The Secret File On J Edgar
February 26, 2020
FBI Media Alert: Albuquerque FBI Division Accepting Applications for Summer Teen Academy
A Key FBI Photo Analysis Method Has Serious Flaws, Study Says
After ProPublica’s reporting last year, scientists at UC Berkeley tested one of the FBI Lab’s photo analysis techniques, identifying bluejeans by the pattern on their seams, and found flaws that challenge the method’s reliability.
by Ryan Gabrielson Feb. 25, 10:40 a.m. EST
FBI admits flaws in hair analysis over decades
Of 28 examiners with the FBI Laboratory’s microscopic hair comparison unit, 26 overstated forensic matches in ways that favored prosecutors in more than 95 percent of the 268 trials reviewed so far, according to the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and the Innocence Project, which are assisting the government with the country’s largest post-conviction review of questioned forensic evidence.
The cases include those of 32 defendants sentenced to death. Of those, 14 have been executed or died in prison, the groups said under an agreement with the government to release results after the review of the first 200 convictions.
FBI Lead Bullet Analysis Flawed
From the 1960s to the early 2000s, the FBI crime laboratory used comparative lead bullet analysis to tie suspected criminals to crime scenes. At a certain point in time, the FBI had the only lab conducting such analysis. In 2004, research conducted by the National Academy of Sciences showed the “science” behind lead bullet analysis relied upon for nearly 40 years was extremely flawed and had no scientific basis or support. As a result, in 2005, the FBI stopped using these tests, and uncovering the flaws of this science led to the discovery of wrongful convictions
Neighbors' questions and concerns linger after FBI operation
Posted: 6:47 PM, Feb 25, 2020 Updated: 7:49 PM, Feb 25, 2020
FBI's 'Case Agent 1' Stephen Somma 'primarily responsible' for FISA failures
Undercover FBI agent fact-checks classic mob movies
Posted Feb 24, 2020
A 1957 Meeting Forced the FBI to Recognize the Mafia—And Changed the Justice System Forever
FBI director J. Edgar Hoover previously ignored the growing threat in favor of pursuing Cold War bugaboos
The secret life of J Edgar Hoover
For half a century, the FBI director waged war on homosexuals, black people and communists. Now, a controversial film by Clint Eastwood is set to reveal some of the explosive truth about him. Here, his biographer Anthony Summers tells all
The Eastwood movie includes a bizarre scene that depicts Hoover, after his mother's death, donning one of her dresses. It is a nod towards allegations I first reported, that he on occasion cross-dressed. I had information from three sources, two men who said an "easily recognisable" photograph of Hoover in an evening gown circulated in the gay community in 1948, and an account by a millionaire's former wife of secret sex parties that she claimed to have witnessed in the late 50s. Hoover, the woman said, had been "dressed like an old flapper, like you see on old tintypes".
Official and Confidential: The Secret Life of J. Edgar Hoover
by Anthony Summers, Julie Rubenstein (Editor)
A ground-breaking, myth-shattering expose reveals the dark secrets of J. Edgar Hoover. At last, readers will learn of the late FBI chief's menacing abuse of power and public trust--from his closet homosexuality to his manipulation by the Mafia to his subversion of the Warren Commission's probe into the assassination of JFK. An 8-week NYT bestseller from the author of ...more
J. Edgar Hoover Was Homosexual, Blackmailed by Mob
Defending Rights & Dissent Backs Bill to Rein In Foreign Intelligence Surveillance
February 25, 2020 by Rights & Dissent
Defending Rights & Dissent is supporting the Safeguarding Americans’ Private Records Act (SAPRA), a bi-partisan bill to rein in surveillance.
Open Letter: Ban Facial Recognition on School Campuses
February 13, 2020 by Rights & Dissent
Among the findings noted in the resolution, is the key fact that Congress has the sole power to declare war under article I, section 8, clause 11 of the United States Constitution.
Sorry, Mr. President, Only Congress Has the Authority to Declare War.
February 11, 2020 by Rights & Dissent
Among the findings noted in the resolution, is the key fact that Congress has the sole power to declare war under article I, section 8, clause 11 of the United States
A new book on the notorious Boston gangster, James 'Whitey' Bulger, details his meetings with the Provisional IRA in setting up the arms smuggling deal which led to the arrest of Sinn Fein TD Martin Ferris in 1984.
The book also says that Bulger's involvement with the IRA "took off" after he began working as an FBI informer and quotes one of Bulger's associates saying that C4 plastic explosive supplied to the IRA came from a corrupt FBI agent who was supposed to be one of the Irish-American gangster's handlers.
Bill fails that would award electoral votes to popular vote winner
Driver says KCPD employee claimed to be an officer and left the scene of an accident
BY GLENN E. RICE
Comey Defends Record as FBI Director at Harvard Institute of Politics Forum
Huge Crowd Honors Eisenhower; President to Leave India Today
By The ASSOCIATED Press
December 14, 1959
THE INHERITANCE: POISONED FRUIT OF JFK'S ASSASSINATION
Christopher Fulton's journey began with the death of Evelyn Lincoln, late secretary to President John F. Kennedy. Through Lincoln, crucial evidence ended up in Christopher's hands—evidence that was going to be used to facilitate a new future for America. But the U.S. government's position was clear: that evidence had to be confiscated and classified, and the truth hidden away from the public. Christopher was sent to federal prison for years under a sealed warrant and indictment. The Inheritance, Christopher's personal narrative, shares insider information from his encounters with the Russian Government, President Ronald Reagan, Donald Trump, the Clinton White House, the U.S. Justice Department, the Secret Service, and the Kennedy family themselves. It reveals the true intentions of Evelyn Lincoln and her secret promise to Robert Kennedy—and Christopher's secret promise to John F. Kennedy Jr. The Inheritance explodes with history-changing information and answers the questions Americans are still asking, while pulling them through a gauntlet of some of the worst prisons this country has to offer. This book thri
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
'Audience Full of Rich People'? $1,750+ Ticket Prices for Democratic Debate Spark Disgust
"I think it speaks to the fundamental, endemic corruption of the Democratic Party establishment that you had to pay... multiple thousands of dollars to get into that room."
byJake Johnson, staff writer
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
With Bedrock Environmental Law Under Threat, Video Billboard Casts Interior Secretary as Trumpian 'Swamp Monster'
"If this rollback happens, it will weaken communities' efforts to protect their air, water, and public health."
Female New Jersey state trooper busted for possession of child pornography: authorities
By MICHAEL SHERIDAN
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FEB 26, 2020 | 10:53 AM
Florida woman arrested for zipping boyfriend inside suitcase and leaving him for dead
FEB 26, 2020 | 1:04 PM
Couple who pleaded guilty to keeping teen in cage won’t serve prison time
By JAMI GANZ
FEB 26, 2020 | 11:37 AM
‘I will not be silenced by threat of discipline,’ says NYPD sergeants union head
By JOHN ANNESE
FEB 26, 2020 | 12:56 AM
Democratic congresswoman reportedly asks DOJ if Epstein was FBI informant
By Sara Dorn
February 29, 2020 |
Congresswoman did not ask if FBI agents used Epstein to help
the FBI to blackmail members of Congress, Judges, and other
people in power.
Schiff protects intel 'status quo' power by sinking wide-reaching FISA reform: Source
Agent of Change Jack Ryan's Odyssey From the FBI to the Peace MovementBy Paul Engleman
Joe Biden: Never Too Late to Admit You Blew the Big OneMarch 15, 2020
By Ray McGovern, March 15, 2020
From 12 years ago, but highly relevant still, with the Biden-Sanders debate this evening. Will Sanders have the guts to confront his old pal Joe on the major role he played to bring disaster in the Middle East? If Bernie flinches again, he will be complicit in allowing the Democratic Establishment tip the scales against him for second time in a row.
THERE'S NO CONSCIENCE LEFT: FBI agent whistleblower Colleen Rowley
They Killed Him at 10:18, the plane is disabled, seven miles from the airport. The King Air A-100 turbo prop flies treetop level over shocked witnesses, five miles out: no lights, crabbed cockeyed, engines spooling down, so low witnesses are amazed it stays airborn. Three more miles and the plane stalls, dropping into the woods, killing all eight on board: Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-Mn), his wife Sheila, daughter Marcia, aides Mary McEvoy, Tom Lapic, Will McLaughlin, pilot Richard Conry and co-pilot Michael Guess. How to account for the experienced pilots behavior, unless they had been disabled? But why would anyone go to such trouble to so publicly kill the senior senator from Minnesota? Cui bono? Who benefits? That’s the question VFW veterans in Willmar, Minnesota have. They heard the Senator tell of the threat Vice President Cheney made to Wellstone shortly after the Senator's No vote on the Iraq W
BioRay McGovern leads the “Speaking Truth to Power” section of Tell the Word, a publishing arm of the ecumenical Church of the Saviour in inner-city Washington. A former co-director of the Servant Leadership School (1998-2004), he has been teaching there for more than 20 years. His current course is: “On the Morality of Whistleblowing.”Ray came to Washington from his native Bronx in the early Sixties as an Army infantry/intelligence officer and then served as a CIA analyst for 27 years, from the administration of John F. Kennedy to that of George H. W. Bush. Ray’s duties included chairing National Intelligence Estimates and preparing the President’s Daily Brief, which he briefed one-on-one to President Ronald Reagan’s five most senior national security advisers from 1981 to 1985.In January 2003, Ray co-created Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) to expose how intelligence was being falsified to “justify” war on Iraq. On the afternoon of the day (Feb. 5, 2003) Secretary of State Colin Powell misled the UN Security Council on Iraq, VIPS sent a blunt memorandum to President George W. Bush, in which VIPS gave Powell a C-minus. VIPS ended the memo with this:“No one has a corner on the truth; nor do we harbor illusions that our analysis is irrefutable or undeniable [as Powell had claimed his was]. But after watching Secretary Powell today, we are convinced that you would be well served if you widened the discussion beyond … the circle of those advisers clearly bent on a war for which we see no compelling reason and from which we believe the unintended consequences are likely to be catastrophic.”
On July 20, 2002, CIA Director George Tenet had told his British counterpart that the “intelligence and facts were being ‘fixed’ around the policy of ‘regime change’ in Iraq.” On June 5, 2008, Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Jay Rockefeller, announced the main conclusion of a five-year study by his committee, saying, “In making the case for war, the administration repeatedly presented intelligence as fact when it was unsubstantiated, contradicted or even nonexistent.” In sum, the “intelligence” was not mistaken; it was out-and-out fraud.It got worse. As an act of conscience, on March 2, 2006 Ray returned the Intelligence Commendation Medallion given him at retirement for “especially meritorious service,” explaining, “I do not want to be associated, however remotely, with an agency engaged in torture.” He returned the medallion to Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R, Michigan), then-Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.Hoekstra then secretly added to the Intelligence Authorization Act for FY’07 (HR5020) a provision enabling the government to strip intelligence veterans of their government pensions. HR5020 passed the full House, but Congress opted instead for a continuing resolution.On December 11, 2014, Ray had an opportunity to tell Hoekstra exactly what he thought of Hoekstra’s underhanded, Lone-Ranger attempt (he did not inform his House Intelligence Committee colleagues) to make it possible to revoke the government pensions of people like Ray. He confronted the former Congressman off-air, after the two were interviewed live on CCTV’s “The Heat” about the Senate Intelligence Committee findings released on December 9, 2014 regarding CIA torture. The interview itself offered Ray a unique chance to hold Hoekstra publicly accountable for condoning torture, and the Michigan congressman rose to the occasion. (See minutes 8:15 to 10:41 of:
Sam Adams Award for Integrity in Intelligence 2019 Goes to Jeffrey Sterling!
Jeffrey Sterling receives the Sam Adams Award Jan
What can I learn from youIn your lifetime, in what you’ve been throughHow’d you keep your head up and hold your prideIn an insane world how’d you keep on tryin’One life can tell the taleThat if you make the effort, you can not failBy your life you tell me it can be doneBy your life’s the courage to carry on(chorus😉HeroesAppear like a friendTo clear a path or light the flameAs time goes by you find you dependOn your heroes to show you the wayWhat can I learn from youThat I must do the thing I think I can not doThat you do what’s right by your heart and soulIt’s the imperfections that make us wholeOne life can tell the taleAnd if you make the effort you can not failBy your life you tell me it can be doneBy your life’s the courage to carry on…The presentation to Sterling was preceded by a showing of the poignant docudrama “Official Secrets,” the true story of the second (2003) Sam Adams award recipient Katherine Gun. SAAII members Ray McGovern, Tom Drake, Jesselyn Radack, John Kiriakou, Larry Wilkerson, Ann Wright, and Coleen Rowley spoke at the event while Todd Pierce and Elizabeth Murray made the actual presentation. Among the other members in attendance were William Binney, Clement “Lu” Laniewsky, Robert Wing, Karen Kwiatkowsky and Gareth Porter. Stellar defense attorneys Edward MacMahon and Barry Pollack were also on hand to publicly congratulate Jeffrey as well as a standing-room-only full of admirers of the integrity Jeffrey displayed in telling the truth during these troubled times when, as CIA analyst Sam Adams learned the hard way during Vietnam, truth tends to be the first casualty during a time of war. Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling, Who Went Through Kafkaesque Trial, Wins 2020 Sam Adams Awardby Raymond McGovern in Consortium News, Jan 12, 2020, excerpt:Former CIA operations officer Jeffrey Sterling will receive the Sam Adams Award for Integrity in Intelligence this Wednesday, joining 17 earlier winners who, like Sterling, demonstrated extraordinary devotion to the truth and the rule of law by having the courage to blow the whistle on government wrongdoing.Tuesday will mark the fifth anniversary of the eerie beginning of Sterling’s trial for espionage — the kind of trial that might have left even Franz Kafka, author of the classic novel The Trial, stunned in disbelief.There can be a heavy price exacted for exposing abuse by secretive governments — especially ones that have neutered the press to the point where they are immune to exposure when they take serious liberties with the law. Making this reality plainly obvious, of course, is one of the U.S. government’s primary aims in putting whistleblowers like Sterling in prison — lest others get the idea they can blow the whistle and get away with it.With his Sam Adams award, Sterling brings to five the number of award recipients imprisoned for exposing government abuse (not counting 2013 Sam Adams laureate, Ed Snowden, who was made stateless and has been marooned in Russia for over six years). Worst still, Julian Assange (2010) and Chelsea Manning (2014) remain in prison, where UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer says they are being tortured… (Read remainder of article at Consortiumnews.)
FBI INVOLVEMENT IN CIA BLACK SITE INTERROGATIONS CONFIRMED BY THIRD WITNESSBy John RyanNovember 2, 2019Guantanamo Bay, News & Features
Developing StoriesCOVID-19 and prisonsStates’ departments of correction are taking steps to limit the potential spread of COVID-19 in their facilities. But social distancing in these already overcrowded environments is a particular challenge.One strategy will be to limit incarcerated people’s access to those who have been outside the facility. In Georgia, the state decided to prohibit in-person visitation through April 10, and in New Hampshire, new transfers and visitors are being questioned about their potential exposure.MuckRock has reached out to the DOCs about their preparedness plans, but some have already reached into their security exemption baskets to deny our requests, including Iowa and South Carolina. Most have not acknowledged our requests from earlier this week at all.We’ll continue following coronavirus responses in correctional centers. We want to know how these departments are already prepared to track and prevent illness in their facilities and, relatedly, how inmates will be able to continue to communicate with their families across the country.We’ve filed a request with the New York Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, which New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced this week will be working to produce more hand sanitizer for free distribution to public institutions.Do you have a story to share about contacting a loved one in a prison facility? Please share it with us.
ices for medical supplies, including hand sanitizer, are spiking on Amazon. Days after Coronavirus became a pandemic, a four-pack of hand sanitizer was selling for $159.00. Lysol wipes were going for $70.00. People are now demanding that Amazon stop this kind of price gouging. U.S. PIRG started a petition for Amazon to address price gouging for emergency supplies. If you believe there should be no place for price gouging on Amazon for medical supplies during the Coronavirus pandemic, sign their petition.
Tell Amazon: Prevent price gouging during emergencies
After the World Health Organization (WHO) declared coronavirus a global health emergency, prices for medical supplies, including hand sanitizer, skyrocketed on Amazon.A four-pack of Purell hand sanitizer was selling for $159. Two containers of Lysol wipes cost $70.That’s not “good business;” that’s taking advantage of consumers during an emergency. And although Amazon has retroactively deleted some products for price gouging, these spikes should never have happened in the first place.Price gouging during emergencies needs to end. Tell Amazon to implement safeguards that prevent prices from significantly inflating during states of emergency.Price gouging is when sellers use emergencies as opportunities to inflate their prices exorbitantly due to increased demand. It’s a tactic that takes advantage of people in tough, or even dangerous, positions -- and it’s against the law in many states.But as coronavirus has become an increasingly global threat, prices for critical supplies sold by third-party vendors and by Amazon itself, have shot up.This isn’t the first time price gouging has run rampant on Amazon. As the Category 5 Hurricane Irma approached Florida in 2017, prices for basic emergency supplies went through the roof, with cases of bottled water seeing price increases of up to 500 percent at times.There’s no reason price gouging should be allowed to continue on one of the largest online marketplaces in the country. Amazon’s algorithm should protect consumers in emergency situations, not allow skyrocketing prices.Amazon agrees: There’s no place for price gouging on its platform.6 But while the company is taking action after prices spike, it clearly lacks the necessary controls to prevent significant increases during emergencies.Amazon needs to do more to protect consumers from unfair price gouging during emergencies.The fact that Amazon vendors are able to inflate prices on medical supplies that people believe they need to protect themselves and their families -- and on effective supplies like hand sanitizer -- shows a deep flaw in the company’s ability to protect consumers from unfair pricing during emergencies.Instead of catching price gouging after the fact -- and after consumers in tough positions have potentially already paid exorbitant prices -- Amazon should have a system in place that prevents price gouging before it starts.By implementing a system that prevents anyone -- Amazon, computer algorithm or seller -- from raising prices for products significantly above their 90-day averages during emergencies, Amazon would help to protect consumers who may be relying on its marketplace for supplies.Add your name: Tell Amazon to implement safeguards to stop price gouging before it happens.Thank you,U.S. PIRG1. Sui-Lee Wee, Donald G. McNeil Jr. and Javier C. Hernández, “W.H.O. Declares Global Emergency as Wuhan Coronavirus Spreads,” New York Times, January 30, 2020.2. Jessica Guynn and Kelly Tyko, “Gouge much? Purell for $149, face masks for $20: Coronavirus price hikes are making everyone mad,” USA Today, March 3, 2020.3. Jordan Valinsky, “Amazon deleted 1 million items for price gouging or false advertising about coronavirus,” CNN, March 2, 2020.4. Andrew Ross Sorkin “Hurricane Price Gouging Is Despicable, Right? Not to Some Economists,” New York Times, September 11, 2017.5. Tom Popomaronis, “Amid Preparations For Hurricane Irma, Amazon Draws Scrutiny For Price Increases,” September 6, 2017.6. Marielle Segarra, “Amazon cracks down on COVID-19 price gouging,” Marketplace, March 3, 2020. U.S. PIRG started this petition to Amazon and it now has 42,791 signaturesSign now with a click
Home › NationArizona Cop With History Of Racism Fired After Stopping A Black Man Over An Air Freshener
Cop, Driver Arrested For Allegedly Raping Woman In GujaratThe constable raped the woman after he sent her boyfriend with the van's driver to get bribe money, said a Lakshmipura police station official.
Cop Exposes ZRP Underhand Dealings Including Cover-Ups For Murder
March 13, 2020Five North Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Graduate the FBI National Academy
Your action is urgently needed to stop a three year reauthorization of PATRIOT Act surveillance authorities!Mitch McConnell is trying to ram a deeply flawed bill through the Senate TODAY, without debate and no chance for amendments. Please take two minutes to call your Senators and tell them to block McConnell’s attempt to choke off debate.Contact your Senator today and urge them to vote against cloture on the USA Freedom Reauthorization Act of 2020.
Take ActionThen help us spread the word by forwarding this email to your contacts and sharing it on social media.****Here’s the full story:Today at 5:30 ET, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will attempt to invoke cloture on the USA Freedom Reauthorization Act of 2020 - that means shutting down debate on the bill and moving forward for a full vote.The USA Freedom Reauthorization Act would renew PATRIOT Act Authorities without necessary reforms. Sen. McConnell will attempt to secure the 60 votes needed to silence our allies including Sens. Steve Daines (R-MT), Mike Lee (R-UT), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Ron Wyden (D-OR), and others fighting for the chance to amend the bill, which has been widely decried as inadequate (at best) by many civil liberties groups. This is particularly notable because as a result of a campaign by Congressional leadership in both chambers (by both parties) to prevent members of Congress from having any legitimate chance to cast any real votes on any serious FISA reform, no committee has marked up or passed this legislation.But, we have the chance to stop Mitch McConnell from ramming this deeply flawed reauthorization bill through the Senate without debate and amendment. We need you to call your Senator today and tell them to vote against cloture for the USA Freedom Reauthorization Act of 2020. If we are successful in preventing cloture, the outcome is likely a 45-day reauthorization CONTINGENT upon an opportunity for our Congressional allies to offer meaningful, privacy-protective amendments to the bill. Even if the bill ultimately lacks enough reform to earn our support, we MUST fight for the chance to attempt to improve it as much as possible. We must defeat Mitch McConnell’s cloture attempt today. Call your Senator today and urge them to vote against cloture on the USA Freedom Reauthorization Act of 2020.
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House Passes Bill Preserving F.B.I. Surveillance Powers An unusual collection of lawmakers backed the legislation, which would give Americans some new privacy protections and extend legal authority for some F.B.I. investigative tools.
Problems in F.B.I. Wiretap Applications Go Beyond Trump Aide Surveillance, Review Finds
The bureau has routinely botched work on surveillance applications for its national security investigations, an inspector general said.
FBI Agents Association Urges Congress to Reauthorize Expiring FISA Provisions
DOJ's FISA report contradicts claims by Dems, media figures that surveillance rules were strictly observed
IG Horowitz Found ‘Apparent Errors or Inadequately Supported Facts’ in Every Single FBI FISA Application He Reviewed
March 31, 2020 11:13 AM
House Passes Bill Preserving F.B.I. Surveillance Powers
An unusual collection of lawmakers backed the legislation, which would give Americans some new privacy protections and extend legal authority for some F.B.I. investigative tools.
Congressman Gallagher Accuses F.B.I. of ‘Blackmail’
FBI must come clean on targeting racial-justice activists before sweeping surveillance powers are renewed
Formerly-‘Gagged’ FBI Whistleblower Details Congressional Blackmail, Bribery, Espionage, Corruption in Remarkable Videotaped Deposition
The BRAD BLOG covered details of some of Edmonds’ startling disclosures made during the deposition, as it happened, in our live blog coverage from August 8th. The deposition included criminal allegations against specifically named members of Congress. Among those named by Edmonds as part of a broad criminal conspiracy: Reps. Dennis Hastert (R-IL), Dan Burton (R-IN), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Bob Livingston (R-LA), Stephen Solarz (D-NY), Tom Lantos (D-CA), as well as an unnamed, still-serving Congresswoman (D) said to have been secretly videotaped, for blackmail purposes, during a lesbian affair.
The Inspector General’s Report on 2016 FBI Spying Reveals a Scandal of Historic Magnitude: Not Only for the FBI but Also the U.S. Media
Spanish Government Aims to Roll Out Basic Income ‘Soon’
The Spanish government is working to roll out a universal basic income as soon as possible, as part of a battery of actions aimed at countering the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, according to Economy Minister Nadia Calvino.
Social Security Minister Jose Luis Escriva is coordinating the project and plans to put some sort of basic income “in place as soon as possible,” with the main focus on assisting families, Calvino, who also serves as deputy prime minister, said in an interview Sunday night with Spanish broadcaster La Sexta.
But the government’s broader ambition is that basic income becomes an instrument “that stays forever, that becomes a structural instrument, a permanent instrument,” she said.
STATE ADVOCACY NEWSLETTER
COVID-19 has led state advocates to demand prison and jail systems decarcerate to stem outbreaks in facilities often challenged by poor conditions and overcrowding. This public health crisis is particularly troubling for those who are elderly and live with chronic illnesses and face heighten risk of hospitalization or death if they contract the illness. Decarceration practices or calls for reform have been documented in at least 31 states and the District of Columbia to reduce health risks for incarcerated persons vulnerable to COVID-19.
State and local advocates mobilized quickly to reduce prison and jail populations as COVID-19 spread across the United States. Campaigns at the local level like Decarcerate-Allegheny County in Pennsylvania issued recommendations to various practitioners ranging from the district attorney, judges, and the sheriff to use their authority to release elderly persons and those medically vulnerable. Similar efforts were launched in localities in California, Illinois, Texas, and Washington DC. State advocates in Indiana directed demands towards governors and parole boards to release older and medically vulnerable persons. Documented changes in response to COVID-19 include:
•California – Moratorium on new admissions to state prisons, expedited release for 3,500 personsapproved for parole, and commutations of 21 persons, including persons sentenced to life imprisonment;
•Colorado – Gov. Jared Polis issued an executive order that prevents new persons from entering state prisons;
•Florida – Department of Corrections limited new prison admissions to reduce spread of the novel coronavirus;
•Georgia – Officials considering clemency release for persons sentenced to non-violent offenses who are within 180 days of completing their prison term;
•Hawaii – Prison officials exploring early releases to reduce spread of the novel coronavirus;
•Iowa – Accelerated releases for persons previously approved for parole;
•Kentucky – Gov. Andy Beshear signed an executive order commuting the sentences of more than 180 persons sentenced to low level felonies, authorizing their early release. Officials also plan to release more than 760 persons who are within 6 months of completing their prison term.
•New Jersey – The chief justice ordered the release of an estimated 1,000 individuals from county jails;
•New York – Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order releasing an estimated 1,100 persons incarcerated on parole revocations; and
•Wisconsin – Stopped new prison admissions.
Activism during social distancing – a non-medical intervention to prevent the spread of the coronavirus by maintaining a physical distance between people – challenges state and local advocates to employ strategic advocacy tactics. State groups in California and New York launched a social media action targeted to both states’ governors to grant clemency to medically vulnerable and elder prisoners. The Clemency Coast to Coasteffort encouraged supporters to contact both governors via social media platforms and demand releases to prevent COVID-19 spread. Other advocates earn media attention by well-supported demand letters, litigation, and coordination of calls and emails to practitioners demanding prison or jail releases.
Photo Credit: Release Aging People in Prison
•Colorado – Gov. Jared Polis signed legislation abolishing the death penalty.
•Idaho – House lawmakers advanced legislation scaling back mandatory minimums for certain drug offenses.
•Kentucky – Senators passed legislation expanding voting rights to certain residents with felony convictions.
•Minnesota – Lawmakers established a bipartisan caucus to explore criminal justice reform.
•South Dakota – Policymakers expanded welfare benefits to residents with felony drug convictions opting the state out of the lifetime federal ban that eliminated eligibility in the mid 1990s.
•Virginia – Lawmakers authorized two measures expanding parole eligibility. House Bill 35 authorized parole reviews after 20 years for all persons who were under 18 at the time their crime of conviction occurred. House Bill 33 authorized parole for about 300 persons who were sentenced to prison between 1995 and 2000 after the state abolished parole but before jurors were explicitly told it was eliminated.
•Washington – The Concerned Lifers Organization inspired a rally to challenge mass incarceration.
Want to discuss your 2020 advocacy plan for state criminal justice reform? Contact Nicole at email@example.com
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Feds refused to test inmates for coronavirus at Manhattan jail despite symptoms, ex-con tells Daily News
By NOAH GOLDBERG
APR 06, 2020 | 11:57 AM
Maine Acts of Kindness: Portland hotel donates 50 rooms to health care workers
GOP’s Achievement Is Now on Display
Demands for racial, demographic data on coronavirus grows amidst evidence black people harder hit
By MICHAEL GARTLAND
APR 06, 2020 | 4:59 PM
Miss England retires to work as a doctor during coronavirus pandemic
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Monday, April 6
Fbi Opened Terrorism Investigations Into Nonviolent Palestinian Solidarity Group, Documents Reveal
Chip Gibbons, The Intercept
Atkinson: Trump fired me because I handled whistleblower complaint properly
Kyle Cheney, POLITICO
Coronavirus Restrictions Stoke Tensions in Lock-ups Across U.S.
Keri Blakinger, The Marshall Project
Former world officials call on US to ease Iran sanctions to fight COVID-19
Patrick Wintour, The Guardian
The U.S. Supreme Court just made it easier for police to pull you over
Interim Aurora Police Chief Fires Rookie Cop for Alleged Drunk-Driving Incident
CONOR MCCORMICK-CAVANAGH | APRIL 6, 2020 | 3:59PM
Hudson officer charged with aggravated DWI after crash, resigns
Flipping off cop didn’t justify stop
South Carolina ex-cop busted for long-time role in illegal gambling ops
BY Erik Gibbs ON April 06, 2020
TAGS: GAMBLING, POLICE, SOUTH CAROLINA
Who Is Christian Dawkins, A Convicted Felon Who Compares Himself To Gandhi, And Where Is He Now?
Christian Dawkins was at the center of a basketball bribery controversy after unknowingly going into business with undercover FBI agents
Maryland officer charged with soliciting sex acts from child
Devin Nunes: FBI 'experts' were hoping for dirt on Carter Page to leak right before 2016 election
by Daniel Chaitin
| April 06, 2020 08:5
ISA court ordering target list shows it 'suspects' pattern of FBI seeking political dirt, Joe DiGenova says
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Documents Show FBI Targeting Pro-Choice Movement as Violent Terrorist Threat
Sparrow in news
Washington, DC — In an especially egregious case of “bothsidesism,” the FBI
Liberating government documents is what we do.
HANDY CHART FOR CONSPIRACY THEORISTS
COVID-19 is biowarfare, says bioweapon creator Dr. Francis Boyle
YouTube blocks Dr. Francis Boyle’s interview for speaking out the truth.
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PBS Documentary on FBI details extensive blackmailing operation
by FBI against members of Congress, other politicians and world leaders
on behalf of Deep State
Senators demand FBI records on Crossfire Hurricane investigation 'infected by Russian disinformation'
by Jerry Dunleavy
| April 16, 2020 09:22
Hey not to worry , they are not your kids.
25 kids test positive for coronavirus at Virginia juvenile detention center
By MURI ASSUNÇÃO
APR 18, 2020 | 10:21 AM
No Timeout for FBI Scandals
More teeth remain to be pulled, and the biggest may concern James Comey and Hillary’s emails.
Sheriff: KCSO chief being investigated by the FBI has now retired from the department
Sheriff Tom Spangler said David Henderson's job status had not changed. He said the matter predates his time as sheriff.
Author: John North
Published: 10:47 AM EDT April 17, 2020
Updated: 6:46 PM EDT April 17, 2020
Former FBI agent of 25 years explains how to ‘speed-read’ body language—now that we’re wearing face masks
Published Thu, Apr 16 20201:01 PM EDT
HOW THE MEDIA CONNED THE PUBLIC INTO LOVING THE FBI: BOOK REVIEW
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How many politicians are being blackmailed by the FBIfrom Utah , Mass or other states thanks to Jeffrey Epstein?http://www.americanmafia.com/Feature_Articles_574.htmlFeature ArticlesFebruary 2020Jeffery Epstein And The FBIBy J. R. de SzigethyPROLOGUEThe investigations into the crimes committed by millionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and his accomplices did not end with his death, but only have intensified with each succeeding month since. Investigators in the Media and law enforcement have focused on those in Epstein's inner circle who participated in what Federal Prosecutors in New York may ultimately designate as a Mafia-style “Racketeering Enterprise” involved in the human trafficking sex trade.Early last year, Federal Judge Kenneth A. Marra ruled that Federal Prosecutors in 2008 violated the Crime Victims' Rights Act by not informing Epstein's known victims regarding their decision to not pursue Federal charges against Epstein. Former U. S. Attorney Alexander Acosta signed off on the “Non-Prosecution Agreement” that circumvented a Draft 53-page Federal Indictment based upon interviews with numerous of teen-aged girls sexually assaulted by Epstein. Armed with this evidence, the Feds in Miami could have sent Epstein away for the rest of his life. Instead, Epstein was offered an agreement by which no Federal charges were pursued, allowing Epstein to plead Guilty in State Court to two Felony charges involving a single female under the age of Consent, a young girl whom Epstein's criminal lawyers had dismissed as a “Prostitute.”During his 13-month “incarceration” in a Palm Beach County jail, Epstein was literally given the keys to his cell, leaving for over half of each day to work as a financial planner for wealthy businessmen. Only because public interest in this case was elevated by Media reporting, most notably by the Miami Herald newspaper, and because the U. S. Attorney in this case later came under increased scrutiny once he became Secretary of the U. S. Department of Labor, did the American people gradually learn about this latest government scandal. Jeffery Epstein and the FBIGeneral Forfeiture Matters, Jeffrey Epstein, WST – Child ProstitutionCuriously, the FBI has posted on it's website several Internal documents relating to the Epstein investigation from their archives. One such document, entitled: “General Forfeiture Matters, Jeffrey Epstein, WST – Child Prostitution,” states: “On 9/11/08, Case Agent advised Writer that Epstein is currently being prosecuted by the State of Florida. Epstein has also provided information to the FBI as agreed upon. Case Agent advised that no Federal Prosecution will occur in this matter as long as Epstein continues to uphold his agreement with the State of Florida. Case Agent also advised that no further forfeiture assistance will be required for this case.”Jeffery Epstein and the FBIStone Carving Above the Entrance to the Epstein Mansion in ManhattanHere's what this means: “Asset Forfeiture” statutes allow the Feds to seize, upon Conviction in a Federal Court, the assets of a convicted criminal. In Epstein's case, his assets included a Mansion in Manhattan appraised at over $50 Million, and others in New Mexico, Florida, and the U. S. Virgin Islands. Epstein also owned corporate jets that he used to fly wealthy and influential friends to his various residences.According to this FBI document, all of Epstein's valuable assets were thus safe, as long as he co-operated with the State Prosecutors as well as the Federal Government as an FBI Informant. This government scandal, as disturbing as it is, however, is by no means unprecedented. Herein is presented a comparative analysis of Jeffrey Epstein with three other FBI Informants who preceded him; Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger, Ed “Skull” Murphy, and Colombo Mafia Family hitman and drug dealer Greg Scarpa. Their life stories as career criminals, which includes involvement in sex crimes and blackmail, are essentially the same.These narratives will also reveal that the Mission of the FBI, carried out by their Agents, most of whom are honest and hard-working, nevertheless has been compromised by a systemic pattern of corruption among the leadership of the FBI, which began with the establishment of this U. S. Intelligence Agency from it's inception, and continues into this new Century.PART ONE: WHITEY BULGER AND THE FBIThe FBI's protection of Jeffrey Epstein as an FBI Informant mirrors their prior protection of Boston Crime Boss James “Whitey” Bulger; their stories are essentially the same. The FBI began protecting Bulger as an FBI Informant in 1975, the year he committed his second Domestic Terrorist bombing in Boston that should have sent him to prison for the rest of his life. A life-long racist, his vitriol against African-Americans would eventually lead to his final apprehension and prosecution.Bulger was first sent to prison in 1956, upon his conviction for armed robbery and truck hijacking. Once he was released, Bulger embarked in a life-long racist campaign against African-Americans. In 1974 Bulger committed his first known fire-bombing at the Kingsbury Elementary School in Wellesley Hills, the neighborhood in which resided the U. S. District Judge who had ordered the de-Segregation of the Boston public schools. A year later, in September, 1975, Bulger and an accomplice fire-bombed the birthplace of President Kennedy, in protest of the support for de-Segregation being offered publicly by the murdered President's brother Edward, a U. S. Senator. Because the President's birthplace was a National Historic Site administered by the U. S. Parks Service, evidence regarding the fire-bombing was turned over to the FBI for investigation. However, instead of being arrested for these 2 firebombing acts of domestic terrorism, Bulger was signed up as an FBI Informant. (1)But there is the FBI, and then there is the DEA; Bulger had no such protection from the Drug Enforcement Administration. In 1994, a Task Force comprised of an alliance between the DEA, the Massachusetts State Police, and the Boston Police Department, compiled a massive case against Bulger on multiple charges, centered on Bulger's trafficking of drugs. However, Bulger had at least two corrupt FBI Agents protecting him, one of whom, John Connolly, tipped him off as to his imminent arrest. So Whitey went on the lam. Years passed, and the FBI seemed to have See link for full story Or google American mafia.com Epstein***NOTESPart One1. "Bulger Linked to 70s Anti-busing Attacks," by Shelley Murphy. The Boston Globe, April 22, 2001.2. “Whitey Bulger Witness Delivered Stepdaughter to be Murdered,” by Michele McPhee. ABC News, July 23, 2013. 3. “Black Mass,” by Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill. Public Affairs, May, 2000.4. “Whitey Bulger Trial: Victims and Associates Talk Revenge,” by T.J. English. Newsweek, September 13, 2011. 5. “Stolen Innocence: Whitey Bulger Exploited Teenage Schoolgirls,” by Maggie Mulvihill, Jack Sullivan, Jonathan Wells, and Jack Meyers. The Boston Herald, April 9, 2001. (Second in a 4-part series.)6. “Whitey Bulger Photos Show Him With Defrocked Pedophile Priest,” by Michele McPhee and Elicia Dover. ABC News, August 1, 2013.7. “What We Learned About Whitey Bulger Today," by Paul Kix. Boston Magazine, June 29, 2011.8. "Most Wanted: Pursuing Whitey Bulger, the Murderous Mob Chief the FBI Secretly Protected, by Thomas J. Foley and John Sedgwick. Simon & Schuster, 2013.9. "Honest Cop Gets His Due," by Peter Gelzinis. The Boston Herald, July 14, 2013.10. "J. Edgar Hoover: The Man and His Secrets," by Curt Gentry. Norton Publishers, 1991.11 "Mafia Kingfish," by John H. Davis. Penguin Publishers, 1989.12. “U. S. Must Pay $101.8 Million for Role in False Convictions,” by Pam Belluck. The New York Times, July 27, 2007.13. "Fourth Superseding Indictment: The United States vs. Francis P. Salemme, James J. Bulger, Stephen J. Flemmi, Robert P. Deluca, and James M. Martorano. Filed in the United States District Court, District of Massachusetts, 7-2-1996."14. “Black Mass,” by Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill. Public Affairs, May, 2000.Part Two1. “Skull Murphy: The Gay Double Agent,” by Arthur Bell. The Village Voice, May, 1978.2. “Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution,” by David Carter. St. Martin's Press, 2004.3. “Deal with the Devil,” by Peter Lance. Harper Collins, 2013.4. The New York Times, June 29, 1971.5. "Chief: Classic Cases from the Files of the Chief of Detectives," by Albert Seedman and Peter Hellman, Avon, 1975.6. “The Wiseguy and the Nun,” by William Bastone. The Village Voice, February 9, 1999. 7. “J. Edgar's Slip was Showing,” by Murray Weiss. The New York Post, February 11, 1993.8. “Woman Shot in Struggle With Her Alleged Victim,” by the staff of the New York Times. April 7, 1971.9. “Officer Down Memorial Page.org.”10. “Political Violence and Terrorism in Modern America: A Chronology,” by Christopoher Hewitt. Praeger, 2005.11. “Foster and Laurie,” by Al Silverman. Little, Brown, 1974.12. “A Break in 1972 Killing of Cops – Former Black Militant Aids Double-Slay Probe,” by Larry Celona. The New York Post, July 23, 2001.13. “Hilton vx. State: The Supreme Court of Georgia, November 8, 2010. https://casetext.com/case/hilton-v-state-52Part Three1. “Deal with the Devil,” by Peter Lance. Harper Collins, 2013.2. "We're Going to Hell for This: 'Mobsters' Lament Over Moll Slaying," by Alex Ginsberg. The New York Post, August 16, 2007.3. "The G-Man and the Hitman," by Fredric Dannen, The New Yorker, December 16, 1996. 4. “A Real Sleeper: Mafia Wife's Hubby Took Liking to Him,” by Greg B. Smith. The New York Daily News, March 23, 1994. 5. “The Mobster Was a Mole for the FBI: Tangled Life of a Mafia Figure Who Died of AIDS is Exposed,” by Selwyn Raab. The New York Times, November 20, 1994.6. “FBI Guilty: Jury Finds Feds Fueled a Mob War.” New York Newsday, July 1, 1995; “7 Cleared in Brooklyn Mob Case,” the New York Daily News, July 1, 1995. “Wiseguys Acquitted in Colombo Murders,” the New York Post, July 1, 1995. “The thin line between Mole and Manager,” the New York Times, July 2, 1995.Part Four1. “Epstein's Coney Island Days: From Math Nerd to 'Arrogant' Prick,” by Michael Daly. The Daily Beast, July 15, 2019.2. “The Talented Mr. Epstein,” by Vicky Ward. Vanity Fair Magazine, March, 2003.3. “Final Evasion: For 30 Years, Prosecutors and Victims Tried to Hold Jeffrey Epstein to Account. At Every Turn, He Slipped Away,” by Marc Fisher and Jonathan O'Connell. The Washington Post, August 10, 2019. 4. “Legal Eagle's Free Ride,” by Greg B. Smith. The New York Daily News, December 23, 1997. 5. “Jeffrey Epstein: International Moneyman of Mystery,” by Landon Thomas, Jr. New York Magazine, October 28, 2002.6. “The State Department Once Rented a Townhouse Seized from Iran to Jeffrey Epstein – Then Sued Him for Subletting It,” by Rosie Gray. BuzzFeedNews.com, July 14, 2019.7. “Ex-Florida Police Chief: Epstein Case 'The Worst Failure of the Criminal Justice System' In Modern Times.” NBC News, September 23, 2019. 8. “'They're Nothing, These Girls': Unraveling the Mystery of Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein's Enabler,” by Vanessa Grigoriadis. Vanity Fair Magazine, August 12, 2019.9. “How Jefferey Epstein Lost $80 Million in a Hedge-Fund Bet Gone Bad,” by Michelle Celarier. New York Magazine, July 16, 2019. 10. “How a Future Trump Cabinet Member Gave a Serial Sex Abuser the Deal of a Lifetime,” by Julie K. Brown. The Miami Herald, November 28, 2018.11. “Prosecutors in Bear Case Focus In on Email,” by Kate Kelly. The Wall Street Journal, June 19, 2008. 12. “Jeffrey Epstein's Sick Story Played Out for Years in Plain Sight,” by Vicky Ward. The Daily Beast, July 9, 2019.
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It is medically illogical to wait until someone is very sick before treating them
Here's the thing. For the first week of clinical illness, disease is primarily in the respiratory tract, and viral titers are rising. After a week, you start making detectable antibodies, and usually viral titers decline. But other processes are at work making you sick, especially an inappropriate immune response. And you are still dealing with damage that was caused by the virus.
While many things can go very wrong after that first week (heart failure, kidney failure, blood clots neurologic damage, etc.) the main killer is ARDS and inappropriate immune-mediated damage.
ARDS has a mortality rate of about 40%, and nothing tried over decades has made much impact on that. Likewise, there are no great treatments for kidney and heart failure, nor for most neurologic illness.
It should be obvious that with a disease whose course evolves over time in the manner of COVID-19, you have to attack the virus hard and fast, rather than the mess it leaves in its wake. That can only be done in the early stage. Treatment trials need to enroll patients when they first become ill, rather than holding off.
If there is a shortage of hydroxychloroquine, for example, and that is the reason for waiting to treat, then the public needs to be told, and to be told what the plan is to ameliorate the shortage, if it turns out to be effective.
We won't be able to identify a really good COVID drug unless we start using it early. Why are our federal health agencies doing everything wrong?
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Retired Police Detective, Author, Lecturer : b. 1936
“A policeman’s first obligation is to be responsible to the needs of the community he serves…The problem is that the atmosphere does not yet exist in which an honest police officer can act without fear of ridicule or reprisal from fellow officers. We create an atmosphere in which the honest officer fears the dishonest officer, and not the other way around.
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Best evidence for FBI blackmailing members of Congress
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Why North Dakota Has the Best Internet in the United States
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The Trump administration wants in. In your home, in your phone, inside your computer. They’re teaming up with Mitch McConnell to make it happen.
Within days, Mitch McConnell is hoping to ram through a reauthorization of the Patriot Act’s notorious mass surveillance provision: Section 215. He has three amendments to give the Trump administration even more power to spy on Americans without a warrant.
But our Senate allies (a bi-partisan team that includes Senators Lee (R-UT) and Leahy (D-VT) among others) will have three amendments of their own to stop McConnell.
It’s going to be a showdown between us and the Surveillance Hawks, with our civil liberties and our democracy hanging in the balance. That’s why your Senators need to hear from you, right now!
Sign the petition: Tell the Senate to rein in Patriot Act surveillance, and vote for crucial amendments to protect our civil liberties!
Congress was supposed to vote on the Patriot Act back in March, before the nation went into the coronavirus stay-at-home orders. But Trump and McConnell faced a huge roadblock: activists like you and many members of Congress. Thanks to your advocacy, McConnell failed to muster the votes needed to extend the Trump administration’s spying powers. But they’re determined to push it through now, while everyone is focused on fighting the coronavirus.
There’s only one shot at this. Our allies in Congress are putting together three crucial reform amendments. But with so little time left before this important vote, your senators need to hear that you expect them to support the amendments that will stop the Trump administration from abusing his powers.
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WASHINGTON— U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) sent a letter yesterday asking Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz to release his report on the Federal Bureau of Information’s investigation into Larry Nassar’s abuse of Olympic gymnasts.
He wrote: “According to news reports, at least 40 professional athletes were abused by Nassar in the time between the USA Gymnastics made its report to the FBI and when he was publicly named as a perpetrator. An investigation into the FBI’s delays was first reported in September 2018, but nearly two years later, the report has yet to be released.”
“All victims deserve dignity and to have the crimes committed against them properly and fairly investigated. I am deeply concerned about evidence of the FBI’s lack of urgency, even as they were uncovering clear information that a predator continued to harm the athletes in his care.”
“Gymnastics has a powerful place in Texans’ hearts. I have always been proud to be a Texan and an American when watching such talented athletes compete on the world stage. What they suffered is unbearable. It can never happen again. Victims’ allegations must be investigated quickly, and their voices must be listened to. The release of this report is the first necessary step in determining how to move forward.”
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Barrasso, John (R-WY)
Blackburn, Marsha (R-TN)
Blunt, Roy (R-MO)
Boozman, John (R-AR)
Burr, Richard (R-NC)
Capito, Shelley Moore (R-WV)
Collins, Susan M. (R-ME)
Cornyn, John (R-TX)
Cotton, Tom (R-AR)
Fischer, Deb (R-NE)
Graham, Lindsey (R-SC)
Hyde-Smith, Cindy (R-MS)
Inhofe, James M. (R-OK)
Johnson, Ron (R-WI)
Lankford, James (R-OK)
McConnell, Mitch (R-KY)
Perdue, David (R-GA)
Portman, Rob (R-OH)
Roberts, Pat (R-KS)
Romney, Mitt (R-UT)
Rubio, Marco (R-FL)
Shelby, Richard C. (R-AL)
Thune, John (R-SD)
Tillis, Thom (R-NC)
Toomey, Patrick J. (R-PA)
Wicker, Roger F. (R-MS)
Young, Todd (R-IN)
Carper, Thomas R. (D-DE)
Casey, Robert P., Jr. (D-PA)
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Jones, Doug (D-AL)
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Manchin, Joe, III (D-WV)
Shaheen, Jeanne (D-NH)
Warner, Mark R. (D-VA)
Whitehouse, Sheldon (D-RI)
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Everybody knows about the second of two violent police attacks on peaceful citizens in Buffalo last week.
On June 4, two members of the Buffalo Police Department Emergency Response Team knocked 75-year-old Martin Gugino to the ground in front of the city hall steps. They were clearing the area of demonstrators, even though city hall had, at that point, been closed for four hours, there were only a few demonstrators, and they weren’t doing anything but standing there.
When he was shoved to the ground, Gugino was just trying to talk to them. He had a helmet in his left hand, a cell phone in his right. After he hit the ground, with blood streaming from his right ear, a policeman went to help him, but a superior officer pushed him away. The line of police moved on, leaving Gugino unconscious on
Infiltrating Antifa: the Feds and Their Long History of Subversion
by T.J. COLES
On May 31st, President Trump (or his people) tweeted: “The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization.” Attorney General, William Barr, said: “The violence instigated and carried out by Antifa and other similar groups in connection with the rioting is domestic terrorism and will be treated accordingly.”
Trump and Barr were referring to the Antifascist collective that has supported the ongoing, international Black Lives Matter (BLM) demonstrations. Mary McCord, an ex-Department of Justice official, reminds Trump that “no current legal authority exists for
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PART TWO: ED “SKULL” MURPHY AND THE FBI
The FBI's protection of Ed Murphy began many years before their protection of James “Whitey” Bulger and Jeffrey Epstein, but it is essentially the same story. Murphy was also a pedophile who preyed upon vulnerable youths whom were teenagers. His victims were young boys.
First, he sexually assaulted these boys, plying them with illegal drugs. Once under his sexual and financial control, Murphy then pimped these boys out to rich and prominent closeted gay men, many of whom he then extorted from significant amounts of cash and commodities as blackmail.
Like Whitey Bulger, Murphy was sent to prison for several years as a young man and when he got out he vowed to never go back, even though he was committed to his profession; that of a career criminal. Like Bulger after him, Murphy found that he could be protected from Prosecution by serving the FBI as their Informant. Also, like Bulger, Murphy would perpetuate the false narrative that he was some sort of “folk hero” within his own community.
In Bulger's case, it was the Boston Globe that would expose him as an FBI Informant in their landmark 1988 Feature story. Murphy's double-dealing was outed by the Village Voice in their landmark 1978 Cover Story: “Skull” Murphy: The Gay Double Agent.” (1) Subsequently, numerous books and Media accounts would reveal Murphy's one claim to fame; his work as a Bouncer at Manhattan's Stonewall Inn, on the night of the riot that marked the birth of America's gay rights movement. And, the substantial evidence of Murphy's recruitment and work as an FBI Informant. (2)
The investigations of Ed Murphy by the Media and law enforcement escalated regarding a notorious American Mafia crime committed in broad daylight in Manhattan in 1971. The man who committed this crime had organized crime connections that led investigators to Ed Murphy and his associates, who were also involved with the American Mafia. And, there were 2 men there that day that witnessed this crime whom are now known to have been FBI Informants. One of them was Greg Scarpa, a hitman for the Colombo Mafia Family whom had secretly worked for the FBI since 1960. (3) The man targeted that day for assassination was Scarpa's “other Boss,” the Godfather of the Mafia Family to this very day known by his name; Colombo; Joe Colombo.
The date was June 28, 1971; the location, Columbus Circle in Manhattan. It was Colombo's Second “Italian Unity Day” celebration for his “Italian-American Civil Rights League,” an organization he had created the year previous that perpetuated the false narrative that there was no such thing as the American Mafia. As preposterous as that narrative was, it had actually for many years been championed by the Founding Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, J. Edgar Hoover. Hoover was forced to drop this false narrative when Bobby Kennedy became his “Boss” as Attorney General of the United States.
Godfather Colombo's movement caught on quickly; 50,000 people would jam into Columbus Circle on June 29, 1970, at the League's first public Rally. In November of that year, Frank Sinatra was among many celebrities who appeared in a benefit for the League held at Madison Square Garden. Law enforcement agencies have consistently revealed in the past decades that far less than one percent of Italian-Americans are involved in organized crime. The same can be said for Irish-Americans.
That being said, many of the members of these two ethnic groups have perceived that they have been stereotyped by the Media and the Hollywood entertainment industry. Colombo, like Whitey Bulger after him, seized upon the frustration held by many law-abiding American citizens among these respective ethnic communities. Colombo's and Bulger's Message had validity; they were just the wrong Messengers, who exploited it to their own advantage.
At Colombo's second Rally in 1971, in attendance were numerous members of the Media, some armed with cameras, members of the New York City Police Department, Agents of the FBI, members of several New York Mafia Families, and other criminals. One such was Jerome A. Johnson, a young African-American from New Jersey, accompanied by a young African-American female. Adorned with fake Press credentials, nothing seemed out of the ordinary as Johnson followed Godfather Colombo around with his film camera, along with his assistant. Then, the young woman, as if on cue, called out a greeting to the Godfather. Colombo turned to face her. Johnson now held in his hands both a camera and a gun, which may have been secreted to him by his female accomplice. He then opened fire on Colombo at close range. Several Mafia members then jumped upon Johnson, one of them pumping three bullets into the assassin's back. Despite the presence of dozens of cops, both Johnson's accomplice and the man who killed Johnson managed to get away. (4) Somehow, in the presence of dozens of reporters, not a single photograph emerged publicly of the young female accomplice of Johnson as she fled the scene, nor the Mafia Associate who killed her accomplice.
The shooting of a Mafia Godfather in the heart of Manhattan would become an obsession with the Media - and law enforcement - for many years. History would repeat itself 14 years later when Gambino Family Godfather Paul Castellano was gunned down outside Manhattan's Spark's Steak House. During the investigation of both of these shootings, the New York City Police Department was under enormous public pressure to solve these crimes. From the outset, the NYPD branded the shooting of Colombo a "hit" orchestrated by the Mafia. Carlo Gambino, Joe Gallo, and Carmine Persico, a rising star in the Colombo Family, were all taken in for questioning by the cops, as was a Mob-connected pornographer, Michael Umbers. (5)
FBI Informant Greg Scarpa, a hitman and drug dealer for the Colombo Family, who witnessed the shooting of his crime Boss from just a few feet away, also contributed his information to the FBI, as revealed by FBI “302” Documents later obtained by Forensic Intelligence Analyst Angela Clemente through her Freedom of Information Act lawsuits. One such FBI document reveals that on June 6, 1971, 2 weeks before Colombo was shot, Scarpa told the FBI that he had met with Godfather Colombo, who informed him that his personal security team had detected a car inhabited by several African-Americans surveilling his house recently in the early morning hours. Colombo assumed that these men were associates of “Crazy Joe” Gallo, whom had befriended a number of African-American inmates while imprisoned and was now free, and by his own statements and actions hostile towards Godfather Colombo.
During the investigation into Colombo's shooting, then Chief of Detectives of the NYPD Albert Seedman uncovered evidence that Jerome Johnson was not only involved with members of the American Mafia, but also with members of a domestic terrorist organization that went by the name of the Black Liberation Army. This group, an offshoot of the Black Panthers organization, had, before the shooting of Godfather Colombo, embarked upon a campaign of assassinating Police Officers nationwide that would continue into 1981.
Thus, there were 3 likely scenarios as to whom the inhabitants of that car monitoring Colombo were; 1. former prison associates of Joe Gallo; 2. members of the BLA; or, 3. associates of both Joe Gallo AND the BLA.
What first intrigued the Detectives investigating Colombo's shooting was Johnson's connections to the shadowy world of gay pornography in New York as it existed at that time. It was an era in which even the hint of gay behavior could destroy a public person's career. A retail establishment which gays could patronize openly existed in very few places across America during that time. In New York City, however, the large numbers of gays presented a profit potential that the American Mafia simply could not afford to ignore.
Virtually all of the bars, restaurants, bookstores, and sex clubs that catered to a gay clientele during that time were Mob controlled. That created another problem for gay men; the potential for blackmail. Certain men, in certain professions, possessed the ability to perform certain services which the Mafia could exploit. Compromised doctors, for example, could provide medical services to a mob figure who had a bullet in his body but for obvious reasons did not want to check into a local hospital for it's removal. Compromised Undertakers could help mobsters when faced with the untidy problem of how to dispose of a dead body. Closeted traders on Wall Street could proffer invaluable assistance in "insider trading" and stolen securities scams. Compromised members of law enforcement could provide invaluable "insider information" about law enforcement scrutiny of the Mob.
Thus, those gay establishments run by the American Mafia were populated with Informants who could profile, identify, and compromise such men to be used as tools of organized crime. This was the world from which Jerome A. Johnson emerged to shoot a Mafia Godfather, and this world is best described by the life story of one man; Ed "Skull" Murphy.
Murphy had been born in Manhattan's Greenwich Village to Italian and Irish parents. Much of Murphy's youth was spent in the robbing of Dentist's offices for the bounty to be found in the gold that was used to make gold teeth. When Murphy was finally caught, he spent 10 years in prison. Once free, Murphy accelerated the body building habit he had acquired in prison by using anabolic steroids to bulk up. This allowed Murphy, still a young man, to enter the world of "professional wrestling." Such a "sport" existed on the fringes of the American Mafia. Although steroids were not illegal at that time, the drugs were an integral part of operations run by three syndicates in New York that today are known as the Colombo, Gambino, and Genovese Families. These Families would provide steroids to young body builders, and such men could then be exploited into a number of sidelines; work as bodyguards for mobsters, bouncers at bars, the world of professional wrestling, professional prostitution, and the production of X-rated films. The Colombo Family were masters of these rackets, and would eventually change the adult entertainment business forever with their production of the movie "Deep Throat," which would rake in millions of dollars for the Family. The fight over the profits of that movie within the Family led to a shoot-out that killed 2 people, including an innocent bystander, a retired Nun. (6)
The October 8, 1967 edition of the New York Times noted that suburban Long Island was the area inhabited by many such mobsters, among them the Colombo's Sonny Franzese, who was reported to be among many such organized crime figures who ran gay bars throughout the New York area and that such operations included a lucrative side-line involving the blackmail of wealthy or prominent patrons.
By the time of the publication of that story, Ed Murphy had already been arrested as the ringleader of a Mafia-run gay blackmail ring broken up by State prosecutors in Manhattan. Over a dozen such men had been Indicted who were part of a nationwide blackmail syndicate that netted over a million dollars a year. This is how the scam worked; a man would travel to a large city, such as New York, where he would procure the services of a male prostitute. Many of the prostitutes were teen-agers. The prostitute could be solicited at a gay bar, a convention center, or in the bar of an airport. Another venue was through the corrupt auspices of a Concierge at certain hotels. Once the blackmail victim and the teen-aged-boy were alone in the hotel room, one of either two scenarios would be enacted; either the boy would steal the John's wallet and run out of the hotel, or the "Hotel Detective" would burst in and demand cash in exchange for not arresting the visiting man. In the plan where the wallet would be stolen, the wallet would then be turned over to the Mob ring, who, with their corrupt co-horts in law enforcement, would compile information on their new victim. If the "John" was rich or famous or from a prominent family, two "members of law enforcement" would then travel to that person's home and threaten that person with public exposure - even arrest - unless money was forked over to make the case "go away."
After the existence of the blackmail ring became public in a February 18, 1966 New York Times story, the FBI moved in on the investigations, the predication being that many of those involved crossed State lines in order to commit their crimes. Almost all of the high-ranking members of the blackmail ring were thus convicted, such as John J. Pyne, a retired Chicago police officer, and John Fellenbaum, a bodybuilder from Pennsylvania. Ed Murphy was identified in that Times article as one of the ringleaders. His name, however, did not appear in any subsequent stories. At that time, Murphy faced decades in prison on both Federal and State charges. Yet, Murphy only received 5 years Probation for his Federal Extortion charge. Murphy would be protected by the FBI for the rest of his life, in exchange for providing them information they coveted.
Among the names Murphy gave up as victims of the extortion ring were that of a Congressman from New Jersey who paid them $25,000 in hush money, and Admiral William Church, the head of the New York Naval Yards in Brooklyn. As a result of the Grand Jury convened to investigate the evidence Ed Murphy had turned over, Admiral Church was then Subpoenaed to testify. At that point the Admiral drove to a motel in Maryland and shot a bullet into his head. (7)
Thus, Hoover's recruitment of men such as Ed Murphy was not designed to put an end to his blackmail of gay men, but rather to provide information that Hoover might need to utilize for his own purposes. Such was the man J. Edgar Hoover, his successors as Director - and his Bureau, - that would protect pedophiles such as Ed Murphy, and later, Whitey Bulger, and Jeffrey Epstein, among others.
Beginning in the 1960s and throughout the 1970s, Ed Murphy and Mike Umbers ran a prostitution ring that pimped underage boys to wealthy pedophiles. Murphy and Umbers both were associated with the Genovese and Gambino Mafia Families. A December 23, 1971 story by the Village Voice revealed that Umbers and two accomplices had previously been arrested on child pornography charges.
Also that year, NYPD Chief of Detectives Albert Seedman told the Media that Umbers was the link between Jerome Johnson and the Mafia. Johnson had last been residing in an apartment above Christopher's End, the bar managed by Umbers, and owned by Paul DiBella, a member of the Gambino Family. Umbers had used Johnson's skills as a camera man in their production of child pornography. (5) Umbers would eventually receive notoriety for his role in the botched New York bank robbery that was depicted in the Hollywood motion picture "Dog Day Afternoon."
Ed Murphy was the Bouncer at the Mafia-run gay bar the Stonewall Inn, adjacent to Umber's Christopher's End next door on Christopher Street. On the evening of June 28, 1969, when the NYPD, as it had often done in the past, raided the Stonewall Inn, the patrons of the bar fought back, culminating in riots that lasted for several days. Chanting "Get the Cops and the Mafia Out of Gay Bars," the unrest forever changed America.
Ed Murphy died in 1989 due to AIDS. In addition to the NYPD's investigation of Jerome Johnson's involvement in the gay porn industry, of which Murphy was involved, the NYPD also pursued evidence that Johnson was also associated with the BLA. Two months prior to the shooting of Godfather Colombo, on April 6, 1971, a member of the BLA, JoAnne Chesimard, knocked upon the door of a room at the Statler Hilton Hotel in Manhattan, intending to rob the occupant. The intended victim, however fought back, and Chesimard received a bullet wound from her own gun to her abdomen. (8)
6 weeks later, members of the BLA opened fire with a machine gun on two Police Officers guarding the home of the Manhattan District Attorney, Frank Hogan. Both officers, Thomas Curry and Nicholas Binetti, were wounded for the rest of their lives. 2 days later, the gang executed NYPD Officers Waverly Jones and Joseph Piagentini outside a public housing building in Harlem. One month later, Jerome Johnson and his female accomplice carried out the shooting of Godfather Colombo.
Two months later, 3 members of the BLA burst into a police station in San Francisco and gunned down Sgt. John Victor Young as he sat at his desk. On November 3rd, 1971, 3 associates of the BLA executed Atlanta Police Officer James R. Greene as he serviced his patrol vehicle at a gas station. (9) On December 20th of that year, the gang attempted to murder 2 NYPD cops by throwing a hand grenade under their patrol car. Their car was demolished, but the cops survived. (10)
On January 27, 1972, the BLA executed 2 more NYPD cops, Rocco Laurie and Gregory Foster. These two Police Officers were shot in their backs with a machine gun. The BLA was a racist organization that did not believe that Blacks should associate with Whites. Officers Laurie and Foster were targeted because one was Black and the other White. Both had bonded as young men while serving in the United States Marine Corps in VietNam. Once home, they both applied for acceptance as members of the NYPD. They were accepted, and later made Partners, as an intentional means by the NYPD to promote better relations between Officers of diverse backgrounds. (11)
A few weeks later, several members of the BLA, including Joanne Chesimard and her then-lover Fred Hilton, got into a confrontation with the St. Louis Police, during which BLA member Ronald Carter was killed.
Fred Hilton would later be arrested in 2001 on charges he raped a 12-year-old girl. (12) Hilton later changed his name to the Marxist moniker Kamau Sadiki; Joanne Chesimard later changed her name to Assata Shakur. In November, 2003, Kamau Sadiki was sentenced to Life imprisonment after his conviction for the murder of Atlanta Police Officer James Green. (13)
On May 2, 1973, the BLA murdered New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster. This event began when New Jersey State Trooper James Harper pulled a car over for a traffic violation, and was joined by Trooper Foerster in another patrol car. A gunfight ensued, and when it was over, Trooper Foerster and a BLA member were dead; JoAnne Chesimard and Trooper Harper were wounded. Chesimard was eventually convicted for the murder of Trooper Foerster, but escaped from prison in 1979 with the help of the BLA. BLA members and their associates in the Communist community then facilitated Chesimard's travel to Cuba, where she has been granted asylum to this very day.
Such was the carnage of violence by criminals of various motives during the 1960s and 1970s. The investigations by the NYPD of the BLA, the American Mafia, as well as Manhattan's gay pornography industry thus intersected in one man; Jerome Johnson, who dared to shoot Godfather Colombo before thousands of people.
Among those who witnessed this shooting was Mafia hitman and drug dealer Greg Scarpa, who led a double life as an FBI Informant.
1. “Skull Murphy: The Gay Double Agent,” by Arthur Bell. The Village Voice, May, 1978.
2. “Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution,” by David Carter. St. Martin's Press, 2004.
3. “Deal with the Devil,” by Peter Lance. Harper Collins, 2013.
4. The New York Times, June 29, 1971.
5. "Chief: Classic Cases from the Files of the Chief of Detectives," by Albert Seedman and Peter Hellman, Avon, 1975.
6. “The Wiseguy and the Nun,” by William Bastone. The Village Voice, February 9, 1999.
7. “J. Edgar's Slip was Showing,” by Murray Weiss. The New York Post, February 11, 1993.
8. “Woman Shot in Struggle With Her Alleged Victim,” by the staff of the New York Times. April 7, 1971.
9. “Officer Down Memorial Page.org.”
10. “Political Violence and Terrorism in Modern America: A Chronology,” by Christopoher Hewitt. Praeger, 2005.
11. “Foster and Laurie,” by Al Silverman. Little, Brown, 1974.
12. “A Break in 1972 Killing of Cops – Former Black Militant Aids Double-Slay Probe,” by Larry Celona. The New York Post, July 23, 2001.
13. “Hilton vx. State: The Supreme Court of Georgia, November 8, 2010. https://casetext.com/case/hilton-v-state-52
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