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partial list of FBI agents
approved by Congress to commit torture

couple of stories

Head of Congress who controls torturing in Amerika.

Guess her name

Feb 15, 2015
PORTLAND, Ore. - Less than four hours after landing in the U.S., Yonas Fikre was back in the mosque at the center of his five-year exile and alleged torture at the FBI's behest.



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Report says procedures put a chilling effect on potential FBI whistleblowers


March 3 at 7:46 PM

Jane Turner loved being a FBI agent.

It had been her dream job since she was 13, and she had been a good agent during her 25 years with the bureau.
Joe Davidson writes the Federal Diary, a column about the federal workplace that celebrated its 80th birthday in November 2012. View Archive

But once she became a whistleblower, the FBI turned on her like mob turns on a snitch, by her telling. She wasn’t killed, but her career was.

Turner has become a prime example of the way the FBI should not treat whistleblowers. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) cites her case in a report that will be the focus of a Senate hearing Wednesday.

Compared with other feds, FBI whistleblowers, GAO says, have less protection against retaliation by management and that current procedures could discourage whistleblowing.

“Anytime a whistleblower is punished for pointing out waste or misconduct, it sends the signal to other employees that doing the right thing will be met with potentially harsh repercussions,” Sen. Charles E Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman of the Judiciary Committee, told Federal Diary. “Unfortunately, many who come to me express fear of reprisal for raising the alarm and are even unclear of their rights as whistleblowers. In fact, one potential witness for Wednesday’s hearing backed out for fear of retaliation.”

Grassley’s last line indicates how serious this is.

GAO found that a major problem is the limited list of officials designated to receive whistleblower complaints. If FBI employees report waste, fraud or governmental abuse to supervisors not on that list, those employees have no protection against management retaliation, such as being demoted or fired.

The “FBI is the only segment of the federal government that requires whistleblowers to report problems to a handful of high-ranking personnel in order to be shielded from retaliation,” Grassley said.

The FBI and the Justice Department declined to comment on the report for this column, but Justice officials told GAO they do not plan to expand the list of people who can receive whistleblower complaints “in part because of their concerns about the additional resources that would be needed to handle a possible increase in complaints.”

GAO reviewed 62 FBI whistleblower retaliation allegations between 2009 and 2013 and found that Justice closed 17, more than 27 percent, because they were made to someone not on the list, even if that someone was the employee’s supervisor. It sounds like the kind of technicality the FBI would vehemently oppose in a court case.

“By dismissing potentially legitimate complaints in this way, DOJ could deny some whistleblowers access to recourse, permit retaliatory activity to go uninvestigated, and create a chilling effect for future whistleblowers,” GAO said.

More than chilled, Turner was frozen out, only to be vindicated when it was too late. That points to another problem the GAO identified — the time it takes to resolve some complaints. Almost 25 percent took up to four years. Turner’s took much longer.

In 2002, Turner, based in Minneapolis, blew the whistle on colleagues who allegedly stole items from Ground Zero after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

How did her bosses respond to this disturbing charge about the desecration of hallowed ground?

“After making this whistleblower disclosure, she was given a ‘does not meet expectations’ rating, placed on leave, and given a notice of proposed removal,” GAO reported.

Like a tenacious FBI agent, Turner fought back and won. But not until 2013, when the Justice Department ruled in her favor — more than a decade after her complaint.

Yet, the Justice Department provided her no justice, because the department ruled she could have her job back when she was too old to take it. Turner said she was 62 when the department made the ruling, five years beyond the FBI’s mandatory retirement age.

“We had reached the end of the line and got zero, nothing,” she said in an interview. “It cost me my career, and I got zippo.”

The program for FBI whistleblowers was established by the Justice Department and does not use the Office of Special Counsel and the Merit Systems Protection Board, avenues provided to most federal employees. To improve its whistleblowing program, Justice has hired an additional part-time staffer to cut case processing times, developed a mediation program, imposed stricter time frames to resolve complaints and streamlined procedures, according to the report. “However, DOJ officials have limited plans to assess the impacts of these actions,” GAO said.

In any case, none of this helps Turner. The changes also weren’t enough to make the committee’s potential witness feel protected.

“If any whistleblower came to me, I’d say run for the hills,” Turner said. “They will destroy you if you are exposed.”

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Man arraigned in officer's death
R.I. police beat up suspect, kin allege

| April 19, 2005

PROVIDENCE -- A white plastic mask obscuring his severely bruised face, Esteban Carpio, the man accused of fatally shooting a Providence detective inside police headquarters early Sunday, was arraigned yesterday on murder charges and ordered held without bail.


Carpio, 26, was charged in Providence District Court with killing Detective James L. Allen with the officer's gun around 12 a.m. Sunday as the veteran officer questioned him about the stabbing of an 84-year-old woman.

Assistant Attorney General Paul Daly said in court that Carpio grabbed Allen's pistol in a third-story interview room, shot him twice, blew out a window with another gunshot, and jumped 60 feet to a grassy mound. He was captured after what police described as a violent struggle several blocks away, about 45 minutes later.

Carpio's relatives gasped when court officers led in the shackled man, his eyes red, swollen slits.

''Oh, my God, look what they did to him," one of Carpio's relatives wailed, adding a vulgarity about the police officers.

Carpio's weeping mother, Yvonne Carpio, a teacher at Hennigan Elementary School in Jamaica Plain who lives in Roslindale, shouted, ''Steve, tell him not guilty," referring to Chief District Court Judge Albert E. DeRobbio. Esteban Carpio is called Steve by his family.

Court officers quickly grabbed several of the relatives by the arms, including Carpio's mother, and led them out of the courtroom as family members accused police of brutality. Carpio could be heard saying, ''I love you, Mom," but his words were muffled by the mask, which court officials said was a ''spit shield" intended to protect others from blood and other fluids.

The back wall of the crowded courtroom was lined with police officers, including several detectives who glared at Carpio, a tattoo of a dragon on his left wrist.

Outside the courtroom, Carpio's uncle, Edward Thimas, expressed sorrow over the slaying of Allen, a 27-year veteran of the department. But Thimas said he was disgusted by the physical condition of his nephew. ''He's obviously been beaten very badly," Thimas said. He added that the family had tried repeatedly in recent days to get psychiatric care for Carpio, to no avail. Court documents said Carpio was a barber.

During a midafternoon news conference at police headquarters, Providence Police Chief Dean M. Esserman said Carpio was injured jumping out the window and in the struggle with law enforcement, near the AS220 art space downtown. Two State Police troopers, an FBI agent, and a Providence officer were the first to apprehend Carpio, and more police responded.

''When I saw him, he was pretty cut up," said Esserman, who said he saw Carpio soon after his arrest. Esserman said he had no evidence that officers used excessive force, although he promised to review the matter after Allen's funeral, slated for Thursday.

Esserman also rebuffed questions about whether Allen had followed police procedures when he questioned Carpio alone without handcuffing him and while wearing his service pistol.

''There is a time and place to look at all that happened, but that time and place is after Detective Allen is buried," said Esserman, who declined to provide details about the detective's wounds at the advice of prosecutors.

But Deputy Chief Paul Kennedy told reporters that police officers routinely interview potential suspects at the police station while wearing their pistols and without handcuffing them.

''This man was not under arrest," Kennedy said. ''People aren't getting that."

Allen was interviewing Carpio about the stabbing of an elderly woman during an attempted holdup Saturday afternoon. Esserman said that he had urged Allen to pull out all the stops to find the culprit and that Allen agreed to work beyond his shift, which ended Saturday at 4 p.m., to question Carpio.

''I'm going to have to live with that," Esserman said.

Warwick Police Colonel Stephen McCartney, who worked with Allen when both were members of the Providence detective squad, said Allen appeared to be a victim of circumstance.

McCartney, basing his account on conversations with his former colleagues, said Allen was one of five detectives present when Carpio was being questioned. But then several left to investigate a double-shooting and another left to fetch Carpio the glass of water that he had requested. Ultimately, McCartney said, Carpio was left alone with him.

''This was probably a very unique situation," McCartney said. ''Obviously, there are a lot of issues that should have raised officers' safety antenna, but they only become red flags after the fact."

Carpio had been arrested several times in Rhode Island in recent years, including on two charges of domestic assault, in 2003 and 2004. Both charges were dismissed, according to court records.

Police detectives routinely find themselves in a ''big gray area" like this -- between a simple interview and an actual interrogation of a suspect, said Peter Van Dyke, director of police training for Northwestern University's Center for Public Safety. Once you arrest and handcuff someone, he said, the cooperation ends.

Van Dyke said there is no national standard for when police officers should stow their weapon to protect themselves from someone who might try to grab it.

Allen, the 50-year-old son of a retired police captain, had worked a part-time job as a security guard at the Whole Foods Market on the city's East Side for the past 10 years. Allen, who had a down-to-earth manner, impressed workers with homespun stories about taking his daughters to father-daughter dances. He took the second job to pay for their private educations.

''The way he talked about his girls, they were the light of his life," said Mary Jo Marks, the store manager.

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Portland man: I was tortured in UAE for refusing to become an FBI informant

Yonas Fikre, who attends a mosque where at least nine of its members have been barred from flying, says the US no-fly list is being used to intimidate American Muslims into spying on behalf of US authorities
Yonas Fikre
Yonas Fikre is suing the FBI after he says it tried to coerce him into spying on his Portland mosque by torturing him for 106 days in the United Arab Em. Photograph: Dan Lamont

Monday 16 March 2015 07.38 EDT Last modified on Monday 16 Mar

When Yonas Fikre stepped off a luxury private jet at Portland airport last month, the only passenger on a $200,000 flight from Sweden, he braced for the worst.

Would the FBI be waiting? That would mean more interrogation, maybe arrest. But he told himself that whatever happened it could hardly be as bad as the months of torture he endured in a foreign jail before years of exile in Scandinavia.

A US immigration officer boarded the plane and asked for his passport. Fikre handed over the flimsy travel document that was valid for a single flight to the US. The officer said all was in order. He was free to go.

“I don’t think they knew who I was. I think they thought I was just some rich guy who’d come on a private jet. A rapper or someone,” said Fikre.

The 36-year-old Eritrean-born American was finally back in Portland at the end of a five-year odyssey that began with a simple business trip but landed him in an Arab prison where he alleges he was tortured at the behest of US anti-terrorism officials because he refused to become an informant at his mosque in Oregon.

Fikre is suing the FBI, two of its agents and other American officials for allegedly putting him on the US’s no-fly list – a roster of suspected terrorists barred from taking commercial flights – to pressure him to collaborate. When that failed, the lawsuit said, the FBI had him arrested, interrogated and tortured for 106 days in the

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A death squad is an armed group that conducts extrajudicial killings or forced disappearances of persons for the purposes of political repression, genocide, or revolutionary terror. These killings are often conducted in ways meant to ensure the secrecy of the killers' identities.[1][2]

Death squads are often, but not exclusively, associated with police states, one party states, or military dictatorships. It is not unheard of, however, for democratic governments to form death squads during a state of emergency and then disband them once the crisis passes.[citation needed]

Death squads may have the support of domestic or foreign governments (see state terrorism). They may comprise a secret police force, paramilitary groups, government soldiers, policemen, or combinations thereof. They may also be organized as vigilantes.

When death squads are not controlled by the state, they may consist of insurgent forces or organized crime.

Extrajudicial killings and death squads are historically prevalent in Iraq,[3][4][5] El Salvador,[6][7] Afghanistan, Bangladesh,[8] Pakistan, India,[9][10][11][12] Sri Lanka,[13][better source needed] several nations or regions in Equatorial Africa,[14][15][16] Jamaica,[17][17] many parts of South America,[weasel words][18][19][20] parts of Thailand[21] and in the Philippines.[22][23][24][25][26]

Historically speaking, the origins of what are modernly known as 'death squads' goes back many decades to the 'Einsatzgruppen' used by Nazi Germany as a part of the Holocaust. The Nazi squads, composed of police officers mixed in with other agents, killed Jewish civilians and other victims, going through captured territory that the regular German army had previously taken.[27]


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Although the term "death squad" did not rise to notoriety until the activities of such groups in Central and South America during the 1970s and 1980s became widely known, death squads have been employed under different guises throughout history. Apparently, the term was first used by the fascist Iron Guard in Romania. It officially installed Iron guard death squads in 1936 to kill political enemies.[28] It was also used during the Battle of Algiers by Paul Aussaresses.[29]
Cold war usage

In Southeast Asia, extrajudicial killings were conducted by both sides during the Vietnam War. Nguyễn Văn Lém (referred to as Captain Bay Lop) (died 1 February 1968 in Saigon), a member of the Viet Cong, commanded a death squad targeting South Vietnamese policemen and their families during the Tet Offensive in Saigon. On February 1, 1968, Captain Bay Lop was arrested by South Vietnamese police while dumping the bodies of his unit's victims. Captain Bay Lop was then shot in the head by South Vietnamese Police Major General Nguyễn Ngọc Loan. A photograph taken of the event by American reporter Eddie Adams horrified people throughout the Western World and contributed to the anti-Vietnam War movement.

In Latin America, death squads appeared first in Brazil where a group called Esquadrão da Morte (literally "Death Squad") emerged in the 1960s; they subsequently spread to Argentina and Chile in the 1970s, and were later used in Central America during the 1980s. Argentina used extrajudicial killings as way of crushing the liberal and communist opposition to the military junta during the 'Dirty war' of the 1970s. For example, Alianza Anticomunista Argentina was a far-right death squad mainly active during the "Dirty War". The Chilean military regime of 1973–1990 also committed such killings. See Operation Condor for examples.

During the Salvadoran civil war, death squads achieved notoriety on March 24, 1980, when a sniper assassinated Archbishop Óscar Romero as he said Mass inside a convent chapel. In December 1980, three American nuns, Ita Ford, Dorothy Kazel, and Maura Clarke, and a lay worker, Jean Donovan, were gang raped and murdered by a military unit later found to have been acting on specific orders. Death squads were instrumental in killing hundreds of real and suspected Communists. Priests who were spreading Liberation Theology, such as Father Rutilio Grande, were often targeted as well. The murderers were found to have been soldiers of the Salvadoran military, which was receiving U.S. funding and military advisors during the Carter administration. These events prompted outrage in the U.S. and led to a temporary cutoff in military aid at the end of his presidency.[30] Death Squad activity stretched well into the Reagan years (1981–1989) as well.

Honduras also had death squads active through the 1980s, the most notorious of which was the army unit Battalion 316. Hundreds of people, teachers, politicians, and union bosses were assassinated by government-backed forces. Battalion 316 received substantial training from the United States Central Intelligence Agency.[31]
Recent use

As of 2010, death squads have continued to be active in several locations, including Chechnya,[32] Democratic Republic of the Congo, Colombia, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, among others.
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Texas Lawmaker Caught On Camera Talking Organized Crime, Out-Of-Control Sheriff

9:49 PM 09/23/2015


An undercover video shows a member of the Texas state house talking about apparent connections to organized crime and his meeting with a sheriff who allegedly told him his friendship meant the rep could get away with murder.

Now Texas Democratic Rep. Harold Dutton says he was simply making the whole story up at the time.

Ben Wetmore, general counsel for the American Pheonix Foundation, the organization which produced the undercover video, told TheDCNF it was recorded at a hotel in downtown Austin in April.

In the video provided exclusively to The Daily Caller News Foundation, Dutton says he was told that Austin lobbyist Nick Kralj, who he describes as his “forever friend,” has connections to the Bonnano crime family based out of New York. Dutton, who can be seen drinking wine, also talks about former Galveston Sheriff Joe Max Taylor, saying he flew to Galveston with Kralj and the sheriff told him that since he’s the sheriff, so they could get away with anything, like, say, killing someone.

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What the FBI Can't Tell Us About Crime

The bureau released its national crime statistics for 2014 on Monday, but there are important caveats.

The FBI says violent crime fell again across the nation last year, continuing a two-decade-long downward trend.

The 2014 edition of the Uniform Crime Report released Monday said violent crime dropped nationwide by 0.2 percent. New England saw the sharpest declines, with double-digit falls in New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Outside of the Northeast, the numbers varied greatly: Illinois saw an 8.3 percent decline, for example, while Florida saw reports of violent crime increase by almost 17 percent.

The UCR is the most well-known measure of crime in the United States, but it’s not flawless. FBI Director James Comey, who told reporters in April that it was “ridiculous that I can’t tell you how many people were shot by the police last week, last month, last year,” announced a new initiative Monday to collect more data on police shootings in the wake of high-profile incidents over the past year. But activists warned that police departments would still submit data on a voluntary basis instead of through a desired mandatory system.

As I noted in May, much statistical information about the U.S. criminal-justice system simply isn’t collected. The number of people kept in solitary confinement in the U.S., for example, is unknown. (A recent estimate suggested that it might be as many as 80,000 and 100,000 people.) Basic data on prison conditions is rarely gathered; even federal statistics about prison rape are generally unreliable. Statistics from prosecutors’ offices on plea bargains, sentencing rates, or racial disparities, for example, are virtually nonexistent.

Without reliable data on crime and justice, anecdotal evidence dominates the conversation. There may be no better example than the so-called “Ferguson effect,” first proposed by the Manhattan Institute’s Heather MacDonald in May. She suggested a rise in urban violence in recent months could be attributed to the Black Lives Matter movement and police-reform advocates.

“The most plausible explanation of the current surge in lawlessness is the intense agitation against American police departments over the past nine months,” she wrote in the Wall Street Journal.

Many others have disputed MacDonald’s analysis. Using data from the first half of 2015 from the 60 most populous U.S. cities, FiveThirtyEight’s Carl Bialik wrote that despite an overall increase in homicides, the picture was far murkier than what MacDonald portrayed.

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CIA torture survivors sue psychologists who designed infamous program

Psychologists James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen targeted by lawsuit
ACLU sues on behalf of suspects subjected to mock drowning and more

Survivors of CIA torture are suing the contractor psychologists who designed one of the most infamous programs of the post-9/11 era. Salim, one of the three ex-detainees in the suit, is a Tanzanian fisherman who says flashbacks from his ordeal in CIA custody are a permanent part of his life.

Tuesday 13 October 2015 07.27 EDT
Lad on Tuesday 13 October 2015 09.59 EDT


Survivors of CIA torture have sued the contractor psychologists who designed one of the most infamous programs of the post-9/11 era.
US torture report: psychologists should no longer aid military, group says
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In an extraordinary step, psychologists James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen now face a federal lawsuit for their role in convincing the CIA to subject terror suspects to mock drowning, painful bodily contortions, sleep and dietary deprivation and other methods long rejected by much of the world as torture.

In practice, CIA torture meant disappearances, mock executions, anal penetration performed under cover of “rehydration” and at least one man who froze to death, according to a landmark Senate report last year. Versions of the techniques migrated from the CIA’s undocumented prisons, known as black sites, to US military usage at Guantánamo Bay, Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan and Abu Ghraib in Iraq.

On behalf of torture survivors Suleiman Abdullah Salim and Mohamed Ahmed Ben Soud, as well as a representative of the estate of Gul Rahman – who froze to death in a CIA black site in Afghanistan – the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed the suit against Mitchell and Jessen on Tuesday in a federal court in Washington state, where the two currently reside. They seek compensatory damages of at least $75,000.

The suit calls the torture program a “joint criminal enterprise” and a “war crime” in which the CIA, Mitchell and Jessen colluded and from which Mitchell and Jessen financially profited.

Although numerous US government investigations have pierced the veneer of secrecy around the torture program, the program’s government architects have faced no legal reprisal. A Justice Department inquiry ended in 2012 without prosecutions. The new lawsuit, aimed not at government officials but the contractors Mitchell and Jessen, aims to break the trend.

This case is about ensuring the people behind the torture program are held accountable so history doesn’t repeat itself
Steven Watt, ACLU attorney

“This case is about ensuring that the people behind the torture program are held accountable so history doesn’t repeat itself,” Steven Watt, one of the ACLU attorneys representing the three ex-detainees, told the Guardian.

“Impunity for torture sends the dangerous message to US and foreign officials that there will be no consequences for future abuses.

“This lawsuit is different from past ones because public government documents now provide exhaustive details on

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Torture through a viewfinder: Photo exhibit at HLS shines light on Syrian government
By Christina Pazzanese/Harvard Staff Writer, October 26, 2015        
Teaching & Learning


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I’ll spare you the enormous volume of detail in that bio (I’m sure you can find one online) but I had a prolonged twitch in my frontalis muscles when I saw that he’s lectured at the FBI, the NSA and the CIA.

(I’m going to reflect on that the next time I hear from some political wag announce that we’ve had a yet another “intelligence failure”.)

But as you progress through this extended e-book on performance psychology, I thought it would be a good time for me to post four of the appendices:


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, February 12, 2016Last Update: 12:41 PM PT
Nonprofit Wants CIA Records on Kiriakou Leak

- A nonprofit dedicated to official transparency joined an NBC reporter in suing the Justice Department and CIA for documents they think will show whether the agencies targeted the former agent who revealed the government's then-secret use of waterboarding.
In a federal complaint filed Thursday in Washington, the James Madison Project and reporter Ken Dilanian say they are seeking documents that could shed light on the extent to which the agencies may have targeted John Kiriakou, a CIA agent from 1990 to 2004, after he disclosed to a reporter the agency's use of waterboarding, which many believe is a form of torture.
In June 2008, The New York Times published an article titled "Inside the Interrogation of a 9/11 Mastermind," which publicly identified the name of the CIA officer, Deuce Martinez, who questioned accused terrorists Abu Zubaydah and Khalid Shaikh Mohammed while they were being held at in the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.
In an interview for the article, Kiriakou told the Times that Zubaydah submitted to interrogation after 35 seconds of waterboarding.
"It was like flipping a switch," Kiriakou said.
The intelligence officer had expressed his disapproval of the technique, saying, "We Americans are better than that."
The article named Kiriakou as a source, but did not identify who disclosed the interrogating officer's name.
Kiriakou was charged with one count of intentionally disclosing a CIA officer's name. His disclosure of the CIA's waterboarding practices was not referenced in the indictment.
FBI Special Agent Joseph Capitano, who signed the affidavit in support of the criminal complaint, had said that "Kiriakou provided Journalist B with personal information regarding Officer B knowing that Journalist B was seeking to identify and locate Officer B in light of Officer B's role in the Abu Zubaydah operation. In doing so, Kiriakou confirmed that Officer B was involved in the Abu Zubaydah operation and therefore disclosed classified information."
The affidavit includes numerous quotes from private email exchanges between Kirakou and reporters.
It also suggests that the information Kiriakou leaked to journalists enabled defense attorneys of Guantanamo detainees to obtain photographs of CIA interrogators and supply their clients with a photo lineup to determine who questioned them.
Kirakou pleaded guilty in 2012 to disclosing classified information about a fellow CIA officer, and was sentenced to 30 months in prison.
"This lawsuit seeks records that might reveal, among other things: (a) the extent to which, if at all, the U.S. Government targeted Mr. Kiriakou for his 2007 remarks concerning the CIA's past use of waterboarding versus other perceived illegal conduct; (b) the extent to which Mr. Kirakou, if at all, lied to the U.S. Government, and about what; (c) what prompted the U.S. Government to pursue prosecution against Mr. Kirakou; (d) what harm was caused to the U.S. Government as a result of Mr. Kiriakou's actions; and (e) what led the U.S. Government to plea bargain," the complaint states.
The plaintiffs want to know whether the CIA ever considered that Kirakou might qualify as a whistleblower, or considering taking administrative measures rather than bringing criminal charges.
They are represented by Bradley Moss with Mark S. Zaid P.C. in Washington D.C.
Representatives of the agencies could not immediately be reached for comment on Friday.
The James Madison Project describes its mission on its website as being to promote government accountability and reduce secrecy.



Detainee Interrogation Chief: Waterboarding Doesn't Work
By Carrie Johnson, NPR News Feb 12, 2016
A detainee holds onto a fence as a U.S. military guard walks past.

The director of the federal government team that interrogates key terrorism suspects has a message for people who want to see a return to waterboarding and other abusive strategies: They don't work.

Frazier Thompson, who leads the High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group, said research demonstrates that "rapport-based techniques elicit the most credible information."

In an interview at FBI headquarters this week, Thompson added: "I can tell you that everything that we do is humane, lawful and based on the best science available."

Thompson spoke as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is calling for a return to simulated drowning and other interrogation techniques that critics have likened to torture. The FBI said it was taking the unusual step of making the head of the High-Value Interrogation Group available to counteract the idea that it has operated in "clandestine and nefarious" fashion when it questions suspected terrorists.

President Obama created the interrogation group to bring together elite interrogators from the FBI, the Pentagon and other intelligence agencies in 2009. Fewer than 50 people work there permanently, but authorities said they have the ability to bring in part-timers as needed.

In the interview, Thompson said the group has deployed 34 times over the past six years, both overseas and on American soil. He declined to name specific cases, but public records and reporting suggest those units took part in the questioning of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the Boston bombing case; the Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad; accused U.S. embassy bomber Abu Anas al Libi; and the wife of an Islamic State leader charged this week in the death of American hostage Kayla Mueller.

Thompson, who's led the group for the past 10 months, is a longtime FBI agent. Among other things, he investigated the hijacking of Flight 93 after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. He said he views the creation of a dedicated team of interrogators as something worth keeping.

"Just when you have to fight a certain legal battle, you're going to call a lawyer, when you have a significant arrest for law enforcement you have to make, you're going to call that SWAT team in — that's what I equate the HIG interrogators as. We're those specialized experts that aren't distracted by those normal day-to-day demands on your time, that other case agents have to worry about it," he said. "And w


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Kenneth Michael Trentadue

Kenneth Michael Trentadue (December 19, 1950 – August 21, 1995) was an American citizen who was found hanged in his cell at FTC Oklahoma during the investigation of the Oklahoma City bombing. His death was ruled a suicide.[1][2] Trentadue's family maintains that he was murdered by the FBI themselves[1] and that officials at the prison engaged in a cover-up.[1] Oklahoma City's chief medical examiner, Fred Jordan, said of Trentadue that it was "very likely he was murdered."[3] Timothy McVeigh stated that he believed Trentadue was mistaken for Richard Lee Guthrie Jr., a suspected co-conspirator in the bombing who also died in federal custody, allegedly from suicide by hanging.


Early life
Arrest and death
Connection to the Oklahoma City bombing
Civil suit and other legal action
External links

Early lifeEdit

Kenneth Trentadue was born to a family of coal miners and raised in Number 7, a coal camp located between Cucumber, West Virginia, and Horsepen, Virginia. In 1961, when the coal business was facing hard times, Kenneth moved with his family to Orange County, California. In high school, despite being an accomplished track and field athlete, Kenneth dropped out. He enlisted in the army and soon developed an addiction to heroin.[2] He attempted employment doing factory work and carpentry, but eventually settled robbing banks with a fake gun.[2] He was subsequently caught, and served a prison sentence of several years, being released on parole in 1988, after which he got married and became legitimately employed in construction.[2] On June 19, 1995, his first child, son Vito, was born.[2]
Arrest and deathEdit

Kenneth was apprehended on June 10, 1995, nearly two months after the Oklahoma City bombing, while crossing the border from Mexico into California, when police officers ran his driver's license and discovered that he was wanted for violating his parole.[1][2] On August 18, Trentadue was transferred to the Department of Justice's Federal Transfer Center in Oklahoma City. Trentadue called his brother, Jesse, from FTC Oklahoma on August 19. Jesse described Kenneth as sounding "chipper" in the call.[2] According to prison records, three days later, at 3:02 a.m., the morning of August 21, 1995, Kenneth was found in his cell suspended from a noose made out of his bed sheets.[4]

Oklahoma County District Attorney Bob Macy and federal officials determined that Trentadue had committed suicide by hanging himself. Officials tried to obtain the permission of Trentadue's family to cremate the body at the government's expense—an unprecedented move—but the family declined, since they found the claims of suicide suspicious. The government then performed an autopsy on Trentadue, but did not notify the family.[5]

When the family received the body from the prison authorities, it was covered in wounds, cuts, and bruises, leading the family to believe Trentadue had been tortured and beaten before his death. Trentadue had sustained three heavy blows to the head, and his throat had been cut; prison authorities claimed the wounds were self-inflicted.[4] The day after Trentadue's death, Kevin Rowland, the chief investigator of the Oklahoma state medical examiner filed a complaint with the FBI reporting irregularities in the investigation of Trentadue's death: the coroner was at first not permitted into the cell where Trentadue had died, and the cell itself was washed out before any investigation could be performed.[5] The complaint went on to state that, although the exact cause of death could not be determined, the claim that Trentadue had committed suicide was not consistent with the medical examiner's findings, and Trentadue appeared to have been tortured.[6] The FBI paperwork from the agent who received the medical examiner's call reads "murder" and "believes that foul play is suspect[ed] in this matter."[2]

A Board of Inquiry was convened by the Bureau of Prisons. The attorney in charge of the investigation was ordered to treat his findings as "attorney work product", a legal distinction that would protect information uncovered in his investigation from any potential lawsuit or Freedom of Information Act inquiries.[2]
Connection to the Oklahoma City bombingEdit

Kenneth's brother Jesse began gathering information on his brother's death, still with no knowledge of a possible connection to the Oklahoma City bombing case. After being contacted by David Hammer, a convicted murderer who had struck up a friendship with Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh on death row, and had read about the Trentadue case in the newspapers, Jesse and others ultimately came to believe that Kenneth had been mistakenly identified by authorities as an accomplice in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. It is supposed that Trentadue was interrogated to make him talk, and died during the interrogation.[5] After being shown a picture of Kenneth Trentadue, Timothy McVeigh is reported to have said, "Now I know why Trentadue was killed, because they thought he was Richard Guthrie."[4]

It is contended that Trentadue was mistaken for Richard Lee Guthrie Jr., a member of the Aryan Republican Army, members of which were thought to have associated with McVeigh, and were the subject of FBI investigation. The two men shared a strong physical resemblance – they were the same height, weight, and build, both had thick mustaches, and both had dragon tattoos on their left arm.[4] Both are thought to have resembled the description of "John Doe 2", the never-apprehended possible third conspirator in the bombing along with McVeigh and Terry Nichols. Less than one year after Trentadue's death, Guthrie would also be found dead in his prison cell, the day before he was scheduled to give a television interview.[4] His death was ruled a suicide by hanging.[7]

In 1999, Alden Gillis Baker – an inmate who had been imprisoned in Oklahoma City's Federal Transfer Center at the same time as Trentadue – came forward to volunteer to testify that he had witnessed Trentadue's murder. According to FBI documentation, the authenticity of which is vigorously disputed by the Department of Justice, Baker was even sharing a cell with Trentadue on the night of his death. In December 1999, Baker reported to a lawyer that he feared for his life. In August 2000, he was found dead in his cell. His death was ruled a suicide by the coroner's office. Trentadue family attorneys pointed out that Baker's hanging was "...pretty incredible because he's the only witness who really came forward and said he saw the guards go in there and murder Kenneth."[8]

Trentadue's death was investigated by the FBI, although the agent charged with the task did not view his cell. He did visit the prison itself, but talked with prison employees only – not inmates – and he collected no evidence for the case. For months, there was no movement on the case, but mounting complaints from the state medical examiner caught the ear of the Department of Justice, and in 1996 the DOJ's Civil Rights Division was given jurisdiction over the case. It determined that a federal grand jury ought to be convened, to decide if an indictment should be issued in Trentadue's case. The jury was convened on July 6, 1996.

Medical examiner Fred Jordan remained firm in his refusal to classify the death a suicide. Jordan told the U.S. Attorney's Office that Trentadue had been "abused and tortured", and would even go so far as to say "the federal grand jury is part of a cover-up."[2] To review the case, the Department of Justice consulted forensic pathologist Bill Gormley, of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology. Gormley contacted Kevin Rowland, the original chief investigator assigned the case by the Oklahoma state medical examiner. In his memo of the conversation, Rowland wrote that Gormley "was troubled that the Department of Justice only seemed interested in him saying it might be possible these injuries were self-inflicted." According to Rowland, Gormley was becoming increasingly sure that Trentadue was murdered.[2]

I think it's very likely [Trentadue] was murdered. I'm not able to prove it....You see a body covered with blood, removed from the room as Mr. Trentadue was, soaked in blood, covered with bruises, and you try to gain access to the scene, and the government of the United States says no, you can't.... At that point we have no crime scene, so there are still questions about the death of Kenneth Trentadue that will never be answered because of the actions of the U.S. government. Whether those actions were intentional—whether they were incompetence, I don't know.... It was botched. Or, worse, it was planned. --Fred Jordan, medical examiner, television interview[2]

Nevertheless, in August 1997 the grand jury found no evidence of foul play in Trentadue's death. The FBI continued to exert pressure on Fred Jordan to rule the case a suicide. Oklahoma Assistant Attorney General Patrick Crawley contacted an attorney in the Department of Justice on Jordan's behalf, telling him that the FBI and the Bureau of Prisons had "prevented the medical examiner from conducting a thorough and complete investigation into the death, destroyed evidence, and otherwise harassed and harangued Dr. Jordan and his staff." In July 1998, Jordan officially changed the listed cause of death from "unknown" to "suicide". His reversal, he said, had been based largely on the analysis of a handwriting expert of Trentadue's supposed suicide note, even though the expert had not been permitted to see the actual note.[2]

In November 1999, a further investigation – this time by the U.S. Inspector General – released a report on its findings, stating there was no evidence to support the theory that Trentadue had been murdered, or that there had been a cover-up. The report does however note that the FBI and Bureau of Prisons had poorly conducted the investigation, and that four employees of the federal government had "made false statements" under oath in connection to the Trentadue case.[6][9]
Civil suit and other legal actionEdit

The Trentadue family filed a wrongful death suit against the federal government, and were awarded a judgment of $1.1 million for their emotional distress associated with the way the federal government handled the case.[6]

The federal government appealed the $1.1-million-dollar award, and in August 2007 the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit revoked the award and sent the case back to the judge who originally awarded the money.[10] In 2008, after bouncing back and forth twice on appeal, the judge reinstated the award, although the Trentadue family claims Department of Justice attorneys have told them the federal government will never pay, no matter how many judgments the family wins.[11]

In November 2008, Kenneth Trentadue's family offered a $250,000 reward for information leading to a murder conviction in the case of Trentadue's death.[12]

According to one 2008 interview, the federal government did pay a civil settlement, which is the source of the money offered as a reward.[13]

In 2007, Jesse Trentadue requested to conduct videotaped depositions of Terry Nichols and death-row inmate David Paul Hammer on the subject of Kenneth Trentadue's death and on the FBI's possible withholding of documents relating to Kenneth Trentadue, documents that Jesse had requested in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. U.S. District Judge Dale Kimball granted Trentadue's request. After the FBI urged him to reconsider in September 2008, Judge Kimball reaffirmed the decision. The FBI appealed the decision, claiming the two prisoners "clearly have no knowledge regarding FBI procedures in filing and searching for records." In July 2009 the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit overturned Kimball's decision, barring Trentadue from conducting the interviews.[14]

^ a b c d "Trentadue v. United States (2004)". FindLaw. Retrieved 2012-02-22.
^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Ridgeway, James (July–August 2007). "In Search of John Doe No. 2: The Story the Feds Never Told About the Oklahoma City Bombing". Mother Jones. Retrieved 2009-10-19.
^ Ridgeway, James (2011-07-21). "Did the FBI Bury Oklahoma City Bombing Evidence?". Mother Jones. Retrieved 2012-02-23.
^ a b c d e The Independent (2004-01-29). "Does one man on death row hold the secret of Oklahoma?". The Independent. Retrieved 2008-12-14.
^ a b c Roberts, Paul Craig (2005-05-26). "The FBI, the Torture and Murder of Kenneth Trentadue and Advanced Knowledge of the Oklahoma City Bombing: Uncovering a DOJ Coverup". CounterPunch. Retrieved 2008-12-14.
^ a b c Thomas, Judy L. (2006-01-17). "Oklahoma City bombing: New evidence renews conspiracy debate". Kansas City Star. Retrieved 2008-12-14.
^ Berger, J. M. (2006-11-05). "Oklahoma City Bombing: Terry Nichols Claims Midwest Bank Robber Link To Timothy McVeigh". INTELWIRE. Retrieved 2008-12-14.
^ http://newsok.com/witness-in-inmates-death-found-hanged-former-city-prisoner-dies-in-california-cell/article/2708056
^ Witt, Howard (2006-12-10). "To him, Murrah blast isn't solved: Lawyer investigating 1995 Oklahoma City attack says loose ends indicate likelihood of neo-Nazi connections". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2008-12-14.[dead link]
^ Boczkiewicz, Robert (2007-08-07). "Legal setback for Utah man whose brother died in Oklahoma prison". Salt Lake Tribune.
^ Fattah, Geoffrey (2008-04-05). "Dead inmate's family wins battle, but will feds pay?". Deseret News. Retrieved 2008-12-14.
^ Associated Press (2008-11-22). "Dead inmate's family offers reward". KSWO, Lawton, OK. Retrieved 2008-12-14.
^ AntiWarRadio.com interview with Jesse Trentadue at http://www.scotthortonshow.com/2008/12/06/antiwar-radio-jesse-trentadue/
^ Manson, Pamela (2009-07-02). "Appeals court overturns order allowing deposition of Terry Nichols". Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 2009-07-05.

External linksEdit

http://www.kennethtrentadue.com/ - Photographs of Kenneth Trentadue, and links relating to his death.
FBI documents relating to the Kenneth Trentadue case.


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Merrick Garland, Richard W. Roberts, and the Kenneth Trentadue Murder: The Deep State Takes Care of Its Own

Not a suicide victim: Kenneth Trentadue's brutalized body in his open-casket funeral.

“You have to trust the government,” Justice Department attorney Richard Roberts unctuously told Jesse Trentadue. Seeking to understand why his younger brother Kenneth had died while in federal custody, Jesse, a trial attorney in Salt Lake City, had asked to see the findings of a federal grand jury investigation of the case.

In an incandescent response to Roberts’s patronizing dismissal, Trentadue reminded the Justice Department functionary that the proper relationship between citizens and the government is not one of “trust,” but rather of “accountability from that government to the citizens.”

“The Department of Justice has yet to account to the family for the death of my brother,” Trentadue pointed out. “There is no love between us, and there certainly is no trust.”
By the time Jesse had sent that October 16, 1997 letter to Roberts – who was Chief of the Justice Department’s Criminal Section – more than two years had passed since his brother Kenneth had died in a federal prison cell in Oklahoma City. In the August 22, 1995 phone call notifying Kenneth’s mother Wilma about her son’s death, the warden casually mentioned that the body was scheduled for cremation within hours.

Wilma demanded to know if Kenneth’s wife had authorized the disposition of his body. The warden replied that she hadn’t been aware that Kenneth was married. After making it clear that her son’s remains were not to be cremated, Wilma joined Jesse in Oklahoma City, where they took custody of Kenneth’s body.

After carefully scraping away several layers of ineptly applied makeup, Wilma and Jesse understood why authorities had been determined to dispose of Kenneth’s body. The official story was that he had committed suicide by hanging himself in what was described as a suicide-proof cell. This wouldn’t explain why his face and torso were mottled with bruises testifying of a severe beating inflicted by several people, or why his throat appeared to have been cut and his scalp was split open.
"Trust the government": Judge/prosecutor/rapist Roberts.
By the time Kenneth’s family had collected his body, all of the evidence in the crime scene had been destroyed. In violation of Oklahoma state law, the floors and walls of the cell had been sanitized, erasing fingerprints and wiping away blood and DNA evidence. The victim’s clothing and bedding had been confiscated by FBI Special Agent Jeff Jenkins, who kept this evidence hidden in the trunk of his car until putrefaction set in, rendering it useless to the FBI Crime Lab.

One witness in a nearby cell testified that he heard the sounds of a struggle shortly before Kenneth’s lifeless body was “discovered” by a guard. Several other witnesses reported seeing bloody riot gear, uniforms, and batons belonging to the facility’s SORT (Special Operations Response Team) unit.

The Bureau of Prisons designated “suicide by asphyxia” as the cause of Kenneth’s death, insisting that his other injuries were “self-inflicted.”

Dr. Fred Jordan, Oklahoma’s Chief State Medical Examiner, was pressured to validate the official story that Kenneth was a suicide victim, despite the fact that his body was “covered in blood … soaked in blood, covered with bruises,” as Jordan would later recall. He was forbidden by federal officials to have access to the death scene until five months after the death. An application of Luminol, a blood reagent, left the cell “lit up like a candle because of the blood still present on the walls after four or five months.”

Rather than acceding to federal demands, Jordan listed the cause of Kenneth’s death as “unknown.” Kevin Rowland, chief investigator for the ME’s office, filed a complaint with the FBI describing the incident as “murder.” He also consulted with Col. William T. Gormley of the United States Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, who concurred with Dr. Jordan’s findings.

Rowland, intriguingly, was recently subjected to the pointless torment over a “sexual battery” charge arising from an incident in which he allegedly twisted a male co-worker’s nipple. That alleged incident, furthermore, occurred decades ago. Bear in mind the nature of that charge, and the institutional memory that led to it being filed against this whistleblower; this will become relevant anon.

All of the pertinent facts about Kenneth’s murder were exhumed by Trentadue and his colleagues long after the Justice Department had concluded what Criminal Section Chief Richard Roberts claimed was a “flawless” and “thorough” investigation – one that began on August 21, 1995, and was closed the following day. The findings of that one-day “investigation” were submitted to a federal grand jury – not one on Oklahoma City – which ratified the Justice Department’s official story.

When Trentadue requested access to the federal grand jury’s findings, Roberts parried that petition with a patronizing admonition to “trust the government.” The following year, Roberts was selected by Bill Clinton to serve on the District Court for the District of Columbia, an appointment that could be seen as a reward for his role in consummating a vital cover-up.
Kenneth Trentadue, Jesse learned from an anonymous caller shortly after his brother’s death, was “murdered by the FBI” in a lethal case of mistaken identity. In appearance, body type, distinguishing features (including, however implausibly, tattoos), age, and criminal background, Kenneth was a near-twin of Richard Lee Guthrie – who was in the custody of the federal prison system when Kenneth was arrested for an alleged parole violation shortly after the April 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

For several years, Guthrie was involved in an FBI-protected gang called the Aryan Republican Army (ARA), which staged bank robberies to fund white supremacist activities across the country. The ARA was an asset of the FBI’s PATCON (Patriot Conspiracy) program, which seeded “radical right” groups with informants and provocateurs.

The Oklahoma City bombing was the result of a PATCON operation – most likely a security theater production that went badly off-script. Guthrie is one of several very good candidates for the enigmatic “John Doe #2” whom many witnesses saw in the company of Timothy McVeigh on the morning of the bombing – and whose identity the government has sought to conceal ever since. Just a few months after Kenneth’s traumatized body was “found” dangling in a cell at the Federal Transfer Center in Oklahoma, Guthrie died in a similarly unconvincing “suicide.” Shortly before he was killed, Guthrie had somewhat imprudently announced his intention to write a memoir disclosing critical secrets regarding the Oklahoma City bombing.

Implacably pursuing justice: Jesse
The source who told Jesse that Kenneth had been killed by the FBI described the murder as “an interrogation gone wrong.” Before his parole, Kenneth had been a bank robber, albeit one not affiliated with the alpha gang of the criminal underworld, the FBI. He couldn’t answer any PATCON-related questions, and so he was tortured to death. His captors may have really believed that he was Guthrie. They may have realized that he wasn’t, but decided that it would be compromising to let him live. In either case, the objective was to tie up a loose end quickly. Fortunately, enough of a thread was left dangling for Jesse to find it. He has been tugging on it for more than twenty years.

Learning the identity of “John Doe #2” is necessary to solve the mystery of his brother’s murder, Jesse believes, and the identity of that PATCON asset remains a protected state secret.
In response to a July 2009 Freedom of Information Act request by Jesse, the FBI turned over six DVDs that supposedly contained all of the video recordings collected after the bombing. Missing from that collection – and pointedly ignored in the FBI’s response to Jesse’s request – is a video captured by the exterior surveillance camera located on the Regency Tower
Apartments near the ill-fated Murrah Building.

In May 2011, a federal judge ordered the FBI to conduct additional searches and turn over all video records collected, from whatever source, of the Oklahoma City bombing. The bureau has refused to comply with that order, claiming that if the video exists it is irretrievably lost in a long-forgotten evidence vault.
The existence of that video is proven by the testimony of FBI Special Agent Jon Hersley during McVeigh’s April 27, 1995 preliminary hearing. Hersley, who was among those agents tasked “to further identify and locate other individuals who may have been involved in the bombing,” testified that within “two or three days” of the bombing he had been shown “still photos” culled from a the video captured by the Regency Tower surveillance system. The film itself, he explained, was in the control of other agents within the bureau.

During cross-examination, defense counsel John Coyle, challenging the foundation for video evidence implicating his client, asked Agent Hersley, “who are those agents that are tasked with the responsibility of reviewing photographs and film footage?”
That entirely reasonable question prompted an objection by the lead prosecutor, a Justice Department attorney named Merrick Garland. The objection being overruled, Hersley identified the agent in question as Walt Lamar. As Coyle continued to pursue this line of inquiry, Garland objected a second time, protesting that “we are going in the area of discovery now.”

The second objection was sustained, the matter was dropped, and potential “discovery” of evidence that could have revealed the identity of John Doe #2 was foreclosed by the man who, two decades later, would be chosen to fill a critical vacancy on the Supreme Court.

Assuming that the Senate holds confirmation hearings on the Garland nomination, some senators reportedly plan to ask why he recused himself in a judicial misconduct case involving a colleague – none other than Richard Roberts, who resigned a few days later for “health” reasons. Roberts was under investigation by the Utah Attorney General’s Office and both the House and Senate oversight committees regarding allegations that he had raped a 16-year-old witness during a civil rights case in Utah in 1980.

At the time, the 27-year-old Roberts was an attorney with the Justice Department’s civil rights division. He was dispatched to Salt Lake City to head the federal civil rights prosecution of Joseph Paul Franklin, a white supremacist serial killer who murdered two African-American joggers, Ted Fields and David Martin from an ambush in August 1980.

Terry Mitchell (whose last name at the time was Elrod) had accompanied the two men and a girlfriend during the jog. She was hit by shrapnel but survived. Two months earlier she had been raped by a man named Philip George Moore, which was merely the latest of several such assaults she had endured since childhood. As if the cumulative trauma of those events hadn’t been sufficient, Terry and her family were subjected to hostility and suspicion owing to the fact that the father was involved in a local motorcycle club called the Barons, a fact seized on by some to suggest that Terry had lured the victims into an ambush.
Terry Mitchell in 2016.
A few weeks after the shooting, Terry fled to Arizona to live with grandparents. She returned the following October to testify in the trial.

During the following January and February, the 27-year-old Roberts sexually exploited the 16-year-old, beginning with an episode in which he lured her into his office on the pretext of reviewing her testimony. Once he had separated the teenager from her mother, Roberts quickly disposed of the fiction that they were going to discuss the case and invited her to dinner.

While Terry was puzzled and concerned, and wanted to go home to fix dinner for her younger sisters, “she complied because … Roberts was an authority figure and she had learned to comply with those in positions of authority,” recounts a lawsuit she recently filed against the former judge. With the practiced, methodical patience of a veteran sexual predator, Roberts lured the intimidated girl into his hotel room, where he compelled her to service him sexually, “then raped her twice.”

While maintaining the pretense that he and his victim were engaged in a consensual “affair,” Roberts made it clear that Terry couldn’t disclose what was going on. A mistrial would have resulted, and Franklin – who had yet to be tried for the murders – may have been let loose. If this were to happen, Roberts told his victim, it would be her fault.

After securing Franklin’s conviction, Roberts left, and Terry rarely heard from him again. In 2013, after the serial killer wasexecuted for a murder committed in Missouri, Roberts contacted Terry anew. Terry recorded the phone call and submitted it to investigators for the Utah Attorney General’s office, which verified the substance of her story.

Roberts has admitted to preying upon the then-sixteen-year-old witness, but continues to characterize the matter as a “consensual” affair and a regrettable “lapse in judgment.” Under current state law, the conduct to which Roberts confesses would be statutory rape or perhaps even child molestation. At the time, however, the age of consent was sixteen. Roberts never faced the prospect of serious criminal charges arising from his calculated exploitation of a traumatized and vulnerable girl.

Today (March 22) Roberts has learned that the misconduct case against him has been dropped, meaning that he will be able to enjoy h

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Editor's note: The final average temperature for July 2017 in Miami, released Tuesday, was 0.2°F above the previous record hot month of June 2010.



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Organization who assassinated JFK and Martin Luther King creates Adopt a School
program. I wonder why?
Adopt-a-School Program
Federal Bureau of Investigation (press release)
In 2009, Special Agent Arnold Laanui helped establish the FBI Honolulu Division's Adopt-a-School program at Waipahu High School. Since then, one of the ...



Mount Vernon mayor taps ex-FBI agent to probe Urban Renewal ...
The Journal News | LoHud.
Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas on Monday announced the appointment of a former FBI official to probe the city's Urban Renewal ...




Lawsuit alleges Fox News made up part of Seth Rich story
Fox removed the story from its website a week after it was published



Jason Corbett's father-in-law told co-worker he hated Jason, murder ...
Martens, 67, a former FBI agent, and his daughter, Molly, 33, Jason Corbett's wife, are on trial for second-degree murder in Davidson Superior Court. They deny ...


Scientific Breakthrough



Harvard Law apologizes after new alumni directory erroneously lists Scaramucci as dead




Police were sent to wrong area in D.C. shooting
The Capitol Police have opened an internal investigation to see why.




Australia to Build One of World’s Longest EV Highways

Published: July 30th, 2017
Queensland will have a 1,200 mile (2,000 km) network of electric vehicle charging stations that make up one of the world’s longest electric vehicle highways within six months.

The state government announced on Thursday it would build an 18-station network stretching along Queensland’s east coast from Cairns to Coolangatta and west to Toowoomba.

The stations, which recharge a vehicle in 30 minutes, will offer free power for at least a year in what the environment minister, Steven Miles, said was a bid to boost the number of electric cars on Queensland roads, currently about 700.

“This project is ambitious, but we want as many people as possible on board the electric vehicle revolution, as part of our transition to a low-emissions future,” Miles said.




Inevitably hotter world: U.S. and German scientists calculate “committed warming” that cannot be stopped
Colorado-based scientists and German partners found locked-in warming already is approaching targets set in Paris climate agreement



Denver Sheriff Department suspends deputies for falsifying time cards
Other disciplinary cases in June included deputies involved in previous case of preferential treatment, use of force


Brooklyn man says cops beat him, pulled his braids in false arrest now under police investigation
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, August 1, 2017, 4:00 AM




Baltimore police officer fatally shoots black shoplifting suspect outside grocery store

Baltimore police officer fatally shoots shoplifting suspect outside grocery store who
stole a bottle of detergent




Gum disease linked to cancers in older women, says study
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, August 1, 2017, 12:23 PM



Sen. Cory Booker intros sweeping bill to deschedule marijuana, incentivize states, expunge records

The federal marijuana legislation also seeks to address disproportionate arrest rates for minorities and aid communities most affected by the war on drugs





New Study Finds that Present CO2 Levels are Capable of Melting Large Portions of East and West Antarctica
If you’re a regular reader of this blog and its comments section, you’re probably more than a little worried about two bits of climate science in particular:

Our understanding of past climates (paleoclimate) and 5-6 C long term climate sensitivity.

And if you’re a frequent returner, you’ve probably figured out by now that the two go hand in glove.


Looking back to a period of time called the Pliocene climate epoch of 2.6 to 5.3 million years ago, we find that atmospheric carbon dioxide levels were somewhat lower than they are at present — ranging from 390 to 400 parts per million. We also find that global temperatures were between 2 to 3 degrees Celsius warmer than 1880s ranges, that glaciers in Antarctica and Greenland were significantly reduced, and that sea levels were about 25 meters (82 feet) higher than they are today.


(The Totten Glacier is one of many Antarctic land ice systems that are under threat of melt due to human-forced warming. A new paleoclimate study has recently found that levels of atmospheric greenhouse gasses that are below those presently in our atmosphere caused substantial Antarctic melt 4.23 million years ago. Image source: antarctica.gov.)

Given that atmospheric CO2 levels during 2017 will average around 407 parts per million, given that these levels are above those when sea levels were considerably higher than today, and given that these levels of heat trapping gasses are rapidly rising due to continued fossil fuel burning, both the present level of greenhouse gasses in the Earth’s atmosphere and our understanding of past climates should give us substantial cause for concern.

This past week, even more fuel was thrown onto the fire as a paleoclimate-based model study led by Nick Golledge has found that under 400 parts per million CO2 heat forcing during the Pliocene, substantial portions of Antarctica melted over a rather brief period of decades and centuries.

Notably, the model found that the West Antarctic Ice Sheet collapsed in just 100-300 years under the steady 400 ppm CO2 forcing at 4.23 million years ago. In addition, the Wilkes Basin section of Antarctica collapsed within 1-2000 years under a similar heat forcing. In total, the study found that Antarctica contributed to 8.6 meters of sea level rise at the time due to the loss of these large formations of land ice.

From the study:

We conclude that the Antarctic ice sheet contributed 8.6 ± 2.8 m to global sea level at this time, under an atmospheric CO2concentration identical to present (400 ppm). Warmer-than-present ocean temperatures led to the collapse of West Antarctica over centuries, whereas higher air temperatures initiated surface melting in parts of East Antarctica that over one to two millennia led to lowering of the ice-sheet surface, flotation of grounded margins in some areas, and retreat of the ice sheet into the Wilkes Subglacial Basin. The results show that regional variations in climate, ice-sheet geometry, and topography produce long-term sea-level contributions that are non-linear with respect to the applied forcings, and which under certain conditions exhibit threshold behaviour associated with behavioural tipping points (emphasis added).

This study began the publication process in 2016 when year-end atmospheric CO2 averages hit around 405 parts per million. By end 2017, those averages will be in the range of 407 parts per million. Even more worrying is the fact that CO2 equivalent forcing from all the various greenhouse gasses that fossil fuel burning and related industrial activity has pumped into the atmosphere (methane, nitrogen oxides, CFCs and others) will, by end 2017 hit around 492 ppm.

As a result, though conditions in Antarctica are presently cooler than during 4.23 million years ago, the considerably higher atmospheric greenhouse gas loading implies that there’s quite a lot more warming in store for both Antarctica and the rest of the world. A warming that, even if atmospheric greenhouse gasses remain at present highly elevated levels and do not continue to rise, could bring about a substantially more significant and rapid melt than during the Pliocene.


Antarctic Climate and Ice Sheet Configuration During Early Pliocene Interglacial at 4.23 Ma


NOAA’s Greenhouse Gas Index

East Antarctic Ice Sheet More Vulnerable to Melting than We Thought

Pliocene Climate



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LAPD cadet scandal: Joyrides in cruisers went on for weeks before anyone caught on

If the group of young Los Angeles police cadets accused of stealing department vehicles had any fear of getting caught, they certainly didn’t show it.

For weeks, according to documents, the teens used police cars to drive to and from LAPD-related events and on joyrides that took the vehicles as far away as Corona and Santa Clarita. Some of the cadets used the vehicles to perform “doughnuts” behind an Inglewood store and one drove a stolen LAPD vehicle to his job at a Ross Dress for Less store in Hawthorne.

There were other blatant actions: A high-ranking cadet described as “the ringleader” of the group asked someone to film him driving a cruiser, and they often drove with flashing lights and sirens blaring — in one instance racing through South L.A. to Hawthorne to move one teen’s personal vehicle before it was towed.


Cop shoots ex-girlfriend before committing suicide in shocking ambush captured on surveillance footage
Saturday, December 2, 2017, 4:10 AM

Electric cars already cheaper to own and run than petrol or diesel – study
Exclusive: Pure electric cars cost less over four years than petrol or diesel cars in the UK, US and Japan, researchers say, but China is set to lead the market

Friday 1 December 2017 12.00 ESTLast modified on Friday 1 December 2017 17.01 EST
Electric cars are already cheaper to own and run than petrol or diesel cars in the UK, US and Japan, new research shows.

The lower cost is a key factor driving the rapid rise in electric car sales now underway, say the researchers. At the moment the cost is partly because of government support, but electric cars are expected to become the cheapest option without subsidies in a few years.

The researchers analysed the total cost of ownership of cars over four years, including the purchase price and depreciation, fuel, insurance, taxation and maintenance. They were surprised to find that pure electric cars came out cheapest in all the markets they examined: UK, Japan, Texas and California.

Pure electric cars have much lower fuel costs – electricity is cheaper than petrol or diesel – and maintenance costs, as the engines are simpler and help brake the car, saving on brake pads. In the UK, the annual cost was about 10% lower than for petrol or diesel cars in 2015, the latest year analysed.

Hybrid cars which cannot be plugged in and attract lower subsidies, were usually a little more expensive than petrol or diesel cars. Plug-in hybrids were found to be significantly more expensive – buyers are effectively paying for two engines in one car, the researchers said. The exception in this case was Japan, where plug-in hybrids receive higher subsidies.


Damian Green case: police criticised over pornography revelations
Sir Peter Fahy, former head of Greater Manchester police, says such incidents should not happen in democratic country
Police should stay out of politics, a former chief constable has said amid a growing backlash against officers who revealed that pornography was found on Damian Green’s Commons computer during an investigation nine years ago.

Sir Peter Fahy, the former chief constable of Greater Manchester police, said the raid on Green’s office and the revelation that pornographic images were found on his computer were incidents that should not happen in a democratic country.

He spoke out after the now-retired detective who examined Green’s computer contradicted the Conservative MP’s claims that he never used it to look at pornography. Asked whether the officer’s intervention was in the public interest, Fahy said: “I think it’s very dangerous territory for a police officer to be making judgments about whether a politician is lying or not.

Sir Peter Fahy in 2014.
Sir Peter Fahy in 2014. Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/PA
“That should only happen in a criminal investigation and then, ultimately, is for a court to decide. Police should be extremely careful about making judgments about other people’s morality when it’s not a matter of crime. It’s something really central to our democracy that police are not involved in politics; we are fairly unusual in the United Kingdom in that being the case.”

The claim that “extreme” pornography was found on Green’s work computer was first made by Bob Quick, former assistant commissioner of the Metropolitan police, in a statement prepared for the Leveson inquiry that was obtained and reported by the Times last month.


Republican U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, Texas' most-senior member of Congress, announced Thursday that he won't seek reelection after a naked photo of him circulated online and a conservative activist released past messages of a sexual nature from him.

The photo of the 68-year-old Barton was posted on an anonymous Twitter account just before Thanksgiving, and Barton apologized. But he also suggested he could be the victim of online exploitation by a woman he'd had a relationship with whose name has not been released.

About a week later, tea party organizer Kelly Canon revealed Facebook Messenger exchanges from 2012 in which Barton asked if she was wearing panties and made other sexual references. Now twice-divorced, Barton was still married to his second wife at the time of their online exchanges.

Canon said her relationship with Barton never advanced beyond the messages. She said Barton hadn't apologized for them and that she hadn't asked him to — but she also called on him to resign so that his private life couldn't be used against him and other Republicans during 2018 congressional elections.


Senate approves GOP's $1.4 trillion tax bill after key changes sway holdout


Trump plans big cuts in two Utah national monument boundaries

In what would be an extraordinary test of a chief executive’s authority to revoke boundaries of the country’s national monuments, President Trump is expected to formally propose chopping Utah’s Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante monuments into five separate and much smaller national monuments.

A map of the proposed changes was made public by the Wilderness Society. Although the White House did not comment on the president’s monuments plan, the Interior Department said the leaked maps were accurate but not final.


Two senior FBI officials on Clinton, Trump probes exchanged texts disparaging Trump
Sat., Dec. 2, 2017, 9:08 a.m.

WASHINGTON – The former top FBI official assigned to special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election was taken off that job this summer after his bosses discovered he and another member of Mueller’s team had exchanged politically charged texts disparaging President Donald Trump and supportive of Hillary Clinton, according to multiple people familiar with the matter.

Peter Strzok, as deputy head of counterintelligence at the FBI, was a key player in the investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server to do government work as Secretary of State, as well as the probe into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia in the 2016 election.

During the Clinton investigation, Strzok was involved in a romantic relationship with FBI lawyer Lisa Page, who worked for Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, according to the people familiar with the matter, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.

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Testimony of William Duncan Hearing before the Commerce, Consumer, and Monetary Affairs Subcommittee of the Committee on Government Operations, House of Representatives, One Hundred Second Congress, First Session, July 24, 1991
Deposition of William Duncan Excerpts—What Really Happened at Mena (1991)
Boys on the Tracks by Mara Leveritt; also see Mara Leveritt's web site and Linda Ives' web site
Who was that Ex-President I Saw You With Last Night? by Sam Smith (Scoop Media, February 14, 2005)
The Clinton Scandals by Sam Smith (See Mena Section)
The Crimes of Mena by Roger Morris and Sally Denton and Arkansas Drug Expose Misses the Post by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard (January 29, 1995)
Barry and the Boys: The CIA, the Mob & America's Secret History by Daniel Hopsicker

Laundering Money in Arkansas
The Mystery of the "Lost" Mena Report; Gray Money: the Continued Cover-Up by Mark Swaney (August 2001)
What Really Happened Mena is no Myth!

South Central LA

CIA Director John Deutch in South Central LA, November 1996
(Photo C-Span)

Memorandum of Understanding between Department of Justice and CIA From February 1982 to August 1995 (Congressional Record, May 7, 1998 [Page: H2970])
Dark Alliance - The CIA, The Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion by Gary Webb, (Seven Stories Press, 1999) See also his August 1996 series of Dark Alliance articles published in the San Jose Mercury News
Transcript: Town Hall meeting between residents of South Central and other areas of Los Angeles and CIA Director John Deutch hosted by Rep. Juanita M. McDonald (D-California, 37th District) on Friday, November 15, 1996, at Locke High School in Los Angeles
Whiteout: the CIA, Drugs and the Press by Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey Sinclair
Watching Too Much Television - Tony Soprano HUD Fraud (Video/HBO) The Sopranos Episode 46 4th Season Disc 2 #7 - Brian lays out a way to use bogus real estate deals to con money out of the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) ... reality or fiction?
Map of Properties with Defaulted HUD Mortgages—South Central LA A 1-page map created by Edgewood Technology Services using place-based software
Map of Properties with Defaulted HUD Mortgages—Washington A 1-page map created by Edgewood Technology Services using place-based software
Map of Properties with Defaulted HUD Mortgages—New Orleans A 1-page map created by Edgewood Technology Services using place-based software
Former Bush Assistant Secretary for HUD Reveals “Ethnic Cleansing” Connected to CIA Drug Dealing in Los Angeles Government Spends Millions in Campaign to Silence Former Wall Street Banker, Cover Up Connections to Dark Alliance Stories & CIA Inspector General Report on Drug Trafficking (From the Wilderness, May 1999)
Sporkin Hotseat - Internet Hotseat
CIA Inspector General Report on Dark Alliance Allegations Vol 1 / Vol 2
News: Surprise hearings in House Intelligence Committee Backfire on CIA; Maxine Waters not alone in criticizing Agency; More hearings certain by Mike Ruppert (From the Wilderness Publications, March 16, 1998)
A Witness List for House Hearings on Volume II of the CIA's Inspector General's Report on CIA Drug Trafficking by Michael C. Ruppert (From the Wilderness Publications, 1999)
Relevant Excerpts–Volume Two of the CIA Inspector General’s Report of Investigation into Contra Drug Trafficking (released Oct. 8, 1998) Edited with Notes by Michael C. Ruppert
Volume Two of CIA Inspector General's Drug Report Released??? A CIA Confession—Oliver North Exposed by Michael C. Ruppert (From the Wilderness, October 21, 1998)
See End of Article: Millis, Ruff and Dixon All Dead–Three Players in CIA Drug for Impeachment Deal by Michael C. Ruppert (From the Wilderness, May 6, 2002)
CIA Cover-Up Meister Rewarded with Princeton Job by Uri Dowbenko
Don’t Blink: All Promises Broken—Volume II Hearings Held Without Notice—Behind Closed Doors by Mike Ruppert
Warren & Doss vs CIA - US District Court, Central District of California (March 15, 1999)


Herpes researcher conducted unauthorized tests

The State Journal-Register’s Dean Olsen received a copy of report from the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine’s institutional review board that had some chilling conclusions: The report found a scientist “conducted unethical and potentially illegal testing of his experimental genital herpes vaccine on patients.”

Over a third of the report was blacked out pending law enforcement action, but the details included were still shocking. What’s perhaps equally shocking is all the old quotations Olsen dug up, praising the scientist for being “meticulous” and expressing confidence that all procedures were being followed.

The unauthorized tests came before Olsen did more human trials in St. Kitts. Read the full story, and the full documents that Olsen posted.




Monday, November 20, 2017
UN says Afghanistan produced 87% more opium than last year, for its biggest harvest ever. Expect a bigger supply and lower prices on the street.
In a report just issued (November 2017) by the United Nations Office on Drug Control, we learn that Afghanistan had a huge, bumper crop of opium in 2017. Its biggest ever. And if you read the details of the methods used to estimate the amount of opium produced, you will see that there is a large amount of guesswork, and the amount available for overseas distribution might be considerably greater than estimated.


Pages 7, 8

"Key Findings:

Area under opium poppy cultivation increased by 63% since 2016, reaching a new record high...

Opium poppy cultivation expanded to new regions and intensified where there was cultivation before…

Total eradication of opium poppy increased by 395 hectares but remained very low...

Potential opium yield and production increased in 2017 Potential opium production was estimated at 9,000 tons in 2017, an increase of 87% from its 2016 level (4,800 tons). The increase in production is mainly a result of an increase in area under opium poppy cultivation, while an increase in opium yield per hectare also contributed. In 2017, the average opium yield amounted to 27.3 kilograms per hectare, which was 15% higher than in 2016…"

A graph of the area in hectares used to grow opium poppies in Afghanistan from 1994-present is on page 15 of the report. As I noted previously, a US CIA/military presence in Afghanistan has historically corresponded to increased opium production.


Today, Nov 20, it was announced at a press conference that US and Afghan military forces have launched attacks on Taliban opium factories.

"U.S. Army General John Nicholson showed videos at a press conference of targeted aerial strikes against what he described as Taliban drug factories. “Last night we conducted strikes in northern Helmand to hit the Taliban where it hurts, in their narcotics financing,” said Nicholson, flanked by Afghan Army Lieutenant General Mohammad Sharif Yaftali…"


HPD reviewing policy on marijuana and guns
By Kristen Consillio
Posted on December 1, 2017 12:05 am
The Honolulu Police Department is reviewing a controversial policy that requires legal marijuana patients to turn in their firearms. Read More

Officer who shot, killed unarmed man set to learn sentence


A former South Carolina police officer will soon learn how long he’ll spend in prison for the shooting death - captured on video by a witness - of an unarmed motorist.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled to begin in Charleston on Monday for Michael Slager, the former North Charleston police officer in jail since pleading guilty in May to violating Scott’s civil rights. Scott was black. Slager is white.

The Scott family last year reached a $6.5 million settlement with the city of North Charleston. Slager, 36, pulled Scott over on April 4, 2015, for a broken brake light. The officer said he shot the 50-year-old black motorist in self-defense when Scott tried to grab his Taser.

But a bystander with a cellphone captured the shooting on video that contradicted Slager’s version of events. The video showed Scott getting about 17 feet from Slager before the officer fired eight times at his back. Scott then crumples to the ground, struck by five bullets as he ran away.

State prosecutors went after Slager on murder charges, but a panel of 11 white jurors and one black juror deadlocked last year after 22 hours of deliberations over four days. At one point, a juror sent a letter directly to the judge saying he could not “with good conscience approve a guilty verdict” and that he was unlikely to change his mind.

While that case was ongoing, federal authorities pursued a parallel investigation against Slager on civil rights charges. Solicitor Scarlett Wilson had planned to bring a second case against Slager later this year, but those charges were dropped as part of his federal plea deal.

In Slager’s federal sentencing, which could last several days, a judge will determine if Scott’s shooting was voluntary manslaughter or murder. Prosecutors have argued for the latter determination, which would make Slager eligible for a life sentence.

In court filings, Slager’s attorneys have argued the government has continued to pursue a murder case against their client “to accomplish their unreasonable goal to have Slager spend the remainder of his life in prison.” In their own filings, prosecutors said the shooting death did constitute murder, arguing that Slager had malicious intentions when he shot Scott.

From his law officer training, Slager knew he was prohibited from using lethal force against Scott because doing so “against an unarmed, non-dangerous fleeing subject was a gross-deviation from reasonable conduct,” thus satisfying the “malice” element of second-degree murder, prosecutors have said.

Slager’s attorneys also asked for a reduction in his possible sentence, saying that, due to the nature of his case, he had a “high susceptibility of prison abuse.” During the prosecution against him, Slager’s attorneys noted, the former officer’s home was set on fire, and his family since moved to another location.

Justin Bamberg, an attorney for the Scott family, said he felt Slager’s actions warranted a life sentence but that his clients would never truly get closure.


Les Whitten, investigative reporter arrested by FBI and spied on by CIA, dies at 89

As Anderson’s chief deputy — or “senior ferret,” as New York Times journalist Tom Buckley once dubbed him — Mr. Whitten was handed assignments that included spying on the private lives of FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover and his top aide, Clyde Tolson. Another reporter was assigned to dig through Hoover’s trash.

Just as often, however, Mr. Whitten and Anderson were on the receiving end of spying efforts, targeted by the Nixon administration for their critical coverage of the White House and leaks of government documents. The duo were trailed by the CIA, and at one point, Nixon associates G. Gordon Liddy and E. Howard Hunt plotted to assassinate Anderson using LSD or what Liddy later described as “Aspirin Roulette.”

The idea of placing poisoned aspirin in the Anderson family’s medicine cabinet was rejected, Liddy wrote in a memoir, because “it would gratuitously endanger innocent members of his family and might take months before it worked.” He and Hunt were soon assigned to bug the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate Hotel.

Mr. Whitten was nearly the subject of a major First Amendment case in 1973, when he was arrested by a squad of FBI agents in downtown Washington as he helped a source load boxes of stolen government documents into his car.


Ex-FDNY commissioner's son, who quit as EMT in disgrace over racist tweets, to become a firefighter

Updated: Saturday, December 2, 2017, 6:38 PM


A top black female cop's complaint
Cincinnati police union President Dan Hils disparaged a supervisor to her officers and bragged that he "kicked her a--" when he arrested her 25 years ago, an officer has alleged.

The Cincinnati Police Department is conducting an internal investigation, department officials confirmed.

Lt. Danita Pettis is the third-shift commander at District 4 in Avondale and was off this past Sunday night when Hils, the sergeant who leads the local Fraternal Order of Police, spoke at roll call. About 13 officers were present.

A top black female cop's complaint against union chief Dan Hils is investigated

6:32 p.m. ET Dec. 1, 2017
Cincinnati police union President Dan Hils disparaged a supervisor to her officers and bragged that he "kicked her a--" when he arrested her 25 years ago, an officer has alleged.

The Cincinnati Police Department is conducting an internal investigation, department officials confirmed.

Lt. Danita Pettis is the third-shift commander at District 4 in Avondale and was off this past Sunday night when Hils, the sergeant who leads the local Fraternal Order of Police, spoke at roll call. About 13 offic


Canada's largest school board votes to end armed police presence in schools
TDSB trustees voted 18-3 to cancel the controversial school resource officer program, 1 didn't vote
By Shanifa Nasser, CBC News Posted: Nov 22, 2017 9:26 PM ET Last Updated: Nov 22, 2017 11:18 PM ET


Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors on government surveillance and her upcoming book

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In the last year, members of the government have accused the Black Lives Matter organization of being a terrorist organization, calling those associated with it “Black Identity Extremists.” An August FBI report, called “Black Identity Extremists Likely Motivated to Target Law Enforcement Officers,” broadly categorized black activists as a threat to national security.

Patrisse Cullors, a co-founder of Black Lives Matter, described it to TechCrunch as COINTELPRO 2.0. COINTELPRO was a federal surveillance program that targeted civil rights leaders like Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and members of the Black Panther Party. In the present day, methods of government surveillance can entail anything from social media monitoring to the gathering of location data.

“We take this really seriously, but we’ve seen this before,” Cullors told me. “The unfortunate reality is black folks during the 50s, 60s, 70s didn’t have social media. They didn’t have the advantage to know the FBI and CIA are spying on them. We are realizing it in real time.”

While reports like that are”deeply disturbing,” Cullors said, Black Lives Matter is in a time where its movement is alive and well. For example, LA’s Black Lives Matter chapter is currently taking on the district attorney, who has yet to prosecute a single officer for the murder of black residents.

“Our DA has not prosecuted one cop,” Cullors said. “Black Lives Matter LA is really holding our district attorney’s feet to the fire.”

Over in Toronto, the Black Lives Matter chapter recently won its fight to get cops permanently out of schools in the city. The Toronto District School Board launched a School Resource Officer program in 2008, which brought police officers into schools. Following criticism and calls to remove the police officers from Black Lives Matter and other activists, the school board voted late last month to end the program.

“We are in this movement moment where over 40 chapters across the globe are engaged in campaign activities, winning new policies for black people,” Cullors said. “Our decentralized, localized leadership structure has really allowed for Black Lives Matter structures in their own communities to take on the state and take on some of the most egregious acts against black people.”

Cullors said she is also pleased with the response of some black government officials. Cullors pointed to how Representative Karen Bass grilled Attorney General Jeff Sessions about the FBI report on “black identity extremists” during an oversight hearing before the House Judiciary Committee in November.

Next year, Cullors has plans to go on a book tour for her upcoming memoir, When They Call You a Terrorist, co-authored with asha bandele. Her goal with the book is for it to sell at least 250,000 copies in the first year and “reach as many folks as possible,” she said.

“This book is for young black girls around the world,” Cullors said. “Those of us who have lived through state violence and over-policing — for black girls who have witnessed family members die because of the war on drugs and incarceration. It’s my offering to this generation to tell another story about black activists and

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