Police, sheriff accepting applications for 2018 Citizens Police Academy
Douglas County residents wanting a behind-the-scenes peek into law enforcement officers’ day-to-day life will once again have an opportunity to peel back the curtain.
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office and the Roseburg Police Department, in cooperation with Umpqua Community College, are hosting this year’s Citizen Police Academy.
The 11-week class will show how local law enforcement agencies are organized and the challenges they face protecting the community.
The goal of the workshop is to address common misconceptions and increase cooperation between the community and law enforcement.
The Latest: State to track changes by San Francisco Police
SAN FRANCISCO — The Latest on California’s attorney general overseeing reforms at the San Francisco Police Department (all times local):
The San Francisco police chief says his department will be the first in the nation to get voluntary state oversight after the federal government ended a police reform program from the Obama era.
San Francisco was among at least 15 departments nationwide that sought help from the U.S. Department of Justice after deadly police shootings or other problems.
However, the agency opted last year to no longer provide resources or guidance for the Community Oriented Policing Services program.
Herald editorial: Why is Utah County afraid to talk about sexual assault?
The scandal surrounding former Provo Police Chief John King is now approaching one year old.
And yet, it seems the community is just now seeing the tip of the iceberg of his misconduct.
In the last week, it was reported that multiple victims alleged claims on Jan. 18 against King and Provo city for misconduct that supposedly took place during King’s time employed by the city as police chief. To be clear, King has not yet been determined guilty of misconduct by any local court.
In the last year, we have had access to documents from various investigations and agencies that show repeated, inappropriate behavior exhibited by someone who should have upheld the highest morals, integrity and character in our community.
King has been accused of actions including sexual harassment, rape, battery and assault that demand se
Pasadena church to host sheriff's Citizens' Police Academy
By news and staff reports Published 8:57 am, Monday, February 5, 2018
Richmond police officer to spend life in prison for sex acts with child
Feb 2, 2018
A Richmond police officer was sentenced Friday to life in prison for sexually assaulting a child.
Charles Church, 41, of the 1400 block of West Marshall Street, was convicted in July of two sex crimes — object sexual penetration of a child under 13 years and indecent exposure — that occurred in November 2015 when Church was off duty. He was acquitted of sodomy and a second count of object sexual penetration.
A conviction of object sexual penetration carries a mandatory life sentence in Virginia, which the jury recommended in July and Richmond Circuit Court Judge Walter W. Stout III confirmed Friday. Stout also suspended a one-year term for the indecent exposure.
Seattle pays company $150K to remove unused surveillance cameras
The City of Seattle has budgeted $150,000 to remove surveillance cameras placed around the city. The company hired to remove the cameras have removed more than half the cameras.
Published: 8:19 PM PST February 2, 2018
More than two dozen surveillance cameras positioned around Seattle are retiring without a single day of work experience.
The Seattle Police Department installed the cameras back in 2013 but were never put into operation after a community outcry.
February 3, 2018
Other Secrets of the FBI
Former FBI agent Rep. Michael Grimm gets sweet deal to pay off enormous debt owed to major lobbying firm
BY GREG B. SMITH
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Friday, February 2, 2018, 12:04 AM
Battling treacherous office chairs and aching backs, aging cops and firefighters miss years of work and collect twice the pay
When Capt. Tia Morris turned 50, after about three decades in the Los Angeles Police Department, she became eligible to retire with nearly 90% of her salary.
But like many cops and firefighters in her position, the decision to keep working was a financial no-brainer, thanks to a program that allowed her to nearly double her pay by keeping her salary while also collecting her pension.
A month after Morris entered the program, her husband, a detective, joined too. Their combined income for four years in the Deferred Retirement Option Plan was just shy of $2 million, city payroll records show.
But the city didn’t benefit much from the Morrises’ experience: They both filed claims for carpal tunnel syndrome and other cumulative ailments about halfway through the program. She spent nearly two years on disability and sick leave; he missed more than two years, according to a Times analysis of city payroll data.
T he Morrises are far from alone. In fact, they’re among hundreds of Los Angeles police and firefighters who have turned the DROP program — which has doled out more than $1.6 billion in extra pension payments since its inception in 2002 — into an extended leave at nearly twice the pay, a Times investigation has found.
Former Police Capt. Daryl Russell, who collected $1.5 million over five years in the program, missed nearly three of those years because of pain from a bad knee, carpal tunnel and multiple injuries he claimed he suffered after falling out of an office chair.
“It was defective,” Russell said of the chair during a recent interview. “I believe the screws underneath came out.”
The Best Book on Immigration You Will Read This Year Comes From a Former Border Patrol Agent
Francisco Cantú’s “The Line Becomes a River” is honest, gripping, and wonderfully written.
IAN GORDONFEB. 3, 2018
Baltimore Police disciplinary records remain shielded despite revelations of misconduct
Another detective allowed to retire and collect pension
before being arrested.She waives hearing in false reports, tampering case
A recently retired Pittsburgh homicide detective has waived her right to a preliminary hearing on charges of filing false police reports and tampering with evidence.
Fifty-one-year-old Margaret Sherwood waived all charges including false swearing, obstruction, hindering apprehension and other offenses before a hearing scheduled last week.
Her attorney told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that “We’re going to be ready for trial.” He said earlier that his client didn’t do anything wrong.
An indictment unsealed last month by the state attorney general’s office accuses her of giving false information to prosecutors in two 2014 slayings and trying to scuttle a domestic violence prosecution of a jailhouse informant,
'Serpico-like situation' inside Jersey City police department, ex-cop ...
JERSEY CITY — As Jersey City's police department reels from the guilty pleas of 11 cops who have admitted taking corrupt payments related to off-duty jobs, a former cop says in a new lawsuit that he was ostracized and eventually fired after reporting an illegal off-duty detail 10 years ago. Juan Luis ...
Juan Luis Ramos, 44, alleges in the seven-count lawsuit, filed in December in Hudson County Superior Court, that because he was "accused of being a rat," he was reprimanded and ostracized over the course a decade, targeted with at least two internal affairs probes and eventually fired in 2016.
Ramos' lawyer, Lou Zayas, called the atmosphere inside the police department a "Serpico-like situation," referring to Frank Serpico, the New York cop who exposed widespread corruption inside the NYPD starting in the 1960s.
"The allegations make clear that there's a culture of silence within the police department that discourages police officers from reporting misconduct by other police officers," Zayas told The Jersey Journal.
Cop Found Guilty In Scandal Was Called Out By Local Rapper ...
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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Former Baltimore Police detective Daniel Hersl is awaiting sentencing for robbery and other crimes that a jury found him guilty of as part of his role in the Gun Trace Task Force corruption scandal. RELATED: More stories on the Gun Trace Task Force/Baltimore Police corruption ...
Williamsburg PD to host 'Coffee with a Cop'
Williamsburg Yorktown Daily-
The Williamsburg Police Department will hold a meet and greet called “Coffee with a Cop” at Mama Steve's House of Pancakes on Tuesday, according to a Williamsburg Police Department news release. Residents can stop by between 8 and 10 a.m. for coffee and conversation with local law enforcement.
Report: Overweight cops making NYPD 'the fattest police department'
"We really are the world's largest police department," one veteran copcomplained to the publication. "We're the fattest police department in the country ... because we have no requirement to stay in shape." Former copJose Vega told the Post that he filed a lawsuit for a job-related disability pension, ...
Cop is arrested by his own colleagues as he's suspected of trying to ...
Cop is arrested by his own colleagues as he's suspected of trying to blackmail a man who was sleeping with a prostitute. This is the moment a police officer, based in Luton, is arrested by his own colleagues on suspicion of blackmail. Share; Comments. By. Jane Lavender. 12:18, 19 FEB 2018. News ...
A Schaumburg cop was accused of helping run a drug ring. Why the case fell apart the day of his trial remains a mystery
Publicly, the state’s attorney’s office has remained tight-lipped about why the case against ex-cop John Cichy fell apart last week on the day he was to go to trial, despite evidence that they’d said included surveillance footage of him stealing $20,000 of planted cash from a storage locker.
Now attorneys for two other ex-officers who pleaded guilty in the scheme — and are serving long prison sentences — want answers. State’s Attorney Robert Berlin’s office said it will respond “in a prompt and appropriate manner” but did not specify what evidence might be shared, or when. Berlin said in a statement last week that his office had “insufficient admissible evidence” to convict Cichy, citing “recent developments.”
Getting to know your neighborhood cop: Master Police Officer Jamie ...
Williamsburg Yorktown Daily
Editor's note: This is the first installment of a five-part question and answer series with James City County's five Community Services Unit officers. These officers are assigned to certain areas of the county and work directly with citizens to provide business and home inspections, as well as other servi
Compassionate Cop? Taking a Hard Look at Lupe Valdez’s Record as Dallas Sheriff
At best, Lupe Valdez embraced reforms that years of scandal had forced upon the Dallas County jail. At worst, she downplayed problems and withheld information on jail deaths in the post-Sandra Bland era.
by Michael Barajas
@michaelsbarajasFebruary 19, 2018
A cop per school? Minn. Senate leader raises that idea
Minnesota Public Radio News (blog)-
Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, left, and House Speaker Kurt Daudt speak at a January 2017 Capitol news conference. Tim Pugmire|MPR News. The Minnesota Senate's top Republican said Monday that the state should consider paying for a police presence in every public school. Appearing on an ...
Law Enforcement Arrested for Trading in Child Rape
The following summary of 103 law enforcement officers (LEOs) arrested for trading in child rape updates earlier research. In November 2014, I profiled seventy local and state police officers arrested on child pornography related charges — Police Trading in Child Rape & Torture. My research was out of date almost as soon as I hit publish. A year later I posted When Law Enforcement is the Perpetrator reviewing one month, November 2015, when more than two LEOs per week were in the news for trafficking in child sex abuse. This research is not comprehensive but rather a small sample of LEOs arrested and does not include federal law enforcement. Without institutional support, conducting a complete study of all local, state and federal law enforcement has not been possible.
As for the weak argument someone always seems to make, “there is a certain number of pedophiles in the population and the number within law enforcement is perfectly normal” — let me respond. No pedophile should ever wear a badge, carry a gun and swear an oath to serve and protect. Not one person trading in child rape should ever be employed in law enforcement. Ever. Period. If we cannot keep pedophiles out of law enforcement, what kind of country have we become? If law enforcement cannot keep child rapists out of their ranks — what kind of “protection” are we paying for with our tax money?
Imagine, as you read these arrests, you are a parent reporting to police your child has been raped, or is missing or trafficked. How do you think the police here might have handled your complaint? How well do you think your children are being protected? These are real children being raped and tortured in the videos and images. American children. Every time an image/video is shared that child is trafficked again. Far too many police are involved in the trafficking.
For further information, please see the National Police Misconduct Reporting Project (NPMRP) at Cato Institute and the Associated Press (AP) year long investigation, 2015, into police misconduct.
Fire the FBI Chief
By KEVIN D. WILLIAMSON
February 18, 2018 4:00 AM
Political Economy of Fascism Mini-Course
Posted by Mike Isaacson
This mini-course is designed for popular education and to operate as either a series or as individual stand-alone workshops. The course begins with a review of my zine “You Can’t Punch Every Nazi” as a participatory workshop. The following four classes elaborate on the four layers of fascist doctrine I introduce in the first class. The last class takes account of fascist ideology to build a holistic antifascist theory highlighting existing antifascist praxis. I had originally designed this course for open library courses such as those the NYPL holds regularly.
Crunch time for ex-NYPD cop
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel fired McCarthy in December 2015 after a court ordered the release of a video that showed a white Chicago cop, Jason Van Dyke, had shot 16 times into Laquan McDonald, a 17-year-old African American, in October 2014. Emanuel had held up the release of the video until ...
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Police apologise to former Clash roadie over arrest
West Midlands Police has apologised to a man who was assaulted and racially abused during his arrest in Birmingham more than 10 years ago. Deputy Chief Constable Louisa Rolfe said she was sorry about the "unsatisfactory conclusion" to Don Lorenzo's complaint after he was thrown down stairs during his arrest.
Bozeman officer’s domestic violence charge dismissed after prosecution deferred
By Whitney Bermes Chronicle Staff Writer Mar 1, 2018
A deferred prosecution agreement means that the state was willing to dismiss the case in return for the defendant agreeing to comply with a number of conditions for a certain time. At the end of that time, if the defendant has complied with the conditions, the state will consider the case closed and not prosecute.
In Gaukler’s case, he agreed to a six-month term in which he is not allowed to drink alcohol or go into bars, must get chemical dependency and counseling evaluations and follow any recommendations, participate in parenting classes, have no contact with the alleged victim or come within 1,500 feet of her, and not commit any new crimes.
Arbitrator reinstates police officer fired over police kick video
showing office kicking man in head while man was handcuffed
head of Cleveland police commission avoids jail time for falsifying records
Updated 2:26 PM; Posted 1:08 PM
Washington becomes 1st state to approve net-neutrality rules
Monday, March 5, 2018, 8:11 P
319 NYPD officers keep jobs despite deceiving or assaulting New Yorkers
BY GRAHAM RAYMAN
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, March 5, 2018, 6:11 PM
March 5, 2018
The Cold War comes to Cornell: The FBI’s fight to safeguard Hans Bethe’s atomic secrets
The nuclear physicist’s idyllic life in academia became a battleground for international intelligence agencies
Written by Robert Hovden
Edited by Michael Morisy, JPat Brown
After World War II, with the Manhattan Project over and the Cold War heating up, the grandfather of the atomic bomb, Professor Hans Bethe, returned to the quiet college town of Ithaca, New York to resume his research. After years of political intrigue and moral dilemma, it was a welcome return to academia. But even at remote Cornell University, an international game of spy-vs-spy would follow Bethe, complete with Soviet agents, a love triangle, and America’s most dangerous secrets.
Much of Bethe’s legacy is well known - his unstoppable scientific mind helped lead to the atomic bomb, only for him to spend the rest of his life lobbying against its further development. Bethe was dubbed America’s “scientist of conscience” for his legacy of extraordinary breakthroughs and his cognizance of the dangers they brought. But less well known is how the intrigue of the Manhattan Project trailed him no matter where Bethe went, with his secretive work helping shape the modern world order.
Bethe’s records, released publicly through a MuckRock FOIA request and the Central Intelligence Agency’s CREST database, detail how the Soviet Union and the United States deployed spies to follow and befriend the professor as he tried to start a new life after the war.
Failure: FBI violated its own guidelines to obtain Carter Page FISA ...
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It is up to one of the judges sitting on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to decide if the evidence meets the standard of probable cause that a surveillance target is acting as an agent of a foreign power. Ron Hosko, a former FBI assistant director for criminal investigations, said that FBI agents working on FISA cases ...
Judicial Watch sues DOJ for Bruce and Nellie Ohr records related to Fusion GPS, anti-Trump dossier
FBI will brief House committees on Parkland shooting failures
McClatchy Washington Bureau-
The FBI will brief a pair of House committee so Tuesday on its admitted failures to follow up on warnings about the alleged Parkland high school shooter. ... The special agent in charge of the Miami Division, Robert Lasky, addresses the media about the FBI not contacting Nikolas Cruz after multiple tips warned Cruz might ...
BY THOMAS TRACY
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Saturday, March 3, 2018, 6:26 PM
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MAR. 2, 2018 AT 1:05 PM
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2:50 p.m Friday, March 2, 2018 Atlant
Joel Burgess, jburgess@citizen-tim
Baltimore Sun-Mar 1, 2018
Lawyers for state Sen. Nathaniel Oaks say federal authorities deployed an informant who collects a six-figure annual paycheck from the FBI to entrap the Baltimore Democrat. In court papers filed Thursday, Oaks' defense team identified the informant as William Myles. But to Oaks, he was Mike Henley, ...
Deputies sometimes laughed as the man, who had been strapped naked to a chair for 46 hours, writhed on the floor of his cell
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Jail knew officer facing drug charges had a history when hired
The Cumberland County case brings to light nebulous hiring standards among Maine jails in vetting corrections applicants.
FBI says the Proud Boys are not an extremist group after all
City Council Speaker Corey Johnson calls for probe into video showing cops yanking baby from woman on the floor
By ESHA RAY and REUVEN BLAU
DEC 09, 2018 | 3:30 PM
Bloody confrontation between three Westchester correction officers leaves one dead, two wounded
By ELIZABETH KEOGH and THOMAS TRACY
| NEW YORK DAILY NEWS |
DEC 08, 2018 | 2:15 PM
Charges against Boston officer disappear after private court hearing
L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva tells hundreds of top staff to hand in résumés and temporarily remove rank insignia
By MAYA LAU
DEC 07, 2018 | 9:10 PM
Former Fullerton police chief and a captain are charged with battery after attacking paramedics during concert
By ANDREA CASTILLO
DEC 07, 2018 | 9:25 PM
Air Force failed 6 times to keep guns from Texas church shooter before he killed 26, report finds
NYPD officer fired 27 times in wild Bronx shootout, striking suspect and two innocent bystanders: sources
By ROCCO PARASCANDOLA , WES PARNELL and JOHN
Deny, delay, release: Virginia DOC finally issues tampon ban memo
by Tom Nash
December 05, 2018
The Virginia Department of Corrections came under national scrutiny in September when visitors learned they would not be allowed to wear tampons or menstrual cups, citing them as an apparent contraband risk. A FOIA request for a more thorough explanation of the tampon ban - through policy documents and a log of contraband incidents alluded to in the Times - revealed a two-month wait of rejection, denial and, finally, the single-page document behind the ban.
While escaping from prison, Timothy Leary took time to troll Ronald Reagan
by JPat Brown
December 04, 2018
While Timothy Leary’s 1970 escape from a minimum security prison in California with the aid of The Weathermen is the stuff of countercultural legend, recently released Federal Bureau of Investigation files reveal a lesser-known detail of the incident: Leary’s ruthless trolling of then Governor Ronald Reagan.
Morgan sheriff’s subpoena of FBI rejected; lawyer says IRS probing food money
Bad FBI Rape Evidence Invalid, Elmer Daniels Released After Nearly 40 Years
Whistleblower Advocates, Attorneys Condemn FBI Raid On Clinton Foundation Whistleblower
Posted by: Richard Pollock in In The News December 6, 2018 0
Baltimore police officer admitted misconduct, expanding scope of corruption probe
Feds received whistleblower evidence in 2017 alleging Clinton Foundation wrongdoing
BY JOHN SOLOMON, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR — 12/06/18 04:30 PM EST
FBI Email Thread Likely to Raise Tough Questions for Comey
BY IVAN PENTCHOUKOV
December 6, 2018 Updated: December 6, 2018
DEA agent facing bribery, conspiracy charges has ties to Jacksonville
He was hired to keep drugs out of Florida, now a DEA agent is accused of working with drug dealers to bring them in.
Another Abilene police officer files a lawsuit against the city
by John Ru
The Congressman Who Created His Own Deep State. Really.
When he feared communists were infiltrating America, Larry McDonald
extreme measures — building his own intelligence-gathering arm.
By ZACH DORFMAN
December 02, 2018
Border agent claimed he killed four sex workers in Texas to 'clean up' streets, prosecutor says
By NANCY DILLON
DEC 05, 2018 | 7:45 PM
Controversial L.A. police and fire retirement plan more expensive than promised to voters, report says
By JACK DOLAN
DEC 05, 2018 | 4:00 AM
Anti-fascists were stabbed at a neo-Nazi rally. Then police tried to charge them
Revealed: California has not prosecuted anyone for the stabbings, but sought hundreds of charges against counter-protesters
Judge presses city lawyer over NYPD's response to protesters seeking records on alleged surveillance tactics
By SHAYNA JACOBS
by John RupoloThursday, December 6th 2018
Uniontown man sues state police; claims troopers lied during malicious prosecution
Baltimore's New Police Commissioner Would Be City's 5th In 4 Years
December 6, 2018
Dad of man killed by police in Alabama mall gets apology but few answers
By Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN
Updated 1:21 PM ET, Thu December 6, 2018
NYPD sergeant faces DWI charges after crashing into cyclist in Manhattan: cops
By JOHN ANNESE
DEC 06, 2018 | 7:50 PM
The ACLU vs. Boston police: What to know about the ‘paper warriors’ Facebook flareup
"When we do these things, there's repercussions."
Saudi-backed lobbyist paid for 500 rooms at Trump’s D.C. hotel just after election
The bookings were for an unorthodox campaign that offered U.S. military veterans a free trip to Washington if they went to Capitol Hill to lobby against a law the Saudis opposed.
BY DAVID A. FAHRENTHOLD AND JONATHAN O'CONNELLTHE WASHINGTON POST
KING: Louisiana police chief charging people with a felony hate crime, punishable by 10 years in prison, if they resist arrest
By SHAUN KING
JAN 25, 2017 | 11:04 AM
Multiple D.C. police officers have abused underage girls. Where’s the accountability?
LAPD employee charged with murdering his wife and son
By STORM GIFFORD
FEB 01, 2019 | 6:28 PM
Dozens of CHP officers suspected of faking overtime are temporarily relieved of duty
The investigation found evidence that officers exaggerated the number of hours they worked in protection details for Caltrans workers doing freeway maintenance.
By RICHARD WINTON
Bombshell report says NYPD's disciplinary process is secretive, 'susceptible to pressure'
By ROCCO PARASCANDOLA , GRAHAM RAYMAN and THOMAS TRACY
St. Louis police officer allegedly 'consumed alcohol' before killing fellow cop in game of Russian Roulette
By JESSICA SCHLADEBECK
FEB 01, 2019 | 10:20 AM
Revealed: FBI investigated civil rights group as 'terrorism' threat and viewed KKK as victims
Bureau spied on California activists, citing potential ‘conspiracy’ against the ‘rights’ of neo-Nazis
Off-duty NYPD officer beat man bloody in bar brawl, then lied - prosecutors
JAN 31, 2019 | 10
Crooked lieutenant who blew whistle on favors in NYPD License Division sentenced to 18 months
STEPHEN REX BROWN
Sheriff Alex Villanueva has harsh criticism for predecessor's jail reform efforts
Multiple Fairfield police officers disciplined for sexual advances, records show
Megan Cassidy Jan. 31, 2019 Updated: Jan. 31, 2019 5:22 p.m.
Three Fairfield police officers engaged in sexual misconduct with members of the public. Four others had sustained findings of dishonesty — they withheld evidence, committed forgery or falsified reports. And several other officers used a level of force that broke bones, required surgeries and killed two people.
These are the findings of more than two decades of internal investigations recently unsealed by the Fairfield Police Department.
Federal Judge Green-Lights Chicago Police Reforms
January 31, 2019
law enforcement trip to israel (Rhode Island State Police)
Leila Young sent this request to the Rhode Island State Police of Rhode Island
Judge Advances Case Against Cops Who Killed Man’s Dog
January 30, 2019
Judge Advances Protesters’ Free Speech Lawsuit Against San Diego Police
Taneytown police chief resigns after the FBI executes search warrant at department
The FBI invented a fictitious "abortion extremist" movement, then warned local cops about potential acts of domestic terror from it
If you want to learn about the FBI’s investigation of the Las Vegas Massacre you will have to pay $3,000 and travel to California
BY DOUG POPPA · JANUARY 31, 2019 · 2 COMMENTS
Why an ex-FBI agent decided to break through the blue wall of silence
Philip Hayden, Opinion contributorPublished 12:28 p.m. ET Jan. 31, 2019 | Updated 12:30 p.m. ET Jan. 31, 2019
'All we are asking for is a fair trial' - Molly and FBI agent Tom Martens' murder appeal begins
Bill Priestap, then-Assistant Director of the FBI's Counterintelligence Division, testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Dec. 12, 2018. (Jennifer Zeng/The Epoch Times)
Testimony Reveals FBI Official in Charge of Clinton, Trump Probes Was Excluded From Key Meetings, Decisions
Closed-door testimony by former head of counterintelligence Bill Priestap reveals handpicked group ran the investigations outside of his control
BY JEFF CARLSON
January 31, 2019 Updated: January 31, 2019
Reps. Jordan and Meadows join call for FBI to explain show of force in Roger Stone arrest
JANUARY 19, 2019 | WHOWHATWHY STAFF
KENNEDY, KING FAMILIES TO CONGRESS: REOPEN PROBES
JANUARY 11, 2019 | JENNIFER COHN
GEORGIA POISED TO PICK VULNERABLE BARCODE VOTING TECHNOLOGY
RPD sergeant to plead 'not guilty' to criminal OWI, hit-run charges
Cañon City Police Chief: Kevin Easter only member of department accused
St. Louis Prosecutor Accuses Police of Obstructing Inquiry Into Killing of Officer
New Orleans police pioneer new way to stop misconduct, remove ‘blue wall of silence’
Rio Vista: Two cops fired from tiny department over bad arrests, use of force, falsifying reports
Records released under California’s new police transparency law show two officers in a tiny delta department made bad arrests, tampered with reports and in one case, placed a man in a deadly chokehold that wasn’t necessary
Excessive Force, False Reports Detailed In Rio Vista Police Misconduct Files
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Sukey Lewis, Nadine Sebai, Alex Emslie and Thomas Peele/Bay Area News Group
Officer involved in 1st Arizona police shooting of 2019 has history of misconduct
Perry Vandell and Uriel J. Garcia, Arizona RepublicPublished 6:00 a.m. MT Jan. 30, 2019
Cops who take drugs, have sex on the job or commit domestic violence face less punishment in Utah than in other states, audit finds
Fla. police review board will try to walk thin line between critics and officers
The board will be made up of 11 volunteer civilians appointed by the mayor and city council
Fla. ex-sheriff challenges suspension over Parkland shooting
Florida deputy shoots K-9 during attack - NBC2 News
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18 hours ago · LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a Florida deputy shot and killed a K-9 that attacked him while he was feeding the dog. The Ledger reports that the attack and shooting occurred Monday night.
Jury rules against Calif. LEO in OIS that earned him Medal of Valor
A jury found that the LEO used "non-lethal excessive force" against a knife-wielding man who attacked a fellow officer
Feds Scramble As Vegas Shooter’s Girlfriend Reportedly Listed FBI As Place of Employment
A bombshell revelation in regard to the massacre that took place last October in Las Vegas has surfaced this week, suggesting that Stephan Paddock’s girlfriend, Marilou Danley could’ve been an FBI asset. According to a credit application,
FBI finds no specific motive in Vegas attack that killed 58
Ranking Judiciary Committee Republican wants FBI to explain use of force in Stone arrest
More Than Two Years After It Took Them, The FBI Still Won't Return Family Videos Seized During A Raid Of A Security Researcher's Home
from the making-life-miserable-for-citizens-just-because dept
Wed, Jan 30th 2019 3:42pm — Tim Cushing
Former Georgia cop gets 12 years in prison for shooting unarmed, naked man
ASSOCIATED PRESS |
NOV 01, 2019 | 7:07 PM
‘I confess’: should the ‘seal of the confessional’ protect pedophiles?
Monday, May 13, 2019 12:23 PM
Browns players work toward criminal justice reform with visit to courthouse, jail
Thank you Jesus
Orange County home of late televangelist Robert H. Schuller lists for sale
William H. Schaap, Radical Lawyer and Critic of C.I.A., Dies at 75
By Sam Roberts
The past decade's wave of media mergers has produced a complex web of business relationships that now defines America's media and popular culture. These relationships offer a massive opportunity for cross promotion and selling of talent and products among different companies owned by the same powerfu
Rabbi Jeremy Rosen warns of the dangers posed by Yitzchak Ginsburgh who, according to Rosen, "has done untold damage to traditional Judaism and Israel’s case abroad." Read more...
There’s Far More Diversity in Venezuela’s ‘Muzzled’ Media Than in US Corporate Press
The international corporate media have long displayed a peculiar creativity with the facts in their Venezuela reporting, to the point that coverage of the nation’s crisis has become perhaps the world’s most lucrative fictional genre.
Justin Piché (Associate Professor) has recently co-authored two book chapters. The first, co-authored with Kevin Walby (University of Winnipeg) and Nicolas Carrier (Carleton University) and entitled “An Introduction to Prison and Penal Abolitionism in Canada”, appears in the second edition of John Winterdyke (Mount Royal University) and Michael Weinrath’s (University of Winnipeg) Adult Corrections in Canada. The second, with lead author Matthew Ferguson (PhD Student) and co-author Kevin Walby, is entitled “‘…that’s not a conversation that belongs to the museum’: The (In)visibility of Surveillance History in Police Museums in Ontario, Canada” and appears in Robert Heynen (York University) and Emily van der Meulen’s (Ryerson University) edited collection Making Surveillance States: Transnational Histories. The chapter on abolitionism features an interview with Bob Gaucher (Retired Professor) about key figures in anti-prison and anti-punishment struggles in the Canadian context, while the former draws on research from the SSHRC-funded “A Culture of Justice? Meanings of Penality in Canadian Police, Courthouse and Prison Museums" project.
Brooklyn anti-cop protest turns violent, blocks traffic: 'Don't let these pigs touch us'
College Sent Cop Accused of Sex Abuse to a High School, Where He Arranged to Rape a Student: Lawsuit
Crowd trashes cop car in Brooklyn on Halloween, shouts, ‘trick or treat, motherf—rs!’
By Olivia Bensimon, Larry Celona and Tina Moore
November 1, 2019 | 5:04pm
NOVEMBER 1, 2019
California Cop Gets Sucker-Punched By Halloween Reveler Dressed As Jesus
City judge has reduced bail for former Philly cop accused of sexually assaulting women and filming it
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Philadelphia judge finds ‘outrageous government conduct’ in cop’s treatment of arrested man, dismissing charges
by Samantha Melamed, Updated: November 1, 2019- 2:54
Deptford cop who fatally shot alleged shoplifter gets disability retirement, $6,254-a-month pension
by Melanie Burney, Updated: November 1, 2019- 1:5
Officer in fatal Deptford strip mall shooting is praised as a role model. He’s also accused of assaulting two women.
by Melanie Burney and William Feuer, Posted: August 2, 2018
Former York cop says on video that fall, crash killed wife; Prosecutors dispute that
BY ANDREW DYS
NOVEMBER 02, 2019 12:00 AM, UPDATED 9 HOUR
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A police officer may be reprimanded after a photo was shared of him with "EAD Hippy" -- jargon for "eat a d*ck" -- scrawled on his body worn camera as he patrolled an anti-mining protest in Melbourne.
Days after new details were released in a deadly officer-involved shooting, an Atlanta police officer at the center of the shooting retired, the department con
Cop car TORCHED as officers & lawyers clash outside Delhi court (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)
2 Nov, 2019 12:33 / Updated 49 minutes ago
Miami-Dade jail officer repeatedly raped several women under his supervision, cops say.
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Cops embrace Jared Kushner, awarded for ‘national service’ and justice reform
by Paul Bedard
| November 01, 2019 1
Retired FBI agent announces bid for Congress in 13th District
Sung Kim, a 26-year veteran with Atlanta police, retired from the department Wednesday. “We will not be commenting further on this personnel matter,” Atlanta police said in an emailed statement to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
On Jan. 22, Kim fatally shot Jimmy Atchison, a 21-year-old father of two. Atchison was wanted for stealing a cellphone in an alleged armed robbery, but was unarmed at the time of the shooting.
Rhode Island officer arrested after allegedly walking off with casino patron’s wallet
,November 9, 2019, 3:50 p.m.
Rhode Island Capitol Police Officer David Bradley.RHODE ISLAND STATE POLICE
As it turns out, the adage “finders, keepers” does not always apply.
A Rhode Island Capitol Police officer was arrested after he allegedly walked off with another Twin River Casino patron’s lost wallet containing $1,700 in cash, Rhode Island State Police said Saturday.
NYPD tried to jam up cop who criticized handling of cop-suicide epidemic
By Craig McCarthy
November 10, 2019
California’s Criminal Cops: Nearly 100 remain on the job despite convictions
They drove drunk, abused family members, even killed others with their recklessness. But California's weak laws on police misconduct do almost nothing to stop convicted cops from carrying a badge.
California’s Criminal Cops: About the project
A collaboration of newsrooms across the Golden State
PUBLISHED: November 10, 2019 at 6:00 am | UPDATED: November 10, 2019 at 6:32 am
In early 2019, reporters from the Investigative Reporting Program at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism obtained a list of criminal convictions from the past decade of nearly 12,000 current or former law enforcement officers and people who applied to be in law enforcement. The records — provided by the state’s Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training in response to a Public Records Act request — didn’t indicate which individuals on the list actually worked in law enforcement nor the departments where they were employed.
Instead of providing any more information, POST referred the reporters to state Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s office, which wrote the reporters a letter calling the release of the records “inadvertent
San Francisco Voters Elect Radical District Attorney, Son of Cop-Killing Terrorists
Posted: Nov 10, 2019 3:00 P
Louisiana Cops Shoot and Kill Family Dog while Serving Warrant on Wrong Address
San Francisco Protests Transit Cop Detaining Black Man For Eating A Sandwich
Aggressive policing of Black people using public transit systems has a sordid history in America.
Officer tried to keep victims quiet after cop threatened people with gun at JoCo bar
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Cop loses peace officer's license for Kansas City road rage incident
Activist warns of ‘strong protests’ over city’s pick for interim top cop as officials tour police districts
On Saturday, former Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, Supt. Eddie Johnson and Mayor Lori Lightfoot toured police districts to help Beck familiarize himself with the city.
By Jake Wittich@JakeWittich Nov 9, 2019, 6:13pm CST
Ex-cop warned chiefs about Telford child abuse after murder - but nothing was done
EXCLUSIVE: Former detective constable Steve Williams was one of many officers who raised the alarm about child sex exploitation by a network of Asian men in the 'worst ever' child abuse scandal
Nov 9, 2019
The Secret List of Convicted Cops
They were drunk and rowdy at a strip club on Baltimore’s Block. For a bachelorette party. And they were cops.
By TIM PRUDENTE
BALTIMORE SUN |
NOV 08, 2019 | 10:59 AM
VIDEO: Hamilton cops turn off bodycam during DUI crash investigation into Detective Lugo
FBI and US Marshals adopt body camera pilot program for 90 days in Salt Lake City
by Mark KlekasSunday, November 10th 2019
FBI San Diego Citizens Academy announces new Victim Assistance Project
Posted: November 10, 2019 KUSI Newsroom
The FBI is Tracking Our Faces in Secret. We’re Suing.
There can be no accountability if there is no transparency.
America’s Secret History’s Roots Run Deep
By Daniel Hopsicker -
November 7, 2019
Found this while looking for something else. I’d forgotten I had a wordpress.com site for a while. From 2009:
“The man who owned the flight school that taught Mohamed Atta to fly first got rich working for the man who paid “The Men Who Stare at Goats”
NOVEMBER 5, 2019 | GLENN DAIGON
THE PEOPLE V WALL STREET: CALIFORNIA’S PUBLIC BANKING SHAKE-UP
How FBI agents protect the Deep State then go to work
For the Deep State when they retire
ABOVE THE LAW
Secret Deals, Political Fixes and Other Misadventures of the U.S. Department of Justice
by David Burnham
Prison food is the latest target in a campaign to divest holdings
First black woman to reach north and south poles
Demonstrators Arrested At Bath Iron Works Won't Be Prosecuted
Fifty years after the ‘Black 14’ were banished, Wyoming football reckons with the past
Gov. Larry Hogan granted parole to people sentenced as teenagers, rekindling calls for parole reform
Federal prosecutor busted in Manhattan for trying to stop police from arresting drunk-driving boyfriend
By WES PARNELL
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS |
NOV 30, 2019 | 4:45 PM
A half a loaf? NYPD relaxes its body camera policy, but not enough
By DAILY NEWS EDITORIAL BOARD
Sex abuse in NYC jails: Dept. of Correction says it’s on the path of reform
By CHELSIA ROSE MARCIUS
NOV 30, 2019 | 11:00 PM
Supreme Court to hear appeal over former NYPD rule that barred gun owners from transporting firearms out of the city
By DENIS SLATTERY
DEC 01, 2019 | 12:07 AM
$15K judgment for Canadian woman cuffed for refusing to hold escalator handrail
By STORM GIFFORD
NOV 30, 2019 | 5:20 PM
NYPD traffic cop busted for punching aunt in Thanksgiving brawl
By Ruth Weissmann
November 30, 2019
Disgraced Oakland cop linked to Chinatown underworld implicates another officer
Disgraced Oakland Cops
Records: San Jose cops punished for shooting at cars, dog biting kid
San Jose cop punished
Bridgeport cop recruit sues city over rejection sparked by blood test
Brian Lockhart Nov. 30, 2019
Not only did he pass a background check, a polygraph test, physical fitness and psychological evaluations and a screening for the use of illegal drugs, but Muhammad lives in Bridgeport and would have further diversified the force.
Pennsylvania County’s Election Day Nightmare Underscores Voting Machine Concerns
November 30, 2019 11:48 am ENM NEWS 30 Comments
Vote totals in a Northampton County judge’s race showed one candidate, Abe Kassis, a Democrat, had just 164 votes out of 55,000 ballots across more than 100 precincts. Some machines reported zero votes for him. In a county with the ability to vote for a straight-party ticket, one candidate’s zero votes was a near statistical impossibility. Something had gone quite wrong.
Lee Snover, the chairwoman of the county Republicans, said her anxiety began to pick up at 9:30 p.m. on Nov. 5. She had trouble getting someone from the election office on the phone. When she eventually got through, she said: “I’m coming down there and you better let me in.”
With clearly faulty results in at least the judge’s election, officials began counting the paper backup ballots generated by the same machines. The paper ballots showed Mr. Kassis winning narrowly, 26,142 to 25,137, over his opponent, the Republican Victor Scomillio.
“People were questioning, and even I questioned, that if some of the numbers are wrong, how do we know that there aren’t mistakes with anything else?” said Matthew Munsey, the chairman of the Northampton County Democrats, who, along with Ms. Snover, was among the observers as county officials worked through the night to count the paper ballots by hand.
The snafu in Northampton County did not just expose flaws in both the election machine testing and procurement process. It also highlighted the fears, frustrations and mistrust over election security that many voters are feeling ahead of the 2020 presidential contest, given how faith in American elections has never been more fragile. The problematic machines were also used in Philadelphia and its surrounding suburbs — areas of Pennsylvania that could prove decisive next year in one of the most critical presidential swing states in the country.
In an era where some candidates and incumbents try to challenge or discredit a close loss by questioning the system, either with unfounded allegations of voter fraud or claims of a “rigged” election, the proper functioning and security of election machines have never been more crucial.
“There are concerns for 2020,” Ms. Snover said, questioning whether the paper ballots generated by the same machine that had a digital error could be trusted. “Nothing went right on Election Day. Everything went wrong. That’s a problem.”
Election Day here had been marred by complaints of long lines, glitch-prone touch screens and frustrated poll workers. Voters across the county said the experience further eroded their already shaken confidence in the election process.
“It made me sad because with everything that’s going on, you kind of worry about: Was something tampered with, or was it just a mistake,” said Michelle Broadhecker, 48, of Easton, who said her anxiety about elections began after 2016. “There’s just too much going on that you worry about those things. And you don’t want the wrong people in the wrong places.”
Though there has been no conclusive study as to what caused the machines to malfunction, as the machines are locked away for 20 days after an election according to state law, the prevailing theory is that the touch screens were plagued by a bug in the software. A senior intelligence official who focuses on election security said there were no visible signs of outside meddling by any foreign actors.
County officials who led the purchase of the machines have argued that the system actually functioned as it should: The paper ballot backup process worked. The touch screens failed, but the backups had the correct vote, so while it was inconvenient, it proved the necessity of a paper backup.
“We also need to focus on the outcome, which is that voter-verified paper ballots provided fair, accurate and legal election results, as indicated by the county’s official results reporting and successful postelection risk-limiting audit,” said Katina Granger, a spokeswoman for Election Systems & Software, the manufacturer of the machines. “The election was legal and fair.”
But for others, it underscored the fractured system for selecting voting systems. Major decisions for testing, purchasing and operating complex machines are often left to county and city officials. Federal testing standards for election machines haven’t been updated since 2005, when a large percentage of the machines were not digital.
“Not only is that a decade before the current cybersecurity threats to our elections, it is two years before the first iPhone,” said Kevin Skoglund, a senior technical adviser for the National Election Defense Coalition, a nonpartisan group that focuses on election security issues. “There is a newer 2015 standard, but the Election Assistance Commission lets voting system vendors choose which one to use.”
The machines that broke in Northampton County are called the ExpressVoteXL and are made by Election Systems & Software, a major manufacturer of election machines used across the country. The ExpressVoteXL is among their newest and most high-end machines, a luxury “one-stop” voting system that combines a 32-inch touch screen and a paper ballot printer.
To initiate a vote, a voter places a blank ballot-shaped piece of paper in the machine, makes their selections on the screen, and then presses the word “vote.” The machine prints a ballot that is protected under a plate of glass for the voter to review. The voter then clicks “cast” on the screen, the digital votes are recorded on a USB and the backup ballot is transmitted to a sealed canister in the back of the machine.
The machines began arriving in the county in August, having gone through a federal and state certification process. The only remaining testing to be done was what officials called a “logic and accuracy test,” which is a quick dry run of roughly 20 dummy ballots. But the ExpressVoteXL has an auto-test function in which the machines can simulate a full digital test, a feature that election security experts say is ill-advised.
“It doesn’t test if the touch screen or the scanner work. It doesn’t even cast votes for everyone on the ballot,” Mr. Skoglund said. “It is especially concerning that it can send made-up votes to the vote counting software without needing a real ballot. Fake ballots are a feature no voting machine should have.”
The automatic tests in Northampton proved problematic, and did not even cast a test vote for every candidate, according to test receipts shown to The New York Times. But the machines were still rolled out on Election Day.
And instantly, there were problems.
“I walked into my booth, and I knew that I was going to vote straight Democratic and I’m voting that way until we get some balance back into the government, but when I hit straight Democratic, straight Republican is what registered,” said Angela Anderson, 55, of Forks Township, who said that many of her neighbors shared similar stories. “I kind of panicked for a second. But thankfully it easily reset, and I reset my system, and that time it registered Democratic.”
Deb Hunter, a member of the county election commission, said they were actually lucky that the county judge election went so poorly because that made the problem obvious.
“What would have happened if there was a glitch there that got at a 10 percent or 20 percent undercount?” she said. “That worries me. That worries me going forward.”
Ms. Granger noted that there are nearly 6,300 ExpressVoteXL voting machines in use across the country, and none had experienced similar counting problems to those in Northampton County.
It was the way the machines were selected by Philadelphia elected officials that drew the most scrutiny over the last year. Since 2013, E.S.&S. had been courting the two city commissioners who were responsible for choosing the next voting machine, according to a report from the city comptroller.
The lobbying firm for E.S.&S. had donated $1,000 in 2013 to the campaign of Al Schmidt, one of the city commissioners, and again to a group supporting his re-election effort in 2018. They also spent more than $27,000 in direct lobbying of Mr. Schmidt.
Mr. Schmidt made a visit to only one company’s headquarters: E.S.&S.
In total, E.S.&S. spent more than $425,000 in lobbying expenses related to the City of Philadelphia.
Emails obtained by the city comptroller also found that E.S.&S. had influenced the writing of the city commissioners’ $22 million
Hong Kong cop who drove motorbike into protesters back on active duty as police chief rejects inquiry calls
1 December 2019 20:11 Holmes Chan3
Kansas cop bitten in testicle by deputy’s K-9 nabs $37,500 payout from county: report
By TIM BALK
DEC 01, 2019 | 2:40 PM
Woman calls cops on black UPS driver because "walking around with a bunch of packages" makes her "nervous"
Video: ‘I’m one to protect other cops,’ state trooper tells Norwalk officer in DUI arrest
Pat Tomlinson Nov. 30, 2019 Updated: Dec. 1, 2019 7:42 a.m.
Proposal seeks body cams for cops
Bill would allow state troopers to record interactions, including during traffic stops
Ryan Tarinelli, Associated Press Published 9:04 pm EST, Friday, November 29, 201
Jason Chaffetz: FBI deep state clear – will FISA report finally lead to action?
Following a series of four damning inspector general reports over the last two years, there is little doubt the senior leadership of the Obama-era FBI was weaponized in the service of the Democratic Party. But as America awaits what many expect to be the most damning investigation of all, it's fair to ask what has been done to rein in our rogue FBI.
The report on FISA abuse set for release on Dec. 9 is expected to show how the FBI used the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to spy on American citizens affiliated with the Trump campaign in 2016. As damning as such a conclusion would be, it will only be the latest in a series of explosive revelations from the Department of Justice Inspector General (IG) Michael Horowitz, some of which got muted coverage from the mainstream press. Advance leaks suggest the upcoming report will, at a minimum, show an FBI lawyer illegally altered documents to justify a FISA application.
Calls for Barr to Be Investigated–and Possibly Impeached–Intensify After Lying to Congress About FBI Spying
by Colin Kalmbacher | 11:21 am, November 30th, 2019
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9/11 and Other Deep State Crimes Teleconference
Draft agenda for December 4, 2019
8 p.m. (ET) / 5 p.m. (PT) teleconference dial-in #
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*Important note: Teleconference
this Wednesday night!
It was agreed on the last teleconference that we would have one call for November and December. That will be this coming Wednesday night, December 4, at the usual time (8 p.m. EST). There will not be a call on the last Wednesday of December. In January, we’ll get back to the regular schedule with a call on the 29th.
Our last call of the year will feature some interesting guests and an important update.
Our first speaker will be giving his second talk to the teleconference. Jack Rasmus will discuss his new book, The Scourge of Neoliberalism: US Economic Policy From Reagan to Trump. The book examines neoliberalism as both an Idea and a historical practice composed of a particular mix of fiscal-monetary-trade-industrial policies that began with the latest U.S. capitalist restructuring in the late 1970s.
Rasmus, who teaches economics at St. Mary’s College in California, has written a number of books, including Alexander Hamilton & The Origins of the Fed, and Central Bankers at the End of Their Ropes: Monetary Policy and the Coming Depression. Jack’s website is http://www.kyklosproductions.com where his published articles, radio and TV interviews, plays, and book reviews are available for download.
And because our second speaker can’t be with us until 9:30, we’ll follow Jack with an open discussion period (tell us what’s on your mind!) and then announcements.
At 9:30, we’ll have Mick Harrison of the Lawyers’ Committee for 9/11 Inquiry who will bring us up to date on what is happening with the committee, including the grand jury petition. He’ll also tell participants how they can help with the committee’s efforts.
Mick Harrison is a public interest attorney, who graduated from the University of the District of Columbia School of law. He has a national practice focused on cases that involve whistleblower protection, government accountability, corporate fraud and false claims, and dangers to public health or the environment.
It should be very interesting. We hope you join us!
DRAFT AGENDA for Wednesday December 4 teleconference
I Roll call/minutes approval (copied below)/agenda approval (5 min)
II The scourge of neoliberalism [Jack Rasmus] (45 min. including Q&A,)
III Open discussion [This and announcements must be finished by 9:30]
V Lawyers’ Committee update [Mick Harrison] (15 min. + 10 min. Q&A)
VI Updates on 9/11 topics (as needed)
•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 9/11Inquiry, 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
•Google (et al.) censorship
•9/11 Truth political candidates
This draft agenda sent to:
Richard Gage, John Heartson, Don DeBar, Scott Halfmann, Steven E. Jones, William Rodriguez, David Ray Griffin, William Douglas, Steve Alten , Tom Tvedten, Justin Martel, Les Jamieson, Michael Jackman, Michael Wolsey, Peggy Brewster, Barrie Zwicker, Erik Lawyer, Gabriel Day, Kevin Barrett, PhD, Carol Brouillet, Mia Hamel, Paul Craig Roberts, Jack Blood, Diana (for investigar11s.org), Cheryl Curtiss, Jodie Baltazar, Jarek Kupsc, Joseph Culp, Ken Jenkins, Ellen Mariani, Gerhard Bedding, Jack Shimek, Paul Krik, Rock Creek Free Press, Damon Bean, Allan Giles, Kyle Hence, Michael Berger, Dylan Avery, Jason Burmas, Mike Palecek, Donald Stahl, Ray McGovern, Cynthia McKinney, Ph,D, Don Plummer, Doug Wight, Global Outlook, Paul Zarembka, Penny Little, Bob Cable, Suzanne Warson, Peter Thottam, Ralph Schoenman, Carol Wolman, Scholars for 911 Truth & Justice, Hummux, Political Leaders for 9/11 Truth, Frank Morales, Frank Tolopko, Alan Miller, James Hufferd, Ph.D., Erik Larson, Ted Walter , Suzanne Warson, Frederick Coward, Gordon Duff, Sherri Kane, Leonard Horowitz, William Woodward, Jerry Mazza, William Pepper, Wayne Madsen, David Kimball, Jeffrey Orling, Michael Marino, Lenny Mather (in memoriam), Ken Freeland, Tania Torres, Graeme MacQueen, Yumi Kikuchi, Stuart Hutchison, Roland Angle, Frank Agamemnon , Harold Hilton, Phil Restino, Rich McCampbell, John Zito, Manny Badillo, John Hankey, Oskar Mosquito, Edwin Jewett, Ms Anisa Fattah, Robert Barron, Shelton Lankford, Matthew Hayward, Anna Yeisley, Chris Pratt, Craig Ranke, Susan Lindauer, Barbara Honegger, Democritus Blantayre, Joseph Baltar, Jim Hogue, Sheila Casey, Steve Martin, Ben Collet, Elizabeth Woodward, Runyan Wilde, Susan Wolfe, Adam Ruff, Conrad Gilber. Jonathan Mark, Tonya Sneed, Dan Sutton, Richard Krushnic, Mark Crispin Miller, Byron Belitsos, George Ripley, Laurie Manwell , Susan Serpa, Nicolas Guillermo, Dwain Deets, Craig McKee, Steve Fahrney; Fran Shure; David Petrano, Lawrence Fine, A.K. Dewdney, Steve De'ak, Allan Rees, Art Olivier, Ron Avery, Michael Booth, Jim Fetzer, Laura Katleman, Don Gibbs, Mark Basile, John-Michael Talboo, Julian Stroh, Christopher Gruener, Elias Davidsson, Martin McGee, Adnan Zuberi, Jan Ravensbergen, Rich Aucoin (in memoriam), David Hooper, Don Fox, Bill Wilt, William Jacoby, Ron Neils, John Campbell, Dan Hennen, Barton Bruce, Cheri Aspenleiter, Stephen Phillips, Dick Atlee, Lynn Ertrell, Nita Renfrew. Frank Tolopko, Mark McDonald, Christopher Bollyn, John Paul OMalley, Rodger Bories, Mark Snyder, Jane Clark, Richard Sacks, Tim Michel, Lynn Bradbury, Xander Arena, David Cole, Rick Tufts, Jerry Turner, Rick Shaddock, Rebecca Schmoyer, Mark Mckertich, Kip Beckford, Doug West, PF Soto, Dennis Cimino, Jane Clark, Charles Ewing Smith, Lucy Morgan Edwards, Pablo Novi, David Rolde, Gregory Flynn, Pat O'Connell, Jeff Long, Greg McCarron, Andy Steele, Thomas Robichaud, Doug Mackenzie, Peter Michael Ketcham, Gene Laratonda, Karl Golovin, Steve Jarrott, Neil Marquis, Matt Van Slyke, Tony Hall, Ph.D., Mike Springmann, Ezra Smith, Samuel Smith, Janane Tripp, Daniel Fielding, Gerald Pechenuk, Ralph Lopez, Robert Griffin, Linda McPherson, Marie Spike, Kathy Allard, PhD, Trina Silvers, Julio Gomez, Ann Hendricks, Malcolm Arnold, Nooria Ghafoor, Bonnie Faulkner, Clay Smith, Andrew Kreig
Draft minutes for October 30, 2019
Ann Hendricks, Secretary 9/11 Monthly Teleconference Call
Draft minutes for the October 30, 2019 regular conference call.
Cheryl Curtiss, Teleconference co-facilitator, Connecticut 9/11 Truth
Craig McKee, Teleconference co-facilitator, Truth and Shadows
Ann Hendricks, Teleconference secretary
Peter Michael Ketcham, formerly of NIST
John O’Malley, DC911Truth
Cheri Aspen, San Diego 9/11 Truth
James Hufferd, 9/11 Grassroots
Lynn Bradbury, Maine 9/11Truth
Michael Cook, AE911Truth
Christopher Bollyn, Solving 9/11
Christopher Gioia, commisioner, Franklin Square and Munson Fire District
Nita Renfrew, New York 911Truth
Bonnie Faulkner, Guns and Butter
Charles Ewing Smith, The Demolition of Truth
The minutes of the September 25, 2019 conference call were APPROVED.
Jeffrey Epstein and 9/11
Christopher Bollyn presented on Jeffrey Epstein’s connections to Leslie Wexner, Ehud Barak, and Michael Chertoff and about the dissolution of the Iraqi and Syrian states and their military power. He also spoke about the lack of political will to investigate the 9/11 crimes. “We see that the Department of Justice is completely controlled and unable to do an investigation of the government, of itself, or of the crime that changed America. The media, the universities, and the churches have not investigated 9/11. All the institutions that we believe in in our democratic society, somehow being responsible for standing for the truth, have failed us.” Christopher’s new book, Solving 9-11 The Original Articles Vol. ll is available at http://www.bollyn.com. His recent articles are: The Turkish Invasion of Kurdish-Occupied Syria (https://www.bollyn.com/#article_16281) and The Epstein Connection to 9/11 (https://www.bollyn.com/#article_16267).
Franklin Square and Munson resolution moving ahead
Christopher Gioia told of plans to get other fire departments in New York behind the Franklin Square and Munson Fire Department Resolution, and behind the Grand Jury investigation. He and his fellow commissioners are taking their initiative across the country and seeking the support of every fire department or district to support the Grand Jury Petition.
“What happened on 9/11 was evil incarnate; it was just tremendous evil that was perpetrated on our country and on our people… That is something we have to fight. I’m not going to stop until justice is done for the people who were murdered.” Christopher said it is critical to keep the pressure and the spotlight on the court to act. He urged everyone to contact U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman and inquire about the status of the Grand Jury investigation. The address is: Southern District Court of New York, 1 St. Andrew’s Plaza, New York City, NY 10007 (or call: 212-637-2200) https://www.ae911truth.org/news/540-new-york-area-fire-commissioners-make-history-call-for-new-9-11-investigation
Announcements and discussion.
1Cheryl Curtiss said the next teleconference call will be Wednesday, December 4. She also spoke about Max Blumenthal’s arrest, and said updates are posted on https://thegrayzone.com
2Craig McKee asked for suggestions on how to transfer the archive of the 9/11 List Serve emails to another location, because Yahoo Groups will no longer maintain this older content as of December 14.
3Lynn Bradbury said it would be a good idea to exchange email or postal addresses with each other.
4Nita Renfrew spoke of attending Robert Kennedy Jr.’s presentation on vaccine issues, at which his mic was pulled and the venue immediately closed. He continued his talk outside on the sidewalk. His organization is Children’s Health Defense.
The call began at 8 p.m. EST and adjourned at 9:51 p.m., PST/5 p.m. to 6:51 p.m. PST. Audio of the October call can be heard here:
The next monthly teleconference will take place on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 8 p.m. EST, 5 p.m. PST. Agenda items should be emailed to facilitator Cheryl Curtiss (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than one week before the call. Please use subject line “Agenda item for 911 Truth Teleconference.” Please include a brief description of your item and any relevant links you’d like participants to be aware of, together with your estimate of the number of minutes your agenda item will require. If you would like to join the teleconference list serve, contact Craig McKee (email@example.com), and anyone who would like information such as links included in the minutes should email Ann Hendricks (firstname.lastname@example.org).
'It's A Wonderful Life' Was Once Considered Controversial by the FBI, and Social Media Weighs In
FBI continues to find more Clinton emails, 4+ years after Judicial Watch lawsuit
By World Tribune on December 1, 2019
Mueller, Barr, Giuliani, Comey and Kallstrom Once Fought Terror Together—Now Trump Has Them Fight Each Other
TANGLED FATES IN ‘THE DEEP STATE’
This is the first in a three-part series, a first-hand look at men now known as Trump allies or adversaries who once worked together to fight terrorism—and how that shaped them.
Published Dec. 01, 2019 5:00AM ET
David Duke and His Twitter Nazis Got Mad at Me. Twitter Took Their Side.
November 30 2019, 10:00 a.m.
CAMEROONIAN ASYLUM-SEEKERS AT THE BORDER ARE FLEEING A U.S.-BACKED MILITARY FORCE
December 1 2019, 7:00 a.m.
NOVEMBER 30, 2019 | MILICENT CRANOR
A MEDICAL MIRACLE: STEM CELL THERAPY FOR A CATASTROPHIC SPINAL INJURY
November 29, 2019
This week’s FOIA roundup: Millions for Cali DMV from personal info sales, DHS is disappearing FOIA requests, and $75,000 for e-mails on iguana killing
Florida official on iguana disposal: “This is not the wild west.”
One City’s Struggle to Police the Police
Under Obama, Newark promised to reform its force. Is the Trump administration failing to follow up?
DECEMBER 8, 2019 | WHOWHATWHY STAFF
SAUDI MILITARY BASE SHOOTER AND THE UNEXPLAINED 9/11 CONNECTION
SAUDI ROYAL TIES TO 9/11 HIJACKERS VIA FLORIDA SAUDI FAMILY?
WhoWhatWhy has found evidence linking the Saudi royal family to Saudis in South Florida who reportedly had direct contact with the 9/11 hijackers before fleeing the United States just prior to the attacks. Our report connects some of the dots first laid out by investigative author Anthony Summers and Florida-based journalist Dan Christensen in articles jointly published in the Miami Herald and on the nonprofit news site BrowardBulldog.org.
In early September of this year, Summers and Christensen reported that a secret FBI probe, never shared with Congressional investigators or the presidential 9/11 commission, had uncovered information indicating the possibility of support for the hijackers from previously unknown confederates in the United States during 2001.
Now WhoWhatWhy reveals that those alleged confederates were closely tied to influential members of the Saudi ruling elite.
DECEMBER 5, 2019 | LANA COHEN
FOOD POISONING: CLIMATE CHANGE THREATENS HEALTH OF BILLIONS
Off-duty NYPD officer kills one, injures another in alleged DWI crash in East Flatbush
By Craig McCarthy and Tina Moore
December 8, 2019 |
Baltimore County cop facing rape, assault charges
Liz Anderson | @planetnoun
Akron should rehire cop fired over Facebook post about Louis Farrakhan, arbitrator says
Texas cop arrested after he allegedly strip-searched six women in 11 days, police say
BY DAWSON WHITE
DECEMBER 08, 2019 10:26 AM
Victoria's Top Cop To Explain At 'Lawyer X' Inquiry
Q&A: Professor commemorates legacy of activist Fred Hampton
By Paige Barnes, Staff Reporter
December 8, 2019
“Come After You Get Raped”: UP Woman Alleges Cops Dismissed Complaint
By preet - December 8, 2019
Top cop in foul-mouthed rant at lack of diversity in his department
By Charles Henry - December 8, 2019 6
Cops parade bar dancers, claim it was safety check
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N.J. cops accused of vandalizing cars for revenge arrested on new charges
Utah’s hate crime numbers don’t tell the whole story. Here’s what we know.
But Mike German, a retired FBI agent and a fellow with the Brennan Center for Justice’s Liberty & National Security Program, makes a convincing case that our priorities are upside down.
In 2017, the feds charged more than 200 people with felonies because they were at an anti-Trump protest where some windows were broken, while just a handful of federal arrests were made after white supremacists openly brutalized and stabbed counterprotesters in a series of cities ending with Charlottesville.
“It raises sharp questions about how the federal government is viewing these cases,” German says. “Today, the FBI could not tell us how many people white supremacists killed last year, which for a domestic intelligence agency, seems like a blind spot.”
The FBI isn’t transparent about how it allocates its resources, either, and there’s plenty of cause for skepticism. The agency has stated in the past that in the field of domestic terrorism, environmental rights activists pose the number one threat.
Ford’s lawyers blast FBI’s Kavanaugh probe as ‘stain’ on justice
by Denton Staff Contributor — December 7, 2019
Christine Blasey Ford’s lawyers fired off a letter to the head of the FBI Thursday lambasting the against Brett Kavanaugh for not interviewing her or others who could back her story.
“We write to provide you with the names of several of the witnesses we requested that the FBI interview in connection with this matter
Climate tipping points — too risky to bet against
The growing threat of abrupt and irreversible climate changes must compel political and economic action on emissions.
Nature.com, Nov. 27, 2019
Politicians, economists and even some natural scientists have tended to assume that tipping points1 in the Earth system — such as the loss of the Amazon rainforest or the West Antarctic ice sheet — are of low probability and little understood. Yet evidence is mounting that these events could be more likely than was thought, have high impacts and are interconnected across different biophysical systems, potentially committing the world to long-term irreversible changes.
Here we summarize evidence on the threat of exceeding tipping points, identify knowledge gaps and suggest how these should be plugged. We explore the effects of such large-scale changes, how quickly they might unfold and whether we still have any control over them.
In our view, the consideration of tipping points helps to define that we are in a climate emergency and strengthens this year’s chorus of calls for urgent climate action — from schoolchildren to scientists, cities and countries.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) introduced the idea of tipping points two decades ago. At that time, these ‘large-scale discontinuities’ in the climate system were considered likely only if global warming exceeded 5°C above pre-industrial levels. Information summarized in the two most recent IPCC Special Reports (published in 2018 and in September this year)2,3 suggests that tipping points could be exceeded even between 1 and 2°C of warming (see ‘Too close for comfort’).
If current national pledges to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions are implemented — and that’s a big ‘if’ — they are likely to result in at least 3°C of global warming. This is despite the goal of the 2015 Paris agreement to limit warming to well below 2°C. Some economists, assuming that climate tipping points are of very low probability (even if they would be catastrophic), have suggested that 3°C warming is optimal from a cost–benefit perspective. However, if tipping points are looking more likely, then the ‘optimal policy’ recommendation of simple cost–benefit climate-economy models4 aligns with those of the recent IPCC report2. In other words, warming must be limited to 1.5°C. This requires an emergency response.
We think that several cryosphere tipping points are dangerously close, but mitigating greenhouse-gas emissions could still slow down the inevitable accumulation of impacts and help us to adapt.
Research in the past decade has shown that the Amundsen Sea embayment of West Antarctica might have passed a tipping point3: the ‘grounding line’ where ice, ocean and bedrock meet is retreating irreversibly. A model study shows5 that when this sector collapses, it could destabilize the rest of the West Antarctic ice sheet like toppling dominoes — leading to about 3 metres of sea-level rise on a timescale of centuries to millennia. Palaeo-evidence shows that such widespread collapse of the West Antarctic ice sheet has occurred repeatedly in the past.
The latest data show that part of the East Antarctic ice sheet — the Wilkes Basin — might be similarly unstable3. Modelling work suggests that it could add another 3–4m to sea level on timescales beyond a century.
The Greenland ice sheet is melting at an accelerating rate3. It could add a further 7m to sea level over thousands of years if it passes a particular threshold. Beyond that, as the elevation of the ice sheet lowers, it melts further, exposing the surface to ever-warmer air. Models suggest that the Greenland ice sheet could be doomed at 1.5°C of warming3, which could happen as soon as 2030.
Thus, we might already have committed future generations to living with sea-level rises of around 10m over thousands of years3. But that timescale is still under our control. The rate of melting depends on the magnitude of warming above the tipping point. At 1.5°C, it could take 10,000 years to unfold3; above 2°C it could take less than 1,000 years6. Researchers need more observational data to establish whether ice sheets are reaching a tipping point, and require better models constrained by past and present data to resolve how soon and how fast the ice sheets could collapse.
Whatever those data show, action must be taken to slow sea-level rise. This will aid adaptation, including the eventual resettling of large, low-lying population centres.
A further key impetus to limit warming to 1.5°C is that other tipping points could be triggered at low levels of global warming. The latest IPCC models projected a cluster of abrupt shifts7 between 1.5°C and 2°C, several of which involve sea ice. This ice is already shrinking rapidly in the Arctic, indicating that, at 2°C of warming, the region has a 10–35% chance3 of becoming largely ice-free in summer.
Climate change and other human activities risk triggering biosphere tipping points across a range of ecosystems and scales (see ‘Raising the alarm’).
Ocean heatwaves have led to mass coral bleaching and to the loss of half of the shallow-water corals on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. A staggering 99% of tropical corals are projected2 to be lost if global average temperature rises by 2°C, owing to interactions between warming, ocean acidification and pollution. This would represent a profound loss of marine biodiversity and human livelihoods.
As well as undermining our life-support system, biosphere tipping points can trigger abrupt carbon release back to the atmosphere. This can amplify climate change and reduce remaining emission budgets.
Deforestation and climate change are destabilizing the Amazon — the world’s largest rainforest, which is home to one in ten known species. Estimates of where an Amazon tipping point could lie range from 40% deforestation to just 20% forest-cover loss8. About 17% has been lost since 1970. The rate of deforestation varies with changes in policy. Finding the tipping point requires models that include deforestation and climate change as interacting drivers, and that incorporate fire and climate feedbacks as interacting tipping mechanisms across scales.
With the Arctic warming at least twice as quickly as the global average, the boreal forest in the subarctic is increasingly vulnerable. Already, warming has triggered large-scale insect disturbances and an increase in fires that have led to dieback of North American boreal forests, potentially turning some regions from a carbon sink to a carbon source9. Permafrost across the Arctic is beginning to irreversibly thaw and release carbon dioxide and methane — a greenhouse gas that is around 30 times more potent than CO2 over a 100-year period.
Researchers need to improve their understanding of these observed changes in major ecosystems, as well as where future tipping points might lie. Existing carbon stores and potential releases of CO2 and methane need better quantification.
The world’s remaining emissions budget for a 50:50 chance of staying within 1.5°C of warming is only about 500gigatonnes (Gt) of CO2. Permafrost emissions could take an estimated 20% (100GtCO2) off this budget10, and that’s without including methane from deep permafrost or undersea hydrates. If forests are close to tipping points, Amazon dieback could release another 90GtCO2 and boreal forests a further 110GtCO211. With global total CO2 emissions still at more than 40Gtper year, the remaining budget could be all but erased already.
We argue that cascading effects might be common. Research last year14 analysed 30 types of regime shift spanning physical climate and ecological systems, from collapse of the West Antarctic ice sheet to a switch from rainforest to savanna. This indicated that exceeding tipping points in one system can increase the risk of crossing them in others. Such links were found for 45% of possible interactions14.
In our view, examples are starting to be observed. For example, Arctic sea-ice loss is amplifying regional warming, and Arctic warming and Greenland melting are driving an influx of fresh water into the North Atlantic. This could have contributed to a 15% slowdown15 since the mid-twentieth century of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) , a key part of global heat and salt transport by the ocean3. Rapid melting of the Greenland ice sheet and further slowdown of the AMOC could destabilize the West African monsoon, triggering drought in Africa’s Sahel region. A slowdown in the AMOC could also dry the Amazon, disrupt the East Asian monsoon and cause heat to build up in the Southern Ocean, which could accelerate Antarctic ice loss.
The palaeo-record shows global tipping, such as the entry into ice-age cycles 2.6 million years ago and their switch in amplitude and frequency around one million years ago, which models are only just capable of simulating. Regional tipping occurred repeatedly within and at the end of the last ice age, between 80,000 and 10,000 years ago (the Dansgaard–Oeschger and Heinrich events). Although this is not directly applicable to the present interglacial period, it highlights that the Earth system has been unstable across multiple timescales before, under relatively weak forcing caused by changes in Earth’s orbit. Now we are strongly forcing the system, with atmospheric CO2 concentration and global temperature increasing at rates that are an order of magnitude higher than those during the most recent deglaciation.
Atmospheric CO2 is already at levels last seen around four million years ago, in the Pliocene epoch. It is rapidly heading towards levels last seen some 50 million years ago — in the Eocene — when temperatures were up to 14°C higher than they were in pre-industrial times. It is challenging for climate models to simulate such past ‘hothouse’ Earth states. One possible explanation is that the models have been missing a key tipping point: a cloud-resolving model published this year suggests that the abrupt break-up of stratocumulus cloud above about 1,200 parts per million of CO2 could have resulted in roughly 8°C of global warming12.
Some early results from the latest climate models — run for the IPCC’s sixth assessment report, due in 2021 — indicate a much larger climate sensitivity (defined as the temperature response to doubling of atmospheric CO2) than in previous models. Many more results are pending and further investigation is required, but to us, these preliminary results hint that a global tipping point is possible.
To address these issues, we need models that capture a richer suite of couplings and feedbacks in the Earth system, and we need more data — present and past — and better ways to use them. Improving the ability of models to capture known past abrupt climate changes and ‘hothouse’ climate states should increase confidence in their ability to forecast these.
Some scientists counter that the possibility of global tipping remains highly speculative. It is our position that, given its huge impact and irreversible nature, any serious risk assessment must consider the evidence, however limited our understanding might still be. To err on the side of danger is not a responsible option.
If damaging tipping cascades can occur and a global tipping point cannot be ruled out, then this is an existential threat to civilization. No amount of economic cost–benefit analysis is going to help us. We need to change our approach to the climate problem.
In our view, the evidence from tipping points alone suggests that we are in a state of planetary emergency: both the risk and urgency of the situation are acute (see ‘Emergency: do the maths’).
Emergency: do the maths
We define emergency (E) as the product of risk and urgency. Risk (R) is defined by insurers as probability (p) multiplied by damage (D). Urgency (U) is defined in emergency situations as reaction time to an alert (τ) divided by the intervention time left to avoid a bad outcome (T). Thus:
E = R × U = p × D × τ / T
The situation is an emergency if both risk and urgency are high. If reaction time is longer than the intervention time left (τ/T>1), we have lost control.
We argue that the intervention time left to prevent tipping could already have shrunk towards zero, whereas the reaction time to achieve net zero emissions is 30 years at best. Hence we might already have lost control of whether tipping happens. A saving grace is that the rate at which damage accumulates from tipping — and hence the risk posed — could still be under our control to some extent.
The stability and resilience of our planet is in peril. International action — not just words — must reflect this.
The Media Are Complacent While the World Burns
But there’s a brand-new playbook for journalists fighting for a 1.5°C world.
By Mark Hertsgaard and Kyle Pope
Police officer forced homeless man to lick a urinal, laughed about other times he’s done the same thing
By BRIAN NIEMIETZ
DEC 17, 2019 | 2:56 PM
'We loved each other': America’s first racially integrated all-girl swing band
The International Sweethearts broke attendance records and toured as a USO act – but racism and sexism largely swept them from public record
“He’s a little intoxicated”: Body camera shows response to Aurora officer found passed out drunk in car in middle of road
Suffolk District Attorney Thomas Spota and top aide convicted in attempted cover-up of inmate beating by ex-police chief
By LARRY MCSHANE
DEC 17, 2019 | 12:15 PM
Old Town will restrict where sex offenders can live
DNA from 5,700-year-old ‘gum’ shows what one ancient woman may have looked like
Chewed birch pitch could be an overlooked source of ancient genetic material, researchers say
The first U.S. trials in people put CRISPR to the test in 2019
These studies are a first step toward fulfilling the gene editor’s medical promise
See how an Alaskan glacier has shrunk over time
47 years of satellite images capture the Columbia glacier’s retreat
We’ve lost 3 billion birds since 1970 in North America
Scientists found profound losses among both rare and common birds
Texas cop pleads guilty to murdering pregnant girlfriend
Ohio Cop Was Caught on Video Beating a Restrained Inmate. He Just Resigned.
And his supervisor has been demoted to corporal and suspended for two weeks.
By Tim Marcin
Dec 17 2019, 1:47pm
Google Fired an Engineer Who Wrote Code Telling Googlers They Had a Right to Organize
The tech giant has fired five employees involved in labor organizing within the past month.
First Lawsuit of Its Kind Accuses Big Tech of Profiting From Child Labor in Cobalt Mines
Apple, Google, Microsoft, Dell, and Tesla are being sued over their alleged reliance on cobalt mined by children.
By Edward Ongweso Jr
Dec 17 2019, 12:48pmShareTweetSnap
Aurora cop gets jail time for stealing money meant for fallen officers’ families
POSTED 10:32 PM, DECEMBER 16, 2019, BY ALEX ROSE
Aurora calls for independent review after body cam footage shows officers responding to drunk cop
POSTED 7:32 AM, DECEMBER 17, 2019, BY DARA
Tennessee Cop Accused of Probing a Black Man's Anus Also Allegedly Groped Teen Girls and Stalked a Woman for a Year
He's now facing a total of eight lawsuits
DECEMBER 17, 2019
The Case for a Universal Basic Income
by CHARLIE COCKBURN
Photograph Source: Generation Grundeinkommen – CC BY 2.0
In a British election campaign overshadowed by Brexit, one important Labour initiative attracted little or no attention. Buried on page 60 of the party’s manifesto was a pledge to introduce a pilot scheme to explore Universal Basic Income (UBI), commonly defined as an unconditional cash transfer to all members of a political community, as a matter of right, without means-tests or work requirements. Giving few details, the manifesto described the program as an innovative way of responding to low pay and job insecurity. It marks the first time a major UK party expressed interest in UBI—though the commitment was echoed by the Green Party, which promised to implement the policy for all residents of the country by 2025.
In May, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer John McDonnell revealed that the Party was considering trial programs in Liverpool and Sheffield, both of which had lobbied for support. But with Labour’s recent election defeat, UBI’s UK prospects limp on only in Scotland, where local parties have been exploring pilot programs in Fife, North Ayrshire, Edinburgh and Glasgow City since 2017. Their steering group will report to Scottish Government Ministers on their plan in March 2020.
Unsurprisingly, UBI has attracted hysterical denunciations from the establishment press, replete with confident pronouncements that any such program would prove ruinously expensive and discourage people from working. A Daily Telegraph columnist asserted that poorer beneficiaries might spend “their time getting drunk, watching pornography or taking drugs”. The Financial Times claimed that “rewarding people for staying at home, is what lies behind social decay”.
These lurid fantasies are decisively refuted by empirical evidence from the array of conditional cash transfer programs that have surged worldwide since the 2000s. The success of these programs demonstrates that, as opposed to in-kind transfers or oil and grain subsidies, “just giving money to the poor” has a positive impact on poverty and human capital outcomes. A 2019 World Bank report, “The Changing Nature of Work” concluded that “the available evidence confirms that both a
American Moon (English Version)
Family of driver killed in wild shootout wants answers from cops
By ANDREW BORYGA
SOUTH FLORIDA SUN SENTINEL |
DEC 17, 2019
20 Baltimore Cops Accused of Misconduct This Year
By Crime and Justice News |
A Baltimore police officer caught on tape beating a suspect went to prison this year. A veteran police sergeant filmed allegedly arresting, threatening and harassing innocent men faces a slew of charges. More officers tied to the Gun Trace Task Force were charged or sentenced in federal court. A violent 2019 in the city was also a busy year for prosecutors, internal affairs detectives and others who police Baltimore’s police. Court records, sentencing memorandums and Baltimore Sun archives show that at least 20 Baltimore police officers were either charged, sentenced, or suspended during 2019, the Sun reports. The scope of the crimes and allegations are broad and follow a notorious period in 2018, marked by federal arrests and trials of officers of the gun task force, and another officer charged with drug trafficking. This year’s charges range from drunken driving to an officer being sentenced to five years in prison after nearly running over a man in a crosswalk, then drawing his gun after the man spilled tea on his car.
The public relations damage crested in October, when State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said she had a list of “hundreds of officers” with alleged credibility issues. A total of 305 officers were flagged in Mosby’s list that was forwarded to the department this mo
In Aurora, drunken cops aren’t nearly as unnerving as the sobering flubs APD brass keeps making
By DAVE PERRY, Sentinel Editor -
December 17, 2019
THE FBI WALL OF SHAME
In 1989 FBI agents caught committing voter fraud in Cincinnati.
In the World
Reach Out and TAP Someone
by Gregory Flannery
In These Times, March 22, 1989, pp. 12-13
Car Burnings and Assaults on Radicals
Linked to F .B .1 . Agents in Last 5 Years
Dozens of ‘Goyas’ are not by the master’s own hand, claims art historian
The Spaniard’s paintings sell for millions, but a British expert now claims that many pieces attributed to him were by his assistant
Dead Men Tell No Tales
Dylan Howard, Melissa Cronin, James Robertson
Hardcover eBook Paperback
This is—for the first time—the full and unedited story behind the sick life and mysterious death of Jeffrey Epstein that is being called one of the most significant scandals in American history
He was the billionaire financier and close confidant of presidents, prime ministers, movie stars and British royalty, the mysterious self-made man who rose from blue-collar Brooklyn to the heights of luxury. But while he was flying around the world on his private jet and hosting lavish parties at his private island in the Caribbean, he also was secretly masterminding an international child sex ring—one that may have involved the richest and most influential men in the world.
The conspiracy of corruption was an open secret for decades. And then this summer, it all came crashing down.
After his arrest on sex trafficking charges in July, it seemed Epstein’s darkest secrets would finally see the light. But hopes for true justice were shattered on August 10 this year, when he was found dead in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, New York.
The verdict: suicide. The timing: convenient, to say the least.
Now, Epstein: Dead Men Tell No Tales delivers bombshell new revelations, uncovers how the man President Trump once described as a “terrific guy” abused hundreds of underage girls at his mansions in Palm Beach and Manhattan… all while entertaining the world’s most powerful men—including President Clinton, Prince Andrew, and Donald Trump himself.
The answers to these questions and more will be explored in Epstein: Dead Men Tell No Tales with groundbreaking new reporting, never-before-seen court files, and interviews with new witnesses and confidants.
Combining the very best investigative reporting from investigative journalists Dylan Howard, Melissa Cronin and James Robertson—who have been covering the case for close to a decade—will send shockwaves through the highest levels of the establishment.
Woman who Accused 2 Cops of Rape Dies after Falling from Sheriff's Moving SUV
ENVISIONING AN AMERICA FREE FROM POLICE VIOLENCE AND CONTROL
October 15 2017, 10:23 a.m.
Alex Vitale thinks we should radically rethink the role of police in our society. In his 2017 book, The End of Policing, the Brooklyn College sociologist argues that armed police perpetuate “the management of inequalities of race and class.” The crux of the problem, he insists, isn’t a lack of police training or diversity but an “unprecedented expansion and intensity of policing in the last forty years. The problem is policing itself.”
In the Nation
Hot on the Press
Did Police Torch a Cincinnati Paper?
In These Times, September 6, 1989, p. 7
A Serious Threat to New York
Gangs could reverse the city’s success in combating violent crime—but a new academic report dismisses their significance.
Rafael A. Mangual
December 23, 2019 New YorkPublic safety
New York has made tremendous strides in fighting violent crime since the 1980s and early 1990s, but pockets of the city still confront relatively high rates of violence. In these neighborhoods, serious crime is largely driven by gangs and “crews”—smaller, less formal groups of youths, with membership usually based on a block or building. According to the New York Police Department, in recent years, gangs—and crews in particular—account for between 30 percent and 40 percent of Gotham’s homicides, and between 40 percent and 49 percent of the city’s shootings.
Many of these crews operate out of New York’s public housing projects, where, according to a Citizen’s Crime Commission of New York City report, “nearly 20 percent of citywide shooting incidents occur.” These projects house less than 5 percent of the city’s population, with approximately 400,000 registered residents—21 percent of whom are over the age of 62 and contribute almost nothing to the violent trend. NYCHA has experienced surging crime over the past year, especially in East Harlem. Gangs present a real threat to the public’s safety; last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio calledgangs and crews “one of the central ongoing problems in this city.”
Yet a recent report from Brooklyn College’s Policing and Social Justice Project claims that the “presence of gangs” in New York is “overstated and demonized by the police and media.” Along with supporting activists’ “fight for the rights of . . . those who may be legitimatel
JUSTICE DEC. 12, 2019
REPORT CALLS ON NEW NYPD TOP COP DERMOT SHEA TO ABOLISH GANG DATABASE
New York Activists, Academics Urge End to Gang Database
By Trevor Boyer | December 13, 2019
BEYOND PRISONS—EPISODE 18: THE END OF POLICING FEAT. ALEX VITALE
THERE’S A PATTERN OF POLICE UNIONS ATTACKING PEOPLE WHO CALL FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM, ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY ARE BLACK
A Philadelphia police union’s recent attack on Players Coalition co-founder Malcolm Jenkins matches rhetorical tactics that officers’ groups are using in the face of outspoken support for criminal justice reforms.
When Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins wrote an opinion piece urging the city’s recently re-elected mayor to pick a new police commissioner who isn’t “in lockstep with the union,” the police union’s response was strikingly—and revealingly—personal.
In a scathing letter to the Philadelphia Inquirer, which published Jenkins’s Nov. 18 commentary, Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police president John McNesby called him “washed up,” said his critiques amounted to a “racist attack,” and ended by asking: “What is the Inquirer’s next plan, a survey of drug dealers?”
Jenkins, who is Black, is a two-time Super Bowl champion and co-founder of the social justice and racial equity group the Players Coalition. He also leads the Eagles in tackles and hasn’t missed a snap in two seasons.
This kind of resp
An Earful in Cincinnati
Eavesdropping Left and Right
The Nation, April 17, 1989, pp. 516-519
IN THE SHADOW OF THE FEDERAL DEATH CHAMBER, EXECUTIONS ARE ON HOLD — FOR NOW
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OUR FAVORITE CARTOON OP-EDS OF 2019
DECEMBER 28, 2019
Amy McGrath Is Now Officially Challenging Mitch McConnell
McGrath, a former Marine pilot, is already out-fundraising the Senate Republican leader.
DECEMBER 27, 2019
Donald Trump Will Easily Be Reelected: There Has Been No Repudiation of What He Represents and There Won’t Be
by ANIS SHIVANI
I predicted well before the last election that Donald Trump would be elected, having felt that way once he rode down that golden escalator with his rapist invective
Friday, December 27, 2019
World's 500 Richest People Gained $1.2 Trillion in Wealth in 2019: Analysis
"In the U.S., the richest 0.1% control a bigger share of the pie than at any time since 1929."
Saturday, December 28, 2019
Thousands of Koalas Feared Dead in Australia Wildfires
Record wildfires continue: "I think this is the single loudest alarm bell I've ever heard on global heating."
OFFICERS ARRESTED - two sheriff's deputies arrested for stealing from tornado damaged Home Depot
70-Year-Old Grandmother Tased and Arrested by Florida Police
Local lawyer wins MLK verdict
Raymond D. Kohlman believes the truth about the 1968 assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is being kept from the American people.
The 55-year-old Attleboro lawyer has investigated matters related to the assassination for about 20 years.
It was Pepper who convinced the King family that the assassination had been planned and executed by a government plot that included the FBI, CIA, President Lyndon Johnson's White House and the media.
For The Record #115 - Interview with Ray Kohlman and Mike Ruppert
by Dave Emory
Publication date 1998
Usage Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0
Topics CIA, Clinton, Drug Trafficking, Iran-Contra, JFK, Kohlman, LAPD, Mafia, Mike Ruppert, Oliver North, Bill Tyree, Albert Vincent Carone
FTR #115 In October of 1998, Mr. Emory interviewed attorney Ray Kohlman in a conference call with former LAPD narcotics detective Mike Ruppert on the subject of the Tyree suit. Mr. Kohlman is representing former Special Forces soldier Bill Tyree in his lawsuit against George Bush, the CIA, Oliver North and Bill Clinton, among others. The discussion centers on the structure of the lawsuit itself, the current status of the suit (as of the Fall of 1998) and the possible impact of the publication of Volume Two of the CIA Inspector General's report on the agency's involvement in the drug trade. The main element connecting the disparate aspects of the lawsuit is the remarkable career of Albert Vincent Carone, who worked variously for the New York Police Department, the U.S. Army, the CIA and the Mafia. One item of information of particular interest (and not included in the previous broadcasts on the subject) is the allegation Carone made (during a deathbed confession) that he had paid money to Ruth Paine, one of the people who shepherded Lee Harvey Oswald around in the Dallas area. Carone also alleged that he paid money to Jack Ruby on 11/21/63 and that he was on a rooftop on a building at Love Field in Dallas with a rifle in order to kill President Kennedy on 11/22/63 but was unable to get a clear shot.
I want to pass on to pass o the name of Canadian Professor Justin Piche
who edits the academic journal Prisoners on Prisons.
Justin is part of a network of ex cons who went on to get their PhD in
J o u r n a l o f P r i s o n e r s o n P r i s o n s
"...allowing our experiences and analysis to be added to the forum that will constitute public opinion could help halt the disastrous trend toward building more fortresses of fear which will become in the 21st century this generation's monuments to failure."
-Jo-Ann Mayhew, from JPP Vol. 1:1 (1988)
The Journal of Prisoners on Prisons (JPP) is a prisoner written, academically oriented and peer reviewed, non-profit journal, based on the tradition of the penal press. It brings the knowledge produced by prison writers together with academic arguments to enlighten public discourse about the current state of carceral institutions. This is particularly important because with few exceptions, definitions of deviance and constructions of those participating in these defined acts are incompletely created by social scientists, media representatives, politicians and those in the legal community. These analyses most often promote self-serving interests, omit the voices of those most affected, and facilitate repressive and reactionary penal policies and practices. As a result, the JPPattempts to acknowledge the accounts, experiences, and criticisms of the criminalized by providing an educational forum that allows women and men to participate in the development of research that concerns them directly. In an age where `crime` has become lucrative and exploitable, the JPP exists as an important alternate source of information that competes with popularly held stereotypes and misconceptions about those who are currently, or those who have in the past, faced the deprivation of liberty.
LE PEN LINKED TO MOSSAD; FRENCH ELECTION RIGGED?
'Mossad agent' Roger Auque and his daughter Marion Maréchal Le Pen
Marion Maréchal Le Pen is a Front National (FN) member of the French parliament.
She is a granddaughter of Jean-Marie Le Pen, and a niece of Marine Le Pen.
Marion's birth father is Roger Auque, a spy and journalist who died in September 2014.
Roger Auque was an agent of Mossad.
Roger Auque wrote In The Secret Service, in which he revealed that he had been a spy for Israel.
Révélations: Le père de Marion Maréchal-Le Pen . / The Israeli agent.
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION BLACK PANTHER PARTY
PART 4 OF 15
Ex-Sheriff Lee Baca likely headed to prison after Supreme Court declines to review case
Off-duty Secret Service agent shoots and kills dog on a leash in Brooklyn
By KERRY BURKE and JOHN ANNESE
JAN 13, 2020 | 11:32
Lawyer for Jeffrey Epstein’s cellmate wants hearing on why video of first suicide attempt was destroyed
JAN 13, 2020 | 11:19 PM
JANUARY 14, 2020
Charlottesville City Council Passes Resolution Against War on Iran
by DAVID SWANSON
Charlottesville Virginia’s City Council voted Monday evening to adopt a resolution opposing war on Iran and urging passage by Congress of Senator Tim Kaine’s privileged resolution.
The City Council re-affirmed the position it had taken in 2012 in passing a resolution against war on Iran.
The latest threat of war on Iran is particularly Trumpian, but it has also been in the works for decades. Many in the U.S. government have wanted to attack Iran since 1979, and the Shah’s son has been waiting that long for the United States to put him in power.
Iran was on the Pentagon’s target list in 2001. There was a huge push for war on Iran in 2007 that was stopped in large part by public pressure. There was another huge push in 2015, blocked by the nuclear agreement that is usually misunderstood as having restrained Iran rather than the United States.
Now Congress has refused to impeach for wars and threats of nuclear war, has stripped out of the National Defense Authorization Act the ban on war on Iran that was contained in the House version, has given Trump more military funding even than he asked for — and numerous Congress M
January 13, 2020
Release Notes: Join us in Boston to hack on GovLens
As we near the finish line for a new DocumentCloud, no new user-facing features to report
Written by Mitchell Kotler, Michael Morisy
Edited by Beryl Lipton
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Retired cop convicted of aiding son after W. Mich. woman’s dismemberment
The Associated Press Published 8:34 p.m. ET Jan. 13, 2020 |
JANUARY 14, 2020 | GABRIELLA NOVELLO
THE UNHOLY TRINITY OF ILLEGAL CAMPAIGN COORDINATION
Immunity Just Barely Denied To Cop Who Claimed Driving A Beat-Up Car And Paying For Purchases Is Suspicious Behavior
Chicago cop says wife 'laying in a pool of blood in our kitchen' on call reporting wife's shooting
BRPD cop accused of lying about shootings could face charges
Cop Sentenced for Using Counterfeit Bar Codes to Buy Items
Deaths of former New Haven cop, wife, ruled murder-suicide
Rep. Meadows: Lawmakers Will Appeal To FISC Judge To Remove David Kris From FBI Review
IG Report Bombshell: Did The FBI And DOJ Ask Putin’s Buddy To Help Get Trump?
DOJ official Bruce Ohr called a meeting of several federal agencies to discuss ‘working with’ a Russian oligarch because of his belief, premised on the unverified Steele dossier, that Trump was corrupt.
JANUARY 13, 2020
A previously unnoticed passage in Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report on federal surveillance abuse suggests Bruce Ohr and his compatriots were willing to bargain with a Russian oligarch to take down Donald Trump.
Two-hundred-plus pages into the IG report, while discussing former Associate Deputy Attorney General Ohr’s cont
FBI Agent Arrested On Child Sexual Assault Charge
Betrayal: The True Story of J. Edgar Hoover and the Nazi Saboteurs Captured During WWII Hardcover
Directory of Graduates of the FBI National Academy and Officers of ..., Issue 21
Forensic bitemark identification: weak foundations, exaggerated claims
Chicago FBI agent caught on tape, arrested
FBI AGENT ARRESTED IN MIAMI SEX STING
Region crime roundup: FBI agent pleads guilty to misdemeanor count of driving intoxicated
From: J Ader
Subject: Idaho Public Records Act Request: FOIA - Idaho State PD - Converus EyeDetect
To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Idaho Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:
All documents pertaining to Converus EyeDetect (https://converus.com). Documents being requested here should include - but are not limited to - the following:
- Invoices or receipts for the purchase of any EyeDetect product/service
- MOUs from Converus
- Brochures or product/service specifications regarding EyeDetect
- Privacy policies regarding EyeDetect product/services
- Any/all manuals regarding EyeDetect product/services
- Guidelines mentioning EyeDetect product/services
- Bulletins mentioning EyeDetect product/services
- Briefings mentioning EyeDetect product/services
- Any/all digitally disseminated publications from your agency mentioning EyeDetect product/services
I am confident there are documents relevant to this request based on public literature describing the use of the company's products by your agency: https://converus.com/blog/idaho-state-police-job-applicants-say-eyedetect-reduces-stress-of-hiring-process/
The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.
In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.
Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 3 business days, as the statute requires.
JANUARY 13, 2020 | PETER B. COLLINS
AN EXPERIMENT IN DECENCY
Maine State Police may be spying on you
Privacy advocates worry that law enforcement monitors innocent residents, and is one of only two states that won't reveal whether it's using this advanced technology.
An investigation by the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram has found:
• Maine is one of two states to have a specific law, which was inspired by Cold War-era secrets kept from the Soviets, that officials say allows the state to neither confirm nor deny the use of digital technologies that might help solve crimes, but that also raises fears of abuse, privacy violations and the surveillance of citizens.
• Despite evidence that the Maine State Police has worked for years with federal agencies to develop its use of digital surveillance technology, the agency now uses that law to refuse to answer any questions about such efforts, or even acknowledge that they exist.
• The secrecy about investigative or surveillance technology extends to the Maine Information and Analysis Center – a so-called fusion center that brings the state police together with other federal and state agencies to foster information sharing and does not reveal its activities.
• The state police, and its partners in the fusion center, may soon have access to Mainers’ Real ID photos, which are especially suited for face-scanning technology. State law currently prohibits use of license photos for facial recognition searches, but a bill now moving through the Legislature would allow state officials to conduct such searches and provide information to outside law enforcement agencies.
FEBRUARY 8, 2020 | TED RALL
SUSAN COLLINS HAS ALL THE FAITH IN THE WORLD
▼ Primary Sources ▼
Mark Felt of the Federal Bureau of Investigation immediately took charge of the case. According to the historian Dan T. Carter (The Politics of Rage), Felt had a trusted contact in the White House: Charles Colson. Felt gave Colson the news. Within 90 minutes of the shooting Richard Nixon and Colson are recorded discussing the case. Nixon told Colson that he was concerned that Bremer “might have ties to the Republican Party or, even worse, the President’s re-election committee”. Nixon also asked Colson to find a way of blaming George McGovern for the shooting.
Over the next few hours, Colson and Felt talk six times on the telephone. Felt gave Colson the address of Bremer's home. Colson now phoned E. Howard Hunt and asked him to break-in to Bremer's apartment to discover if he had any documents that linked him to Nixon or George McGovern. According to Hunt's autobiography, Undercover, he disliked this idea but made preparations for the trip. He claimed that later that night Colson calls off the operation.
At 5:00 p.m. Thomas Farrow, head of the Baltimore FBI, passed details of Bremer’s address to the FBI office in Milwaukee. Soon afterwards two FBI agents arrived at Bremer’s apartment block and begin interviewing neighbours. However, they do not have a search warrant and do not go into Bremer’s apartment.
At around the same time, James Rowley, head of the Secret Service, ordered one of his Milwaukee agents to break into Bremer’s apartment. It has never been revealed why Rowley took this action. It is while this agent is searching the apartment that the FBI discover what is happening. According to John Ehrlichman, the FBI was so angry when they discovered the Secret Service in the apartment that they nearly opened fire on them.
The Secret Service took away documents from Bremer’s apartment. It is not known if they planted anything before they left. Anyway, the FBI discovered material published by the Black Panther Party and the American Civil Liberties Union in the apartment. Both sets of agents now left Bremer’s apartment unsealed. Over the next 80 minutes several reporters enter the apartment and take away documents.
Charles Colson also phoned journalists at the Washington Post and Detroit News with the news that evidence had been found that Bremer is a left-winger and was connected to the campaign of George McGovern. The reporters were also told that Bremer is a “dues-paying member of the Young Democrats of Milwaukee”. The next day Bob Woodward (Washington Post) and Gerald terHost (Detroit News) publish this story.
William Joseph Bryan: Sirhan’s Handler and Set-Up Miastro Extraordinaire
September 16, 2019 Russ Winter
Brad Pitt attacks impeachment hearings during Oscars acceptance speech
By KATE FELDMAN and NANCY DILLON
FEB 09, 2020 | 8:27 PM
NYPD stop-and-frisk numbers jumped by 22% in 2019 from prior year: report
By ROCCO PARASCANDOLA and THOMAS TRACY
FEB 10, 2020 | 7:30 AM
Another Storm of the Century
Hurricane force winds from superstorm Ciara wreak havoc throughout northern Europe
FEB 09, 2020 | 7:52 PM
Loggers believed these three monsters lurked deep in the Maine woods
14 boys earn their Eagle Scout awards as their church pulls out of Boy Scouts
Old Town High School students help scientists research climate change in Maine
NYPD sergeants’ union ‘declares war’ on de Blasio after cop shootings
By Tamar Lapin
February 9, 2020 |
Former top cop slapped with 10-month sentence for sex offenses, fraud
Ex-Jerusalem police chief Nissan Shaham also to pay fines for coercing multiple women under his command to have sex with him
Sexual Harassment findings put UI cop's job in jeopardy
Philadelphia's new top cop is first African-American woman to lead the force
Susan Holmes Rips Cops for "Torture" After Red Flag Law Perjury Bust
MICHAEL ROBERTS | FEBRUARY 10, 2020 | 7:00AM
Florida Man Drives Van Into GOP Voter Registration Tent: Cops
posted by Ken Webster jr - Feb 10, 2020
South Florida Juries Reject ‘Rough Arrest’ Charges Against Cops
Indian Cops Have Been Asked to Spy on Students’ WhatsApp Groups
At a conference in December 2019 addressed by PM Modi, cops were also asked to monitor tweets and speeches.
By Pallavi Pundir
10 February 2020, 4:21a
FEBRUARY 10, 2020 | CELIA WEXLER
A ‘WILD WEST’ FOR DANGEROUS MAGNET SETS
HOW THE SUPREME COURT COULD GUT REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS WITHOUT RULING ON A SINGLE ABORTION RESTRICTION
February 10 2020, 6:00 a.m.
A Vending Machine in Canada Is Dispensing a Drug Twice as Strong as Heroin
Hydromorphone, aka "Dilly," is now available to people who aren't ready or able to quit opioids.
By Maia Szalavitz
Feb 10 2020, 10:03a
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Claudia, Alan has bought a few DVDs to mail into lifers groups that they can show your Detroit talk at the meetings of lifers. For example, Mary Pat has requested a DVD from Alan and will show it to women lifers that she works with in Maryland.
Also, I sent the link to your talk to the defense attorneys' national organization. It is
In my opinion, they ought to interview you. You are showing that non-lawyers like you should be used to "plow the ground" for tough cases like lifers. This would be such a help for over burdened defense attorneys.
Finally, excellent article below. Charlie
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Six retired, high -level FBI Agents, Hail New Book About Democrats Push to Communism
The underlayment of today's Democrat Party
Co-Author, Former FBI Asst. Dep. Director
Six retired, high -level FBI Agents, hail new book about the Democratic Party's incremental move to bring a communist government to America
The Biggest Municipal Solar Farm in the US Is Coming to…Cincinnati?
“This really is a big deal.”
So how did Cincinnati make that happen?
In 2018, the city was awarded a $2.5 million Bloomberg Philanthropies grant that was aimed to provide technical assistance to cities eager to address climate change. Cincinnati had considered introducing solar panels to its energy portfolio for years but lacked the resources city managers needed in order to determine how to reach that goal. The flat, rural expanses of land around the city turned out to be perfect for installing a vast solar farm the size of 750 football fields. Cranley realized that with this level of investment in solar energy, “an enormous amount of carbon reduction…can occur.” And, though environmental sustainability was a priority, Cranley notes that the solar is also “cost neutral,” which made the project especially appealing.
The plan was to have solar deliver 100 Megawatts of energy, which would offset approximately one quarter of the municipality’s total utility usage. In January, the project entered what’s known as an “in
FEBRUARY 10, 2020
Climate Manipulation and Murdoch’s PR Machine
by THOMAS KLIKAUER
Western democracies and their respected societies appear to be incapable or unwilling of solving global warming. At least partly, this might be because voters in most countries have been lied to by the corporate media for decades on end. Much of this is due to one very rich and very old man – Rupert Murdoch
Three Old White Guys: Bernie, Biden and Bloomberg
Pete Buttigieg’s declaration of victory in Iowa reminded us that neither sex, sexual orientation or skin color is in any way intrinsic to a person’s judgement – the first gay or the first African-American or the first woman to do this or that may still be mired in the mediocrity of their convictions. Distinctions of identity may remain re
'FBI Lovebirds' Strzok-Page performance brings down the house at CPAC
Bar Harbor Hannaford employee is the nation’s grocery bagging champion
Nicole Cote of Ellsworth won a trip to compete in San Diego when she took first place in Maine's bagging contest last fall.
Maine’s members of Congress oppose Trump plan to divert home heating aid to virus response
President Trump, as part of a $2.5 billion plan to combat the coronavirus threat, proposes diverting $37 million from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which serves thousands of Mainers.
Why a Maine couple opened a Trump-themed coffee shop in Rockland
Sheriff’s deputy tried to ‘impress a girl’ at bar with graphic Kobe Bryant crash scene photos: report
FEB 28, 2020 | 1:16 PM
The FBI and Apple Redux
Brian Owsley, JustSecurity
ICE ran facial recognition searches on millions of Maryland drivers' photos without court approval; activists say they're targeting immigrants
Xeni Jardin, BoingBoing
FCC To Dole Out Some Dainty Wrist Slaps For Wireless Carrier Location Data Scandals
Karl Bode, TechDirt
Judge: Julian Assange Must Remain in Glass Box During Extradition Proceedings
Kevin Gosztola, Shadowproof
Justice works! Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio's criminal contempt verdict still stands
Elvia Diaz, Arizona Republic
Portland voters will decide whether to expand ranked-choice voting
Trump fans go nuts after Garth Brooks wears ‘Sanders’ jersey at concert, thinking it stood for Bernie Sanders
By NELSON OLIVEIRA
FEB 28, 2020 | 12:42 PM
New Yorkers denounce ICE tactics after unarmed tourist shot in face
By ANNA SANDERS
FEB 28, 2020 | 1:32 PM
NYPD’s most-sued officers: 87 lawsuits filed against 14 cops in just two years
By GRAHAM RAYMAN
FEB 28, 2020 | 2:57 PM
Luxembourg is first country to make all public transport free
Country is first to implement measure nationwide in attempt to reduce congestion
Thursday, February 27, 2020
Good advice on infection prevention from the WHO, and a great deal of caution
I think all the advice provided here (dated today 2/27/20) is sound, and is not alarmist. This virus has spread remarkably quickly, frequently triggers lethal illness, and there has not been anything like it since the 1918 flu. COVID-19 must be spreading within the US in ways we don't know yet. The lack of available testing massively exacerbates this problem.
WHO has issued simple but practical guidelines for how to do the best we can given the current situation, even if people lack access to masks, gloves, etc.
The only WHO advice that I am not sure is correct is the advice to use hand sanitizer (generally 70% alcohol). I have not seen any country guidance that says alcohol sanitizer has been tested on COVID-19 and works. The only decontaminant that US and UK authorities recommended is bleach, at a specified dilution. Be aware that viral killing might require more than a quick swipe with a "wipe" that has been wet with dilute bleach. So far we have not been told the details on how to effectively decontaminate surfaces, although testing should have been done by now.
I should note that while China has been widely criticized for hiding or underreporting COVID cases, the US is doing the same thing by withholding testing from all but a tiny number of potential patients. Furthermore, lack of clear identification of potential cases opens the door to massive spread, as noted in this piece today by Helen Branswell of STAT:
... Eventually, more than 10 days after she went into hospital, the CDC agreed she could be tested. Dozens of health workers who may have come into contact with her at NorthBay VacaValley Hospital, in Vacaville, Calif., are now being monitored.California Gov. Gavin Newsom was critical of the testing debacle in a press conference on Thursday. His state has only 200 kits to test for the new coronavirus, he said.
“Testing protocols have been a point of frustration for many of us,” Newsom said. He added that, based on conversations with the CDC, states have been informed new protocols are coming and they have been promised an “exponentially” increased capacity to test.
Indeed, on Thursday the CDC announced a new testing protocol that will greatly expand the number of people who should be tested.
Requests for comment from the CDC on Thursday went unanswered...
Marlboro College — open letter to Vermont's academic community
Cop gets 7 years for killing fellow officer in Russian roulette shooting
By Joshua Rhett Miller
February 28, 2020 | 5:22pm
Jurors will visit site of alleged off-duty cop brawl outside Nathan Bill’s in Springfield
Posted Feb 28, 2020
Joliet Cop On 'Empire' Gets Fired By Roechner
Joliet Police Chief Al Roechner notified the entire department on Friday afternoon that he was getting rid of Bill Busse.
By John Ferak, Patch Staff
Feb 28, 2020 8:00 pm CT | Updated Feb 28, 2020 8:36 pm CT
Troubled Central Valley Police Chief Scot Kimble
http://www.mercurynews.com › this-central-valley-police-chief-forced-an-of...
- Former McFarland Chief Scot Kimble has worked for at least eight police agencies and been forced out of two. ... Beal, Michael Scott, Alameda, Hayward Police.
Judge OKs firing cop accused of ignoring crime scene, moving bloody knife
Intoxicated Providence Cop With Fentanyl Crashed Into Cruiser: PD
Stephen W. Kennedy, who was off-duty at the time, had a gun and fentanyl in his car when he crashed into a state police cruiser.
By Rachel Nunes, Patch Staff
Feb 28, 2020 10:11 am ET | Updated Feb 28, 2020 11:11 am ET
San Antonio Will Need to Wait to Hear the Fate of Poop-Pranking Cop
Posted By Sanford Nowlin on Fri, Feb 28, 2020 at 3:01 pm
San Antonio Police Detective Fired for Threatening to Kill His
Mistress Wins Job Back
Posted By Sarah Martinez on Fri, Feb 28, 2020 at 12:24 pm
Paterson sergeant accused of supervising 5 cops in shakedown operation indicted
Candidate for Washington County sheriff on DA’s list of cops with potential credibility or honesty issues
Updated Feb 28, 2020; Posted Feb 28, 2020
Radical Right-Wing Paramilitary Group Recruiting Texas Cops for ‘Bloody Civil War’: Report
Published on February 28, 2020 at 07
AG Barr: Cops deserve gratitude, not disrespect and resistance
"It has become common to disparage the vital role you play in society. We have to get back to the idea that it is completely unacceptable”
William Barr’s Connection To Ruby Ridge, Defending FBI Snipers
The Senate Judiciary Committee hearings for Attorney General nominee William Barr have focused heavily on Barr’s views on Special Counsel Robert Mueller. But nobody is asking about Barr’s legal crusade for blanket immunity for federal agents who killed American citizens.
Barr received a routine questionnaire from the Judiciary Committee asking him to disclose his past work including pro bono activities “serving the disadvantaged.” The “disadvantaged” that Barr spent the most time helping was an FBI agent who slayed an Idaho mother holding her baby in 1992. Barr spent two weeks organizing former Attorneys General and others to support “an FBI sniper in defending against criminal charges in connection with the Ruby Ridge incident.” Barr also “assisted in framing legal arguments advanced… in the district court and the subsequent appeal to the Ninth Circuit,” he told the committee.
NYPD handcuffed woman to hospital bed as she was about to give birth, says lawsuit
By NOAH GOLDBERG
MAR 12, 2020 | 6:48 PM
Thursday, March 12, 2020
As pressure for coronavirus vaccine mounts, scientists debate risks of accelerated testing/ Reuters
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Drugmakers are working as quickly as possible to develop a vaccine to combat the rapidly spreading coronavirus that has infected more than 100,000 people worldwide. Behind the scenes, scientists and medical experts are concerned that rushing a vaccine could end up worsening the infection in some patients rather than preventing it.
Studies have suggested that coronavirus vaccines carry the risk of what is known as vaccine enhancement, where instead of protecting against infection, the vaccine can actually make the disease worse when a vaccinated person is infected with the virus. The mechanism that causes that risk is not fully understood and is one of the stumbling blocks that has prevented the successful development of a coronavirus vaccine.
Normally, researchers would take months to test for the possibility of vaccine enhancement in animals. Given the urgency to stem the spread of the new coronavirus, some drugmakers are moving straight into small-scale human tests, without waiting for the completion of such animal tests.
“I understand the importance of accelerating timelines for vaccines in general, but from everything I know, this is not the vaccine to be doing it with,” Dr Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, told Reuters.
Hotez worked on development of a vaccine for SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), the coronavirus behind a major 2003 outbreak, and found that some vaccinated animals developed more severe disease compared with unvaccinated animals when they were exposed to the virus.
“There is a risk of immune enhancement,” said Hotez. “The way you reduce that risk is first you show it does not occur in laboratory animals.”
Hotez testified last week before the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology about the need for sustained funding for vaccine research. There remains no vaccine for any of the new coronaviruses that have caused outbreaks in the past 20 years.
At least for now, the world’s experts have concluded that accelerated testing is a risk worth taking.
At a specially convened World Health Organization (WHO) meeting in mid-February, designed to co-ordinate a global response to the new coronavirus, scientists representing government-funded research organizations and drugmakers around the world agreed that the threat was so great that vaccine developers should move quickly into human trials, before animal testing is completed, four people who attended the meeting told Reuters.
“You want to have a vaccine as quickly as possible,” Dr Marie-Paule Kieny, former assistant director-general at the WHO, who co-chaired the meeting, told Reuters. “You have to balance this with the risk that you impose on a very small number of people, and do all you can do to mitigate this risk as much as possible.”
The conclusion of that meeting, which was not open to media, has not been officially publicized by the WHO. It does not reflect any official position adopted by the WHO, a United Nations body whose job it is to help shape global health policy.
Regulatory oversight of drugmakers and medical research is in the hands of national regulators. The most powerful of those, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has signaled that it is in agreement with the consensus and will not stand in the way of accelerated testing schedules.
“When responding to an urgent public health situation such as novel coronavirus, we intend to exercise regulatory flexibility and consider all data relevant to a certain vaccine platform,” FDA spokeswoman Stephanie Caccomo said in a statement. The agency had no comment specifically on animal testing for vaccine enhancement.
Coronavirus vaccine developers are still required to conduct routine animal testing to make sure the vaccine itself is not toxic and is likely to help the immune system respond to the virus.
Some 20 coronavirus vaccine candidates are being developed by research institutes and drugmakers including America’s Johnson & Johnson and France’s Sanofi SA. The U.S. government has earmarked more than $3 billion for coronavirus treatments and vaccines.
Biotechnology company Moderna Inc, which is working with the U.S.-funded National Institutes of Health (NIH), is the closest to human testing, announcing plans to start a trial with 45 people in Seattle this month.
Testing for the specific risk of vaccine enhancement in animals will proceed simultaneously with human trials, the NIH told Reuters, which it said should establish whether it is safe to expose larger numbers of people to the vaccine. Moderna did not respond to requests for comment.
The plan is consistent with the WHO consensus and FDA requirements, said Dr Emily Erbelding, director of the Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the NIH. The trial is expected to take 14 months, a spokeswoman for the NIH said.
Dr Gregory Poland, a virologist and vaccine researcher with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, expressed doubts about that approach. “This is important, but it has to be done in a way that reassures scientists and the public that these (vaccines) are not only efficacious, but safe,” he told Reuters.
Hotez said he was surprised human trials were going ahead. “If there is immune enhancement in laboratory animals vaccinated with the Moderna vaccine, that’s a showstopper,” he said.
U.S. immunotherapy company Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc, which is developing a coronavirus vaccine in collaboration with a Chinese company, also expects to start human clinical trials in 30 U.S. volunteers in April rather than wait for animal studies on vaccine enhancement.
“The community as a whole weighed that and said we don’t want to delay the clinical process. We’ve been encouraged to go as rapidly as possible into Phase 1 studies,” Inovio Chief Executive Joseph Kim told Reuters.
The company plans to start human safety trials shortly thereafter in China and South Korea - two countries that have been hit hard by the virus. Kim said he expects to have an answer to the question of vaccine enhancement at some point this year.
The Moderna/NIH trial is enrolling patients at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle. The choice of location, made several weeks ago, could prove to be problematic.
To reduce the risk to volunteers, scientists at the WHO meeting recommended that drugmakers restrict early clinical trials to small groups of healthy people and conduct them in places where the virus is not spreading, according to Kieny, who now works at French research institute Inserm. That lowers the chances that people who get the vaccine could encounter the virus and trigger a more severe reaction.
Since the location was chosen, the Seattle metro area has emerged as the epicenter of infections in the United States. Washington state has reported 162 coronavirus infections and 22 deaths, out of a total of 755 infections and 26 deaths in the country as of Tuesday, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.
Nevertheless, Moderna and the NIH plan to go ahead.
“We think there is no reason to have to change the site. If you change it, there might be community transmission in another site over the next couple of weeks,” Erbelding said. “Any risk of that to participants is very small. It would be manageable as the trial progresses. People are being observed very, very carefully.”
EARLY WARNING SIGNS
Tragic lessons from other vaccines and prior work on coronaviruses have raised some warning flags for developers.
The best-known example occurred in a U.S. trial in the 1960s of a vaccine created by the NIH and licensed to Pfizer Inc to fight respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), which causes pneumonia in infants. The vast majority of babies who received the vaccine developed more severe disease, and two toddlers died. A more recent example occurred in the Philippines, where some 800,000 children were vaccinated with Sanofi’s dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia. Only afterward did the company learn that it could increase the risk of more severe disease in a small percentage of individuals.
Research, including that conducted by Hotez, has shown that coronaviruses in particular have the potential to produce this kind of response. But testing for the risk of vaccine enhancement is time-consuming because it requires scientists to breed mice that are genetically altered to respond to the virus like humans. Work on these and other animal models is just getting under way in several laboratories around the world.
Moderna, Inovio and several other vaccine developers are not waiting for that process to be completed and are planning to launch human trials in record time for a virus that was only discovered in December.
Both Moderna and Inovio say their vaccines are likely to have a lower risk of vaccine enhancement because they are made using newer technology that focuses on specific genes on the outer ‘spike’ portion of the virus. Coronavirus vaccines that caused vaccine enhancement were typically made using an inactivated version of the entire virus. Neither company has produced a licensed vaccine to date.
J&J said it is developing animal models to test for vaccine enhancement and hopes to have a vaccine candidate ready for human trials in October. A Sanofi spokeswoman said the company will examine this risk before testing the vaccine in clinical trials.
“People know how traumatic the RSV experience was,” said Dr Johan Van Hoof, global head of Janssen Vaccines, J&J’s vaccine unit. “When you see signals in animals like this, we should not ignore them.”
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MARCH 12, 2020 | LANA COHEN
HOW TO GET CLIMATE CHANGE DENIERS ON BOARD WITH SCIENCE
Is The FBI Judge, Jury, & Executioner?
March 12th, 2020
As reported by Houston NBC Affiliate KPRC, the FBI is being sued for a botched rescue attempt of Ulises Valladares. According to the story In January 2018 Valladares was kidnapped in front of his 12 year old son and held at ransom in his own home, only to be fatally shot by an FBI agent. Straight out of the Failed Bad Intervention playbook, the FBI then tried to cover their tracks claiming that Valladares tried to grab the gun of an agent and the agent shot him in self-defense. According to the lawsuit however that would have been impossible because Valladares was tied up at the time and forensic evidence gathered during the autopsy shows that Valladares was not shot at close
MARCH 12, 2020
Coronavirus vs. the Mass Surveillance State: Which Poses the Greater Threat?
by JOHN W. WHITEHEAD
“If, as it seems, we are in the process of becoming a totalitarian society in which the state apparatus is all-powerful, the ethics most important for the survival of the true, free, human individual would be: cheat, lie, evade, fake it, be elsewhere, forge documents, build improved electronic gadgets in your garage that’ll outwit the gadgets used by the authorities.”
—Philip K. Dick
Emboldened by the citizenry’s inattention and willingness to tolerate its abuses, the government has weaponized
The Killing and Raping Game in Kenya and the Despots Who Run It
by KENNETH GOOD
Politics in Kenya is dominated by rapacious elites consumed with the looting of state resources, using violence to avoid any possible accountability. Elections serve as key points of entry and consolidation in this system for both ruling and competing elites, and are manifestations of corruption, fraud, and repressio
March 11 2020
Senate Republican chairman abruptly shifts course on subpoena targeting Bidens
Some have warned that Republicans' plans to probe the role of Joe Biden's son on the board of a Ukrainian company could play into Russian efforts to spread disinformation before the presidential election in November.
'I Did the Math': Katie Porter Gets Trump CDC Head to Commit to Making Coronavirus Testing Free
"We live in a world where 33% of Americans put off medical treatment last year, and we have $1,133 expense just for testing for the coronavirus."
March 11, 2020
by Common Dreams
Saudi’s Brave Women Pull Back the Curtain on Crown Prince MBS
How can the world’s leaders pretend that it is acceptable to meet in a country that imprisons and tortures peaceful women activists and bombs civilians in Yemen?
byMedea Benjamin, Ariel Gold
MAR 10, 2020
Jeremy Scahill Makes the Definitive Case Against Joe Biden
MAR 11, 2020
Trump's 2020 Budget Reveals His Real Priorities
Team Trump Tried to Bully the ICC Into Dropping War Crimes Probe But Failed
Naomi Klein and Alicia Garza Discuss Calls to Shut Down Primaries and Debates
REP. BUCK: FISA — The Federal Initiative To Spy On Americans
Subject: Freedom of Information Act Request: FOIA - FBI - Murray Bookchin
Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:
All documents mentioning Murray Bookchin (January 14, 1921 – July 30, 2006) - political philosopher, author, and ecologist (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murray_Bookchin).
Please find evidence of his death attached and reported by The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/news/2006/aug/08/guardianobituaries.usa
Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.
From: Federal Bureau of Investigation
Subject: eFOIA files available
There are eFOIA files available for you to download.
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If you are in contact with other registrants, please send them this email and encourage them to participate. The link may be shared widely on listservs, websites, newsletters, social media, etc. Your participation will help to advance knowledge about this topic. Thank you!
We are looking for research participants who can help us learn about important issues related to sex offense registries. We are collecting anonymous information from people required to register.
WHO? You are eligible to participate in this study If you are 18 or older, and are required to register on a sex offender registry in the United States.
Please complete the survey using this link: http://bit.ly/sors2020
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ABOUT: The goals of this study are to (a) describe demographics including racial and ethnic groups, gender, socioeconomic status, and the experiences of LGBTQ+ people on registries, (b) describe the pathways leading people to registration and issues involving the criminal justice system, and (c) describe the consequences of registration to the health and well-being of people required to register. We aim to inform policymakers about pathways leading to registration, and the impact of registries on the people required to register.
For more information about SORS: http://www.sorstudy.org
District Attorney Chesa Boudin on His Incarcerated Father and the Threat of the Coronavirus in Prisons
By Jennifer Gonnerman
March 26, 2020
LYRICS: Bob Dylan Releases 17-Minute Song About JFK Assassination
Twas a dark day in Dallas, November '63A day that will live on in infamyPresident Kennedy was a-ridin’ highGood day to be livin' and a good day to dieBeing led to the slaughter like a sacrificial lambHe said, "Wait a minute, boys, you know who I am?""Of course we do. We know who you are."Then they blew off his head while he was still in the carShot down like a dog in broad daylightWas a matter of timing and the timing was rightYou got unpaid debts; we've come to collectWe're gonna kill you with hatred; without any respectWe'll mock you and shock you and we'll put it in your faceWe've already got someone here to take your placeThe day they blew out the brains of the kingThousands were watching; no one saw a thingIt happened so quickly, so quick, by surpriseRight there in front of everyone's eyesGreatest magic trick ever under the sunPerfectly executed, skillfully doneWolfman, oh wolfman, oh wolfman howlRub-a-dub-dub, it's a murder most foulHush, little children. You'll understandThe Beatles are comin'; they're gonna hold your handSlide down the banister, go get your coatFerry 'cross the Mersey and go for the throatThere's three bums comin' all dressed in ragsPick up the pieces and lower the flagsI'm going to Woodstock; it's the Aquarian AgeThen I'll go to Altamont and sit near the stagePut your head out the window; let the good times rollThere's a party going on behind the Grassy KnollStack up the bricks, pour the cementDon't say Dallas don't love you, Mr. PresidentPut your foot in the tank and step on the gasTry to make it to the triple underpassBlackface singer, whiteface clownBetter not show your faces after the sun goes downUp in the red light district, they've got cop on the beatLiving in a nightmare on Elm StreetWhen you're down in Deep Ellum, put your money in your shoeDon't ask what your country can do for youCash on the ballot, money to burnDealey Plaza, make left-hand turnI'm going down to the crossroads; gonna flag a rideThe place where faith, hope, and charity diedShoot him while he runs, boy. Shoot him while you canSee if you can shoot the invisible manGoodbye, Charlie. Goodbye, Uncle SamFrankly, Miss Scarlett, I don't give a damnWhat is the truth, and where did it go?Ask Oswald and Ruby; they oughta know"Shut your mouth," said the wise old owlBusiness is business, and it's a murder most foulTommy, can you hear me? I'm the Acid QueenI'm riding in a long, black limousineRiding in the backseat next to my wifeHeading straight on in to the afterlifeI'm leaning to the left; got my head in her lapHold on, I've been led into some kind of a trapWhere we ask no quarter, and no quarter do we giveWe're right down the street from the street where you liveThey mutilated his body, and they took out his brainWhat more could they do? They piled on the painBut his soul's not there where it was supposed to be atFor the last fifty years they've been searchin' for thatFreedom, oh freedom. Freedom cover meI hate to tell you, mister, but only dead men are freeSend me some lovin'; tell me no liesThrow the gun in the gutter and walk on byWake up, little Susie; let's go for a driveCross the Trinity River; let's keep hope aliveTurn the radio on; don't touch the dialsParkland hospital, only six more milesYou got
45 FBI-Issued Guns Were Lost Or Stolen Over three-Years Inspector General Reports
By Steve Neavling
Thursday, March 26
Column: 'It’s just too much': Asian Americans confront xenophobia, economic devastation and the coronavirus
Frank Shyong, LA Times
We Need Testing and Trust -- Not Travel Bans, Says Epidemiologist
Oliver Bunic, Truthout
How COVID-19 is changing public perception of big tech companies
Casey Newton, The Verge
The Senate’s $2 Trillion Bailout Falls Flat on Worker Protections
Josh Bivens & Heidi Shierholz, In These Times
Julian Assange denied bail in UK after claiming 'high risk' of catching coronavirus
Australian AP, The Guardian
Washington brings NARCO-TERRORISM charges against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro
26 Mar, 2020 15:13 / Updated 12 minutes ago
I know how chaotic the world is right now. But
especially during times of crisis like the one we’re facing now in the novel coronavirus pandemic, we have to be particularly vigilant to ensure that our rights are prioritized and protected from potential government power grabs and that the most vulnerable in our communities aren’t being exploited in the name of national security and public health. To that end, during this crisis Defending Rights & Dissent will maintain its longtime fidelity to defend the Bill of Rights for everyone and protect political expression in America.
The US, along with the rest of the world, is in the midst of a deadly pandemic. As a result, state and local governments are taking extraordinary measures to prevent the community spread of COVID-19. Defending Rights & Dissent has been working with community organizations to make sure necessary public health precautions don’t inadvertently lead to increased over-policing. We’ve prepared resources that can be found hereto help.
This can present challenging questions for civil libertarians and those who are concerned about over-policing. Stay-at-home orders, in the midst of a pandemic are a necessary public health measure. But how do we make sure such orders don’t infringe on civil liberties or lead to increased policing?
What is DRAD doing?
When Defending Rights & Dissent and local community groups in Washington, DC were faced with these issues, we came up with some broad principles for how to enact a stay-at-home order based on principles of decarceration. They include:
•If public health warrants “stay-at-home” orders, as it has in other cities and states across the country, such an order should not increase police-general public encounters.
•While it is perfectly reasonable that such an order be enforced against businesses and similar entities that endanger the public by defying it, it should not create penalties for individuals.
•Stay-at-home orders and social distancing must apply to the police, as well.
•A moratorium on arrests for low-risk offenses must be included in the order.
•Decarceration is now a public health imperative. In addition to suspending non-emergency matters, the city should consider dismissing all nonviolent cases and lower-level violent cases with no history of violence.
We recently circulated a community sign-on letter making these demands known to DC government officials, including Mayor Muriel Bowser (you can read the letter here). While these principles were meant to influence a potential stay-at-home order in DC (DC will be contacting residents this evening, urging them to stay at home), they are broadly applicable. If you or community groups you are part of are concerned about how a stay at order could impact police-community encounters, these principles could help guide your advocacy. Defending Rights & Dissent has prepared sample language that can be found here.
What Can I Do?
Just because we’re facing a crisis doesn’t mean attempts to chip away at our civil liberties have subsided. Last week, it was reported that Trump’s Attorney General William Barr is seeking expansive new police powers in the wake of the coronavirus crisis - including the ability to detain individuals indefinitely without due process.
We need your voice today! We cannot allow the Trump administration to use a public health crisis to undermine our rights. During a time when we should be coming together to address a common enemy, William Barr is choosing to use it as an opportunity to continue his assault on our constitutional rights. Congress needs to hear from YOU.
I know that these are trying times. But together, we can rise to this unique moment. Stay safe, stay healthy, and stay vigilant.
Fox News host slammed for complaining that women ‘can’t get their nails done’ amid coronavirus
By JAMI GANZ
MAR 26, 2020 | 2:15 PM
Thursday, March 26, 2020
There are many ways the novel coronavirus may have come about/ Nass
“If someone were seeking to engineer a new coronavirus as a pathogen, they would have constructed it from the backbone of a virus known to cause illness,” the report said. “But the scientists found that the SARS-CoV-2 backbone differed substantially from those of already known coronaviruses and mostly resembled related viruses found in bats and pangolins.”—USAT
Well, yes, that is surely one relatively easy way to create a pathogen: string together known bits of DNA or RNA to create new organisms with virulence factors from known building blocks. But it is also relatively easy to detect the human hand in this type of chimera. And because plausible deniability is more important to such programs than creating a new pathogen, I doubt that is the path that would have been followed by a modern biowarfare lab.
So as not to encourage the development of biowarfare pathogens, I will only briefly mention some of the old techniques for creating them, which shoot holes into the Nature Medicine hypothesis of natural origin.
1. China has unique bats. So do other countries. Unique bats likely harbor unique viruses. Bits of these viruses can be strung together, while no outside parties are aware that these particular RNA threads exist in nature.
2. You take an already virulent RNA virus, subject it to high rates of mutation via chemical or radiological exposure, and test the viruses that survive for the acquisition of new virulence characteristics.
3. You simply passage the virus through tens, hundreds or thousands of lab animals and test the results for acquisition of new virulence characteristics.
4. You mix different viruses together with different virulence characteristics, allow them to grow together, and seek recombinants that have obtained a new mix of virulence factors.
All these possibilities result in viruses that are hard to pin on lab production. I dare the Nature Medicine scientists to so easily dismiss these scenarios.
Still, I doubt that any national program would deliberately release this coronavirus onto the people of the earth, because it is so hard to control. Our bio-weaponeers require that their creations be controllable, at all costs. An accidental release of a novel virus, which has happened frequently at national bio-labs worldwide, is the strongest hypothesis. Especially when we are told this coronavirus has a slow rate of mutation. In that case, why was something more homologous to it never seen before in nature?
We should not forget that all the august scientists and bodies who have claimed this event is entirely natural when interviewed by USAToday have vested interests: their research could be shut down as a result of worldwide revulsion for what has occurred.
Posted by Meryl Nass, M.D. at 2:14 PM
Pennsylvania leaks those unemployment claims Trump asked states to 'keep quiet.' They're terrifying.
Wednesday March 25, 2020 · 11:20 PM EDT
Here's the Pandemic Playbook That Trump Ignored
Thursday March 26, 2020 · 3:13 PM EDT
Politico reports that, in 2016, the National Security Council under Barack Obama produced a 69-page Pandemic Playbook to help those responsible for protecting the American people from the threat of pandemics monitor and react to emerging pandemic threats.
Swoyersville officer facing DUI charge in Lackawanna County
March 26, 2020
NYPD cop shot during standoff with Long Island police
March 26, 2020 |
NYPD cop arrested for child pornography claims it’s all a misunderstanding
By ROCCO PARASCANDOLA
MAR 26, 2020 | 4:39 PM
cop says he was victim of discrimination
Black VA Cop Lacks Evidence of Bias in Sex Harassment Suspension
March 27, 2020, 10:08 AM
Mexican Top Cop Allegedly Bribed by El Chapo Wants Out of Jail Because of Coronavirus
Genaro García Luna, currently housed in a Brooklyn federal jail on charges that he took millions of dollars in bribes from the Sinaloa cartel, has asked to be released for fear of contracting COVID-19.
Tupac killer - Gangster Keffe D confesses to murder as cop begs detectives to make arrest
Keffe D David after he admitted he was an accomplice in a shocking book and on documentaries as ex-cop Greg Kading has urged Las Vegas police to arrest him
Man In Kerala Allegedly Beaten By Cop While Returning From Dropping Doctor Wife To Work
Shreya Chauhan Updated: Mar 27, 2020, 17:26 IST
Appeals Court Says No Immunity For Cops Who Shot A Man Standing Motionless With His Hands In The Air
from the try-being-actually-reas
NewsdayACLU questions Rhode Island cops stopping NY carsPROVIDENCE, R.I. — The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island is
questioning the constitutionality of Gov. Gina Raimondo's directive ...14 mins ago
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