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The Lockerbie trial: a top-level cover-up? | UK news | The Guardian
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Couple of stories



Deputy who hit, pepper sprayed & arrested man with Down Syndrome: 'I would act the same'
Cristin Severance
3:56 PM, Feb 24, 2015

"For them to continue to employ Jeffrey Guy at the police department ... it scares me."

SAN DIEGO - Team 10 uncovered there is no training policy for San Diego sheriff's deputies on how to treat mentally disabled people during a stop or arrest.

The Team 10 Troubleshooter found out that a deputy accused of excessive force against a man with Down Syndrome has a history of using force with another police agency.


Antonio Martinez's family said the 22-year-old has never been the same after Dec. 20, 2012 when he was stopped, hit and pepper sprayed by Deputy Jeffrey Guy.
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Team 10 broke new information on the case Monday. A lawsuit alleges Martinez was walking to his family's bakery on Postal Way when he was stopped by Guy.

"A person with Down Syndrome was assaulted, taken away, held against their will for five hours. Kept away from their parents," said Jude Basile of Basile Law Firm in San Louis Obispo. Basile represents the Martinez family and is also counsel at Gomez Trial Attorneys in San Diego.

The arrest report shows Guy was in the area for a possible domestic violence call. The address that was given turned out to not exist. Guy then saw Martinez walking on Postal Way in a black hooded sweatshirt.

According to the report, when Martinez saw the sheriff's car, he quickly pulled his hood up. Guy told him to stop and Martinez kept walking. The report states that the deputy pulled the car in front of him. Guy wrote that Martinez had his hands in his pockets and may have been concealing a weapon.

Guy then sprayed him in the face with pepper spray and used his baton to hit him in the arms and leg. He put him in handcuffs and into the car.

"Both Captain Rodi and Officer Guy have said they did not have reasonable suspicion to use force on Tony Martinez that evening," said Basile.

California law states law enforcement must be trained to interact with mentally disabled people.

Under Penal Code 13515.25,

(a) By July 1, 2006, the Commission on Peach Officer Standards and Training shall establish and kepp udated a continuing educaiton calssroom training course relating to law enforcement interaction with mentally disabled persons.

Basile questioned Guy and Capt. Joe Rodi under oath in a deposition.

"Are the officers required to have that training before they go out in the field," asked Basile.
"No, this is something that's fairly new," said Rodi.

That law is eleven years old – passed in 2004 to be implemented by 2006.

"You've never had any classes in development disabilities, correct," asked Basile.
"Yes," said Guy.

Deputy Jeffrey Guy

Guy had only been with the San Diego County Sheriff's Department for four months and was still in his probational period when the Martinez incident occurred.

He had spent eight years in San Jose where, according to an in-depth report by the San Jose Mercury News, he had six use of force incidents in one year.

The in-depth report showed he used an impact weapon three times, a take-down maneuver one time, pepper spray once and was accused of excess force or filing a false report.

Guy was not put on administrative leave after the Martinez incident and still works there now.

"For them to continue to employ Jeffrey Guy at the police department ... it scares me," said Tina Jillings.

She is the founder of the Coalition for Justice, Peace and Dignity. She met with Martinez and his family after the beating and held a vigil to raise awareness about his treatment.

"We don't care about your safety. That's what it says to me," said Jillings.

Could this happen again?

Basile asked Guy several times throughout the deposition what would happen if he was in the same situation.

"I would say that if all


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Denver FBI office to hold a 'Teen Academy'

Feb 23 2015

The academy is a one day, all-day event taking place on June 24. It's open to 25 junior high and 25 high school students. It will be held at the FBI headquarters in Denver.

The "Teen Academy" is a few years in the making.

The purpose is to give students a glimpse inside the federal agency, including what it does, the SWAT team, evidence recovery, undercover program, simulated firearms training, the tour of the building and the gun vault.

The deadline for application is April 1, 2015. People who have been chosen will be notified on or about May 15.

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Suicide-slay cop omitted wife, surviving daughter from pension

February 27, 2015 | 2:11am
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Surviving members of the Hochman family on Friday. Photo: Douglas Healey

Hundreds at funeral mourn sisters killed by cop-slay cop omitted wife, surviving daughter from pension
Community mourns teen girls killed by ex-cop dad at wake
Ex-cop who killed teen daughters left note, instructions for wife
Wife sought help day before husband killed daughters
Retired cop kills daughters, then himself

The retired Westchester cop who gunned down his teenage daughters and killed himself made sure that his wife and surviving child would be left destitute by his death, The Post has learned.

Glen Hochman, who spent 22 years as a While Plains officer, filed retirement papers on Jan. 30 — about three weeks before the bloodbath — that intentionally left them out, sources said.

“It’s the most selfish final insult,” said a family friend from Harrison. “It’s reckless and insulting for any man to leave their family high and dry like that, by choosing the zero option on their pension.

“But for him to do that and then kill his children, that’s pure evil. He effectively stole the future away from the family he left behind.”

Hochman, 52, executed daughters Alissa, 17, and Deanna, 13, in their sleep on Saturday before killing the three family dogs and then turning the gun on himself.

He typed a hateful suicide note that included taunts to his wife, Anamarie, 50, warning her to be financially responsible — even though he knew she would be broke.

He left a second note at the Windward School in White Plains where he worked security and Dea

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February 27 2015

Autopsy report: Denver girl shot by police had four gunshot wounds

Denver girl who was shot and killed by police while driving a stolen car last month had four gunshot wounds, two on the left side of her chest, according to an autopsy report released Friday by the Denver Office of the Medical Examiner.

According to the autopsy report, Jessica Hernandez, 17, was also wounded in the pelvis and right thigh, and had abrasions and bruises to her face, chest and extremities. She also tested positive for cannabinoids in her system, and had a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.047%.

Hernandez was shot and killed on Jan. 26 as she and four other teenage girls took a joyride in a Honda. Her death was ruled a homicide by the coroner.

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Did you ever want to be a Public Affairs Special FBI agent?

Crooks steal $4 million in gold from armored truck
Q13 FOX-1 hour ago
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Several St. Louis police officers under investigation for misconduct


Posted on March 4, 2015 at 10:08 PM

– St. Louis Police said they are investigating several officers for possible misconduct.

Authorities said multiple officers are not only being investigated by the police.

All of the officers have been taken off-duty.

Police confirmed that one of the officers is Don McGhee, who was wounded after exchanging fire with Dominic Irons and Terrell Beasley on December 19. McGhee was off-duty when the shooting occurred. Beasley and the officer were wounded. Beasley’s body was found several days later inside a burning car.

McGhee’s attorney told News 4 his client stepped down from the department and faced disciplinary action when he decided to leave. The attorney said the decision to resign was not related to the investigation, but was for medical reasons.

“The Department will continue to be vigorous

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Seeing the Stasi Through NSA Eyes
March 5, 2015

In January when former Western intelligence officials, including from the U.S. National Security Agency, toured the old offices of East Germany’s Stasi, it was a look back into a dystopian past but also a chilling reminder of how far modern surveillance has come in the past quarter century, writes Silkie Carlo.

The Stasi offices in Berlin have been frozen in time since they were stormed by activists on Jan. 15, 1990, shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall three months earlier. As tourists creep around, room by room, through this monument to fascism, it feels as though millions of secrets are still ingrained in the fabric of the chairs and the fibers of the ubiquitous oak furniture.

The museum that now occupies the building is an oddly mundane reminder of another era: Indistinguishable rooms of desks, phones and filing cabinets, fenced by aging net curtains filtering the sunlight. It is the walls adorned with surveillance photos of supposed state enemies, and exhibits of household gadgets planted with audio recording devices, that color the office’s banality with a shade of darkness.
Former National Security Agency official William Binney (foreground) and other veteran intelligence professionals watching a video feed from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. (Photo credit: Silkie Carlo)

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9 senseless social panics that did lasting damage to America
While anti-vaccine hysteria rages on, a look back at some of the lowest moments in our nation's history
Janet Allon and Kali Holloway, AlterNet

AlterNet Editor’s note: The following is the latest in a new series of articles on AlterNet called Fear in America that launched this March. Read the introduction to the series.

America is a fearful and gullible nation with a media misinformation machine that is more than happy to stoke our anxietie

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Taxpayer funded RICO certified FBI Crime Family tells families of Americans beheaded by CIA created ISIS not to pay ransom of
Loved ones while crime family FBI agents take
$5,000,000.00 of your tax dime to save the sorry ass of retired crime family member working for the CIA.

Who would of thought,eh?

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FBI raises reward for missing ex-FBI agent Levinson to $5 million

Updated 11:01 AM ET, Mon March 9, 2015

The FBI has increased its reward for information on missing American Robert Levinson from $1 million to $5 million, it announced Monday.

Levinson, a retired FBI agent, vanished after traveling to the Iranian island of Kish in March 2007 and is one of the longest-held U.S. citizens in history.

The FBI announced the reward increase on the eighth anniversary of Levinson's disappearance -- and the day before his 67th birthday.

"Levinson traveled to Kish Island, Iran, on March 8, 2007, working on behalf of several large corporations, and his whereabouts, well-being and the circumstances surrounding his disappearance have been unknown since that time," it said in a statement.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry issued a statement asking Iran to cooperate with the investigation into Levinson's whereabouts.

"He has spent more than 2,900 days separated from those who love him, and is one of the longest held U.S. citizens in history. Year after year, the family has endured the pain of his absence. It is time for him to come home," Kerry said.

"We remain committed to the safe return of Mr. Levinson to his family and appreciate the support and assistance from our international partners. We remain concerned about Mr. Levinson's health given his age and the length of his disappearance."

Iran's government repeatedly has said it is not holding Levinson and does not know his whereabouts. The FBI says he was in Iran as a private investigator.

But news reports in 2013 said he was working as an independent CIA contractor when he disappeared.

That prompted his family to speak out, saying they kept it quiet for years that Levinson was working for the CIA, because the U.S. government had warned them that revealing it would put him in more jeopardy.


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Two stories

1. The headline should read " taxpayers pay"

LA County Agrees to Pay Photographers $50K for Harassment

March 11, 2015

In the resolution of a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California, Los Angeles County will pay three photographers who were harassed by members of the LA County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) a total of $50,000 in damages. The LASD has also begun implementing training for its deputies in an effort to teach them to respect people’s right to take pictures in public.

The lawsuit against LA County and the LASD was brought more than three years ago by the ACLU on behalf of three photographers: Greggory Moore, Shawn Nee, and Shane Quentin. All experienced separate incidents of harassment at the hands of deputies for photographing in public areas. From the ACLU announcement of the case in 2011:

Plaintiff Greggory Moore, a reporter for the Long Beach Post, was on a public sidewalk taking pictures of passing drivers for a story on Distracted Driving Awareness month, when eight sheriffs deputies surrounded, frisked, and interrogated him, saying that because he was taking pictures across the street from the Long Beach courthouse, his behavior was suspicious.

… LASD deputies detained and searched Shawn Nee for photographing turnstiles on the Los Angeles Metro, asking if he planned to sell the photos to al-Qaeda and threatening to put his name on the FBI’s “hit list.” On another occasion, deputies ordered Nee not to photograph on the sidewalk outside the W Hotel at Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. LASD deputies detained and searched Shane Quentin, a photographer with an M.F.A. from UC Irvine, while he was photographing brilliantly lit refineries in south Los Angeles at night, frisking him and placing him in the back of a squad car for about forty-five minutes before releasing him.

The ACLU charged that such behavior violated the plaintiffs’ first and fourth amendment rights, the former guaranteeing freedom of speech, the latter protecting citizens from unreasonable searches.

The case appears to have been settled last year, but the settlement only approved by the LA Board of Supervisors — and thus announced by the ACLU — last week. It binds the County to pay the plaintiffs a collective $50,000 “in damages for physical


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Why, Hello There! CIA Helped DOJ Create Technology That Scans Data From Our Cellphones
| Mar 12, 2015

Last year, the Wall Street Journal reported the existence of a cellphone data collection program. Now, they report that the Central Intelligence Agency played a key role developing the technology used by the Department of Justice that “scans data from thousands of cellphones at a time.” Used by the U.S. Marshal Service, these so-called “dirtboxes” are attached to planes and trick cellphones into reporting their registration information by mimicking cell towers. Of course, this operation isn’t without controversy, especially since the CIA is barred from participating in domestic surveillance; the FBI handles that end (via WSJ):

The program operates specially equipped planes that fly from five U.S. cities, with a flying range covering most of the U.S. population. Planes are equipped with devices—some past versions were dubbed “dirtboxes” by law-enforcement officials—that trick cellphones into reporting their unique registration information.

The surveillance system briefly identifies large numbers of cellphones belonging to citizens unrelated to the search. The practice can also briefly interfere with the ability to make calls, these people said.

Some law-enforcement officials are concerned the aerial surveillance of cellphone signals inappropriately mixes traditional police work with the tactics and technology of overseas spy work that is constrained by fewer rules. Civil-liberties groups say the technique amounts to a digital dragnet of innocent Americans’ phones.

The CIA has a long-standing prohibition that bars it from conducting most types of domestic operations, and officials at both the CIA and the Justice Department said they didn’t violate those rules.

The cooperation began a decade ago, when the CIA arranged for the Marshals Service to receive more than $1 million in gear to conduct such surveillance, said people familiar with the program. More than $100 million went into research and development of the devices.

As expected, the DOJ does not confirm nor deny the existence of this program, in which one version went into the testing phase as early as 2004. The Journal also asked if the CIA had given similar technology to other law enforcement agencies; they declined to comment. But, of course, civil libertarians have their reservations:

A CIA spokesman declined to comment on whether the CIA or any other agency uses the devices. Some technologies developed by the agency “have been lawfully and responsibly shared with other U.S. government agencies,” the spokesman said. “How those agencies use that technology is determined by the legal authorities that govern the operations of those individual organizations—not CIA.” He also said the relationship between the Marshals Service and CIA tech experts couldn’t be characterized as a marriage.

The Justice Department, which oversees the Marshals Service, would neither confirm nor deny the existence of such technology, saying that doing so would tip off criminals.

To civil libertarians, the close involvement of America’s premier international spy agency with a domestic law-enforcement arm shows how military and espionage techniques are now being used on U.S. citizens.

“There’s a lot of privacy concerns in something this widespread, and those concerns only increase if we have an intelligence agency coordinating with them,” said Andrew Crocker of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which has filed a lawsuit seeking more details about the program and its origins.

I’m all for giving law enforcement the tools necessary to track down criminals. At the same time, I’m really not comfortable with government being able to scan my phone, even if it’s just a collateral by

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Police Officer Convicted Of Civil Rights Violation
Updated: Fri 9:23 PM, Mar 13, 2015


Colin Boone, previously employed as an officer of the Des Moines, Iowa, Police Department, was convicted today on the charge of deprivation of rights under color of law for assaulting a civilian during the course of an arrest on Feb. 19, 2013.

Colin Boone, previously employed as an officer of the Des Moines, Iowa, Police Department, was convicted today on the charge of deprivation of rights under color of law for assaulting a civilian during the course of an arrest on Feb. 19, 2013.

The evidence presented at trial showed that Boone ran up to an arrestee and kicked him in the face while he was being held on the ground, face-down, by three other officers. The evidence also showed that Boone’s kick knocked out the victim’s front teeth and broke his nose.

“This was a violent, criminal action” said U.S. Attorney Klinefeldt. “Defendant Colin Boone kicked a defenseless man in the face. He will now be held responsible in the same way as all of the defendants he

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Northern New Mexico deputy arrested; accused of taking cash to escort drug carriers


March 14, 2015 at 12:02 am

SANTA FE – A federal and state sting operation has led to the arrest of a veteran Colfax County sheriff’s deputy after he allegedly offered to safely escort undercover agents carrying cocaine and money through the county in exchange for part of the drug profits.

Deputy Vidal Sandoval, 45, of Cimmaron is reported to have asked for “5 percent of the bulk cash going south to Mexico” in return for getting drug loads to the Colorado border.

The sting took place after two men carrying money and marijuana reported to State Police last summer that an officer, later identified as Sandoval, took $10,000 from them, then gave back $600 for travel expenses to Arizona.

Interstate 25 through New Mexico and to the north has long been considered a major drug route. In fact, prior news reports identify Sandoval as being in on major busts on the interstate – he seized $48,000 in suspected drug money in 2007 and $310,000 in 2008 after speeding stops, the news accounts say.

Multiple FBI agents and officers from the State Police arrested Sandoval at the sheriff’s office in Raton on Friday morning on a federal grand jury indictment charging him for aiding and abetting a drug trafficking crime, said a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

“It’s an ongoing investigation,” said Colfax County Sheriff Rick Sinclair, who said Sandoval was arrested without incident. Sinclair said he had no prior warning of the arrest. “It’s a little disturbing, but it is what it is,” said Sinclair. Sandoval, who has been with the sheriff’s office for 11 years, has been placed on administrative leave, the sheriff said.

Search warrant affidavits executed following Sandoval’s arrest show the investigation began last summer after two men reported to the State Police “that a law enforcement officer allegedly seized marijuana and cash from them during a traffic stop without giving them a receipt,” says the news release.

Investigation by the State Police identified Sandoval as the officer who made the traffic stop, then confiscated $10,000, but then gave $600 back to the two men, according to one of the search warrant affidavits.

From December through Fe

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Friday, March 13, 2015
Criminal Violence as Political Theater
Theater: Standard Operating Procedure for the FBI

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They collected them -- and probably sold them, too: Feds pose with firearms confiscated at the border.

“The Investigations Division of the Office of the Inspector General has thoroughly reviewed your allegations and concluded that the issues raised do not warrant an investigation by this office,” insisted the unsigned March 10 letter from the Justice Department.

The “allegations” and “issues” I had raised in my March 2 letter to Associate Deputy Attorney General David Margolis dealt with disclosures by former FBI undercover operative John Matthews about a federal “sting” operation in which AR-15 rifles – which had been converted to full-auto machine guns -- were illegally sold to narcotics-peddling motorcycle gangs through the Lone Wolf gun shop in Tucson, Arizona. The key elements of Matthews’ account were confirmed by his former FBI handler, Donald Jarrett. The Justice Department’s exhaustive and definitive “review” of this matter took less than a week.

"Fixer": David Margolis (center).
Lone Wolf was the same gun shop was bullied by the ATF into participating in the notorious “Fast and Furious” operation, through which firearms were illegally provided to agents of Mexican drug cartels. That initiative was inspired by the cynical calculation that an engineered increase in “gun-related violence” would create political pressure to impose new restrictions on firearms ownership.

“With the number of guns we let walk, we’ll never know how many people were killed, raped, robbed,” lamented ATF agent John Dodson, who was involved in the operation.
“Fast and Furious” was an exercise in abetting criminal violence for the purpose of political theater, and it was neither the first nor the last federal venture of that kind. During the 1990s, Matthews – a Vietnam veteran who is dying from exposure to Agent Orange -- was an infiltrator and informant in the FBI’s PATCON (Patriot Conspiracy) operation, which he suggests was a progenitor of “Fast and Furious.”

Rather than discrediting Matthews’ allegations, the Justice Department’s careful and fastidious “review” has tacitly validated them: The letter I was sent didn’t dismiss those claims as false or exaggerated, it simply said they did “not warrant an investigation.” This is because the actions Matthews described are entirely unexceptional – they are standard operating procedure for the FBI.

Disillusioned snitch: John Matthews.
“As we talk of gun control … over the years [of] how many cases of sporterized SKS, AK47s, and SKSs were sold to groups and case after case of ammo for them all with the blessings of the FBI & ATF with no paper work,” Matthews wrote in a November 8, 2014 email (which I have lightly edited for spelling and grammar). “Also let’s not forget the AR15s, they were made full auto from the Lone Wolf gun store back in the 90s by a guy brought in by the FBI for me to put in place. Those guns went to bikers who were sell[ing] drugs on the border. Those drugs were [believed] to be coming in from China.”

In March 2013, Matthews corresponded with Jarrett, his former FBI handler, about this element of the PATCON operation. The name of the “guy” brought in by the FBI to broker the firearms deal was David Mann, who had a PO Box in St. Johns, Arizona.

“I [would] pick him up in Payson, AZ on our way up to Surplus & Stuff in Snowflake … and met with a guy name[d] Tim,” Matthews recalled in a March 28, 2013 email to Jarrett. “He [would] show him his weapons that he was making and how he could make them anything they wanted. Then from there we took a trip up to where the guy [kept] the tractors that we were thinking the dope was coming in from.”

The tractors were apparently being used as part of an international narcotics smuggling operation.

During the trip described by Matthews, he and David Mann -- and perhaps the mysterious “Tim” -- met with another individual who “ran the church and we [thought was] selling the drugs to the bikers. We were going to get David to sell weapons too [sic] them. This trip was where [I] got David in with this [sic] guys so I could move on. Does this sound right to you[?] Also have more info on him and [meetings] at gun store (Lone Wolf) and other places like Scottsdale, before we turn[ed] him loose.”

“Yes, that sounds absolutely correct about David,” Jarrett replied the following day. “I only introduced you to one guy that work[ed] with guns, and that was David.”

All of this is quite similar to the “Fast and Furious” operation, despite taking place decades earlier.

At the time, as summarized in recent federal court filings, Matthews was employed by the FBI “to infiltrate and monitor the activities of the extreme political right.” As a Marine veteran of the Vietnam War, Matthews was eager to participate in what he was told was a mission vital to national security. He applied himself with earnestness, and was given a commendation by the Bureau for his efforts.

However, he eventually became disenchanted with PATCON, concluding that the FBI’s design “had been to infiltrate and to incite these fringe groups to violence,” rather than protecting the public.

The proto-“Fast and Furious” operation to arm drug-dealing criminal gangs – an entirely typical specimen of prohibition-enabled official corruption – was one of several schemes that disabused Matthews of the idea that PATCON was a noble undertaking. In a meeting with Salt Lake City attorney Jesse Trentadue in July 2011 Matthews described “a PATCON operation designed to promote an extremist group to carry out a plan to damage the cooling system of the Brown’s Ferry Nuclear Power Plant in Alabama….”

More importantly, from Trentadue’s perspective, was Matthews’ account of seeing “Timothy McVeigh and a German National by the name of Andreas Strassmeir at a militia training facility near San Saba, Texas” shortly before the April 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing.

“According to Matthews, he had reported the McVeigh-Strassmeir siting to the FBI, and was told by the FBI that the Bureau was already aware of that fact, which indicated to Mr. Matthews that others within the FBI were monitoring McVeigh on the run-up to the attack on the Murrah Building,” Trentandue pointed out in a motion filed before federal Judge Clark Waddoups last August.

Seeking justice: Jesse in the 1990s...
For nearly twenty years, Trentadue has been trying to learn the full truth about the torture-murder of his younger brother Kenneth at the hands of the FBI. Shortly after the April 19, 1995 OKC bombing, Kenneth Trentadue – on parole following a prison term for bank robbery – was detained in San Diego and taken to the Federal Transfer Facility in Oklahoma City.

It was Kenneth’s singular misfortune to be a near-twin of another bank robber named Richard Lee Guthrie, who was already immured elsewhere in the imponderable depths of the federal prison system. Guthrie had been a member of a white supremacist gang called the Aryan Republican Army, which robbed banks in order to fund domestic terrorism – including the OKC bombing. The ARA frequented a white supremacist redoubt in Oklahoma called Elohim City, in the company of several federal undercover assets – among them the same Andres Strassmeir whom Matthews had seen in the company of Timothy McVeigh.

The federal operatives who beat and garroted Kenneth Trentadue thought they were eliminating Guthrie, whose knowledge about the federal government’s role in OKC was potentially troublesome. The murderers arranged for Kenneth’s cell to be cleaned up and attempted to have his body cremated. Jesse and his mother Wilma intervened to preserve Kenneth’s remains, which displayed undeniable evidence that he had been beaten to death – and had put up a doomed fight against his murderers.

Shortly thereafter, Guthrie likewise died in a staged “suicide.”

In 2001, a federal judge ruled that the FBI had lied about the circumstances of Kenneth Trentadue’s death and was guilty of destroying evidence in the case. Jesse set aside $250,000 of the $1.1 million civil judgment against the FBI as a reward for information leading to the prosecution of the murderers. That reward remains unclaimed.

... Jesse preparing for trial last summer.
At this own expense, Jesse has continued his efforts to unearth suppressed video footage of the OKC bombing, which he believes will reveal the identity of one or more federal operatives who took part in that atrocity. Blessed with financial resources as inexhaustible as its institutional corruption, the FBI has used every tactic at its disposal – both legal and illegal – to prevent the disclosure of that video.

In the service of that cover-up, the Bureau has repeatedly ignored and disobeyed orders from federal judges and engaged in blatant witness tampering.

Last July, Matthews was scheduled to testify – via teleconference – in a hearing before U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups. Four days before his scheduled appearance, Matthews had a phone conversation with FBI Special Agent Adam Quirk in which the thoroughly intimidated witness promised that “I ain’t goin’ and I ain’t saying nothing unless somebody issues me a subpoena.” Even if the judge were to “haul my ass to Salt Lake City, I’m gonna set there on the stand and say I don’t recall anything.”

“That’s fine,” Quirk replied, approving of Matthews’ stated intention to perjure himself. During a phone conversation on the following day, Matthews repeated his assurance that he would try to avoid a subpoena.

“Well, yeah, and I mean – worst case scenario, even if you testified you can just – you can say you have, you know – you have nothing to say,” Qu

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FBI lets suspects go to protect 'Stingray' secrets


Mar 22 - 12:02pm
— The FBI has a secret device to locate criminal suspects, but they would apparently rather let suspects go free than reveal in court the details of the high tech tracker.

The device, called a "Stingray," tricks cell phones into revealing their locations. Closely guarded details about how police Stingrays operate have been threatened this week by a judge's court order.

Judge Patrick H. NeMoyer in Buffalo, New York, described a 2012 deal between the FBI and the Erie County Sheriff's Office in his court order Tuesday. The judge, who reviewed the deal, said the FBI instructed the police to drop criminal charges instead of revealing "any information concerning the cell site simulator or its use."

Erie police had long tried to keep that contract secret, but the judge rejected that idea and ordered that details of

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We know where you’ve been: Ars acquires 4.6M license plate scans from the cops
One citizen demands: "Do you know why Oakland is spying on me and my wife?"

- Mar 24, 2015 9:00am EDT

Further Reading
The cops are tracking my car—and yours

My quest to access automatic license plate reader (LPR) records.
OAKLAND, Calif.—If you have driven in Oakland any time in the last few years, chances are good that the cops know where you’ve been, thanks to their 33 automated license plate readers (LPRs).

Now Ars knows too.

In response to a public records request, we obtained the entire LPR dataset of the Oakland Police Department (OPD), including more than 4.6 million reads of over 1.1 million unique plates between December 23, 2010 and May 31, 2014. The dataset is likely the largest ever publicly released in the United States—perhaps in the world.

After analyzing this data with a custom-built visualization tool, Ars can definitively demonstrate the data's revelatory potential. Anyone in possession of enough data can often—but not always—make educated guesses about a target’s home or workplace, particularly when someone’s movements are consistent (as with a regular commute).
Enlarge / This map shows all the times that the OPD has seen Ars editor Cyrus Farivar's car between October 2012 and May 2014.
Cyrus Farivar

For instance, during a meeting with an Oakland city council member, Ars was able to accurately guess the block where the council member lives after less than a minute of research using his license plate data. Similarly, while "working" at an Oakland bar mere blocks from Oakland police headquarters, we ran a plate from a car parked in the bar's driveway through our tool. The plate had been read 48 times over two years in two small clusters: one near the bar and a much larger cluster 24 blocks north in a residential area—likely the driver's home.

“Where someone goes can reveal a great deal about how he chooses to live his life," Catherine Crump, a law professor at the University of California, Berkeley, told Ars. "Do they park regularly outside the Lighthouse Mosque during times of worship? They’re probably Muslim. Can a car be found outside Beer Revolution a great number o

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FBI agent indicted on obstruction of justice charges


Thursday, March 26, 2015 10:11PM
A Southern California FBI agent has been indicted on charges of obstruction of justice, witness tampering and making a false statement to a federal officer.

FBI Special Agent Timothy Joel worked out of the Los Angeles FBI Field Office. The indictment relates to Joel's alleged relationship with a woman who was arrested at the Otay Mesa border in 2007. The woman, a Korean national, was being smuggled into the United States to work as a prostitute. Joel allegedly helped her stay in the U.S. by claiming she was an important witness in a human smuggling investigation.

According to the indictment, Joel provided the woman with regular cash payments from his personal bank account totaling nearly $20,000 and later moved in with her in an apartment in Los Angeles.

In 2013, the Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Justice launched an investigation into Joel's alleged actions.

According to the indictment, Joel lied to investigators about his contacts with the woman, who is identified in the indictment only as "YK."

In 2013, "YK" had been served with a subpoena to testify before a grand jury for a second time. That's when Joel allegedly encouraged her to flee the country and provided her with financial support to do so.

Joel had a small role on the recent Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department obstruction of justice case which led to the conviction of seven deputy sheriffs. Joel worked on what's known as the "Garrity Review Team," which helped to sift through potential evidence in the case

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Officer who zip-tied kindergartner dismissed

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March 27, 2015 - 8:20 PM

STOCKTON — A longtime lieutenant who was the former second-in-command at the Stockton Unified School District Police Department and once zip-tied a kindergartner has been dismissed, a district official confirmed off the record.

Lt. Frank Gordo was dismissed in a unanimous vote by trustees in closed session Tuesday night. Citing personnel privacy, district officials declined to confirm the dismissal and would only disclose that the 7-0 vote was taken on the agenda item, identifying only a “senior police official.”

The move comes a year and a half after Gordo was placed without explanation on paid administrative leave after serving with the force since 1995, closing a chapter on a period marked by turbulence and instability at the force that saw a federal civil rights investigation and a grand jury probe. Former Superintendent Steve Lowder reportedly told former Chief Jim West in 2013 that Gordo was "an albatross around your neck. Get rid of him, and all your problems go away,” according to a letter to the superintendent purportedly penned by a Stockton Unified sergeant and provided to The Record in 2013.

"I am happy and very relieved that it is finally over,” said Thelma Gray, a special-education assistant for Stockton Unified. Gordo zip-tied Gray’s then-5-year-old son’s hands and feet when the kindergartner became agitated during a counseling session in 2010; the district paid $125,000 in a settlement with the boy’s family in April. “I know it’s officially confirmed in my heart, so I’m happy with that.”

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JUSTICE FOR SALE – PART 5: Rebellious Action in a Corrupt Time
March 16, 2015

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This is the fifth and final article in this five part series examining the US legal system (PART1, PART2, PART3, PART 4). The series collectively argues that corporate media and political rhetoric have made Americans acquiescent toward corruption in the US legal system. This piece examines the corporate media’s coverage of citizen’s resistance to corruption and abuse in the US legal system.

“‎Civilization has been a continuous struggle of the individual or of groups of individuals against the State and even against ‘society,’ that is, against the majority subdued and hypnotized by the State and State worship.” ― Emma Goldman

In 1786, Revolutionary war veteran Daniel Shay led hundreds of men in a march outside of a New England court-house. They successfully used the beating of drums and loud cheers to temporarily stop the court’s proceedings of a debtor’s case. Shay and his protesters were motivated by their anger at wealthy coastal residents for price gouging citizens into debt. They were irate the courts, a branch of the government, served the wealthy by incarcerating debtors. These demonstrations, sometimes violent, continued for more than two years, and were collectively known as Shay’s Rebellion. The protesters arrived from the rural areas of New England. Early US leaders tried to shut down and execute peaceful protesters with legislation such as the Riot Act. However, the protests, coupled with other events, successfully pushed US leaders to draft the US Constitution and a Bill of Rights for its citizens.

Despite the complexities of the 21st century, the collective nature of Shay’s Rebellion is demonstrative of the power citizens possess in the face of corruption by powerful corporations and governments. It is also emblematic of the response these peaceful and powerful expressions can garner. In fact, today both inside and outside of prisons, there is a growing opposition to the abuse and corruption of the US legal system. Inside prison facilities, inmates are mounting opposition to bureaucratic hypocrisy. While outside the prisons, citizens are marching, protesting, changing laws, exposing lies, and sometimes violently confronting police. Until a fair and equitable justice system is created, contemporary leaders of the US can expect these conflicts to continue. Undermining the creation of an equitable system is the propagandistic corporate media, which serves the interests of those in power by soiling public opinion on resistance efforts.

Resistance on The Inside

Inside the walls of Coalinga State Hospital in California (discussed in Part 4), the corruption of profiteers are being met by peaceful protests. For instance, in November of 2014, the staff at Coalinga demanded that inmates exchange their personal storage material for materials made by Sterilight. Sterilight is a private company reaping profits from the forcing of their storage materials on Coalinga inmates. However, the detainees performed a series of 300 person peaceful sit down protests aimed at keeping their equipment. In response the next morning, Coalinga staff put a lockdown in place to install Sterilight shelving. The peaceful protest was unsuccessful, but is expected to grow as anger increases over profiteer’s invasion of detainee’s lives.

While Coalinga offered a peaceful protest, other prisoners have protested their conditions violently. In 2012, Mississippi’s privatized Walnut Grove Youth Correctional Facility had 27 assaults per 100 offenders. This made it the most violent in the state. In May 2012 prisoners in Mississippi rioted at the Corrections Corporation of America-run Adams County Correctional Facility, killing a corrections officer. Matt Stroud of Politico explains that “Similar riots have broken out in private prisons run by CCA [Corrections Corporation of America] and other companies in Oklahoma, New Mexico, Florida and California. At least 10 deaths (one from natural causes) occurred at CCA prisons in 2013 alone.”

These private prisons save money by cutting food and staff (discussed in PART2). The purposeful diminishing of basic necessities is believed to be a catalyst to unrest and resistance inside prisons. However, the corporate media rarely cover conditions or revolts inside prisons unless there are major riots, which leads most Americans to be ignorant of these realities. Thus, US citizens are uninformed about the conditions and pretexts for resistance in prisons.

Resistance on The Outside

Outside of prisons, there exists a plethora of citizen movements angry about the abuses and corruption in the legal system. People’s frustration with red light camera’s (discussed in PART3) goes beyond costly early termination fees, farce trials, less safety, and higher ticket rates to include malfunctions. In 2014, Redflex’s Chicago cameras malfunctioned and incorrectly gave 13,000 motorists unwarranted citations. By summer 2014, the city was still sifting through the tickets to make sense of the malfunction, while the population waited to see a courtroom. The anger of citizens turned into resistance in states such as New Jersey where red light cameras have been shot with guns. Other citizens have successfully protested city red light contracts in places like South San Francisco, San Rafael, and Santa Ana, CA. In total, sixteen states have bans on installing red light cameras.

However, the largest protests of resistance in the contemporary US focus on police violence. Following the verdicts absolving police of blame in the Eric Garner and Michael Brown deaths (discussed in PART1), citizens protested peacefully and violently throughout the world. It likely impacted the decision for Officer Darren Wilson to quit his job without a severance package (though other groups raised significant money on his behalf). Some protests resulted in violent clashes with police. After police assaulted protesters in Ferguson, protester Barry Perkins began throwing rocks at police because it “feels good…I want to do what they did to me.” At least, two other police officers met gunfire during that protest. In Oakland, California, where anger still permeates over police assaulting Occupy protesters, protests over police abuse in the wake of Brown’s death resulted in violent clashes with police. At one point, 250 protesters charged Oakland Police resulting in 13 arrests. Other times, undercover officers randomly pulled guns on protesters. This is further demonstrative that the public has lost faith in the system’s ability to hold officers accountable for misdeeds. Thus, citizens are taking the law into their own hands. In fact, less than 24 hours after a Missouri Police man shot a teen pumping gas in December 2014, violent protests erupted.

In fact some citizens have taken the law into their own hands via the Internet. In November 2011, University of California, Davis Police Lieutenant John Pike pepper-sprayed 21 Occupy UC Davis students as they sat peacefully on a campus walkway. Predictably, the corporate press sided with Pike, even though he encroached on students’ First Amendment right to peaceably assemble. FOX News contributor Megyn Kelly argued that the spraying was no big deal because the spray is “like a derivative of real pepper. It’s a food product essentially.” In response to Pike’s behavior, the hacktivist group Anonymous reportedly released Pike’s email and home address as well as his cellphone number. Pike received 17,000 angry and threatening emails, 10,000 similar text messages, and hundreds of letters. This reportedly led to him being so depressed that he had to quit his job with full retirement benefits and a $38,000 worker’s compensation package for stress. Meanwhile, each student sprayed received a $30,000 settlement. Anonymous continues to leak names, information, police recordings, and files of those involved in executing or protecting the perpetrators of police violence.

The Press

Many Americans remain thunderstruck by the protests against police violence. For example, US citizens were outraged when protesters shut down freeways in California, Missouri, Tennessee, District of Columbia, Texas, and other states to force a national debate on police abuse. The response of some citizens was to complain that their commute was hindered by the protests. Citizen’s complained that shutting down transportation will not solve anything. However, such tactics have proven successful in the past, such as Rosa Parks, the great activist, who hindered the commute for many citizens to successfully force national action on segregation. Such large-scale protests historically have occurred across Europe, Central, and South America with significant results oft in favor of the public interest. It is citizen’s acquiescence to the growing police state and support for “tough on crime politicians” that has allowed this climate of chaos to emerge. The system’s inability to operate equitably has left contemporary protesters with the choice of being abused by the system or stifling it until an equitable one replaces it. Absent large-scale disruptions, the current oppressive system will likely not be replaced.

However, it will be tough to make citizens aware of the problems and solutions regarding the justice system if they are left uninformed by the corporate media. The corporate press relies on manipulation of facts and language to shift public opinion against victims. The outlets FOX News and The New York Times (NYT) degraded Michael Brown with phrases such as “bad guy” and “no angel.” Similarly, FOX News demonized the behavior of peaceful protesters by referring to them as “a mob.” Meanwhile, the NYT justifies police abuse with tempered language such as calling the police shooting of an unarmed girl a “collision.” Stories are fabricated to justify police violence such as FOX News falsely claiming that Black Panthers called for violence against police. The nature of protests are exaggerated and the role police play in escalating violence is falsified by outlets such as CNN to justify a violent police response. Reports from people on the ground via Twitter are wrongfully deemed false by outlets such as the NYT. Before evidence is even available, media outlets side with police. For example, weeks after the Michael Brown shooting the NYT asked citizens to give police the benefit of the doubt. Lastly, and predictably, outlets manipulate the nature of protests for political gain, such as Sean Hannity of FOX News who blamed the protests on President Obama.

After the shooting of two police officers in New York City (discussed in PART1), the corporate press demonstrated its hypocritical allegiance to police. In late 2014, FOX News verbally attacked the St. Louis Rams players for silently protesting police violence as they entered the football field. Fox News Host, Bill O’Reilly claimed the players were not “smart enough to know what they’re doing” However, O’Reilly lauded police for turning their backs in protest on Mayor Bill de Blasio at a funeral for their fellow officers. The officers were angry that de Blasio voiced concern for youths such as his black son, Dante, “not just from some of the painful realities of crime and violence” but “from the very people they want to have faith in as their protectors.” O’Reilly argued that de Blasio needed to be removed from power. In fact, O’Reilly and former New York City Mayor and FOX News contributor Rudolph Giuliani argued that police were the victims. The hypocrisy of the police and corporate media who referred to the Rams symbolism as “tasteless,” but laud New York City Police for using a funeral to make a political statement is alarming. Worse, police in New York City are performing a work stoppage with a 66% drop in arrests. These police supported by the corporate media are undermining the democratic process which voted for the mayor and legislated the responsibilities of police. In fact, citizens are not supportive of the police behavior. Polls show that over half of New Yorkers disapprove of the recent behavior by police in New York City.

Time and time again the abuses by politicians and private industry in the name of justice have proven to be costly and unjust for Americans. Yet, many Americans somehow think that the injustices bequeathed upon the innocent can only happen to “other people.” What they fail to accept is that if atrocities are allowed to anyone, they can happen to everyone. Thus, American citizen’s passivity may lead to a spouse being locked up for life, a child being experimented with death-row drugs, a youth being shot by police, a traffic violation causing insurance to be unaffordable, or a friend sterilized in prison. These atrocities do happen, such as the six women sexually assaulted by police officer Daniel Holtzclaw, the Georgia toddler who was hit by S.W.A.T. team grenade, the teacher who was pepper-sprayed by police for using his cell-phone, and 51 year old Marlene Pinnock whose beating by a California Highway Patrol was caught on video.

By late 2014, more Americans appeared to be recognizing that the justice system was costly and unjust. In California, voters approved prop 47 which downgraded a list of non-violent felonies to misdemeanors including shoplifting, minor check fraud, and minor drug possession. Maryland commuted all remaining death sentences for prisoners to life without parole. In fact, by 2015, 23 states, Guam, and the District of Columbia, had either legalized, decriminalized, or allowed for the medical use of Marijuana. The US Attorney General, Eric Holder came out in opposition to the death penalty. He argued that there is evidence that not everyone on death row is guilty. He also called for the US to halt all death penalty legislation until the Supreme Court rules on the legality of lethal injection drugs for execution. While these discussions and court cases have not produced results, they do demonstrate a shift in national discourse toward recognizing problems with the so-called justice system.

While it is an inspiring start toward equitable justice, Americans will need to move beyond minor legislation, protests, and clashes with police to attain justice. Americans need to retune their thinking about justice and separate themselves from the post-9/11 rhetoric of good and evil. There is a much more complex world where the innocent end up in jail, those administering the law break it, jails serve the interest of shareholders not the public, and court rooms serve to extort hard working citizens’ money not protect it. Until Americans, examine these issues with a critical lens where they are open to interpretations alternative to those offered by the political elite and corporate press, they put themselves and every other American at risk of becoming a victim of the prison-industrial complex. America cannot live up to ideals of freedom and democracy when it does not have an equitable legal system.

“The earth is the mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it.” – Chief Joseph

SPECIAL THANKS: This series was made possible from consultation and editing by Andy Lee Roth, Peter Phillips, and Mickey Huff. Much of the vital material necessary for the series was collected by my research assistants Crystal Bedford and Emilee Mann. I thank all of them. I also want to thank those who frequent social media and blogging sites, without their posts acting as a constant reminder of the ignorance and hate that influence interpretations of justice, this series would no
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I am what I am when I am it

By Cara Peterson on April 2, 2015


Did you know that as recently as the 1960s Duke’s University Security was writing letters back and forth with the FBI in collaborative efforts to identify potential homosexual members of the Duke student population and expel them? A security activity report on campus crime in 1964 lists “homosexuals” along with “explosives”, “fires in dormitories”, “rapes”, “assaults”, and “intoxication”. At least 64 gay men (apparently gay women didn’t exist back then) were expelled for the “crime” of homosexuality during this time period. This is our history.

If you took the time to walk through the Queering Duke exhibit in Perkins Library last semester, you would have been able to see some jaw-dropping documents on display. Reading a typewritten letter from former president Sanford openly condemning homosexuality and implying it to be a “choice” sent chills down my spine. I couldn’t believe it, but somehow, there it was in front of me.

What I find even more chilling is the fact that President Sanford was considered to be one of the most progressive leaders of his time. Current Duke president Brodhead noted in his remarks at the opening of the Queering Duke exhibit that U.S. President John F. Kennedy even considered dropping Lyndon Johnson and taking Sanford as his VP candidate for his second term for this very reason!

We have come a long way. Now when I think of progressive leaders on Duke’s campus, I think of Jacob Tobia pulling off killer heels on a flyer for a DSG Equity and Outreach position claiming to be the “Candidate with the Best Platform(s).”

That said, I still can’t shake the fact that there are still 29 states—North Carolina being one of them—where it is legal to fire someone for being homosexual. There are still 16 states without full marriage equality. The average lifespan of a transgender individual is still just 23 years old. Transgender persons are four times more likely to live in poverty and experience unemployment at twice the rate of the general population. Not to mention transgender persons of color experience unemployment of up to four times the national rate. On top of all this, there are still people who think it is okay to attend gay pride parades with disgustingly hateful posters—it’s not a prejudice they feel the need to hide. Yet, that is.

I am blessed to have friends all over the spectrum of sexuality and gender performance. Witnessing their journeys and acceptance of themselves has been critical to my own path towards greater self-love, acceptance and exploration. When hanging out, social justice is naturally a topic that pops up in our conversations. We have all pondered what it will take for society to reach full acceptance for sexual and gender diversity. A couple weeks ago, one of my guy friends who identifies as bisexual made a point I found very eye opening. “Discrimination against non-heterosexual individuals has much less to do with hatred,” he said, “And much more to do with fear.”

We considered the many degrees of this fear. There is fear of not being able to put someone in a predictable category or box. “As a bisexual male, it’s frustrating when people think I identify as bi because I am just not brave enough to say I’m gay,” my friend said. “I have explored. I like both. I am bi. Period. And that’s scary to them for some reason because it feels too variable.” He went on to discuss how those who usually felt most threatened by his sexual liberation were straight men. It was as though they saw his identity expression as a threat to their own masculinity. This perceived threat sometimes led to the next degree of fear, a fear of being associated with homosexuality and responding through aggressive attempts to distance oneself from it by hurling hurtful remarks like “That’s so gay” and “Don’t be such a f*g.” It’s the perfect example of pushing someone else down to erase one’s own discomfort with one’s self— of trying to prove one’s strength, but actually more thoroughly pronouncing one’s insecurity instead.

I was reminded of another comment a female friend of mine had made that “one of the greatest marks of homophobia is the fear of being perceived as non-heterosexual.” This is something even those who wish to serve as allies can find themselves struggling to overcome. Where does this fear come from, we wondered. How could socialization and taboo possibly be that powerful? Are we truly that terrified that if people could freely express their own identities then it would put our own in question? What does that say about the stability of the means we use to define ourselves?

Despite all of the questioning this issue digs up, I still believe we are making progress forward. Because the events that happened at Duke in the 1960s do feel shocking now. And one day the homophobic events presently happening on campus and across the country will feel shocking, too.

I believe, one day, the worst that will come of an individual exploring their sexuality will be that person realizing they don’t like something, for themselves, and letting that be that. No judgment, no boxes, no xyz label. I believe, one day, a person’s sexuality will not be seen as their entire identity, but rather just one of many characteristics that make up who they are. I believe it will seem obvious that gender



US military trialling Blackphone devices, despite FBI's renewed anti-encryption rhetoric

Summary:The top-of-the-line Blackphones are said to be "NSA-proof," despite the FBI's new policy that demonizes encryption as a "huge problem" for law enforcement.

By Zack Whittaker for Zero Day | April 1, 2015 -- 11:36 GMT (04:36 PDT)
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Why Is Obama Keeping Secret Four Seconds of a Nixon-Era Tape?
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Releasing it “would reveal information that would impair U.S. cryptologic systems or activities,” a National Security Agency spokeswoman says

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Witnesses: Police Let K-9 Maul Handcuffed Unconscious Man’s Face as they Beat Him to Death

Police were arresting White at a home on the 100 block of Grape Street when witnesses say the officers proceeded to beat him brutally after he was already restrained and on the ground.

One of the officers is heard on the dispatch recording saying “Subject under…tried to disarm me.” However, eyewitness Agustin Ayala paints a different story, saying he saw the officers handcuff White and take him to the ground.

Ricardo Garcia, another eyewitness, is outraged. “The guy was out cold,” stated Garcia. “They punched him, stomped him, kicked him and then they let the dog out of the car. The dog bit him on his face and around his body. There’s no call for that. Once a man is handcuffed and unconscious, you should have stuck him in the patrol car and take him to the police station. Instead, they decided to beat him right here.”

White was taken into custody around 11am Tuesday morning and died shortly thereafter.

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Seven officers suspended from San Francisco force over racist texts
Friday, April 03, 2015 4:13 p.m. CDT

- Seven San Francisco police officers linked to a scandal over racist and homophobic text messages were suspended with the recommendation they be fired, Chief Greg Suhr said on Friday.

In all, a department investigation revealed wrongdoing by 14 members of the police department - who may be disciplined in various ways from suspension without pay to termination, the chief said.

“There is also no place in the SFPD for any officer capable of the thinking expressed in these hateful text messages," Suhr said in a statement.

"The officers responsible for the reprehensible texts should be separated from the SFPD as soon as practical. The fine, right-minded men and women of the SFPD that are of the impeccable character required of a Guardian (police officer) expect no less,” he said.

The offensive texts came to light during an FBI investigation of corruption involving Ian Furminger, a former San Francisco police sergeant.

Court documents in the Furminger case said that four officers used their phones to text offensive messages. In the texts, Furminger used racial epithets, bragged that a relative was a slave auctioneer, and joked about the Ku Klux Klan.

"Cross burning lowers blood pressure!" Furminger wrote, according to court documents. He also sent texts insulting Latinos, the documents said.


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Local student trains with FBI
Danbury student, 17, hopes to become an FBI agent

SEP 6, 2015
Provided photo/ John Rhodes, 17, receiving a certificate from Andrew
McCabe, assistant director in charge, at the FBI Washington Field
Provided photo/ John Rhodes, 17, pictured next to an FBI bus in
Washington, D.C.



SEPTEMBER 06, 2015
George Perrot has spent 29 years in prison for a rape he always said
he did not commit. Until recently, it looked like he would die there.

Now, a single strand of hair stands between him and freedom. And that
slender manacle may just have been snapped by federal authorities.

Even if you believe he’s guilty — as Hampden County prosecutors say
they still do — there is plenty in Perrot’s case to trouble even the
hardest of hard-liners, to shake our trust in those who are supposed
to protect us.

Perrot was 17 in the fall of 1985. A series of horrendous attacks on
elderly women in Springfield had begun the previous year, and police
believed the crimes were connected. Some women were raped more than
once; on Nov. 30, one of them, aged 78, was raped for the third time
in 18 months.

Back then, Perrot was every parent’s nightmare, committing crimes and
using drugs. Early on the morning of Dec. 7, 1985, he was arrested for
breaking into a house in the 78-year-old’s (and his) neighborhood and
for snatching a purse at a nearby Denny’s. Because of the way he broke
into the house, investigators suspected he was also responsible for
all of the rapes.

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FBI evidence often mishandled
A highly critical internal investigation discovered errors with nearly
half the pieces of evidence it reviewed.
Hair matches overstated in many cases

His attorneys say Perrot was incoherent and high during the
interrogation, which extended over 12 hours and was not recorded. The
minor had no parents or attorney present. At one point, Perrot began
to cry and asked for a gun so he could shoot himself. Prosecutors say
this suggested he knew he had been found out. Defense attorneys say it
showed he was exhausted and at the point where he would have agreed to

An hour later, prosecutors said, Perrot signed a confession saying he
had broken into the 78-year-old’s house on the night of the rape,
though he always denied the sexual assault. He has no recollection of
signing the confession, and says he wasn’t in the woman’s home.

There’s no getting around the fact that, without the falsely
incriminating power of that single hair, things would have gone very

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None of the three women attacked in those weeks, each of whom had been
raped before, picked Perrot out of a line-up (and tests on semen found
at the scene of another of the rapes excluded him). Defense attorneys
say the victims failed to pick him even though the line-up, which
included five easily-identifiable police officers, was highly
suggestive. None of the men in the line-up fit the description the
78-year-old had given. The woman had known Perrot, who lived on her
street, since he was small. She said her attacker was clean-shaven.
Perrot had a shaggy moustache and goatee.

George Perrot was tied to a rape by an FBI analysis of a strand of
hair, a method that has since been discredited.
George Perrot was tied to a rape by an FBI analysis of a strand of
hair, a method that has since been discredited.

“How can I say it was [Perrot]?” she said at trial. “This fellow [who
attacked me] didn’t have any beard. He didn’t have any mustache.”

A footprint left on an earlier rape victim’s door was not Perrot’s
size. A palm print found on the window of another rape victim’s house
he was initially accused of breaking into that night did not match
his. On the stand, the victim said somebody added a paragraph to her
statement after she signed it.

But the prosecution team said they had a strong link between Perrot
and the attack on the woman (he was charged only with that one rape),
something that proved he was in her bedroom that night. Though the
attack took place on the floor, investigators said they found a single
strand of hair on her bed, and that the hair belonged to Perrot.

At trial, the prosecution had an unimpeachable expert witness in FBI
special agent Wayne Oakes, who testified that the single hair was a
match for Perrot. He could tell hairs apart the way other people could
distinguish faces, he told the court. Only someone “with a lesser
amount of training” would disagree. It was pretty convincing, given
the fact that the rest of the case was largely circumstantial.

It was also, we now know, rubbish.

After decades of presenting microscopic hair analysis as if it were a
conclusive way of identifying people, the FBI now acknowledges its
massive limitations. Nobody can identify a particular person as the
source of a hair, or even say whether a match is probable. The FBI now
concedes that its own agents’ hair analysis testimony — a factor in
hundreds of convictions, including some capital ones — exceeded the
limits of science.

Prosecutor Francis W. Bloom went even further than Oakes.

“When George Perrot was there . . . he left something behind,” Bloom
told the jury. “He left some of his hair and left some of his blood.”

The inconclusive blood test results, and questions over


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Florida prosecutor says FBI agent’s troubled past doesn’t change
shooting findings

SEPTEMBER 04, 2015
A Florida prosecutor who cleared a Boston FBI agent in the fatal
shooting of a friend of Tamerlan Tsarnaev has ruled that the agent’s
troubled past does not change his 2014 finding that the homicide was

Prosecutor Jeffrey L. Ashton has admitted that he did not know about
prior allegations of misconduct against FBI agent Aaron McFarlane
while he was investigating the 2013 shooting of Ibragim Todashev in
Orlando. After the Globe reported the allegations last year, the
Council on American-Islamic Relations in Florida demanded that Ashton
reopen the probe.

In a May 18 letter, which was released Thursday, Ashton said he
dispatched his chief investigator, Eric Edwards, to Washington and
Boston last year to examine the disciplinary records of McFarlane and
the two Massachusetts State Police troopers who interrogated Todashev
that night in May 2013, just weeks after the Boston Marathon bombings.
He said he also examined the records the FBI used to hire McFarlane.

“I concur in his assessment that there is nothing contained in those
disciplinary files which would change my previous assessment that the
agent(s) involved used lawful deadly force in their encounter with”
Todashev, Ashton said in the letter.

Ashton concluded in March 2014 that McFarlane shot Todashev in
self-defense after the 27-year-old mixed martial-arts fighter attacked
him and a state trooper after hours of interrogations in Todashev’s
apartment. His report said Todashev had confessed to being involved
with Tsarnaev in a 2011 triple homicide in Waltham.

FBI and State Police investigators had contacted Todashev after the
2013 Boston Marathon bombings that killed three people and injured
over 260 others.

His friend Tamerlan Tsarnaev died during a police firefight days after
the bombings, but in April a federal jury convicted Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
of carrying out th



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"Freedom of Speech: Mightier Than the Sword," by David Shipler. Knopf.
311 pages.

Every American loves freedom of speech. That is, until someone offends
your sensibilities, “endangers” your children, expresses a political
opinion you find abhorrent, or blows the whistle on wrongdoing in
security agencies that are supposed to protect us. Pulitzer
Prize-winner David K. Shipler has written a vibrant analysis of our
ambivalent relationship with the single most important right we have
under the U.S. Constitution. After all, if we can’t talk about what’s
wrong with the country, what will be right with it?
A 22-year veteran of The New York Times and the author of six previous
books, Shipler writes with crisp, concise earnestness as he
illustrates the conflicts that constipate the national discourse
today. In defense of their liberties, conservatives rail against
government interference but object to certain kinds of speech on moral
or political



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FBI criticises firm for being unable to read iPhone users’ messages after Justice Department obtains iMessage ruling

FBI director James Comey stands next to a Department of Justice plaque

FBI director James Comey describes Apple’s encryption as ‘a closet that could never be op
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The New Ideas Forum to raise the level of Iowans’ understanding of
current national security issues will be from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday,
Sept. 27, at the St. Ambrose University Rogalski Center, 518 W. Locust
St., Davenport.
The event is co-sponsored by the Quad-City Times, St. Ambrose
University, and the Quad-City Chamber of Commerce.
Iowa has a unique status as the first presidential caucus state, and
speakers will focus on questions Iowans should ask presidential
candidates sweeping through the state.
Speakers include Ray McGovern, a retired CIA analyst turned political
activist, who was a CIA analyst from 1963 to 1990, and in the 1980s,
chaired National Intelligence Estimates and prepared the president's
daily brief. Coleen Rowley, an Iowa native, is the retired FBI agent
whistleblower after 9/11 on the FBI’s failures. Between them, they
have over 51 years of service in different levels of the two
best-known U.S. intelligence agencies. Since leaving the agencies,
they have worked for new ideas for peace and justice.

The McGovern/Rowley Iowa speaking tour, dubbed "The Truth Shall Make
You Free," is sponsored by the three Iowa chapters of Veterans for
Peace and 31 other organizations. The itinerary includes nine cities
and seven institutions of higher learning, starting Thursday, Sept.
24, in Dubuque and ending Wednesday, Sept. 30 in Des Moines.
For more information, contact Paul Foley at 563 333-6025 or at
FoleyPaulJ@sau.edu or John Ivens 563-503-0564 or at


FBI Unable to Determine Whether Police Deleted Cell Phone Video of
Teen Being Stunned Repeatedly

By Steve Neavling

An FBI investigation has been unable to determine whether Virginia
Beach police deleted cellphone video of cops repeatedly stunning a
teenager inside a car.

“There is insufficient evidence to prove that anyone tampered with the
phone,” Macie Pridgen, a spokeswoman for the commonwealth’s attorney,
told the Virginia Pilot.

Police sent the video the FBI for analysis, which came up

Still, the person who recorded the video, Courtney Griffith, plans to
sue police for allegedly violating her civil rights, her attorney

The FBI “can’t confirm it happened, and they can’t confirm that it
didn’t happen either,” her attorney, Scott Hallauer, said of video
being deleted.

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Thursday, September 17, 2015Last Update: 3:51 AM PT
Lawyers Guild Demands Police Videos

SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - The National Lawyers Guild sued Hayward on
Tuesday, claiming it paid thousands of dollars to see police body
camera videos from protests of the Michael Brown and Eric Garner
killings, but have not seen Frame One.
The guild says its Jan. 27 request cited 11 categories related to
the Hayward Police Department's involvement with Berkeley in the Dec.
6, 2014 protests. It says the city promised to produce the public
records, including the videos, but has not.
Demonstrators were protesting the failure to indict police
officers involved in the deaths of Brown and Garner. A number of
protesters claim police injured them during the demonstrations.
In addition to the city, the guild sued Hayward Police Chief
Diane Urban, its Records Administrator Adam Perez and its Police
Department, under the California Public Records Act.
None of the parties could immediately be reached for comment


Thursday 17 September 2015 22.08 EDT Last


Black teenager arrested by nine California police officers after
Video shows unarmed teenager forced to ground by group of Stockton
police officers after allegedly walking in a bus lane

police officers arrested an unarmed black teenager in California after
he allegedly jaywalked and then scuffled with an officer.

A video of the incident shows the officers surrounding the 16-year-old
African American and forcing him to the ground after he got into an
altercation with an officer who accused him of walking in a bus-only

The incident happened in the city of Stockton, 80 miles (130km) east
of San Francisco, on Wednesday morning. A cellphone video uploaded to
Facebook and YouTube by a passerby has been viewed more than 10,000

It shows an officer using his baton to push and hold the boy, wearing
shorts, on a landscaped perimeter on the sidewalk.

They scuffle, the boy yelling “get the fuck off me” and the officer
shouting “stop resisting arrest”. The officer strikes him in the face
and orders him to the ground but the boy does not comply.

An unseen female bystander shouts in protest: “That’s a fucking kid!
Don’t touch him, leave him alone! That’s a kid. Are you serious? He
didn’t do nothing wrong.”

The officer retrieves from the ground what appears to be a body camera
knocked off during the scuffle.

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Several patrol cars arrive and four officers force the boy to the
ground, handcuff him and march him to a car while colleagues mill
around them. The protester’s voice rises in anger and disbelief: “That
is a child! That is child that was jaywalking! That’s a fucking child!
What’s wrong with y’all?”

YouTube user Edward Avendaño posted the video under the username
Stockton Port City. In a Facebook post he said the officer tried to
stop the teenager for jaywalking and ordered him to sit but the teen
kept walking to his bus.

“The cop kept grabbing his arm & the kid took off the cop’s hand off
his arm so the cop took out his baton & that’s when I started
recording because everything happened too quick. He didn’t have to hit
the kid with the baton & no need to call about 20 cops.”



Disgraced FBI agent John Morris gets off really easy in Black Mass

John Morris, played by David Harbour in Black Mass, is presented as a
more sympathetic character in the movie.
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Picture

| 09.18.15 | 3:36 PM



The FBI's top techie is headed to the private sector

SEPTEMBER 17, 2015, 12:32 PM

Photograph by Brendan Smialowski — AFP/Getty Images
Jerry Pender takes a job with investment firm Z Capital Partners,
after more than a decade with the FBI.

Jerry Pender has spent the past three years as chief information
officer and executive assistant director of the FBI, where he managed
a $1.2 billion budget and oversaw “all aspects” of the Bureau’s global
information technology operations. Before that, the former U.S. Army
captain was CIO of the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services

But Pender is now leaving public service, recently agreeing to join Z
Capital Partners as a full-time operating partner. He will help the
New York-based private equity firm identify new investment
opportunities, with a particular emphasis on cybersecurity.


2. Stories


Spokesman: Tulsa sheriff "misconstrued" information about alleged threats


        September 18, 2015
Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz "misconstrued" information from an earlier briefing when he said Thursday night that threats had been made against his office, according to a Sheriff's Office spokesman.
Glanz made the comment before a packed house at Tulsa Tech's Health Science Center, where 21 cadets representing the Sheriff's Office and other agencies celebrated their completion of a 240-hour Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training reserve officer academy.
After shaking each cadet's hand, Glanz turned to the crowd, saying:
"There's a few things we're still trying to work through. There's a lot of threats. I was talking to an FBI agent today — the Black Lives Matter have been doing demonstrations at state fairs, so one of the things we're … not going to do this year is use you in the fair like we have (in the past)."


July 19, 1992
BOSTON — An FBI agent screening a prominent black lawyer for a federal judgeship forced the lawyer to submit a footprint and then posted the print and joked about the stunt, the Boston Herald reported Saturday. Both the agent and his supervisor were suspended for the prank, which happened about a month ago, the newspaper said, citing sources it didn't identify. The agent, whose name was not disclosed, told lawyer Walter Prince that collecting footprints was standard procedure. Then he hung the print on a wall at the Boston FBI office. ''There can be no question that this type of behavior is entirely unacceptable and abhorrent to the department,'' Justice Department spokesman Paul McNulty said Friday night in a statement. Prince practices criminal and civil law and has lectured at Boston College Law School.

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September 21, 2015 - 05:57 PM EDT
Grassley wants answers on FBI whistleblower retaliation cases


Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) wants the FBI to explain why only five employees have been disciplined for retaliating against whistleblowers since 2004.

"In the past year alone, the Committee has received complaints from whistleblowers that suggest that the number of FBI supervisors who should have been punished for retaliatory conduct since 2004 is far greater than five," Grassley, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, wrote in a letter to FBI Director James Comey on Monday.

The Iowa Republican also sent the letter to Sally Yates, the deputy attorney general, and Michael Horowitz, the inspector general for the Justice Department. He added, in the letter, that as of March 27, 2015, no FBI employees had been punished for retaliatory conduct since 2012.
Grassley wants Comey to explain the department's policy for investigating allegations of retaliation against whistleblowers and how discipline is determined, including what offices and officials are involved in conducting the probe and determining potential discipline.

According to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released earlier this year, 40 of 62 retaliation cases that were reviewed by the GAO were closed by the Justice Department because it didn't meet regulatory requirements, including that a retaliation complaint was made to the "wrong person."

Grassley wants to know how many cases dismissed because an employee didn't tell the correct person about their retaliation complaint; and how many of those cases were investigated by the FBI.

The Iowa Republican added that the "discrepancy" between FBI employees disciplined for whistleblower retaliation and the number of complaints the committee receives "merits continued oversight.

"Punishing such retaliators is necessary to change the culture of the Bureau and to send a clear message that retaliation will not be tolerated," he said.

According to the GAO report, the FBI can also "provide remedies" to whistleblowers who were retaliated against.

Grassley wants details on the remedies, how many FBI employees have received the remedies regardless of whether the employee who

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New Hampshire Library Ignites Quarrel Over the Dark Web
After the Lebanon library announced that patrons could use the anonymous Tor Web browser, the Department of Homeland Security expressed concern, which prompted a debate over free speech and security.


- For a few days this month, a little library in New England ignited an outsized squabble between law enforcement and civil libertarians.

The Lebanon, N.H., library had announced plans to dedicate its computers to the Tor network, which enables users to surf the Web without anyone knowing who they are. The Tor browser takes people to the dark Web, the wildest territory of the Internet, where users can exchange information in total anonymity.

Supporters of Tor call it a crucial means of ensuring free speech and defeating censorship and repression worldwide. Critics say Tor allows terrorists, child pornographers and drug dealers to operate with impunity.

After hearing about the library’s plan, a Department of Homeland Security agent alerted the local police, who in turn contacted the library to express their concern. The Lebanon library said it would drop out of Tor but changed its mind once again after an outcry by defenders of online expression.

The library could be forgiven if it thought it was doing something entirely innocent. After all, the government has supported the anonymous Web service from the start.

The U.S. Navy launched Tor a decade ago. The National Science Foundation and the Department of State spend millions on it.

Meanwhile, the National Security Agency, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security have emphasized its exploitation

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Family: Desert Hot Springs pushed former cop to suicide

September 29 2015

An undated photo of former Desert Hot Springs police officer Andrea Heath, who claimed her colleagues retaliated against her for cooperating with an FBI investigation into their wrongdoing.

Desert Hot Springs and several of its employees pushed a former police officer to commit suicide, her family is alleging in a federal lawsuit.

Andrea Heath shot herself in the head two years ago amid another lawsuit against the city, in which she claimed her fellow officers harassed and intimidated her for reporting their use of excessive force to federal investigators.

Her son and the father of Heath’s daughter are still continuing that case in her absence. But they sued the city and many former officers again Monday in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, claiming for the first time that colleagues and supervisors’ actions caused Heath to commit suicide in 2013 in her Cathedral City apartment.

“They didn’t pull the trigger, but they drove her to it,” said Jerry Steering, who represents Heath’s family. “They know what they did. It’s time for them to pay for it.”

Most of the defendants in the case no longer work for the city.

Heath’s family is seeking for more than $30 million in damages. The earlier lawsuit, also filed in federal court, is awaiting a conference between attorneys.

Laura Kalty, who represents the city and other defendants - including former police chiefs and a former city manager - in the earlier case, did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

Heath started her job with the department in 1996. The city demoted her to trainee status more than a decade later, finally putting her on disability retirement in 2011.

Photo courtesy Jerry Steering

An undated photo of former Desert Hot Springs police officer Andrea Heath, who claimed her colleagues retaliated against her for cooperating with an FBI investigation into their wrongdoing.

The city has argued Heath performed poorly and didn’t respond to training.

But Steering said her involuntary retirement came after years of harassment that stemmed from Heath’s cooperation with an FBI investigation.

Heath spoke to federal investigators — who were already probing the department — in 2007. She told them she saw many Desert Hot Springs officers “falsely arrest, beat, tase, pepper-spray and otherwise torture” detainees and arrestees, according to court documents.

After Heath spoke to the FBI, other officers refused to back her up on dangerous calls, referred to her as a “rat” and tampered with her office computer, the lawsuits claim.

A grand jury later indicted two of Heath’s colleagues for civil rights violations. One pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and served community service. The other, Sgt. Anthony Sclafani, drew a four-year prison sentence in 2012 for using excessive force against suspects. He’s one o

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Mount Vernon officer was tired of criminals making all the money.

Vernon police detective charged with drug trafficking, extortion


Saturday October 3, 2015 5:29 AM

A veteran Mount Vernon police officer who oversaw drug investigations told an FBI informant that he began selling drugs last month to help his cousin, also a dealer, get out of debt, and also because he was tired of criminals making all the money.

Matthew Dailey, 44, of Howard, Ohio, was arrested by FBI agents on Thursday. He has been charged with extortion and conspiracy to possess drugs — Oxycodone — with the intent to distribute. City officials placed him on paid administrative leave two weeks ago during an investigation.

In a criminal complaint, unsealed on Friday, an unnamed informant said that Dailey told him he was tired of being out on the street and seeing “people make bank on this,” referring to drug-deal proceeds.

The transactions occurred while Dailey was on and off duty. At least one of the drug deals took place at an elementary school. Text messages and phone calls from Dailey’s police-issued cellphone corroborated the informant’s accounts.

On Sept. 16, Dailey gave the informant, who he thought was a dealer, 1 gram of methamphetamine, 18 ecstasy pills and a quarter-pound of marijuana to sell. Two days later, before Dailey received payment, he was placed on administrative leave.

A second informant told federal agents that Dailey traveled frequently to Columbus over eight months and purchased a total of 6,000 oxycodone pills, at a cost of about $150,000.

“It’s very disappointing,” said David Glass, the city’s safety-service director of 37 years. “I just think it startles us all. But our police are going to move forward to protect the citizens

of Mount Vernon.”

“What we all share is agreement that is an egregious violation of public trust. It’s alarming,” said Mount Vernon City Councilman Sam Barone. “It was not lost on me on how difficult this must be in the sense of betrayal that the chief must have felt.”

Dailey was one of four detectives in the department of 27 officers.

“If you had asked me three months ago, I’d have said he was one of the best officers we had,” Glass said.

Police Chief Roger Monroe, who in his first year has tried to improve morale, declined to comment.

According to the complaint, Dailey used his knowledge of the community and his detectives to arrange safe deals.

He told the informant never to drive with drugs during third shift because “his boys” and the department’s best narcotics officers worked then. He also advised that if stopped the informant should tell the officer that he knows Dailey and he would be let go.

There were no worries of being caught because “all active drug investigations

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How Do-Gooders Can Do Bad
October 10, 2015

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

By Coleen Rowley and Diana Johnstone

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How the FBI Tracking Twitter Destroys Personal Freedoms


12 October 2015

Freedom of speech is a pretty big deal in the United States. It’s part of the very first amendment and it guarantees citizens the civil liberty to express their opinions and ideas without fear of government reaction and retaliation. It is this liberty that is the core foundation of “The Land of the Free” and a major reason why many people are so fond of the ‘ol U.S. of A.

Of course, there are exceptions. You can’t use free speech to threaten harm or illegal activity. You also can’t use freedom of speech to justify child pornography. What you say or create can’t meet the criteria of the Three Prong Obscenity Test (1). The restrictions are basically a legal way to say “use common sense.”

As long as you use this common sense, you should be able to speak, share, and create whatever you like with the support of the country’s oldest rule book. That doesn’t mean your statements won’t get you in trouble. Posts and comments have notoriously cost people their jobs, but the Constitution only protects your freedoms from the government (2).

Freedom Threatened

Lately, however, this freedom has been called into question as the public

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A former uniformed police officer with the City of Miami Police Department pled guilty today to accepting bribes. Officer Julio Ruiz

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LAPD leads state in bystander injuries in high-speed chases

Oct. 17, 2015

Stopped at a red light in El Sereno, Julio Reyes-Salvador was oblivious to the cars hurtling toward him.
Julio Reyes-Salvador, 23, was an uninvolved bystander when he was killed during an LAPD pursuit in 2013. (Reyes-Salvador family)

In front was a gray Chevrolet Tahoe, racing at speeds of more than 80 mph as a Los Angeles Police Department cruiser gave chase.

The pursuit, which began when officers tried to stop the fleeing motorist for reckless driving, ended when the Tahoe smashed into Reyes-Salvador’s car, setting off a chain-reaction crash that crushed his Toyota Corolla. His car “looked like a soda can somebody just stepped on,” one of the pursuing officers later recalled in court.

Reyes-Salvador, 23, was killed instantly. A friend in the passenger seat was seriously injured.

The crash was a stark illustration of the dangers of police pursuits in Los Angeles, where chases have long been part of cop lore and a staple of live local television news broadcasts.

A Los Angeles Times analysis of statewide data shows that LAPD pursuits injure bystanders at more than twice the rate of police chases in the rest of California. From 2006 to 2014, 334 bystanders were injured — one for every 10 LAPD pursuits, according to The Times’ review of pursuit data reported to the California Highway Patrol.

Although fatalities remain rare, the analysis shows that LAPD pursuits are also more likely than chases in the rest of the state to result in a bystander’s death. Reyes-Salvador was one of nine people since 2006 to be killed in LAPD pursuits in which they were otherwise uninvolved.

LAPD officials say officers take measures to keep the public safe during chases and that many of the injuries are minor. Much of the blame, they argue, falls on the city’s sprawling web of multilane thoroughfares and highways, which they say allow suspects to move at greater speeds and make wild turns through traffic, greatly increasing the likelihood that someone may be hurt.

But experts who study police pursuits say the LAPD needs to do more to minimize dangers to bystanders. Unlike other departments, they sa

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Former DEA Agent Sentenced for Extortion, Money Laundering and Obstruction Related to Silk Road Investigation

20 Oct 2015 11:00


Washington, DC--(ENEWSPF)--October 19, 2015. A former Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent was sentenced today to 78 months in prison for extortion, money laundering and obstruction of justice, which crimes he committed while working as an undercover agent investigating Silk Road, an online marketplace used to facilitate the sale and purchase of illegal drugs and other contraband.

Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Acting U.S. Attorney Brian Stretch of the Northern District of California, Chief Richard Weber of the IRS-Crimi

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see Alfred Hitchcock file here

see story here

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

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

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

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

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

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

"The show will be monitored" Alfred Hitchcock's FBI file [JPat Brown/Muckrock]

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Appeals court says American can't sue FBI over abuse claihttp://townhall.com/news/politics-elections/2015/10/23/appeals-court-says-american-cant-sue-fbi-over-abuse-claims-n2070220ms
Oct 23, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Government officials had argued that allowing the case to go forward could reveal sensitive information about national secu

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Obscure Human Rights Professor Thinks The CIA Probably Broke Into Her Office And Stole Hard Drive

11:36 AM 10/24/2015


Police at the University of Washington have opened an investigation into an alleged burglary which occurred in the offices of the school’s Center for Human Rights last week.

Angelina Snodgrass Godoy, a University of Washington professor and the director of the center, claims that a computer and a hard drive were filched in a super-stealthy break-in, reports The Seattle Times.

The computer and the hard drive contain confidential information concerning a freedom-of-information lawsuit the human rights group filed earlier this month against the Central Intelligence Agency.

The break-in occurred at some undetermined time between Thursday and Sunday, Godoy said.

The now-disappeared hard drive held “about 90 percent” of a set of El Salvador-related research which is at the heart of the lawsuit, the professor also claimed.

Godoy admitted that the alleged burglary may have been nothing more than a “common crime.

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William Pawelec's widow reveals national security secrets ...
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Multiple sources told Secret Service chief of Chaffetz leak, IG says
| Posted Oct 26th, 2015 @ 6:23pm

Senator demands criminal probe into Secret Service
6PM: Multiple sources told Secret Service chief of Chaffetz leak, IG says

WASHINGTON The Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security said Friday that Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy had learned of information surrounding the improper accessing and leaking of Rep. Jason Chaffetz's personnel file from at least three sources in the week before that sensitive information became public.

Chaffetz, who as chairman of the House Oversight Committee has been deeply critical of the Secret Service, once unsuccessfully applied for a job at the agency.

Clancy initially told investigators he didn't know anything about Secret Service officers accessing and spreading information about Chaffetz until just before news stories were published about it in April.

A few months later, Clancy acknowledged having heard a "rumor" in late March about Chaffetz having applied for a job there, but stated it was "not credible" and "not attributed to a source of information or indicative of any action — appropriate or otherwise — by any Secret Service employee."

Now, though, the inspector general has conducted more interviews and says Clancy was told about Chaffetz's record by at least three high-level official sources: a Secret Service deputy director, a deputy assistant director and former directors.

One of those former Secret Service directors, Julia Pierson, said it was Clancy who told her about the rumors circulating, and that Clancy had said the Secret Service was "looking into it."
"We are unable to determine, because he has no memory of it, the degree to which Director Clancy understood how widely the information was being disseminated within the Secret Service, or whether he understood that the discussion about Chairman Chaffetz was being fueled and confirmed by dozens of agents improperly accessing a protected file."
–Inspector General office statement

But Clancy did not take action to discover the ultimate source of this information surrounding Chaffetz, how it was discovered, or why it was circulating, the inspector general's office said. And Clancy told investigators that he doesn't remember anything about those March conversations about the rumors.

"We are unable to determine, because he has no memory of it, the degree to which Director Clancy understood how widely the information was being disseminated within the Secret Service, or whether he understood that the discussion about Chairman Chaffetz was being fueled and confirmed by dozens

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couple of reads



Army employee pleads guilty to stealing more than 90 computers from Aberdeen Proving Ground
Most of the stolen computers were resold through pawnbrokers

Brian Lee Long, 48, of Rising Sun, is facing 10 years in prison after he pleaded guilty Wednesday to theft of government property from Aberdeen Proving Ground, federal law enforcement officials announced.

According to Long's plea agreement, from April 8, 2001 through Jan. 21, 2015, Long was employed at the Kirk U.S. Army Health Clinic at Aberdeen Proving Ground, initially as a paramedic, then as a supply technician at the Logistics Division. Long admitted that from Oct. 1, 2014 through Dec. 31, 2014, he stole 73 laptop computers, 19 desktop computers and three monitors from the Logistics Division warehouse.

The guilty plea was announced by Rod J. Rosenstein, the United States Attorney for the District of Maryland; Kevin Perkins, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI; and Ed Collins, Special Agent of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command.

Long sold at least 19 of the stolen laptop computers and four of the stolen desktop computers to pawnshops f


CNN.com - FBI missing computers, weapons - July 18, 2001
Jul 18, 2001 - An internal FBI review has turned up hundreds of stolen or missing firearms, including submachine guns, and laptop computers, including at ...


FBI sniper rifle stolen from hotel parking lot days before Obama's ...
Apr 25, 2015 - "(The agent) stated his FBI issued sniper rifle was missing which was in a hard rifle ... number has been entered into the National Crime Information Computer.

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Shrimp Boy Chow and FBI to clash in classic San Francisco trial

Posted: 11/01/2015 04:59:48 PM PST


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Fiscal Times: When It Comes Criminal Justice Reform, FBI Director James Comey Is Wiser
FBI Director James Comey

When it comes to criminal justice reform, whom are you going to believe? James Comey, the nation’s top cop, or politicians eager to curry favor with the black community?

FBI chief James Comey earned himself a summons to the Oval Office last week by telling the truth about the war on crime. President Obama suggests that racial bias has led to too many black men being locked up and vows to combat “disparities in the application of criminal justice.” Comey argues that tough policing in minority neighborhoods has saved thousands of black lives and that the recent upsurge in homicides may reflect the “YouTube” effect — making police officers nervous to do their jobs. The good news is that Comey, imbued with an impressive independence streak, has another 8 years to serve. Even though Obama could presumably pressure him to resign, he can’t fire him.

Democrats and Republicans alike have hopped aboard the criminal justice bandwagon, noting the large incarceration rate in the United States and the disproportionate number of prisoners of color. Hillary Clinton hit a common theme when she noted in a speech last spring, “It’s a stark fact that the United States has less than 5 percent of the world’s population, yet we have almost 25 percent of the world’s total prison population.” She fails to note that the disparity stems fromhigher crime rates. Homicides in the U.S. run seven times the rate in other developed countries, according to a 2011 study from the Harvard School of Public Health and the UCLA School of Public Health.

Clinton also gets it backwards with her next statement: “The numbers today are much higher than they were 30, 40 years ago, despite the fact that crime is at historic lows.”

Many would suggest that crime is at historic lows because so many criminals have been put behind bars. Comey made that case recently, speaking at the University of Chicago Law School. He reminds us that not so long ago, urban crime, especially in minority neighborhoods, was horrific. In New York City, 2,000 homicides a year was considered the norm in the 1980s and 1990s; last year there were 328. As Comey notes, “White people weren’t dying; black people were dying. Most white people could drive around the problem. If you were white and not involved in the drug trade as a buyer or a seller, you were largely apart from the violence.”

looks like you have not read DEA supervisor Mike Levine's book White Lies
about the CIA and local cops bringing heroin into our communities.
Yep DEA agent Celerino Castillo wrote about this in Powder Burns.
Yep Gary Webb
wrote about it.
Ditto for LAPD narcotics detective Mike Ruppert.

Monday, September 7, 2015
The Real Afghanistan Surge is in Heroin Production and Tripled Opium Cultivation since the US military arrived/ UN and US Government documents

Recently I worked in another Maine city and was astonished at the number of patients I encountered who were using heroin. I had never seen anything like it, during a lifetime practicing medicine. In New Hampshire, it was said, deaths from heroin now exceed deaths from car accidents. Massachusetts (population under 7 million) had 1,000 deaths related to (all) opioids in 2014, "the highest ever recorded." According to CDC, in the two years between 2010 and 2012, heroin overdose rates in the Northeast (where I live) tripled.

The US now has 600,000 heroin users, triple the amount of five years earlier, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency. Or it may have between 800,000 and 2.6 million, according to RAND report estimates published by the White House in 2014.

I've heard stories on NPR about insufficient state funding of heroin treatment facilities. I've heard about plans to make Narcan injections available to iv drug users, for overdoses. Another popular angle I've seen repeated over and over (and one currently pushed by the US Drug Enforcement Agency and the White House Office on National Drug Control Policy) claims legal prescriptions for narcotics increased, then became harder to get, so users switched to heroin, which was also cheaper.

Marijuana used to be claimed the "entry" drug to heroin, but now prescription narcotics have assumed that role. How times change. The narrative we have been given is that a massive increase in heroin use has nothing to do with increased supply. (This violates the laws of arithmetic and economics, not to mention common sense.)

If increased prescriptions for controlled substances was the primary cause of the heroin epidemic, then Americans would also be using more cocaine. The massive increase in ADHD drug prescriptions (presumed "entry" drugs for cocaine) should have caused a cocaine explosion.

While prescriptions for narcotics (hydrocodone and oxycodone) increased 4.5-fold between 1991 and 2007 in the US, prescriptions for ADHD stimulants rose even more, by 7-fold, according to National Institute on Drug Abuse testimony to Congress in 2008:

Total number of prescriptions dispensed by US retail pharmacies - shows trends increasing from 1991 to 2007, see caption

But in fact, the DOJ-DEA 2014 National Drug Threat Assessment Summary notes that cocaine availability "remains stable at historically low levels throughout most domestic markets along the East Coast." So prescription drug users are switching to heroin, but not switching to cocaine. Hmmm. Might this be because we have no large military-CIA presence currently in cocaine-trafficking areas, as we did during the 1980s Contra war in Nicaragua, when cocaine use was at high levels? (Coca plants are only grown in South America's Andes.) According to a 2010 UN document, "Based on seizure figures, it appears that cocaine markets grew most dramatically during the 1980s, when the amounts seized increased by more than 40% per year". (See this 1987 Senate hearing and this for evidence of CIA and State Dept. connivance with cocaine trafficking by the Contras.)

You can frame stories about the current heroin problem in many ways. But the real heroin story isn't being discussed--which is that since the US military entered Afghanistan in 2001, its opium production doubled, per the UN Afghanistan Opium Survey 2014, page 34. The area under opium cultivation in Afghanistan has tripled. And the resulting heroin appears to more easily make its way deep into our rural, as well as urban communities. CDC noted, "Between 2002 and 2013, the rate of heroin-related overdose deaths nearly quadrupled, and more than 8,200 people died in 2013."

The graph below is from the 2014 UN Opium Survey:

The world supply of opium increased 5-fold between 1980 and 2010, according to the UN."Afghanistan account[s] for around 90% of global illicit opium production in recent years. By itself, Afghanistan provides 85% of the estimated global heroin and morphine supply, a near monopoly."(see pp 37-38).

“The narcotics trade poisons the Afghan financial sector and undermines the Afghan state’s legitimacy by stoking corruption, sustaining criminal networks, and providing significant financial support to the Taliban and other insurgent groups,” John F. Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan reconstruction, said in an October 2014 letter to the heads of the Departments of Defense, State and Justice, which have all played major roles in the failed drug intervention effort. “Despite spending over $7 billion to combat opium poppy cultivation and to develop the Afghan government’s counter-narcotics capacity, opium poppy cultivation levels in Afghanistan hit an all-time high in 2013."

Despite the (now) US $8.4 billion spent to defeat this trade, it just keeps growing. The costs of US reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan total "$110 billion, after adjusting for inflation, [which] exceeds the value of the entire Marshall Plan effort to rebuild Western Europe after World War II" according to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, speaking in May 2015.

The Special Inspector General noted elsewhere that, "US reconstruction projects, particularly those devoted to “improved irrigation, roads, and agricultural assistance” were probably leading to the explosion in opium cultivation."

Only 1.2% of the acreage used for Afghan opium production (which is estimated at 224,000 hectares or 554,000 acres) was eradicated in 2014, according to the UN. Burma is the world's second largest producer of opium, according to the UN, currently growing only about 10% as much as Afghanistan. But Mexico has been increasing production and is #3.

According to the UN World Drug Report, in the 1990's Afghanistan supplied opium that was converted into half the world's heroin production. According to University of Wisconsin Professor Alfred McCoy, the rapid 1980s rise in Afghani opium production came about through CIA efforts to create, arm and fund the mujahedeen using opium sales. (After defeating the Soviets in Afghanistan the mujahedeen morphed into Al Qaeda). By 2010, Afghanistan supplied 90% of the world's total heroin.

But the DEA, White House and other official US sources claim that US heroin derives almost entirely (96%) from Latin American-grown opium (based on seizures of shipments); the DEA in 2014 claimed that Latin America was the source for the vast majority of US heroin, with southwest Asia (i.e., Afghanistan) accounting for only 4% of US heroin in 2012.

This is highly unlikely. In 2008, the UN estimated that the US and Canada accounted for 13% of global heroin use. Ninety-five percent of global heroin derives from Afghanistan, Burma, Thailand and Laos. Latin America (mainly Mexico, with a small amount from Colombia) does not produce enough to supply the majority of US heroin, let alone 96%. In fact, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy undercut its own claim when it noted Mexico had (only) 10,500 hectares under poppy cultivation in 2012 and Colombia 1,100 hectares in 2009, while Afghanistan had 154,000 hectares in 2012 and 224,000 hectares in 2014 per UN estimates.

This DEA claim, based on heroin interdiction, suggests something entirely different: that heroin shipments coming by air from Afghanistan are at lower risk of being seized than heroin coming from Latin America. Might some be entering via official government channels, when so much materiel and so many people (soldiers, aid workers, diplomats and contractors) fly directly between the US and Afghanistan? [At the same time, some Afghan-origin heroin does enter the US by way of Mexico.]

Putting aside the issue of the provenance of the US heroin supply for the moment, surely we can look at heroin as we would any other global commodity.

Congruent with the 1980s mujahedeen fight against the Soviets [here is the blameless UN phrasing: "...the Soviet invasion in 1979, [which] triggered the mass production of opiates in Afghanistan"] and then -- in a repeat performance -- congruent with the US presence in Afghanistan since 2001, Afghanistan rapidly expanded opium production, and the global supply of heroin increased concomitantly. The price dropped as a result. New buyers entered the market. And the US now has several hundred thousand new addicts. Russia and the rest of Europe (with overland access to Afghanistan) have even more. The resulting social problems are hugely tragic and hugely costly for millions of families, and for our societies as a whole.

If we start being honest about why there is a major heroin epidemic, maybe we can get serious about solving the problem with meaningful eradication and interdiction. Aerial spraying of crops with herbicides or similar methods has been prohibited in Afghanistan, but it works. In 2014, Britain's former Ambassador to Afghanistan (2010-2012) called for legalization and regulation of illicit drugs as one means of attacking the problem.

Looking beyond the Mexican border for heroin, and inspecting all flights from southwest Asia, including military and CIA flights, could have a large impact on supply as well.

Serious measures are needed. Total world production of opiates always gets consumed: historically, the market for opiates has been extremely elastic. Land under poppy cultivation (in Afghanistan, Southeast Asia's Golden Triangle and Mexico) continues to increase. Without meaningful efforts to reduce opium production and entry of narcotics into the US, the epidemic of heroin addiction could become a considerably bigger problem than it is today.

UPDATE: From the Sept 7 Wall Street Journal, we learn that a US "friendly fire" airstrike in southern Afghanistan on Sept 6 "hit a 30 member elite counternarcotics police unit as they were on a mission..."

At least 11 died in "one of the deadliest friendly fire incidents in the country in recent years." Here is the Reuters story. The US denied the strike in Helmand province, but admitted to airstrikes in the adjacent province of Kandahar. According to the Guardian, "The US is the only member of the NATO coalition known to have carried out bombing raids in Afghanistan this year." The AP/WaPo on 9/8/15 reported that, "Brigadier General Shoffner [Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications in Afghanistan] said 'based on information we received [on 9/8], we feel it is prudent to investigate the airstrike our forces conducted in Kandahar.'"

The airstrike killed approximately as many people as died in counternarcotics efforts in all Afghanistan throughout 2014.

UPDATE: Helmand is the major opium-producing province in Afghanistan; military efforts in Helmand are managed primarily by the UK. In 2010, the magazine The Week accused UK soldiers of importing heroin back to Europe and Canada in military planes.

I will have more to say about the subject of heroin in a later post. Let me credit Professor Alfred McCoy's work, which provided me historical background: he is probably the world's foremost scholar on the subject of the global production and trade in illicit drugs.
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A National Security Agency (NSA) data gathering facility is seen in Bluffdale, about 25 miles south of Salt Lake City, Utah, on May 18, 2015.

November 05, 2015
New NSA domestic spy program too clumsy to use: U.S. senator
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WASHINGTON - A new, more limited system for monitoring Americans' phone calls for signs of terrorist intent is so slow and cumbersome that the U.S. National Security Agency will likely never use it, a senior Senate Republican said.

Richard Burr, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, opposed the new system when it was mandated earlier this year. He said this week he was not concerned by how the NSA will transition to it because it will probably not be used.

The NSA, which spies on electronic communications worldwide, is weeks away from ending its former indiscriminate vacuuming of information about Americans' phone calls, or metadata, and replacing it with a more targeted system.

Burr made his comments as lawmakers and Obama administration officials continue to disagree about the new approach to call monitoring, set to take effect on Nov. 29 under a law that overhauled domestic surveillance practices. It will replace a system exposed publicly more than two years ago by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and denounced by civil liberties advocates as overly intrusive.

The new system cannot be relied upon for national security purposes, Burr said in an interview on Tuesday.

"I'm not concerned with the rollout (of the new system) because I'm resigned to the fact that metadata will never be used again," added Burr, a Republican security hawk.

He said he would have preferred to let the NSA continue its data grabs unfettered, adding that discontinuing the metadata program represents "a loss in the arsenal we have to identify terrorists."

Asked about Burr's comments, White House National Security Council spokesman Ned Price replied that the USA Freedom Act, enacted in June, "struck a reasonable compromise which allows us to continue to protect the country while implementing various reforms."

A presidential review panel appointed by President Barack Obama found that while the now-abandoned metadata collection program may have assisted in terrorism-related investigations, it did not lead to a single clear counterterrorism breakthrough that could be directly attributed to the program.

The NSA declined to comment on Burr's remarks.

Under the new procedures, the government – NSA and law enforcement agencies – will only be able to obtain, with court authorization, telephone calling data of particular individuals or groups of individuals available through routine billing records maintained by telecommunications companies. The companies themselves will not be required to maintain such data in any particular format or for any specific period of time.

Under the previous law, the NSA itself collected and stored large volumes of telephone calling data from U.S. telecommunications companies and NSA spies were allowed to query it extensively, including charting an individual suspect's network of phone contacts, without a court warrant.


Some officials have raised concern about the effectiveness of the new system, although there is little indication that the NSA plans to forgo its use entirely.

NSA Director Mike Rogers told Burr's committee in late September that his agency would lose some operational capabilities without bulk collection. Additionally, Rogers said he could issue emergency orders to query phone data less than 24 hours after being alerted of potential terrorist activity. Such orders will now have to come from the U.S. attorney general, Rogers said, so it could take longer to "connect the dots" in an investigation.

Others in the intelligence community disagreed.

FBI Director James Comey told a congressional panel last month that the new surveillance program was likely to produce more useful intelligence for counterterrorism operations.

Jasper Graham, a former NSA technical director and now chief technology officer at cyber security company Darktrace, said it was extremely unlikely that spies would no longer rely on phone metadata under the new program.

"All of it is useful information ... even if it is tremendously burdensome and cumbersome," Graham said. But a slower process could raise challenges, he added, beca

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Activist shares stories of government surveillance with Worcester audience

Leslie James Pickering speaks in front of a photo of a 1998 arson at the Vail, Colorado, ski resort committed by members of the Earth Liberation Front. Photo/Chris Christo


Posted Nov 5, 2015 at 7:03 PM
Updated Nov 5, 2015 at 7:18 PM

WORCESTER – Leslie James Pickering has been paranoid for years but says he has good reason.

Through a series of mostly serendipitous discoveries, he learned a few years ago that the federal government has been watching nearly his every move.

An accidentally placed form in Mr. Pickering’s mailbox in Buffalo, New York, tipped off the advocate-turned-bookstore-owner that he was being investigated by the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and other government agencies since 2012. A laborious public records battle uncovered portions of the FBI file, which he says is more than 30,000 pages long, according to statements by federal attorneys in court.

The longtime activist shared his experiences Tuesday at the activist-artist collective and community resource center Stone Soup. Addressing about 30 people, including local activists and Black Lives Matter leaders, Mr. Pickering shared advice with his peers on how to fight government repression – he told them to always resist, share with the media their struggles to gain exposure and to request all documentation the government keeps on them through the federal Freedom of Information Act.

“When you find out you’re under surveillance … it can be really intimidating,” he said before the talk. “A lot of people run and hide and call it quits because of this. We want to set a different example and show people you can turn lemons into lemonade, so to speak, and continue to fight.”

Mr. Pickering, 37, was the unofficial spokesman for the radical environmental group Earth Liberation Front in the late 1990s in Portland, Oregon. He worked in a separate entity he started with a peer dubbed the “ELF Press Office,” touting the accomplishments of the organization the FBI labeled eco-terrorism. The efforts of that group were featured in the Oscar-nominated 2011 documentary “If A Tree Falls.”

Mr. Pickering said he only received anonymous communiques from the underground ELF as he worked independently to get the group publicity. He said he never participated in or planned any crimes; ELF was behind several large-scale arsons. Still, Mr. Pickering has had approximately two dozen arrests to his nam

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