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Appendix J: Acknowledgements

The Director, ONDCP, acknowledges the contributions of the following:

John T. Carnevale
Director of Programs, Budget, Research, and Evaluation, ONDCP

Annie Millar
Chief of Evaluation, ONDCP

Ronald Simeone
Abt Associates

David Cheatham         Carl Evans         Stuart Maberry        

Bob Agresti
Robert Brown
Patrick Carpenter
Ross Deck
John Gregrich
Sandra Lawson
Nataki McMurray
Jon Rice
Dan Schecter
Bob Warshaw         Amy Becks
Lisa Bruce
Scott Chronister
Stephanie Drosdak
John Hall
Alan Levitt
Kate Malliarakis
David Rivair
Alvera Stern
Terry Zobeck         Brenda Bess
Fe Caces
Mark Coomer
Carlos Dublin
Mike Hinkle
John Lindsay
Jack Peters
Brij Sandhill
Tom Umberg         Chuck Blanchard
Michael Cala
Darie Davis
Dennis Greenhouse
Francis Kinney
John Manning
Anne Pritchett
June Sivlli
Richard Yamamoto

Nancy Dudley
CSR, Incorporated


Jennifer Baffi         Jonathan Breul         Walter Groszyk, Jr.         John Koskinen

John Kamensky


Alma Hobbs         Jane Roth         Gladys Gary Vaughn         Sharon Wright

Cynthia Anderson
Bob Ketcher         Joe Antos
David Lodge         Robert Cooperman
Tim Moore         Thomas Keener
Mary Beth Scaggs

Ken Copeland
John Jemionek         Steve Deitz
John Pennella         Jo Gann
Lennard Wolfson         Mike Greene

Gail Beaumont
Bill Modzeleski         Charlotte Gillespie
Deb Rudy         Lyn Johnson
Ann Weinheimer         Kim Light
Joanne Wiggins


Office of the Secretary, Office of Public Health and Science
Tom Vischi

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
John Miles

Center for Substance Abuse Prevention
Linda Bass
Shakeh Kaftarian
Joan Quinlan
Mel Segal
Lee Wilson         Mary Louise Embrey
Karol Kumpfer
Charley Rukus
David Sena         Judy Galloway
Jim Lipari
Soledad Sambrano
Bob Stephenson         Meridith Hill
Shielah Maramark
Bettina Scott
Lavencia Sugars

Center for Substance Abuse Treatment
John Campbell
Sheila Harmison
Roger Straw         H. Westley Clark
James Herrell
Alan Trachtenberg         Sandy Clunies
George Kanuck
Robert Turman         Herman Diesenhaus
Sue Rohrer

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Diane Miller

National Institute on Drug Abuse
Susan Azeka
Susan David         William Bukoski
Kathy Etz         Lee Cummings
Beverly Jackson         Katerine Davenny
Elizabeth Lambert

National Institutes of Health
Bennett Fletcher

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Karen Dodge
Carloyn Stephenson         Peggy Gilliam
Steve Wing         Charlene Lewis
Al Woodward         Steve Tilton


Criminal Division
Peggy Grove
Wayne Raabe         John Harris
Susan Smith         Harry Matz
Theresa Van Vliet         Patricia Petty

Bureau of Justice Assistance
        Patrick Coleman         Patty Dobbs-Medaris        

Bureau of Justice Statistics
Allen Beck         Lea Gifford         Sue Lindgren         Christopher Mumola

Office of Justice Programs
Stephen Amos         Marlene Beckman         Michael Dever         Pat Malak

National Institute of Justice
Thomas Feucht         Kevin Jackson         Gerry Soucy         Laura Winterfield

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Michelle Avery
Gina Wood         Heidi Hsia         Sarah Ingusal         Eric Stansbury

Office of Policy Development
Pat Tarr

Community Oriented Policing Services
Veh Bezdikian         Gil Kerlikowske         Judy Smith

Drug Enforcement Administration
Dale Aschemann
Tammy Bowman
Kevin Cronin
Mike Ferguson
Greg Gatjanis
Bill Healey
Lynn Mead
Kim Nelson
Jeries Salameh
Carolyn Travers         Robert Barfield
Tom Cannon
Bob Dey
Gerald Fox
Albert Glass
Chris Kable
Vanessa Meade
Doug Poole
Rick Saldana
Barbara Weatherell         John Beckett
Melanie Cohen
Michael Dromgoole
Joe Fox
Mark Golubock
Pat Lowry
Normadean Murphy
Bob Rae
Sheldon Shoemaker
Dannie West         Jim Benisek
Brian Cook
Mark Eiler
Michael Furgason
Guy Hargreaves
Jack Maier
Laura Nagel
Jessica Roitman
Frank Short
Bill Wolf

Federal Bureau of Investigation
Michael Anderson
Dean Fedderof
Bob Montemorra         Warren Bamford
Greg Fowler         Earl Burns
Stephen Gomez         David Cuthbertson
Rick McFeely

Elena Carr

James Van Wert

Joe Furloni
Steve Peterson         Sherman Hinson
Mark Taylor         Al Matano         John McDowell

Jane Stanley


Office of the Secretary, Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance
Mary Bernstein         Ken Edgell         Donald Shatinsky

United States Coast Guard
Mike Emerson
Jim Sutton         John Frost
Tony Tangeman         Mike Grimes
Ralph Utley         Jim Hull

Patrick Bell

Internal Revenue Service
Vicki Duane         Vera Hartley         Fred Meyers        

Financial Crimes Enforcement Network
Peg Johnson         Mike Orndorff         Jeff Schwarz        

U.S. Customs Service
Bob Armstrong
Dan Danckwerth
Robert Koon
Bill McGrath
Will Smiley         Anne-Marie Bruen
Jim Engleman
Deirdre Mahon
Ralph Murphy
Fred Stacey         Doug Chapman
Connie Fenchel
Michael McCool
Terry Schiffer
Kris Wortley         Marshall Collins
Janet Gunther
David McGloon
Dave Selby

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms
Larry Cooper         Joel Cuffman         Wayne Miller        

Thomas Horvath         Richard Suchinsky                


Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse -- Columbia University
Herb Kleber


American Bar Association
Gloria Danziger

American Counseling Association
Heidi Holland

College on Problems of Drug Dependence
Ann Zore

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America
Theresa Ellis

Drug Strategies
Jonathan Morse

Haymarket House
Jeff Henry

Legal Action Center
Jenny Collier-McColl

National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Coordinators
Bill McColl

National Association of Criminal Justice Professionals
Mark Cuniff

National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors, Inc.
Bob Anderson

National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information
Lew Eigen

National Coalition for the Homeless
Bob Reeg

National Criminal Justice Association
Cabell C. Cropper

Science Applications International Corporation
Albert Giambalvo

Therapeutic Community of America, Inc.
Linda Wolf-Jones

Previous         Contents        


1999 National Drug Control Strategy         Office of National Drug Control



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Washington, April 1 – Director James B. Comey has appointed three new executives as special agents in charge at the FBI New York Office (NYO).

George Ennis was named special agent in charge of the Administrative


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Stripping J. Edgar Hoover’s Name From the FBI Building
The Confederate flag has been taken down at South Carolina’s Capitol.
Why not get J. Edgar Hoover’s name off the Bureau’s headquarters?


Now that the Confederate flag has b

As it happens, the government is planning to move the FBI from its
brutalist building on Pennsylvania Avenue to a new home in the D.C.
suburbs. Hoover’s name, according to an FBI spokesman, will not
automatically convey. In deciding what to call the new facility,
Congress will be required to confront Hoover’s legacy. Some
traditionalists, in much the same manner as Confederate-flag
defenders, will insist that the status quo commemorates a noble, if
flawed, history. They should be ignored. The Martin Luther King Jr.
FBI Building has the ring of justice to me.



Former FBI Agent Robert Lustyik Sentenced in Bribery Case
The Sleepy Hollow resident pleaded guilty in December, 2014.


Brooklyn man suing after NYPD cop allegedly stole $1,300 from him
during stop-and-frisk


Monday, September 14, 2015,

A Brooklyn construction worker who claimed a cell phone video showed
an NYPD cop snatching a thick wad of cash from him during a
stop-and-frisk has filed a federal lawsuit to recoup his money.

Lamard Joye, 36, was interviewed by prosecutors from the Brooklyn
district attorney's office and the department's Internal Affairs
Bureau's investigators about the incident last September in a Coney
Island playground, but no official actions have been taken against
Officer William Montemarano, according to the suit filed Sunday in
Brooklyn Federal Court.

Joye contends the $1,300 was his salary and he has the pay stub and
surveillance photos from a check cashing store to prove it, said his
lawyer Robert Marinelli.

Lateefah Joye and her brother Lamard are suing after an NYPD cop
allegedly stole a wad of cash and pepper-sprayed them during a
stop-and-frisk last year.
Joye's sister Lateefah Joye, a professional basketball player in
Europe, is also suing the city and Montemarano because she was
pepper-sprayed in the face when she tried



Tucson police wrong to hide cell-tracking data, ACLU suit claims

September 15 2015
PHOENIX — Tucson police purposely hides its use of technology that
allows it to track the cellphones of people — innocent or otherwise —
the American Civil Liberties Union is claiming.

In new legal filings, Attorney Darrell Hill told the state Court of
Appeals the city has admitted the equipment it has purchased allows it
to collect personal data of people who are not subject to criminal
investigations. Hill said that includes text messages, call history,
location data and emails.

Hill said attorneys for the city admit to using that equipment without
first getting a warrant “or any other form of judicial review.”

“In addition, as a matter of Tucson Police Department practice, any
written reference to the use of the technology in TPD reports is
purposely hidden,” the ACLU


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For a hustler in the Boston underworld, the odds of stepping on somebody's toes were great. Deegan had murdered a hood named Anthony Sacramone, who was affiliated with the Winter Hill gang. Deegan was associated with the McLaughlin brothers in Charlestown, a competing faction. In the ongoing tit-for-tat of the Boston gang wars, Deegan having killed Sacramone meant that someone would be looking for revenge. Someone, in this case, was Barboza and Jimmy Flemmi.



Deegan also owed Jimmy Flemmi three hundred dollars, which, by the dictates of gangster logic, was further justification to use him as an example.

At the time, there had been many killings in the Boston underworld—so many that Barboza and Flemmi decided that, in the interest of protocol and self-preservation, they would first get approval for the Deegan hit from the North End mafia boss Jerry Angiulo.

The Italians wanted nothing to do with the crazy war going on between the Winter Hill Mob and the Charlestown crew. At a meeting in the North End, Angiulo told Flemmi and Barboza, "You can't kill someone just because you had an argument with him." The boss told the two hoods that he would only sanction the hit if capo di tutti capi Raymond Patriarca gave his approval.

A meeting was set up for Barboza and Flemmi to convene with "the Office" in Providence. Barboza was excited; it would be his first face-to-face meeting with Patriarca, a big moment for someone who harbored dreams of becoming a made man.

They met the Godfather at Badway's Garage in the Federal Hill section of Providence. Raymond Patriarca showed up looking like exactly what he was: mafia royalty. He wore a lavish, tailored suit and had a diamond pinky ring that caught the light and sparkled.

The sit-down lasted forty-five minutes. Jimmy Flemmi made the case for killing Deegan. "He's a sneak, and I don't fuckin' trust him," he told Patriarca.

Later, the results of this meeting would remain in dispute. Patriarca insisted that he never authorized the Deegan hit but simply told the two killers that if they received approval from Jerry Angiulo, then they would have his approval. Flemmi and Barboza took this as a yes and began planning the hit.

After the meeting, Flemmi said to Barboza, "You didn't have much to say in there. What were you thinking?"

Said Barboza, "I was thinking how I could bite his finger and get that diamond ring."

What none of the men at the meeting in Providence realized was that the location where they met to discuss the killing of Deegan was bugged by the FBI's organized crime division. It was an illegal wire, known as a "gypsy wire," unauthorized by any court of law but fully sanctioned by Director J. Edgar Hoover.

There are multiple FBI memos, never revealed until many decades later, that show the FBI knew what was coming next. They sat back and let it happen.

March 12, 1965, Barboza, Flemmi, and four other gangsters traveled to Chelsea, where it was known Deegan and two others were to take part in the robbery of a finance company located inside the Lincoln National Bank. One of Deegan's partners was Roy French. Unbeknownst to Deegan, French was a traitor working in cahoots with Barboza and Flemmi.

The robbery was an inside job: a contact at the bank was going to leave an alleyway door open for Deegan and French to enter, where a couple bags of cash would be waiting for them to snatch. It was Barboza and Flemmi's plan to murder Deegan as he was in the midst of the heist.

Jimmy Flemmi was in the getaway car, with Barboza and two others acting as gunmen. The idea was for Roy French to shoot Deegan, but the killers were leaving nothing to chance.

Deegan was gunned down in the alleyway. The autopsy revealed that he had been hit with six bullets from three different guns.

On the night of the murder, the one Deegan accomplice who was not inon the killing was able to escape. Barboza and Jimmy the Bear heard that he was currently in the custody of police. Barboza was worried that this manwould rat them out. He told the Bear that they might have to go on the run.

Jimmy the Bear smiled. It was then that he told Barboza not to worry, he had it covered. The Bear explained that for months he had secretly been meeting with an FBI agent named H. Paul Rico. The Bear was facing charges on another murder he'd done with Barboza, and Paul Rico had suggested to Flemmi that he could make those charges go away if he was willing to become an informant. Jimmy Flemmi had officially signed on as a Top Echelon Informant on March 12, the exact day that he and Barboza murdered Teddy Deegan.

The FBI was fully aware of what they were getting into with Jimmy Flemmi. On March 9, following Flemmi and Barboza's secretly recorded meeting with Patriarca in Providence, a memo was sent from the special agent in charge (SAC) of the Boston field office to Director Hoover. The memo stated, "[Jimmy] Flemmi is suspected of a number of gangland murders and has told [the informant] of his plans to be recognized as the No. One 'hit man' in this area as a contract killer. . . . Flemmi told the informant that all he wants to do now is kill people, and that it is better than hitting banks. . . . Informant said, Flemmi said he can now

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US prisons
The program that's keeping women out of prison – and saving money
New York’s Justice Home initiative aims to tackle record female incarceration: ‘The reasons women get in trouble are things that can be cured with services’


Thursday 17 September 2015 08.00 EDT

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NYPD sergeant known as the 'karate cop' shot child's mother
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS 12/25/2015 11:16 PM ET


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The Justice Department just shut down a huge asset forfeiture program


December 23 2015

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch (R) speaks during a press conference at the Department of Justice U.S. Attorney Zachary T. Fardon of the Northern District of Illinois looks on December 7, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The Department of Justice announced this week that it's suspending a controversial program that allows local police departments to keep a large portion of assets seized from citizens under federal law and funnel it into their own coffers.

The "equitable-sharing" program gives police the option of prosecuting asset forfeiture cases under federal instead of state law. Federal forfeiture policies are more permissive than many state policies, allowing police to keep up to 80 percent of assets they seize -- even if the people they took from are never charged with a crime.

The DOJ is suspending payments under this program due to budget cuts included in the recent spending bill.

"While we had hoped to minimize any adverse impact on state, local, and tribal law enforcement partners, the Department is deferring for the time being any equitable sharing payments from the Program," M. Kendall Day, chief of the asset forfeiture and money laundering section, wrote in a letter to state and local law enforcement agencies.

In addition to budget cuts last year, the program has lost $1.2 billion, according to Day's letter. "The Department does not take this step lightly," he wrote. "We explored every conceivable option that would have enabled us to preserve some form of meaningful equitable sharing. ... Unfortunately, the combined effect of the two reductions totaling $1.2 billion made that impossible."

Asset forfeiture has become an increasingly contentious practice in recent years. It lets police seize and keep cash and property from people who are never convicted — and in many cases, never charged — with wrongdoing. Recent reports have found that the use of the practice has exploded in recent years, prompting concern that, in some cases, police are motivated more by profits and less by justice.

Criminal justice reformers are cheering the change. "This is a significant deal," said Lee McGrath, legisla

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Tuesday, January 05, 2016Last Update: 9:57 AM PT
Journo Says Feds Haven't Given Him Emails


- A reporter claims that the government hasn't fulfilled his requests for emails to U.S. Supreme Court justices and those sent and received by the drafters of a controversial drone memo.
Jason Leopold, formerly with Al-Jazeera America and now with Vice News, claims the U.S. Department of Justice has stonewalled his various requests for emails involving the Supreme Court and the Office of Legal Counsel, or OLC.
One New Year's Day lawsuit filed by the reporter challenges the government's lack of response to his Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, request for emails between the current or any former U.S. Solicitor General and any Supreme Court justices.
"Little is known publicly about communications between the Solicitor General's office and individual Supreme Court justices," the complaint states. "The nature and existence of communications, or lack thereof, between the Solicitor General and Supreme Court justices is a matter of great public importance."
The reporter says he filed the FOIA request for Supreme Court emails on Jan. 11, 2015, and has not received a substantive response.
Leopold's other Jan. 1 lawsuit involves David Barron and Martin "Marty" Lederman, former assistant attorney generals for OLC.
Barron and Lederman drafted a controversial memo "which justified the use of lethal drone strikes against American citizens without judicial process," according to Leopold's lawsuit.
The reporter requested all emails sent and received by Lederman and Barron between May 1, 2010, and July 1, 2010.
Leopold says he was told that his request for Lederman's emails may not be completed until Dec. 31, 2016.
He was asked to narrow his request for Barron's emails because of 22,000 possible responsive documents, according to his lawsuit. After he narrowed his request to emails containing keywords like "Awlaki memo


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FBI Arrests Kauai Cop For Embezzlement

Karen Kapua was a lieutenant before she was fired for allegedly stealing $75,000 from the Kauai Police Department.


A Kauai police lieutenant, who was once nominated for Hawaii officer of the year, was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Thursday for alleged embezzlement of government funds and money laundering.

Karen Kapua, 53, is accused of stealing an estimated $75,000 from the Kauai Police Department on three separate occasions between Dec. 23, 2013 and Dec. 5, 2014. She is also accused of trying to wire transfer more than $11,000 to pay off personal debts.
Karen Kapua, right, was arrested for allegedly stealing money from the Kauai Police Department.

Karen Kapua, right, was arrested for allegedly stealing money from the Kauai Police Department. She has since been fired.


Kauai Police Chief Darryl Perry issued a statement Thursday about Kapua’s arrest saying his department is cooperating with the FBI in its investigation. He said his department performed its own internal review of the matter and fired Kapua on Dec. 6.

“I am hopeful that the public will view this as an isolated incident and not a reflection of the department as a whole,” Perry said. “I stand by the men and women of the Kauai Police Department and their commitment to excellence

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related to the Bob Ricks story below


Was OKC Bomber Timothy McVeigh Working for the FBI?

By William F. Jasper
Created 2007-03-07 18:33

In a 19-page affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City, convicted Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Lynn Nichols alleges that the bombing plot was actually under the supervision of top FBI officials. According to a February 21 report in Salt Lake City's Deseret News, the Nichols affidavit charges that Timothy McVeigh, who was executed for his role in the bombing, was actually working under Larry Potts, the controversial FBI official who was forced to resign under a cloud for his roles in two other major FBI scandals: the deadly FBI assaults on Ruby Ridge in 1992 and Waco in 1993. Terry Nichols is not a terribly credible witness: he's a mass murderer and he lied consistently through the OKC investigation, but his claims should not be dismissed outright.

As the assistant director in charge of criminal investigations at FBI headquarters, Larry Potts was the Washington-based manager of the 1992 operation against the Randy Weaver family near Ruby Ridge in remote northern Idaho. In that incredible and tragic operation, Randy Weaver's wife Vicki was shot in the head and killed by an FBI sniper, while holding her infant child. The Weavers' 14-year-old son Sammy was also killed, shot in the back by federal agents. Larry Potts was the FBI official who approved the illegal "license to kill" order that resulted in those deaths.

The FBI's infamous assault on the Branch Davidian church complex near Waco, Texas, left more than 80 people dead, including 22 children. Potts, again, played a key role, both in authorizing the use of deadly force against innocent civilians, and, later, in the campaign of lies and coverups aimed at thwarting congressional investigations into the deadly fiasco.

Larry Potts was also the FBI's man charged with overall supervisory responsibility for the Oklahoma City bombing investigation in 1995. Together with Attorney General Janet Reno, FBI Director Louis Freeh, and Bob Ricks, the special agent in charge of the FBI's Oklahoma City office, Potts helped misdirect the OKC investigation, purposely steering investigators away from individuals who should have been considered top suspects as McVeigh's co-conspirators in the bombing plot.

One of the primary suspects who benefited from this misdirection was Andreas Strassmeir, a German national who was in the United States illegally and was serving as chief of security at the white separatist compound known as "Elohim City," in rural eastern Oklahoma. McVeigh's phone records show he called the compound on the same day that he called the Ryder truck agency to rent the vehicle used for the truck bomb.

According to the FBI's own documents, the witness at Elohim City who took the call said McVeigh was calling for Strassmeir. Elohim City was well-known as a hangout and hideout for the notorious Aryan Republican Army bank robbers, several of whom have turned out to be federal informants or agents provocateur.

Rather than arresting and questioning Strassmeir, the FBI allowed him to wander freely for eight months and then slip into Mexico before fleeing back to Germany. Andreas Strassmeir and McVeigh's connections to Elohim City have been subject of numerous reports in The New American's extensive and ongoing investigation into the Oklahoma City bombing. (See, for example, "Elohim, Terror, and Truth [0]" and "Undercover: The Howe Revelations [0]." The latter title refers to Carol Howe, an ATF informant who provided federal agents prior knowledge of the Oklahoma City bombing.)

After Louis Freeh promoted Potts to be his top assistant, he was forced to demote and suspend him when congressional and Justice Department investigations revealed Potts' illegal activities in the Ruby Ridge and Waco operations. Was Potts "running" Strassmeir, McVeigh, and other OKC bombing suspects who were listed in the original federal indictment as "others unknown"? The answer to that question may be revealed when other sealed FBI documents on Elohim City, McVeigh, and Strassmeir are released.


FBI agent Ricks being honored with ‘salt and light’ award

Former Edmond Police Chief Bob Ricks will be honored with the Salt & Light Award.

Each year the Christian Business Men's Connection of Oklahoma City honors a man whose life reflects the “salt and light” that Christ asked believers to be in Matthew 5:13-16.

Ricks will be honored from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63rd Street, Oklahoma City.

Born in Houston, Ricks earned his bachelor degree from Baylor University in 1967, and his Juris Doctorate from Baylor Law School in 1969, where he was an editor for The Baylor Law Review. He immediately began his law enforcement career, serving more than 47 years.

In the FBI, he rose from the position of special agent to special agent-in-charge of the FBI for Oklahoma. He supervised the FBI’s most widely-known undercover operation “ABSCAM,” which led to the conviction of one U.S. Senator and six Congressmen.

During his time with the FBI, he was detailed to the Drug Enforcement Administration where he served as chief counsel and senior inspector. Also, during his career with the FBI, he founded the New Jersey Terrorism Task Force in 1985, which led to multiple arrests of domestic terrorists responsible for scores of bombings in the United States. As Deputy Assistant Director, he was responsible for all FBI investigations of domestic and international terrorists.

He was appointed by President Reagan to head up “Operation Goldenrod,” which resulted in the first extra-territorial rendition of an international terrorist. He helped lead the U.S. response to the downing of Pan Am 103.

In 1993, he was the press spokesman and coordinator of negotiators during the Branch Davidian standoff in Waco and served as the initial Incident Commander of the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995.

In 1995, Ricks was appointed Commissioner of the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety and Cabinet Secretary for Safety and Security. In 2002, he was appointed the first director of Homeland Security for Oklahoma by then-Gov. Frank Keating, following the events of 9-11.

Following eight years of service with the Department of Public Safety, Ricks was hired as the Chief of Police for the City of Edmond in October 2003.

He retired from the Police Department in February after 13 years. During his tenure with the Edmond Police Department, he was inducted into the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Hall of Fame. Under his leadership, the Edmond Police Department was able to build a new state-of-the-art police facility that is expected to serve the needs of Edmond for at least the next 50 years.

He and his wife Janis met in Washington, D.C., blending Bob’s Texas roots with Janis being from the East Coast. Both of them are well traveled but have come to realize Edmond “is probably the best place in the world to live,” Ricks said.

Ricks always emphasized to those whom he led during his career that one should always put God first, family second and their careers third in that order to be successful.  

He is an active member of Henderson Hills Baptist Church where he taught juniors and seniors in the Youth Ministry for more than 10 years; an active member of Edmond Noon Rotary where he reads weekly to a second-grade class at Ida Freeman Elementary; is currently President of the Committee of 100; and is a board member of the Emergency Responders Assistance Program, which gives assistance to first responders who have experienced traumatic incidents.

He is also serving on the boards of directors for the Oklahoma Golf Association and Oak Tree Country Club. He is a former board member of WINGS, an organization dedicated to building a community for adults with special needs, and a former member of the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training.

Ricks is a Life Member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP); a member of IACP’s Homeland Security Committee; and a former chairman of the Metro Area Chiefs’ Association. Ricks is also a Ronald Reagan Alumni Association member; Former chairman of the Boy Scouts of America’s Eagle District; a member of Baylor University’s Ex-Lettermen’s Association; a member of the Ex-Agents Association of the FBI; and he is an Honorary Member of the FBI National Academy Associates.

Ricks has been married to Janis for 33 years, and he is the proud father of two married children and five grandchildren, all of who know and love Jesus Christ.


TERROR IN OKLAHOMA: THE INVESTIGATION; Justice to Change Its Team As Hunt for Suspects Slows

But Mr. Kennedy's assignment to Oklahoma City was perceived by some F.B.I. veterans as a sign that Mr. Freeh lacked confidence in Robert Ricks, head of the F.B.I.'s Oklahoma City office. He had been a highly visible F.B.I. official during the Branch Davidian standoff but has been nearly invisible since the bom


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Apr 9, 2014 - A review of “Hoover's FBI and the Fourth Estate: The Campaign to Control the Press and the Bureau's ... But when mass media have been corrupted, the reliability of the “knowledge” becomes suspect.


The FBI: A Comprehensive Reference Guide
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Athan G. Theoharis - 1999 - ‎Law
In 1933, to offset occasional embarrassing publicity, Hoover began a formal media program in which FBI ... Although this image derived in large part from the 1930s politics of crime control, FBI officials also turned this ...


US Govt Just Legalized Operation Mockingbird — FBI Can Now Impersonate the Media
By Claire Bernish -  September 22, 2016


Efforts to keep police guns out of dangerous hands fail with SF killing
By Vivian HoSeptember 24, 2017

No weapons have been stolen since Santa Clara County’s sheriff bought gun vaults for deputies’ staff and personal cars in 2016. Officers who travel with guns can’t take them in places where they are ... more
The killing of Kate Steinle on a San Francisco pier in July 2015 shook the law enforcement community when investigators traced the pistol that took her life to a federal ranger. Four days earlier, he had returned to his parked car in the city’s downtown to find a window smashed and the weapon gone.

Over the next seven months, at least seven other guns were snatched from law enforcement officers’ vehicles in the Bay Area, and the rash prompted some chiefs and sheriffs to tighten policies on how officers secure guns, whether off-duty or on.

State legislators sought to punish cops who leave firearms vulnerable to car burglars. San Francisco supervisors took up the issue, as did Marin County’s civil grand jury.

But two years later, after criminals allegedly stole a gun from the personal car of a San Francisco officer and used it to kill a young man in the Mission District, critics say the push for changes fell short. The thefts keep happening, with devastating consequences. And though police have made some reforms, the efforts have been uneven.

Some departments bought officers lockboxes that can be fastened to the interior of their vehicles, providing stronger security, but many others have not.


 A Glock 17. (Glock.com) SF deputy whose gun was stolen from rental car now out of a job Abel Esquivel poses with a certificate from the Central American Resource Center in San Francisco’s Mission District, where he worked as a summer intern. Esquivel was killed on Aug. 15 with a gun that was stolen from a city police officer’s vehicle. Anguish, outrage over street killing of SF man with gun stolen An SFPD patrol car. Police arrest 2 in SF killing and reveal gun had been stolen from
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors considered making it a misdemeanor — punishable by up to six months in jail — for off-duty officers to leave a gun unsecured in a car. But they ultimately voted to exempt San Francisco officers and deputies and apply the measure to everyone else, as long as the police and sheriff’s departments enforced internal policies.

The civil grand jury in Marin County, in a report released in May 2016, said just one police agency there had toughened policies on gun storage in vehicles since Steinle’s death on Pier 14, and that most agencies did not use lockboxes.

“The Grand Jury believes that the best policy is for law enforcement never to leave a firearm in a vehicle,” the report said. “Short of that, lockboxes should be installed in every department vehicle and policies should state specifically how firearms are to be secured.”

The problem persists as vehicle break-ins rise in some Bay Area cities. Victims reported 17,970 car burglaries in San Francisco through the end of July, or about 85 a day, up 28 percent from the same period in 2016.

Still, information about the theft of police guns is scarce: Local, state and federal authorities do not publish figures on how often it happens, and police agencies do not typically reveal whether or how they punish employees who lose guns in violation of internal policies, because of California laws that keep officer discipline private.

Law enforcement critics say police — now more than ever — should know better than to leave guns unsecured in vehicles and must be held to a higher standard.

“You know what is out there, and you know what is happening every day,” said attorney Frank Pitre, who is representing Steinle’s family in a lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management. He also represents the family of Antonio Ramos, who was shot in September 2015 while painting a mural in Oakland by an attacker who used a gun stolen from the rented car of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent.

“Criminals are just looking for opportunities,” Pitre said, “and you’re giving them a gold mine when you allow them to steal a weapon they wouldn’t have otherwise.”

Some police officers and advocates, though, say there’s no simple solution to stopping the thefts. They say officers obliged to carry guns are victims of the same scourge of home and car burglaries as civilian gun owners. According to federal gun regulators, 1.4 million firearms were reported stolen in the six-year period from 2005 to 2010.


Edward Snowden describes how the FBI could physically extract passcode from iPhone chip without Apple’s help


Utah protest defends DACA, demands legalization for all
By Sean Taylor | September 19, 2017

SDS leads a march in SLC to defend DACA. Students for a Democratic Society lead a march in Salt Lake City, Utah to defend DACA. (Fight Back! News / Staff)
Salt Lake City, UT — Over 100 people joined Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) to protest Donald Trump’s repeal of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Sept. 15, at the Wallace F. Bennett Federal Building downtown.

Shirley Reyes, with SDS, kicked off the rally, denouncing the repeal that puts 800,000 young people at risk of deportation. “We cannot rely on the system; it is up to all of us. We are not only here to defend DACA, but to demand legalization for all.”

Griseille Davila, a DACA recipient and SDS member, gave an impassioned call to unite as a community. Davila called on the crowd to fight for immigrant rights and to defend undocumented immigrants from incarceration and deportation.

Sara Kang, another SDSer, began to cry while addressing the crowd, saying that she was worried for her friends who may face deportation. Kang finished her speech urging those assembled to fight back against the racist attacks from the Trump administration.

Emmaly Anderson, also with SDS, called out the hypocrisy of the University of Utah which has claimed to support undocumented students. Anderson said the U of U refused to meet student demands. She also said the U of U needs to refuse to host the on-campus event for Ben Shapiro, a racist right-wing columnist who has called for completely closing the U.S.-Mexico border.

After the speeches, the crowd moved into the street and marched north to the State Capitol building. Chanting “Liberation not deportation!” and “Sí se puede!” they shut down the usually busy roads in downtown Salt Lake City. Upon reaching the Capitol, Reyes closed out the rally with an announcement of SDS’s counter-demonstration against Ben Shapiro (the event page can be found at this link: https://www.facebook.


Anniversary of FBI raids on anti-war and international solidarity activists
Commentary by Joe Iosbaker | September 24, 2017

Chicago, IL – Today, Sept. 24, is the seventh anniversary of the 2010 FBI raids targeting 7 homes of anti-war, international solidarity and Palestinian-American activists. Subsequent grand jury subpoenas were served to nine additional activists in December of that same year.

The raids and grand jury investigation were designed for three purposes.

First, as an act of repression against the antiwar movement. The homes and office targeted in the raid were those of organizers of the anti-war march on the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Saint Paul, Minnesota, in 2008.

That objective backfired instead, as the anti-war movement was revived by the defense campaign of the 23 grand jury resisters, and later by the case of Carlos Montes. We defeated the threats to compel us to testify or face prison time for contempt; then we won a victory in court for Carlos. Many of the targeted activists went on to help lead the largest anti-war march during the Obama years, protesting the NATO summit in Chicago in 2012.

Second, while our solidarity with the struggle in Colombia was the thing that first got the attention of the undercover cop who infiltrated the Twin Cities based Anti-War Committee in 2008, the U.S. Attorney leading the investigation subsequently became focused on the growing movement in support of Palestinian rights. That repression continues today with the increasingly desperate efforts by Zionists, politicians, the FBI and university administrators to attack the Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS) movement that targets Israel for its crimes against the Palestinian people. But the movement in support of Palestine continues to grow.

The most powerful show of support for Palestine has been the movement that embraced Rasmea Odeh as she resisted the racist attack that resulted in her deportation last week. We miss her terribly, and even though the cabal within the Department of Justice was successful in taking her from her home in Chicago, the courage and steadfastness she taught us helped the forces in the U.S. supporting Palestinian liberation make a great advance over the four years since she was arrested.

Of course, Rasmea’s case itself grew from the unconstitutional case against the Anti-war 23. When Assistant U.S. Attorney Barry Jonas failed to get any of the 23 to testify to his grand jury, the Joint Terrorism Task Force first went after Carlos, and then Rasmea.

Last night, Hatem Abudayyeh and I spoke with Chicago Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa after he was honored at the dinner of the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression. We thanked him for having the courage of his convictions by refusing to renounce his pro-Palestinian views, a decision that caused him to lose his position as candidate for lieutenant governor in Illinois, as the running mate of Daniel Biss, who dropped him from the ticket. This is one more example that solidarity with Palestine is taking hold in the hearts of people from all nationalities here.

Finally, the raids were an attack on Freedom Road Socialist Organization. We know that we were singled out among the forces in the anti-war movement because we were becoming more effective as an organization. I’m here to report that our effectiveness continues to grow. To see evidence of that, you need only read the stories of struggle across the country that are posted every day at FightBackNews.org - most of which involve members


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More Holes in Russia-gate Narrative
Posted on September 23, 2017 by WashingtonsBlog
By William Binney and Ray McGovern. Bill Binney worked for NSA for 36 years, retiring in 2001 as the technical director of world military and geopolitical analysis and reporting; he created many of the collection systems still used by NSA. Ray McGovern was a CIA analyst for 27 years; from 1981 to 1985 he briefed the President’s Daily Brief one-on-one to President Reagan’s most senior national security officials. Originally published by Consortium News. Republished with permission.

It is no secret that our July 24 VIPS Memorandum for the President, entitled “Was the ‘Russian Hack’ an Inside Job?,” gave rise to some questioning and controversy – nor was it a surprise that it was met with almost total silence in the mainstream media.

The ongoing U.S. media campaign against Russia has been so effective that otherwise intelligent people have been unable even to entertain the notion that they may have been totally misled by the intelligence community. The last time this happened in 2003, after a year of such propaganda, the U.S. attacked Iraq on fraudulent – not “mistaken” – intelligence.

Anticipating resistance from those allergic to rethinking “what everybody knows” about Russian “meddling,” we based our VIPS analysis on forensic investigations that, oddly, the FBI had bent over backwards to avoid. In other words, we relied on the principles of physics and the known capability of the Internet in early July 2016.

We stand by our main conclusion that the data from the intrusion of July 5, 2016, into the Democratic National Committee’s computers, an intrusion blamed on “Russian hacking,” was not a hack but rather a download/copy onto an external storage device by someone with physical access to the DNC.

That principal finding relied heavily on the speed with which the copy took place – a speed much faster than a hack over the Internet could have achieved at the time – or, it seems clear, even now. Challenged on that conclusion – often by those conducting experiments within the confines of a laboratory – we have conducted and documented additional tests to determine the speeds that can be achieved now, more than a year later.

To remind: We noted in the VIPS memo that on July 5, 2016, a computer directly connected to the DNC server or DNC Local Area Network, copied 1,976 megabytes of data in 87 seconds onto an external storage device. That yields a transfer rate of 22.7 megabytes per second.

Recent Tests

Over the last few weeks, we ran three tests to determine how quickly data could be exfiltrated from the U.S. across the Atlantic to Europe.

–First, we used a 100 megabits-per-second (mbps) line to pull data from a one-gigabyte file to Amsterdam. The peak transfer speed was .8 MBps.

–Second, we used a commercial DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) to send the same one-gigabyte file to a commercial DSL in Amsterdam. The peak transfer speed was 1.8 MBps.

–Third, we pushed the same one-gigabyte file from a data center in New Jersey to a data center in the UK. The peak transfer speed was 12 MBps.

None of these attempts achieve anything close to the average rate of 22.7 megabytes per second evident in the July 5, 2016 download/copy associated with the DNC. In fact, this happens to be the speed typical of a transfer to a USB-2 external storage device. We do not think this pure coincidence; rather, it is additional evidence of a local download.

We are preparing further trans-Atlantic testing over the next few weeks.

Some researchers have noted that some partitioning of the data might have occurred in the U.S., allowing for a transfer to be made at the measured speed over the Internet, and that this could have made possible a hack from the other side of the Atlantic. One of our associate investigators has found a way to achieve this kind of data partitioning and later transfer.

In theory, this would be one possible way to achieve such a large-data transfer, but we have no evidence that anything like this actually occurred. More important, in such a scenario, the National Security Agency would have chapter and verse on it, because such a hack would have to include software to execute the partitioning and subsequent data transfer. NSA gives the highest priority to collection on “execution software.”

Must Americans, apparently including President Donald Trump, remain in a Russia-did-it-or-could-have-maybe-might-have-done-it subjunctive mood on this important issue – one that has been used to inject Cold War ice into relations with Russia? The answer is absolutely not. Rather, definitive answers are at hand.

How can we be so confident? Because NSA alumni now active in Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) are intimately familiar with NSA’s capabilities and practice with respect to bulk capture and storage of fiber-optic communications. Two of us actually devised the systems still in use, and Edward Snowden’s revelations filled in remaining gaps. Today’s NSA is in position to clear up any and all questions about intrusions into the DNC.

In sum, we are certain that the truth of what actually happened – or didn’t happen – can be found in the databases of NSA. We tried to explain this to President Barack Obama in a VIPS Memorandum of Jan. 17, just three days before he left office, noting that NSA’s known programs are fully capable of capturing – and together with liaison intelligence services do capture – all electronic transfers of data.

Our Jan. 17 Memorandum included this admonition: “We strongly suggest that you ask NSA for any evidence it may have indicating that the results of Russian hacking were given to WikiLeaks.” … “If NSA cannot give you that information – and quickly – this would probably mean it does not have any.”

We also appealed to Obama in his final days in office to order the chiefs of the NSA, FBI and CIA to the White House and have them lay all their cards on the table about “Russian hacking,” and show him what tangible evidence they might have – not simply their “assessments.” We added, “We assume you would not wish to hobble your successor with charges that cannot withstand close scrutiny.” Having said this, we already were reaching the assumption that there was no real evidence to back the “assessments” up.

FBI: Not Leaning Forward

The FBI could still redeem itself by doing what it should have done as soon as the DNC claimed to have been “hacked.” For reasons best known to former FBI Director James Comey, the Bureau failed to get whatever warrant was needed to confiscate the DNC servers and computers to properly examine them.

In testimony to the House Intelligence Committee six months ago, Comey conceded “best practice is always to get access to the machines themselves.” And yet he chose not to. And his decision came amid frenzied charges by senior U.S. officials that Russia had committed “an act of war.”

But is it not already too late for such an investigation? We hope that, at this point, it is crystal clear that the answer is: No, it is not too late. All the data the FBI needs to do a proper job is in NSA databases – including data going across the Internet to the DNC server and then included in their network logs.

If President Trump wants to know the truth, he can order the FBI to do its job and NSA to cooperate. Whether the two and the CIA would obey such orders is an open question, given how heavily invested all three agencies are in their evidence-impoverished narrative about “Russian hacking.”

Let us close with the obvious. All three agencies have been aware all along that NSA has the data. One wonders why it should require a Presidential order for them to delve into that data and come up with conclusions based on fact, as opposed to “assessing.”


CBS orders new FBI series from Dick Wolf
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As SF again debates stun guns, focus shifts to effectiveness
By Vivian HoJune 20, 2017 Updated: June 20, 2017 6:18pm


Pro- and anti-Trump supporters face off at free speech rally in Berkeley

Right-wing commentator Milo Yiannopoulos gave a speech at the free speech rally, though left about 20 minutes after he arrived and was met with dozens of counter-protestors amidst the handful of Trump supporters.

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Judge to rule whether to suppress accused NSA leaker's statement

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FBI Special Agent Justin Garrick contends that Winner should remain held without bond as a menace to national security and a flight risk, but he said the 11 agents who came to search Winner's home on June 3 had no intention of holding her against her will until she willingly gave them probable cause to arrest her.







FBI drags on phony investigations, but allows congressional hacking ...

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Though the findings place the case squarely into the category of political cyber-crimes that have otherwise been high-profile priorities, the lead FBI agent assigned to the Awan case was a first-year agent, and not from one of the FBI's big-guns divisions. The charges brought by prosecutors are so minor that Awan's own ...










Carr: Scandals eliminate staff, funds, convictions

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We need to have answers on FBI's failures

Bonner County Daily Bee

This is a big deal. FBI were tipped off twice. They say they are dedicated to keeping us safe. Yet, what a screw up. The greatest law enforcement on earth had his name — Nicolas Cruz. They could have easily alerted all gun stores in the state of Florida and found out if he had purchased any guns. The people in the state of ...










Unsealed FBI files reveal Navy admiral was furious with '2001 ...

Raw Story-

The FBI on Wednesday posted a link to newly unsealed files on legendary director Stanley Kubrick, best known for films such as “Dr. Strangelove,” “2001: A Space Odyssey” and “A Clockwork Orange.” One particularly strange file reveals that a Navy admiral was furious with Kubrick's portrayal of the American military in “Dr.












Law Enforcement Officer Admits the Truth About 'The Madisonville Hoax'

After Government's Eight-year Silence


ATHENS, Tenn., Feb. 28, 2018 / Monday, The Post & Email published the first article in what will be a series detailing encounters between Athens, TN resident Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III and two officers in the Monroe County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) last Friday morning.


Prior to moving to Athens in February 2012, Fitzpatrick lived in Monroe County dating back to 2007. He was jailed on a number of occasions by then-MCSO Sheriff Bill Bivens after attempting to expose corruption within the local grand jury, sheriff's office, local police, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) and Knoxville office of the FBI.


The catalyst to his initial arrest was his April 1, 2010 attempt to place the Monroe County grand jury foreman under citizen's arrest, as state law (TCA 22-2-314) prohibits any member of the grand jury from serving consecutive terms.  In September 2009, Fitzpatrick inadvertently discovered that in Tennessee, criminal court judges are permitted to hand-pick the grand jury foreman and retain them for whatever time frame the judges wish, the 2008 law cited above notwithstanding. As of early 2010, Fitzpatrick was able to determine that Gary Pettway had been serving for two decades as grand jury foreman, although he later discovered that Pettway actually served for 28 consecutive years.


The practice dates back to at least 1919, when the Tennessee legislature passed a law allowing criminal court judges to select the grand jury foreman in that way despite its unconstitutionality.  The U.S. Supreme Court condemned Tennessee judges handpicking grand jury foremen in 1979 and 1987, and yet, the practice continues to this day, along with numerous other constitutional violations.


Fitzpatrick is not alone in his claim that corruption in Monroe County has deprived citizens of their right to due process under the Fifth Amendment. The Post & Email has interviewed a number of local citizens who claimed that they or their loved ones were framed, arrested without cause, denied due process, and put through a sham trial







GSA Won't Say Whether Trump Intervened In FBI HQ Decision In ...


The General Services Administration's decision to keep the FBI headquarters in D.C. came under scrutiny Wednesday at a Senate committee hearing, with senators questioning whether President Donald Trump intervened in the decision, and whether the FBI's security needs can be met in its current location.










Esty Urges Congress to Adopt Connecticut's Risk Warrant Model to ...

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The bill also has a Republican co-sponsor — Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, who is a former FBI agent. “Protecting the 2nd Amendment and keeping our communities safe are not mutually exclusive,” Fitzpatrick said at a press conference outside the U.S. Capitol. “This is common sense legislation. It will save lives, affords ...

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