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Angela Clemente sent me an email today. She will be appearing in the new documentary

WHITEY: United States of America v. James J. Bulger / U.S.A. (Director: Joe Berlinger) — Infamous gangster James "Whitey" Bulger’s relationship with the FBI and Department of Justice allowed him to reign over a criminal empire in Boston for decades. Joe Berlinger’s documentary chronicles Bulger’s recent sensational trial, using it as a springboard to explore allegations of corruption within the highest levels of law enforcement.

see   http://www.sundance.org/festival/release/2014-festival-premiere-and-doc-premiere-films-announced/

Angela also alerted me to a dramatic move she is taking exposing the victims of the FBI's collaboration with the Mafia. She said there is an embargo on the press release scheduled for the 1st part of January 14, 2014

Angela is also in desperate need of a kidney donor as her health is declining dramatically.

Columbia Shuttle Astronaut re-incarnates

I just finished reading Dr Ian Stevenson's book WHERE BIOLOGY AND REINCARNATION INTERSECT


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New rulings reveal 4th Danziger commenter is FBI agent

FBI agent’s identity in Danziger case secret

December 14, 2013
“His motion and others like it filed recently in this court raise the eternally significant question: Does the end justify the means?” JOSEPH WILKINSON, U.S. Magistrate Judge
Two recently filed orders in federal court shed new light on the identity of a fourth U.S. Department of Justice employee who commented anonymously online about the Danziger Bridge case, leading U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt in September to order new trials for five defendants convicted in that case in 2011.
The other three commenters, all prosecutors or former prosecutors, have already been unmasked: former senior litigation counsel Sal Perricone, former First Assistant U.S. Attorney Jan Mann and Karla Dobinski of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.
But in his strongly worded, 129-page ruling, Engelhardt kept a lid on the fourth commenter’s identity, referring to the person only as “DOJ agency employee A.”
In an order this past week, Engelhardt went further, saying the employee was in fact a special agent at the FBI’s New Orleans office who “had served in a supervisory capacity over the ‘Danziger’ investigation, at times directly supervising the matter, including reviewing and approving related documents, sometimes attending interviews of relevant persons, and assisting in the conduct of searches for evidence.”
The agent posted more than 100 comments under stories at nola.com, the order says, and at least four dealt with the Danziger case.
Engelhardt only hinted at why he is still not identifying the agent — and why he initially did not even disclose where the agent worked.
The agent’s posts “are critical of the prosecution,” the judge wrote. Theoretically, that might undercut the Danziger defendants’ argument that the postings by various federal officials amounted to a coordinated campaign to poison public opinion and the jury pool against them.
Critical or not, Engelhardt added that the posts “nonetheless contribute to the court’s overall assessment and characterization of the government’s conduct as an ‘online carnival atmosphere.’ ”
The FBI agent’s identity could not be determined Friday by the New Orleans Advocate. Mary Beth Romig Haskins, a spokeswoman for the local FBI office, declined to identify the agent or to say whether he or she still works there or whether he or she has been disciplined. She said only that the FBI is “fully cooperating” in the Justice Department’s investigation.
Engelhardt’s partial unmasking of the FBI agent came in a lengthy order in which he ordered prosecutors to turn over certain materials to defense lawyers before those lawyers file their opposition to the government’s appeal of Engelhardt’s earlier order tossing out the Danziger verdict.
In a recent ruling in another case — unrelated, save for the claim of prosecutorial misconduct — U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph Wilkinson apparently revealed the FBI agent’s online handle: “thewizard.”
Posts by that commenter could not be located in a search of nola.com Friday.
Wilkinson mentioned the alias in an 11-page order rejecting a request by defendant Stacey Jackson for access to the so-called “Horn report” — the report by Atlanta prosecutor John Horn on his investigation into possible misconduct by Justice Department employees in the Danziger case that revealed some of the online commenting.
Jackson, the former head of New Orleans Affordable Homeownership, a city-funded nonprofit program, is facing charges that she took bribes from contractors she hired to work for the program. She and her lawyers have tried to make hay from several posts about the NOAH scandal penned by Perricone, using the moniker “campstblue,” including one written in a clumsy attempt at black dialect.
While Wilkinson did not explicitly say that “thewizard” was the FBI agent in question, he noted that Horn’s investigation in 2012 came up with a list of 11 “suspect commenters.” That list that was published by The Times-Picayune after Horn requested information about them.
Wilkinson noted that only one of the 11, “thewizard,” was identified as a “government agent.” Engelhardt has previously said that the FBI agent was the only federal official known to be involved in the commenting hijinks, apart from the three prosecutors.

Feds raid CIA-connected air charter in Fort Lauderdale
Posted on December 12, 2013 by Daniel Hopsicker   
An affidavit filed by a DEA Agent in Colorado sheds new light on the mystery surrounding two American-registered drug planes from St. Petersburg  busted with a total of ten tons of cocaine.

    The Gulfstream II jet which crashed in Mexico belonged to something called Operation Mayan Jaguar, an unexplained Immigration and Customs Enforcement operation in Tampa Florida which one DEA official characterized as a "rogue operation."
    The deal was brokered by the infamous and notorious World Jet Inc, the Fort Lauderdale company invaded by a Federal multi-agency operation two weeks ago.
    The startling revelations in the DEA affidavit will be detailed in a series of stories in this space.

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The Spies Who Never Came in From the Cold

In 1972, the FBI sent an agent from its Newark office to Morris County to investigate why a person named Paton was communicating with the Socialist Workers Party at its New York headquarters.

The information had come from a "mail cover" on the SWP's headquarters. Under the existing U.S. Postal Service regulations, a mail cover was authorized whenever a law enforcement agency certified such action was necessary to protect the national security. No judicial approval was required. The mail cover allowed the FBI to photograph the outside of any envelope directed to the addressee, including postmarks and return addresses.

In that instance, the subject of the investigation was a 15-year-old high school student who had been doing her homework. The FBI agent tracked her down at West Morris-Mendham High School. The school principal and the political science teacher explained that the student was enrolled in a course called "Left to Right," which explored the programs and workings of fringe political movements.

The agent thanked school officials for the information and left.

But the principal also notified the student's parents of the incident, and the parents contacted the American Civil Liberties Union office in Newark, which referred the matter to the Constitutional Litigation Clinic at Rutgers Law School in Newark.

When the FBI initially denied that it was investigating the student and declined to respond to a request for any copies of any documents generated as a result, a lawsuit that was to go on for seven years ensued.

The smoking gun that was to conclude the litigation occurred when plaintiffs were finally allowed to take the deposition of L. Patrick Gray, the acting director of the FBI who had requested the mail cover. Gray testified that the application he signed said the mail cover was necessary because the Socialist Workers Party was organizing protests against the war in Vietnam.

Federal District Judge Lawrence Whipple had heard enough. He recalled the mischief that had been done in the name of "national security" during the era of Sen. Joseph McCarthy, and stated that "national security" is too ambiguous and broad a term where rights of free speech were involved. He ruled as follows:

    National security as a basis for the mail cover is unconstitutionally vague and overbroad. Without any qualification or explanation of what is meant by national security, an investigation can be initiated on the assertions of an overzealous public official with the unorthodox, yet constitutionally protected political views of a group or person. It allows officials to pursue their personal predilections.

He left untouched other types of mail covers such as investigation of mail fraud or the search for fugitives.

Whipple issued an injunction forbidding future national security mail covers pending a revision of the mail cover regulation to cure the constitutional defects.

The defendants did not appeal Whipple's order, apparently deciding to comply by rewriting the regulation.


On July 3 of this year, the New York Times ran a story under the headline "U.S. Postal Service Logging All Mail for Law Enforcement."

The article recounted the recent experience of one Leslie James Pickering, the owner of a bookstore in Buffalo.

The article explained: Mr. Pickering "noticed something odd in his mail: a handwritten card, apparently delivered by mistake, with instructions to postal workers to pay special attention to letters and packages sent to his home." It continued: "Show all mail to supv. For copying prior to going out on the street."

Pickering told the reporter that more than a decade before he had been the spokesman for the Earth Liberation Front, "a radical environmental group labeled eco-terrorists by the Federal Bureau of Investigation." The article reported that postal officials had confirmed they were indeed tracking Pickering's mail, but told him nothing else.

The Times article then explained that "at the request of law enforcement officials, postal workers record information from the outside of letters and parcels before they are delivered."

The Times' revelation led me to investigate the government's compliance with Judge Whipple's order to revise the mail cover regulation in accordance with his opinion. Its latest iteration authorizes mail cover to obtain information in order to: 1) Protect national security; 2) Locate a fugitive; 3) Obtain evidence of commission or attempted commission of a crime; 4) Obtain evidence of violation or attempted violation of a postal statute; or 5) Assist in the identification of property, proceeds of assets forfeitable under the law."

The operative language then authorizes the chief postal inspector of his designee to order mail covers to "protect the national security ... when a written request is received from any law enforcement agency in which the requesting authority specifies the reasonable grounds to demonstrate the mail cover is necessary to protect the national security."

It seems reasonably apparent that any mail cover on Pickering's mail was pursuant to the "national security" provision. How many other such covers are carried out every year by the Postal Service and FBI is anyone's guess.


Dansby bullet evidence challenged
The scientific basis of testimony by a Federal Bureau of Investigation bullet science expert in the 1997 murder trial of a Nevada County man has been disavowed by the FBI after the science was discredited and the analyst found guilty of lying about results in a Kentucky case.
 Dec. 16, 2013
    The scientific basis of testimony by a Federal Bureau of Investigation bullet science expert in the 1997 murder trial of a Nevada County man has been disavowed by the FBI after the science was discredited and the analyst found guilty of lying about results in a Kentucky case.

    Those facts have been introduced in an appellate brief in behalf of Joe Louis Dansby, 61, of Redland in Nevada County, who has been on Arkansas' Death Row for 16 years after his conviction in Miller County Circuit Court in 1997 for the 1992 shooting deaths of Jeff Lewis and Malissa Clark, both of Nevada County.

Do you think this non-sentence FBI  Supervisor Ken Kaiser received is fair?
Is there a mandatory minimum sentence for the crime Kaiser committed?
Do you think the fix was in?
How can you tell when the fix is in?
What can you do if you believe the fix was in?
What other cases are similar to this case?
For example FBI  agent Lovett Ledger in Waco Texas
For example John Lesko of Virginia.

Ken Kaiser recently retired as head of the Boston FBI  office. The FBI  office in Boston has been characterized as a cesspool
of FBI  corruption. There is a reasonable chance very special FBI  supervisor Kaiser retired at a Grade 15 Step 10 which indicates he would have been making a salary of:

Annual Rates by Grade and Step

$142737.00      see   http://archive.opm.gov/oca/06tables/html/BOS_leo.asp

When he retired he would receive 59% of his annual salary unless he was under the FERS plan initiated by Ronald Reagan.

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Boston FBI chief Kenneth Kaiser pleads guilty in ethics case
 October 03, 2013
The former head of the Boston FBI office has pleaded guilty to an ethics charge in a plea agreement that spares him from prison time but seeks a $15,000 fine.

Part of becoming a smart criminal justice consumer is recognizing what individuals and companies are part of the FBI  Sensitive Informant program . These are people who do not officially work for the FBI but do work for FBI  agents as paid and unpaid informants
providing a wide variety of services.  see   http://bobmccarty.com/2013/12/05/everything-redacted-in-4-page-document-about-the-fbis-sensitive-informant-program/

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 Boston Bomber Believed He Was a Victim of Mind Control


Tamerlan Tsarnaev feared he had been brainwashed to act on trigger phrase

Paul Joseph Watson
December 16, 2013

Suspected Boston marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev believed that he was a victim of mind control, according to the results of a five month investigation published yesterday by the Boston Globe.

Tsarnaev, who was killed in a shootout with police four days after allegedly carrying out the bombings with his brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was thought to have “some form of schizophrenia,” according to family friends, while his mother said Tsarnaev “felt like there were two people living inside of him.”

    “He believed in majestic mind control, which is a way of breaking down a person and creating an alternative personality with which they must coexist,” Donald Larking, a 67-year-old who attended a Boston mosque with Tamerlan, told the Globe. “You can give a signal, a phrase or a gesture, and bring out the alternate personality and make them do things. Tamerlan thought someone might have done that to him.”

The link between allegations of mind control and violent acts such as political assassinations or terror attacks has been a running theme in numerous different high profile cases.

Aurora theater gunman James Holmes said he was “programmed” to carry out the massacre by an “evil” therapist, according to an alleged inmate of the ‘Batman’ shooter. Steven Unruh claims that Holmes told him he “felt like he was in a video game” during the shooting and that he had been brainwashed with the aid of neuro-linguistic programming.

The parallels between James Holmes and another alleged victim of mind control – RFK assassin Sirhan Sirhan - are astounding.

As the London Independent reported in 2005, evidence strongly indicates that Sirhan was a Manchurian candidate, a victim of mind control who was set up to be the fall guy for the murder. Sirhan was described by eyewitnesses as being in a trance-like state as he pulled the trigger.

“There was no way Sirhan Sirhan killed Kennedy,” said (Sirhan’s lawyer Larry) Teeter….He was the fall guy. His job was to get busted while the trigger man walked out. He wasn’t consciously involved in any plot. He was a patsy. He was unconscious and unaware of what was happening – he was the true Manchurian Candidate.”

The CIA’s use of mind control to create killers is a matter of historical record. MK-ULTRA was the code name for a covert, illegal CIA human research program, run by the Office of Scientific Intelligence that came to light in 1975 through investigations by the Church Committee, and the Rockefeller Commission. 14-year CIA veteran Victor Marchetti insists that the program is ongoing and has not been abandoned.

According to his lawyers, Sirhan Sirhan “was an involuntary participant in the crimes being committed because he was subjected to sophisticated hypno programming and memory implantation techniques which rendered him unable to consciously control his thoughts and actions at the time the crimes were being committed,” and served only as a diversion for the real assassin.

Jared Lee Loughner, the gunman who shot Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and killed six other people, was also obsessed with mind control.

Were the Tsarnaev brothers set up or brainwashed into carrying out the Boston marathon bombing? It’s a claim that would be virtually impossible to prove, but it would explain a number of extraordinary contradictions pertaining to the case, including why the brothers apparently shouted “we didn’t do it” during their shootout with police.

The aunt of Tamerlan Tsarnaev claims that the footage which emerged of police arresting a naked uninjured man was her nephew, contradicting the official narrative that Tsarnaev was critically injured in a shootout and suggesting he may have been killed while in custody.

According to Tamerlan’s mother Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, the FBI “were controlling his every step.” It was subsequently confirmed that both the FBI and the CIA added the brothers to at least two terrorist watch lists in late 2011.

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Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013

Detective blames FBI agent for hampering a murder investigation

Channel 2 Action News has obtained compelling video in which a Sandy Springs detective blames an FBI agent for hampering a murder investigation.

Consumer investigator Jim Strickland got the video from the defense lawyers working the case.

"You just had an FBI agent on duty lie to me and delay this investigation," says Detective J.T. Williams in the video.

Williams made the comment as he interrogated Mani Chulpayev, an FBI informant charged with helping a hit squad locate Atlanta hip-hop artist Lil Phat. Phat died in a what prosecutors call "an assassination" over stolen drugs.

Williams complained on video that Chulpayev's FBI handler, Special Agent Dante Jackson, refused the let local police question Chulpayev early in the investigation.

"What he does is, he tells a material witness in my case not to talk to us," Williams said.

"That wasn't true. I always wanted to talk," Chulpayev told the detective.

Williams said on video the FBI's Jackson finally admitted that his relationship with Chulpayev was not officially sanctioned, and against FBI rules.

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Why Didn’t Former FBI Director Mueller Conduct Internal Investigation In IRP6 Case, Questions Advocacy Group, A Just Cause
 December 26, 2013

A Just Cause continues to investigate what it says is the wrongful prosecution and conviction of six executives of a Colorado-based company, IRP Solutions Corporation. The advocacy organization believes that the currently imprisoned executives (IRP6) were selectively prosecuted and their debts criminalized. A Just Cause further questions why requests for an internal FBI inquiry/investigation were not acted upon.

IRP Solutions Corporation developed the Case Investigative Life Cycle (CILC) criminal investigations software for federal, state, and local law enforcement.

The IRP executives (Gary Walker, David Banks, Kendrick Barnes, Demetrius Harper, Clinton Stewart and David Zirpolo) are currently serving prison time at a Federal Prison Camp in Florence, Colorado. (Ct. No. 1:09-CR-00266-CMA). The executives have maintained their innocence; never denying the debt they had accumulated and vowing to pay it back.

A Just Cause recently posted letters that were previously written by IRP Solutions CEO, Gary Walker to former FBI Director Robert Mueller requesting an investigation into the way their case was handled (http://www.freetheirp6.org). Walker’s 2009 letter to Mueller acknowledges debt, but rejects allegations of wrongdoing. “The company did experience challenges paying staffing debts, however, current and retired agents we’ve talked to don’t understand and are confused on how a civil matter like this received any credence whatsoever from the FBI”, wrote Walker.

Court records show that retired federal agents worked as subject matter experts at IRP Solutions Corporation (Ct. No. 1:09-CR-00266-CMA). Walker’s 2009 letter to former FBI Director Mueller argued innocence based on reasonable consideration. “During software development, and based on a recommendation from DHS (Department of Homeland Security), we solicited the FBI offices in Denver who recommended a few retired federal agents who were working with us as subject matter experts to help us understand the intricate criminal investigative processes associated with the FBI so we could make our software even better for your agency”, wrote Walker. “Mr. Mueller, is it reasonable or believable that a company engaging in criminal activity would invite law enforcement into their facilities and work so closely with them?” questions Walker in his 2009 letter to former FBI Director Mueller.

A Just Cause questions why this case moved forward when court documents show that on three occasions the FBI acknowledged the debt aspect of the case. Court discovery documents show that prior to the trial, the Denver office of the FBI stated that the IRP case was a civil matter. Court documents further show that on November 19, 2010 and October 13, 2011, FBI Agent John Smith testified that if the product (IRP CILC software) was sold, and the debts were paid, there would be no case. (Exhibit D407; Docs. 359, pp. 92: 2-4; Doc 617, pp. 1938-1940: 1-2; Vol. II, pp. 471: 2-4; Vol. II, pp. 2898-2900: 1-2).

Court testimony confirms that IRP Solutions’ business activities were hampered by the investigation and subsequent trial (Ct. No. 1:09-CR-00266-CMA). “…our marketing efforts have been hampered by local FBI office statements to potential clients that a grand jury related to this investigation is currently impanelled””, wrote Walker in his 2009 letter.

A Just Cause questions why former FBI Director Mueller didn’t open an investigation. Discovery records show that Walker’s 2006 request for an investigation was forwarded back to the office that Walker asked to be investigated. “My previous letter to you regarding this matter was forwarded to the local FBI office”, wrote Walker in 2009.

There is no follow on record that former FBI Director Mueller acted on Walker’s request.

The case of the IRP6 (Kendrick Barnes, Gary L. Walker, Demetrius K. Harper, Clinton A. Stewart, David A. Zirpolo and David A. Banks) is currently under appeal in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals (US District Court for the District of Colorado, Honorable Christine M. Arguello originally tried the case, D. Ct. No. 1:09-CR-00266-CMA; Case Nos: NO. 11-1487, Case Nos. 11-1488, 11-1489, 11-1490, 11-1491 and 11-1492). Appellate Court panel includes the Honorable Senior Judge Bobby R. Baldock, Honorable Judge Harris L. Hartz, and Honorable Judge Jerome A. Holmes.

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Federal judge rules that TSA, FBI can detain and arrest you for carrying Arabic flashcards
By Scott Kaufman
Wednesday, December 25, 2013

A former college student detained at Philadelphia International Airport after Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials discovered he was carrying Arabic language flashcards lost his bid to sue the federal agents who detained him.

Nicholas George alleged that the TSA agents violated his First and Fourth Amendment rights when they arrested him as he tried to board a flight from his Philadelphia home to Pomona College in 2009.

According to Chief Judge Theodore McKee’s ruling, despite the fact that George clearly had the right to carry the flashcards, the TSA agents were “at the outer boundary” of justifiability in detaining him. In addition to everyday words and phrases like “day before yesterday,” “fat,” “cheap,” and “pink,” the deck of flashcards also contained and phrases like “bomb,” “terrorist,” “explosion,” and “to target.”

Judge McKee believes that those words and phrases warranted further investigation, even though George told the officers that he was using the flashcards in order to learn Arabic for a study abroad program in which he would be traveling to Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan.

“I want to serve my country using my Arabic language,” George told CNN. “And it just seems crazy to me that for that I was arrested and treated like a criminal.”

George claimed that after the first two officers discovered the cards, they swabbed his person and cell-phone for explosive residue, then called a supervisor. George alleged that when the supervisor arrived, she subjected him to an aggressive interrogation.

    TSA AGENT: Do you know who did 9/11?

    GEORGE: Osama bin Laden.

    TSA AGENT: Do you know what language he spoke?

    GEORGE: Arabic.

    TSA AGENT: Do you see why these cards are suspicious?

While this TSA agent was questioning George, a Philadelphia police officer entered the room, handcuffed him and led him through the terminal to the Airport Police Station, where he was detained for an addition four hours. George claimed that no officers questioned him during that time, nor did any inform him as to why he had been arrested.

Eventually, two agents from the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force arrived and questioned him, asking whether he was a member of a “Pro-Islamic” or “communist” group, or whether he had ever met “anyone in his travels who was overtly against the U.S. government.” After questioning him for 30 minutes, the FBI agents determined George was not a threat and released him.

Neither the TSA nor the FBI disputed George’s account of the facts, and Judge McKee ruled that “George’s factual allegations do not establish that [the TSA and FBI agents] violated a Fourth Amendment right.”

“Once TSA Officials were satisfied that George was not armed or carrying explosives, much of the concern that justified his detention dissipated. However, it did not totally vanish or suggest that further inquiry was not warranted,” he wrote.

“Thus, the actions of the TSA Officials corresponded to the level of concern raised by the flashcards.”

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Spy wars: Americans need to know more than Snowden has revealed

We've been here before, in the 1960s and '70s, when spy agencies flagrantly violated civil rights in the name of national security.

December 26, 2013
Thanks to Edward Snowden, we know a lot about what the National Security Agency has secretly been up to. As a result, Congress, a U.S. district court judge and the White House are considering ways to rein in the agency and protect our privacy. But we have yet to hear answers to key questions about how our intelligence agencies use the NSA's cache of data: Which Americans have been targeted, and why?
We know the NSA has compiled call records on virtually every American who has used a phone; vacuumed up Internet data such as chats, photographs, emails, videos and documents of targeted foreigners; and created a database from the "incidental collection" of Americans' Internet data that it says it may search without a court order. In the process, the NSA repeatedly exceeded its restrictions. And, significantly, its work has been driven by requests from "customer" agencies such as the FBI and CIA.
The Obama administration says the NSA's secret activities are legal and crucial to protecting the nation against terrorism. But similar national security claims led to granting our intelligence agencies great secrecy and power during the Cold War that in turn led to gross violations of our constitutional rights.
Only in the wake of the Watergate scandal and media reports based on leaks of classified information did Congress hold the first and, to date, the most thorough public hearings on intelligence activities with respect to the rights of Americans.
In the mid-1970s, the Church Committee, named for its chairman, Sen. Frank Church (D-Idaho), made shocking and still-relevant findings. It found that J. Edgar Hoover's FBI spied on hundreds of thousands of Americans who dissented against government policy, on the pretext that they were part of a Kremlin-controlled plot.
The bureau went beyond surveillance to mount, in the committee's words, a "sophisticated vigilante operation" called COINTELPRO to "disrupt" and "neutralize" dissent, turning counterintelligence techniques developed for use against foreign enemies on students protesting the Vietnam War, civil rights groups and nonviolent leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr.
FBI officials went so far as to foment violence between the Black Panthers and a rival black power group, United Slaves, in Southern California, the committee found, and then proudly claimed credit for shootings and beatings.
At the University of California, FBI files subsequently uncovered through the Freedom of Information Act show the bureau harassed Mario Savio, a leader of the 1964 Free Speech Movement; waged a concerted campaign to oust UC President Clark Kerr because FBI officials disagreed with his policies; and gave personal and political help to Ronald Reagan, who had been an FBI informer in Hollywood and as governor vowed to crack down on Berkeley protests.
The Church Committee also investigated NSA surveillance and its relationship to its "customer" agencies and their activities.
From 1967 until 1973, the committee said, the NSA targeted the international communications of some 1,200 Americans on a "watch list" of names, submitted mainly by the FBI and other agencies, who ranged from members of radical political groups to celebrities to "ordinary citizens involved in protests against their government." Among those listed were King, Muhammad Ali and even Church.


Eartha Kitt: Sex Symbol

Published: 12/25/2013
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Eartha Kitt (AP Photo / Evan Agostini)
When Eartha Kitt died five years ago at 81, her New York Times obituary called her "a seducer of audiences." One of the first widely known African-American sex symbols, Kitt purred –– literally –– whether on screen as Catwoman in the Batman television series or onstage singing "Santa Baby." Orson Welles once called her "the most exciting woman alive."

Kitt, who was nominated for Tony, Grammy and Emmy awards and won three daytime Emmys, was 81 when she died from colon cancer on Christmas Day 2008. As NPR noted, she died on a holiday that "she has forever given a sultry swing."

Kitt was a model for singers who followed her, such as Diana Ross. Kitt's "pitch was remarkably clean, and she would bend it, very often sharp, with slow deliberation," the Guardian newspaper said. "She said she understood everything her voice could and couldn't do. She played off a gritty chest register against a cooing falsetto, and as she savoured its sound, she would experiment with verbal distortions."

She was, the Guardian concluded, a "show business force of nature."

She wasn't just a sex kitten, although feline adjectives were often used to describe her. As the New York Times noted, "From practically the beginning of her career, as critics gushed over Ms. Kitt, they also began to describe her in every feline term imaginable: Her voice 'purred' or 'was like catnip'; she was a 'sex kitten' who 'slinked' or was 'on the prowl' across the stage, sometimes 'flashing her claws.' Her career has often been said to have had 'nine lives.'"

But while Kitt appeared confident and bold onstage, she said she privately still struggled with feeling unwanted as a child. In an online discussion on WashingtonPost.com in 2005, she said she still felt like "that little urchin cotton-picker from the South, Eartha Mae."

The daughter of a black Cherokee woman and a white man, she was sent to live with a black family as a child. She was beaten, she later said, because she looked too white. "They called me yella gal," she said.

She went to live with an aunt in Harlem when she was 8. While her aunt paid for the child to have piano and dance lessons, she was also regularly beaten. She often ran away, and by her teen years was working in a factory and homeless.

Kitt's childhood was so disjointed that she was unsure of her birth date. In 1997, she challenged students at Benedict College in South Carolina to find her birth certificate. They did, and it showed she was born Jan. 17, 1927, in North, S.C.

At the urging of a friend, the young Kitt auditioned for the Katherine Dunham Dance Co. and began a career that took her around the world. "She passed the audition and permanently escaped the cycle of poverty and abuse that defined her life till then," the New York Times wrote. "But she took the steeliness with her, in a willful, outspoken manner that mostly served her career, except once."

That one incident took place in 1968. Kitt had been invited to lunch at the White House with First Lady Bird Johnson . Asked her thoughts on the Vietnam War, Kitt famously responded, "You send the best of this country off to be shot and maimed. No wonder the kids rebel and take pot."
Kitt immediately found herself blacklisted. Venues canceled her concerts. She was investigated by the FBI and the CIA. She left the country and spent 10 years performing in Europe, until President Jimmy Carter invited her to the White House in 1978. Her career was revived, but Kitt was still angry.
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We brought Sigmund Diamond to speak at our conference on crimes committed by FBI  agents.


1st story

Compromised Campus: The Collaboration of Universities with the Intelligence Community, 1945-1955 [Hardcover]
Sigmund Diamond (Author)

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National Security Higher Education Advisory Board
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The National Security Higher Education Advisory Board (NSHEAB) was created by American Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Robert S. Mueller III on December 15, 2005.[1] Operated by the FBI and paneled by approximately 20 American university presidents and chancellors, the expressed purpose of the board is "to foster outreach and to promote understanding between higher education and the Federal Bureau of Investigation." The board also facilitates communication between universities and federal authorities on "national priorities pertaining to terrorism, counterintelligence, and homeland security." NSHEAB meets approximately three times yearly and includes representatives from the Central Intelligence Agency and other security agencies.[2]

The National Security Higher Education Advisory Board is a part of "IARPA's mission to invest in high-risk/high-payoff research programs that have the potential to provide the United States with an overwhelming intelligence advantage over future adversaries."
– FBI National Press Release, 2009[3]

A stated goal of NSHEAB is to prevent the theft of sensitive research conducted at American universities.[4]

Since its creation NSHEAB has brought university and FBI officials together to discuss weapons of mass destruction, bioterrorism, threats to university research facilities, and "the promotion of strategic national security partnerships with academia [in] the United States."[5] NSHEAB has also been a forum within which Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) has encouraged universities to engage in "high-risk/high-payoff" research intended to "provide the United States with an overwhelming intelligence advantage over future adversaries."[6] Some academics have expressed concern over the collaboration between FBI and university officials due to the agency's past espionage directed against individuals in the academic community.[7] NSHEAB's work and the increased cooperation between federal authorities and academia is facilitated by the political framework brought about by the war on terror.[8]

NSHEAB is currently chaired by Lou Anna K. Simon, president of Michigan State University. Notable members of NSHEAB include or have included former United States Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, MIT president Susan Hockfield,[9] and U.C. Davis chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi.[10]

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 26 December 2013 17:13

Outrageous HSBC Settlement Proves the Drug War is a Joke





Outrageous HSBC Settlement Proves the Drug War is a Joke

“If you've ever been arrested on a drug charge, if you've ever spent even a day in jail for having a stem of marijuana in your pocket or "drug paraphernalia" in your gym bag, Assistant Attorney General and longtime Bill Clinton pal Lanny Breuer has a message for you: Bite me.

Breuer this week signed off on a settlement deal with the British banking giant HSBC that is the ultimate insult to every ordinary person who's ever had his life altered by a narcotics charge. Despite the fact that HSBC admitted to laundering billions of dollars for Colombian and Mexican drug cartels (among others) and violating a host of important banking laws (from the Bank Secrecy Act to the Trading With the Enemy Act), Breuer and his Justice Department elected not to pursue criminal prosecutions of the bank, opting instead for a "record" financial settlement of $1.9 billion, which as one analyst noted is about five weeks of income for the bank…

…Though this was not stated explicitly, the government's rationale in not pursuing criminal prosecutions against the bank was apparently rooted in concerns that putting executives from a "systemically important institution" in jail for drug laundering would threaten the stability of the financial system. The New York Times put it this way:

Federal and state authorities have chosen not to indict HSBC, the London-based bank, on charges of vast and prolonged money laundering, for fear that criminal prosecution would topple the bank and, in the process, endanger the financial system.

It doesn't take a genius to see that the reasoning here is beyond flawed. When you decide not to prosecute bankers for billion-dollar crimes connected to drug-dealing and terrorism (some of HSBC's Saudi and Bangladeshi clients had terrorist ties, according to a Senate investigation), it doesn't protect the banking system, it does exactly the opposite. It terrifies investors and depositors everywhere, leaving them with the clear impression that even the most "reputable" banks may in fact be captured institutions whose senior executives are in the employ of (this can't be repeated often enough) murderersand terrorists. Even more shocking, the Justice Department's response to learning about all of this was to do exactly the same thing that the HSBC executives did in the first place to get themselves in trouble – they took money to look the other way.

And not only did they sell out to drug dealers, they sold out cheap. You'll hear bragging this week by the Obama administration that they wrested a record penalty from HSBC, but it's a joke. Some of the penalties involved will literally make you laugh out loud. This is from Breuer's announcement:

As a result of the government's investigation, HSBC has . . . "clawed back" deferred compensation bonuses given to some of its most senior U.S. anti-money laundering and compliance officers, and agreed to partially defer bonus compensation for its most senior officials during the five-year period of the deferred prosecution agreement.

Wow. So the executives who spent a decade laundering billions of dollars will have to partially defer their bonuses during the five-year deferred prosecution agreement? Are you fucking kidding me? That's the punishment? The government's negotiators couldn't hold firm on forcing HSBC officials to completely wait to receive their ill-gotten bonuses? They had to settle on making them "partially" wait? Every honest prosecutor in America has to be puking his guts out at such bargaining tactics. What was the Justice Department's opening offer – asking executives to restrict their Caribbean vacation time to nine weeks a year?”


Another one knocked out of the park by Matt Taibbi. Share this article with anybody who still doubts our government and Wall Street’s collusion with international drug dealers. - Wes

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a 4 degree C rise in temperature will make the planet unfit for humans to live on

Planet likely to warm by 4C by 2100, scientists warn
New climate model taking greater account of cloud changes indicates heating will be at higher end of expectations

    The Guardian, Tuesday 31 December 2013 09.02 EST   

Temperature rises resulting from unchecked climate change will be at the severe end of those projected, according to a new scientific study.

The scientist leading the research said that unless emissions of greenhouse gases were cut, the planet would heat up by a minimum of 4C by 2100, twice the level the world's governments deem dangerous.

The research indicates that fewer clouds form as the planet warms, meaning less sunlight is reflected back into space, driving temperatures up further still. The way clouds affect global warming has been the biggest mystery surrounding future climate change.

Professor Steven Sherwood, at the University of New South Wales, in Australia, who led the new work, said: "This study breaks new ground twice: first by identifying what is controlling the cloud changes and second by strongly discounting the lowest estimates of future global warming in favour of the higher and more damaging estimates."

"4C would likely be catastrophic rather than simply dangerous," Sherwood told the Guardian. "For example, it would make life difficult, if not impossible, in much of the tropics, and would guarantee the eventual melting of the Greenland ice sheet and some of the Antarctic ice sheet", with sea levels rising by many metres as a result.

The research is a "big advance" that halves the uncertainty about how much warming is caused by rises in carbon emissions, according to scientists commenting on the study, published in the journal Nature. Hideo Shiogama and Tomoo Ogura, at Japan's National Institute for Environmental Studies, said the explanation of how fewer clouds form as the world warms was "convincing", and agreed this indicated future climate would be greater than expected. But they said more challenges lay ahead to narrow down further the projections of future temperatures.

Scientists measure the sensitivity of the Earth's climate to greenhouse gases by estimating the temperature rise that would be caused by a doubling of CO2 in the atmosphere compared with pre-industrial levels – as is likely to happen within 50 years, on current trends. For two decades, those estimates have run from 1.5C to 5C, a wide range; the new research narrowed that range to between 3C and 5C, by closely examining the biggest cause of uncertainty: clouds.

The key was to ensure that the way clouds form in the real world was accurately represented in computer climate models, which are the only tool researchers have to predict future temperatures. When water evaporates from the oceans, the vapour can rise over nine miles to form rain clouds that reflect sunlight; or it may rise just a few miles and drift back down without forming clouds. In reality, both processes occur, and climate models encompassing this complexity predicted significantly higher future temperatures than those only including the nine-mile-high clouds.

DUCK DYNASTY is 100% Hollywood Scripted.........

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How A Wealthy, Clean-Cut ‘Duck Dynasty’ Tricked The World For Publicity


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FBI Allowed Informants To Commit at least 5,939 Crimes In 2012 

WASHINGTON -- The FBI allowed its informants to break the law at least 5,939 times last year, a 5 percent jump from 2011, according to a newly disclosed document.
In a Jan. 14, 2013, letter to Justice Department officials, obtained by The Huffington Post through a Freedom of Information Act request, FBI officials disclosed that its 56 field offices authorized informants to break the law at least 5,939 times during the 2012 calendar year. USA Today reported earlier this year that the bureau allowed its informants to break the law 5,658 times in 2011.
The breakdown of how many crimes were authorized by each individual FBI field office were redacted from the 2012 report, which is known as the Otherwise Illegal Activity Report. The FBI's fellow federal law enforcement agencies -- the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives -- do not track how often their sources commit crimes.

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ATF Agent Sends Shockwaves Across Internet With Explosive Allegations About ‘Fast and Furious’ and Brian Terry’s Death

Dec. 27, 2013
John Dodson, the federal agent who blew the lid off the Justice Department’s “Fast and Furious” gun-walking scandal, claims the FBI had ties to the men who killed U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in 2010 near Nogales, Ariz. In fact, Dodson says the Mexican bandits who gunned down Terry were working for FBI operatives and had been sent to the border to do a “drug rip-off” using intelligence gathered by the DEA.
Dodson, a special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said he doesn’t think the FBI was part of the rip-off crew, but the agency was “directing the rip crew.” The explosive claims were made in an interview with The Arizona Republic this week and are already creating some waves across the Internet.

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The FBI Doesn't Know How Many Drones It Has, Or Who's Allowed to Fly Them

In November 2012, Michael E. Horowitz, the inspector general at the Justice Department, sent each agency he oversees, including the FBI, DEA and ATF, a battery of questions about their use of drones. He wanted to verify how many unmanned vehicles were in inventory, how much they cost, and how often they were flown.

When notified that the inspector general had just begun its inquiry, the FBI general counsel’s office directed its staff to “not insert ourselves in this audit if not invited.” When the invitation did, in fact, arrive in the form of an audit questionnaire, recordkeeping discrepancies emerged as the FBI scrambled to prepare its responses. The latest documents on the bureau's drone program, released in response to MuckRock's FOIA requests as part of the Drone Census, suggest that the FBI doesn’t have a solid grasp on basic measures, like how often it’s used drones, or which agents are certified to fly them.

Foremost is apparent confusion within the FBI as to the scope of its drone deployments. The program’s primary legal adviser asserted in December 2012 that the Bureau “owns numerous UAS [unmanned aerial systems], which we routinely use primarily in CI [counterintelligence], CT [counterterrorism] and official corruption cases throughout the US.”

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I worked on the US drone program. The public should know what really goes on

Few of the politicians who so brazenly proclaim the benefits of drones have a real clue how it actually works (and doesn't)
  • Sunday 29 December 2013
Hermes 450 drone
An Elbit Systems Hermes 450 drone. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images
Whenever I read comments by politicians defending the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Predator and Reaper program – aka drones – I wish I could ask them a few questions. I'd start with: "How many women and children have you seen incinerated by a Hellfire missile?" And: "How many men have you seen crawl across a field, trying to make it to the nearest compound for help while bleeding out from severed legs?" Or even more pointedly: "How many soldiers have you seen die on the side of a road in Afghanistan because our ever-so-accurate UAVs [unmanned aerial vehicles] were unable to detect an IED [improvised explosive device] that awaited their convoy?"
Few of these politicians who so brazenly proclaim the benefits of drones have a real clue of what actually goes on. I, on the other hand, have seen these awful sights first hand.

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 is on the top ten list of Best Documentaries ever made.
Things have not changed.  NEW LINK

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When the FBI asks you to weaken your security so it can spy on your users


Nico Sell is the CEO of Wickr, a privacy-oriented mobile messaging system that's been deliberately designed so that the company can't spy on its users, even if they're ordered to do so. As we know from the Snowden leaks, spooks hate this kind of thing, and spend $250M/year sabotaging security so that they can spy on everyone, all the time.
After a recent presentation, she was approached by an FBI agent who asked her if she'd put a back-door into Wickr.
She declined. What's more, she lectured the agent on the First and Fourth Amendments, and on her family tradition of upholding liberty (her ancestor was a drummer boy in Washington's corps: "Washington thought it was very important to have freedom of information and private correspondence without government surveillance.").
Her lecture concluded, she proceeded to grill the agent. "I asked if he had official paperwork for me, if this was an official request, who his boss was," said Sell. "He backed down very quickly."
Though she didn't budge for the agent, Sell makes it clear that surveillance and security is a complicated issue. "Ten years ago, I'd have said yes," said Sell. "Because if law enforcement asks you to catch bad guys, who wouldn't want to help?"

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Telecom Believed to Be at Center of Government Court Fight Files Surveillance Transparency Report

  • 01.09.14
Credo CEO Michael Kieschnick, whose company is believed to be at the heart of a historic legal battle over the secrecy of government surveillance.
Credo CEO Michael Kieschnick, whose company is believed to be at the heart of a historic legal battle over the secrecy of government surveillance. Image: Credo
A small telecom believed to be at the center of a historic court battle over government surveillance published its first transparency report on Thursday, noting that it had received 16 government requests for customer data in 2013. But the report may be most significant for what it doesn’t say.
Credo Mobile, the first telecom to release a transparency report, received just 15 requests for customer data pursuant to subpoena, summons or court order and one emergency request for data. But the most significant part of the report may be the government requests it doesn’t list.
A press release accompanying the report notes that it may be incomplete because legal restrictions prevent companies like Credo from disclosing certain kinds of government requests for customer data, such as those requested with a so-called National Security Letter or NSL.
“[D]ue to existing U.S. surveillance statutes that Credo is on the record opposing, such as the USA PATRIOT Act and the FISA Amendments Act, this report and those of other service providers may fall short of full transparency,” the note reads.
The report and statement are significant because Credo is believed to be the anonymous plaintiff at the heart of a historic legal battle over NSLs — a fight that began before documents leaked by Edward Snowden revealed the extent of the government’s sweeping surveillance programs. That legal battle resulted in a court ruling last year saying that NSLs, and the mandatory gag orders that accompany them, are unconstitutional.
Credo transparency report identifying the 16 requests, including one emergency request, that the telecom received from government entities for customer data.
The Credo transparency report identifying 16 requests, including one emergency request, that the telecom received from government entities for customer data.
By law, gag orders can be imposed on telecom companies prohibiting them from disclosing requests for customer information that are issued under an NSL or under Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act. The gag order also prohibits companies from disclosing whether they have complied with the order or challenged it in court.
Last year, after one telecom challenged the NSL it received, U.S. District Judge Susan Illston in San Francisco ruled ultra-secret National Security letters are an unconstitutional impingement on free speech, and ordered the government to stop issuing NSLs, a stunning defeat for the Obama administration’s surveillance practices. She also ordered the government to cease enforcing the gag provision in any other cases. However, she stayed her order for 90 days to give the government a chance to appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which it did.
The telecom, which is not identified in court documents but is believed to be Credo, received an NSL in 2011 from the FBI. The company took the extraordinary and rare step of challenging the underlying authority of the NSL, as well as the legitimacy of the gag order accompanying it. Both challenges are allowed under a federal law that governs NSLs, a power greatly expanded under the Patriot Act that allows the government to get detailed information on Americans’ finances and communications without judicial oversight. The FBI has issued hundreds of thousands of NSLs over the years and has been reprimanded for abusing them, though few requests have been challenged by the recipients.
After the telecom challenged the NSL, the Justice Department made the extraordinary move of suing the company, arguing in court documents that the company was violating the law by challenging its authority. That stunned the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which is representing the anonymous telecom.
“It’s a huge deal to say you are in violation of federal law having to do with a national security investigation,” EFF’s Matt Zimmerman told WIRED at the time. “That is extraordinarily aggressive from my standpoint. They’re saying you are violating the law by challenging our authority here.”
In her ruling, Judge Illston said the NSL nondisclosure provisions “significantly infringe on speech regarding controversial government powers.” She noted that the telecom had been “adamant about its desire to speak publicly about the fact that it received the NSL at issue to further inform the ongoing public debate” on the government’s use of the letters. Illaston also said the review process for challenging an order violated the separation of powers. Because the gag order provisions cannot be separated from the rest of the statute, Illston ruled that the entire statute was unconstitutional.
The judge found that although the government made a strong argument for prohibiting the recipients of NSLs from disclosing to the target of an investigation or the public the specific information being sought by an NSL, the government did not provide compelling argument that the mere fact of disclosing that an NSL was received harmed national security interests. A blanket prohibition on disclosure, she found, was overly broad and “creates too large a danger that speech is being unnecessarily restricted.” She noted that 97 percent of the more than 200,000 NSLs that have been issued by the government were issued with nondisclosure orders.
Although the telecom was not identified in court documents that were released publicly, the Wall Street Journal used details that were revealed in them to narrow the likely plaintiffs to Credo in a story published in 2012. The company’s CEO, Michael Kieschnick, didn’t confirm or deny his company was the unidentified recipient of the NSL, but did release a statement following Illston’s ruling.
“This ruling is the most significant court victory for our constitutional rights since the dark day when George W. Bush signed the Patriot Act,” Kieschnick said. “This decision is notable for its clarity and depth. From this day forward, the U.S. government’s unconstitutional practice of using National Security Letters to obtain private information without court oversight and its denial of the First Amendment rights of National Security Letter recipients have finally been stopped by our courts.”
The redacted documents don’t indicate the exact information the government was seeking from the telecom, and EFF won’t disclose the details. But by way of general explanation, Zimmerman said at the time that the NSL statute allows the government to compel an ISP or website to hand over information about someone who posted anonymously to a message board or to compel a phone company to hand over “calling circle” information — that is, information about who has communicated with someone by phone.
An FBI agent could give a telecom a name or a phone number, for example, and ask for the numbers and identities of anyone who has communicated with that person. “They’re asking for association information – who do you hang out with, who do you communicate with, [in order] to get information about previously unknown people.
“That’s the fatal flaw with this [law],” Zimmerman told WIRED last year. “Once the FBI is able to do this snooping, to find out who Americans are communicating with and associating with, there’s no remedy that makes them whole after the fact. So there needs to be some process in place so the court has the ability ahead of time to step in [on behalf of Americans].”
The company said in its statement Thursday that it supports the full repeal of the USA PATRIOT Act and the FISA Amendments Act and is working to pass Rep. Rush Holt’s Surveillance State Repeal Act.
“Credo, which supports the repeal of the USA PATRIOT Act and FISA Amendments Act, a plea bargain or clemency for Edward Snowden, and an end to the retroactive immunity granted to protect telecom companies from facing charges for colluding with the NSA in the illegal wiretapping of Americans, is releasing the report to increase transparency around governmental requests for customer information,” the company said in a statement.
Credo’s transparency report follows in the tradition begun by Google and other internet service providers to release transparency reports about the number of government requests they receive for customer data. Google and other companies have been battling the government to be able to release more information than their transparency reports currently cover. Late last year, Verizon and AT&T announced that they would be releasing a transparency report in 2014 — their first.
But Credo took a swipe at its fellow telecoms in its statement on Thursday, saying that it had opposed the immunity granted by Congress to telecoms like Verizon and AT&T after previous revelations that the companies cooperated with the Bush administration’s illegal wiretapping program without trying to fight it.

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January 10-12, 2014 
The FBI's Hidden Agenda

An Agent in Every Mailbox

Forty years ago Senator Frank Church of Idaho during Senate committee hearings on investigation of the FBI and CIA and their misuse of power at home and abroad stated “We have seen today the dark side of those activities, where many Americans, who were not even suspected of crime, were not only spied upon, but they were harassed, they were discredited, and, at times, endangered.”  (1)
A few years earlier on March 8, 1971, a group of eight individuals successfully broke into the FBI field office in Media, Pennsylvania where they took numerous files.  These files contained documents implicitly involving the FBI and its director, J. Edgar Hoover in a secret program which came to be known as COINTELPRO, standing for Counterintelligence Program.  Even with the power of the FBI the burglars have successfully remained free and only this week have their identities become known.
In her new book, The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI, Betty Medsger reveals the narrative stories of the Media break-in and gives insight into the political times of yesteryear and today in light of privacy and national security.  Among the files removed from the Media field office were documents directing personnel to initiate surveillance “in every place where people would gather – churches, classrooms, stores down the street, just everything.”  Illustrative of the impact of the directive to spy on Americans is the statement “make the people think there is an FBI agent behind every mailbox”.  (2)  Although the burglars who identified themselves as the Citizens’ Commission to Investigate the FBI delivered documents to several news outlets and key individuals only The Washington Post published documents, refusing to comply with White House demands not publish the documents.
In considering our current concerns with surveillance and the publication of the Snowden documents, should the fear of terrorism be offset with our government’s capability to employ digital surveillance to spy on people without proper due process and equal protection?  Should citizens of the U.S. as well as of other countries fear the “unknown” associated with the long arm of law enforcement?  Moreover, what should we as civilians draw from COINTELPRO compared with today’s NSA, much less the continuing existence of the FBI and CIA?
Perhaps key to the analysis is whether those who have been labeled criminal and whistleblower by the government are truly the beacons of freedom and knowledge that the citizenry requires in order to rein in the government as the servant of the society?  In consideration of these questions is a pivotal observation.  Sometimes government must keep secrets and sometimes it must lie to the citizenry.  Contrary to popular sentiment this is often necessary in order to keep a peaceable society.  Humans after all have a very basic instinct in reacting to fear with anger, hate, and reprisal.  These qualities while sometimes positively driven by need for patriotism contrastingly if allowed to arise as purely behavioral responses may be very destructive to the unity and safety of the nation.
Having said this and no doubt distanced several readers let me comment that only in dire circumstances should government directly and purposefully lie in response to public inquiry about its activities involving the citizens of the nation.  Citizens of this nation are to be protected by the government, but the government is always accountable to the people and must respond to inquiry.  This does not obviate the government’s decision to decline to answer in order to protect the nation, but this is not carte Blanc sanction establishing a bill of secrecy.
Our constitution provides fundamental protections.  Two of these protections have been interpreted as privacy and free movement.  The Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments listed in the Bill of Rights charge the government with a duty to assure not only Due Process but also Equal Protection to each citizen.
In instances where government is a party to a citizen’s potential loss of life or liberty in movement citizens must be afforded fair opportunity to protect themselves.  When government shrugs its shoulders and neglects to intercede to protect the citizen or purposefully involves itself in denial of Due Process and/ or Equal Protection of the citizen then citizens must take unusual steps to correct the deficiency of government.
Where capable of implementing legal process should be employed, but where that fails or is barred, the citizen has the right to challenge government extra-legally.  The cases of the Citizens Commission to Investigate the FBI and Edward Snowden are examples of citizens forcing government to acknowledge its hidden agendas.
Malcolm L. Rigsby J.D., Ph.D. is assistant professor of Sociology and Coordinator of Criminal Justice at Henderson State University, Arkansas.  His recent study involves religious conversion in prison comparing Islamic and Christian converts and transforming sociality.
(1)   AARC.  2014.  AARC the Assassination Archives and Research Center. Volume 6: Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Silver Spring, MD.  Retrieved January 8, 2014 (http://www.aarclibrary.org/publib/contents/church/contents_church_reports_vol6.htm).
(2)   Democracy Now.  2014.  ”It Was Time to Do More Than Protest”: Activists Admit to 1971FBI Burglary That Exposed COINTELPRO”.  Democracy Now.  Retrieved (http://www.democracynow.org/2014/1/8/it_was_time_to_do_more).


8 local men named in massive 9/11 disability benefits fraud case

DA: Brazenness of fake claims is 'shocking'

Four ringleaders coached the former workers on how to feign depression and other mental health problems that allowed them to get payouts as high as $500,000 over decades, Vance said. The ringleaders made tens of thousands of dollars in secret kickbacks, he said.
The four — retired officer Joseph Esposito, 64; detectives' union disability consultant John Minerva, 61; lawyer and former FBI agent and suburban prosecutor Raymond Lavallee, 83; and benefits consultant

Feds: Chicago ex-cops planned to torture millionaire by slicing his penis like a ‘banana’


Friday, January 10, 2014

An ex-Chicago cop is accused of plotting to kidnap, torture and murder a wealthy Chicagoan. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, former Chicago Police officer Steven Mandell and an accomplice planned to torture the rich man and mutilate his genitals, cutting his penis lengthwise “like slicing a banana split.”
Court transcripts made available on Thursday detail an October 25, 2012 conversation between Mandell and his accomplice, Gary Engel, who killed himself shortly after he and Mandell were arrested last year. In the call, the two men plotted the grisly abduction and torture.
Mandell, then 62, confessed to Engel that the idea of torturing someone made him sexually aroused. Federal prosecutors allege that the two men had built a dedicated killing chamber located in the 5300 block of Chicago’s West Devon Avenue. They were discussing how to tie up their victim when Engel detailed his plan to slash open the man’s penis.
“You going to put a little blade there?” Mandell asked Engel.
Engel replied that he would, that flaying open a penis is just like “slicing a banana split. You know what a banana split looks like?”
Mandell made “ooh”-ing sounds as Engel further described the ways they would defile the rich man’s body before finally killing him.

 Organizational versus Individual Attribution: A Case Study of Jemaah Islamiyah and the Anthrax Plot (published 18 Dec 2013)

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Texas woman in Grimm fundraising flap hires ex-FBI agent with Staten Island ties to defend her

1-15durand-grimm.jpgTexan Diana Durand raised money for Michael Grimm's maiden campaign.Staten Island Advance composite
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - The Texas woman who the FBI says illegally donated more than $10,000 to the 2010 campaign of Rep. Michael Grimm is relying on a former G-man who shares a New York FBI background with Grimm and who has ties to Staten Island to keep her out of jail.
Diana Durand, 47, of Houston, has hired attorney Stuart Kaplan, of the Kaplan and Sconzo law firm in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., to defend her against charges of lying to federal agents and violating campaign finance regulations.
Kaplan and Grimm (R-Staten Island/Brooklyn) are both former FBI agents, and both had served in the New York office. Kaplan said he served from 1995 to 2006, the same years that Grimm served with the bureau.
Kaplan, who also served the FBI in Florida, declined to say whether he knew Grimm, and declined to say whether Grimm had anything to do with Ms. Durand becoming his client.


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 TeamBerserk Hackers Claim Breach of FBI Press Office
The hackers claim to have accessed classified data, but haven't leaked any of it.
January 17, 2014

Members of the hacker group Team Berserk recently claimed to have breached the Web site for the FBI press office, and made several unclassified documents available online.

In a statement published on Pastebin, the hackers wrote, "There are real threats out there against all Americans and the United States. Most of the threats are bulls**t, but we felt that many of you needed to see a selection of these documents to demonstrate that there are in fact real dangers. Americans are under attack on a daily basis by all kinds of dangerous people, dangerous foreigners and even some of our own citizens."

The hackers also published a link to a zip file containing 59.2MB of unclassified files covering topics ranging from bath salts to the Boston Marathon bombings -- along with an empty folder named Classified. "We can't show you the scarier things, but these other documents are being circulated among Anonymous," the hackers wrote. "If Anonymous agrees to release those they will be released to the public."


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I'm speaking at Dartmouth College, Spaulding Auditorium, in Hanover NH (two hours from Boston) on January 30 at 7:30 pm.
It's actually being billed as a "debate" between me and Dinesh D'Souza on "What's so Great about America?" If you don't know Dinesh, Google him.
I'm sure there will be a large and highly motivated far-right contingent there,and I'd appreciate any semblance of balance, so please alert friends or colleagues in the area if you can.
I'm also searching for someone to film the evening---any ideas?
THXXX!! Bill


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9/11 Truth Teleconference

wtc7  pentagon              Update on special 9/11 Truth Teleconference with Massimo Mazzucco - SKYPE only - Sunday 19 January


2pm (est); 11am (pst)  
   via SKYPE

Hi all,
A few updates for Sunday's special teleconference with filmmaker Massimo Mazzucco:
The following are registered and confirmed for this teleconference:  Mia, Christopher, Craig, Dwain, Elizabeth, Eric, Lawrence, Allan, Paul, Philip, Robin. 
The owner of the following SKYPE handle is registered, but not identified or confirmed:  bliu911 -- please open your skype and accept the contact request, and also please identify yourself...
If you're not on this list, it's not too late to register, but you must email me your SKYPE handle, or request confirmation via SKYPE to ken.freeland. If we're not linked by Sunday, you won't be included in the call.

We received the email below from Don Plummer.  The suggestions he offers are so constructive and forward-going that I felt it deserved everyone's consideration prior to the call.  I had hoped that perhaps Fran Shure might join us to discuss them, but she is unavailable for the call.  Nonetheless, I was able to review Don's proposals with her by phone and she enthusiastically supports them, and encourages us to pursue them.  Considering how far in the forefront the Colorado 9/11 Truth movement is,  this merits our follow up.  We'll try to reserve a segment of the call for consideration of these and other proposals for how we might best build on Massimo's cinematic achievement.


RE: Massimo Mazzucco Skype Call Invitation 
I will not be attending the Skype call but wanted to offer the following potential ideas and thoughts for your and participants’ consideration.
In light of Fran Shure’s recent published research in ae911Truth’s newsletter (**see below for reference), is the next best course of action to assemble people of renown (Opinion Leaders) and ask them to lend credibility to the movement in the form(s) of?
Participation in a testimonial documentary,
Add their name, bio, and written testimony (and/or video link) to a group list, a listing perhaps along the format of PatriotsQuestion911.com and provide a prominent link to this listing on the ae homepage,
In the interim provide a prominent link to PatriotsQuestion911.com on the ae home page,
Solicit “Opinion Leaders” written approval of September 11 - The New Pearl Harbor and add their names to the listing of the film’s closing credits.
Ask the ae911Truth newsletter subscribers (and/or other preferable listserv)  to Contact Shari Bernson, Director of Development, at Colorado PBS Station Channel 12 Denver to inspire her to air Massimo’s film and inform her of a personal donation commitment (if applicable) to CPT12 upon its airing, if not all three segments, then minimally the third disc (Part 3).   Shari has told the film is in queue to be screened and considered.  Shari can be contacted at sbernson@cpt12.org and can provide direction on editing the film to fit the PBS time slot constraints.
In light of Massimo’s film inherent ability to evaporate cognitive dissonance to 9/11, is the movement strong enough for ae to spearhead a viable campaign for a New Independent Investigation to an international body or other suggested entity?  Perhaps the hopeful CPT12 airing could be the launchpad for such a campaign?  
Not enough praise can be given to Massimo’s film, however, a re-edit suggestion (if even possible) would be to make disc three disc the first disc in the series, and start with building 7 instead of the twin towers.  Additionally, in disc three I believe the explosiveness of the twin towers could be greatly emphasized with addition of more ground zero images of girders implanted in faraway adjacent structures. (as you know, 9/11 Mysteries did a great job in showing these photographs).
 Side-note:  Would ae911T be served well by a “Code of Ethics” statement at the ae website?  For example, that as found at the Colorado911Truth.org website, as found here: http://colorado911truth.org/about/  ?
Thank you for your time Ken and excellent work and contributions.  And many thanks for keeping me in this listserv.
Don Plummer, Grand Junction, Colorado,  (970) 234 4430,  911Truth.org grassroots contact, Core Member Colorado911Truth.org,  ae911Truth local contact.
**Reference to Fran's research:   Anthropologists and rural sociologists have observed that consistently within diverse cultures there can be found groups that vary in their openness to new ideas and technology—groups that fall within a neat bell curve. In each culture, a few adventurous members (only 2.5%) readily adopt innovations. These venturesome folks are called “innovators.”
The opinion leaders (13.5%) come next. Called the “early adopters,” they are influential and respected members of the society. They listen to the innovators, and then, upon reflection, may change their mind-set and adopt the innovation.
The “early majority” (34%) switch after listening to the influential early adopters, and the “late majority” (also 34%) adopt the new way only because it is practical to do so.
Greetings all,

I'm delighted to report that Massimo Mazzoco has offered to join us for a special  teleconference on Sunday 19 January at 2 pm EST.  That's the good news.  The bad news (maybe or maybe not) is that Max can only do this if we hold the teleconference on SKYPE.  This is not an opportunity we want to miss, so .... we will experiment with a SKYPE teleconference for the first time in the history of the 9/11 Truth Teleconference. If you wish to participate in this special teleconference, you MUST send me your SKYPE handle in advance of the conference, so that I can hook up with you on SKYPE and then add you to the SKYPE group for the conference call. [My skype handle is ken.freeland] On 2pm EST (11 am PST) I will call the group, and everyone who is online and has his or her skype open will receive the cal simultaneously, and by answering will be automatically added to the group call.

For those of you who do not yet have SKYPE, it is a free communication program that can be downloaded here: http://www.skype.com/en/  Registration is easy: you just create a unique skype "handle" for yourself and a password.  Send me your "handle" and I will make a "friend request." Once you accept that, I will add your handle to the group for the conference call on Sunday 18 January.  Then, you just need to make sure that your SKYPE program is open and that you are online at the time of the call. 

While this will be inconvenient for some of us, it will save some of us (particularly in Canada) a good bit of money, because there will be no charges for anyone.  I hope as many of you as possible will link up to make this first SKYPE conference call a success!

Now more about Massimo:

The 9/11 Truth community is still assimilating Massimo's masterpiece video "9/11- the New Pearl Harbor." By all accounts it represents the most ambitious effort to date to summarize the available evidence for 9/11 truth.  The video is five hours in length, but not a minute is wasted...it engages the viewer from beginning to end because of its cogent and seamless presentation of the facts.   Still, there are some areas of the documentary that have drawn criticism, and our afternoon with Max will give us an opportunity to explore some of them.  All participants on the call should be familiar with Max's video, which can be viewed for free on youtube in three parts

Once again, if you would like to participate in this special conference call, or even think you MIGHT, please reply to this message with your SKYPE handle, and be sure to view or REview Max's stupendous film in advance of 18 January.

Ken Freeland


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Full text of "Directory of graduates of the FBI National Academy and officers of the FBI National Academy Associates"


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Kennedy Assassination, Monkey Experiments & the FBI
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September 5th, 2014, 8:50 pm
Retrial of FBI agent delayed

see link for full story

http://news.fredericksburg.com/newsdesk ... t-delayed/

Much to the dismay of the presiding judge, the retrial of an FBI special agent accused of murdering his estranged wife won’t begin Monday after all.

Arthur Gonzales, 43, is charged with second-degree murder and using a firearm in the commission of a felony in connection with the April 19, 2013, slaying of 42-year-old Julie Serna Gonzales.

Gonzales’ first trial in March ended after eight days with a hung jury. Sources said the jurors voted 10–2 to acquit Gonzales, and the two in opposition only supported a lesser manslaughter conviction.

At that time, Commonwealth’s Attorney Eric Olsen immediately announced his intention to try Gonzales again and his second trial was set to start next week.

But defense attorney Mark Gardner said he needed more time after being informed by prosecutors Wednesday of two new expert witnesses they intended to present.

Marcella Fierro, the retired chief medical examiner for the state, has examined the evidence and made conclusions that differ somewhat from those of the forensic scientist who performed the autopsy.

Specially, according to statements made during a hearing Friday in Stafford Circuit Court, Fierro has concluded that one of the shots that struck Julie Gonzales was fired while her back was against a hard surface, presumably the floor.

The medical examiner who testified at the first trial said the victim’s back being against a hard surface was not the only reasonable interpretation of the evidence.

Gardner said that if Fierro and a use-of-force expert he also just found out about were going to be allowed to testify, he would need more time to examine their conclusions.
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Former newspaper boss tells police of VIP paedophile cover-up claim
Ex-news editor who was issued with warning against reporting on allegedly powerful paedophile ring is interviewed by police
27 Rocks Lane, the former Elm Guest House, Barnes, London -17 Dec 2012
The former Elm Guest House in Barnes where paedophiles are said to have operated in the 1980s. Photograph: Ray Tang/Rex
Daniel Boffey
Saturday 20 December 2014 17.33 EST


A former local newspaper executive who claims that he was issued with an official warning in the early 1980s against reporting on an allegedly powerful paedophile ring has been interviewed by police.

In a sign of growing concern that there has been a cover-up of the involvement of politicians in the sexual abuse of children, Hilton Tims, 81, was approached by officers and asked to tell all that he knows about the affair.

Last month the Observer reported Tims’s claim that his newspaper, the Surrey Comet, had been issued with a D-notice – an official warning not to publish intelligence that might damage national security – when he sought around 1984 to report on a police investigation into Elm Guest House, in Barnes, south-west London, where a group of notorious paedophiles was said to have been operating

Officials running the D-notice system, who work closely with MI5 and MI6 and the Ministry of Defence, said they did not believe that such a notice would have been issued, but admitted that some records relating to official requests for media blackouts in the early 1980s have been destroyed.

Following the revelations, it has emerged that Tims, who was news editor of the Surrey Comet between 1980 and 1988, was interviewed by an officer working for Operation Fernbridge, the criminal investigation examining claims of sexual abuse and grooming of children by prominent men, including senior MPs, top police officers and people with links to the royal household. Tims said: “They wanted to have my story from my own lips.”

He told officers that the D-notice was issued when he asked one of his reporters to look into a police investigation into a paedophile ring based at Elm Guest House which the paper understood had been “getting boys from a care home”. Tims said the paper subsequently dropped its inquiries into the story.

The development follows Scotland Yard’s decision last week to publicly describe claims that a Conservative MP strangled a boy of 12 as both “credible and true”. Officers, who have appealed for witnesses to come forward, are investigating the claims of an alleged victim, known as Nick, who says he was molested from the age of seven to 16, between 1975 and 1984. He claims to have seen a Conservative MP kill a boy at an orgy in a London townhouse in around 1980, and to have witnessed a Conservative cabinet minister watch two men kill another boy in a sexual assault a year later.

Peter McKelvie, a former child protection manager whose allegations about a paedophile ring brought the issue to the attention of Tom Watson MP and the police in 2012, said it was clear that there had been a cover-up.

He said: “The good and honest police officers on the ground always wanted to take their criminal investigations into this as far as they could go. It was higher up the hierarchy where things went awry.

“It is encouraging that the police are now pursuing this. The evidence has always been there and now it is finally being examined.”

Last week the home secretary Theresa May met survivors of child sexual abuse, along with McKelvie, to discuss the future of the independent inquiry that she set up in the summer. The inquiry has lost two chairs over accusations of conflicts of interest and the survivors told May that they had also lost confidence in the makeup of the rest of the panel due to examine allegations of organised institutional child abuse.

It was reported on Saturday night that May intends to scrap the panel. She wrote to each panel member last week to say she is considering converting it to a statutory inquiry, or set up a fresh statutory inquiry or a royal commission, according to Exaro News which published extracts from the letter.

Earlier this month it was revealed that two members of the panel had been accused of sending threatening or insulting emails to victims who had criticised the inquiry.

Lawyers for one abuse survivor had written to the home secretary to complain of a string of unsolicited communications, including an allegedly threatening email sent two days before an official meeting that both panellists and an abuse survivor were due to attend.

The victim, who is on medication for post-traumatic stress disorder, was left too anxious to attend the “listepolice

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FBI 9/11 Whistle-blower Coleen Rowley: Post-Charlie Hebdo Massacre Rush to Expand Warrantless Surveillance Counterproductive
Posted Jan. 21, 2015

MP3 Interview with Coleen Rowley, former FBI special agent and 9/11 whistle-blower, conducted by Scott Harris

Europe is still on edge after two brutal terrorist attacks in France that claimed the lives of 17, including 12 at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and four at a kosher food market. Law enforcement agencies across the continent launched investigations into the links between the terrorist Kouachi brothers and Amedy Coulibaly, who were killed in France, and other groups of violent extremists. Two armed men were killed and 13 others were held for questioning after a raid on an apartment in Belgium, where officials say a local extremist group was planning an imminent attack. Dozens more suspected terrorists and supporters were arrested or detained
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Online threats close Albany City Hall
January 30 2015


Albany City Hall was put in a lockdown and surrounded by police for about an hour on Friday because of a man who said online that he wanted to kill a police officer or FBI agent, according to authorities.
The man who allegedly made the comments Thursday on Facebook, Timothy Fleming, 22, of Albany, was arrested
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2 stories about FBI agents cutting off body parts



This page is dedicated to the First Nations Warrior, Mother and Wife
Anna Mae Aquash...
Whose Hands The Colonizers Took

"On the afternoon of February 24, 1976 Rodger Amiotte, a mixed blood rancher whose land was in the northeast corner of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation...found the body of a woman in a snow-covered ditch one hundred feet from the country road. She was wrapped in a blanket. The woman wore a maroon windbreaker, jeans, and blue canvas shoes. She had long fingernails. Her hands were adorned with fancy turquoise jewelry, including rings and a large bracelet.
"The body was taken to the Pine Ridge hospital, where Dr. W.O. Brown performed an autopsy in the presence of FBI agents. The doctor said the unidentified woman died of exposure. She had frozen to death. There was no sign of violence.
"During the autopsy, an FBI agent asked Doctor Brown, "I need her hands. Sever them at the wrist, would ya, Doc?"
"Over the next days, the government agents approached mortuary after mortuary, asking to have the handless body buried. According to one undertaker, the FBI agents wanted the woman buried under a fictitious name. 'Can't do it,' he said. 'You guys ought to know. That's illegal.'
"...on March 3, the body was buried, nameless in the Holy Rosary Mission on the [Pine Ridge] reservation. That same day, the FBI notified its Rapid City office that the dead woman was Anna Mae Aquash."
The Wounded Knee Legal Defense/Offense Committee (WKLDOC) demanded a an exhumation and a second autopsy. However, before this could take place, "The FBI filed its own request for exhumation and reautopsy. The reasons its affidavit gave were that Anna Mae might have been killed in a hit-an-run accident or that she might have been murdered by AIM as a suspected informer...there was no explanation as to how a person who might have been a victim of a hit-and-run accident could have been thrown one hundred feet from the highway, display no sign of contact with a vehicle, and end up in a ditch, neatly wrapped in a blanket." The autopsy was scheduled for March 11, 1976.
"Anna Mae's family, through WKLDOC attorney Ellison, hired Garry Peterson, an independent pathologist from St. Paul Hospital in Minnesota to observe. When he arrived, Dr. Peterson was the only Doctor there. The FBI had not bothered to have a pathologist at the autopsy it had requested. Peterson, who brought only the minimal equipment needed to observe, had to perform the procedure. It was not terribly complicated. An obvious bullet wound, surrounded by an even more obvious 5 cm x 5 cm discoloration, adorned the rear of Anna Mae's head, exactly where the hospital staff had seen the thawing body leak the week before. She died of exposure to a small-caliber bullet fired from a gun placed near the back of her head. She had been executed."
Loud Hawk - The United States versus
the American Indian Movement,
Kenneth Stern,
ISBN 0-8061-2587-X

"My sister's murderer, or murderers, will probably never be found. I believe the person or persons responsible may be connected with the FBI, perhaps not directly but indirectly somehow. Anna died as a result of ignorance on the part of the killers: she was one person against many of them. Who could she have hurt? They say the FBI is the most powerful body in the United States. Nobody can get near it. How could she have hurt it?
Anna was an educated person - a person with common sense. She worked for the American Indian Movement out of dedication, not for publicity or headlines. The real Indian people, those who are like her, should be controlling the movement.
My sister's death has taught me to foretell the events that will take place in this country. I have learned - from all she told me - to see what is happening. The same things will happen here as have happened in the United States. This country will become another South Dakota.
Mary Lafford...sister to Anna Mae


PNP gave FBI the finger!


February 16, 2015 - 12:00am

They didn’t have a choice. Giving the FBI Marwan’s dirty finger is apparently part of the deal. In any case, we didn’t have the means to determine if the chopped finger belongs to Marwan. The US, on the other hand, has DNA sample from the imprisoned brother of Marwan as well as the facilities to perform the tests.

Indeed, the task of trying to finger where exactly Marwan was hiding in the Mamasapano marshland was likely done by the Americans too. The intelligence packet was apparently provided by the Americans using informers working for the $5-million bounty US taxpayers will shell out.

In a sense, Oplan Exodus was largely inspired and financed by the Americans. Our role was to provide the cannon fodder needed to accomplish the goal. Reports have it that the Americans closely monitored field conditions using
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The Like Switch: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide. . .by Jack Schafer, Ph.D., and Marvin Karlins, Ph.D

Pub Date: Mar 1, 2015

The Like Switch        

The Like Switch: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Influencing, Attracting, and Winning People Over
Jack Schafer, Ph.D., and Marvin Karlins, Ph.D.

A Touchstone Book (Simon and Schuster)
Buy This Book

“. . . the only reference on the topic of human interactions you’ll ever need.”

Does he really like me? How can I convince my boss that my idea is a better one and not hit her hot buttons? Why do people seem to avoid me at parties? Is it possible to de-escalate an argument and come out with all sides feeling heard and respected? If you’ve voiced any of those questions—or held doubts as to how well you communicate with others—then The Like Switch is the book for you.

Former FBI Agent Jack Schafer worked in behavioral analysis and honed his skills in reading both non-verbal and verbal behaviors in a wide variety of individuals. So, when he gives down-to-earth advice, you can feel confident that it’s been field-tested and found true. And the sheer simplicity of effective human communications is astounding. The secret of how to make friends isn’t particularly complicated. Schafer notes it’s a simple formula: Friendship = Proximity + Frequency + Duration + Intensity. Couple that equation with understanding the basics of non-verbal communication—make appropriate eye contact, tilt your head, keep an open posture, give a genuine smile—and you’ll be making and keeping friends before you know it. By employing “The Golden Rule of Friendship” and practicing empathetic statements and mirroring body language, you will seem like a mind-reade
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Friday, March 06, 2015Last Update: 8:41 AM PT
Grimm's Wings Clipped

- Former U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm can't go to Europe this summer to pursue business opportunities, a federal judge ruled.
Grimm used to represent 75,000 New Yorkers on Staten Island and the southern tip of Brooklyn before copping guilty in December to one of 20 counts of federal tax fraud stemming from the operation of his then-business, Healthalicious, on Manhattan.
The former Marine and FBI agent faces up to three years in prison when sentenced in June.
He asked the court Wednesday for permission to spend a week in Europe this summer to pursue business opportunities, but U.S. District Judge Pamela Chen knocked him down as a potential flight risk.
"While Grimm's incentive to flee arguably will be no greater in the spring than it is now, his opportunity to do so and to travel even further to a jurisdiction where he can avoid extradition, would surely be enhanced if he is permitted to leave the United States for a week," the Thursday order states.
Chen was also unimpressed by Grimm's offering of his home as collateral. "Obviously, if Grimm chose to flee, he would not need a house in the United States," she noted.
"While Grimm is certainly entitled to seek future employment, his desire to obtain a
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Sent: Sat, Mar 14, 2015 12:24 PM EDT
Subject: Ag-gag; Activism as Terrorism; Activism as Sabotage; Activism as plain old criminal conduct.

Defending Dissent Foundation

Wyoming calls it "Data Trespass." but it's Ag-Gag [ http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/news/data-trespass-wyomings-fancy-name-for-ag-gag/ ], pure & simple. | View this email in your browser here [ http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5492/t/0/blastContent.jsp?email_blast_KEY=1323898 ]

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Ag-gag laws rank pretty high in the pantheon of repressive legislation because they: enforce secrecy; criminalize muckraking and whistleblowing; and single out animal rights and environmental activism, while taking down food and worker safety as collateral damage. This week I spoke to Wyoming environmentalist Jonathan Ratner about a new ag-gag law in his state [ http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/news/data-trespass-wyomings-fancy-name-for-ag-gag/ ], where they've invented a hip new name to go after the usual suspects: Data Trespass.

Meanwhile, we learn that the FBI and local police spied on the Black Lives Matter movement in Minnesota, peace activists were in a Cincinnati court fighting charges of sabotage and in Chicago, a pair of animal rights activists will face terrorism charges under the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act.

Our coverage spans the country and illustrates that repression knows no boundaries. If you value our news-gathering and advocacy to support and promote the right to dissent, *please take a minute to support our work. Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty…. but a small donation helps! [ https://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5492/p/salsa/donation/common/public/?donate_page_KEY=10833 ]*

Now, enjoy the news,

*When You Charge A Nun With Sabotage…* [ http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/news/when-you-charge-a-nun-with-sabotage/ ]
Sister Megan Rice, Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed asked a federal appeals court yesterday to overturn their convictions on sabotage charges for a nonviolent protest at the Y-12 nuclear facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

[ http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/news/animal-rights-activists-will-face-terror-charges/ ]*Animal Rights Activists Will Face Terror Charges* [ http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/news/animal-rights-activists-will-face-terror-charges/ ]
A federal judge refused to dismiss charges against two animal rights activists on last week, rejecting the activists' challenge to the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA).

[ http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/news/court-strikes-down-ban-on-church-protests/ ]*Court Strikes Down Ban on Church Protests* [ http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/news/court-strikes-down-ban-on-church-protests/ ]
A Missouri law against "disrupting a house of worship" is unconstitutional, the federal Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled.

[ http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/news/chicago-activist-sentenced-to-18-months-for-immigration-fraud/ ]*Chicago Activist Sentenced to 18 Months for Immigration Fraud* [ http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/news/chicago-activist-sentenced-to-18-months-for-immigration-fraud/ ]
Rasmea Odeh, charged with "Unlawful Procurement of Naturalization" was sentenced today by a federal judge in Detroit.

[ http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/gagged-and-censored-justice-not-served-for-drone-protester/ ]*Gagged And Censored: Justice Not Served For Drone Protester* [ http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/gagged-and-censored-justice-not-served-for-drone-protester/ ]
Bonnie Block, currently on trial in Mauston, Wisconsin for trespassing at an Air Force base where she was handing out anti-drone flyers, has been denied the right to present a political defense for her actions.

[ http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/student-busted-for-photographing-cop-loses-lawsuit/ ]*Student Busted For Photographing Cop Loses Lawsuit* [ http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/student-busted-for-photographing-cop-loses-lawsuit/ ]
A federal jury in Philadelphia on Mar. 7 rejected a civil-rights lawsuit filed by a man arrested for photographing police there in 2011, finding that there was probable cause for the bust. Coulter Loeb, then a 23-year-old photojournalism student at the University of Cincinnati, was charged with disorderly conduct while photographing police.

*JTTF & MOA Vs. BLM: An Alphabet Soup Of Government Spying And Corporate Collaboration* [ http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/news/jttf-moa-vs-blm-an-alphabet-soup-of-government-spying-and-corporate-collaboration/ ]
Members of the Minneapolis-area FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force monitored plans for the large Black Lives Matter protest last December at the Mall of America in the suburb of Bloomington, emailing each other with information about its scheduling.

*Calif. Cops Say Undercover Justified In Pulling Gun On Protesters* [ http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/news/calif-cops-say-undercover-justified-in-pulling-gun-on-protesters/ ]
The California Highway Patrol has decided that an undercover officer was justified when he pulled his gun on protesters in Oakland last December, CHP Golden Gate Division chief Avery Browne said March 5.

[ http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/news/data-trespass-wyomings-fancy-name-for-ag-gag/ ]*'Data Trespass,' Wyoming's Fancy Name for Ag-Gag* [ http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/news/data-trespass-wyomings-fancy-name-for-ag-gag/ ]
Jonathan Ratner tests water. He visits streams in Wyoming, takes samples and tests it for E. coli. He's been testing streams for years, concerned that waste from Wyoming's 1.3 million cattle is polluting streams. And it is.

[ http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/news/walker-signs-right-to-work-for-less-law/ ]*Walker Signs "Right To Work For Less" Law* [ http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/news/walker-signs-right-to-work-for-less-law/ ]
In an invitation-only ceremony at a factory whose owner had threatened to move production to Mexico, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker yesterday signed a "right to work for less" law, making Wisconsin the 25th state to outlaw the union shop.

[ http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/michigan-drops-subpoenas-of-reporter/ ]*Michigan Drops Subpoenas Of Reporter* [ http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/michigan-drops-subpoenas-of-reporter/ ]
The state of Michigan dropped its subpoenas of a Huffington Post reporter March 9, less than six hours after she posted the news that the attorney general's office was demanding her notes from visits to prisons.

[ http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/aclu-sues-to-end-nsa-upstream-surveillance/ ]*ACLU Sues To End NSA 'Upstream' Surveillance* [ http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/aclu-sues-to-end-nsa-upstream-surveillance/ ]
I am going to violate my own privacy. In the last week, I have e-mailed two people in foreign countries: a Greek friend, expressing sympathy about her mother's death, and a French friend of my father's, explaining the somewhat ironic lyrics of Chic's 1979 disco hit "Good Times."

[ http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/3-questions-foiled-terror-plot/ ]*3 Questions You Should Ask When You Hear About A 'Foiled Terrorist Plot'* [ http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/3-questions-foiled-terror-plot/ ]
I wrote skeptically last month about the arrest of three men on federal terror charges, noting the role of an FBI informant, and the apparent intellectual challenges of one of the men. This week CUNY School of Law professor Ramzi Kassem, articulates the same concerns, and offers some additional background.

[ http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/did-university-of-toledo-violate-ohio-open-meetings-law-and-the-constitution/ ]*Did University Of Toledo Violate Ohio Open Meetings Law, And The Constitution?* [ http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/did-university-of-toledo-violate-ohio-open-meetings-law-and-the-constitution/ ]
UPDATE: The University of Toledo Student Government, responding to the outcry against the closed process detailed below, allowed an open hearing on the divestment resolution on March 3. Students arguing for and against the resolution were permitted to testify and members of the Student Government were allowed to vote on the resolution.

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House Committee Presses FBI Chief Comey on Clinton E-Mail
September 30 2015
Members of the U.S House Intelligence Committee are pressing FBI Director James Comey for more details of the bureau's recovery of e-mail messages that ...

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Alabama Makes Photo IDs Mandatory for Voting, Then Shutters DMV
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Beware Of Wrong Conclusions From New CIA Disclosure On Oswald

Andrew Kreig, Sept. 29, 2015

It's easy to reach wrong conclusions about President John F. Kennedy's
assassination based on a 1963 CIA document released this month. The
official CIA report made to Kennedy's presidential successor was at
best unreliable and at worst faked.

Details: http://www.ow.ly/SOLsE



October 1, 2015 1:21PM
The Intimidation Game: The Secret Service vs. Jason Chaffetz

Most of the controversy over government surveillance programs in the
last few years has focused on fears of what the NSA or FBI might do
with the personal data they’ve collected on Americans guilty of no
crime. But what if you’ve applied for a federal job? Surely that
information would not be misused or improperly accessed, particularly
since it is protected by the Privacy Act?

That’s probably what now-Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) thought
when he applied for a job with the Secret Service in 2003. But as the
chairman of the powerful House Committee on Oversight and Government
Reform Committee, Chaffetz earned the hatred of many in the Secret
Service for his investigations into the agency’s many recent blunders
and scandals. Thanks to a Department of Homeland Security Inspector
General investigation into the leak of Chaffetz’ 2003 Secret Service
application, we now have an idea of how extensive the leak of his
personal information was throughout the agency. As the IG noted:

We were unable to determine with certainty how many of those
individuals in turn disclosed this information to others who did not
have a need to know, who
may have then told others. However, the disclosure was widespread,
and recipients of the information likely numbered in the hundreds.
Those agents
we interviewed acknowledged freely sharing it with others in the
Secret Service, often contemporaneously with accessing the
information. One agent reported
that by the end of the second day, he was sent on a protection
assignment in New York City for the visit of the President of
Afghanistan, and many of the
approximately 70 agents at the protection briefing were talking
about the issue.

With one exception, the IG also found that senior civil servants in
the Secret Service did nothing to stop the propogation of Chaffetz’
personal data:

We identified 18 supervisors at the GS-15 or Senior Executive
Service level who appeared to have known or should have known, prior
to the publication of the fact, that Chairman Chaffetz’ MCI record was
being accessed. Yet, with a single exception, we found no evidence
that any of these senior Secret Service managers attempted to inform
the Director or higher levels of the supervisory chain, or to stop or
remediate the activity. Furthermore, we found no evidence that a
manager at any level issued written guidance for employees to
discontinue accessing MCI for anything but official use.

Chaffetz’ file was accessed at 29 different Secret Service facilities.
None of the federal employees who did so had a legitimate reason to
look at Chaffetz’ file. Assistant Director for Training Ed Lowry
emailed a colleague stating “Some information he might find
embarrassing needs to get out. Just to be fair.” While the IG
investigators could not link Lowry to the leak of the Chaffetz file to
the media, someone within the Secret Service clearly did so.

The leak of Chairman Chaffetz’ employment application was a clear
attempt to intimidate or punish him for doing his job: overseeing the
conduct of a federal agency under his committee’s jurisdiction. This
incident comes just a year after revelations about the hacking by CIA
employees of computers used by Senate Intelligence Committee staff
investigating the CIA’s torture program. To date, there have been no
prosecutions in either case or any attempts by Congress to use the
impeachment mechanism to remove implicated federal officials. The lack
of accountability in these episodes only invites further assaults on
Congress’ status as an independent, co-equal branch of government.
Government and Politics, Law and Civil Liberties
Chaffetz, Congress, Secs

Look at the evidence for the FBI coverup of the Vince Foster murder.

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F.B.I. Chief Says Politics Won’t Interfere With Inquiry on Hillary
Clinton’s Email

WASHINGTON — The F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, said Thursday that
he was certain the bureau would be able to complete the investigation
into Hillary Rodham Clinton’s personal email account in a timely
manner and that he would make sure politics did not interfere with it.

“I am following this very closely, and I get


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watching this video on http://www.youtube.com, or enable JavaScript if
it is disabled in your browser. .... from Ruddy or Peschmann, the FBI
was, itself, deeply implicated in the Foster cover-up. .... 1997
letter from Patrick Knowlton's attorney, John H. Clarke.

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full document reveals the participation of the FBI in the case from
the ... Knowlton and his lawyer John Clarke didn't know what to make
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We welcome you to the 20th annual JFK Lancer November in Dallas Conference held November 20-22 at the Adolphus Hotel in Dallas, Texas.

For the past 21 years, JFK Lancer has gathered the world's leading JFK researchers, teachers, authors, and eye-witnesses to share their knowledge on the events surrounding John F. Kennedy's presidency and assassination. We believe in the importance of combining historical evidence and cutting-edge research to shed light on the mysteries of the turbulent 1960s.

Whether you are a student of JFK history or simply curious, we invite you to join us on November 20, 2015 at the Adophus Hotel when we will gather once more in Dallas to share knowledge and challenge the status quo.

(left) Bill Newman: Dealey Plaza eye-witness, (middle) Sherry Fiester- Forensic expert, (right) Alan Dale- Researcher and Broadcaster
Conference Schedule

Friday, November 20, 2015
4:00pm Registration Opens
5:00pm - 10:00pm Speakers

Saturday, November 21, 2015
8:00am - 10:00pm Speakers and Special Events

Sunday, November 22, 2015
8:00am Guided Walking Tour of Dealey Plaza
12:00pm Informal Gathering at the Knoll

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October 1, 2015
Julie Serna, Art Gonzales: ‘Dateline’ Airs Case Of Ex-FBI Agent Who
Killed Wife In Fatal Shooting In Virginia

Julie Serna Gonzales, the mother-of-two who was shot and killed by her
estranged husband, former FBI agent Art Gonzales, will be the next
interesting story to make the cut for Dateline NBC. This latest
episode entitled, “The Agent’s Wife,” will look into the terrifying
events that led to the fatal shooting death of the former Las Cruces,
New Mexico, mother-of-two. Dateline NBC has been following the case
for years and has watched closely as new details have emerged. The Art
Gonzales case has been in the news since April, 2013, and has gone
through three trials.
Julie Serna Gonzales in happier times with her two sons.
Julie Serna Gonzales in happier times with her two sons. Photo Credit:
Eric Olsen, Stafford Commonwealth’s Attorney/Facebook

Police were dispatched to a home located at 59 Alderwood Drive in
Virginia, where they found the body of a Hispanic woman lying dead on
the kitchen floor. The home belonged to the victim’s estranged
husband, Arthur Bernard Gonzales, a former FBI agent. Gonzales told
law enforcement officials that he shot his wife in self defense after
she came at him with a knife. To protect himself, he shot her with
his.40-caliber Glock. The dead woman was identified as Julie Serna,
aka Julie Serna Gonzales. Before the killing that day, Julie Serna had
just finished having lunch with a friend.

In the infamous 911 call, Arthur Gonzales, casually told the operator
that he had to shoot his wife because she attacked him. The 911 call
was heavily criticized because the dispatcher was unable to get the
correct spelling of the street name. The dispatch call also came in to
the Las Cruces dispatch center, instead of the one in Virginia,
according to the Las Cruces Sun News.
Art Gonzales on trial for the death of his wife.
The Trial of Art Gonzales Photo Credit: Walter Michot/Twitter

An autopsy report concluded that the Julie Serna Gonzales had
sustained four gunshot wounds to the chest. She was buried by her
loving family a short time later. Family and friends took up donations
in order to establish some sort of trust fund for the two sons that
she left behind. A Facebook page has been created in her memory.

Julie Serna was described by people who knew her as a wonderful woman
who loved her kids. She was also described as a woman who liked to
smile and keep physically fit.

Arthur Gonzales has maintained that he did not plan to kill his wife
but felt compelled to protect himself after she violently confronted
him with a weapon in hand. Those who support Julie Serna Gonzales
don’t buy his story.

Art and Julie Gonzalez were married for almost 20 years and had just
bought the home in Virginia in 2010, before the tragic twist of
events. Some believe that a jittery and stressed out Gonzalez reacted
too quickly due to the pressures that were going on in his life at the
time. Others say that he concocted a plan to murder his wife for his
own benefits.

A short timeline of events makes the case a bit easier to understand.

On Friday, April 19, 2013, Julie finishes up lunch with a friend. She
is later shot and killed in the home of her estranged husband. In May,
2013, Art Gonzales is finally arrested and charged with second-degree
murder in the death of Julie Serna. In October, 2013, he is supposed
to head for trial, but the case is postponed. In March, 2014, Arthur
B. Gonzales’ first trial begins.

Many community members believed that Art Gonzales was receiving
special treatment because of his work as a former FBI agent, stating
that upon his arrest the same judge had issued a bond amount that was
several hundred thousand dollars less than other criminals that had
court dates around the same time. Some also believed that there was a
cover-up surrounding the case. These are some of the theories that
Dateline NBC will be examining tonight.

Don’t miss Dateline NBC’s latest true-crime case on Friday at 10/9
central on NBC. After the show, sound off below to state your opinion
about whether Art Gonzales killed his wife, Julie Serna, in self



The Murky Ethics of the FBI's Counterterrorism Strategy

Oct 5, 2015

In his new documentary (T)ERROR, David Felix Sutcliffe (along with his
co-director Lyric Cabral) follows both sides of an FBI
counterterrorism sting operation. Along the way, they raise questions
about the government's tactics and justifications for its sometimes


FBI, the organization behind the Martin Luther King assassination
will host a forum.....

Over 50 % of current FBI agents are former local cops.

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FBI to host forum on race relations

6:31 AM, Oct 5, 2015
7:39 AM, Oct 5, 2015

The FBI will host a town hall meeting Thursday on race relations and
how to approach interactions between the public and local law

Among the questions the agency plans to address are: What should you
do if you’re stopped by police? What should you do if you feel you’ve
been treated unfairly? What defines excessive force?

Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch will participate in a panel
discussion with other local law enforcement, KPD spokesman Darrell
DeBusk confirmed Friday. He would not speak further about the event
since it’s hosted by the FBI.

Repeated calls to the Knoxville Division of the FBI were not returned

The panel of law enforcement agencies will also include the Knox
County Sheriff’s Office, the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the Tennessee
Bureau of Investigation and the University of Tennessee Police


What: Town hall meeting on race relations

When: 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 8

Where: Austin East Magnet High School, 2800 Martin Luther King Jr.

Who: Hosted by the FBI, with panel discussion to include
representatives from the Knoxville Police Department, Knox County
Sheriff’s Office, Tennessee Highway Patrol, University of Tennessee
Police Department, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and others

Thursday won’t be the first time local law enforcement and the public
have come together for conversations on race in


Martin Luther King Assassination Conspiracy Exposed in Memphis ...
There Police and Fire Director Frank Holloman (formerly an FBI agent
for 25 years, ..... said he received at his back door from Earl Clark
right after the shooting.
How the Government Killed Martin Luther King, Jr.
Apr 3, 2013 - ... Young and Dexter King, Jowers says after he heard
the shot, Lt. Earl Clark, ... The corporate media says it was James
Earl Ray who shot MLK, and .... at great length about how the
government, through the FBI and the CIA, ...
US Gov't Found Guilty In Conspiracy To Assassinate MLK | News One
newsone.com › Nation
Jan 20, 2014 - The restaurant owner named Memphis Police Department
Officer, Lt. Earl Clark as Dr. King's assassin, according to a press
conference ...
Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. - Wikipedia, the free ...
Martin Luther King, Jr. was an American clergyman and civil rights
leader who was fatally shot at the Lorraine ... 4 FBI investigation; 5
Funeral; 6 James Earl Ray.
Who Killed Martin Luther King? | Dissident Voice
Apr 4, 2008 - That verdict exonerated James Earl Ray who had already
died in prison. ... Apparently nobody, not the Mafia, the Memphis
Police, the FBI, the CIA, .... MPD Lieutenant Earl Clark, now
deceased, came out of the brushy area ...
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Courthouse News Service
Monday, October 05, 2015Last Update: 8:07 AM PT
The Right to Competent, not Perfect, Counsel

WASHINGTON The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday obliterated relief for a Maryland police officer who shot his young mistress in the head at point-blank range.
When James Kulbicki killed Gina Marie Neuslein in 1993, the pair were ensnarled in a paternity suit and faced a court appearance in the coming days on unpaid child support.
Kulbicki was married to another woman and he was 14 years older than Neuslein. They had been seeing each other on and off for about two years, and Kulbicki admitted at his murder trial to being the father of Neuslein's 18-month-old child.
The former police officer made headway in his bid for postconviction relief when he complained that his defense attorneys were ineffective for failing to question the legitimacy of certain forensic evidence.
At Kulbicki's trial in 1995, an FBI agent testified about Comparative Bullet Lead Analysis, or CBLA, telling the court that the composition of elements in the molten lead of a bullet fragment found in Kulbicki's truck matched the composition of lead in a bullet fragment removed from Neuslein's brain.
One could "expect" such similarity if "examining two pieces of the same bullet," Special Agent Ernest Peele testified. He said the bullet taken from Kulbicki's gun was not an "exact" match to the bullet fragments, but that the bullets probably came from the same package.
CBLA fell out of favor, however, in the years after Kulbicki's conviction. Kulbicki seized on this when the Court of Appeals of Maryland declared CBLA evidence inadmissible for the first time in 2006, finding that it was not generally accepted by the scientific community.
The Maryland Court of Appeals vacated Kulbicki's conviction in 2013 on that basis alone.
The U.S. Supreme Court summarily reversed Monday, finding no support for the "conclusion that Kulbicki's defense attorneys were constitutionally required to predict the demise of CBLA."
"At the time of Kulbicki's trial in 1995, the validity of CBLA was widely accepted, and courts regularly admitted CBLA evidence until 2003," the unsigned decision states.
The justices saw no deficient performance by Kulbicki's defense team in "dedicating their time and focus to elements of the defense that did not involve poking methodological holes in a then-uncontroversial mode of ballistics analysis."
Though Kulbicki complained about his attorneys' failure to find the 1991 report Peele had co-authored - a document that "presaged the flaws in CBLA evidence" - the justices on Monday saw "no reason to believe that a diligent search would even have discovered the supposedly crucial report."
"Given the uncontroversial nature of CBLA at the time of Kulbicki's trial, the effect of the judgment below is to demand that lawyers go 'looking for a needle in a haystack,' even when they have 'reason to doubt

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Were Kansas voting machines programmed like VWs to record votes
incorrectly only under certain conditions?/ IVN

We Can’t Trust Companies To Do The Right Thing, But We Trust Their
Voting Machines?

by David Yee at IVN:

The VW case of tampering with the computing in their automobiles
for emission tests once again highlights just how easy it is for a
computer to “do” whatever it’s programmed to do — even if for
nefarious reasons. With a simple switch inserted into the program, the
output is factual when circumstances are one way and are tainted when
it’s another way.

This is the fundamental claim that Dr. Beth Clarkson is making in
the Kansas voting recount case. While Republicans were ahead, the
votes were counted correctly, while Democrats (and independent Greg
Orman) were ahead, it was almost like a switch was turned on to skew
the results back to Republican.

So what’s the fundamental difference? Both the U.S. and German
governments have pounced on VW’s software issues, launching full
investigations, and assessing huge fines.

What has happened in any of the cases involving likely voter
tampering of machines? Nothing.

Dr. Clarkson stated in her latest news letter that she now has
both legal representation and a date for discovery — so the case is
moving through the wheels of justice slowly.
But this is a sad reality. We jump on statistical anomalies that
alert us to potential food contamination in our food supply, we test
our water supplies daily for the same reason, and we test cars to make
sure they are upholding legal emission standards. So why on earth are
we not testing voting machines, something that has a complete and
irreparable impact on our republican form of government?

The unwillingness of state officials, including Kansas Secretary
of State Kris Kobach (the chief election officer), to do anything is
only making this worse. And the problems will continue to get worse as
America’s voting machines continue to age — with the oldest being
about 15 years on average. These machines use outdated and unsupported
operating systems, but they are still deemed “safe” for elections?

There has to be a balance between the quick delivery of election
results on election night and the integrity of the vote itself.
Because once human eyes are taken out of the equation, the fraud
becomes greater and much harder to find.

For me, I’m alright with going to bed on election night not
knowing the winner if it means that the system is more secure and our
republic isn’t being ruled by “cyber-criminals” the next day.



Al Prentice “Bunchy” Carter” would have rode with Nat Turner
By Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali -
Oct 10, 2015

Huey P. Newton, the co-founder of the Black Panther Party, believed
that culture itself would not liberate them | (41.media.tumblr.com)

“If Bunchy had been on the same plantation as Nat Turner you can
believe he would have rode with Nat Turner. That’s the type of person
Bunchy was.” Kumasi NBC television has resurrected Al Prentice
“Bunchy” Carter” with a new series called ‘Aquarius’. The imperialist
media has brought back both Carter and Charles Manson. Carter was an
iconic black revolutionary from Los Angeles. Manson was a cold-blooded
serial killer who led the Manson Family that murdered many in
California. Somehow Hollyweird has united these two polar opposites
for television. It is not that weird when we understand that these
forces are part of the state whose job it is to keep Africa, Africans
and all oppressed people confused.

Gerald Horne whose upcoming volume is “Confronting Black Jacobins: The
U.S. the Haitian Revolution, and the Origins of the Dominican
Republic” taught Carter’s daughter Danon at the University of
California, Santa Barbara and has written extensively on Hollywood.
Horne says Hollywood has done a number on Africans in America from
“Birth of a Nation” to “Gone With The Wind” depicting black women as
mammies, servants and sex objects. Linden Beckford, Jr. a graduate of
Grambling University is currently writing a biography of Carter Unlike
Huey P. Newton, Bobby Seale, Eldridge Cleaver and George Jackson,
Carter has almost been forgotten from the history of Africans in
America except for die hards. Yes, the Fugees (Wyclef Jean, Lauryn
Hill, and Pras Michel) mention Carter on the 1996 soundtrack film
“When We Were Kings” about the famous”Rumble in the Jungle”
heavyweight championship match between MuhammadAli and George Foreman
which took place in 1974. And yes M-1 and Stickman (dead prez) did
“B.I.G. respect” a song on their Mix tape “Turn off the Radio’ that
mentions Carter.

Who were Carter and John Huggins and why are they important for the
21st Century? Carter was assassinated on January 17th 1967 along with
John Huggins (February 11, 1945 – January 17, 1969) at Campbell Hall
at UCLA in Los Angeles.

It is a tragic coincidence in history that eight years before Carter
and Huggins joined the ancestors the first democratically elected
president of the Congo, Patrice Emery Lumumba, Joseph Okito,
vice-president of the Senate and Maurice Mpolo sports and youth
minister were killed by an unholy alliance of the CIA, Belgian
imperialism, and other agents of imperialism headed by Mobuto Sese
SekoNgbenduWaZaBanga aka Colonel Joseph Mobuto on January 17, 1961.

Carter and Huggins were gunned down by members of the cultural
nationalist US Organization. An FBI memo dated November 29, 1968
described a letter that the Los Angeles FBI office intended to mail to
the Black Panther Party office. This letter, which was made to appear
as if it had come from the US Organization, described fictitious plans
by US to ambush BPP members. The FBI memo stated that “It is hoped
this counterintelligence measure will result in an ‘US’ and BPP

Many feel that the leader of US, Ron Karenga was working for the other
side. An article in the Wall Street Journal described Karenga as a
thriving businessman-specializing in gas stations – who maintained
close ties to eastern Rockefeller family and L.A’s Mayor. Sam Yorty
pointed out Michael Newton in the volume, “Bitter Grain:Huey P. Newton
and the Black Panther Party”. The Wall Street Journal article said,
“Afew weeks after the assassination of Martin Luther King …Mr. Karenga
slipped into Sacramento for a private chat with Governor Reagan, at
the governor’s request. The black nationalist also met clandestinely
with Los Angeles police chief Thomas Reddin after Mr. King was

At that moment in history many cultural nationalist maintained that
the cultural revolution must take place before a political one could
proceed. Huey P. Newton, the co-founder of the Black Panther Party
countered with the view that, “We believe that culture itself will not
liberate us. We’re going to need some stronger stuff.”

The Black Panther Party led by Newton and Bobby Seale was like the
African National Congress of South Africa (ANC). It was an
anti-imperialist alliance; many like Carter embraced revolutionary
nationalism while others like Newton, George Jackson and Fred Hampton
took a Marxist-Leninist-Maoist {MLM} position. Hampton openly said he
was fighting for socialism leading to communism.

Carter was a firm supporter of the Native American struggle. It was
Carter who changed Elmer Pratt into Geronimo ji-Jaga Pratt (September
13, 1947- June 2, 2011) after the great Native American warrior.

Geronimo “the one who yawns”; (June 1829 – February 17, 1909) was a
prominent Apache leader who fought against Mexico and Arizona for
their expansion into Apache tribal lands for several decades during
the Apache Wars. Geronimo replaced Carter as the Deputy Minister of
Defense of the Southern California Chapter of the BPP after Carter was
taken out. Carter left a memo saying his wish was for Geronimo to
replace him.
While not an anticommunist, before joining the Party Carter was
recruited by Raymond “Maasi”Hewitt to a Maoist study group called the
Red Guard. I was a part of the same group however; Carter came in
after I left Los Angeles. Carter was influenced by Jean-Jacquesm
Dessalines of Haiti and DedanKimathi of the Land and Freedom Army
(so-called Mau Mau). The Los Angeles Chapter under Bunchyleadership
required that members take the Mau Mau Oath.

Here is the Mau Mau Oath
“I speak the truth and vow before God
And before this movement.
The movement of Unity,
The Unity which is put to the test
The Unity that is mocked with the name of “Mau Mau.
That I shall go forward to fight for the land,
The lands of Kirinyaga that we cultivated.
The lands which were taken by the Europeans
And if I fail to do this
May this oath kill me
May this seven kill me,
May this meat kill me”

Carter and a small segment of people who lived in my area of Los
Angeles had an international world view. He was a legendary figure in
my neighborhood. After he was released from p


Judge orders Gen. Allen to testify in Petraeus probe leak lawsuit
Politico (blog)-
October 10,2015


Jill Kelley contends that the FBI and the Defense Department illegally leaked her emails to the media while conducting an investigation into her claims that she ...

Judge orders Gen. Allen to testify in Petraeus probe leak lawsuit

10/09/15 02:07 PM EDT

A federal judge Friday ordered that retired Marine Gen. John Allen be required to testify in a lawsuit involving leaks in the federal investigation that eventually led to CIA Director David Petraeus' resignation and guilty plea to a misdemeanor charge of mishandling classified information.

U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson gave the go-ahead for a two-hour deposition of Allen in the Privacy Act lawsuit brought by Florida residents Jill and Scott Kelley. Jill Kelley contends that the FBI and the Defense Department illegally leaked her emails to the media while conducting an investigation into her claims that she and top U.S. military officials were being cyberstalked.

Allen’s attorney John Dowd indicated to the court that the retired general, who knew the Kelleys as a result of social events connected to Central Command in Tampa, was unaware of any inappropriate conduct on the part of the FBI personnel involved in the probe. Allen contends he did not release any email correspondence with the Kelleys to the media and that he was a victim of the media leaks, the judge said. Some of the news stories quoting unnamed sources suggested Kelley might be having an affair with Allen, something both of them deny took place.

“It’s a waste of time,” Dowd said bluntly about the proposed deposition.

Jackson seemed to agree at least to an extent, saying she didn’t see how anything Allen had to offer would help the Kelleys’ case against the FBI and the military. However, the judge said the Kelleys were entitled to get his testimony under oath if they wanted it.

“It does seem to be sufficiently related to the lawsuit that they’re entitled to get it from him,” the judge said. “I’m not going to say they’re not entitled to two hours with him.”

One complication with Allen’s testimony is that he is currently the U.S. Special Envoy to Counter the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (better known as ISIL).

Jackson noted that Allen is currently “dealing with one of the most importa


The FBI Octopus


Mark Blackburn Named President of Associa's Premier Luxury Property
Management Portfolio in Florida

/EIN News/ -- MIAMI, Oct. 9, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CSI Management
Services, an Associa company, is proud to announce the promotion of
Mark Blackburn to president. Most recently, Blackburn served as chief
operations officer and principal of CSI Management Services. In his
new role, he will provide strategic leadership for planning,
developing, implementing and achieving long-range goals and policies
for continued strong market-segment growth.

Blackburn co-founded CSI Management Services in 2004 and the firm has
grown to become recognized as the leader in luxury condominium
property management in South Florida. Additionally, he is the
co-founder and co-publisher of South Florida Opulence Magazine, the
award-winning luxury condominium lifestyle publication. Previous to
CSI Management Services, Blackburn served as partner in an advertising
agency which focused on real estate and finance.

Blackburn attended Rhode Island College to study political science and
marketing. He has been a guest lecturer at the Lynn University School
of Marketing in Boca Raton, Florida.

In addition to his corporate duties, Blackburn is a strong supporter
of community endeavors. He serves on the executive board of directors
of Mount Sinai Medical Center, Miami Beach, as well as on the board of
directors for the Steven C. Bagdan Charitable Foundation. A proponent
of law enforcement, Blackburn is a graduate of The FBI Citizens
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Federal magistrate challenges FBI’s refusal to name agent involved in
New Orleans East fatal shooting

More than two years after an FBI agent fatally shot a man in New
Orleans East, a federal magistrate said Thursday he knows of “no good
reason” why the agent’s identity should continue to be shielded while
the government defends his actions in a related wrongful-death

U.S. Magistrate Joseph Wilkinson Jr. summoned attorneys for the
Justice Department and the family of Allen Desdunes — whose July 2013
shooting death remains shrouded in mystery — to appear before him next
week and explain why the agent’s name should remain sealed more than a
year into the civil litigation over Desdunes’ death.

“I am aware of no good reason, in fact or in law, why the name of this
defendant should continue to be kept secret,” Wilkinson wrote in an
order published Thursday. “If any particular provision of the Privacy
Act, which the government apparently relies upon, stretches so far as
to undermine the important public nature of the court’s public record,
it has not been cited to me.”

Wilkinson’s order came a few days after The New Orleans Advocate
published an article examining the conflicting practices of area law
enforcement agencies on identifying officers involved in fatal

While the New Orleans Police Department and Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s
Office routinely release the names of officers who use deadly force,
the federal government has gone to great lengths to protect the name
of the FBI agent who fatally shot Desdunes during a drug

The names of three other FBI agents and four New Orleans police
officers involved in the case have been made public during the civil
proceedings. But the agent who fatally shot Desdunes near a Motel 6 on
the Interstate 10 Service Road has been referred to only as “John Doe
#1” in court papers.

The lawsuit claims Desdunes was unarmed and that his death was
racially motivated.

An FBI spokesman declined to comment on the case last week, citing the
pending litigation. The Justice Department has said it will not charge
the FBI agent for killing Desdunes, but the government has declined a
Freedom of Information Act request seeking investigative reports about
the incident.

Wilkinson, in his two-page order, said an earlier protective order he
allowed in the civil case had been intended to facilitate out-of-court
discovery between the parties, “not the perpetual sealing of (the
agent’s) nam


Journalist Convicted of Hacking, Accused FBI of Manipulating Evidence
Matthew Keys

Matthew Keys


A journalist convicted of hacking Wednesday claims the FBI provided
misleading evidence in his case because he would not reveal a source,
the Washington Post reports.

Matthew Keys, a former Reuters social media editor, was accused of
providing login credentials to a group of hackers who broke into the
Los Angeles Times’ networks to alter an online story.

“The FBI agent admitted on the stand to editing chat logs,” Matthew
Keys said in an interview Wednesday night. “They presented this case
with edited and misleading evidence and facts that told a brilliant
story that was total bulls––t.”

Keys, who was found guilty on three counts of hacking, faces up to 25
years in prison when sentenced.

The Justice Department denied any wrongdoing.



LIVE: Farrakhan Addresses Million Man March, Delivers 'Hard Truths'

Protesters and Speakers gather at the Capitol building for the
Million Man March Rally

Published 10 October 2015 (4 hours 57 minutes ago)
“This is not a moment. It’s a movement,” the Nation of Islam leader
said, evoking memories from 20 years ago, as thousands came to attend
the D.C. calling for an end racial injustice.

​Nation of Islam Leader Louis Farrakhan addressed the large gathering
of demonstrators at the U.S. Capitol building during the “Justice or
Else!” march commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Million Man
March on Washington.        

“I feel the cry of our ancestors the pain of those on whose shoulders
we stand. I feel that the ancestors are happy that a young generation
has arisen,” he said after greeting the crowd with an “As-salam
Alaykoum,” the Arabic and Muslim expression that means “Peace be Upon

The minister spoke from behind a bullet-proof glass as there were
rumors and reports of possible violence against the African-American
leader who is seen as controversial by many Americans, especially
far-right anti-Islam groups, some of whom organized armed

Farrakhan praised the presence of Native Americans and Latino
delegations at the march, emphasizing the need for cross-cultural
unity against racial injustice.        

“(Native-Americans) are here because they are the original owners of
this part of the earth and we honor them with the honor they are
justly due,” he said.        

“They’re suffering in their land is very great. So all of those who
cry for justice, know that no cry is greater than those who have
suffered the most. And those who have suffered the most are the
indigenous people not only of (the U.S.) but of the western

Speaking on the recent African-American uprisings in the United
States, Farrakhan attempted to appeal to the youth by praising the
Black Lives Matter movement, saying they represent the future.        

“Ferguson ignited it all. All the brother and sisters from Ferguson
that challenged the tanks we are honored that you have come to
represent our struggle and our demand,” he said.        

Farrakhan also harshly criticzed the FBI, CIA, and IRS, saying that
they could “Go to Hell,” while adding he has no fear of government

Throughout his speech he emphasized self-sacrifice and
self-determination, urging the audience to practice to do whatever it
takes to bring about change. “This is not a moment, it’s a movement,”
he said. “The many are greater than the one.”        

Notable figures present throughout the march, included Hip Hop artist
J. Cole, internatonational pop star Janet Jackson, while other
celebirites like Russel Simmons and Will and Jada Pinkett Smith
endorsed and funded the march.

Almost 20 years ago, in 1995 thousand of protesters, mostly
African-American men, attended the first Million Man March, a movement
led by the Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan, who called upon
Black men to travel to the country's capital, demanding change from
the government.

According to official sources, it was the fourth-largest demonstration
in Washington history, and the largest predominantly black gathering.

However, this year calls for the Million Man March to be mo



How Do-Gooders Can Do Bad
October 10, 2015

“Human rights” organizations have become purveyors of bloody chaos as
they advocate Western big-power military attacks on weak countries in
the name of “responsibility to protect” – one of several purportedly
well-intentioned strategies gone awry – as Coleen Rowley and Diana
Johnstone describe.

By Coleen Rowley and Diana Johnstone

Organizers and participants in the “Creating a Workable World”
conference (held this weekend at the University of Minnesota) are
undoubtedly sincere. No one wants to live in an unworkable world. The
sponsoring World Federalist Movement has historically exercised a
strong attraction on progressives, appealing to their generous
sentiments and wish for world peace.

However, such a grand, overarching ideal as world federalism or global
democracy must be evaluated in light of current circumstances and its
track record.
Ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi shortly before he was murdered on
Oct. 20, 2011.

Ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi shortly before he was murdered on
Oct. 20, 2011.

At the end of World War II, it was widely believed that nationalism
was the main cause of the horrors that had just devastated much of the
world. It was easy to imagine that abolishing nation states would be a
step toward ending wars by removing their cause. This sentiment was
particularly strong in Western Europe, forming the ideological
foundation of the movement that led to European integration, now
embodied in the European Union.

In that same period, there was a historic movement going in the
opposite direction: the national liberation movements in various
colonized countries of the Third World. The political drive for
national liberation from European powers — Britain, France, the
Netherlands — contributed to establishing national sovereignty as the
foundation of world peace, by outlawing aggression. Newly liberated
Third World countries felt protected by the principle of national
sovereignty, seeing it as essential to independence and even to

But today, 70 years after the end of World War II, experience has
provided lessons in the practice of these two contrary ideals:
supranational governance and national sovereignty. Not surprisingly,
the official voices of the hegemonic world power and its allies tend
to cite internal conflicts, especially in weaker Third World
countries, as proof that national sovereignty must be violated in
order to defend “human rights” and bring democracy. The danger from
“genocide” has even become an official U.S.-NATO pretext for
advocating and launching military intervention. With disastrous

It’s therefore not surprising that Workable World’s keynote speaker,
W. Andy Knight, was a supporter of the infamous regime-change war that
virtually destroyed Libya, under the guise, paradoxically, of the U.S.
and NATO


Scott and Jill Kelley's legal case persists long after the Gen. David
Petraeus scandal

Saturday, October 10, 2015 11:04am

Scott and Jill Kelley sued the federal government in June 2013. A
judge dismissed all but one of the couple's 14 allegations: that
government officials violated the couple's privacy rights by leaking
Jill Kelley's name and hostile emails the couple received from an
anonymous sender, later revealed to be Paula Broadwell, who was having
an affair with Gen. David Petraeus. [Times (2009)]
Natalie Khawam, left, Gen. David Petraeus, Scott and Jill Kelley
and Holly Petraeus watch the Gasparilla parade from the Kelleys'
Bayshore Boulevard lawn. The Kelleys became friends of the general and
his wife. [Times (2010)]
Gen. Davis Petraeus, left, shakes hands with Paula Broadwell,
co-author of "All In: The Education of General David Petraeus."
Angered by Jill Kelley's rapport with Petraeus and other top military
brass at MacDill Air Force Base, Broadwell in 2012 sent anonymous
emails to Marine Gen. John Allen and others that disparaged Kelley.
She also sent emails to Scott Kelley accusing his wife of having an
affair. [Associated Press (2011)]
FBI Special Agent Frederick Humphries II said in a deposition
obtained by CNN that his bosses displayed animosity toward Jill
Kelley, marginalized her as a victim and regarded her as a "femme
Scott and Jill Kelley sued the federal government in June 2013. A
judge dismissed all but one of the couple's 14 allegations: that
government officials violated the couple's privacy rights by leaking
Jill Kelley's name and hostile emails the couple received from an
anonymous sender, later revealed to be Paula Broadwell, who was having
an affair with Gen. David Petraeus. [Times (2009)]
Natalie Khawam, left, Gen. David Petraeus, Scott and Jill Kelley
and Holly Petraeus watch the Gasparilla parade from the Kelleys'
Bayshore Boulevard lawn. The Kelleys became friends of the general and
his wife. [Times (2010)]
Gen. Davis Petraeus, left, shakes hands with Paula Broadwell,
co-author of "All In: The Education of General David Petraeus."
Angered by Jill Kelley's rapport with Petraeus and other top military
brass at MacDill Air Force Base, Broadwell in 2012 sent anonymous
emails to Marine Gen. John Allen and others that disparaged Kelley.
She also sent emails to Scott Kelley accusing his wife of having an
affair. [Associated Press (2011)]
FBI Special Agent Frederick Humphries II said in a deposition
obtained by CNN that his bosses displayed animosity toward Jill
Kelley, marginalized her as a victim and regarded her as a "femme
Scott and Jill Kelley sued the federal government in June 2013. A
judge dismissed all but one of the couple's 14 allegations: that
government officials violated the couple's privacy rights by leaking
Jill Kelley's name and hostile emails the couple received from an
anonymous sender, later revealed to be Paula Broadwell, who was having
an affair with Gen. David Petraeus. [Times (2009)]

A federal judge has called Jill and Scott Kelley's lawsuit against the
federal government "thin on facts." A top legal expert calls the
complaint "sloppy" and far from conclusive.
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Scott and Jill Kelley to seek reporters' testimony in
Petraeus-related lawsuit

Yet two years after it was filed, the lawsuit steadily advances for
the South Tampa socialite and her physician husband who played
supporting roles in a saga that exposed then-CIA director David
Petraeus' affair with biographer Paula Broadwell.

The paparazzi has long since moved on to other scandals, but the
Kelleys' suit persists, fueled by the testimony of several current and
former high ranking officials — such as U.S. Defense Secretary Leon
Panetta — and an FBI agent who vouched for Jill Kelley.

The case is proceeding on a single allegation against that FBI and
Department of Defense: that government officials violated the couple's
privacy rights by leaking Jill Kelley's name and hostile emails the
couple received from an anonymous sender, later revealed to be

That means the lawsuit hinges on who in the government said what and
to whom. Attorneys for both sides are interviewing witnesses and
preparing for a possible trial. At least some kind of victory for the
Kelleys appears plausible, experts say.

"They may not be the most attractive plaintiffs in the world, but
there's a certain moral appeal to the argument that this kind of
humiliation just shouldn't happen," said Bob Weisberg, a Stanford
University professor and expert in privacy law. "Unless some files
accidentally fell out of a drawer when the wind blew, somebody did
something wrong at some point."

• • •

Filed in June 2013, the Kelleys' lawsuit claims the couple was
victimized twice: once by Broadwell and again by government officials
who leaked inaccurate and derogatory information about the couple.

A judge dismissed all but one of the Kelleys' 14 allegations. The
remaining claim cites the U.S. Privacy Act, which requires federal
officials to protect the identity and personal information of

"The dissemination of private information to the media presents
considerable risk of negative consequences for the individuals
involved," said Mary Anne Franks, a University of Miami School of Law
professor who specializes in privacy law. "The Kelleys do seem to have
suffered significantly due to the government's handling of their

Angered by Jill Kelley's rapport with Petraeus and other top military
brass at MacDill Air Force Base, Broadwell in 2012 sent anonymous
emails to Marine Gen. John Allen and others that disparaged Kelley.
She also sent emails to Scott Kelley accusing his wife of having an

The suit claims the Kelleys gave the FBI permission to access one of
Scott Kelley's emails, but the FBI accessed others anyway.

After Petraeus' resignation, stories by the Associated Press and other
outlets quoted unnamed government officials who identified Jill
Kelley. A Washington Post editor contacted Kelley and said he had seen
some of the harassing emails.

News reports also cited anonymous government sources saying Jill
Kelley engaged in suggestive communications with Allen and that
officials were investigating possible adultery between the two. Kelley
denied an inappropriate relationship with Allen, who was cleared of

Petraeus later pleaded guilty to mishandling classified information.
Broadwell was not charged.

Claiming emotional trauma, damaged reputations and financial harm, the
Kelleys seek unspecified monetary damages and a formal apology, among
other demands.

The FBI has denied the allegations. A spokeswoman for the Justice
Department declined to comment. The Kelleys' Washington attorney, Alan
C. Raul, did not return messages.

U.S. Judge District Judge Amy Jackson Berman called the complaint
"thin on facts" but cited media accounts as enough evidence to allow
the case to proceed to the discovery phase.

That's a low legal bar to clear, said Weisberg, the Stanford professor
who called the complaint a sloppy, "kitchen sink" approach.

"There are some facts offered to suggest someone in the government
leaked stuff and there was no good reason for it," he said. "The
question is, do (the Kelleys) have enough evidence to prove there were
illegal disclosures."

• • •

As they depose witnesses, some with big names and titles, the Kelleys'
attorneys hope to gather that evidence.

At least one witness — the FBI agent Jill Kelley first contacted about
the emails — has given their case a boost.

Special Agent Frederick Humphries II said in a deposition obtained by
CNN that his bosses displayed animosity toward Jill Kelley,
marginalized her as a victim and regarded her as a "femme fatale."
Humphries said he believed someone at FBI headquarters leaked Kelley's
name in what "seemed to be a purposeful attempt to discredit both Mrs.
Kelley and myself."

"(The Kelleys') lawyers have to prove intentional and willful conduct
on the part of the government, and certainly (Humphries) helps show
intent on the part of the FBI, " said Bruce Jacob, dean emeritus and
professor at Stetson University College of Law.

Franks, the Miami law professor, said the evidence paints a
particularly troubling picture of Jill Kelley's "plight."

"She was a victim of threats and harassment who was turned into the
object of lurid speculation and ridicule after she reported h



Child sex case dropped, but a life still left in ruins

On June 8 last year, the life that American engineer Christopher Lee Hobbs had been building for himself and his family came tumbling down. The 56-year-old was arrested in Pattaya on six counts of molesting two underage boys — a Thai and a Cambodian — and faced the prospect of 42 years in prison.

Published: 11/10/2015 at 01:16 AM

He was paraded before local and national media and police and his NGO accusers were lauded for catching a child abuser.

But more than one year later police and the Pattaya Prosecutor’s Office determined the case was a wrongful arrest. It was found that convicted American paedophile Steven Strike, wanted on sex offences in Hawaii, had been living in the Pattaya townhouse where the boys alleged they were abused on one occasion.

Mr Hobbs believes that the case against him was not only one of mistaken identity, but also a “sting” operation involving US FBI agents, local police and a Pattaya-based NGO specialising in child protection, to boost their standing. He is now trying to launch multiple lawsuits seeking hundreds of millions of baht in compensation for damage to his reputation.

Mr Hobbs had spent four years in Thailand prior to his arrest, working for a Japanese multinational which did sub-contracting work for major companies and agencies such as the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand. He earned an annual salary of seven million baht and married a Thai woman, Somporn, 36, who he has a son with.

“All I really want is a simple apology after what they have put me through,” Mr Hobbs told Spectrum. “When the police held the press conference and spread the false information, it seemed so easy to do.

“But now that I have won that case and proved that I am not guilty, no one cares about helping me gain my reputation back.”


During the working week, Mr Hobbs’ main residence was a condo on Sukhumvit Soi 11 in Bangkok. After the birth of his son in 2011, he decided he didn’t want his child to grow up in a big city. He bought a home in South Pattaya, which was run as a guesthouse, earning income for the family on top of the restaurant they already owned in his wife’s name.

Mr Hobbs, who also holds Canadian citizenship, was busy at his job in Bangkok and says he only visited his family, who had relocated to Pattaya, every other weekend. In a police interview, a close Bangkok friend of Mr Hobbs, identified only as Stefan, said the engineer was working 12-hour days and had little time for socialising apart from “one to two beers” after work. He said Mr Hobbs was a married man who only seemed attracted to women.

Three years ago, Mr Hobbs met another friend in Pattaya, UK national Dan Clark, who he entered into a business partnership with. That friendship would lead to the predicament he is in today. Mr Hobbs agreed to set up a fruit juice business with Mr Clark, lending him the money to import juicing machines from China and a second-hand van for deliveries. To protect his investment, Mr Hobbs said the van was purchased and registered under his name.

Mr Clark had also made a new acquaintance: a tall, bearded, middle-aged American called “Steve”, who rented a room above the three-storey townhouse from which he operated the juice business, in the gated Pattaya community of Midtown Villa.

The American was Steven Strike, 46, who had fled from Maui, Hawaii, after being indicted there for the sexual abuse of a boy aged under 14. Eight days after his arrest, Strike obtained a new passport and fled to Thailand
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Cops Don't Need a Crypto Backdoor to Get Into Your iPhone
“In spite of the big words the FBI has used over the last year, the situation isn't quite as dire as they make it out to be,” says Chris Soghoian, principal technologist ...


FBI No Longer Checks Its Records for 'Nonserious' Crimes
Wall Street Journal (blog)
Federal regulations require the FBI to exclude from its rap-sheet
database “nonserious” arrests and convictions of juveniles and adults,
such as ...


Chelsea Manning is suing the FBI


— Imprisoned national-security leaker Chelsea Manning is suing the
Federal Bureau of Investigation over access to files compiled during
the agency's inquiry into her release of classified documents to the
WikiLeaks website.

Lawyers representing the Army private formerly known as Bradley
Manning filed the lawsuit last week in the U.S. district court in
Washington. The FBI denied Manning's 2014 request to release the
records under the Freedom of Information Act, claiming they may be
relevant to a pending or prospective law-enforcement proceeding.

Manning argues that her

Ed Tatro is a featured speaker
on the JFK assassination this week in New Orleans.

He is a friend of Gary Powers Jr
The son of Gary Powers, the U 2 pilot
shot down over Russia.


Subject: Bridge
of Spies Trailer and Blog

Date: Mon, 12 Oct 2015 11:24:26 -0400

Ed, Hope all is well.



Feel free to share with your lists.


Ed Tatro also sent these links about JFK etc etc etc

Naval Chemical & Biological Warfare Film
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Naval Concepts of Chemical and Biological Warfare

A Department of Defense Motion Picture Film (1952)

Cover sheet - [PDF 236 KB 12-Oct-2015]


MP4 file of film, 14.47 minutes - [MP4 238 MB 12-Oct-2015]

NOTE: Very large file: 238 MB


Earthcam from TSBD View for Movie
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LHO's Apartment = $40,000 Bill
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11/22/63 re-enactment
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Henry David Thoreau quotes:
Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.

Henry David Thoreau quotes:
Is a democracy, such as we know it, the last improvement possible in
government? Is it not possible to take a step further towards
recognizing and organizing the rights of man? There will never be a
really free and enlightened State until the State comes to recognize
the individual as a higher and independent power, from which all its
own power and authority are derived, and treats him accordingly. I
please myself with imagining a State at least which can afford to be
just to all men, and to treat the individual with respect as a
neighbor; which even would not think it inconsistent with its own
repose if a few were to live aloof from it, not meddling with it, nor
embraced by it, who fulfilled all the duties of neighbors and
fellow-men. A State which bore this kind of fruit, and suffered it to
drop off as fast as it ripened, would prepare the way for a still more
perfect and glorious State, which also I have imagined, but not yet
anywhere seen.

Henry David Thoreau quotes:
The fate of the country does not depend on how you vote at the polls
-- the worst man is as strong as the best at that game; it does not
depend on what kind of paper you drop into the ballot-box once a year,
but on what kind of man you drop from your chamber into the street
every morning.

Henry David Thoreau quotes:
I came into this world, not chiefly to make this a good place to live
in, but to live in it, be it good or bad.

Henry David Thoreau quotes:
The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called
resignation is confirmed desperation.

Henry David Thoreau quotes:
If a thousand men were not to pay their tax-bills this year, that
would not be a violent and bloody measure, as it would be to pay them,
and enable the State to commit violence and shed innocent blood. This
is, in fact, the definition of a peaceable revolution, if any such is

Henry David Thoreau quotes:
That man is richest whose pleasures are cheapest.

Henry David Thoreau quotes:
Somehow strangely the vice of men gets well represented and protected
but their virtue has none to plead its cause -- nor any charter of
immunities and rights.

Henry David Thoreau quotes:
Unjust laws exist: shall we be content to obey them, or shall we
endeavor to amend them, and obey them until we have succeeded, or
shall we transgress them at once?

Henry David Thoreau quotes:
Others -- as most legislators, politicians, lawyers, ministers, and
office-holders -- serve the state chiefly with their heads; and, as
they rarely make any moral distinctions, they are as likely to serve
the devil, without intending it, as God. A very few -- as heroes,
patriots, martyrs, reformers in the great sense, and men -- serve the
state with their consciences also, and so necessarily resist it for
the most part ...

Henry David Thoreau quotes:
Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a
just man is also a prison ... the only house in a slave State in which
a free man can abide with honor.

Henry David Thoreau quotes:
Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously
the new.

Henry David Thoreau quotes:
I heartily accept the motto, 'That government is best which governs
least'; and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and
systematically. Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I
believe -- 'That government is best which governs not at all'; and
when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government
which the will have.

Henry David Thoreau quotes:
If you see a man approaching you with the obvious intent of doing you
good, you should run for your life.

Henry David Thoreau quotes:
Trade and commerce, if they were not made of Indian rubber, would
never manage to bounce over the obstacles which legislators are
continually putting in their way.

Henry David Thoreau quotes:
Let us settle ourselves, and work and wedge our feet downward through
the mud and slush of opinion, and prejudice and tradition, and
delusion, and appearance, that alluvion which covers the globe... till
we come to the hard bottom of rocks in place, which we can call

Henry David Thoreau quotes:
Things do not change, we change.

Henry David Thoreau quotes:
Wherever you may seek solitude, men will ferret you out and compel you
to belong to their desperate company of oddfellows.

Henry David Thoreau quotes:
To speak practically and as a citizen, unlike those who call
themselves no-government men, I ask for, not at once no government,
but at once a better government. Let every man make known what kind of
government would command his respect, and that will be one step toward
obtaining it. After all, the practical reason why, when the power is
once in the hands of the people, a majority are permitted, and for a
long period continue, to rule, is not because they are most likely to
be in the right, nor because this seems fairest to the minority, but
because they are physically the strongest. But a government in which
the majority rule in all cases cannot be based on justice, even as far
as men understand it. Can there not be a government in which
majorities do not virtually decide right and wrong, but conscience? --
in which majorities decide only those questions to which the rule of
expediency is applicable? Must the citizen ever for a moment, or in
the least degree, resign his conscience to the legislator? Why has
every man a conscience, then? I think that we should be men first, and
subjects afterward. It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the
law, so much as for the right. The only obligation which I have a
right to assume is to do at any time what I think right. It is truly
enough said that a corporation has no conscience; but a corporation of
conscientious men is a corporation with a conscience. Law never made
men a whit more just; and, by means of their respect for it, even the
well-disposed are daily made the agents of injustice.

Henry David Thoreau quotes:
Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it.

Henry David Thoreau quotes:
The law will never make men free; it is men who have got to make the
law free.

Henry David Thoreau quotes:
A wise man will not leave the right to the mercy of chance, nor wish
it to prevail through the power of the majority. There is but little
virtue in the action of masses of men. When the majority shall at
length vote for the abolition of slavery, it will be because they are
indifferent to slavery, or because there is but little slavery left to
be abolished by their vote. They will then be the only slaves. Only
his vote can hasten the abolition of slavery who asserts his own
freedom by his vote.

Henry David Thoreau quotes:
To be awake is to be alive.

Henry David Thoreau quotes:
Gardening is civil and social, but it wants the vigor and freedom of
the forest and the outlaw.

Henry David Thoreau quotes:
I make my own time. I make my own terms. I cannot see how God or
Nature can ever get the start of me.

Henry David Thoreau quotes:
What is the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to
put it on?

Henry David Thoreau quotes:
The universe seems bankrupt as soon as we begin to discuss the
characters of individuals.

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see link for important bar graph


Eric Garner and Tamir Rice among those missing from FBI record of
police killings

Only 224 of 18,000 law enforcement agencies reported fatal
shootings in 2014
Previously unpublished FBI data sheds new light on flawed
voluntary system

New York Michael Brown Eric Garner
Emerald Garner, daughter of Eric Garner, right, cries while standing
next to Esaw Garner, Eric Garner’s wife, center, and Lesley McSpadden,
mother of Michael Brown, in April. Photograph:

Thursday 15 October 2015 08.42 EDT
Last modified on Thursday 15 October 2015 09.08 EDT

Killings by police that unleashed a new protest movement around the US
in 2014, including those of Eric Garner, Tamir Rice and John Crawford,
are missing from the federal government’s official record of homicides
by officers because most departments refuse to submit data.
Analysis The tracking of police violence in the US may have reached a
turning point
The past week has seen a series of comments regarding the state of
documenting US police killings – and some clarity on how the
government plans to do so
Read more

Only 224 of 18,000 law enforcement agencies around the US reported a
fatal shooting by their officers to the FBI last year, according to
previously unpublished data obtained by the Guardian, which sheds new
light on flaws in official systems for counting the use of deadly
force by police.

The Counted, an investigation by the Guardian to report all deaths
caused by police in 2015, had already logged deadly shootings by
officers from 224 different law enforcement agencies by 10 April this
year. Crowd-sourced counts in 2014 recorded deaths at a similar higher

Stephen Fischer, a spokesman for the FBI, said exclusions were
inevitable because the program remained voluntary. “We have no way of
knowing how many incidents may have been omitted,” Fischer said in an

Amid mounting pressure on public authorities to overhaul the recording
of deadly incidents involving law enforcement, an extensive review of
all data on “justifiable homicides” by police collected by the FBI
from police departments between 2004 and 2014 found:

No police departments from the state of Florida reported any
homicides by officers, meaning deaths caused by police in the
country’s third-most populous state were not logged by the FBI. The
New York police department, by far the country’s biggest, submitted
data for just one year during the past decade.

The FBI records only basic personal details of each person killed
and not information such as whether they were armed with a weapon – a
critical factor in ongoing debates over the use of force by police
around the country.

A chaotic approach was applied to recording other high-profile
deaths over recent years. Some were logged, some filed to a separate
category with general homicides without noting the subjects were
killed by police, and others were ignored.

An increase in the number of homicides by police publicly reported
by the FBI over the past five years was effectively matched by a rise
in the number of individual departments reporting any homicides,
casting doubt over purported trends in the data.

Details of other controversial deaths that prompted protests were
entered incorrectly in the FBI database, damaging government efforts
to monitor demographic information about people killed by police.

The analysis of raw FBI data was carried out as the US Department of
Justice announced it was trialling a new open-source system for
counting homicides by law enforcement. The system’s methodology
closely resembles those of The Counted and a Washington Post record of
fatal police shootings.


DOJ/FBI agents protect members of Congress who commit crimes.

Congress protects DOJ/ FBI agents who commit crimes.

Always funded by your tax dime.

couple of coverups in progress....
Was Hastert a pedophile......

Google Lyndon Johnson assassinated Kennedy

if link fails

also see


Oct 15 2015, 10:15 am ET
Ex-House Speaker Dennis Hastert Strikes Deal in Hush-Money Case

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert has struck a plea deal to resolve
charges he lied to the FBI about bank withdrawals — money allegedly
used to keep sexual misconduct accusations under wraps, lawyers
announced in court on Thursday.

The politician, who was not in the Chicago courtroom, will appear on
Oct. 28 to enter a plea.

Hastert, who led the House for eight years before retiring in 2007,
was indicted in June on charges he structured bank transactions to
avoid triggering red flags and then lied about those cash withdrawals
to the FBI.

Court papers say he was taking out the money because he agreed to pay
a mystery man identified only as "Individual A" some $3.5 million in
hush money to conceal "prior misconduct."

Federal law enforcement sources have said "Individual A" was a student
at Yorkville High School in Illinois while Hastert was a teacher and
coach there in the '60s and '70s, and that the misconduct was sexual
in nature.
Dennis Hastert poses with wrestlers in a yearbook photo. NBC News

After Hastert was indicted, a Montana woman, Jolene Burdge, came
forward with claims that Hastert had molested her brother, Steve
Reinbolt, a Yorkville grad who died in 1995 of AIDS complications.

A friend of Reinboldt's told NBC News on condition of anonymity that
Reinboldt — who is not Individual A — also told him years ago that he
had sexual contact with Hastert.

"I was hanging out at Steve's house in December 1974, I seem to recall
we went for a drive and he told me that he was gay. He also said that
his first sexual encounter was with Denny Hastert," the friend said.


two stories about assassination


Lyndon Johnson led a ‘coup d'etat’ against JFK: Scholar


Tue Oct 13, 2015 3:59PM
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Former US President Lyndon B. Johnson (left), along with high level
CIA officials, “engineered the murder of Kennedy as a coup d'etat,”
Dr. Kevin Barrett told Press TV on Tuesday.

Former US President Lyndon B. Johnson, with the CIA’s assistance, was
involved in a “coup d'etat” to assassinate former President John F.
Kennedy, an American scholar in Wisconsin says.

Johnson, along with high level CIA officials, “engineered the murder
of Kennedy as a coup d'etat,” said Dr. Kevin Barrett, a founding
member of the Muslim-Jewish-Christian Alliance.

“This has been established by alternative historians because you can’t
publish this in the mainstream [media], you can’t say this in the
academic journals,” Barrett told Press TV on Tuesday.

Johnson served as vice president of the United States during the
presidency of Kennedy from 1961 to 1963.

He was sworn in as president in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963,
just 2 hours after JFK was assassinated in Dallas. This was
interpreted by some that Johnson was too eager to assume power.

“We know that we had a coup d'etat on November 22, 1963, orchestrated
by Vice President Johnson and top level CIA people, with the possible
help of organized crime elements linked to the Israeli Mossad,”
Barrett said.

Israel also had a motive to kill Kennedy because the president was
opposed to the regime's nuclear weapons program which he believed
could instigate a nuclear arms-race in the Middle East, Barrett

Kennedy encountered tensions with former Israeli Prime Minister David
Ben-Gurion who wanted to develop nuclear weapons.

The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy,
known unofficially as the Warren Commission, was established by
Johnson in November 1963 to investigate the assassination of Kennedy.

The commission's final report, released


Maldives police chief says no one beyond reach in boat blast probe


Oct 15, 2015 - 04:36

Police Commissioner Hussain Waheed meets top police officers on

Police Commissioner Hussain Waheed meets top police officers on

Maldives police chief Hussain Waheed on Thursday insisted that he
would not hesitate to arrest anyone in connection to the explosion
aboard the presidential speedboat late last month.

Speaking during a sit-down with police officers on Saturday, Hussain
Waheed said the case has been given top priority.

He said the police has given special precedence to bring everyone
connected to the blast to justice. The chief asked all police
officers' support in the endeavour.

The investigation team has been given the green light to use every
available resource at its disposal, he added. Police would also enable
the team to conduct and independent investigation, he said.

The police chief further stressed that no one must be allowed to
disrupt the peace and stability of the country to hinder the

He urged all police officers to be vigilant to ensure the safety and
security of the nation at this crucial juncture.

President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom and First Lady Fathimath Ibrahim
were travelling to Male from the Ibrahim Nasir International Airport,
located on the nearby island of Hulhule which is a five-minute ferry
ride from the capital city, on September 28 when the explosion took
place. They had returned home that morning after concluding their
visit to Saudi Arabia to perform the annual hajj pilgrimage.

The president was unhurt, but the first lady suffered a spinal
fracture while presidential secretary Fathimath Mohamed Solih and
bodyguard Abdu Nasir received minor injuries including burns.

The first lady still remains in hospital.

The blast is being investigated by an enquiry commission set up by the

Apart from releasing video footage of the incident, the commission has
not revealed much detail. But it had been confirmed that two army
officers with links to the armoury had been taken into custody, and
are now in remand for 15 days.

Haveeru has found that the speedboat had been secured by the MNDF for
about two hours after the explosion. Sources say that the two army
officers had gone on-board without authorisation and are accused of
trying to destroy evidence.

The government, meanwhile, has said the explosion could be a targeted
attack on the president -- an assertion backed by a team of experts
from Sri Lanka assisting the investigation.

Forensic experts from Saudi Arabia, FBI, India and Australia are also
assisting the probe.

The claims of a possible assassination attempt have also prompted
President Yameen to take extra measures to bolster security.

In a major security shakeup, the president sacked his defence minister
this week. He has also replaced the police intelligence chief, the
armoury chief and the head of personal security in the past week.

The MNDF's SPG has also been split into two, with a new division
created and put in charge of presidential security alone.

In a rare sight, soldiers armed with assault rifles can no


The Secret History of American Surveillance

Topics: Criminal Justice / Cybersecurity / National Security / Surveillance and Privacy        

By Ariane Wu / October 15, 2015

Produced by Ariane Wu | Credits

From cellphone spying to facial scanning technology to massive data farms, it’s no secret that the U.S. government is gathering loads of personal information on its citizens.

But few remember the origins of our modern surveillance state. Some argue that it was forged over 115 years ago, half a world away in the Philippine Islands.

The story begins in the mid-1870s, when a technological renaissance catapulted America into its first information revolution. Thomas Edison’s quadruplex telegraph and Philo Remington’s typewriter allowed data to be recorded accurately and transmitted quickly. Inventions such as the electrical tabulating machine and the Dewey Decimal System could count, catalog and retrieve huge amounts of information efficiently. Photography was becoming widely accessible, thanks to George Eastman’s roll film, and biometric criminal identification systems such as fingerprinting were adopted from Europe. Our ability to manage, store and transmit data grew by leaps and bounds.


When the U.S. occupied the Philippines in 1898, these inventions became the building blocks for a full-scale surveillance state that was used to suppress Filipino resistance.

According to historian Alfred McCoy, who has written extensively on this topic, Capt. Ralph Van Deman – dubbed “the father of U.S. military intelligence” – masterminded a security apparatus that compiled “phenomenally detailed information on thousands of Filipino leaders, including their physical appearance, personal finances, landed property, political loyalties, and kinship networks.” The system ended up indexing 70 percent of Manila’s entire population.

This total information control coupled with laws such as the Sedition Act, which severely punished anyone who engaged in “subversive” political activity, allowed the governor-general of the islands, William Howard Taft, to manipulate and blackmail anyone at will.


Years later, the colonial policing used in the Philippines was refined and adapted to be used domestically in the U.S. The first example, McCoy notes, was shortly after America entered World War I.


At the time, rapidly growing labor strikes and radical groups were fueling a public hysteria of immigrants and leftists. This was the first Red Scare. The 1917 Espionage Act and 1918 Sedition Act punished political “subversion.” Postmaster General Alfred S. Burleson banned virtually the entire anti-war and socialist press. Van Deman’s military intelligence division collaborated with groups such as the American Protective League to collect more than a million pages of surveillance reports on German Americans in 14 months. By 1920, Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer and a young J. Edgar Hoover had arrested more than 10,000 people in mass raids around the country. Scandal erupted when the public learned that most of the arrested were not foreign immigrants, but U.S. citizens. In the end, public outrage forced Uncle Sam to curb domestic surveillance, and the State Department’s cryptography unit was abolished.


Many have pointed out the cyclical nature of American domestic surveillance. First, a real or imagined crisis such as communism or terrorism gets perceived as a threat to national security. To combat these dangers, U.S. leaders develop new surveillance technologies, clandestinely using it on innocent civilians. Often, the government’s first targets and scapegoats are society’s most marginalized groups. FBI Director Hoover’s COINTELPRO, for instance, infiltrated the Black Panthers, American Indian Movement and anti-Vietnam War organizations by using illegal wiretapping, mail opening and undercover informants. When these invasive spy operations are exposed, as they were after the Palmer Raids and Watergate scandal, laws are passed to prevent future trampling of citizens’ rights.


The scapegoats and government agencies doing the spying may change over time, but in the U.S., the pattern of domestic surveillance has generally been the same. That is, until recently.

Mass surveillance today is far less expensive and labor intensive than it used to be. The rate at which technology is growing also has completely outstripped current laws that regulate use of such technologies. It’s problematic because so much of this surveillance is opaque. Take
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Homan Square revealed: how Chicago police 'disappeared' 7,000 people

Exclusive: Guardian lawsuit exposes fullest scale yet of detentions at
off-the-books interrogation warehouse, while attorneys describe
find-your-client chase across Chicago as ‘something from a Bond movie’
As one attorney whose client was taken to Homan Square said:
‘Operating a massive, warehouse between two crime-filled areas in
Chicago ... the demographics that surround it speak for themselves.’
Video by Philipp Batta and Mae Ryan

see link for full story

Monday 19 October 2015 08.30 EDT
Last modified on Monday 19 October 2015 09.48 EDT

Police “disappeared” more than 7,000 people at an off-the-books
interrogation warehouse in Chicago, nearly twice as many detentions as
previously disclosed, the Guardian can now reveal.
Homan Square: an interactive portrait of detainees at Chicago's police
Read more

From August 2004 to June 2015, nearly 6,000 of those held at the
facility were black, which represents more than twice the proportion
of the city’s population. But only 68 of those held were allowed
access to attorneys or a public notice of their whereabouts, internal
police records show.

The new disclosures, the result of an ongoing Guardian transparency
lawsuit and investigation, provide the most detailed, full-scale
portrait yet of the truth about Homan Square, a secretive facility
that Chicago police have described as little more than a low-level
narcotics crime outpost where the mayor has said police “follow all
the rules”.

The police portrayals contrast sharply with those of Homan Square
detainees and their lawyers, who insist that “if this could happen to
someone, it could happen to anyone”. A 30-year-old man named Jose, for
example, was one of the few detainees with an attorney present when he
surrendered to police. He said officers at the warehouse questioned
him even after his lawyer specifically told them he would not speak.

“The Fillmore and Homan boys,” Jose said, referring to police and the
facility’s cross streets, “don’t play by the rules.”

According to an analysis of data disclosed to the Guardian in late
September, police allowed lawyers access to Homan Square for only
0.94% of the 7,185 arrests logged over nearly 11 years. That
percentage aligns with Chicago police’s broader practice of providing
minimal access to attorneys during the crucial early interrogation
stage, when an arrestee’s constitutional rights against
self-incrimination are most vulnerable.

But Homan Square is unlike Chicago police precinct houses, according
to lawyers who described a “find-your-client game” and experts who
reviewed data from the latest tranche of arrestee records obtained by
the Guardian.

That place was and is scary. There's nothing about it that
resembles a police station
Attorney David Gaeger

“Not much shakes me in this business – baby murder, sex assault, I’ve
done it all,” said David Gaeger, an attorney whose client was taken to
Homan Square in 2011 after being arrested for marijuana. “That place
was and is scary. It’s a scary place. There’s nothing about it that
resembles a police station. It comes from a Bond movie or something.”

The narcotics, vice and anti-gang units operating out of Homan Square,
on Chicago’s west side, take arrestees to the nondescript warehouse
from all over the city: police data obtained by the Guardian and
mapped against the city grid show that 53% of disclosed arrestees come
from more than 2.5 miles away from the warehouse. No contemporaneous
public record of someone’s presence at Homan Square is known to exist.

Nor are any booking records generated at Homan Square, as confirmed by
a sworn deposition of a police researcher in late September, further
preventing relatives or attorneys from finding someone taken there.

“The reality is, no one knows where that person is at Homan Square,”
said Craig Futterman, a professor at the University of Chicago Law
School who studies policing. “They’re disappeared at that point.”

A Chicago police spokesman did not respond to a list of questions for
this article, including why the department had doubled its initial
arrest disclosures without an explanation for the lag. “If lawyers
have a client detained at Homan Square, just like any other facility,
they are allowed to speak to and visit them,” the police claimed in a
February statement.
Numbers are ‘hard to believe’

Twenty-two people have told the Guardian that Chicago police kept them
at Homan Square for hours and even days. They describe pressure from
officers to become informants, and all but two – both white – have
said the police denied them phone calls to alert relatives or
attorneys of their whereabouts.

Their accounts point to violations of police directives, which say
police must “complete the booking process” regardless of their
interest in interrogating a suspect and must also “allow the arrestee
to make a reasonable number of telephone calls to an attorney, family
member or friend”, usually within “the first hour” of detention.

The most recent disclosure of Homan Square data provides the scale
behind those accounts: the demographic trends within the 7,185
disclosed arrests at the warehouse are now far more vast than what the
Guardian reported in August after launching the transparency lawsuit –
but are consistently disproportionate in terms of race and
constitutional access to legal counsel.

82.2% of people detained at Homan Square were black, compared with
32.9% of the Chicago population.
11.8% of detainees in the Homan Square logs were Hispanic,
compared with 28.9% of the population.
5.5% of the detainees were white, compared with 31.7% of the
Of the 68 people who Chicago police claim ha


see link for full embarrassment

Trials & Litigation
US motion alleges Sidley lawyer intended to ‘embarrass and harass’
with deposition questions
By Debra Cassens Weiss
Oct 19, 2015, 05:45 am CDT

The U.S. Justice Department is alleging that Sidley Austin lawyers
questioned an FBI agent during a deposition “in a manner designed to
annoy, embarrass and harass” the agent and the FBI.

The motion for a protective order claims the lawyers are abusing the
discovery system in their representation of a Florida couple, Jill and
Scott Kelley. The Kelleys are suing the government for allegedly
leaking their personal emails in a cyberstalking investigation that
led to exposure of former Gen. David Petraeus’ affair with his
biographer. The National Law Journal (sub. req.) and the Drudge Report
have stories on the motion (PDF).

The government contends that during the Sept. 2 deposition a Sidley
lawyer “fished for facts to support an unsubstantiated theory” that
FBI agents “conducted their investigation for lascivious or other
improper motives.” Those questions went too far afield of the search
for admissible evidence in the plaintiffs’ privacy lawsuit, the filing

The Kelleys claim the government leaked information about them after
they requested a federal investigation into harassing emails from an
anonymous person who, their suit alleges, turned out to be Paula
Broadwell, the biographer of former Gen. David Petraeus. The suit is
proceeding on just one count alleging violation of the U.S. Privacy
Act, which requires federal officials to protect the identity and
personal information of witnesses, the Miami Herald reports.

The government probe led to disclosure of Broadwell’s affair with
Petraeus, who resigned from his position as CIA director. Jill Kelley
has alleged that government leaks led to speculation about her own
relationship with Petraeus, with whom she had no romantic involvement.
Her acquaintance with Petraeus, she has previously maintained, stemmed
from her role as a volunteer social coordinator for a military base in

The motion seeks to bar a second deposition of the FBI agent, and to
uphold a government lawyer’s instruction that the agent not answer
several questions, including: “When did you first suspect that Paula
Broadwell was the author of the cyberstalking emails?” and “Does the
FBI investigate the sex lives of private citizens?” It also asked U.S.


couple of reads
about FBI agents and race relations....

Should we shut down the FBI for assassinating
Martin Luther King?


YWCA to host forum on race relations
By Qcity Staff
October 19, 2015
Glenn H. Burkins

Glenn H. Burkins

Qcitymetro Editor Glenn H. Burkins will help headline a panel
discussion next month about police and race relations in Charlotte.

Hosted by YWCA Central Carolinas, this free event also will include
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Maj. Bruce Bellamy and former FBI agent
Quentin Williams.

The discussion is titled “Charting the Way Forward: Police and Race
Relations in a 21st Century Charlotte.”

Space is limited, so register to attend.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 12
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Place: YWCA Central Carolinas (3420 Park Road)
Cost: Free


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An Act of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King [William F.
Pepper] on ... that accused the FBI, the CIA, the U.S. military, the
Memphis police, and local and ...
Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. - Wikipedia, the free ...
Pepper alleges in his book, An Act of State (2003), that the evidence
implicated the FBI, the CIA, the US Army, the Memphis Police
Department, and organized ...
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The Martin Luther King, Jr., Records Collection Act, or MLK Records
Act is proposed ... complete version was brought to both houses of the
United States Congress in 2005–2006. ... COINTELPRO letter sent to
King, already released by the FBI.
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Luther King, Jr. and runs ... by a conspiracy that involved the FBI,
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An Act of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King ... Edgar Hoover
and the FBI, Richard Helms and the CIA, the military, Memphis police,
and organized crime.
William F. Pepper Talk on "An Act of State", San Francisco, 2/4/03
Feb 4, 2003 - ... whose book, An Act of State: The Execution of Martin
Luther King, ..... was meeting with them in an open park area one of
the FBI guys put a ...


Ex-Agent Accuses FBI Of Retaliation Over Race Suit : NPR
http://www.npr.org › News › US › Law
May 13, 2009 - Donald Rochon was 37 years old when he filed his
landmark discrimination suit against the FBI. Rochon, who is black,
was a young agent in ...
Fbi Settlement In Racial-bias Suit Worth $1 Million - philly-archives
Aug 10, 1990 - The Justice Department's settlement of the racial
harassment suit brought by former FBI Agent Donald Rochon will total
more than $1 million ...
Jul 5, 1988 - ... a campaign of ''retribution'' against a black agent,
Donald Rochon, whose case has prompted a national debate over racism
in the bureau.
The Spy Who Went Into the Cold : Former LAPD Spy Donald ...
Aug 24, 1988 - Donald Rochon took a $7000 pay cut when he left the Los
Angeles Police ... Donald Rochon Is Now Point Man in the Battle Over
Bias in the FBI.
Donald Rochon, Appellant v. Alberto Gonzales, Attorney General of ...
Feb 28, 2006 - In 1981 Donald Rochon began working as a Special Agent
in the Omaha office of the FBI, where he became the target of a
campaign of racial ...
The FBI's Racial Discrimination Problem... | Mother Jones
May 14, 2009 - Donald Rochon is back in the news. The former FBI agent
settled an historic discrimination case against the bureau in 1990.
Rochon, who is ...


Eyes to My Soul: The Rise or Decline of a Black FBI Agent: Tyrone ...
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Powers] on ... Destruction of Black Civilization: Great Issues of a
Race from 4500 B.C. to 2000 ...
Dr. Powers Biography | The Powers Report
Dr. Tyrone Powers is an expert consultant to several legal teams on
criminal law ... As a Special Agent with the FBI, Dr. Powers was an
Intelligence Analyst in the ... Intelligence/Counter-Intelligence;
Police Training; Racism; Organized Crime; ...
Eyes to My Soul: The Rise Or Decline of a Black FBI Agent - Tyrone ...
books.google.com › Biography & Autobiography › Cultural Heritage
Rating: 5 - ‎1 review
Former FBI Special Agent Tyrone Powers, a veteran of the Maryland
State Police, spent ... by the same problems of racism that plague the
rest of American society.
Synopsis of Eyes To My Soul: The Rise or Decline of a Black FBI Agent
Former FBI Special Agent Tyrone Powers' new book, Eyes To My Soul: The
Rise or ... by the same problems of racism that plague the rest of
American society.
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Eyes to My Soul: The Rise Or Decline of a Black FBI Agent
Tyrone Powers - 1996 - ‎Biography & Autobiography
The Rise Or Decline of a Black FBI Agent Tyrone Powers ... white
population, the FBI instructors were protecting the FBI from
allegations of institutional racism.
The Crisis - Nov-Dec 1999 - Page 11 - Google Books Result
Vol. 107, No. 6 - ‎Magazine
... when a former FBI special agent like Tyrone Powers steps forward
and talks. ... cognizant black man who refused to close his eyes to
racism and injustice.
There’s Something Happening Here: The New Left, the Klan, and FBI ...
David Cunningham - 2004 - ‎History
The New Left, the Klan, and FBI Counterintelligence David Cunningham.
appear as younger agents entered the Bureau, Tyrone Powers, a black
former ... a group of agents waged a horribly racist campaign against
Donald Rochon, a black ...
Law enforcement life spotlights racism - tribunedigital-baltimoresun
Aug 18, 1996 - For 12 years Tyrone Powers worked in law enforcement, a
writer ... an FBI agent trying to goad him into a confrontation,
Powers puts the reader ...



San Diego ICE supervisor accused of recruiting workers for 'swinger' parties

Internal affairs investigators for the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency are questioning employees in San Diego about allegations that a supervisor has been using government time to recruit workers for "private sexual 'swinger' parties" at his home.

The accusation of "gross sexual misconduct" was made in a complaint submitted to the inspector general for the Department of Homeland Security earlier this year.

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November 22
In Dealey

Judyth Vary Baker will host the 3rd ANNUAL JFK ASSASSINATION CONFERENCE in Dallas, Texas, November 20-21-22, 2015.
2.5 days of presentations by prominent JFK Assassination researchers.

Master of Ceremonies: JOHN B. WELLS

Confirmed Speakers 9/22/2015:

Judyth Vary Baker
Jim Barthelo
Hubert Clark
Fernando Faura
Robert Groden
Ed Haslam
St John Hunt
James Jenkins
Andrew Kreig
William Law
Barr McClellan
Kris Millegan
Phil Nelson
Peter Dale Scott
Ed Tatro
John Delane Williams

Bonus read

see Alfred Hitchcock file here

see story here

October 22 2015
J. Edgar Hoover fought to write ex-FBI agents out of Alfred Hitchcock

Michael from Muckrock writes, "Like almost everyone else in the J.
Edgar Hoover era, Alfred Hitchcock managed to catch the attention of
the FBI, leading to a 16-page file. Did it investigate the rumored
murders the Master of Suspense committed? Secretive ties to foreign
states? Nope, mostly just the fact that, in one episode of Hitchcock
Presents, a bad guy was briefly referenced to be a 'former FBI agent,'
a plot point that the Bureau worked surprisingly hard to change ...
perhaps worth of a Hitchcock treatment all its own. Read on for the
full story."

It's a great story: after strong-arming the Hitchcock writer into
killing the reference to an FBI agent, the Bureau continued to
micro-manage him until he got so pissed, he put the character back in.

Perhaps sensing that the FBI playing a pivotal role in a
double-cross would not go over well in Washington, Nye contacted the
Los Angeles field office, who then contacted the Director. The
response was pretty clear - the part must be cut.

At Nye's suggestion, the writer of the episode, George Hesler,
contacted the FBI's field office to discuss their objections. After
what must have been a very enlightening discussion of the Little
Lindberg Law, Hesler agreed to eliminate all mention of the Bureau in

Not the types to take Hesler at his word, however, the FBI -
through Nye - continued to inquire about the exact nature of those

"The show will be monitored" Alfred Hitchcock's FBI file [JPat



Updated 10:03 AM ET, Thu October 22, 2015
The seal of the F.B.I. hangs in the Flag Room at the bureau's
headquarters in Washington.
The seal of the F.B.I. hangs in the Flag Room at the bureau's
headquarters in Washington.
Story highlights

When former FBI agent Scott M. Bowman was charged in June, media
accounts focused on his alleged theft of more than $100,000
But cases on which he worked could be in jeopardy

Los Angeles (CNN)For two years, investigators decoded text messages,
conducted surveillance and leaned on informants to unravel a drug
trafficking network that allegedly distributed heroin and
methamphetamine in a city park and California prisons.

The painstaking work resulted in a sweeping federal indictment of 52
alleged members and associates of a Southern California street gang
with ties to the Mexican Mafia. The bust generated press releases and

Today, however, it's the government's case against the gang that's
under threat of unraveling. That's due to the arrest this summer of an
FBI agent who was part of the investigation.

When Scott M. Bowman was charged in June, media accounts focused on
his alleged theft of more than $100,000 in drug money and an ensuing
spending spree on sports cars, cosmetic surgery for his wife, and a
Las Vegas getaway with his girlfriend.

The former agent, a 10-year-veteran of the FBI, has pleaded not
guilty. His attorney, Antoine F. "Tony" Raphael, declined comment on
the allegations.

Raphael, a former federal prosecutor who once worked alongside Bowman,
accused the Justice Department of "going out of its way to include
inflammatory allegations in the indictment" in an effort to try the
case in the media.

Four months after Bowman's arrest, the agent's former colleagues are
continuing to assess the impact of his alleged crimes. The prosecution
of an FBI agent for on-duty criminal conduct is rare, and the fallout
could be significant, with time-consuming, costly, multi-defendant
cases at stake.

David Bowdich, who oversees the FBI's Los A



San Jose officer who targeted Ferguson protesters in tweets is no
longer with department
Black Lives Matter

Activists with Black Lives Matter protest in Los Angeles in June. The
person on the left is holding a photograph of Ezell Ford, who was
killed by L.A. police officers on Aug. 11, 2014. (Mark Boster / Los
Angeles Times)
Veronica Rocha and Joseph SernaContact Reporters

A San Jose police officer who targeted Ferguson protesters using his
personal Twitter account in December is no longer working with the

The San Jose Police Department on Thursday declined to say whether
Officer Phillip White was fired, but confirmed he was no longer
working for the city. The department


Action Needed Today: Tell your Senators to vote NO on CISA
From Sue Udry, BORDC/DDF
To fruhmenschen@yahoo.com
Thu, Oct 22, 2015 3:12 PM EDT
View full HTML message
Dear Joseph ,

I'll be on Capitol Hill this evening to protest against CISA – the
Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act – which we've been fighting for
years. It will be up for a vote tomorrow

The bill is a dirty "you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours" deal
between corporations and the government to share our private data
under the guise of "cybersecurity."

I know you can't join us in Washington this evening, but I hope you'll
take a minute to make a phone call or send an email to your Senators
telling them to vote no on CISA. (You might have sent an email or a
fax earlier this year, but it's important for them to hear from you
again, today.)

*Yes, I'll call my Senator* [ https://stopcyberspying.com/] "(you will
be connected to an automatic system and be walked through the process
by BORDC/DDF board member Shahid Buttar)"

* I can't make a call right now, but I'll send an email * [

*Thanks for taking action!*

If you aren't convinced this is important, please read a little more
about the bill below.

Stay strong and loud,

Sue Udry, Acting Director

*Why we oppose CISA:*

The bill offers a "you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours" deal
between corporations and the government that encourages corporations
to share massive amounts of customer data with the government in
exchange for legal immunity from privacy lawsuits. Yes. Immunity.
Here's why we're opposed to CISA:
* CISA allows companies to share nearly any type of information with
the government, including our personal information;
* The FBI and NSA automatically get all the shared data – and they can
use it for purposes beyond cyber security;
* CISA creates a vast new exemption to the Freedom of Information Act.
Notably missing from the bill is any requirement for basic cyber
hygiene like encryption, or strong passwords, which most experts
affirm would be the most effective cyber security measures.

Grassroots action is desperately needed today!

*Call your Senators Now* [ https://stopcyberspying.com/]

Email your Senators Now [

Because, as Jennifer Granick, Director of Civil Liberties at the
Stanford Center for Internet and Society explains [
CISA "guts legal protections against government fishing expeditions"
and doesn't do much to keep us safe:

And none of the recent cyberattacks - not Sony, not Target, and not
the devastating grab of sensitive background check interviews on
government employees at the Office of Personnel Management - would
have been mitigated by these bills.

Bill of Rights Defense Committee and Defending Dissent Foundation [
http://www.bordc.org] 8 Bridge St., Suite A | Northampton, MA 01060
413-582-0110 | info@bordc.org [ mailto:info@bordc.org ]
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Bonus read

October 15, 2015 | Russ Baker
Crucial Background to New Redford Movie on Bush and Rather, Part 1
The Back Story Behind the Back Story



Former Aide To Rand Paul Acquitted In Corruption Probe

October 22, 2015


Jesse Benton, a long-time adviser to Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has been
acquitted in a federal corruption probe of former Rep. Ron Paul's 2012
presidential campaign.

A jury in Des Moines, Iowa, found Benton not guilty of lying to FBI
agents when interviewed about pay-offs made by the campaign of Ron
Paul, who is the father of Sen. Paul, after the 2012 Iowa caucuses.
The jury found another campaign staffer, Dimitri Kesari, guilty of
causing the campaign to file false reports with the Federal Election
Commission. But Kesari was acquitted


FBI director: Planes over Dearborn not for mass spying
By Daniel Bethencourt, Detroit Free Press

October 22 2015



Federal officials giving depositions in Jill Kelley privacy suit
Jill Kelley’s name was leaked to the media as the target of what the
Kelleys consider harassing and threatening emails. Photo provided by
Jill Kelley
Jill Kelley’s name was leaked to the media as the target of what the
Kelleys consider harassing and threatening emails. Photo provided by
Jill Kelley
David Petraeus resigned as CIA director after his affair with
biographer Paula Broadwell came to light.
Published: October 22, 2015 | Updated: October 22, 2015 at 10:07


Last month, at Justice Department headquarters in Washington, FBI



Appeals court says American can't sue FBI over abuse
Oct 23, 2015

A U.S. citizen who claims American officials falsely imprisoned
and tortured him for several months in Africa can't sue the FBI agents
involved because the conduct took place overseas during a terrorism
investigation, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.

The 2-1 ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of
Columbia Circuit acknowledged that Amir Meshal's allegations of abuse
were "quite troubling," but said he is without recourse to pursue
claims that agents violated his constitutional rights.

"Matters touching on national security and foreign policy fall within
an area of executive action where courts hesitate to intrude absent
congressional authorization," Judge Janice Rogers Brown said in
upholding a lower court decision that threw out Meshal's case last

Meshal, a New Jersey resident, said he traveled to Mogadishu, Somalia,
in 2006 to "broaden his understanding of Islam." After violence
erupted, he and other civilians fled to neighboring Kenya, where he
was later arrested by Kenyan authorities and turned over to the FBI.

The lawsuit, which the American Civil Liberties Union filed on
Meshal's behalf, claims U.S. officials sent him back to Somalia and
eventually to Ethiopia, where he was imprisoned in secret for several
months. He says FBI agents accused him of receiving training from
al-Qaida and subjected him to harsh interrogations while denying him
access to a lawyer, his family or anyone else. He was released in May
2007 with no explanation, according to the lawsuit.

While law enforcement officials can be sued for violating a person's
constitutional rights, Brown said courts have been hesitant to allow
such lawsuits in cases "involving the military, national security, or
intelligence." Those concerns are heightened when the conduct takes
place outside the United States, she said.

Brown said the fact that Meshal is a U.S. citizen does not outweigh
the court's reluctance to interfere with matters of national security.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh agreed with Brown, but wrote separately to
stress that it's up to Congress, not the courts, to decide whether
U.S. officials can be sued for conduct in foreign countries "in
connection with the war against al Qaeda and other radical Islamic
terrorist organizations."

In dissent, Judge Nina Pillard said the government had not backed up
its claims that allowing the lawsuit would undercut national security
and diplomatic relations.

"When the government reaches out to punish a citizen who is abroad,
the shield which the Bill of Rights and other parts of the
Constitution provide to protect his life and liberty should not be
stripped away just because he happens to be in another land," Pillard

Brown and Kavanaugh are Republican appointees. Pillard was appointed
by President Barack Obama.

In a statement, Meshal's lawyer Jonathan Hafetz said he was
disappointed by the ruling "which recognizes the gravity of Mr.
Meshal's allegations of unlawful detention and abuse but denies him
any remedy."



Jill Kelley says FBI first targeted her in email leaks
According to court documents filed late Thursday, the woman who
inadvertently set off a chain of events leading to the resignation of
CIA Director David Petraeus was the subject of salacious comments by
FBI agents in Tampa who were fishing for evidence Jill Kelley was
having an affair with military l to halt the source of potentia
Published: October 23, 2015 | Updated: October 23, 2015 at 11:38

Lawyers for Jill Kelley say there are very good reasons they should be
allowed to continue questioning an FBI agent in connection with their
lawsuit accusing the federal government of violating her privacy.

According to court documents filed late Thursday, the woman who
inadvertently set off a chain of events leading to the resignation of
CIA Director David Petraeus was the subject of salacious comments by
FBI agents in Tampa — agents who were fishing for evidence Kelley was
having an affair with military leaders instead of seeking to halt the
source of potentially threatening emails.

These allegations, according to Kelley’s lawyers, will help them prove
there was a deliberate decision to expose Kelley to the public — a
requirement if they are to prevail in their Privacy Act claim against
the FBI and Defense Department.

The claim is the one element that has survived from a much broader
suit filed in June 2013.

No response was immediately available from the Justice Department to
the latest filing by Kelley’s attorneys.

On Sept. 2, a deposition by FBI Supervisory Special Agent Adam Malone
was halted by an attorney for Jill Kelley and her husband Scott after
a number of objections were raised by an attorney for the Justice
Department, who refused to let Malone answer questions about when he
first learned that emails sent to Scott Kelley’s account were from
Paula Broadwell.

Broadwell’s affair with Petraeus, which led to his resignation just
days after the Nov. 6, 2012 re-election of President Barack Obama, was
uncovered during the FBI cyberstalking investigation of Broadwell, who
was cleared of charges in that case.

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

The government — citing leaks to the media about depositions in a case
that is based on media leaks — is also arguing that some questions
being asked have been “designed to promote an ulterior purpose of
advancing plaintiff’s public relations goals.” The government
insinuated it was the Kelleys or their representatives who provided
documents to the media.

In his response to the government’s motion, Alan Raul, the Kelley’s
lead attorney, argued that Malone’s actions make it imperative that he
be questioned to prove that Jill Kelley’s name was purposely leaked.

“The FBI accessed the victims’ emails in their ‘yahoo.com’ account
even though Plaintiffs expressly told the FBI they did not want to
grant such access because of their explicit concern about preserving
their privacy rights,” according to the motion. “Plaintiffs’ inquiry
into SSA Malone’s motivations and actions leading up to the
collections of all of the victims’ emails is directly relevant to how
these voluminous, personal emails with General Allen ended up in the
hands of SSA Malone and other senior officials who willfully
mischaracterized and leaked them to members of the press.”

Allen is retired Marine Gen. John Allen, who temporarily lead U.S.
Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base before being placed in
charge of U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

Malone was assigned to lead a cyberstalking investigator into an
individual who turned out to be Broadwell after Allen, a Kelley family
friend, received an email in June of 2012. “from the address
kelleypatrol@gmail.com,” that “disparaged Mrs. Kelley and made
reference to an upcoming dinner they were having with several senior
foreign intelligence, defense, and diplomatic officials.”

Allen “was troubled by the email,” according to the Kelley’s lawsuit,
“in particular that somebody knew about the dinner, which had not been
publicly announced, thereby presenting a potential security concern.
27. The troubling email also frightened the Kelleys, as it indicated
that Mrs. Kelley was being followed or stalked, and raised serious
concerns about her own safety and wellbeing, particularly given the
number of terrorist risks faced by CENTCOM leaders.”

But instead of strictly pursuing the source of the emails, Malone
treated Kelley as a “femme fatale,” according to Raul’s response to
the government request to narrow Malone’s testimony.

According to a deposition of FBI agent Fred Humphries, the Kelleys
“have a strong basis for ... considering SSA Malone the source of at
least one disclosure and ...demonstrating a pattern of the FBI’s
flagrant disregard for Plaintiffs’ privacy rights. This is not
speculation. Plaintiffs have discovered that the FBI viewed the
investigation through a prurient lens.”

As an example, Raul cites Humphries’ testimony that “the FBI had the
preposterous view that ‘Jill Kelley had sort

A Justice Department spokesman did not immediately respond to a
request for comment.

Government officials had argued that allowing the case to go forward
could reveal sensitive information about national secu
agent Adam Malone underwent hours of questioning in a case so
contentious his deposition was halted in a disagreement among the
attorneys present.

The case arises from the e-mail investigation that revealed the affair
behind the resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus. The plaintiffs
are Jill Kelley, a former honorary consul who became known to the
world as the Bayshore Boulevard socialite and friend of top military
leaders, along with her husband Scott, a surgical oncologist.

The allegations are that someone in the government violated the
couple’s privacy rights when Jill Kelley’s name was leaked to the
media as the target of what the Kelleys consider harassing and
threatening emails. The Kelleys want to know who did it — and, in a
key requirement for a privacy complaint, whether it was done on
purpose and why.

Already, the case file includes depositions from a former defense
secretary and three FBI agents along
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