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Former upstate guard finally sentenced for raping wife in 2012
Friday, May 13, 2016, 7:16 PM


Francisco Martinez, 47, fled to the Dominican Republic in the middle of his trial four years ago but was returned to the U.S. last year as a fugitive.
He’s no stranger to prison.

A upstate corrections officer convicted in 2012 for raping and psychologically torturing his wife was finally sentenced Friday and is headed back to his old stomping grounds.

Francisco Martinez, 47, fled to the Dominican Republic in the middle of his trial four years ago but was returned to the U.S. last year as a fugitive.

The former guard at th

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JUNE 17, 2016 11:17AM
Funding the FBI
On Fox News last night, Megyn Kelly agreed with her guest James Kallstrom that the FBI needs a larger budget. The horrific attack in Orlando has raised the issue of whether the FBI has sufficient resources to investigate potential terrorists.

I don’t know how large the FBI budget should be. The agency does fill a lot of crucial roles, including tackling never-ending corruption in federal, state, and local governments.

But I do know that the FBI has not been starved; its budget has grown rapidly. The chart, from DownsizingGovernment.org, shows that FBI spending in constant 2016 dollars has more than tripled since 1990, from $2.7 billion to $9.1 billion. 


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June 18, 2016UncategorizedBernie Sanders’ national address, Clinton collusion, CyberWar, Foreign Service versus Assad, Homeland Security guidance on active shooter scenarios, Israel at the UN, Obama’s migrants, Orlando, Pete Rose, precedent

June 17-19, 2016 — FBI caught scripting Orlando shooting case


Jun 17, 2016

Mateen was more than known to the FBI and CIA.


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incog99 (Oceanside) “Wayne’s latest report is jaw dropping.”






CIA connections with the families of Omar Mateen and the Tsarnayev brothers




Ford Foundation, a philanthropic facade for the CIA

by Paul Labarique

Between 1947 and 1966 the Ford Foundation played a key role in the network of US interference in Europe through the subvention of magazines, scientific programs and non-communist left-wing organizations. The largest philanthropic organization in the world was in fact providing a respectful facade for CIA financial and contact operations. This role was even more possible by the fact that the same persons designed and directed both organizations. Below you will find the first part of our research on the cultural aspects of the Atlantic interventionism.


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Reflections on the Use of Greenscreen




Homeland Security Guidance Documents

from http://cryptome.org/:

Active Shooter Complex Attach Resources

June 17, 2016


Active Shooter Study Quick Reference Guide

June 17, 2016


Survival in Active Shooter and Mass Casualty

June 17, 2016


First Responder Guidance Active Shooter Incidents

June 17, 2016




FBI in Salt Lake City discusses
current threats in wake of Orlando attacks
POSTED 9:32 PM, JUNE 16, 2016,
SALT LAKE CITY -- The FBI office in Salt Lake City has been flooded with calls since the weekend's attack in Orlando.

Eric Barnhart, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Salt Lake City office, confirms their biggest threat is homegrown violent extremists.

"That is our greatest concern," he said. "We've described it as searching for needles in a haystack of needles."

Barnhart admits there are several people under investigation in this region, which includes Utah, Idaho, and Montana, but says there's no reason to be alarmed.

"We have no actionable plans or intent or any indications that anything is imminent," Barnhart said.

Many have raised conce


FBI's iPhone paid-for hack should be barred, say ex-govt officials
Cybersecurity bods argue for formalizing zero-day disclosure rules
10 10
17 Jun 2016 at 19:29,
The FBI's purchase of a hack to get into the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone should have been barred.

That's according to a new paper from two former US government cybersecurity officials, Ari Schwartz and Rob Knake.

In their paper [PDF] they dig into the current vulnerability equities process (VEP), disclosed in 2014, which the US government uses to decide whether to disclose critical securit





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File under you first have to get caught
to become a statistic


officers arrested 1,100 times per year, or 3 per day, nationwide
By Tom Jackman June 22 2016

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NYPD detectives' union chief slams 'out of control' CCRB

Sunday, June 26, 2016, 4:37 PM


Black Lives Matter crashes LGBT mural unveiling in Toronto


: Saturday, June 25, 2016

Black Lives Matter protesters chanting “No pride in police” crashed a Toronto Police news conference Friday, where Chief Mark Saunders unveiled a mural honouring the local LGBTQ community. (JOHNNYOATLEY/VIA TWITTER)
A group of Black Lives Matter activists barged into a Toronto police department ceremony, where cops unveiled a mural honoring the LGBT community as a public apology for a decades-old anti-gay raid.

The protesters, chanting “No pride in police,” said the cop's gesture was nothing more than a publicity stunt “used to mask the reality of police relations amongst the queer and trans community, black people, indigenous people, sex workers et cetera,” local BLM co-founder Rodney Diverlus, 26, told the Toronto Star.

The mural was meant to celebrate the history of Toronto’s gay community and serve as a re



The FBI Is Anonymously Calling LGBT Witnesses 'Not Credible'

A number of gay men are on the record, but the FBI is anonymously calling them "not credible."

JUNE 25 2016 1:10 PM
The FBI still has provided no explanation for what led Omar Mateen to kill 49 people and wound 53 others in an attack on a gay nightclub on Latin Night. But someone at the FBI is anonymously telling multiple media outlets that Omar Mateen didn’t have a secret gay life.

The witnesses who’ve come forward aren’t buying it, and some are striking back at the FBI for its failures leading up to the shooting. The FBI had interviewed Mateen a number of times before the shooting and removed him from a terrorist watchlist.

Kevin West had first told the Los Angeles Times he talked with Mateen on the gay dating app, Jack’d, for a year.

"It's almost certain that he covered his tracks," West told the Orlando Sentinel in response to the FBI’s anonymous quotes. "Lots of people are still secretive about it. They say they don't show their face online because, 'I'm not out to my family, or because of my career.'"

In other words, the FBI is naive if it really expected to find gay dating apps on Mateen’s phone, or anything in his Internet browsing history



Nevada deputy accused of misconduct in drug probe
2:11 PM, Jun 25, 2016

- A former Washoe County sheriff's deputy faces a felony charge of misconduct after he allegedly sold sensitive information to a purported drug dealer.

The sheriff's office says Andrew Casacca of Sparks was booked into the Washo



Police officer charged with sex crime resigns, Brunswick chief says
The officer is accused of sending explicit photos of himself to an undercover agent he believed was a minor.

BRUNSWICK — A Maine police officer charged with sending explicit pictures of himself to an undercover agent he thought was a 13-year-old girl has resigned from the Brunswick police department.

According to court paperwork, the Department of Homeland Security began investigating Brosnan after tracking him to a complaint from a parent in Arizona, who found his daughter having inappropriate conversations with someone online.

Court records show Brosnan then having conversations with a special agent posing as a 14-year-old girl, several of which became sexual and included pictures of him naked and asking for pictures in return.

On one occasion Brosnan asked for a picture of her without a bra on and stated that he would “like to make her pregnant.”

He also posted a series of videos of himself.

In one he appeared to say, “Come on baby, you have seen me, let’s go, let me see.”

Wednesday Brunswick’s Police Chief Richard Rizzo says he is disappointed and shocked
WCSH-TV reports that Brunswick Police Chief Richard Rizzo announced the resignation of 25-year-old Garrett Brosnan, of Bath, on Saturday.


Alabama police officer arrested, accused of sexually assaulting man while on duty

on June 15, 2016 at 11:58 AM, updated June 15, 2016 at 12:27 PM


A Montgomery police officer was arrested Tuesday and charged in the sexual assault of a man.

Deonte Lashawn Hamner, 27, is charged with first-degree sodomy, a Class A felony Montgomery police


NYPD pull prank on rookie

Sunday, June 26, 2016, 8:37 PM


The joke's on them.

A crew of NYPD nincompoops who pulled a locker-room prank on an ambitious rookie in Brooklyn may be facing departmental charges now that the precinct’s commander is treating the practical joke like a felony crime, the Daily News has learned.

On Friday, someone yanked out Police Officer Patrick Kurek’s locker inside the 72nd Precinct stationhouse in Sunset Park, turned it upside down, and put it back in its place, police source


FBI Budget For Surveillance Tech To Reach Close To $1B: What Is ...
Tech Times-


With the request for additional budget of over $100 million for next year, the budget of the FBI's Operational Technology Division inches closer ...




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Crime U.S. World Politics
Family of slain North Dakota informant files wrongful death suit
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Tuesday, July 5, 2016, 5:12 PM


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FBI JFK Assassination
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The people of the TSBD were likewise ultraconservative. Roy Truly, the building manager, strongly disapproved of Kennedy’s foreign policies and believed him to be a “race mixer.” [9] Gladys Cason, wife of the president of the TSBD, said on one occasion that someone ought to shoot President Kennedy. [10] Her husband Jack was active in the American Legion since 1945. As post commander, he was involved, or simpatico, with J. Edgar Hoover’s recruitment of Legionnaires as informants. By 1943, some 60,000 Legion members belonging to 11,000 posts around the country served as confidential informants. Among their tasks was safeguarding the security of defense plants, transportation facilities, and public utilities. [11]

In line with the FBI’s mission to spy on leftist groups was Joe Molina, who worked as
credit manager at the TSBD since 1947. Molina and FBI undercover agent Bill Lowery worked together to infiltrate the American GI Forum, a leftist organization. Working for the CIA was William Shelley, who was in the TSBD miscellaneous department. Billy Lovelady, truck driver for the TSBD, was involved in an illegal weapons deal when he was in the Air Force in Washington DC. [12] Joe Bergin, manager of the Scott Foresman office on the fourth floor of the TSBD, was secretly a Texas Ranger.

The link of the schoolbook business to the intelligence agencies is well-established. Working as law editor for Bobbs Merrill in Indianapolis since the late 1960s was CIA agent William Harvey, [13] who played an active part in the Kennedy assassination. On the third floor of the TSBD was McGraw-Hill. It was not only a publisher of schoolbooks, it was also was a contractor for the Foreign Technology Division, devoted to collecting data on Soviet aerospace technology. Professors and scholars engaged in this activity used as their cover the seemingly innocuous name of the schoolbook firm. [14] At 4640 Harry Hines Boulevard was the office of Van Nostrand. In September 1965 a Van Nostrand schoolbook salesman, Newcomb Mott, entered the Soviet Union without a visa by crossing the Norwegian border. Suspecting him of being a CIA agent, the Soviets arrested Mott and put him on trial for entering the country illegally. He was convicted and sentenced to a forced labor camp. Before he got there, he committed suicide, or was murdered, using a razor blade received in a gift package from the American Embassy. Mott’s entry into the Soviet Union by a little known and remote route parallels the way Lee Harvey Oswald entered the Soviet Union via Finland. [15]

When Oswald returned to the United States, his friend George de Mohrenschildt helped him get a job at a typesetting company called Jaggars Chiles Stovall at 522 Browder Street, where it had been since 1941. He worked as a cameraman from October 1962 to April 1963. Although most of his work was commercial, some of it consisted of top secret projects for the Navy Bureau Materiel and the Army Mapping Service.

At 703 and 707 Browder Street was the old LSBD. The close proximity of two companies, both engaged in anti-communist or anti-Soviet activities, suggests a common bond between them. If they worked in tandem in the plot to kill the president, then it was no coincidence that Oswald, the future patsy, started working for the typesetting company at the same time construction began on the new schoolbook depository on Harry Hines Boulevard.

Preparations for the hit in Dallas began as early as 1961, when steps were taken to remove a long-standing tenant from the 411 Elm Street building. Sexton Quality Foods, a wholesale grocery firm headquartered in Chicago, had been using the building as a warehouse since January 1, 1941. To induce the Sexton Company to vacate the premises, Trammell Crow contracted a construction company to build a single-story, 60,000-square-foot, masonry structure (suitable for forklifts), on four and half acres in the Brook Hollow Industrial District. When it was finished in October 1961, Crow leased it to Sexton (DMN 9-3-61). Sexton vacated the Elm Street building on November 14, 1961. The following year, perhaps in the fall of 1962, the TSBD began making extensive modifications, such as the addition of office suites to the third and fourth floors and installing a passenger elevator. These improvements delayed the opening of the building to the summer of 1963, about five to six months after the LSBD had already moved to Harry Hines Boulevard.

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Climate Change is Pushing Lake Okeechobee’s Water Levels Higher — And that’s Bad News For Algae Blooms, Flood Risk
More powerful storms. Heavier extreme rainfall events. Storms with higher potential energy. These are the result of a human-forced warming of the Earth’s atmosphere. And South Florida finds itself sandwiched between heavier evaporation flows streaming off the Gulf of Mexico, a more volatilely stormy North Atlantic, and large rivers of moisture streaming in from the Southeast Pacific.

(Atmospheric water vapor levels over South Florida during late June of 2016. South Florida sits between numerous heavily laden atmospheric moisture flows. As human forced warming increases evaporation, these moisture flows expand, resulting in heavier rainfall potentials during storms over South Florida. This climate change dynamic is increasing over-topping flood risks for Lake Okeechobee even as the added heat and rainfall run-off enhances the potential for toxic algae blooms like the one now afflicting South Florida. Image source: Earth Nullschool).

And as these moisture-enhanced storms of climate change dump heavier and heavier rains over South Florida’s Lake Okeechobee, the choice appears to be one between flood risk or toxic algae blooms.


Flood Risk Worsens With Climate Change

Lake Okeechobee sits at the heart of South Florida. Covering 730 square miles, the lake is bounded on the north, east, and west by farms. Run-off from these farms streams into the lake, feeding the growth of algae blooms. As the Earth’s atmosphere and ocean warmed due to human greenhouse gas emissions, rainfall events over South Florida have grown more intense. This trend increases

FBI Octopus

New Brick Municipal Court Judge Approved Unanimously
Shorebeat-Jul 12, 2016
Grisanti is also a former FBI agent and served in the United States Navy. brick nj news Joseph Grisanti Municipal Court Judge 2016-07-13. Daniel Nee. Share.

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Wed, Jul 13th 2016 1:02pm


Agent's Testimony Shows FBI Not All That Interested In Ensuring The Integrity Of Its Forensic Evidence
from the bad-things-are-good-if-done-for-the-'right'-reasons dept
Security researcher Jonathan Zdziarski has been picking apart the FBI's oral testimony on the NIT it deployed in the Matish/Playpen


Corbetts deny abuse claims by Martens lawyers


Ms Martens and her father, retired FBI agent Thomas Martens (66), are claiming self-defence in the case which is related to the death of Jason Corbett last .


FBI Incites Police Violence Against Black Lives Matter Protests ...
teleSUR English-
Protester Ieshia Evans is detained by law enforcement near the headquarters of the Baton Rouge Police Department in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S. July 9, ...


How James Baldwin Trolled the FBI
Atlas Obscura-

James Baldwin's unflinching critique of racial unrest in America - and the government's role in perpetuating it - earned him a spot on several FBI watchlists and ...


-Colfax County deputy pleads guilty in drugs, theft case
A former Colfax County Sheriff's deputy has pleaded guilty to federal drug trafficking and theft of government property charges.



5 Reasons The Comey Hearing Was The Worst Education In Criminal Justice The American Public Has Ever Had
What America Saw on July 7th in No Way Resembles Our Justice System
07/07/2016 11:39 pm 23:39:05 | Updated 5 days ago
Seth Abramson
Attorney; Assistant Professor at University of New Hampshire; Poet; Editor, Best American Experimental Writing; Founder, #NewBlue.

Full disclosure: After graduating from Harvard Law School in 2001, I practiced criminal law in multiple jurisdictions over the following seven years, representing more than 2,000 criminal defendants in all. While I supported and voted for Bernie Sanders during the Democratic primary, I’m aware that Sanders is likely to endorse Clinton next week and ― having voted for the Democrat in every election I’ve ever voted in ― I likewise plan to vote for Hillary Clinton if her major-party opponent is Donald Trump come November. So if your reaction to this article in any way depends on the theory that I’m something other than a lifelong Democrat who currently plans to vote for Hillary Clinton in the fall, please reconsider that position.

Having said the above, and speaking as a long-time criminal attorney, what I heard discussed on July 7th, 2016 during FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before Congress in no way resembles the criminal justice system I worked in as a public defender between 2000 and 2007. In representing more than 2,000 indigent defendants in multiple jurisdictions, neither the values nor practices I heard described by Director Comey were at all familiar to me. I feel compelled to speak out about this in part because Comey’s testimony before Congress coincides with the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile ― not to mention scores of other highly publicized shootings of unarmed black men by police officers ― and I have not yet seen anyone draw the conn

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Teens learn about future law enforcement careers in Yale-FBI program
Yale News
Twenty-six anxious teens were driven by their parents to the Yale campus on July 24; there members of the FBI and Yale Police Department (YPD) awaited their .



NYC Crime Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Education Weather Obituaries
NYPD incident with Assemblyman reminder of needed reform
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, August 1, 2016, 7:57 PM


KING: Want to be a violent racist with job security? Become a cop

KING: Police should be routinely tested for drugs and steroids

KING: Cops must be trained more than cosmetologists in America

also see


KING: Policing for profit in America must be banned

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, August 1, 2016,



NYPD cop Gordon has been under investigation since Friday for the comments. To an audience of some 1,500 Facebook friends, he called First Lady of New York City Chirlane McCray a “former crack addict” and described the public he is sworn to protect as “sheep.”

Black Lives Matter supporter rips down blue ribbons for police
He also disrespected black people, saying, “Stop acting like anyone owes you anything. Slavery ended 149 years ago.”



Protesters hold 'Occupy City Hall' rally, demand Bratton be fired

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, August 1, 2016, 12:07

Protesters at a Black Lives Matter protest inside City Hall Park calling for NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton to be fired. (ANGUS MORDANT/FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)
Black lives matter activists demanded Monday Mayor de Blasio fire NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton during a full day of protests at City Hall.

Around 100 protesters had gathered in City Hall park before noon, holding workshops, group discussions and speeches. Many vowed to sleep in the park overnight and not leave until their demands were met. A large rally calling for the “Occupation of City Hall” was planned for 6 p.m.

"We want to envision the world without the police," Nabil Hassein, 27, said. "We're about abolition."



FBI director calls for restart of smartphone encryption debate
AppleInsider (press release)
FBI Director James Comey appears ready to relaunch the debate about encryption legislation with tech companies before "something terrible happens," and



Milton Student Completes FBI Youth Leadership Program
MILTON, GA -- Rising Milton High School sophomore Jack Miller was chosen to represent the FBI National Academy Associates' Georgia Chapter at the FBI ...


NSA whistleblower: The agency has all of Hillary's deleted emails
American Thinker (blog)-


“So if the FBI really wanted them they can go into that database and get them right now,” he stated of ... They have them all and the FBI can get them right there.”.


What to Do About Lawless Government Hacking and the Weakening ...


The problem became especially clear this year during the San Bernardino case, involving the FBI's demand that Apple rewrite its iOS operating system to defeat ...


Breyer: Courthouse Bugs Violate Fourth Amendment
The Recorder-

Between December 2009 and September 2010, the FBI used hidden microphones in four locations outside the San Mateo County Courthouse in Redwood City ...



Joe Gyan

Former Sorrento Police Chief Earl Theriot Jr. and the town owe $50,000 in damages to a woman who Theriot forced to perform sexual acts on him in his office while she was intoxicated in 2013, a Baton Rouge federal judge decided Monday.


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Police Shoot Department Store Mannequin 67 Times After Mistaking it for Gunman
August 15 2016


SCRANTON, Pa. – While responding to a call about a suspicious person in the vicinity of Viewmont Mall early Sunday morning, Scranton police opened fire on a discarded department store mannequin which they initially believed was a man armed with a handgun.

The mishap began shortly after 12:15 a.m. on Sunday morning when police received a call about a possible homeless man lurking in the alley behind the Macy’s department store on Viewmont Drive. Officers arrived on the scene to find what they believed was a muscular African-American m

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Powerful Cyclone to Blow Hole in Thinning Arctic Sea Ice
Back in 2012, a powerful Arctic cyclone smashed the sea ice with days of wind and powerful waves. This year, a storm that’s nearly as powerful threatens to make a similar mark on late-season melt. With a very unstable Arctic weather pattern in play, there’s an outlier possibility the dynamic is setting up for something even more dramatic by late August.


Earlier today, a strong gale roared up out of the Laptev Sea north of central Siberia. Feeding on the abnormally warm, moist air over the Barents Sea and the hot air over northwestern Siberia, the storm collided with comparatively cold air over the central Arctic. The differences between hot/cold and damp/dry air can really bomb out a storm system.

(Storms, heat and moisture feed up through a high-amplitude wave in the Jet Stream over northern Europe and Siberia and into a developing Arctic cyclone over the Laptev Sea during the early hours of August 15, 2016. Image source: LANCE MODIS.)

Central pressures in the storm fell to 969 millibars and the winds whipping out over the Laptev, East Siberian, and central Arctic waters gusted at 45 to 55 miles per hour. Waves of 6 to 10 feet or higher roared through the newly-opened waters filled with increasingly dispersed ice floes.

The Great Arctic Cyclone of 2016?

This powerful storm is pulling these strong winds over some of the weakest and thinnest sections of Arctic sea ice. During July and August a huge section of ice running along the 80° North Latitude line and stretching from the Laptev, through the East Siberian Sea, and into the Beaufort Sea grew ever more thin and eventually dispersed. Now 25 to 60 percent ice concentrations in this region abound — a tongue of thinning which stretches nearly to the North Pole itself.

(A powerful storm running out of the Laptev Sea and into the central Arctic is threatening sea ice with strong winds, large waves, and the motion of abnormally warm surface waters. Image source: Earth Nullschool.)

The storm is generating waves, mixing warmer-than-normal surface waters with even higher temperature waters just below. These sea surfaces are between 1 and 2 degrees Celsius above average over much of the area, with pockets of 3 or even 4 C above normal surface water temperatures interspersed. The storm’s Coriolis Effect will spin chunks of ice out from the pack to float lonely in these warmer-than-normal waters as they are churned by the raging swells.

Storm Raging Over Warm Waters, Thin Ice

Currently, the storm’s strongest winds and waves are running through a big melt wedge that extends from the Laptev and East Siberian Seas toward the 85th parallel. The motion and force produced by the storm’s winds and waves will eject the ice currently located over the northern East Siberian and Chukchi Seas even as waves eat into it. Upwelling of warm water in the seas beneath the center of the storm will open and disperse the ice, generating holes and polynya as it tracks north of the 85th parallel and toward the Pole.

(Very low concentrations of ice, like those seen in this Uni Bremen image, are vulnerable to disruption and melting by storms during August and early September. Current ice thinning and dispersal are among the worst seen for any year. With a powerful storm now raging over the ice, impacts to end-season totals could be significant. Image source: Universität Bremen.)

Compared to the Great Arctic Cyclone (GAC) of 2012 — an event that helped to tip th




Photo credit: Adapted by WhoWhatWhy from White House / HistoryCommons.org (CC BY-NC-SA 1.0)
Some people view the release of the infamous “28 Pages” on the involvement of Saudi Arabia in the attacks of September 11, 2001 as the end of a process. But WhoWhatWhy’s Editor-in-Chief Russ Baker points out that the new section raises more questions than it answers.

Watch Russ discuss the 28 Pages and shed light on what they do not reveal.



Full Text Transcript:

These days the conspiracy theory factories, large and self-sustaining for those of us that like to question beyond the mainstream media spoon-fed narrative, this is a good thing. Of course, certain of those among us will get stuck over in the deep end of the conspiracy whirlpool, but that doesn’t rob those of us with more sober minds of our legitimate concerns and doubts, take 9-11 for example. Conspiracies from all ends of the spectrum surround the events of 9-11, but you don’t have to think that the whole event was set up by the Bush Administration to know that something fishy was going on in the back halls of power. Why is that? Well, take for example the recently released 28 pages; redacted until just this year and now available to the public. Among other things, the 28 pages seem to suggest suspicious Saudi royal family links with some of the hijackers. Recently Sean Stone sat down with the founder of whowhatwhy.org, an expert on 9-11: Russ Baker. Sean first asked him if the CIA was also on the trail of the hijackers and how the 28 pages relates to that agency’s operations back in the early 2000s. Let’s take a listen.

Russ Baker: My sense after years of following this story and after our site Whowhatwhy, breaking another piece of it about the Sarasota, Florida connection again to the Saudi royal family with the hijackers, I think there are layers and layers and layers of this thing. It’s very, very complicated and I do think that there is a larger game in play that will explain why the US government is so determined that we not understand the full scope of what took place.

Interviewer: Absolutely. But let’s start with what has been divulged from the 28 pages. Obviously it focuses only on the San Diego side and San Diego cell of the hijackers, doesn’t get into Florida and other locations, but what do we now know that we did not know before those 28 pages were declassified?

Russ Baker: Well, some of this had already been out a bit. What’s interesting, I mean here’s the basic background, if I may quickly sketch it. You had a Congressional Inquiry following the 9-11 attacks. You also had the so called Official 9-11 Inquiry. The Congressional Inquiry is the one we’re talking about. They produced a report, about 28 pages of that report were entirely redacted, and those pages dealt with information that the panel saw relating to connections between the Saudi royal family and the hijackers via some individuals, two in particular who you mentioned who are Bayoumi and Basnan, who appeared to have been some kind of Saudi intelligence officers, so that’s that report



His name is Khan and He’s Probably on a List. Good Luck Getting Off It
BY SEEMA SIROHI ON 14/08/2016         •

Cash at Airports, But Rarely Makes Arrests


The DEA has seized more than $203 million in cash at 15 major airports as part of an effort to stop narcotics traffickers between 2005 and mid-2015.

But the USA Today found that the DEA rarely uses information to make arrests or build criminal cases.

In most cases, the DEA seized the money and gave the suspected drug couriers a receipt for cash without filing charges. At times, more than $50,000 has been confiscated.

Trouble is, it’s difficult for travelers to get their money back



NYC Crime Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Education Weather Obituaries
Retired NYPD detective shoots two sons then kills himself
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, August 15, 2016, 12:19


me U.S. World Politics
Officials defend trooper who pulled gun on man, 7-year-old girl
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, August 15, 2016, 2:47 PM

FBI Octopus


FBI Vet Stephanie Douglas Joins Guidepost Solutions as Managing Director
Jay Clemens August 16, 2016         Executive Moves, News 607 Views

Stephanie Douglas, a 23-year veteran of the FBI, has joined Guidepost Solutions as a managing director in the investigations and risk management firm’s San Francisco office.

Douglas will work to help conduct investigations, corporate security, intellectual property protection and insider threat management for customers, Guidepost Solutions said Monday.

Guidepost CEO Julie Myers Wood said Douglas will help the company provide strategic services to clients in order to address security and investigative issues.

She joined public utility Pacific Gas & Electric as senior director after her retirement from the FBI, where her roles encompassed functions such as security risk mitigation and issue response.

Her most recent role at the FBI was executive assistant director for the national security branch, with responsibility for the bureau’s efforts in domestic and international counterterrorism, counterintelligence, weapons of mass destruction and intelligence matters.

Douglas started with the bureau as a special agent and later moved into the roles of supervisory special agent, inspector, deputy assistant director and special agent in charge of the San Fr

Couter-terrorism: FBI to assist military
The Nation Newspaper-
They (FBI) operatives are to offer technical assistance to the Federal Government to deal with terrorism. Acting Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy in Nigeria,


Spending Millions To Fund ‘The Inspectors’; Kids Show Airs On CBS
        David RobbAugust 15, 2016

The U.S. government has spent $5.4 million during the past two years to finance a children’s television show about postal inspectors – and it could spend millions more over the next two years. Currently filming its second season in Charleston, SC, CBS’ The Inspectors is the only show on commercial television that’s paid for by a governmental agency.

The show, which is part of the network’s three-hour block of Saturday morning kids programming, features actors in the roles of fictional crime-fighting postal inspectors. Inspired by real-life cases of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, each episode concludes with a crime-prevention message from the real-life chief inspector of the USPIS, Guy Cottrell.

The show is produced by Litton Entertainment, which in recent years has come to dominate children’s television programming. It produces three-hour blocks of “educational and informational” shows for CBS and ABC; a five-hour block for The CW; and, beginning in October, another three-hour block for NBC.

Responding to a Freedom of Information Act request, the USPIS told Deadline: “In reference to your request for how much money the USPIS has spent on the The Inspectors in direct financing, you are informed that the United States Postal Service has contracted with Litton Syndications Inc. to develop, write, produce, and air a consumer awareness and crime prevention 30-minute campaign titled, The Inspectors. The contract was awarded for $5.4 million and the period of performance is 9/15/2014 to 9/14/2016, with potential to extend the contract for an additional two one-year option periods.”

Internal FBI memos show that J. Edgar Hoover got a hold of a popular TV show in the 1960s and ran it with dictatorial authority for nine seasons. The show was The FBI, starring Efren Zimbalist Jr., and FBI documents reveal that he controlled every aspect of its production: approving the cast and crew, writers, directors and every word in every script. Anyone with a criminal background was banned from working on the show, as was anyone suspected of being a “pervert” or of being remotely connected to the “worldwide Communist conspiracy.” Hoover even controlled who could advertise on the show.



D.C. Government to Absolve Hillary Clinton of $26,950 in Unpaid Parking Tickets
WASHINGTON, D.C. – At the request of Attorney General Loretta Lynch, the District of Columbia has agreed to waive nearly $27,000 worth of unpaid parking tickets and citations issued to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton during her time as Secretary of State.

According to the D.C. Department of Public Works, which oversees parking enforcement in the nation’s capital, Clinton, who served under Obama as Secretary of State from 2009 until 2013, routinely parked illegally, “often in front of fire hydrants or in spaces specifically designated for disabled veterans or handicapped individuals.” Due to her position at

Called a sex predator, powerful prosecutor get slap


Hacker claims to be selling stolen NSA spy tools


The FBI declined to say whether it's investigating the potential theft of sensitive information. The office of the Director of National Intelligence, which oversees the 


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City councilwoman in NYPD ticket-squashing scandal will stay put

Tuesday, August 16, 2016,

Melissa Mark-Viverito defends choice to block vote on police reform bill


Tuesday, August 16, 2016, 3:00 PM

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito recently came under fire for blocking a vote on a pair of controversial police reform bills called the Right to Know Act. (COREY SIPKIN/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)
It would not be “responsible” to allow a bill to pass because a majority of legislators support it, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said Tuesday.

“That's not the way it works,” Mark-Viverito said when asked why legislation supported by a majority of members should not become law.

“Not every single bill that has 35, 40 sponsors automatically becomes law,” she said. “That is not a responsible way of legislating or govern

FBI Agent Michael German Taught Hollywood How to Get Counterterrorism Right
MONDAY, AUGUST 15, 2016 AT 12 P.M.


Michael German went undercover with white supremacists for a year and with right-wing militants for another eight months and now he wants to set some things straight.

“One of the things I learned working undercover is that the studies that the FBI or even academia had on these groups were very different from what I was seeing in front of me,” German says.

His book Thinking Like a Terrorist: Insights of a Former FBI Undercover Agent swiped at the powers that be, who didn’t want to hear that their approach to counterter

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Bronx cop stripped of gun and badge for social media rant
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Forensic Fraud
Commencing in 1993, the NWC took on the daunting task of documenting forensic fraud and abuses in the world-renowned FBI crime lab. As a direct result of information disclosed by an FBI scientist, Dr. Frederic Whitehurst, the US Department of Justice issued an extensive report validating most of the whistleblower's claims. 

As a result, the FBI agreed to unprecedented reforms including: outside accreditation of its crime lab, the appointment of an objective, independent scientist to oversee lab operations, and removal of various lab officials who had engaged in forensic misconduct.
After leading a successful six-year campaign to reform the FBI's Forensic Crime Lab, the NWC's Forensic Justice Project (FJP) commenced a review of misconduct in crime labs nationwide. The cases under review have impacted many potential wrongful convictions, have resulted in the review of thousands of cases, and have given freedom to wrongfully convicted defendants. In addition to reviewing misconduct at state crime labs, the FJP continues to monitor and expose problems within the FBI crime lab.

Visit the Whistleblower Protection Blog for updates on the FJP.

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On March 1, 1972, the FBI had John Lennon and Yoko Ono in its sights. A federal agent declared that the superstar couple would be arrested for “interstate ..



Cops counter-protest against Kaepernick is the real selfish act

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Cop Ben Fields not being charged is why Kaepernick protests

Saturday, September 3, 2016, 2:23 PM

After an outrageously long 11-month investigation into a 15-second incident that was caught on video, an ex-South Carolina cop will not be charged for grabbing a young girl by her neck while she was sitting in her classroom, yanking her out of the desk, tossing her across the room, then handcuffing her ... for having a cellphone in class.



Teenager at center of police sex scandals arrested in Florida

Friday, September 2, 2016, 7:51 PM

Celeste Guap, real name Jasmine Absulin, was arrested for battery in Florida. (MARTIN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE)
The teenage sex worker at the center of scandals involving multiple California police departments has been arrested at a rehab center in Florida.

Celeste Guap, now 19, told reporters earlier this year that she had sex with dozens of officers from Bay Area forces, including three while she was underage.

Seven Bay Area departments are linked to a scandal where Guap said she had sex with dozens of police officers. (FACEBOOK)
The daughter of an Oakland police dispatcher, Guap also said that she was tipped off about prostitution raids that could have seen her arrested.


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Getting Ready for Medicare-SHIBA, 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 17. Aging and Fraud Prevention with Ethan Via, Special Agent, FBI, 1-2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 20.

a volunteer civilian review police board with subpoena powers
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personnel in every community.

Tell us what you think of this idea and any success you have had
implementing this model.

the board would be comprised of volunteers with the board changed every 3 years.

One goal of the board is to allow the voters and taxpayers to determine
how they want to meet their needs for safety and what standards are needed to implement this model.

The volunteer civilian review board would hire .
and fire people who work for the criminal justice
system providing for the community"s safety needs.
This would be based on the standards of performance set by the board.

District Attorney Sim Gill determined the shooting was justified under the law, but Salt Lake City police policy is tougher on when officers can shoot.a


(KUTV) Six months after two Salt Lake City police officers fired on Abdi Mohamed near the homeless shelter, a civilian review board has determined the shooting was “not within” the police department’s policy on the use of deadly force.



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The FBI's latest mission: Be cool enough to recruit Wackers
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The FBI has struggled for years to attract enough fresh Wacker talent to defend America's computers. One problem? A culture clash between ...



An FBI special agent who pleaded guilty to indecent exposure in connection with an incident at the University of Arizona was sentenced Thursday to five days in jail and three years probation.

Pima County Justice of the Peace Jose Luis Castillo also ordered Ryan Seese, 34, to undergo a psycho-sexual evaluation and participate in any treatment programs recommended as a result, said Deputy Pima County Attorney Jesse Delaney.

Seese was cited last May on suspicion of public sexual indecency, criminal trespassing and indecent exposure after a custodial worker told officers she opened a bathroom stall in the Student Union and saw Seese masturbating, according to UA police.


FBI agent misconduct reveals sex, lies and videotape


By Scott Zamost and Kyra Phillips, CNN Special Investigations Unit
January 27, 2011 10:07 a.m. EST

FBI misconduct revealed
Internal documents obtained by CNN show misconduct by agents, supervisors
One document says one employee shared information with his news reporter girlfriend
More than 300 FBI employees out of 34,000 are disciplined each year, the bureau says
For more on this story, watch"The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer" tonight at 5 p.m. ET
Editor's note: Some content in this report may be offensive to readers. For more on this CNN exclusive story, watch Kyra Phillips' full report on "The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer" tonight starting at 6 p.m. ET.
Washington (CNN) -- An FBI employee shared confidential information with his girlfriend, who was a news reporter, then later threatened to release a sex tape the two had made.
A supervisor watched pornographic videos in his office during work hours while "satisfying himself."
And an employee in a "leadership position" misused a government database to check on two friends who were exotic dancers and allowed them into an FBI office after hours.
These are among confidential summaries of FBI disciplinary reports obtained by CNN, which describe misconduct by agency supervisors, agen


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Military experts say climate change poses 'significant risk' to security
A coalition of 25 prominent members of US national security community warn that higher temperatures and rising seas will inundate bases and fuel conflict

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A coalition of 25 military and national security experts, including former advisers to Ronald Reagan and George W Bush, has warned that climate change poses a “significant risk to US national security and international security” that requires more attention from the US federal government.

The prominent members of the US national security community warned that warming temperatures and rising seas will increasingly inundate military bases and fuel international conflict and mass migration, leading to “significant and direct risks to US military readiness, operations and strategy”.

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North Dakota arrest warrant for Amy Goodman raises fears for press freedom
The Democracy Now! host has been accused of entering private property during her reporting on the Native American protests of an oil pipeline



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What is the FBI hiding about Hillary?
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Yet the FBI — which knew of the post-subpoena destruction of evidence and ... In the case of the House, the FBI declined to surrender its files, and the agent it ...



Homeland Security Plans to Expand Fingerprint and Eye Scanning at Borders
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Line forms early outside federal courthouse on day of Bundy trial's ...
Oregon's FBI Special Agent in Charge Greg Bretzing also squeezed through the morning line to enter the courthouse early Tuesday. Federal protective services ...



Gazebo Where Tamir Rice Was Killed by Police Will Move to Chicago
An FBI agent at a nearby bank robbery came to the scene and was the first to attempt first aid on the child, who was shot once in the chest. A Cuyahoga County



Watched: Police agencies using public encounters to build massive ...
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“You're not entering their information in the McDonald's favorite customer system,” said Tim Kulp, a Charleston defense attorney and former FBI agent. “You are ...


Media Lab conference addresses gender bias, diversity, and ...
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Before she became senior partner at MindSpring Metro DC, she'd worked 28 years as a special agent with the FBI. In the conference session she led, Minor ...

UMd., UMB officials build case for FBI HQ with new national security ...
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Officials from the University of Maryland, College Park and University of Maryland, Baltimore met in Greenbelt Tuesday to unveil a national security partnership ...

A look at mayor's races around the state
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Two-term Vestavia Mayor, Butch Zaragoza, lost 43 percent to 57 percent to former FBI agent, Ashley Curry. In Trussville, five-term Mayor, Gene Melton, lost big ...

Former president, CEO of Ford Alan Mulally to present 2016 ...
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Sam Brownback, FBI agent and KU School of Business alumnus Robert Herndon, and former Kansas Gov. Bill Graves. The SELF Program was established in ...

from the folks who gave you private sector prisons

Grand Rapids’ former top cop goes to private sector
Private security firms expanding responsibilities

Published: September 13, 2016, 4:05 pm Updated: September 13, 2016, 6:36 pm

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WOOD) — After 34 years as a Grand Rapids police officer, including six as the department’s chief, Kevin Belk is returning to familiar territory.
Recently named the senior vice president at DK Security, he’ll be in charge of the agency’s Armed Division, Investigations and Special Operations.
“Another thing we’re looking at doing is creating an emergency response team so we can respond to a larger event — a problem, a crisis,” added Belk, who retired from his post as Grand Rapids police chief in February 2014.
Some of his duties may sound more appropriate for a big city police department than private security firm. But with traditional municipal police departments constantly looking for ways to do more with less, DK’s role and that of other private security firms is expanding.
“Public sector police departments across the country have been reducing their ranks over the last several years and more and more is going to continue to fall on the private sector,” Belk explained.
“Armed security is a whole different level than typical night watchman or guards. We’ve expanded that role,” said John Kendall, a retired U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Michigan, who along with retired FBI Supervisory Agent Bob DuHadway founded DK Security in 1994.
Kendall said he has talked with local police agencies about taking over some responsibilities, like providing K-9 units and crime scene investigation.
“There’s no reason for the police to be tied up with a fender bender for a half hour. We can direct traffic,” Kendall said. “Matter of fact, who do you think we hire? We hired retired police officers.”
Neighborhoods in cities like Detroit and Chicago have gone even further, hiring firms to pick up more of the work load from city police

Governor Scott and FDLE host Florida Missing Children's Day
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FBI Analyst Sentenced In Underage Sex Case

Posted: Fri 12:18 PM, Feb 23, 2007

February 23, 2007

A former FBI analyst has been sentenced for having sex with a young Spotsylvania County girl.

Forty four year old Anthony Lesko entered an Alford Plea to the charges in a Spotsylvania County Circuit to nine counts of felony indecent liberties upon a child.

The plea means that Lesko does not admit guilt but believes that there is enough evidence to convict him. Lesko was sentenced to seven years in prison with 15 years suspended under a plea agreement.

Lesko was also ordered to pay 10 thousand dollars in restitution to cover the girl's mental health counseling. According to police Lesko was engaged in nine sexual encounters with the girl, starting when she was nine years old.

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It made the average bomb tech a better bomb tech,” said Craig Greene, a special agent and bomb technician at the Albuquerque FBI. “In the past 20 years, the ...

Baltimore City Inspector General Pearre resigns
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He previously worked with auditing as an FBI agent focusing on corruption and also worked for the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations, Surveys and .


Judge orders trial for White Plans cop’s slay of ex-Marine

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KING: Ex-Marine was fired as W.Va. officer after failing to shoot man

Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 11:46 AM

While Mader says he was trying to deescalate the situation, two more cops arrived and shot R.J. Williams dead as he allegedly walked toward them, waving his gun. The gun he had was unloaded. What he needed was help. What he needed was a man who knew how to assess a problem and bring in skilled support to resolve it. Stephen Mader was that man, but this is America, not Afghanistan. Here, our police don't give a damn about your depression or suicidal tendencies or your young children or your future. If they deem you a threat, you're dead.



Family of Rikers inmate who died from untreated ulcer wins $1.5M

Updated: Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 1:00 PM



Bob Graham: Release more 9/11 records
By Bob Graham, New York Times
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 5:48pm

In July, after approval from the Obama administration, Congress released a 28-page chapter of previously classified material from the final report of a joint congressional inquiry into the Sept. 11 attacks. Saudi Arabia's foreign minister, Adel al-Jubeir, said that the document had ruled out any Saudi involvement in the attack. "The matter is now finished," he declared.

But it is not finished. Questions about whether the Saudi government assisted the terrorists remain unanswered. Now, as we pass the 15th anniversary of the most heinous attack on the United States since Pearl Harbor, it is time for our government to release more documents from other investigations into Sept. 11 that have remained secret all these years.

The recently released 28 pages were written in the fall of 2002 by a committee of which I was a co-chairman. That chapter focused on three of the 19 hijackers who lived for a time in Los Angeles and San Diego. The pages suggested new trails of inquiry worth following, including why an al-Qaida operative had the unlisted phone number for the company that managed the Colorado estate of Prince Bandar bin Sultan, then the Saudi ambassador.

Some of those questions might be answered if the government released more of the findings of the Sept. 11 commission, the citizens inquiry that followed our congressional inquest. The commission said that it found no Saudi links to the hijackers. But it could satisfy lingering doubts by releasing more of its records. Parallel investigations were also conducted by the FBI and CIA. How much did they look into whether Bandar or other Saudis aided the hijackers?

The government also knows more today about the 16 hijackers who lived outside California than when the 28 pages were classified in 2003. Much of that information remains secret but should be made public. For example, the FBI for a time claimed that it had found


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Since 9/11, however, it's been obvious that these special intelligence committees have not effectively overseen the NSA, FBI, and other member

Today, we join with Demand Progress, R Street Institute, and FreedomWorks in a white paper calling on the House of Representatives to reinvigorate its commitment to provide a meaningful check on executive-branch surveillance and reform how it conducts oversight over intelligence matters. This paper is complemented by a letter from 33 organizations endorsing stronger oversight of the intelligence community. 

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When the House convenes for the 115th Congress in January, it should update its rules to enhance opportunities for oversight by HPSCI members, by members of other committees with related jurisdiction, and by all other representatives. The House also should establish a select committee to review how it engages in oversight.

EFF has previously called on Congress [.pdf] to engage in a thorough review of intelligence community activities based on the model set by the Seventies-era “Church Committee,” and we continue to urge such large-scale review.  

But internal reform of House rules that currently make it exceedingly difficult for the vast majority of our elected representatives to know and understand what the intelligence community is doing can also pave the path to meaningful reform. 

For example, most HPSCI members lack a personal staffer for their HPSCI work, which requires a security clearance, and instead depend on committee staff—hired by and answerable to the HPSCI chair. Yet when eight HPSCI members sought funding ($125,000) to allow a staffer from each member's personal office to obtain sufficient clearance to assist with intelligence oversight, that request went nowhere, as far as we know.

Under our constitution of separated powers, access to information is essential to democratic accountability. We were fortunate that Snowden leaked significant information about surveillance abuses, but oversight by whistleblower revelations is not a sustainable strategy.  Without reform of excessive secrecy and overclassification, the window of transparency provided by the Snowden troves will close as the government creates new surveillance programs protected by secrecy and invulnerable to Congressional oversight.

1. For examples of the abuses, see the Report of the Select Committee to Study Government Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities, also known as the "Church Committee" report, S Rept. 94-755 (1976), detailing assassination plots against foreign leaders, surveillance of domestic political activities and much more, available at http://www.intelligence.senate.gov/churchcommittee.html; see also the Pike Committee Report, available in print format from the Library of Congress at http://www.worldcat.org/title/cia-the-pike-report/oclc/3707054.

Korryn Gaines' family's lawsuit includes new allegations against police


A neighbor has come forward providing details that up until now were unknown, at least publicly.

Ramone Coleman says officers used his apartment to spy on Gaines during their seven-hour standoff on Aug. 1, and that just before shots rang out, an officer said, "I'm tired of this [expletive.]"



FBI hiring as the Obama Era nears end
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The 34,768 proposed positions at the FBI includes 12,892 special agents, 2,999 intelligence analysts and 18,877 professional staff – who don't carry a gun or a ...

Light turnout for Rhode Island's primary election
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... confusion and long waits. The U.S. attorney's office and the FBI said they are prepared to respond to any complaints of election fraud or voting rights abuse.



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Police have shot and killed at least 2,195 people since Ferguson
Updated by German Lopez and Soo Oh on September 15, 2016, 10:47 a.m. ET
Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, and Walter Scott are just three of at least 2,195 people killed by police since August 9, 2014, the day of the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri.

Fatal Encounters, a nonprofit, has tracked these killings by collecting reports from the media, public, and law enforcement


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“… These concerns focus on millions of dollars that FBI Director Comey accepted from a Clinton Foundation defense contractor, Comey’s former membership on a Clinton Foundation corporate partner’s board, and his surprising financial relationship with his brother Peter Comey, who works at the law firm that does the Clinton Foundation’s taxes…..”

Whole article here:



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Donald Trump's police: officers backing Republican have murky legal histories
David Clarke has been accused of covering up a deputy’s misdeeds while Joe Arpaio has been called ‘unrepentantly lawless’. Meet the prominent officers who want the businessman in the Oval Office


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Stand with Sen. Warren: Tell the FBI to explain failure to prosecute bankers


OCTOBER 6, 2016
What’s Behind Time Magazine’s Putin Demonizing?

“Russia Wants to Undermine Faith in the U.S. Election. Don’t Fall For It.” Thus reads the cover ofTime magazine with a photo of Vladimir Putin on the cover staring at me from shelves as I sit in an airport. Genuinely curious, I check out Massimo Calabresi’s article online.

Of course, U.S. elections are almost completely unverifiable and do not even pretend to meet international standards. Jimmy Carter doesn’t even try to monitor them because there’s no way to do it. Much voting is done on machines that simply must be trusted on faith. Whether they accurately count the votes entered is simply unknowable, and reason to wonder is fueled by the machines’ frequently changing a vote visibly just as it’s cast, and by the ease with which people have been able to hack the machines. Never mind all the problems with registration, intimidation, inconvenience, discrimination, etc.

We should undermine our own faith in the U.S. election system. I’d include in that the financial corruption, gerrymandering, etc., but here I’m just referring to the counting of votes. Then we should repair it! Is Russia helpfully pointing out the problem to us? Not that I’ve seen. But the Russia-did-it stories that were used to bury the DNC-rigged-its-primary stories rather shockingly blurted out in major corporate U.S. media what I’ve just been saying. For a while it seemed acceptable to be aware that U.S. elections are faith-based as long as it helps build up hostility with Russia. Now, however, we’re being told of our duty to remain firm in our faith. Time says:

“The leaders of the U.S. government, including the President and his top national-security advisers, face an unprecedented dilemma. Since the spring, U.S. intelligence and law-enforcement agencies have seen mounting evidence of an active Russian influence operation targeting the 2016 presidential election.”

Why the “top national-security advisers”? That’s a euphemism for war counselors. How do they come into this? And where is the evidence, mounting or otherwise?

“It is very unlikely the Russians could sway the actual vote count, because our election infrastructure is decentralized and voting machines are not accessible from the Internet.”

Of the 50 states into which the vote counting is “decentralized” there are only a handful the U.S. media will pay much attention to. Those “swing states” are the ones a hacker would hack. And here’s an interesting Washington Post article I recommend to the editors of Time: “More than 30 states offer online voting, but experts warn it isn’t secure.”

“But they can sow disruption and instability up to, and on, Election Day, more than a dozen senior U.S. officials tell TIME, undermining faith in the result and in democracy itself.”

Democracy itself? Egad! Those commies must be against democracy. Perhaps they even hate capitalism! How many of those senior officials have names? Is “senior” in this case a polite way of saying “extremely elderly”? Come on! Nobody has faith in U.S. democracy. That’s undermined every day by the U.S. government, as Time’s own pollsters are perfectly aware. Most U.S. residents believe their government is broken, and they’re perfectly right. Russia’s government could use a lot of improvements too. But only one of the two is building missile bases and engaging in military “exercises” on the other one’s border.

“The question, debated at multiple meetings at the White House, is how aggressively to respond to the Russian operation. Publicly naming and shaming the Russians and describing what the intelligence community knows about their activities would help Americans understand and respond prudently to any disruptions that might take place between now and the close of the polls.”

Gee, there’s an idea. If only there were a journalist in the building!

“Senior Justice Department officials have argued in favor of calling out the Russians, and that position has been echoed forcefully outside of government by lawmakers and former top national-security officials from both political parties.”

Wait, don’t tell me, are these the same guys who sincerely wanted to tell us where the Weapons of Mass Destruction were in Iraq?

“Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. The President and several of his closest national-security advisers are concerned about the danger of a confrontation in the new and ungoverned world of cyberspace, and they argue that while the U.S. has powerful offensive and defensive capabilities there, an escalating confrontation carries significant risks.”

That’s right! Hey, they know best. Accusing Russia without any evidence shouldn’t offend anybody. The Russian government should be grateful. But presenting evidence and seeking to uphold the law, truth, an


Prosecutors who withhold or tamper with evidence now face felony charges

The office of Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas was removed from one of its most high-profile cases: the prosecution of mass murderer Scott Dekraai. The judge said prosecutors repeatedly violated Dekraai’s rights by failing to turn over evidence.

October 3, 2016, 10:00 p.m.
Amid an ongoing controversy in the Orange County courthouse involving accusations of prosecutorial misconduct, a new law will r


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Signal, widely considered the gold standard of encrypted messaging apps, was put to the test earlier this year when a FBI subpoena and gag ...


Ed Klein Reveals Bombshell Facts About Hillary FBI Investigation
Christopher N. Malagisi |Posted: Oct 05, 2016 7:30 A

In our “Part One” bombshell interview with author Ed Klein, he reveals stunning secrets about what really happened in the Hillary FBI email investigation case, and what role FBI Director James Comey really played in all of it.  These shocking revelations are all detailed in his new book, Guilty As Sin, published by Regnery Publishing, and is featured as the Conservative Book Club’s Editor’s Pick of the Week.

Learn the truth about the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server, what health issues she’s really facing, and what Bill Clinton did to try and intimidate the Justice Department to not prosecute Hillary.  You won’t believe what Ed Klein discovered in his in-depth research.

Ed Klein is the former editor of The New York Times Magazine, and is currently an editor with Vanity Fair.  He’s written numerous books about Hillary and Bill Clinton and releases his new book, Guilty as Sin, right before the consequential November elections!

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Republicans blast FBI for 'astonishing' agreement to destroy Clinton aides' laptops
Published October 05, 2016
FBI destroyed laptops of Clinton aides after reviewing
Top-ranking Republicans on Wednesday escalated their inquiry into a controversial FBI agreement to destroy the laptops of two Hillary Clinton aides questioned in the email scandal investigation, pressing Attorney General Loretta Lynch for answers and suggesting the deal obstructed congressional investigators.

The agreement to destroy the computers, the lawmakers wrote Wednesday in a letter to Lynch, “is simply astonishing given the likelihood that evidence on the laptops would be of interest


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The FBI and U.S. Customs and Border Protection work closely together to turn these vulnerabilities into opportunities for gathering intelligence, ..


New FBI Head in San Francisco Was Key Figure in iPhone Hack
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In this photo taken Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, FBI Special Agent Jack Bennett answers a question while posing in one of the bureau's ...


FBI recruiting over 700 college students and recent graduates

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FBI Releases One Final Data Dump About Hillary Clinton's Email Affair
Mother Jones-Oct 3, 2016
A few weeks ago the FBI released its final report on Hillary Clinton's private email server. I commented on it here. But it turns out there's more.

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Matt Damon explains why he made this surprising new film
By Valerie Strauss October 28 at 12:50 P

[Why the movement to privatize public education is a very bad idea]

The description also notes that the term “backpack full of cash” refers to the belief by corporate reformers that every child should be allowed to take their share of public education dollars — their “backpack full of cash” — to any school they want, charter, religious, online or public. (The problems with such a system are many: Public money shouldn’t be used for religious purposes; traditional school systems, which educate the vast majority of students, need dependable budgets to properly operate; and the public has little or no oversight over private, religious and charter schools.) The title could equally refer to the billions of dollars that private philanthropists have spent in recent years to privatize the public education system through pet projects that have no research to back up their effectiveness.

“Backpack” was directed and co-produced by Sarah Mondale, president and co-director of Stone Lantern who is also a public school teacher in New York. She directed and co-produced the 2001 four-part series titled “School” — and she was nominated for an Emmy for her direction of “Asylum: A History of the Mental Institutions in America.” The film makers are seeking funding via a Kickstarter campaign to complete final work on the film and distribute and promote it.

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The film makers got Damon, who has been vocal about the importance of public education for years, to narrate it. In an email, Damon explained why he agreed:

“I got involved in the making of ‘Backpack Full of Cash’ because it tells the important story of how current education reform policies are increasing inequality and causing harm to our most vulnerable children.

The expansion of charter schools is draining funds from our public schools and benefiting some children while leaving others behind with fewer resources. We need a public school system that gives every child an equal chance to a great education.

I had that chance in the public schools I attended and I want to see it given — fairly and on an even playing field — to every child in our nation.

“Backpack Full of Cash” helps us realize that true education equity will come when we address the deeper issues underlying education inequality such as child poverty, racial segregation, and the unequal funding of our schools.”

Supporters of the  privatization of public education say that outsourcing school management and running public schools like businesses is more efficient than allowing government to do the job. Critics say civic institutions can’t be properly run like businesses in part because children aren’t widgets.

According to Samuel E. Abrams, director of the National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education at Columbia University’s Teachers College, whose recent book, “Education and the Commercial Mindset,” details how and why market forces have become important in corporate school reform:

… where there is insufficient transparency for proper contract enforcement, the free market fails. Laissez-faire enthusiasts neglected to differentiate discrete (that is, easily measurable) from complex services. In the case of schooling, which is a classic complex service, the direct consumer is a child, who is in little position to judge whether classes are being properly taught. The parent, taxpayer and legislator are at a necessary distance. And standardized testing as a check on quality is rife with problems. It isn’t merely that teachers and principals under tremendous pressure to raise test scores can correct wrong answers on bubble sheets, as documented in Atlanta most notably, but they can also give students more time to complete tests and lend help in the process. More fundamentally, heavy reliance on standardized testing leads to teaching to the test, which means crowding out instruction in subjects that aren’t tested, particularly art, music, crafts and play, which are fundamental to a well-rounded education.

Damon’s involvement is the latest in a string of education-related activities. In March 2011, he said during a television interview that President Obama’s standardized test-based school reform policies had disappointed him. Two months later, Obama took a shot at Damon in a comic address to the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, saying:

“I’ve even let down my key core constituency: movie stars. Just the other day, Matt Damon — I love Matt Damon, love the guy — Matt Damon said he was disappointed in my performance. Well, Matt, I just saw ‘The Adjustment Bureau’ so . . . right back atcha, buddy.”

Then in July of the same year, Damon came to Washington and delivered a speech at the Save Our Schools rally where teachers, parents and others protested the Obama administration’s standardized test-based school reform policies. Damon came at the request of his mother, Nancy Carlsson-Paige, a well-known child development expert and professor emeritus at Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass., who was involved with the rally.

The administration at the time was concerned enough about his speech to attempt to arrange a meeting, with then-Education Secretary Arne Duncan offering to meet Damon at the airport and talk to him on the drive into the city, according to sources at the time. Damon refused.

In 2014, Damon had an online conversation with fans on Reddit and among the subjects he discussed was his opposition to standardized test-based school reform and the exclusion of teachers from the shaping of education policy.

And now, he has narrated “Backpack Full of Cash.”

[Matt Damon’s clear-headed speech to teachers rally]


How the Federal Government Is Using the US's Concern With Bullying as an Excuse to Spy on Teens
Friday, 28 October 2016 00:00

The Obama administration is instructing the multiple federal agencies behind the national Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) program to "find opportunities" to integrate into bullying prevention networks at the local level, according to a strategic plan released by the White House last week. The move could open the door for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to apply a counter-terror mentality to youth wellness and safety, in a national environment where law enforcement already plays an outsized role in the education system.
The new guidelines are already raising concerns among civil rights advocates, who say that a federal counter-terror program has no place in school discipline -- and will only put children at greater risk of being funneled into the prison system or suffering mistreatment themselves.
The CVE program has been dogged by civil rights concerns since it was launched five years ago to "address ideologically inspired violent extremism in the Homeland." The three pilot programs rolled out under CVE in 2015 exclusively targeted Muslim-American communities, prompting charges of ethnic and religious profiling. Scholars, meanwhile, warn that the very premise underlying CVE -- that violent extremists can be profiled, identified and stopped before they commit an act of terror -- has been challenged by a strong academic consensus, which finds that there is no single pathway to "terrorism."
The latest version of the plan doubles down on the most widely-opposed aspects of the CVE program, including "local intervention teams" via which health practitioners, faith-based leaders and educators will collaborate with law enforcement.
But one line, in particular, caught civil rights campaigners by surprise. The document states that the CVE Task Force, comprised of th


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Lou Dobbs’ Rant About ‘Mormon Mafia’ Becomes Twitter’s Best New Hashtag
Don’t mess with Mormons.

10/27/2016 01:58 am ET |
Fox Business host Lou Dobbs recently fired off an angry tweet about Evan McMullin, the third-party conservative running neck-and-neck with GOP nominee Donald Trump in Utah. 

McMullin’s strong showing is threatening to hand the state to Democrat Hillary Clinton, or he could win the state’s six electoral votes himself ― a notion that has Trump supporters such as Dobbs steamed enough to blame a “Mormon Mafia.”

Although the tweet was published over the weekend, it was widely retweeted late Wednesday and led to the birth of a new hashtag: #MormonMafia. 

Here’s a sampling: 


Comey Praises Brave F.B.I. Agents Who Had to Touch Anthony Weiner’s Computer —Borowitz

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—James Comey, the embattled director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, presided over a special ceremony on Friday evening to commend the brave F.B.I. agents who had to touch Anthony Weiner’s computer.

In awarding the commendations to the agents, whom Comey called “the bravest men and women this country has to offer,” the F.B.I. director criticized the political uproar that he said had overshadowed “their selfless acts of heroism.”

“These agents have performed far and beyond the call of duty,” a visibly angry Comey said. “I know we’re eleven days away from an election and tensions are running high, but we shouldn’t let that subtract in any way from what these brave agents did with their own hands.”

“Who among us could look at ourselves in the mirror and say, ‘I have what it takes to touch Anthony Weiner’s computer’?” Comey asked. “I know I sure as hell couldn’t.”

Harland Dorrinson, one of the agents who received the official commendation, acknowledged that touching Weiner’s computer was “the toughest mission I’ve been on” since signing up with the F.B.I. “I spent two weeks undercover in El Chapo’s drug cartel, and this was much scarier,” he said.


wife of police officer facing charges for false report

OCTOBER 29, 2016
The wife of a Millbury police officer is facing charges after falsely claiming their home was robbed and vandalized with the intials “BLM,” which are commonly associated with the Black Lives Matter movement.

Maria Daly made the alleged false report on Oct. 17, Interim Police Chief Donald Desorcy said.

On Tuesday, she admitted to fa

O'Reilly Pushes Conspiracy That FBI Director Investigating New Emails Letter To Avoid A "Mutiny Within The FBI" - Media Matters for America
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- Bill O'Reilly: "I Have Talked To A Very, Very Influential FBI Guy" Who Believes FBI Agents "Were Going To Go Public" If Comey Didn't Send Letter To Congress ...


To FBI agents reading this: Arrest Hillary Clinton Now - - AR15.com
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I know the feds occasionally stop in here, so read this thread and pay attention because this is specifically for you. The FBI needs to arrest Hillary Clinton


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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The supervisor of the Harrisburg Bureau of Police’s vice unit is facing federal charges. He’s accused of stealing money during undercover sting operations.

Sources say there are accusations Cpl. Sean Cornick was shaking down drug dealers. Now, he could face years in prison.

“Number one, it does send a message to other police officers that they’re not above the law, that they have to abide by the laws they’re asked to enforce,” national civil rights lawyer Devon M. Jacob said.

This type of arrest also builds confidence in police, said Jacob, whose law practice is based in Mechanicsburg.

The red flags in this case, he said, set off the right alarm bells.

“It’s when the alarm systems aren’t in place that there’s a problem,” he said, “and unfortunately there are a lot of departments that don’t have the proper checks and balances in place.”

It looks like they’re in place here, Jacob said.

Police arrested the 19-year Harrisburg police veteran on federal theft charges. Investigators say the vice unit supervisor was caught on camera stealing money from a police evidence locker.

Someone filed


3 competing theories on why the FBI re-opened the Hillary email ...
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3 competing theories on why the FBI re-opened the Hillary email server ... days ago, American Thinker published an open letter from a retired FBI Agent, Hugh ...


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An armed security agent employed by the company behind the controversial ... an employee of Dakota Access LLC, was arrested and handed over to the FBI.

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"Term limits is the most important thing we need to do in this country," Fitzpatrick, a Levittown resident and former FBI agent, said at the debate. Neither he nor ...

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He sent me this email


This is the 1st 6.5 hrs. of the conference. As you might expect the major issue is with the microphone.

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Though Incompetent, FBI is America’s Secret Police

Dear John Podesta:

I get that you’re upset about the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) role in the outcome of the recent presidential election. I read your op-ed.

You noted that the FBI had its agents crawling all over every aspect of Hillary Clinton’s email server, and that the director, James Comey, re-fanned that scandal’s flames in late October in a way that may have swung the election. Yet as you pointed out, Comey couldn’t be bothered to send a single agent to the Democratic National Committee to share the Bureau’s conclusion that the Dems were being hacked by Russians.

And you said:

Congress should more vigorously exercise its oversight to determine why the FBI responded overzealously in the Clinton case and insufficiently in the Russian case. The FBI should also clarify whether there is an ongoing investigation into Trump, his associates and their ties to Russia. If ever there were a case of ‘intense public interest,’ this is it. What’s broken in the FBI must be fixed and quickly.

But, as you are experienced in the ways of Washington, it is hard to believe that you are just discovering something “broken” in this enormously powerful institution.

Or just learning that it marches to the beat of some other drummer — never truly conforming to the dictates of the president, or the public.

Since you blew it with Hillary Clinton’s campaign, it seems self-serving to announce only now that there’s something troubling at the J. Edgar Hoover Building — and to confine your comments to the narrowest possible issue, the one that deals only with your candidate.

If you really want to do something for the country, you should take a good look at the broader and deeper — much deeper — range of problems related to an agency that is, in some respects —America’s secret police.

WhoWhatWhy has been almost alone among news organizations in asking questions about the FBI — about the frequent “mistakes” it makes, about its imperviousness to outside investigation or legitimate criticism.

These “mistakes” are inextricably linked to basic threats to democracy in America  —  and even to the physical safety of its citizens.

And we can prove it. Here are a few stories that are well-documented — and that is why they are so hair-raising:

The FBI had advance knowledge of a contingency plot to assassinate Occupy leaders in Houston and issued no warning to those in danger.

The FBI targeted friends of the Boston bombers to silence them — to keep them from revealing, among other matters, some curious Russian aspects to the story.

The FBI was warned about the future NY/NJ bomber but did nothing.

The 1993 World Trade Center bombing occurred after the bureau pulled a key informant out of the ring behind the attack. That same year, the FBI had a human source in direct contact with Osama bin Laden and discovered that he was eager to finance terror attacks on the United States.

The FBI ignored and then covered up warnings, from one of its own agents, about a 9/11 conspirator, the so-called “20th pilot”.

The FBI discovered direct ties between 9/11 hijackers and a Florida family wired into the Saudi royal family — and has covered that up ever since.

The FBI warned the former head of the Senate Intelligence Committee to stop looking into aspects of the 9/11 attacks.

The FBI had a snitch in the middle of the Oklahoma City bombing conspiracy — before the bombing.

Reports of interviews filed by FBI agents are known to be so unreliable and dishonest that in one case, a federal judge refused to be interviewed by agents unless he was allowed to review their report and make corrections.

The FBI went viciously after selected individuals whose public-spirited acts threatened corporate interests. 

The FBI sat back while its snitch directed cyber-attacks and tried to entrap others.

The Department of Justice admitted that the FBI “microscopic hair comparison unit”regularly overstated forensic matches when testifying against criminal defendants  — which may have led to wrongful convictions in hundreds of cases.

Instead of correcting the problems they exposed, the FBI punished agents who quietly brought those problems to their attention, and who became whistleblowers only as a last resort.

Half a century ago, the FBI hyped false claims about Lee Harvey Oswald in order to connect Fidel Castro to the assassination of John F. Kennedy. 

The FBI continues to withhold evidence related to Pearl Harbor 75 years later. At the time, Hoover had been informed of a “general investigative delinquency in the field during the period immediately prior to and subsequent to Pearl Harbor.” But Hoover pointed the finger at others.

And that’s just a sampling.


Curious why the FBI still holds its vaunted and enormously powerful position atop the American establishment after so many egregious “missteps”? Why J. Edgar Hoover’s ghost has never been exorcised from the place?

In part, the blame rests with the media, which has been complicit with the FBI by continuously presenting the FBI in a falsely flattering light from its inception until now.

And in part, it rests with Democrats who wear the mantle of reformers, but perpetually play it safe, and avoid asking tough questions or demanding change.

As for Republicans, they — with the exception of Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley — have never shown the slightest interest. Indeed, the GOP has long viewed the FBI as a reliable ally with shared values.

With Trump’s election, we may have a better sense why.


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FBI agent leaked insider trading probe involving gambler, pro golfer
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Trump smart to be skeptical of FBI, CIA — just look at their track record
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Emotional Abuse: A manual for self-defense Kindle Edition
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be written.”

Like any self-defense, we have to first identify “what hurts.” We have to recognize our own pain.

We have been socialized to believe emotional abuse is not serious. We have been taught emotional abuse itself is nothing more than “hurt feelings” and there is no “real” evidence other than the victim’s complaints. And if the only evidence is the victim’s complaints, we wrongly justify, there is no way to verify whether a person was “actually hurt.” The victim of


A Spy Coup in America?
December 18, 2016

Exclusive: As the Electoral College assembles, U.S. intelligence agencies are stepping up a campaign to delegitimize Donald Trump as a Russian stooge, raising concerns about a spy coup in America, reports Robert Parry.

By Robert Parry

As Official Washington’s latest “group think” solidifies into certainty – that Russia used hacked Democratic emails to help elect Donald Trump – something entirely different may be afoot: a months-long effort by elements of the U.S. intelligence community to determine who becomes the next president.

I was told by a well-placed intelligence source some months ago that senior leaders of the Obama administration’s intelligence agencies – from the CIA to the FBI – were deeply concerned about either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump ascending to the presidency. And, it’s true that intelligence officials often come to see themselves as the stewards of America’s fundamental interests, sometimes needing to protect the country from dangerous passions of the public or from inept or corrupt political leaders.

CIA Director John Brennan addresses officials at the Agency’s headquarters in Langley, Virginia. (Photo credit: CIA)
It was, after all, a senior FBI official, Mark Felt, who – as “Deep Throat” – guided The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein in their Watergate investigation into the criminality of President Richard Nixon. And, I was told by former U.S. intelligence officers that they wanted to block President Jimmy Carter’s reelection in 1980 because they viewed him as ineffectual and thus not protecting American global interests.

It’s also true that intelligence community sources frequently plant stories in major mainstream publications that serve propaganda or political goals, including stories that can be misleading or entirely false.

What’s Going On?

So, what to make of what we have seen over the past several months when there have been a series of leaks and investigations that have damaged both Clinton and Trump — with some major disclosures coming, overtly and covertly, from the U.S. intelligence community led by CIA Director John Brennan and FBI Director James Comey?

FBI Director James Comey
Some sources of damaging disclosures remain mysterious. Clinton’s campaign was hobbled by leaked emails from the Democratic National Committee – showing it undercutting Clinton’s chief rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders – and from her campaign chairman John Podesta – exposing the content of her speeches to Wall Street banks that she had tried to hide from the voters and revealing the Clinton Foundation’s questionable contacts with foreign governments.

Clinton – already burdened with a reputation for secrecy and dishonesty – suffered from the drip, drip, drip of releases from WikiLeaks of the DNC and Podesta emails although it remains unclear who gave the emails to WikiLeaks. Still, the combination of the two email batches added to public suspicions about Clinton and reminded people why they didn’t trust her.

But the most crippling blow to Clinton came from FBI Director Comey in the last week of the campaign when he reopened and then re-closed the investigation into whether she broke the law with her sloppy handling of classified material in her State Department emails funneled through a home server.

Following Comey’s last-minute revival of the Clinton email controversy, her poll numbers fell far enough to enable Trump to grab three normally Democratic states – Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin – enough to give him a victory in the Electoral College.

Taking Down Trump

However, over the past few weeks, the U.S. intelligence community, led by CIA Director Brennan and seconded by FBI Director Comey, has tried to delegitimize Trump by using leaks to the mainstream U.S. news media to pin the release of the DNC and Podesta emails on Russia and claiming that Russian President Vladimir Putin was personally trying to put Trump into the White House.

Russian President Vladimir Putin during a state visit to Austria on June 24, 2014. (Official Russian government photo)
This remarkable series of assessments from the CIA – now endorsed by the leadership of the FBI – come on the eve of the Electoral College members assembling to cast their formal votes to determine who becomes the new U.S. president. Although the Electoral College process is usually simply a formality, the Russian-hacking claims made by the U.S. intelligence community have raised the possibility that enough electors might withhold their votes from Trump to deny him the presidency.

If on Monday enough Trump electors decide to cast their votes for someone else – possibly another Republican – the presidential selection could go to the House of Representatives where, conceivably, the Republican-controlled chamber could choose someone other than Trump.

In other words, there is an arguable scenario in which the U.S. intelligence community first undercut Clinton and, secondly, Trump, seeking — however unlikely — to get someone installed in the White House considered more suitable to the CIA’s and the FBI’s views of what’s good for the country.

Who Did the Leaking?

At the center of this controversy is the question of who leaked or hacked the DNC and Podesta emails. The CIA has planted the story in The Washington Post, The New York Times and other mainstream outlets that it was Russia that hacked both the DNC and Podesta emails and slipped the material to WikiLeaks with the goal of assisting the Trump campaign. The suggestion is that Trump is Putin’s “puppet,” just as Hillary Clinton alleged during the third presidential debate.

Former British Ambassador Craig Murray
But WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has publicly denied that Russia was the source of the leaks and one of his associates, former British Ambassador to Uzbekistan Craig Murray, has suggested that the DNC leak came from a “disgruntled” Democrat upset with the DNC’s sandbagging of the Sanders campaign and that the Podesta leak came from the U.S. intelligence community.

Although Assange recently has sought to muzzle Murray’s public comments – out of apparent concern for protecting the identity of sources – Murray offered possibly his most expansive account of the sourcing during a podcast interview with Scott Horton on Dec. 13.

Murray, who became a whistleblower himself when he protested Britain’s tolerance of human rights abuses in Uzbekistan, explained that he consults with Assange and cooperates with WikiLeaks “without being a formal member of the structure.”

But he appears to have undertaken a mission for WikiLeaks to contact one of the sources (or a representative) during a Sept. 25 visit to Washington where he says he met with a person in a wooded area of American University. At the time, Murray was at American University participating in an awards ceremony for former CIA officer John Kiriakou who was being honored by a group of former Western intelligence officials, the Sam Adams Associates, named for the late Vietnam War-era CIA analyst and whistleblower Sam Adams.

Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern, a founder of the Sam Adams group, told me that Murray was “m-c-ing” the event but then slipped away, skipping a reception that followed the award ceremony.

Reading Between LInes

Though Murray has declined to say exactly what the meeting in the woods was about, he may have been passing along messages about ways to protect the source from possible retaliation, maybe even an extraction plan if the source was in some legal or physical danger.

President-elect Donald J. Trump (Photo credit: donaldjtrump.com)
Murray has disputed a report in London’s Daily Mail that he was receiving a batch of the leaked Democratic emails. “The material, I think, was already safely with WikiLeaks before I got there in September,” Murray said in the interview with Scott H


Story That Russia Does Not Want You to See: The Rosneft Share “Sale” as a Sham Transaction
Posted on December 17, 2016 by WashingtonsBlog
By John Helmer, the longest continuously serving foreign correspondent in Russia, and the only western journalist to direct his own bureau independent of single national or commercial ties. Helmer has also been a professor of political science, and an advisor to government heads in Greece, the United States, and Asia. He is the first and only member of a US presidential administration (Jimmy Carter) to establish himself in Russia. Originally published at Dances with Bears

Preface (and title above) by Naked Capitalism:

John Helmer’s site came under heavy attack as soon as he posted this story. It was not the usual DDoS attack, which can be launched by script kiddies, but a sophisticated hack aimed at the internals of his site. It succeeded in taking his site down.

This effort to quash Helmer’s story has backfired. It is being rushed into print in two different countries. The attacks had the effect of validating its importance.

As Helmer said via e-mail:

For obvious reasons, not one of the Russian agitprop sites will run it, and the Moscow Russian press cannot. Sechin is suing them for reporting the obvious.

As famous hoaxers go, Igor Sechin, the chief executive of Rosneft, Russia’s largest oil company, is at least as clever as Clever Hans, a German horse of the late 19th century.

Hans was apparently good at arithmetic. If his owner asked him to multiply three by four, he would tap his hoof twelve times. He could tell the square root of sixteen by tapping four times. He was also able to give answers to questions he hadn’t heard before. So he was a very famous horse in Germany. That was until a sceptical psychologist realized Hans would only get the answers right if his owner also knew the answers, and if the horse could see him when the questions were asked. If the owner or another questioner was invisible to the horse’s eye, Hans would fail. He even bit the psychologist after a string of tests produced wrong answers. The psychologist’s conclusion was that the horse was gifted, but not at arithmetic. Hans could detect the visual cues his questioner would give out when the horse was reaching the correct number of hoof taps, and he would stop. The owner wasn’t attempting a fraud, and Hans was exceptionally intelligent. But his calculations were a hoax.

In last week’s Rosneft share sale — the deal President Vladimir Putin has called the biggest privatization in Russia, and also the biggest oil sector sell-off in the world this year — clever Igor, like clever Hans, has proved his indubitable intelligence. But the arithmetic which the president has announced — €10.5 billion paid into the Russian state budget – is a hoax. That’s because a curtain has been drawn across all questions of where the money has come from.

In fact, Kremlin and Russian banking sources acknowledge, the money originated from the Central Bank of Russia, recycled through the Russian state banks to Rosneft and back, and finally concealed inside secret fiduciary agreements with a consortium of Glencore, the Swiss trading company, and the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), an Arabian Gulf state agency. The agreements appear to make Glencore and QIA the owners of a 19.5% shareholding in Rosneft – when they are fiduciary shareholders – and that’s not the same thing as owners.

“The transaction has been financed by money creation by the Central Bank”, said a source close to the dealmakers. “The Central Bank can’t simply print money and give it to the federal budget. So this deal was engineered for Glencore and the Qataris to appear to be buying shares when the terms of the agreement reward them for acting as fiduciaries, but ensure they cannot vote the shares without instruction from the Russian state; that’s Mr Sechin. This means the privatization of the shares isn’t genuine. Also, three-quarters of the money going into the state budget is coming from the Central Bank.”

A Russian banker in London comments: “There’s a golden rule in Russian banking. If you fiddle around, never involve foreigners because in the end they will expose you. The announced terms of the Rosneft deal cannot stand the light of day. Inevitably, the truth will come out.” According to Swiss sources, the truth has already been demanded by the US Government of the Swiss Government, which will obtain the contracts from Glencore.

Until the start of this month, the Russian government held 69.5% of Rosneft through a wholly owned state enterprise called Rosneftegaz. British Petroleum (BP) owned 19.75%, and the National Settlement Depository, 10.36%. https://www.rosneft.com/Investors/Equity/Shareholder_structure/

When Putin met Sechin on December 7 to announce the privatization sale of a 19.5% shareholding in Rosneft, it was pats on the back all round. http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/53431

Source: Kremlin, December 7, http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/53431

“[PUTIN] Mr Sechin, I would like to congratulate you on the conclusion of a privatisation deal to sell a large stake in our leading oil and gas company Rosneft: 19.5 percent. The deal was made on an upward trend in the price of oil and it therefore reflects on the value of the company itself. In this respect, the timing is very good and the overall value of the deal is significant: 10.5 billion euros…I very much hope that new investors – a consortium of the Qatar state fund and Glencore, a major international trading company – I hope that their participation in managing bodies will improve corporate procedure and the company’s transparency and will ultimately increase its capitalisation. Meanwhile, the company’s controlling stake will remain in the hands of the Russian state: over 50 percent. Overall, this is a very good result. I would like to congratulate all of you, your colleagues who have worked on it. And naturally, the question arises: when will the money come to the Russian budget?”

“[SECHIN] “This amounts to over 1 trillion rubles, which will come to the budget, including 10.5 billion euros for Rosneft’s 19.5 percent stake. The consortium that will become Rosneft’s shareholder was established by the Qatar Sovereign Wealth Fund and Glencore trading company, which is our long-standing partner. The consortium participants hold equal stakes: 50 percent each. Payment to the state budget will be made both with our own resources and with a loan organised by one of Europe’s largest banks…Overall, the privatisation of 49 percent of Rosneft in a series of transactions has earned us $30 billion, no, nearly $34 billion, which is four times more than returns from all other privatisation transactions in Russia’s oil and gas sector.”

“I am sure that the high standards of our investors and Rosneft’s transition to a new dividend payment system, which the Government has approved at 35 percent, will definitely improve the company’s capitalisation, including the state-owned stake. We estimate the state-owned stake after the transaction at approximately 80 billion rubles…Also, I would like to say that we received the necessary amount of assistance from the Government while preparing the deal.”

“[PUTIN] “The budget must receive the full sum in the ruble equivalent, in rubles.”

The London market, where Rosneft is listed, was not persuaded by the valuation of the 19.5% shareholding. By conversion of €10.5 billion into US dollars on the deal day, December 7 — $11.13 billion – the transaction figure turns out to be $300 million less than the market capitalization of Rosneft the day before at $11.43 billion. Glencore and QIA got themselves a 3% bargain.


Source: https://www.bloomberg.com/quote/ROSN:LI The market capitalization of Rosneft on December 7 was $58.6 billion.

The pickup in the Rosneft share price since has followed the rise of the crude oil price. That has helped enhance the subsequent gain in the value of the foreign consortium’s side of the deal. The market value of Glencore’s and QIA’s 9.75% stakes on December 7 was $5.7 billion apiece. With the rise in Rosneft’s share price by December 13, their stakes are now worth $6.8 billion.



After four years behind bars, journalist and activist Barrett Brown was released from federal prison on the morning of November 29, 2016, and ordered to report to a halfway house in Dallas, Texas. “I was picked up by my parents and Alex Winter and his camera crew,” Brown told Shadowproof. “They filmed me on the six-hour drive over to Dallas. We had to get to the halfway house by 4:00 pm, or it would be an escape charge. So, we barely made it.” “[The Bureau of Prisons] originally gave me less time than was necessary to get there, and I had to go in there and forcibly get them to give me an hour more,” he said. “They also told me falsely that I could go in any car, and it wouldn’t be any problem, when in fact I could actually go back to jail for not being in a registered car.” SOURCE: SHADOWPROOF


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9/11 and Other Deep State Crimes Teleconference

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** Draft Agenda for 1/25/17 Teleconference

8pm (ET)/5pm (PT)   Teleconference #  (641) 715-0632    Access code: 551571#

Greetings all,

Our apologies for sending out this draft agenda a bit later than usual, but some last-minute arrangements delayed the process.  We are happy to report that Wednesday night’s teleconference will feature our first visits by two first-rate scholars of the Truth community.

When asked to name academics who have graced the Truth movement, the name of Graeme McQueen is always near the top of the list.  His earliest contribution was his monumental study of the anthrax attacks, but he also has published a number of treatises which help address larger philosophical issues of the 9/11 Truth movement, and help lend it academic respectability.  He will be discussing his recent article (http://houston911truth.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=84a2c6cbe080c5515da932a5d&id=eefc859a56&e=91763ac879) on the implications of a recent poll in England which showed that only 4% of Muslims there accept the official story of 9/11.
My first encounter with A K (Kee) Dewdney was when an early copy of his New World Intelligencer mysteriously appeared one day in my inbox…chock full of useful links to 9/11 Truth material.  Dr. Dewdney’s current research, which he will be discussion on Wednesday night, is a bit further afield, but we never know when such information might become terribly relevant:  he is studying the likely mortality rate in extended local blackouts.  This should be interesting!

As always, we’ll reserve time for any announcements.

See you Wednesday night!

Ken Freeland
Cheryl Curtiss
Craig McKee

DRAFT AGENDA for Wednesday 25 January Teleconference

I Roll Call, minutes approval (see below), agenda approval  (5 min)

II “9/11 Truth: British Muslims Overwhelmingly Reject the Official 9/11 Story” [Graeme McQueen, PhD]  {Cheryl Curtiss} (15 min. + 15 min. Q & A)

III  Local Mortality Projections in Blackouts [ A K Dewdney, PhD] {James Hufferd, PhD}

IV Announcements

V  Any available updates on issues of identified ongoing concern (if any remaining time):

* New articles, books, films, or recent news about 9/11 or other Deep State crimes
* 9/11 and the Deep State on the legal front, including current adjudicatory efforts by Lawyers for 9/11 Inquiry, JASTA, 28 pages, William Pepper’s efforts with AE911Truth against NIST and the Dept. of Commerce
* Censorship and cognitive infiltration: new examples of censorship or harassment of members of the Truth community;  MSM treatment of 9/11 Truth
* The 9/11 Crash Test
* The 9/11 Consensus Panel
* 9/11 Truth political candidates

VI Adjournment (by 9:30 p Eastern)


Trump thanks FBI Director Comey at White House
 January 22, 2017, 6:51 PM

President Trump gave a big "thank you" to law enforcement officials at
a ceremony Sunday, but none bigger than to FBI Director James Comey —
the man many credit with giving Trump the White House.

It was Comey who waited until the last minute to reopen an
investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails, an 11th-hour probe
Democrats say help cost Clinton the election.

Days later, Comey once again cleared Hillary Clinto

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Draft minutes Dec. 28, 2016 9/11 and Other Deep State Crimes
9/11 Truth Teleconference <craigmckee911@gmail.com>

Sunday, January 22, 2017 3:15 PM
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9/11 and Other Deep State Crimes Teleconference

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** Draft minutes for Dec. 28, 2016
January 22, 2017
Craig McKee, Secretary 9/11 Monthly Teleconference Call

Draft minutes for the Wed., Dec. 28, 2016 regular conference call

Present were:

Ken Freeland, Teleconference co-facilitator, Houston 9/11Truth
Cheryl Curtiss, Teleconference co-facilitator, Connecticut 9/11 Truth
Craig McKee, Teleconference secretary, Truth and Shadows
Xander Arena, Arizona 9/11 Studies and Outreach, Arizona State
Ronald Cutburth, 9/11 researcher
David Rolde, Boston 9/11 Truth
Wayne Coste, Truth Action Project
Pat O’Connell, Truth Action Project
Frank Tolopko, Berkshire 9/11 Truth
James Hufferd, 9/11 Grassroots
Stuart Nelson, Truth Action Project
Michael Cook, AE911Truth
Dwain Deets, SD911Truth
Nita Renfrew, NY 9/11 Truth

The minutes of the November 30, 2016 conference call were APPROVED.

The draft agenda was APPROVED.

Another explosive at the towers
Dr. Ronald Cutburth explained his findings that there was another
explosive agent, nano-RDX, used to bring down the World Trade Center
towers in addition to nano-thermite.

The Lloyde England crash scene
Wayne Coste gave his analysis of the physical evidence at the scene of
where taxi driver Lloyde England’s cab was allegedly hit near the
Pentagon by a light pole that had been broken by the impact of a plane
on the official flight path. The PowerPoint presentation can be viewed

* The date of the third and final debate on the Pentagon, this time
featuring Barbara Honegger and Craig McKee on the proposition “A plane
was destroyed at the Pentagon,” will be held on a separate conference
call on January 18, 2017. The regular monthly call will follow the
week after.
* Wayne Coste announced that Truth Action Project would be involved in
outreach activities related to the presidential inauguration and that
an article explaining these activities can be viewed at

Call began at 8 p.m. EST and adjourned at 9:30 p.m. EST/5 p.m. to 6:30
p.m. PST

Audio of the December call can be heard here:
The next monthly teleconference will take place on Wednesday, January
25, 2016 at 8 p.m. EST, 5 p.m. PST. Please email agenda items for next
call to facilitator Ken Freeland (diogenesquest@gmail.com) by January
21. Please use subject line “Agenda item for 911 Truth
Teleconference.” Please include a brief description of your item and
any relevant links you’d like participants to be aware of, together
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Powderburns: Cocaine, Contras & the Drug War
by Celerino Castillo

The truth about the remaining dark secret of the Iran-Contra scandal- the United States government's collaboration with drug smugglers. Powderburns is the story of Celerino Castillo III who spent 12 years in the Drug Enforcement Administration. During that time, he built cases against organized drug rings in Manhattan, raided jungle cocaine labs in the Amazon, conducted ae ...more


A CIA Reading List
Since the CIA and its activities are highly controversial (as all state-sponsored terrorism is, because of state denial) books about the CIA are written from diverse viewpoints. Some attempt to expose the nefarious activities of the CIA, some aim at an objective historical record of events and an assessment of the CIA's role and some are attempts to whitewash the Agency. Most of the books below deal primarily with the CIA but some are concerned mainly with other topics and only partly concern the CIA (such as its Operation Phoenix assassination program in Vietnam).

The Agency's Family Jewels

Of the numerous skeletons in the CIA's closet, few are more closely guarded than information about the many books the Agency covertly helped to publish during the first three decades of the cold war. The Church Committee of the Senate, among its many other revelations, disclosed in 1976 that "well over a thousand books" had been produced, subsidized or sponsored by the CIA by 1967, with about 250 more from then to 1976. Many of the books were sold in the United States as well as abroad. Like many other researchers, I have filed Freedom of Information Act requests to obtain the names of these books, but to no avail. At one point the Agency sent me 84 pages of material, which did not contain the name of a single book. I appealed this and just last month, after more than two years, I received a reply, which stated in part:
"The Agency is unable to conduct a search for the records requested because we are unable to identify an Agency record system where records responsive to your request could reasonably be expected to be located."

If I understand the English, they're saying that they couldn't find the records I asked for because they didn't know where to look. Hmmm. Well, they might begin with the name of one of their frequently used publishers, Praeger (formerly F. A. Praeger), which put out half of the books in the following list of CIA-backed titles which have been revealed in one place or another over the years:

"The Dynamics of Soviet Society" by Walt Rostow; "The New Class" by Milovan Djilas; "Concise History of the Communist Party" by Robert A. Burton; "The Foreign Aid Programs of the Soviet Bloc and Communist China" by Kurt Muller; "In Pursuit of World Order" by Richard N. Gardner; "Peking and People's Wars" by Major General Sam Griffith; "The Yenan Way" by Eudocio Ravines; "Life and Death in Soviet Russia" by Valentin Gonzalez; "The Anthill" by Suzanne Labin; "The Politics of Struggle: The Communist Front and Political Warfare" by James D. Atkinson; "From Colonialism to Communism" by Hoang Van Chi; "Why Viet Nam?" by Frank Trager; and "Terror in Vietnam" by Jay Mallin.

Another family jewel is Operation Gladio, the astounding terrorist campaign in Western Europe run by the CIA, NATO, and several European intelligence agencies for decades following World War II, which I've written about in my books. What promises to be the bible on the subject has just appeared — "Operation Gladio: NATO's Top Secret Stay-Behind Armies and Terrorism in Western Europe", in English from Frank Cass Publishers (London) and Amazon, and upcoming in Italian from Fazi Editore (Rome). The Swiss author, Daniele Ganser, is uniquely suited for the task, being a fluent reader of Italian, German, French and English, all the key languages of the Gladio documentation.

— The Anti-Empire Report, No. 17, January 20, 2005, by William Blum

Author(s): Adams, James
Title: Sell Out: Aldrich Ames and the Corruption of the CIA
Publication date: 1995
Publisher: Penguin Books USA, New York
Author(s): Adams, Samuel
Title: War of Numbers: An Intelligence Memoir
Publication date: 1994
Publisher: Steerforth Press
Author(s): Adamson, B. C.
Title: Diana, The Queen of Hearts & The CIA, Prince of Darkness
Publication date:
Author(s): Agee, Philip
Title: Inside the Company
Publication date:
Author(s): Agee, Philip
Title: On the Run
Publication date:
Author(s): Andrew, C.
Title: For the President's Eyes Only: Secret Intelligence and the American Presidency from Washington to Bush
Publication date: 1995
Publisher: HarperCollins, New York
Author(s): Avirgan, Tony & Honey Avirgan
Title:La Pença: On Trial in Costa Rica
Publication date:
Author(s): Avirgan, Tony & Honey Avirgan
Title: La Pença: Report of an Investigation
Publication date:
Author(s): Bain, Donald
Title: The Control of Candy Jones
Publication date: 1976
Publisher: Playboy Press (Distributed by Simon & Schuster, Inc. New York)
Author(s): Blaufarb, D. S.
Title: The Counterinsurgency Era
Publication date: 1977
Author(s): Blum, William
Title: Killing Hope: U.S Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II
Publication date:
Publisher: Common Courage Press, P.O. Box 702, Monroe, Maine 04951, USA
Author(s): Blum, William
Title: The CIA: A Forgotten History
Publication date: 1986
Publisher: Zed Books, London, England
Author(s): Blum, William
Title: Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower
Publication date: 2000 (with a new foreword in 2002)
ISBN: 1-56751-194-5
Publisher: Common Courage Press, Monroe, Maine
Author(s): Borosage, R.L. & Marks, J. (eds.)
Title: The CIA File
Publication date: 1976
Author(s): Brewton, Pete
Title: Mafia, CIA and George Bush
Publication date:
Author(s): Canning, Peter
Title: American Dreamers — The Wallaces and Reader's Digest: An Insider's Story
Publication date: 1996
ISBN: 0684809281
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Author(s): Castillo, Celerino
Title: Powder Burns
Publication date: 1992
Author(s): CATO Institute
Title: The Crisis in Drug Prohibition
Publication date:
Publisher: CATO Institute
Author(s): Chomsky, Noam
Title: Deterring Democracy
Publication date: 1991
ISBN: 0-374-52349-5
Publisher: Hill and Wang (Farrar, Staus and Giroux), New York
Author(s): Chomsky, Noam
Title: The Culture of Terrorism
Publication date:
Publisher: South End Press
Author(s): Chomsky, Noam
Title: What Uncle Sam Really Wants
Publication date:
Author(s): Cline, Ray
Title: The CIA: Reality vs. Myth
Publication date: 1982
Publisher: Acropolis Books, Washington D.C.

Author(s): Cockburn, Alexander and Jeffrey St. Clair
Title: Whiteout: The CIA, Drugs and the Press
Publication date:
Available online: CounterPunch Bookshop
Author(s): Cockburn, Leslie
Title: Out of Control
Publication date:
Publisher: Atlantic Press
Author(s): Colby, William E.
Title: Honorable Men: My Life in the CIA
Publication date: 1978
Publisher: Acropolis Books, Washington
Author(s): Colby, W.
Title: Lost Victory
Publication date: 1989
Author(s): Collins, Anne
Title: In The Sleep Room
Publication date: 1988
Author(s): Committee of Concerned Asian Scholars
Title: The IndoChina Story: A Fully Documented Account
Publication date: 1970
Publisher: Pantheon Books
Author(s): Constantine, Alex
Title: CIA Mind Control Operations in America
Publication date: 1997
Publisher: Loompanics Unlimited (P.O.Box 1197, Port Townsend, WA 98368)
Author(s): Corn, D.
Title: Blond Ghost: Ted Shackley and the CIA's Crusades
Publication date: 1994
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Author(s): Cram, Cleveland C.
Title: History of the Counterintelligence Staff 1954-1974 (unpublished CIA study, 1981)
Publication date:
Author(s): Dinges, John
Title: Our Man in Panama
Publication date: 1991
Publisher: Random House
Author(s): Emerson, Steven
Title: Secret Warriors: Inside the Covert Military Operations of the Reagan Era
Publication date: 1988
ISBN: 0-399-13360-7
Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York
Author(s): Epstein, Edward J.
Title: Deception: The Invisible War between the KGB and the CIA
Publication date: 1989
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Author(s): Frazier, H. (ed.)
Title: Uncloaking the CIA
Publication date: 1978
Author(s): Frost, Mike and Gratton, Michael
Title: Spyworld: Inside the American and Canadian Intelligence Establishments
Publication date:
Publisher: Doubleday (Canada)
Author(s): Glick, Brian
Title: War at Home
Publication date:
Publisher: South End Press
Author(s): Goddard, Donald & Lester Coleman
Title: New Terrorism: How U.S Collusion with Drug Dealers and Terrorist Brought Down Pan Am 103 and Brought Terror to America
Publication date: 1997-05
ISBN: 188220610X
Publisher: Barricade Books, 150 5th Ave., suite 700, New York City, NY 10011
Author(s): Gross, Peter
Title: Gentleman Spy: The Life of Allen Dulles
Publication date: 1994
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Author(s): Gup, Ted
Title: The Book of Honor: The Secret Lives and Deaths of CIA Operatives
Publication date:
Author(s): Hackel, Joy & Siegel Hackel
Title: In Contempt of Congress
Publication date: 1987
Publisher: Institute for Policy Studies
Author(s): Heidenry, John
Title: Theirs was the Kingdom: Lila and Dewitt Wallace and the Story of the Reader's Digest
Publication date:
Publisher: W. W. Norton, New York, USA
Author(s): Herman, Edward S.
Title: The Real Terror Network: Terrorism in Fact and Propaganda
Publication date: 1982
ISBN: 0-89608-134-6
Publisher: South End Press, Boston
Author(s): Hinckle, Warren, and William Turner
Title: Deadly Secrets: The CIA & Mafia War against Castro and the Assassination of JFK
Publication date: 1982
Publisher: Thunder's Mouth Press, New York, USA

Author(s): Hopsicker, Daniel
Title: Barry and the Boys: The CIA, the Mob and America's Secret History
Publication date:
Author(s): Howard, E. L.
Title: Safe House: The Compelling Memoirs of the Only CIA Spy to Seek Asylum in Russia
Publication date: 1995
Publisher: National Press Books, Bethesda, MD
Author(s): Jackson, Wayne G.
Title: Allan Welsh Dulles as Director of Central Intelligence 26 February 1953 - 29 November 1961, Volume III, Covert Activities
Publication date: declassified 1994-06-22
Publisher: Central Intelligence Agency
Author(s): Jackson, Wayne G.
Title: Allan Welsh Dulles as Director of Central Intelligence 26 February 1953 - 29 November 1961, Volume V, Intelligence Support of Policy
Publication date: declassified 1994-06-22
Publisher: Central Intelligence Agency
Author(s): Johnson, Loch
Title: A Season of Inquiry: The Senate Intelligence Investigation
Publication date: 1985
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Author(s): Johnson, Paul
Title: Modern Times
Publication date: rev. ed, 1991
Publisher: Harper, New York
Author(s): Karalekas, Anne
Title: History of the Central Intelligence Agency, Book IV of the Final Report of the Church Committee
Publication date: 1976
Publisher: U.S. Government Printing Office
Author(s): Karnow, Stanley
Title: In Our Image: America's Empire in the Philippines
Publication date: 1989
Publisher: Random House, Inc.
Author(s): Kruger, Henrik
Title: The Great Heroin Coup
Publication date:
Publisher: South End Press
Author(s): Kwitny, Jonathan
Title: The Crimes of Patriots: A True Tale of Dope, Dirty Money and the CIA
Publication date: 1987
ISBN: 0-671-66637-1
Publisher: Touchstone Book, Simon & Schuster.
Author(s): Lee, Martin A. and Bruce Shlain
Title: Acid Dreams: The CIA, LSD and the Sixties Rebellion
Publication date: 1985
Publisher: Grove Press, New York
Author(s): Leveritt, Mara
Title: The Boys on the Tracks
Publication date:
Author(s): Levine, Michael
Title: Deep Cover
Publication date: 1990
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Author(s): Levine, Michael, with Laura Kavenau-Levine
Title: The Big White Lie: The Deep Cover Operation that Exposed the CIA Sabotage of the Drug War
Publication date: 1993
ISBN: 1-56025-084-4
Publisher: Thunder's Mouth Press (distributed by Publishers Group West, 4065 Hollis St., Emeryville, CA 94608, (800) 788-3123
Author(s): Lohbeck, Kurt
Title: Holy War, Unholy Victory: Eyewitness to the CIA's Secret War in Afghanistan
Publication date: 1993
Publisher: Regnery Gateway, Washington, D.C.
Author(s): Mangold, Tom
Title: Cold Warrior: James Jesus Angleton, the CIA's Master Spy Hunter
Publication date: 1991
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Author(s): Manning, R. (ed.)
Title: War in the Shadows: the Vietnam Experience
Publication date: 1988
Publisher: Boston Publishing Company, Boston, MA
Author(s): Marchetti, Victor and John D. Marks
Title: The CIA and the Cult of Intelligence
Publication date: 1974
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Author(s): Marks, John
Title: The Search for the Manchurian Candidate
Publication date: 1979
ISBN: 0-8129-0773-6
Publisher: Times Books
Author(s): Marshall Scott and Hunter
Title: The Iran-Contra Connection
Publication date:
Publisher: South End Press
Author(s): Martin, David
Title: Wilderness of Mirrors
Publication date:
Author(s): Matrisciana, Patrick (ed.)
Title: The Clinton Chronicles, 3rd ed.
Publication date: 1994
ISBN: 1-878993-63-1
Publisher: Jeremiah Books, P. O. Box 1800, Hemet, CA 92546

Author(s): McCoy, Alfred W.
Title: The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia
Publication date:
Publisher: Harper & Row
Author(s): McCoy, Alfred W.
Title: Backfire: The CIA's Secret War in Laos and its Link to the War in Vietnam
Publication date:
Publisher: Harper & Row
Author(s): McCoy, Alfred W.
Title: A Question of Torture
Publication date:
Author(s): McCoy, Alfred W.
Title: The Politics of Heroin, CIA Complicity in the Global Drug Trade
Publication date: 1991
Publisher: Lawrence Hill Books
Author(s): McGehee, Ralph
Title: Deadly Deceits
Publication date: 1983
ISBN: 1-876175-19-2
Publisher: Sheridan Square Press (Republished 1999, Ocean Press, Melbourne and New York.)
Author(s): Meyer, Cord
Title: Facing Reality: From World Federalism to the CIA
Publication date: 1980
Publisher: Harper & Row, New York
Author(s): Miller, N.
Title: Spying for America
Publication date: 1989
Author(s): Mills, James
Title: The Underground Empire — Where Crime and Governments Embrace
Publication date: 1986
Publisher: Doubleday, New York
Author(s): Mills, James
Title: The Underground Empire — Where Crime and Governments Embrace
Publication date: 1987-11
ISBN: 0-283-99454-1 (hb), 0-283-99735-4 (pb)
Publisher: Sidgwick & Jackson, London
Author(s): Minnick, W.
Title: Spies and Provacateurs: A Worldwide Encyclopedia of Persons Conducting Espionage and Covert Action
Publication date: 1992
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Inc., North Carolina
Author(s): Moore, Alan & Bill Sienkiewicz
Title: Brought to Light
Publication date:
Publisher: Eclipse Books
Author(s): O'Brien, Cathy and Mark Phillips
Title: TRANCE Formation of America Through Mind Control
Publication date:
Publisher: Available from Reality Marketing, Inc., 5300 W Sahara #101, Las Vegas, Nevada 89102. Visa/MC orders call 1-800-656-3597.
Author(s): O'Toole, G. J. A.
Title: Honorable Treachery: A History of U.S. Intelligence, Espionage and Covert Action from the American Revolution to the CIA
Publication date: 1991
Publisher: The Atlantic Monthly Press, New York
Author(s): Piper, M. C.
Title: The Final Judgment
Publication date: 1994 (reissued in paperback 2000)
Author(s): Powers, T.
Title: The Man Who Kept the Secret
Publication date: 1979
Author(s): Prados, J.
Title: Presidents' Secret Wars
Publication date: 1986
Author(s): Prouty, L. Fletcher
Title: The Secret Team
Publication date:
Author(s): Ranelagh, John
Title: The Agency: The Rise and Decline of the CIA
Publication date: 1986
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, New York
Author(s): Reed, Terry
Title: Compromised: Clinton, Bush and the CIA
Publication date:
Author(s): Rice, Berkeley
Title: Trafficking: The Boom and Bust of the Air America Cocaine Ring
Publication date: 1989
ISBN: 0-684-19024-9
Publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons, New York
Author(s): Richelson, Jeffrey
Title: The U.S. Intelligence Community
Publication date: 1985
Publisher: Ballinger, Cambridge, Mass.
Author(s): Robbins, Christopher
Title: Air America
Publication date: 1979, 2nd ed. 1988 (1985?)
Publisher: Avon Books
Author(s): Scott, Peter Dale
Title: Crime and Cover-up; The CIA, the Mafia, and the Dallas-Watergate Connection
Publication date: 1993
Author(s): Scott, Peter Dale
Title: Drugs, Oil and War
Publication date:
Author(s): Scott, Peter Dale, and Jonathan Marshall
Title: Cocaine Politics — Drugs, Armies and the CIA in Central America
Publication date: 1991
ISBN: 0-520-07781-4 (ppb.)
Publisher: University of California Press
Author(s): Seagrave, Peggy and Sterling
Title: Gold Warriors: America's Secret Recovery of Yamashita's Gold
Publication date:
Author(s): Shannon, Elaine
Title: Desperados — Latin Drug Lords, U.S. Lawmen and the War America Can't Win
Publication date: 1988
ISBN: 0-451-82207-2
Publisher: Penguin Books
Author(s): Sheehan, N.
Title: A Bright Shining Lie
Publication date: 1988
Author(s): Shulsky, Abram N.
Title: Silent Warfare — Understanding the World of Intelligence
Publication date: 1993
ISBN: 0-02-881025-2 (cloth)
Publisher: Brassey's (US) (Maxwell Macmillan)
Author(s): Stein, J.
Title: A Murder in Wartime
Publication date: 1992
Author(s): Stich, Rodney
Title: Defrauding America: Dirty Secrets of the CIA and other Government Operations
Publication date:
Author(s): Stich, Rodney & T. Conan Russell
Title: Disavow: A CIA Saga of Betrayal
Publication date: 1995
Publisher: Diablo Western Press
Author(s): Tarpley, Webster and Anton Chaiken
Title: The Unauthorized Biography of George Bush
Publication date:
Author(s): Thomas, Gordon
Title: Journey into Madness: Medical Torture and the Mind Controllers
Publication date: 1988
Author(s): Toohey, B. & Pinwill, W.
Title: Oyster: The Story of the Australian Secret Intelligence Service
Publication date: 1990
Author(s): Troy, Thomas F.
Title: Donovan and the CIA: A History of the Establishment of the Central Intelligence Agency
Publication date: 1981
Publisher: CIA Center for the Study of Intelligence
Author(s): Turner, Stansfield
Title: Secrecy and Democracy: The CIA in Transition
Publication date: 1985
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

Author(s): Valentine, D.
Title: The Phoenix Program
Publication date: 1990
Author(s): Volkman, E. & Baggett, B.
Title: Secret Intelligence
Publication date: 1989
Author(s): Warner, Michael
Title: The CIA Under Harry Truman: CIA Cold War Records
Publication date:
Publisher: U.S. Central Intelligence Agency
Author(s): Weinstein, Harvey
Title: Father, Son and CIA
Publication date: 1988, 1990 (paperback)
ISBN: 0-88-780-159-5 (paper)
Publisher: Formac Publishing Co. Ltd., Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Author(s): Wise, David
Title: The Spy Who Got Away: The Inside Story of Edward Lee Howard
Publication date: 1988
Publisher: Random House, New York
Author(s): Wise, David
Title: Molehunt — The Secret Search for Traitors that Shattered the CIA
Publication date: 1992
ISBN: 0-394-58514-3
Publisher: Random House, New York
Author(s): Yousaf, Mohammad, and Adkin, M.
Title: The Beartrap: Afghanistan's Untold Story
Publication date: 1992
Publisher: Leo Cooper, London, England

U.S. Congressional Committee Reports

Title: Final Report [of the Church Committee]
Committee: Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities
Publication date: 1976
Publisher: U.S. Govt. Printing Office
Title: Project MKULTRA, The CIA's Program of Research in Behavioral Modification
Committee: Joint Hearing Before the Select Committee on Intelligence and the Subcommittee on Health and Scientific Research of the Committee on Human Resources
Publication date: 1977
Publisher: U.S. Govt. Printing Office
Title: Drugs, Law Enforcement and Foreign Policy
Committee: Committee on Foreign Relations, Subcommittee on Terrorism, Narcotics and International Operations
Publication date: 1989
Publisher: U.S. Govt. Printing Office
Title: An Assessment of the the Aldrich Ames Espionage Case and its Implications for U.S. Intelligence
Committee: Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
Publication date: 1994-11-01
Title: Report of Investigation: The Aldrich Ames Case
Committee: Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, U.S. House of Representatives
Publication date: 1994-11-30
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Secret ATF Account Paid for $21000 Nascar Suite and Las Vegas Trip
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ATF agents dipped into an off-the-books bank account for personal trips and other inappropriate expenses.

The New York Times found that agents used the money to take a trip to Las Vegas and rent a $21,000 suite at a Nascar race. One agent even used the money to donate to the school of one of his or her children.

The private bank account also was tapped to finance undercover operations, possibly violating laws prohibiting governme


The number of cell phones turned over to demanding Border Patrol agents has nearly tripled from 2015 to 2016.

That has led Congress to consider legislation the would require a warrant before people would be entitled to turn over their phones on the requests of agents, according to a new NPR report.

Here’s a partial transcript of the interview:

As the Trump administration looks to carry out extreme vetting of those who want to enter the U.S., one screening practice has already been amped up. In 2016, the number of people asked to hand over their cell phones and passwords by Customs and Border Protection agents increased almost threefold over the year before

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This image released by Discovery Channel shows a crane removing a pot from the stack as the Summer Bay crew sets its gear in "Deadliest Catch." Climate change is one of the main characters in the new season of "Deadliest Catch," with the crab fishermen in one of Discovery's most enduring and popular shows forced to deal with a sudden warming of the Bering Sea that chases their prey into deeper, more dangerous water. The show's 13th season debuts Tuesday at 9 p.m.
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Blue Apron's co-founder Matthew Wadiak found himself roughed up by cops — then falsely arrested, a new lawsuit alleges. (@MWADIAK VIA TWITTER)
The co-founder of meal delivery company Blue Apron found himself roughed up by cops — then falsely arrested — when he tried to figure out why they were at his Lower East Side Pilates studio, a new lawsuit alleges.

Matthew Wadiak was on his way to his Chrystie St. home, which is in the same building as a Pilates studio he owns, late April 9, 2014, according to his Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit.

When Wadiak, 39, got to the building between Stanton and Rivington Sts., he saw NYPD officers who appeared to be investigating a possible burglary at the studio, Padilla said.

When he asked what happened, the officers allegedly replied in a "vulgar, combative and unprofessional" way wit

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Rhodesia used anthrax against it's own people

Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Zimbabwe's historic anthrax epizootic: new analysis
A paper has been published here and, while in draft form, discussed at length here, which reanalyzes the features of Zimbabwe's anthrax epizootic, which began in 1978 and slowly tailed off after 1980.

The authors include an MD and geography specialists from the University of Nevada, Reno.  The first author, James M. Wilson, MD, has founded a center to investigate and forecast epidemics.  From his bio:
Director, Nevada State Infectious Disease Forecast Station @ the University of Nevada-Reno.This is the first operational infectious disease forecast station in the United States that operates at the state level.
The group has done a great job collecting information about weather (temperature, rainfall), soils, outbreak locations, possible means of spread, and number of animals and humans affected, as well as the movement of the epidemic over time.  The group has pulled together the detail needed to create maps and tables that convey how the epidemic evolved chronologically.

The authors have [as I believe I did in 1992] put to rest a number of unsupported theories as to the nature of the epidemic, and confirmed that the geographic "hops" anthrax made are not explained by natural occurrences.  The authors confirm that anthrax cases extended to the borders of Zimbabwe, but remained confined within Zimbabwe's boundaries. Adjoining countries experienced no similar epizootic.

The authors agree that the vast majority of human cases were associated with exposure to anthrax-contaminated animals, hides or meat.

Of interest, a number of anonymous commenters were extremely critical of Wilson's paper as it was in progress.  Their arguments were mostly specious, and I would be able to knock each down if it was useful to do so; I did knock down a few, then stopped sparring with anonymous critics.  If the critics were serious, presumably they would have used their names.  What was interesting was the concerted attack on Wilson, some 38 years since the onset of the epizootic, to deny the event could have been due to biological warfare.  Yet there is no other explanation, consistent with the facts, that has ever been put forward.

Wilson's paper also makes clear that the 2015 report on this epizootic, by Stephan P. Velsko from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), self-published by LLNL, is not worth the paper it is printed on. Velsko ditched the facts and built a house of cards based on his own inferences about the epidemic, providing an example of the extreme lengths a so-called scientific exercise can be taken to turn the scientific method on its head. I criticized his work here.

Wilson reported that I had been living in Zimbabwe at the time of the epizootic.  Actually, I was living in the US.  I travelled to Zimbabwe to study the epizootic in 1992, and did a poster presentation on the epizootic in Nairobi at the International Society for Infectious Diseases in July 1992, making the argument that the many unique features of this epizootic could only be explained as an act of biological warfare.  Margarete Isaakson, a South African infectious disease scientist with likely connections to Project Coast, and an interest in Ebola, screamed at me in Nairobi for daring to present such rubbish. I believe this was because I came too close to her area of expertise.

Nothing has changed since Zimbabwe's tragic epizootic.  Biowarfare is a horrible mode of warfare that has not been eradicated, identifying it is controversial, and developing the scientific tools that allow one to definitively identify when an act of offensive biowarefare has been used, shifts the balance of power from the perpetrators to the investigators and to those who were attacked.  That seems a very fair power shift, but it isn't to everyone's liking. (What makes biological warfare especially attractive is the ability to hide that it actually occurred, and who caused it.) Scientific studies that remove this advantage are, unsurprisingly, being attacked.

The attacks, mostly spurious, that Wilson has received for his paper tell us there are still many people who would keep the whole subject under wraps.

Finally, despite a 2010 paper by Fasanella et al. that flies can transmit anthrax spores in the lab (and several similar earlier papers going back decades have found the same thing), the problem is the flies' failure to transmit enough spores or viable vegetative forms to cause illness in livestock, because on the order of one million spores is required to achieve an infectious dose. It is much more likely that flies could transmit anthrax to rodents, for whom several orders of magnitude fewer organisms are required.  But in nature, they do not seem to do this, either.  So much for the fly theory.

While I am pleased this subject is getting the careful attention it deserves, I wonder why it is getting it now?

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Teen in Bay Area police sex scandal to receive nearly $1M from Oakland after settlement

 Wednesday, May 31, 2017, 3:52 PM

The teen at the center of a Bay Area police sex scandal will receive nearly $1 million from the city of Oakland after her claims dredged up the muck of widespread alleged misconduct in its department.

Jasmine, a 19-year-old also known as Celeste Guap, said she was sexually involved with dozens of officers from multiple police departments in the Bay Area, including some while she was underage.

The Daily News does not normally identify alleged victims of sexual exploitation, though Jasmine says that she was coming forward to help other victims of mistreatment and wants to be known by her first name.

Oakland City Council voted Wednesday to approve $989,000 to settle with the teen, the daughter of an Oakland police dispatcher, who had sued for $66 million.
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