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Feds recommend prison time for former Phila. Traffic Court judges

Friday, November 28, 2014, 5:11 PM

Federal prosecutors are expected to push next week for substantial prison terms for four former Philadelphia Traffic Court judges convicted of felony counts for lying about fixing tickets, despite

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Former Youngstown city worker and FBI agent jailed

Posted: Dec 04, 2014 2:21 PM EST

After lengthy legal battles, a former Youngstown city employee who was at one time an FBI agent has been sent to jail.

A visiting judge sitting in Youngstown Municipal Court ordered on Wednesday that 49-year-old Sheila Lawson immediately begin serving a 100 day sentence in the Mahoning County Jail.

The judge found that Lawson, a former Youngstown Municipal Court administrator, violated terms of probation for an earlier conviction of domestic violence.

In March 2012, Lawson was arrested for hitting her father during an argument at their Youngstown home. She was convicted of domestic violence the following September and sentenced to 100 days in jail.

The Seventh District Court of Appeals subsequently denied Lawson's appeal of the misdemeanor conviction in March, and the Ohio Supreme Court refused to hear the case in July.

Lawson served as Youngstown Municipal Court administrator from December 2008 until March 2009, when she was terminated.

According to documents filed in connection with a federal civil suit that Lawson filed against the city when she was fired from her court job, Lawson was employed with The Federal Bureau of Investigation's Washington D.C. office from July 2002 through July 2006 as a Special Agent, Acting Unit Chief, and Supervisory Special Agent.
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“I lied” »
* Senate Torture Report: KSM wrote bin al-Shibh a letter referencing “Jafar the Pilot” and indicating that “Jafar” “ought to prepare himself” to smuggle himself from Mexico ; the letter was seized in September 2002
Posted by Lew Weinstein on December 10, 2014

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DXer said

December 10, 2014 at 8:29 am
Adnan El-Shukrijumah’s mom, who said he called her on or about 9/11 to tell her he was coming to the United States, said he was a “good boy” and just wanted to wake up the United States — to cause alarm.

Indeed, as I have often pointed out over the years, the Al Qaeda manual has a chapter on “Poisonous Letters” that instructs the mailer to take care not to kill the mailman.

CNN.com – Transcripts
Nov 15, 2001 … Target: Terrorism: Look at Al Qaeda’s Dreadful Recipe Book … and was given three chapters of the manual, in order to prove it’s existence. … The poisonous letteris the title of one section no poison inks. … “Wipe the envelope from the inside with silicone sealant,” it goes on, “so it would not kill the mailman.

DXer said

December 10, 2014 at 11:35 am
In contrast to his mom’s view of him as a good boy, CIA analysts viewed him as a very baaaaad boy judging by the way KSM seemed to be protecting him.

It was the extremely virulent Ames strain of anthrax that the mailer used. The strain killed elderly Ottilie Lundgren.

“Additionally, the Ames strain is highly virulent in humans (36) and is most likely to be the basis of any weaponized strain (37, 38).”

“Pathology and pathophysiology of inhalational anthrax in a guinea pig model.”

Savransky V, Sanford DC, Syar E, Austin JL, Tordoff KP, Anderson MS, Stark GV, Barnewall RE, Briscoe CM, Lemiale-Biérinx L, Park S, Ionin B, Skiadopoulos MH.

Infect Immun. 2013 Apr;81(4):1152-63. doi: 10.1128/IAI.01289-12. Epub 2013 Jan 28

As indicated by the email I uploaded recently from Bruce Ivins, the Ames strain was used for the DARPA project precisely because a 1996 study had indicated that it was so virulent.

Then a formal study was done by Battelle in 2001 — which was uploaded in two parts — comparing Ames to two weaponized strains. (Confidence intervals had not previously been sufficient for the conclusions as to virulence.) The Battelle study is in the USAMRMC Reading Room in two parts.

DXer said

December 10, 2014 at 1:12 pm
Bruce Ivins and Arthur Friedlander fielded claims by a New Yorker journalist about the particular virulence of the Ames strain.

The study that prompted Ivins to know of Ames special virulence was done by Steve Little and Greg Knudson.


“Regarding the discovery of the virulence of the Ames strain (isolate, as you will), you tell me that it was the work of Little and Knudson that recognized the particular virulence of the Ames strain. I’m guessing that their work was done at/in association with USAMRIID? And, what was the context of their study (looking for a virulent strain to use in vaccine challenges, etc)?


Yes, it was done at USAMRIID. They were doing studies with strains of B. anthracis at USAMRIID in an attempt to determine if any strains/isolates, in the guinea pig model, would overcome vaccination with the human vaccine.”

Note: The usual redactions have been turned off for your convenience.

DXer said

December 10, 2014 at 7:47 am
There’s a document in the Sarasota FOIA suit which I believe says it is known El-Shukrijumah travelled to the US in September 2001. I have uploaded it.

Al Qaida figure’s death complicates Sarasota-linked 911 probe,” Miami-Dade County, 12/09/2014


The “probe” relates to a lawsuit under FOIA. Shukrijumah’s death eliminates the (b)(6) exemption for privacy. On whatever document his name appears, his name, IMO, should now appear unredacted.

I would argue that it also eliminates the justification for any national security or law enforcement exemption under FOIA.

DXer said

December 10, 2014 at 7:54 am
In Sarasota investigation, who was the person associated with the hijackers’ flight school who was discovered to have re-entered the country after 9/11?

Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 21, 2014


DXer said

December 10, 2014 at 8:02 am
In her foreword to the Senate Torture Report, Senator Feinstein has said they will continue working on declassification of more of 6, 000 + pages — but did not want to hold up release of the 600 page Executive Summary. One document that should be released is the letter from KSM to Ramzi bin Al-Shibh instructing Ramzi to have Jafar the Pilot prepare for travel.
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DECEMBER 11, 2014

What the APA Knew
The Complicity of Psychologists in CIA Torture
Earlier this week the Senate Intelligence Committee released the long-awaited executive summary of its 6,000-page classified report on the CIA’s brutal post-9/11 detention and interrogation program. The report provides gruesome details of the abuse that took place in several “black site” prisons – waterboarding, confinement in a coffin-sized box, threatened harm to family members, forced nudity, freezing temperatures, “rectal feeding” without medical need, stress positions, diapering, days of sleep deprivation, and more. The report also found that the “enhanced interrogation techniques” were ineffective; that the CIA misrepresented their effectiveness; and that the program damaged the standing of the United States around the world.

Two names appear dozens of times in the committee’s summary: Grayson Swigert and Hammond Dunbar. These are the pseudonyms that were given to James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen. It has been known for several years that these two contract psychologists played central roles in designing and implementing the CIA’s torture program. Now we also know how lucrative that work was for Mitchell and Jessen: their company was paid over $80 million by the CIA.

Prior to their CIA contract work, Mitchell and Jessen were psychologists in the military’s Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) training program. Even though they had no experience as interrogators, spoke no Arabic, and had no expert knowledge of al-Qaeda, they were hired by the CIA in late 2001 to reverse-engineer SERE principles and transform them into a set of new and more aggressive interrogation techniques. Mitchell and Jessen arrived at the CIA black site in Thailand in April 2002 and applied those harsh techniques for the first time in their interrogation of Abu Zubaydah, a Palestinian national thought to be a high-ranking member of al-Qaeda. They kept Zubaydah naked for almost two months, with his clothes provided or removed depending on how cooperative he was judged to be. They deprived him of sleep for weeks at a time by painful shackling of his wrists and feet. And in August 2002 they waterboarded him at least 83 times.

Responding to the new Senate report, the American Psychological Association (APA) was quick to issue a press release distancing itself from Mitchell and Jessen. The statement emphasized that the two psychologists are not APA members – although Mitchell was a member until 2006 – and that they are therefore “outside the reach of the association’s ethics adjudication process.” But there is much more to this story. After years of stonewalling and denials, last month the APA Board appointed an investigator to examine allegations that the APA colluded with the CIA and Pentagon in supporting the Bush Administration’s abusive “war on terror” detention and interrogation practices.

The latest evidence of that collusion comes from the publication earlier this fall of James Risen’s Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War. With access to hundreds of previously undisclosed emails involving senior APA staff, the Pulitzer-prize winning reporter concludes that the APA “worked assiduously to protect the psychologists…involved in the torture program.” The book also provides several new details pointing to the likelihood that Mitchell and Jessen were not so far removed from the APA after all.

Shortly after the 9/11 attacks, APA member and CIA head of behavioral research Kirk Hubbard first introduced Mitchell and Jessen to the CIA as “potential assets.” A few months later, in mid-2002, Hubbard arranged for former APA president Martin Seligman to present a lecture on his theories of “learned helplessness” to a group that included Mitchell and Jessen at the Navy SERE School in San Diego. And in 2003 Hubbard worked closely with APA senior staff in developing an invitation-only workshop – co-sponsored by the APA and the CIA – on the science of deception and other interrogation-related topics. Mitchell and Jessen were both participants (having returned from overseas where they were involved in the waterboarding of detainees Abu Zabaydah and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed).

Then, in mid-2004, shortly after the horrific Abu Ghraib photos were released, Hubbard was among a small group of senior CIA and Pentagon officials who received an invitation to a private meeting from APA Ethics Office Director Stephen Behnke. According to emails obtained by Risen, one key reason for the gathering was to “sort out appropriate from inappropriate uses of psychology” in national security settings. In extending the invitation, Behnke assured Hubbard and the other attendees that their names and the substance of their discussions would never be made public, and that “in the meeting we will neither assess nor investigate the behavior of any specific individual or group” (presumably including the activities of Mitchell and Jessen).

That private meeting was the springboard that led to the creation of the APA’s controversial 2005 Presidential Task Force on Psychological Ethics and National Security (PENS). The PENS task force was dominated by representatives from the military and intelligence community, several of whom were drawn from chains of command where detainee abuses reportedly took place. The task force held a single weekend meeting and then issued a report asserting that it was ethical for psychologists to serve in various national security-related roles, including as consultants to detainee interrogations.

Although Hubbard was not a member of the PENS task force, he played an influential role. Indeed, according to Risen, within days of the release of the PENS report in July 2005, Hubbard received an email from Geoff Mumford, APA’s Science Policy Director. In that letter Mumford thanked Hubbard for his “personal contribution…in getting this effort off the ground” and assured him that his views “were well represented by very carefully selected [PENS] task force members.” A month before receiving that note of appreciation, Hubbard had emailed Mumford and other colleagues to let them know that he had retired from the CIA. In the same message Hubbard also told them about his new job: “Now I do some consulting work for Mitchell and Jessen Associates.”

These troubling connections – between Mitchell and Jessen, Hubbard, and the APA – represent only a single trail in what must be a broad and thorough investigation of possible collusion and corruption within the world’s largest organization of psychologists. Other evidence suggests that the abhorrent actions of two highly paid CIA contractors were by no means the only instances in which the profession’s do-no-harm principles were tragically abandoned. So while this week’s grim Senate report provides important answers to crucial questions, for the psychology profession there is much more yet to be illuminated.

Roy Eidelson is a clinical psychologist and the president of Eidelson Consulting, where he studies, writes about, and consults on the role of psychological issues in political, organizational, and group conflict settings. He is a past president of Psychologists for Social Responsibility, associate director of the Solomon Asch Center for Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict at Bryn Mawr College, and a member of the Coalition for an Ethical Psychology.

Trudy Bond is a counseling psychologist in independent practice in Toledo, Ohio. She is a member of the Coalition for an Ethical Psychology and on the steering committee of Psychologists for Social Responsibility.
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Texas police officer uses stun gun on 76-year-old during routine traffic stop
Local police chief announces investigation into Nathaniel Robinson’s use of stun gun, after pulling mechanic over for a class C misdemeanour

Monday 15 December 2014 13.45 EST


A Texas police officer is under investigation for using a stun gun on a 76-year-old mechanic he had pulled over for an expired inspection certificate.

In dashboard-cam footage uploaded by local newspaper the Victoria Advocate, officer Nathaniel Robinson, who is 23, can be seen slamming Pete Vasquez on to the hood of the police car. He then puts him in a restrictive hold, before the two abruptly fall out of the camera’s field of vision.

Soon after, Robinson returns into sight holding his stun gun, shouting “put your hands behind your back.”

Police later confirmed the stun gun had been used twice on Vasquez.

The car was a dealer vehicle, and so Vasquez was exempt from being cited. If he had been cited, an expired inspection certificate is a class C misdemeanour.

The Victoria police chief, Jeffrey Craig, told the Advocate that he was opening an investigation into the incident. “Public trust is extremely important to us. Sometimes that means you have to take a real hard look at some of the actions that occur within the department,” he said. Craig also apologised to Vasquez.

Larry Urich, a co-worker of Vasquez who witnessed the incident, told the Guardian that he made Robinson aware that the car had dealer plates, and that the expired sticker was not a violation. He said he had called Robinson a “goddamned Nazi stormtrooper”.

“It’s a tragedy,” Urich said. “There was absolutely no reason to grab and try and restrain this 76-year-old guy. This was a muscled-up cop who was in absolutely no distress whatsoever.” Urich said that he saw Vasquez Sunday evening, and that his shoulder, back and arm were hurting. “I’ve known the guy for years,” he said. “He’s a nice, sweet, gentle man. I’ve never seen him be smart-aleck, or rude to anyone.”

Urich said that he had the utmost respect for the Victoria police department, but that in his opinion this should be a firing offence for Robinson. “You just don’t do this to senior citizens.”
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Grimm expected to plead guilty

Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., is expected to appear in a Brooklyn federal court Tuesday to plead guilty in a tax fraud case that shadowed his successful re-election bid earlier this year, said a person with knowledge of the case but who declined to comment publicly.

A hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m., before U.S. District Judge Pamela Chen.
The congressman, named in a 20-count April indictment, was charged with failing to report more than $1 million in restaurant sales and wages as a former owner of a Manhattan fast-food business. He is expected to plead guilty to one count of assisting in the preparation of a false tax return.
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Pepper-spray trooper returns to full duty
Saturday, December 27, 2014
A state trooper on restricted duty since a cellphone video surfaced online showing him pepper-spraying a protester has been returned to full duty after repeated attempts to contact the alleged victim were unsuccessful, a spokesman said.

“The state police have consistently expressed an interest in this individual’s version of the events as well as viewing any additional video he may have from the incident. Absent his cooperation, a fair and complete assessment of the incident remains incomplete,” state police spokesman David Procopio said. “The trooper ... was recently returned to full duty. The department’s internal investigation is ongoing.”

Kin Moy, 24, told the Herald earlier this month he was filming an arrest during a peaceful Dec. 4 protest when he was pepper-sprayed by the statie. Repeated at
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FBI Has Either Lied to Public About Its Drone Program or Inaccurately Defended Need for Secrecy
By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday January 6, 2015 4:11 pm        

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has been pursuing a lawsuit against the FBI for records on the agency’s drone program. A recent filing in the case suggests the FBI has either lied to the public about the scope of its drone program or it has inaccurately defended the need to keep documents secret.

CREW, an organization that describes itself as being committed to “high-impact legal actions to target government officials who sacrifice common good to special interests,” filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for records after then-FBI Director Robert Mueller revealed the FBI was operating a secret drone program in June 2013.

The request asked for records that would show: “the source or sources of all drones used by the FBI from January 1, 2009, to the present”; the “funding source for all drones used by the FBI from January 1, 2009, to the present”; “who provided the FBI with any training to enable the FBI to use drones”; “policy concerning the FBI’s use of drones for any purpose, including but not limited to the legal justification for such use and any memoranda of understanding between the FBI or [Justice Department] and any other government agency.”

According to CREW [PDF], the FBI responded to court orders and processed “6,720 non-duplicative pages of documents, releasing only 1,970—most of which contained extensive redactions—and withholding the rest.” The FBI cited four exemptions to justify keeping most of the records secret.

When Mueller spoke about the FBI’s drone program, he said it was used “in a very, very minimal way and very seldom.” The FBI, he claimed, had “very few” drones. They were apparently used sparingly for missions involving drugs, kidnappings, search and rescue operations and hunts for fugitives. However, the government now asserts that disclosing records on a domestic drone program will “enable hostile entities to assess United States intelligence gathering activities in or about a foreign country.”

The government and CREW are now seeking a decision from the judge on whether the records have been appropriately withheld under FOIA or not.

CREW argues in response to the government, “It is difficult, if not impossible, to understand how the FBI’s domestic drone
program even intersects with foreign intelligence activities, sources, or methods of the United States, much less how information from the program about the source and funding of the drones, training for drone use, and drone policies could cause actual harm to those interests if disclosed.”

The Justice Department maintains [PDF] the FBI must keep the identity of the vendor, which has provided the FBI with drone technology, secret because “simply identifying the FBI’s equipment source or UAV items intended to be procured (or actually purchased) would reveal information regarding the FBI’s surveillance techniques and capabilities.”

Though the FBI argues that the disclosure of certain documents “would provide criminals and terrorists with a virtual ‘playbook’ on how to evade the FBI’s use” of drones, CREW contends that the FBI has not demonstrated that “operational capabilities and equipment specifications” are not already “generally known to the public.” Much information is already in the public domain. In fact, “manufacturers of drones,” such as General Atomics, “provide a large amount of information on their products’ capabilities.” And even the US Air Force has posted to its website details on the “operational capabilities of its drones.”

It is improper for the FBI to suggest that identities of vendors or drone suppliers are at all covered by the FOIA exemption protecting “law enforcement techniques.” Such a suggestion twists the exemption to make it possible for the FBI to keep all its dealing with corporations supplying drone technology secret so as not to face any public scrutiny at all.

Multiple times the FBI makes claims about foreign entities or foreign intelligence agents posing a threat if they obtain any of these records:

…Permitting specific details to be released on the [drone] program’s equipment, operational capabilities, limitations, training, and funding would enable criminals outside the controlled, classified environment to provide foreign entities and operatives with key information that could be used in countermeasure efforts…

… The withheld information is under control of the United States Government, and contains information regarding intelligence activities, sources or methods and/or foreign relations or foreign activities of the United States, all of which are authorized bases for classification [under Executive Order 13526]…

…Due to the delicate nature of international diplomacy, disclosure of this sensitive information could jeopardize the fragile relationships that exist between the United States and certain foreign governments. Moreover, the unauthorized disclosure of information concerning foreign relations or foreign activities of the United States can reasonably be expected to lead to curtailment in the diplomatic or law enforcement sharing of intelligence and/or new investigative equipment advancements…

All of which is intended to amplify fear in the mind of the judge hearing this case.

These statements also raise key questions about the FBI’s drone program and how confined it really is to the domestic United States. For example, how could records on policies or certain technology used to rescue kidnapped Americans in the US impact relationships with foreign countries? Or, how could a program used sparingly be so threatening to US diplomacy if basic details were shared with the public?

What the government refuses to accept is that CREW is only demanding the release of general information. It does not want specific records on specific technical operations. But the Justice Department seems to deliberately misconstrue the nature of CREW’s request for records in order to make the organization seem unreasonable.

CREW states, “The FBI has thrown a blanket of secrecy over a program that is of critical public importance and that raises
fundamental questions about whether the government is abiding by the constitutional rights of its citizens. Yet despite these concerns, drone use domestically has increased exponentially, even though we do not yet have the appropriate controls and safeguards in place.”

The FBI is not the sole agency responsible for allowing this proliferation without regard for civil liberties. US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has a flourishing drone program, which the Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently found [PDF] has achieved none of its “intended results” and has not properly accounted for all the costs of operations. CBP cannot account for whether it is protecting privacy (and the OIG did not bother to scrutinize this aspect of the agency’s program). And that is what makes lawsuits like CREW’s critical.

As CREW concludes, “The FBI’s response of withholding the vast majority of documents is not only unjustified legally and
factually but is ‘anathema’ to the FOIA’s fundamental purpose of providing a vehicle for the public to know what its government is up to.”

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DEA halts huge, 15-year secret data collection program
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WASHINGTON The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has halted a secret, nearly 15-year program that collected virtually all data on international calls between the United States and certain countries, according to documents and officials familiar with the matter.

The sweeping bulk DEA database program was stopped in September 2013, shortly after elements

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Judge orders release of man who killed FBI agent in 1990
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LAS VEGAS -- A federal judge ordered the release of a Nevada death row inmate who had been convicted of the June 1990 shooting death of FBI Special Agent John Bailey inside a Security Pacific Bank branch in Las Vegas.
U.S. District Judge Miranda Du last week ordered the release of Jose Echavarria from custody within 60 days unless prosecutors file notice to retry him within that time frame. Jury selection would also have to begin within 180 days of the filing of a written notice for a retrial.
Du granted Echavarria's petition for writ of habeas corpus based on claims that his constitutional rights were denied because of the trial judge's bias.
Echavarria claimed he was unaware at the time of his trial that then Clark County District Judge Jack Lehman had previously been investigated by Bailey. The investigation centered on an allegedly fraudulent land deal in the 1980s involving Lehman when he was chairman of the Colorado River Commission.
Lehman, who is best known for establishing the county's drug court, chaired the commission before becoming a judge.
“The evidence submitted by Echavarria shows, beyond any dispute, that Agent Bailey had been centrally involved in conducting the investigation of the trial judge, and that the alleged fraud and the FBI investigation were of such significance that they would have had serious implications for the trial judge,” Du wrote.

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Defense's List of Silk Road 'Suspects' Grows


- After a federal judge allowed the defense pursue a theory of an "alternative perpetrator," lawyers for Silk Road "mastermind" Ross William Ulbricht named no fewer than four alternative identities behind the account for the Dread Pirate Roberts.
Prosecutors maintain that the 30-year-old Ulbricht alone ran the "Dread" account, known as "DPR" for short and named after a character in the William Golding book-turned-1987-movie "The Princess Bride."
Over the past two days of trial, Ulbricht's lawyer Joshua Dratel has not been shy about naming names of alternative suspects, even though none of the men on his list has been charged with any crime.
Last week, Dratel floated a theory that the former owner of a Bitcoin exchange company, ex-Mt. Gox honcho Mark Karpeles, "set up" his client to avert law enforcement's gaze away from him and boost the value of the anonymous online currency.
Karpeles, a French citizen now living in Japan, took to his Twitter account shortly after last week's proceedings to deny any association with DPR and Ulbricht, and later released a lengthier public statement.
Department of Homeland Security agent Jared DerYeghiayan testified this past Thursday that he thought Karpeles was in fact DPR, and swore to that belief in an affidavit for a search warrant months before Ulbricht's arrest.
Prosecutors did not object throughout this section of testimony, and defense attorneys argued that this meant that they had waived any right to contest it.
But U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest granted the government's motion to strike DerYeghiayan's former suspicions as inadmissible hearsay as trial continued on Tuesday morning.
Dratel complained the ruling would "completely eviscerate" a key aspect of the defense, but prosecutors failed to stamp out his wider theory of an alternative perpetrator.
Taking advantage of that opening, Dratel fired off more questions about Karpeles and three other men - alleged Mt. Gox associate Ashley Barr, Canadian Anand Athavale and a man named Richard Bates - as DerYeghiayan's testimony stretched past its fourth day.
DerYeghiayan confirmed that Barr and Karpeles had been associates, but he said that the men later had a "falling out."
The agent added that he probed the travel records of Athavale, who was from Vancouver, and sifted through four pages of IP addresses associated with him.
Dratel noted that Athavale and his client had both been in the Pacific Time Zone, which is associated with the timestamp on the DPR account.
DerYeghiayan testified that Bates crossed his radar because of Internal Revenue Service agent Gary Alford, who also tipped him off about Ulbricht.
Unlike with Ulbricht, however, DerYeghiayan said he had never probed Bates further.
In late July 2013, the FBI identified Silk Road's servers and captured its images. DerYeghiayan acknowledged that this created a "lot of pressure" to identify its leader.
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Bayonne cop beat man with flashlight and lied on reports,

January 23, 2015 at 4:35 PM, update

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BAYONNE -- Police officer Domenic
. In his lawsuit, Walsh said that Lillo repeatedly struck him in the face with his flashlight while he was handcuffed, causing permanent disfigurement. Walsh also said in the lawsuit that other Bayonne police officers at the scene did nothing to stop the beating
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Wikileaks writes Google a letter about staff emails handed over to the FBI

It took Google three years to inform Wikileaks of the information they handed over.
By Thor Benson Contact the Author |         Jan. 25, 2015 at 7:06 PM

Jan. 25 2015

-- Wikileaks' lawyer, Michael Ratner, has sent Google a letter asking what information was provided to the FBI concerning Wikileaks staff members.
A secret search warrant was sent to Google in March of 2012 from the FBI for information about three Wikileaks employees, but the company only informed Wikileaks last month. Now, Wikileaks wants to know what was provided at that time and if it has received any more requests since the original case. Google claims the FBI requested email content, metadata and more.

"We are astonished and disturbed that Google waited over two and a half years to notify its subscribers that a search warrant was issued for their records," the letter reads.

Google has so far informed Wikileaks that the information that was requested had to do with investigations editor of WikiLeaks, Sarah Harrison, their spokesperson, Kristinn Hrafnsson and senior editor Joseph Farrell.

Google claims it did not inform Wikileaks because of a gag order.

"Neither Google nor the US government are living up to their own laws

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LAPD criticized for event featuring ex-Mexican Mafia leader

Jan 29, 2015

— An ex-Mexican Mafia leader serving life in prison for murder was escorted by police to speak at a gathering of police chiefs and business leaders, prompting criticism and a call for a probe from the head of the civilian oversight commission for the Los Angeles Police Department, which organized the event.

Steve Soboroff said the public was unnecessarily endangered
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Judge questions constitutionality of no-fly list, FBI adds plaintiff’s brother to ‘Most Wanted’ list

| January 31, 2015

Judge questions constitutionality of no-fly list, FBI adds plaintiff’s brother to ‘Most Wanted’ list
Just as one man is about to clear his name from the government’s ‘no-fly’ list, his brother becomes the target of the FBI.

On Friday a federal judge questioned the legality of the “no-fly list” implemented by the government and said people on the list should be afforded a chance to clear their name.

The lawsuit was filed by Alexandria resident Gulet Mohamed in and has meandered through the courts systems for four years amid protests from the government. U.S.
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Moraine Park to host undercover FB
Joaquin “Jack” Garcia
Former FBI undercover agent Joaquin “Jack” Garcia, will speak at Moraine Park Technical College in Fond du Lac on Tuesday, Feb. 10.

The event, sponsored by Student Senate, will be held at 11:30 a.m. in the cafeteria and is free to the public.
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FBI Agent Being Treated After Shooting Himself During Raid
February 4, 2015 1:23 PM

— An FBI agent has been treated after allegedly shooting himself during West Texas drug raids.
Messages left with the FBI in El Paso weren’t immediately returned Wednesday. An earlier FBI statement said an agent suffered injuries not believed to be life-threatening during Tuesday’s raids in Odessa.
The statement did not say how the agent was hurt.

KOSA-TV reports the agent accidentally shot himself in the foot. One woman at the scene, Shaniqua Starling, said she heard a gunshot, then saw the injured man limping down a ramp. Blood was on the porch and inside the residence.
Starling says agents helped get her and her child to safety. Nobody at that home was arrested.



FBI agent pays fine in shooting into hotel cooler - Las Vegas Sun ...
Aug 29, 2003 - An FBI agent who fired two rounds into a walk-in cooler at a Strip hotel ... "The only victim in that case was a lobster, and Nevada statutes don't ...



VIDEO: 33 Police Officers Fire 600 Bullets into Car Knowing It Contained a Hostage, Killing Her
By MintPress News Desk | October 21, 2014


Apr 16, 2006 at 12:35pm

- Las Vegas - An FBI agent who pleaded guilty to drunken driving has sued the maker of his pickup because it caught fire after he passed out behind the wheel.

Officer Robert Clymer, who was involved in a high-profile investigation of the Crazy Horse Too strip club, had a blood-alcohol content of 0.306 percent, nearly four times the current legal limit, and was unconscious when Las Vegas firefighters pulled him from his burning truck on Jan. 29, 2005.

The 2004 Chevrolet Silverado had jumped a curb outside a gated community in northwest Las Vegas and began to smoke and caught fire after the engine had been running for a long time, according to a Las Vegas police report.

Police found an empty 25-ounce bottle of Captain Morgan rum on the passenger seat and a SIG Sauer 9 mm pistol in the truck's cab.

F.B.I Agent Clymer, 41, was cited for misdemeanor drunken driving and sent to University Medical Center because of complications from smoke inhalation and intoxication, the report said.

He later pleaded guilty to the charge in Las Vegas Municipal Court and was given a suspended 30-day jail term and 48 hours of community service.

During sentencing in November, Clymer's lawyer said his client wanted to take responsibility for his actions.

"Public officials make mistakes," attorney Gary Booker said. "With public officials, we expect them to own up to their mistakes and correct them. That is exactly what happened in this case."

Two weeks later, F.B.I Agent Clymer filed a product liability lawsuit against General Motors and Bill Heard Chevrolet, who had sold him the truck. He was seeking more than $33,000 in medical bills and nearly $11,000 in lost wages.

The lawsuit says F.B.I Agent Clymer stopped on the side of the road to make a telephone call. He left the engine running and the car in park.

F.B.I Agent Clymer then "somehow lost consciousness" and the truck "somehow produced a heavy smoke that filled the passenger cab," the suit said.

Lawyers for Clymer, GM and Bill Heard Chevrolet did not return phone calls seeking comment. Clymer did not return a phone message left at his office.

The lawsuit was filed about six weeks after Clymer and his wife, FBI secretary Tracy Clymer, filed for bankruptcy. In their bankruptcy papers, the couple said they owed creditors more than $580,700, including nearly $122,000 in credit card debt.

Robert Clymer, a 20-year veteran of the FBI, makes about $102,000 a year. He moved out of the family home on Father's Day 2005, and his wife filed for divorce in January.

On the night of his drunken driving arrest, F.B.I Agent Robert Clymer was involved in an incident at the Suncoast, police said.

Security guards at the hotel called police about 3:20 a.m. to report a man in the parking lot with a gun.

The man left before officers arrived, but he left behind a 15-round magazine from his gun. Officers matched the magazine to Robert Clymer's gun.

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Why my students and I met with a Potentially Violent Fugitive in Cuba

A university professor leads a school trip to Cuba and winds up the focus of intrigue at the highest levels of US government
ts of Havana, on January 7 2015

Why had my students and I met in Cuba with a fugitive wanted by the FBI on 32 felony counts, the head of International Studies wanted to know. Put that way, I suppose it sounded pretty irresponsible of me, though he hadn’t exactly put it that way, because he didn’t know exactly who the American fugitive from justice was. There are at least seventy living in Cuba. But that’s what he meant when he gave me a call. He also meant, why are you making my life and job difficult? I don’t recall how he phrased it, but there were a lot of questions, he said, about my trip and he sounded nervous as he recounted the chain of telephone calls that had preceded his call to me: first, a Congressman (he didn’t say whom, but most likely Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida, whose great aunt was Fidel Castro’s first wife) had called the Governor of Iowa, who had then called the head of the Board of Trustees of The University of Iowa, who had then called the President of the University, who had then called the head of International Programs. This was the first time I recalled ever speaking more than a few words to him, and I felt a combination of pride that I was the subject of such high-level scrutiny, panic that I was the subject of such high-level scrutiny, and the growing certainty that there was now probably an FBI file with my name on it, a fact that in itself gave me, a highly-politicized child in the 1960’s with an older brother and sister who kept me informed about the protests of the day, with a little friss

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FBI Secretly Monitors American Artist Molly Crabapple Over Islamic Imagery
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FBI Can't Find Its Drone Privacy Reports
from the loaned-them-to-the-IRS dept.

February 12 2015

Programs run by the federal government are typically required to undergo a Privacy Impact Assessment if there's a chance they'll veer into monitoring the activities of citizens: The assessments help balance the risks and benefits of the program, and help guide any oversight to prevent abuse. But despite being legally mandated, the FBI and Justice Department have had a tough time producing the assessments done in conjunction with the Bureau's domestic surveillance drone program, first telling privacy advocates to file a FO
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Arundel Grand Jury Identifies Real Culprits In FBI Shooting


THANKS TO the wisdom of Baltimore attorney Andrew C . White and an Anne Arundel County grand jury, we now have some clarification on what does and does not constitute a "cap-able" offense in the eyes of law enforcement officers.

For those of you not familiar with current American slang, it's only fair to point out that there is no such word as "cap-able." It's an invention, deriving from the street lingo phrase "to pop a cap in the ... " - I'm told the rest of the expression can't be used in this paper - or, in other words, to shoot someone. White is the lawyer for FBI Special Agent Christopher Braga, who shot Joseph Schultz in the face March 1. Braga and other agents had stopped Schultz's girlfriend, Krissy Harkum, as she drove her Pontiac Grand Am along Fort Smallwood Road in Anne Arundel County . Schultz was a passenger in the car. The feds were looking for a bank robber. Problem was - not the only one in this case, and not the biggest - Schultz wasn't the guy.

On July 2, an Anne Arundel grand jury refused to indict Braga for making Schultz endure years of facial reconstructive surgery. Braga had committed neither first-degree assault, second-degree assault nor reckless endangerment, the grand jury ruled after carefully considering the weighty matter for all of 20 minutes.

As might be expected, White did not disagree with the decision. He went a step further, and told all within the Central Maryland area who the real culprits were: Schultz and Harkum.

"This would not have been a problem," White admonished those persnickety pundits among us who insist cop types shoot only armed criminals, not law-abiding guys returning from the mall with their girlfriends, "if the people inside the car had complied with orders and raised their hands, which they did not."

Everybody get that? You know-it-alls who thought cops could only shoot folks who were armed and presented imminent danger to police or others should learn a lesson from this. You've been wrong. You've been wrong for years. You don't need to have a weapon. You don't need to present a danger. If you simply refuse to raise your hands, prepare to get a cap popped in you.

We should be grateful to White and the grand jury for clarifying this matter. Now we know that when we venture from the safety of our homes onto our streets and highways, the folks charged with protecting us may now kill us if we don't raise our hands. The fact that they give conflicting orders will be considered our fault, not theirs.

Fortunately for me, White and the grand jury expressed these sentiments this year, and not back in 1996 when a city cop stopped me for running a traffic light I didn't run.

"Show me your license and registration!" he demanded, taking extra precautions to be as rude and as brusque as he could. As I started to reach for the registration in my glove compartment, the officer became completely unnerved.

"Keep your hands where I can see them!" he shouted. I wondered if the cop even considered he had given me two completely contradictory orders.

But I know now. Don't get the registration when the cop orders it. Keep your hands where they can be seen. Let the cop retrieve the registration and arrest you for failing to obey a lawful order. Twelve to 14 hours spent down at central booking beats getting shot.

The feds yelled contradictory orders to Schultz and Harkum as well. According to the Anne Arundel County police report on the incident, some yelled at Harkum to open the door while others yelled at Schultz to put up his hands. Schultz told the grand jury he reached down to unlock the door, choosing to obey that order.

It's possible that Schultz and Harkum might also have been scared out of their wits, but that won't gain them any sympathy. Cops, we are told, have much to fear from traffic stops. They have to make split-second decisions. The wrong one may be fatal for them.

We civilians, by this logic, know not fear. When we're driving along, knowing we have committed no crime, and a group of armed officers stops us and points loaded weapons at us, we're supposed to react as though we have nerves of steel. If we get shot as a result of any fright-induced hesitation or bodily movements, well, that's just our tough luck.

That's White's and the grand jury's message to Schultz and Harkum. FBI agents stopping the wro
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Guantánamo Bay
Bad lieutenant: American police brutality, exported from Chicago to Guantánamo

Exclusive: At the notorious wartime prison, Richard Zuley oversaw a shocking military interrogation that has become a permanent stain on his country. Part one of a Guardian investigation reveals he used disturbingly similar tactics to extract confessions from minorities for years – as a police officer in urban America
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While ‘assigned’ to the US military base at Guantánamo Bay, detective Richard Zuley (top left) led one of the most brutal interrogations ever conducted at the prison. ‘I’ve never seen anyone stoop to these levels,’ a former Marine Corps prosecutor said. But Benita Johnson, Andre Griggs, Lathierial Boyd and Lee Harris (above, left to right) describe

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When the Chicago detective Richard Zuley arrived at Guantánamo Bay late in 2002, US military commanders touted him as the hero they had been looking for.

Here was a Navy reserve lieutenant who had spent the last 25 years as a distinguished detective on the mean streets of Chicago, closing case after case – often due to his knack for getting confessions.

But while Zuley’s brutal interrogation techniques – prolonged shackling, family threats, demands on suspects to implicate themselves and others – would get supercharged at Guantánamo for the war on terrorism, a Guardian investigation has uncovered that Zuley used similar tactics for years, behind closed police-station doors, on Chicago’s poor and non-white citizens. Multiple people in prison in Illinois insist they have been wrongly convicted on the basis of coerced confessions extracted by Zuley and his colleagues.

The Guardian examined thousands of court documents from Chicago and interviewed two dozen people with experience at Guantánamo and in the Chicago criminal-justice system. The results of its investigation suggests a continuum between Guantánamo interrogation rooms and Chicago police precincts. Zuley’s detective work, particularly when visited on Chicago’s minority communities, contains a dark foreshadowing of the United States’ post-9/11 descent into torture.

Allegations stemming from interviews and court documents, concerning five Chicago suspects, suggest Zuley and his colleagues shackled suspects to walls for extended periods, threatened their family members, and perhaps even planted evidence on them. The point was to yield confessions, even while ignoring potentially exculpatory evidence.

Several of those techniques bear similarities to those used by Zuley when he took over the interrogation of Mohamedou Ould Slahi at Guantánamo, described in official government reports and a best-selling memoir serialised last month by the Guardian as one of the most brutal ever conducted at the US wartime prison.

A woman still in an Illinois prison who insists on her innocence, Benita Johnson, recalled Zuley and his team handcuffing her to a wall for over 24 hours in 1995 until she would implicate herself and her ex-boyfriend in a murder, while Zuley threatened her with never seeing her children again. One of many awards in Zuley’s record file – bearing the name of Chicago mayor Richard Daley – praises his help in interrogating the two suspects who ultimately “admitted participating in the crime”.

Nearly a decade later, Zuley – whose interrogation plan for Slahi received personal sign-off from then-defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld but has gone almost entirely unreported – would tell the detainee that the US had his mother in custody, US government investigations have documented, even while they avoid Zuley’s name. If Slahi didn’t start talking, Zuley said he would have her brought into Guantánamo’s all-male prison environment, which his lawyers consider a rape threat. Slahi began confessing to anything he could.

Though prosecutors refused to bring charges once they learned what Zuley and his team had done, Slahi – like the Illinois woman Zuley interrogated that night, and others back on the mainland – remains behind bars.

“I’ve never seen anyone stoop to those levels,” Stuart Couch, a former Marine lieutenant colonel and military commissions prosecutor, said of Zuley’s interrogation of Slahi. “It’s unconscionable, from a perspective of a criminal prosecution – or an interrogation, for that matter.”

Mark Fallon, deputy commander of the now-shuttered Criminal Investigative Task Force at Guantánamo, said Zuley’s interrogation of Slahi “was illegal, it was immoral, it was ineffective and it was unconstitutional.” It is unknown if Zuley interrogated other Guantánamo detainees.

Through a spokeswoman at his current job, with the Chicago department of aviation, Zuley declined participation with this story, despite repeated attempts. Chicago police have yet to fulfill a freedom-of-information request on Zuley’s personnel file, and detailed lists of questions sent Tuesday from the Guardian to Zuley’s attorney and a Chicago police department spokesperson went unresponded.

Now, a reckoning with Zuley’s past may be coming. An innocent man, Latherial Boyd, has filed a federal civil-rights lawsuit against him after spending half his life in prison. On Tuesday, papers filed in federal court showed that the conviction-integrity unit of the Cook County state’s attorney is interested in examining civilian complaints against Zuley related to another wrongful-conviction case.

“When I learned that Zuley was head of a special projects team at Guantánamo,” said Kathleen Zellner, the lawyer leading the civil-rights case, “my first reaction was: ‘Really? I would love to see the selection criteria for that job.’”
The detective, the general and the boat ride: shackling and threats at the Bay
Slahi police brutality
From a blindfolded boat ride to threats against his family members and hours shackled to Gitmo floors, Zuley’s interrogation of Mohamedou Ould Slahi shocked investigators. To make it stop, Slahi says he signed on to whatever his captors wanted him to voice. Illustration: Nate Kitch/The Guardian

Even as he investigated crime in Chicago, Zuley’s Navy reserve service kept him on the military’s radar. When called up to active duty, Zuley, by his own telling, deployed for some attention-grabbing missions. He told a Chicago court in a mid-1990s murder case that he “took assignments with Naval intelligence” for four years after getting shot on the job in 1982: “I did counter terrorists work for them.”

A detective colleague, Ray Kaminski, testified in a 1997 murder trial that he understood Zuley was “somewhere in South America … working with the US Navy”.

In April 2004, while serving in a senior position at Guantánamo, Zuley returned to Chicago to testify at an evidentiary hearing. The court transcript, acquired by the Guardian, records Zuley saying he “was mobilized for the war on terror in November of 2002.” Initially assigned to a Royal Air Force base in Molesworth, his superiors “sent me to Cuba as the liaison officer for the European Command. And that job has evolved to what I’m doing now” – that is, “assigned to the Joint Task Force Guantanamo as an officer in charge of one of the teams down there for the intelligence collection.”

While Zuley’s role helming Slahi’s interrogation has featured in official investigations by the Justice Department, the Defense Department and the US Senate, he is rarely referred to in those documents by name. A 2013 book by Wall Street Journal reporter Jess Bravin is a rare account that identifies him. But Zuley does appear by name in footnotes of the Senate armed services committee’s 2008 investigation into military torture, and in footnotes in Slahi’s recent best-selling memoir. (Less officially, Zuley has also referred to himself as a senior Guantánamo interrogator and special-projects team chief in an Amazon.com book review.)

Several Guantánamo Bay veterans, four of whom remembered Zuley, said that the hasty establishment of the detention center in January 2002 severely taxed the military’s resources. An interrogation corps needed to be built from scratch in the wake of 9/11. Fallon, the former deputy commander of the Guantánamo investigative task force, explained that the Gitmo leadership was “searching for a hero,” since its interrogations weren’t getting the desired results.

The first wave of military interrogators was overwhelmed. There were only 26 of them, supplemented by a handful of FBI and intelligence agents, to interrogate 300 initial detainees – mostly Saudis, Afghans, Pakistanis and Yemenis. Only four of the military interrogators spoke Arabic. Two spoke Farsi.

The Defense Department asked a renowned retired Army colonel, Stuart Herrington, to visit Guantánamo and advise the interrogations command. When he arrived in March 2002, Herrington despaired to see that military and civilian interrogators had no idea who their new charges were, reversing the desired dynamic of the “omniscient” interrogator.

“Of the 300, they were sure they had the correct identification, name and biometric data of about 30% of them,” Herrington told the Guardian. “If you don’t know who you have, that pulls the props right from under the interrogation.”

Guantanamo was not optimized for gathering intelligence. Herrington bristled to see orange-jumpsuited detainees carried to wooden shacks by guards and shackled to the floor – techniques that reinforced the detainees’ anger at their confinement, undercutting the rapports Herrington advised would be critical for getting them to talk.

Police brutality Geoffrey Miller Guantánamo veterans said Zuley influenced and cultivated the patronage of Major General Geoffrey Miller, who later recommended that he wanted to ‘Gitmo-ize’ Abu Ghraib. Illustration: Nate Kitch/The Guardian

Into that dynamic stepped Zuley. Fallon remembered Zuley making an immediate impression on Major General Geoffrey Miller, who assumed command of Joint Task Force-Guantanamo in November 2002. Zuley had a reputation as “a big self-promoter,” Couch, the military prosecutor, recalled as well.

“From what I was told, General Miller thought he was the greatest thing since sliced bread,” Couch said. “Miller was amazed at the information he was getting. So apparently Zuley ratcheted up these techniques, with the backing of Miller, to go up the chain of command for approval.”

Miller retired from the Army in 2006. He has disappeared from public view after invoking his right against self-incrimination when called as a witness in an Abu Ghraib-related trial that year. Emails seeking comment about Miller’s relationship with Zuley bounced back, and a spokesperson for the US Southern Command, which oversees Guantánamo, did not know how else to contact him.

Mohamedou Ould Slahi was seen as a huge priority for Guantánamo upon his August 2002 arrival. US officials suspected Slahi, a veteran of the anti-Soviet jihad in Afghanistan, as a critical link to al-Qaida’s recruitment of the 9/11 hijackers in Europe.

As the military intensified its treatment of Slahi, the FBI and Fallon’s task force, uncomfortable with torture, pushed back. But the military took full control of Slahi’s interrogation. On July 1, 2003, Miller approved a “special projects status” request for Slahi from the Defense Intelligence Agency, with Zuley placed in charge. By August 13 of that year, Rumsfeld personally signed off on the Slahi interrogation, already under way.

In addition to using stress positions, sleep deprivation and auditory bombardment against him, Zuley intended to make Slahi think he was taken somewhere else, somewhere more dangerous for him. He would be placed on a boat, and taken around the bay to disorient him, though they would never actually leave Guantánamo. Dogs would be used during the transport, Zuley wrote in a memo uncovered by a Senate committee, to “assist developing the atmosphere that something major is happening and add to the tension level of the detainee.”

The boat trip came at night, with Slahi blindfolded, and lasted three to four hours. American guards were there, kicking him, and apparently cycled back to the coast after around 40 minutes, where an Egyptian and a Jordanian interrogator took over. They placed Slahi in “a kind of thick jacket” that inhibited his breathing, he wrote in his memoir, and already had a bag over his head. They stuffed the jacket full of ice and repeatedly punched him.

Slahi recalled: “I was hurt like never before; it wasn’t me any more, and I would never be the same as before.” He also remembered a voice he associated with Zuley telling the foreigners: “We appreciate everybody who works with us, thanks, gentlemen.”
Police brutality jumpsuit Eyebolts, meant to prevent suspects from harming themselves or their interrogators, can also be used for shackling a detainee’s hands. Three people Zuley sent to jail told the Guardian and allege in court documents that he shackled them for hours to eyebolts in the wall of a precinct. Illustration: Nate Kitch/The Guardian

Slahi’s new cell was to be structured to prevent light from shining in. He was shackled to an eyebolt – a latch to secure prisoners’ cuffs or chains, like those found in many police precinct houses, but lower to the ground – and left alone for hours with music blasting. He was permitted four hours sleep every 16 hours. Masked interrogators told him th
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