plante also refused to answer the federal prosecutor’s questions, Judge Jones told her, “You hold the keys to your freedom” and that she could be released if she would “exercise [her] right to provide testimony.” The judge reminded Plante that she could remain in custody until the expiration of the grand jury’s term, which is not until March 2014. In addition, there is the possibility of criminal contempt charges, which could extend the confinement period longer.
Olejnik and Duran were initially placed in solitary confinement at the SeaTac Federal Detention Center in Seattle, a maneuver their attorneys say is unusual. They were released from solitary confinement after a short time, only to be placed there again without explanation a few days after Christmas. Olejnik described solitary confinement as “intense psychological torture” in the article that appeared in The Stranger, shortly before SeaTac decided to return her there.
Legally, the court justifies confinement by claiming that Duran, Olejnik, and Pfeiffer have no Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination because the federal government has granted them immunity from prosecution. The real purpose of the confinement, however, is to intimidate any opposition to the political establishment and to test the machinery for repression. The single defendant convicted for acts arising out of the May Day events served just over a month in prison for causing damage to courthouse doors.

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Anti-terror agency points to N.C. case as example of success

Daniel Patrick Boyd is escorted by U.S. Marshals to the federal courthouse in Raleigh, N.C., on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2009.(AP Photo/The News & Observer, Chuck Liddy)
Published: Friday, February 22, 2013 at 9:42 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, February 22, 2013 at 9:42 a.m.
When authorities in 2009 closed in on a North Carolina-based terrorist group bent on waging jihad, news of the arrests made national headlines. The group, led by an American citizen who lived an unassuming life as a drywall contractor, underscored the reality that Islamic extremism is "not confined to the remote regions of some far away land but can grow and fester right here at home," as one prosecutor put it.


Fusion spending

Fusion centers have come under fire for how they spend Department of Homeland Security grant money. The StarNews reviewed budget records provided by the Information Sharing and Analysis Center in Raleigh. The records offer some indication of how North Carolina's biggest fusion centers spent federal dollars.

From its opening in fiscal year 2006 to September 2012, ISAAC spent $3.1 million in federal grant money, much of it on training, startup costs, and supplies, including:

$30,534.40 Office furniture
$3,912.21 Cable TV
$30,660.63 General office and administrative supplies and equipment
$8,289.09 Meals
$24,833.75 Lodging
$6,991.55 Transportation
$39,122.99 Registration fees
$317,106.37 Salary payments
$15,050.26 Telephone and cellular phone service
$299,225.39 Autos, trucks and buses
$119,734.50 Computer software
$6,071.60 Photographic supplies
But buried in the torrent of news articles covering the case was only passing mention of a state agency officials call instrumental to the investigation, an agency that has collected intelligence on North Carolinians for years though few outside of law enforcement have ever heard about it.
N.C. ISAAC, short for the Information Sharing and Analysis Center, is one of more than 70 so-called fusion centers set up around the country as part of a controversial federal initiative led by the Department of Homeland Security to avert the communication breakdowns that lead to the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.
The centers, at least one of which is located in nearly every state, have raised fears of government surveillance, drawing fierce criticism from civil liberties advocates concerned about exploiting security concerns to bring the country closer to an Orwellian state.
Fusion centers form a sprawling security colossus made up of what one former law enforcement official called mini-spy agencies, places where analysts pore over intel about gangs, thieves, terrorists and any other criminal variety, fusing pieces into pictures that authorities can act on.

Fusing in North Carolina

The only other center in the state besides ISAAC is the much smaller Eastern Regional Information Center, or ERIC, housed in the New Bern Police Department. The facility is slated to close later this year because the federal grants that have been its sole source of funding dried up.
ERIC partnered with numerous agencies across Eastern North Carolina, including the Wilmington Police Department, and sheriff's offices in New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties.
Officials in Charlotte toyed with the idea of setting up a fusion center to cover the state's western region, but the notion never gained steam, according to Judith Emken, senior assistant city attorney for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.
Though it never existed, the N.C. Department of Public Safety lists the Charlotte Regional Information and Analysis Center, or CRIAC, on its website, and ERIC listed ties to CRIAC in a federal grant proposal.
Officials at the Wilmington Police Department said they deal with fusion centers in regard to crime trends and officer safety issues, such as when someone has threatened law enforcement. One recalled ERIC connecting a bank robbery spree that stretched from Wilmington to New Bern, a link that enabled police to catch the crook. But many say bigger departments that employ in-house analysts like Wilmington are less likely to farm out the work to fusion centers, limiting the centers' involvement with local criminal investigations.

Taking down a terrorist

ISAAC, the biggest fusion center in North Carolina, is a nondescript set of rooms on the ground floor of the Terry Sanford Federal Building and Courthouse in Raleigh. A handful of analysts work behind computers in cubicles, under the glow of fluorescent lights. Across the hall is an investigations unit with officers from a smattering of state and local departments, including Alcohol Law Enforcement and the State Highway Patrol.
Tips stream in throughout the day from public and private sources. The information is compiled, analyzed and, if needed, disseminated to law enforcement via bulletins and emails, officials said.
Information developed through ISAAC's community outreach program, an effort to increase public awareness of the center's mission, put investigators on a path toward a group of homegrown extremists plotting in a rural area south of Raleigh.
Daniel Patrick Boyd, an American who had trained in militant camps in Pakistan and Afghanistan between 1989 and 1992, led the group. Also known as Saifullah, Boyd's aim was to recruit others willing to die as martyrs.
The group, which included two of Boyd's sons, provided money, transportation and men to help terrorists overseas, attempted to engage in jihad and amassed an arsenal of rifles and pistols before state and federal investigators dismantled the operation.
Seven members of the group were arrested and sentenced to prison. Boyd is serving 18 years.
During a recent interview with ISAAC officials, they pointed to Boyd as an agency success story.
"Throughout the United States, there's literally been hundreds of attempts to mount terrorist type attacks that have been disrupted and dealt with ahead of time and fusion centers have been a player in many of those cases," said B.W. Collier, ISAAC's special agent in charge.

Coming under fire

Federal lawmakers criticized fusion centers last year because they wereunconvinced that the federal government's investment of as much as $1.4 billion in the initiative had yielded tangible benefits. Critics contend fusion centers exaggerate purported successes, and that much of the intelligence they purport to synthesize can easily, and perhaps more efficiently, be done without them.
A blistering 141-page reported released in October by a Senate subcommittee concluded the centers did little to bolster national counterterrorism efforts and sometimes endangered civil liberties and privacy protections.
"The Subcommittee investigation found that the fusion centers often produced irrelevant, useless or inappropriate intelligence reporting to DHS (Department of Homeland Security), and many produced no intelligence reporting whatsoever," the report reads.
The report, based on a two-year investigation, also documented instances of fusion centers spending federal dollars on items seemingly unrelated to information sharing – "shirt-button" cameras, flat-screen televisions, sport-utility vehicles and cellphone tracking equipment.
Concerns about trampling on constitutionally protected freedoms stayed despite fusion centers' adoption of privacy policies. One reason for this is that fusion centers encourage the reporting of "suspicious activity," which critics point out can be something as innocuous as someone taking photographs and has actually resulted in photographers being arrested and harassed.
Fusion centers examine suspicious activity reports, known in security parlance as SARs, for credibility and relevance, then forward them to a national repository, where they can be cross linked.
Michael German, senior policy counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union and a former FBI agent, said in a telephone interview that the fusion center and SAR initiatives led to an expansion in the amount of information being collected about Americans, who has access to it and who it is being shared with.
"Our founders were very wise in the system they established, which requires the government to have an actual basis to believe you're doing something wrong before we start collecting information about you," he said. "We have lowered that standard. That doesn't help. It hinders law enforcement and makes them go on wild goose chases."

Fighting back

Such antipathy aside, fusion centers enjoy vocal supporters, with some waging an offensive to beat back calls for the centers' reduction or elimination. Ronald Brooks, director of a fusion center in Northern California, declared before a Senate committee in 2011 that fusion centers "add tremendous value to the homeland security enterprise."
The law enforcement community strenuously objected to the derisive subcommittee report, saying it "displays a fundamental disconnect and severe misunderstanding of the federal government's role in supporting state and locally owned and operated fusion centers," according to a statement released by the National Fusion Center Association.
Sen. Mary Landrieu, a Democrat from Louisiana and chair of the homeland security appropriations subcommittee, said she "cannot disagree more" with the subcommittee's conclusion, and argued that fusion centers played a pivotal role in numerous criminal investigations, including stopping a terrorist from blowing up a New York subway.

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FBI spends $1.5m per year advising movies and TV shows?

 12 April 2013

Following a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday, Republicans have singled out a unit within the FBI which apparently spends $1.5m per year advising TV shows and films such as CSI and the Fast and the Furious.

The unit apparently advises filmmakers on costume and scenery design, provides FBI facilities for filming, and boasts on its website that it has “assisted the motion pictures ‘The Kingdom,’ ‘Shooter,’ and ‘Breach’; television programs like ‘Without A Trace,’ ‘CSI,’ ‘Numb3rs,’ ‘Criminal Minds,’ and ‘The Closer.’”

A special section of the site insists, "We can help: if you are a writer, author, or producer who wants to feature the FBI, we may be able to work with you to create an accurate portrayal of the Bureau."

The site claims that the organisation has been "doing it since the 1930s" and that the bureau's public affairs team will offer:

    Guidance on content regarding FBI investigations, procedures, structure, and history;
    Information on costumes, props, scenery, and weapons;
    Fact checks;
    Liaison and coordination with local FBI field offices;
    Coordination of location shots; and
    Access to FBI facilities for filming scenes, interviews, or b-roll footage.


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Rich Paul’s Story, Part 1: Activist, entrapped; blackmailed by FBI!

April 11, 2013 by Ian

Heroic liberty activist Rich Paul is facing 81 years in prison for selling cannabis and is taking it to trial by jury. You’ve seen his videos and may generally know his story, but Rich decided to write it down in his words, via his Facebook page. Here’s his story of his arrest, Part 1:
My name is Rich Paul. Last year, on May 31st, I was arrested by the Keene Police department. I was transported to the police station, where I expected to be booked for some crime. But I was not booked. Instead, I was taken to Special Agent Philip Christiana, who attempted to blackmail me. I was threatened with 81 years in prison, for delivery of marijuana and delivery of a substance purported to be LSD. I had, indeed, delivered marijuana as alleged, but had not purported anything to be LSD. The told me I had only one chance to save myself from them … that was to go on selling marijuana, but at the same time to spy on my friends at the Keene Activist Center, a political association of which I am a member.
I invoked my right to council, but Christiana said that if I did not relent, that the offer would be withdrawn, and that I would be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, and that no plea bargains would be offered to me at any time. I wanted to hear what he had to say, so I did relent and waived my right to council. I said that I would not make any kind of deal with him without being represented by council, to protect my interests. I also told him that we would not be negotiating with him, because he did not have the authority to give me immunity, and because law enforcement officers are permitted to lie to suspects, and that I could not trust him for that reason. He responded with a lie … he said that he was not permitted to lie to suspects. This is patently false. He went on to assert that if he perjured himself that he would be fired. This was probably true, but was a half lie … he could not perjure himself in conversation with me, because he was not under oath. Perjury is the crime of telling a lie under oath. I explained this to Christiana, and he reacted as if that information was new to him. At this point I lost all respect for Special Agent Philip Christiana of the FBI.
Christiana spoke with me about what he intended for me to do. He wanted me to return to the KAC wearing a hidden transmitter, and to lie about the reason for my arrest, and to determine how people reacted, and who questioned my story. This was clearly not the actual intent of the whole operation. He repeatedly told me “You are going to have to do things that you don’t want to do”. I asked him “Like what?”. He said that some of my friends would be selected, and I would be expected to lure them into felonious drug transactions with me, in order that they could be blackmailed in the same way. I told him that if I knew anybody who was making a bomb or planning violence that I would have come to him, rather than waiting for him to come to me. He did not seem to care. He veered from solicitous to aggressive, at one point suggesting that “nobody had to go to prison”, but at another saying that “somebody was going to go to prison, it was all about who”. I answered that it was not about that, it was about right and wrong.
At this point, Christiana started to question me. When he asked the first question, my address, I again invoked my right to council. Christiana repeated that if I invoked my right to council, that I would be going to jail for a long time. I said “OK, we’ll do that, then”. At this point Christiana appeared to end the interview … he had a KPD officer process me to be sent over to the jail. I was fingerprinted and my personal information demanded. Then I was placed in a cell for a short time. Then I was removed, and returned to the interrogation room where I had spoken with Christiana previously. At this point, to my astonishment, he told me that I was going to be released on my own recognizance, and that I could contact a lawyer, but that I was only to ask this lawyer whether an FBI had the power to give immunity. I made non-committal noises that might have sounded like agreement, but I had no intention of limiting my conversation with my attorney when I had obtained one, or to accept legal advice from law enforcement, especially from an agent who had already attempted to mislead me repeatedly. I insisted in getting a business card from Christiana, and he finally agreed, but crossed out the “ip” in his first name and his entire last name, his email address, and other identifying information. I could not believe how amateurish this appeared. I thanked Christiana for leaving his water board at home, and he ushered me out the front door of the police station and told me to start walking, not even waiting for my ride to arrive. I half expected to be shot in the back as I walked away. I breathed a sigh of relief when I reached Marlboro Street.
I was delighted when, a few hundred yards later, my lady’s car rolled into view, and she returned me to the Club.
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Coming up: How the blackmailer was exposed, why Rich posted a confession on YouTube, and why he still expects to win the case!

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I recommend people read the book TAINTING EVIDENCE  written by John Kelly.
It details how bad the FBI Lab is run and the rampant racism within the lab .

FBI  Lab whistleblower  Dr Frederick Whitehurst , who worked at the FBI  lab for 15 years say the most common heard scientific term heard in the lab was the N- word.
Until voters and taxpayers view themselves as primary consumers of the criminal justice system and create volunteer civilian review boards with subpoena powers
that can be used to investigate misconduct within the CJ system the inmates will continue to run our criminal justice system. The civilian review board would set standards for the community's safety needs and enforce those standards.

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Drug-tampering probe creates legal logjam

04/14/2013 12:10:42 AM EDT

Sunday April 14, 2013

It was a seldom-seen event: nine attorneys and their 15 clients crowded into the Berkshire Superior courtroom to present a motion asking for information on a criminal investigation into alleged drug tampering at a state crime lab, and what effect, if any, the probe would have on their cases.

What brought the lawyers and defendants to the courtroom on March 27 concerned a now-shuttered state drug-testing lab 70 miles away in Amherst and a chemist named Sonja Farak, who is facing criminal charges for allegedly tampering with drug evidence she was supposed to be testing but instead was using.

The attorneys in Pittsfield filed a motion seeking information on the drug cases handled by Farak as well as any handled by the Amherst lab in general. The lawyers also wanted answers as to the lab's procedures, protocols, accreditation, records of the calibration of the equipment used in testing, and information on the lab workers themselves.

In January, Farak, 35, of Northampton, was arrested and charged with four crimes after an investigation allegedly revealed she had stolen drug samples and replaced them with counterfeits. She has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is out on $5,000 bail.

Farak since has been indicted by a statewide grand jury and now faces 10 charges: four counts each of theft of a controlled substance from an authorized dispensary and tampering with evidence, and two counts of possession of
a Class B substance (cocaine).

The lab has been shut down during the state police inquiry into the allegations.

Farak worked at one of four statewide labs that analyze contraband seized by state, local and sometimes federal law-enforcement agencies to determine whether the evidence contains illegal drugs. The most common substances tested include cocaine, heroin, marijuana and prescription drugs, according to the state police.

The four labs are in Amherst, Jamaica Plain, Sudbury and Worcester. The first three are part of the Massachusetts State Police Forensic Services Group. The Worcester lab is overseen by the Worcester District Attorney's Office. The Amherst and Jamaica Plain labs had been run by the state Department of Public Health but were taken over by the state police and are closed amid that agency's tampering investigations.

Berkshire District Attorney David F. Capeless said his office so far has found 21 "open and active" Superior and District court cases in the county that include alleged drugs tested by Farak, a number almost twice what Capeless gave only a month ago. He estimated there may be as many as 900 closed cases dating to 2004 -- the year Farak began working at the Amherst lab -- that also could be affected.

Capeless said he hasn't ruled out having drug evidence in the active cases retested at a different state drug-testing lab, which he believes would pave the way for continuing to prosecute them.

"I foresee a lot of litigation if the [Berkshire District Attorney's Office] plans to have the [alleged] drugs reweighed," said lawyer Nathaniel K. Green, the attorney in charge at the Committee for Public Counsel Services in Berkshire County. "There are chain-of-custody issues, among other things."

Green said there are defendants currently being held whose cases may be affected by the Farak case. Green said his office plans on requesting bail reconsideration hearings in the near future.

Statewide, the Farak case is being overshadowed by an earlier one involving Annie Dookhan, a former chemist at the now-shuttered Jamaica Plain facility, in which as many as 34,000 criminal cases may be affected. But here in the Berkshires and the rest of Western Massachusetts, the fallout from the Farak case is becoming costly in both time and money as district attorneys and defense attorneys scramble to determine whether their cases could have been tainted by bad evidence.

It likely will end up costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars due to overtime and staffing expenses on the prosecutorial and defense ends. It's also slowing the judicial process in cases that include drugs allegedly tested by Farak. Beyond this, it's slowing new -- and unrelated -- cases in which evidence is waiting to be tested due to backlogs at the labs that have had to scramble to take up the slack of the two closed facilities.

"We're going to continue to feel the effects from this," Capeless said, without specifying a timetable.

According to David Procopio, the spokesman for the state police, the closure of the Amherst and Jamaica Plain labs "has impacted turnaround time" on how long it takes evidence to be tested to determine if illegal drugs are present.

Before the closure of the Jamaica Plain lab, the main lab at Sudbury had a turnaround time of about three weeks, he said. Now it's eight months. Additionally, the state police have had to turn to the UMass Medical Center's Drugs of Abuse Lab in Worcester to assist in analyzing the drug evidence that previously would have gone to the Amherst lab.

While Capeless initially estimated it would cost his office about $50,000 to deal with the added work, he has since backed away from that figure and hasn't given any new estimated cost.

Last month, he said it cost about $15,000 just to look into whether any cases locally had been handled by Dookhan or others at the Jamaica Plain lab. None were, he said.

From the other side, Green told The Eagle the additional costs to his office of pursuing the cases "remain to be seen."

Capeless said Hampden County has many more cases than in Berkshire County because the majority of the Berkshire County Drug Task Force cases -- as well as those handled by the state police -- send their evidence for testing to the crime lab in Sudbury.

Capeless, along with other district attorneys from Western Massachusetts, recently went to Boston to speak with Gov. Deval Patrick's office about getting funding to handle the added workload and costs.

Funds were made available by the state for cases from the Jamaica Plain lab, but Capeless said that money "only related to the Dookhan cases" and not to the Amherst lab.

On Jan. 9, Dookhan pleaded not guilty to obstruction of justice, evidence tampering, and perjury charges for allegedly faking test results and tampering with drug evidence for unknown reasons. (She remains free on $10,000 bail.) Thousands of drug convictions in Massachusetts are being reviewed as a result, according to The Associated Press.

Most recently it was revealed that investigators for state Inspector General Glenn Cunha found drug evidence in disarray at the Jamaica Plain lab. In one example, investigators said they found a plastic bag containing a "white rock substance," along with evidence dating to 1996, in a supervisor's office, the AP reported.

The closed labs in Amherst and Jamaica Plain, while under the supervision of the health department, were never accredited by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/ Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB), according to its executive director, Ralph M. Keaton.

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FBI Wants $41 Million Boost To Cyber Monitoring Capabilities

(Sunday, April 14th, 2013)

The FBI has requested more than $41 million to improve the bureau’s ability to collect and analyze cyber information and address “critical gaps” in its capability to monitor web activities.
As part of an overall $86 million budget request for a “Next Generation Cyber Initiative,” the FBI wants to hire 36 employees, including 10 agents, to improve its cyber collection and analysis capabilities. The justification for that $41 million request, which includes over $33 million in nonpersonnel spending, was submitted in a classified report to Congress as part of the bureau’s 2014 budget request.
The FBI said it would use the new initiative to “help promote a whole of government approach to cybersecurity, as well as address critical gaps in the FBI’s current ability to investigate computer intrusions and identify, mitigate, and disrupt cyber threat actors.”
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April 14, 2013

Free Angela! Film Chronicles Activist’s Journey

In 1969, Angela Davis was every white man’s worst nightmare: Educated, possessor of a formidable intellect, black, assertive, an activist, a woman, and a communist.

Davis’ political opinions, social activism and her outspoken criticism of racism, segregation and the way African Americans and other non-whites were treated in a country sharply divided along racial and class lines, brought the full weight of the government upon her head.

The fallout is outlined in great detail in Free Angela and All Political Prisoners, a documentary film by director Shola Lynch. The story surrounds Davis’ removal from her teaching post at UCLA, Los Angeles; the charges brought against her for murder, kidnapping and conspiracy; the nationwide manhunt; her inclusion on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List; and her arrest, trial and eventual acquittal. Viewers listen to narratives from Davis, friends, family and associates and witness their comments weaved around documents, videotapes and sometimes grainy historical footage.

Today, Davis, 69, is an acclaimed political activist, scholar, and author. She remains unapologetic about her views on race, community building, and social justice and she works tirelessly in the struggle for gender equality, economic and racial justice. Of equal importance is her work to dismantle a prison-industrial complex in the United States in which 2.3 million people, primarily black and brown, are ensnared.

Back then, she was a 26-year-old Sorbonne-educated professor, who was immersed in activities she hoped would bring social, economic and political freedom for blacks.

The 102-minute documentary, shot in cinema vérité style, unfolds with snapshots of 17-year-old Jonathan Jackson and three other men leaving the Marin County Courthouse in San Rafael, Calif., with weapons trained on a judge, prosecutor and jurors. As the group gets into a yellow van, police snipers and guards from San Quentin Prison open fire leaving Superior Court Judge Harold Haley and three of the four hostage takers – including Jonathan – dead.

One detective walks from the crime scene with a weapon wrapped in plastic and viewers are told that Davis had purchased two of the guns.

In a straight-forward, vulnerable but poignant manner, Davis recaptures the heady, complex, scary days of the emergence of the Black Power Movement, black nationalism, the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, and an all-too-brief period of time when blacks around the country – like a sleeping giant shook off fear, lethargy and the past, and demanded an end to America’s homegrown apartheid system.

The Black Panther Party came to the attention of the authorities when in 1967, a small group of members, all bearing arms and led by Chairman Bobby Seale, marched into the California legislature to protest a pending gun-¬control bill and to illustrate that blacks had a constitutional right to bear arms. The group called for armed revolutionary struggle against the oppression and slavery-type conditions perpetuated by the ruling elite and their functionaries in the United States. They also strove to create a society of justice, freedom and equality for the masses of black and brown people. They developed breakfast programs and educated children, while advocating for a 10-point program which sought, among other things, employment, housing and an end to police brutality.

So concerned was FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover about the Panthers, he described them as “the single greatest threat to the internal security of the United States.” Hoover was determined to prevent the formation of a cohesive Black movement in the United States and used murder, coercion, extortion, disinformation and other tactics to undermine and destroy black leaders who exhibited leadership, organizational skills and the ability to communicate well. The FBI and police from Oakland, Chicago and elsewhere began targeting and assassinating members of the Panther organization.

The documentary reminds viewers of the raw anger, deep distrust and animus between the black community and police. Footage of an hours-long shootout between police and the Black Panthers illustrates the full-pitched gun battles that often ensued between law enforcement and the organization.

“It was as if we were living in a state of war, a state of siege,” said Davis. “We had to do all we could to usher in the Revolution. There was a conspiracy to kill every Black Panther in America and all black people.”

Quenesha McNair, 30, was left visibly moved by the film.

“I feel grateful for this information,” she said. “My generation knows the criticism directed at her approach to politics but not the level of determination to eradicate her. I’m surprised I’m just learning about her in the film. This wasn’t in the textbooks. I never knew how raw it was. The raid on the Black Panther headquarters was like genocide. I never, ever thought this could happen.”

Davis was also on the frontline as a spokesperson for the Soledad Brothers, three men in California’s Soledad Prison accused of killing a guard and persecuted for their political beliefs. George Jackson, John Clutchette and Fleeta Drumgo were each incarcerated for petty property crimes, we’re told, and jailed for years because of their attempts to bring about change in the prison system.

“I saw him at a hearing and I was drawn by the tenderness I didn’t expect to see in a prisoner,” said Davis of the man she loved, George Jackson. “He was a beautiful, powerful, passionate writer.”

Following the botched kidnapping and hostage deaths, the white establishment called Jonathan and his accomplices thugs, hoodlums and criminals. However, he was seen as a hero by many in the black community. At his funeral, thousands of mourners crowded the streets around the church, standing solemnly with fists raised in the Black Power salute as the coffin was carried into and out of the church.

As word about the shootout spread, Davis knew the feds would try to apprehend her.

“It was clear that this was not the time to make myself available for arrest,” she said soberly.

With a fugitive’s warrant of $100,000 on her head, Davis went underground, moving around for two months through Las Vegas and Miami, ending up in New York with local law enforcement and the FBI not far behind. As she evaded them, police descended on black communities around the country accosting black women with big afros and gaps between their front teeth. The FBI had agents conducting surveillance on anyone who knew Davis, and also began to wrangle information from her friends, family and associates.

“I knew there were countries that would accept me, but I decided I didn’t want to flee the country because I knew I’d be in exile for the rest of my life,” she said. “… I was pretty scared, always thought I’d be on the verge of being caught. I thought about the family I left behind, worried about mom and my siblings …”

Davis was traveling with a wealthy friend, David Poindexter, and the pair left Miami when the FBI questioned his mother.

“We were rapidly running out of money and I had a palpable sense that the FBI was closing in,” she said.

FBI agents had been searching parking lots in New York City looking for Poindexter’s car and found Davis at a Howard Johnson’s motel.

Davis, exhausted, pale and gaunt, said she was placed in a ward for women with psychiatric disorders.

“I hadn’t thought about what it meant to be a woman in prison,” she said.

Her sister Fania agreed.

“Angela’s education is now being put into practice,” she said during an interview in the documentary.

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Stephen Nodine files ethics complaint against federal prosecutors, Mobile-based FBI in gun case

 April 14, 2013
 Fresh from a national television airing of his locally famous murder case, former Mobile County Commissioner Stephen Nodine has filed an ethics complaint against the U.S. Attorney’s Office and other federal officials involved in an unrelated gun prosecution.
As viewers of “48 Hours” on CBS saw Saturday night, Baldwin County officials put Nodine on trial for the May 2010 shooting death of his longtime mistress, Angel Downs.
A jury could not reach a verdict, and Nodine ultimately pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor harassment charge and a perjury offense related to false information about his finances on a form seeking a court-appointed lawyer.
Nodine, who has maintained from the start that Downs shot herself, has faulted federal authorities for “collusion” with then-Baldwin County District Attorney Judy Newcomb. The feds hit Nodine with a rarely used charge of being an unlawful drug user in possession of firearms. In doing so, prosecutors “misused their power and authority,” he said.
Nodine said he made a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Professional Responsibility, naming the U.S. Attorney’s Office, prosecutor Gloria Bedwell and the FBI.

The Office of Professional Responsibility, which investigators allegations of misconduct involving department attorneys and reports director to the attorney general, declined to comment last week or even confirm that it has received Nodine’s complaint. Representatives from the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Mobile office of the FBI also did not have immediate comment.
Nodine would not discuss what evidence he has to support his allegations but added that it is more than simply his statements.
“I would not have filed this if I did not have substantial, concrete proof,” he said.
Nodine makes six specific allegations:
  • That the FBI leaked information within the agency that Nodine had provided confidential information regarding allegations that Debra Mack, then the FBI’s special agent in charge of the Mobile office, had influenced the decision not to seek federal charges against then-Mobile County Circuit Judge Herman Thomas and that she participated in political activities in violation of FBI rules.
    The Mobile County District Attorney’s Office ultimately pursued criminal charges accusing Thomas of sexually abusing male defendants inside the courthouse, but a jury acquitted him. Mack, meanwhile, retired in 2009 several years before reaching the bureau’s mandatory retirement age of 57.
  • That Bedwell and Alabama Bureau of Investigation Agent Tony Calderaro violated the marital privilege by harassing Kimberlee Nodine, his wife at the time, into disclosing his drug use and health information. A spokeswoman for the state Department of Public Safety had no immediate comment on the allegations against Calderaro.
  • That Calderaro, working as a deputized federal agent, illegally obtained notes and medical information from Nodine’s physician by threatening to ruin her practice. He suggested the investigative tactics violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
  • That authorities improperly released a presentence investigation report.
  • That the U.S. Attorney’s Office singled him out for prosecution on the federal gun charge despite passing on “thousands” of similar instances in which drug users had guns.
  • That an FBI agent and an investigator with the Baldwin County District Attorney’s Office illegally obtained emails that Nodine’s secretary at the Mobile County Commission had obtained by hacking into his personal Facebook and email accounts.
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FBI files shed light on lives of deceased with ties to Pittsburgh

April 14, 2013 12:33 am
When the FBI investigates someone involving potential misdeeds, the records are classified and generally won't be released to the public until after that person dies.
Those files, which can be obtained through a records request, not only may reveal new details about a person's life but can shine a light on the inner workings of the powerful and secretive federal agency.
With that in mind, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the agency to see if the FBI had assembled any files on some two dozen deceased prominent individuals with ties to the Pittsburgh region.
In most of the cases -- including those of notable figures Mayor Richard Caliguiri, U.S. Sen. John Heinz, children's television icon Fred Rogers and steel executive and philanthropist William Dietrich II -- no files turned up.


But there were several hits -- including on such names as Steelers founder Art Rooney Sr., Mylan Inc. co-founder Milan Puskar and pop art guru Andy Warhol -- with a few of the files covering subjects one might more commonly expect to associate with characters in a spy novel rather than someone familiar in real life.
Take Puskar, namesake of West Virginia University's football stadium, who retired as chairman of the Cecil-based generic drug company in 2009 and died in October 2011.
His file, being released publicly for the first time, shows he was the subject of two FBI investigations in the mid-1980s -- one into a possible death threat against a Findlay police officer and another involving a possible bribery attempt in Morgantown, W.Va.
Both investigations were tied to drunken driving arrests. The first happened in 1985 while Puskar was driving near the old Pittsburgh International Airport terminal in Moon. The other came in 1987 while he was "snoozing" in the middle of an interstate exit ramp blocking traffic near Morgantown, according to the file.
FBI agents were investigating whether people associated with Puskar tried to threaten or bribe law enforcement or public officials on his behalf, possibly to make the DUI arrests go away, according to the documents.
PG graphic: Results of FBI files
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The FBI dropped the first matter involving the Findlay police officer in 1986, a year after Puskar's arrest near the airport, after finding "no federal violation" and stating that "all investigative efforts have been exhausted." It was not clear from the file when or how the Morgantown bribery investigation ended.
The FBI file on Rooney involved an extortion attempt against him in 1952, which threatened the life of his twin sons, Pat and John, who were 13 at the time.
"Notifying FBI or police or using any trickery will prove useless and fatal," the extortionist wrote in a letter to the Steelers owner demanding $10,000.
"This is no plank," the writer stated, apparently misspelling the word "prank."
The file contained numerous redactions, but it revealed that the extortionist turned out to be a juvenile. News reports at the time identified the individual as a 15-year-old girl.
A federal complaint against the girl, filed in December 1952, was dismissed in June 1955 "because subject was making satisfactory adjustment under probation orders of the Juvenile Court of Allegheny County," according to an FBI memo.
Long process, lengthy file
The process of getting FBI files can be lengthy, especially if the agency hasn't already released an individual's records. The Puskar file -- which was the only one obtained by the newspaper that had not been previously released -- arrived just this month, more than a year after the initial request was submitted.
His file shows the agency launched the first investigation following a complaint by a Findlay police officer who had arrested Puskar on charges of driving under the influence in February 1985 near the Pittsburgh airport.
The complaint included a 13-page report from the Findlay police department "outlining the sequence of events involving a possible threat on the life of" the officer, according to an FBI memo dated August 1985. The name of the officer was removed.
In all, the FBI released 273 pages on Puskar, most of them containing redactions, and withheld 26 pages entirely.
The agency cited exemptions involving unwarranted invasion of personal privacy or disclosure of confidential sources as the reason for withholding the information.
According to the officer's complaint, his own investigation "disclosed that Milan Puskar is associated with [redacted] and [redacted], both reputed LCN [organized crime] figures in the Morgantown, W.Va., area." The officer "claims that both of these men are involved in this incident." (LCN is FBI shorthand for La Cosa Nostra.)
The officer's "only explanation for the conduct of these actors is that he might have disrupted a possible drug deal the night of Puskar's arrest," the complaint stated.
In an interview the agency conducted with Puskar on Feb. 6, 1986, a year after his arrest, he said that he had been "ill treated" by the officer that night and that he had considered suing for violation of his civil rights but had not followed through.
Puskar also told the FBI that he was convicted of DUI following his arrest, and had filed an appeal "in order to protect the reputation of his company."
An FBI memo dated Feb. 24, 1986, said the agency's investigation into the possible death threat was being closed.
The second investigation stemmed from Puskar's DUI arrest by a West Virginia state police trooper near Morgantown in December 1987.
According to the arresting officer's handwritten notes contained in the file, he discovered Puskar stopped in the road on the Exit 7 ramp of then-U.S. 48 [now I-68] around 5:45 p.m. with the engine running. Puskar told the officer he was "snoozing," according to the report.
After Puskar failed a field sobriety test, he was taken to the state police office in Morgantown, where his blood alcohol level registered at more than twice the legal limit, the officer wrote.
According to one document, a West Virginia state trooper "advised [redacted] that he had heard that Monongalia County, W.Va., [redacted] was to receive $10,000 in cash or in kind payments for disposing of the DY [sic] case against Milan Puskar."

More investigated
Among the other FBI files obtained by the Post-Gazette:
• Andy Warhol. The world-famous artist and Pittsburgh native became known in the 1960s for his role in New York's underground culture scene. The FBI began an investigation into possible "interstate transportation of obscene matter" in 1968 after the filming of his movie "Lonesome Cowboys" at a guest ranch in Arizona generated complaints from locals disturbed by the nude scenes.
The agency interviewed a number of spectators at the ranch, some of whom termed the scenes "vulgar" and "hippish," and sent two federal agents to review the film. Apparently, they were not impressed, reporting that "there was no plot to the film and no development of characters" and that "many of the cast portrayed their parts as if in a stupor."
Nevertheless, U.S. attorneys in Arizona and New York declined to prosecute, concluding the movie did not meet the Supreme Court's definition of obscene.
Warhol's file also contains a news report from June 1968 when he was almost killed after being shot at his New York studio by an associate, Valerie Solanas. Warhol died nearly 20 years later following gallbladder surgery.
• Jimmy Stewart. The file on the Indiana, Pa., native' includes a series of brief letters between him and then-FBI director J. Edgar Hoover concerning Stewart's family vacations to Europe, Africa and elsewhere in the 1950s and '60s.
Hoover instructed agents to afford the movie star "all possible courtesies" during the trips, such as expediting him through customs and driving him to his hotel.
Stewart got to know Hoover while starring as an FBI agent in the 1959 film "The FBI Story," which Hoover praised in a letter to the actor as "magnificent" and "a wonderful tribute to all the men and women in the FBI."
In a deal with the Warner Bros. studio, the agency had final approval "on all matters of policy" concerning the movie, including the script and selection of Stewart for the lead role.
• Gene Kelly. During the 1940s, the dancer/actor/singer and Pittsburgh native was investigated for possible membership in the Communist Party or affiliation with "communist front and alleged communist infiltrated organizations." According to his file, Kelly publicly denied being pro-Communist.
An FBI memo from 1960 states "no reliable evidence of [Kelly's] membership in the CP."
• Jonas Salk. The New York native who became a national hero for developing the first successful polio vaccine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 1955, Salk was the subject of a "loyalty investigation" in 1950 and 1951 related to his appointment as a consultant to the U.S. Surgeon General.
Most people interviewed considered Salk to be a loyal U.S. citizen and he passed the review, although a few associates offered that he was "outspoken in praise of Russia."

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a species that hires FBI  agents to protect them looses the ability to protect themselves, looses any Democracy they may have had
and are doomed to extinction.

More backdrop for predicting when taxpayer funded FBI  agents will create their
next terrorist event.
Would taxpayer funded FBI  agents manipulate the corporate media they control
to scare voters and taxpayers about North Korea and a possible Nuclear Attack from
North Korea ? Why? So taxpayer funded FBI  agents can detonate a nuclear weapon
inside the United States and blame it on North Korea? Nah human beings would never do
anything as grotesque against another human being.  see   http://www.yadvashem.org/yv/en/exhibitions/album_auschwitz/index.asp?WT.mc_id=200960&WT.cg_n=g.en

Today's lesson plan.

Psychology 101
The FBI  Department of Psychological Operations is comprised of
two primary departments.
1. The B.F. Skinner Operations
2. The Stanley Milgram Clinic

Your take home exam requires you to answer the questions:
1. If FBI  psychologists can teach pigeons to play ping pong
using a re-enforcement schedule how would FBI  psychologists
teach voters and taxpayers to love the FBI?  see 

also  see 

2.  How difficult would it be to get a FBI  agent to trigger a nuclear weapon inside the United States?
     Create 911?  Create  the Oklahoma City bombing? Assassinate President Kennedy? Assassinate Martin Luther King?


Ricin is surely a great fear enhancer. Let me know when you run your own tests on the letters FBI  agents tainted with  ricin .
Oh, I'm sorry, you still have not put together your own rapid response forensic crime scene team? To bad, eh?
If FBI WATCH is to become more than just a cyber wailing wall
for the political down and out I would expect it's membership will start
putting their energy into solutions and move beyond gotcha journalism.

I have accepted the fact that our criminal justice system creates more disorder than
the amount of order it gives.
I have also accepted the fact that if we are to evolve as a species we need to
learn how to deal with violence and aggression personally and not contract it out
to third party vendors called law enforcement.
The volunteer citizens group THE GUARDIAN ANGELS has shown this can be done
in a civil way. see   http://www.guardianangels.org/

Until voters and taxpayers see themselves as primary consumers and owners of the criminal justice system
the inmates will continue to run the system

Taxpayer funded FBI  agents told us Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone assassin of President Kennedy.
Taxpayer funded FBI  agents told us James Earl Ray was the lone assassin of Martin Luther King.
Taxpayer funded FBI agents told us Timothy McVeigh was the principal architect behind the Oklahoma City bombing.
Taxpayer funded FBI  agents told us there was ricin in letters mailed to Obama and Congress yesterday.
Really? You still believe what FBI  sociopaths tell you or do you want to be a smart criminal justice consumer?

FBI Agent Accused Of Masturbating In Public
May 25, 2007
FBI Agent Accused Of Masturbating In Public

Posted by, Marissa Pasquet KOLD News 13 News Editor

FBI Special Agent Ryan Seese, 34, is facing sex offense charges after a cleaning woman said she found him masturbating in a women's lavatory on campus, according to a University of Arizona police spokesman.

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Boston Marathon: Runner Reported Bomb Sniffing Dogs, Spotters On Roofs & Heightened Security (video)
Apr 16th, 2013

UM Coach: Bomb Sniffing Dogs, Spotters on Roofs Before Explosions
 4/15  2013

University of Mobile’s Cross Country Coach, who was near the finish line of the Boston Marathon when a series of explosions went off, said he thought it was odd there were bomb sniffing dogs at the start and finish lines.
"They kept making announcements to the participants do not worry, it's just a training exercise," Coach Ali Stevenson told Local 15.

Stevenson said he saw law enforcement spotters on the roofs at the start of the race. He's been in plenty of marathons in Chicago, D.C., Chicago, London and other major metropolitan areas but has never seen that level of security before.
"Evidently, I don't believe they were just having a training exercise," Stevenson said. "I think they must have had some sort of threat or suspicion called in."

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Fox newsman Ben Swann asks if Boston was FBI entrapment gone awry

Apr 17, 2013  
The host of the popular news program Reality Check has asked if the Second Boston Massacre, as it is coming to be known, was a case of FBI entrapment which followed a tragic path similar to the known entrapment case of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
VIDEO Ben Swann Reality Check: Did the FBI know about Boston bombing beforehand? In the 1993 bombing, an Egyptian informant captured FBI agents on hundreds of hours of tape discussing the luring of suspects into a plot which would eventually kill six people and injure thousands. The FBI's plan was to substitute a harmless black powder for gunpowder, but somehow the FBI, in the informant's words, "messed up." The taped evidence was never allowed into the trial of the conspirators. The New York Times was given copies of the tapes. In an article "Tapes Depict Proposal to Thwart Bomb Used in Trade Center Blast," the New York Times reports an exchange between FBI agents and Emad A. Salem, 43-year-old former Egyptian army officer who had been recruited to penetrate a circle of Muslim extremists: "In one of the first numbered tapes, Mr. Salem is quoted as telling agent Floyd: "Since the bomb went off I feel terrible. I feel bad. I feel here is people who don't listen." Ms. Floyd seems to commiserate, saying, "hey, I mean it wasn't like you didn't try and I didn't try." In an apparent reference to Mr. Salem's complaints about the supervisor, Agent Floyd adds, "You can't force people to do the right thing."" Swann calls attention to a last-minute sweep of the finish line at the Boston Marathon, by bomb-sniffing dogs, just before the blasts. It was announced to the audience and runners not to "worry," and that the sweep was a "training exercise." The 1993 World Trade Center bombing is one of numerous instances of the CIA and FBI working closely with terrorist elements from abroad in order to ostensibly serve a national security purpose. In February of 2012, at the sentencing of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the "Underwear Bomber," flight passenger Kurt Haskell said in court, in his victim impact statement, that he had seen personnel with security clearances usher Umar into a secure area which bypassed airport security. Haskell said in his court statement: "In closing I will just say that regardless of how the media and government try to shape the public perception of this case, I am convinced that Umar was given an intentionally defective bomb by a U.S. Government agent and placed on our flight without showing a passport or going through security, to stage a false terrorist attack to be used to implement various government policies." Kurt Haskell Flight 253 Victim Impact Statement After the Underwear Bomber episode, airports began implementing a policy of full body searches, including either electromagnetic imaging to see beneath clothing, or hand searches which some have deemed invasive of privacy.

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Lake Oswego council approves joining FBI terrorism task force

 April 17, 2013
The Lake Oswego City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to join the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force
As approved, one Lake Oswego police detective will go through the process of obtaining the FBI's security clearance and then work with federal agents one or two days a month on terrorism-related investigations. The city would not assign an investigator full-time to the task force, as other cities have.
The council vote was taken without discussion. Lake Oswego resident Gary Gipson, a retired FBI agent, spoke briefly in favor of the move. The American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon submitted a letter in opposition, raising concerns about the differences between federal and local investigations and a potential lack of accountability to local police officials.
Former Portland Mayor Tom Potter led a vote to withdraw the Portland Police Bureau from the task force in 2005 after the FBI declined his request for more civilian oversight. In 2011, prodded by then-Mayor Sam Adams, Portland said it would work with the task force on a case-by-case basis while insisting on regular briefings for the police chief, top police officials and the mayor.

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FBI agent told officer about affair (with audio)

Before FBI Special Agent Ken Hillman and dozens of his criminal cases came under state and federal scrutiny, the agent called another officer and confessed his tumultuous, romantic relationship with a millionaire's wife.
"Look, I'm going to tell you what's going on," former Ringgold Police Sgt. Tom Evans remembers Hillman saying.
Hillman told Evans that a complaint had been made to the FBI of him sleeping with Angela Russell, estranged wife of local businessman Emerson Russell. Hillman then admitted he let Russell ride along on undercover operations at least twice and put the handcuffs on potential suspects, breaking multiple FBI policies.
Now things were coming to a head, the agent told Evans: "[She got] unstable, clingy, so now she's kind of mad she's not on the team anymore."
Hillman's confession came out in an internal police investigation. Evans told his supervisors about what he said was a drunken conversation before he was fired Feb. 15.
The Times Free Press obtained audio recordings from interviews with Evans and the Russells through an open records request.
The recordings also reveal that Hillman, agent in charge of the Northwest Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, rented an apartment from Angela Russell without telling the FBI and used it to hold video chats with potential suspects. He told Evans the FBI didn't allow off-site, secret locations for such chats.
The FBI won't talk about Hillman's investigation except to confirm they are looking into the allegations. Hillman hasn't returned calls seeking comment.
But a national FBI expert said if Hillman was sleeping with a woman that he had done business with, and was allowing her to become an informant in criminal investigations, that's an egregious offense.
"That's an incredible no-no," said James Wedick, an FBI veteran with nearly 35 years experience in the agency. "What you have is a triple storm there."


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Michael Hasty, the author of this excellent
article, recently moved to this area and asked Doug for us to put him on our local 9-11 truth list.  Dave



The Boston Bombings and the FBI: “Official Tsarnaev Story Makes No Sense”

Global Research, April 22, 2013
 According to Craig Murray (photo: below),  former US Ambassador, human rights activist  and whistle blower the FBI’s inflated profile of their prime suspect in the Boston Bombing ‘does not make sense”.
Will Eric Holder and the US Department of Justice pay attention?
There are gaping holes in the official story of the Boston bombings.
We are asked to believe that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was identified by the Russian government as an extremist Dagestani or Chechen Islamist terrorist, and they were so concerned about it that in late 2010 they asked the US government to take action. At that time, the US and Russia did not normally have a security cooperation relationship over the Caucasus, particularly following the Russian invasion of Georgia in 2008. For the Russians to ask the Americans for assistance, Tsarnaev must have been high on their list of worries.
In early 2011 the FBI interview Tsarnaev and trawl his papers and computers but apparently – remarkably for somebody allegedly radicalised by internet – the habitually paranoid FBI find nothing of concern.
So far, so weird. But now this gets utterly incredible. In 2012 Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who is of such concern to Russian security, is able to fly to Russia and pass through the airport security checks of the world’s most thoroughly and brutally efficient security services without being picked up.
He is then able to proceed to Dagestan – right at the heart of the world’s heaviest military occupation and the world’s most far reaching secret police surveillance – again without being intercepted, and he is able there to go through some form of terror training or further Islamist indoctrination. He then flies out again without any intervention by the Russian security services.
That is the official story and I have no doubt it did not happen. I know Russia and I know the Russian security services. Whatever else they may be, they are extremely well-equipped, experienced and efficient and embedded into a social fabric accustomed to cooperation with their mastery.
This scenario is simply impossible in the real world.
We have, by the official account, the involvement of the two Tsarnaev brothers, the FBI and the Russian security services. The FBI have a massive recent record of running agent provocateur operations to entrap gullible Muslims into terrorism.
The Russian security services have form on false flag Chechen bombings. Where the truth lies may be difficult to dig out. But the above official version is not true.


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October 20, 2011, 4:14 pm ET by Azmat Khan and Sabrina Shankman


Boston bomber acted as CIA agent: Wayne Madsen
Fri Apr 26, 2013 6:15PM
Interview with Wayne Madsen

There is some evidence that the mother is correct about at least the older son Tamerlan Tsarnaev of being co-opted either as an asset or some sort of an agent or informant by the Central Intelligence Agency."
An analyst says documented evidence exists that one of Boston Bombing suspects attended CIA-sponsored seminars in Georgia, a CIA breeding ground for separatists.

In the background of this the mother of the two suspects accused of carrying out the Boston bombings says they were innocent and that they were set up by the FBI. The younger brother is currently hospitalized with a gun shot wound to his throat. There is wide spread suspicion over the incident as a possible “false flag attack”, which occurred at the end of the Boston marathon. US security forces were conducting a terrorist drill at precisely the same place and time as the real terror act unfolded. Security cameras have showed US Security personnel with black backpacks all over the scene earlier, but dispersed just a minute or two before the explosion occurred. Video footage of remnants of the explosion showed that it was detonated from a black backpack. Troubling is the fact that the CIA and FBI had the suspects on their terror watch list and had been following them since 2011. Also troubling is the documented fact that the US has backed terroists operating in Russia's caucasus region.

Press TV has interviewed Wayne Madsen, investigative journalist, Florida about this issue. The following is an approximate transcription of the interview.

Press TV: How do you react to this mother’s statement about her sons, one of her sons being killed and the other being injured?

Madsen: Well, I think there is some evidence that the mother is correct about at least the older son Tamerlan Tsarnaev of being co-opted either as an asset or some sort of an agent or informant by the Central Intelligence Agency.

    I would draw attention to two news reports, one out of Moscow that states that a leak of internal Republic of Georgia Interior Ministry documents show that in fact Tamerlan Tsarnaev attended CIA-sponsored seminars in Georgia between January and July of 2012 last year and that these were actually conducted by a group called the Jamestown Foundation out of Washington that was founded in 1984 incidentally by CIA Director William Casey.

    So there is actual evidence that Jamestown Foundation has ties, very significant ties with the CIA.

I would also draw attention to a leaked State Department cable on 18 November, 2009 - this was part of the Wikileaks leak of cables - where the head of the Russia desk for the US National Security Council in Moscow, his name was Howard Solomon and he was told by the Russian National Security Secretary - a guy named Vladimir Nazarov - that the Russians had documented evidence of connections between terrorists in the North Caucasus, groups in Afghanistan and Iraq and British intelligence in London.

And Mr. Nozarov added that US NGOs in the North Caucasus including Chechnya fostered separatists and extremist sentiments in the region and that this was, quote, “a sore subjects” for leaders in the North Caucasus.

So I think we have pretty much solid evidence that the Central Intelligence Agency has with the cooperation with Saudi Arabia and Qatar and the Salafist groups active in the North Caucasus, the CIA has been promoting, advocating and giving material support to terrorists operating in the southern region of Russia

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Judge rejects FBI's request to use 'extremely intrusive' hack tactic
April 26, 2013 03:38

A federal judge in Texas has denied a Federal Bureau of Investigation request to move forward with an investigation tactic that would have tracked alleged hackers by turning a suspect’s computer into a surveillance agent.

In a 13-page explanation Houston magistrate Judge Stephen Smith eviscerated the FBI’s attempt to push an “extremely intrusive” tactic to track down someone who allegedly used his or her computer to commit federal bank fraud and identity theft.

Smith’s order denied the use of a so-called Trojan Horse tool investigators would have installed on a computer to override its operating system and use a webcam to take pictures of the suspect. The request also asked for permission to access the computer’s email contents, chat message logs, documents, pictures and passwords as well as Internet activity, according to Smith’s memorandum.

Known as a remote administration tool (RAT), hackers have previously used the method proposed by the FBI to spy on women through their computers and share stolen erotic pictures with hackers. 

Judge Smith wrote that the FBI hoped to “surreptitiously install data extraction software on the Target Computer. Once installed, the software has the capacity to search the computer’s hard drive, random access memory, and other storage media; to activate the computer’s built-in camera; to generate latitude and longitude coordinates for the computer’s location; and to transmit the extracted data to FBI agents within the district.”

He decried law enforcement’s overly broad intentions, which, if granted, could have set a dangerous precedent for other judges approached with similar requests in the future.

OK Boys and Girls
Let's play connect the dots
Today's word in FBI Director Robert Mueller's neighborhood
is dots.
Can you say the word dots boys and girls?

When Congressman Allerd Lowenstein and Senator Wellstone challenged the FBI  they were murdered.
When Congressman Trafficante accused FBI  agents of collaborating with the Mafia he was tried and
convicted of charges brought by the FBI
When Senator Alphone D'Amato suggested the CIA  should be shut down for bringing heroin and Cocaine
into our communities with the help of the local police  the 4 term incumbent miraculously lost his re-election bid to
Congressman Charles Schumer the principal architect behind the Waco Coverup.
President Putin, former head of Russian KGB says he warned FBI that Boston Marathon bombings would happen.
In 1999 the KGB in Russia were caught setting off bombs in Moscow Apartment buildings.
Leonard Gates and Bob Draise were committing voter fraud for the FBI  in Cincinnati.
Vice President Mondale interviewed on the PBS  Documentary made by FRONTLINE  called The Secret Files of J Edgar Hoover
says everybody in Congress is being blackmailed by the FBI. In the same show former FBI  agent and Watergate Burglar
G Gordon Liddy  says his job at the FBI  was to blackmail members of Congress.

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 Heated debates over Russia’s forewarning of bombers conquer Capitol Hill

26 April 2013

Russia’s warned both the FBI and CIA about Tamerlan Tsarnaev, not once but twice, with the same message, he was “a follower of radical Islam” who “changed drastically since 2010”. Now, the aftermath of the Boston bombings is what the US is left with, while Capitol Hill is having hot debates on how this happened right in their own backyard.

Although FBI officials claimed to have looked into Tsarnaev’s past activities on, they came up without a clue. This was in response to the info Russian officials had shared with them.

Congress and ex-government officials are calling Tsarnaev’s 6 month trip to Dagestan a year ago, a missed opportunity to refocus attention on him and potentially prevent the attack. Not everyone is in agreement on this topic, some saying the FBI was reasonable in their search.

“If there was a failure at any time, maybe it was at that point, to get a follow-up interview,” said Representative Mike Rogers, Republican of Michigan and chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, a former F.B.I. agent. “But even so, it’s hard to say they did something wrong.
Travel in and of itself is not derogatory information, and that area is far down on our priority list.”

An ex counterterrorism official, now a teacher at Notre Dame Law School, Jimmy Gurule had a more stricter approach when it came to what should have happened. “When he came back to the United States, they should have pulled him out of the Customs line, inspected his belongings, looked at his laptop and cellphone and questioned him about what he had done in Dagestan,” said Mr. Gurulé.

US security personnel though thinks that reopening the case just because of travel, would be impractical, as the database they use has 700 thousand names, receiving up to 30 alerts daily.

Although many senators from each party hoped that there would have been more done in the past, the majority of them seemed to think the FBI did all they could.

Voice of Russia, New York Times

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The Russian apartment bombings were a series of explosions that hit four apartment blocks in the Russian cities of Buynaksk, Moscow, and Volgodonsk in September 1999, killing 293 people and injuring 651. The explosions occurred in Buynaksk on 4 September, Moscow on 9 and 13 September, and Volgodonsk on 16 September. Several other bombs were defused in Moscow at the time.[1]

A similar bomb was found and defused in the Russian city of Ryazan on 22 September 1999. Two days later Federal Security Service Director Nikolai Patrushev announced that the Ryazan incident had been a training exercise.[2] This has led to the support of theories by Alexander Litvinenko (later murdered by an unusual radioactive isotope) and Anna Politkovskaya that the apartment bombings were carried out by the Russian secret service FSB (formerly KGB).

Together with the Invasion of Dagestan launched from Chechnya in August 1999 by Islamist militia led by Shamil Basayev and Ibn al-Khattab, the bombings caused the Russian Federation to launch the Second Chechen War.

Although on 2 September 1999, the militia commander Ibn Al-Khattab announced that "The mujahideen of Dagestan are going to carry out reprisals in various places across Russia,"[3] on 14 September he denied responsibility for the blasts, adding that he was fighting the Russian army, not women and children.[4]

An official investigation of the bombings was completed by the Russian Federal Security Service in 2002. According to the investigation and the court ruling that followed, the bombings were organized by Achemez Gochiyaev, who remained at large as of 2010, and ordered by Ibn Al-Khattab and Abu Omar al-Saif, who were later killed. Six other suspects have been convicted by Russian courts.

State Duma member Yuri Shchekochikhin filed two motions for a parliamentary investigation of the events, but the motions were rejected by the Duma in March 2000. An independent[5] public commission to investigate the bombings was chaired by Duma deputy Sergei Kovalev. The commission was rendered ineffective because of government refusal to respond to its inquiries.[6][7] The Commission's lawyer Mikhail Trepashkin was arrested for exposing classified information.[8]

Yury Felshtinsky, Alexander Litvinenko, Boris Berezovsky (oligarch in British exile), David Satter, Boris Kagarlitsky, Vladimir Pribylovsky, and the secessionist Chechen authorities claimed that the 1999 bombings were a false flag attack coordinated by the FSB in order to win public support for a new full-scale war in Chechnya, which boosted Prime Minister and former FSB Director Vladimir Putin's popularity, and brought the pro-war Unity Party to the State Duma and Putin to the presidency within a few months although there was little concrete evidence for these claims.[9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20]

Gordon Bennett from Conflict Studies Research Centre, Robert Bruce Ware, Paul J. Murphy, Henry Plater-Zyberk, Simon Saradzhyan, Nabi Abdullaev and Richard Sakwa criticized the conspiracy theory, pointing out problems such as the lack of evidence.[21][22][23][24][25]

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Was Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's backpack Photoshopped out?

April 24, 2013 by legitgov

Was Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's backpack Photoshopped out? 23 Apr 2013  A YouTube video, posted 22 April 2013, suggests Photoshopping was involved with an image of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.


The Roots of Terror: FBI’s Fingerprints All Over the Boston Bombings
By Bill Van Auken
Global Research, April 24, 2013

Spying on Americans: The FBI's "Quantico Circuit" -- Still Spying, Still Lying

Within days of the bombings in Boston, massive contradictions have opened up in the official accounts given by the Obama administration, the FBI and other state agencies as to how this terrorist attack transpired.

As in so many previous cases, once again in the Boston bombings the individual said to be the principal organizer of an act of terrorism was well known to the FBI. In 2011, the agency had been tipped off by Russian intelligence that Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who died last week following a shootout with police, was suspected of being a radical Islamist seeking to link up with armed groups in the Northern Caucasus.

The FBI now claims that it investigated Tsarnaev, a resident alien and Russian citizen, but found no incriminating evidence, learning nothing more about him until after the April 15 bombings.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano testified on Capitol Hill Tuesday that when Tsarnaev left the US for a six-month trip to the Caucasus in January 2012, his trip “pinged” the Department of Homeland Security system, but that when he returned no one took notice because the investigation into his activities had lapsed.

There are many possible explanations for how someone placed under an FBI investigation as a suspected Islamist militant could carry out a bombing in the heart of a US city, killing three people and wounding over 170 more. The one that is least plausible, and can be rejected as a lie and cover-up, is the FBI’s claim that the suspect simply fell under its radar.

The mother of the two brothers has directly contradicted the FBI’s story, reporting that Tamerlan was in continuous contact with the agency for between three to five years and that they were “controlling his every step.”

Russian police sources have contradicted the FBI claim that it received no information from Moscow, reporting that they provided the US agency with a dossier on Tamerlan.

Amid the self-congratulatory praise for the police agencies that placed Boston under a state of siege last Friday before capturing Tsarnaev’s 19-year-old brother, Dzhokhar, there has been a growing drumbeat of criticism of an “intelligence failure” by the FBI. The US Senate and House intelligence committees held closed-door hearings Tuesday on the FBI’s handling of its 2011 investigation into the activities of Tsarnaev.

There is no reason to expect anything but a cover-up from these hearings. One only need consider the fact that the FBI’s director is Robert Mueller, who held the same post on September 11, 2001. Ostensibly the greatest intelligence failure in the history of the United States, neither 9/11 nor the hearings that followed it resulted in Mueller or any other senior US intelligence, military or other government official losing his post for “failing to connect the dots.”

A number of those involved in the 9/11 attacks had been under surveillance either by the FBI or the CIA. The CIA was well aware that two of the hijackers had entered the US, but deliberately concealed the information from other agencies. Elements within the FBI had demanded an investigation into suspicious activities of Saudi and other Arab nationals training at flight schools in the US, but to no avail.

None of those who carried out the official investigations of 9/11 had any interest in probing too deeply into these connections for fear of what they would reveal.

Virtually every terror case in the US since 9/11 has had the FBI’s fingerprints all over it, and the Boston bombings are no exception. The federal police agency has engaged in unending sting operations, using highly paid informants to troll through mosques and immigrant communities, ensnaring hapless people in plots that would never have existed without the FBI providing the inspiration as well as the means.

In the case of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, they were handed an ideal candidate for such a sting—it is now reported that he had been thrown out of his mosque for making militant statements. Yet they supposedly dropped the case for lack of evidence. This claim lacks any credibility.

After the bombings, the FBI’s release of the photographs of the Tsarnaev brothers, appealing to the public for “tips,” amounted to a calculated cover-up. The FBI is not the Keystone Cops. If they didn’t have prior knowledge of the Tsarnaevs’ plans, they knew precisely who these individuals were the moment they saw them on the videos.

Now there is a palpable air of nervousness in government circles. Before a real investigation has even begun, the story is being put out that the two brothers acted alone without any outside assistance. Within the Obama administration, there appears to be a concerted effort to contain any damage from new revelations.

There are any number of explanations for what happened after the FBI received the request from Moscow. One is that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was given a pass because he was seen as an asset in gathering intelligence on Islamist groups or furthering the murky US operations in support of separatism in southern Russia. Some sources have suggested that he may have turned on his American handlers, as has happened not infrequently—the killing of five top CIA operatives in Afghanistan by a Jordanian doctor sent to infiltrate Al Qaeda comes to mind.

One thing is certain; terrorism is invariably bound up with the criminal foreign policy conducted by Washington, which takes the form of an endless succession of reckless, predatory and violent interventions all over the world.

The September 11 attacks themselves had their roots in the decision of the Carter administration at the end of the 1970s to foment an Islamist insurgency in Afghanistan to overthrow a Soviet-backed government, and Washington’s subsequent discarding of the mujahideen, whom it had previously hailed as “freedom fighters.”

History is repeating itself in the intricate and long-standing relationship between US imperialism and Al Qaeda. In both Libya and Syria, Washington has utilized Al Qaeda-linked forces as proxies in wars for regime-change against secular Arab governments.

In Libya, once Gaddafi was overthrown and murdered, the US sought to suppress these forces, resulting in the bloody assault on the US consulate in Benghazi that claimed the life of the US ambassador and three other Americans last September 11. In Syria, it is preparing to do the same thing, working to cobble together a coalition of “moderates” to marginalize the al Nusra Islamists, who until now have borne the brunt of the fighting. All of this is sowing the seeds for more terrorism.

Innocent bystanders, whether in Damascus, Kabul, Baghdad or Boston, end up paying the terrible price for these US operations, which leave a trail of blood and disaster everywhere.

Friday, May 04, 2012

Kent State Ohio Massacre Coverup Continues

Terry Norman - FBI informant/provocateur
70 Seconds Before Kent State Shootings
May 4, 1970 @ 12:24 PM

Kent State Truth Tribunal

So what really happened at Kent State, Ohio 42 years ago today?

Based on last week's U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation report, we still might never know. Or will we someday learn the awful truth of that tragic day that left 4 dead in Ohio?

It seems that the key to the truth lies with Terry Norman.

In recently discovered film of the Kent State Shooting in 1970 (1:07.40 thru 1:08), FBI informant provocateur Terry Norman (photo at top) is the young man in the light colored sports jacket. Earlier that day Norman's mentor, Detective Tom Kelly from the Kent Police had attempted to have Norman's gun approved for carrying on campus during the demonstrations, but that approval never came so it's KEY that the video clearly shows Norman handing over his gun to Detective Kelly.

From forensic evidence expert Stuart Allen's analyses of the Kent State Tape in 2010, we learned that Norman shot that weapon at the May 4th demonstration as he was attacked & beat-up by students who saw his gun. (More on Terry Norman ~ Does Terry Norman Hold the Key to Kent State?.)

Watching these Kent State videos without sound, Norman's gun hand-off coupled with the post-Kent State Tape analysis, we now understand the importance of this interaction caught on video & at many other sources.

Norman's pistol 'created the sound of sniper fire.'

In response to the DOJ whitewash report Congressman Dennis Kucinich issued a statement:
“The letter also failed to indicate any efforts to reconcile the evidence in the recording with any prior statements about the incident made by FBI paid informant, Terry Norman, who was on campus that day and was known to have brandished a gun that might have created the sounds caught in the recording.

“While I appreciate the response from the Justice Department, ultimately, they fail to examine key questions and discrepancies. It is well known that an FBI informant, Terry Norman, was on the campus. That FBI informant was carrying a gun. Eye witnesses testified that they saw Mr. Norman brandish that weapon. Two experts in forensic audio, who have previously testified in court regarding audio forensics, found gunshots in their analysis of the audio recording.

Did an FBI informant discharge a firearm at Kent State?

Did an FBI informant precipitate the shootings?"

Why is understanding the Kent State Ohio Massacre critical?

To understand the events of May 4, 1970 at Kent State and the four dead in Ohio, is to understand much of what has happened in our history before, during and after.

In the intervening 41 years, there have been a wide range of commissions, studies, research and theories of what actually led to twenty-eight Ohio National Guardsmen shooting into a crowd of anti-war protesters at Kent State University which left four college students dead on the ground.

Photo by Kent State photojournalism student John Filo

"History never exactly repeats itself.

But its currents are never far from the present. As today’s protesters and police employ bolder tactics, the Kent State and Jackson State anniversaries should remind us that deadly mistakes can and do happen. It is the government’s responsibility to wield proportionate force, not to over-arm police and place them in a position where they could panic with deadly results."

~~ Steven Rosenfeld, Will a Militarized Police Force Facing Occupy Wall Street Lead to Another Kent State Massacre? | Civil Liberties | AlterNet

Despite many official denials, there have always been persistent theories that the National Guard was actually provoked into the shootings by a belief that they were being fired upon themselves and therefore were acting in self defense.

What follows is a brief recap for those less familiar with the The Kent State Massacre, followed by the latest developments.

The spring of 1970 was a time of significant unrest on college campuses protesting the Vietnam war and President Richard Nixon's announcement of a new American invasion of Cambodia, provoking an escalation in anti-war protests. The anti-war protest movement culminated with the Kent State Massacre which resulted in hundreds of universities, colleges, and high schools closing throughout the United States due to a student strike of four million students. The official President's Commission on Campus Unrest concluded that "the indiscriminate firing of rifles into a crowd of students and the deaths that followed were unnecessary, unwarranted, and inexcusable."

Twenty-eight Ohio National Guardsmen fired sixty-seven rounds in thirteen seconds, leaving four students dead

Here is a summary of recent new developments from Kent State Truth Tribunal. (For more, see Kent State Truth Tribunal. Thanks Laurel for all of your work in your sister Allison's name.)

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Minneapolis, MN 1970
"They were about to walk out on stage and were spending a moment warming up."
Photo by Henry Diltz

Immediately after the Kent State shooting on May 4, 1970, Neil Young composed the song "Ohio" after looking at photos appearing in Life magazine and then taking a walk in the woods. Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young went to the studio and recorded the song which was released to radio stations shortly after the killings.

A rather significant article in today's The Cleveland (Ohio) Plain Dealer "Neil Young's 'Ohio' evokes strong images of May 4, 1970 shootings at Kent State" by Mark Dawidziak:
It was more than just another protest song.

Ohio was a cry of anguish, penned by Neil Young after seeing pictures taken at Kent State University on May 4, 1970.

But 40 years after members of the Ohio National Guard opened fire on college students, Young's "Ohio" remains the most evocative pop-culture response to a defining moment in American history.

"This is an event that now is in every history book," said Carole A. Barbato, a Kent State University professor of communication studies who team-teaches a course on May 4. "Wherever you live, even though your environment obviously shapes how you perceive things, you're probably as aware of the shootings at Kent State as those of us in Northeast Ohio. And even though this still would be in the history books, the pop culture certainly does perpetuate that. "Ohio" was entering the pop-culture consciousness within three weeks of the shootings.

"It was the quickest and best reaction to Kent State, with Neil Young acting as 50 percent songwriter and 50 percent journalist," said David Bianculli, a pop-culture historian who teaches at Rowan University and regularly contributes to NPR's "Fresh Air."

"I'll tell you what that song meant," said Bianculli, author of the recently published "Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour." "After the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy, you felt kind of helpless as a young person. It seemed that when someone had your voice, that voice was silenced, usually by violence.

"Then you have Kent State, and college kids are actually fired upon. And when you just might start to be thinking, you don't dare have a voice or there is no voice, from the radio comes this voice of solidarity and outrage. It wasn't just a pop song."

"After 1970, that doesn't happen again. It didn't need to happen again, mostly because it didn't need to happen there. And that's what Neil Young's song spoke to."

Thanks Ken D.

More on Neil Young composed song "Ohio" performed by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (CSNY).

Timeline of Events Leading up to May 4, 1970:

4 Days in May: Ohio, May 1, 1970
4 Days in May: Ohio, May 2, 1970
4 Days in May: Ohio, May 3, 1970
4 Dead In Ohio: May 4, 1970

Let us continue the struggle to ensure that Allison's murder (& Bill's, Jeffry's and Sandra's) was not in vain.

The Four Dead in Ohio

Allison Krause - Age: 19, 110 Yards
William Schroeder - Age: 19, 130 Yards
Jeffrey Miller - Age: 20, 90 Yards
Sandra Scheuer - Age: 20, 130 Yards

A video collage of still images commemorating the 36th Anniversary of the killing of four college students by National Guardsman at Kent State in 1970


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May 3, 2013 issue of Executive Intelligence Review.

Boston Bombing: Anglo-Saudi
Terror Machine Strikes U.S.

by Jeffrey Steinberg and Stu Rosenblatt
[PDF version of this article]
April 29—In reaction against the Obama Administration's rush-to-judgment declaration that the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing was the work of two brothers who were radicalized by reading Internet sites, and who had no ties to global terrorist networks, some Members of Congress are demanding a thorough probe of the accused bombers, and the role of the FBI in one of the most deadly terrorist acts on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001.
Were such an investigation to take place, in spite of Obama White House and FBI interference, Americans may be given a long-overdue view into the Anglo-Saudi apparatus that has been responsible for nearly every act of global terrorism over the past several decades. This is the apparatus which was behind the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and the Sept. 11, 2012 assault on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, in which U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other U.S. personnel were killed.
Appearing April 28 on Fox News, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Tex.), Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, declared that, after consulting with security professionals, he was convinced that the bombs used in the attack on the Boston Marathon were far too sophisticated to have been constructed based on Internet diagrams alone. He noted that the bombs were similar to those used frequently by terrorists in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and elsewhere. Both McCaul and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who appeared with him on Fox, demanded answers about the recruitment and training of the bombers, and about what global networks the two young Chechens had been tracked into.
In an April 20 letter to the Director of the FBI, the Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), Reps. McCaul and Peter King (R-N.Y.), the previous head of the Homeland Security Committee, also demanded an accounting by the FBI of its failure to act on leads provided by Russian security services, well over a year before the Boston bombings. Russian officials alerted the FBI in 2011 that Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the elder of the two brothers, should be investigated for ties to violent jihadist networks operating in the North Caucasus region of Russia. Similar warnings were provided by Russian officials to both the DHS and the CIA, and Tsarnaev was actually placed on a CIA watch list of suspected terrorists whose travels abroad should be monitored.
In their letter, McCaul and King cited at least five previous incidents, since the beginning of the Obama Administration, in which the FBI failed to pursue terror suspects, and in some cases, actually protected suspects as informants and agents provocateurs (see article, p. 23).
Two Tracks, Two Threats
In a very real sense, the Congressional demands for full disclosure from both the FBI and the Obama Administration define two separate, but critical tracks, of any serious investigation.
First and foremost, the Boston bombing, in which three people were killed, and many more grievously injured, demands an end to the coverup of the Anglo-Saudi guiding hand behind virtually all global terrorism. A serious probe into the apparatus behind decades of irregular warfare in the Caucasus region, Central Asia, Afghanistan-Pakistan, the Near East, and North Africa—an apparatus already implicated in the Boston bombings—would open up the entire British-Saudi alliance, and also lay bare the coverup by the George W. Bush and Obama administrations, a coverup which itself constitutes an impeachable crime.
At the same time that the full exposure of the Anglo-Saudi global terror machine is the top priority, it is also high time that a thorough probe of the criminal misconduct of the FBI be undertaken. The last time that Congress seriously looked into the abuses of power by the FBI, was back in the 1970s, when the Pike and Church committees in Congress, the Rockefeller Commission, and a Joint Congressional Inquiry into the Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. assassinations, found the FBI guilty of widespread abuses of power, including illegal spying on American citizens.
The long-delayed probe of Anglo-Saudi terrorism will also unravel a longstanding British penetration of U.S. national security institutions, which has drawn the United States into British colonial adventures around the globe, particularly in the Arab and Islamic world, that have transformed the U.S.A. into a hate object for some of the very people who previously saw the U.S. as the role model for liberation from the yoke of colonial repression and looting.
A Hundred-Year Marriage
While British domination over the Persian Gulf region dates back to the 18th Century, when the ports of the Gulf were the way-stations and security outposts of the British East India Company's vital trade routes to the Indian Subcontinent, a marriage between the British and Saudi monarchies was forged. This took place in the immediate aftermath of World War I, when the Ottoman Empire was dissolved, and the British and French divided the Middle East under the Sykes-Picot treaty.
In 1921, British Colonial Secretary Winston Churchill had the following words of praise for the House of Saud in remarks delivered before the British House of Commons. They are, he said,
"austere, intolerant, well-armed, and bloodthirsty, and that they hold it as an article of duty, as well as faith, to kill all who do not share their opinions and to make slaves of their wives and children. Women have been put to death in Wahhabi villages for simply appearing in the streets. It is a penal offence to wear a silk garment. Men have been killed for smoking a cigarette."
Churchill, in conclusion, praised King Ibn Saud for his unswerving loyalty to Britain.
From 1917-53, the year King Abdulaziz Ibn Saud died, British Intelligence's man on the scene was Harry St. John Philby, the legendary "Arabist" and father of the triple-agent Kim Philby. According to British historian Mark Curtis, the elder Philby's assignment was to
"consult with the Foreign Office over ways to consolidate the rule and extend the influence of Ibn Saud."
In 1973, in the immediate aftermath of the breakup of the Bretton Woods fixed-exchange-rate system, the British government forged a strategic investment partnership with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, that also merged Anglo-Saudi geopolitical objectives. In a series of high-level diplomatic exchanges between 1973 and 1975, culminating in an October 1975 meeting between then-Crown Prince Fahd and Queen Elizabeth II, London became the financial center for the Saudi oil empire. "Former" British SAS commandos were deployed in large numbers into Saudi Arabia to train the National Guard, and to establish direct control over the security mechanisms protecting the Saudi Royals.
1975 was also the year that British Intelligence's Dr. Bernard Lewis was permanently redeployed to the United States. While teaching at Princeton University, Lewis became the leading Middle East policy advisor to a host of American national security policymakers, including Zbigniew Brzezinski and Dick Cheney. Prominent American neoconservatives of the last 30-plus years, including Michael Ledeen and Harold Rhode, were parrots for what came to be known as the "Bernard Lewis Plan." The essence of the plan was for Western powers to support the spread of Islamic fundamentalism across the southern tier of the Soviet Union, from the Caucasus, to Central Asia, to the western provinces of China.
The Afghan mujahideen project, under which Britain, the United States, and Saudi Arabia poured hundreds of billions of dollars in arms into the hands of Wahhabi and Salafist "freedom fighters" battling to drive the Soviet Army out of Afghanistan between 1979 and 1990, directly spawned al-Qaeda, the Afghan Taliban, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, and scores of other radical jihadist terror fronts.
The Anglo-Saudi alliance—and joint sponsorship of global terrorism—entered a new phase in 1985, with the "Al-Yamamah" ("The Dove") oil-for-arms deal between London and Riyadh. The deal was brokered by Prince Bandar bin-Sultan, the longtime Saudi Ambassador in Washington, and the son of Saudi Arabia's Defense Minister Prince Sultan.
As EIR revealed in an exclusive exposé,[1] the Al-Yamamah deal established an offshore black operations fund worth hundreds of billions of dollars, skimmed from the lucrative sales of Saudi oil on the world spot market. Saudi princes pocketed tens of billions of dollars in kickbacks from the deal, which continues to this day, despite major corruption probes in Britain and the United States in the last decade.
In a revealing authorized biography of Prince Bandar, Anthony Simpson boasted,
"Although Al-Yamamah constitutes a highly unconventional way of doing business, its lucrative spin-offs are the by-products of a wholly political objective: a Saudi political objective and a British political objective.
"Al-Yamamah is, first and foremost, a political contract. Negotiated at the height of the Cold War, its unique structure has enabled the Saudis to purchase weapons from around the globe to fund the fight against Communism. Al-Yamamah money can be found in the clandestine purchase of Russian ordnance used in the expulsion of Qadaffi's troops from Chad. It can also be traced to arms bought from Egypt and other countries, and sent to the Mujahideen in Afghanistan fighting the Soviet occupying forces."
Al-Yamamah funds not only armed the Afghan mujahideen and bankrolled several African coups; payoffs from the British arms cartel BAE Systems to Prince Bandar, laundered from the Bank of England through Saudi Embassy bank accounts at Riggs National Bank in Washington, found their way directly into the hands of at least two of the 9/11 hijackers, Nawaf Alhazmi and Khalid Almihdar. The two San Diego-based hijackers were bankrolled and protected by two agents of the Saudi General Intelligence Directorate (GID), Osama Basnan and Omar al-Bayoumi. The men received between $50,000 and $72,000 from Prince Bandar during the period that the 9/11 terrorists were under their sponsorship.
When the Joint Congressional Inquiry staff probing the security failures leading to 9/11 unearthed the money trail from Bandar to the terrorists, and included it in a 28-page chapter in their final report, President George W. Bush ordered the entire 28 pages redacted from the report and placed under national security seal.
Right up to the present, President Barack Obama has maintained the coverup of the Anglo-Saudi hand behind the financing of 9/11.
Benghazi, Syria, and Beyond
If there is any doubt that the Bandar funding of at least two of the 9/11 terrorists was part of a systematic Anglo-Saudi policy, and not an inadvertent act of charity to Saudi nationals in need, just consider the aftermath of the 9/11 coverup.
After leaving his post in Washington, Bandar returned to the Kingdom, and was named National Security Advisor to King Abdullah. In July 2012, the Prince was named Director of the Saudi GID. Senior U.S. diplomatic and intelligence sources have confirmed that, from his posts as national security advisor and GID head, Bandar is directing a far-flung terrorist operation, currently focused on the funding of al-Qaeda fronts in Syria, Iraq, and Lebanon to overthrow the Assad government in Syria; waging irregular warfare against Hezbollah in Lebanon; and running a terrorist destabilization of Iraq.
Two of the Bandar-funded jihadist groups, al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) and the al-Nusra Front in Syria, have recently merged into a united neo-Salafist terror apparatus, now armed to the teeth to wage permanent terror war throughout the Near East and North Africa.
While the Obama Administration at the top is committed to protecting this Anglo-Saudi terror machine at all costs, not everyone in the U.S. government has gone along with the protection racket. At the outset of the first Obama Administration, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton established a joint task force with the Treasury Department, to crack down on Saudi funding of jihadist terrorists.
In a Dec. 30, 2009 State Department cable, in preparation for a visit to Riyadh by Richard Holbrooke and David Cohen, the co-directors of the joint task force on terrorist financing, Clinton wrote that
"donors in Saudi Arabia constitute the most significant source of funding to Sunni terrorist groups worldwide. Continued senior-level USG engagement is needed to build on initial efforts and encourage the Saudi government to take more steps to stem the flow of funds from Saudi Arabia-based sources to terrorists and extremists worldwide."
Documentation presented in lawsuits against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by survivors and relatives of victims of the 9/11 attack makes clear that the "donors" referred to in the Clinton cable are all either members of the royal family, officials of the Ministry of Religious Affairs, or heads of charities all sponsored by the Saudi Monarchy.
While there is no magic bullet solution to the growing plague of international terrorism, and while the recent Boston Marathon bombings show that there is no place to hide from the scourge, the indispensable first step toward eradicating this plague is to break the coverup and expose the top-down Anglo-Saudi hand behind world terrorism.
EIR has been the publication of record, exposing the British role in all global terrorism and illegal drug trafficking—the other primary source of funds to the worldwide terror machine. The Anglo-Saudi alliance must be broken, and the Bush and Obama administration officials who willfully covered up the terror trail must also be brought to justice. The pages that follow offer a small piece of the available evidence of this ongoing crime against humanity.

Obama Hails Police Lockdown, Covers Up State Role in Boston Bombings

Global Research, May 02, 2013
At a White House press conference Tuesday, President Barack Obama praised the April 19 police-military lockdown of metropolitan Boston and dismissed questions regarding links between the suspected Boston Marathon bombers and US intelligence and police agencies. He went on to repeat the increasingly discredited official line that the alleged bombers had been “self-radicalized” and acted alone.
Even as Obama spoke, federal officials were announcing that they were seeking to question at least half a dozen “persons of interest” both in the US and Russia who may have been involved in the twin bombings near the finish line of the marathon in downtown Boston. That criminal act killed three people and wounded more than 160 others.
On Wednesday, the British Daily Mail reported that Saudi Arabian officials in 2012 sent a written report to high officials in the US Department of Homeland Security detailing their concerns about one of the Boston bombing suspects, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, and warning that he might be planning a terrorist attack.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was shot dead by police on April 19. His younger brother, Dzhokhar, 19, is in federal custody in a prison hospital in Massachusetts.
A “highly placed source,” according to the British newspaper, said the information on Tsarnaev was based on intelligence developed in Yemen. The letter explained that the Saudi government had denied an entry visa to Tsarnaev in December 2011, when he was seeking to make a pilgrimage to Mecca.
The Saudi official told the Mail that the information was “very specific” and warned that “something was going to happen in a major US city.”
The newspaper further reported that a US Homeland Security official on Tuesday confirmed the existence of the 2012 letter.
Later on Wednesday, the Saudi embassy in Washington DC denied that the Saudi government had made any such warning to the US about Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Its statement was followed by denials from the White House and the Homeland Security Department.
The alleged Saudi warning on the activities of Tsarnaev adds to the evidence of multiple warnings from foreign intelligence authorities and US government acknowledgment of extensive contact between American security and intelligence agencies and Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
The US government has admitted that Russian intelligence sent a warning to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in March of 2011 about Tamerlan Tsarnaev and followed six months later with a warning to the Central Intelligence Agency. The Russians said they were concerned that Tsarnaev, an ethnic Chechen, had become a radical Islamist jihadist and was planning to travel to the Russian Caucasus and meet with the separatist underground there.
Despite the fact that the elder Tsarnaev brother was put on several terrorism watch lists and was questioned by the FBI, he was allowed to travel unhindered to Dagestan in the Northern Caucasus in January of 2012 and remain in the highly explosive region for six months, returning to the US in July of last year.
NBC News has reported that the Russian internal security service also gave the FBI a case file on Tsarnaev in November of 2012, after his return to the US and five months before the Boston bombings, concerning his activities while in southern Russia. NBC reported that the police witnessed Tsarnaev meeting six separate times with a known Islamist terrorist at a Salafi mosque in Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan.
In recent days, US officials have said they are investigating such contacts. The New York Times reported Monday: “Two Russian government officials said Tamerlan Tsarnaev exchanged notes over the Internet with William Plotnikov, a boxer who moved with his parents from Russia to Canada before joining militants in the North Caucasus. And they said Mr. Tsarnaev met several times in early 2012 with Mansur Makhmud Nidal, an alleged militant from the Russian province of Dagestan and suspected jihadist recruiter.”
Both Plotnikov and Nidal were killed by Russian security forces while Tamerlan Tsarnaev was in Dagestan.
Also on Wednesday, federal authorities arrested three students, classmates of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, and charged them with obstructing justice and making false statements to federal investigators. The criminal complaint does not allege that the students, two Kazakhs and one US citizen, had foreknowledge of the bombings or played any role in them. Rather, it alleges that they disposed of potentially incriminating evidence from Tsarnaev’s dorm room after the FBI had released video footage showing the two Tsarnaev brothers at the scene of the bombings and declared the two to be prime suspects.
At the Tuesday press conference, Obama responded to a reporter who cited Republican charges that the police and intelligence agencies had failed to share intelligence on Tamerlan Tsarnaev that might have prevented the bombings, saying, “I think that all our law enforcement officials performed in an exemplary fashion after the bombing had taken place.”
He then acknowledged that Russian intelligence had alerted US agencies “about the older brother as well as the mother, indicating that they might be sympathizers to extremists,” but went on to whitewash the fact that the FBI, CIA and Homeland Security Department took no steps that could have prevented execution of the terror plot.
“It’s not as if the FBI did nothing,” he said. “They not only investigated the older brother; they interviewed the older brother. They concluded that there were no signs that he was engaging in extremist activity… based on what I’ve seen so far, the FBI performed its duties; Department of Homeland Security did what it was supposed to be doing.”
Obama then implied that the two bombing suspects were “home-grown” terrorists who had acted alone. “One of the dangers that we now face,” he said, “are self-radicalized individuals who are already here in the United States, [who] in some cases may not be part of any kind of network…”
In a further effort to explain away multiple warnings from Russian intelligence about the radical jihadist sympathies and potential terrorist ties of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, and the fact that the family was well known to US intelligence agencies, Obama added that “all of this has to be done in the context of our laws, due process.”
It is difficult to capture in words the scale of Obama’s hypocrisy and cynicism. In one breath he hailed an unprecedented police-state operation involving thousands of troops and heavily armed police, as well as armored vehicles and military helicopters, carried out to enforce a “shelter in place” order and conduct warrantless house-to-house searches of entire neighborhoods—all in search of one 19-year-old youth—and in the next he claimed to be upholding “due process.”
Not only did this de facto state of siege violate virtually every civil liberty inscribed in the Bill of Rights, but Obama’s Justice Department decided not to read Dzhokhar Tsarnaev his Miranda rights to remain silent and have a lawyer present at any interrogation. The Los Angeles Times reported that the interagency High Value Detainee Interrogation Group ignored repeated requests for legal counsel from the severely wounded suspect during 16 hours of questioning.
Obama’s attempt to portray the alleged Boston bombers as lone-wolf terrorists who operated without any external help or foreign ties is consistent with the official line given out by the White House since the killing of Tamerlan and capture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. It appears that this claim is motivated by a desire to divert attention from the connections of the suspects with US intelligence agencies.
In addition to the multiple warnings cited above and evidence of direct contact between Tamerlan Tsarnaev and reputed terrorists in Dagestan, other facts belie the official story that the elder brother dropped below the radar of the FBI, CIA and Homeland Security Department due to a “failure to communicate” on the part of the agencies.
After his return to Boston from Russia last year, Tsarnaev, according to the Washington Post, “assembled an extensive playlist of jihadist videos online.” And he was ejected from his mosque in the Boston area after making inflammatory anti-American statements. As one media source recently noted, since 9/11 the FBI has maintained a program of surveillance and the use of informants in mosques across the US.
In every major terror event in the US for more than a decade, it has emerged that the alleged perpetrators were well known to US police and intelligence agencies, which had been given multiple advance warnings of their activities. The explanation given in each case was that the authorities simply “failed to connect the dots” or “failed to communicate.”
Such was the case in the attacks of September 11, 2001. Such also was the case in the failed attempt by Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab on Christmas Day 2009 to ignite a plastic explosive device as a Northwest flight made its final descent toward Detroit. In that case, the father of the perpetrator had visited the US embassy in Nigeria one month earlier to warn authorities about the terrorist connections of his son in Yemen, and American authorities had received warnings of plans by Yemen-based Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula to attack the United States.
So too in the Boston Marathon bombings. If this were merely yet another staggering security failure on the part of US police and intelligence agencies, why have those officials responsible not been named and removed from their posts? Why is Robert Mueller, the head of the FBI at the time of the 9/11 attacks, still running the agency?
Claims of mere incompetence or “lapses” are not credible. The most elementary precautions, according to the official story, were somehow not taken. It is claimed, for example, that the FBI never informed the Boston police of its dossier on Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Given the fact that the city was holding a mass public event—the marathon—there is no innocent explanation for such a “mistake.” One would assume that in the run-up to such an event, the authorities would be tracking every move of such an individual.
More plausible, given what is already known, is the likelihood that the brothers, particularly Tamerlan, were being developed as assets for use in US imperialism’s operations in Chechnya, Dagestan and Georgia. Washington has maintained a longstanding relationship with Islamist extremist groups operating in Chechnya. Russia laid siege to the region in two devastating wars following the breakup of the Soviet Union in order to suppress separatist movements. In 2008, the US supported nearby Georgia in a war with Russia over the breakaway province of South Ossetia.
Chechen separatists and Islamic fundamentalists, moreover, have been recruited by the US and its allies to participate in the US-backed war for regime-change in Syria, whose shock troops are being provided by forces linked to Al Qaeda.
The Boston tragedy is but the latest example of US imperialism’s intrigues and crimes around the world becoming the breeding grounds for attacks on innocent people at home.
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Racial Bias Is the Foundation for a Federal Criminal Case Against African American Businessmen in Colorado Says Friends of Justice and A Just Cause

Thursday, May 2nd 2013
Friends of Justice and A Just Cause, advocates for the wrongly convicted, comment on six Colorado businessmen whose criminal case is currently under appeal
Denver, Colo. (PRWEB) May 02, 2013
Dr. Alan Bean, Executive Director of Friends of Justice spent several days investigating a Colorado federal criminal case involving six businessmen. Dr. Bean interviewed nearly 80 members of the church where the business executives attended.
According to Bean's report, "These are six devout and dedicated executives serving hard time in a Colorado prison and their loved ones don’t understand why.  From the perspective of those who worked and worshiped with these men, the fingerprints of racial bias are clearly visible to the naked eye." Bean further observes, "FBI agents and DOJ prosecutors never saw this as a civil matter, a case of well-intentioned businessmen incurring business debt.  Instead, scores of federal officials concluded, in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, that a Colorado software development company had no prospects of success, no interest in success, and existed for the sole purpose of defrauding business partners."  
“Until you realize that five of the six men at the heart of this story, and the public faces of the company, are African American, nothing else makes sense” says Gary Walker, CEO IRP Solutions Corporations.  “But when the FBI raids your business and a white agent asks a black executive, 'If a qualified white woman came here for a job, would you hire her?', the coarsest form of racism is driving the game”, Walker adds.
According to court documents, the six Colorado businessmen developed software for law enforcement agencies which included the Department of Homeland Security. "This instance of wrongful prosecution didn't just damage individuals, families and businesses, it assured that, after more than a decade of effort and the fruitless expenditure of more than a billion tax dollars, the security issues that left America vulnerable on 9-11 would remain unresolved", says Bean.

By Cliff Kincaid
May 2
, 2013
The claim that the Russians somehow “warned” the U.S. about Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s radical Islamic connections has been accepted by most news organizations and commentators as established fact. But while U.S. intelligence agencies have a lot to explain, the Russian security services have been treated with kid gloves and even as the “good guys” in this affair.
Russian media, including the English-language propaganda channel Russia Today (RT), have been insisting that the U.S. is to blame for the Boston bombings because vague “warnings” from Moscow were ignored.
It is reminiscent of when Lee Harvey Oswald, a pro-Castro Marxist who had traveled back and forth to Russia, assassinated President John F. Kennedy, and the Russian KGB promptly launched a disinformation campaign in the media blaming right-wingers in Dallas and the CIA for the murder. The Soviets—and the Cubans—were determined to obscure their links to the assassin.
The obvious question in this case is: If the Russian intelligence agencies were suspicious of the brother’s terror ties, why did they not arrest and imprison him?
The Moscow regime of Vladimir Putin, a former Soviet KGB officer, rules with an iron fist and has supposedly been waging a vicious war against Muslim terrorists within its own borders. So why would they let a suspected terrorist from America come and go at will? And why, if Tamerlan Tsarnaev had a grudge against the Russians over their handling of those Muslim regions in Russia, did he attack the U.S. and not Russia?
There is something about the Russian angle that doesn’t add up.
The claim about Russian “warnings” to the U.S. ignores the sensational evidence uncovered in the 2007 book, Blowing Up Russia, that the Russian security forces are behind much of the Islamic terrorism that supposedly originates in the Muslim regions of Russia. The book was “banned in Russia,” where journalists investigating the Kremlin get threatened or even murdered.
The book’s co-author, Alexander Litvinenko, a former Russian intelligence agent, not only blamed Moscow for Islamic terrorism, but said that al-Qaeda terrorist leader Ayman al-Zawahiri had been trained by the KGB and was an agent of the Russian security services. Litvinenko died in 2006 in London, where he had fled from the Russian regime, as a result of being poisoned by Russian intelligence on the orders of Russian President Putin. A film, “Poisoned by Polonium,” examines how the highly radioactive substance Polonium was used to kill him.
He gave an interview to a Polish newspaper in 2006 and said, “The bloodiest terrorists in the world were or are agents of the KGB-FSB.” The FSB is Russian’s Federal Security Service, a successor to the KGB.
“I can definitely say that the center of global terrorism is not in Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan or the Chechen Republic,” he said. “The terrorist infection is spread worldwide from Lubyanka Square and the Kremlin cabinet.”
In other words, the Soviet-sponsored international terror networks of the 1980s did not go away, despite the collapse of the Soviet economic system.
In the U.S., after the Boston bombings, radio talk-show host Alex Jones made headlines by claiming that the attacks were a “false flag” intelligence operation staged by the U.S. Government, so that the bombings could be blamed on Islamists and the “war on terror” could expand at home and abroad.
But what if there were a Russian government hand in the bombings? What if Tamerlan Tsarnaev were a Russian agent?
The FBI says that it “reviewed its records and determined that in early 2011, a foreign government [Russia] asked the FBI for information about Tamerlan Tsarnaev.” The FBI says, “The request stated that it was based on information that he was a follower of radical Islam and a strong believer, and that he had changed drastically since 2010 as he prepared to leave the United States for travel to the country’s region to join unspecified underground groups.”
The statement said, “The FBI requested but did not receive more specific or additional information from the foreign government.”
It now appears, however, that the Russians had far more “information” about Tsarnaev than the FBI had. It looks like they did not share that information but were trying to determine what, if anything, the FBI and CIA knew about him.
The request was made before his reported trip to Russia in 2012. Yet Russia apparently already knew by then that he was “a follower of radical Islam and a strong believer” and wanted to join “underground groups.” How did Russia know this? We have since been told by the media that Russian “authorities” have turned over wire taps from 2011 of the Tsarnaev family talking to the older brother.
If the Russians had clean hands they would not be resorting to sensational claims about his travels and contacts in Russia, such as the report on the Russia Today (RT) propaganda channel that he was then under the control of the FBI. This appears to be the real “false flag” campaign.
Consider the report in the Russian government newspaper, Izvestia, that Tamerlan Tsarnaev attended “seminars” organized in Georgia, the former Soviet republic, by the U.S.-based Jamestown Foundation, where he was “recruited and trained in staging terrorist acts” against Russia.
The Jamestown Foundation “categorically rejects the content and premise” of the Izvestia report, the think tank said in a statement. “The story presented in the Izvestia article is entirely false and groundless. Our organization has never had any contact with the Tsarnaev brothers, and we have no record or knowledge of either of them ever attending any Jamestown event in Washington, DC, or elsewhere. Furthermore, Jamestown has never hosted any seminars to train terrorists or subversive agents.”
Significantly, the Jamestown Foundation has published an article by Valery Dzutsev, drawing attention to the sympathetic coverage of the parents of the Tsarnaev brothers by official Russian media. He writes, “On April 28, one of the country’s major TV channels, NTV, featured an interview with the mother of suspects, Zubeidat Tsarnaev, in which she again insisted that her sons had been ‘framed.’ The substantive part of the interview revealed little that was new, but what was interesting was the very fact that she was featured on a major Russian TV channel. This is normally not the way relatives of suspected terrorists are treated in Russia.”
To the contrary, he notes, “Russian media are threatened by the law against ‘propagating terrorism,’ and featuring a suspected terrorist’s mother would count as such an act.”
The article goes on to say, “If the Russian security services had prior information about Tamerlan’s attempt to join the North Caucasian insurgency, then they surely cannot trust his parents. Yet the Russian security services appear to be courting the parents instead of persecuting them. Zubeidat and Anzor Tsarnaev reportedly left Dagestan for Moscow. While in Dagestan, the police protected Anzor Tsarnaev from excessive contacts with journalists. This level of protection for someone whose sons are accused of terrorist activities, not only abroad, but also domestically, is highly unusual in Russia.”
In another example of this approach, Russia Today (RT) has featured an interview with a “journalist” by the name of Assed Baig, who specializes in writing about “anti-Muslim violence” perpetrated by the U.S. and other countries. He tells RT that U.S. authorities “thought that the Tsarnaevs were only a threat to Russia, not the U.S.” In other words, the allegation is that Tsarnaev was possibly an American agent. This comports nicely with the claims made by Alex Jones, who has gone to Russia’s defense in the past, such as when Moscow invaded Georgia and blamed the West for allegedly interfering in that former Soviet region. Jones has been a frequent guest on RT.
Soon after the bombings, an RT “team” flew to Dagestan, with the obvious permission of Kremlin authorities, to speak to Tsarnaevs’ parents and neighbors. While airing claims that the FBI was in control of Tsarnaev, even while he was traveling in Russia, RT has conspicuously failed to investigate what exactly Moscow knew about his time there and his “underground” connections. This subject is out of bounds for the Kremlin-funded “news” channel, which never investigates the activities of the Russian security services.
However, in an article, “How Vladimir Putin Could Help Boston,” left-wing writer Fred Kaplan stumbled on the truth, writing, “Russian intelligence services are all over Chechen radicals. That means that if—and this is a very big if—the Tsarnaevs had ever been in touch with Chechen radicals or with Islamists elsewhere who have ever been in touch with Chechen radicals, then Putin’s spy agencies have a record of it.”
The FBI has a lot to answer for in its handling of this terrorist, as he traveled to and from Russia, but Moscow knows more about Tsarnaev than Putin is telling us.
It seems incredible that a Russian agent would organize the bombing of a sporting event in Boston, with the inevitable negative fallout that would result from revelations about a Russian connection. Former KGB officer Konstantin Preobrazhensky told me that Russian involvement in the Boston bombings would be extremely counter-productive for Moscow, and would jeopardize and risk exposure for other Russian intelligence operations in the U.S.
On the other hand, the Russian media are acting as if Moscow is guilty of some role in the terror attacks, and that the world’s attention must therefore be diverted elsewhere.
As Dzutsev puts it, “The Russian security services’ gradual leaking of information invites more questions than it answers. Much more information will have to be released in order to understand why the Tsarnaev brothers turned so violent in Boston.”

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FBI agent pleads guilty to child porn charges; will pay $20K to victim
May 14, 2013

A former FBI agent facing federal charges involving child pornography will plead guilty and pay $20,000 restitution to a victim, federal authorities said today.

Donald J. Sachtleben, 54, of Carmel, entered a plea agreement with prosecutors and “will pay restitution to an identified victim portrayed in the images and videos he allegedly possessed,’’ according to a news release from the U.S. attorney’s office. He will plead guilty to distribution of child pornography, for which he could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison, and possession of child pornography, which carries a maximum 10-year sentence.

“Our Project Safe Childhood team is dedicated to investigating and prosecuting anyone who is found to have sexually exploited children – no matter who they are,” said U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett in the news release. “Most importantly, we are similarly committed to identifying the silent victims of these crimes, and providing them the assistance and restitution they deserve.”

Sachtleben was charged in May 2012 after a child-pornography investigation in Illinois found that the suspect there had traded images with others, including Sachtleben.FBI agent charged with shooting and killing his estranged wife after he said she attacked him with a knife

An FBI agent who told police in Virginia that he fatally shot his estranged wife last month has been charged in her death.

Media outlets say 43-year-old Arthur Gonzales was charged Friday with second-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony in the April 19 shooting death of Julie Serna Gonzales.

FBI Planes Flying Over Boston Metropolitan Area 'Frighten' Residents

Brought to my attention by some readers and Twitter followers, a recent article published on CBS reported that residents of Quincy, in the Boston metropolitan area were worried by the activity of a low-flying aircraft spotted doing loops over the city.

Actually, in the wake of the Boston attack, some of them said they are really “frightened” by the presence of the mysterious plane over the town every night for the past couple of weeks.

According to WBZ News Radio, FAA has given out little information about the aircraft activity. Not even the City Councillor nor the Mayor know anything about the aerial activity that is keeping locals up at night with a “strong humming sound.”

After a bit of investigation on Open Sources, the mystery was easily solved.

The aircraft flying over Boston metropolitan area since at least Apr. 24 are not drones but FBI planes. Among them, a Cessna 208 carrying registration N1132F, Cessna 206H N309JK, and Cessna 182s N859JA and N906TM.

No justification for Obama’s war on First Amendment

Secretly obtaining phone records is just the latest in a long line of attacks on whistleblowers and the press

The U.S. Justice Department’s secret seizure of phone records of reporters and editors at the Associated Press is nothing less than a continuation of attacks on freedom of the press that have been ongoing under the administration of President Barack Obama.

Carl Bernstein, famed investigative journalist who broke the story on the Watergate scandal with Bob Woodward, appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and declared this is a “matter of policy.” It goes right up to the president and the people who surround him, the very officials who have waged an unprecedented war on whistle-blowers and leaks.

He also explained, “The object of it is to try and intimidate people who talk to reporters, especially on national security matters. National security is always the false claim of administrations trying to hide information that people ought to know.”

Over 100 Journalists’ Phone Communications Collected

The AP reported yesterday that the Justice Department had “secretly obtained two months of telephone records” of reporters and editors, who worked for the AP. The records “listed incoming and outgoing calls, and the duration of each call, for the work and personal phone numbers of individual reporters, general AP office numbers in New York, Washington and Hartford, Conn., and the main number for AP reporters in the House of Representatives press gallery, according to attorneys for the AP.

They came from “more than 20 separate telephone lines assigned to AP and its journalists in April and May of 2012.” There is no way of knowing the “exact number of journalists,” who used the phone lines during this period, however, “100 journalists work in the offices whose phone records were targeted on a wide array of stories about government and other matters.”



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FBI hunts one of its own, as agent accused of threatening bosses is sought

An FBI agent with experience in counterintelligence under investigation for allegedly threatening  superiors at the bureau's Washington headquarters and its academy in Quantico, Va., has dropped out of sight and has been sought by federal authorities for more than a week, FoxNews.com has learned.

The FBI Police"s Intelligence and Liaison Office is actively searching for Michael Dick, an FBI supervisory special agent who previously worked in the counterintelligence division, after he "threatened to come to FBIHQ on 5/8/13 despite his access being terminated," a bureau bulletin states. "At this time there is no record that his Bureau weapon has been taken from him. At present he still has access to FBI space at Quantico."

Though the "be on the lookout," or BOLO, is dated one week ago, it has now been distributed to other federal law enforcement agencies in the Washington area, including the Secret Service. It was unclear why the bulletin was only widely distributed Thursday night, and why the suspended agent is still in possession of his FBI weapon and credentials with access to his Quantico work space.

"Dick has expressed discord and made indirect threats to several different members of varying divisions at both HQ and Quantico," the bulletin states. "He has threatened to show up at the headquarters office though he no longer has access to the building.

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Former Congressional Black Caucus Chair Scores Racist ...

Aug 27, 2010 – Mervyn Dymally is battling a revival of the FBI's racist “Operation. Frümenschen” —a witchhunt against African-American elected officials, ...

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Lawmaker's friends testify before federal grand jury

  Feb 06, 2013
Two friends of a high-profile state lawmaker testified before a grand jury Wednesday.

A high-profile state lawmaker said federal investigators are looking into the finances and activities of the civil rights group he heads.
State Rep. Tyrone Brooks said the Federal Bureau of Investigation has been questioning friends and members of the Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials.
Brooks believes he is being investigated because of the attention his group keeps bringing to an unsolved murder that caught the eye of the young Martin Luther King Jr.
Ronald Brown and Robert Howard said the FBI called them to court, but the two men said they were never told exactly why they were there.
"My first thought was, 'Why? What is this about?'" Brown asked.
Brown, a deacon at the First African Baptist Church in Monroe, GA, said he testified for a total of eight minutes, largely about State Rep. Tyrone Brooks and the Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials.
Brooks is the head of GABEO.
Brown said investigators asked about Brooks' financial transactions.
"It was all finance-related. Did anyone take any money? Did anybody offer any money?" Brown said.

Brown's church and GABEO reenacted a notorious lynching each year.
Two young African-American couples were shot and killed in 1946 in what are believed to have been racially motivated killings.     
No one was convicted.
Brooks, Brown and Howard believe the FBI is targeting Brooks because he keeps pressuring federal investigators to make an arrest.
"With Tyrone generating all the publicity that he's had, I can understand why they're going after him," said Howard, a former president of the Walton County Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
"Common sense would tell you there's an ulterior motive behind it," Brown said.

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Denial-of-Service attacker tells Brian Krebs he's working for the FBI

Last week, I blogged Brian Krebs's amazing piece on AsylumBooter, a cheesy denial-of-service-for-hire site apparently run by a 17-year-old Chicago-area honor-roll student named Chandler Downs, whose PayPal account was flush with more than $30,000 paid by people who'd launched more than 10,000 online attacks.
Now, Krebs has uncovered an even weirder booter story: Ragebooter is another DoS company, but this one is run by a guy who claims to be working part time for the FBI, and who says that the FBI has its own login to his site, and review all the IP addresses and other traffic data it logs.
Ragebooter.net’s registration records are hidden behind WHOIS privacy protection services. But according to a historic WHOIS lookup at domaintools.com, that veil of secrecy briefly fell away when the site was moved behind Cloudflare.com, a content distribution network that also protects sites against DDoS attacks like the ones Ragebooter and its ilk help to create (as I noted in Monday’s story, some of the biggest targets of booter services are in fact other booter services). For a brief period in Oct. 2012, the WHOIS records showed that ragebooter.net was registered by a Justin Poland in Memphis...
... “I also work for the FBI on Tuesdays at 1pm in memphis, tn,” Poland wrote. “They allow me to continue this business and have full access. The FBI also use the site so that they can moniter [sic] the activitys [sic] of online users.. They even added a nice IP logger that logs the users IP when they login.”
When I asked Poland to provide more information that I might use to verify his claims that he was working for the FBI, the conversation turned combative, and he informed me that I wasn’t allowed to use any of the information he’d already shared with me. I replied that I hadn’t and wouldn’t agree that any of our discussion was to be off the record, and he in turn promised to sue me if I ran this story. That was more or less the end of that conversation.

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May 16th, 2013

Arthur Gonzales, FBI agent accused of killing estranged wife, gets $25,000 bond in Stafford County

Arthur Bernard Gonzales, 43, an FBI agent who is accused of killing his estranged wife last month, received a $25,000 bond from Judge Sarah Deneke.
Gonzales was arrested May 10 in connection with the April 10 slaying of his wife, 42-year-old Julie Serna Gonzales.
Julie Gonzales was shot four times during an altercation at a home on Alderwood Drive in North Stafford where Arthur Gonzales lives with the couple’s two sons.
In a 911 call for help, Gonzales identified himself as an FBI agent and claimed his wife attacked him with a knife.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Eric Olsen cited the fact that Julie Gonzales was shot four times as a reason to hold Arthur Gonzales without bond.
He also claimed that Gonzales also hurt his children by bringing them along when he turned himself in at the Sheriff’s Office. Olsen said the children were crying and clinging to him as he was arrested.
“Those are the actions of someone who is more concerned with himself than his kids,” Olsen said.

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The Surveillance State: Is This the Price of Living in a ‘Free, Safe’ Society?
by John W. Whitehead, May 16, 2013
“If you’re not a terrorist, if you’re not a threat, prove it. This is the price you pay to live in free society right now. It’s just the way it is.”—Sergeant Ed Mullins of the New York Police Department  
Immediately following the devastating 9/11 attacks, which destroyed the illusion of invulnerability which had defined American society since the end of the Cold War, many Americans willingly ceded their rights and liberties to government officials who promised them that the feeling of absolute safety could be restored.
In the 12 years since, we have been subjected to a series of deceptions, subterfuges and scare tactics by the government, all largely aimed at amassing more power for the federal agencies and extending their control over the populace. Starting with the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, continuing with the torture of detainees at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay, and coming to a head with the assassination of American citizens abroad, the importing of drones and other weapons of compliance, and the rise in domestic surveillance, we have witnessed the onslaught of a full-blown crisis in government.
Still Americans have gone along with these assaults on their freedoms unquestioningly.
Even with our freedoms in shambles, our country in debt, our so-called “justice” system weighted in favor of corporations and the police state, our government officials dancing to the tune of corporate oligarchs, and a growing intolerance on the part of the government for anyone who challenges the status quo, Americans have yet to say “enough is enough.”
Now, in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, we are once again being assured that if we only give up a few more liberties and what little remains of our privacy, we will achieve that elusive sense of security we’ve yet to attain. This is the same song and dance that comes after every tragedy, and it’s that same song and dance which has left us buying into the illusion that we are a free, safe society.
The reality of life in America tells a different tale, however. For example, in a May 2013 interview with CNN, former FBI counterterrorism agent Tim Clemente disclosed that the federal government is keeping track of all digital communications that occur within the United States, whether or not those communicating are American citizens, and whether or not they have a warrant to do so.
As revelatory as the disclosure was, it caused barely a ripple of dismay among Americans, easily distracted by the torrent of what passes for entertainment news today. Yet it confirms what has become increasingly apparent in the years after 9/11: the federal government is literally tracking any and all communications occurring within the United States, without concern for the legal limitations of such activity, and without informing the American people that they are doing so.
Clemente dropped his bombshell during a CNN interview about authorities’ attempts to determine the nature of communications between deceased Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his widow Katherine Russell. In the course of that conversation, Clemente revealed that federal officials will not only be able to access any voicemails that may have been left by either party, but that the entirety of the phone conversations they had will be at federal agents’ finger tips.
“We certainly have ways in national security investigations to find out exactly what was said in that conversation,” stated Clemente. “All of that stuff [meaning phone conversations occurring in America] is being captured as we speak whether we know it or like it or not.” A few days later, Clemente was asked to clarify his comments, at which point he said, “There is a way to look at all digital communications in the past. No digital communication is secure.”
In other words, there is no form of digital communication that the government cannot and does not monitor—phone calls, emails, text messages, tweets, Facebook posts, internet video chats, etc., are all accessible, trackable and downloadable by federal agents.
At one time, such actions by the government would not only have been viewed as unacceptable, they would also have been considered illegal. However, government officials have been engaged in an ongoing attempt to legitimize these actions by passing laws that make the lives of all Americans an open book for government agents. For example, while the nation was caught up in the drama of the Boston bombing and the ensuing military-style occupation of the city by local and federal police, Congress passed a little-noticed piece of legislation known as the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA). The legislation, which the House of Representatives approved by an overwhelming margin of 288-127, will allow internet companies to share their users’ private data with the federal government and other private companies in order to combat so-called “cyber threats.”
In short, the law dismantles any notion of privacy on the internet, opening every action one undertakes online, whether emailing, shopping, banking, or just browsing, to scrutiny by government agents. While CISPA has yet to clear the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, the spirit of it is alive and well. In fact, officials in the Obama administration have for some time now been authorizing corporate information sharing and spying in secret through the use of executive orders and other tactics.
The Justice Department, for instance, has been issuing so-called “2511 letters” to various internet service providers like AT&T, which immunize them from being prosecuted under federal wiretapping laws for providing the federal government with private information. Despite federal court rulings to the contrary, the Department of Justice continues to assert that it does not require a warrant to access Americans’ emails, Facebook chats, and other forms of digital communication.
While it may be tempting to lay the full blame for these erosions of our privacy on the Obama administration, they are simply continuing a system of mass surveillance, the seeds of which were planted in the weeks after 9/11, when the National Security Agency (NSA) began illegally tracking the communications of American citizens. According to a Washington Post article published in 2010, the NSA continues to collect 1.7 billion communications, whether telephone, email or otherwise, every single day.
The NSA and Department of Justice are just two pieces of a vast surveillance network which encompasses and implicates most of the federal government, as well as the majority of technology and telecommunications companies in the United States. For the past two years, the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has approved literally every single request by the federal government to spy on people within the United States. There have been some 4,000 applications rubberstamped by the court in the past two years, applications which allow federal officials to monitor the communications of any person in the United States, including American citizens, if they are believed to be in contact with someone overseas.
These government-initiated spying programs depend in large part on the willingness of corporations to hand over personal information about their customers to government officials. Sometimes the government purchases the information outright. At other times, the government issues National Security Letters, which allow the government to force companies to hand over personal information without a warrant or probable cause.
Some web companies, such as Skype, have already altered their products to allow government access to personal information. In fact, government agents can now determine the credit card information and addresses of Skype users under suspicion of criminal activity. Aside from allowing government agents backdoor access to American communications, corporations are also working on technologies to allow government agents even easier access to Americans’ communications.
For example, Google has filed a patent for a “Policy Violation Checker,” software which would monitor an individual’s communications as they type them out, whether in an email, an Excel spreadsheet or some other digital document, then alert the individual, and potentially their employer or a government agent, if they type any “problematic phrases” which “present policy violations, have legal implications, or are otherwise troublesome to a company, business, or individual.” The software would work by comparing the text being typed to a pre-defined database of “problematic phrases,” which would presumably be defined on a company-by-company basis.
The emergence of this technology fits in well with Google chairman Eric Schmidt’s view on privacy, which is that “If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.” Unfortunately, this is not just the attitude of corporate benefactors who stand to profit from creating spy technology and software but government officials as well.
Additionally, police officials throughout the country have become increasingly keen on monitoring social media websites in real time. Rob D’Ovido, a criminal justice professor at Drexel University, has noted that, “The danger of this in light of the tragedy in Boston is that law enforcement is being so risk-averse they are in danger of crossing that line and going after what courts would ultimately deem as free speech.”
For example, Cameron Dambrosio, a teenager and self-styled rap artist living in Metheun, Massachusetts, posted a video of one of his original songs on the internet which included references to the White House and the Boston bombing. While the song’s lyrics may well have been crude and ill-advised in the wake of the Boston bombing, police officers exacerbated the situation by arresting Dambrosio and charging him with communicating terrorist threats, a felony charge which could land him in prison for twenty years.
Unfortunately, cases like Dambrosio’s may soon become the norm, as the FBI’s Next Generation Cyber Initiative has announced that its “top legislative priority” this year is to get social media giants like Facebook and Google to comply with requests for access to real-time updates of social media websites. The proposed method of encouraging compliance is legal inquiries and hefty fines leveled at these companies. The Obama administration is expected to support the proposal.
The reality is this:  we no longer live in a free society. Having traded our freedoms for a phantom promise of security, we now find ourselves imprisoned in a virtual cage of cameras, wiretaps and watchful government eyes. All the while, the world around us is no safer than when we started on this journey more than a decade ago. Indeed, it well may be that we are living in a far more dangerous world, not so much because the terrorist threat is any greater but because the government itself has become the greater threat to our freedoms.

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FBI Citizens Academy opens some eyes


May 16, 2013 


CHARLOTTE -- Julian Flamer aimed a laser pistol at a screen Thursday night and tried to guess if the man coming at him was armed and dangerous.

Flamer lives in Charlotte, is a college grad, and works at a local bottling plant.

And he had no idea what the FBI was all about.

"I think you learn the FBI is secretive so you only know what is told to you," he said.

So he jumped at the chance to join the latest class in the FBI's Citizens Academy -- where 17 local business, religious, and community leaders are taking weekly classes, learning what real FBI agents do.

The new Special Agent in Charge, John Strong, said the academy is a way to show that agents are people too.

"We go to church with them.  Our kids go to school with their kids.  And we want to protect the community for the same reason they want us to protect it," Strong said.


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Farrakhan On Malcolm Shabazz Death: ‘FBI Worked To Destroy Him, Malcolm X Legacy’ [VIDEO]

During part 20 of his weekly series, The Time And What Must Be Done, Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam answered criticism about his deafening silence on the murder of Malcolm Shabazz, the grandson of iconic human rights activist and revolutionary, Malcolm X.

RELATED: Funeral Program For Malcolm Shabazz Released

I was asked in a tweet whether I had offered condolences to the Malcolm Shabazz family over the loss of Malcolm Shabazz, the son of Sister Qubilah Shabazz,” Farrakhan began.I sent word to the family through our International Representative, Brother Akbar Muhammad, who has contact with [Malcolm X daughter] Ilyasah Shabazz. He didn’t speak with her directly; but I gave him a message for the family, and he said he put it on her answering service. I hope that she received it; if not, the message is simply that we, in the Nation of Islam, send our deepest condolences and sympathies to the family.

But Farrakhan didn’t stop there. Exposing the toxic culture of the F.B.I. and its historical — and contemporary — role of terrorizing the Black community, the NOI leader suggested that the blame for young Malcolm’s death rested squarely on the organization’s shoulders.

But I want to say to Black America — that the same F.B.I. that hatched the plot to divide Brother Malcolm from his teacher [The Honorable Elijah Muhammad] and the Nation of Islam; that same F.B.I. that worked to destroy Black organizations and Black leadership — that same F.B.I. was dogging the footsteps of this young potential giant,” Farrakhan said.

Read young Malcolm’s complete statement on his arrest by clicking here.

As previously reported by NewsOne, young Malcolm alluded to his own assassination in March when sharing the harassment he and his family have consistently received from the F.B.I.

In the beginning of 2012 I had been informed that I was under investigation by the F.B.I.’s Counter Terrorism Task Force Unit located in Goshen, N.Y.

The formula for a public assassination is: the character assassination before the physical assassination; so one has to be made killable before the eyes of the public in order for their eventual murder to then deemed justifiable. And when the time arrives for these hits to be carried out you’re not going to see a C.I.A. agent with a suit & tie, and a badge that says “C.I.A.” walk up to someone, and pull the trigger. What they will do is to out-source to local police departments in the region of their target, and to employ those that look like the target of interest to infiltrate the workings in order to set up the environment for the eventual assassination (character, physical/incarceration, exile) to take place.

In the days prior to Malcolm’s death, he posted two cryptic — and now arguably foreshadowing — Facebook update about his “powerful enemies” and “weird” messages:

Malcolm’s last Facebook status — one day prior to his death — was a picture of “The Last Supper.”

These updates, as well as the sketchy details surrounding his death have led some people to call for an investigation.

Though Farrakhan stopped short of saying that the F.B.I. was directly involved in young Malcolm’s murder, he clearly called out the U.S. government for working to destroy his life in hopes of forever burying the legacy of Malcolm X:

 We are not clear on what happened in Mexico. But you know, when the enemy wants to get rid of you, one of the best places and times to do it is when you are away from your base. May God comfort the family and us in this loss; but at the same time, we really should look at the hypocrisy of a government that would place the picture of Brother Malcolm on a stamp, as though they really ‘admire him,’ and there’s been a ‘change of heart,’ and now they ‘love the man’ that they once loved to hate.
And then at the same time as his picture is on a stamp, they worked to destroy the only remaining male member to carry on his legacy and his name.

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Undercover FBI agent ‘lured’ Tunisian student, allegedly linked to foiled terror plot, to U.S., supporters say

Ahmed Abassi, a 26-year-old Laval University student, was allegedly in regular contact with the agent, who secretly recorded them discussing a plot to attack a Via Rail passenger train.
Supporters of Ahmed Abassi, a Tunisian man allegedly linked to a foiled Canadian terror plot, say an undercover FBI agent posing as an Egyptian businessman provided money, advice and the promise of a job if Abassi would come to the U.S.
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MONTREAL—Supporters of Ahmed Abassi, a Tunisian man allegedly linked to a foiled Canadian terror plot, say an undercover FBI agent posing as an Egyptian businessman provided money, advice and the promise of a job if Abassi would come to the United States.
U.S. court documents have already revealed that an undercover agent played a crucial role in the arrest of Abassi, a 26-year-old student at Quebec’s Laval University.
Abassi was allegedly in regular contact with the agent, who secretly recorded them discussing a plot to attack a Via Rail passenger train; to cause the death of “up to 100,000 people” by contaminating the air or water; to provide financial support and weapons to anti-government fighters in Syria, and how to recruit other terrorists in North America.
But a Facebook page set up days after his arrest on immigration charges was announced says the FBI agent actually lured Abassi to New York, and to his eventual arrest, after his Canadian student visa was cancelled.
That unexplained immigration problem prevented Abassi from returning home with his new wife to their apartment in Quebec City and from continuing his studies.
The detailed account of the months leading up to Abassi’s arrest on April 22 at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport — which includes a video interview with Abassi’s sister — make two notable claims.
First, that American law enforcement agents may have enticed a suspected terrorist to enter the U.S. in order to further an investigation. Second, that an undercover FBI agent may have been operating on Canadian soil as part of that probe.
The two countries have a mutual legal assistance treaty that lets forces in either Canada or the U.S. pursue an investigation across the border as long as they are under the host country’s command. Authorities on both sides of the border have already acknowledged their close co-operation in the probe.
The Facebook page claiming Abassi’s innocence contains intimate wedding photographs, an up-to-date copy of the engineering student’s resumé and postings of support by people identifying themselves as relatives and friends. It also contains
#!, speaking in Arabic to the news outlet Zoom Tunisia about her brother’s case. In the interview, she reiterates the details of the written account, including those about the Egyptian businessman.
The case summary, which is posted in Arabic, English and French said the “tension and anxiety” over the cancellation of Abassi’s Canadian student visa was compounded by a serious car accident that left a brother in a Tunisian hospital. That stress, it said, was partially relieved by the promises made a mysterious Egyptian entrepreneur in New York whom Abassi knew as Thamer Al-Nouri.
According to the Facebook case summary, Abassi first met Al-Nouri in August 2012 through Chiheb Esseghaier, a Montreal engineering student and alleged co-conspirator who was also arrested April 22 along with Toronto man Raed Jaser. Both are charged with conspiring to commit terrorist acts in Canada.
Abassi and Al-Nouri met again a few weeks later, once more in Quebec, when the Egyptian arrived on a purported house-hunting tour. But their relationship appears to have blossomed when Abassi found himself stranded in Tunisia in late January.
The Facebook account claims Al-Nouri sent money to help Abassi’s convalescing brother and then suggested he come to the United States to be closer to his wife. Al-Nouri also promised him a job and a lawyer to deal with the Canadian visa problem, and he took care of the U.S. work visa application, the account claims.
Abassi was reluctant but was later convinced to accept the offer after Al-Nouri persuaded the man’s wife and mother that this was the best option for him.
“Faced with no clear response from the Canadian Embassy in Tunis about his visa file, he was forced to accept the proposition to travel to the United States,” the summary said.
A spokesperson with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York would not comment on the claims made on the Facebook page. Sabrina Shroff, Abassi’s American lawyer, also would not comment. The Toronto Star’s requests for interviews with Abassi’s sister, his wife and the administrator of the Facebook page were either turned down or ignored.
Court documents corroborate some details of the Facebook summary, including the cover story that the agent was a businessman. After Abassi entered the U.S. in March 2013, they discussed visa requirements that would allow him to remain there, “purportedly in order to work for the (agent’s) U.S.-based company,” court documents state.
Upon his arrest, Abassi claimed to be working for the undercover agent’s company.
U.S. court documents say Abassi admitted to police under questioning that “he may have radicalized” Esseghaier, the accused Montreal plotter, as well as “discussed plots to poison a water system and to derail a passenger train.”
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Suspicious death of two FBI agents creates controversy
Mon May 27, 2013 2:10AM
Two well-trained Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents who were involved in the killing of a Boston bombing suspect have suspiciously died.

The FBI said in a statement that 41-year-old Christopher Lorek and 40-year-old Stephen Shaw were killed on May 17 as they fell out of a helicopter into water during a training mission off the coast of Virginia Beach.

US officials have blamed bad weather for the tragedy but some have questioned the credibility of the official account, considering it a cover-up.

They say the agents’ death adds to the suspicious death of a friend of the Boston bombing suspect, Ibragim Todashev, who was killed in his own apartment by an FBI agent.

Lorek and Shaw were part of the bureau's Critical Incident Response Group and were both members of the team investigating the Boston Marathon bombings in mid-April.

“You could always take it as one of an endless group of coincidences. We have so many [of them], when you look at the Boston investigation that these two individuals were involved in, everything had the stamp of CIA and FBI on it, from the first steps,” Gordon Duff, senior editor of Veterans Today, told Press TV.

“What we have in the US is that we don’t report, we don’t have the least free press here. There are powerful dissident elements within our military, intelligence services and government that are under the control of... I’ll call them organized crime on a worldwide basis. If you refer to hundreds of billions of dollars worth of narcotics and trillions of dollars worth of financial crimes, it is simply organized crime, it is the understatement of all time,” he added.

The incident has reminded many of the dramatic death of top US commandos in Afghanistan, who lost their lives three months after their involvement in the alleged killing of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in 2011.

On August 6, 2011, the helicopter of the Navy SEAL Team VI was shot down in Afghanistan.

The families of Navy SEAL members have blamed the government for the tragedy, saying the shooting down of the helicopter and the subsequent cover-up was planned by the government.

They said that US President Barack Obama turned the SEALs group into a Taliban target after the administration revealed they had conducted the bin Laden raid.

The families also claimed Taliban militants had received leaked information from the US government regarding the landing site of the commandos’ helicopter.
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MATT CONNOLLY: An Interesting discovery request, interesting witnesses

By Matt Connolly
Whitey Bulger's attorneys J.W. Carney and Hank Brennan made the following request for discovery. They seek the following:
1. A confidential source informed the FBI that Kevin Weeks and several of his associates threatened individuals from testifying before the grand jury or cooperating with law enforcement. We request the identity of this source. See Bates # 00376348.
(There are lots of information in FBI reports that comes from confidential sources. As I pointed out many of it is raw and the FBI usually will respond to this request by saying the informant had no first hand knowledge about this and it is only based on "street talk." I've criticized the FBI for putting these things in writing as if they are valid assertions but when called upon to support them pass them off as mere rumors. It shows how the FBI wants to have its cake and eat it, a poor way to conduct a law enforcement agency.)
2. A 2006 FBI report indicates that a confidential source informed the FBI that Kevin Weeks and Patrick Nee were involved in the sale of illegal narcotics. See Bates # 00376367. Please provide the identity of the source and any and all documents reflecting an investigation into this tip. If no investigation was made, please indicate so. We consider this a promise or reward if no investigation was made or prosecution initiated.
(This is a good move by the Carney and Brennan team. The FBI will refuse to disclose the source and will be backed by the judge. But here things are a little different. If the FBI did nothing about the report then it may indicate that it was another inducement to Weeks to turn state's evidence and it may show there was a relationship between the FBI and Pat Nee that the FBI has wanted to hide.)
3. Captain Robert Kelliher of the Massachusetts State Police provided a summary report of an individual regarding allegations of an FBI agent and statements about his contacts with known associates of Mr. Bulger. The four page report is highly redacted. See Bates # 00082844-47. We request this document be produced in its entirety without redactions.
(We've seen how the ACLU requested something from the FBI under the Freedom of Information Act and it received 20 or so pages and everything on them were blacked out. Redactions destroy much of the worth of documents produced. Carney and Brennan should be able to see the full report of what happened between this FBI agent and Whitey's associates. Hopefully the judge recognizes this.)
4. The documents you produced on May 20, 2013 reveal two other testimonies of Julie Rakes related to the alleged extortion that we do not possess. The testimonies are from September 12, 1995 and December 6, 1996. See Bates # 00376942 and 00376728, respectively. Please produce these two transcripts.
(Julie Rakes has indicated Whitey extorted her husband's liquor store from him. She testified in the Connolly case about what had happened. Her story has been contradicted by her sisters and others. She is not listed as testifying for the government so I'm uncertain why Carney and Brennan want to see this. Her husband Steve Rakes is listed as a witness so they probably want it to contradict his testimony.)
By the way, the prosecutors have listed 82 people as witnesses. Two of them,James "Jimmy the Sniff" Katz (one of the smartest bookies I ever wiretapped) and Joseph "Joey Y" Yerardi (one of Martorano's guys) are men I arrested for booking and sent off to jail. The feds used my prior convictions of these guys to knuckle them under. Howie Levenson, another bookie, I tried to get but didn't is also scheduled to testify.
Both Katz and Levenson are called "relocated witnesses" which means they are in the witness protection program. Two other witnesses on the list are also in that program. I have to believe that Katz and Levenson are still booking only this time they are doing it under the protection of the FBI. This is what the deal was with Sammy Berkowitz a bookie in Chelsea who was protected by corrupt agent John Morris who had him as a top echelon informant and took money, the use of a Florida condo, and other gifts from him. The FBI has its own group of bookies.
Oh, yes, speaking of Agent Morris he is also scheduled to testify. We just have to wait with bated breath to see him cry when he tells of how he was caused to become corrupt by Whitey. He'll also cry when he tells us how he tried to have Whitey murdered. That in itself should be worth the price of admission seeing Jay Carney offer him a handkerchief to wipe away his faux tears.

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Boiling Tea Partier: Former NY honcho sues IRS, FBI



 May 28, 2013

A prominent former state Tea Party organizer insists that he’s being targeted by the IRS for his political activities — and is now firing back with a $20 million lawsuit.
Sam Zherka, a Westchester newspaper owner and city strip-club mogul, is suing the FBI and the IRS in Manhattan federal court, saying that the only reason he is under scrutiny in a tax investigation is his prominent Tea Party activities from 2009-10.
That’s right about the time that the IRS now admits it began conducting heightened investigations of Tea Party and other politically conservative groups that sought tax-exempt status, the lawsuit notes.

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AFP PODCAST & ARTICLE: Extreme Prejudice Against the Truth
May 28, 2013 

Susan Lindauer, 49, was the first woman and the second non-Arab American to be charged with violating the USA PATRIOT Act of 2001, more commonly referred to as the Patriot Act, “a 7,000 page document,” she says, “that I happened to know nobody on Capitol Hill actually read before voting to approve.” USA PATRIOT is a 10-letter acronym that stands for Uniting (and) Strengthening America (by) Providing Appropriate Tools Required (to) Intercept (and) Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001.

Ms. Lindauer was arrested on March 11, 2004, by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and charged with “acting as an unregistered agent of a foreign government,” accepting $10,000 from the Iraqi Intelligence Service, and accused of meeting with an FBI agent posing as a Libyan. She was locked up for one year at United States prison Federal Medical Center, Carswell in Texas without trial or hearing, “and threatened with indefinite detention and forcible drugging to shut her up.” “During her incarceration she won the right to refuse forced anti-psychotic medication which the United States Department of Justice (DoJ) claimed would render her competent to stand trial.” On January 16, 2009, after nearly five years of being under indictment with no conviction or guilty plea, the DoJ dismissed all charges.

Ms. Lindauer explains that the reason for her extreme odyssey is because she was a U.S. intelligence asset covering anti-terrorism at the Iraqi Embassy in New York from 1996 up until Iraq War II, who also happened to be an antiwar activist in possession of Iraqi prewar intelligence that would expose the myriad lies used to justify hostilities. She also claims to have given advance warning on 9-11, and several independent sources have confirmed this.

Born in Oklahoma and raised in California and Alaska, “Lindauer is the daughter of John Howard Lindauer II, the newspaper publisher and former Republican nominee for Governor of Alaska.” She is also the second cousin on her father’s side to former White House Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush, Andrew Card, whom she delivered a letter to, urging him to intercede with Bush not to invade Iraq, while offering to act as a back channel in negotiations.

She was an honor student in high school and graduated from Smith College and received a master’s degree in public policy from the London School of Economics. She has worked as a reporter and editor at two Washington newspapers, and a reporter and researcher at the news magazine U.S. News & World Report.

She worked for several U.S. Democratic Representatives, including Peter DeFazio (Ore.), Ron Wyden (Ore.), and Zoe Lofgren (Calif.), and also as a press secretary and speech writer for Democratic Senator Carol Moseley Braun (Ill.).

As a result of her experiences, Ms. Lindauer wrote the 457-page book, Extreme Prejudice: The Terrifying Story of the Patriot Act and the Cover Ups of 9/11 and Iraq, which details her life as an intelligence asset, her arrest, imprisonment and eventual release.

AMERICAN FREE PRESS conducted an exclusive interview with Ms. Lindauer, to discuss the book.

AFP asked Ms. Lindauer when she first decided to write the book.

“I got the idea for writing the book from my boyfriend,” she said, “right after my indictment, and we knew that this was an important story, that Americans needed to hear the real truth about Iraqi prewar intelligence and the CIA’s advance warnings about 9-11. Everybody understood why they were suppressing the truth, because the government was so desperate to reinvent the facts so that politicians in Washington could escape their responsibility for having pushed the country into this catastrophic war.”

AFP asked how her background prepared her for her work as an intelligence asset, which are, according to her book, “private citizens who have developed some specialized field of expertise or interest that grants them special access to target groups desirable to the intelligence community.”

“I went to the London School of Economics, and there for the first time, I was exposed to Arabs and Muslims,” she said. “The London School of Economics at that time was a major educational institution for the sons and daughters of foreign diplomats and foreign leaders. They were heavily represented by the Middle East, and I was exposed to a broader global picture then I had ever imagined.”

AFP asked how she persevered through this terrible ordeal.

 “It was a horrific nightmare, an appalling offense to the democracy of our country and the Constitutional protections,” she said.

“I am a formidable fighter. If I had been a weak defendant, they would’ve given me a trial. And if I had been a weak prisoner, they would’ve succeeded in forcibly drugging me. The fact that the Justice Department made the accusations and was unable to go into court and complete the case and make a presentation to a jury, should tell you…that I would’ve conducted my own oversight investigation into Iraqi prewar intelligence right in that courtroom.”

AFP asked how her experiences could apply to your average American.

“If they could do this to me, you have no chance. Because I know how to fight, the CIA taught me. I was trained by the CIA for a decade to run any blockade. I am a child, a creature, of black ops and operations. I’m not an analyst. I’m the one who goes in and deals face-to-face with terrorists. Terrorism was my baby for a decade.”

AFP asked what she had realized while locked up.

“What I believed while I was in prison was that a man can be judged by the strength of his enemies. And I was attacked by George [W.] Bush and Dick Cheney, Colin Powell and Paul Wolfowitz and right-wing neocons, who had to lie, they couldn’t even tell the truth about who I was.”

FBI caught dealing child porn on internet

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FBI shared child porn to nab pedophiles; Washington home raided

Seattle-area man targeted in wide-ranging investigation into rape, abuse photos
 Tuesday, May 28, 2013
The FBI seized and ran a child pornography service late last year as investigators worked to identify its customers, one Western Washington man allegedly among them.
Following a lengthy investigation, Nebraska-based agents raided the large child pornography service in November hoping to catch users who shared thousands of images showing children being raped, displayed and abused.
The Bureau ran the service for two weeks while attempting to identify more than 5,000 customers, according to a Seattle FBI agent's statements to the court. Court records indicate the site continued to distribute child pornography online while under FBI control; the Seattle-based special agent, a specialist in online crimes against children, detailed the investigation earlier this month in a statement to the court.
The investigation appears to mark a departure for the Bureau and other federal law enforcement agencies aiming to root out child porn purveyors.
Historically, child pornography investigations stem from tips made to law enforcement, interactions with undercover officers posing as customers or reviews of documentation seized during searches of child porn clearinghouses like the one recently raided in Nebraska. While investigators are known to have posed as child porn dealers – a 2011 effort involved targeted emails to suspected pedophiles – it is not apparent that the FBI previously dealt child porn as part of a sting.
The Nebraska investigation is still in its early stages, and, while charges appear to be forthcoming, no one being prosecuted has been publicly tied to the site thus far. Information obtained during the investigation resulted in a search of one Western Washington home, and investigators are presently reviewing computers seized during that April search.
The FBI declined requests to discuss the investigation or investigators’ motivations to continue operating the site. Court records indicate investigators hoped to trace customers and were unable to do so through traditional means.
“This remains an ongoing investigation, and local court rules and Department of Justice policy prohibit me from providing more information at this time,” said Sandy Breault, spokeswoman for the FBI Omaha Division. “As in any given matter, if charges are filed, they will eventually become a matter of public record.”
1,000s of images shared during investigation
Named only as “Website A” in an April 10 search warrant affidavit filed by the Seattle-based agent, the child pornography service was described as an online bulletin board with the primary business of advertising and sharing child pornography.
The affidavit was obtained by seattlepi.com earlier in May through a publicly accessible court records system. It has since been sealed.
Agents in the Omaha area seized “Website A” on Nov. 16 and continued to operate it until Dec. 2, monitoring messages from users of the website, the Seattle special agent told the court. The site was shut down Dec. 2.
At the time the service was shuttered it had more than 5,600 users and 24,000 posts, nearly all of which related to child pornography. At least 10,000 photos of children being posed nude, raped or otherwise abused were broadcast through the site.

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a species that hires bodyguards to protect them
looses the ability to protect itself
and is helpless when the bodyguards turn on them

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Death Of Man Linked To Boston Bombing Suspect Sparks Talk Of FBI Cover-Up


» by Latifah Muhammad (@TheLatifah) May 31, 2013, 13:50pm

The death of a reported acquaintance of Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev is raising more conspiracy theories that an FBI cover-up may be at play. A team of agents and Massachusetts police officers questioned Ibragim Todashev last week, which somehow ended in his death, but how that happened is a story that continues to change.

The foggy recount and various reports are causing confusion, stories of Todashev's death range from him having a weapon to being unarmed.

As reported in the Washington Post:

    One of the agents left the interview with minor injuries. Mr. Todashev was carted out with, apparently, several bullet holes in his body. We say “apparently” because journalists have gotten a tangle of conflicting reports from law enforcement sources about what happened, many of which look bad for the FBI.

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Nothing but a Northern Lynching: The Death of Fred Hampton Revisited
Posted: 12/04/09 09:16 AM ET

Forty years ago, on December 4, 1969, 21-year-old Fred Hampton, a charismatic leader of the Illinois Black Panther Party, was murdered as he slept in his home on Chicago's West Side. Shortly before dawn, fourteen armed police officers, ostensibly serving a search warrant, shot nearly one hundred rounds of ammunition into his apartment, killing Hampton and twenty-two year old Mark Clark and wounding several other young members of the Black Panther Party. The Assassination of Fred Hampton: How the FBI and the Chicago Police Murdered a Black Panther, by Jeffrey Haas, tells the story of the 13 year legal battle that eventually uncovered a conspiracy between the FBI, the Illinois State's Attorney's office, and the police, to kill Fred Hampton and destroy the Black Panther Party.

2009-11-13-cover.jpgJeffrey Haas was one of the lead lawyers representing the Hampton and Clark families and those who survived. In a riveting memoir that reads like a docudrama, Haas introduces the reader to the politics of the late 1960s and to young Fred Hampton, a magnetic public speaker and community organizer. Haas then provides a play by play history of the tensions between the Black Panther Party and the police, and a guide through the labyrinthine twists and turns of the legal struggle waged to avenge Hampton's death.

The book tells an inspiring story of underpaid, indefatigable lawyers who eventually forced powerful government officials to admit a truth they had stonewalled for more than a decade.

His account is one of egregious abuse of power by state, local and federal law enforcement. Haas takes the reader through a series of attempts to whitewash the illegal conduct of the law enforcement officials who staged and carried out the raid. State's Attorney Edward Hanrahan charged the survivors of the raid with attempted murder of the police. An internal police department investigation exonerated the officers who shot Hampton and Clark; the Cook County Coroner ruled Hampton's death justifiable homicide. Later, a federal grand jury refused to indict the police or State's Attorney Hanrahan, even though it issued a report containing damning evidence that the police shooting was unprovoked by the Panthers.

The court dismissed Hanrahan's charges against the survivors in the face of the physical evidence. All but one of the 90 plus bullets came from police weapons and had been shot into the apartment, and Hampton had been shot at close range, with two bullets to the head. Yet, as Haas explains, the dismissals of criminal charges against them brought the surviving Panthers, and the Hampton and Clark families, no closer to justice.

Outraged civil rights leaders and community members demanded that those who killed Hampton and Clark should be held accountable. As one elderly woman put it after viewing the blood-soaked mattress where Hampton was slain, "this was nothing but a Northern lynching."

Haas and his colleagues at the People's Law Office filed a federal civil rights suit on behalf of the Hampton and Clark families and the raid's survivors. The judge threw their case out of court. While that decision was on appeal, continuing pressure from the community and the press prompted the Chief Criminal Court Judge to appoint a special prosecutor, respected Chicago attorney Barnabas Sears. Haas writes that when Sears sought indictments against the State's Attorney and the police, the judge who had hired him ordered the indictments sealed and cut off his funds. Only after an appellate court intervened were these indictments unsealed. Three years after Hampton and Clark's deaths, the independent prosecutor indicted the police and State's Attorney Hanrahan, albeit for "obstruction of justice" rather than murder.

As Haas tells it, throughout this ordeal of justice delayed and denied, he and his law partners took heart from one of Fred Hampton's speeches: "If you dare to struggle, you dare to win. If you dare not struggle, then damn it, you don't deserve to win."

And struggle they did. Just when the reader begins to hope that the bad guys will finally get their due, Haas shows us how difficult it was for the truth to emerge in the face of persistent government denials. In the criminal trial against the police and State's Attorney Hanrahan, lawyers for the indicted officials focused almost entirely on the purported violence and anti-police rhetoric of the Black Panther Party, rather than on the evidence against their clients. Ruling that the prosecution had provided "insufficient evidence" of a conspiracy, the judge found all the law enforcement defendants not guilty. The acquittals came just a few days before an election in which State's Attorney Hanrahan was trying to keep his job. The only solace the Panther families and their lawyers could take from this turn of events was that Chicago voters threw Hanrahan out of office.

Back in court on a civil rights complaint reinstated by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Haas and the team of largely unpaid lawyers and students faced an uphill battle. The defendants were represented by high-priced lawyers paid at public expense and the judge was openly hostile to the plaintiffs.

After several more years, another dismissal and another appeal, Haas and his colleagues finally gained access to the evidence that the FBI had buried for so long. The judge granted a hotly contested discovery motion for material about the FBI's covert intelligence program and the FBI eventually turned over more than five hundred boxes of documents in response.

Painstaking review of the discovered documents turned up proof that the FBI had planted an informant in the Black Panther Party and had concealed that information from all the previous investigations and trials. The FBI's informant, William O'Neal, was Hampton's trusted friend and bodyguard, and ironically, the person in charge of security for the Panthers on the night of the killings. The connecting link between the FBI and the police who carried out the raid was a blueprint of Fred Hampton's apartment which the FBI had provided to the Chicago police. The blueprint had been drawn by O'Neal for the FBI. The location of Hampton's bed was clearly marked. The conspiracy was proven.

The lawyers had uncovered an explicit FBI plot to destroy the Black Panther Party and to bring down its leaders. It was this evidence that ultimately led to a victory, of sorts. In 1983, Haas and his colleagues at the People's Law Office achieved some justice for their clients, a $1.85 million settlement, paid out in equal part by federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.

Haas' story is also an indictment of J. Edgar Hoover's FBI for its covert attempts to, in words taken from COINTELPRO documents, "neutralize" the Black Panther Party and prevent the rise of an "electrifying leader." Fred Hampton, as portrayed by Haas, was just such an electrifying leader. Haas shows us the impact Hampton and the Chicago Panthers had on their community: they initiated free breakfast programs for children, organized against police brutality and worked to create cross-racial coalitions. He quotes a mother's lament, from Iberia Hampton: "People should not forget that State's Attorney Hanrahan, the Chicago police, and the FBI murdered my son . . . .Who knows what he may have become, if they hadn't killed him?"

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American Muslim sues FBI, saying he was tortured at their behest in Mideast
 May 30, 2013

PORTLAND, Ore. –  An American Muslim who says he was beaten with batons by prison interrogators while held in solitary confinement overseas for more than three months has sued the FBI and State Department, claiming the torture was done at their behest.

The lawsuit filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Oregon seeks $30 million and several injunctions against the U.S. government concerning its treatment of citizens overseas.

Yonas Fikre said he was held for 106 days in the United Arab Emirates after refusing to cooperate with Portland, Ore.,-based FBI agents in an interview in Sudan. The State Department has confirmed previously that Fikre was held in Abu Dhabi "on unspecified charges," but said he was visited by State Department officials and showed no signs of mistreatment.

Fikre said the FBI agents named in the suit wanted him to become an informant at Portland's largest mosque, Masjid As-Saber, and were angered when he refused. He said interrogators in Abu Dhabi later used information Fikre had given to the FBI agents in his interrogation.

Fikre said he told his interrogators that many of their questions were the same ones he had been asked during his FBI interview.

"(Fikre) thus inquired whether his confinement and mistreatment was at the request of the FBI," according to the lawsuit. "On each such occasion, the interrogators responded by beating plaintiff severely."

Two other Oregon Muslims who worship at the mosque have also alleged they were held overseas and were asked to become informants by Portland-based FBI agents. Both men have returned to Oregon.

Obama nominates new head of FBI , hand picked for him by Military-Industrial complex where he
recently worked . The nominee for FBI  Director ,James Comey ,refused to reveal an illegal spying operation
against American citizens when testifying before Congress .
Watch video to catch glimpse of next Obama Nightmare  soon to be playing
at the J Edgar Hoover building and Main street USA.

 Brought to you by the people who gave you:
1. President Kennedy assassination
2. Martin Luther King assassination
3. Congressman Hale Boggs assassination
4. Congressman Allard Lowenstein asasassination
5. 1993 1st World Trade Center bombing
6. Lockerbie bombing
7. Oklahoma City bombing
8. TWA Flight 800 bombing
9. 911
10. Senator Paul Wellstone assassination
12. Mumbai Terrorist attack
13. Boston Marathon bombing

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Obama to nominate James Comey to lead the FBI

May 29, 2013, 5:15 p.m.
WASHINGTON — President Obama plans to nominate James B. Comey, a former senior Justice Department official who famously challenged a secret eavesdropping program during the George W. Bush administration, to replace Robert S. Mueller III as director of the FBI, officials said Wednesday.
Comey, 52, threatened to resign as deputy attorney general rather than give his consent to the secret interception of international calls routed through the United States. Bush had authorized the domestic surveillance effort after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
In March 2004, Comey and Mueller rushed to a hospital room where Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft was gravely ill. They stood firm when Alberto R. Gonzales, the White House counsel, and Andrew Card, the White House chief of staff, tried to convince Ashcroft to sign a legal extension of the warrantless wiretapping program. Because of Ashcroft's illness, Comey was acting attorney general.
The incident helped cement Comey’s reputation as a principled lawyer who would not bend the law just to please his superiors in the White House.

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FBI tight-lipped on Todashev killing

One afternoon in October 2009, the FBI descended on a warehouse in Dearborn, Mich., and confronted a Muslim cleric with a criminal record, allegedly unloading televisions he thought had been stolen. Agents said he shot and killed their dog and fired at them. He died in a hail of FBI bullets.

Like the FBI shooting of Ibragim Todashev on May 22 in Orlando, the cleric’s death unleashed a storm of criticism from Muslim groups and the imam’s family and friends.

But one difference is stark: The day of the shooting, the FBI told the public that the man had fired a gun, so they shot him, justifying the use of deadly force. County officials also soon told the public he was shot multiple times.

But in the Todashev case, the FBI has refused to say if he was armed or to describe the violent confrontation they say led a Boston agent to kill him. And the agency has barred the medical examiner’s office from saying how many times he was shot.

    Coverage: The Marathon bombings

“I want to know what their hesitation is,” said Dawud Walid, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Michigan. “If he was doing some sort of threatening act, then tell the public what it was. You just can’t shoot citizens or legal residents and say, ‘Oh, we killed him, but we’re not going to tell you why.’ If we accept that as Americans, what makes the FBI any better than the old KGB in Russia or any other totalitarian security force?”

The FBI’s refusal to provide details of the Todashev case contrasts sharply with past shootings involving agents, including one 12 days before in Illinois. Within 24 hours, the FBI issued a press release saying agents shot and killed Tony Starnes, 45, when he allegedly rammed an agent’s vehicle with a stolen Honda Civic.

In May 2010, the FBI quickly reported that an agent shot and killed Ronald J. Bullock, a 61-year-old Army veteran from Hanson, at a military base in Tampa when he allegedly approached the agent with a knife.

Yet more than two weeks after Todashev’s death, the agency has remained unclear about what led to the supposed confrontation and why the agent shot the 27-year-old mixed martial arts competitor with a criminal record, including an arrest last month for a violent assault. Todashev, an ethnic Chechen from Russia who used to live in Boston and Cambridge, was a friend of suspected bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, killed by police days after the April 15 bombings.

The day of the Todashev shooting, FBI spokesman Greg Comcowich issued a brief press release saying that an agent, Massachusetts State Police, and other law enforcement were interviewing an individual later identified as Todashev in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings. He said that Todashev initiated a “violent confrontation” and was killed.

Details seeped out through anonymous sources, including FBI agents, befuddling the public with sharply differing accounts.

The Globe and others initially reported that Todashev had a knife and that he had been questioned about a 2011 triple slaying in Waltham.

A week later, on May 29, the Washington Post reported that Todashev was unarmed. The FBI issued another press release that day merely identifying Todashev and his address.

The next day, The New York Times reported that Todashev had knocked the FBI agent down with a table and charged him with a metal pole or perhaps a broomstick. The agent shot him several times but Todashev lunged at him again, drawing more fire.

A federal law enforcement official with direct knowledge of the FBI investigation said the Times account of the confrontation is accurate. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the case is still under investigation, cautioned that the Todashev case is different from past shootings, partly because there are fewer witnesses, only a State Police investigator and the injured FBI agent who shot Todashev.

Other state and county agencies have shed little light on the matter. Massachusetts State Police, there to investigate the 2011 Waltham killings, would not comment; the Times reported that Todashev was about to sign a confession implicating himself and Tsarnaev in the deaths. The local state prosecutor in Florida is not investigating the Todashev shooting.

The county medical examiner in Florida has refused to divulge the cause of death at the FBI’s request, even though Todashev’s family has released photos of his bullet-riddled body to hold the FBI accountable. The office has confirmed only the manner of death: homicide. Sheri Blanton, the medical examiner’s spokeswoman, said state law bars the agency from releasing information in an active investigation.

“That’s what’s gagging us: We’ve been notified by law enforcement who are investigating this incident that we cannot release anything until they deem it not active any longer,” she said, referring to the FBI. “Our doctor knows exactly what happened, but he’s not able to release it just yet.”

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The Facts Were Immaterial

The 'counterintelligence' operations of Hoover's FBI included harassment, vilification, violence – and fake 'underground' newspapers in Bloomington, D.C., and Austin

By Dale Brumfield, Fri., June 7, 2013

Final letterhead for the phony underground newspaper 'The Longhorn Tale'
"Only a sustained, informed, courageous, and humane struggle can build a living community within the shell of the dying one." – Letter from the Citizens' Commission to Investigate the FBI, March 17, 1972
Since one purpose of most underground newspapers in the late 1960s was to disrupt and provoke, this almost benign announcement would have raised few eyebrows:
"San Antonio [field office] feels that from time to time steps can be taken to cause disruption within the ranks of the new left to expose them for what they are," reads the redacted Jan. 17, 1969, memo from the FBI San Antonio field office to Bureau Director J. Edgar Hoover. "One technique the San Antonio division would like to propose is that a publication be launched which would consist of a 1-page throwaway document which could be printed or mimeographed to expose or point out the identities of New Left individuals who are causing disruption ..."
That provocative "1-page throwaway" was intended to become The Longhorn Tale, a phony underground newspaper to be produced by the FBI, with the purpose of neutralizing anti-war and anti-draft sentiment on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin at the height of Sixties campus unrest. It wasn't the first such effort: The FBI had also produced four editions of a fake campus newspaper at Indiana University Bloomington in September and October of 1968, called Armageddon News, and then in December of 1969 produced and distributed a third and final fake newspaper – called the Rational Observer – at Washing­ton D.C.'s American University.
Barely noticed at the time and long unseen, the three papers were recently discovered in a cache of declassified FBI documents. "[They are] one of the 'smoking guns' that activists who produced the underground press in the Sixties and Seventies could little have imagined: right-wing campus papers produced by the FBI," said James Danky, instructor at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin, and author of Undergrounds, a librarian's catalog of alternative press publications. "These papers' faltering efforts ... speak to the cultural and political distance between the forces of repression led by J. Edgar Hoover and the seismic changes in America's social fabric."
"The idea that the FBI was producing such publications would have seemed far-fetched," Danky continued. "The FBI seemed too clumsy to pull it off." And judging from the agency's short-lived and frankly laughable products, indeed it was.
A thankfully unused sketch
In May of 1968, as the New Left and anti-war movements intensified across the United States, Hoover implemented a secret FBI "counterintelligence" program called COIN­TELPRO, an insidious and constitutionally unlawful campaign across American college campuses to harass activists, and disrupt and infiltrate the college organizations, newspapers, and underground papers that the Bureau considered subversive – and especially those that had criticized Hoover or the FBI. "Our nation is undergoing an era of disruption and violence caused by various individuals generally connected with the New Left," reads a memo dated May 9, 1968, written to Domestic Intelligence Director William C. Sullivan by his deputy Charles D. Brennan, proposing the COIN­TELPRO program. "The New Left has on many occasions viciously and scurrilously attacked the Director and the Bureau in an attempt to hamper our investigation of it and to drive us off the college campuses.
"The purpose of this program is to expose, disrupt and otherwise neutralize the activities of this group and persons connected with it. It is hoped that with this new program their violent and illegal activities may be reduced if not curtailed."
The conspiracy-obsessed and megalomaniacal J. Edgar Hoover originated (on his own, with no higher authority) the first incarnation of COINTELPRO in 1956, to "infiltrate, penetrate, disorganize and disrupt" the U.S. Communist Party after the Rosenberg trial and following the fall of McCar­thyism. Bureau officials believed that existing laws were insufficient to control the activities of certain dissident groups, and were hampered by recent Supreme Court decisions in the early Six­ties limiting the Justice Department's ability to prosecute Amer­ican Communists. Accordingly, Hoov­er redirected COINTEL­PRO's operations toward the use of antagonistic strategies to "contain and disrupt" radical activists he perceived as threats to the American way of life. These activist organizations included the Socialist Work­ers Party (1961-69), white hate groups (1964-71), the Puerto Rican independence movement, and Black Nationalist groups (1967-71). The New Left found itself in Hoover's crosshairs in 1968 following the Columbia University student uprising, and, with protests against the Vietnam War increasing in intensity, Hoover initiated what would become the final phases of "CO­IN­TELPRO – Disruption of the New Left."
"The New Left movement is a loosely-bound, free-wheeling, college-oriented movement spearheaded by the Students for a Democratic Society and includes the more extreme and militant anti-Vietnam war and anti-draft protest organizations," reads an FBI memo of Oct. 28, 1968, which also cites the Southern Student Organiz­ing Com­mit­tee (SSOC), the Young Socialist Alli­ance (YSA), and the Student Nonviolent Coord­inating Committee (SNCC), among others.

From Harassment to Violence

The highly centralized Bureau micromanaged COINTELPRO from its Wash­ington headquarters through 59 field offices across the United States. Each field office's "Special Agent in Charge" (SAC) was expected to compile a description of all existing targets and key activists, then submit recommendations for effective counterintelligence activity to Hoover, who either authorized or rejected them. Nothing was done without prior Bureau approval, and SACs were required to provide quarterly progress reports.
According to the findings of the 1974 Church Committee investigating Bureau intelligence activities, COINTELPRO-New Left used about 14 types of harassment methods, from the simply annoying to the vicious and potentially deadly. The Bureau's attacks included anonymous letters, letters sent by fictitious authors ("Dillon J. O'Rourke" was the favorite of the San Antonio field office), planted evidence, informants, fake phone calls, and active target harassment. The Church Committee found that among other tactics, agency operatives got people fired by anonymously attacking their political beliefs; they also sent anonymous letters to spouses of intelligence targets in efforts to destroy their marriages. They monitored campus newspapers for political meetings and appearances by leftist speakers, and organized protests to stop or disrupt the events. They targeted radical leaders for police harassment and IRS audits. Frequently working with cooperative informants within city governments, they sometimes convinced local landlords to cancel leases or disconnect utilities at the homes of targeted activists. The FBI eventually acknowledged in 1976 conducting 2,218 separate COINTEL­PRO operations between 1956 and 1974, undertaken in conjunction with 2,305 warrantless telephone taps, 697 buggings, and the opening of 57,846 pieces of mail.
In one extreme case, Hoover – obsessed with the rise of the Black Panther Party – wrote in a memo to the Chicago SAC that the "purpose of counterintelligence action is to disrupt the Black Panther Party, and it is immaterial whether facts exist to substantiate the charge." Amplified by anonymous Bureau mailings and racist cartoons attributed to the Panthers, conflicts with the Chicago police escalated until officers raided Black Panther Party leader Fred Hamp­ton's apartment on December 4, 1969, and in a hail of gunfire killed him and fellow Panther Mark Clark.
Some 20,000 UT students, professors, and staff march through Downtown in response to the 1970 fatal shooting of student protesters at Kent State and Jackson State by the National Guard and state police, respectively.
Photo by Alan Pogue
Sometimes slander alone was sufficient to Hoover's purposes. In 1970, actress Jean Seberg went into premature labor after COINTELPRO-Black Extremist Groups leaked to the Los Angeles Times that she was pregnant by a Black Panther Party member, not her husband Romain Gary. The premature baby died two days later, and a distraught Seberg held an open-casket funeral so people could see the little girl was white.

Search and Destroy

"I joined SDS [Students for a Democratic Society] in spring of 1964," former UT student Alice Embree recalled recently. "I was involved in civil rights activity – the integration of dorms, sports, etc. I got involved with anti-war work as well as student rights." 
In the fall of 1966, UT students Embree, Robert Pardun, and Thorne Dreyer organized a weekly, collectively-run, underground newspaper called The Rag. ("Under­ground" was an honorific term applied to free or cheap news-and-arts weeklies that sprung up across the country, often in college towns.) Like most such papers, it was staffed by advocacy journalists and SDS members who considered the mainstream press a failure in addressing the "new community" developing in Austin and the United States, pointing out the media's unwillingness to provide space for controversial ideas or present anti-establishment points of view on social issues, and especially in opposition to the Vietnam War. (In 2006, Dreyer and others revived the publication online, as "The Rag Blog" at http://www.theragblog.blogspot.com.)
Controversial events generating strong student engagement at UT in 1966-67 included a proposed 100% tuition hike, protests against the draft, and against Secretary of State Dean Rusk, who spoke at the Capitol in January 1967. The Bureau was watching: A memo said the FBI had acquired an SDS-produced "Wanted" poster of Rusk, which "set forth an artist's portrayal of Rusk and scurrilous statements, such as 'scum of the earth,' 'boob,' 'idjit,' and 'eternal sap.'"
In April of 1967, black activist and SNCC Chairman Stokely Carmichael appeared during "Flipped-Out Week," an unofficial student event that dismayed the UT admin­istration and that the FBI monitored closely. A few weeks later, the SDS sponsored an anti-war rally in defiance of a university ban on such activities. "I was one of six put on disciplinary probation in spring 1967 for giving an anti-war speech in an 'unauthorized location,'" said Embree. "It was a huge free speech fight." In the aftermath, SDS lost its campus-approved status.
In the spring of 1968, the FBI officially became concerned about New Left activities in the Austin area, especially those of the SDS, whose chapter at UT-Austin was in its fourth year. The FBI San Antonio/Austin field office first suggested to D.C. headquarters that, using "established sources or anonymous mailing," agents spread the rumor that an SDS leader was a "narcotics agent." Skittish only of potentially illegal activities that could implicate or embarrass the Bureau for failing to take enforcement action, Hoover rejected that idea, stating in a May 11 memo, "Your suggestion is not approved, as such an allegation ... would indicate a violation of federal law under the FBI's jurisdiction."
A July 5 memo reflects particular interest in other UT groups, such as the University Committee to End the War in Vietnam, Afro-Americans for Black Liberation, and the W.E.B. Du Bois Club. This memo also contains redacted personal data from the leaders of these groups obtained from FBI sympathizers via university records, including height, weight, build, hair color, even parents' names and addresses. An Aug. 12 memo suggests using actual articles from the local press to show the depravity of New Left leaders and members. "Letters and articles showing advocation of the use of narcotics and free sex are ideal to send to University officials, wealthy donors, members of the Legislature, and parents of the students who are active in New Left matters." The memo added that letters should be written not directly from the agency, but pseudonymously, "in the vein of an irate parent" or "an angry taxpayer."
Memo to Hoover proposing letter to The Daily Texan by supposed student "Dillon J. O'Rourke" – published Nov. 11, 1969.
Apparently, this indirect campaign received Hoover's approval, and a Bureau-sponsored campaign of harassment and slander was soon underway. The San Anton­io SAC rented a post office box under the name Dillon J. O'Rourke, PO Box 382, San Antonio, 78206, for the sole purpose of mailings to UT's The Daily Texan. O'Rourke became possibly the most prolific letter writer in Austin, with the name appearing on numerous letters to the editor in the campus paper until 1970, with the admonition from Hoover that "all necessary steps are taken to prevent the Bureau from being identified as the source of these notes."
Anonymous letters were also sent to parents of students employed at a Killeen coffeehouse called the Oleo Strut; agents informed the parents that their children were engaging in anti-war indoctrination of soldiers stationed at nearby Fort Hood. The letters – ostensibly written by "concerned citizens" – informed them their children were "living in a commune and attending pot parties."
An example of the lengths the field offices would go to vilify and destroy a target is evident in a memo dated Oct. 15, 1968, from the SAC San Antonio, reporting that a local schoolteacher had been a member of SDS while a student at Cornell University. SAC reviewed "credit and criminal records and selective service records" to verify the information. "If [redacted] was a member of the SDS this would be an excellent opportunity to discredit him with the South San Antonio school district." Bureau headquarters was almost giddy in its approval. "An investigation of [redacted] should be aggressively pursued to pursue his current status in regard to SDS."
The Bureau learned that the teacher in question had never been a member of the SDS, but had instead either turned in or destroyed his draft card while in Ithaca, N.Y. Undaunted, the FBI still mailed the revelation to the South San Antonio school system in January 1969. "I feel that we do not need this type of person in any school system," the letter said, signed by a "concerned citizen who believes in true academic freedom." An April 1970 follow-up memo verifies that teacher was fired and subsequently moved out of the state.

'The Longhorn Tale'

A conference of the Texas and Oklahoma chapters of SDS was held at UT in late October 1968. On Jan. 17, 1969, an FBI memo proposed the time was right to create The Longhorn Tale, a fake underground newspaper, to help counter the movement. The memo included two sketches of possible mastheads for the counterfeit publication, with an indirectly starring role for UT mascot Bevo. "At this time," the memo concludes in typically bizarre, stilted language, "San Antonio proposes that this document be entitled 'The Longhorn Tale.' It is to be noted that the mascot for UT is a Texas Longhorn steer. San Antonio feels that this title is a play upon words and feels that it possibly could be effective under this program."
The Bureau liked the "play upon words," replying Jan. 31 that the idea "has merit" and "warrants further consideration." "It is felt that these leaflets should be written in the vein of a moderate who opposes the war and the draft, but one who does not accept the use of these issues by subversives, such as found within the Students for a Demo­cratic Society, the Communist Party, and the Young Socialist Alliance, for their own purposes."
"With regard to the masthead," the memo concluded stiffly, "it would appear that the title 'The Longhorn Tale' would be appropriate." Headquarters had decided to get directly involved; the memo also said the Exhibits section at the Bureau would prepare a final masthead and forward it to the San Antonio SAC.
Bureau officials presumed The Longhorn Tale would enjoy the same level of perceived success that another fake called Armageddon News enjoyed at Indiana Uni­versity the previous September. Armaged­don News was the third of a four-phase approach to "neutralization and deterrent of the New Left" in Bloomington, according to a memo from the Indianapolis SAC with the date redacted. In the agents' version of Bloomington political history, part one neutralized the campus chapter of the Com­munist Party, which had formed on Jan. 23; part two neutralized both the SDS and the Com­mittee to End the War; and part four addressed the narcotics problem at a "hippie" area known as "the strip." "It is believed that distribution [of AN] would serve as a deterrent effect on innocent students who might unwittingly join these organizations without sufficient knowledge ..."
Although the Indianapolis SAC requested 25,000 copies, the director approved a print run of only 200 copies of two editions of AN, Sept. 9 and 16 of 1968, to be mailed anonymously to student leaders, fraternities, and sororities.
"We feel the majority at IU abhor the devious and disgusting actions last year of the New Left Hippie Breed," reads the lead story of Vol. 1, No. 1. "We have spent considerable time and effort to get the straight 'dope' on these pseudostudents, and we intend to keep you well informed." At the bottom of each issue, a tagline read: "Don't Let the New Left Win the Armageddon at IU."
By November 1969, the Armageddon News ceased publication, and in a Dec. 17 recap an SAC memo boasted that the first issue was reprinted in a local daily newspapers in Bloomington, adding also that "5,000 copies were reprinted and distributed by conservative organizations at IU."
By Feb. 1, 1969, the San Antonio field office was alarmed to see that an SDS national council meeting would be held either in Austin, San Antonio, or Houston, and it began scrambling to look for ways to keep the meeting off campuses and even out of Texas. "Louisville, Detroit, and Denver will immediately contact logical sources at their respective universities to secure any derogatory information which could be utilized to block SDS from having their meeting at the University of Texas," reads a Feb. 5, 1969, memo.
Salvation came from UT President Nor­man Hackerman and the Board of Regents, who decided they would not make university facilities available for the SDS conference, effectively blocking the student group's plans. The ACLU took UT's refusal to a court as a First Amendment violation but was rebuffed. Dillon J. O'Rourke again chimed in with a letter to The Daily Texan, stating that UT should "take the next logical step to expel SDS from the campus entirely."
As the SDS fractured nationally – partly with the assistance of FBI disruption – and activism died down at UT in the spring of 1970, the long-delayed Longhorn Tale project came to an end as well. An April 4, 1970, memo from Bureau headquarters read, "It does not appear that the current efforts of the New Left to disrupt normal campus activities at the University of Texas would warrant the distribution of such a publication at this time." The Bureau believed by then that only a small percentage of UT students held anti-war sentiments, and that "no appreciable benefit would accrue" from publication. All that existed of the paper was its bovine masthead.
COINTELPRO waded into the fake underground publishing business one last time with the publication of the Rational Observer on the campus of Washington D.C.'s American University. "This paper can be utilized to expose the evils of the New Left and to act as an anti-New Left outlet for the silent majority," states a Dec. 4, 1969, memo from the Wash­ington Field Office.
On March 8, 1971, a private group called the Citizens' Commission to Investigate the FBI raided the Bureau field office in Media, Pa., liberated more than 1,000 memorandums and detailed descriptions of COINTELPRO's wiretapping and infiltration activities, and sent them to newspapers nationwide. In a terse April 28 note, an apparently stunned Hoover abruptly canceled all COINTELPRO-related operations, including those aimed at the New Left, espionage programs, white hate groups, the Communist Party, and black extremists. The program's problems were just beginning – once exposed, and as a result of the Church Com­mittee report, the Bureau was sued numerous times for its harassment of activists and infringements on freedom of speech. In 1984, a lawsuit known as Hobson v. Wilson concluded with an award of more than $7 million in damages to six former members of the New Left movement because of COINTELPRO's activities.
And in a tribute to the privacy COIN­TEL­PRO routinely ignored – and perhaps as well to the investigative incompetence of the FBI – the identities of the Citizens' Com­mission to Investigate the FBI were never discovered. Their liberation of the classified FBI files was their only known action.

Dale Brumfield is a writer living in Doswell, Va. His book Richmond Independent Press: A History of the Underground Zine Scene is scheduled for an August 2013 publication.

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JFK and the Deferentials
June 4, 2013

Proponents of the government’s lone-nut assassination theory in the John Kennedy assassination oftentimes suggest that those who reject the official version of what happened have some sort of psychological need to place the assassination within the context of a conspiracy. Conspiracy theorists, they say, simply cannot accept the idea that a lone nut succeeded in killing a president of the United States and a popular president at that.

I see it a different way.

When it comes to the national-security state, there are basically two groups of people, one group consisting of people with an independent and critical mindset and the other group consisting of people with a mindset of deference to and trust in authority.

For ease of expression, I will refer to the first group as the independents and the second group as the deferentials.

Over the years, I have read a considerable amount of literature relating to the Kennedy assassination. I have never encountered anyone who believes that there was a government conspiracy in the JFK murder who also believes that there was a government conspiracy in John Hinkley’s assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan or in Lynette Fromme’s assassination attempt against President Gerald Ford. Wouldn’t you think that if a person has a psychological need to look for government conspiracies behind presidential assassinations or assassination attempts, the need would be applied consistently to all presidential assassinations or assassination attempts?

So, what’s different about the Kennedy assassination?

The difference is that there are so many unusual anomalies within the Kennedy case that an independent and critical thinker feels compelled to ask, “Why?” The ability and willingness to ask that simple one-word question is what distinguishes the independents from the deferentials.

For the deferential, all such anomalies are irrelevant. All that matters is the official government version of the assassination. For the deferential, questioning or challenging the official version of a major event like a presidential assassination is a shocking notion, one that violates the deference-to-authority mindset that has been inculcated within him since he was six years old.

Examine carefully the criticisms that lone-nut proponents make of people in the assassination research community. Many lone-nut proponents mock conspiracy theories in the JFK case not because they feel there is a lack of evidence to support the theory. That is, they don’t say: “After carefully reviewing the evidence in the JFK case, I’ve concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald was a lone-nut assassin.”

Instead, many of the lone-nut proponents subscribe to what I call the “inconceivable doctrine,” one that holds that it is simply inconceivable that the U.S. national-security state would have conspired to assassinate a U.S. president.

Oh sure, for a deferential it is entirely conceivable that the national-security state would conspire to assassinate a foreign president or effect a regime-operation abroad, especially if national security is at stake. In such cases, the deferential, unable to bring himself to question or challenge the legitimacy of such operations, offers his unconditional support. But for the deferential, it is just inconceivable that the national-security state would do the same here at home, even if national security depended on it.

The inconceivable doctrine, of course, dovetails perfectly with the deference-to-authority mindset.

Let’s examine this difference in mindset between independents and deferentials by considering the fatal head wound in the Kennedy assassination, a matter that is detailed much more fully in Douglas P. Horne’s 5-volume series Inside the Assassination Records Review Board. Horne served on the staff of the ARRB, an agency that was created in the aftermath of the controversy over Oliver Stone’s movie “JFK.”

On page 69 of Volume I of his book, Horne states:

Simply put, on November 22, 1963 the Parkland hospital treatment physicians observed what they thought was an exit wound, a “blowout,” in the back of the President’s head, and described it virtually unanimously in the following way: (1) it was approximately fist sized , or baseball sized, or perhaps even a little smaller — the size of a very large egg or a small orange; (2) it was in the right rear of the head behind the right ear; (3) the wound described was an area devoid of scalp and bone; and (4) it was an avulsed wound, meaning it protruded outward as if it were an exit wound.

Horne points out that this observation of the Dallas treatment physicians was reinforced by a Dallas nurse named Pat Hutton whose written statement said that Kennedy had a “massive wound in the back of the head.” (Horne, Volume I, page 69.)

She and the Dallas treatment physicians weren’t the only ones.

Secret Service agent Clint Hill, who ran to the back of the presidential limousine and covered the president and Mrs. Kennedy with his body and who had a very good view of the president’s head wound during the trip to Parkland Hospital, wrote in his written report:

I noticed a portion of the President’s head on the right rear side was missing … part of his brain was gone. I saw a part of his skull with hair lying on it lying in the seat. (Horne, Volume I, page 69.)

Or consider the sworn testimony of Sandra Spencer, the Petty Officer in Charge of the Naval Photographic Center’s White House lab in Washington, D.C., before the ARRB about one of the Kennedy autopsy photographs she developed, one of the many photographs that she said never made it into the official autopsy record:

Gunn [ARRB interrogator]: Did you see any photographs that focused on the head of President Kennedy?

Spencer: Right. They had one showing the back of the head with the wound at the back of the head.

Gunn: Could you describe what you mean by the “wound at the back of the head?”

Spencer: It appeared to be a hole … two inches in diameter at the back of the skull here.

(Horne, Volume II, pages 314-315.)


Gunn: Ms. Spencer, you have now had an opportunity to view all the colored images, both transparencies and prints, that are in the possession of the National Archives related to the autopsy of President Kennedy. Based upon your knowledge, are there any images of the autopsy of President Kennedy that are not included in those views that we saw?

Spencer: The views that we produced at the Photographic Center are not included.

(Volume II, page 325.)

Horne sums up one import of Spencer’s sworn testimony before the ARRB (Horne, Volume II, page 331.):

The second major implication of the Sandra Spencer deposition is that the Parkland hospital medical staff written treatment reports prepared the weekend of the assassination were correct when they described an exit wound in the back of President Kennedy’s head, and damage to the cerebellum. (Italics in original.) [Note: the cerebellum is the part of the brain that is located in the lower back of the head.]

So, what’s the problem?

Take a look at the following rendering of the official autopsy photograph of the back of Kennedy’s head by House Select Committee on Assassinations illustrator Ida Dox in 1978:




Do you see the problem? The photo does not show a hole in the back of Kennedy’s head. It shows the back of the head to be intact.

Why is that a problem?

Because the government’s official version is that that photo correctly depicts the condition of Kennedy’s head after the assassination and, therefore, directly contradicts all the people who saw a hole in the back of the head.

Now, consider this testimony by FBI agent James Sibert, who attended the autopsy, before the ARRB:

Gunn: Mr. Sibert, does that photograph correspond to your recollection of the back of the head?

Sibert: Well, I don’t have a recollection of it being that intact…. I don’t remember seeing anything that was like this photo.


Gunn: But do you see anything that corresponds in photograph 42 to what you observed during the night of the autopsy?

Sibert: No, I don’t recall anything like this at all during the autopsy. There was much — well, the wound was more pronounced. And it looks like it could have been reconstructed or something, as compared to what my recollection was.” (Horne, Volume I, pages 30-31.)

Consider this testimony of FBI agent Frank O’Neill, who also attended the autopsy, before the ARRB:

Gunn: ….I’d like to ask you whether that photograph resembles what you saw from the back of the head at the time of the autopsy.

O’Neill: This looks like it’s been doctored in some way. Let me rephrase that, when I say “doctored.” Like the stuff has been pushed back in, and it looks like more towards the end than at the beginning [of the autopsy]….


O’Neill: Quite frankly, I thought that there was a larger opening in the back … opening in the back of the head. (Volume I, page 31.)

That’s not all.

Horne writes (Horne, Volume 1, page 78):

My own, more nuanced characterization follows. At the time the ARRB commenced its efforts, several autopsy eyewitnesses (Tom Robinson [from Joseph Gawler’s Sons, Inc. funeral home], [FBI agent] Frank O’Neill, [FBI agent] James Sibert, John Ebersole [Bethesda autopsy radiologist], Jan Gail Rudnicki [autopsy lab assistant]; x-ray technician Ed Reed; Secret Service agent Roy Kellerman; and Philip Wehle [commander of the Military District of Washington]) had given descriptions to the HSCA [House Select Committee on Assassinations] staff, or had drawn images for them, that were very reminiscent of the Dallas descriptions of the exit wound in the skull — indicating that a large portion of the back of the President’s head was missing… .(Italics in original; brackets added.]

That’s not all.

Soon after the assassination, a Dallas medical student named Billy Harper found a portion of Kennedy’s skull near the assassination site. He took the fragment to his uncle, Dr. Jack C. Harper, who took it to Methodist Hospital in Dallas, where it was photographed. Dr. A.B. Cairns, former chief of pathology at the hospital, told an investigator for the HSCA that the skull fragment, which became known as the Harper Fragment, was from the lower occipital area, which denotes the lower back of the head. The government later lost the fragment. (Volume II, page 392.)

What does a deferential do when faced with this quandary? After all, we have lots of credible people saying one thing and an official government photograph depicting the opposite.

This presents no problem for the deferential. For him, the official government photograph and the official government version of events are gospel. Any conflicting evidence is simply ignored and disregarded. For the deferential, evidence that contradicts the official story is, at worst, concocted and, at best, simply mistaken. Either way, it’s irrelevant.

For the deferential, it is simply inconceivable that the government would falsify the appearance of the back of Kennedy’s head. Alternatively, if the government did falsify how the back of the head appeared, the deferential would simply assume that the government had good reason to do so, almost certainly something to do with protecting national security.

Either way, the deferential says that we must simply trust the government. We mustn’t ask questions. We must defer to authority.

That’s how the deferential mindset works.

The independent sees things differently. His mindset causes him to ask, “What in the world is going on here?” After all, either lots of reputable people have concocted a fake story about the hole in the back of Kennedy’s head or the government’s photo falsely depicts the appearance of the back of Kennedy’s head.

Since it’s highly unlikely that all those people got together to concoct such a story, that leaves but one alternative: The government’s photo falsely depicts the back of Kennedy’s head.

Unlike the deferential, the independent wants to know why. Why would the government do that? Why would it try to hide an exit wound in the back of Kennedy’s head? What would be the point?

Well, one point would be: to hide evidence of shots being fired from the front, given that an exit wound in the back of the head obviously connotes a shot having been fired from the front.


I am pleased to announce that on November 22, the Oswald Innocence Campaign shall hold its JFK Truth Gathering- the premiere event to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination. We are gathering together because we want to be together on that special today to acknowledge that 50 years earlier, the “national security state” murdered President Kennedy for pursuing peace. 

We have an 8 hour program planned that will consist of 6 1/2 hours of informative presentations followed by 1 1/2 hours of music, socializing, dancing, and fun. We will be commemorating but also celebrating. We will be celebrating our awareness of JFK truth and our strong conviction that that truth shall prevail, that the “state lie” that Lee Harvey Oswald murdered JFK shall not endure. 

First, the location: it will be beautiful Santa Barbara, California. 

Why not Dallas? It’s because other groups will be gathering in Dallas, and we have no desire to bang heads with them. Our stand is unequivocal: the hit was ordered by the highest levels of government, including key figures in the CIA, the FBI, the US military, and from within Kennedy’s own administration, including Vice President Lyndon Johnson. Oswald was only a patsy; he was framed. And he was standing in the doorway at the time of the shots.

The exact site is the elegant Fess Parker Doubletree Hotel, which is right on the beach in the resort area of Santa Barbara. It is a spectacular 5 star hotel. Here is their website:


Here is the roster of speakers, but it is not finalized. Jim Fetzer will be working on that this week and will let us know. And note that these are not the exact titles of the speeches except for mine. Jim will be releasing a formal event schedule soon. 

1:00 Phillip Nelson speaks on the LBJ connection
2:00 John Hankey, on the George HW Bush connection
3:00 Peter Janney, on the sequel to JFK: the murder of Mary Pinchot Meyer
4:00 Ralph Cinque on the photographic flim-flam that followed Altgens6 
4:40 Larry Rivera on the special role of Wesley Frazier in the assassination cover-up
5:00 Judyth Baker with special insights on Lee Harvey Oswald
5:30 Dinner break
7:00: Professor David Wrone on the Framing of the Man in the Doorway
7:30: Keynote speaker: Professor James Fetzer on What Really Happened in Dealey Plaza on 11/22/63

Then from 9 to 10:30, it shall be music, dancing, and socializing, with music by the Pacific Coast Blues Band, including a performance of their new song, He Didn’t Do It, an anthem for JFK truth. Here is their website:

The event will also include a walk-through photographic exhibit with large productions by Richard Hooke, Ralph Cinque, Donald Fallon, and Larry Rivera. Richard will have the most of these- including his poster of 50 matching points between Oswald and Doorway Man- and he has agreed to be available to answer questions and provide guidance. 

We are charging attendees $50 each, but of course, the speakers are exempt. The money will go towards the rental of the hotel conference room for the day and evening. It will cover an excellent audio visual system, including a live technician who will be constantly present to address any glitches, should they occur. It will include the cost of the band and the fee for private security. It will also cover printing costs and possibly some promotional costs, although we intend to make use of free online resources as much as possible for promotion. And at the end, any money left over will be distributed among the speakers to help defray their travel expenses.  

I  know how busy everyone is, and I know it's expensive to travel. But this is surely going to be THE JFK event of our lifetime. And it's about time the OIC members met and shook hands and formed bonds. And you know that the government and the media will be pulling all the stops to sell the official story- the official lie- one more time. The best way to stand up to them is for us to stand together in Santa Barbara. Be willing to devote one full day to JFK truth because it's a part of who you are, part of your identity, is it not?

Think about your state of mind on November 22. Is there anything else you would rather be doing on that day than congregating with us, the Oswald Innocence Campaign? 

We are accepting reservations as of now, so please make my day by responding to me here to say that you're going to come.

We are making our stand against the liars, the fakers, the myth-makers, the stalematers, and last but not least, the killers, and it’s happening in Santa Barbara. We are taking on the Establishment- the political establishment and the research establishment- and we’re doing it in Santa Barbara. And it will be without compromise. It was JFK killed by the high and mighty, including future Presidents. It was Oswald framed, innocent, and standing in the doorway. And it’s been 50 years of lies, cover-up, and distortion by the government and the media. Stop the lies! Oswald outside! 

Join us in Santa Barbara, and we’ll give them a 22nd of November they’ll never forget!

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How Many FBI Informants Commit Murder While on the FBI’s Payroll?
June 18, 2013.

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James Whitey Bulger:


His calm voice in sharp contrast to the horrors he described, former hit man John V. Martorano today outlined multiple murders in which James “Whitey” Bulger allegedly played a role, including Bulger’s fatal shooting of a Dorchester man in a phone booth in 1975.

Martorano is a key prosecution witness against Bulger, the notorious gangster accused in a sweeping federal indictment of participating in 19 murders while at the same time under protection as a prized informant for the FBI, along with his former right-hand man, Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi.

H. Paul Rico:


 Another dark, sad chapter unfolded recently in the long-running scandal of corruption and other misdeeds involving America’s most elite law enforcement agency – the FBI. On October 9th 2003, Oklahoma and Florida authorities arrested former FBI agent, H. Paul Rico, 78, for the 1981 mob-hit murder of an Oklahoma businessman. According to Federal authorities and U.S. Senate Committee Representatives, Rico’s arrest was the latest turn of an ongoing Justice Department investigation of corruption between Boston’s FBI agents and the informants under their supervision decades ago. The FBI recruited members of the Irish Mafia, James “Whitey” Bulger and Stephen “Rifleman” Flemmi to take down the New England Italian Mafia – the Patriarca and the Angiulo crime families. Bulger and Flemmi have been charged with 22 murders and several racketeering charges – crimes committed while being employed as FBI informants. In 2002, ex-FBI Agent John Connolly, who handled Bulger as an informant, was sent to prison for ten years on charges of obstruction of justice related to Bulger’s Mafia enterprise. Bulger, an FBI most-wanted criminal, has been a fugitive since 1995.

Police arrested Rico at his spacious, elegant-style home in Miami Shores, Florida. He remains in jail without bond, pending extradition to Oklahoma. Oklahoma prosecutor Tim Harris charged the retired agent with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the death of millionaire tycoon Roger Wheeler, the 55-year-old chairman and owner of Telex Corporation based in Tulsa Oklahoma. Wheeler was shot point-blank in the head at Southern Hills Country Golf Club on May 27, 1981.

Current and former U.S. Attorneys and FBI agents were stunned to hear of Rico’s arrest. Robert Fitzpatrick, a former assistant chief of the FBI office in Boston where Rico previously worked said, “This is the first time a former agent has been charged with conspiring with the mafia to commit murder. That doesn’t happen – that’s shocking.” FBI scandals and serious crimes committed by agents have been exposed publicly for years but a murder rap against a highly-respected, ex-FBI agent is rare.

Mani Chulpayev:

The FBI has opened an investigation into accusations that one of its agents took lavish gifts and cash from an informant who has been indicted in the murder of a popular Atlanta rapper known as Lil Phat.

The informant, Russian ex-mobster Mani Chulpayev, has told investigators for the Department of Justice’s Office of Inspector General that he was asked for and gave the FBI agent gifts of cash, jewelry, watches, expensive sports shoes, basketball game tickets, hotel rooms and the use of luxury cars, according to his lawyer, George Plumides.

“The agent obstructed a murder investigation,” Plumides told ABC News in an interview to broadcast tonight on ABC News’ “World News with Diane Sawyer” and “Nightline”.


Killers:  Gregory ‘Grim Reaper Scarpa’ and Frankie ‘Blue Eyes’ Sparco:


FBI informants collected hundreds of thousands of dollars as government witnesses ‘while continuing to commit murder for the mafia’

Mafia informants collected hundreds of thousands of dollars from the FBI working as government witnesses while continuing to commit murder for the mob, according to a stunning report written by a leading organized crime researcher.

Angela Clemente, a New Jersey soccer mom who has been investigating the FBI’s mob informants for Congress for the last 10 years, presented her findings to lawmakers last week, including Sen Chuck Grassley.

Clemente concludes that the FBI looked the other way as mobsters who were giving them information about New York’s organized crime families continued to gun down mob rivals, as well as innocent bystanders who got in the way.
Joe ‘The Animal’ Barboza


On February 11, 1976, when Joe Barboza was shot to death on Moraga and 25th Ave there was little speculation about who did it or why.  It was more “why did it take so long.”

The FBI described Barboza nicknamed “The Animal,” “the most vicious criminal in New England” and “a professional assassin responsible for numerous homicides.”  He had been a top enforcer for the New England Mafia but lost favor and was abandoned when he was arrested on a weapons charge in 1966.  He became a star witness for the FBI and hit the jackpot when his testimony helped convict seven Mafiosi for the murders of Willie Marfeo and Teddy Deagon.  In the Deagon case four men to death row, and two to prison for life. In the Mafeo case, the FBI hit the jackpot when  New England Mafia Boss Ray Patriarca was convicted and sent to Atlanta Federal Penitentiary.

There was nothing a grateful FBI would not do for Joe and he became the first participant in the Federal Witness Protection Program.  Although Joe admitted killing 26 people he was given a sentence of one year, including time served.  The FBI agents he worked with also overlooked another of Joe’s foibles – five of the six people his testimony convicted in the Deagon case were actually innocent.  Joe admitted later that “ the Mafia screwed me and I’m going to screw as many of them as possible.”

Other FBI Informants who continued to kill while on the FBI payroll enjoying FBI protection:


He was a sheriff’s investigator in Cook County, Ill., who joined the mob and rose to become right-hand man to Chicago boss Sam Giancana. Cain was convicted of conspiracy in a robbery and sentenced to 10 years in prison. An FBI informant who helped solve that crime was murdered after Cain helped unmask him. Nevertheless, Cain was later recruited as an FBI informant.

“We had been turning a blind eye on his machinations as he tried to take over gambling in Chicago. What an ambition! The deal was that we would not focus on his activity if he spun off his competitors to us,” Cain’s FBI handler, William Roemer, wrote in his book, “Accardo: The Genuine Godfather.”

While informing for Roemer, who is now dead, Cain became a suspect in a 1972 gangland killing. Roemer said he initially dropped the informant, but Cain wasn’t prosecuted and soon went back to informing for Roemer.

Cain was killed in an apparent mob hit in 1973. Years later, Roemer remembered him as “one of my closest friends.”


He was both a Colombo family mob captain in New York City and longtime FBI informant. Scarpa sided with mob boss Carmine Persico in the early 1990s in a war to put down a family mutiny. Authorities came to suspect that Scarpa, while acting as an informant, took part in as many as 13 murders by the Persico side.

Hearing of one Scarpa murder, handler Lindley DeVecchio slapped a desk and declared triumphantly, “We’re going to win this thing!” another agent later testified. Government prosecutors later conceded that evidence suggested DeVecchio leaked information to Scarpa, including names of enemies cooperating with the FBI. DeVecchio later said FBI supervisors knew of the murder suspicions but let him keep using the informant.

Scarpa eventually pleaded guilty to committing three of the murders and playing a role in others.


A swindler who was sentenced to 13 years for fraud in 1979, he was also suspected in at least five murders dating back to the early 1970s. Authorities believed the killings were Burnett’s way of eliminating witnesses to his scams. Nevertheless, he was enlisted as an informant in FBI stings on corrupt public officials in Chicago and New York in the 1980s.

Florida police who wanted to talk to Burnett about murders say the FBI isolated him while he worked as an informant. Later, he was charged with a 1975 murder, but the case collapsed when a witness recanted. He was finally sentenced to life in prison for plotting the 1994 murder of a witness set to testify against him in a bank fraud case.

The prosecutor, Margaret Giordano, assistant U.S. attorney in the New York borough of Brooklyn, calls Burnett “a serial killer in the true sense of the word – except he is motivated by greed.” She says the FBI was aware of the murder suspicions during his years as an informant.


He rose to become a lieutenant in the Chicago mob and later admitted in court to killing six men. Faced with racketeering accusations, he agreed in 1989 to become an FBI informant, wearing a wire to a meeting with Chicago mob boss Gus Alex. Paid $7,200 over two months as an informant, Patrick kept working as a mob leader, according to FBI handler Roemer.

Patrick testified against Alex in 1992 and helped send him to prison. Once asked in court about suspicions he had killed more than the six victims he acknowledged, Patrick replied in a raspy voice, “No, I’ve run out of cemeteries.” Patrick later joined the federal Witness Protection Program.


Stephen’s younger brother, Jimmy was recruited as an FBI informant in 1965, even though the bureau knew his goal was to become Boston’s top hitman. He is believed to have killed at least eight people.

FBI documents show that Boston agents allowed innocent men to go to prison for one of the murders they knew their informant had committed. Flemmi died in prison in 1979 after Massachusetts authorities convicted him of attempted murder in another case.


During the social tumult of the late 1960s and early ’70s, then FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover identified the Black Panthers as the single greatest threat to the internal security of the country. In 1969, two leaders of the Panthers were killed at the University of California. Two brothers, George and Larry Stiner, members of a rival black nationalist group, the United Slaves, were convicted of conspiracy to commit the murders and were sentenced to life in prison. Both were FBI informants at the time of the murders, according to former agent Wesley Swearingen, who worked in the Los Angeles office.

Subsequently, a May 26, 1970, FBI memo obtained by a congressional committee disclosed that Los Angeles agents had laid a plan to secretly advise the United Slaves of the time and location of Black Panther events “in order that the two organizations might be brought together and thus grant nature the opportunity to take her due course.”

The Stiners escaped from San Quentin in 1974. Larry Stiner turned himself in 19 years later; his brother George remains at large.


In the 1960s, Rowe was an FBI informant who helped convict three Ku Klux Klan members of federal rights violations in the killing of a civil rights volunteer in Alabama. The state charged Rowe with the murder, but the case was dropped after the federal government said his work as an informant gave him immunity.

He admitted to congressional investigators that he had beaten blacks, with the permission of his FBI handlers, in order to maintain his credibility with Klansmen. He said agents told him: “We know it’s something you have to do, and we understand it, and we need the information.”

After five years as an FBI informant, Rowe went into the federal Witness Protection Program. He died of a heart attack in 1998.


A roughneck from rural Kentucky, Foley first killed in 1976, shooting a man who called him a name. He was given a 35-year sentence but won parole in four years. In 1991, he was again in legal trouble on forgery and weapons counts. However, an FBI agent went before an Ohio judge and helped Foley gain release to work for the bureau as an informant.

Eight months later, while helping the FBI, he shot two brothers to death after a fist fight during a party at his home, pumping a total of 12 rounds into them. Eventually, he was convicted of those two murders and four others that took place in 1989 – the first for informing on him to his parole officer and the three others because they were witnesses. The family of the two brothers eventually sued the FBI for $12 million, saying it was responsible for their murders.

The bureau acknowledged that it broke its own rules in handling Foley, but it argued it could not foresee the murders and Foley wasn’t technically an employee. A judge dismissed the suit. The bureau said several agents were “mildly sanctioned.” Foley has claimed he was framed for all the murders and remains on death row in Kentucky.

It goes on and on, case after case of informants who continue to commit heinous crimes including murder while living in luxury under the protection of the FBI.  When will something be done to end this practice?  Who will protect us from the FBI informants?

By:  Patricia Baeten









FBI Informant Charged With Four Murders

By CLAYTON SANDELL (@Clayton_Sandell)
Oct. 7, 2009

Scott Lee Kimball was released from prison to become a paid FBI informant, married the unsuspecting mother a young woman he had allegedly murdered, and spent their honeymoon camping and off-roading in an area where her daughter's body was buried.

Kimball also used the alias "Hannibal" to befriend a prison cellmate's girlfriend who vanished, allegedly murdered by Kimball and buried in a remote Utah canyon.

Kimball has been in jail since 2005 on related charges, but grisly new details emerged in an arrest affidavit released Tuesday in Boulder, Colo. The court papers charge Kimball with being a serial killer, accused of murdering both missing women as well as a third woman and his own uncle.

Kimball, already sentenced to 48 years in prison on related charges, is being held on $2 million bail. He will be arraigned on the new charges Thursday.

His alleged victims include his uncle Terry Kimball, Jennifer Marcum, Kaysi McLeod and LeAnn Emery. Authorities believe the murders took place between August 2003 and September 2004.

The plight of families searching for the missing women and the slow pace of the investigation was the subject of a John Quinones story on "20/20" last year. Families also criticized the FBI for not keeping a better eye on Kimball after he was released to work as an informant.

Parents of the dead women say Kimball's arrest has been too long in coming, but are thankful it's finally happened.

"I'm ecstatic," said Kaysi's father Rob McLeod told ABC News. "Happy is the wrong word, but I can't think of another one."

Jennifer Marcum's father Robert said he's glad that Kimball has finally been charged in the crimes, and says he'll make the trip from Illinois to Colorado for Kimball's arraignment. Even though Kimball is expected to plead guilty, Marcum says he'll believe it when he sees it.

"The real thing will come when he's convicted of murder. Until then, I'm not getting my hopes up," Marcum said. "This guy has buffaloed people for so many years."

Marcum's remains have never been found. Her father hopes Kimball will have something to say about that in court.

"I want to hear if he'll say something we don't know, and I'd really like to know" he said. "She is really missed and loved and we are so unhappy it's unbelievable."

Kimball convinced authorities to let him out of prison in December 2002 in order to work as an informant in a murder-for-hire plot involving former cellmate Steven Ennis and his girlfriend, Jennifer Marcum, the 25-year-old mother of a 4-year-old boy. A few months later, Marcum disappeared.

According to the affidavit another former cellmate, Brett Lee Gamblin, told police that Kimball asked Gamblin if he thought breast implants could be traced. Gamblin wondered why anyone would be concerned with breast implants when a body could be identified by fingerprints or teeth.

Despite repeated searches, Marcum's remains have never been found.

In August 2003, Kaysi McLeod went missing.

Kimball Honeymooned Where He Buried Bride's Daughter

Kimball told a former cellmate that a member of the Sons of Silence motorcycle gang had hired him to kill McLeod, 19, because she was set to testify as a witness in a drug trial against the gang's leader.

Kimball claimed, the cellmate says, that in order to get close to Kaysi, he started dating her mother Lori. After Kaysi's disappearance, Kimball married Lori during a ceremony in Las Vegas.








Defenders of NSA surveillance omit most of Mumbai plotter’s story

AP TERROR TRAIL: Headley’s case shows an alarming litany of breakdowns in the U.S. counterterror system that allowed him to play a central role in 26/11.

Officials say National Security Agency intercepts stopped David Coleman Headley’s planned attack in Denmark, but sources say a tip from the British led to his capture after the U.S. failed for years to connect multiple reports of terror ties

Defending a vast program to sweep up phone and Internet data under antiterror laws, senior U.S. officials in recent days have cited the case of David Coleman Headley, a key plotter in the deadly 2008 Mumbai attacks.
James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, said a data collection program by the National Security Agency helped stop an attack on a Danish newspaper for which Headley did surveillance. And Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the Senate intelligence chairwoman, also called Headley's capture a success.
But a closer examination of the case, drawn from extensive reporting by ProPublica, shows that the government surveillance only caught up with Headley after the U.S. had been tipped by British intelligence. And even that victory came after seven years in which U.S. intelligence failed to stop Headley as he roamed the globe on missions for Islamic terror networks and Pakistan's spy agency.
Supporters of the sweeping U.S. surveillance effort say it’s needed to build a haystack of information in which to find a needle that will stop a terrorist. In Headley’s case, however, it appears the U.S. was handed the needle first — and then deployed surveillance that led to the arrest and prosecution of Headley and other plotters.
Failure to connect
As ProPublica has previously documented, Headley’s case shows an alarming litany of breakdowns in the U.S. counterterror system that allowed him to play a central role in the massacre of 166 people in Mumbai, among them six Americans.
A mysterious Pakistani-American businessman and ex-drug informant, Headley avoided arrest despite a half dozen warnings to federal agents about extremist activities from his family and associates in different locales. If those leads from human sources had been investigated more aggressively, authorities could have prevented the Mumbai attacks with little need for high-tech resources, critics say.
“The failure here is the failure to connect systems,” said a U.S. law enforcement official who worked on the case but is not cleared to discuss it publicly. “Everybody had information in their silos, and they didn’t share across the silos. Headley in my mind is not a successful interdiction of a terrorist. It’s not a great example of how the system should work.”
Officials from Clapper’s office reiterated last week that he was referring to the prevention of Headley’s follow-up role in a Mumbai-style attack against Denmark’s Jyllands-Posten newspaper, a prime target because it published cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad that many Muslims found offensive. To that extent, Clapper’s comment shed a bit of new light on this aspect of a labyrinthine case.
Separately last week, NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander told a Senate committee that surveillance conducted by his agency helped disrupt “dozens” of attacks aimed at the U.S. and elsewhere. According to The Washington Post, Alexander cited the Headley case and promised to make more information public about the success of the NSA’s phone surveillance program, which captures “metadata” such as number, time and location of but not the content of calls.
In January, a federal judge in Chicago imposed a 35-year prison sentence on Headley, 51, for his role in Mumbai and the foiled newspaper plot. He got a reduced sentence because he testified at the federal trial in Chicago of his accomplice, Tahawurr Rana, who was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Headley confessed to doing undercover surveillance in Mumbai for the Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist group and Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate (ISI). U.S. officials also charged a major in the ISI with serving as Headley’s handler before the attack in November 2008. Pakistan denies involvement.
Detected by the British
In early 2009, according to trial testimony, Lashkar and the ISI sent Headley on a surveillance mission to Denmark. After he returned to Pakistan, his Lashkar and ISI handlers backed off. But Headley continued the plot with support from al-Qaida, whose leaders wanted a team of gunmen to attack the newspaper offices in Copenhagen, take hostages and throw their severed heads out of the windows.
Headley returned to Europe from Chicago for a second reconnaissance mission that July. The official version has been that he was detected at this point — but not by U.S. agencies.
Instead, U.S. and European counterterror officials have told ProPublica in interviews that British intelligence learned of Headley’s contact with al-Qaida operatives near Manchester, England, who were already under surveillance. Headley planned to meet with the extremists in hopes they would supply money, arms and personnel for the Denmark attack.
“Headley was an unknown until not long before his arrest,” a senior U.S. counterterrorism official told ProPublica in 2010.
“He came to light because of the British. They knew him only as ‘David the American.’ [The British] MI5 [security service] detected that he was in contact with a group in the U.K. that they were watching ... David had made direct contact with two of the main targets of the U.K. investigation.”
Scandinavian visits
On July 23, 2009, the FBI asked U.S. Customs and Border Protection analysts in Washington, D.C., for assistance in identifying a suspect who would travel shortly from Chicago via Frankfurt to Manchester, according to U.S. officials interviewed in 2011. The tip described a suspected American associate of Lashkar or al-Qaida with only his first name, flight itinerary and the airline, officials said. The customs analysts identified Headley through their databases containing records of his previous travel and interviews by U.S. border inspectors.
Headley went on to Sweden and Denmark. Alerted by U.S. agencies, Danish intelligence officers followed him as he scouted targets in Copenhagen and tried to find sources for guns, according to court records and interviews with counterterror officials. In the United States, court-approved FBI surveillance continued after his return in August and until his arrest that October, according to counterterror officials and court records.
Officials in Clapper’s office declined to comment on accounts of the British tip. But they said that information lawfully gathered under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act was integral to disrupting the attempted attacks on the Danish newspaper. This does not rule out other sources of information at other points in the investigation, the officials said.
Separately, the U.S. law enforcement official familiar with the case also said last week that a British communications intercept first detected Headley. Because the NSA works closely with its British counterparts, at that point U.S. intelligence agencies likely became involved in reviewing communications records to identify Headley and begin tracking his movements and associates, the official said.
“It was a communications intercept involving a bad guy in England,” the law enforcement official said. “It was the Brits who passed us the info. Without knowing all the gritty technical details, [Clapper's depiction] definitely fits with my understanding.”
The 30,000-page case file in Chicago remains wrapped in secrecy. Prosecutors have not said how investigators first detected Headley. Once he was under investigation by the Chicago field office of the FBI, agents intercepted his calls and emails and retrieved NSA intercepts of previous communications to build the case, according to court documents and ProPublica interviews. During questioning after his arrest, FBI agents confronted him with information from NSA intercepts as well as foreign intelligence agencies, the senior counterterror official said.
“What it may have allowed them to do is to go back and find emails and calls and map his movements,” said Charles Swift, a lawyer for Rana, the Chicago accomplice.
Headley began cooperating after his arrest, turning over his computer and giving the FBI access to his email accounts. Swift said he is not aware of anything in the case to suggest that the disputed NSA programs identified Headley, though he acknowledged that defense lawyers were not shown the government application for a warrant to monitor Headley under FISA.
Missed Mumbai
Swift called the case a dramatic example of the limits of the U.S. counterterror system because both high-tech and human resources failed to prevent the Mumbai attacks.
“You have to know what you are looking for and what you are looking at,” Swift said. “Headley’s the classic example. They missed Mumbai completely.”
The Headley case is also problematic because of his murky past.
The convicted drug smuggler radicalized and joined Lashkar in Pakistan in the late 1990s while spying on Pakistani heroin traffickers as a paid informant for the Drug Enforcement Administration. His associates first warned federal agencies about his Islamic extremism days after the Sept. 11 attacks. Investigators questioned him in front of his DEA handlers in New York, and he was cleared.
U.S. prosecutors then made the unusual decision to end Headley’s probation for a drug conviction three years early. He then hurried to Pakistan and began training in Lashkar terror camps. Although the DEA insists he was deactivated in early 2002, some U.S., European and Indian officials suspect that he remained an informant in some capacity and that the DEA or another agency sent him to Pakistan to spy on terrorists. Those officials believe his status as an operative or former informant may have deflected subsequent FBI inquiries.
The FBI received new tips in 2002 and in 2005 when Headley’s wife in New York had him arrested for domestic violence and told counterterror investigators about his radicalism and training in Pakistan. Inquiries were conducted, but he was not interviewed or placed on a watch list, officials have said.
Headley was recruited in 2006 by ISI officers, who with Lashkar oversaw his missions, according to Headley's trial testimony and other court records.
In late 2007 and early 2008, another wife told U.S. embassy officials in Islamabad that Headley was a terrorist and a spy, describing his frequent trips to Mumbai and his stay at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. In fact, Headley was conducting meticulous surveillance on the Taj and other targets for an impending attack by a seaborne squad of gunmen.
Once again, U.S. agencies say they did not question or monitor him because the information from the wife was not specific enough.
‘Double agent’
Senior Indian officials believe the U.S. government did not need high-tech resources to spot Headley. They have alleged publicly that he was a U.S. double agent all along. U.S. officials strenuously deny that. They say Headley simply slipped through the cracks of a system in which overwhelmed agencies struggle to track threats and to communicate internally and with each other.
The final tip to authorities about Headley came from a family friend days after the Mumbai attacks. This time, FBI agents in Philadelphia questioned a cousin of Headley’s. The cousin lied, saying Headley was in Pakistan when he was actually at home in Chicago, according to trial testimony and court documents. The cousin alerted Headley about the FBI inquiry, but Headley went to Denmark as planned.
U.S. agencies did not find Headley or warn foreign counterparts about him in the first half of 2009 while he conducted surveillance in Denmark and India and met and communicated with ISI officers and known Lashkar and al-Qaida leaders.

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26.06.2013 - Oslo

Norwegian IT Company Forced to Hand Over Emails to FBI

IT entrepreneur Hans Jørgen Lysglimt claims he was forced to give their clients’ emails to the U.S. federal police.
Photo : Truthout
The monthly magazine Journalisten wrote that the incident happened in 2010 and 2011. Lysglimt was general manager of e-mail service Runbox, and in March 2013, he was forced to deliver the traffic and e-mails from the servers of the company to the FBI in the United States.
According to Lysglimt, he was first contacted by NCIS in August 2010, where he was asked to assist the American police. But he demanded a court decision. After NCIS got it from the Oslo District Court, he had to give the demanded information.
- I find the whole affair as uncomfortable, not to mention that I can not talk about it with anyone. As I still choose to tell, it’s not because I’m so brave. But when you see what others, like Snowden, is willing, I think it’s a small sacrifice to reveal what happened, says Lysglimt to the magazine.
Hans Jørgen Lysglimt is now also on the parliamentary list of Pirate Party in Oslo for the upcoming elections.

June 25, 2013

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A Network of Snitches

Obama’s Informants

President Eisenhower’s Farewell Address more than 50 years ago is famous for its warning about the military-industrial complex, but he also warned that permanent war and a “permanent arms industry” would do great harm to American rights and liberties.  Over the past decade, we have experienced a Bush administration that deputized the Pentagon to spy on law-abiding citizens, with military officers attending antiwar rallies and staff sergeants engaged in the National Security Agency’s warrantless eavesdropping.  And now we have an Obama administration that has encouraged the creation of its own informant network among millions of federal employees and contractors to watch for “high-risk persons or behaviors” among co-workers.
The use of informant networks dates at least as far back as the Roman Empire.  Delatores (informants) were recruited from all classes of society, including slaves, lawyers, and philosophers.  Prior to the death of Joseph Stalin, the Soviet Union used pervasive informant networks in the Communist Party’s efforts to eradicate so-called “crimes” against state property.
Massive citizen informant networks were used throughout the Soviet Bloc in Eastern Europe to destroy perceived opposition to dictatorial rule, particularly in Czechoslovakia, Poland, and Hungary.  The best example of an informant network in the communist world, of course, was in East Germany where the Ministry of State Security (or Stasi) controlled one informant for every 60 citizens.  These informants were told that they were their country’s first line of defense against threats to national security.
The informant network of the Obama administration is similarly insidious, with federal employees required to keep close tabs on co-workers, and managers facing penalties, including criminal charges, for failing to report their suspicions.  According to Marisa Taylor and Jonathan Landay, reporting in McClatchyDC.com on June 20, there are government documents that equate leaks with espionage.  A Defense Department paper issued in 2012 exhorts its employees to “hammer this fact home…leaking is tantamount to aiding the enemies of the United States.”
The Obama administration’s initiative is called the Insider Threat Program and it is not restricted to the national security bureaucracy.  The Department of Education has informed its employees that co-workers going through “certain life experiences,” such as divorce or “frustrations with co-workers,” could turn a trusted employee into “an insider threat.”  According to Taylor and Landay, the Department of Agriculture and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have produced online tutorials titled “Treason 101” to teach employees to recognize the psychological profile of spies.  They say that the Peace Corps is implementing such a program.
The Bush administration initiated similar programs to conduct surveillance against American citizens, not merely federal workers.  Vice President Dick Cheney encouraged the Pentagon to create the Counter Intelligence Field Activity (CIFA) in 2003 to conduct surveillance against American citizens near U.S. military facilities, particularly against those Americans who attended antiwar meetings.  In the summer of 2004, CIFA monitored a small protest in Houston, Texas against Halliburton, the giant military contractor once headed by Cheney.  At the same time, Undersecretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz created a fact-gathering operation called TALON (Threat and Local Observation Notice) to collect “raw information” about “suspicious incidents.”  The unauthorized spying of CIFA and the computer collection on innocent people and organizations for TALON were illegal; both organizations were eventually shut down.
In addition to instituting the Insider Threat Program, the Obama administration has expanded the domestic reach of the intelligence community, perpetuated the culture of secrecy, and instituted a pervasive lack of transparency.  Although President Obama has stated that American citizens are not the targets of the NSA’s sweeping electronic collection system, it is possible that Britain’s G.C.H.Q., London’s counterpart to NSA, is collecting intelligence on Americans and sharing the information with Washington.  Under a program called Tempora, the British communications intelligence agency has an unequalled capacity to tap high-capacity fiber cables.  Britain, moreover, has a weak oversight regime, and G.C.H.Q. has a unique and storied collaboration with NSA and CIA.
Our congressional intelligence committees have failed in their primary task–providing oversight over this pervasive and secret surveillance system. Oversight and accountability must be part of government, particularly the secret agencies within government, and congressional oversight is needed to correct the collective harm that has been done to the United States and its reputation at home and abroad because of the zealous actions of the past decade.
Vice President Cheney defended the Iraq War in 2003 on the basis of the infamous “one percent doctrine,” which justified the invasion on the grounds that if there was a one percent chance that something is a threat, it requires that the United States responds as if the threat was 100 percent certain.  This logic has been applied in many ways to the problem of terrorism with the Department of Homeland Security and the 16 agencies of the intelligence community assuming that “Today’s terrorists can strike at any place, at any time, and with virtually any weapon.”  As a result, the War on Terror has become a permanent fixture in our national security architecture, and an economic cornucopia for private contractors.
Last month, President Obama told a high-ranking military audience at the National Defense University that our torture and detention policies “ran counter to the rule of law;” that our use of drones will “define the type of nation that we leave to our children;” that even legal military tactics are not necessarily “wise or moral in every instance;” and that we must repeal the mandate of the Authorization to Use Military Force to fight terrorism.  Referring to Guantanamo, he argued that holding “people who have been charged with no crime on a piece of land that is not part of our country” is not “who we are.”  And that “leak investigations [that] may chill investigative journalism that holds government accountable” is not “who we are.”
If so, then massive surveillance programs at home and abroad as well as massive informant networks within the entire federal bureaucracy should also not be who we are.  It is long past time for President Obama to address these issues with operational policies and not mere rhetoric.  The audacity of hope requires that he do so.
Melvin A. Goodman, a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy.  He is the author of the recently published National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism (City Lights Publishers)and the forthcoming “The Path to Dissent: The Story of a CIA Whistleblower” (City Lights Publisher). Goodman is a former CIA analyst and a professor of international relations at the National War College.

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FBI Document—“[DELETED]” Plots to Kill Occupy Leaders “If Deemed Necessary”

Would you be shocked to learn that the FBI apparently knew that some organization, perhaps even a law enforcement agency or private security outfit, had contingency plans to assassinate peaceful protestors in a major American city — and did nothing to intervene?

Would you be surprised to learn that this intelligence comes not from a shadowy whistle-blower but from the FBI itself – specifically, from a document obtained from Houston FBI office last December, as part of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed by the Washington, DC-based Partnership for Civil Justice Fund?

To repeat: this comes from the FBI itself. The question, then, is: What did the FBI do about it?

The Plot

Remember the Occupy Movement? The peaceful crowds that camped out in the center of a number of cities in the fall of 2011, calling for some recognition by local, state and federal authorities that our democratic system was out of whack, controlled by corporate interests, and in need of immediate repair?

That movement swept the US beginning in mid-September 2011. When, in early October, the movement came to Houston, Texas, law enforcement officials and the city’s banking and oil industry executives freaked out  perhaps even more so than they did in some other cities. The push-back took the form of violent assaults by police on Occupy activists, federal and local surveillance of people seen as organizers, infiltration by police provocateurs—and, as crazy as it sounds, some kind of plot to assassinate the “leaders” of this non-violent and leaderless movement.

But don’t take our word for it. Here’s what the document obtained from the Houston FBI, said:

 An identified [DELETED] as of October planned to engage in sniper attacks against protestors (sic) in Houston, Texas if deemed necessary. An identified [DELETED] had received intelligence that indicated the protesters in New York and Seattle planned similar protests in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin, Texas. [DELETED] planned to gather intelligence against the leaders of the protest groups and obtain photographs, then formulate a plan to kill the leadership via suppressed sniper rifles. (Note: protests continued throughout the weekend with approximately 6000 persons in NYC. ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protests have spread to about half of all states in the US, over a dozen European and Asian cities, including protests in Cleveland (10/6-8/11) at Willard Park which was initially attended by hundreds of protesters.)

Occupiers Astounded—But Not Entirely

Paul Kennedy, the National Lawyers Guild attorney in Houston who represented a number of Occupy Houston activists arrested during the protests, had not heard of the sniper plot, but said, “I find it hard to believe that such information would have been known to the FBI and that we would not have been told about it.”  He then added darkly, “If it had been some right-wing group plotting such an action, something would have been done. But if it is something law enforcement was planning, then nothing would have been done. It might seem hard to believe that a law enforcement agency would do such a thing, but I wouldn’t put it past them.”

He adds, “The use of the phrase ‘if deemed necessary,’ sounds like it was some kind of official organization that was doing the planning.” In other words, the “identified [DELETED” mentioned in the Houston FBI document may have been some other agency with jurisdiction in the area, which was calculatedly making plans to kill Occupy activists.

Kennedy knows first-hand the extent to which combined federal-state-local law enforcement forces in Houston were focused on disrupting and breaking up the Occupy action in that city. He represented seven people who were charged with felonies for a protest that attempted to block the operation of Houston’s port facility. That case fell apart when in the course of discovery, the prosecution disclosed that the Occupiers had been infiltrated by three undercover officers from the Austin Police department, who came up with the idea of using a device called a “sleeping dragon” -- actually chains inside of PVC pipe -- which are devilishly hard to cut through, for chaining protesters together blocking port access. The police provocateurs, Kennedy says, actually purchased the materials and constructed the “criminal instruments” themselves, supplying them to the protesters. As a result of this discovery, the judge tossed out the felony charges.

FBI Response

WhoWhatWhy contacted FBI headquarters in Washington, and asked about this document—which, despite its stunning revelation, and despite PCFJ press releases, was notwithstanding a few online mentions, was generally ignored by mainstream and “alternative” press alike.

The agency confirmed that it is genuine and that it originated in the Houston FBI office. (The plot is also referenced in a second document obtained in PCJF’s FOIA response, in this case from the FBI’s Gainesville, Fla., office, which cites the Houston FBI as the source.)  That second document actually suggests that the assassination plot, which never was activated, might still be operative should Occupy decisively re-emerge in the area. It states:

On 13 October 20111, writer sent via email an excerpt from the daily [DELETED] regarding FBI Houston’s [DELETED] to all IAs, SSRAs and SSA [DELETED] This [DELETED] identified the exploitation of the Occupy Movement by [LENGTHY DELETION] interested in developing a long-term plan to kill local Occupy leaders via sniper fire.

Asked why solid information about an assassination plot against American citizens exercising their Constitutional right to free speech and assembly never led to exposure of the plotters’ identity or an arrest—as happened with so many other terrorist schemes the agency has publicized—Paul Bresson, head of the FBI media office, offered a typically elliptical response:

The FOIA documents that you reference are redacted in several places pursuant to FOIA and privacy laws that govern the release of such information so therefore I am unable to help fill in the blanks that you are seeking.  Exemptions are cited in each place where a redaction is made.  As far as the question about the murder plot, I am unable to comment further, but rest assured if the FBI was aware of credible and specific information involving a murder plot, law enforcement would have responded with appropriate action.

Note that the privacy being “protected” in this instance (by a government that we now know has so little respect for our privacy) was of someone or some organization that was actively contemplating violating other people’s Constitutional rights— by murdering them. That should leave us less than confident about Bresson’s assertion that law enforcement would have responded appropriately to a “credible” threat.

Houston Cops Not Warned?

The Houston FBI office stonewalled our requests for information about the sniper-rifle assassination plot and why nobody was ever arrested for planning to kill demonstrators. Meanwhile, the Houston Police, who had the job of controlling the demonstrations, and of maintaining order and public safety, displayed remarkably little interest in the plot:  “We haven’t heard about it,” said Keith Smith, a public affairs officer for the department, who told us he inquired about the matter with senior department officials.

Asked whether he was concerned that, if what he was saying was correct, it meant the FBI had not warned local police about a possible terrorist act being planned in his city, he said, “No. You’d have to ask the Houston FBI about that.”

Craft International Again

Sniper action by law enforcement officials in Texas would not be anything new. Last October, a border patrol officer with the Texas Department of Public Safety, riding in a helicopter, used a sniper rifle to fire at a fast-moving pickup truck carrying nine illegal immigrants into the state from Mexico, killing two and wounding a third, and causing the vehicle to crash and overturn. It turns out that Border Patrol agents, like a number of Texas law enforcement organizations, had been receiving special sniper training from a Dallas-based mercenary-for-hire organization called Craft International LLC.  It seems likely that Houston Police have also received such training, possibly from Craft, which has a contract for such law-enforcement training funded by the US Department of Homeland Security.

Efforts to obtain comment from Craft International have been unsuccessful, but the company’s website features photos of Craft instructors training law enforcement officers in sniper rifle use (the company was founded in 2009 by Chris Kyle, a celebrated Army sniper who last year was slain by a combat veteran he had accompanied to a shooting range). A number of men wearing Craft-issued clothing and gear, and bearing the company’s distinctive skull logo, were spotted around the finish line of the April Boston Marathon, both before and after the bombing. Some were wearing large black backpacks with markings resembling what was seen on an exploded backpack image released by the FBI.(For more on the backpacks that allegedly contained the bombs, see this piece we did in May.)

An Activist Responds

Remington Alessi, an Occupy Houston activist who played a prominent role during the Occupy events, was one of the seven defendants whose felony charge was dropped because of police entrapment. He says of the sniper plot information, which first came to light last December as one of hundreds of pages of FBI files obtained by PCJF, “We have speculated heavily about it. The ‘if deemed necessary’ phrase seems to indicate it was an organization. It could have been the police or a private security group.”

Alessi, who hails from a law-enforcement family and who ran last year for sheriff of Houston’s Harris County on the Texas Green Party ticket, garnering 22,000 votes, agrees with attorney Kennedy that the plotters were not from some right-wing organization. “If it had been that, the FBI would have acted on it,” he agrees. “I believe the sniper attack was one strategy being discussed for dealing with the occupation.” He adds:

I assume I would have been one of the targets, because I led a few of the protest actions, and I hosted an Occupy show on KPFT.  I wish I could say I’m surprised that this was seriously discussed, but remember, this is the same federal government that murdered (Black Panther Party leader) Fred Hampton. We have a government that traditionally murders people who are threats. I guess being a target is sort of an honor.

There, Alessi is referring to evidence made public in the Church Committee hearings of the 1970s which revealed that the FBI was orchestrating local police attacks (in Chicago, San Francisco and New York) on Panther leaders. (For more on that, see this, starting at p. 185, esp. pp. 220-223; also see this .)

Alessi suspects that the assassination plot cited in the FBI memo was

probably developed in the Houston Fusion Center (where federal, state and local intelligence people work hand-in-glove). During our trial we learned that they were all over our stuff, tracking Twitter feeds etc.  It seems to me that based on the access they were getting they were using what we now know as the NSA’s PRISM program.

He notes, correctly, that in documents obtained from the FBI and Homeland Security by the PCJF’s FOIA search, the Occupy Movement is classed as a “terrorist” activity.

Ironically, while the Occupy Movement was actually peaceful, the FBI, at best, was simply standing aside while some organization plotted to assassinate the movement’s prominent activists.

The FBI’s stonewalling response to inquiries about this story, and the agency’s evident failure to take any action regarding a known deadly threat to Occupy protesters in Houston, will likely make protesters at future demonstrations look differently at the sniper-rifle equipped law-enforcement personnel often seen on rooftops during such events. What are they there for? Who are the threats they are looking for and potentially targeting? Who are they protecting?  And are they using “suppressed” sniper rifles?  Would this indicate they have no plans to take responsibility for any shots silently fired?  Or that they plan to frame someone else?

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Family of New Market man killed by FBI asks for answers

Posted: Jun 25, 2013 4:48 PM EST
 The family of a Jefferson County man killed in an FBI raid is asking for answers.
Nearly four months after the shooting, they say no one has told them why this happened.
In March, FBI agents came to 41-year-old Scott Edward Evans' New Market home on Stapleton Road to serve a search warrant.
Federal prosecutors claimed Evans sent and received emails containing child porn as part of an international child porn ring.
The bureau said when agents tried to arrest him he was shot and killed.
Gary Grizzle, Evans' father-in-law, lived next to Evans for more than twenty years and wants to know why an FBI agent killed him.

"We just want to hear something back about it," said Grizzle. "What's going on and what brought all this on?"

Grizzle said since the day of the shooting, no one from the FBI has been back to the house. He said they did not clean up the scene and left his daughter's home a wreck.
He says the child porn accusations against their son-in-law are shocking and he has doubts if they are even true.
Grizzle says the family only had one old computer and said his son-in-law did not even know how to set up an email account.
He says the only photos Evans had on his cell phone were of his three daughters.
"We would like to know why?" said Grizzle. "What proof they had and what caused all this."

Grizzle says Evans' death has been hard for his daughter and the couple's three daughters, ages 8, 15, and 21.

FBI’s subversive programme

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By:Dr Agha Saeed 17 hrs ago | Comments (1)
COINTELPRO: A secret system for liquidating dissent

When a former vice president of the United States begins to sound like major critics of the US imperial system, such as Ramsey Clark and Noam Chomsky, then you know that the situation is really bleak.

A few days ago, former Vice President Al Gore had told The Guardian that “the NSA spying revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden is unlawful because it violates the Constitution”.

What is far more injurious to human rights of religious, ethnic and ideological minorities is Federal Bureau of investigation’s (FBI) Counter Intelligence Programme popularly known as the COINTELPRO.

Although initiated by the FBI after the Russian Revolution as a secret system based on the deployment of illegal means and immoral methods to contain undesirable social movements, yet the fully integrated covert operation, under the label of COINTELPRO, officially didn’t begin till 1956 with the stated aim to “increase factionalism, cause disruption and win defections” inside the Communist Party USA.

In retrospect, it was built around ten sets of mutually-reinforcing covert activities against a historically particular ideological, ethnic, or religious group – chronologically, the communists, socialists, labour, African Americans, American Indians, Latino Americans, Arab Americans, environmentalists, peace groups, and now Muslim Americans – to liquidate any credible challenge to the US empire and to establish the tyranny of the majority over the targeted minority.

The above-mentioned ten sets of covert activities are: 1) Enlist the support of the “mainstream” media, academia and the intelligentsia for producing and popularising justifications for isolating, harassing, intimidating, and marginalising the targeted group, 2) Disrupt its internal unity, 3) Replace its authentic leadership with handpicked individuals, 4) Undermine its legitimate major institutions and organisations, 5) Deny it all means of respect, acceptance, and growth by stigmatising its values, beliefs and identity, 6) prevent access to mainstream media as well as social, political, educational, and government institutions, 7) Bleed it economically, 8) Delegitimise its very existence by organising systematic disinformation and misinformation campaigns to create inerasable negative images of the targeted group, 9) Infiltrate, intimidate, harass, entrap, bribe, blackmail, cheat, deceive and lie to subvert and “neutralise” the targeted group, and 10) Consequently, and most importantly, control its agenda of affinities and actions.

Amazingly, all of these ten sets of illegal activities are stacked in FBI’s two ‘Top-Secret’ internal memos penned in late 1960s.

The first memo, dated August 25, 1967, and authored by the FBI’s iron-fisted chief J Edgar Hoover, reveals a whole host of abusive activities as well as documents Hoover’s total disregard for any adverse impact on the “rights of Americans”.

1) “The purpose of this new counterintelligence endeavour is to expose, disrupt, misdirect, discredit, or otherwise neutralise the activities of black nationalist hate-type organisations and groupings, their leadership, spokesmen, membership, and supporters, and to counter their propensity for violence and civil disorder.”

2) “The activities of all such groups of intelligence interest to the Bureau must be followed on a continuous basis so we will be in a position to promptly take advantage of all opportunities for counterintelligence and inspire action in instances where circumstances warrant. The pernicious background of such groups, their duplicity, and devious maneuvers must be exposed to public scrutiny where such publicity will have a neutralizing effect.”

3) “No opportunity should be missed to exploit through counterintelligence techniques the organisational and personal conflicts of the leaderships of the groups and where possible an effort should be made to capitalise upon existing conflicts between competing black nationalist organisations.”

4) “When an opportunity is apparent to disrupt or neutralise black nationalist, hate-type organisations through the cooperation of established local news media contacts or through such contact with sources available… to insure the targeted group is disrupted, ridiculed, or discredited through the publicity and not merely publicized...”

5) “You are also cautioned that the nature of this new endeavour is such that under no circumstances should the existence of the programme be made known outside the bureau.”

The second memo, dated March 4, 1968, also authored and labelled by J Edgar Hoover as “Racial Intelligence” was issued “just one month before the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.”

6. “Prevent the coalition of militant black nationalist groups. In unity there is strength; a truism that is no less valid for all its triteness. An effective coalition of black nationalist groups might be… the beginning of a true black revolution.”

7. “Prevent the rise of a “messiah” who could unify, and electrify, the militant black nationalist movement. Malcolm X might have been such a “messiah”; he is the martyr of the movement today. Martin Luther King, Stokely Carmichael and Elijah Muhammed all aspire to this position…. King could be a very real contender for this position should he abandon his supposed “obedience” to “white, liberal doctrines” (nonviolence) and embrace black nationalism.”

8. [It] “should also be a goal of the Counterintelligence Programme to pinpoint potential troublemakers and neutralise them before they exercise their potential for violence.”

9. “Prevent militant black nationalist groups and leaders from gaining respectability by discrediting them to three separate segments of the community…”

10. “A final goal should be to prevent the long-range growth of militant black organisations, especially among youth.”

In his book, Assault on the Left: The FBI and the Sixties Antiwar Movement, James K Davis points out: “These efforts devastated what was left of CPUSA. By 1971, the figure was down to about 3,000 members, a considerable number of those being undercover FBI informants.”
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FBI’s subversive programme

Author: By Dr Agha Saeed
June 26, 2013 on 4:19 AM

COINTELPRO: A secret system for liquidating dissent

When a former vice president of the United States begins to sound like major critics of the US imperial system, such as Ramsey Clark and Noam Chomsky, then you know that the situation is really bleak.

A few days ago, former Vice President Al Gore had told The Guardian that “the NSA spying revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden is unlawful because it violates the Constitution”.

What is far more injurious to human rights of religious, ethnic and ideological minorities is Federal Bureau of investigation’s (FBI) Counter Intelligence Programme popularly known as the COINTELPRO.

Although initiated by the FBI after the Russian Revolution as a secret system based on the deployment of illegal means and immoral methods to contain undesirable social movements, yet the fully integrated covert operation, under the label of COINTELPRO, officially didn’t begin till 1956 with the stated aim to “increase factionalism, cause disruption and win defections” inside the Communist Party USA.

In retrospect, it was built around ten sets of mutually-reinforcing covert activities against a historically particular ideological, ethnic, or religious group – chronologically, the communists, socialists, labour, African Americans, American Indians, Latino Americans, Arab Americans, environmentalists, peace groups, and now Muslim Americans – to liquidate any credible challenge to the US empire and to establish the tyranny of the majority over the targeted minority.

The above-mentioned ten sets of covert activities are: 1) Enlist the support of the “mainstream” media, academia and the intelligentsia for producing and popularising justifications for isolating, harassing, intimidating, and marginalising the targeted group, 2) Disrupt its internal unity, 3) Replace its authentic leadership with handpicked individuals, 4) Undermine its legitimate major institutions and organisations, 5) Deny it all means of respect, acceptance, and growth by stigmatising its values, beliefs and identity, 6) prevent access to mainstream media as well as social, political, educational, and government institutions, 7) Bleed it economically, 8) Delegitimise its very existence by organising systematic disinformation and misinformation campaigns to create inerasable negative images of the targeted group, 9) Infiltrate, intimidate, harass, entrap, bribe, blackmail, cheat, deceive and lie to subvert and “neutralise” the targeted group, and 10) Consequently, and most importantly, control its agenda of affinities and actions.

Amazingly, all of these ten sets of illegal activities are stacked in FBI’s two ‘Top-Secret’ internal memos penned in late 1960s.

The first memo, dated August 25, 1967, and authored by the FBI’s iron-fisted chief J Edgar Hoover, reveals a whole host of abusive activities as well as documents Hoover’s total disregard for any adverse impact on the “rights of Americans”.

1) “The purpose of this new counterintelligence endeavour is to expose, disrupt, misdirect, discredit, or otherwise neutralise the activities of black nationalist hate-type organisations and groupings, their leadership, spokesmen, membership, and supporters, and to counter their propensity for violence and civil disorder.”

2) “The activities of all such groups of intelligence interest to the Bureau must be followed on a continuous basis so we will be in a position to promptly take advantage of all opportunities for counterintelligence and inspire action in instances where circumstances warrant. The pernicious background of such groups, their duplicity, and devious maneuvers must be exposed to public scrutiny where such publicity will have a neutralizing effect.”

3) “No opportunity should be missed to exploit through counterintelligence techniques the organisational and personal conflicts of the leaderships of the groups and where possible an effort should be made to capitalise upon existing conflicts between competing black nationalist organisations.”

4) “When an opportunity is apparent to disrupt or neutralise black nationalist, hate-type organisations through the cooperation of established local news media contacts or through such contact with sources available… to insure the targeted group is disrupted, ridiculed, or discredited through the publicity and not merely publicized...”

5) “You are also cautioned that the nature of this new endeavour is such that under no circumstances should the existence of the programme be made known outside the bureau.”

The second memo, dated March 4, 1968, also authored and labelled by J Edgar Hoover as “Racial Intelligence” was issued “just one month before the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.”

6. “Prevent the coalition of militant black nationalist groups. In unity there is strength; a truism that is no less valid for all its triteness. An effective coalition of black nationalist groups might be… the beginning of a true black revolution.”

7. “Prevent the rise of a “messiah” who could unify, and electrify, the militant black nationalist movement. Malcolm X might have been such a “messiah”; he is the martyr of the movement today. Martin Luther King, Stokely Carmichael and Elijah Muhammed all aspire to this position…. King could be a very real contender for this position should he abandon his supposed “obedience” to “white, liberal doctrines” (nonviolence) and embrace black nationalism.”

8. [It] “should also be a goal of the Counterintelligence Programme to pinpoint potential troublemakers and neutralise them before they exercise their potential for violence.”

9. “Prevent militant black nationalist groups and leaders from gaining respectability by discrediting them to three separate segments of the community…”

10. “A final goal should be to prevent the long-range growth of militant black organisations, especially among youth.”

In his book, Assault on the Left: The FBI and the Sixties Antiwar Movement, James K Davis points out: “These efforts devastated what was left of CPUSA. By 1971, the figure was down to about 3,000 members, a considerable number of those being undercover FBI informants.”

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FBI chases anti-GMO activists while ignoring Monsanto’s transgressions

By John Upton
FBI agent with gunHot on the trail of the bad guys — depending on your definition of “bad.”

Some experimental GMO crops were torn out of a field in Oregon this month. That means it’s time for the federal government to freak the fuck out and do its best to clamp down again on eco-activism.

The sugar beet plants, which were genetically engineered by Syngenta to survive applications of the herbicide Roundup, were uprooted in the middle of the night from a couple of fields, presumably by anti-GMO activists. The destruction of the experimental crops occurred in the same state where a strain of Monsanto’s illegal herbicide-resistant wheat recently showed up in a farmer’s field, threatening America’s multibillion-dollar wheat export market.

Guess which crime the FBI is desperate to crack?

That’s right: The sugar beet one. The agency announced that it “considers this crime to be economic sabotage and a violation of federal law involving damage to commercial agricultural enterprises.” According to the FBI, a $10,000 reward is being offered for clues by Oregonians for Food and Shelter, a corporate forestry and agriculture group that lobbies for pro-GMO and pro-pesticide legislation.

The Oregonian reports that 1,000 genetically engineered sugar beet plants were uprooted from land leased by Syngenta on June 8:

    Three nights later, the destruction continued on another property, where another 5,500 plants were ruined.

    “It doesn’t look like a vehicle was used. It looks like people entered the field and destroyed the plants by hand,” said Paul Minehart, head of corporate communications in North America for Syngenta, a global agriculture corporation based in Basel, Switzerland.

    Estimates for the damage were not specified but the financial losses are significant, according to FBI spokeswoman Beth Anne Steele.

Meanwhile, Monsanto is continuing to push its claim that its genetically engineered wheat turned up on an Oregon farm because of an act of sabotage. That claim is drawing skepticism from the expert whose tests first confirmed that the rogue wheat was developed by Monsanto. From a report in The Guardian:

    While Monsanto’s chief technology officer suggested eco-activists were to blame, [Oregon State University weed sciences professor Carol] Mallory-Smith said deliberate contamination was the least likely scenario:

    “The sabotage conspiracy theory is even harder for me to explain or think as logical because it would mean that someone had that seed and was holding that seed for 10 or 12 years and happened to put it on the right field to have it found, and identified. I don’t think that makes a lot of sense.”

We may learn more about the cause of the GMO wheat contamination after the U.S. Department of Agriculture completes an investigation.

FBI’s subversive programme

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By:Dr Agha Saeed 17 hrs ago | Comments (1)
COINTELPRO: A secret system for liquidating dissent

When a former vice president of the United States begins to sound like major critics of the US imperial system, such as Ramsey Clark and Noam Chomsky, then you know that the situation is really bleak.

A few days ago, former Vice President Al Gore had told The Guardian that “the NSA spying revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden is unlawful because it violates the Constitution”.

What is far more injurious to human rights of religious, ethnic and ideological minorities is Federal Bureau of investigation’s (FBI) Counter Intelligence Programme popularly known as the COINTELPRO.

Although initiated by the FBI after the Russian Revolution as a secret system based on the deployment of illegal means and immoral methods to contain undesirable social movements, yet the fully integrated covert operation, under the label of COINTELPRO, officially didn’t begin till 1956 with the stated aim to “increase factionalism, cause disruption and win defections” inside the Communist Party USA.

In retrospect, it was built around ten sets of mutually-reinforcing covert activities against a historically particular ideological, ethnic, or religious group – chronologically, the communists, socialists, labour, African Americans, American Indians, Latino Americans, Arab Americans, environmentalists, peace groups, and now Muslim Americans – to liquidate any credible challenge to the US empire and to establish the tyranny of the majority over the targeted minority.

The above-mentioned ten sets of covert activities are: 1) Enlist the support of the “mainstream” media, academia and the intelligentsia for producing and popularising justifications for isolating, harassing, intimidating, and marginalising the targeted group, 2) Disrupt its internal unity, 3) Replace its authentic leadership with handpicked individuals, 4) Undermine its legitimate major institutions and organisations, 5) Deny it all means of respect, acceptance, and growth by stigmatising its values, beliefs and identity, 6) prevent access to mainstream media as well as social, political, educational, and government institutions, 7) Bleed it economically, 8) Delegitimise its very existence by organising systematic disinformation and misinformation campaigns to create inerasable negative images of the targeted group, 9) Infiltrate, intimidate, harass, entrap, bribe, blackmail, cheat, deceive and lie to subvert and “neutralise” the targeted group, and 10) Consequently, and most importantly, control its agenda of affinities and actions.

Amazingly, all of these ten sets of illegal activities are stacked in FBI’s two ‘Top-Secret’ internal memos penned in late 1960s.

The first memo, dated August 25, 1967, and authored by the FBI’s iron-fisted chief J Edgar Hoover, reveals a whole host of abusive activities as well as documents Hoover’s total disregard for any adverse impact on the “rights of Americans”.

1) “The purpose of this new counterintelligence endeavour is to expose, disrupt, misdirect, discredit, or otherwise neutralise the activities of black nationalist hate-type organisations and groupings, their leadership, spokesmen, membership, and supporters, and to counter their propensity for violence and civil disorder.”

2) “The activities of all such groups of intelligence interest to the Bureau must be followed on a continuous basis so we will be in a position to promptly take advantage of all opportunities for counterintelligence and inspire action in instances where circumstances warrant. The pernicious background of such groups, their duplicity, and devious maneuvers must be exposed to public scrutiny where such publicity will have a neutralizing effect.”

3) “No opportunity should be missed to exploit through counterintelligence techniques the organisational and personal conflicts of the leaderships of the groups and where possible an effort should be made to capitalise upon existing conflicts between competing black nationalist organisations.”

4) “When an opportunity is apparent to disrupt or neutralise black nationalist, hate-type organisations through the cooperation of established local news media contacts or through such contact with sources available… to insure the targeted group is disrupted, ridiculed, or discredited through the publicity and not merely publicized...”

5) “You are also cautioned that the nature of this new endeavour is such that under no circumstances should the existence of the programme be made known outside the bureau.”

The second memo, dated March 4, 1968, also authored and labelled by J Edgar Hoover as “Racial Intelligence” was issued “just one month before the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.”

6. “Prevent the coalition of militant black nationalist groups. In unity there is strength; a truism that is no less valid for all its triteness. An effective coalition of black nationalist groups might be… the beginning of a true black revolution.”

7. “Prevent the rise of a “messiah” who could unify, and electrify, the militant black nationalist movement. Malcolm X might have been such a “messiah”; he is the martyr of the movement today. Martin Luther King, Stokely Carmichael and Elijah Muhammed all aspire to this position…. King could be a very real contender for this position should he abandon his supposed “obedience” to “white, liberal doctrines” (nonviolence) and embrace black nationalism.”

8. [It] “should also be a goal of the Counterintelligence Programme to pinpoint potential troublemakers and neutralise them before they exercise their potential for violence.”

9. “Prevent militant black nationalist groups and leaders from gaining respectability by discrediting them to three separate segments of the community…”

10. “A final goal should be to prevent the long-range growth of militant black organisations, especially among youth.”

In his book, Assault on the Left: The FBI and the Sixties Antiwar Movement, James K Davis points out: “These efforts devastated what was left of CPUSA. By 1971, the figure was down to about 3,000 members, a considerable number of those being undercover FBI informants.”
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US: Question FBI Nominee on ‘Torture Memos’
Senate Should Scrutinize James Comey’s Record on Detainee Abuse
July 1, 2013


The Bush administration’s ‘torture memos’ sought to evade the clear prohibitions against torture under US and international law. The Senate Judiciary Committee should closely question James Comey about his apparent endorsement of some of those memos
Andrea Prasow, senior counterterrorism counsel

(Washington, DC) – United States Senate Judiciary Committee members considering James Comey for the next director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) should question him on his apparent approval of legal memos authorizing torture, Human Rights Watch and six other human rights and civil liberties groups said in a letter today to committee members.

While serving as deputy attorney general from 2003-2005, Comey wrote that he “concurred” with two legal memoranda that approved the use of waterboarding, prolonged sleep deprivation, and other forms of torture and ill-treatment.

“The Bush administration’s ‘torture memos’ sought to evade the clear prohibitions against torture under US and international law,” said Andrea Prasow, senior counterterrorism counsel at Human Rights Watch. “The Senate Judiciary Committee should closely question James Comey about his apparent endorsement of some of those memos.”

The FBI is the lead federal agency in interrogating suspects and is responsible for investigating allegations of torture by government officials. Before voting on Comey’s confirmation, the Senate should fully examine his past and current views on the use of torture and other forms of abuse against people in US custody.

In 2004, the Office of the Legal Counsel, which provides legal advice to the executive branch, wrote a memo addressed to Comey that upheld a 2002 “torture memo” that arguably approved the use of waterboarding and other forms of torture against Abu Zubaydah, an alleged close aid of Osama Bin Laden. Comey also “concurred” with a 2005 Office of the Legal Counsel memo that authorized interrogation methods such as cramped confinement, wall-standing, water dousing, extended sleep deprivation, and waterboarding, despite recognizing these techniques as “simply awful” and recommending against their use in combination.

“Comey was at the center of the Justice Department when important decisions were being made about torture,” Prasow said. “The public has a right to know what positions he took, and the Judiciary Committee should demand full disclosure of his role during the confirmation process.”
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CIA whistleblower to Snowden: ‘Do not cooperate with the FBI’
 July 03, 2013 16:39

NSA leaker Edward Snowden is the subject of an open letter of support just published from behind bars by John Kiriakou, a former CIA agent currently serving time for sharing state secrets.

In a letter dated June 13 and published Tuesday by Firedoglake, the imprisoned CIA vet salutes Snowden for his recent disclosures of classified documents detailing some of the vast surveillance programs operated by the United States’ National Security Agency.

“Thank you for your revelations of government wrongdoing over the past week,” Kiriakou writes. “You have done the country a great public service.”

“I know that it feels like the weight of the world is on your shoulders right now, but as Americans begin to realize that we are devolving into a police state, with the loss of civil liberties that entails, they will see your actions for what they are: heroic.”

Beginning with the June 6 publication of a dragnet court order demanding the phone data of millions of Americans, The Guardian newspaper has released a collection of leaked documents attributed to Snowden for which the US government has charged him with espionage. He is reportedly now hiding in a Moscow airport and has sought asylum from no fewer than 20 countries to avoid prosecution in the US. Should he be sent home and forced to stand trial, however, Snowden will likely find himself in a peculiar position that the former Central Intelligence Agency analyst can most certainly relate to: Kiriakou is currently serving a 36-month sentence at the Loretto, Pennsylvania federal prison for revealing the identity of a covert CIA agent to reporters.

Before Kiriakou pleaded guilty to one count of passing classified information to the media last year, the government charged him under the Espionage Act of 1917. He has equated the prosecution as retaliation for his own past actions, saying the charge wasn’t the result of outing a secret agent but over exposing truths about the George W. Bush administration’s use of waterboarding as an interrogation tool in the post-9/11 war on terror. As in the case of Snowden, Kiriakou’s supporters have hailed him as a whistleblower. As the government sings a very different song, though, the CIA analyst offers advice to Snowden in what is the second of his “Letters from Loretto” published by Firedoglake since Kiriakou’s two-and-a-half-year sentence began earlier this spring.

“First, find the best national security attorneys money can buy,” writes Kiriakou. “I was blessed to be represented by legal titans and, although I was forced to take a plea in the end, the shortness of my sentence is a testament to their expertise.”

“Second, establish a website that your supporters can follow your case, get your side of the story and, most importantly, make donations to support your defense.”


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New Book Series Alleges a Multibillion-Dollar Gold Theft Was Connected to President Kennedy’s Assassination
June 30, 2013

In the newly released book series, The Gold House trilogy, authors John Clarence and Tom Whittle allege that in the summer of 1961 the U.S. Attorney General, Secretary of the Interior, and high-ranking army officers reportedly met at a private residence in Alamogordo, New Mexico. Their purpose, according to an eyewitness: to gather information about a vast hoard of gold bars and ancient artifacts at a remote site named Victorio Peak situated on a nearby military installation. In July that summer the treasure was placed under the control of the U.S. Attorney General. In book two of the trilogy, authors Clarence and Whittle present an official July 31, 1961 transcribed phone conversation between the commanding general at the nearby installation and the Director of Silver & Gold Operations at the U.S. Mint that exposed an approved army operation to search for and remove the gold.

The Gold House trilogy books recounts how in the summer of 1963 President Kennedy and Vice President Lyndon Johnson traveled to White Sands, supposedly to witness a series of missile firings. But according to an article in the Hobbs Daily News-Sun (AP) that day, they also inspected a proposed landing site for future space missions. From there the authors allege the president and vice president secretly flew to Victorio Peak to examine its treasure.

Authors Clarence and Whittle allege in The Gold House trilogy books that sources reported the president later made arrangements to meet with the co-discoverer of the treasure in Denver to resolve the question of its ownership. The meeting was to take place after the president’s November 1963 trip to Dallas, Texas. Before that meeting occurred, 35th President of the United States was assassinated. Clarence and Whittle allege the assassination may well have stemmed from a conflict concerning the disposition of the treasure, a conversation overheard by an onsite witness who was nearby when the president and vice president inspected the treasure.

As recounted in The Gold House trilogy, other political and military individuals played a major role in the illegal removal of a large portion of the treasure. The Gold House books also allege that a remote ranch east of Camargo in Chihuahua, Mexico, was purchased from the former president of New Mexico. The ranch, Las Pampas, contained an airstrip reportedly used to facilitate the theft of Victorio Peak gold and its further transport out of Mexico. According to sources the flights began in 1969 and continued for about one year, transporting more than 100 tons of gold. Until these records were obtained, Terry Delonas, the grandson of Doc and Ova Noss, had no proof of what he had long-suspected: “The research Mr. Clarence has done explains exactly why the government was afraid of a full excavation of the chambers beneath Victorio Peak," he states in the video.

“The thefts did not stop with LBJ; in 1973 Nixon sent a recovery team to White Sands Missile Range...soon, 37 tons of gold disappeared. The value of the gold extracted is overwhelming, exceeded only by the evidence presented in The Gold House–The Lies, The Thefts. Clarence and Whittle present well-documented paper trails including: bank records, warehouse receipts and much more, enough to take to a jury––and win.”––Barr McClellan, attorney and ¬New York Times best-selling author

“The Gold House trilogy is a tour de force of research and reporting. Meticulously researched and explosive in the revelations it uncovers. Clarence and Whittle have uncovered information that will require scholars and commentators of modern U.S. political history to reevaluate the presidencies of Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard M. Nixon.” —Gerald D. McKnight, professor emeritus of history at Hood College and author of Breach of Trust: How the Warren Commission Failed the Nation and Why

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July 2. 2013


Ex-FBI director to review BP settlement program


Former FBI Director Louis Freeh was appointed Tuesday to investigate alleged misconduct by a lawyer who helped run BP's multibillion-dollar settlement fund.
U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier issued an order naming Freeh, who now runs a consulting firm, a "special master" for the investigation. In another high-profile case, Freeh recently led a university-sanctioned probe of the Pennsylvania State University sex abuse scandal.
Oil spill claims administrator Patrick Juneau announced last month that his office is investigating allegations that an attorney on his staff received a portion of settlement proceeds for claims he had referred to a law firm before he started working on the settlement program.
Freeh was a federal judge in New York before serving as FBI director from 1993 to 2001. He founded his consulting firm, Freeh Group International Solutions LLC, in 2007.
After being appointed Tuesday, Freeh met in the judge's chambers with Barbier, BP representatives and top plaintiff attorneys. He had no comment afterward.
BP had called for an independent review of the allegations. A company spokesman said in a statement that it was pleased with the appointment to try to ensure the integrity of the claims process.
"We believe that Judge Freeh's experience on the federal bench and as director of the FBI make him ideally suited to conduct a thorough investigation into the recent allegations of unethical and potentially criminal behavior within the program," BP spokesman Geoff Morrell said in the statement.

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Ex-FBI agent denies Whitey offered to ‘get rid of’ wife

Monday, July 1, 2013
The retired supervisor of the Boston FBI Organized Crime Squad angrily denied from the witness stand today that mobster-informant James “Whitey” Bulger offered to “get rid of” his first wife to free him from a messy, costly divorce over his infidelity.
“Absolutely not!” John Morris snapped at Bulger’s defense attorney Hank Brennan on his third day of cross-examination.
Morris acknowledged the marital home, his pension and pretty much everything “was on the table” because of his 10-year affair with his former secretary, but said, “No such conversation ever took place” with Bulger.
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Ex-FBI agent denies Whitey offered to ‘get rid of’ wife
Monday, July 1, 2013

The retired supervisor of the Boston FBI Organized Crime Squad angrily denied from the witness stand today that mobster-informant James “Whitey” Bulger offered to “get rid of” his first wife to free him from a messy, costly divorce over his infidelity.

“Absolutely not!” John Morris snapped at Bulger’s defense attorney Hank Brennan on his third day of cross-examination.

Morris acknowledged the marital home, his pension and pretty much everything “was on the table” because of his 10-year affair with his former secretary, but said, “No such conversation ever took place” with Bulger.
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FBI sued over secretive facial recognition program
 June 28, 2013 17:13

Soon the FBI will be done building a database containing the photographs, fingerprints and other biometric data for millions of Americans, but the agency has been far from forthcoming with the details. A new lawsuit filed this week aims to change that.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a non-profit digital rights group based out of California, sued the United States Department of Justice this week for failing to comply with multiple Freedom of Information Act requests filed last year by the EFF.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation received no fewer than three FOIA requests from the EFF last year for details about its state-of-the-art Next Generation Identification program, or NGI, a system that will store personally-identifiable data for millions of Americans and foreign nationals to act as what the FBI has called a "bigger, faster and better" version of what law enforcement already uses. But while the bureau has indeed already been using fingerprint information to track down potential terrorists and troublemakers for years, the EFF’s main concern revolves around what sort of space-age face recognition abilities NGI will be able to employ.

The FBI previously acknowledged that NGI will “house multimodal biometrics records like palm prints and iris scans” in one master system, as well as facial imaging information and intelligence about scars, marks and tattoos. Eventually, the agency said, it hopes to incorporate technology to track down people using only their voice. For now, though, the EFF is interested in what the facial recognition infrastructure will be able to do, and is demanding the FBI fesses up.

“NGI will change almost everything about how the FBI treats photograph submissions,” the complaint filed this week reads. Citing government documents, the EFF says that the system will allow “the increased capacity to retain photographic images, additional opportunities for agencies to submit photographic images and additional search capabilities, including automated searches.”

“The proposed new system would also allow law enforcement ‘to collect and retain other images (such as those obtained from crime scene security cameras’ and from family and friends) and would allow submission of ‘civil photographs along with civil fingerprint submissions that were collected for noncriminal purposes,’” the EFF continues.

When all is said and done, the FBI will be able to use NGI to scan millions of entries in a single database to find someone based off of a single photograph, and the EFF fears that could send things down a slippery slope.

“Governmental use of face recognition — and the potential for misuse — raises many privacy concerns,” the EFF says in the lawsuit.

a species that hires mercenaries to protect them looses the ability to protect itself and
is doomed to extinction when the mercenaries turn on them.

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as always funded by your tax dime.

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 Report: Secret FBI Files Detail Michael Jackson Abuse

Sunday, 30 Jun 2013
The King of Pop was in danger of losing his throne in the early 1990s as allegations began to swirl that he had abused underage boys at his Neverland Ranch.

Now, a former aid to a private investigator to the stars says his boss was hired by Michael Jackson to find victims and pay them to keep quiet, reports London's Sunday People.

According to the tabloid, "secret FBI files" show abuse of up to 24 young boys, including one well-known actor. Jackson was caught with another boy watching pornographic movies, and one was fondled in Jackson's private theater while his mother sat a few rows ahead oblivious to what was happening.

Though the files include the alleged victims' names, Sunday People did not reveal any of them except for Wade Robson, now a 30-year-old choreographer who has sued the Jackson estate. Robson alleges he was sexually abused by Jackson between the ages of 7 and 14.

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CNN exclusive: FBI misconduct reveals sex, lies and videotape

By Scott Zamost and Kyra Phillips, CNN Special Investigations Unit
January 27, 2011

Washington (CNN) -- An FBI employee shared confidential information with his girlfriend, who was a news reporter, then later threatened to release a sex tape the two had made.

A supervisor watched pornographic videos in his office during work hours while "satisfying himself."

And an employee in a "leadership position" misused a government database to check on two friends who were exotic dancers and allowed them into an FBI office after hours.

These are among confidential summaries of FBI disciplinary reports obtained by CNN, which describe misconduct by agency supervisors, agents and other employees over the last three years


Read the FBI documents obtained by CNN

-- An employee had "a sexual relationship with a source" over seven months. The punishment was a 40-day suspension.
-- The supervisor who viewed "pornographic movies in the office while sexually satisfying himself" during work hours received a 35-day suspension.
-- The employee in a "leadership position" who misused a "government database to conduct name checks on two friends who were foreign nationals employed as exotic dancers" and "brought the two friends into FBI space after-hours without proper authorization" received a 23-day suspension. The same employee had been previously suspended for misusing a government database.
-- An employee who was drunk "exploited his FBI employment at a strip club," falsely claiming he was "conducting an official investigation." His punishment was a 30-day suspension.
-- And an employee conducted "unauthorized searches on FBI databases" for "information on public celebrities the employee thought were 'hot'" received a 30-day suspension.

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February 22, 2013
FBI agents caught sexting and dating drug dealers
Dating drug dealers, harassing ex-boyfriends with naked pictures, and pointing guns at pet dogs: these were just a few of the offences committed recently by serving FBI agents, according to internal documents.
The US provided officers from the Egyptian secret police with training at the FBI, despite allegations that they routinely tortured detainees and suppressed political opposition.

Disciplinary files from the Bureau's Office of Professional Responsibility record an extraordinary range of transgressions that reveal the chaotic personal lives of some of America's top law enforcers.

One male agent was sacked after police were called to his mistress's house following reports of domestic incident. When officers arrived they found the agent "drunk and uncooperative" and eventually had to physically subdue him and wrestle away his loaded gun.

A woman e-mailed a "nude photograph of herself to her ex-boyfriend's wife" and then continued to harass the couple despite two warnings from senior officials. The Bureau concluded she was suffering from depression related to the break-up and allowed her to return to work after 10 days.

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Buffalo FBI Agent Busted
Dec 10, 2012  

BUFFALO, NY - A Special Agent working in the Buffalo office of the FBI is due in Eden Town Court later this month, after being arrested by New York State Police last Friday night, charged with exposing himself to a fellow motorist on the New York State Thruway.

State Police Lt. David Denz confirmed for WGRZ-TV that John A. Yervelli Jr., 48, of Lakeview, was charged with Public Lewdness, a class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to 90 days in jail.

According to Denz, a truck driver from central New York was traveling in the right lane while east bound on the Thruway near mile marker 442, between Exits 57 and 57A, when he noticed a grey minivan pull alongside him in the passing lane.

The trucker told police that when he looked down, he noticed the driver of the other vehicle (who had turned his dome light on) was not wearing pants.

"At that point the complainant stated that the driver of the minivan was exposing himself and making lewd gestures," Denz told 2 On Your Side.

Denz says the trucker called police, who then intercepted the minivan at the Hamburg toll plaza, where the trucker also went to identify Yervelli. Denz said it appeared Yervelli was wearing pants when he was pulled over.

"He denied exposing himself," Denz told Channel 2, but added that "inconsistencies" in the account given by Agent Yervelli lead State Police to file charges.

A source says Yervelli insisted to the trooper who pulled him over that he was attempting to relieve himself into a bottle while he was driving. However, the location where he said that occurred was within a few miles (or minutes) of the exit he was headed to, and even closer to a Thruway rest stop.

"I don't want to give you too many specifics as far as what he stated, but he made statements that would lead you to believe that the truck driver's story was credible," Denz said.

Child Porn Probe Leads To FBI Headquarters
Target claims inquiry is just a “misunderstanding”
JANUARY 5 2011--The government’s pursuit of suspects trafficking in child pornography recently led federal agents to a familiar address--the FBI’s Washington, D.C. headquarters, where a bureau official is the subject of an ongoing criminal probe, The Smoking Gun has learned.

The investigation by the Department of Justice’s inspector general is focusing on FBI employee Joseph Bonsuk’s receipt of nearly 80 illicit images that were e-mailed to him by an Illinois sex offender whose rap sheet includes felony convictions for bank robbery and solicitation of a minor.

Prosecutors move to dismiss charges against former Scout leader

January 3, 2007

NEW HAVEN, Conn. --Federal prosecutors have moved to dismiss charges against a retired FBI agent who was indicted on child sex charges dating back more than a decade when he was a Boy Scout leader, in response to the death of his accuser.

William Hutton, 63, of Killingworth, was arrested in February on charges he enticed a member of his Scout troop to Maine for the purpose of sexual activity in 1994 and 1995.


Former Scout leader, FBI agent indicted on child sex charges
News-Times, The (Danbury, CT)
Saturday, February 4, 2006

NEW HAVEN (AP) - A retired FBI agent was indicted Friday on federal child sex charges dating back more than a decade when he was a Boy Scout leader.
William Hutton, 63, of Killingworth, was arrested Friday. The federal grand jury indictment accuses Hutton of enticing a member of his Scout troop to Maine for the purpose of sexual activity in 1994 and 1995.

"It's obviously devastating. He was an FBI agent in this district and was reputed in this district," defense attorney Hugh Keefe said.

"The people who worked with him in the U.S. attorney's office and FBI respected him."

Keefe said the investigation has been going on for years. He would not discuss the details of the case or how the allegations surfaced.

Investigators asked anyone who knows anything about the case to call the FBI. U.S. Attorney Kevin O'Connor said that's standard practice whenever there might be more victims.

"In any case that's a concern," O'Connor said. "Whether that's the situation here I can't say."

If convicted on all four charges, Hutton faces up to 30 years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines.

Hutton was released on a $200,00 bond. He may not own any firearms or have any unsupervised contact with children. He was also ordered to stay away from playgrounds, schools, arcades or anywhere children congregate.

Edward Rodgers was in charge of investigating cases of Child Abuse at the FBI

THE DENVER POST - Voice of the Rocky Mountain Empire
May 17, 1990
Sisters win sex lawsuit vs. dad $2.3 million given for years of abuse
By Howard Prankratz
Denver Post Legal Affairs Writer

Two daughters of former state and federal law enforcement official Edward Rodgers were awarded $2.319,400 yesterday, after a Denver judge and jury found that the women suffered years of abuse at the hands of their father.

The award to Sharon Simone, 45, and Susan Hammond, 44, followed testimony of Rodgers’ four daughters in person or through depositions, describing repeated physical abuse and sexual assaults by their father from 1944 through 1965.

Rodgers, 72, who became a child abuse expert after retiring from the FBI and joining the colorado Springs DA’s office, failed to appear for the trial. But in a deposition taken in March, Rodgers denied ever hitting or sexually abusing his children.

Local attorney arrested
On child indecency accusations

Updated: Wednesday, 22 Apr 2009, 1:33 PM CDT
Published : Monday, 20 Apr 2009,
MOBILE, Ala. - Mobile Police arrested 52-year-old Phillip Kent Baxley on child indecency charges. Baxley is a local attorney in Mobile, but he's also a former coach and acting president for the Mobile Soccer Club.

"I'm surprised to hear it," said Mobile Soccer Club Director, Mohammed Elzare. "He's a former FBI agent and attorney. So we're definitely saddened to hear this."

Baxley was arrested at his Dauphin Street office on a fugitive felony warrant out of Harris County, Texas.

Texas police officers say Baxley was involved in an incident with a nine-year-old girl in 2004.
Investigators say it happened at a family member's house in a Houston suburb, but the girl waited some time before saying anything.

"When the victim, the nine-year-old made the outcry she was interviewed in another county and all of the information was forwarded to us and the investigation went from there," said Lt. Wade Conner with the Deer Park, Texas Police Department.

Mobile Soccer Club Board Members say they were blind-sided by the news on Monday. For now, the board likely plans to distance itself from Baxley.

"Stopping ties until this situation is resolved and hopefully it comes out to a good outcome," said Elzare.

But Texas investigators are confident the charges will stick, despite Baxley's background. "If they're a pedophile then we deal with them all the same," said Wade. "It doesn't matter what they do for a living."

Baxley is locked up in the Mobile County Jail. That's where he'll stay until he's extradited to Texas.

FBI Agent Pleads Guilty to Child Abuse


Tuesday February 17, 2004 11:46 PM


Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - The former chief internal watchdog at the FBI has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl and has admitted he had a history of molesting other children before he joined the bureau for what became a two-decade career.

John H. Conditt Jr., 53, who retired in 2001, was sentenced last week to 12 years in prison in Tarrant County court in Fort Worth, Texas, after he admitted he molested the daughter of two FBI agents after he retired. He acknowledged molesting at least two other girls before he began his law enforcement career, his lawyer said.

Monday August 8, 2005 Longtime FBI agent sentenced to prison on child porn count

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BOISE, Idaho- A longtime FBI agent who helped arrest infamous outlaw Claude Dallas has been sentenced to a year in prison for possessing child pornography.

William Buie, 64, was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty in March. Buie told authorities that he learned to access child pornography Web sites while attending a seminar on preventing child exploitation in 2000 or 2001.

February 22, 2007
Ex-FBI man gets 7 years for child sex
Former FBI analyst sentenced in child sex case

A 17-year veteran of the FBI will serve seven years in prison for having sexual relations with a young girl in Spotsylvania County, a judge ruled yesterday.

Anthony John Lesko, 44, entered an Alford plea yesterday in Spotsylvania Circuit Court to nine counts of felony indecent liberties upon a child.

Lesko, who later moved to Jacksonville, Fla., worked as an intelligence analyst at the FBI for 17 years, according to his attorney, James A. Carter II. He is a major in the U.S. Army Reserves and has received numerous military awards.

An Alford plea means Lesko doesn't admit guilt but believes there is enough evidence for a conviction. Under the terms of the plea, he was sentenced to seven years in prison with another 15 years suspended.

Lesko engaged in a sex act with a girl, 9 and 10 at the time, at least nine times in 2003-2004, according to evidence put forth by Spotsylvania Commonwealth's Attorney William Neely.

The girl told a member of the Spotsylvania Department of Social Services about the activity in February 2004, according to the evidence. Lesko at first denied the allegations, but later spoke with a U.S. Navy counselor about them.

Lesko told the counselor that he was the victim of the sexual assault; he said the girl initiated the contact, according to the plea. Lesko entered the plea partly to spare the girl the pain of a trial, his attorney said.
on for 12 months after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography.

William Buie, 64, of Boise, most recently worked as an investigator for the Idaho attorney general's office.

FBI Agent Accused Of Masturbating In Public
May 25, 2007
FBI Agent Accused Of Masturbating In Public

Posted by, Marissa Pasquet KOLD News 13 News Editor

FBI Special Agent Ryan Seese, 34, is facing sex offense charges after a cleaning woman said she found him masturbating in a women's lavatory on campus, according to a University of Arizona police spokesman.

FBI Workers Suspected of Secretly Taping Teens in Dressing Room

 April 20, 2009


Two FBI workers are a

ccused of using surveillance equipment to spy on teenage girls as they undressed and tried on prom gowns at a charity event at a West Virginia mall.

The FBI employees have been charged with conspiracy and committing criminal invasion of privacy. They were working in an FBI satellite control room at the mall when they positioned a camera on temporary changing rooms and zoomed in for at least 90 minutes on girls dressing for the Cinderella Project fashion show, Marion County Prosecutor Pat Wilson said Monday.

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April 9, 2013
Former FBI agent files petition to enter guilty plea for child pornography charges

A local former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent arrested on child pornography charges filed a petition to enter a guilty plea.

Donald Sachtleben was arrested in May 2012, following an investigation into the distribution of child pornography. Authorities said they were able to trace online activity back to Sachtleben’s Carmel home.

According to court documents, Sachtleben hid behind the email ‘pedodave69@yahoo.com’ and openly traded child porn. In one email he attached nine images of child pornography and child erotica and wrote:

“Saw your profile… Hope you like these and can send me some of (y)ours. I have even better ones if you like.”

Police obtained a search warrant on May 3. During an initial forensic examination of Sachtleben’s laptop computer, approximately 30 images and video files containing child pornography were reportedly discovered.

Former top FBI agent charged with child porn distribution
By Bill Mears, CNN
 May 15, 2012

(CNN) -- A former supervisory FBI agent has been arrested and jailed on child pornography charges.

Donald Sachtleben was taken into custody and charged Monday after a nationwide undercover investigation of illegal child porn images traded over the Internet.

A federal complaint alleges 30 graphic images and video were found on Sachtleben's laptop computer late last week when FBI agents searched his home, about 23 miles north of Indianapolis.

Sachtleben is currently an Oklahoma State University visiting professor, according to his online resume. He is director of training at the school's Center for Improvised Explosives, but all references to his work have now been removed from the university's website. There was no indication from the school as to whether it had suspended him. Calls to the university and his Indianapolis attorneys were not immediately returned.

He had been an FBI special agent from 1983 to 2008, serving as a bomb technician. He worked on the Oklahoma City bombing and Unabomber investigations, according to his university biography.

A separate LinkedIn profile filled out by Sachtleben says he is an "accomplished investigator with more than 25 years of experience in FBI major case management, counter terrorism investigations, bombing prevention, post blast investigations and public speaking."

FBI agent arrested on child sexual assault charge

Associated Press - January 15, 2008 6:14 PM ET
PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) - An FBI agent is under arrest in Pueblo for investigation of sexual assault on a child by someone in a position of trust.

Authorities say 53-year-old David Allan Johnson is being held in the Pueblo County jail today on a $100,000 bail.

Former Great Falls FBI  agent sentenced on child sex charges

Jan 23, 2008

A man from Great Falls who's accused of sexually assaulting five underage girls will be spending the next 10 years behind bars.

Stanley Perkins, 64, changed his plea to guilty after police began investigating him for child molestation in August 2006.

The former educator, who also served two years as an FBI agent, was sentenced on one count of felony sexual assault.

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Jail for former FBI worker from Va.
Washington Post Editors

A 65-year-old former FBI employee from Prince William County was sentenced to nearly four years in prison Friday for possessing child pornography.

Samuel I. Kaplan, of Gainesville, who pleaded guilty June 2 in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, was sentenced to 46 months behind bars.

Kaplan was an information technology program manager at an FBI facility in Chantilly when authorities discovered that he had used the FBI's computer network to "facilitate sexually explict communications," the Justice Department said.

Investigators said they later found 10 to 20 images on Kaplan's home computer showing juveniles involved in sex acts.


Ex-FBI agent gets 2 1/2 years for assault on marshal
A federal judge today sentenced retired FBI special agent Gary L. John
to 2 ½ years in prison for assaulting a U.S. marshal trying to place him
 under arrest.
John, formerly of 110 Post Rd., Westerly, had been on the lam for two
months, when U.S. marshals working with Rhode Island Sheriffs
Department, tracked him to Stratford, Conn., in December 2005. He was
wanted in Rhode Island at the time for allegedly violating orders
barring him from contacting his ex-wife and for failing to appear in

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FBI agent convicted of daughters' abuse
July 11, 1993|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer

An FBI agent who lives in Carroll County has been convicted of sexually abusing his daughters over a 14-year period.

The agent, as part of an agreement with prosecutors, pleaded guilty Friday before Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold to two counts of second-degree sexual offense and two counts of child abuse.

The agent's name is being withheld to protect the privacy of the victims.

In exchange for the agent's plea, the state dropped 18 other counts against him, ordered a presentence investigation and agreed to let him remain free on $125,000 bond pending sentencing Sept. 10.

The agent was suspended from the FBI's Baltimore field office when he was arrested in December.

The original indictment also charged the man with fondling his oldest daughter's friend several years ago when the girl had slept over at the agent's home.

An investigation began after one of the man's daughters told a county child-abuse investigator of at least five incidents of molestation from 1980 to 1987, court documents said.

The victims said their father performed sexual acts ranging from fondling to intercourse beginning when each was preschool age. The abuse lasted until the girls were in their early teens, said Assistant State's Attorney Kathi Hill in a statement of facts presented in court.

In February, defense attorney John E. Harris Sr. tried unsuccessfully to have the case moved out of Carroll on the grounds that pretrial publicity had damaged the defendant's chance for a fair trial.

Ms. Hill said the state will recommend a sentence of 35 years in state prison, with 15 years suspended.

Although Ms. Hill said she once argued that the agent should be incarcerated until his trial, she said Friday she was not worried about whether he will return for his sentencing.

"Even if he'd take a walk, when he eventually comes back he wouldn't have to be tried again. He'd just be sentenced," Ms. Hill said. "There's not so much fear on our part, because we don't have to prove the case again."

The state will ask the court, as part of the agent's sentence, to impose five years of supervised probation and order him to have no contact with females under 18 and to undergo psychological therapy.

Judge Arnold also accepted a plea agreement Friday in which a Mount Airy hairdresser admitted sexually abusing a teen-age boy he befriended in 1990.

David Curtis Flynn of Grimes Court in Mount Airy was immediately sentenced to four years in prison for a second-degree sexual offense.

From January 1991 to November 1992, Flynn had a sexual relationship with the boy, whose family knew and trusted the man, according to a statement of facts that Ms. Hill read in court.

The victim told authorities that Flynn talked to him before the incidents, saying he had been abused as a child, Ms. Hill said.

"I am deeply sorry . . . in my soul," Flynn said. "None of my attentions were meant as wrongdoing. I showed [the victim] the kind of love and affection I was brought up with. I'm deeply sorry for upsetting his childhood."

Judge Arnold sentenced Flynn to 10 years in state prison, then suspended six years of the term.

The judge also ordered five years of supervised probation for the defendant after the prison term and ordered him to participate in all recommended treatment programs.

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CIA ‘wanted to kill Lockerbie bomber before trial’


THE CIA wanted to assassinate Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi and his co-accused, Al-Amin Khalifa Fhimah, before their trial, a former Washington lobbyist has claimed.

William C Chasey, 73, made the sensational allegation in his autobiography, Truth Never Dies, which is to be turned into a film.

He claims agents tried to convince him to plant homing devices on Megrahi and Fhimah as part of the plot.

However, a former FBI chief has dismissed the claim as “nonsense”.

Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over southern Scotland in 1988, killing 270 people. Megrahi, who died last year in Tripoli, was the only person convicted of the murders. Fhimah was acquitted in the 2001 trial at Camp Zeist in the Netherlands.

Mr Chasey, president of the Foundation for Corporate Social Responsibility, a non-governmental organisation, became involved with Libya and the Lockerbie investigation when he was a lobbyist in Washington.

“On behalf of business clients, I went on a lobbying mission in 1992 with a US congressman in a bid to stabilise relations between the US and [Muammar] Gaddafi’s hated regime,” he said.

He told how he was taken to a private meeting with the two Lockerbie accused at a house in Tripoli. “Myself and the congressman and his wife then met Gaddafi and heard his pleas for help within Washington to get sanctions lifted, and heard his claims that Libya was not involved in Lockerbie,” Mr Chasey said.

“He spoke of the death of his daughter in a US air attack on his home and appealed directly to the congressman’s wife, as a mother, to get her husband to use his influence.”

Mr Chasey claims this clandestine meeting raised suspicions at the FBI, which launched a lengthy investigation into him.

Then, in 1995, he wrote a controversial book, Foreign Agent 4221: The Lockerbie Cover-Up, which claimed Libya was not responsible for the bombing.

“The FBI investigation, along with a probe by the US tax service, damaged my business and put incredible pressure on my wife, Virginia, and our young daughter Katie,” he said.

The family moved to Poland, where Mr Chasey had ties.

He said: “I was hit with 21 felony charges over crimes including wire fraud, mail fraud, money laundering, tax evasion, even larceny and forgery over allegations I stole headed notepaper from congressional offices.”

He denies the claims and says all but one were dropped in 1998 when he agreed a plea bargain and admitted a charge of filing a false tax return.

It was at this point he claims he was contacted by the CIA at Dulles Airport in Washington. “An agent approached me and asked if I could meet again with Megrahi and Fhimah to pinpoint their location so the CIA could assassinate them. In return, the charge would be dropped and my record expunged,” he said.

“He wasn’t explicit but my belief is that the CIA wanted the suspects eliminated to stop any trial taking place and bury the alternative view that Iran and Syria were behind Lockerbie.”

Mr Chasey, 73, was sentenced to 75 days in jail, 75 days in a half-way house and two years probation for the tax offence. He said: “I was sent to Allenwood Federal Prison in Pennsylvania and was amazed when I was joined in the canteen one day by the same CIA agent and one of his colleagues, dressed as inmates.

“They offered to free me and clear my record, but I said I would not take part in their plot to put electronic homing devices in the suspects’ residences so they could be targeted. I told them, ‘With all of your vast resources, the one thing you will never be able to destroy is my character’.”

Mr Chasey said he had decided to speak out now after being diagnosed with incurable cancer.

“Apart from my wife, no-one has known about this until now. I love my country, but I fear my government”, he said.

Dr Jim Swire, whose daughter Flora, 23, died in the bombing, believes Megrahi was innocent. He said he had read Mr Chasey’s book and thought it was believable. “I think Bill Chasey is telling the truth about the CIA,” he said. “He is a respected philanthropist and was a leading lobbyist in Washington, so he’s not a crank.”

However, former FBI assistant director Buck Revell, who oversaw its Lockerbie investigation until 1991, said of Mr Chasey’s claims: “That’s nonsense.”

Amazing how American voters and taxpayers continue to allow Congress to fund the FBI  after a 1999 Memphis Jury declared
it was FBI  agents who had assassinated Martin Luther King. You do know what to do, eh?
Boo! did I scare you?
Here is another victim of a FBI  assassination.

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New suit seeks to know fate of civil rights activist who vanished in 1973

July 4, 2013

No one doubts Ray Robinson is dead.

After all, it’s been 40 years since the black activist from Selma, Ala., a disciple of Martin Luther King Jr. and Jesse Jackson, went missing.

He was last seen at Wounded Knee, S.D., where he had gone in April of 1973 to preach the importance of nonviolence and stand with American Indians in their fight against the federal government.

Robinson never made it home and, by all accounts, was murdered.

Even now, decades later, his widow and children, eager to have him brought home, wonder where he’s buried.

A new lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Buffalo seeks to answer that question.

“This may sound silly after all these years, but we just want to bury him,” said Tamara Kamara, one of his daughters who lives in Michigan. “We just want to know he’s gone and have a place to take my children and grandchildren and say this is where he’s buried.”

Robinson’s disappearance is, in many people’s eyes, one of America’s great unsolved murders.

It’s been the topic of books and newspaper stories and, four decades after he went missing, it’s now a national story with a Buffalo angle because of the two local lawyers who filed the family’s suit here.

“The family and the American people have a right to know what happened to Ray Robinson,” said Michael Kuzma, a Buffalo lawyer representing the family. “They have a right to know who murdered him and where he’s buried so they can bring him back home.”

Kuzma’s Freedom of Information suit in Buffalo federal court seeks information from the FBI and others on what happened to Robinson and, perhaps even more important, what happened to his body.

“We’ve come to the understanding that he’s dead and that he died inside Wounded Knee,” Kamara said. “The worst part is not knowing where he’s buried.”

At Wounded Knee

Robinson’s standing as a civil rights activist was well-established long before he traveled to South Dakota. He marched with King in Washington, D.C., in 1963 and was one of the demonstrators in 1968 who set up Resurrection City, an encampment on the Washington Mall designed to focus attention on America’s poor.

And yet, it wasn’t until his disappearance at Wounded Knee, a historic and some might say inspiring moment for Native Americans, that the world learned of his legacy.

The 71-day siege in 1973 was well under way when Robinson backpacked into the Pine Ridge reservation, where Wounded Knee was located. He told friends and family that he wanted to build a bridge between the black civil rights struggle and the American Indian movement.

What happened next is unclear and the subject of an often-ugly debate between Robinson’s family and members of the American Indian Movement, or AIM.

“He was there,” Steve Hendricks, author of “The Unquiet Grave,” a book on the FBI and the American Indian movement, said of Robinson. “In all probability, and I say this with 99 percent certainty, he was murdered at Wounded Knee by activists in AIM.”

By some accounts, Robinson’s message of nonviolence didn’t sit well with AIM’s leaders or members of the Oglala Lakota tribe that had seized control of the small town with the bloody history.

Until then, Wounded Knee was best known for the 1890 massacre of Lakota Indians, nearly half of them women and children, by a U.S. cavalry unit.

What started as an internal protest against the Oglala Lakota’s leadership, viewed by many as corrupt, quickly turned into an armed occupation directed at a federal government many thought had thumbed its nose at treaties between the two sides.

The often bloody stand-off resulted in the death of two Indians, the wounding of a federal agent and the rumored murder of others, including Robinson.

“This is a guy who was there on the side of justice,” said Daire Brian Irwin, a Buffalo lawyer representing the Robinson family. “This guy’s a hero, and only a few people know his story.”

Ongoing investigation

Technically, the investigation into Robinson’s disappearance remains open.

An FBI official in Minneapolis confirmed as much but said he could not comment on the work its office was doing in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

“We have an ongoing case on Ray Robinson,” said Gregory Boosalis, a division counsel for the FBI.

While Irwin and Kuzma seek answers to the question “What happened to Ray Robinson?” there are FBI documents, now public, that suggest he was indeed there.

The documents are based on FBI interviews with witnesses who claim they were at Wounded Knee and saw or heard about two black people who were on the reservation.

Robinson’s widow, Cheryl Buswell-Robinson, has said the two were probably her husband and a black woman from Alabama who, unlike her husband, made it home after the occupation.

There also are a handful of accounts, none of them verified, as to what happened to Robinson.

In a 1974 letter to a friend, Buswell-Robinson wrote that she had heard her husband was shot for entering Pine Ridge without reporting to AIM leader Dennis Banks.

In still another account, AIM member Richard Two Elk told the Associated Press in 2004 that he saw someone shoot Robinson in the knees but didn’t see him die. He said Robinson had refused to pick up a gun.

Allegations of apathy

AIM’s leaders have repeatedly denied any role in Robinson’s death, and Banks, in an interview with the AP last year, said he doesn’t remember meeting Robinson or hearing anything about him until well after the siege had ended.

“Over the years,” Banks said at the time, “the Robinson name has popped up, and I’m not sure even who would have that information or where it was.”

Hendricks is convinced Robinson is buried at Wounded Knee and that he was most likely shot by AIM activists. He also thinks it’s possible AIM suspected Robinson was an FBI informant. “I come up with no other scenario,” he said. “We know there were FBI informants at Wounded Knee. That’s clear.”

Hendricks, the author, doesn’t believe Robinson was an informant, and Kamara said her mother has fought long and hard to refute those rumors. “That went against his core,” she said.

Attorneys Kuzma and Irwin agree, but they believe the FBI played a role in Robinson’s disappearance.

They wonder why the agency has failed, after 40 years, to come up with a single suspect while at the same time successfully investigating the killing of AIM activist Anna Mae Aquash at Pine Ridge two years later. Two people are currently serving life sentences for her murder.

“They’re not going after it,” added Hendricks. “They’re not even remotely interested, not even interviewing the most obvious witnesses.”

‘No anger’

The suit filed by Kuzma and Irwin seeks information about the FBI’s investigation into Robinson’s disappearance and includes a letter from the agency indicating some of their records have been destroyed.

Why would the FBI destroy documents while an investigation is ongoing?

“It’s possible the referenced letter is talking about other cases that referenced Ray Robinson,” said Boosalis, the FBI official in Minneapolis. “To my knowledge, no documents in our case have been destroyed.”

While others speculate about who may have killed Robinson, his family is reluctant to point fingers at either the FBI or AIM.

They do believe, however, that both sides know where he’s buried.

“I’m hoping that AIM people can look in their hearts and realize this was a good man. This is a brother,” Buswell-Robinson told the AP in 2012. “This is a man that was willing to give his life for justice, for what’s right.”

Kamara says the same message applies to the FBI.


CSFR Solidarity with the BDS Movement of France
Published on Wed, 2013-06-26 16:42
CSFR Solidarity with the BDS Movement of France

The Committee to Stop FBI Repression in the US sends solidarity greetings to our brothers and sisters of the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel in France. We stand with you against the outrageous attempts by the French government to slander and criminalize you. The US and French governments and courts cannot hold back the international movement for freedom, justice and equality in Palestine!

We understand what you are up against. In 2010, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) raided our homes, claiming to investigate “material support for terrorism,” which carries a minimum 15-year prison sentence. The FBI took our belongings and ordered 23 antiwar, and Palestine and Colombia solidarity activists, to appear before a grand jury in Chicago. Grand juries are secretive courts, run solely by US prosecutors, with no judge, and no right to a lawyer or to present evidence favorable to you. All 23 refused to appear, risking going to jail. There was a tremendous outpouring of support for us, with protests in 70 cities and solidarity statements from unions, and peace, community, religious and student groups.

Today, the Assistant US Prosecutor Barry Jonas claims the “investigation is ongoing” and refuses to return the belongings of Palestinian-American leader Hatem Abudayyeh of Chicago. Jonas is a pro-Israel ideologue responsible for putting the Holy Land Five, Muslim and Palestinian-American charity leaders, in prison for up to 65 years. We say education, health care, housing and food for Palestinians is a human right! Charity and solidarity is not a crime!

There are now nearly 200 Palestinian-American, Arab-American, and Muslim men in US prisons for similar political cases. The repression is continuous and expanding.

But we have an international movement against war, occupation and repression that is growing more powerful. The US, its NATO allies including France, and Israel, are in decline and growing more isolated in the world. Because they are losing, they are acting more desperate. Their rulings and laws will not hold us back. It only makes us more determined! Because of the BDS movement in the US, people are learning that Israel is a country of repression and super-exploitation like Apartheid South Africa. Opposition to US funding for Israel is growing.

We hope you will accept a token donation of “material support” from the Committee to Stop FBI Repression for your legal defense fund. We stand in solidarity with our sisters and brothers of the BDS movement in France!

Tom Burke, for the Committee to Stop FBI Repression at http://www.StopFBI.net

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FBI ordered to explain withholding of documents
Tuesday, July 2, 2013


A federal judge has ordered the FBI to explain its refusal to release documents about its surveillance of the Occupy movement in Northern California, saying general claims of "national security" and "law enforcement" aren't enough.

In response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union, the FBI provided 13 pages of documents in September and withheld 24 pages, citing privacy, security, law enforcement concerns and "the interest of national defense or foreign policy."

On Monday, U.S. District Judge Susan Illston of San Francisco said the FBI's explanations were not specific or detailed enough to justify nondisclosure.

For example, she said, the FBI said it withheld some documents because they were collected for law enforcement purposes, to assist local police agencies and aid in investigations of "crimes and terrorism." But she said the FBI did not identify the laws it was enforcing or explain how release of the documents would interfere with any current investigation.

The FBI also said one document, if released, would threaten "serious damage to the national security" by disclosing intelligence-gathering methods and an assessment of one source's "penetration of a specific target." But Illston said the FBI had failed to explain how any such disclosures would affect national security.

The judge also said one document the FBI released, about a November 2011 protest at the Port of Oakland, contained evidence that the agency hadn't searched all of its files for surveillance records.

In that document, the FBI said it had contacted police in Stockton to "share intelligence" about Port of Oakland demonstrators, an indication that the bureau had something to share, Illston said. But she said none of the documents, including those the FBI withheld, contained intelligence about protesters in Oakland, information that presumably is stored elsewhere.

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Two reads for the uneducated and the uneducable

Whoaaaa! You are getting the  same look as deer get when they stand frozen in the middle of the highway
caught by the headlights of Exxon Mobil deer jackers.
Charles Darwin just tweeted me and said :
"How are those FBI  elected moonbats working out for you in the State Legislature, Congress and City Hall?
never seen anything like this in other species. Frozen by fear and indecision as the world collapses around them."

a liberal is someone who walks out of the room when an argument
turns into a fight
a conservative is a liberal who has been mugged

1st read
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'A month's worth of rain' in under four hours triggers flash flooding, chaos in Toronto

Rescue crews used boats to pull stranded passengers from a flooded commuter train after flash floods hit Toronto.
By Henry Austin, NBC News contributor

A month’s worth of rain in a matter of hours caused chaos in Toronto on Monday, as flash flooding triggered widespread power outages, subway closures and left almost 1,500 people stranded on a commuter train filled with gushing water.

The deluge of more than 3.5 inches in just three-and-a-half hours forced motorists to abandon cars and left 400,000 homes without electricity late into the night.

Environment Canada officials said they expected the official tally to top 4 inches.  

The city’s police Marine Unit was called into action to rescue more than 1,400 people from a 10-car GO transit train that stalled as it tried to reverse away from the rising torrents.   

After murky brown water spilled into the bottom floor of the carriages, passengers fled to the upper decks, where they waited for almost seven hours to be rescued.

“There’s a full on river either side of us...” one passenger Jonah Cait, tweeted as the water rose. “We. Are. Stuck. Hard.”

The evacuation of the train was complete by about 1 a.m. ET with only minor injuries to five or six passengers, who were treated on the scene, the CBC reported.

Inflatable boats were used to ferry passengers to higher ground.

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Tuesday, July 9 2013
Acidic oceans of the future show extinction

July 9, 2013
A glimpse of future ocean chemistry finds that acidification transforms entire ecosystems.

Daily Climate staff report

Ocean acidification may create an impact similar to extinction on marine ecosystems, according to a study published Monday.
Background, low-grade stress caused by ocean acidification can cause a whole shift in the ecosystem.
- Kristy Kroeker,

The study, exploring naturally acidic waters near volcanic vents in the Mediterranean Ocean off Italy, suggests that ocean acidification as a result of human emissions can degrade entire ecosystems – not just individual species, as past studies have shown.

The result, scientists say, is a homogenized marine community dominated by fewer plants and animals. 

Castello-400"The background, low-grade stress caused by ocean acidification can cause a whole shift in the ecosystem so that everything is dominated by the same plants, which tend to be turf algae," said lead author Kristy Kroeker, a postdoctoral researcher at the Bodega Marine Laboratory at the University of California, Davis.

The study was published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Colorful patches

The oceans have absorbed roughly 30 percent of the carbon humans have pumped into the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels, buffering the globe from the harm posed by greenhouse gases. But it comes with a price: seawater has become more acidic as it absorbed all that carbon

Today the ocean's pH is lower than anything seen in the historical record in the past 800,000 years, scientists say. As the acidity increases, organisms such as corals, oysters, snails and urchins have trouble pulling minerals from the seawater to create protective shells. The study released Monday buttresses ecologists' fears that such changes could ripple through entire ecosystems – and that ocean acidification could prove as consequential and catastrophic for the globe as any changes in air temperature associated with climate change.

Most ecosystems have numerous, colorful patches of different plants and animals – algae, sponges, anemones, among others, Kroeker said in a statement. "With ocean acidification, you lose that patchiness.... Everything looks the same."

Kroeker and colleagues studied waters surrounding Castello Aragonese, a 14th century castle off the coast of Italy where volcanic vents naturally release bubbles of carbon dioxide gas. The vents create different levels of acidity on the reef. These gradients gave the scientists a glimpse of what a future marked by increasingly acidic ocean waters could look like – and how the creatures and plants living in those environments may react to a disturbance.

The researchers selected three reef zones: low, high and extremely high acidity, representing world ocean conditions for the present day, 2100 and 2500, respectively. Then they removed animals and vegetation from the rocks there. Every few months for three years, Kroeker dived to the study plots to photograph them and watch how plots in each zone recovered.
Variety through time

Kroeker found that acidic water reduced the number and variety of species. In the non-acidic plots, many different plants and animals, including turf algae, would colonize and grow. Sea urchins, snails and other so-called "calcareous species" would then eat them, allowing for variety through time.

But in both the high and extremely high acidic plots, urchins and other grazers either never reappeared or did not graze, allowing fleshy turf algae to steadily increase and ultimately overtake the zones.

Calcareous grazers play key roles in maintaining the balance within marine ecosystems. They are also considered among the most vulnerable species to ocean acidification, previous studies have found.

"If the role of these grazers changes with ocean acidification, you might expect to see cascading effects of the whole ecosystem," Kroeker said. "If the pattern holds for other calcareous grazers, this has implications for other ecosystems, as well."

Yeah! Really? Whaddya expect when you hire mercenaries to protect you.
95% of people working in the police, prison and courts are returning vets
who just made their bones as serial killers in Iraq, Afghanistan, Panama, Columbia, Viet Nam,and other US Military Industrial complex occupied countries where the Be All You Can Be high school drop outs have no compunction to kill, rape and plunder for Exxon Mobil, Monsanto, Dow Chemical, Dupont and Goldman Sachs. Did I mention Halliburton?

Not to worry. They would never come knocking on your doors for the last roundup, eh?
As always funded by your tax dime. Oh yea, there will be an added value tax once this lawsuit is over.
Where do I send the bill to when the jury reaches their verdict?
You must be one of those people who feel  you believe that blogging isn't behavior, and only behavior is the truth, and you live for the day voters and taxpayers who fund the criminal justice system have as strong a lobby as whales,

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 Anthony Mitchell Lawsuit: Cops Violated Third Amendment, Occupied Home, Complaint States

A family in Henderson, Nev., is suing the city, claiming that police officers violated his Third Amendment rights by occupying their home without permission.

Anthony Mitchell was at home on July 10, 2011, when cops called his home and said they needed to occupy the house in order to gain a "tactical advantage" in dealing with a domestic violence case at a neighbor's home, Courthouse News reported.

Mitchell said he told the officer he did not want officers to enter his home. Nevertheless, five officers showed up and smashed the door open with a metal ram before pointing their guns at Mitchell, cursing at him and telling him to lie on the floor.

As Mitchell lay on the floor with his hands over his face, officers fired multiple pepper-ball projectiles at him, causing him "injury and severe pain," according to the complaint, which was filed June 30 of this year. Officers also fired pepperball rounds at Mitchell's dog, even though the dog did not threaten them.

The animal was allegedly locked outside the home for hours without water, shade, or food on a day where temperatures reached more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

Mitchell's parents, Michael and Linda Mitchell, live in the same neighborhood and say they experienced a similar situation. Michael says he went willingly with officers to the command center on the premise of making a phone call to the domestic violence suspect, but when he tried to leave, he was arrested. Meanwhile, Linda Mitchell says officers physically forced her from the home.

I know, I know. you are going to say " Hey!  not my brother, father, son , husband
or relative. "
That is what I love about the FBI WATCH  Community, eh?

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Mistaken Identity: After 40 years, family still seeks justice

July 07, 2013

    “We have always heard that justice delayed is justice denied. It has been 40 years, but the fact that we are making progress in Milton’s death is giving us new hope.” MARYAM BENNETT, Milton Scott’s daughter

Milton Leon Scott, then a 21-year-old father and a former laborer for the LSU Athletic Department, thought he was being followed in the summer 1973 — but didn’t know by whom or why.

FBI agents Delbert Hahn and Bill Wood did know. They were keeping tabs on Scott, who was suspected of deserting from the U.S. Army.

On July 18, 1973, the two federal agents moved in. Their attempt to arrest Scott at his Alaska Street home escalated as Scott — depending on the version — either tried to fight and escape or was dragged from his house by the agents.

Scott was shot and killed during the scuffle in what turned out, by all accounts, to be a case of mistaken identity.

Forty years later, his family is still talking about seeking justice.

FBI files recently obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by the Manship News Service at LSU’s Manship School of Mass
Titicut Follies is a documentary film made in 1967 by attorney turned filmaker Frederick Wiseman.
It was banned from being shown in Massachusetts for close to 20 years.
The film shows how the taxpayer dime was used to fund guards at the State Mental Hospital
in Bridgewater Mass. The film is on the top ten list of Best Documentaries ever made.
Things have not changed.


2nd film

tell me what your favorite scene is.
Is it the scene where the FLIR infra red cameras in the FBI  helicopters film FBI  agents shooting the women and children fleeing the WACO bunker after FBI  agents set fire to the compound?

Is it the scene called the ATF Press party where ATF  agents use your tax dime to hand out press kits the night before they
storm WACO  so ATF  agents can impress members Congress who were
scheduled to vote on the new ATF budget later in the month which would give ATF  agents more of your tax dime?

Maybe it is the interview with the FBI  agent who is the Forensic Crime scene investigator at WACO who resigns from the FBI
to protest FBI  agents destroying crime scene evidence?

WACO:RULES OF ENGAGEMENT is on my top ten best documentary films ever made.


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Mexican police chief killed with rifle lost in ATF gun-tracking program A high-powered rifle lost in the ATF´s Fast and Furious controversy was used to kill a Mexican police chief in the state of Jalisco earlier this year, according to internal Department of Justice records. A high-powered rifle lost in the ATF's Fast and Furious controversy was used to kill a Mexican police chief in the state of Jalisco earlier this year, according to internal Department of Justice records

Sunday, July 7, 2013— A high-powered rifle lost in the ATF's Fast and Furious controversy was used to kill a Mexican police chief in the state of Jalisco earlier this year, according to internal Department of Justice records, suggesting that weapons from the failed gun-tracking operation have now made it into the hands of violent drug cartels deep inside Mexico. Luis Lucio Rosales Astorga, the police chief in the city of Hostotipaquillo, was shot to death Jan. 29 when gunmen intercepted his patrol car and opened fire. Also killed was one of his bodyguards. His wife and a second bodyguard were wounded. Local authorities said eight suspects in their 20s and 30s were arrested after police seized them nearby with a cache of weapons - rifles, grenades, handguns, helmets, bulletproof vests, uniforms and special communications equipment. The area is a hot zone for rival drug gangs, with members of three cartels fighting over turf in the region. A semi-automatic WASR rifle, the firearm that killed the chief, was traced back to the Lone Wolf Trading Company, a gun store in Glendale, Ariz. The notation on the Department of Justice trace records said the WASR was used in a "HOMICIDE � WILLFUL � KILL �PUB OFF �GUN" �ATF code for "Homicide, Willful Killing of a Public Official, Gun." Hundreds of firearms were lost in the Fast and Furious operation. The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives allowed illegal purchasers to buy the firearms at the Lone Wolf store in the Phoenix suburb and other gun shops in hopes of tracing them to Mexican cartel leaders. The WASR used in Jalisco was purchased on Feb. 22, 2010, about three months into the Fast and Furious operation, by 26-year-old Jacob A. Montelongo of Phoenix. He later pleaded guilty to conspiracy, making false statements and smuggling goods from the United States and was sentenced to 41 months in prison.
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NYC cases show how crooked officers misuse FBI database for cyber snooping, other offenses

Sunday, July 7, 12:23 PM

NEW YORK — It’s billed by the FBI as “the lifeline of law enforcement” — a federal database used to catch criminals, recover stolen property and even identify terrorism suspects.

But authorities say Edwin Vargas logged onto the restricted system and ran names for reasons that had nothing to do with his duties as a New York Police Department detective. Instead, he was accused in May of looking up personal information on two fellow officers without their knowledge.

The allegation against Vargas is one of a batch of corruption cases in recent years against NYPD officers accused of abusing the FBI-operated National Crime Information Center database to cyber snoop on co-workers, tip off drug dealers, stage robberies and — most notoriously — scheme to abduct and eat women.

The NCIC database serves 90,000 agencies and gets 9 million entries a day by users seeking information on stolen guns and cars, fugitives, sex offenders, orders of protection and other subjects, according to an FBI website. The NYPD system — called the “Finest,” as in “New York’s Finest” — also allows access to state criminal and Department of Motor Vehicles records.

How often the database is used for unauthorized purposes is unclear. The NYPD insists that officers are under strict orders to use it only during car stops, ongoing investigations or other police work. The department assigns them login names and passwords that allow supervisors to track their usage on desktop computers in station houses or on laptops in patrol cars.

NYPD recruits are warned that “if you misuse or you access information in an inappropriate manner ... you are in serious trouble — such as being prosecuted, being fired and also big fines,” a police academy instructor testified at the trial of Gilbert Valle, who was convicted in March in a bizarre plot to kidnap, cook and cannibalize women.

In addition, an FBI compliance unit conducts spot audits to examine users’ ”policies, procedures, and security requirements,” the FBI said in a statement. The FBI also requires each state to have its own audit programs and claims that “malicious misuse is not commonly discovered.”

But both the instructor testifying at the Valle trial and an Internal Affairs Bureau investigator who took the witness stand in an earlier case have conceded that officers can easily circumvent safeguards.

The investigator testified as a government witness at the 2010 trial of an NYPD officer accused of using the database to conduct surveillance of a perfume warehouse in New Jersey before an armed robbery there. He told jurors that officers often do searches while logged in under another officer’s name — either out of neglect or, in this case, intent.

“Unfortunately ... it’s not unusual that it happens,” the investigator said.

The instructor, when asked about an officer’s ability to effectively log in anonymously, responded, “I know it occurs. I wouldn’t say it’s common, but I know it does occur.”

At a trial where Valle was convicted in March, prosecutors alleged that the officer used the database — sometimes accessing it while riding in a patrol car with his supervising sergeant — to help compile dossiers on women that listed their birthdates, addresses, heights and weights. None of the women were harmed, but prosecutors alleged he went as far as to show up on one woman’s block after striking an agreement to kidnap her for $5,000 for a New Jersey man who wanted to rape and kill her.

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At least 41 weapons missing from U.S. Marshals since ’07

 Sunday, July 7, 2013

Three masked men stunned downtown Frederick the afternoon of Feb. 5 when they made off with more than $190,000 worth of watches from Colonial Jewelers in a 50-second armed heist.

Alonzo Lee Meadows, 31, was arrested the next morning in Washington, D.C., leading to a second stunning revelation.

At a bond hearing Feb. 11 after his extradition from D.C., Assistant State’s Attorney Kirsten Brown revealed that police searching Meadows’ girlfriend’s home found a U.S. Marshal’s AR-15 rifle along with five loaded magazines under his side of the bed.

Between 2007 and 2012, seven U.S. Marshals rifles have been reported missing or stolen, according to the agency’s response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by The Frederick News-Post.

Of the 42 total weapons reported missing, 29 were listed as stolen and 12 listed as lost in the agency’s response. One additional weapon did not have a classification for type of case, but a police report indicates the deputy U.S. Marshal’s truck was broken into.

The types of guns that have been reported missing include shotguns, rifles, pistols, revolvers and a machine gun.

The information was a partial response to a request for all USM-134 forms — which are required when agency property is lost or damaged — when a gun was among the items reported missing.

The Marshals Service conducted a search of the Headquarters Management Support Division and provided 225 pages of responsive information, including copies of the forms and police reports, with names, personal addresses and firearm serial numbers redacted.

The documents released by the agency show that guns were stolen from parked cars, sometimes unoccupied for mere minutes, occupied homes in the middle of the night, and in one case, a deputy U.S. Marshal was robbed of her gun during a hold-up.

The thefts from marshals also had significant ripple effects. In one case, the police report includes a $20,000 estimate to re-key a federal courthouse in California after a marshal’s key set to the building and its jail cells was taken alongside his sidearm.

Dave Oney, a spokesman for the agency, said this week it presents a problem any time a law enforcement officer’s weapon is lost or stolen and is considered a public safety issue.

“The USMS has policies in place to guard against loss and theft, though, as you know, things do happen,” he wrote in response to questions asked by The News-Post.

In 2012, five guns were stolen and one gun was lost for which paperwork was completed (in some cases a gun was reported or discovered missing earlier than the year it was assigned a case control number). In one 2012 case, a deputy U.S. Marshal in Puerto Rico was at Auto Zone getting service for her car when at least three men robbed the store, demanding her gun and a Taser in the process.

In 2011, one gun was reported lost. Two were reported stolen, including a machine gun. That gun, reported stolen by an employee working for the Eastern District of Texas, had a value of $1,049. It is unclear which police reports included as part of the agency’s disclosure address this theft.

In 2010, seven guns were stolen, all from agency employees’ personal or government-owned vehicles. In Atlanta, a rifle and shotgun were taken from the same government vehicle, which was parked overnight at the National Law Enforcement Explores Conference. In East Point, Ga., a deputy marshal from the Western District of Tennessee had his vehicle broken into during a 14-minute break at a restaurant. In Wetumpka, Ala., a deputy U.S. Marshal’s government SUV was burglarized, along with 13 other vehicles, when it was parked at an automotive repair shop overnight.

Another theft from a vehicle was recorded in Prince George’s County in 2009. According to a police report, a deputy marshal woke to leave for work and found both front doors and the trunk to their car open. Two agency-owned weapons, a rifle and a shotgun, were missing from a locked vault. A number of other items, including a ballistics vest and Marshals clothing items were taken, for a total value of $4,850.

A total of seven guns were reported stolen that year, along with one missing.

In 2008, one of the four stolen guns was taken from a car parked in an FBI lot, according to the information.

The USMS employee reported that he parked his Chevy Tahoe in an FBI parking lot in Atlanta and traveled with a senior inspector in another vehicle. When he returned to the Tahoe the next day, they discovered a backpack with the pistol, badge, laptop, passport and other items missing.

What does the smart criminal justice consumer do when taxpayer funded CIA  agents and local police
bring heroin and cocaine into our communities to destabilize them and create a police state?


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DC-9 ‘Cocaine One’ kingpin’s secret conviction
July 4, 2013

It was the biggest drug seizure on an airplane in Mexican history. It led directly to the forced sale of Wachovia, then America's 4th largest bank. And it threatened to become America’s most notorious drug scandal since Iran Contra.

Yet when a leader of the drug smuggling organization responsible for the flight of the DC-9 airliner dubbed “Cocaine One” that was busted in the Yucatan carrying 5.5 tons of cocaine quietly pled guilty to unrelated drug charges two years ago in a Federal Court in Miami, his role in the massive drug move was kept secret from officials preparing his Pre-Sentence Report (PSI),  from journalists, and even from the Federal judge in the case.

Since the omission was recently discovered, tongues on two continents have been wagging. cocaine-one

A catch & release arrest policy for drug traffickers

Since it began, in April 2006, the scandal of the “Cocaine One” DC-9 busted carrying 5.5 tons of cocaine in the Yucatan has seen its share of bizarre developments.

The drug pilot flying the DC-9, Carmelo Vasquez Guerra, for example, had been arrested and released in three separate countries—Mexico, Guinea Bissau, and Mali—before Venezuela finally stepped in and put him (at least temporarily) behind bars.

But with a shocking new revelation, the scandal has taken a sudden turn for the surreal.

The man in charge of bringing the 5.5 tons of cocaine north in one fell swoop was identified by investigators as “Raul Jimenez Alfaro.

Turns out, that's not his real name.

When cartel kingpin Jimenez Alfaro was convicted on unrelated drug charges two years ago in a Federal Court in Miami, according to investigative reporter Joseph Poliszuk at El Universal in Caracas, his role in  running the massive 5.5 ton drug move, which eventually brought down America's 4th largest bank, went undisclosed, and  remained secret.


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This came in from Ed Tatro today. Some of you may remember we brought former FBI  agent   William Turner to speak in 2002 at the University of Maine in Farmington.

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Sirhan wrote "Disalvo" in his diary. The hypnotist who worked on the DiSalvo case is the suspected hypnotist of Sirhan. Prostitutes who serviced the hypnotist asserted this. I think his name was Bryan, something like that. Check the RFK assassination book by Turner & Christian. All of my comments are from sheer memory.

Respected forensic investigator Angela Clemente sent a email today letting us
know she is still busy and FBI  agents haven't killed her yet.
"I am dealing with congress, the DOJ IG office and the Bulger victims right now but I do want to talk to Matt at WERU . I just need to get out from under and catch a breath."

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We brought attorney Linda Backiel to speak at our 5th annual conference investigating
crimes committed by FBI  agents during the early 1990's.

Defense Lawyer Is Jailed Over Client Confidentiality

February 15, 1991
For almost two decades, Linda Backiel has used her law degree to defend people who disagreed vehemently and sometimes violently with the policies of the Federal Government.
And she has watched many of her clients, including opponents of the Vietnam War and advocates of Puerto Rican independence, go to prison for what they considered matters of principle.
Now it is her turn.
For more than two months, Ms. Backiel has been held in the Bucks County Correctional Facility here on a civil contempt charge because she refuses to testify before a Federal grand jury investigating a client who the authorities say jumped bail.
In an interview at the prison over the weekend, Ms. Backiel, 46 years old, said she had spurned a subpoena and later an order from a Federal judge because her testimony would violate a fundamental canon of the relationship between lawyers and clients: the guarantee of confidentiality. 'That's Not My Job'

You still can't make the connection between Climate Change and taxpayer funded FBI  agents?
Yes FBI agents are committing voter fraud in every state. They got caught in Cincinnati.
see  top of page when link opens http://www.thelandesreport.com/votingsecurity.htm

Yes FBI  agents make sure people who are elected support Exxon Mobil's agenda.

Yes FBI  agents control the courts by selecting who gets appointed to local state county and federal courts.
see  http://beck.library.emory.edu/southernchanges/article.php?id=sc15-1_012
Investigative reporter Danny Casolero's last words before FBI  agents used your tax dime to murder him were " the FBI  is a octopus"
see   http://www.american-buddha.com/dead.right.htm

Charles Darwin just got a tweet from Pee Wee Herman who said maybe you should take the afternoon off
and spend it in an air conditioned adult movie theater, eh?

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Rising Temps, Shrinking Snowpack Fuel Western Wildfires

    Published: July 11th, 2013

Wildfire trends in the West are clear: there are more large fires burning now than at any time in the past 40 years and the total area burned each year has also increased. To explore these trends, Climate Central has developed this interactive tool to illustrate how warming temperatures and changing spring snowpack influences fires each year.

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Steep drop in coastal fish found in California power plant records

By Tony Barboza

July 10, 2013, 7:15 a.m.

Fish populations in Southern California have dropped 78% over the last 40 years, according to a new study.

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Lawmakers say FBI thwarts inquiry


  July 10, 2013

WASHINGTON — Members of a congressional committee Wednesday accused the FBI of stalling an inquiry into the Boston Marathon bombings, saying the bureau had no grounds for withholding what it knew about Tamerlan Tsarnaev prior to the attacks.
“The information requested by this committee belongs to the American people,’’ said Representative Michael McCaul, a Texas Republican who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee. “It does not belong solely to the FBI.”
The frustrations, aired publicly after FBI officials rebuffed an invitation to appear before the committee, stemmed from the FBI’s unwillingness to detail how it handled a security review of Tsarnaev nearly two years before the Marathon bombings. Critics have suggested the FBI may have missed a chance to prevent the bombings.
“I went to Russia and was given more information,” said committee member William Keating, a Bourne Democrat who has been seeking information about Russian warnings to American authorities about Tsarnaev’s increasing radicalism dating to 2011.
“The FBI continues to refuse this committee’s appropriate requests for information and documents crucial to our investigation into what happened in Boston,” McCaul declared as he opened a committee hearing. “I sincerely hope they do not intend to stonewall our inquiry into how this happened.”

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Voice Recognition Capabilities at the FBI
By: Hirotaka Nakasone
07/11/2013 ( 1:04pm)
Hirotaka Nakasone, Senior Scientist, FBI Voice Recognition Program, examines the use and effectiveness of current speaker authentication technologies at the FBI. In this IDGA exclusive, Nakasone also highlights the various challenges that are unique to voice recognition, and discusses what plans are in place for capturing voice recordings in line with the FBI’s Next Generation Identification (NGI project).
IDGA: Examine the use and effectiveness of current speaker authentication technologies at the FBI
The FBI’s use of the speaker recognition technology dates back to the early 1960’s. A team of FBI special agents and technical support personnel began to develop a protocol to perform voice comparison examinations by using the sound spectrograph. But this spectrographic technique had always been used only as investigative guidance only -- never had been introduced in the court of law due to the inconclusive nature of the technology.
Concerned about the controversial nature of the technique and inconsistent admissibility status of the technique in criminal proceedings, in 1976 FBI commissioned the National Research Council's (NRC), National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to review and assess the status of the spectrographic speaker recognition. The results of the NAS’s study were published in 1979 paper, On the Theory and Practice of Voice Identification. Subsequent to this NAS report, FBI determined to continue its original policy on the spectrographic voice identification, that is, to use it only as investigative guidance.  This practice prevailed for the next three decades.
In the late 1990’s, the FBI began the development of the automated speaker recognition technology by the leading research groups sponsored by the FBI and other US government agencies. This effort was accelerated by the sponsorship of the Biometric Center of Excellence (BCOE) in 2007. Currently, the FBI offers forensic speaker recognition analysis services by using the automated speaker recognition technology for its field offices within the US and abroad. Here are some high lights about the FBI’s current speaker recognition technology:
  • Conducted within an FBI’s forensic unit within Digital Evidence Laboratory that is accredited by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors – Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB);
  • Conducted by fully trained examiners with technical and engineering background;
  • Conducted by using multiple sets of advanced state-of-the-art speaker recognition algorithms;
  • Conducted under standard operating procedures;
  • Conducted only for investigative and intelligence purposes – not for courtroom purposes; and
  • The primary speaker recognition system is capable of conducting channel-independent and language-independent recognition under a certain set of forensic conditions with known reasonably acceptable levels of accuracy.
What biometric challenges are unique to voice recognition?
I want to address three challenges unique to voice recognition. Please note that these challenges were also recognized by the 2011 NSTC Biometric Challenge–Update as well.
Challenge #1 is dynamic nature of human speech production that changes constantly as a function of time, therefore it requires a long sampling period ranging from tens of seconds to a few minutes to create a statistical meaningful speaker model. Voice is more time intensive in contrast to other biometric modalities like fingerprint, iris, face, DNA, SMT, etc.
Challenge #2 is the fragility of human speech that is susceptible to different recording environment and equipment used for capture.
Challenge #3 is the susceptibility of human speech that is affected by different state of emotions or different speaking styles. Those researchers in the speaker recognition community are well aware of these challenges, and have resolved some of them.
In contrast to these challenges, voice recognition has its undeniable strength as well. Automatic speaker recognition is a highly scientific forensic process, using solid mathematical and statistical foundations. In that sense I do not foresee any serious issue in fusing voice with other modalities to create a multi-modal biometrics database. The FBI’s BCOE at the Criminal Justice and Information Service Division has sponsored such projects to collect multimodal biometric data including face, iris, face, fingerprint and voice.
What plans are in place for capturing voice recordings in line with the FBI’s Next Generation Identification (NGI project)? What are the short and long term aims?
The US government Inter-agency collaboration began to consider an implementation of a voice data collection for voice biometric application about three years ago in March of 2009 by establishing the Symposium for Investigatory Voice Biometrics (SIVB). The SIVB activity over the past three years was culminated in drafting of the ANSI/NIST ITL Type-11 Voice Record that is meant to enable the interoperability of voice records among laboratories, field offices, and government agencies for investigative and intelligence purposes.
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UMSL Staffer Graduates from FBI Citizens Academy

  July 11, 2013 

In her line of work at the University of Missouri–St. Louis, Kendra Perry-Ward comes into contact with FBI agents. Recently, the tables were turned, and she had the opportunity to actually put herself in the shoes of a special agent.
In May, she graduated from the FBI Citizens Academy in St. Louis, according to a press release from UMSL.
“It was exciting to find out first hand how the FBI works,” said Perry-Ward, director of government and business relations for the Center for Nanoscience at UMSL and a resident of Richmond Heights. “We have done a lot of work with the FBI over the years because of the type of research we do here.”
During her time at UMSL, Perry-Ward has has partnered with the bureau on various presentations and seminars. In particular, she coordinates an FBI-led conference at UMSL, which educates faculty on conducting business overseas, research technology protection and cyber safety. 
During the nine-session course taught by FBI agents, Perry-Ward learned varied information—from how the bureau tracks down spies and terrorists to how special agents balance enforce the laws and ensure the constitutional rights of an individual. 
The citizens academy is designed for business, religious and civic leaders who are nominated by an FBI employee or a previous academy graduate.  A limited number of participants are then selected from the pool of nominees. The program is offered nationwide.



French legal complaint targets NSA, FBI, tech firms over Prism

11 Jul, 2013
French legal complaint targets NSA, FBI, tech firms over Prism
PARIS: Two French human rights groups filed a legal complaint on Thursday that targets the U.S. National Security Agency, the FBI and seven technology companies they say may have helped the United States to snoop on French citizens' emails and phone calls.

The complaint, which denounces U.S. spying methods revealed by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, is filed against "persons unknown" but names Microsoft, Yahoo , Google, Paltalk, Facebook, AOL and Apple as "potential accomplices" of the NSA and FBI.

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Report: Microsoft Helped NSA, FBI Get Around Encryption

July 11, 2013 3:55 PM
The latest in seriesof reports on secret U.S. electronic surveillance efforts claims to detail the extent of Microsoft's cooperation with the National Security Agency, with the tech giant reportedly allowing agents to circumvent its own encryption system to spy on email and chats, as well as its cloud-based storage service.
Information in the newspaper's report on Thursday is sourced to Edward Snowden, the NSA leaker who has not been seen in public for weeks and whose whereabouts are the subject of continued rumor and speculation, as .
According to The Guardian, Microsoft helped the NSA and FBI get around its encryption so that the agency could access Outlook.com, including Hotmail, as part of the Prism program aimed at gathering data on Internet communications. Skype, which Microsoft bought two years ago, reportedly worked with intelligence agencies to collect audio and video from the chat service. The newspaper also said that Microsoft eased access to its cloud-based SkyDrive service.

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Went to hear a honor roll list of Blues performers yesterday including Papa Chubbya, Mavis Staples,
the Holmes Brothers and Matt Andersen  http://www.stubbyfingers.ca , and  Sugar Ray and the Blues Tones
down at the waterfront in Rockland Maine. see http://www.northatlanticbluesfestival.com
I am now in the Ray Charles ICU Burn Unit being treated for category 5 stupidity for sitting
in the blazing sun and suffocating humidity for 6 hours.

Down here in the whisper stream we knew about this in the early 1990′s when we brought Vermont Filmaker Roz Payne to speak and exhibit her collection of racist drawings done by FBI agents and posted in black communities. Roz had filed a FOIA request with the FBI in the late 1970′s for any material they had on the Black Panthers. What is amazing is this activity was funded by the taxpayer dime.Guess what Roz found in the boxes the FBI  sent to her?
Roz Payne recently issued a 4 DVD collection of her films of the black panthers that include an interview with retired FBI agent Wesley Swearingen. Swearingen discusses his job at the FBI was working on the San Fransisco FBI Racial Squad. The mandates of the FBI Racial Squad was to neutralize black community leaders and
activists who did not reflect the Military-Corporation viewpoints of America. Tactics included using murder of the activists. Swearingen
was instrumental in getting black Oakland activist Geronimo Pratt released from prison after he served over 25 years for a crime he did not commit. Yep he was framed by taxpayer funded FBI agents.The book written about Pratt LAST MAN STANDING depicts the FBI Death squad accurately.Visit Roz Payne at her website http://www.newsreel.us/



The Sabotage Of Legitimate Dissent

The Black Panther Coloring Book

This is but one horrific example of the tactics used by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to stifle legitimate dissent and violate the civil rights of political groups that the administration dislikes. Along with the anti-war movement, the Nixon White House targeted the civil rights movement for disruption, using on-campus informants to infiltrate and in many cases to disrupt legal protests and activism.
This coloring book, which was purported to be from the Black Panthers, had actually been rejected by them when it was brought to them by a man later revealed to have intelligence connections. Not to be troubled by the fact that the Panthers found the coloring book revolting, the FBI added even more offensive illustrations, and mass mailed it across America. It so infuriated the white population that they stopped listening to the legitimate grievances of the black people.
While it can be argued that such an action did not technically violate the right of the Black Panthers to free speech (even as it sabotaged the willingness of the people to listen), it is apparent than such a divisive act violated the right of the people, black and white, to peacefully assemble.
At the time, I asked my parents if it didn't seem odd to have a book purported to be by blacks for black children mailed to a white household, but I was outvoted in what was a functionally democratic household. But heck, most of us still thought Oswald acted alone then as well.
I had thought the actual coloring book lost forever, relegated to a mere footnote in the Congressional inquiry into COINTELPRO, when the wonder that is the internet brought it into the light again.




Jailed Journalist Barrett Brown Faces 105 Years for Reporting on Hacked Private Intelligence Firms

Friday, 12 July 2013 13:08 By Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, Democracy NOW! | name.
Journalist Barrett Brown spent his 300th day behind bars this week on a range of charges filed after he used information obtained by the hacker group Anonymous to report on the operations of private intelligence firms. Brown faces 17 charges ranging from threatening an FBI agent to credit card fraud for posting a link online to a document that contained stolen credit card data. But according to his supporters, Brown is being unfairly targeted for daring to investigate the highly secretive world of private intelligence and military contractors. Using information Anonymous took from the firm HBGary Federal, Brown helped discover a secret plan to tarnish the reputations of WikiLeaks and journalist Glenn Greenwald of The Guardian. Brown similarly analyzed and wrote about the millions of internal company emails from Stratfor Global Intelligence that were leaked in 2011. We speak to Peter Ludlow, professor of philosophy at Northwestern University, whose article "The Strange Case of Barrett Brown" recently appeared in The Nation. "Considering that the person who carried out the actual Stratfor hack had several priors and is facing a maximum of 10 years, the inescapable conclusion is that the problem is not with the hack itself but with Brown’s journalism," Ludlow argues. He adds that the case against Brown could suggest criminality "to even link to something or share a link with someone."


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JUAN GONZÁLEZ: As NSA leaker Edward Snowden remains at a Moscow airport, Army whistleblower Bradley Manning is on trial, and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, today we look at the strange story of another man tied to the world of cyber-activism who faces over a hundred years in prison. His name is Barrett Brown. He’s an investigative reporter with ties to the hacking collective Anonymous. He has spent the past 300 days in jail and has been denied bail. He faces 17 charges, ranging from threatening an FBI agent to credit card fraud for posting a link online to a document that contained stolen credit card data. But according to his supporters, Brown is being unfairly targeted for daring to investigate the highly secretive world of private intelligence and military contractors.
AMY GOODMAN: Before Brown’s path crossed with the FBI, he frequently contributed to Vanity Fair, The Huffington Post, The Guardian and other news outlets. In 2009, Brown created Project PM, which was, quote, "dedicated to investigating private government contractors working in the secretive fields of cybersecurity, intelligence and surveillance." He was particularly interested in the documents leaked by WikiLeaks and Anonymous. In the documentary We Are Legion, Barrett Brown explains the importance of information obtained by hackers.
BARRETT BROWN: Some of the most important things that have been—have had the most far-reaching influence and have been the most important in terms of what’s been discovered, not just by Anonymous, but by the media in the aftermath, is the result of hacking. That information can’t be obtained by institutional journalistic process, or it can’t be obtained or won’t be obtained by a congressional committee or a federal oversight committee. For the most part, that information has to be, you know, obtained by hackers.
AMY GOODMAN: In 2011, the group Anonymous hacked into the computer system of the private security firm HBGary Federal and disclosed thousands of internal emails. Barrett Brown has not been accused of being involved in the hack, but he did read and analyze the documents, eventually crowdsourcing the effort through Project PM. One of the first things he discovered was a plan to tarnish the reputations of WikiLeaks and sympathetic journalist Glenn Greenwald of The Guardian. Brown similarly analyzed and wrote about the millions of internal company emails for Stratfor Global Intelligence that were leaked on Christmas Eve 2011. Shortly thereafter, the FBI acquired a warrant for Brown’s laptop and authority to seize any information from his communications—or, in journalism parlance, his sources. In September 2012, a troupe of armed agents surged into Brown’s apartment in Dallas, Texas, and handcuffed him face down on the floor. He has been in prison ever since.
JUAN GONZÁLEZ: Well, for more, we’re joined by Peter Ludlow, professor of philosophy at Northwestern University. He has written extensively on hacktivist actions against people—against private intelligence firms and the surveillance state. His recent article for The Nation is called "The Strange Case of Barrett Brown."
Peter Ludlow, welcome to Democracy Now!
PETER LUDLOW: Hi. Thank you very much.
JUAN GONZÁLEZ: Talk to us about Barrett Brown, the importance of his case, given all the others that we’ve been dealing with on this show now for many years.
PETER LUDLOW: Well, yeah, it’s important for two reasons. First of all, it’s showing that, to some extent, all of us could be targets, because the principal reasons that they’re going after him with this sort of claim that he was involved in credit card fraud or something like that, I mean, that’s completely fallacious. I mean, in effect, what he did was take a link from a chat room and copied that link and pasted it into the chat room for Project PM. That is, he took a link that was broadcast widely on the Internet, and it was a link to the Stratfor hack information, and he just brought it to the attention of the editorial board of Project PM. And because there were, for whatever reason, unencrypted credit card numbers and validation codes among those five million other emails, the government is claiming that he was engaged in credit card fraud. They’re claiming that Project PM was a criminal enterprise. And so, basically, for our interest, why this is interesting to us is basically it makes this dangerous to even link to something or to share a link with someone.
PETER LUDLOW: Go ahead, yeah, please.
JUAN GONZÁLEZ: Well, one of the things that you raise is, in some of your writings on this, is the incestuous relationship between the Justice Department, the government and these private firms that are being now targeted by cyber-activists. And could you talk about that, as well?
PETER LUDLOW: Well, sure. A lot of these private intelligence companies are started by ex-CIA, NSA people. Some people come from those agencies and rotate back into the government. I mean, you even see, with the case of Snowden, he was actually a contractor for a private intelligence company, Booz Allen. And, I mean, people think about the NSA, FBI, CIA, and they think of—those are the people that are doing the surveillance of you and doing this intelligence work, but really, if you look at how much the United States spends on intelligence, 70 percent of that is actually going to these private intelligence contractors. So, you know, if you add up CIA, NSA, FBI, that’s just a tip of the iceberg. So there’s all this sort of spook stuff going on in the private realm. And, yeah, right, a lot of it is very incestuous. There’s a revolving door. And no one is investigating it or even talking about it, as far as I can tell.
AMY GOODMAN: Let’s go to Barrett Brown in his own words. In March 2012, Democracy Now! spoke with Barrett soon after his house was raided.
BARRETT BROWN: On March 5th, I received a tip that I was about to be raided by the FBI. I left my apartment here in Dallas, went to my mom’s residence here in the same city. Next morning, three FBI agents arrived at my mom’s place. I went out and talked to them. They said my apartment had just been raided. The door was damaged. They would take care of that. And that they also asked me if I had any laptops with me that I wanted to give them. I said no.
A few hours later, the FBI returned to my mom’s house with another warrant, this time for her house, and detained the both of us for three hours while they searched the residence. They found several laptops I had stashed somewhere in the house and left the search warrants and left another one in my apartment, which I got when I came back here a little after, the next day or so.
The warrants themselves refer to the information that they’re seeking as regarding Anonymous, of course, a few other things of that nature, and also two companies: HBGary and Endgame Systems. Both of these are intelligence contracting companies that Anonymous had a run-in with in February of 2011, during which a number of emails were taken from HBGary, in particular, which themselves revealed a number of conspiracies being perpetuated by those companies in conjunction with Justice Department and several other institutions, including Bank of America, against WikiLeaks and against several journalists.
The time since, I’ve spent a lot of time going over those emails, researching them, conducting other research, otherwise trying to expose a number of things that have been discovered by virtue of those emails from HBGary having been taken. I sincerely believe that my activities on that front contributed to me being raided the other day and will no doubt contribute to any further action that the FBI decides to take. I would just also note the Justice Department itself is very much intertwined with this issue, and has been for a while, and in no way can conduct a fair investigation against me, based on what I’ve revealed, what I’ve helped to sort of emphasize about them.
AMY GOODMAN: That was Barrett Brown in his own words just after the raid.
AMY GOODMAN: Peter Ludlow, talk about what he had released. Talk about what he got from HBGary and how this links to Glenn Greenwald.
PETER LUDLOW: Sure. Well, what they uncovered was—I mean, it’s actually a little bit subtle, right? Because it begins with the Bank of America being concerned that WikiLeaks had information on it. Bank of America goes to the United States Department of Justice. The Department of Justice leads them to Hunton & Williams, the big law fix-it firm in the D.C. area, who in turn hooks them up with a group of private intelligence contractors that went under the umbrella Team Themis. And Team Themis had a number of proposals and projects that were exposed in all of this. They included running kind of a PSYOPs operation against the Chamber Watch, which is a group that sort of monitors the Chamber of Commerce, and it was an attempt to undermine it and Glenn Greenwald and other individuals. And, I mean, there were many, many plans that they had, many, many things, but some of the documents released showed that they were saying they were going to create fake documents, leak them to Greenwald, and then, when Greenwald eventually released them, they would expose it as a fraud and attempt to undermine him in that way. And they had a similar plan for Chamber Watch, as well.
JUAN GONZÁLEZ: And their concern with Greenwald was that he was giving—that his defense of WikiLeaks was giving legitimacy to WikiLeaks—
PETER LUDLOW: That was—yeah. That was the concern.
JUAN GONZÁLEZ: —it didn’t deserve.
PETER LUDLOW: That was the concern, yeah. And they actually said in there, "Well, he’s just a professional journalist, and he’ll fold under pressure immediately. I mean, apparently they were wrong about that. So, yeah.
JUAN GONZÁLEZ: There were also emails found where these private security firms were assessing the damage that Jeremy Scahill’s books had done to Blackwater?
PETER LUDLOW: Well, actually, those—I ran across that in the Stratfor leaks, and that was kind of interesting, because they were monitoring—they were monitoring this because they were concerned that Blackwater was going to get into the private intelligence business themselves. And they were commenting on Scahill. They go, "Well, yeah, Scahill, you know, I don’t care much for his politics, but he’s really got these guys figured out, yeah?" So that was a little compliment for Scahill, I think.
JUAN GONZÁLEZ: But the amazing thing in all of this is the degree to which these private security firms are engaging in attempts to influence what’s going on in the public debate on—
JUAN GONZÁLEZ: —on intelligence.
PETER LUDLOW: Oh, yeah, yeah. I mean, one of the most crazy things in the whole thing was when Coca-Cola approached Stratfor, and they were concerned about PETA, you know, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. And why, I’m not entirely sure, but one of the people in Stratfor said, "Well, the FBI has a classified file on PETA. I’ll see if I can get it for you." Now, that little story sums up a lot of stuff that’s wrong about this. First of all, why are private—why is Coca-Cola going to a private intelligence company for this? Why is—why did the private intelligence company feel that they had immediate access to a classified file by the FBI? And why did the FBI have a classified file, to begin with? I mean—but, to me, the creepiest part of that very creepy little story is the fact that the guy at Stratfor felt that he had access to this classified file by the FBI. And the Barrett Brown case revealed something like this, as well. It’s almost like the FBI has become just another private security firm, that it’s become like a private cop for these companies, as it were. And, I mean, that’s part because of the revolving door. It’s part because they get pressed into service for companies that want inside information on activist organizations like PETA.
AMY GOODMAN: We’re going to take break—
AMY GOODMAN: —and then come back to this conversation. We’re talking to Peter Ludlow, professor of philosophy at Northwestern University, has written extensively on hacktivist actions against private intelligence firms. The piece he most recently wrote is for The Nation, and it’s called "The Strange Case of Barrett Brown." When we come back, I want to ask you how it’s possible he faces a hundred years in prison.
AMY GOODMAN: It makes us think about Aaron Swartz.
AMY GOODMAN: He didn’t face anything like that, but he faced decades in prison.
AMY GOODMAN: He ultimately committed suicide—
PETER LUDLOW: Yeah, yeah.
AMY GOODMAN: —before prosecution. Stay with us.
AMY GOODMAN: Peter Ludlow is our guest, a professor of philosophy at Northwestern University, has been tracking the case of Barrett Brown and wrote a Nation piece about him, "The Strange Case of Barrett Brown." So, the FBI raids his home, and he ultimately is arrested. He faces 100 years in prison?
PETER LUDLOW: Yeah, if you add up all the charges and if he serves them sequentially, it will be 105 years in prison. Yeah, that’s right.
JUAN GONZÁLEZ: And the decision for no bail?
PETER LUDLOW: That’s a mystery to me.
AMY GOODMAN: He’s been in jail now for 300 days.
PETER LUDLOW: Three hundred days, yeah, over 300 days, no bail. For a while they were—they had frozen his—the contributions to his legal fund, too.
AMY GOODMAN: Well, that sounds like WikiLeaks.
AMY GOODMAN: Meaning that’s what happened to Wiki—well, WikiLeaks, they had all these different corporations like PayPal refuse to allow money to go to them.
PETER LUDLOW: Yeah, right.
AMY GOODMAN: Let’s go to an interview Barrett Brown did with NBC’s Michael Isikoff serving as a spokesperson for Anonymous.
BARRETT BROWN: Our people break laws, just like all people break laws. When we break laws, we do so in the service of civil disobedience. We do so ethically. We do it against targets who have asked for it.
MICHAEL ISIKOFF: You go against targets that have asked for it.
MICHAEL ISIKOFF: What do you mean?
BARRETT BROWN: Targets who have engaged in a manner that is either unethical and contrary to the—sort of the values of this age, information freedom. Just, I mean—and sometimes just plain common sense, in the case of them going after journalists, going after WikiLeaks, in the way that they were planning to do so.
MICHAEL ISIKOFF: But you can attack websites.
BARRETT BROWN: Yes, we can attack websites. We can DDoS them. We can sometimes hack them. We can sometimes take over the websites themselves, put messages up, as we did today with Westboro and as we did with—with the company HBGary and other federal contractors during that attack.
MICHAEL ISIKOFF: You can—you can—
BARRETT BROWN: Take it over, debase it.
MICHAEL ISIKOFF: —take over the websites of government contractors.
BARRETT BROWN: And governments, of course. In Tunisia and in Libya, Algeria and Egypt and Iran, we either took down or replaced government websites. We replaced them with messages from us to the people of those nations, explaining what we’re doing and why and what we’ll provide if they choose to revolt.
MICHAEL ISIKOFF: Are you worried you’re going to get prosecuted?
BARRETT BROWN: I’m not worried about it, but I am going to get prosecuted at some point, yes.
MICHAEL ISIKOFF: Because you’re involved in hacking activity.
BARRETT BROWN: Because they could do whatever they want to anyone they want.
MICHAEL ISIKOFF: But you’re not worried?
BARRETT BROWN: No, because, again, like I said, I’m well protected right now.
MICHAEL ISIKOFF: What do you mean, well protected?
BARRETT BROWN: I’ve got a lot of lawyers. I’ve got a lot of higher-up people. I’ve got people to talk to who will—who support us. And if they come after me, they’re going to find that they’re not going to like everything that they see.
AMY GOODMAN: That’s Barrett Brown talking to NBC’s Michael Isikoff. Well, the fact is, Barrett Brown has been in prison now for 300 days, and he faces decades in prison. Can you explain—that’s when he was an Anonymous spokesperson—what Anonymous is? And then also talk about the groups he exposed, like Endgame and others, though he wasn’t the only one to do that.
PETER LUDLOW: Sure. I have to think he was a little bit optimistic there in his claims about how he was all lawyered up there. But he was a—he was related to Anonymous, which is—it’s not a group, per se. You know, you or I could claim to be members of Anonymous. It’s more like a flag that you fly if you choose to. And so, there was a loosely knit group of hacktivists. Some of them were intersecting. They carried out hacks against—as he says, against various private intelligence contractors and other kinds of targets. He’s quite right that during the Arab Spring and the Tunisian uprising and so forth, members of Anonymous did a lot of work in keeping protesters online and in minimizing the effectiveness of the governments in the Middle East in that time.
And then you asked about—
PETER LUDLOW: —things like Endgame Systems, for example. Yeah, Endgame is a very interesting thing. I mean, Endgame is this kind of very secretive private intelligence company. And you even see in the HBGary hack, you see these messages where someone from Endgame says in an email, "We don’t ever want to see our name in a press release from you guys." And what makes it particularly interesting is, if you read the search warrant that’s issued to Barrett when he’s busted, it says, "Well, we’re looking for stuff related to HBGary and Endgame Systems." You know, like, why Endgame Systems?
And this is a corporation that’s involved in what are called "zero-day exploits." Now, what’s a zero-day exploit? Basically, what that means is that there are certain security flaws in the software that we have and that we use, and sometimes the company doesn’t know about it. Sometimes it’s known about it for seven days, and they’ve had seven days to work on it. A zero-day exploit is one that the software company doesn’t know about. And Endgame Systems packages these things and sells them. So, for example, they have one where you get—it’s a subscription for like $2.5 million a year, and you get these exploits. So it’s things that a hacker would do, but because they’re a business and they’re making money for it, it’s—apparently it’s OK, right? And it seems that the Justice Department is kind of running interference for these guys. And there’s a—I mean, you don’t have to take my word for it. There’s a great article in Businessweek on this in which they talk about the guys from Endgame, you know, running—setting up slides and showing you targets in airports, telling you what the computers are running there, and what kind of the—what the vulnerabilities are and so forth.
JUAN GONZÁLEZ: And who runs Endgame? Where are they based?
PETER LUDLOW: They’re based in Atlanta, Georgia, I believe. Someone recently posted a video on YouTube in which he walked into the place and—just to see what was going on there. And the people—I think it’s an ex—it’s started by an ex-intelligence person and by a security guy at IBM.
AMY GOODMAN: And, very quickly, Project PM?
PETER LUDLOW: Yeah. Project PM is basically Barrett’s—I mean, one of the genius things about Barrett was that he wanted to crowdsource all this information, because you get a hack of Stratfor and it’s five million emails, and how do you sort through all that? So he had a number of friends and acquaintances, including Michael Hastings, by the way, who were members of Project PM.
AMY GOODMAN: Michael Hastings, the reporter who just died in a fiery car crash.
PETER LUDLOW: The reporter who just died in the suspicious car accident, yeah, exactly right. And so, they would—he would basically crowdsource this. And so, the case where he copied that link, he was basically notifying the members of Project PM where they could find the information from the Stratfor hack.
AMY GOODMAN: So, what’s the schedule of—we just have 30 seconds—
AMY GOODMAN: —of what will happen to Barrett Brown right now? He’s in jail in Texas.
PETER LUDLOW: Yeah. I mean, he’s got a great legal team. Charles Swift is one of them, the guy from the judge advocate general’s thing that took that Gitmo case all the way to the Supreme Court.
PETER LUDLOW: Ahmed Ghappour, who’s at University of Texas Law School. There’s a group of individuals with freebarrettbrown.org who are raising money for him there, and they’re available if you have questions and so forth.
AMY GOODMAN: Well, we’ll certainly follow this case, Peter Ludlow, professor of philosophy at Northwestern University. He’s written extensively on hacktivist actions against private intelligence firms and the surveillance state. His most recent piece is in The Nation; it’s called "The Strange Case of Barrett Brown." We will link to it at democracynow.org.


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Edward Snowden: The Asymmetry of Courage
by Robert Shetterly

One of the ironies of warfare is that an apparently vastly superior force can be defeated by an apparently much weaker one when the weaker force refuses to meet the more powerful on its own terms, play by its rules, square off army to army, submit to punch and counterpunch. A combination of strategy and tactics designed by the weaker force to enervate the morale, confidence and finances of the powerful may prove decisive --- as it did for the American revolutionaries against the British, North Vietnamese & Viet Cong against the U.S., or the Afghanis against the Soviets. In 1975 Andrew Mack first used the term “asymmetric warfare” to describe this phenomenon in an article called Why Big Nations Lose Small Wars. A materially weaker force with higher motivation --- they may be fighting for their own land --- and greater perseverance may prevail. The weaker force may be beleaguered by the horrible and high tech weaponry of exorbitant power --- stealth bombers, napalm, cluster bombs, cruise missiles and drones, depleted uranium, helicopter gun ships and satellite surveillance --- but it manages to dodge and absorb, go underground, patiently wait to strike an exposed weakness.Rally in support of Edward Snowden in Manhattan's Union Square (Mario Tama / Getty Images )

I was thinking about asymmetry this week as the story of Edward Snowden unfolded. This story, one young man pitted against our national security state, is an extreme asymmetry, but the disparity is not between lesser and greater violent forces. And, for that reason, it could not properly be called a David versus Goliath confrontation. David was small but armed with sling & stone. Edward’s only “weapons” are courage and truth.

In asymmetric warfare, the powerful say, “Come out and fight on our terms! We’ll show you who’s stronger!” The weaker say, “Not on your life! We plan to win, not commit suicide.”

Conversely, in a contest of asymmetric courage, the lone whistleblower says to the powerful institutions, “Come out and fight on my terms --- ethics, courage, truth, law!” And there is deafening silence from the powerful institutions because with all their secret knowledge and secret money, their special forces and spies, their torture and secret prisons, they have not courage. They have not ethics, truth or law. They are muscled up with conformity, with arrogance, with self-congratulatory winks and nods. They have the power to easily crush the person of courage, to discredit him in the media, to arrest and convict him in a kangaroo court, to torture him, disappear him, force feed him. They have secret protocol and secret policy, the power to change the law to legalize atrocity. But they have no courage. They have the pathetic vanity of a steroid-pumped-up robots flexing in front of a mirror. With satisfied smirks they ask rhetorically, “Who’s the strongest in the world?” But they have no courage.

Thomas Jefferson said, "When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty." He could have been commenting on the situation of Edward Snowden or any one of so many recent whistleblowers. People fear the government when it secretly and lawlessly insinuates itself into the fabric of their lives with the ever present threat that each person could be plucked out of that fabric with no recourse. This is done in the name of security. But a government that spies on its own people actually prefers fear to security. Or, simply, the security of fear. There should be no trade off or balancing act, no compromise, between our freedoms and our security. Our freedoms are our security. Sacrificing our privacy, which is our autonomy as individuals, for the sake of security is like willingly agreeing to be half a slave.

The false dichotomy between security and freedom obscures a more important fact. When we wring our hands and listen to a president pontificate about how to balance this either/or, we are encouraged not to notice that it is our foreign, military and economic policies that are designed to create injustice and insecurity. Imperialism, both soft and hard, fosters anger and insecurity. The obsession with secrecy is absurd. There is no secrecy about this. The only secret worth divining is where the next moral hero will come from to expose the extent of tyranny and inspire more people to act with asymmetric courage. In that action is the hope of democracy. In that “illegal” action is the hope of the rule of law.

Edward Snowden reminds me of Rachel Corrie, who was run over and killed by an armored Israeli bulldozer on March 16, 2003 as she placed herself --- asymmetrically --- between the bulldozer and a Palestinian home she hoped to protect from destruction. The similarity between Rachel and Edward is in the nature of the stand-off --- isolated courage versus brute power. The difference is that no one knew about Rachel’s courage until it was too late. We all know about Edward, and, perhaps, if we can summon a fraction of his courage, we can protect him and thus change the policy.

In early 2003 shortly after arriving in Palestine, in her first email home, Rachel said, “I don’t know if many of the children here have ever existed without tank-shell holes in their walls and the towers of an occupying army surveying them constantly from the near horizons.” She assumed that all Americans would recognize constant surveillance as a prime indicator of tyranny. Like Rachel, Edward attempts to protect an increasingly fragile structure, our Constitution and the democracy it is meant to house. Edward said, "...they [the NSA] are intent on making every conversation and every form of behavior in the world known to them." While our national security state has all the ideological arrogance and democratic sensitivity of a bulldozer operated by a storm trooper, it is susceptible to and befuddled by courage. It blusters, it growls, it threatens and backfires. It uses its x-ray vision to spy out the color of our underwear and the temerity of our intention to resist. But, ultimately, it’s a coward.

Edward Snowden’s courage is like a lever the end of which he shoved under the NSA’s enormous dead weight. Whether the weight moves depends on how many of us grab on. Asymmetry can move mountains.
Robert Shetterly

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 9/11 could be insurance fraud as “trial” of conspiring duo begins in NY today

The insurance companies are not openly accusing Silverstein of insurance fraud, presumably because doing so would threaten to demolish the 9/11 cover-up and bring down the US and Israeli governments at free-fall speed.”
Is this the world's worst case of insurance fraud...ever?

That's what many are saying, as the world's biggest real-estate swindler and the world's most corrupt judge meet in a Manhattan courtroom on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. At issue: billions of dollars in loot from the demolition of the World Trade Center complex on September 11th, 2001.

World Trade Center owner Larry Silverstein - who confessed on national television to “pulling” World Trade Center Building 7 - will appear in the courtroom of Judge Alvin Hellerstein at 500 Pearl St. in New York City. The non-jury trial, which is expected to last three days, will decide whether Silverstein is entitled to recover $3.5 billion from airlines and airport-related companies, in addition to the $4.9 billion he has already received for his “losses” on September 11th.

The question on everyone's mind is: Why is Silverstein claiming that airliners destroyed his buildings, when he has already confessed to demolishing at least one of them himself? In the 2002 PBS documentary “America Rebuilds,” Silverstein admitted to complicity in the controlled demolition of WTC-7, a 47-story skyscraper that dropped into its own footprint in 6.5 seconds.

The mysterious destruction of Building 7 has become the Rosetta Stone of 9/11. Virtually all independent experts who have studied the case, including thousands of architects and engineers, agree that the government's explanation - that a few small office fires somehow destroyed WTC-7 - is a non-starter. Building 7, these experts say, was obviously taken down in a controlled demolition, as Silverstein himself admitted. (A nationwide ad campaign called “Re-Think 9/11” will remind millions of Americans about Building 7 this September.)

Despite his confession to demolishing his own building, Silverstein has already received $861 million from insurers for Building 7 alone, as well as over $4 billion for the rest of the Trade Center complex. That $861 million for WTC-7 was paid on the basis of Silverstein's claim that airplanes were somehow responsible for making Building 7, which was not hit by any plane, disappear at free-fall acceleration.

    The insurance companies are not openly accusing Silverstein of insurance fraud, presumably because doing so would threaten to demolish the 9/11 cover-up and bring down the US and Israeli governments at free-fall speed. But they have gone so far as to call Silverstein's demand for more money “absurd,” a considerable understatement.

The insurance companies claim that Silverstein's demands amount to “double recovery.” They say that Silverstein was already paid $4.9 billion - vastly more than the paltry $115 million or so that he and his backers paid for the complex just weeks before it was demolished - so why is he asking for another $3.5 billion? Silverstein's answer: He needs the money.

And does he ever. He was originally demanding an extra $11 billion, before Hellerstein capped it at $3.5 billion.

The insurers have not mentioned the fact that the World Trade Center Towers were condemned for asbestos in early 2001, just months before Silverstein bought them in July, six weeks prior to their demolition. They have not mentioned that Silverstein doubled the insurance coverage when he purchased the Trade Center. They have not mentioned that Silverstein hardballed his insurers to change the coverage to “cash payout.” They have not mentioned that Silverstein engineered his purchase of the Trade Center through fellow Zionist billionaire Lewis Eisenberg, Chair of the Republican National Committee and head of the New York Port Authority.

As Christopher Bollyn wrote in 2002:

“Silverstein and Eisenberg have both held leadership positions with the United Jewish Appeal (UJA), a billion dollar Zionist 'charity' organization. Silverstein is a former chairman of the United Jewish Appeal-Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York, Inc. This is an umbrella organization which raises hundreds of millions of dollars every year for its network of hundreds of member Zionist agencies in the United States and Israel.”

According to Ha'aretz, Silverstein is a close friend of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. They speak on the phone every weekend.

The insurance companies have likewise neglected to mention that after doubling his insurance coverage immediately before 9/11, Silverstein re-doubled his winnings after 9/11 by claiming double indemnity. According to Silverstein's spokesman, “the two hijacked airliners that struck the 110-story twin towers Sept. 11 were separate 'occurrences' for insurance purposes, entitling him to collect twice on $3.6 billion of policies.” The bizarre double-indemnity claim was approved in 2004.

Additionally, the insurers have failed to mention that on the morning of 9/11, Silverstein and his daughter both failed to show up for their daily breakfast at Windows on the World restaurant atop the North Tower. Both offered flimsy pretexts - Silverstein claiming that he had suddenly remembered a dermatologist's appointment.

How has Silverstein managed to get away with murder, in the most obvious case of insurance fraud ever?

Thanks to his partner in crime, Judge Alvin Hellerstein.

Hellerstein's courtroom is Ground Zero in the cover-up of the crimes of 9/11. Virtually all 9/11 litigation has been funneled through his courtroom, including Ellen Mariani's recent lawsuit against Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, and others.

Like Silverstein and Eisenberg, Hellerstein is a rabid Zionist with close ties to Israel. The judge's son and sister both emigrated from the US to orthodox Zionist settlements in the Occupied Territories.

Investigative journalist Christopher Bollyn writes: “Hellerstein's son is an Israeli lawyer who emigrated to Israel in 2001 and whose law firm works for and with the Rothschild-funded Mossad company responsible for the 9-11 terror attacks.”

Bollyn notes that Hellerstein's son, an Israeli lawyer, represents “the Mossad-controlled airport security firm named International Consultants on Targeted Security (ICTS) N.V., which is the owner of Huntleigh U.S.A., the passenger screening company that checked the passengers that boarded the aircraft at the key airports on 9-11.”

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An FBI Life

Edward S. Miller, a lifetime G-man, left behind a trail of fascinating tales that merit remembrance.
America has lost a good man and dedicated servant. Edward S. Miller, a lifetime FBI man, has departed this country and this world, leaving behind a trail of fascinating tales and deeds — involving characters as diverse as J. Edgar Hoover, Presidents Nixon, Carter, and Reagan, the Communist Party USA, Bill Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn, and the Weather Underground — that merit remembrance.
Ed Miller was born on Veterans Day, November 11, 1923, in East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He grew up in the smoky steel town of McKeesport along the Monongahela River. As a teen, he worked as a lifeguard at a large, sandy beach pool at historic Kennywood Park. Directly out of high school, he headed to the Pacific Theater, where he was a platoon sergeant in Okinawa.
Discharged from the Army in February 1946, after four years of war, Miller attended Grove City College (where I teach) in Grove City, Pennsylvania. He studied political science and law and earned his bachelor’s degree. An even greater achievement, he met his future wife, Pat.
Wasting no time finding his place and mission in the wider world after graduation, Miller joined J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI in November 1950 — and would never look back. He was assigned first to Los Angeles, then to San Francisco, Washington, Mobile, Honolulu, Chicago, and finally back to Washington, where in 1971 he rose to lead the Intelligence Division. By October 1973, Miller was named assistant to the director, placed in charge of all investigative operations. By the time he retired in 1974, the kid from the mill-town was credentialed as the 8th highest ranking person among 10,000 serving the FBI.
But those titles, impressive as they are, obscure the dramatic details of Miller’s everyday duties. Ed Miller spent many hours tracking radicals and communist subversives operating on American soil. Among them was the insidious Weather Underground, led by Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn and others who today have found reincarnation as tenured professors and “Progressives for Obama.” Miller and his men worked hard trying to locate Ayers and Dohrn and friends as the domestic bombers fled law enforcement as literal “Most Wanted” fugitives. It sounds like exciting work, and it was. It was also dangerous.
In Chicago, in October 1969, the Weather Underground launched its brutal Days of Rage, a violent political rampage. The young revolutionaries clashed with over a thousand police. They left over 30 officers (whom they called “pigs”) injured and one city official paralyzed. Their organized riot had commenced on October 5, when the “flower children” dynamited the statue commemorating the Chicago police who had been killed in the 1886 Haymarket Riot. It was one of the ugliest days in Chicago history (which is saying something). Comrade Dohrn was anointed the commissar of the “Women’s Militia” for the wondrous event. Her beaming beau, Billy Ayers, stood proudly at her side.
Ed Miller’s work in Chicago was exciting but also perilous. It was not the most enviable assignment — and would ultimately create havoc in his life. Four years his retirement, in 1978, Jimmy Carter’s Justice Department prosecuted Miller and other agents for authorizing alleged “questionable investigative techniques” in their attempts to find the Weather Underground terrorists. These were techniques the FBI had used for years. Miller’s counsel made that case in court. Carter’s Justice Department disagreed. It was a slap in the face after so many years of noble service. Even worse, Ayers and Dohrn did no jail time. “Guilty as hell, free as a bird!” Ayers later triumphantly exclaimed.
Miller was buoyed by a strong show of public support, including the presence of a huge number (over 1,000, by one account) of FBI agents who came to the U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia in April 1978 to rally behind him during his arraignment. A joint resolution was introduced in Congress by Rep. Leo Zeferetti (D-NY) and Sen. S.I. Hayakawa (R-Cal.) urging dismissal of all charges. Nonetheless, the Carter administration’s “justice” moved forward, and Miller and his good friends L. Patrick Gray III and Mark Felt — who we now know as Watergate’s “Deep Throat” — were convicted in November 1980.
It was grossly unfair. Mercifully, however, the same week that Miller was convicted his countrymen evicted Jimmy Carter from the White House. Ronald Reagan had been outraged by Miller’s treatment, and said so openly. Shortly after Reagan’s inauguration in January 1981, while Miller’s conviction was on appeal, the new president pardoned the FBI veteran, saying in a formal statement: “America was at war in 1972 and Miller followed procedures he believed essential to keep the FBI Director, the Attorney General, and the President of the United States advised of the activities of hostile foreign powers and their collaborators in this country.”
In his typical fashion, Reagan went further. He sent a personal letter to Miller on April 28, 1981, not even a full month after being struck by an assassin’s bullet, apologizing for the slowness of his pardon. “I’m sorry it took so long,” wrote the president, just out of the hospital, “but I couldn’t push bureaucracy into a higher speed.” Miller had thanked Reagan, but Reagan responded: “You owe me no thanks.”
I PERSONALLY FIRST MET Ed Miller only a few months ago, though I knew of him before then. He had contacted me in September 2012 after reading my book The Communist, which examined Frank Marshall Davis, Barack Obama’s communist mentor in Hawaii. Davis had left Chicago’s Communist Party USA circles for a new network of agitators in Honolulu. Having been stationed at both the Honolulu and Chicago offices of the FBI, Miller thus knew and worked with several of the figures I chronicled. He wrote to thank me for “sharing” Davis with the people of America. He also informed me how he had been rudely thrust out of lovely Honolulu and into ugly Chicago courtesy of Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn and friends. In his letter, he remarked almost in passing that “Jimmy Carter persecuted me for trying too hard to capture Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn.”
Ed and I met in March 2013, at his modest townhouse in Fairfax, Virginia. His mind was razor sharp, an encyclopedia of dates and names and figures, and he was a ball of energy. He told me about his lifetime of FBI work, showed me personal notes and signed books he received over the years from Richard Nixon, talked about Soviet espionage and its tentacles into America, about the Hawaii and Chicago offices, about the Weather Underground, about Watergate.
As to the latter, Ed Miller was not involved, but he certainly had valuable insight. He was a close friend, after all, of Mark Felt. Ed gave me a copy of a lengthy document he had written on Watergate and endeavored to get into the hands of Bob Woodward. This was something he badly wanted to pass along — one of the final things he wanted to do. He had sent it to Woodward in August 2011 but never heard back. I have a copy of the document, as does Miller’s family. From my reading, it contains no bombshell revelation, but it most definitely has unique information of clear value to any student or historian of Watergate, Mark Felt, J. Edgar Hoover, or generally this important period in the history of our government. (Mr. Woodward, are you listening?)
That said, among the most interesting things Ed Miller wanted people to know were his sentiments about the late, great, embattled, and controversial J. Edgar Hoover. What he told me isn’t the standard Hoover narrative we hear in Hollywood today. Quite the contrary:
“He was terrific!” Miller said, his eyes wide open, a big smile. “Absolutely brilliant. He was great. And he was sharp as could be.”
Miller saw J. Edgar Hoover as a model boss who wanted truth and integrity and “backed us totally and always.” He wanted reliable, accurate information from his men. Hoover told Miller and his colleagues: “There’s one thing to remember: You need to be entirely objective.” This was true for information collection and for the kind of men hired into the agency. Miller recalled an instance where Lyndon Johnson three times sent letters to Hoover demanding that Miller hire a certain individual from New Jersey. This was the typical LBJ political pressure. Miller didn’t agree with the hire. A frustrated LBJ called Hoover and asked, “Why do you keep turning down this guy?” Hoover answered: “Because my men don’t want him.”
When Miller was newly hired as acting director of the Intelligence Division, Hoover asked him to “go over there and remove the bad apples.” Hoover was a man of action, quick action. When he hadn’t heard back from Miller in three weeks, he called to follow up. Miller answered, “I haven’t decided yet.” Hoover was silent before saying only “okay.” Three weeks later, Hoover called again. Miller responded, “I’m still considering.” Hoover gave a short, “Hmmm.” Another three weeks passed. This time Miller told Hoover: “I’ve decided that all the bad apples are already gone.” Hoover replied: “Is that your decision?” Miller said “yes.” Hoover then finished, “Okay, thank you.”
Said Miller: “I gave him not what I thought he wanted but what was best for the FBI, and he appreciated that. He respected that.”
In fact, that was indeed what Hoover wanted: what was best for the FBI.
Miller had tears in his eyes and a lump in his throat as he related a final story. Stationed in Hawaii in 1967, he had been invited to speak about the FBI to Marines getting some much needed R&R from Vietnam. (Miller would throughout his life lecture on the FBI, and regularly lectured at the academy at Quantico as late as 2012.) He began by telling the men that the bureau and Marine Corps had much in common; in fact, he added, that very day happened to be the 43rd anniversary of Hoover’s start as director of the agency.
Miller was stunned when suddenly, at that simple acknowledgment of Hoover’s lengthy tenure, every man in the audience started applauding loudly and vigorously. It wasn’t “the usual kind of applause,” recalled Miller, “but firm cadence applause where you could hear every beat and they didn’t quit.”
“I was destroyed,” Miller said, “choked up by two or three hundred young warriors from all over the country whom I thought couldn’t have known much about Mr. Hoover, but they did. If only his critics could see this!” Miller promised the young men that if he got the chance he would personally inform Hoover of their appreciation.
He made good on that promise about four-and-a-half years later. Hoover had been taking quite a public beating in the press. Miller felt that Hoover was “really hurting,” and he shared the story just as he left the boss’s office. The boss heard every word, and didn’t respond. Six months later, J. Edgar Hoover was dead.
ASKED ABOUT THE RUMORS and sexual innuendo regarding Hoover, Miller insisted they were “absolutely false.” He said that Hoover and Clyde Tolson (his alleged “partner”) lived in separate places and that Hoover was a heterosexual who dated women, including glamorous actress Dorothy Lamour, whom Miller says Hoover nearly married: “She dumped him because he was married to his job, which he was…. Hey, he had one hell of an interesting job! And he was always very busy.”
Miller chalks up the rumors to Hoover’s political enemies, especially the left and far left — and communists in particular. That is hardly an unreasonable assertion. No one excelled at disinformation and blatantly vicious lies and character assassination quite like the Communist Party. Communists and liberals/“progressives” generally long despised Hoover and the FBI, whom they vigorously portrayed as McCarthyite reprobates and witch-hunters. CPUSA had good reason to hate the FBI. As Miller told me, the FBI’s work on “surreptitious entries” (aimed at Soviet agents/espionage) was “what killed Communist Party USA.”
It certainly helped. To this day, the left has never forgiven J. Edgar Hoover for his unflagging anti-communism. “He was very conservative,” said Miller of Hoover’s politics. “And the liberal politicians, especially Frank Church, really went after him. Going after him was a great way for them to get publicity.”
I cannot confirm all that Miller told me about Hoover (especially about the Tolson and sexual allegations), but his take on the left’s contempt and attacks on Hoover absolutely makes sense.
After a conversation that went way too long, I left for the snowy drive back to Grove City. Ed Miller gave me a parting gift: an American flag. That, too, absolutely makes sense. If there was one thing that Ed Miller loved more than the FBI and his family, it was America and that flag. He served it dutifully.
Ed Miller passed away on July 1, 2013, surrounded by Pat, his beloved wife of six decades, and his three children and their families. It was a life of integrity, well lived, fascinating and full — including full of faith for his family, country, and for God.
Ed Miller, FBI man, requiescat in pace.

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Fmr ETX FBI agent pleads guilty to possession of more than 30 unregistered firearms

A former FBI agent has pleaded guilty to possession of an unregistered firearm.
On May 22, 2013, former FBI agent, John Gordon Brody, 44, plead guilty to possession of unregistered firearms.
All firearms and associated ammunition accessories were seized from the defendant. Officials found 38 unregistered firearms as well as more than 45 ammunition accessories. (See attached documents for list of firearms and ammunition accessories)

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Contempt hearing for Dallas DA ends, order stayed

  July 15, 2013
Photo By LM Otero
FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2012 file photo, Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins talks about the death penalty in a courtroom in Dallas. Watkins has built a national reputation as Texas' first black district attorney and the face of an office that has freed more than 30 wrongfully convicted people in the last decade. But at home, Watkins is entangled in an FBI investigation and a contempt of court order that could land him behind bars and cripple his status as an advocate for criminal justice.
DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas County district attorney headed off a potentially damaging hearing Monday on whether he committed contempt of court, as his attorneys accused the judge who cited him of musing about serving him "on a silver platter to the FBI."
Craig Watkins could have faced jail time if another judge decided State District Judge Lena Levario was right to cite him for contempt earlier this year. Instead, Watkins' attorneys persuaded Judge Bob Brotherton, of Wichita Falls, to stop the hearing after less than an hour because Levario did not included a punishment for Watkins in her order or a way for him to have the contempt citation lifted.
Before Levario could enter a new order Monday, Watkins' attorneys asked her to recuse herself. A third judge must now decide whether Levario can stay on the case or to assign it to someone else.
Monday's hearings focused on an increasingly bitter fight between Levario, who demanded Watkins answer questions about a case in his office, and prosecutors who argue she was out of place.
Watkins' lawyers on Monday filed a sworn statement from a county employee who claims to have heard Levario in May say she would serve Watkins "on a silver platter to the FBI."
The employee, Jill Reese, says in her statement that she had been demoted and blamed Levario.
"We don't believe that she can be fair and impartial on this issue," said Heath Harris, Watkins' top deputy, who filed his own sworn statement against Levario, saying she is unable to "do something as simple as hold someone in contempt."
Levario said during an afternoon hearing that she hadn't ordered sanctions for Watkins because his other attorneys told her she could not do so, which prosecutors denied.
Watkins faces scrutiny over his office's prosecution of Al Hill III, a great-grandson of the oil titan H.L. Hunt, for mortgage fraud. Hill's attorneys accused Watkins of pushing the case forward as a favor to Lisa Blue, a prominent Dallas attorney and campaign donor.
After Watkins refused earlier this year to answer questions about the case, Levario held him in contempt and dismissed the charges against Hill.
She has also signed an order giving FBI agents access to files in the case, raising the specter of a federal investigation. No charges have been filed, and the FBI has declined to comment.
Watkins' attorneys demanded that Levario recuse herself or ask a higher ranking judge to decide whether she should be replaced. That judge, Regional Administrative Judge John Ovard, said Monday that he wouldn't make a decision until later this week, after Levario refused to step back from the case on her own.
"I gave him a fair trial," Levario said Monday afternoon. "I'm not going to recuse myself."
She declined to answer questions after the hearing.
Watkins became Dallas County's district attorney in 2007 and has won national acclaim for his office's work in freeing the wrongfully convicted, including creating the first conviction integrity unit in Texas. More than 30 inmates wrongly convicted of murders, rapes and other serious crimes have been freed in the last decade, most during Watkins' tenure.

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U.S. reviewing 27 death penalty convictions for FBI forensic testimony errors

 Wednesday, July 17, 2013
An unprecedented federal review of old criminal cases has uncovered as many as 27 death penalty convictions in which FBI forensic experts may have mistakenly linked defendants to crimes with exaggerated scientific testimony, U.S. officials said.
It is not known how many of the cases involve errors, how many led to wrongful convictions or how many mistakes may now jeopardize valid convictions. Those questions will be explored as the review continues.
The discovery of the more than two dozen capital cases promises that the examination could become a factor in the debate over the death penalty. Some opponents have long held that the execution of a person confirmed to be innocent would crystallize doubts about capital punishment. But if DNA or other testing confirms all convictions, it would strengthen proponents’ arguments that the system works.
FBI officials discussed the review’s scope as they prepare to disclose its first results later this summer. The death row cases are among the first 120 convictions identified as potentially problematic among more than 21,700 FBI Laboratory files being examined. The review was announced last July by the FBI and the Justice Department, in consultation with the Innocence Project and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL).
The unusual collaboration came after The Washington Post reported last year that authorities had known for years that flawed forensic work by FBI hair examiners may have led to convictions of potentially innocent people, but officials had not aggressively investigated problems or notified defendants.
At issue is a once-widespread practice by which some FBI experts exaggerated the significance of “matches” drawn from microscopic analysis of hair found at crime scenes.
Since at least the 1970s, written FBI Laboratory reports typically stated that a hair association could not be used as positive identification. However, on the witness stand, several agents for years went beyond the science and testified that their hair analysis was a near-certain match.
The new review listed examples of scientifically invalid testimony, including claiming to associate a hair with a single person “to the exclusion of all others,” or to state or suggest a probability for such a match from past casework.
Whatever the findings of the review, the initiative is pushing state and local labs to take similar measures.
For instance, the Texas Forensic Science Commission on Friday directed all labs under its jurisdiction to take the first step to scrutinize hair cases, in a state that has executed more defendants than any other since 1982.
Separately, FBI officials said their intention is to review and disclose problems in capital cases even after a defendant has been executed.

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So Then the FBI Sent Out an Agent to Check Up on My FOIA Request ...

Tuesday, 29 May 2012
FBI agent Bill Tidwell's report about the visit he made last August to the residence of Hesham Abu Zubaidah to question him about a Freedom of Information Act request for his FBI files made by Truthout lead investigative reporter Jason Leopold.Early last year, I discovered that Abu Zubaidah, the first high-value detainee who was held in top-secret CIA black site prisons and brutally tortured, has a younger brother who lives in the United States.
Research I was conducting on the accused terrorist led me to a three-year-old comment posted on Guantanamo reporter Andy Worthington's blog about Abu Zubaidah, the alleged terrorist, left by someone who identified himself as Hesham Abu Zubaidah.
"Yes that is my brother and I live in Oregon," the commenter said. "Do you think I should have been locked away for 2 years with no charges for a [sic] act of a sibling? I am the younger brother of [Abu Zubaidah] and I live in the USA. Tell me what you think."
Wow! This is a big deal, I thought. What's Hesham's story? Why haven't we heard from him before? And what could he tell me about his brother, the alleged terrorist?
I tracked Hesham down to Florida. He had a fascinating tale to tell, which I have spent the past 14 months fleshing out. The result is a 15,000-word investigative report published on Truthout today about Hesham's pursuit of the American dream and the high price he paid because he says he shares a surname with an older brother who is an infamous alleged terrorist.
In addition to the disturbing revelations about the government's treatment of Hesham over the past decade, my report also contains the first new details about Hesham's brother, who is referred to in my investigative report by the nickname his father gave him,"Hani." In April 2000, Hani made three telephone calls to the United States when he was supposedly under surveillance. Former Sen. Bob Graham, who co-chaired the joint Congressional inquiry into the 9/11 attacks, told me the calls should have been shared with his panel and the so-called independent panel set up to investigate the attacks but wasn't. 
Moreover, Hesham revealed to me that, back in October 2010, he was subpoenaed to appear before a federal grand jury in Richmond, Virginia, to confirm that his brother was the person in a videotape speaking about jihad and 9/11, which was later used in the war crimes tribunal of a Guantanamo detainee.
Hesham was also recruited by the FBI as a confidential informant. For nearly three years, Hesham was tasked with spying on congregants at Sunni and Shia mosques in Portland, Oregon, and was told by his FBI handler to pay close attention to an imam at the Masjed As-Saber mosque named Sheikh Mohamed Abdirahman Kariye, a native of Somalia, who the FBI has been trying to link to al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden for at least a decade. Hesham said he agreed to work as an informant because his FBI handler led him to believe the bureau would help him obtain US citizenship.
My investigation turned into a yearlong project, largely due to the fact that I had filed numerous Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for records on Hesham with several government agencies and waited many months for responses. It was the FBI's response to my FOIA on Hesham that led me to believe his story was bigger than I had originally thought it to be.
Hoping to gain deeper insight into his work as an FBI informant and the role he says the FBI played in his immigration case, I asked Hesham for permission to file a FOIA request with the bureau for his entire file. He agreed and signed a certification of identity form requesting that the agency turn over all of the records it maintained on him to me. Hesham visited a notary public and had the certification of identity form he signed notarized.
My FOIA request was filed in May 2011. The FBI sent me a letter that said the bureau's FOIA office was processing my request. Then, last August, the FBI sent out a special agent from the FBI's Tampa field office to speak with Hesham about my FOIA.
Bill Tidwell showed up at the home of Hesham and Jody Abu Zubaidah, his wife, on the morning of August 26, 2011. Hesham was at work. Jody's mother, who was living with the couple at the time, answered the knock at the door. She told Jody there was "some guy in a suit at the front door."
Jody stepped outside and Tidwell flashed his FBI badge. He said he needed to speak with Hesham. Tidwell said Hesham wasn't "in any trouble, but it was important." Jody told Tidwell Hesham was at work. Tidwell returned later that afternoon. Tidwell told Hesham he was sent by FBI headquarters to speak with him about the FOIA request I filed. Tidwell used my name. The agent asked Hesham how I found him and what my intentions were. Hesham told him that I was writing a story about him and that he told me "everything." Tidwell asked Hesham to brief him on what he had told me.
"Did Jason Leopold force you to sign [the certification of identity] form? Did he offer you any money?" Tidwell asked Hesham.
"No," Hesham said. "I am not being paid."
Jody, who was present during the meeting, took meticulous notes.
"Listen, I don't know what's in your file but you do understand that once it's released, all of that information on you will be public and everyone will see it," Tidwell said.
"Yes," Hesham said. "I know. That's what I want."
"I believe there may be information in there some people don't want publicized," Tidwell said. "Why do you need Jason Leopold to get this information out?"
Hesham told the special agent his life story and the "spying" he did for the bureau. He said that he has been living in limbo for the past decade as a resident - but not a citizen - of the United States. No one was helping him, and he felt the time was right to tell his story. He told Tidwell what his FBI handler informed him when he asked her if she could help him obtain a green card that his case was stuck on a shelf and couldn't be touched.
"Whose life deserves to be stuck on a shelf?" Hesham asked Tidwell.
Tidwell and Hesham spoke for two hours. Before he left, Tidwell told Hesham he was going to write up a report and talk to the officials at headquarters who sent him out to meet with Hesham.
"I am going to call the person who sent this to us and tell him exactly what you said," Tidwell said. "He may say 'okay.' Or he may say, 'let's just get this man the security that he wants so this can go away.'"
If it's the latter, Tidwell asked, would you drop the FOIA?
"No way," Hesham said. "Forgive me, but I don't trust you guys."
Hesham then led Tidwell to his driveway and showed him his boat. They spoke for a few more minutes and then shook hands and Tidwell left.
When the agent left, Jody called me and told what transpired. She said she took detailed notes. I was stunned. I have never heard of the FBI sending out a field agent to check on a FOIA. I called FBI headquarters and spoke with Kathleen Wright, a spokeswoman for the bureau and asked her about it.
Wright said the "visit" was "routine" and that "the FBI has an obligation to abide by the Privacy Act."
"Agents spoke with Hesham Abu Zubaydah to confirm the FOIA request was legitimate and submitted with hi consent and knowledge." Wright said.
She added, "This happens all of the time."
Brad Moss, an open government expert who specializes in national security issues, disagreed.
"I've never heard of the FBI expending this kind of resource and going to an individual's house and asking if the reporter coerced the individual who signed the waiver," said Moss, an attorney with the Mark S. Zaid law firm in Washington, DC. "Given the nature of who this individual is, I am not surprised they would have concerns. With all of the budget cuts and pressure to process FOIA requests, it seems out of the ordinary to send an agent to someone's house. As far as I am concerned, it's unprecedented. You could have submitted this request without the waiver given the overwhelming public interest."
Kel McClanahan, another open government expert who heads up the public interest law firm National Security Counselors, said he queried several colleagues, many of whom are government FOIA analysts who work at the Justice Department, about the "routine" visit.
"Not one had heard of this [being] 'routine,'" said McClanahan, whose firm represents me in a lawsuit we filed against the FBI for violating a provision of FOIA when I sought pertaining to Hesham's files. "I sent an inquiry to David Hardy [head of FBI FOIA] about it, and I'm still waiting on the answer. I guess he's still thinking about it."
McClanahan added, "while the FBI might have reason to deny the request if the waiver was coerced, I'm aware of no legal restriction against a person being provided reasonable compensation for access to his government records."
"So even if the visit was routine, the questions definitely weren't," McClanahan said. "A routine visit would have consisted of 'Did Jason Leopold coerce you into signing this waiver?' 'No.' 'Are you sure?' 'Yes.' 'OK, thanks for your time.'" [Full disclosure: McClanahan and I sued the FBI earlier this year for violating a provision of FOIA in response to specific questions about Hesham's case file.]
Coleen Rowley, a former FBI special agent who blew the whistle on the bureau's pre-9/11 intelligence failures, said she's not surprised the FBI sent an agent out to personally speak with Hesham about my FOIA.
"The FBI considers informant matters the most sensitive things in the world," Rowley told me.
After I spoke with Wright, the FBI spokeswoman, I filed another FOIA for documents and notes about the meeting between Tidwell and Hesham, since my name was used. It took the bureau about six months to respond. In April, I received three redacted pages. Tidwell's notes were not turned over, just a report he sent to "records management" summarizing his interview with Hesham.
Tidwell's name, which was also redacted from the interview report, says:
Tidwell's report claimed that Hesham told him he signed "the privacy statement for Leopold in hopes an article written by Leopold would help him gain status in the US and obtain a green card."
"Abu Zubaidah advised the article is not something he wants written, but he feels he has no other option," Tidwell's report says. "Abu Zubaidah currently has no status in the US and is fearful he could be deported at any moment. [Redacted] Abu Zubaidah feels he has proven he is not a terrorist and considers himself an American. Abu Zubaidah fears he [redacted] if he does not gain status in the US. He hopes the article will be read by someone who can help him with this matter."
In another redacted section of Tidwell's report, he noted the circumstances that led me to contact Hesham:
The report goes on to say:
Last September, after Tidwell filed his report, the FBI sent me a letter saying the bureau "located approximately 1,200 pages which are potentially responsive to my FOIA request."
The documents have been in the possession of a "disclosure analyst" since last September, according to David Sobonya, an FBI FOIA spokesman.
To be continued ...

Any smart criminal justice consumer worth their salt would ask:
Did FBI  agents follow the Bill of Rights when they assassinated President Kennedy
and Martin Luther King?
Did FBI  agents follow the Bill of Rights when they created the 1993 1st World Trade Center
bombing, Oklahoma City bombing and 911?

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Posted on July 16, 2013
Rand Paul: I Want To Know If FBI Is Following The Bill Of Rights When Using Drones For Surveillance

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said he would put a hold on the nomination of James Comey as FBI director to get more information on how the federal government is using drones.

"I'm trying to get a real truth. Is the FBI using the Bill of Rights? Are they seeking a warrant from a judge before they spy on us?" Sen. Paul said on FOX News this afternoon.

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Obama FBI nominee James Comey is not a Good Guy; he’s just less bad than Cheney

Update: Listen to this Righteous Rant by humorist Matt Filipowicz for more on eager torturer James Comey. Makes you wonder, doesn’t it?

Consider this a warning against left-wing hero-worship of bogus right-wing posterboys. By whom I mean Obama FBI Director-nominee James Comey, he of the Ashcroft Hospital Drama™. (Note the implicit lionizing at the link by the National Journal.)

Think Comey is a Good Guy? Rick Perlstein has the goods (my emphasis):

    Some of us have been shouting from mountaintops, others from molehills: James Comey, currently sailing smoothly through Senate Judiciary Committee hearings for confirmation as chief of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, was:

    (a) in charge, and proudly so, of a “terrorism” case that began with a detention without charges, continued with made-up and spurious charges, and ended with a conviction won against an American whose treatment during confinement (on the American mainland) turned his brain to jello;

    (b) general counsel for a defense contractor while it was busy hushing up a whistleblower who exposed $24 billion contract that they were building vessels for the Coast Guard, on a $24 billion contract, that buckled and leaked on the high seas;

    (c) as of three months ago on the board of a bank, in charge of cleaning up their reputation after it paid a $1.92 billion fine for laundering drug money from Mexico; and

    (d) the man who, as former FBI agent Colleen Rowley pointed out this morning in The New York Times, “sign[ed] off on most of the worst of the Bush administration’s legal abuses and questionable interpretations of federal and international law. He ultimately approved the C.I.A.’s list of “enhanced interrogation” techniques, including waterboarding, which experts on international law consider a form of torture.

    Lots of shouting going on. But not much listening.

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Does the FBI really need to be conducting surveillance on bikini baristas?

Mark Frauenfelder at 11:09 am Wed, Jul 17, 2013

    A Sheriff's sergeant from Snohomish County, Washington was busted for allegedly demanding sex (even while in uniform) in exchange for tipping off bikini baristas--who were suspected of dabbling in prostitution--about undercover agents.

    The operation spanned approximately nine months, involved three local law enforcement agencies plus the FBI (which supplemented the generous amount of surveillance footage provided by their local partners). It culminated in about a dozen prostitution-related arrests.

Four Years in Jail for ‘FBI Fantasy’
July 17, 2013   AFP
28_Huff FBI Fantasy

• Retired U.S. Navy lieutenant commander says he has evidence to prove friend is innocent

By Pat Shannan

Readers of AMERICAN FREE PRESS will remember the series of articles run on these pages in 2010-11 concerning the plight of the Monroe County, Tennessee man who tried to expose fraud in the local court and grand jury system. Instead, United States Navy Lieutenant Commander Walter Fitzpatrick (Ret.) found himself jailed for trying to perform a citizen’s arrest when the cops wouldn’t enforce their own laws.

According to the man who started it all, the following federal attack on him and Darren Huff of Dallas, Georgia, in the small Tenn. town of Madisonville, was just one more Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) provocation, and he now has the evidence to prove it.

“Darren Huff is an innocent man in jail for four years for a crime that never happened,” said Fitzpatrick.

When interested citizens came to Madisonville on April 20, 2010 for a court hearing on the Fitzpatrick matter, Huff was followed from north Ga. by the FBI, detained at the interstate exit by state and local law enforcement and released after agreeing to lock his legally-registered rifle and handgun in the toolbox of his pickup truck. No arrest was made and Huff proceeded peacefully into town. The police saw that the supporters were not there to provoke violence but to stand up for a fellow American who was being wronged by the system.

“The FBI saw it as another invitation to create a crime where none existed,” said Fitzpatrick. He proved his point with Special Agent Mark Van Balen’s sworn affidavit on April 26.

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Even though video shows Huff being determined not to be a security risk by the Tenn. authorities and released, six days later Van Balen swore out an affidavit “full of lies and deception,” according to Fitzpatrick, including Huff’s alleged threats to “make arrests on various individuals, that he was ready to die for his rights and that if they didn’t have enough people on April 20 to do all they planned to do that day, that they would be back in one to two weeks.”

Huff has repeatedly denied making any such outrageous statements, and Van Balen even admits in his affidavit that he never heard anything provocative from Huff.

Van Balen claims that Huff was heard making threats at the traffic stop by a Lt. Don Williams of the Drug Task Force and these were passed on to him. Van Balen makes no claims of personal knowledge as to any lawbreaking by Huff. In fact, court testimony showed that Huff was under FBI surveillance from the night of April 19. Huff was followed when he left home at 4 a.m. and was watched all day. There was never a moment when the FBI did not know where Huff was during that 24-hour period, and he was never a threat to anyone.

Fitzpatrick told AFP that he has located and interviewed 31 of the 33 people known to have been on the scene that morning outside of the Monroe County courthouse. None of the 31 was armed or even saw anyone other than law enforcement officers armed. The other two were a Knoxville news reporter and cameramen who refused to identify themselves when Fitzpatrick asked them to do so.

Not one of the 31 citizens was approached and questioned by any of the 150 law enforcement officers on the scene as to whether or not they were armed. Fitzpatrick has collected statements from all 31. It was a peaceful assembly.

“Furthermore,” said Fitzpatrick, “Darren Huff not only was unarmed the whole time but he spent his morning at Donna’s Old Town Café across the street and the only time he briefly set foot on the courthouse property was to take sausage biscuits and coffee to officers standing there. However, my hearing was being held four blocks away at a separate courthouse building unknown to Huff, and he was never there.

“Federal officials not only successfully prosecuted and convicted a U.S. citizen for a thought crime,” added Fitzpatrick, “but the only one with the thought was the fantasizing FBI agent.”

Huff is more than a year into serving a four-year sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution in Texarkana, Texas. He is still waiting for his attorney, Gerald Gulley of Knoxville, to file his appeal. Gulley did not return AFP’s calls.

Fitzpatrick cites a little known FBI program known as “Operation Vigilant Eagle” that involves surveillance of veterans who express views critical of the government. This includes those who discuss a pending revolution on the Internet.

“Anybody in America who stands up for the rights of American citizens as outlined by the Constitution is being targeted and jailed by the federal government,” he said.

This case is significant and chilling because the FBI has prepared it to stifle dissent.

In their slick description of it on their website, they brag that “Huff was sentenced to four years in prison for transporting firearms across state lines with the intent to cause a civil disorder. It was the first time this violation was successfully prosecuted.”
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Did an FBI agent fire the shot that killed JFK? Killing of Kennedy to be re-examined in cable docudrama
Jul 29, 2013
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Weeks before the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination this fall, ReelzChannel will take another look at the killing in a docudrama that suggests a Secret Service agent fired one of the bullets that felled Kennedy.

"JFK: The Smoking Gun" is based on the work of retired Australian police Detective Colin McLaren, who spent four years combing through evidence from Kennedy's death on Nov. 22, 1963.

The two-hour docudrama airs Nov. 3 in the U.S., Canada and Australia. It suggests that agent George Hickey fired one of the bullets that hit Kennedy. Hickey, who is now dead, was riding in the car behind Kennedy's limo that day.

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Where were the bloodhounds in Boston 'manhunt'?

May 20, 2013

An unprecedented marshaling of police working with US military in an unprecedented "lockdown" state was witnessed in the week of the Boston Marathon bombing.
Over 4,000 police and military from almost every law enforcement unit in the region took over a shopping center parking lot in Watertown for a staging area, looking like a minor invasion force. Represented were FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Department of Homeland Security, the National Guard, the Boston and Watertown Police departments and the Massachusetts State Police.
At least three Blackhawk helicopters patrolled the skies, and armored vehicles roamed this quiet suburban community. Men with automatic rifles went house to house, pulling residents from their homes at gunpoint, hands over heads, searching for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. For a night and a day and part of another night they closed in on Tsarnaev, who with his brother is alleged to have committed one of the most atrocious bombings in US history. But almost no one has asked one simple question: where were the bloodhounds?
Rather than "lock down" an entire city for what could have stretched on into days, why not bring in the dog or dogs that could have gotten the whole thing over in 20 minutes? Dzohkhar had fled a vehicle on foot into the surrounding neighborhood, by some accounts bleeding. This is what the bloodhound was born for.

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The Evil of the National-Security State

By Jacob G. Hornberger

Future of Freedom Foundation

July 25, 2013

The two most important words in the lives of the American people for the past 60 years have been “national security.” The term has transformed American society for the worse. It has warped the morals and values of the American people. It has stultified conscience. It has altered the constitutional order. It has produced a democratically elected government that wields totalitarian powers.

We now live in a country whose government wields the legal authority to round up people, including citizens, and take them to concentration camps, detention centers, or military dungeons where the government can torture them, incarcerate them indefinitely, and even execute them as suspected terrorists.

We now live in a country whose government wields the legal authority to send its military and intelligence forces into any country anywhere in the world, kidnap people residing there, and transport them to a prison for the purpose of torture, indefinite detention, and even execution. We now live in a country whose government wields the legal authority to sneak and peek into people’s homes or businesses without warrants; to monitor their emails, telephone calls, and financial transactions; and to spy on the citizenry.

We now live in a country whose government wields the legal authority to support, with money and armaments, totalitarian regimes all over the world and to enter into partnerships with them for the purpose of torturing people whom the U.S. government has kidnapped.

We now live in a country whose government wields the legal authority to assassinate anyone it wants, including American citizens, anywhere in the world, including here in the United States. We now live in a country whose government wields the legal authority to impose sanctions and embargoes on any other nation and to severely punish the American people and foreign citizens and foreign companies who violate them.

We now live in a country whose government wields the legal authority to invade and occupy any country on earth, without a congressional declaration of war, for any purpose whatever, including regime change and the securing of resources.

And it’s all justified under the rubric “national security.”

Most people would concede that that’s not the kind of country that America is supposed to be. The nation was founded as a constitutional republic, one whose governmental powers were extremely limited. In fact, the whole idea of using the Constitution to bring the federal government into existence was to make clear that the government’s powers were limited to those enumerated in the Constitution itself. To make certain that everyone got the point, the American people secured the passage of the Bill of Rights, which further clarified the extreme restrictions on government power.

Four separate amendments in the Bill of Rights address the power of the federal government to take people, both Americans and foreigners, into custody and to inflict harm on them: the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Eighth Amendments. Due process of law, right to counsel, grand-jury indictments, trial by jury, search and seizure, cruel and unusual punishments, bail, speedy trial — they are all expressly addressed, reflecting how important they were to our American ancestors and to their concept of a free society.

In the age of national security, all of those protections have been rendered moot. They have all been trumped by the concept of national security.

Ironically, the term isn’t even found in the Constitution. One searches in vain for some grant of power anywhere in that document relating to “national security.” It isn’t there. Nonetheless, the government now wields omnipotent powers — powers that the greatest totalitarian dictatorships in history have wielded — under the rubric of “national security.”

With the exception of libertarians, hardly anyone questions or challenges it, including those who profess an ardent allegiance to the Constitution. Consider, for example, the Constitution’s Interstate Commerce Clause. For decades, both libertarians and conservatives have complained that the meaning of that clause has been so expanded as to transform it into a general grant of power enabling the federal government to regulate the most minute, localized aspects of economic activity.

Yet here’s a phrase — “national security” — that isn’t even found in the Constitution, which has been interpreted to grant omnipotent, totalitarian-like powers to the federal government, and conservatives have been rendered mute.

It would be one thing if there had been an amendment to the Constitution stating, “The federal government shall have the power to do whatever it deems necessary in the interests of national security.” At least then one could argue that such totalitarian measures were constitutional.

But that’s not the situation we have here. We have the government coming up with a concept known as “national security,” which it has then used to adopt powers that would otherwise violate the Constitution. It’s as if national security has been made the foundation of the nation. Everything else — the Constitution, society, the citizenry, freedom, prosperity — are then based on that foundation.

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Was journalist Michael Hastings murdered?

July 28, 2013

I think sometimes some journalists forget what their job is. If you're choosing not to investigate something because you're worried you might look silly, or be made fun of, you're doing it wrong.

I have no idea what happened to Michael Hastings, and it's certainly both possible and reasonable that his accident was solely due to his own error or a mechanical fault. In fact, that's probably the most likely explanation.

However, there are a number of confounding facts that cast doubt upon that explanation, and demand further investigation. The fact that most journalists are afraid to even raise these very legitimate questions, for fear of being branded some sort of "conspiracy-nut" is a sad and terrifying testament to the state of journalism.

Let's recap.

A journalist, with a history of taking down major figures and royally pissing off the powers that be, sends an email to his editors warning them that federal agents have been interviewing his associates and that he has to go off-radar to finish a big story.

What was the big story? For some reason the subject line of the email, which read "FBI investigation, re: NSA" has been persistently ignored. It certainly seems to suggest that his "big story" was related to the National Security Agency.

Shortly thereafter he dies in a fiery car crash. This crash is swiftly ruled an accident, however there are no skid marks to indicate braking, and video appears to show his car exploding into a fireball BEFORE it leaves the road.

Meanwhile former U.S. National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Counter-terrorism Richard Clarke goes public with the assertion that what we know about Hastings' crash is "consistent with a car cyber attack."

"There is reason to believe that intelligence agencies for major powers," including the U.S., can remotely seize control of a car.

"What has been revealed as a result of some research at universities is that it's relatively easy to hack your way into the control system of a car, and to do such things as cause acceleration when the driver doesn't want acceleration, to throw on the brakes when the driver doesn't want the brakes on, to launch an air bag," Clarke told The Huffington Post. "You can do some really highly destructive things now, through hacking a car, and it's not that hard."

"So if there were a cyber attack on the car -- and I'm not saying there was, I think whoever did it would probably get away with it."

In fact, Hastings' model of car is sold with the advertised feature that it can be remotely disabled.

Could Hastings have been over-tired, drunk, stressed or otherwise incapacitated? Sure.

But this video appears to confirm the testimony of witnesses who reported hearing the car explode BEFORE going off the road. Could that have been caused by a spectacular mechanical failure? Sure. But it would be a wildly rare fault, given that exploding into a fireball isn't something that happens to cars often, if at all. In fact, cars are designed not to explode, even in cases of catastrophic collision, and contrary to what Hollywood would have us believe, the incidence of cars exploding in accidents is negligible.

It also bears mentioning that most of Hastings' colleagues, friends and family have made clear, albeit some more explicitly than others, that they don't believe the official explanation for his death and suspect foul play.

I could go on, but you get the point. Hastings death might have been an accident, but it also might have been murder. There is ample enough evidence to assert that he died in suspicious circumstances.

Clarke, who worked for the State Department under Reagan and ran counterterrorism activities for Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, and was also a special advisor to Dubya on issues of cyberterrorism, isn't afraid to ask these questions.

"I'm not a conspiracy guy. In fact, I've spent most of my life knocking down conspiracy theories," said Clarke, again to the Huffington Post. "But my rule has always been you don't knock down a conspiracy theory until you can prove it [wrong]. And in the case of Michael Hastings, what evidence is available publicly is consistent with a car cyber attack. And the problem with that is you can't prove it. I think you'd probably need the very best of the U.S. government intelligence or law enforcement officials to discover it."

So if the circumstances of his death are suspicious, don't we owe it to Michael to ask those questions? Is anyone really suggesting that murdering a journalist is totally outside the realm of possibility? That no cover-up would ever go so far as to murder someone?

If you believe he couldn't have been murdered, that it isn't possible, then may I humbly suggest you need to revise your estimation of who precisely is living in fantasy land.

I never met Michael, but I wish I had. By all accounts he was a shooting star. But more than that, he was one of us. If a cop dies, his colleagues don't rest until his death is satisfactorily explained, and any guilty parties apprehended. If a journalist dies, evidently, most journalists keep their mouths shut and don't ask questions for fear of being branded a conspiracy-nut. Fan-fucking-tastic.

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 July 26, 2013
Los Angeles, CA – The FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office hosted the Junior Special Agent Mentor Program graduation ceremony July 26 for children at the Salvation Army Westwood Transitional Village in Los Angeles.

Approximately 30 children, ages 7 to 13 years old, went through the academy in two sessions, some graduating last week. Approximately 10 children from the transitional housing center in the Westwood area of Los Angeles will receive their junior special agent badges and credentials.

The mentor program curriculum focused on a variety of subjects, including the history of the FBI; anti-bullying; conflict resolution; civil rights; abstinence from drugs and gangs; and internet safety, among others.

Students met SWAT Team members, FBI canines and their handlers, as well as FBI special agents assigned to the Evidence Response Team, Bomb Technician Program, and the Hazardous Evidence Response Team, who taught the students the importance of using science and mathematics to solve crimes.

FBI volunteers helped students to understand, appreciate, and develop a positive perspective of the FBI and law enforcement in general. In addition to the guest speakers and presentations, the program consisted of a variety of field trips to foster relationships between the FBI mentors and the children.

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The Franklin Cover-up

"What you have to understand, John, is that sometimes there are forces and events too big, too powerful, with so much at stake for other people or institutions, that you cannot do anything about them, no matter how evil or wrong they are and no matter how dedicated or sincere you are or how much evidence you have. This is simply one of the hard facts of life you have to face."--- Former CIA director and Cercle member William Colby giving advice to his friend senator John DeCamp, urging him to quit his investigations into the Franklin child abuse affair and to write a book about his experiences (The Franklin Coverup, 2nd edition, foreword).

Court documents and a book publication by Paul Bonacci’s attorney, ex-senator John de Camp, state that Larry King organized groups of children to sexually blackmail and compromise politicians and businessmen while he served as Manager of the Franklin Credit Union in Omaha, Nebraska. King had political ties that reached the presidency of the United States and he sang at the 1988 Republican National Convention in New Orleans.
    Paul Bonacci, who suffers from Multiple Personality Disorder (now called Dissociative Identity Disorder), stated that as a youth, he had been transported across the U.S., and was forced to have sex with various people, forced to deliver drugs, and forced to participate in satanic snuff films, where Larry King was present. He identified the Bohemian Grove in Northern California, a well known gathering/meeting site for politicians, as the location of a satanic murder, and he had inside knowledge about many satanic ritual abuse cases around the country that he claimed to have been present at. These include a case in Jordan, Minnesota, in which Jim Rud was the only defendant charged, and in Bakersfield, California, another case in which several individuals were criminally charged for the sexual abuse of children within the context of ritual abuse.
    The Omaha police chief, Robert Wadman and publisher of the local newspaper Harold Anderson, were implicated in the sexual abuse allegations. The FBI refused to investigate the child abuse allegations because the local FBI representative, Nick O’Hara, claimed that Robert Wadman was his “friend.” A Grand Jury was convened which labeled the children’s allegations as a “hoax,” apparently due to the high-profile nature of the alleged perpetrators, the ritual abuse allegations, and after one witness, Troy Boner, recanted his statements about abuse. John de Camp states that his retraction was a key factor in the Grand Jury’s findings that all the children had lied. Troy Boner later claimed that the FBI threatened him into recanting.
    One sexual molest victim, Alicia Owen, was charged with perjury due to naming the police chief, Robert Wadman, as one of her abusers. She served prison time for this charge but was released in the year 2000. Paul Bonacci claimed that the sex ring that plunged him into Satanism and mind control was centered at Offutt U.S. Air force Base, near Omaha. The main investigator assigned to this case, Gary Cadiori, died in a suspicious plane crash shortly after he took statements from the children.
    Larry King was convicted in 1991 and sentenced to 15 years in prison for embezzlement, conspiracy, and making false financial record entries. The Credit Union was missing 40 million dollars and there were allegations that funds were used to finance the Contras, and other clandestine operations by the CIA.
    John de Camp linked Lt. Col. Michael Aquino, leader of the satanic group, the Temple of Set, to mind control operations and writes:
    “Child victims gave evidence in depth of the role of Lt. Col Michael Aquino in this depravity. Aquino…was long the leader of an Army psychological warfare section which drew on his expertise and personal practice in brainwashing, Satanism, Nazism, homosexual pedophilia and murder.”

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Teen Held Sex Slave and Called FBI Daily, Agent Says

July 26, 2013

A New York teenager who allegedly kidnapped a woman and held her as a sex slave for more than two weeks called the FBI almost daily during the woman's captivity to tell them he was involved in sex trafficking and had recently "recruited" a woman, according to court documents.

Despite his calls to the FBI, the woman escaped on her own when she faked an asthma attack and was taken to a hospital.

The suspect then called the FBI again to ask for help in locating her, telling an agent he had developed feelings for her.

The allegations and the bizarre string of phone calls are detailed in an affidavit filed in a federal court on July 9 by FBI Agent Barry Crouch, who said he received most of the phone calls from the suspect.

Brandon Todd, 19, was arrested on July 10 and charged with kidnapping across state lines, which has a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

The FBI, after repeated calls, declined to comment on the case beyond what was stated in the affidavit.

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MIT denies targeting Aaron Swartz, but admits 'neutral' stance gave FBI the upper hand

"MIT didn't do anything wrong; but we didn't do ourselves proud."

 July 30, 2013

MIT has finally released a report on its role in the prosecution of hacktivist Aaron Swartz — a legal battle that's been blamed for spurring his suicide in January of 2013. In an open letter, president R. Rafael Reif said that the report would show that MIT "did not seek federal prosecution, punishment or jail time" for Swartz after finding that he had used MIT's network to access and mass-download articles from academic repository JSTOR. The report, compiled by Professor Hal Abelson and others, finds that MIT didn't actively aggravate the case that would consume Swartz's life, saying there was no "silver bullet" that could have prevented the tragedy of his death. However, it also raises questions about the stance that the university should have taken, and the strength of the case against him.

"If the Review Panel is forced to highlight just one issue for reflection, we would choose to look to the MIT administration's maintenance of a 'neutral' hands-off attitude that regarded the prosecution as a legal dispute to which it was not a party," it reads. "This attitude was complemented by the MIT community's apparent lack of attention to the ruinous collision of hacker ethics, open-source ideals, questionable laws, and aggressive prosecutions that was playing out in its midst." Later, it quotes one source as saying "MIT didn't do anything wrong; but we didn't do ourselves proud."

"MIT may never have actually said whether Swartz's network access was 'unauthorized'"

That neutrality, says the report, meant that MIT limited its involvement in the case (hiring outside counsel and responding to subpoenas but not asking for criminal prosecution) and made no public statements regarding Swartz or his case. It says that before Swartz's suicide, this prompted little criticism. "Few students, faculty, or alumni expressed concerns to the administration," it reads. "In preserving MIT's stance of neutrality and limited involvement, MIT decision makers did not inquire into the details of the charges until a year after the indictment, and did not form an opinion about their merits." MIT did "inform the US Attorney's Office that the prosecution should not be under the impression that MIT wanted jail time for Aaron Swartz," though it did not actively oppose jail time for Swartz either.

MIT's worst actions are described as sins of omission that indict the Justice Department more than the university. "Among the factors not considered were that the defendant was an accomplished and well-known contributor to Internet technology; that the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act is a poorly drafted and questionable criminal law as applied to modern computing, one that affects the Internet community as a whole and is widely criticized; and that the United States government was pursuing an overtly aggressive prosecution," the reviewers write. MIT, they say, categorically did not set out to make an example of Swartz, but it's implied that the FBI may well have done so.

"MIT says it denied Swartz access to documents because it assumed the government would hand them over"

Longtime online law authority Larry Lessig points out what may be a particularly tragic and infuriating point: that the "unauthorized" network access that made Swartz so vulnerable to prosecution under the CFAA may not have been unauthorized at all. "MIT was never asked by either the prosecution or the defense whether Aaron Swartz's access to the MIT network was authorized or unauthorized - nor did MIT ask this of itself." Swartz had hooked up his laptop to an MIT ethernet cable in a network closet, and the investigation points to a cat-and-mouse game as employees tried to stop Swartz from downloading articles, but the report says that Swartz arguably had authorized "guest" access through the entire process.

Despite its ongoing claims to neutrality, the report cites instances where MIT's actions helped the prosecution more than the defense. It notes that some information was turned over to the government without a subpoena, contrary to early information given to Aaron Swartz's father Robert. It also admits that Swartz's defense attempted to contact MIT multiple times but got only slow replies. However, it calls the explanations for these delays largely mundane. It also touched on a major criticism leveled by Swartz's partner Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman: that the prosecution was given broader access to witnesses and evidence than the defense.
July 23, 2013
MIT admits Secret Role in Aaron Swartz Death
July 23, 2013. Washington. The details surrounding the death of the young genius inventor Aaron Swartz get more bizarre by the day. Days before the Obama administration was to release its secret files covering the persecution and prosecution of Swartz, the government and MIT sued to stop it. The university insists its employees will be in danger once the world finds out the role MIT played in the death of Aaron Swartz

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It’s only been six months since the tragic death of internet pioneer Aaron Swartz. The 26 year-old inventor of the RSS feed and a co-owner of the popular site Reddit killed himself in January of this year. His family, as well as millions of others across the country, accuse federal authorities of terrorizing the young man so much, they caused him to take his own life to end the constant persecution.

Aaron Swartz
What was once considered an open-and-shut case, considering Aaron Swartz was reportedly cooperating with federal prosecutors, has suddenly become a real-life who-done-it right out of a Sherlock Holmes story. It’s not so much the facts of the case that are so controversial, as much as the government’s, and now MIT’s, insistence that the facts remain sealed and secret from the American people.

Aaron Swartz wasn’t some common criminal. His crime consisted of hacking into a multi-university digital library and releasing thousands of works of literary genius. The books, journals and other publications created one of the largest and most advanced collections of human intelligence in existence. But it was only available to the world’s wealthy or those connected to the most prestigious universities. Aaron Swartz was a crusader for open and free access to knowledge and reading materials. He understood that knowledge is power.

Aaron Swartz didn’t do it for money, ego or any other selfish reason. The statement released by his family immediately after his death sheds some light on his possible motives, ‘Aaron’s insatiable curiosity, creativity, and brilliance; his reflexive empathy and capacity for selfless, boundless love; his refusal to accept injustice as inevitable—these gifts made the world, and our lives, far brighter. We’re grateful for our time with him, to those who loved him and stood with him, and to all of those who continue his work for a better world.’

On January 11, 2013, Aaron Swartz took his own life to put an end to the non-stop threats, terror and intimidation at the hands of government agents and prosecutors.

Kevin Poulsen and Wired.com

When Aaron Swartz passed away, government agents and university officials thought the story was over. But his family, friends and former co-workers wanted to know the truth. Among them was Kevin Poulsen, Editor of Wired.com. He filed a Freedom of Information Act request asking for the release of all the documents relating to the government’s investigation and prosecution of Aaron Swartz.

With an alphabet soup of government agencies persecuting Swartz, Kevin Poulsen cast a vast net and sued the Department of Homeland Security. As it turned out, it was the Secret Service that had initiated the criminal investigation of Aaron Swartz in 2011 after he illegally downloaded the contents of MIT’s JSTOR university library. A sub-agency of DHS, the Secret Service none the less refused the FOIA request and insisted the government’s investigation needed to remain secret.

Two weeks ago, a federal judge ruled against the Executive Branch and ordered the Obama administration to release the documents in the Aaron Swartz case. As detailed by Poulsen and Wired.com, US District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ruled, “Defendant shall promptly release to Plaintiff all responsive documents that it has gathered thus far and shall continue to produce additional responsive documents that it locates on a rolling basis.”

Secret Service requests delay

Days before Judge Kollar-Kotelly’s order, the Secret Service petitioned the court for a stay in its ruling. The agency alleges that it just discovered another large collection of files relating to the Swartz case at a facility outside Washington DC. Agency attorneys insist the Secret Service needs a large extension of time in order to collect and review the just-discovered documents.

In its petition to the court three weeks ago, the Secret Service wrote, ‘Defendant has exercised diligence in processing these records. As part of that effort, it undertook an additional search for responsive records in certain agency files, including files located outside agency headquarters in the Washington, D.C. area. Based on this additional search, it learned yesterday, July 2, of files located outside the agency’s headquarters that contain several thousand additional pages that may be responsive to Plaintiff’s FOIA request...The agency’s review of those files will require a substantial amount of additional time.’

The court granted the federal agency a brief delay to allow it to investigate its latest discovery. The Secret Service now has an August 5 deadline, not to release the Aaron Swartz files, but to release a timetable showing when they think they might finally be able to release them. Kevin Poulsen and others who’ve submitted FOIA requests for the same information aren’t optimistic. Government officials blew right through a May 23 deadline and the plaintiffs wouldn’t be surprised if the Obama administration simply ignored the newest deadline as well.

MIT – working for Homeland Security?

Perhaps the most curious and surprising revelation over the past few days has been MIT University’s legal filing asking to be a party to Poulsen’s lawsuit against the Dept. of Homeland Security. But rather than join the Wired.com Editor as a Plaintiff in the FOIA case against DHS, MIT voluntarily joined Homeland Security as a Defendant in the lawsuit.

After the initial surprise wore off, critics of the government’s actions began submitting their own theories. The only facts confirmed by MIT officials involved the admission by the University that it feared for the lives and safety of some of its employees and staff if the government’s files on the Swartz investigation were made public. But what could MIT staff have done in the persecution and prosecution of Aaron Swartz that was so bad that those same individuals are in fear for their lives?

According to the latest account from Wired.com, ‘MIT claims it’s afraid the release of Swartz’s file will identify the names of MIT people who helped the Secret Service and federal prosecutors pursue felony charges against Swartz for his bulk downloading of academic articles from MIT’s network in 2011. MIT argues that those people might face threats and harassment if their names become public. But it’s worth noting that names of third parties are already redacted from documents produced under FOIA.’

Showing how America’s legal system truly works, a non-party like MIT gained access to a federal judge and arranged a secret conference call with attorneys for Kevin Poulsen, attorneys for DHS and the judge herself. MIT requested an emergency stay in the court’s order to release the Aaron Swartz documents. MIT notified the judge that they intended to file a legal motion later that day, but wanted to take advantage of their privileged access and sit down and talk to the judge in an admittedly “off the record” setting.

Judge delays Aaron Swartz documents yet again

In response to what the federal judge described in her ruling as, ‘an off-the-record conference call’, she was ordering yet another stay in the court’s order for the Secret Service and the Dept. of Homeland Security to release all the documents it has regarding the Aaron Swartz tragedy. The judge wrote (from Wired.com):

‘Based upon an off-the-record conference call with the parties’ counsel and counsel for non-party Massachusetts Institute of Technology (“MIT”), the Court understands that MIT intends to file a motion to intervene later today, which will include a request for relief relating to the Government’s production of certain documents to Plaintiff. In view of the impending motion, the Court hereby STAYS the obligation of the Government to promptly release to Plaintiff all responsive documents that it has located on a rolling basis, see Min. Order (July 5, 2013), until further order of the Court. Once the Court has had the opportunity to review MIT’s motion to intervene, and has considered the positions of the Plaintiff and the Government as to the motion, it shall order a schedule for further proceedings.’

Again, showing how the US justice system works, MIT and the Secret Service were granted another delay based on a secret conference call between their attorneys and the federal judge. The judge then granted the stay well before MIT even filed its motion. As a follow-up to the incident, Wired.com published all seven of the legal motions MIT eventually submitted to the court.

The main filing from MIT states ‘The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (“MIT”) moves to intervene and participate fully in this action as defendant pursuant to Rule (24)a of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, for the reasons stated in the accompanying memorandum of points and authorities. MIT has an interest relating to the records that are subject of the action and is so situated that disposition of the action may as a practical matter impair or impede MIT’s ability to protect that interest, in light of the fact that MIT’s interest is not adequately protected by the existing parties.’

MIT requested that the judge force the Obama administration to allow MIT officials five days to review all documents prior to their release and give the University the authority to black-out and redact any names or details that expose the levels of involvement of MIT employees working on behalf of government agents.

Kevin Poulsen, Wired.com, the Plaintiff’s attorney, and a host of others are in shock at MIT’s requests and level of urgency. They wonder just what it is that University officials are so desperate to hide. Poulsen closes his latest report explaining, “I have never, in fifteen years of reporting, seen a non-governmental party argue for the right to interfere in a Freedom of Information Act release of government documents. My lawyer has been litigating FOIA for decades, and he’s never encountered it either. It’s saddening to see an academic institution set this precedent.”

For more information and to view the MIT emergency court filings, visit Wired.com.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
No Sanctions for FBI's Evasive Court Tactics
      The FBI should not have been sanctioned for withholding documents about its investigations and surveillance operations of Islamic groups, the 9th Circuit ruled Wednesday.
     A coalition of Muslim-American community organizations and leaders, including the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California and the Council on American Islamic Relations-California, filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request in 2006 to get a look at documents related to the FBI's investigations of their members since 2001.
     The FBI initially released just eight, heavily redacted pages, inspiring the groups to file suit in Los Angeles.
     Though the bureau later handed over another 100 pages or so, these too were heavily redacted.
     U.S. District Judge Cormac Carney reviewed the full documents in camera, after which the FBI admitted that it had withheld some of the documents requested by groups.
     Judge Carney was not happy. He tried to unseal the withheld documents but was stopped by the 9th Circuit after an emergency appeal and two panel rulings. When the Muslim groups sought sanctions against the agency for lying, Carney was inclined to agree.
     "The court must impose monetary sanctions to deter the government from deceiving the court again," he wrote in a 2011 ruling .
     But the federal appeals court again frustrated Judge Carney's attempt to punish the FBI, reversing the award on procedural grounds Wednesday in a brief, unsigned ruling.
     The three-judge panel found that the sanctions motion ran counter to a "safe harbor" provision that allows the target of a motion to "correct or withdraw its problematic pleading" within a certain number of days. The FBI did so, the panel found.
     "Shura Council moved for sanctions long after the District Court had ruled on the adequacy of the government's eventual compliance with FOIA, and ... after it had ruled the FBI's original response had been inadequate and misleading," the ruling states. "We recognize that because of the in camera nature of the proceedings, Shura Council could not have moved for sanctions before the inadequacy of the FBI's original response was made known to the court.

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Dotcom demands to see FBI evidence
 Wednesday Jul 31, 2013

Kim Dotcom has told the Supreme Court the United States' case against him is a fabrication and he needs access to evidence to prove it.

The argument was made through his lawyer, Paul Davison, QC, yesterday as the case against Megaupload returned to the Supreme Court in its latest round of appeals.

The court bid was to get access to evidence held by the FBI and intended to be used to convict Dotcom at trial in the United States.

The bid was rejected by Solicitor-General Mike Heron, who was acting for the US. During the hearing, he described delays in the extradition as a "sad indictment on the process".

Dotcom and three others were arrested in January last year in a raid carried out at the behest of the US, and await extradition on charges of criminal copyright violation. The extradition was meant to take place within months but remains distant with the latest date set for April next year.

The delays have in part been caused by legal challenges after a string of blunders by the Crown, including an unlawful search by police and illegal spying by the GCSB.

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10 Most Shocking Things the FBI Has Done Since 9/11

We can be both safe and free. But the FBI has undermined our civil liberties in deeply disturbing ways since 9/11.
A crest of the Federal Bureau of Investigation is seen inside the J. Edgar Hoover FBI Building in Washington, DC, on August 3, 2007.
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As Congress considers the nomination of James B. Comey to lead the FBI for the next ten years, lawmakers should examine measures to rein in a bureau that has undermined civil liberties in the name of fighting terrorism. This is a false trade off: we can be both safe and free.
1. USA Patriot Act Abuse
The recent  revelation about the FBI using the Patriot Act's "business records provision" to track all U.S. telephone calls is only the latest in a long line of abuse. Five Justice Department Inspector General audits documented widespread FBI misuse of Patriot Act authorities ( 1,2,3,