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A List of the Dumb Swag the FBI Made to Promote Its Dumb Propaganda Movie
November 12, 2015 // 09:00 AM EST

Earlier this year, a friend brought me a mysterious FBI-branded mousepad she had gotten from a conference in Washington, DC. It has a massive pawn chess piece on it, with the words “Don’t Be a Pawn” and “Game of Pawns” plastered across the middle of it.

I immediately Googled Game of Pawns, and found that it’s a very bad, pretty expensive anti-spying drama the FBI commissioned to persuade impressionable youths to not sell secrets to foreign governments.

The film, which is heavy-handed and unwatchable except as a piece of ironic entertainment for those who love to cringe, is based on Glenn Duffie Shriver, an American who studied abroad in Shanghai, was asked to provide the Chinese government with classified information, and was ultimately arrested. The film, a fictionalized version of his story, uses blatant shots of Washington DC's Chinatown to serve as "downtown Shanghai" and suffers from awful dialogue, bad timing, weird stereotypes, etc.

How much money had the agency spent on these damn mousepads? And was it only mousepads? How else had the agency promoted this piece of art?

The movie was created specifically so study abroad offices and university professors could warn their students that selling secrets to foreign governments is an illegal endeavor. From the film's original press release:

"The movie has played a significant role in our outreach efforts to educate American academia on how foreign intelligence services target and attempt to recruit American students studying abroad,” Frank Montoya, the National Counterintelligence Executive, said. “Productions such as the movie Game of Pawns are essential and very practical tools for sensitizing the public and private sectors to our nation’s growing counterintelligence mission.”

I immediately wondered why the FBI was creating totally crazy, mostly fictional propaganda movies that tell people not to be spies, and wondered how much money the agency (and FBI Academy TV Studios, which is a thing) had wasted on this endeavor. Motherboard contributor Shawn Musgrave had previously learned that this cinematic masterpiece cost the agency at least $650,000 (the invoice docs he obtained are opaque and hard to parse). It's been viewed on YouTube 117,403 times, which has been its primary distribution method. Not exactly a blockbuster considering its budget.

But what about the mousepad? How much money had the agency spent on these damn mousepads? Had there been internal discussion about what taglines to put on it? Various designs to choose from? Who put these together? Do people even use mice anymore?

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Bonus read

Did the FBI tamper with a witness in OKC bombing evidence case?
Posted 2:31 pm, November 13, 2014, by Ben Winslow, Updated at 05:50pm, November 13, 2014



6:55 pm ETSat Nov 14 2015 18:55:08 GMT-0500 (EST)Michael S. Schmidt
F.B.I. Sending Agents to Assist in Paris Investigation

The F.B.I. will send a team of agents to Paris to assist with the investigation into the terrorist attacks on Friday night, according to law enforcement officials.

Among the agents being deployed are ones with expertise in recovering information from electronic devices like cellphones and computers. Along with potentially helping the French with the electronics, the bureau wants to have agents in place for what it anticipates will be a flood of information from the French authorities in the coming days.

As the French uncover more details about the attackers’ networks and travel patterns, the F.B.I. will want its agents there to quickly relay the information to the United States, where analysts can comb through the bureau’s files to see if there are any links to Americans. In the past day, the F.B.I. has used specially designed computer programs to determine whether there were any social media connections between the assailants and people in the United States. The results of those inquiries are not clear.


The FBI Allowed the 1993
WTC Bombing to Happen


* * * * *

Thursday October 28, 1993 Page A1

"Tapes Depict Proposal to Thwart
Bomb Used in Trade Center Blast"

By Ralph Blumenthal

Law-enforcement officials were told that terrorists were building a bomb that was eventually used to blow up the World Trade Center, and they planned to thwart the plotters by secretly substituting harmless powder for the explosives, an informer said after the blast.

The informer was to have helped the plotters build the bomb and supply the fake powder, but the plan was called off by an F.B.I. supervisor who had other ideas about how the informer, Emad Salem, should be used, the informer said.

The account, which is given in the transcript of hundreds of hours of tape recordings that Mr. Salem secretly made of his talks with law-enforcement agents, portrays the authorities as being in a far better position than previously known to foil the February 26th bombing of New York City's tallest towers.

The explosion left six people dead, more than a thousand people injured, and damages in excess of half-a-billion dollars. Four men are now on trial in Manhattan Federal Court [on charges of involvement] in that attack.

Mr. Salem, a 43-year-old former


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Paper Says FBI Blocked Plan to Foil N.Y. Blast
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Los Angeles Times (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Los Angeles, Calif.
Date:         Oct 28, 1993
Start Page:         21
Section:         PART-A; National Desk
Abstract (Document Summary)

Tape recordings secretly made by an FBI informer reveal that authorities were in a far better position than previously known to foil the Feb. 26 bombing of New York's tallest towers, the New York Times reported.

The New York Times published conversations the informer, a 43-year-old former Egyptian army officer, Emad Ali Salem, taped with his FBI handlers.
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couple of stories

Bonus story


Bears general manager Jerry Angelo said Friday the team spends ''an inordine amount of time educating players on all matters outside of football'' and that Johnson has been made aware he is accountable for his actions. Angelo mentioned Tom Dillon, the Bears' recently appointed direcf security and safety services, as one person who educates players.

Dillon's name might be familiar to some Bears fans because he's the former FBI agent who made an FBI shooting range available to some players last year, only to come under scrutiny himself when the night ended with a beer-fueled fight. Dillon retired from the FBI and joined the Bears -- apparently perfect timing since the team has seen six arrests in 18 months, half involving Johnson.

FBI opens internal probe after Chicago Bears' brawl

November 17, 2005

NATASHA KORECKI Federal Courts Reporter
Original Article HERE

FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., is opening an internal investigation after two Chicago Bears team members got into an altercation following an outing at an FBI gun range, officials said Wednesday.

Part of the investigation will look into whether alcohol was served at the end of the outing, after Bears players were finished trying out weapons at the FBI's North Chicago shooting range, authorities said. Sources have told the Chicago Sun-Times that liquor was served during a barbecue.

"We are 100 percent sure there was no alcohol at any time in which firearms were being used," FBI spokesman Frank Bochte said.

The FBI agent who helped arrange for the liaison day at the gun range is also a longtime volunteer security adviser for the Bears.

Advises team on security threats

FBI Special Agent Thomas Dillon, a 26-year FBI veteran, is on the field at all home games and typically on the sidelines, not far from Coach Lovie Smith. Dillon has had a formal agreement with the Chicago FBI office for years giving him permission to act as a security adviser to the Bears, and an FBI spokesman was quick to say the FBI does not think there's anything inappropriate about Dillon's arrangement.

They say Dillon has always been open about his role with the Bears. In fact, in an interview with the Sun-Times in recent months, Dillon discussed his position with the Bears and noted it was voluntary. Dillon has been a special agent since 1979 and commander of the SWAT team since 1999.

FBI agents are not allowed to hold any other paying jobs. Dillon's role with the Bears is purely on a voluntary basis, Soldier Field general manager Tim Lefevour reiterated Wednesday.

Lefevour said Dillon has long advised the Bears on national security threats, including weapons of mass destruction or any other national security issues.

About a dozen Bears players were at the FBI gun range in North Chicago on Nov. 7.

The FBI runs similar liaison shoots with other groups, including members of the corporate community and the media. Though Dillon played a role in arranging the liaison day, Bochte said the "front office" had final approval.

At some point later that day, right tackle Fred Miller got into a fight with center Olin Kreutz, and Miller's jaw was fractured. Miller originally said he was injured in a fall at home.

Alcohol not allowed at facility

The FBI headquarters' inquiry is not criminal in nature and comes after the Chicago office asked it to look into the matter.

"At the request of the Chicago special agent in charge, the Inspection Division at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., will open an internal investigation into this matter," said Special Agent Richard Kolko, a national FBI spokesman.

Bochte said it is common for a field office to ask headquarters to separately look into such matters and determine whether an investigation by Washington is warranted or whether the local office can continue the probe.

Sources wouldn't confirm or deny that the fight took place at the facility but have said players were on their own with no FBI agents present. They also said players began drinking at the facility while enjoying a barbecue with FBI instructors and agents attending a terrorist training program.

"One of the things we're looking into is whether alcohol was on the premises, and if it was, who brought it in," Bochte said. Alcohol is not allowed in the facility.

At a news confer


FBI to host Super Bowl security training at Levi's Stadium
Levis Stadium in Santa Clara, California
Thousands of 49ers Season Builders Licenses are available to purchase since many Faithful fans are not enjoying the game day experience at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.


The FBI is hosting a large scale training exercise at Levi's Stadium today. It was planned long before the Paris attacks, but it's gained new urgency because of them. The exercise will involve several law enforcement agencies including swat teams, bomb technicians, hazmat units, and medical personnel.

The FBI invited ABC7 News to today's training exercise, but then cancelled later. A spokesperson says that's due to operational security concerns. ABC7 News not told what those specific concerns were


Fbi Agents Adopt New Ethics Code
Trainees Debate When And If Deception On The Job Is Ok
August 22, 1997|


QUANTICO — Graduation ceremonies at the FBI Academy are much like those at any school or college: Cameras flash and parents beam with pride. But when FBI Director Louis J. Freeh strides to the lectern to deliver the commencement address, as he does at almost every graduation, the event takes a less-festive tone.

After some introductory remarks, Freeh grimly reminded one recent class about a photograph displayed prominently at FBI headquarters. It shows Nazi soldiers taking a young boy off to a concentration camp while a German policeman looks on passively.

The lesson, Freeh told the 36 new agents, is that as law-enforcement officers in a democracy, "you must protect human and civil rights as your first priority." To accomplish that, Freeh urged the new agents to rely on "the core assets you bring to this job: your values and your integrity."

Such talk of personal ethics might surprise outsiders expecting a law-and-order theme, but the subject is thoroughly familiar to the agents completing the academy's 15-week training program.

In January, a full course on law-enforcement ethics was added to the curriculum, and related lessons on ethical dilemmas are now being woven into every aspect of instruction from the firing range to the computer room.

During one exercise, trainees investigate a bank robbery at "Hogan's Alley," a mock-up of a small-town main street where actors play the parts of victims, witnesses and criminals. Almost all the evidence points to one suspect, but the key to solving the case lies in evidence suggesting the person is innocent. Teachers sternly correct agent-trainees who ignore the exculpatory evidence and simply press ahead with an arrest.

Explaining the exercise, Freeh said in an interview, "I remember asking a new agent about the purpose of this job, and he replied, `We lock people up.' Well, that is something we do, but it is not our purpose. We want these young people to understand that our purpose is to get the facts without favor or bias and let the chips fall where they may. Whether the facts may lead to an arrest or they may exculpate a subject, our job is the same."

The new curriculum bears Freeh's distinct imprint, and it offers a glimpse of how the director and other top officials weigh issues that have vexed the FBI recently. There are, for example, classes on the proper uses of deception, a point of controversy in the case of Richard Jewell, the onetime suspect in Atlanta's Olympic Park bombing. And, there is a discussion of when to report ethical lapses by fellow agents, a major issue in the case of Frederic Whitehurst, the whistleblower at the FBI forensic laboratory.

In addition, the ethics course offers a window into the future character of the FBI. Since a 30-month hiring freeze ended in August 1994, the number of FBI agents has grown by 15 percent to a force of 11,200. Working at a record pace, the FBI Academy is due to graduate 1,000 new agents this year and an additional 700 under the FBI's budget request for next year. To accommodate this growth, the academy is turning out agents at such a rapid pace that a new class is graduating nearly every other week.

On the very first day that agent-trainees report for classes, dressed in royal-blue polo shirts and khaki trousers, they are told they will learn much about firearms, the law and the criminal mind. They are advised that while they will need some of those skills some of the time, moral courage will be demanded of them all the time.

The curriculum at the academy requires competition for prizes in such things as marksmanship, academic prowess and athletic ability. But the agent-trainees are told that they will select the winner of the Fidelity, Bravery and Integrity Award, which is named after the FBI motto and goes to the trainee who best embodies those ethical standards. The agent-trainees are told that Freeh instituted the award and takes it very seriously.

The core of the ethics training takes place during seven two-hour classroom sessions designed by Frank Perry, a veteran of the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility, its internal affairs division.

The FBI does not often suffer the kinds of corruption and drug-abuse problems that often plague big police departments, Perry said, so in developing the ethics course, "what we tried to do is look at some of the philosophical issues that would help us lay a foundation that would hopefully prevent some of the instances of poor judgment and serious misconduct that we were seeing."

That foundation is built on a close reading of the preamble of the Constitution and the three opening paragraphs of the Declaration of Independence. These texts, sometimes cited by historians as America's secular scripture, are examined nearly word-for-word by agent-trainees. Ph


FBI Opens Probe of Bears' Fight

Thursday, November 17, 2005

The FBI is opening an internal investigation into the fight between Chicago Bears offensive linemen Olin Kreutz and Fred Miller at its shooting range in the Chicago area, special agent Richard Kolko said yesterday.

Miller, who initially said the injury occurred in a fall at home, needed surgery after Kreutz broke his jaw in the altercation last week.

An FBI official said several Bears players were invited to take target practice. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the internal investigation

The official said the fight took place after the shooting session, during a barbecue for FBI employees and the players. He confirmed that alcohol was consumed during the barbecue, but said there was no drinking during the target practice.

The Chicago Sun-Times, citing sources, reported roughhousing between Miller and Kreutz escalated to a full-blown altercation. As he was being escorted out the door, Miller turned around and went toward Kreutz, the newspaper reported. Kreutz then hit him in the face and Miller responded by striking Kreutz in the head with a five-pound weight, opening a cut that required 13 stitches, the newspaper reported.


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Former Millis police officer who allegedly fabricated story indicted on new charges

(Wrentham, MA, 09/11/15) Ex Millis police officer Bryan Johnson stands in Wrentham District Court for his arraignment on charges related to a shootout hoax he allegedly staged. Friday, September 11, 2015. (John Wilcox/Pool)
Former Millis police officer Bryan Johnson stands in Wrentham District Court for his initial arraignment in September on charges related to a shootout hoax he allegedly staged.

11.19.15 | 2:24 PM

The former Millis police officer whose alleged lies about a gunfight led to an exhaustive manhunt was indicted Thursday on new charges by a Norfolk County grand jury.

Bryan Johnson, 24, of Millis, is now charged with willful communication of a bomb threat to a school, misleading a criminal investigation, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, making a false police report, willful and malicious destruction of property over $250, and wanton destruction of property over $250, according to the Norfolk District Attorney’s office.

On September 2, just hours after a bomb threat was made to a town school, Johnson radioed to report that a white man in a red truck fired a handgun

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Most burglaries go unsolved


Tommy Thompson came home the night of Nov. 1 last year to find his home ransacked.

While he was on a two-week business trip, thieves ran off with more than $12,000 of his property. His television, computers and two credit cards were gone. So was his microwave oven.

Thompson, 48, called Las Vegas police to report the burglary, and a patrol officer arrived three hours later. After he demanded that police investigators collect fingerprints and DNA from cups and cigarette butts thieves left throughout the house, an investigator showed up an hour later.

The night dragged on into the early morning hours, until investigators finally left.

By most accounts, the officers did a thorough job -- probably more than the case deserved, actually. On an average day, Thompson's case would have been just one of 48 burglaries reported.

Yet for all that work, police admit the people who broke into Thompson's home will probably never be caught.

Burglaries account for more crimes than murders, rapes, robberies and assaults combined in Clark County, and, of those crimes, burglaries are the least likely to be solved.

Nationwide, barely more than 1 in 10 cases will be solved, according to data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

That rate is similar in Clark County, where the Metropolitan Police Department covers the vast majority of the geographical area and similarly the county's crimes.

"That's a very typical case," Capt. Stavros Anthony said of Thompson's burglary. "And we will not solve that case."

For victims of burglary cases, some effort to solve the case is expected. But such cases are so common and so difficult to solve that they typically end in frustration for police and victims.

Ten percent solved

Las Vegas saw 17,724 burglaries last year. About 20 detectives in the Metropolitan Police Department covered them.

Chances are that no more than 1,700 will get solved.

The FBI requires police departments nationwide to report their rate of "clearances" annually for a variety of crimes, including burglaries.

By the bureau's definition, a case can only be cleared if an arrest is made or if it's cleared exceptionally, defined as those rare instances in which the offender dies or the victim refuses to cooperate with prosecutors.

Over the past decade, the Metropolitan Police Department's reported clearance rate for burglaries has hovered around 25 percent, a number that Anthony said didn't accurately represent the real burglary clearance rate.

In 2006, the reported rate dropped to 5.8 percent, which may be a more accurate figure than the 23.6 percent clearance rate reported the year before.

Police were never able to provide a conclusive explanation for the drastic clearance rate drop. But they did provide several theories about possible changes in record-keeping:

•The number of cleared cases in previous years could have been inflated because records officials were counting the number of people arrested for burglaries, not the number of cases that get cleared. Often, more than one person is arrested for a single burglary.

•Whoever is compiling the statistics is relying on a different definition of "burglary," thus skewing the numbers.

Anthony estimated that only 10 percent of typical burglaries in the department's jurisdiction get solved, which is the national average for departments serving populations of 1 million or more.

In North Las Vegas and Henderson, the rate of burglaries cleared is 9.4 percent and 12.5 percent, respectively. But those departments handle only a fraction of the number of cases Las Vegas police see.

By comparison, murders nationally are usually cleared about 60 percent of the time, and rapes about 40 percent of the time.

Regardless of the department or jurisdiction, burglaries are notoriously difficult to solve.

"We get burglary reports where we have absolutely nothing," Anthony said. "All we have is that it was broken into, some stuff was taken.

"If somebody breaks into a house and nobody sees anything, we have absolutely nothing to follow up on. That's basically it."

Most homeowners don't keep track of product serial numbers, so finding common electronic devices once they're sold at pawn shops and returning them to their owners is nearly impossible.

Rarer items can be easier to find.

Las Vegas police Lt. Robert DuVall said a woman's necklace was recently found at a pawn shop based only on the woman's hand drawing of it.

Las Vegas police burglary detectives also must cover the thousands of larceny and vandalism cases each year.

"You talk to these detectives and their caseloads are huge," Anthony said.

North Las Vegas police have only three burglary detectives, although a new problem solving unit this year will greatly increase the department's effectiveness, police spokesman Mark Hoyt said.

"For a department our size, that's pretty much average," he said.

Higher-profile crimes, such as rapes and murders, receive more attention and resources, and rightly so, Anthony said.

"Property crimes are just hard to solve, and the resources are not there like they are for person crimes," he said. "That's just the nature of the beast. You put resources where they're the most important."

False impressions

Nevertheless, property crimes affect far more people than any other type of crime. And when victims, who expect personalized treatment, meet with overwhelmed police detectives, the results add to the impression of a neglectful police department, which might not be the case.

UNLV criminal justice professor Bill Sousa, who has done consulting work with the Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York police departments, among others, said victims often expect personalized service.

"Citizens want their possessions back; but really, they want to know that someone's paying attention to them," Sousa said.

Television shows have added to a false perception that police can thoroughly investigate every crime.

"When people have things stolen out of their car, there is sort of the expectation, based on watching shows like 'CSI,' that you're going to have a full forensic sweep," Sousa said. "And the resources just aren't there for that kind of thing."

But police philosophy is partly to blame for that perception, Sousa adds.

Since police departments began using 911 systems in the last half of the 20th century for reporting incidents, police sold the idea to the public that crime and managing society's problems was the business of police, not the business of other agencies, individual communities or society in general.

"Now, they've sold that idea so well, that it's almost become the idea that if something happens, whether it's a serious crime or a minor disorder, it's the police's fault that something isn't being done about it," Sousa said.

Anthony said the Las Vegas police internal affairs department receives only a few complaints a year about detectives not doing their job.

Departments, including Las Vegas police, are approaching the burglary problem in a new light through community policing.

In order to boost its clearance rate for burglaries, Las Vegas police have begun dispatching its burglary detectives to its seven area commands. The department will also double its number of burglary detectives.

No longer will those detectives reside in the department's building at Oakey and Decatur boulevards, sheltered from the communities they cover and out of touch with patrol officers.

The redeployment of detectives, which police are calling the largest such effort in department history, will make those detectives more accessible and accountable to the public, police said.

They'll also become more effective, police said.

When burglaries are reported, a patrol officer traditionally visits the home and fills out a report, which is later given to a detective. The patrol officer can also decide whether to send an investigator to the home to dust for prints or collect evidence.

But patrol officers and detectives rarely communicate. Putting burglary detectives in area command centers, where patrol officers work out of, will change that. Detectives will be attending the same meetings and work side-by-side with the officers.

"We think this is going to have a dramatic impact on the clearance rates," Anthony said.

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The Narco Terror Trap
The DEA warns that drugs are funding terror. An examination of cases raises questions about whether the agency is stopping threats or staging them.
By Ginger Thompson / Pro Publica
December 7, 2015

IN DECEMBER 2009, Harouna Touré and Idriss Abdelrahman, smugglers from northern Mali, walked through the doors of the Golden Tulip, a hotel in Accra, Ghana. They were there to meet with two men who had offered them an opportunity to make millions of dollars, transporting cocaine across the Sahara. Touré wore a dashiki, and Abdelrahman had on tattered clothes and a turban that hid much of his face. They tipped the guards at the entrance and then greeted Mohamed, a Lebanese radical, in the lobby. Mohamed took them up to a hotel room to see David, a drug trafficker and a member of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC. “Hola, Colombiano,” Touré said, as he entered the room. Abdelrahman tried to call David “007” in Spanish, but said “477” instead. David, who was dressed in a short-sleeved pullover and Bermuda shorts, laughed and offered his guests bottles of water.

Touré and Abdelrahman came from Gao, a parched and remote city in northern Mali which has long been used as a base for smuggling of all kinds, from immigrants to cigarettes. In recent years, the surrounding region has also been the scene of conflict between violent bands of nomadic insurgents, including members of al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). During months of meetings and phone calls, David and Mohamed had told Touré that the FARC had some 30,000 fighters at war with the United States, and that it wanted to work with al-Qaida, because the groups shared the same enemy. “They are our brothers,” Mohamed said. “We have he same cause.” Touré had explained that he had connections to the organization: he ran a transport company, and, in return for safe passage for his trucks, he provided al-Qaida with food and fuel.

Still, David remained skeptical. He needed assurances that Touré’s organization was up to the task. The FARC had a lot of money riding on the deal and was willing to pay Touré and Abdelrahman as much as $3,000 per kilo, beginning with a 50-kilo test run to Melilla, a Spanish city on the North African mainland. Loads ten times that size would follow, David said, if the first trip went well.

“If you’re done, I’m going to speak,” Touré said. He told David and Mohamed that he was tired of all the “blah, blah, blah.” He had operatives along the smuggling route, which stretched from Ghana to Morocco. Abdelrahman, whom Touré had introduced as the leader of a Malian militia, said that he had hired a driver with links to al-Qaida. They had also bribed a Malian military official, who would help them cross the border without inspection.

David was reassured. “I want us to keep working together, because we’re not doing this for the money — we’re doing this for our people,” he said.

Two days later, Touré and Abdelrahman went back to the Golden Tulip to collect their initial payment. Oumar Issa, a friend from Gao who was also involved in the plan, waited at another hotel to receive his portion. Instead, the smugglers were met by Ghanaian police officers. David and Mohamed, it turned out, were not drug traffickers but undercover informants for the United States Drug Enforcement Administration. Within days, Touré, Abdelrahman, and Issa were turned over to the DEA, put on a private jet, and flown to New York, where they were arraigned in a federal courthouse. They were charged under a little-known provision of the Patriot Act, passed in 2006, which established a new crime, known as narco-­terrorism, committed by violent offenders who had one hand in terrorism and the other in the drug trade.

In announcing the charges, Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, said, “As terrorists diversify into drugs, they provide us more opportunities to incapacitate them and cut off funding for future acts of terror.” The case marked the first time that the narco-­terrorism provision had been used against al-Qaida. The suspects appeared to be precisely the kind of hybrid whom the law, which does not require that any of the targeted activities take place in the U.S., had been written to catch. Michele Leonhart, the DEA administrator at the time, said, “Today’s arrests are further proof of the direct link between dangerous terrorist organizations, including al-Qaida, and international drug trafficking that fuels their activities.”

As the Malians’ case proceeded, however, its flaws became apparent. The defendants emerged as more hapless than hardened, childhood friends who believed that the DEA’s informants were going to make them rich. “They were lying to us. And we were lying to them,” Touré told me from prison. Judge Barbara Jones, who oversaw the final phases of the case, said, “There was no actual involvement by the defendants or the undercovers … in the activities of either al-Qaida or the FARC.” Another judge saw as many problems with the statute as with the merits of the case. “Congress has passed a law that attempts to bind the world,” he said to me.

The investigation continues to be cited by the DEA as an example of its national-security achievements. Since the narco-terrorism provision was passed, the DEA has pursued dozens of cases that fit the broad description of crimes under the statute. The agency has claimed victories against al-Qaida, Hezbollah, the Taliban, and the FARC and established the figure of the narco-terrorist as a preeminent threat to the United States.

With each purported success, the DEA has lobbied Congress to increase its funding. In 2012, Michael Braun, who had served as the DEA’s chief of operations, testified before Congress about the link between terrorists and drug traffickers: “Based on over 37 years in the law-­enforcement and security sectors, you can mark my word that they are most assuredly talking business and sharing lessons learned.”

That may well be true. In a number of regions, most notably Colombia and Afghanistan, there is con­vincing evidence that terrorists have worked with drug traffickers. But a close examination of the cases that the DEA has pursued reveals a disturbing number that resemble that of the Malians. When these cases were prosecuted, the only links between drug trafficking and terrorism entered into evidence were provided by the DEA, using agents or informants who were paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to lure the targets into staged narco-­terrorism conspiracies.

The DEA strongly defends the effectiveness of such sting operations, claiming that they are a useful way to identify criminals who pose a threat to the United States before they act. Lou Milione, a senior official at the agency, told me, “One of the things the DEA is kind of in the business of is almost all of our investigations are proactive.” But Russell Hanks, a former senior American diplomat, who got a firsthand look at some of the DEA’s narco-­terrorism targets during the time he served in West Africa, told me, “The DEA provided everything these men needed to commit a crime, then said, ‘Wow, look what they did.’” He added, “This wasn’t terrorism — this was the manipulation of weak-minded people, in weak countries, in order to pad arrest records.”

ON sEPT. 11, 2001, when
 American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon, DEA agents were among the first to respond, racing from their headquarters, less than half a mile away. A former special agent named Edward Follis, in his memoir, “The Dark Art,” recalls how he and dozens of his colleagues “rushed over … to pull out bodies, but there were no bodies to pull out.” The agency had outposts in more than 60 countries around the world, the most of any federal law-enforcement agency. And it had some 5,000 informants and confidential sources. Michael Vigil, who was the DEA’s head of international operations at the time, told me, “We called in every source we could find, looking for information about what had happened, who was responsible, and whether there were plans for an imminent attack.” He added, “Since the end of the Cold War, we had seen signs that terrorist groups had started relying on drug trafficking for funding. After 9/11, we were sure that trend was going to spread.”

But other intelligence agencies saw the DEA’s sources as drug traffickers — and drug traffickers didn’t know anything about terrorism. A former senior money-laundering investigator at the Justice Department told me that there wasn’t any substantive proof to support the DEA’s assertions.

“What is going on after 9/11 is that a lot of resources move out of drug enforcement and into terrorism,” he said. “The DEA doesn’t want to be the stepchild that is last in line.” Narco-­terrorism, the former investigator said, became an

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The FBI Checked the Wrong Box and a Woman Ended Up on the Terrorism Watch List For Years


December 20, 2015 Nation & World, National Government

As the Senate debated a proposal earlier this month that would have barred gun sales to people on the government’s terrorism watch lists, Republicans decried the lists as unfair, unreliable and un-American. “There’s no due process or any way to get your name removed from it in a timely fashion,” Sen. Marco Rubio told CNN. “This is not a list you can be certain of,” Jeb Bush said. Mike Huckabee asserted that some people end up on the no-fly list due to “suspicion, not necessarily even so much as probable cause.”

Rahinah Ibrahim, a Malaysian architect with a doctorate from Stanford, knows from personal experience that they have a compelling point. Ibrahim is the only person since 9/11 to file a court challenge that ultimately removed her name from the watch lists. It took her almost a decade to prevail in court and even that victory has proved phyrrhic. While a federal judge agreed that her inclusion on the no-fly list was groundless, she remains unable to obtain a visa that would allow her to visit the United States even to attend academic conferences. A close look at her case by ProPublica provides dramatic evidence of what was argued this month in Washington: It is indeed remarkably easy to get on the list and nearly impossible to get off.
Rahinah Ibrahim with Rafeah Mustafa Kamal

Rahinah Ibrahim, right, with her daughter Rafeah Mustafa Kamal, at the Park Royal Hotel in Kuala Lumpur. This photo was taken at a conference of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments, which Rahinah co-chaired. (Photo by Raymond Bonner for ProPublica)

The questions of terrorism lists and visas appear likely to take center stage in the coming months. While the Senate rejected the amendment barring gun sales, Connecticut’s governor imposed just such a ban on a threat that is more theoretical. Between 2004 and 2014, more than 2,000 people on the government’s watch lists purchased firearms in the United States, according to a study by the Government Accountability Office. Questions are also emerging about how Tafsheen Malik, one of the perpetrators in the San Bernardino terrorism attack, managed to get a visa to join her husband despite her pro-jihadi postings on social media.

Taken together, the two cases offer a disturbing look at the ability of U.S. authorities to effectively and fairly guard the border.

Ibrahim’s saga began on Jan. 2, 2005. A devout Muslim, she got up before dawn and said her morning prayers. A friend drove her up Highway 101 from San Jose to the San Francisco International Airport. She was booked on United Airlines Flight 41. Ibrahim planned a stopover in Hawaii, where she would deliver a paper at a prestigious conference, before continuing to Malaysia.

The 44-year-old mother of four felt good about her forthcoming trip although she was still in pain from an emergency hysterectomy months earlier. She had just completed four years of demanding course work, while also working as a volunteer at the Stanford hospital. She had just passed her oral exams, a considerable accomplishment for someone who had grown up in rural Malaysia and not been out of the country until she was 18.

When Ibrahim, wearing a hijab that allowed not a strand of her brown hair to show, reached the counter, the ticket agent looked at her reservation and summoned a supervisor. Soon, Ibrahim saw two San Francisco police officers striding purposefully through the terminal. After speaking with the supervisor, the officers told Ibrahim that she was under arrest, handcuffed her and marched her through the crowded terminal to a police car that drove her to the airport police station. Inside, as she would later recall, she found herself in a deeply uncomfortable setting, “a handcuffed Muslim woman surrounded by three male policemen.” The officers locked Ibrahim in a cell where she sat on a cold, stainless steel bench and cried, the scar across her abdomen aching.

Ibrahim had no idea why she had been detained. She explained to the police that two FBI agents interviewed her just nine days earlier and she showed them the business card that one of them, Kevin Kelley, had given her. Kelley was a member of the South Bay Joint Terrorism Task Force in San Jose. He had asked about her academic work (her area of concentration at the engineering school was affordable housing); her husband (he’s very progressive and had allowed her to pursue her career, something most men in her conservative country would not do) and about Jemaah Islamiyah, a terrorist group created in Malaysia but best known for bombings of night clubs in Bali. Ibrahim told Kelley she didn’t know much about Jemaah Islamiyah beyond headlines on the Internet, but that she was a member of Jemaah Islam Malaysia, a professional organization for people who had studied in the United States and Europe and encouraged the practice of more moderate forms of Islam.

After she had been detained at the police station for more than two hours, an official from the Department of Homeland Security, Lee Korman, showed up. He apologized to Ibrahim for her arrest and told her that she had been removed from the no-fly list and was now free to fly. It was the first time Ibrahim knew she was on the no-fly list.

Before 9/11, there were perhaps a dozen people worldwide on America’s no-fly list. The numbers soared after the attacks and by 2013 there were some 47,000 individuals on the list, according to a Justice Department audit. Grandmothers, infants, honorably discharged veterans and the disabled have found themselves barred from boarding. A few notorious cases made headlines, such as when Sen. Edward Kennedy was stopped several times — because, it turned out, there was a “T. Kennedy” on some agency’s terrorist watchlist. Kennedy’s name was, of course, removed. For tens of thousands of others, it was not so easy.

The no-fly list is part of the post 9/11 security apparatus, which is a labyrinth of euphemisms and acronyms. The effort is coordinated by the Terrorism Screening Center (TSC), a multi-agency group of officials managed by the FBI in coordination with the CIA. All federal departments and agencies are responsible “for collecting information about potential terrorists or attacks’’ and sharing that information with the FBI or the CIA, either of which can “nominate” individuals for inclusion in the Terrorist Screening Database (TSDB).

From that database, names are passed “downstream” (in bureaucratic jargon) to the so-called “frontline” agencies — for example, to the Transportation Security Agency (TSA), which administers the no-fly list and to the State Department, where the names are put into the Consular Lookout and Support System (CLASS), which American consular officers around the world call up when a foreigner applies for a visa.

State and local law enforcement officials have access to the database, which now has some 700,000 records. A police officer pulling over a driver for speeding can check the name on the driver’s license against the TSDB. In addition, the lists are shared with more than 20 foreign governments.

An FBI agent need only have a “reasonable suspicion,” to “nominate” someone, the FBI guidelines say. It is supposed to be more than “a mere guess or hunches.” But, as Huckabee noted, the standard is well short of the probable cause the police need to arrest a person.

Ibrahim was born in 1969, the second of five children, into modest circumstances, her father a mid-level civil servant. She inherited school uniforms and textbooks from her older sister, and then passed them on to her younger one. Neither of her parents had finished high school, and they pushed their children to get an education.

Ibrahim had mild dyslexia and was something of a loner in school who found solace in drawing. She finished first in her high-school class, and was one of 25 students nationwide selected to study in the U.S. She had been on an airplane only once before, a small one, to return home from boarding school when her father died. When the flight stopped for a layover in Hong Kong, Ibrahim got separated from the rest of the group. Another student in the honor’s program, Mustafa Kamal, the son of primary school teachers in a small rural town, volunteered to find her. Kamal would continue chasing Ibrahim, changing her life — romantically, unconventionally, profoundly. Ibrahim enrolled in the University of Washington to study architecture; Kamal studied civil engineering at California State University, Long Beach. After a long-distance, telephone romance, they married in the summer between their third and fourth years. Ibrahim graduated with honors in 1984 after the birth of the couple’s first child and moved to Southern California to study for a masters at the Southern California Institute of Technology in Santa Monica.

Kamal assumed primary responsibility for domestic chores. “I was a stay-at-home dad,” he said. He was becoming Americanized. Evenings he watched the ABC News with Peter Jennings, and he was such a diehard Los Angeles Lakers fan that he and his friends would adjust the time of their evening prayers so they could watch the games on television.

“I always feel in love with America,” Kamal told me in an interview in Malaysia. “We consider America our second home.” The years in the United States had a profound impact. “I would say that we grew up in the States. It changed our perspective on the world.” One of his favorite television programs was Meet The Press, which he liked to watch “just to see how these people argue.” On his Facebook page, Kamal lists Henry Kissinger’s “Diplomacy” as one of his “likes.”

Living in America also changed their approach to Islam. They began to practice their religion in a more Western context. “We call it progressive Islam,” Ibrahim told me, during the only interview she has given about her experiences.

After Ibrahim got her masters degree, the family returned to Malaysia and she launched her career as an architect. At the age of 32, and pregnant with her fourth child, Ibrahim became the first female lecturer at University Putra Malaysia, a 7500-acre campus 12 miles south of downtown Kuala Lumpur She was soon intellectually restless and applied to Stanford, surprised when she was accepted.

In 2000, Ibrahim returned to the U.S. with an F1 student visa. Kamal remained in Malaysia. He was the managing director of an environmental consultancy business and had become deeply committed to international relief work. Kamal traveled to Palo Alto every three months to visit his wife.

On March 10, 2005, 10 weeks after her encounter at the San Francisco airport, Ibrahim was set to fly from Malaysia to Stanford with plans to put the final touches on her doctoral thesis. At Kuala Lumpur’s gleaming, modern airport, when she reached the Cathay Pacific counter, she put her bag on the scale — it was filled with presents for patients at the Stanford hospital where she had worked as a volunteer. A supervisory agent asked her to step out of line, and she watched as he made and received calls on his mobile phone. She was puzzled. Korman had told her she had been taken off the no-fly list; she gave Korman’s card to the supervisor. At 9:25, five minutes before the gate was to close, the agent told Ibrahim t


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A Christmas Story: A Good Cop Dying Young: Murdered by the FBI Top Echelon Informant Program – 1 of 3
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() NaimovichJames Ring was a supervisor in the FBI’s Boston office. He was supervised the organized crime squad called C – 1. Ring involved the State Police in an investigation of Massachusetts State Trooper John Naimovich, shown in this post, a man with 23 years on the job. He was considered the top State Police organized crime investigator. He was a man I found beyond reproach. The FBI would go after him to put him out of business. Was it he came too close to the people it was protecting?

Tom Foley who brags about his pursuit of Whitey Bulger was a main participant in it. As a young trooper he worked for the FBI against Naimovich. He did this even after he knew he was set up by the FBI.


Can FBI be held liable for targeting Irvine Muslims for surveillance?
Orange County Muslims

Orange County Muslims gather in prayer in the parking lot of Angel
Stadium in Anaheim for Eid al-Adha to mark the end of the annual
pilgrimage to Mecca known as Hajj on Sept. 23. 2015


Craig Monteilh told the imam that he wanted to embrace his French and
Syrian heritage and convert to Islam.

Monteilh adopted an Islamic name, donned Muslim robes and a skull cap,
and attended prayers vigilantly. The Islamic Center of Irvine embraced
him — until he began talking of violent jihad.

Congregants reported him to the FBI and Irvine police, and then
obtained a restraining order against him. Only later did they discover
Monteilh was working for the FBI.

A federal appeals court is now considering whether the FBI can be held
liable for allegedly indiscriminately targeting Muslims for
surveillance. If the court decides the FBI cannot defend itself
without revealing state secrets, the court likely would uphold the
dismissal of a class-action lawsuit brought by Southern California

The review by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals comes at a time of
heightened fear of terrorism and incidents of backlash against
innocent Muslims.

Judge Marsha Berzon, in a hearing this month, acknowledged the
sensitivity of the matter as she struggled to understand what
constituted a state secret. The state secrets doctrine bars litigation
of a case if it would expose or threaten to expose matters of national

"I just am having real trouble seeing where the line is drawn in this
very difficult situation we are in now," Berzon, a Clinton appointee,
told a government lawyer.

The government argued it could not defend itself without disclosing
state secrets. U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney agreed with the
government in 2012, dismissing the bulk of the lawsuit on the grounds
it would require disclosure of matters vital to national security.
Carney reviewed classified information before his decision.

The Southern California Muslim community, represented by the ACLU of
Southern California, believes the FBI targeted people solely because
of their religion and should be held accountable.

Muslim leaders complained that the spying mission eroded trust in law
enforcement at a time when the government needs help from the Muslim
community to fight terror.

"The fundamental question is will we be viewed as partners or
suspects?" said Edina Likovic, speaking for the Los Angeles-based
Muslim Public Affairs Council. "The fear here is that we are being
treated publicly as partners and privately as suspects."

About 500,000 Muslims live in Southern California, with more than
120,000 in Orange County, the second-largest population of Muslims in
the United States.

Monteilh, who had a falling out with the FBI, has been working with
the ACLU.

"I am the principal witness," said the Irvine resident, 53. "All the
information they got came from me."

Monteilh said the FBI paid him $177,000 to infiltrate about 12 mosques
in Orange, Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties over the course of
14 months, starting in June 2006. He said his job was to gather as
many cellphone numbers and email addresses as possible and to find
Muslims who could be compromised because of immigration, sexual or
business issues.

Posing as a fitness consultant, Monteilh frequently worked out with
Muslims at the gym and secretly recorded them, he said.

"This surveillance was so fruitful that Monteilh's handlers eventually
told him they were seeking approval to have him open a Muslim gym,"
the suit said.

When he agreed to attend prayers at dawn four days a week, he received
a pay increase, the suit said. His handlers told him to write down the
license plate numbers of the cars in the parking lot, he said.

But at times his devotion raised eyebrows. He attended lessons in
Arabic — a language he didn't speak.

He also appeared to be extremely absent-minded. Congregants remembered
that he was forever leaving his keys or his cellphone behind. Monteilh
later said his phone and a fob on his keys contained recording

During the hearing, a lawyer for the FBI agents said Monteilh had
signed a contract saying he would not leave listening devices
unattended. Monteilh said he signed no such contract, and the agents
knew what he was doing.

Monteilh said he secretly videotaped Muslims through a camera hidden
in a button in the front of his shirt.

His identity was revealed during a court hearing. He had a criminal
record, and the FBI helped him get off probation early, according to a
court transcript.

Monteilh later accused the FBI of breaking promises to him. The FBI
has said it does not target people because of their religion and that
Monteilh signed a confidentiality agreement.

Monteilh, who unsuccessfully sued the FBI, said he has no regrets
about his undercover work. He learned about FBI techniques and methods
and policies and now works as a consultant on counterterrorism, he
said. His mission unveiled the government's scrutiny of Muslims, he

"If I didn't work that case, they would never know they were being
spied on 24 hours a day," Monteilh said.

He said his work identified terrorists overseas, although it did not
lead to convictions of local Muslims. Monteilh also said he
understands why the FBI conducted the surveillance.

"Let's face it, they have to," he said. "That is the only method they
can use to be preemptive."

It could take several months before the 9th Circuit rules.

Berzon was the only judge on the panel who asked questions during the
hearing. The other two reviewing the case are 9th Circuit Judge Ronald
M. Gould and Judge George Caram Steeh III, a district judge from
Michigan, both Clinton appointees.

Although she was skeptical of both sides, Berzon told attorneys for
the government that their arguments were "circular."

She also observed that another circuit court had found that the
government could not invoke the state secret privilege in a lawsuit
unless the secrets were an integral part of the government's
"meritorious defense," not just a possible defense, an issue a court
would have to determine.

"We certainly can't do that if you can't tell us your defense," she

Monteilh said he has remained a Muslim, though his conversion
initially was a ruse. He said he prays five times a day, studies the
Koran and fasts.

But he does not attend a mosque.

"People would freak out if they saw me," he said. "I am a former FBI
informant, and that will always be with me."q


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L.A. County jail inmates were handcuffed to a wall for hours on 'potty watch'


L.A. County Jail in Castaic

The North Facility of the Pitchess Jail in Castaic

One jail inmate, clad only in boxer shorts and socks, was handcuffed to a wall for up to 11 hours.

Another was cuffed to the wall for as many as eight or nine hours, causing bleeding and severe pain to

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couple of stories about taxpayer funded
FBI agents who are terrorists



Suspect in pro-Isis plot called mentally ill 'panhandler' who was 'manipulated'

in Rochester, New York

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An ex-convict arrested in a plot to carry out a pro-Islamic State attack at a bar on New Year’s Eve is a panhandler who had been asked to leave in the past, the bar’s owner said. The man’s family said he had a long history of mental problems.
New York man accused of planning pro-Isis attack on New Year's Eve
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Federal authorities have said Emanuel Lutchman, 25, sought to prove he was worthy of joining Isis by leading an attack in Rochester with a machete and knives that were provided by an FBI informant.

After authorities announced his arrest on Thursday, Lutchman’s father and mother described a man who had had psychiatric troubles since childhood



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Two stories

One with FBI spin

FBI agent Arturo Fontes cannot find El Chapo after 28 years.

Sean Penn finds El Chapo in less than 6 months


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Drug lord's extradition to the USA might be compromised, says former FBI agent

January 11, 2016 - 12:06PM

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Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has been re-apprehended.

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has been re-apprehended.

The world's most wanted drug lord, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, has been recaptured by Mexican security forces.

El Chapo, founder of the cartel that is responsible for at least 50% of the world's drugs, escaped from Mexican jail in July through an elaborate tunnel network.

Arturo Fontes, who spent much of his 28 years in the FBI chasing El Chapo, told Tony Jones since Osama Bin Laden's death, El Chapo

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January 13, 2016
Police Intimidation: From Dalton Trumbo to Deep Green Resistance



Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Homeland Security agents have contacted more than a dozen members of Deep Green Resistance (DGR), a radical environmental group, including one of its leaders, Lierre Keith, who said she has been the subject of two visits from the FBI at her home.

The FBI’s most recent contact with a DGR member occurred Jan. 8 when two FBI agents visited Rachael “Renzy” Neffshade at her home in Pittsburgh, Pa. The FBI agents began the visit by asking her questions about a letter she had sent several months earlier to Marius Mason, an environmental activist who was sentenced in 2009 to almost 22 years in prison for arson and property damage.

Neffshade told CounterPunch she refused to answer any questions from the FBI agents. Based on the line of inquiry, Neffshade concluded the FBI agents were not necessarily looking into gathering further information about Mason. “It seemed like they were pursuing an investigation into me, but who knows? I didn’t answer any of their questions,” she said. “It’s important to remain silent to law enforcement as an activist. It is a vital part of security culture.”

DGR, formed about four years ago, requires its members to adhere to what the group calls a “safety culture” in order to reduce the amount of paranoia and fear that often comes with radical activism. On its website, DGR explains why it is important not to talk to police agents: “It doesn’t matter whether you are guilty or innocent. It doesn’t matter how smart you are. Never talk to police officers, FBI agents, Homeland Security, etc. It doesn’t matter if you believe you are telling police officers what they already know. It doesn’t matter if you just chit chat with police officers. Any talking to police officers, FBI agents, etc. will almost certainly harm you or others.”

Keith, along with Derrick Jensen and Aric McKay, co-authored a book published in 2011, Deep Green Resistance, on which the DGR group is largely based. DGR describes itself as an “aboveground organization that uses direct action in the fight to save our planet.” On its website, DGR states there is a need for a separate “underground that can target the strategic infrastructure of industrialization.”

In the “Deep Green Resistance” book, the authors ask, “What if there was a serious aboveground resistance movement combined with a small group of underground networks working in tandem?”

“[T]he undergrounders would engage in limited attacks on infrastructure (often in tandem with aboveground struggles), especially energy infrastructure, to try to reduce fossil fuel consumption and overall industrial activity,” the authors write in the book. “The overall thrust of this plan would be to use selective attacks to accelerate collapse in a deliberate way, like shoving a rickety building.”

In speeches and writings, Jensen, a co-leader of DGR, often ponders this question: “Every morning when I wake up I ask myself whether I should write or blow up a dam.” He also has argued about the necessity of using any means necessary “to stop this culture from killing the planet.” Jensen said he has not been questioned by the FBI about his involvement with DGR. He is also unaware of any DGR members who have been arrested for their work with the group.

In late 2014 and early 2015, the FBI contacted about a dozen DGR members either by telephone or through in-person visits. Max Wilbert, a professional photographer and one of the founding members of DGR, said the FBI contacted him on his cell phone during this period. “I immediately said that I wasn’t going to answer any questions and hung up the phone,” Wilbert told CounterPunch. “This is the best way to deal with this sort of government repression. As soon as they know that you will answer questions, they will keep coming after you.” If activists refuse to answer questions, the FBI or other police agencies are more likely to leave the person alone, he said.

In September 2015, Wilbert was among a group of DGR members detained at the U.S.-Canada border as they were on their way to attend a speech by author Chris Hedges in Vancouver, British Columbia. The group was eventually denied entry into Canada.

Wilbert said the Canadian border guards seemed to be searching for a reason to deny the DGR members entry. After focusing on some women’s self-defense gear in the car (some people in the vehicle were planning to offer a free class on self-defense in British Columbia), the border guards’ questions started turning to each person’s activism.

Making sure he was honest with the officers, Wilbert told the Canadian border guards that he had volunteered to take photographs of Hedges’ scheduled speech. “They said that they suspected I was entering the country to work illegally,” he said.

After getting turned back by the Canadian guards, the vehicle’s occupants faced additional scrutiny by U.S. border agents. At the U.S. border, the questions became much more political in nature. The U.S. guards asked Wilbert and his colleagues about the groups they belonged to and the ideas that these groups promoted. “Officers from the Canadian side even came over and spoke with the U.S. officers about us,” he said.

U.S. border guards confiscated Wilbert’s laptop computer. “Under U.S. law, they can legally copy your entire hard drive and keep the contents for something like 30 days,” he said. After a few hours, the border guards returned the computer. But Wilbert chose to get rid of the laptop after the search because he was concerned the government agents had tampered with it.

The Department of Homeland Security also has demonstrated an interest in the environmental group. DGR member Deanna Meyer, who lives in Colorado, was asked by a DHS agent during a visit to her home if she would be interested in “forming a liaison,” according to a Sept. 30, 2015, article in Earth Island Journal. The agent reportedly told Meyer he wanted to “head off any injuries or killing of people that could happen by people you know.” Meyer refused to cooperate with the DHS agent.

Wilbert views the federal police agencies’ ongoing actions against DGR members as harassment and intimidation. “It makes a mockery of free speech and democracy. We may advocate for radical and revolutionary ideas, but our work is legal. We are nonviolent. We are peaceful people,” he said.

The federal government’s treatment of DGR members is similar in some ways to how political activists were treated during the Red Scare era of the 1950s, contended Wilbert, who noted that Nicola Trumbo, a daughter of blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, is a member of DGR and a friend of Wilbert’s. Nicola Trumbo’s childhood was marked by government surveillance, blacklisting and intimidation, he said. Pointing to Dalton Trumbo and other victims of the McCarthyite period, Wilbert emphasized these tactics are not new.

“This government uses intimidation and violence because these tactics are brutally effective. For me and the people I work with, we expect pushback,” Wilbert said. “That doesn’t make it easy, but in a way, this sort of attention validates the fact that our strategy represents a real threat to the system of power in this country. They’re scared of us because we have a plan to hit them where it hurts.”

The police scrutiny of DGR members is continuing at the same time local and federal police agencies maintain a hands-off approach to the takeover of a federal government installation in eastern Oregon by an armed right-wing militia. Some of the militia members claim they would be willing to kill if police attempted to end their occupation of the federal wildlife refuge.

If environmental activists staged an armed occupation of a coal-fired power plant, coal export terminal, or hydroelectric facility in the Western United States, they would be subject to an intense and immediate response by police agencies, Wilbert said. “The federal government doesn’t really give a damn, by and large, about what happens in the open West, at least when it’s wealthy white people doing the occupying,” he said. “But any occupation that actually threatened their power would see swift retribution. That is one of the main jobs of the police: to protect the rich and business interests against the people.”

DGR has learned that the “Deep Green Resistance” book is part of the FBI’s library at the agency’s offices in Quantico, Va. “They’re definitely aware of us. We have filed a Freedom of Information Act request to find out what kind of information the FBI is gathering,” Wilbert said. “But those requests were denied because they involve active investigations.”

When FBI agents visited her home in Pittsburgh, Neffshade said she felt fear during the questioning. She tried to remain calm. “I felt pressure to respond to their questions because, hey, I’ve been taught that it’s rude to just stand in silence when someone is speaking to you,” she explained. “I maintained silence long enough to gather my thoughts about which phrases are appropriate to say to law enforcement. After they left, I felt shaky and had to fight off feelings of paranoia.”

Before they left, the FBI agents handed Neffshade a business card and said, “If you change your mind, here is contact information.” Neffshades immediately contacted members of DGR to let them know the FBI had showed up on her doorstep.

While the FBI visit will make her more careful about what she writes in letters to prisoners, Neffshade said she has no plans to retreat from her involvement with DGR.

Mark Hand has reported on the energy industry for more than 25 years. He can be found on Twitter @MarkFHand.

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yes our taxes funded these military officers at Fort Benning

Twelve of the Eighteen Former Military Arrested in Guatemala are SOA graduates

Last week, eighteen former military officials were arrested on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity in one of the largest mass arrests of military officers Latin America has ever seen. Twelve of them were trained at the SOA. The arrests happened one week before the January 14th inauguration of newly elected President Jimmy Morales, of the National Convergence Front (FCN).

Morales, whose party has close ties to the military, faces pressure in the face of the current developments. Morales' right hand man, Edgar Justino Ovalle Maldonado, who is also the FCN party co-founder, newly elected congressman, and retired colonel, is also facing similar charges, though he was not arrested because of his immunity as a congressman. Guatemala's Attorney General, however, has requested the Supreme Court look at the case to strip him of his immunity. Ovalle Maldonado, who is also an SOA graduate, is linked to massacres and disappearances during the 1980's.

The officers arrested last week are (see below for a list of notorious SOA graduates among those recently arrested):

Ismael Segura Abularach (SOA, 1976)
Pablo Roberto Saucedo Mérida (SOA, 1970)
César Augusto Ruiz Morales (SOA, 1970)
Manuel Antonio Callejas Callejas (SOA, 1962 & 1970)
Colonel Fransisco Luis Gordillo Martínez (SOA, 1961)
Carlos Humberto López Rodríguez (SOA, 1970)
Edilberto Letona Linares (SOA; 1970)
José Antonio Vásquez García (SOA, 1970)
Manuel Benedicto Lucas García (SOA, 1965)
Carlos Augusto Garavito Morán (SOA, 1984)
Luis Alberto Paredes Nájera (SOA, 1960)
César Augusto Cabrera Mejía (SOA, 1967)
Juan Ovalle Salazar
Gustavo Alonzo Rosales García
Hugo Ramiro Zaldaña Rojas
Raul Dahesa Oliva
Edgar Rolando Hernández Méndez

The arrests are linked to two cases in particular, both of which have gone before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. The first case concerns the operations that occurred at the military base in Cobán. In 2012, exhumations by forensic anthropologists led to the uncovering of at least 550 victims disappeared between 1981 and 1988. The second is for the disappearance of Marco Antonio Molina Theissen, a 14-year-old boy disappeared by the G-2 military intelligence forces on October 6, 1981.

Read more about the operations in Cobán:

A pretrial held before a District Court this week in the case of the disappearance of Marco Antonio determined that four of the former military officers accused - three of whom are SOA graduates - will go to trial, facing charges of forced disappearance and crimes against humanity. The retired officers - Fransisco Luis Gordillo Martínez, Edilberto Letona Linares, Hugo Ramiro Zaldaña Rojas, and Manuel Antonio Callejas Callejas - remain in custody pending ongoing investigations by the public prosecutors.

It remains to be seen if newly sworn-in Morales, whose party is backed by the darkest structures of the Guatemalan military, will allow for these cases to run their course. The struggle for justice in Guatemala is still as much a challenge today as it was in the past. Given the recent mass mobilizations that brought down the former President and SOA-graduate Otto Pérez Molina and his Vice-President Roxana Baldetti, Morales faces a citizenry that has lost much of the fear that created a culture of silence. In a recent National Catholic Reporter article, Fr. Roy Bourgeois stated that "there will never be any justice or reconciliation until there is accountability and the perpetrators start going to prison". The people of Guatemala are hungry for justice, and they have memory on their side.

To read the full NCR article:


History has shown us that we cannot count on the government to hold itself accountable. We know from experience that the power we need to makes the changes we so desperately need will come from us, the grassroots. Vice-President Biden, who attended President Morales' inauguration, also had a meeting with the northern triangle Presidents yesterday regarding the ill-named Alliance for Prosperity, which supposedly addresses the root causes of migration. This conversation comes at the same time that ICE is carrying out raids and deporting Central American refugees that have fled US-sponsored state violence. Instead of actually addressing the root causes of migration by changing its destructive foreign policy in Central America, the U.S. continues to create the conditions that make people flee their home countries through violence and economic exploitation. This was the case during the dirty wars of the 1980's, and unfortunately it is the case now.

There is no question that there was absolute complicity by the U.S. during the 36-year-long armed conflict that marked Guatemala for generations to come. For Guatemalans, this is a decades-long struggle to break down the wall of impunity and the culture of silence and fear, and the steps being taken by survivors to bring cases forward have been nothing short of brave and courageous. For the U.S., what has unraveled over the past few days serves as a sobering reminder that the U.S. fully backed - covertly, directly and indirectly - the Guatemalan military through training, fund ...

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New Book Says FBI Was Mastermind Behind MLK Assassination and Its Cover-up
January 18, 2016 |

Martin Luther King's assassination

Aides on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn. with the stricken Dr. King.

Aides on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn. with the stricken Dr. King.*New Book Says FBI Was Mastermind Behind MLK Assassination and Its Cover-up

As the nation celebrates what would have been Martin Luther King’s 87th birthday on January 15, we must ask some questions: What role did the FBI play in King’s assassination? What did they know, and what role did the agency play in covering up the truth about his murder?

It is no surprise that J. Edgar Hoover, the founder and head of the FBI until his timely departure in 1972, waged a war against Black America, civil rights leadership and Black nationalist organizations with his COINTELPRO program. As a result of the program — its role to “prevent the rise of a Black messiah”— Black leadership ended up murdered and imprisoned, and its institutions compromised and decimated. At one point Hoover called Dr. King “the most notorious liar in the country,” as the FBI monitored the civil rights leader, bugged his hotel rooms, and even sent him a letter encouraging him to commit suicide. But two authors believe the agency did even more, having a direct role in his assassination through FBI informants.

In their book, Killing King: The Multi-Year Effort to Murder MLK, Stuart Wexler and co-author Larry Hancock delve into the notion of a cover-up into the King assassination. Specifically, they allege that the FBI under Clarence Kelly, Hoover’s successor, misled Congress by destroying files related to the murder of King. Wexler says the bureau disobeyed a direct order to preserve all materials, destroying files in two field offices on Tommy Tarrants, a high-ranking Ku Klux Klan member from Mississippi, in 1977. This came as a new Congressional committee was established to investigate the assassination of King and President Kennedy. The author claims there was something about Tarrants that made the FBI upgrade him from an obscure racist to a major player in the assassination.

“I have no doubt this was done deliberately. They are not destroying everybody’s files, they are selectively destroying files,” Wexler told the Daily Mail. “They wanted Tarrants to give evidence to the committee; they didn’t want him to be a suspect.”

Meanwhile, according to Wexler, a man named Laude Matthews was in line to take over the leadership of the Mississippi Klan. Wexler refers to Matthews as “a big time deep cover agent for the FBI.”

“’We can imagine a situation where the FBI does not want the Congressional investigation to lead back to Laude Matthews,” Wexler speculated, offering that the Mississippi Klan was among the most violent, anti-Black chapters of the organization. “They did not want to expose him to suspicion. Imagine what it would have looked like if an FBI informant had a connection to the King assassination?”

The author added that if true, it would prove to be one of the worst scandals in the history of the agency.

“If the FBI had covered its tracks over King’s assassination, it would fit into the pattern of duplicity and double dealing that marked the bureau’s handling of King,” he said.

Tarrants, Wexler noted, eventually steered away from his radical Christian racism and is now a preacher.

“Until then he had been in prison for a bombing and he’d made a full conversion. The FBI arranged for him to get out of prison, which was unheard of,” Wexler said.

In their previous book, The Awful Grace of God, Wexler and Hancock chronicled a multi-year effort by a national network of white supremacists to kill Dr. King, and their systematic attempts to do so. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968 on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. James Earl Ray confessed to the murder but later recanted.

And now, as America finds itself in the midst of a new movement for the rights of Black folks, white domestic terrorism is on the rise. And as

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BGA PUBLIC EYE: City pays a price for police misconduct — $642 million since 2004


Police dash-cam video image of Laquan McDonald being shot.
By Andrew Schroedter

The city of Chicago has spent nearly $642 million dealing with police-misconduct legal claims over a 12-year period, according to data obtained from City Hall.

That includes $106 million in just the past two years.

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In 2015, the city spent more than $40 million — including $5 million paid to the family of Laquan McDonald, who was killed by Officer Jason Van Dyke in a shooting caught on police dash-cam video — to cover misconduct-related settlements, judgments, legal fees and other costs.

That included roughly $28 million spent on damages, $10 million on outside legal expenses and $3 million on other costs, according to the data from Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s law department.

Last year’s bill for police misconduct was the city’s lowest since 2007’s total of nearly $41 million.

It also marked a drop from the previous two years. In 2014, spending on police-misconduct cases amounted to $65 million. In 2013, the figure was $96 million — the highest tally in 12 years.

But last year’s tab is likely to keep rising because of outstanding legal bills from 2015.

The city currently is facing more than 450 police-misconduct lawsuits.

There were 273 misconduct lawsuits filed in 2015, down from 289 the previous year, says Bill McCaffrey, a law department spokesman.

Told of the findings, Lou Reiter, a retired Los Angeles Police Department deputy chief who has testified as an expert witness in Chicago in police-misconduct

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EXCLUSIVE: Jury awards $15M to NYPD cop who sued police officers for falsely arresting and beating him

Wednesday, February 3, 2016, 7:30 PM

NYPD cop Larry Jackson (l.) with lawyer (r.) Eric Sanders after a Brooklyn Federal Court jury awarded him $15 million for being falsely arrested and beaten. John Marzulli/New York Daily News
NYPD cop Larry Jackson (l.) with lawyer (r.) Eric Sanders after a Brooklyn Federal Court jury awarded him $15 million for being falsely arrested and beaten.

An NYPD cop who sued a dozen fellow cops for falsely arresting and beating him at his Queens home was awarded $15 million in damages Wednesday by a federal jury.

"I feel vindicated," Larry Jackson, 45, told The Daily News after the stunning verdict. "Just like they say, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger."

Jackson told the jury he became the victim of a police riot after his wife called 911 on Aug. 22, 2010 to report an armed man had crashed their daughter's birthday party. Jackson was unarmed and tried to convince the gunman to leave the party.


Jackson's wife and his cousin, who also called 911, told the operator that an off-duty police officer was at the scene, but that information was apparently lost on the 70 cops who ended up responding to the call.

Jackson insisted that he identified himself as a cop, which the defendants denied. He ended up getting beaten with punches, kicks, and blows from batons. He also suffered a fracture to his shooting hand.

None of the cops who testified at the trial admitted striking Jackson with a baton or handcuffing him. One officer, John Czulada, said he punched Jackson in the face because he felt threatened by the 6-foot-3, 300-pound plaintiff.


"The jury has sent a message to the Police Department that what happened was unacceptable," said Jackson's lawyer Eric Sanders. "And that guy with the gun? No one ever bothered to look for him."

City lawyer Matthew Modafferi had told jurors that Jackson was out of control and resisting arrest, and should have counted himself "lucky" not to be charged with a crime ultimately.

"And we also know why he got lucky…he's a police officer right?" Modafferi told the jury.


But the jury rejected the argument, including the claim that Jackson was drunk. "That totally didn't happen," juror Lisa Gaeth of Queens told The News.

"I think sometimes the cops treat everybody like perpetrators," said juror Joni Marcinek of Staten

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Judge Tosses Police Investigator's Lawsuit

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that a former Chicago police investigator cannot sue his supervisors for accusations that they fired him after ordering him to reverse findings of police misconduct.
No Immunity for Cop Who Killed Elderly Man

A Framingham, Mass., police officer will have to face trial after accidentally shooting and killing an unarmed, elderly black man, the First Circuit ruled.


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Drone Records


WASHINGTON - A federal judge granted the FBI summary judgment in the case Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington brought for records concerning drone and unmanned aerial vehicles.


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Prosecutor's Capital-Case Disbarment Upheld

AUSTIN, Texas (CN) - A former Texas prosecutor was correctly disbarred for his role in the wrongful death sentence of a black man who was exonerated after spending 18 years in prison, 12 of them on death row, the Texas Supreme Court Board of Disciplinary Appeals ruled Monday.
In a 12-0 ruling that is not appealable, the board affirmed the disbarment of former Burleson County District Attorney Charles Sebesta.
The State Bar of Texas revoked Sebesta's law license in June 2015 after concluding he engaged in prosecutorial misconduct by withholding evidence as lead prosecutor in the murder conviction of Anthony Graves.
The board of appeals' Monday ruling called Sebesta's conduct "egregious" and said that "quasi-estoppel is not available to parties with unclean hands."
Sebesta is accused of failing to disclose to Graves' attorneys a confession by Robert Carter that he had murdered six people in 1992 alone.
Carter had implicated Graves but no physical evidence linked Graves to the murders.
Graves was released in 2010 and filed a disciplinary complaint against Sebesta four years later.
Sebesta argued in January that the State Bar decided in 2007 not to disbar him and that it cannot change its mind in pursuing Graves' complaint. He cited changes to disciplinary rules in 2004 that result in disciplinary findings now having a res judicata effect - that they cannot be adjudicated again.
The appeals board disagreed, saying the summary disposition panel that dismissed the accusations against Sebesta in 2007 has fewer investigatory tools than grievance committees before 2004, that did not have res judicata effect.
"The Summary Disposition Panel has no subpoena power to compel production of documents or to compel testimony; and it hears no witnesses," the Opinion and Judgment on Appeal states. "The pre-2004 grievance committees had subpoena power to gather documents and to require testimony; and they had the opportunity to hear and cross-examine witnesses under oath. The Summary Disposition Panel has fewer tools than the pre-2004 grievance committees to attempt any adjudication of merits, and the Summary Disposition Panel is not charged with any adjudicatory function."
The 2004 changes did not "transform the role of the screening entity into an adjudicatory body" with res judicata effect, the board said.
The board also concluded it is "not unconscionable" for a screening entity to reach one conclusion in 2007 and another in 2014. The latter included a 2010 affidavit from a special prosecutor stating his belief that there was no credible evidence of Graves' involvement in the murders.
Sebesta said Monday that he is still believes Graves was correctly convicted.
"My opinion is that we presented the evidence we had and felt like it was sufficient," Sebesta told Re



Molly Martens denies killing Limerick man Jason Corbett
Andrew Carey | February 10, 2016

Molly Martens was arrested along with her father and retired FBI agent Thomas Martens on Tuesday and charged with the killing of Jason Corbett

MOLLY Martens and her father have pleaded NOT guilty this Wednesday to the charges of second degree murder and the voluntary manslaughter of Limerickman Jason Corbett at his North Carolina home last August.

The 32-year-old second wife of Jason, together with her father, Thomas Martens (65) – a former FBI agent – were charged last month following their arrest. Both were released on a $200,000 bail bond.

Jason, a 39-year-old father of two was bludgeon to death at his home in Wallburg, North Carolina, on August 2 last year.

imagePost mortem reports revealed that Jason died from head injuries allegedly suffered when he was struck with a baseball bat and paving stone following what authorities described at that time as a domestic disturbance.

US reports said that Davidson County Assistant District Attorney Greg Brown requested Superior Court Judge Mark E Klass to issue a court order to obtain copies of Mr Martens’ personnel file from the FBI.

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Threats to Democracy
February 10, 2016 | Jimmy Chin
Fighting for Election Transparency — With Science
Portrait of an E-Voting Skeptic

Most of us are convinced that we, as individuals, cannot make a dent
in the scheme of things. Given all of the injustices in the world, it
can seem near impossible to create any sort of meaningful change. It’s
hardly surprising that we become hopeless or indifferent, or, at best,
resign ourselves to the push-button comfort of online “slacktivism.”

But there are people who are different. People who not only believe
they can make the world a better place, but also have the resolve to
turn their convictions into actions. WhoWhatWhy will try to find these
individuals and bring their stories to our readers.

Here is one such story:


For most of the week, Beth Clarkson is a professional statistician.
She tweaks statistical models and delves into the mysteries of
composite materials. But at home on the weekend, she puts on her
second hat — trying to keep American elections honest.

Clarkson is fond of saying, “Data has a story to tell,” and she likes
nothing better than digging out that story. But she had never applied
her skills to politics — until a few years ago..

She avoided anything to do with politics, she wrote on her blog,
“because I am so bad at storing and accessing that sort of information
in my head.” But that hands-off attitude changed when she began to
suspect a threat to our electoral system.

Her conversion to vote fraud activism began more or less by accident.
An Amazing Discovery

To enliven the statistics classes she used to teach at Wichita State
University, Clarkson started discussing real-life data from the 2000
election. You remember that one: it was a cliffhanger, and ended with
the Supreme Court anointing George W. Bush as president.

Over the next decade, Clarkson’s expert eye meticulously analyzed
election after election, and to her surprise, found some interesting
voting patterns. Clarkson found statistical anomalies that kept
appearing here and there, but she thought that they could have simply
been just that: anomalies or outliers.
This Chart illustrates the breakdown of the Republican vote by voting
machine type in a cumulative sum model for 2014 Wisconsin Governor's
race. Photo credit: Beth Clarkson / Stats Life

This Chart illustrates the breakdown of the Republican vote by voting
machine type in a cumulative sum model for 2014 Wisconsin Governor’s
race. Photo credit: Beth Clarkson / Stats Life

At the time, she was an instructor in WSU’s math department while also
working on her Ph.D. in statistics. In 2006, she became chief
statistician of WSU’s National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR)
where she completed her degree and now produces reports for regulatory
agencies such as the Federal Aviation Administration and other

Then something happened in 2012 that shook her world. One day,
Clarkson came across a statistics paper on the internet titled
“Republican Primary Election 2012 Results: Amazing Statistical

The authors of the paper found that in elections all over the country
where electronic voting machines were used, a strange pattern kept
appearing: the larger the number of registered voters in the voting
precinct, the larger the Republican vote. Since precinct size should
have no effect on the vote distribution, the authors concluded that
the data “indicates overwhelming evidence of election manipulation.”

Clarkson said she was astonished. She proceeded to reproduce the
results of the study — she called it essentially a peer-review — and
began to seriously question the trustworthiness of our electoral
Doing Something About It

The paper galvanized her to take action. First, she went to the local
elections office to inquire about the voting machines in Sedgwick
County, Kansas.

“While [the election officials] were very nice and very open about
what they were doing, I was pretty much appalled at their lack of
quality assurance, in terms of how the machines were accurately
recording people’s votes and reporting the summaries of those votes,”
she said. (Clarkson is a certified quality engineer.)

This motivated Clarkson in 2013 to sue for access to election records
in her precinct so she could verify the accuracy of the vote.

“I was pro se, meaning I was representing myself, and it was pretty
easily defeated,” she said. The judge claimed that if people were
allowed access to the vote, they could tie a particular voter to a
particular ballot. Clarkson responded: “not really very reasonable,
but it is plausible, I guess.”

Far from being discouraged, she stepped up her efforts. Clarkson
started a blog, wrote an article spelling out her voting analysis,
and, most recently, sued election officials again. This time she
amended her proposal to include safeguards for voter privacy, but
unsurprisingly she has faced more pushback. Officials remain steadfast
in their opposition.

The Elections Commissioner of Sedgwick County, Tabitha Lehman, claims
that Clarkson doesn’t need the documents in question — paper records
created by the electronic voting machines and known as Real Time Audit
Logs (or RTALs) — to check the election results, and besides, the
audit process would be too burdensome.

Clarkson contends RTALs are in fact the only way to conduct a reliable
recount and that the burden of the request should fall on her, not
Lehman or her staff. Lehman did not respond to requests for comment.

Lehman, as well as Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, have also
argued that they cannot honor Clarkson’s request because the law
forbids it. Clarkson thinks this argument amounts to a Catch-22:
“Basically they’re saying they can’t open the records because it’s
forbidden by law without a judge’s order. It’s true, but that’s why
I’m suing. It’s not a reason for them to say no,” she said.
Who Gets to Look at the Records and When? If Ever

Clarkson said it makes little sense that the records, which are there
to ensure election integrity, are safeguarded so tightly.

“If I’m not allowed to, as an academic researcher, look at this and
publish the results, who is ever going to look at this?” she said.
“You’re not allowed to look at them during a recount. When can you
look at them? What are they there for?”

Despite her growing frustration, Clarkson says there is no reason to
assume the stonewalling officials are “in the know” — that is, parties
to some kind of fraud. They may be simply bureaucrats defending their

Clarkson is encouraged by the outpouring of support on the Internet
prompted by her blog, She says some correspondents have taken it upon
themselves to contribute to and advance her election analysis.

Media coverage has also been positive (though she admits that she
sometimes feels uncomfortable in the spotlight). She has been
interviewed multiple times on the radio, there have been editorials
supporting her efforts, and she even scored a television spot on Thom
Hartmann’s cable TV program,The Big Picture.

Eventually, the attention drew the interest of an attorney, who
offered his services to Clarkson pro bono. To help defray some of her
legal expenses in preparation for her March trial date, she founded
the Show Me The Votes Foundation and set up a gofundme site.
The Fight Yields Results

Whatever the outcome of the current lawsuit, Clarkson has already had
an impact on the national conversation about voting integrity.
Secretary of State Kobach, who has faced criticism for his opposition
to opening up Sedgwick County voting records, has proposed legislation
that would mandate post-election audits starting in 2017 — a move
directly in response to the lawsuit.

Clarkson is optimistic that her case will prevail in court. But even
if that happens, she expects that the county will appeal, in order to
delay handing over the data for as long as possible. If so, she
intends to keep up the pressure for full disclosure.

“I feel like it’s just too important to drop. When we don’t have
everybody represented in our voting process then the people who win
those elections are not necessarily representative of the average of
what the country wants,” she said.

Clarkson sees her crusade as a simple matter of good citizenship.

“We all want to make the world a better place, right? That’s kind of a
universal desire,” she said. “It’s not necessarily that people want to
spend all of the time, effort, and energy in activism of whatever
nature, but we all like to think that our presence makes a difference
and that the world is better for us having been here.”

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Like Rafael Cruz, Rubio’s parents left Cuba before Castro came to power. Mario and Oriales Rubio left Cuba in 1956 but were not naturalized as U.S. citizens until 1975, making Senator Rubio a classic anchor baby. However, Cruz, who was born in Calgary, does not even appear to have “anchor baby” citizenship rights.

The heart of the GOP’s caudillo aficionados is southern Florida and its Cuban expatriate community. This immigrant sector has propelled into office a virtual Cuban mafia from the Miami area, including Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, U.S. Representative Mario Diaz-Balart, and his brother, Lincoln Diaz-Balart. The father of the Diaz-Balart brothers was Rafael Diaz-Balart, the Majority Leader of the Cuban House of Representatives and a supporter of the Batista regime.

The Cuban expatriate community could have never achieved the power they now maintain in the Republican Party had it not been for the financial patronage extended to them by two well-known Cuban-American mobsters, Santo Trafficante, Jr., in Tampa and Jose Miguel Battle, Sr., of Union City, New Jersey, both of whom had links to the CIA and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Not just Republicans benefited from the Cuban mafia’s largesse. New Jersey’s indicted Democratic Senator Robert Menendez largely owes his political fortunes, which started in Union City, to Battle’s crime syndicate. Another Democrat, former Senator Robert Torricelli, who resigned in 2002 amid a Senate ethics probe, was linked to Battle’s North Jersey Cuban mafiosi.

Ted Cruz has much in common with George W. Bush’s failed nominee for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, Miguel Estrada, who was born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, long a backwater for CIA operations in Central America and the Caribbean. Estrada, a Harvard Law graduate, has a right-wing extremist track record that is emblematic of so many Republican Latino politicians and judges.

Ted Cruz’s desire to assassinate the Iranian leader is borne out of Cruz’s family’s culture of respecting the institution of the caudillo, the Latin American strongman who limits any threat to the ruling oligarchy or the corporate business interests by staging a coup d’état. Rubio’s celebration of the sudden resignation of Boehner at the same far-right Christian Values Voter Summit where Cruz spoke is also an indication of Rubio’s cultural affinity to caudillo politics. Although the age of the caudillo in Latin America is, thankfully, largely a thing of the past, the concept remains alive and well with the likes of Cruz, Rubio, and their supporters, Latino and non-Latino.

Politics and gender studies professor Meg Mott of Marlboro College in Vermont summed up nicely in a statement to The Christian Science Monitor the definition of a caudillo politician: “In the Spanish-speaking world, this type of leader is known as a Caudillo, the man on horseback who takes out the bad guys and leads his people to safety. He’s rough and he doesn’t care about fine things like legal rights, but that very roughness means he can get things done.” Although the statement was, ironically, in reference to Latinos possibly supporting the anti-immigrant Donald Trump, it could apply to any of the right-wing GOP Latinos running for office, including Cruz, Rubio, and Latino-wannabe Jeb Bush. Jeb Bush’s Latino son, George P. Bush, the Texas Land Commissioner and an aspiring national-level politician, combines the caudillo enthusiasm of the son of a right-wing Mexican immigrant with the oligarchic history of the Bush-Walker dynasty, a volatile mixture that should frighten every American citizen.

The Bush family has long surrounded itself with fascist Latino-Americans and resident aliens who have carried out patently undemocratic tasks for the CIA and the State Department. These have included the Cuban-Jewish immigrant from Havana Otto Reich, a key member of the Nicaraguan contra support network; Roger Noriega, the Mexican-American diplomat who helped arrange coups against Jean-Bertrand Aristide in Haiti and Manuel Zelaya in Honduras; Orlando Bosch, the exiled Cuban CIA agent who carried out a number of terrorist attacks in the United States, Cuba, Venezuela, Barbados, Trinidad, Panama, and elsewhere; Luis Posada Carriles, another CIA contractor exiled in the United States who carried out terrorist attacks, many in league with Bosch, around the Caribbean region; Joe Fernandez, the Cuban-American and CIA agent who also used the alias Tomas Castillo and was part of Oliver North’s secret operation to smuggle drugs out of and weapons into Central and South America; Felix Rodriguez, the Cuban immigrant and CIA officer who was also a key part of the Iran-contra scandal; and Jose Rodriguez, the Puerto Rican former chief of the National Clandestine Service of the CIA who helped institute the CIA’s rendition and torture program and then presided over the destruction of congressionally-subpoenaed videotapes of illegal torture sessions.

- See more at: http://www.intrepidreport.com/archives/16413#.dpuf

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AmeriGas Partners Elects John R. Hartmann to Its BoaDirectorsVALLEY
FORGE, Pa.--AmeriGas Partners, L.P. (NYSE:APU) reported today that
John R. Hartmann, 52, was elected a director of AmeriGas Propane,
Inc., the general partner of AmeriGas Partners, L.P., effective March
15, 2016. Mr. Hartmann currently serves as President and Chief
Executive Officer of True Value Company, a private retailer-owned
hardware cooperative, a position that he has held since 2013.

John L. Walsh, Chairman of AmeriGas Propane Inc., said, “We are
excited to welcome John Hartmann to our Board of Directors. John’s
extensive business experience, particularly with respect to his
expertise in the retail sector, will be a valuable asset to the
AmeriGas board and our leadership team.”

Prior to becoming Chief Executive Officer and President of True Value
Company, Mr. Hartmann served as the Chief Executive Officer of Mitre
10, a major chain of home improvement stores in New Zealand, from 2010
to 2013. From 2002 to 2010, Mr. Hartmann held a number of senior
executive leadership positions at The Home Depot and HD Supply,
including Director of Strategic Business Development, Senior Director
of Long-Range Planning & Strategy, Vice President of Operations &
Sourcing, and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Hartmann also previously
served as Vice President, Corporate Services at Cardinal Health, a
worldwide healthcare services and products company, from 1998 to 2002,
and was a Supervisory Special Agent and FBI Academy Instructor with
the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 1988 to 1998.

Mr. Hartmann holds a Bachelor of Science from Rochester Institute of
Technology and a Juris Doctor from the Syracuse University College of

About AmeriGas Partners, L.P.

AmeriGas is the nation’s largest retail propane marketer, serving
approximately two million customers in a

Bullet casings disappear from LaVoy Finicum shooting scene ...
OregonLive.com-March 15 2015
Two bullet casings that might have proven an FBI agent shot at Robert
"LaVoy" Finicum apparently disappeared from the scene shortly after
the Jan. 26 highway ...


Three Deputies Sentenced in 2012 Bainbridge Bikefest Incident


ALBANY, GA - The Department of Justice has sentenced three deputies
involved in a beating at the 2012 Bikefest in Bainbridge.

According to the Department of Justice, Decatur County Deputies Chris
Kines and Wade Umbach were sentenced to 15 months in prison along with
two years probation. They were each convicted of engaging in
misleading conduct

Deputy Elizabeth Croley was sentenced to 18 months in prison along
with two years probation. Croley was convicted of obstructing justice
along with violating the constitutional rights of Aaron Parish and
intentionally withholding evidence, the state attorney's office said.



San Diego Police and FBI Drove Local Black Panthers Underground

by Frank Gormlie on March 15, 2016 · 2 comments

in California, Civil Disobedience, Civil Rights, Culture, History,
Media, Organizing, Politics, San Diego
black panthers U-TUnion-Tribune Finally “Finds” San Diego’s Black

In a very decent February 28 article about San Diego’s Black Panthers
penned by Peter Rowe of the San Diego U-T, some of the city’s
turbulent civil rights and Black power movement history from the
Sixties and Seventies was uncovered.

First, it’s amazing to some San Diegans, including Rowe, that San
Diego even had a Black Panther chapter back in the day. And that’s a
credit that the San Diego Union and Tribune themselves can claim, for
the coverage of local Panthers and the civil rights movement in
general was skewed due to the right-wing – and yes, racist – policies
and bias of its owners and editors. Think the Copley family, who ran
the city’s only pair of dailies for decades.

But now thanks to Rowe, some of this history has been dusted off and
bared for all to read. Much of the article recounts the experiences of
one Henry Lee Wallace, now 64 and still in San Diego, but back then, a
member of the local Panthers.

Wallace told Rowe, that:

“San Diego has never wanted to recognize its history within the civil
rights movement, especially the Black Panthers.”

In an accompanying article, Rowe tells how the reporter found out
about surviving members of the local Panthers by a fluke, when a U-T
photographer met Wallace, who is now a musician and bus-driver, in an
unrelated story. Fortunately for us, Rowe followed it up, and
interviewed the former chapter member.

Much like the current Black Lives Matter movement, fifty years ago,
the Black Panther Party demanded an end to discrimination against
African-Americans and wanted a crackdown on abusive police.

And Rowe adds, that the Panthers still have survived “as a potent

There are echoes in pop culture: During the Super Bowl halftime show,
Beyoncé performed with dancers in Panther-style berets and leather
coats. On the street: The “Black Lives Matter” movement revives a key
part of the Panthers’ agenda, arguing that law enforcement still
violently targets African-Americans.

Even on television: Public Broadcasting recently aired a new
documentary, “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution.”

Plus, we find out that Wallace and other local former Panthers are
assisting a filmmaker, Cheryl Morrow, in making a documentary,
“American Patriots: The San Diego Chapter of the Black Panthers,”
which is planned for completion this month.

Wallace joined the Panthers in the late Sixties, along with his
stepfather and mother and siblings, having been recruited by its
leader, Kenny Denmon, whom Rowe calls “a fiery San Diego State
University student enlisted by the Panthers’ national spokesman,
Eldridge Cleaver.”

Rowe was surprised to learn that the Panthers, despite their militant

… had an ambitious social program. They started schools, supplied
groceries to seniors and operated a free breakfast program that, at
its height, fed 20,000 children a day (nationally).

In San Diego, the Panthers served breakfasts in the parish hall of
Christ the King church, at first, then moved the program to a quieter
area. They also began what they called “freedom schools”for Black
kids and tried to instill pride and self-worth into the children. Rowe
found that many in the Southeast neighborhood –

… still applaud the Panthers, citing the free breakfasts, the baskets
of groceries, the willingness to campaign for black political
candidates and to oppose police brutality.

So, what happened to the Black Panthers of San Diego?

Rowe racks it all up to “internal schisms and external pressure” –
that the local Panthers disagreed with another local Black nationalist
group, and had shoot-outs with them, and 2 local Panthers were killed.
Plus the FBI claimed credit for forcing the chapter to be defunct.

But what Rowe misses is the emphasis of history. And it’s this:

Local San Diego police – and the FBI – literally drove the Black
Panthers underground. With daily harassment, arrests, jailings of its
members, city cops did their best to ensure that local members
couldn’t walk children across the street or drive across the city
without being stopped by San Diego police. If a cop saw a Black
Panther bumpersticker on a car, that car would be stopped and its
occupants probably arrested.

No one outside the Panthers knew this better than local attorney
Charles “Ted” Bumer, who took on their many cases, usually pro bono,
and tried to defend them from a law enforcement and criminal justice
system that was out and out racist.

Local legal worker Kathy Gilberd used to work for Ted Bumer after he
helped the Panthers, but he shared some of his experiences with her.
“Ted used to tell me some of the stories when he worked with the
Panthers doing draft counseling in the Black community,” she said.
Bumer was the movement lawyer for San Diego.

From the local gerdames to the FBI’s COINTELPRO Program, the Panthers
were forced out of San Diego, at least, from being public. Nationally,
cops were involved in numerous shoot-outs with Panthers, such as in
Chicago and Los Angeles. Panther leaders were assassinated by police
in some cities.

But here in San Diego, chapter members had to refrain from doing
things publicly and openly. Partially because there’s never been a
large African-American community in San Diego, local Panthers could
not draw upon the support that larger cities provided.

Rowe provides:

In retrospect, though, it became evident that much of this violence
was incited by the FBI. Under then-director J. Edgar Hoover, a
counter-intelligence program dubbed COINTELPRO worked to discredit
many “hate groups,” with the Panthers leading the list.

Congressional investigations into COINTELPRO revealed that the FBI
tried to stir up hostility between the Panthers and US, a black power
group embracing a pan-African philosophy. During a January 1969
skirmish on the UCLA campus, two Panthers were shot to death by US

Later, three more members of the different Black groups were gunned
down in this FBI-fueled rivalry.

In the end, as Rowe recounts, the FBI took credit.

“San Diego has aggressively pursued a policy of disrupting and
neutralizing the local chapter of the BPP in San Diego through
Bureau-approved counterintelligence maneuvers,” an agency memo
reported in March 1969. The memo added, “it appears that Special Agent
personnel may merit some sort of recognition.”

It is now very clear that the local San Diego Black Panthers didn’t
just fall victim to “rivalries” with other groups and from “internal
schisms” (they had them), but were consciously and intentionally
driven from sight by law enforcement, the local cops and the FBI.

And with the handmaiden work by the local establishment press, the
twins San Diego Union and Evening Tribune, no one knew what was really
going on. It’s fairly recognized now that the earlier renditions of
our current monopoly daily were publications that gave San Diego the
nickname of “Little Mississippi” – understood all too well by the
African-American community.

At least now, Peter Rowe has taken it upon himself to tell some of
this story. We certainly applaud his efforts, but need to remind him
of the true reasons San Diego lost their Black Panthers. How do I
know? I was there – I was p


Lawmaker Who Was CIA Agent Wants Big Data, Not Apple’s Encryption
Jenna McLaughlin

Mar. 15 2016, 12:36 p.m.

A former undercover CIA agent turned congressman says the FBI — by
trying to force Apple to defeat its own security protocols — is
barking up the wrong tree.

The FBI has demanded that Apple help it unlock a phone used by San
Bernardino killer Syed Rizwan Farook, but Apple is refusing for the
sake of its customers’ cybersecurity and privacy.

Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, said Tuesday that the FBI request might be
too intrusive. He said there’s a way to “protect our civil liberties

5. two stories in 1

Alarming Artifact Loot from Archaeological Sites Signals Giant Loss
March 15 2016
In 2009, the FBI arrested over 20 people on the charge of sneaking
antique artifacts ... In the words of FBI Supervisory Special Agent
Drew Northern – “The illicit ...





March 21, 2004 | 5:00am

EVERYBODY does it.

That’s the response Jane Turner got when she told federal
investigators that a fellow FBI agent had stolen a Tiffany globe found
at the World Trade Center after the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

In a meeting, two agents from the U.S. Department of Justice inspector
general’s office said they already knew personnel had taken property
from Ground Zero.

“What do you expect – that we go into every FBI office to retrieve
trinkets?” Turner quoted the agents as saying, according to a document
obtained by The Post.

The inspector general’s office did go on to investigate Turner’s
allegations – and found that “many FBI employees” took “souvenirs”
from the WTC site and the Fresh Kills landfill on Staten Island, where
Ground Zero rubble was sifted for body parts, personal belongings and

The “souvenirs” the agents stole included a mangled fork, a broken
figurine of a police officer, a small metal plate and keys that read
“WTC,” “WTC Security” patches that were found on shirtsleeves, and a
WTC Christmas ornament.

One of the agents had taken more than 70 pounds of debris from Fresh
Kills, keeping some and doling out the rest to friends, relatives and
colleagues, the report says.

And it wasn’t the first time something like this had happened – the
report found FBI agents had helped themselves to keepsakes in other
infamous cases, including the Oklahoma City bombing and the Unabomber.

Turner, 53, of Minneapolis, told The Post she thought twice about
coming forward with the information that resulted in citations of
misconduct against two FBI agents and the discovery of widespread
removal of grisly mementos from Ground Zero by FBI personnel.

“Did I really want to end my career over a stupid crystal ball?” she
asked herself.

Turner noticed the chipped, cracked globe displayed on a holder while
walking by a FBI secretary’s desk in 2002. She told the secretary it
was “interesting.”

“It came from Ground Zero!” the secretary boasted, saying an FBI agent
had brought it back from New York.

But, the secretary mused, “It kind of gives me the creeps, because the
person who owned it is probably dead.”

He was. It wasn’t until last week, when the paperweight was shown on a
newscast about the scandal, that the apparent owner was identified.

Adele Milanowycz of Cranford, N.J., said it belonged to her son
Gregory, 25, who kept the gift from his girlfriend on his desk at Aon
Corp. on the WTC’s 93rd floor.

Milanowycz sent letters requesting the return of the globe a week ago,
a plea that was seconded by her state’s senators, but she has yet to
hear back from the FBI or Justice Department.

“I think they should try to get back everything that was stolen, even
if they have to offer amnesty to people,” she told The Post.

TURNER said she finally decided to report the globe not just because
it probably belonged to a 9/11 victim, but because it could torpedo a
criminal case on which she had been working.

She had just finished investigating Kieger Enterprises, a

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A Startling Tale of U.S. Complicity
Posted on Mar 20, 2016

By Robert Scheer

After many years of strained relations, the U.S. and Cuba in 2014
came to a new agreement in what President Obama called the “most
significant changes in U.S. policy towards Cuba in 50

Editor’s note: As President Obama begins his historic visit to Cuba,
we are posting some of Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer’s past
writings about the U.S.’ relations with an actions toward Cuba. This
article was originally published in the Los Angeles Times on July 14,

When is it all right to blow up restaurants and kill tourists?
Anytime, according to Luis Posada Carriles, who masterminded last
year’s attacks on Cuba’s booming tourist industry, terrorizing disco
dancers and diners alike.

In a startling revelation this week, the 70-year-old Posada revealed
that key Cuban American

Police who beat their wives and get promoted










Camera icon MARY F. CALVERT /For The Inquirer
Temple professor Xiaoxing Xi
by Susan Snyder and Mark Fazlollah, STAFF WRITERS

The Temple physics professor whose life was turned upside down when
the U.S. government filed and later withdrew espionage charges against
him has been notified that the government will not refile the charges.

"The U.S. Attorney's Office has notified Professor [Xiaoxing] Xi's
defense team that there will be no new charges and that the government
will return his seized property," said Michael A. Schwartz, one of
Xi's lawyers.

Whether the government might recharge Xi had been an open question
since September, when prosecutors withdrew the existing charges
"without prejudice," meaning that they could be revived.

Federal prosecutors had declined comment on their intentions when they
withdrew the charges.

Xi, a naturalized U.S. citizen of Chinese descent, is an expert in
superconductor research. He was charged last May with wire fraud,
allegedly involving the transfer of sensitive U.S. defense technology
to entities in China, a charge he vigorously denied.

Xi had contended that the U.S. Attorney's Office and the FBI
misunderstood the science that the case was based on. Prosecutors
backed down when shown their mistakes.

Xi, who is back at Temple, has talked publicly about the devastating
impact on his life and family. Another Temple professor established a
legal defense fund in his name. The site - http://www.xiaoxingxi.org -
says that Xi's legal fees exceeded $220,500 by August and that $29,100
had been raised.

Reached via email,


The Shire group in New Hampshire
are similar to Bundy and Finicum.
FBI agents raided their house today.

3 stories


Shire Society | Free Keene
Nov 22, 2015 - Keene Shire Sharing Volunteers Pre-Delivery, 2015 ...
people who are not on Facebook or don't know where to find NH
activists on Facebook.

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CopBlocking Grows in the “Shire”

January 30, 2012 by Ademo Freeman

One of the most common statements I hear about CopBlocking (monitoring
the police) is, “we don’t have enough people.” If that is the case
where you live, considering moving to the Shire (aka New Hampshire).
Liberty minded folks are moving here daily to live better lives, one
where the government isn’t always sticking its nose in thier business,
and CopBlocking is a major part of that. Check out these two
CopBlocking videos from local Shire residents Ian and Derrick.

By Ian Freeman, via FreeKeene.com

Nemi is pulled over on the way back from Concord by a statie for
her outdated inspection sticker. The statie attempts what is becoming
a common intimidation tactic: claiming to a cameraman he’ll be
arrested if recording continues. I continue anyway and he backs down
from the threat, just like happened to Ademo and Luthor & Derrickr
ecently in other incidents.

By Derrick Freeman, via LiveFreeorDance.com

I was pulled over while driving 50 mph in a 55 mph zone. The
officer alleges I was going 72. That is impossible because I was stuck
behind a slow-moving pickup truck for about 20 miles, and that truck
was keeping me slowed at a pace of 50 mph.

I was driving from Keene to Manchester with Luthor Kingsley of the
Shire. We were about halfway there when I passed a cop. Luthor pointed
him out; he was hiding on the side of the highway with his lights off.
I checked my speed and was relieved to notice that I was going 50mph.
I almost certainly would have been going faster if not for the truck
in front of me holding me up in the single lane of traffic. Then I saw
the blue lights behind me. I fired up my camera and asked Luthor to

The cop told me I couldn’t see the radar, that Luthor had to turn
off the audio on the camera, that Luthor had to give the cop his ID,
and that it was illegal wiretapping to record audio of him without his
permission. We gave him a bit of a schooling in the law with polite
refusal to comply with his demands. He returned with a ticket for

I’ll be seeing him in court. I would rather be left alone. I don’t
enjoy giving up my valuable time and energy and resources to defend
myself against being extorted by agents of the state. I’ve already
spent about 24 hours in filming, editing, researching law, and posting
about this event. Now I’ll have a day in court, travel expenses, plus
the opportunity costs of a day’s work in order to attend court, or I
will have a warrant out for my arrest. Then, in court, if I am found
guilty, I will likely face 2 days in jail to pay off the fine at $50 a

Some stranger with a badge is incentivized by a quota system to
spend his time pulling over people like me who haven’t victimized
anyone. For him, it’s 15 minutes and he can wash his hands of the
situation and collect his paycheck–unless someone takes the issue to
court rather than paying the fine. In that case, he is rewarded for
his victimization by being paid time and a half for his appearance in
court. The taxpayers of his town will be forced to foot the bill for
that expense. As a result of his actions, I could be put in a cage
(again at the expense of the taxpayer) for what was a non-situation.

The absurdity makes my head spin. If you’d like to help me meet
expenses to handle this case successfully and document the process
with video, please



FBI executes warrant on 'Shire Free' house

Posted: Sunday, March 20, 2016

Federal Bureau of Investigation officials took items from a house on
Leverett Street in Keene Sunday that is home to some individuals
associated with the group often referred to locally as Free Keene.

A video posted on the libertarian-leaning group's blog shows law
enforcement officers taking mostly electronics from the 73 Leverett
St. home. The property, which includes 75 Leverett St., is owned by
the Shire Free Church Monadnock, according to city property records.
Cheshire Medical Center: 2016 Walk-In Care - ROS - MB - instory

T.J. Park, who lives at the residence, showed The Sentinel a copy o


Report: Changes needed at PBSO to restore public trust
By J. Israel Balderas Sunday, March 20th 2016
tweet now!

WEST PALM BEACH, Fl. (CBS12) — CBS12 investigates how the Palm Beach
County Sheriff's Office handles it's internal investigations when it
comes to use of force.

A new report just released by the Police Executive Research Forum
based in Washington, D.C. just concluded the department needs to make
changes in order to restore trust.

This review comes at a critical time as law enforcement agencies
across the country are questioning their policies on use of force.

The 100 page report finds the Palm Beach County Sheriff's office use
of force and internal investigation policies raise concerns.

"We find most often times the deputies do violate department issued
policies," said attorney and former FBI agent Stuart Kaplan.

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Who are the criminals? Not WikiLeaks – Mass Surveillance & trust in the hands of criminals – part 4
by Gerry Georgatos        
March 27th, 2016
WikiLeaks published diplomatic cables from Cairo with the head of Egypt’s State Security Investigative Service thanking the FBI deputy director for FBI training sessions in Quantico, Virginia. SSIS operatives were trained as ‘interrogators’. SISS interrogators tortured prisoners with “electric shocks and sleep deprivation to reduce them to a zombie state.”

WikiLeaks published the National Humint Collection Directive – a secret document – signed by then Secretary of State and current presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton. She authorised the collecting of biometric information from UN officials – including DNA samples. In addition the credit card information

DC Comics History: Federal Agent (1948 - 1951: End of an Era)
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Former CO faces federal sex indictment
A conviction of that federal law carries with it a maximum sentence of life in prison

March 27 2016

Dayton Daily News

DAYTON, Ohio — Former Butler County corrections officer Kyle R. Jordan has been charged with engaging in a sex act with a person “who was incapable of appraising the nature of the conduct,” according to federal court records.


Newly formed branch presidency

LDS News | Posted 20 hours ago

Robert A. Davis, of Coeur d’Alene, was recently called as the new Branch President of the Coeur d’Alene Young Single Adult Branch of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He and his wife, Linda, are the parents of 10 children and 29 grandchildren and have lived in the area for the past 17 years. Bob is originally from California, where he was raised, and graduated from Robert A. Millikan High School in Long Beach. He attended Brigham Young University where he played four years of division one basketball. President Davis, Linda and their son, Tim served in the Church Education System (CES) in the Spokane Mission from 2008-2010. He served as a Special Agent and a Supervisory Special Agent during his 35-year career with the FBI and currently is the owner of Professional Investigators International (Pii) of Liberty Lake, Wash.


Unabomber case helped hone Supreme Court nominee’s legal skills

JAMES ROWLEY Bloomberg News (TNS) 3 hrs ago 0

WASHINGTON — The killer known as the Unabomber was methodical, patient and meticulous. So was the U.S. Justice Department official who directed the investigation that took him down.

Former colleagues of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland cite his legal skills in the courtroom and in overseeing the mid-1990s Unabomber and Oklahoma City bombing investigations as evidence that pragmatism and common sense, not an elaborate constitutional philosophy, would guide his decisions as an associate justice.

Garland led the investigation task force and helped make “the hard decision” to ask The Washington Post and The New York Times to agree to publish the Unabomber’s 35,000-word manifesto, said former Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick. That led to the arrest of Theodore Kaczynski after his brother recognized the writing style and alerted the FBI.

“He is smart, smart, smart — he blends the theoretical and the professorial part of the law with the retail aspect,” Marshall Jarrett, a retired Justice Department official who helped recruit Garland for the U.S. attorney’s office, said of the nominee. Garland’s experience as a courtroom prosecutor and later as a senior Justice Department official makes him “attuned to the kinds of issues faced in criminal law enforcement,” said Jarrett.

Even as they laud Garland’s temperament and legal ability, these former colleagues are unlikely to get a chance to sing his praises at a confirmation hearing any time soon. Garland’s nomination is turning into a bitter contest between President Barack Obama and Senate Republicans, who say the next occupant of the White House should choose who succeeds the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

The White House and Senate Democrats have helped outside groups organize political protests to pressure vulnerable Senate Republicans seeking re-election to abandon the confirmation blockade announced by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell within an hour after the court confirmed Scalia’s death on Feb. 13.

As a senior Justice Department official, Garland had the ability “to bring very different types of people together in a common effort from the Oklahoma City bombing investigation to the very challenging Unabomber case,” said Gorelick. Garland was her principal deputy when the government prosecuted the two domestic terrorism cases.

“He has seen the effect of the devastation of crime on communities up close; he has worked with witnesses and victims as much as anyone” on the Supreme Court, Gorelick said in an interview.

Garland, 63, an appeals court judge since 1997, demonstrated early promise as a trial lawyer in 1988 as part of a team of private lawyers who helped win a $112 million civil judgment over the failure of a Maryland thrift institution. His insistence on examining only original records — not just photocopies — paid off when lawyers found a document on which someone had used white correction fluid to change a date.

With the document in evidence, Garland asked the trial judge to turn off the courtroom lights so jurors could see the fraud for themselves. “The real date came shining through” as jurors, one by one, held a flashlight behind the paper, said Philip Horton, a lawyer on the case.

“You could see from the looks on the jurors faces” that “the case is over,” Horton said. “This was the smoking gun to end all smoking guns.”

Garland learned the ropes of criminal law during a three-year stint as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. attorney’s office in Washington, a job he took in 1989 after leaving a partnership at the prestigious law firm of Arnold & Porter. He prosecuted violent drug gangs, government-contract fraud and corruption.

His attention to detail, management skill and legal judgment were tested in Oklahoma City after the April 19, 1995, truck bombing of a federal government building killed 168 people, including 19 children in the building’s day-care center.

Garland persuaded Gorelick to send him to the crime scene, where he coordinated the Justice Department’s investigative efforts to identify and arrest Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, the two home-grown terrorists convicted of the bombing. McVeigh was executed in 2001 and Nichols was sentenced to 161 consecutive life terms.

Garland showed compassion for the victims’ families while maintaining a critical perspective of the evidence and legal pitfalls in the case, Beth Wilkinson, one of the prosecutors in the McVeigh case, said in a 2010 interview when Garland was on Obama’s short list for another Supreme Court vacancy.

“He lived the case” yet “he was still able to step back and be a thoughtful and fair advocate, ask us questions a judge might ask us,” she said. “He has that kind of judicial temperament and real empathy and understanding” of the attack’s impact on the people of Oklahoma City, she said. “He believes that working on that case changed him."

To be sure, Garland’s opinions on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit have earned him a reputation as “not being particularly sympathetic to criminal defendants,” Jonathan Adler, a law professor at Case Western Reserve Law School in Cleveland, said in an interview.

Herman Schwartz, a law professor at American University in Washington, said he joins Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in thinking “we could do better” than Garland and find someone who isn’t as pro-government on criminal and national security cases.

Schwartz said Garland “unforgivably” voted with two Republican-appointed appeals court judges in 2003 to rule that 12 detainees captured in Afghanistan couldn’t challenge their incarceration at Guantanamo Naval Base in Cuba in U.S. courts. That decision, later reversed by the Supreme Court, held in effect that “Guantanamo was a
New Eliot officers settle in
Officer Isaac Delabruere of the Eliot, Maine, Police Department. Photo by Ralph Morang

Posted Mar 27, 2016 at 6:00 PM

ELIOT, Maine – The Police Department has new faces in its ranks.

Officer Patrick Roy, 29, joined the force last August. After completing his 18-month training at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro, and field training in Eliot, he is now a fully qualified police officer.

Roy attended York County Community College and formerly worked for First Protection Services in Scarborough. His wife, Ashleigh, is a teacher at Marshwood Middle School. He said his interest in law enforcement was nurtured by his wife’s relatives, who are in law enforcement.

He said his goals are to become a K9 officer and work in drug enforcement.

Officer Isaac Delabruere, 30, joined last June. He grew up in Vermont, near the Canadian border.

After earning a degree in criminal justice from the New Hampshire Technical Institute, he joined the New Hampshire National Guard as a military policeman. He was deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan.

In the Guard, he met the son of Eliot Police Chief Theodor Short, Ryan Short, who persuaded him to apply to the Eliot department. Since joining, he has completed FBI crisis negotiation training in Massachusetts.

He has completed the academy course and field training.

Delabruere said his goal is to move up in the ranks and to become a detective and sergeant. He is single and lives in Stratham, New Hampshire.

Citizens Police Academy

Lt. Elliot Moya has announced another Citizens Police Academy will be held from May 5 to June 9 (postponed from starting April 7). Residents and anyone who works in Eliot may attend, but applicants must be over 21 and pass a minimal background check.

The academy will take place in two-hour sessions from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursdays and will cover the history of the Police Department and topics like the Maine Criminal Justice Academy, criminal investigation, motor vehicle laws, the use of traffic radar, dispatch and civil and criminal law. Practical applications like finger printing are part of the program as are “fatal vision” goggles, which simulate driving while impaired. The last week of the academy will include investigating a crime. Police staff using videos will teach the course.


Sunday, March 27, 2016
House Bill Would Roast Anonymous Prepaid Burner Phones To Combat Terrorism

Over the past couple of years, law enforcement at

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Michigan man sues officer, FBI agent claiming excessive force in 2014
undercover arrest targeting different man

April 6, 2016, 11:29 am Updated: April 6, 2016, 11:30 am

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A man is suing a Grand Rapids police
officer and an FBI agent, claiming he was brutally beaten by them when
they were undercover looking for a different man.

In the federal lawsuit filed Monday, 23-year-old James King argues
excessive force was used and his constitutional protecti


April 5, 2016 10:13 AM
Ex-FBI agent from Olathe is involved in Trump’s ‘mercenary’ protection
force, Politico reports

Don Albracht, head of Trump’s private protester intelligence team,
captured on video amid protesters the night before Trump’s Janesville,
Wisc., rally. (Courtesy Brenda Konkel) Note: Permission granted to
Politico to screen grab and publish frames from video.


A former FBI agent from Olathe is a member of a “privately funded
security and intelligence force” assembled to protect presidential
candidate Donald Trump, Politico says.

The website says Donald Albracht is heavily involved in policing
attendance at Trump events. Albracht has directed Secret Service
protection for the candidate, videotaped protesters, and at a recent
event “spent hours patrolling a line of several thousand people
snaking around the hotel parking lot … Several people deemed
suspicious-looking were pulled out of the line and told they weren’t

Politico says a company called ASIT Consulting has been paid $27,246
by the Trump campaign through the end of 2015. Kansas business records
show Albracht is the registered agent for the company, based in

The story includes a photograph of Albracht interacting with
protesters at a Trump event.

“ASIT Consulting, established in 2012, offers professional security
services, executive protection, private investigation, tactical
firearms training, concealed carry training, and personal protection
consultation to clients who want to take advantage of the knowledge,
training and experience gleaned from a lengthy career as an FBI
Special Agent,” Albracht’s LinkedIn page says.

“For over 28 years, my experience spanned investigations, tactical
operations, and training. Throughout assignments as a ‘street Agent’
in the San Diego, New York, and Kansas City Offices of the FBI, I had
an opportunity to investigate a broad spectrum of federal violations
that resulted in the conviction and incarceration of numerous violent
criminals. My duties included FBI SWAT Team Leader, Violent Crime Task
Force Coordinator, Principal Tactical Instructor and Firearms

The LinkedIn page also says Albracht is connected with Centerfire
Shooting Sports, an Olathe-based shooting range.

The POLITICO story says Albracht is part of a “mercenary force”
protecting Trump, weeding out potential security threats. He has
allegedly ripped signs from protesters, and critics claim, has
attempted to “escalate” confrontations at events for the candidates.
One critic said ripping signs from protesters could be illegal.

Trump’s security has been a subject of scrutiny during the campaign.
His campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, faces a battery charge for
allegedly grabbing the arm of a reporter following

former FBI agent and US Representative Grimm's restaurant partner to
plead guilty: lawyer
Tuesday, April 05, 2016 2:06 p.m. CDT


NEW YORK (Reuters) - A onetime business partner of former U.S.
Representative Michael Grimm is preparing to plead guilty to a tax
charge in a case related to the prosecution that led to the
congressman's imprisonment, his lawyer said on Tuesday.

Prosecutors in a filing in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, on
Monday said they intend to file charges against Bennett Orfaly,
Grimm's former partner in Healthalicious, a restaurant at the center
of the Republican politician's criminal case.

James DiPietro, Orfaly's lawyer, in an interview said his client is
"hoping to reach a quick resolution with a plea to a tax count."

The filing on Monday said the case would relate to the one against
Grimm, who represented a district in the New York City borough of
Staten Island. Grimm was sentenced in July to eight months in prison
after pleading guilty to tax fraud.

DiPietro said that while the case stemmed from the investigation of
Grimm, Orfaly will be charged in connection with other restaurants he
owned. A deal could come as soon as next week or the following, he

A spokeswoman for Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Robert Capers and a lawyer
for Grimm both declined comment. The expected plea was first reported
by Daily News

Grimm, a former Marine who subsequently worked as an FBI agent, was
elected in 2010 with a wave of conservative "Tea Party" Republicans
advocating low taxes and government spending, but built a moderate
voting record.

From 2007 to 2010, Grimm oversaw the day-to-day operations of
Healthalicious, which he co-founded with Orfaly, according to

At a court hearing in 2012, a prosecutor, Anthony Capozzolo, said
Orfaly had ties to a member of the Gambino family, Anthony Morelli,
who was sentenced in 1996 to 20 years in prison in connection with a
gas tax fraud.

That statement came during a bail hearing for a former campaign
fundraiser for Grimm, Ofer Biton, who later pleaded guilty to visa
fraud in 2013.

Grimm was subsequently indicted in April 2014 on tax charges related
to Healthalicious and pleaded guilty that December to aiding and
assisting the preparation of a false tax return.

Prosecutors said Grimm under-reported wages paid to workers, many of
whom did not have legal status in the United States, and concealed
over $900,000 in Healthalicious' gross


NFL replaces rookie symposium with new rookie transition program
April 5 2016
This way they get to meet each team's former FBI agent on-staff to train the players on what to do when police arrive

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Seattle FBI chief weighs in on sentencing of FBI agent child


'These are our children'

BY LEVI PULKKINEN, SEATTLEPI.COM STAFF Updated 10:16 pm, Friday, April
8, 2016



Special Operations airman/FBI agent killed his squadron commander in
apparent-murder suicide

By Dan Lamothe and Adam Goldman April 9 at 4:15 PM



April 7, 2016
Michigan Cop and FBI Agent Beat Wrong Suspect, Deleted Videos by

An undercover Michigan cop with an FBI agent beat up an innocent man,
then stopped to force bystanders to delete all footage of the actual

James King was walking down th



EXCLUSIVE — Palm Beach Sheriff's Office Critic Mark Dougan: I’m
Seeking Political Asylum In Russia!

April 7, 2016 by Jose Lambiet 9 Comments

Mark Dougan: PBSO can't harass me on Red Square! (Mark Dougan photo)

WEST PALM BEACH — Mark Dougan, the founder of the anti-Sheriff Ric
Bradshaw website pbsotalk.com, flew to Russia this week and says he is
preparing his application for political asylum in the land of Vladimir

Dougan says he doesn’t trust Palm Beach County authorities, especially
the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, to protect him if he were
jailed in the wake of an FBI raid on his Palm Beach Gardens house last

Federal and local a



FBI’s “Shared Responsibility Committees” to Identify “Radicalized”
Muslims Raise Alarms
Murtaza Hussain, Jenna McLaughlin

Apr. 9 2016, 11:46 a.m.

The FBI’s plan to enlist community leaders in “Shared Responsibility
Committees” all across the country with the goal of identifying
“radicalized” individuals is raising alarm among civil rights

The Shared Responsibility Committees, known as SRCs, “are expanding
the informant program under the guise of an intervention program,
which it is not,” said Abed Ayoub, legal director of the American-Arab
Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC).

The FBI’s ideas is to have social service workers, teachers, mental
health professionals, religious figures, and others interdict young
people they believe are on a path towards radicalization. The program
was first revealed last November, and while details remain scant, it
is widely believed to have been developed along the lines of similar
“anti-radicalization” programs in the United Kingdom.

The FBI did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

Experts acknowledge the need to have options beyond sending young
people to jail for making threatening statements. The committees
purport to offer such an option, by allowing members to offer
non-binding recommendations to law enforcement about whether certain
individuals should be arrested or offered rehabilitation for their
alleged radicalization.

But critics say that despite the FBI’s benign characterization of the
SRCs, the proposal amounts to nothing more than an expansion of
already existing FBI informant programs. The committees “would be
doing the work of the FBI, gathering information. This initiative
failed in the U.K., it’s not like this is a new idea,” said Ayoub.

The U.K. program called “Channel” has b


Top cop probed by FBI tells friends: ‘I’m f—d’

April 6, 2016 | 11:40pm
Top cop probed by FBI tells friends: ‘I’m f—d’
James Grant

The current boss of the Upper East Side’s 19th Precinct accepted
diamonds and cash from one of the businessmen at the center of a
federal investigation, sources told The Post.

Deputy NYPD Inspector James Grant was at his Staten Island home when
he was handed hundreds of dollars by Jeremy Reichberg, a prominent
figure in Borough Park, around Christmas, sources said.

Grant soon became aware that the feds had opened a probe into the
NYPD, and he told close friends, “I’m f–ked. I can’t go to jail,” a
source said.

Investigators also discovered that Grant on multiple occasions had
personally escorted Reichberg from the airport after overseas trips to
pick up diamonds.

“[Grant] said he would meet him at the airport and get him back to
where he had to go,” the source said.

“And as a form of payment, he’d give him one or two really nice cut
diamonds to give to his wife.”

Grant has known Reichberg for about eight years, including Grant’s
time as head of Sunset Park’s 72nd Precinct from 2011 to 2014, sources

The police boss is still well known in Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jewish
communities — having doled out hundreds of Captains Endowment
Association cards that bear his name and read, “Please extend all
courtesy to the holder of this card.”

At least one person who received one of the cards doesn’t even live in
the five boroughs, another source added.

Reichberg and Jona Rechnitz, an Upper West Side real estate investor,
are both at the center of a federal probe into whether high-ranking
members of the NYPD took lavish gifts in exchange for favors.

According to sources, NYPD cops received presents like Super Bowl
tickets and vacations to China and Brazil, while giving out favors
such as police escorts for business deliveries and



APT targeted attack
FBI Quietly Admits to Multi-Year APT Attack, Sensitive Data Stolen
by Tom Spring April 7, 2016 , 3:54 pm

The FBI issued a rare bulletin admitting that a group named Advanced
Persistent Threat 6 (APT6) hacked into US government computer systems
as far back as 2011 and for years stole sensitive data.

The FBI alert was issued in February and went largely unnoticed.
Nearly a month later, security experts are now shining a bright light
on the alert and the mysterious group behind the attack.
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“This is a rare alert and a little late, but one that is welcomed by
all security vendors as it offers a chance to mitigate their customers
and also collaborate further in what appears to be an ongoing FBI
investigation,” said Deepen Desai, director of security research at
the security firm Zscaler in an email to Threatpost.

Details regarding the actual attack and what government systems were
infected are scant. Government officials said they knew the initial
attack occurred in 2011, but are unaware of who specifically is behind
the attacks.

“Given the nature of malware payload involved and the duration of this
compromise being unnoticed – the scope of lateral movement inside the
compromised network is very high possibly exposing all the critical
systems,” Deepen said.

In its February bulletin, the FBI wrote: “The FBI has obtained and
validated information regarding a group of malicious cyber actors who
have compromised and stolen sensitive information from various
government and commercial networks.

The FBI said the “group of malicious cyber actors” (known as APT6 or
1.php) used dedicated top-level domains in conjunction with the
command and control servers to deliver “customized malicious software”
to government computer systems. A list of domains is listed in the

“These domains have also been used to host malicious files – often
through embedded links in spear phish emails. Any activity related to
these domains detected on a network should be considered an indication
of a compromise requiring mitigation and contact with law
enforcement,” wrote the FBI in its bulletin.

When asked for attack specifics, the FBI declined Threatpost’s request
for an interview. Instead, FBI representatives issued a statement
calling the alert a routine advisory aimed at notifying system
administrators of persistent cyber criminals. “The release was
important to add credibility and urgency to the private sector
announcements and ensure that the message reached all members of the
cyber-security information sharing networks,” wrote the FBI.

Deepen told Threatpost the group has been operating since at least
since 2008 and has targeted China and US relations experts, Defense
Department entities, and geospatial groups within the federal
government. According to Deepen, APT6 has been using spear phishing in
tandem with malicious PDF and ZIP attachments or links to malware
infected websites that contains a malicious SCR file. The payload,
Deepen said, is often the Poison Ivy remote access tool/Trojan or
similar. He said the group has varied its command-and-control check-in
behavior, but it is typically web-based and sometimes over HTTPS.

Experts believe that attacks are widespread and not limited to the US
federal government systems. “The same or similar actors are
compromising numerous organizations in order to steal sensitive
intellectual property,” wrote Zscaler in a past report on APT6.

In December 2014, US government systems were compromised by hackers
who broke into the Office of Personnel Management computer systems.
That data breach

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NYPD Gets Sued After Kicking Wrong Family Out of Home
The suit challenges the NYPD’s use of controversial nuisance abatement actions. It cites ProPublica and The Daily News’ investigation into the issue.
by Sarah Ryley and Stephen Rex Brown for ProPublica and The Daily News April 12, 2016, 10:49 a.m.

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FBI arrests five in a Texas ISD test-rigging scandal orchestrated by ex-DISD officia


Published: April 27, 2016 1:25 pm
After a 5 1/2-year investigation, the FBI arrested five current and former El Paso ISD educators on Wednesday morning on federal charges related to alleged attempts to defraud state and federal accountability


22 FBI agents cheated on exam on counterterrorism - Washington Post
Washington Post › Metro
Sep 28, 2010 - 22 FBI agents cheated on exam on counterterrorism ... "We believe the extent of the cheating related to this test was greater than the cases we detailed in this report," Justice ...
FBI Test Scandal Explodes: Investigation Finds Widespread Cheating On Domestic Spying Exam - Huffington Post
Huffington Post › 2010/09/27 › cheaters-...
Sep 27, 2010 - The FBI's Inspector General has found evidence of widespread cheating on an exam intended to test ...


Justice IG: FBI cheated on test of rules - Washington Times
Washington Times › news › sep › fbi-ag...
Sep 27, 2010 - Hundreds of FBI agents, including the head of the Washington field office and several ... In the latest report, regarding cheating on the guide exam, Inspector General Glenn A. Fine's ...

The FBI Used to Have Integrity. Now Agents Lie, Cheat, and Break the Law. ...
Reason.com › not-your-grandfathers-fbi
Apr 23, 2015 - Will FBI agents who lie, cheat, break the law, and testify falsely be brought to justice? Will their ...

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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. 


see link for full story


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.


full article here:



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

also see


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
see link for full story

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.

Heat is Online


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



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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




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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.



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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
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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



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Retired NYPD detective shoots two sons then kills himself
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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
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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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(LOS ANGELES, CA.) -- A former FBI special agent was sentenced Monday to 36 months in prison for stealing over $136,000 in drug proceeds seized during the


Inside the US government's secret war against John Lennon
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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
would set and enforce standards of performance for law enforcement
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
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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

The Pentagon ordered its officials in January to start incorporateing climate change into every major consideration, from weapons testing to preparing troops for war. P
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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”.

Climate change made Louisiana's catastrophic floods much more likely
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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



FBI refuses to say why an agent killed a Compton man
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It's been nearly three weeks since an FBI agent fatally shot 31-year-old David Coborubio during a nighttime raid on the house in Compton ...



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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.

X-ray vision: Bomb techs strengthen their hand with Sandia's XTK ...
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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

Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 6:17 PM



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


John Guandolo: CNN Journalists Are 'Enemies Of The State' And ...
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John Guandolo, the disgraced former FBI agent turned anti-Muslim speaker, was not happy with CNN's coverage of the anniversary of the September 11 attacks



Civil Liberties Groups Call for Stronger Oversight by House ...
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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“… 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…..”

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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.

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Ed Klein Reveals Bombshell Facts About Hillary FBI Investigation
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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
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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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New FBI Head in San Francisco Was Key Figure in iPhone Hack
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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 ...


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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.

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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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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.


Feds were in no hurry to investigate $2M check's alleged ties to Reid ...
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Atmospheric rivers fueled by climate change could decimate wild oysters in San Francisco Bay


FBI agent leaked insider trading probe involving gambler, pro golfer
U.S. prosecutors said on Friday that an FBI agent had confessed to being a "significant source" of leaks to journalists covering an insider trading probe involving ...


Trump smart to be skeptical of FBI, CIA — just look at their track record
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From Abbie Hoffman to Malcolm X, Ol' Dirty Bastard to the Insane Clown Posse, FBI files read like a veritable Who's Who of the 20th Century. This project aims to sift through the hundreds of thousands of agency archival material we've managed to get released, so we can better understand why the FBI Bureau had an eye on these people - and through that, better understand who they're keeping tabs on today.


Police say 73-year-old shot by officer had crucifix that was mistaken for gun
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Alameda County fires sheriff's deputies who are charged with beating a man with batons


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
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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:
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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
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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
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Title: The Culture of Terrorism
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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
New York Times-Apr 11, 2017

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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'Deadliest Catch'
11:18 am, Tuesday, April 11, 2017

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.
NEW YORK — 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.
That leads the adventure series into its own uncharted waters. The show's 13th season debuts Tuesday


Pastor who criticized gay lifestyle of Orlando victims convicted of molestation

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 2:20 PM


Blue Apron’s co-founder sues city, NYPD cops
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 10:55 AM

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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MAY 31, 2017, 9:20 P.M.
Trump wouldn't release his tax returns, so lawmakers move to make it mandatory for California's primary


Disabled man spent 42 hours on filthy floor of Brooklyn jail after police took away his wheelchair: lawsuit

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Kentucky newspapers suffer twin threats amid rising anti-media climate
Shooting at Lexington Herald-Leader shattered windows and bogus bomb alert in London caused staff to be evacuated – as Trump revives attacks on media


Men probing working conditions at company producing Ivanka Trump brands in China arrested, missing


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KING: Too little, too late in firing Cleveland cop who killed Tamir Rice

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, May 30, 2017, 1:27 PM


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Defense team for cop doesn’t want jury to know Philando Castile had permit to carry weapon
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NYPD sergeant charged with murder in fatal shooting of schizophrenic black Bronx woman Deborah Danner
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Justice Department didn't read letters they refused to release

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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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Quantifying the additional killings commited by cops when they get military weapons

The US Department of Defense's 1033 program sends "surplus" military equipment to US police forces ("surplus" in quotes because military contractors lobby for the US military to buy more weapons than they need in order to feed materiel to the program), which has created a situation in which cops show up in their communities literally clad in the armor of an occupying army.

This is reflected in many ways, such as the use of "civilian" to denote someone who isn't a police officer. Police are also civilians, which is why the military police are called "Military Police" -- to contrast them with "civilian police." If your police force considers you a "civilian" then they, perforce, consider themselves to be military occupiers, not community peace officers.

A academic trio consisting of a political scientist, a psychologist, and a social scientist examined the use of force records from similar police forces with differing levels of military equipment and training transfers under 1033 to determine whether militarizing the police results in increased use of force by the officers.

Conclusion: "We find a positive and statistically significant relationship between 1033 transfers and fatalities from officer-involved shootings across all models."

Moreover, they used clever methods to determine that the causal arrow runs in the direction they hypothesized, showing that it wasn't that cops in violent communities got more military stuff and were thus involved in more violence -- rather, getting military goods made the cops more violent.

Political scientists possess theoretical and methodological tools to weigh into today’s debates about police violence. This study answers the call for evidence-based policy analysis by Representative Ratcliffe and others as they continue to debate the merits of the 1033 program (Murtha, 2016). We acknowledge that the present analysis is relatively preliminary. Due to notoriously unavailable data on police violence against the public, we present what we consider to be a best attempt at establishing the proposed relationship between military transfers and violence.9 Further, while no research method offers full certainty of a causal effect, we attempt to increase the plausibility of the claim that 1033 transfers lead to more police violence. We do so by measuring the transfers in the previous year, as well as by leveraging three different dependent variables. While the first dependent variable – civilian killings – represents the most direct measure to test the claim, using the next two dependent variables – change in civilian killings and dog killings – helped bypass endogeneity concerns to an extent. As more social scientists take up this sort of research, we expect replication and extension of these results in different jurisdictions with different methods.

As for policy, our results suggest that implementing the EO to recall military equipment should result in less violent behavior and subsequently, fewer killings by LEAs. Taken together with work that shows militarization actually leads to more violence against police (Carriere, 2016; Wickes, 2015), the present study suggests demilitarization may secure overall community safety. The EO represents one avenue of demilitarization. However, given Kraska’s (2007) typology, other aspects of militarization may be targeted. For example, perhaps training can affect cultural or operational militarization leading to less violent outcomes. Future work should explore the relationship, though the highly-decentralized nature of US police institutions presents serious challenges to systematic cross-sectional study.


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The data is available for download right here. Just go under File > Download as > pick a format. We recommend downloading as csv. It wouldn’t hurt any to read our caveats here.

“The nation’s leading law enforcement agency [FBI] collects vast amounts of information on crime nationwide, but missing from this clearinghouse are statistics on where, how often, and under what circumstances police use deadly force. In fact, no one anywhere comprehensively tracks the most significant act police can do in the line of duty: take a life,” according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal in its series Deadly Force (Nov. 28, 2011).

This site is founded upon the premise that Americans should have the ability to track that act.

Fatal Encounters intends to help create a database of all deaths through police interaction in the United States since Jan. 1, 2000. You can check to see how far we’ve gotten with your state here.

We don’t believe we’re a finished product; we’re just the first step toward creating an impartial, comprehensive and searchable national database of people killed during interactions with law enforcement. We expect other media organizations, law enforcement, universities, artists and activist groups will advance our work, and that’s why we let anyone use the data for any reason for free.

This site will remain as impartial and data-driven as possible, directed by the theory that Americans should be able to answer some simple questions about the use of deadly force by police: How many people are killed in interactions with law enforcement in the United States of America? Are they increasing? What do those people look like? Can policies and training be modified to have fewer officer-involved shootings and improve outcomes and safety for both officers and citizens?


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Ex-Weapons Inspector: Trump’s Sarin Claims Built on ‘Lie’
Scott Ritter takes on White House Syria attack claims.
By SCOTT RITTER • June 29, 2017

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JUNE 29, 2017 | RUSS BAKER
Watergate and the Downing of Nixon, Part 3
More revealing details on the intricate ways in which President Richard Nixon clearly seems to have been set up. And the role of Big Oil behind some of the machinations — but who else was involved, and why?


A key House committee voted to repeal the resolution that’s served as the legal underpinning for dozens of U.S. military actions overseas since the September 11 attacks. The amendment was offered by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) – the only member of Congress who opposed the original authorization for the use of military force three days after the 9/11 attacks. She’s argued, unsuccessfully, for years that the resolution has turned into a blank check for presidents of both parties, so the lopsided vote in the House Appropriations Committee came as a surprise. (Federal News Radio)

The Senate version of the defense authorization bill authorizes $700 billion for the Defense Department and wars overseas. The bill will put the military pay raise at 2.1 percent. It also created a cyber war policy to allow the U.S. to use all possible instruments to respond to cyber attacks.


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Safe Coalition NC Wins Grassroots Victory As City Council Adopts New Standards for Civilian Review Board Members

June 29, 2017 by Chip Gibbons

Safe Coalition NC scored an important victory in Charlotte, North Carolina. This Monday the city council voted unanimously to accept the coalition’s proposed administrative revisions to the Citizens Review Board. According to Robert Dawkins, Safe Coalition NC’s state organizer and Defending Rights & Dissent Patriot Award recipient, the changes include the following:

A stated commitment to diversify the board to reflect the city of Charlotte.
An interview process for potential board members instead of just an endorsement from a city council member.
Banning all current and former city employees and immediate family from serving on the board.
Staggered terms for serving on board.
The city council will also start the process of revising the trainings that Citizen Review Board members receive. There is some hope that this will included implicit bias trainings. Dawkins and other Safe Coalition NC activists feel like the training board members currently receive is “heavily police friendly.” They hope this can be offsetted by a training that includes “a history of why minorities do not trust police based on the history of police as oppressors.”

The Charlotte Citizens Review Board

The Citizens Review Board is an important potential tool for police accountability, yet since its formation in 1997 it has never ruled in favor of citizens bringing complaints against the police.

The board recently made headlines when it decided to review a police conclusion that the killing of Keith Lamont Scott by a police officer was justified. In a 8-2 closed door decision, the board determined there was “substantial evidence of error” in the police department’s decision. This does not mean that the board has decided that Scott’s killing was not justified, only that it would hold an evidentiary hearing on the matter. After hearing the evidence the board will decide whether they found the shooting to be justified or not.

Safe Coalition NC

Safe Coalition NC was formed in 2013 to promote police accountability. It led a campaign that resulted in the Charlotte City Council passing a civil liberties resolution based on Defending Rights & Dissent model ordinances. Safe Coalition NC is currently in court attempting to obtain dashcam and body camera footage of the fatal police shooting of Iaroslav Mosiiuk.


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Report: NYPD Unlawfully Interfered With Cop Watchers and Other Civilians Recording Police

June 29, 2017 by Joo-Hyun Kang

Yesterday, the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) released a report on hundreds of complaints and incidents of NYPD officers interfering in civilians’ Constitutional rights to film public police activity during the first 3 years of the de Blasio administration. Such interference by officers to block New Yorkers observing and documenting policing, the practice known as CopWatch, constitutes misconduct. (A copy of the report can be found here)

NYPD interference and misconduct cited in the CCRB report include:

Attempts to block filming of police interactions by the public, including physical interference and use of force, blocking recordings, knocking recording devices out of the hands of person(s) filming, and intimidation/threats
Unlawful searches, unlawfully reviewing/deleting recordings, damage to/destruction of filming devices, and taking recording devices from people filming
Retaliation by officers by issuing false summonses, unlawfully detaining people, false arrests and charges
Lying and false statements by officers — In a number of cases substantiated by the CCRB, there were numerous examples of lying and false statements by officers who engaged in above misconduct and officers who witnessed the misconduct. Available video from the public and civilian witnesses were often the only ways to prove that the version of events initially put forward by the NYPD was false — including justifications by NYPD officers for false summons/arrests.
This is an important report from CCRB and helps to validate the concerns that many individual Cop Watchers and Cop Watch teams from Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) member/partner organizations have raised for years. The report also reaffirms what we all know as the critical role that individuals play when observing, documenting and recording police misconduct and violence. Here is CPR’s statement on the report: http://bit.ly/2sVDWMN

Remember – It’s legal to #FilmThePolice and #CopWatch. Observing, documenting and filming police activity and abuse is a key tactic that CPR has supported and promoted since our founding.
Lineage — Collectively, we owe so much to Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM) for the lineage of #CopWatch training that many NYC CPR members have gone through, even before there was a CPR. MXGM also had one of the longest-standing #CopWatch teams in the City. And, of course, the lineage extends back to former Black Panther Party members and other activists in the Black Liberation Movement.


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Blackmail in the Deep State (PDF) by Jonathan Marshall
Colin Wallace and the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry (PDF) by Robin Ramsay
Blair and Israel (PDF) by Robin Ramsay
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The CIA As Organised Crime: How Illegal Operations Corrupt America and the World, by Douglas Valentine (PDF) reviewed by Dr. T. P. Wilkinson
The Field of Fight: How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam and Its Allies, by Lt. General Michael T Flynn and Michael Ledeen (PDF) reviewed by John Newsinger
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Trump, Khashoggi, & Germany’s Criminal Deutsche Bank
Posted on June 26, 2017

It is public knowledge that two well-known customers of Deutsche Bank have deals considered sensitive to scrutiny. One is Donald Trump.

The other is—or was— Adnan Khashoggi.

The death of Saudi arms dealer and CIA fixer Adnan Khashoggi in London two weeks ago reminds the world again about Adnan Khashoggi’s rich history with fellow Palm Beach ‘homie’ Donald Trump.

Not just in yachts—as interminably reported in obituaries— but in banks.

Khashoggi spent 40 years in the intermittent glare of worldwide publicity, from the Lockheed bribery scandal in the 1970’s, Iran Contra in the 1980’s and BCCI, the Bank of Crooks & Criminals, in the early 90’s, to name just a few.

Had he lived a bit longer, he would likely become famous again, especially if Deutsche Bank continues to stonewall the Congressional probe into why the bank—alone among major banks worldwide—was willing to loan $300 million dollars to Donald Trump, a man who’d stiffed investors by declaring bankruptcy six times.

A continuing criminal conspiracy

Deutsche Bank loans to Donald Trump are relatively well-known. Just google “Trump and $300 million.”

On the other hand, Adnan Khashoggi’s business dealings with Deutsche Bank—except in certain circles—are not.

But Adnan Khashoggi’s criminal collusion with Deutsche Bank offers clues to Trump’s own, and may provide evidence supporting prosecutorial use of the three words many defendants fear hearing: “Continuing criminal conspiracy.”

The urgency of such an investigation was made clear in today’s Washington Post report detailing how Deutsche Bank gifted Trumps son-in-law Jared Kushner with a $285 million loan just one month before Election Day.

It’s ironic that Khashoggi, a notorious fame whore, will not be around for the fun part just beginning; the part where, when actor Hal Holbrook in “All The President’s Men” stands half-hidden in shadows in the middle of the night in a parking garage in Washington D.C. and whispers to Robert Redford that he should “Follow the money.”

This wasn’t Adnan’s first rodeo.

Journalists who track the underhand dealings of international fraudsters have long been well aware of Khashoggi and his assorted partners in crime, including infamous stock fraudsters in Vancouver.

As a former American security official who knew him told me, “He didn’t get involved in all those scandals by singing too loud in church.”

How the financial press covered it:

“Deutsche Bank settled a lawsuit filed against it by to recover losses incurred as part of a massive securities fraud allegedly orchestrated by the German financial giant, a fugitive Saudi arms dealer and other individuals that bankrupted the Minneapolis-based securities firm.”

“A Minneapolis brokerage Stockwalk subsidiary called MJK Clearing became insolvent after losing more than $200 million in a series of risky deals that involved borrowing and lending securities. Regulators took over MJK Clearing and forced it into bankruptcy.”

Khashoggi, an acknowledged stock fraud master, ran an intricately planned and spectacularly-successful pump and dump scheme that, with assistance from the Russian Mob and the Mafia—two organizations who also partnered with Trump—stole more than $300 million in just a few years.

The Khashoggi-Deutsche Stockwalk scam

Khashoggi and Deutsche Bank partnered in what became called the Stockwalk scandal, colluding in what were, financially-speaking, more innocent times.

Stockwalk was called “the most massive stock fraud in American history,” and it became the largest liquidation of a securities firm in U.S. history.

It was basically an ingenious financial game of musical chairs, during which Deutsche earned sizable fees, passing around stock normally settled in boring brokerage back offices as a bookkeeping function.

Only this time, the brokerage left standing when the music stopped, Minneapolis’ Stockwalk Group, was left holding $200 million of worthless stock in a Khashoggi company called Genesis Intermedia, now worth just pennies.

Earlier Genesis stock had been pumped up as high as $26 dollars a share by Khashoggi’s cronies, before everyone in on the joke cashed out and went home.

When the scam collapsed in 2001, the poor Minneapolis brokerage filed for bankruptcy and went under. 200 employees lost their jobs. Khashoggi and his chief lieutenant, Ramy El Batrawi, went home at least $130 million dollars richer.

What Really Happened

Deutsche Bank’s little Khashoggi indiscretion cost the bank a record $280 million dollar fine in the U.S. The bank settled shareholder lawsuits worldwide out of court, paying $350 million dollars in cash, while nonetheless denying responsibility.

U.S. officials scoffed at the bank’s claim of innocence.

“Full recoveries just don’t happen,” said Ken Caputo, senior associate general counsel for litigation at the The Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC). “You’re hard pressed to find anybody with money to provide recompense. You might get judgments. But these guys paid in full.”

As for Khashoggi? “Well, no one knows just where he is, Caputo said. “He’s one of those elusive guys.”

From the New York Times:

”El-Batrawi, Khashoggi and others also drove up the price of the stock by engaging in large numbers of buys and sells,” the S.E.C. said in the suit. ”The buys and sells were often done in small lots of 100 to 500 shares, amplifying the false appearance of general investor interest.”

“Lawyers for Mr. El-Batrawi and Mr. Khashoggi could not be immediately located for comment. An S.E.C. lawyer, Kara Brockmeyer, said the agency had not determined who their lawyers were. Mr. El- Batrawi has no listed telephone number in Los Angeles, and Mr. Khashoggi’s whereabouts is unknown.”

They became the object of what—with hindsight— was doubtlessly a half-hearted search. Even so, finding Khashoggi and his chief lieutenant proved elusive.

Later, a Palm Beach resident who’d clashed with Trump over Indian gaming (which Trump at the time was against) told me the rumor locally had been that Khashoggi, also wanted at the time in the collapse of a bank in Thailand, was hiding out in a bungalow at Mar-a-Lago.

Deutsche Bank-HSBC race to the bottom

Germany’s Deutsche Bank has been in a race with HSBC Bank in London for the title of World’s Biggest Criminal Bank, based on the size of fines each pays to host governments who—who knows?—may even be mildly chagrined at being unable to bring individual bankers to justice.

Deutsche Bank has paid more than nine billion dollars in fines and settlements since 2008. The bank paid up after getting caught conspiring: to manipulate the price of gold and silver; defraud mortgage companies; violating U.S. sanctions against illegal trading; more.

Deutsche Bank was caught manipulating the London Interbank Rate, or Libor, the uber-interest rate banks charge one another; (it paid a two and a half billion dollar fine.)

Deutsche Bank’s own staff blew the whistle in 2010, accusing the bank of masking twelve billion dollars’ worth of losses. One of the whistleblowers, a former risk analyst, told the Securities and Exchange Commission that if the bank’s true financial health had been known in 2008, it might have collapsed.

“There was cultural criminality,” the whistleblower told reporters. “Deutsche Bank was structurally designed by management to allow corrupt individuals to commit fraud.”

“Mirror, mirror, on the wall…Just launder my money already”

In January, Deutsche Bank agreed to pay $630 million in fines over a sophisticated-yet-simple money laundering scheme called mirror trading, used to launder—just in recent years—more than $60 billion out of Russia.

Lawmakers are seeking information about Deutsche Bank’s latest scandal: a Russian “mirror trading” scheme that allowed $10 billion to flow out of Russia in sham trades. One Deutsche customer would buy Russian stocks for rubles, while selling an identical amount of stock to a related customer for dollars.

It was instant money laundering. No need to add water.

What happens if they come for the furniture?

There’s an unexamined downside in demanding explanations from Deutsche Bank for its unexplained benevolence towards Donald Trump, the ominous prospect that during Trump’s however-brief time in office, the American people will endure a national embarrassment unequalled in history.

Because he was desperate for money, in his loan dealings with Deutsche Bank Trump broke one his own cardinal rules.

Gulp before you read this: he personally guaranteed the loans. Donald Trump is personally on the hook to Deutsche Bank for roughly $300 million. The debt—on a Florida golf resort, a Washington D.C. hotel and a Chicago tower—is currently being paid.

But if the loans default, the bank could go after Trump’s other assets. Americans may be witness to the horrible spectacle of watching a bank foreclose on a sitting President of the United States.

The White House, at least currently, appears to be safe.

Get aboard the Money Train

Deutsche Bank is desperately trying to keep the money train running from Moscow to New York (and perhaps to Donald Trump), in the face of demands by Democrats in Congress for Trump’s banking records.

Deutsche Bank politely demurred, claiming privacy laws prevent turning over records of loans made to Trump of reportedly $300 million, with loan guarantees in excess of $1 billion.

Lawmakers fired back that Federal laws protecting banking customers’ confidentiality do not apply to requests from Congress, said a

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Deputy AG announces new Forensic Science Working Group but still doesn’t grasp the extent of problem

 August 7 at 6:13 PM
Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein on Capitol Hill in June. (Alex Brandon/Associated Press)
In a speech at the International Association for Identification on Monday, Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein announced the creation of a Forensic Science Working Group within the Justice Department. Recall that one of the first moves by Attorney General Jeff Sessions was to end the National Commission on Forensic Science (NCFS), which brought in independent scientists to evaluate the credibility of forensics fields used in U.S. courtrooms.

The new group will be housed within the Justice Department, which will inevitably make it less independent and less transparent than the NCFS. It will be led by Ted Hunt, a longtime prosecutor. Though Hunt worked with the NCFS, putting a prosecutor in charge of forensic reform doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence in the new working group’s impartiality.

For that matter, neither does Rosenstein’s speech. It’s been striking to see prosecutors and law enforcement groups react to the critiques of forensics that have come from the scientific community. Those critiques didn’t come out of nowhere. They came from commissions and panels formed after DNA testing, crime lab scandals and exonerations showed us that for decades prosecutors have been presenting juries with “scientific” evidence that is anything but. The FBI’s hair fiber analysis scandal alone tainted thousands of cases. And yet the reactions from prosecutors to these critiques — that experts are overstating their findings, wrongly implicating suspects, or practicing fields utterly lacking in any scientific principles at all — have been utterly devoid of any humility
Rosenstein’s speech Monday is less strident than others I’ve seen, but it’s still preachy and didactic.

Those disciplines have been around for a long time. When subjected to informed cross examination, expert testimony can be tremendously probative and helpful to the jury.

Nevertheless, some critics have sought to limit the forensic evidence and testimony that can be presented in court. These critics suggest that unless a forensic discipline has a “known error rate,” evidence derived from that discipline should not be admitted in court. Under that standard, trusted and reliable forensic evidence would be excluded simply because the discipline is not susceptible to an easy-to-calculate error rate.

The folly of that approach is clear when critics question fingerprint analysis. They admit that it usually works. Their objection is that it requires judgment.

This isn’t quite true. Few are suggesting fingerprint evidence be barred from the courtroom. The criticism is that experts have been overstating the certainty of fingerprint evidence, particularly when it comes to partial prints. Fingerprinting has long been touted as the “gold standard” in forensics. It’s been touted as foolproof and definitive. The criticism here is that if we don’t actually know how unique a fingerprint is in a given population, we can’t tell jurors that they’re unique. If prosecutors want to present fingerprint evidence, jurors should be made aware of this. And if experts want to testify about “matches” and levels of “certainty,” let’s give them regular competency tests arranged by outside entities.

FBI agent allowed to take a medical retirement after he broke the law.
This allows him to collect a tax payer funded pension of over $50,000.00
a year.

Prosecutor: Suspended FBI agent didn't mention mistress was investigator

An FBI agent who ran a "To Catch a Predator"-style task force in North Georgia pleaded guilty Thursday to disclosing confidential information.

According to a release from the U.S. Department of Justice, Special Agent Ken Hillman let Emerson Russell and his wife, Angela, observe agents chatting undercover with potential child predators. He also let them ride along for meet ups and arrests of the task force's targets.

In addition, Hillman let Angela Russell chat with suspects on an FBI laptop, as if she were an agent herself.

Hillman pleaded guilty in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge Walter Johnson. District Court Judge Harold Murphy will sentence Hillman, though the release does not say when that will be. He faces a penalty of up to 1 year in prison, plus a fine of up to $100,000.

The Northwest Georgia Internet Crime and Child Exploitation Task Force, spearheaded by Hillman, also consisted of officers from multiple local agencies, including the Catoosa County Sheriff's Office. The investigators would post on websites like Craigslist or Backpage.com, pretending to be fathers and uncles willing to pawn off children for sex.

The task force disbanded after Hillman's relationship with Angela Russell became public in February 2013. According to an internal Ringgold police investigation, Officer Tom Evans stopped Hillman and Angela Russell in the parking lot of a local bar, after the staff called 911 to report a couple that might be driving away drunk.

According to the investigation, the officer drove them to an apartment in the Chattanooga area. The officer also said that Hillman told him he was having an affair with Angela Russell. Emerson Russell later said he watched his estranged wife chat with the task force's targets while they were still together.

Angela Russell is not a trained officer. According to the Department of Justice release, Hillman did not receive clearance from his bosses to include her in his investigations.

Hillman was given a "medical retirement" from the FBI, his sentencing hearing is scheduled for Sept. 22 at 1 p.m.

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Fossil fuel subsidies are a staggering $5 tn per year
A new study finds 6.5% of global GDP goes to subsidizing dirty fossil fuels
Monday 7 August 2017 06.00 EDT

Fossil fuels have two major problems that paint a dim picture for their future energy dominance. These problems are inter-related but still should be discussed separately. First, they cause climate change. We know that, we’ve known it for decades, and we know that continued use of fossil fuels will cause enormous worldwide economic and social consequences.

Second, fossil fuels are expensive. Much of their costs are hidden, however, as subsidies. If people knew how large their subsidies were, there would be a backlash against them from so-called financial conservatives.

A study was just published in the journal World Development that quantifies the amount of subsidies directed toward fossil fuels globally, and the results are shocking. The authors work at the IMF and are well-skilled to quantify the subsidies discussed in the paper.

Let’s give the final numbers and then back up to dig into the details. The subsidies were $4.9 tn in 2013 and they rose to $5.3 tn just two years later. According to the authors, these subsidies are important because first, they promote fossil fuel use which damages the environment. Second, these are fiscally costly. Third, the subsidies discourage investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy that compete with the subsidized fossil fuels. Finally, subsidies are very inefficient means to support low-income households.

With these truths made plain, why haven’t subsidies been eliminated? The answer to that is a bit complicated. Part of the answer to this question is that people do not fully appreciate the costs of fossil fuels to the rest of us. Often we think of them as all gain with no pain.

So what is a subsidy anyway? Well, that too isn’t black and white. Typically, people on the street think of a subsidy as a direct financial cost that result in consumers paying a price that is below the opportunity cost of the product (fossil fuel in this case). However, as pointed out by the authors, a more correct view of the costs would encompass:

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Suspended FBI agent accuses bureau of retaliation, violating his rights in Harry Morel case

AUG 7, 2017 - 1:53 PM  (…)

A New Orleans-based FBI agent filed a federal lawsuit Monday claiming the bureau violated his First Amendment rights last year when it suspended him without pay for sending an unusual letter to the judge who presided over criminal proceedings involving former St. Charles Parish District Attorney Harry Morel.

The agent, Michael S. Zummer, accused the FBI of retaliating against him for sending a 31-page letter to U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt that criticized the way federal prosecutors handled allegations that Morel demanded sexual favors from women who were caught up in the criminal justice system.

Zummer, who served as lead agent in the Morel case, outlined a host of what he considered improprieties in his letter, claiming Morel received favorable treatment and that his plea agreement had been tainted by prosecutorial misconduct within the local U.S. Attorney's Office.

The agent disregarded bureau directives by sending the document to the judge on the eve of Morel's sentencing.

In a written order at one point, Engelhardt said he shared Zummer's concerns about whether the Justice Department "is either unable or unwilling to self-police lapses of ethics, professionalism and truthfulness in its ranks."

The judge declined to make the letter public, but Zummer ultimately released portions of it after the FBI, following a lengthy review, blacked out entire pages of the document, in which Zummer apparently implicated a list of government officials he said acted improperly in the Morel case.

Federal authorities publicly accused Morel of being a "sexual predator" and of committing a host of crimes, including sexual assault, dating back decades, but they never pursued charges on those offenses.

Morel ultimately faced just one count of obstruction of justice, a charge that stemmed from his efforts to derail a long-running FBI investigation. The former district attorney is serving a three-year prison term.   

The new lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court, asserts that Zummer's decision to send the letter to Engelhardt was protected by his right to freedom of speech. It offers new details about his suspension and says Zummer initially took pains to send the letter in accordance with FBI protocol.

Before being stripped of his security clearance and escorted out of the bureau's New Orleans field office, Zummer first was suspended from conducting any investigative activity and told that he "was to move his desk to the empty nurse's office on the second floor" of the FBI's lakefront office, the lawsuit says.

He received an email from a supervisor saying his new role was "not a punishment," but adding that he could not be assigned to cases anymore "because you have taken the position that information you personally gather in the performance of your duties as an FBI special agent may be disclosed by you as a private citizen ... despite being instructed not to do so without authorization."

An FBI spokesman declined to comment on the lawsuit.

A former Marine and a Stanford-educated attorney, Zummer has been prohibited by Justice Department rules from practicing law for compensation during his indefinite suspension and has been told he can take another job only with the FBI's permission, the lawsuit says.

In the suit, Zummer is asking the court for his old job back at the bureau, as well as back pay, damages and an order allowing him to make public the full letter he sent to Engelhardt about the Morel case.

Zummer wrote in the letter that he had encountered "systemic corruption" within the Justice Department and that he came under pressure at times to cover up the misconduct of federal prosecutors.


UPDATE: Assistant US attorney says Lake County Sheriff John Buncich put money 'in his back pocket' as public corruption trial opens

Aug 7, 2017


Grant Cameron: The Government's UFO Disclosure Plan    
Written by Grant Cameron      
Thursday, 23 March 2017 15:48

There has been a lot of discussion in the UFO community lately about disclosure. There has been so much, in fact, that many people don't want to hear the word anymore. The word disclosure has become almost as unpopular as the word UFO. The disclosure word became unpopular, perhaps because there have been many predictions of imminent disclosure with nothing happening. People now either believe that it won't happen, or they share the position taken by John Alexander and repeated by former Senior CIA officer Jim Semivan, which is that "disclosure has already happened, it is confirmation that we are after."

What needs to be clarified is that there are two types of disclosure. Most researchers, when they refer to UFO disclosure, mean the President stands at the podium and says "ETs are here." That would be full disclosure. Disclosure is defined as "the action of making new or secret information known or a fact, especially a secret, that is made known."

Government UFO disclosure is someone who has a need-to-know revealing information about the UFO mystery that we didn't know before they started talking. An example of this might be Hillary Clinton saying "They (aliens) may already be here." This is a big departure from government officials who have maintained that none of the UFO evidence shows any indication of an ET presence. Disclosure is also officials admitting there is probably life out there in outer space. Saying they may already be here is to me a disclosure. Saying aliens may be here is a big deal, especially when the same Hillary Clinton and her campaign manager John Podesta state that if elected they will disclose what they can about the government's secret UFO knowledge.

When George W. Bush is asked if he reviewed the government UFO files when he got to the White House says, "maybe," that is disclosure. He could have said "No" but he didn't. He is revealing something we didn't know as the official government position is that there are no unreleased UFO files. Seconds later, Bush responds as to whether he can talk about what he saw, and that too is disclosure.

Assuming there is a non-human intelligence interacting with mankind, and assuming the United States government has dealt with that mystery, there are three possibilities:

Plan 1: A Government Cover-up - The government plan might be to cover-up and bury the UFO story. If that were the case, their actions would be to simply shut up about the subject and never talk about it again. Canada, as an example, released all their UFO sighting files in 1967, announced they would no longer investigate UFOs, and then completely shut up. Unlike the United States, in Canada, there have been no whistleblowers, government rumors about underground bases, or leaked documents. Government UFO researchers in Canada have nothing to research or research. The lack of any discussion on the part of the Canadian government makes it look like they might, in fact, not be involved anymore. If there is a cover-up, it is a cover-up of what the Canadians described in a 1950 Top Secret memo to be the "most highly classified subject in the United States." The release of that information is punishable by ten years in jail for every item leaked. The amount of "seemingly" leaked material that I will point out in this book strongly indicates that there is no full cover-up going on. There have been no UFO prosecutions, and it is very evident that officials are aware of the UFO leaks, and where they originate.

Plan 2: The Disclosure Plan - The second idea is that the United States government is preparing for full disclosure. This theory is flawed from the start because they would not be leaking bits and pieces of unsupported stories into the public domain. If the plan were to disclose, the president would just stand in front of the White House press corps and announce whatever the truth is behind the UFO mystery. If the government wanted full disclosure, they would take the editor of the The New York Times and The Washington Post to an underground base and show them a downed saucer and alien bodies. Then they would provide whatever statements, photos, and documents required to do a front-page article with the truth. What has been going on for 70 years does not fit this scenario.

Plan 3: An Acclimatization Plan - The third possibility is that they are preparing the population over an extended period for the knowledge that we are not alone in the universe. Other such as Bob Bigalow have termed this confirmation. When the evidence gets a fair review, it seems apparent that there is some long-term acclimatization plan going on. The burning question is what government is doing to reveal the UFO story to the public, why it is being done the way that it is, and what was the final plan. The United States government has not shut up and remained quiet as in Plan 1. They have not made a disclosure announcement as in Plan 2, so they are obviously doing something in between. Seen in this light, the statements of Hillary Clinton and George Bush now make sense. They are playing a gradual disclosure game. Don't lie, but don't reveal classified information. It is a difficult road they have to walk. If Clinton was doing full disclosure she would say ETs are here and I will produce the documents. If she were covering up, she would not have brought up the subject. She did something in between. If Bush was doing full disclosure, he would have brought documents and alien pictures to Jimmy Kimmel's interview. If he were covering up, he would have said he didn't look at the UFO documents instead of saying "maybe." He would have said I don't know anything, instead of "I'm not saying nothin'!" He did something in between. Once the actions of the United States government are seen as gradual disclosure or acclimatization event, the things they have done, and continue to do, start to make sense.

I will shortly release a book called Managing Magic: The United States Government Disclosure Plan, which is a historical look of what the government did, and perhaps why they did it. In the book I tried to look at the 64 possible reasons that prevented the President of the United States from telling the true and complete story, even when some like Ford and Carter were pro-disclosure when took the presidency. I tried to recount 50 odd stories of efforts made to get out the UFO story, while at the same time protecting the classified UFO secrets. Included among these is Tom DeLonge and his ten high level government sources, five of them who have been identified and confirmed to be key government figures. What most people don't know or forget is that some of these officials were dealing with people in the UFO community long before they ever joined DeLonge's team of advisors. I had written about Podesta's UFO interest twenty years ago, and I knew of his CIA advisor Jim Semivan long before he made contact with DeLonge in April 2016.

The other thing that becomes evident when all 50 stories are put together is that these acclimatization leaks of UFO information go right back to the beginning when Kenneth Arnold was given 8 x 11 photos of flying saucers by the 4th Air Force along with the assurance that they were legitimate. The stories include the 1975 UFO documentary called "UFOs, Past, Present, and Future" that was made and paid for under contract to the Pentagon at a time when the Pentagon said they were not involved in the UFO topic. This must have gone well because the same producers were contacted in 1985. During the negotiation for that documentary the producers were told that the government wanted another documentary as there was film in the vault that they wanted to get out. Then there was the 1988 documentary called "UFO Cover-up ...Live" that appeared on TV in the final couple of weeks of the Reagan administration. Among the things leaked in that documentary was Area-51, first leaked six months before it became public. The documentary introduced the idea of the live alien, which had never been mentioned, and identified the remote viewing program at the DIA, which remained Top Secret till it was revealed seven years later.

From history I gathered together 14 men who I refer to as magicians. They were CIA and their job over the last 70 years was to get the story out via five men that I refer to as the Messiahs. These Messiahs included researchers such as Bill Moore, Steven Greer, and Tom Delonge, who each saw themselves as the person picked to bring disclosure to the American public.

My conclusion is there is no plan to fully disclose, no matter how loud the demands inside the UFO community are. The plan is to continue to drop stories till people are so acclimatized that when full disclosure does happen by those in power, it will surprise no one.

When all the evidence is gathered, it is pretty clear what is happening, but like every good story there is one story that refuses to fit in. This story deals with the election of Donald Trump, and his UFO briefing. I have watched this story for months and was actually contacted by people who thought Trump would not be told the truth. Within this Trump world is a story of a briefing, and a president who was picked by intelligence to be /the disclosure president. It involves a portal/pod. It involves a "goodie bag" which is like an instant replay of the 1997 Corso filing cabinet or the 2012 Chase Brandon Roswell box story. The story also claims that the new president is "open to disclosure and against disinformation." The story is full disclosure and is tied into an identifiable member of the CIA.

I will do a presentation on as many as six UFO disclosure initiatives and the government disclosure process April 22nd from 10AM - 11:30AM Pacific Standard Time for the Portal to Ascension Full Disclosure On-Line Conference:


Grant Cameron
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Trump and the ETs    

Written by Grant Cameron      
Tuesday, 22 November 2016 23:55
They may be anticipating some action. I have been waiting for President-Elect Trump to take office before taking more serious actions. He is very "pro-disclosure" and very anti "disinformation." Dr. Ronald Pandolfi who ran the UFO weird desk at the CIA.

Now that Hillary Clinton has been defeated at the polls, her promise to get to the bottom of the government secrecy on UFOs has ended. The stories of some sort of imminent raising of an ET awareness by the government has not.

There is a group of people inside the Pentagon who have come forward, in the last couple of days, who are willing to come forward if they are given the green light by those in the government who control the issue.

If Hillary were asked to elaborate on her knowledge of what happened on UFOs during the Clinton administration, and how the system has kept the secret, it might stir enough controversy to turn the light green.

There is also another move to move the government to open up further on the UFO issue. The famous rocker Tom DeLonge is a big part of this.

I have a source inside the huge number of people that are part of this openness effort. I am aware of the person in Washington who is running it.

When the election was over I asked if the light was still green or if it had turned red. I was told it was still green and bigger than ever, with big names and big money behind it. I was once again pointed to January where there would not be disclosure but a big event.

Sadly, there seems to be no clear intent by any reporter to go down this road for various reasons, so we may just be heading back into the dark ages of knowledge about the UFO subject.

As the researcher who has invested 30 years of research into the relationship between the United States President and UFOs, I have worked a lot to find how Trump fits into the UFO story. Now that he has won the election, the time has come to write about what I have found.

The first thing to mention is that there is very little reliable material that shows a link to Trump and the UFO story, aliens, or extraterrestrial life. All we have is a tweet that indicates he has no interest in the subject.Â


'This Is Nuts': Trump Fumes to Generals That US Should Plunder Afghan Minerals

Thursday, August 03, 2017

'This Is Nuts': Trump Fumes to Generals That US Should Plunder Afghan Minerals
The president also compared military strategy to renovating a restaurant

In a recent situation room meeting with generals and top national security advisors, President Donald Trump reportedly compared war policy to renovating a restaurant and complained that the U.S. isn't doing enough to exploit Afghanistan's mineral wealth.

This is according to senior administration officials who leaked details of the "tense" meeting to NBC News.

Trump also complained that the U.S. is "losing" the war in Afghanistan—which is approaching its 16th year—and said he was contemplating firing Gen. John Nicholson, the commander of American forces in the country, who he has not met.

Here's how NBC summarized the conversation:

Over nearly two hours in the situation room, according to the officials, Trump complained about NATO allies, inquired about the United States getting a piece of Afghanistan's mineral wealth, and repeatedly said the top U.S. general there should be fired. He also startled the room with a story that seemed to compare their advice to that of a paid consultant who cost a tony New York restaurateur profits by offering bad advice.

As Common Dreams reported last week, Trump has long been enticed by the prospect of plundering Afghanistan's untapped mineral reserves. In the meeting with his national security advisors, NBC noted, Trump reiterated his wishes and fumed that China is "making money off of Afghanistan's estimated $1 trillion in rare minerals while American troops are fighting the war."

Trump also "expressed frustration that his advisers tasked with figuring out how the U.S. can help American businesses get rights to those minerals were moving too slowly," NBC reported.

Commentators have in the past argued that Trump's desire to exploit a war-torn country's mineral reserves amounts to a longing for


How Serious Is The Possibility of a Constitutional Convention?
Posted on August 6, 2017 by Lambert Strether
By Lambert Strether of Corrente.

Let’s start with Article V of the United States Constitution:

The Congress, whenever [A] two thirds of both houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose amendments to this Constitution, or, on [B] the application of the legislatures of two thirds of the several states, shall call a convention for proposing amendments, which, in either case, shall be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of this Constitution, when [C] ratified by the legislatures of three fourths of the several states, or by [D] conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other mode of ratification may be proposed by the Congress; provided that no amendment which may be made prior to the year one thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any manner affect the first and fourth clauses in the ninth section of the first article; and that no state, without its consent, shall be deprived of its equal suffrage in the Senate.

(This language — “The first and fourth clauses in the ninth section of the first article” — protects the slave trade.[1]) So amending the Constitution is not easy, and by design. Federalist Papers 39 (which, honestly, reads like a Vox explainer tap-dancing through a heavily contested policy issue, except in 18th Century prose), ALL CAPS as in the original:

The difference between a federal and national government, as it relates to the OPERATION OF THE GOVERNMENT, is supposed to consist in this, that in the former the powers operate on the political bodies composing the Confederacy, in their political capacities; in the latter, on the individual citizens composing the nation, in their individual capacities….

But if the government be national with regard to the OPERATION of its powers, it changes its aspect again when we contemplate it in relation to the EXTENT of its powers. ….

(The “EXTENT” of the government’s powers being indeed the key issue, as we shall see.)

If we try the Constitution by its last relation to the authority by which amendments are to be made, we find it neither wholly NATIONAL nor wholly FEDERAL. Were it wholly national, the supreme and ultimate authority would reside in the MAJORITY of the people of the Union; and this authority would be competent at all times, like that of a majority of every national society, to alter or abolish its established government. Were it wholly federal, on the other hand, the concurrence of each State in the Union would be essential to every alteration that would be binding on all. The mode provided by the plan of the convention is not founded on either of these principles. In requiring more than a majority, and principles. In requiring more than a majority, and particularly in computing the proportion by STATES, not by CITIZENS, it departs from the NATIONAL and advances towards the FEDERAL character; in rendering the concurrence of less than the whole number of States sufficient, it loses again the FEDERAL and partakes of the NATIONAL character.

The proposed Constitution, therefore, is, in strictness, neither a national nor a federal Constitution, but a composition of both. In its foundation it is federal, not national; in the sources from which the ordinary powers of the government are drawn, it is partly federal and partly national; in the operation of these powers, it is national, not federal; in the extent of them, again, it is federal, not national; and, finally, in the authoritative mode of introducing amendments, it is neither wholly federal nor wholly national.

I’m glad that’s sorted. Suffice to say that Amendments are hard.[2] If we return to the text of Article V, we see two modes for proposing Amendments (at [A] and [B]) and two modes for ratifying them ([C] and [D]). All amendments, so far, have taken the path from [A] through [C]: Proposed by both houses of Congress; ratified by state legislatures (except for the Twenty First Amendment, abolishing Prohibition, which was passed by state conventions). However, given the current composition and polarization of Congress, it’s very hard to see how path [A], proposal through Congress, can be followed by either party. There remains path [B], “the application of the legislatures of two thirds of the several states,” followed by whichever of the two ratification modes[3]. The magic number for an “Amending Convention” is 34 (two-thirds of 50) and until very recently I would have thought that path to a Constitutional convention implausible, too. As indeed it has been: “There have been hundreds of applications for an amending convention over the years from virtually every state [but] no amending convention has ever occurred.” But then I see maps like this:


President Trump, who dodged Vietnam War service, blasts Sen. Richard Blumenthal as ‘phony Vietnam con artist’ in Twitter rant

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, August 7, 2017, 10:27 AM

FBI Octopus


Nevada Athletic Commission head former FBI agent, takes heat for Mayweather-McGregor boxing match


How BuzzFeed News revealed hidden spy planes in US airspace
Columbia Journalism Review
Surveillance aircraft often keep a low profile: The FBI, for example, registers its .... with Mexico, there is a chance that a CBP agent flying overhead is listening.


SLO County refuses to release video related to restraint chair jail ...
Holland's death is one of 11 county inmate deaths that the FBI is investigating. Neal said the county is exempt under section 6254F under the Public Records Act ...


Suspect in terrorism sting was 'set up' by FBI informant accused of ...
Sun Sentinel-
Federal charges against a Palm Beach County man who was arrested in a terrorism sting should be thrown out because of 'outrageous conduct' by the FBI and ...


Miller police chief is charged for missing evidence
The FBI and the Missouri State Highway Patrol arrested Joshua Bruce at his home in Christian County. Investigators say they found two guns in his home that ...


US federal department is censoring use of term 'climate change', emails reveal
Exclusive: series of emails show staff at Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service advised to reference ‘weather extremes’ instead
 Among the ‘intense weather events’ qualifying as climate change under the advice in the email chain is drought.
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Staff at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) have been told to avoid using the term climate change in their work, with the officials instructed to reference “weather extremes” instead.

A series of emails obtained by the Guardian between staff at the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), a USDA unit that oversees farmers’ land conservation, show that the incoming Trump administration has had a stark impact on the language used by some federal employees around climate change.


Woman allegedly pimped by former NYPD detective at 13 years old gets OK to sue

Monday, August 7, 2017,

A 13-year-old runaway allegedly forced into prostitution by a detective could have been spared the nightmare if NYPD brass had properly disciplined him for a series of complaints — including allegations he'd had sex with hookers, a judge ruled.

Brooklyn Federal Judge Nina Gershon said the woman — now in her 20s and identified only as “H.H.” — sufficiently showed a potential jury could reasonably buy the argument that police brass should've known former Detective Wayne Taylor was a problem before his 2008 conviction.

"A reasonable jury could find that, had Taylor been adequately investigated and disciplined, he would not have felt empowered to force H.H. into prostitution," Gershon said Monday, letting the case against the city go forward.

Taylor was convicted of attempted kidnapping, but Gershon noted "it is undisputed that Taylor kidnapped H.H. and forced her into prostitution."

Pimp found minors online for music teacher's alleged sex meetups
Taylor, a 14-year member of the department, racked up 25 complaints in his nine years with the Narcotics Division, the judge said. Complaints generally had to do with misusing police authority, sexual relations with prostitutes and other criminal activity.

Taylor got cleared on three complaints, but the remainder were either unsubstantiated — meaning they couldn’t be proven or disproven — or pending at the time of his termination.

"Though many of the allegations against Taylor were never proven, investigators never found them to be false either," Gershon said.

The city shouldn't be on the hook for what happened to the victim, its lawyers argued.

Alleged pimp raped 14-year-old for months, prosecutors say
Queens prosecutors said Taylor and a woman claiming to be his wife, Zelika (Mommy Z) Brown, brought the girl to parties in January 2008 and forced her into sex acts with men.

The girl, once a ballet dancer, got snared when Brown's relative invited her to "dance" for money. Court papers said the relative "sold" the girl to Brown for $500.

Brown, Taylor and others held her against her will. H.H. remembered Taylor saying he was a detective "and if you don't do what I say, I will put you out on the street and arrest you for prostitution."

After days of beatings and forced sex, H.H. said she was "sold" to another pimp, prostituted again, and then transferred to another who released her.

Brooklyn couple indicted for pimping out two 14-year-old girls
When Taylor was first busted in 2008, he told the Daily News he was "100% innocent of all the charges."

But in a 2015 jailhouse affidavit, Taylor said that working undercover at the Narcotics Division, he was trained how to blend in with prostitutes, pimps and johns.

Taylor said various police units occasionally looked at him "but little or nothing came of these investigations." This all led to him "being trained in how to function as a criminal, empowered to believe I could get away with unlawful activities."

Officials said Taylor, 45, completed his full sentence and supervised release in July 2016.


Scientists fear Trump administration will silence latest climate change data: report

Monday, August 7, 2017, 10:28 PM


Off-duty NYPD cop charged with DWI after flipping SUV with 8-year-old son in back seat on Long Island

 Monday, August 7, 2017, 8:08 PM


AUG. 7, 2017, 12:32 P.M.
'May you die in pain': California GOP congressman gets an earful at town hall

“May you die in pain.”

That was the nastiest moment of Republican Rep. Doug LaMalfa's early morning town hall in the Northern California town of Chico on Monday.

The wish was uttered by an older man who criticized LaMalfa for voting for the House GOP plan to replace the Affordable Care Act. He was also holding a pink sign that read “Lackey for the Rich!"

The open hostility and intransigence inside the Chico Elks Lodge came as the political divide in the country has grown more inflamed, with Trump’s election unleashing a wave of both liberal activism and conservative empowerment.

As a result, Washington’s deeply partisan fights over issues such as health care, immigration and environmental protections have followed members of Congress home, turning once sedate town halls into in-your-face venting sessions that in left-leaning California have Republican House members on the defensive.

LaMalfa stood his ground on stage as person after person ripped into him for his votes and positions on healthcare and climate change, as well as for his unyielding support for President Trump.

A few speakers asked LaMalfa to resign, including one dressed up as the “Wicked Witch of the West Coast.”

Most comments and questions during the hour-long town hall were fairly cordial, although they were laced with plenty of boos and catcalls.

Norma Wilcox, a retired nurse who lives in Chico, also questioned LaMalfa’s healthcare vote. Wilcox told LaMalfa the House plan would take away healthcare for millions of Americans while providing tax breaks to the rich.

“I am open to new ideas,” LaMalfa told her, describing the House GOP bill as a placeholder that everyone expected to be improved during negotiations with the Senate. (The Senate's healthcare efforts now appear dead.)

But the Richvale congressman, who represents California’s massive 1st Congressional District in the northeast corner of the state, said he will support only a new healthcare program that provides affordable coverage to middle-class Americans.

LaMalfa said Obamacare is quickly become unaffordable and unsustainable, with premium costs rising and the number of insurance companies offering coverage declining.

“People across the board are being hurt by this,” LaMalfa said.

When shouts and boos rained down on him, he chastised the crowd saying, “I have the mic folks. Yep, boo away.”

Ann Sisney of Chico told LaMalfa that her son, William, died of an opioid overdose two years ago. She held up a picture of the 19-year-old, asked the congressman to take it, and told him more people will die if GOP leadership in Congress gets its way on healthcare.

“These are life-and-death decisions that you are making,” Sisney told him.

LaMalfa assured her that Congress was working to find funds to address the nationwide opioid epidemic.

The Republican congressman also raised the ire of the crowd when he was asked about climate change and the degraded air quality in this stretch of Northern California.

“I don’t buy the idea that man-made activity is responsible,” LaMalfa said bluntly.

The crowd of several hundred did include some LaMalfa supporters, though most stayed silent.

Ron Jones, 67, of Paradise said he’s been to a few of LaMalfa’s town halls and all have been dominated by his critics.

“Most of the time people want to ... complain,” said Jones, a self-described conservative, after the event ended. “The people who support him are quietly in the background.”

LaMalfa does indeed have a lot of support in the district that also overwhelmingly voted for Trump over Hillary Clinton in last year's presidential election. LaMalfa won his last election by almost 15%, and though he has attracted a few Democratic challengers, the district is not considered a battleground for 2018.

Unlike many California Republican members of Congress, LaMalfa hasn't shied away from holding town halls, though it's rarely a pleasant experience for him. He held one in Nevada City in March and another in April in Oroville. No other California Republicans are scheduled to hold town halls during their August recess.


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Federal hearing to probe if there is 'widespread lying' by NYPD on witness stand

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 2:56 AM

Judge Jack B. Weinstein ordered the hearing in the case of bodega clerk Hector Cordero, who is suing the city on false arrest and malicious prosecution claims.

A federal judge in Brooklyn has ordered a special hearing to examine how commonly police officers lie and whether the NYPD does enough to stop it.

Judge Jack Weinstein ordered the hearing in the case of bodega clerk Hector Cordero, who is suing the city on false arrest and malicious prosecution claims.

During the trial, slated to begin in January, the jury will first decide on the claims against the individual officers.

If the jury finds them liable, the panel will then hear evidence related to whether there is “widespread lying by police officers,” Weinstein wrote in his decision. He noted that the NYPD’s top lawyer, Lawrence Byrne, has said that cops don’t lie on the stand any more than any other type of witness.

“This statement misses the point,” Weinstein wrote. “Police officers, unlike civilians, have the power to terminate constitutionally protected liberty. With this power comes great responsibility.”

The judge didn’t draw his own conclusion on the matter in his decision Tuesday, but he referred to more than a dozen news articles about similar cases.

The reason he split up the trial, he said, was because trying both the individual's claims and the broader claims would hurt their cases. If there were just one trial, the city would be hurt by evidence of the officers’ untruthfulness, and the cops, by the introduction of evidence showing other cases in which officers were accused of lying, Weinstein said
Cordero’s case might be weakened by the necessary exclusion of some evidence, the judge said.

Cordero claims police trumped up drug charges against him because they wanted an arrest near the end of their tour to get overtime.

“Such cases are becoming increasingly difficult to try fairly,” Weinstein wrote. “Jurors are ever more aware of stories in the media reporting police officers lying to justify false arrests and to convict criminal defendants.”

Cordero’s lawyers argue that the NYPD has long known about a widespread practice of bad arrests at the end of tours to make overtime, but has done nothing to prevent it. The four officers involved in Cordero’s arrest got 20 hours of overtime.

If the jury finds them liable, the panel will then hear evidence related to whether there is “widespread lying by police
One, Hugo Hugasian, has been caught falsifying overtime and has been sued repeatedly on false arrest grounds.

Weinstein said prominent civil rights advocate Michelle Alexander has written that some experts on police practices treat lying by police as “commonplace.” He also cited a 2011 scandal in which hundreds of drug cases had to be dismissed after several officers were accused of mishandling evidence.

The city has stubbornly fought Cordero’s claims.

During 2016 deposition, a city lawyer objected 600 times to questions asked of Officer John Essig, one of the four involved in Cordero’s arrest.

Police claimed Cordero sold a small amount of drugs outside the bodega. But both Cordero and the bodega owner said in their depositions


Janaya Khan, Black Lives Matter Leader, Dismantles FBI’s Fraudulent ‘Black Identity Extremist’ Report

Kirsten West Savali

It should come as no surprise, then, that this white supremacist organ, which has targeted the Movement for Black Lives since its inception, recently had the audacity to create the term “black identity extremists.” The FBI-created myth of the black identity extremist was discovered in a leaked Aug. 3 report obtained by Foreign Policy:

FBI BIE redacted report (Foreign Policy)
For those who aren’t aware, according to the FBI, BIEs are motivated by “perceived” cases of police brutality and a violent ideology that endangers the lives of upstanding law-enforcement officers around the country. Moreover, the FBI has “high confidence” in these assessments because its own investigations—and those of police departments—confirm them.

“Black identity extremism is the FBI’s latest tactic to criminalize black activists and justify increased police presence in black communities,” khan narrates.

“Right-wing extremism leads to far more police deaths than what the report sites. This year alone, 168 black people have been killed by police,” khan continues. “In fact, white supremacists and right-wing extremism are responsible for 73 percent of deadly U.S. domestic-terror attacks since 2001 and have killed more than two-thirds of police officers compared to their left-wing counterparts.

“Despite these stats, police officers kill black people two-and-a-half times more than they kill black people and kill unarmed black people at five times the rate as they kill unarmed white people,” khan adds.


‘Black Identity
Extremists’ and the Dark Side of the FBI
Leaked documents remind us of the agency’s history of dirty tricks.


RECENT POLITICAL DEVELOPMENTS have helped put the FBI in a favorable light. The agency and its leadership have been praised for its performance throughout the investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Former director James Comey affirmed the agency’s fundamental goodness in a letter to his colleagues after he was relieved of his post President Trump.

“I have said to you before that, in times of turbulence, the American people should see the FBI as a rock of competence, honesty, and independence,” wrote Comey. “It is very hard to leave a group of people who are committed only to doing the right thing.”

While Comey might only have good things to say about the FBI, newly leaked documents suggest he shouldn’t. Despite the agency’s new, upstanding image, it might be back to its Hoover-era dirty tricks—if it ever really departed from them.

Foreign Policy reported recently on the existence of a document that circulated within the FBI’s counterterrorism division. Just nine days before the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, it named a major threat to public safety: not organized white nationalists, but “black identity extremists.”

“The FBI assesses it is very likely Black Identity Extremist (BIE) perceptions of police brutality against African Americans spurred an increase in premeditated, retaliatory lethal violence against law enforcement and will very likely serve as justification for such violence,” the report reads in part.

The “black identity extremist” tag might be new but the tactic behind it is not. The FBI’s attempt to characterize the police reform movement as violent and extremist is but the agency’s most recent effort to criminalize black activism by labeling it a danger to public safety and national security.

There’s perhaps no better example of the contrast between the FBI’s reputation and its character than its behavior during the 1964 Freedom Summer. If you learned about that historic summer in school, you probably heard stories of how the civil rights campaign would not have been a success without protection provided to volunteers by the FBI. That’s definitely the story I was told in school, but it’s not the whole truth.

My father, David Dennis, was integral to organizing the Freedom Summer as co-director of the Council of Federated Organizations. In fact, a bout of bronchitis kept him from traveling with James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner on the day the three young civil rights workers were murdered by the Klan. He told me the full story of the FBI’s involvement that summer.

The truth is that J. Edgar Hoover, who ran the agency from 1924 to 1972, never wanted the FBI to protect civil rights workers. When the Council of Federated Organizations asked for his help as it registered black Mississippians to vote, he responded in no uncertain terms.

“We most certainly do not and will not give protection to civil rights workers,” Hoover said at a news conference early that summer. “In the first place, the FBI is not a police organization. It’s purely an investigative organization, and the protection of individual citizens, either natives of this state or coming into the state, is a matter for the local authorities.”

Of course, the FBI did later become heavily involved with the Freedom Summer after Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner went missing, beginning its now-famous “Mississippi Burning” investigation. For that, the agency is given more credit than it deserves.

RECENT POLITICAL DEVELOPMENTS have helped put the FBI in a favorable light. The agency and its leadership have been praised for its performance throughout the investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Former director James Comey affirmed the agency’s fundamental goodness in a letter to his colleagues after he was relieved of his post President Trump.

“I have said to you before that, in times of turbulence, the American people should see the FBI as a rock of competence, honesty, and independence,” wrote Comey. “It is very hard to leave a group of people who are committed only to doing the right thing.”

While Comey might only have good things to say about the FBI, newly leaked documents suggest he shouldn’t. Despite the agency’s new, upstanding image, it might be back to its Hoover-era dirty tricks—if it ever really departed from them.

Foreign Policy reported recently on the existence of a document that circulated within the FBI’s counterterrorism division. Just nine days before the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, it named a major threat to public safety: not organized white nationalists, but “black identity extremists.”

“The FBI assesses it is very likely Black Identity Extremist (BIE) perceptions of police brutality against African Americans spurred an increase in premeditated, retaliatory lethal violence against law enforcement and will very likely serve as justification for such violence,” the report reads in part.

The “black identity extremist” tag might be new but the tactic behind it is not. The FBI’s attempt to characterize the police reform movement as violent and extremist is but the agency’s most recent effort to criminalize black activism by labeling it a danger to public safety and national security.

There’s perhaps no better example of the contrast between the FBI’s reputation and its character than its behavior during the 1964 Freedom Summer. If you learned about that historic summer in school, you probably heard stories of how the civil rights campaign would not have been a success without protection provided to volunteers by the FBI. That’s definitely the story I was told in school, but it’s not the whole truth.

My father, David Dennis, was integral to organizing the Freedom Summer as co-director of the Council of Federated Organizations. In fact, a bout of bronchitis kept him from traveling with James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner on the day the three young civil rights workers were murdered by the Klan. He told me the full story of the FBI’s involvement that summer.

The truth is that J. Edgar Hoover, who ran the agency from 1924 to 1972, never wanted the FBI to protect civil rights workers. When the Council of Federated Organizations asked for his help as it registered black Mississippians to vote, he responded in no uncertain terms.

“We most certainly do not and will not give protection to civil rights workers,” Hoover said at a news conference early that summer. “In the first place, the FBI is not a police organization. It’s purely an investigative organization, and the protection of individual citizens, either natives of this state or coming into the state, is a matter for the local authorities.”

Of course, the FBI did later become heavily involved with the Freedom Summer after Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner went missing, beginning its now-famous “Mississippi Burning” investigation. For that, the agency is given more credit than it deserves.

Original analysis and perspectives from across the spectrum on criminal justice
After the three civil rights workers disappeared, Hoover ordered FBI agents to begin a preliminary search. He sent additional agents to Mississippi to look for the men after their car was found burned out.

The buried remains of Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner were finally found 44 days after they disappeared.

Most people don’t know, however, that President Lyndon B. Johnson had to pressure Hoover and the FBI to get involved. Hoover expressed his disdain for the civil rights workers, even after they went missing. In fact, in a recorded phone call, Hoover can be heard noting to Johnson that Schwerner and his wife were communists, the “extremists” of the era.

My father told me the story of the FBI’s mixed record that summer and other stories of his interactions with the agency—the spying, intimidation, and blatant racism of agents. My understanding of the FBI’s capacity for wrongdoing only grew as I learned about COINTELPRO, its covert, often illegal, campaigns to break up the civil rights movement and “neutralize” activists.

Hoover has been scapegoated as the nexus of that evil. According to reports, Comey kept a copy of a 1963 order authorizing Hoover to conduct round-the-clock surveillance of Martin Luther King Jr. on his desk as a reminder of the director’s abuses.

News of the agency’s most recent anti-activist activity suggests, however, that anti-blackness and dirty tactics aren't relegated to the agency’s history or one man’s leadership.

It’s unclear how the new “black identity extremists” tag will impact the lives of activists. We do know that the Department of Homeland Security has been surveilling Black Lives Matter activists since 2014, but there’s no way to know what’s next. Damage has already been done, though. With its report, the FBI has legitimized the idea that black activism is a threat and should be treated accordingly—with violent force, no doubt.

We all should be keeping a much closer eye on the FBI than we have in recent years. If its history teaches us anything it's that the agency is capable of serious harm and tremendous good, often at the same time.

It’s great that the FBI is competent, honest, and independent when it comes to its handling of the president, but that’s not all it handles. The agency has incredible power. Despite the changing political winds, we must maintain our skepticism of the FBI to be sure that power isn’t abused.

David Dennis is a journalist and a professor of journalism at Morehouse College.


NorCal teacher who knelt during homecoming rally placed on leave
By Michelle Robertson, SFGATE

A Yolo County high school teacher was placed on paid leave after kneeling during the national anthem, administrators said.
Woodland High School chemistry teacher Windy Pappas took a knee at a Friday homecoming rally as the speakers blared the "Star Spangled Banner." She held two signs reading, "Black Lives Matter" and "It's OK to disagree with every sign here," according to a photo of the protest circulating on social media.


Privacy Paradox: Rethinking Solitude
On Friday, FBI Director Christopher Wray delivered a speech at the Heritage Foundation concerning FISA Section 702. The following is his speech as delivered:

Thanks, David and thanks to the Heritage Foundation for putting on this whole program so that we can have a better and more informed discussion about FISA, Section 702, which I think is sorely needed. I'm very happy to be here this morning and I'm extremely fired up to be back in public service at the FBI. As David says, I think I still qualify as new. I still feel new, and I've spent the first two months trying to get up to speed on a lot of things, including Section 702 and the reauthorization effort.

I've also seen the enormous strides that the Bureau has made in transforming our work in the new reality—I still think of it as new, post-9/11. Following the 9/11 attacks, the Bureau and its partners in the intelligence community and elsewhere systematically worked to tear down walls that had prohibited or dangerously inhibited critical sharing of intelligence across our programs. I know that because I was there. I was there in the days before 9/11, I was in the FBI Headquarters on the days of the attack themselves, and I was there for the four years afterwards.

The fact that we have not suffered another 9/11-scale attack is not just luck. It is the product of an enormous amount of very, very hard work and diligence by thousands of professionals. Most importantly, it’s a product of teamwork and information sharing and dot-connecting by those professionals in the post-9/11, post-wall world with dot-connecting made possible, especially by tools like Section 702.

Unfortunately, some of the potential amendments that we’ve heard about as part of this reauthorization discussion strike me as eerily similar to essentially rebuilding walls like we had before 9/11. It’s like watching well-intentioned people start positioning bricks back in the walls again, perhaps growing complacent from the fact that we haven’t had another attack.

So what I’d like to try to do in my brief remarks today—and then obviously, I’d like to have a discussion—is talk first about the current threat landscape, which has evolved and changed since 9/11. Second, the value of Section 702 and helping us stay ahead of those threats. Third, some clarification about what the 702 program is and what the 702 program is not. Last, I want to talk about some of the potential real world practical impact of some of the proposed changes in the 702 program. So, let me start with the current threat landscape.

When I left public service in 2005, we were still very much focused on the 9/11-style attacks, the kind of terrorist threat posed by al Qaeda and groups like that. That threat remains, but since coming back, I’ve learned very quickly how much the threats have changed and diversified. We now face a serious and constantly evolving threat landscape where travel and technology have blurred the lines between foreign and domestic threats. We still have enemies who are plotting the kind of elaborate mass casualty attacks that we suffered on 9/11—attacks that might take months or even years to plot and plan. But that’s not all.

New technologies now allow ISIS and others to recruit, radicalize, and direct people worldwide much more easily and more remotely than ever before, including right here in the U.S. Homegrown violent extremists or lone actors who self-radicalize at home with little warning also continue to be a major concern. We worry that terrorists and others are going to be using, as we’ve seen in Europe, crude but agile methods of attack, from vehicles to drones—attacks that can be planned much more leanly and with fewer participants and executed in a matter of days or even hours instead of weeks or months.

So overall, what that means is we now have a greater volume of arguably more compact threats and much less time to detect and disrupt any one of those potential attacks. We have a much shorter flash to bang, as the professionals would describe it. So, that’s a very thumbnail description of the threat landscape. That volume of threats combined with fewer dots within each one of those threats to connect and much shorter and tighter time windows in which to detect them and connect them puts a huge, huge and obvious premium on agility. One of the things that I’ve also learned since coming back is the tremendous value of the 702 program for just that purpose. That is that agility.

As most of you know, after the 9/11 attacks, our government worked very hard to figure out why we had failed before 9/11 to connect the dots. That’s a phrase that should be familiar to everyone in the audience. As the 9/11 Commission found, a major problem was our inability to take seemingly disparate pieces of information held by different parts of our government—or even sometimes within the same agency—and to integrate those different pieces into a coherent picture. Since then, through a lot of hard work and a lot of motivation by a lot of professionals, we’ve succeeded in changing that dynamic.

The value of Section 702 is that it gives us the lawful ability to connect those dots between foreign threats and homeland targets using information that is already within FBI holdings. I want to make sure people understand that. When you hear about the FBI conducting queries, what they’re doing is doing database checks against databases of information the FBI already has, has already lawfully obtained. So, query, database check, lawfully obtained information we already have. That’s what we’re talking about. That information in our databases gives us the agility we need to stay ahead of those threats.

There’s been some discussion about limiting the FBI’s ability to access that database, accessing its 702 collection, which, I’m telling you now, would create a serious risk to the American public. Every day, the Bureau—across the country and, indeed, across the world—receives tips and leads from lots and lots of different sources: from the public, from other agencies, from state and local law-enforcement, from our international partners. The tips and the leads are flooding in hourly. That’s the good news. The American people rightly expect that we’re going to take every one of those tips and leads seriously and figure out whether that nugget, that fragment of information, represents something innocuous or whether that’s the key flag of the next attack.

To do that, to separate the wheat from the chaff, to figure out which ones are innocuous and which ones are the indication of something really serious at that early stage with that short time window I was describing, we’ve got to be able to connect the dots from the different pieces were getting and figure out whether that nugget fits in with something else we have elsewhere that causes that aha moment that’s so important. The queries of the FBI databases, including the 702 database, is the first step in connecting those dots.

Those queries help us better understand the information, again, that we’ve already lawfully collected from a variety of sources through Section 702 and a lot of other means by allowing us to cross-reference the information. That’s what helps us prioritize and work the threats rather than just randomly working one-off cases. The only way we can do that is by being able to search our data when we get a tip or a lead. So, for that reason, at that early and critical stage, Section 702 is one of the most important tools that we have.

So let me be clear. Obstacles to conducting those database queries will put the American public at greater risk. Obstacles to allowing us to conducting those queries will put the American public at greater risk. They’re going to do that because it will either delay us when time is of the essence in conducting those queries, or worse, in a lot of instances, prevent us from being able to look at all. That’s going to blind us to information that is already lawfully in our possession.

So let me talk a little bit about what 702 is and what it is not. There are a lot of misconceptions out there, and I’m hoping that our discussion afterwards will help us go into a little bit more detail about some of these. But let me just briefly make a few basic points. First, what Section 702 is: Section 702 is a law that has been passed not once but twice by Congress with strong bipartisan support— first in 2008 and then reauthorized in 2012. Section 702 is constitutional, lawful, and consistent with the Fourth Amendment. Every court to consider the 702 program, including the Ninth Circuit, has found that.

A lot of those court holdings, as well as the privacy and civil liberties oversight board, have specifically concluded that those queries I was just describing, the FBI’s queries, that practice itself is consistent both with FISA and with the Constitution. So what that means is all this debate about potentially tinkering with 702, it’s not the Constitution that’s requiring that. That’s not driven by the Constitution. The courts have uniformly held that both the program and the way it’s being executed are constitutional. So a straight reauthorization of 702 would be fully consistent with the Constitution, including the Fourth Amendment. So: bipartisan support, fully constitutional.

What else is 702? Section 702 is, as I’ve described, an essential foreign intelligence collection program for the entire intelligence community, including the FBI. But it is a target authority. By that, I mean that the collection is only focused on specific selectors, like a particular e-mail address. Then one last point about what Section 702 is: It is subject to rigorous oversight. Oversight by not just one, not just two, but all three branches of government. I will tell you from a practical perspective, that oversight is demanding. It can be painstaking. It’s certainly resource intensive. But we want to make sure that the program is working the way it should be. So we take that oversight seriously, and we respect that and embrace that.

But that brings me to what Section 702 is not: It is not bulk collection of anybody, not even foreign persons. We in the U.S. government can’t cast a broad net to collect information indiscriminately, and Section 702 doesn’t provide for that. It does not permit targeting surveillance on U.S. persons anywhere in the world, whether they’re here or abroad. It doesn’t even allow targeting of just any foreigner abroad. Even with foreigners there has to be a reasonable expectation that the target will receive or communicate specific types of foreign intelligence information.

The NSA, and you’ve heard from Admiral Rogers already, is the lead agency for the targeting part. One thing you might find reassuring is that the FBI only receives collection for a very small percentage of what the NSA does. So, it’s about 4.3 percent of the targets that are under NSA collection. But that 4.3 percent is unbelievably valuable and important to our mission. So let me be clear here. When we run our queries that I’ve been describing, we’re running those against just a fraction of NSA collection and the NSA collection itself is not bulk collection. We can get NSA collection only for targets that are relevant to ongoing full national security investigations.

So let me close by making clear that this is not an abstract or theoretical debate that we’re having about this tool. This has real-world consequences. Just to give one example, a tip under 702 from the NSA that was crucial in helping the FBI stop an attack on the New York City subway system in 2009. Just stop and process what a successful attack on the New York subway system would look like, feel like, sound like. 702 helped us prevent that.

Take a different kind of example. 702 helped us reveal the terrorist propaganda of an ISIS member, a guy named Shawn Parson, and identified additional members of his network. He was using social media to radicalize and recruit actors for ISIS. Part of his network was encouraging followers online to carry out attacks in Western Europe and right here in the homeland in the U.S. He was even posting the names and addresses of American service members. I just want to quote from his postings in case there’s anybody who missed understands the seriousness of this.

I’m quoting from him: “Kill them in their own lands. Behead then in their own homes. Stab them to death as they walk their streets thinking they are safe.” These are real-world consequences. Those are American servicemen and servicewomen he’s talking about there, and Section 702 helped us break that network, identify the people he was in contact with. So given these kinds of potential consequences, I am, as you might imagine, very concerned about some of the kinds of proposals being discussed in this reauthorization debate. Any material change to the FBI’s use of Section 702 would severely inhibit our ability to keep the American people safe.

I think back to the time that I was in government before on 9/11, right before 9/11, right after 9/11. I think about how hard dedicated men and women throughout the intelligence community worked to try to tear down the walls that had prevented us from connecting all the information that might have been able to prevent those attacks. As I said at the beginning, listening to this debate right now, watching some of the potential ideas that are being floated strikes me as eerily similar to people, well-intentioned, starting to put bricks into a wall. Normally, the idea of imposing more restrictions on our ability at the FBI to do our jobs would be based on some kind of constitutional challenge. That’s not the case here. As I said at the beginning, every court to consider this program has upheld its constitutionality. So it’s not because of the Constitution. But why else might somebody want to impose restrictions? Maybe in the past there have been times when government has abused its power. So maybe that’s a reason to have restrictions. But there’s been no evidence of any kind of abuse of power under Section 702, despite all the oversight I mentioned before, with three branches of government and quite a few years of experience now.

So the proposed changes to Section 702 that you’re hearing about are not based on a need to somehow make this statute constitutional, either as written or as applied. As I’ve noted, it already is. These are policy changes—policy changes based on personal views that people have, again, well-intentioned views, and I respect that, on privacy. But as you can tell, my views are different. I think our responsibility, our role, my duty, the duty of the people at the FBI and in the intelligence community, is that we owe it to the American people to use the full extent of our authorities that are consistent with the Fourth Amendment, and that we shouldn’t be creating gaps and limitations in those authorities simply for policy reasons.

One of the experiences I had in my prior time in government was meeting with the family members of the victims of 9/11. I am not going to look the families of future victims in the eye and tell them that there were things, there was more that we could have done that was fully constitutional, fully within our legal authorities, but that we simply chose not to. I think Americans rightly expect us to use all of the available information that we have and all the tools that we have that are consistent with the Constitution to combat the threats that we face as a country. The FBI has made enormous strides since 9/11 to make sure that it’s doing just that.

So I urge—I implore—Congress to reauthorize Section 702 in its current form so that we can keep using one of the most valuable tools that we have in our toolbox to keep America safe. Thank you for having me here


San Francisco deputy’s assault conviction overturn by court
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

A state appeals court overturned the felony conviction of a San Francisco sheriff’s deputy for assaulting a homeless and disabled man at San Francisco General Hospital, saying Tuesday the trial judge failed to let the jury decide whether the officer’s use of force was necessary.
Michael Lewelling was convicted in October 2015 of assault by an officer and was granted probation, with 100 hours of community service. As a member of the sheriff’s patrol unit at the hospital, he had been charged with illegally attacking Fernando Guanill in the waiting room in November 2014.
Guanill, 60, had come to the hospital in severe pain, and argued with a nurse. He fell asleep while awaiting an appointment, but staff members asked Lewelling to escort him out. The deputy tapped Guanill on the shoulder to wake him, then tried to handcuff him.
In a followup report, Lewelling said Guanill had threatened him and tried to attack him with his cane. Guamill said Lewelling and two other deputies hit and choked him. Prosecutors charged the officer with assault and said a video of the incident showed he was the aggressor.
Guanill sued for damages, and the city agreed to pay a little over $100,000 in a settlement, said Guanill’s lawyer, Randolph Daar.
At Lewelling’s trial, a sheriff’s sergeant who reviewed the deputy’s report testified that Lewelling had used reasonable force to overcome Guanill’s resistance, but that choking him was excessive.
A jury convicted him under a rarely used state law that forbids public officers to assault or beat someone “without lawful necessity.” In Tuesday’s ruling, the First District Court of Appeal said Superior Court Judge Ellen Chaitlin had failed to define “lawful necessity” for the jurors and instead allowed them to decide that any use of force — like pushing Guamill back in his chair — amounted to assault if Lewelling had no legal basis for detaining Guamill.


NFL uses its muscle to endorse sentencing reform legislation
NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart: “We thought it was appropriate to lend our support to it”

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October 16 2017, 5:37 p.m.

TYLER CHANCELLOR STARTED his job as a coach at a kickboxing gym in Chattanooga, Tennessee, less than two weeks ago — the culmination of years of hard work.

“I played football my whole life, and I’ve been around a gym setting and training people — that’s what I’ve been doing my whole life,” he told The Intercept.

He worked at 9Round Fitness for a week before he was fired for sitting down during the national anthem at a boxing event a few weeks ago.

9Round didn’t respond to a request for comment from The Intercept, but confirmed to a local reporter that Chancellor was indeed fired for his political gesture.

Chancellor’s termination occurred amid widespread debate over NFL players kneeling during the national anthem, a protest of police brutality started by former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

At first, Chancellor said the job was a good fit. “The people were cool, they were fun to be around,” the 24-year-old said. But he soon learned that the owners, Courtney and Phil Grubb, were avid Republicans and that Phil Grubb was a former police officer.

“I never thought anything of them, until one day, we were talking about the NFL, and [Courtney] mentioned her husband didn’t like the NFL because of the protests and what’s going on,” he explained.

On October 7, he decided to sit while others stood for the national anthem at a local sporting event.
He explained to The Intercept that his opposition to police brutality motivated him to remain seated.

“I’m not about to stand up for a flag that means nothing to me,” he said. “That flag stands for justice for all? There’s not justice for all right now.”

His bosses didn’t see it that way. The Monday after Chancellor chose to sit during the anthem, he was promptly fired by Courtney Grubb.

“I was dressed for work, I went to work, I didn’t even get to start my shift,” he said. “She flat-out said. ‘We’re no longer doing business with you because of what you said Saturday night. That’s disrespectful here at 9Round, we don’t do that.'”

Chancellor doesn’t buy arguments that the national anthem protests are an affront to the military. He points out his father is a veteran who served for two decades.

“I’m 24 years old. My dad served 20 years out of my life in the military,” he said. “I know more about the military than my bosses did.”

“I have a son on the way,” Chancellor said, explaining why he needs the job. “That was my means of income for my family, and they took that away from me.”

While some states and cities have enacted laws that protect employees from being fired for expressing political views, there is no federal law that enshrines those labor rights. As the law firm of Parks, Chesin, and Walbert notes: “The First Amendment protects the government from infringing on your speech. It does not prohibit private employers from taking negative employment actions, including termination against you for your political speech.”

Other countries, however, have enshrined a national right to air political views in private fora. As the People’s Policy Project’s Matt Bruenig notes, Denmark’s equivalent of the Civil Rights Act, known as the Anti-Discrimination Act, protects political speech.


October 17, 2017
Mexican spymaster’s car theft ring shows CIA’s tolerance for corruption
FBI investigation of Agency asset Miguel Nazar Haro put the CIA in direct conflict with the Department of Justice

When Mexican spymaster Miguel Nazar Haro was implicated in a car theft ring operating in both the United States and Mexico, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) moved to prevent prosecution of one of their most valuable assets. As the investigation revealed, however, the web of corruption surrounding Nazar, the head of Directorate of Federal Security (DFS), connected to more than just grand theft auto, with ties to narcotics trafficking, the torture and disappearance of numerous dissidents, and at the murder of DEA Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena Salazar.

When a U.S. Attorney wanted to prosecute Nazar for his role in the car theft ring, CIA intervened to protect their asset. As a result of the prosecutor revealing CIA’s obstruction, he was fired by President Reagan.

As it would turn out, the Agency had shared Nazar with the FBI. Former FBI Special Agent John Foarde stated that Nazar and Mexico were both “pretty amenable to cooperate fully” with the Bureau. He also traced Nazar’s relationship with the Bureau back to George Munro, who had worked for the FBI in Mexico before joining the Agency and who had been responsible for their surveillance of the Soviet embassy in Mexico City. According to Foarde, Nazar “was actually developed for the Bureau” by Munro. This not only re-confirms Nazar’s pre-existing relationship with both CIA and FBI, it links Nazar’s work with the Bureau to the Agency.

Before Nazar’s death, he was interviewed by Jefferson Morley and Michael Scott for the book Our Man In Mexico. In the interview, not only did Nazar no longer deny his relationship with CIA, he described “his close working relationship and friendship with [CIA’s Mexico City station chief] between 1960 and 1971.” As a result of his role in Mexico’s police and intelligence forces, he was in a prime position to provide the U.S. Government with information - or not to. When the House Select Committee on Assassinations interviewed Nazar about Lee Harvey Oswald’s mysterious time in Mexico City, he appears to have waved them off and encouraged them to focus their investigation on the time after Oswald had been arrested. This is especially significant in that it was a report by Nazar that provided CIA with some of their intelligence on Oswald’s activities and contacts in Mexico City.

Perhaps far too unsurprisingly, the released FBI file on Nazar barely acknowledges his involvement in drug trafficking or his ties to CIA. While this might be expected due to the connections to CIA and Nazar’s own role as an intelligence officer, the FBI failed to include either their standard GLOMAR for such individuals or a citation of FOIA exemption b(1) (classified information) with the FOIA releases on Nazar. Exemption b(3) was cited only in regards to the rules of federal procedure and grand jury information. If we take the FBI’s response and lack of cited-exemptions at face value, it means that the Bureau was aware of, but chose to ignore connections between a high profile CIA asset/FBI liaison and major trafficking operations that involved stealing cars into Mexico. No mention is made in the released file of Munro or of Nazar’s cooperation with the Bureau.

Nazar’s role in the Mexican police and intelligence establishments, as well as his long history of cooperating with CIA, gave him considerable protection from prosecution. With vehicles being stolen in the United States and transferred into Mexico, prosecution became even less likely and investigation far more difficult. Nazar enjoyed this virtual immunity until November 1980, when the FBI opened an investigation into a car theft and trafficking ring. The investigation ultimately determined that “several thousand” vehicles were stolen and transported into Mexico. The ring’s reach was considerable, extending up to San Francisco, 500 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border. Given that its reach extended as far east as San Antonio, the car theft ring appears to have operated in up to 850,000 square miles of territory within the United States.

The ring’s tactics will be familiar to investigators with experience in high end car theft: rather than steal cars off the street, the ring’s thieves would visit dealerships and service stations. From there, they would take the keys, either stealing them or taking them with permission for a supposed test drive, and deliver the vehicle to another person who would then deliver the stolen car either into Mexico or directly to Mexican authorities. According to the FBI’s file, it wasn’t unheard for the Mexican authorities, “consisting mainly of elements from the Direccion Federal de Seguridad” (which Nazar led) to come into the United States to help with the theft or delivery of the cars.

According to the 1986 FBI document, at least one of the stolen vehicles was delivered personally to Nazar. This information would later be corroborated by news outlets.

As John Stossol noted on 20/20, the thieves targeted high end cars, with Stossol expressing the view that the high value of the cars made the crimes worse. He did, however, appear to concede that the theft of “a few motor homes” was also unfortunate.

A page from the FBI file, written in 1987, expanded on some of the details of the thieves’ modus operandi:

Eventually, Nazar was indicted, along with twelve other individuals from the DFS, for his role in the car theft ring.

While heavily redacted, the FBI file reveals that part of what led them to Nazar’s involvement in the ring was an informant who had personally delivered a stolen van to Nazar.

The 20/20 segment archived by CIA provides some additional details. Along with the Assistant U.S. Attorney in San Diego, 20/20 explains that Nazar didn’t start the car theft ring - he seized control of it from Gilberto Peraza Mayan.

As a pseudonymous Mexican intelligence officer told 20/20, “The [DFS] has unlimited powers. They can arrest a person and put you in prison there as a political prisoner for life, as long as they want. They don’t have to answer to anyone.” Nazar and DFS acted with impunity in Mexico.

While it was impossible to catch and punish Nazar’s ring in Mexico, they weren’t quite as immune in the U.S. In November of 1980, California’s Highway Patrol stopped two cars stolen by the ring on their way into Mexico, with one of the thieves becoming a Bureau informant. With the help of the informant, the FBI was able to film the car theft ring as they met in a San Diego apartment. At this meeting, one of the DFS agents bragged about their “ability to bring cars and guns into Mexico.”

For eight months, the FBI ran an undercover operation against the ring as hundreds of cars continued to disappear into Mexico. When the car theft ring started smuggling automatic weapons into Mexico as well, the Bureau decided it was time to move.

But when the indictment came down, partially as a result of an assassin apparently having been dispatched to the United States to eliminate the Bureau’s undercover agent, Nazar’s name was conspicuously missing despite the clear evidence against him.

20/20 learned that Nazar had been protected by the U.S. Government, with an FBI cable reportedly saying that damaging Nazar’s interests would damage U.S. national security interests.

According to multiple individuals, including unidentified intelligence personnel and two named members of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Agency considered Nazar to be “indispensable” and their “most important source in Mexico and Central America.” Prosecution would endanger that by depriving Nazar of his position of authority. “If we lost him”, DOJ officials were told, “it would be a disaster.” In response to the obstruction, U.S. Attorney William Kennedy went public with the San Diego Union.

As a result of this exposure, Kennedy was pressured to resign. When he refused, and the Department of Justice (DOJ) ultimately decided not to fire him, President Reagan fired him for exposing one of CIA’s sources. According to one report, senior officials at the DOJ had recommended his firing to President Reagan. The reason behind DOJ’s apparent change in position isn’t immediately clear, though it seems extremely unlikely that under the circumstances senior DOJ personnel would have made such a recommendation without at least the indirect support of CIA. According to the Attorney General at the time, Kennedy’s “comments were highly prejudicial to the interests of the United States.” After all, according to the New York Times, “the Federal Security Directorate gathered information used by the Reagan administration to justify assertions of Soviet and Cuban subversion in the region.”

The exposure is one of several factors believed to have contributed to the temporary end of Nazar’s career with law enforcement and intelligence. As a result of Nazar’s cover being blown, CIA ultimately withdrew their objections to prosecution - most of the damage was already done. Nazar, however, still believed he was untouchable. In response to a TIME article that referred to his criminal activities, Nazar decided to come to the United States to file an $11 million lawsuit against the outlet. The FBI used the opportunity to arrest him on February 23rd, 1982.

Bail was set at $1,000,000 with a $200,000 bond, which was promptly paid in cash by an unidentified party.

For its part, the Agency disagreed with the negative press surrounding Nazar, and found at least some of it lacking in objectivity “from the Agency’s point of view” according to a memo sent to the CIA Director. The Agency did not explain in any of their declassified documents what they considered the facts to be or what they thought objective reporting would have looked like. The Agency’s Acting Director for the Office of External Affairs also called 20/20 “more entertainment and muckraking than news” in response to their reporting on Nazar.

As a result of having skipped out on bail and still being wanted in the United States, officials quickly determined that Nazar was unlikely to return. Once a bench warrant was issued, it seemed all but certain that he wouldn’t come back. After he missed the deposition for his lawsuit against TIME, the lawsuit was dismissed by a U.S. District Court Judge.

Once Nazar had returned to Mexico, the FBI’s Special Agents in San Diego - at least some of whom had worked on the case and participated in the arrest of Nazar - were warned “not to enter Mexico for safety reasons.”

The perceived danger was likely real. Another memo referred to a specific threat against the FBI and/or the DEA in relation to the case.

In addition to his more common criminal activities and threats made against law enforcement, Nazar was known for his considerable role in Mexico’s Dirty War, which saw the disappearance of an estimated 1,200 individuals. Nazar was personally infamous for his brutality and would be accused and tried for the disappearance of several high profile individuals. The United States, however, was unable to extradite Nazar despite the treaty that was in place, and the Government of Mexico declined to prosecute Nazar. He was prosecuted several years for his actions during the dirty war, though he would be acquitted apparently as a result of insufficient legal evidence.

By this time, Nazar’s career with the DFS was finished - though he would later return to the Mexican intelligence apparatus, where he would officially reconnect with its web of corruption, as discussed later.

For its part, the Agency offered a weak defense for its protection of Nazar. According to the defense CIA and DOJ offered to the New York Times, the story had been “misreported, [and CIA] exerted absolutely no pressure on Justice to protect Mr. Nassar Haro, and merely responded properly to a legitimate query from the Criminal Division. Mark Richard, an old pro at the division, resolutely confirms the C.I.A. account, and explains that the indictment was originally blocked because the department wanted to be sure that no ‘’greymail’‘ - threats to expose national secrets - would be used in the defense, and to make that determination required delays.”

The Agency’s explanation seems to ring only half true. Nazar’s known activities involving the Agency not only stretched back decades, but were also very recent and potentially damaging. Nazar’s knowledge not only would have let him use graymail against the Agency, but given him enough information to fabricate especially damaging lies. These lies would’ve become both graymail and blackmail, as the Agency would need to use classified information to disprove allegations that Nazar could have made. These accusations could have not only resulted in embarrassment and the burning of CIA sources and methods, but the release of spies who had been imprisoned for providing information to Russia in the case that would form the basis for The Falcon and the Snowman.

Read Part Two tomorrow.


No Forfeiture-Database Backup With Millions on the Line, NYPD Admits
October 17, 2017
New York City is one power surge away from losing all of the data police have on millions of dollars in unclaimed forfeitures, a city attorney admitted to a flabbergasted judge on Tuesday.

“That’s insane,” Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Arlene Bluth said repeatedly from the bench.


Former Commerce City police officer convicted of unlawful sexual contact
The officer, who later resigned, fondled two women during DUI traffic stops
John Reinhart, 24, was accused of fondling two women as he arrested them on suspicion of DUI on separate occasions in December 2015. He was convicted by a jury on two misdemeanor charges, according to the Adams County District Attorney’s Office.

The incidents involved a 34-year-old woman and a 36-year-old woman. Reinhart was acquitted on a third charge involving a 22-year-old woman in September 2015.


Swiss investor thanks God ‘white people populated America, and not the blacks’
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 9:46 AM


Lego introduces 'Women of NASA' sets featuring female astronauts and scientists, but ‘Hidden Figures’ inspiration not included
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 12:45 PM

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Oswald killer Jack Ruby told FBI informant to 'watch the fireworks ...
Oswald killer Jack Ruby told FBI informant to 'watch the fireworks' the day JFK ... letter to the agent Ted L. Gunderson of the FBI's Dallas office which outlined that ...

Published time: 18 Nov, 2017 22:56Edited time: 18 Nov, 2017 22:58

Freshly released FBI records show that Jack Ruby, the man who killed Lee Harvey Oswald, asked an FBI informant if he wanted to “watch the fireworks” just hours before President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963.

The document, which was among 10,744 files released by the National Archive on Friday, outlines what an FBI informant told officials about Ruby, hinting that the nightclub owner may have known that Kennedy was going to be targeted.

In March 1977, nearly 14 years after JFK’s assassination, the chief of the intelligence division of the Internal Revenue Service, Robert J. Potrykus, hand delivered a letter to the agent Ted L. Gunderson of the FBI’s Dallas office which outlined that Ruby telephoned the informant on the morning of the fatal shooting of the president and asked him if he wanted to go to watch the presidential parade.

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“The informant stated that on the morning of the assassination, Ruby contacted him and asked if he would ‘like to watch the fireworks,’” the letter reads.

“He was with Jack Ruby and standing at the corner of the Postal Annex Building facing the Texas School Book Depository Building at the time of the shooting. Immediately after the shooting, Ruby left and headed toward the area of the Dallas Morning News Building.”

The follow up documentation reveals that the informant was Bob Vanderslice of Dallas. In 1977 he told the FBI that Ruby said nothing to him immediately after the assassination. However after Ruby was arrested for killing Oswald, Vanderslice was also arrested on an unrelated charge, and he got to know Ruby better in Dallas County Jail.

Former marine Oswald was formally charged with killing the president before being gunned down by Ruby, as he was being transported to the county jail, just two days after the assassination in November 1963. Ruby later died in prison.


On January 27, 1988, Rep. Mervyn Dymally, then the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, put into the Congressional Record a sworn affidavit from former FBI special agent Hirsch Friedman, exposing an FBI program called ``Operation Fruehmenschen'' (German for ``primitive'' or ``early man.'') Friedman's affidavit, originally filed in Federal court in Atlanta, and provided to the relevant committees of the House of Representatives, declared:
``The purpose of this policy was the routine investigation without probable cause of prominent elected and appointed black officials in major metropolitan areas throughout the United States. I learned from my conversations with special agents of the FBI that the basis for this policy was the assumption by the FBI that black officials were intellectually and socially incapable of governing major governmental organizations and institutions.''


FBI Director says We don't open files based on race.....

Gavin Long, Baton Rouge police killer, cited in FBI report on black 'extremists'

WASHINGTON -- An FBI report on the rise of black "extremists" is stirring fears of a return to practices used during the civil rights movement. That's when the bureau spied on activist groups without evidence they had broken any laws.

The FBI said it doesn't target specific groups, and the report is one of many its intelligence analysts produce to make law enforcement aware of what they see as emerging trends. A similar bulletin on white supremacists, for example, came out about the same time.

The 12-page report, issued in August, says "black identity extremists" are increasingly targeting law enforcement after police killings of black men, especially since the shooting of Michael Brown roiled Ferguson, Mo., in 2014. It cites the case of Gavin Long killing three Baton Rouge officers in 2016, and it describes cases in which "extremists" had "acted in retaliation for perceived past police brutality incidents." It warned that such violence was likely to continue.

The Baton rouge District Attorney's Office released most of its investigative file on the July 2016 ambush shooting that killed three officers.

Black leaders and activists were outraged after Foreign Policy disclosed the existence of the report in October. The Congressional Black Caucus, headed by U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-New Orleans, said in a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray that the report "conflates black political activists with dangerous domestic terrorist organizations" and would further erode the frayed relationship between police and minority communities.

"I have never met a black extremist. I don't know what the FBI is talking about," said Chris Phillips, a filmmaker in Ferguson.

Before the Trump administration, the report might not have caused such alarm. The FBI said it issued a similar bulletin warning of retaliatory violence by "black separatist extremists" in March 2016, when the country had a black president, Barack Obama, and black attorney general, Loretta Lynch.

But black voters overwhelmingly opposed Donald Trump. And they are suspicious of his administration, which has been criticized as insensitive on racial issues, including when Trump was slow to condemn white nationalist protesters following a deadly rally in Charlottesville, Va.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a former Alabama senator whose career has been dogged by questions about race and his commitment to civil rights, did not ease lawmakers' concerns when he was unable to answer questions about the report or its origins during a congressional hearing this past week. Sessions said he was aware of "groups that do have an extraordinary commitment to their racial identity, and some have transformed themselves even into violent activists." He struggled to answer the same question about white extremists.

The AG wants New Orleans to tell federal authorities 48 hours before releasing an undocumented immigrant from jail. Mayor's office says is lacks the power to do so.

It wouldn't be unusual for an attorney general not to have seen such a Federal Bureau of Investigation assessment, which the FBI creates on its own to circulate among law enforcement agencies. But Sessions' exchange with Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., presented an uncomfortable moment.

"What worries me about this terribly is that this is that it is a flashback to the past," Bass said after the hearing. She said she was especially concerned after receiving complaints from Black Lives Matter members, who said they were being monitored and harassed by police in her Los Angeles district.

The group rallies after racially charged encounters with police, but it is not mentioned in the FBI's intelligence assessment. Even so, Bass said she worried the report will send a message to police that it's OK to crack down on groups critical of law enforcement.

The FBI does not comment on its intelligence bulletins, which usually are not public. In a statement, the FBI said it cannot and will not open an investigation based solely on a person's race or exercise of free speech rights.


One of the most virulent racists to hold a top government position in this country in the 20th Century was J. Edgar Hoover, the long-time director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Hoover was notorious for his targetting of blacks: civil rights leaders, elected officials, newspaper publishers, or even artists such as the great singer Paul Robeson.

But yet, during Hoover's tenure as head of the FBI, which lasted from 1924 until his death in 1972, there were persistent rumors--both inside and outside the FBI--that Hoover himself was descended from African-Americans.

The recent publication of a book by a descendant of Mississippi slaves, who believes that her family is related to J. Edgar Hoover, has re-opened the issue, and investigations by EIRNS, and other researchers, is shedding new light on the subject of Hoover's racial origins.

Both as a matter of historical record--and more importantly, because the racist legacy of Hoover still lives on in sections of the United States Department of Justice and the FBI--we hereby publish the results of this ongoing investigation.

Hoover's Racist Legacy

On January 27, 1988, Rep. Mervyn Dymally, then the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, put into the Congressional Record a sworn affidavit from former FBI special agent Hirsch Friedman, exposing an FBI program called ``Operation Fruehmenschen'' (German for ``primitive'' or ``early man.'') Friedman's affidavit, originally filed in Federal court in Atlanta, and provided to the relevant committees of the House of Representatives, declared:
``The purpose of this policy was the routine investigation without probable cause of prominent elected and appointed black officials in major metropolitan areas throughout the United States. I learned from my conversations with special agents of the FBI that the basis for this policy was the assumption by the FBI that black officials were intellectually and socially incapable of governing major governmental organizations and institutions.''
During Ad Hoc Democratic Platform Hearings June 22, that were facilitated by Lyndon LaRouche's Presidential campaign committee, former Tennessee judge and legislator Ira Murphy testified about Operation Fruehmenschen, which he has studied extensively. Judge Murphy stated that he and others believe that the operation began ``under the late Richard Nixon, and J. Edgar Hoover, and it has continued since that time.'' Judge Murphy said that some of the investigations of Fruehmenschen show that over 300 black and minority officials have been investigated by the FBI and the Justice Department.
Hoover's obsession with blacks was well-known. In 1956, in the wake of the Supreme Court's school desegregation decisions, Hoover fought with Attorney General Brownell over Brownell's proposals for new civil rights laws and enforcement provisions. Hoover declared that ``the specter of racial intermarriage'' was behind the tensions over ``mixed schooling,'' and he attacked the NAACP and other civil rights organizations, while defending and praising the White Citizens Councils in the South. It was also in 1956 that Hoover launched the FBI's COINTELPRO (Counter-Intelligence Program) which targetted civil rights groups and leaders, among others.

During the Kennedy Administration, and especially when Robert Kennedy, as Attorney General, took over the Justice Department and became Hoover's nominal boss, tensions over the racism which pervaded Hoover's FBI, came to the fore under pressure from the new Administration. Agents would mock Robert Kennedy: ``Boys, if you don't work with vigah, you'll be replaced by a niggah.'' In the early '60s, one agent reported, ``in about 90% of the situations in which Bureau personnel referred to Negroes, the word `nigger' was used and always in a very derogatory manner.''[fn1]

As would be expected under the climate set by Hoover, there were absolutely no African-American FBI agents during this time. At the time of Hoover's death in 1972, blacks still constituted less than 1% of FBI special agents.

Hoover's infamous campaign to destroy Dr. Martin Luther King was not the first time he had undertaken such an effort. Author Richard Gid Powers points out the parallel to the campaign, which Hoover coordinated, against Marcus Garvey and the black nationalist movement, from 1919 to 1923.

As early as 1957, Hoover ordered his agents to monitor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and King's Southern Christian Leadership Conference, when the SCLC began a campaign to register eligible black voters in the South. By the beginning of the 1960s, the FBI was routinely carrying out illegal break-ins of SCLC offices, and wiretapping Rev. King's telephones.

Hoover's obsession with destroying King--or, in Bureau-speak, ``neutralizing'' him--became notorious. In 1964, Hoover sent out a memo to field offices urging them to gather ``information concerning King's personal proclivities ... in order that we may consider using this information at an opportune time in a counterintelligence move to discredit him.'' Hoover also urged agents to use their media contacts to defame King. And FBI Headquarters sent out derogatory reports on King to the White House, the news media, universities, and religious organizations--especially to discourage the latter two groups of institutions from granting any honors or awards to King.

The most outrageous, proven action undertaken by Hoover's FBI against Dr. King was the late-1964 letter to King, purporting to be from a black leader, urging King to kill himself under the blackmail threat that compromising tape recordings of himself would be made public.

Thus, it is no surprise that jubilant cries of ``They got the SOB!'' reverberated through the Atlanta FBI office when the news first came over the radio that Dr. King had been shot in Memphis on April 4, 1968. One former FBI agent recalled another agent shouting ``We finally got the son of a bitch!''[fn2]

On March 4, 1968, FBI Headquarters issued a memorandum expanding its COINTELPRO activities against ``Black Nationalist--Hate Groups,'' and warning that Dr. King, among others, could emerge as a ``|`messiah' who could unify and electrify the black nationalist movement.'' The memorandum called for the use of ``imaginative'' techniques, and required a report on accomplishments within 30 days. Exactly 30 days later, on April 4, Dr. King was assassinated. Hoover's cooperation with military intelligence units conducting surveillance and more deadly operations against King has been documented in Dr. William Pepper's book Orders to Kill.

(Such COINTELPRO operations--including efforts to foment violence and assassinations--didn't stop in 1971, as the FBI claims, nor did they stop with Hoover's death in 1972. In late 1973, an FBI memorandum from its New York office called for the ``elimination'' of Lyndon LaRouche, by means of orchestrating FBI assets inside the Communist Party USA; the FBI memorandum opined that, without LaRouche's leadership, the association he had founded ``would fall apart with strife and conflict.'')


Racial Matters: The FBI's Secret File on Black America, 1960-1972

Kenneth O'Reilly

In thousands of civil rights skirmishes, FBI agents stood by passively as protesters were beaten by Ku Klux Klansmen and segregationists. In this searing expose, O'Reilly ( Hoover and the Un-Americans ) argues persuasively that FBI director J. Edgar Hoover's campaign to destroy the civil rights movement made headway because the Kennedy and Johnson administrations tolerated it. With information from declassified FBI files and other documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, O'Reilly, who teaches at the University of Alaska, demonstrates that the FBI deployed an army of some 7000 ``ghetto informants'' to spy on black political groups. A zealous FBI campaign helped destroy the Black Panther party; electronic surveillance, break-ins and mail-openings extended to black student groups. Among the 1191 names on the FBI's ``Agitator Index'' was that of Jesse Jackson, who was subjected to wiretaps and other forms of surveillance. Under Nixon, FBI programs directed against blacks continued, according to O'Reilly. This important book complements Herbert Mitgang's Dangerous Dossiers. (June)


Last Man Standing: The Tragedy and Triumph of Geronimo Pratt
by Jack Olsen

Jack Olsen's Last Man Standing is the gripping story of Geronimo Pratt, war hero and community leader, who was framed by the FBI in one of the greatest travesties of justice in American history.

Geronimo Pratt did not commit the murder for which he served twenty-seven nightmarish years. As a UCLA student, though, he had led the Los Angeles Chapter of the Black Panther Party, and became a target of the FBI. Here is the spellbinding saga of Pratt, his heroic lawyers, Johnnie Cochran and Stuart Hanlon, and the Reverend James McCloskey, who overcame all the odds to bring the truth to light and free Geronimo.


It Did Happen Here: Recollections of Political Repression in America

The tales of political repression compiled here belong to this century and are not confined to the McCarthy era. The government's repression of dissent has relied on an arsenal of techniques, from loyalty tests and punitive grand juries to police violence, paid informers and the FBI's secret, illegal Cointelpro operation against leftist groups and union and civil rights leaders. Among the 34 who speak out here are Leonard Peltier, jailed American Indian activist denied the new trial many feel he deserves, and Margaret Randall, feminist author threatened with deportation because she allegedly advocated world communism. Pete Seeger, Benjamin Spock, Scott Nearing and Ring Lardner Jr. add their testimonies. Other victims of state interference include Wobbly organizer Jack Miller; Minoru Yasui, imprisoned in a WW II internment camp because of his Japanese-American ancestry; and civil rights activist Chuck McDew, jailed in Louisiana under an antiquated ``criminal anarchy'' statute. This compelling casebook compiled by a pair of Connecticut freelancers effectively makes the point that the assault on constitutional rights is not an isolated or long-vanished phenomeno


Rumor, Repression, and Racial Politics: How the Harassment of Black Elected Officials Shaped Post-Civil Rights America
by George Derek Musgrove

Historians have exhaustively documented how African Americans gained access to electoral politics in the mid-1960s, but few have scrutinized what happened next, and the small body of work that does consider the aftermath of the civil rights movement is almost entirely limited to the Black Power era. In Rumor, Repression, and Racial Politics, George Derek Musgrove pushes much further, examining black elected officials’ allegations of state and news media repression—what they called “harassment”—to gain new insight into the role of race in U.S. politics between 1965 and 1995.

Drawing from untapped sources, including interviews he conducted with twenty-five sitting and former black members of Congress, Musgrove tells new stories and reinterprets familiar events. His cast of characters includes Julian Bond, Adam Clayton Powell Jr., Alcee Hastings, Ronald Dellums, Richard Arrington, and Marion Barry, as well as white political figures like Newt Gingrich and Jefferson Sessions. Throughout, Musgrove con­nects patterns of surveillance, counterintelligence, and disproportionate investigation of black elected officials to the broader political culture. In so doing, he reveals new aspects of the surveillance state of the late 1960s, the rise of adversary journalism and good government reforms in the wake of Watergate, the official corruption crackdown of the 1980s, and the allure of conspiracy theory to African Americans seeking to understand the harass­ment of their elected leadership.

Moving past the old debate about whether there was a conscious conspiracy against black officials, Musgrove explores how the perception of harassment shaped black political thought in the post–civil rights era. The result is a field-defining work by a major new intellectual voice.

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Anti-sharia and anti-fascist demonstrators face off at site of San Bernardino terrorist attack


Lincoln’s spy: How Pinkerton laid the foundation for the CIA and FBI
Allan Pinkerton, the grandaddy of American private eyes, has a “true detective” story made for the binge-watch era

The organized investigation of suspicious behaviors has evolved in two directions. One is in the case of detective work, dealing with activities that endanger individual citizens. The other, integrally linked avenue is in intelligence, investigating threats to the state. Flowing out of the same font, the modern incarnation of these entwined investigative avenues are largely the creation of two people. In Europe, Eugene-Francois Vidocq may be considered the godfather of the former criminal turned secret agent who is largely responsible for the development of the modern, entwined arts of intelligence-gathering and criminal investigation. But stateside, his parallel, no less influential, was Lincoln’s spy master during the Civil War, Allan Pinkerton.
Born to an impoverished family in Glasgow in 1819, Pinkerton’s policeman father died early, and the young son was forced to work. While earning his living as a cooper, he grew interested in a pro-democratic movement called Chartism, which was keenly watched by British authorities. In danger of arrest for this political activity, he escaped Scotland and moved to the United States, where he continued to work as a cooper near Chicago. Part of his early legend was burnished by the story that, while one day felling trees for wood to make his barrels on a small island, he came upon a group of counterfeiters, associated with a renowned gang called the Banditti of the Prairie, who were meeting there, thinking that they were alone. He was able to single-handedly apprehend them and bring them to the the mainland in custody. He developed a reputation among the locals as an upright citizen and was made deputy sheriff. He was promoted in 1846 and worked as a sheriff based in Chicago. But sensing an opportunity in the private sector, Pinkerton stepped down from the official police force to found a private detective agency, along with a lawyer partner, Edward Rucker. This was not the first private detective agency (recall the Vidocq had founded one in 1833), but it would become the best-known and most influential.


IRS agent who was accused of sexual assault of woman at gunpoint remains on the job

The frantic call for help came from a college student who worked as a summer intern. She’d gone for drinks at a local bar with a co-worker. A celebratory night took a dark turn when she got into his car for a ride to the train station.
“Caller is a female, says he put a gun in her mouth and sexually assaulted her,” the 911 dispatcher announced over the Boston police radio system just after 10:30 p.m. July 26, directing officers to South Station.

“We’ve got the victim,” an officer radioed back after locating the 21-year-old woman at a train terminal, according to audio of the transmissions recorded by Broadcastify. “I got the suspect’s name. It’s Jamie Clarke . . . he’s an investigator with the IRS.”

Four months later, James R. Clarke — a special agent in the Internal Revenue Service’s criminal investigation office in Boston — has not been charged with any crimes and has continued to work on criminal investigations

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SEE IT: Cops framed pair in shocking two-for-one DWI bust, Bronx couple claims
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Sunday, November 19, 2017, 9:33 PM

It was a dubious DWI doubleheader — without the vehicle even moving — and now the Bronx cops who handcuffed a home health care aide and her boyfriend are the ones under investigation.

Rosa Del Valle and Frank Menard were busted for drunken driving just minutes apart in the same SUV, with the couple charging they were set up by two officers more intent on overtime than objectivity.

“They don’t understand the damage they caused,” Menard, 42, told the Daily News about the Feb. 28 arrests. “(They’re) not fit for real crime fighting and real justice.”

The shocking two-for-one DWI busts sparked separate probes by the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau and the Bronx district attorney’s Public Integrity Bureau, The News has learned.

The officers approached the couple around 2:30 a.m. as they sat inside a double-parked car, and first arrested Menard — whose insistence that he was not drinking at all that night was ignored.

The cops then turned their attention to Del Valle, 53, who was sitting in the passenger seat of the 2003 Ford Expedition outside her apartment on E. 190th St.

Del Valle said she was ordered to move the parked vehicle, with security footage obtained by The News showing one of the officer’s speaking with her .
“You’re probably going to have to move the car, to park it,” Del Valle quoted the officer as telling her.


GoFundMe campaign for cyclist fired for flipping off President Trump has raised over $60,000
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, November 13, 2017, 3:49 PM


November 17, 2017
Pentagon claims list of information exempt from FOIA is exempt from FOIA
DOD redacts portions of its declassification guide on grounds they’re “law enforcement techniques”

Earlier this year, Emma Best filed a Freedom of Information Act request for a copy of the Department of Defense’s most recent declassification guide, with the goal of better understanding what the Pentagon believes can or can’t be released to the public. Just this week, the guide came in …

but with one notable omission: the entire section on what the Pentagon believes can or can’t be released to the public.

The Pentagon exempted their list of information that’s exempt from FOIA under FOIA’s b(7)e exemption, which covers:

Information that would disclose techniques and procedures for law enforcement investigations or prosecutions, or would disclose guidelines for law enforcement investigations or prosecutions if such disclosure could reasonably be expected to risk circumvention of the law.
The Pentagon did not offer any explanation for their rather bold claim that knowing what can be withheld under FOIA would allow people to circumvent the DOD’s law enforcement duties.

While this kind of recursive redaction can be maddening to a requester, this is far from an isolated incident; the Federal Election Commission once tried to withhold its b(5) exemption guidelines under the b(5) exemption (which, as it turned out, had already been publicly posted on their website), and the Central Intelligence Agency has a list of 126 reasons why it can classify information that is - you guessed it - classified.

Best is appealing their response. In the meantime, you can read the declassification guide embedded below or on the request page.


A Reminder That America Is Incredibly Corrupt and Only Getting Worse
A mistrial in a major case against a sitting US Senator is just the latest reason to despair about unlimited shady behavior by powerful politicians.
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