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Just finished reading this book. Tell all book on FBI  agents illegal phone tapping
Author is the man FBI,CIA,DEA etc bought their phone tapping equipment from.
End of book tell how to detect phone taps etc. You know what to do.

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http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php? ... &aid=25840

The FBI and the CIA Pressured US Lawyer to Betray his Arab and Muslim Clients

by Sherwood Ross

Global Research, July 31, 2011


Federal agents from the FBI and CIA/FBI Joint Terrorist Task Force tried to get a distinguished international lawyer to inform on his Arab and Muslim clients in violation of their Constitutional rights to attorney-client privilege, this reporter has learned. When the lawyer refused, he said the FBI placed him on a "terrorist watch list."

Law professor Francis Boyle gave a chilling account of how, in the summer of 2004, two agents showed up at his office (at the University of Illinois, Champaign,) “unannounced, misrepresented who they were and what they were about to my secretary, gained access to my office, interrogated me for about one hour, and repeatedly tried to get me to become their informant on my Arab and Muslim clients."

"This would have violated their (clients) Constitutional rights and my ethical obligations as an Attorney," Boyle explained. "I refused. So they put me on all of the United States government's 'terrorist watch' lists."

Boyle said his own lawyer found "there are about five or six different terrorist watch lists, and as far as he could determine, I am on all of them." Despite a legal appeal to get his name removed, Boyle said, "I will remain on all of these terrorist watch lists for the rest of my life or until the two Agencies who put me on there remove my name, which is highly unlikely."

"Whatever people might think about lawyers, we are the canary-birds of democracy. When the government goes after your lawyer soon they will be going after you," Boyle warned. "Indeed," he added, "the government goes after your lawyer in order to get to you, which is what happened to me. This is what the so-called 'war against terrorism' is really all about. It is a war against the United States Constitution."

Boyle is a leading American professor and practitioner of international law. He holds doctorates in both law (cum laude) and Political Science from Harvard and has more than two decades of experience representing pacifist anti-war resisters, suspects in the so-called "War on Terror" and foreign governments such as Bosnia and Herzegovina. He is the author of numerous books, including "Protesting Power," (Rowman & Littlefield), "Biowarfare and Terrorism,"(Clarity) and "Destroying World Order"(Clarity).

Writing of the attorney-client privilege, the American Bar Association has defined it as “the right of clients to refuse to disclose confidential communications with their lawyers, or to allow their lawyers to disclose them.” It further states the privilege “is viewed as fundamental to preserve the constitutionally based right to effective assistance of legal counsel, in that lawyers cannot function effectively on behalf of their clients without the ability communicate with them in confidence.”

The attempt by the government to destroy the Constitutional right of privileged communication between lawyer and client began in earnest after 9/11 when the Justice Department initiated a wave of such illegal actions. According to an article in “Criminal Justice Magazine,” Summer, 2002, “Immediately following the September 11 terrorist attacks, U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft issued a controversial order that permits the government to monitor all communications between a client and an attorney when there is 'reasonable suspicion' to 'believe that a particular inmate may use communications with attorneys or their agents to further or facilitate acts of violence or terrorism.” That order “raises a wide range of constitutional concerns under the First, Fourth, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments,” authors Paul Rice and Benjamin Saul wrote.

As if to mock the very concept of attorney-client privilege, military interrogators at Guantanamo prison posed as "lawyers" to trick illegally held suspects into providing them with information, according to a report in "The Catholic Worker" newspaper.

And "Newsday," the Long Island, N.Y., daily, reported a wholesale invasion of lawyer-client privilege, as when lawyers at Guantanamo are forced to turn over their interview notes to guards, who send them on to the Pentagon facility in Virginia that is the only place lawyers can go to write their motions and where the Pentagon attempts to edit out detainees' claims of mistreatment from the public record. What's more, "Newsday" reported, "The military has set up a system that delays legal correspondence (between lawyers and prisoners) for weeks," adding that "Detainees have alleged that interrogators have tried to turn them against their lawyers."

According to "Newsday," guards and interrogators peruse prisoners' private legal papers and warn them that prisoners who have lawyers will wait longer to get out! Tom Wilner, a lawyer for 12 Kuwaiti detainees, said an interrogator asked one of his clients, "Did you know your lawyers are Jews?"

The U.S. government is "not only trying to deny counsel to the prisoners, but is actively trying to remove Guantanamo from any scrutiny, legal or otherwise" as well as "marginalizing the lawyers representing the prisoners," "The Catholic Worker" said.

Placing attorney Boyle on the Terrorist Watch List is a form of punishment that is being ever more widely applied. According to "USA Today" the list grew from 288,000 names in 2005 to 1-million in March, 2009, according to an article of March 10th of that year. "People put on the watch list...can be blocked from flying, stopped at borders or subjected to other scrutiny," reporter Peter Eisler wrote.

The attorney-client privilege is the oldest such privilege enshrined in Anglo-Saxon law and was commonly respected even under the British crown during the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1. That it is being flouted by the U.S. government today when a constitutional lawyer occupies the White House represents an incredible stain on what remains of the fabric of American democracy.

Sherwood Ross is a publicist for good causes and Director of the Anti-War News Service of Miami, Florida. To comment or contribute, reach him at sherwoodross10@gmail.com

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Gang Stalking = COINTELPRO = STASI decomposition


The FBI and all law enforcement agencies are currently using a psychological warfare protocol like "COINTELPRO" which is almost identical to the STASI "decomposition". This is what people are referring to as Gang Stalking.


The earliest forms of this that I know of are from Egypt, Greece and Rome. Each of these societies had pervasive spy/informant networks that were spying on each other as well as looking for spies inside of their own empires. Anyone who did not feel that their own respective empire was the most perfect society could be considered a traitor. In other words they were looking for anyone who had thoughts beliefs and attitudes that were not approved of by the state that could instigate revolt or subversive activity or otherwise make them a danger to the empire. This obviously created a snitch culture and there were bound to be abuses. If a person was not liked by another then it was easy to persuade others to make a complaint and get that person killed or exiled. No one dare say or do anything that was politically incorrect and thus the rulers were able to maintain power and control over the people. Blatant execution or exile is common in an empire but in a democracy it is not as easy to accomplish these punishments so modern psychological operations were developed to accomplish these goals and in this way an empire can masquerade as a democracy.


The STASI decomposition protocol is an excellent example of how these modern psychological operations work. The STASI decomposition is almost identical to the FBI’s COINTELPRO. Here is a link to a document that shows an overview of the STASI decomposition.

·         http://www.scribd.com/doc/71863415

·         http://www.mediafire.com/?5w80dni99qc1c8w


Law enforcement agencies in concert with government and corporations are using bribery, deception, coercion & blackmail to create an informant & saboteur network out of criminals of all kinds, extremist groups, cults, patriotic zealots, the poor, the homeless, friends, family, neighbors, repair men, fire men, police, military personnel and agents to target individuals and groups that have beliefs and attitudes (such as civil rights and animal rights.) that may cause them to commit acts of terrorism at some future time or motivate others to commit terrorist acts or incite revolt. This pre-crime approach has existed numerous times throughout American history but has reared its ugly head again due to 9/11.

Unfortunately, according to former FBI agent Mike German, many post 9/11 targeted individuals are nothing more than a training exercise.




·         http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/COINTELPRO












Here is a lecture by Noam Chomsky that uncovers the root mindset in America that predicates the targeting of groups and individuals.



The real power behind gang stalking and many other terrible things is the minority of the opulent but the front group making all the policy changes these days is the neoconservatives. Neoconservatisim is a cult ideology that has been bankrolled and nurtured by the opulent just like all of the other cult ideologies created or co-opted by the opulent for their machinations.

·         http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_for_the_New_American_Century


·         http://www.newamericancentury.org/


·         http://www.newamericancentury.org/lettersstatements.htm


·         http://www.newamericancentury.org/statementofprinciples.htm


·         http://www.newamericancentury.org/iraqclintonletter.htm


·         http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foreign_Policy_Initiative


·         http://www.foreignpolicyi.org/


·         http://www.foreignpolicyi.org/foreignpolicy2011


·         http://www.abovetheswamp.com/articles/political-issues/74-the-neocon-mind


Stalin and Hitler were fanatical leaders inspired by a gang mentality and by the concept of "historic mission." They believed that intolerance and large scale brutality were necessary ingredients of social order. Each of them was also supported by the “cult of personality.” The neocons are strikingly similar.


What are the components of gang mentality?



·         Extreme concern with reputation both inside and outside of the ideology. Neocons are this way.



·         Extreme concern with respect both inside and outside of the ideology. Neocons are this way.



·         No challenge will go unanswered. It is so with the neocons as well.


What is the concept of “historic mission”?


In a well documented conversation, Adolf Hitler berated the Austrian Chancellor Schuschnigg and stated…

"That is what you say!...But I am telling you that I am going to solve the so-called Austrian problem one way or the other...I have a historic mission, and this mission I will fulfill because Providence has destined me to do so...I have only to give an order and all your ridiculous defense mechanisms will be blown to bits. You don't seriously believe you can stop me or even delay me for half an hour, do you?"


Prominent neocon Michael Ledeen stated…

“Creative destruction is our middle name, both within our own society and abroad. We tear down the old order every day, from business to science, literature, art, architecture, and cinema to politics and the law. Our enemies have always hated this whirlwind of energy and creativity, which menaces their traditions (whatever they may be) and shames them for their inability to keep pace. Seeing America undo traditional societies, they fear us, for they do not wish to be undone. They cannot feel secure so long as we are there, for our very existence—our existence, not our politics—threatens their legitimacy. They must attack us in order to survive, just as we must destroy them to advance our historic mission.”


What is the cult of personality?


The cult of personality is explained pretty well here…

·         http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cult_of_personality


The Straussian philosophy is a cult of personality and the neocons follow the Straussian philosophy

·         http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13145.htm


If you select 1 percent of a population (Whistle blowers, dissidents, artists, those that look funny, and act or dress funny) and punish them severely for little or nothing, then you will gain the compliance of the other 99 percent either through fear or because they’ve been conned by the COINTELPRO/STASI type propaganda in to believing that the TI’s must be removed from society for the common good. Then you can implement the social, political and financial changes you want on a grand scale in a relatively short period of time. I.E. advance your historic mission. This has been done enumerable times throughout history.


When the average person considers what the Nazis or Stalin did, they are naturally horrified. When a banker considers what the Nazis or Stalin did they have dollar signs in their eyes. MONEY is the real reason this is happening!!! The bankers know that a one world government is not possible. Empire building has been going on for centuries and a global empire has never been realized. But if you understand finance, history, politics and the military industrial complex, then it is clear to see that it is the EXERCISE of building empires and large scale wars that redistributes the wealth of nations into the hands of the banking elite and keeps the masses under control.


Unfortunately most human beings don't understand how their own minds work nor are they well educated in multiple disciplines. Most of the people that perpetrate these crimes against humanity aren't fully aware that there is such a big conspiracy going on. It’s just that most human beings have so many inherent psychological weaknesses and such a deep lack of education that if you alter the socioeconomic landscape in just the right way, you get what you see here in America today.



·         http://brainz.org/ten-most-revealing-psych-experiments/



Here are a few very credible documentaries that will help you to understand what’s really going on and hopefully survive…


·         http://metanoia-films.org/psywar/#watch


·         http://metanoia-films.org/human-resources/#watch










One of the biggest mistakes people make when they become TI’s is to attempt to create a counter spy network against those that are surveilling them. This is something that the neocons and the banking elite are OK with. A global spy counter spy network is much like the cold war and the cold war was extremely profitable for the banking elite not to mention a powerful pretext to control people. The global war on terror needs a global terrorist network and since there really is not one, many targets will be manipulated into acting out in ways that can classify them as terrorists thus creating the impetus for law enforcement agencies to demand more tax payer money to fight the war on terror. Targets are all better off contacting a civil rights group and explaining that they have reason to believe they have been placed on the terrorist watch list.


Do yourself a favor and learn as much about economics and finance as possible. It will help you survive. This is all the info you will need to be an educated investor. It’s not a get rich quick thing, just a solid economics and investing education.


·         http://www.mediafire.com/?f0ep3y537y6hlxy


·         http://www.mediafire.com/?7jyqc3yjoy78uqr


·         http://www.mediafire.com/?hrxa7ca24n7h0uk



Also, listen to as many lectures by Professor Noam Chomsky as possible. They are all over the internet. He is brilliant and has been exposing the machinations of the opulent (Rothschild, Rockefeller etc) for decades. His research is very credible and will help you to separate the facts from the propaganda and give you a measure of mental clarity and peace. Utilizing his research will also help you gain some of your credibility back with others.


Try to explain all of this to your friends and family. Usually when people see the mission statement of the neocons from their websites (PNAC & FPI) they start listening.


According to anti-communist author Ludwik Kowalski

“Mass murder occurs when brutal and sadistic criminals, to be found in every society, are promoted to positions of dominance, when propaganda is used to dehumanize the targeted population and when children are inoculated with intolerance and hatred. It occurs when victims ("inferior races" or "class enemies") are excluded from the norms of morality, when ideological totalitarianism is imposed and when freedom is suspended. Fear and violence, the preconditions of genocide, are likely to be found in societies with large numbers of thieves and informants.”


Here is some info on how to take care of your physical health.

·         http://www.mediafire.com/?obd4zl5rrjbvwr1


Visit this YouTube channel and watch everything on it. You will gain a clear understanding of what’s really going on.

·         http://www.youtube.com/user/phrygian20


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Gang Land News Gives Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch an Award for Being “Paranoid” and “Secretive”

Jerry Capeci won’t be on Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch’s Christmas list any time soon.

To steal a line from Joe Pesci in “GoodFellas”, he may be on her “pay-no-mind list.”

Capeci, editor of Gang Land News, gives Lynch the “Rudy Giuliani Award” for being “the most secretive, super sensitive, paranoid, press unfriendly chief federal prosecutor in the area for being the only U.S. Attorney in  New York or New Jersey to withhold publicly filed plea agreements between her office and defendants unless the reporter files a motion with the judge presiding over the case.”


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FBI agents will blackmnail the people who
downloaded child porn

To avoid prosecution FBI agents will force these people to
commit crimes including murder.


FBI's NIT Hit 8000 Computers In 120 Countries... As Did The Child ...
In January, Motherboard reported on the FBI's “unprecedented” hacking operation, ... we now know from Agent Alfin's recent testimony which we cited, there was ...

(Mis)Uses of Technology

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FBI's NIT Hit 8,000 Computers In 120 Countries... As Did The Child Porn It Was Redistributing
from the any-means-necessary dept
On the other hand, who needs to wait for the Rule 41 changes to kick in?
In January, Motherboard reported on the FBI's “unprecedented” hacking operation, in which the agency, using a single warrant, deployed malware to over one thousand alleged visitors of a dark web child pornography site. Now, it has emerged that the campaign was actually an order of magnitude larger.
In all, the FBI obtained over 8,000 IP addresses, and hacked computers in 120 different countries, according to a transcript from a recent evidentiary hearing in a related case.
No need to sit back and wait for the DOJ's proposed Rule 41 changes -- including the stripping of jurisdictional limitations for search warrants -- to default their way into adoption on December 1st. This worldwide search, performed under the authority of a single warrant issued by a single judge in Virginia, is just the FBI acting first and asking for forgiveness codification later. From the day two transcript [PDF]:
Every time Your Honor grants a discovery request and we get new information, it's like -- to use an appropriate metaphor, like peeling an onion. There's just another layer of fact there that we did not know about. I mean, we did not know this was a truly global warrant before. There are 120 countries and territories listed outside the United States that the FBI hacked into, and they also hacked into something called a "satellite provider." So now we are into outer space as well.
It's not just the hacking of computers around the world. It's also the FBI's brief stint as perhaps the world's largest distributor of child porn. From the day one transcript [PDF]:
Your Honor, starting with Michaud, and what we know now is there was no discussion of trying to limit the distribution. There were no protocols for these agents for handling or limiting the distribution of child pornography. And the scale of the distribution now went out to at least 120 countries, at least 1 million images. And it is absolutely mind boggling, we have not seen something like this.
And for all the area covered by the investigation -- the number of computers scattered all over the world the FBI sent its NIT to -- there, so far, seems to be very little to show for the agency's efforts. Defense lawyer Colin Fieman:
We have never, in our nation's history as far as I can tell, seen a warrant so utterly sweeping. 100,000 potential targets. Something like 8700 IP addresses captured. At least 1152 open investigations. And now oddly enough only, about 214 arrests.
What's even more disturbing, even if they disagree about the efficacy of some of those methods, we now know from Agent Alfin's recent testimony which we cited, there was absolutely no discussion at the Department of Justice or the FBI about protocols in terms of handling this stuff or whether these methods of limiting, at least limiting the most egregious distribution were viable. Nobody cared.
Fieman quotes an earlier case dealing with the FBI's physical distribution of child porn in hopes of netting some arrests. The FBI actually created a child porn "catalog," mailed it to sting targets, and sent the targets the child porn they requested. The court in that case was not happy with the FBI's actions.
The Court took it upon itself to make these statements, because they were so troubled by it. So first they start "we are aware of the necessity of such tactics" -- in terms of undercover operations and baiting with contraband -- "we are aware of the necessity of such tactics in so-called victimless crimes such as drug offenses, but the use of these methods when victims are actually harmed" -- and they are talking about the children depicted in these images -- "is inexplicable."
And "moreover" -- this is again Sherman, continuing with the quote from 549 -- "the government's dissemination of the pornographic materials could hardly be described as a 'controlled' delivery." Well, if it's n


FBI Hacking Could Be Legalized December 1

by Lucian Armasu November 29, 2016 at 4:25 PM - Source: Fight For The Future

Earlier this year, the Judicial Conference (the national policy-making body for the federal courts) approved changes to “Rule 41” that would allow the FBI and other law enforcement agencies to hack anyone in any jurisdiction in the U.S., and even globally. Fight for the Future, along with the EFF and other civil liberties groups, are calling on everyone to ask their senators to pass a law to stop the rule change from going into effect on December 1.
The FBI has recently started employing mass hacking tactics against thousands of computers at once as a “modern investigative technique.” The new tactic came to light during the recent Playpen case, which revealed that the FBI hacked over 8,000 computers in 20 countries.

According to Fight for the Future, anyone who uses encryption, a VPN, the Tor browser, disables location tracking, or is the victim of a botnet, could also become a target of FBI’s hacking efforts. That’s because the new rule 41 changes allow judges to issue warrants that would give law enforcement remote access and the ability to search, seize, and copy data when “the district where the media or information is located has been concealed through technological means.”
The EFF also argued that the real problem is the change allows any judge in the U.S. to issue warrants for any other jurisdiction in the country. Civil liberties groups believe that this would encourage law enforcement agencies to engage in “forum shopping,” which involves obtaining warrants from friendly judges, or from judges that may not fully understand the technical implications of the government’s requests.
The EFF has argued that the Rule 41 changes are not just the simple procedural changes that the Judicial Conference normally enacts, but changes that significantly expand FBI’s hacking powers. The EFF has argued that Congress, not the Supreme Court, should’ve decided this sort of hacking power expansion.
The new rule 41 changes go into effect on December 1 at midnight, which leaves little time for Congress to act and pass a law to stop the changes. However, the civil liberties groups recommend everyone could still contact their senators and ask them to vote yes on the “Stopping Mass Hacking Act.”

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Dallas-Based Journalist, ‘Anonymous Hacktivist’ Released From Federal Prison
November 29, 2016 3:17 PM

DALLAS– Dallas-born investigative journalist Barrett Brown was released from federal prison Tuesday morning after spending more than four years behind bars.

Barret The 35-year-old was sentenced to prison for threatening an FBI agent and helping share stolen data, marking the end of a criminal case criticized by free-speech advocates. He originally faced charges that carried more than 100 years in prison, but Brown pleaded guilty to greatly reduced charges: transmitting threats, aiding hackers and obstructing authorities from carrying out a search warrant. Supporters say Brown, was targeted by the federal government after sharing data hacked from the Austin-based defense contractor Stratfor.

Former National Security Agency subcontractor Edward Snowden tweeted his reaction to Brown’s new found freedom.

WikiLeaks also acknowledged Barrett’s release with a celebratory tweet and by publishing a searchable archive of more than 60,000 HBGary emails, which Barrett’s Project PM was investigating before he was arrested. Project PM is a crowdsourced investigation focused on research and analysis of leaked documents.

Brown was often quoted on the workings of Anonymous, a shadowy group of hackers that has staged several high-profile attacks on governments and businesses all over the world. He courted attention on the Internet with provocative tweets and YouTube videos – including a live chat he conducted while taking a bubble bath.

But some of those posts also landed him in trouble, including one in which he threatened an FBI agent that resulted in his arrest in September 2012. In the video [see below], Brown threatened the FBI agent by name, promising to “ruin his life and look into his (expletive) kids.” Three separate indictments followed, carrying a maximum sentence of more than century in prison.

Brown’s lawyers won the dismissal of most of a broad indictment related to his posting a link to the Stratfor data.

He eventually pleaded guilty to three counts: obstructing the execution of a search warrant, making Internet threats and being an accessory to an unauthorized access of a protected computer. The reduced charges carried a maximum sentence of more than eight years in prison.
According to plea agreement documents he signed, Brown admitted to sending online messages “threatening to shoot and injure” FBI agents.
Brown also acknowledged helping someone access the stolen data and obstructing the execution of a search warrant at his home. His mother pleaded guilty to helping Brown hide laptops during a March 2012 raid, and was given six months’ probation.

The case drew attention as the U.S. Justice Department sought in recent years to subpoena reporters’ phone records and force some to testify in criminal cases. Among Brown’s supporters is Gle


Delaware man asks to sue FBI for false imprisonment

Lopez is today looking for jobs. He knows his reputation has been damaged by the affair, but maintains that he's right ..
A Delaware man, who told the FBI in late 2014 he was communicating with a high-ranking ISIS commander, said an omission in court filings by federal agents of their months-long correspondence led to his 13-month incarceration and a diagnosis of delusional disorder, according to a form filed last week that sets the stage for him to sue the federal law enforcement agency.

Lopez, a former used car salesman from Wyoming, was arrested in February 2015 on a single charge of communicating a threat to an FBI agent and spent more than a year being shuffled between psychiatric wards and solitary confinement around the country. The lack of information filed in the arrest document and the silence practiced by FBI agents during his detention were an abuse of process, malicious prosecution and denied his right to a fair trial, according to a document that Lopez's attorney sent to the FBI.
"Because of the FBI's actions and misleading affidavit, Lopez was incarcerated for thirteen months," according to the form obtained by The News Journal. "Further, all of Lopez's contacts in the FBI, including Agents [Nile] Donahue, [Jeffrey] Reising and [Scott Austin] Duffey, stood silent ... while the Government jailed Lopez, diagnosed him with a mental disorder and attempted to medicate him against his will; all while they had evidence which corroborated Lopez' story and established his innocence."
The FBI office in Baltimore did not respond to requests for comment. Other than to confirm they were asking to sue the FBI, neither Lopez nor his attorney, William J. Sheppard of Jacksonville, Florida, would comment on the filing that seeks $100 million in personal injury damages.

STORY: Dover man trying to free ISIS captives faced ordeal
STORY: Delaware man says new report of dead militant bolsters his story
Tom Reed, emeritus professor at Widener University Delaware Law School, explained that the Standard Form 95 is the first step in filing a civil suit against the federal government.
"If you don't do this step, you can't go any further," Reed said. "You can't just jump into court. The case will be dismissed for failure to exhaust your administrative remedy."
While not a court filing, the form is a serious claim for monetary relief and has to be treated with due respect.
"If it washes out during the development of the claim, that's the way it is," he said.
The FBI and U.S. Attorney's Office in Delaware have not commented about whether Lopez did or did not


Brooklyn prosecutor allegedly tapped phone of NYPD love interest

Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 12:31 PM

Tara Lenich, 41, was arrested for forging judges’ signatures on wiretaps. (FACEBOOK)
A prosecutor in the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office arrested Monday for forging judges’ signatures on wiretaps was targeting an NYPD detective


Artan and his family then moved to Columbus, where he enrolled in Columbus State Community College and was an honor student. He made the dean’s list for the Spring 2016 semester and graduated cum laude with an associated degree in the summer.

Allen Kraus, vice president of marketing and communications at Columbus State Community College, told VICE News in a statement that Artan “had no record of behavioral or disciplinary issues” while he was enrolled at the school.

He transferred to Ohio State, one of the largest universities in the country, as a logistics major in the business school. In August, he was profiled in the college paper, the Lantern, for a feature titled “Humans of Ohio State.” In the interview, Artan indicated that he struggled living as a Muslim.

He told the Lantern:

“I wanted to pray in the open, but I was scared with everything going on in the media. I’m a Muslim, it’s not what the media portrays me to be. If people look at me, a Muslim praying, I don’t know what they’re going to


Manning in Prison, Snowden in Exile, Petraeus in…the Next ...
Dissent NewsWire (blog)-
Sterling is only accused of revealing the identity of one CIA agent while ... but Petraeus received no penalty for repeatedly telling FBI agents that he had never ...


Senate to vote on Iran sanctions renewal this week
NOVEMBER 29, 2016 11:34 AM
The Senate will vote this week on a bill that would renew sanctions on Iran for 10 years, Senator Mitch McConnell, the chamber's Republican leader, said on Tuesday in remarks as he opened the daily session.
If the extension of the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA) is passed as expected, it would be sent to the White House, where President Barack Obama is expected


13 fatal police shootings this year could be most in Minnesota history
Austin Herald-
An MPR News analysis of data from the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, combined with research


Mayor Rahm Emanuel emphasized Tuesday that every fatal police shooting in Chicago is different — following news that a sergeant was being sued for his second deadly shooting in which a gun wasn’t recovered.
Sgt. John Poulos has been stripped of his badge and gun while investigators review the Nov. 23 death of Kajuan Raye

Poulos said he saw Raye, 19, point a gun at him twice during a foot chase, but investigators didn’t find a weapon, according to authorities. Raye was shot in the back.

He’s among five people who have been shot to death by Chicago Police officers in November. So far this year, police have fatally shot 11 people. There were nine such killings in all of 2015, 17 in 2014 and 13 in 2013.

In one of the most c


Firefox 0day used against Tor users almost identical to one FBI used ...
Ars Technica-
There's a zero-day exploit in the wild that's being used to execute malicious code on the computers of people using Tor and possibly other

Unless Stopped, FBI's Mass Hacking Could Be Legalized December 1
Tom's Hardware-
The FBI has recently started employing mass hacking tactics against thousands of computers at once as a “modern investigative technique.


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Jerome Miller, revolutionized juvenile justice, dies

Aug 15, 2015 - When Jerome G. Miller arrived in Massachusetts in 1969 to lead an overhaul of the state's ... “I would rate Jerry Miller the most influential juvenile justice and criminal justice reformer of the past ...
When Jerome G. Miller arrived in Massachusetts in 1969 to lead an overhaul of the state’s reformatories for juvenile delinquents, young people incarcerated in the facilities, also known as training schools, were routinely gagged and bound.

In other cases, they were stripped of their clothing and placed in cells. There were reports that the youths drank from toilets and that corrections officers ordered them to kneel on pencils or strapped them to beds and beat the soles of their feet. One young man hanged himself.

“Training schools are so bad that the average kid would be better on the street,” Dr. Miller told Time magazine in 1972.


Naked, filthy and strapped to a chair for 46 hours: a mentally ill inmate's last days
Paige St. John
Andrew Holland’s death has provoked outrage in San Luis Obispo County, a record $5-million legal settlement, and questions about the way California jails handle a sharp increase in the number of mentally ill inmates.


Last One Over the Wall: The Massachusetts Experiment in Closing Reform Schools [Jerome G. Miller]


Boston Review — Lance Tapley: The Worst of the Worst: Supermax Torture in America

The Worst of the Worst: Supermax Torture in America. Lance Tapley. Mike James, photographed by Lance Tapley. “They beat the shit out of you,” Mike James said, hunched near the smeared plexiglass separating us.


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Our Opinion: Maine should lead on closing youth prisons
Incarceration only makes matters worse, and community-based programs are proven to be a more effective solution.

When it comes to dealing with kids who have violated the law, Maine does better than most. At any given time, there are only somewhere around 100 juveniles incarcerated at the state’s one detention facilty for minors, Long Creek Youth Development Center in South Portland, and Long Creek has been held up as a national model for youth prisons.

But that bar is low — the state of juvenile incarceration in this country remains troubling despite advancements over the last decade, and it has become clear that almost no minor should be kept behind lock and key, where they are pushed further to the margins of society.

Instead, troubled youth should be treated in community-based settings that stress accountability and a sense of belonging. Maine, with its relatively small number of youth prisoners and strong sense of community, can and should be a leader in this effort.


Nationally, the number of incarcerated youth peaked in athe mid-1990s, then fell steadily, hitting a 35-year low of around 71,000 in 2010. Since then, the number has continued to fall, and there are now approximately 51,000 kids in some form of out-of-home placement.

In Maine, the number of incarecerated youth declined 35 percent between 1997 and 2013, from 318 to 186. In 2015, Mountain View Youth Development Center in Charleston was closed and its nine remaining inmates sent south, joining just 84 at Long Creek.

That was the end result of years of work to keep juveniles out of the justice system. Both the number of youth arrested and the number of youth who appeared before a judge fell precipitiously as troubled juveniles were given the opportunity to work in the communities they harmed and attend alternative education programs rather than serve time.

It is hard, individualized work, but it pays off — juveniles who complete these programs rarely re-offend.

That trend is found throughout the country. A John Jay Research and Evaluation brief covering 3,500 juveinles in trouble found taht 86 percent remained arrest-free while in community-based programs. Another study found that six to 12 months after the completion of a community program, 87 percent of juveniles were still in the same community and 95 percent remained out of a secure facility.

In other words, the vast majority had become trouble-free members of the community that nurtured, rather than imprisoned, them.


On the other hand, incarcerated youth are often re-arrested, and incarceration itself may be to blame.

Incarceration marginalizes children who already feel disconnected from society. It tells them they are separate from the rest of us, and does little to give them the tools they need to navigate the outside world. It makes them feel unsafe and unworthy.

That’s why a national coalition of youth advocacy groups is calling for all youth prisons to be closed, and to be replaced with more effecitve — and less costly — community-based programs that provide treatment and support to juveniles and their families.

That would include mentorship programs and expanded alternative education, as well as employment and vocational training. It would include wraparound services that attempt to understand the child’s behavior and its causes, such as trauma or substance abuse, and to help parents develop the skills they need too.

It would stress restorative justice, which allows offenders to actively repair the harm they’ve done, connecting them with victims and showing them that they can be part of a community even after they have messed up, as long as they are accountable for their actions.

That is the proven way to make sure that more kids who are in trouble with the law don’t make it a lifelong habit.

There are some difficult questions with this approach, such as what to do when a child is a danger to himself or others, or when a child’s home is itself dangerous.

But those questions concern only a small portion of the youth-prison population, and they can be answered with the right effort; they should not derail the effort to take what are clearly the best steps for Maine youth, out of prison and into their community.

That is the direction the state and the country have been moving for years; we simply need the courage to take the final steps.

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Convicted Drug Lord Re-Sentenced in Murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena

Convicted drug lord Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo was re-sentenced by a Mexican court to 37 years in prison and a reparation payment equivalent to $1.2 million.

Felix Gallardo, who was considered the godfather of Mexican drug smuggling and the co-founder of the Guadalajara cartel, had previously been sentenced to 40 years in prison for the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena.


I Volunteer to Kidnap Oliver North
Michael Levine

Undercover DEA agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena was tortured to death slowly by professionals.   Every known maximum-pain technique, from electric shocks to his testicles to white hot rods inserted in his rectum, was applied.   A doctor stood by to keep him alive.   The heart of the thirty-seven year old father of two boys refused to quit for more than twenty-four hours.  His cries, along with the soft-spoken, calm voices of the men who were slowly and meticulously savaging his body, were tape-recorded.
Kiki, one of only three hundred of us in the world (DEA agents on foreign assignment),   had been kidnapped in broad daylight from in front of the U.S. Consular office in Guadalajara, Mexico by Mexican cops working for drug traffickers and, apparently, high level Mexican government people whose identities we would never know.  They would be protected by people in our own government to whom Kiki's life meant less than nothing.

When teams of DEA agents were sent to Mexico, first, to find the missing Kiki, then to hunt for his murderers,  they were met by a the stone wall of a corrupt Mexican government that refused to cooperate.  To the horror and disgust of many of us, our government backed down from the Mexicans; other interests, like NAFTA, banking agreements and the covert support of Ollie North's Contras,  were more important than the life of an American undercover agent. DEA agents were ordered by the  Justice Department, to keep our mouths shut about Mexico; an order that was backed up by threats from the office of Attorney General Edwin Meese himself.   Instead of tightening restrictions on the Mexican debt, our Treasury Department moved to loosen them as if to reward them for their filthy deed.   As an added insult Mexico was granted cooperating nation in the drug war status, giving them access to additional millions in American drug war funds and loans.

Somehow a CIA—unaware that their own chief of Soviet counter intelligence, Aldrich Ames, was selling all America's biggest secrets to the KGB for fourteen years with all the finesse of a Jersey City garage sale—was able to obtain the tape-recordings of Kiki's torture death.  No one in media or government had the courage to publicly ask them explain how they were able to obtain the tapes, yet know nothing of the murder as it was happening; no one had the courage to ask them to explain the testimony of a reliable government informant, (during a California trial related to Camarena's murder), that Kiki's murderers believed they were protected by the CIA.  Nor did our elected leaders have the courage to investigate numerous other reports linking the CIA directly to the murderers.

Our government's sellout of Kiki Camarena, of all DEA agents, of the war on drugs, was such that United States Congressman, Larry Smith,  stated, on the floor of Congress:

"I personally am convinced that the Justice Department is against the best interests of the United States in terms of stopping drugs...  What has a DEA agent who puts his life on the line got to look forward to?  The U.S. Government is not going to back him up.  I find that intolerable."

 What does Oliver North have to do with this?

 A lot of us, Kiki's fellow agents, believe that the Mexican government never would have dared take the action they did, had they not believed the US government to be as hypocritical and  corrupt as they were and still are.  And if there was ever a figure in our history that was the paradigm of that corruption it is the man President Reagan called "an American hero"; the same man Nancy Reagan later called a liar:  Oliver North.

 No one person in our government's history more embodied what Senator John Kerry referred to when he called the US protection of the drug smuggling Contras a "betrayal of the American people."

 Few Americans, thanks to what one time CIA chief William Colby referred to as the news media's "misplaced sense of patriotism," are aware that the Nobel prize winning President of Costa Rica,  Oscar Arias—as a result of an in-depth investigation by the Costa Rican Congressional Commission on Narcotics that found "virtually all [Ollie North supported] Contra factions were involved in drug trafficking"—banned Oliver North, U.S. Ambassador Lewis Tambs, National Security Advisor Admiral John Poindexter, Presidential Advisor Richard Secord and C.I.A. station chief José Fernandez, by Executive order, from ever entering Costa Rica— for their roles in utilizing Costa Rican territory for cocaine trafficking.

In fact, when Costa Rica began its investigation into the drug trafficking allegations against North and naively thought that the U.S. would gladly lend a hand in efforts to fight drugs, they received a rude awakening about the realities of America's war on drugs as opposed to its "this-scourge-will-end" rhetoric.

After five witnesses testified before the U.S. Senate, confirming that John Hull—a C.I.A. operative and the lynch-pin of North's contra re supply operation—had been actively running drugs from Costa Rica to the U.S. "under the direction of the C.I.A.,"  Costa Rican authorities arrested him.   Hull then quickly jumped bail and fled to the U.S.—according to my sources—with the help  of DEA, putting the drug fighting agency in the schizoid business of both kidnapping accused drug dealers and  helping them escape; although the Supreme Court has not legalized the latter . . . yet.

The then-President of Costa Rica, Oscar Arias was stunned when he received letters from nineteen U.S. Congressman—including Lee Hamilton of Indiana, the Democrat who headed the Iran-contra committee—warning him "to avoid situations . . . that could adversely affect our relations."     Arias, who won the Nobel prize for ending the contra war, stated that he was shocked that "relations between [the United States] and my country could deteriorate because [the Costa Rican] legal system is fighting against drug trafficking."

In my twenty-five years experience with DEA which includes running some of their highest level international drug trafficking investigations, I have never seen an instance of comparable allegations where DEA did not set up a multi-agency task force size operation to conduct an in-depth conspiracy investigation.  Yet in the case of Colonel North and the other American officials, no investigation whatsoever has been initiated by DEA or any other investigative agency.

The total "public" investigation into the drug allegations by the Senate was falsely summed up in the statement of a staffer, on the House select committee, Robert A. Bermingham who notified Chairman Hamilton on July 23, 1987, that after interviewing "hundreds" of people his investigation had not developed any corroboration of "media-exploited allegations that the U.S. government condoned drug trafficking by contra leaders . . . or that Contra leaders or organizations did in fact take part in such activity."   Every government official accused of aiding and covering up for the contra drug connection, Colonel Ollie included, then hung his hat on this statement, claiming they had been "cleared."

The only trouble was that investigative journalists,  Leslie and Andrew Cockburn—after interviewing many of the chief witnesses whose testimony implicated North and the contras in drug trafficking, including several whose testimony was later found credible enough to be used to convict Manuel Noriega—could find not one  who had been interviewed by Bermingham or his staff.  In fact, the two journalists seem to have caught Bermingham red-handed in what can only be described, at best,  as a gross misrepresentation of fact, when he (Bermingham) quoted the chief counsel of a House Judiciary subcommittee, Hayden Gregory as dismissing the drug evidence and calling it "street talk."   Gregory told the Cockburns that the "street talk" comment was taken out of context; that he had not even met Bermingham until July 22 (two days before Bermingham wrote the report) and that he had in fact told Bermingham that there were "serious allegations against almost every contra leader."

When President Bush said,  "All those who look the other way are as guilty as the drug dealers,"  he was not only talking about a moral guilt, but a legal one as well.  Thus,  if any U.S. official knew of North and the contra's drug activities and did not take proper action, or covered up for it,  he is "guilty" of a whole series of crimes that you to go to jail for;  crimes that carry a minimum jail term;  crimes like Aiding and Abetting, Conspiracy, Misprision of a Felony, Perjury, and about a dozen other violations of law related to misuse and malfeasance of public office.  I'm not talking about some sort of shadow conspiracy here.  As a veteran, criminal investigator I don't deal in speculation.  I document facts and evidence and then work like hell to corroborate my claims so that I can send people to jail.

What I am talking about is "Probable Cause"—a legal principle that every junior agent and cop is taught before he hits the street.  It mandates that an arrest and/or criminal indictment must  occur when there exists evidence that would give any "reasonable person" grounds to believe, that anyone— U.S. government officials included—had violated or conspired to violate  federal narcotic laws.  Any U.S. government law enforcement officer or elected official who fails to take appropriate action when such Probable Cause exists, is in violation of his oath as well as federal law; and under that law it takes surprisingly little evidence for a Conspiracy conviction.

As an example, early in my career I arrested a man named John Clements, a twenty-two year old, baby-faced guitar player,  who happened to be present at the transfer of three kilos of heroin—an amount that doesn't measure up to a tiny percentage of the many tons of cocaine, (as much as one half the U.S. cocaine consumption),  that North and his Contras have been accused of pouring onto our streets.  Clements was a silent observer in a trailer parked in the middle of a Gainesville, Florida swamp, while a smuggler—whom I had arrested hours earlier in New York City and "flipped" (convinced to work as an informer for me)— turned the heroin over to the financier of the operation.   Poor John Clements, a friend of both men, a "gofer" as he would later be described,  was just unlucky enough to be there.

 The twenty-two year old guitar player couldn't claim "national security," when asked to explain his presence, nor could he implicate a President of the United States in his criminal activities as Colonel North did.  John Clements wrote no self-incriminating computer notes that indicated his deep involvement in drug trafficking, as North did;  he didn't have hundreds of pages of diary notes in his own handwriting also  reflecting narcotics trafficking.  John Clements did not shred incriminating documents and lie to congress as North did; nor was he responsible for millions in unaccounted for U.S. government funds as North was.  Clements did not have enough cash hidden in a closet slush fund to pay $14,000 cash for a car, as North did while earning the salary of a Lieutenant Colonel.  John Clements only had about $3 and change in his pocket.

 Nor did John Clements campaign for the release from jail of a drug smuggling, murderer whose case was described by the Justice Department as the worst case of narco terrorism in our history, as North did.     Poor young John wouldn't have dreamed of making deals with drug dealer Manny Noriega to aid in the support of the drug smuggling Contras, as North did.  No, John Clements was certainly not in Ollie North's league, he couldn't have done a millionth of the damage North and his protectors have been accused of doing to the American people, even if he wanted to.

 But John Clements did do something Ollie North never did and probably never will do—he went to jail. A jury of his peers in Gainseville Florida found more than enough evidence to convict him of Conspiracy to violate the federal drug laws.  The judge sentenced him to thirty years in a Federal prison.   Ollie North on the other hand was only charged with lying to a Congress so mistrusted and disrespected by the American people that he was virtually applauded for the crime.

 Criminality in drug trafficking cases is lot easier than proving whether or not someone lied to Congress and is certainly a lot less "heroic."  Statements like "I don't remember,"  "I didn't know," and "No one told me," or "I sought approval from my superiors for every one of my actions,"  are only accepted as valid defenses by Congressmen and Senators with difficulties balancing check books—not American jurors trying drug cases.   And when you're found guilty you got to jail—you don't run for a seat on the Senate.

And why would I volunteer to kidnap Ollie?  For three reasons: first, kidnapping is now legal; second,  I have experience kidnapping; and third, it is the only way those tens of millions of Americans who have suffered the betrayal of their own government will ever see even a glimmer of justice.

 Several years after Kiki's last tape-recorded cries were shoved well under a government rug,  a maverick group of DEA agents decided to take the law into their own hands. Working without the knowledge or approval of most of the top DEA bosses, whom they mistrusted, the agents arranged to have Dr. Humberto Alvarez Machain, a Mexican citizen alleged to have participated in Kiki's murder,  abducted at gun point in Guadalajara Mexico and brought to Los Angeles to stand trial.

On June 16, 1992, the United States Supreme Court ruled in the landmark Machain Decision that the actions of those agents was "legal."  The ruling said in no uncertain terms that U.S. law enforcement authorities could literally and figuratively kidnap violators of American drug law in whatever country they found them and drag them physically and against their will to the U.S. to stand trial.  Immediately thereafter the Ayatollahs declared that they too could rove the world and kidnap violators of Islamic law and drag them back to Iran to stand trial.  Kidnapping, therefore, has now become an accepted tool of law enforcement throughout the world.

Resorting to all sorts of wild extremes to bring drug traffickers to justice is nothing new for the U.S. government.  At various times during my career as a DEA agent I was assigned to some pretty unorthodox operations—nothing quite as radical as invading Panama and killing a thousand innocents to capture long-time CIA asset Manny Noriega—but I was  once, (long before the Machain Decision), assigned to a group of undercover agents on a kidnapping mission.   Posing as a soccer team, we landed in Argentina in a chartered jet during the wee hours of the morning, where the Argentine Federal Police had three international drug dealers—two of whom had never in their lives set foot in the United States—waiting for us trussed up in straight-jackets with horse feed-bags over their heads, each beaten to a pulpy, toothless mess.  In those years we used to call it a "controlled expulsion."    I think I like the honesty of kidnapping  a little better.

By now you're probably saying, "Get real Levine you  live in a nation whose politicians ripped their own people off for half a trillion dollars in a savings and loan scam, a nation whose Attorney General ordered the FBI to attack a house full of innocent babies, and this is the decade of Ruby Ridge, Waco and Whitewater-gate; your own people sent Kiki Camarena to Mexico to be murdered and then gave aid and comfort to those who murdered him—how can you expect justice?"

If you aren't saying these things you should be.   And you'd be right.  Under the current two-party,  rip-off system of American politics with their complete control of main stream media, I expect Ollie North to have a bright future in politics, while hundreds of thousands of Americans like John rot in jail.  Ollie North, after all, is the perfect candidate.  But there is one faint glimmer of hope remaining, and it isn't in America.

Since the democratic and staunchly anti-drug Costa Rica is, thus far,  the only nation with the courage to have publicly accused Oliver North, a US Ambassador and a CIA station chief of running drugs from their sovereignty to  the United States, I find myself, duty-bound to make them, or any other nation that would have the courage to make similar charges,  the following offer:

I, Michael Levine,  twenty-five year veteran undercover agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration, given the mandate of the Supreme Court's Machain Decision and in fulfillment of my oath to the U.S. government and its taxpayers to arrest and seize all those individuals who would smuggle or cause illegal drugs to be smuggled into the United States or who would aid and abet drug smugglers,  do hereby volunteer my services to any sovereign, democratic nation who files legal Drug Trafficking charges against Colonel Oliver North and any of his cohorts; to do everything in my power including kidnapping him, seizing his paper shredder, reading him his constitutional rights and dragging his butt to wherever that sovereignty might be, (with or without horse feed-bag); to once-and-for-all stand trial for the horrific damages caused to my country, my fellow law enforcement officers, and to my family!


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Ex-NYPD big uncorks Twitter barrage on assistant chief: ‘u will hide in a corner like a b---h’

Wednesday, August 23, 2017, 10:24 PM

A retired NYPD deputy inspector went berserk on social media, threatening the department’s transit bureau chief over a perceived slight.

Corey Pegues, a former commanding officer of the 67th Precinct in Brooklyn, posted bizarre rants in which he called out Chief Joseph Fox — one of the city’s highest-ranking cops.

Pegues, 48, referring to his daughter who is a police officer, posted on Twitter Monday, “Chief Fox, don’t ever say anything to my child!”

He linked that remark to the Twitter pages of NYPD News and Police Commissioner James O’Neill.

Later Monday, on Facebook, he added, “If anyone ever sees that racist punk from the NYPD Chief ‘Kiss A--’ Fox tell him to give me a call, my number still the same. Don’t hide behind your 3 Stars punk come and get at me.

“Address still the same also so come see me and u can bring ya team punk! I’ll be waiting but as usual u will hide in a corner like a b---h!”


Deputy arrested in Fort Lauderdale airport shooting video leak to TMZThe agency arrested a veteran deputy Wednesday, accusing him of secretly recording security video of the airport gunman

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The Broward County Sheriff’s Office arrested a veteran deputy Wednesday, accusing him of secretly recording security video that showed a gunman shooting at passengers in January at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Two days after the mass shooting that took five lives, the video appeared on the gossip website TMZ.com.



Research investigates effects of peer officer leadership on law enforcement ethical climateAll levels of law enforcement are asked to participate in a dissertation study of the current ethical climate in law enforcementAug 17, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — On a daily basis, it is possible to read about police officers who commit acts of misconduct, with many of these acts having causes that are unfathomable to other officers and the public. An important area to examine in understanding law enforcement misconduct is the role of peer officer leadership.

Misconduct incidents repeatedly show the effects of unethical peer officers on their fellow officers. While officers receive formal training in ethics throughout their careers, law enforcement subculture related to ethics is learned through informal social processes among officers. These informal social processes linked to ethical climate may lead to ethical perceptions and decisions that may not be in line with normative law enforcement ethical practices and codes of conduct.

This study is being conducted to develop quantitative understandings of ethical climate in law enforcement.

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"RACIAL MAITERS": THE FBI'S SECRET FILE ON BLACK AMERICA, 1968-1972. By Kenneth O'Reilly.1 New York: Free Press, 1989. Pp. vii, 456. Cloth, $24.95.

The 1988 movie "Mississippi Burning" depicted the FBI as a protector of blacks. Led by Gene Hackman, its agents streamed into Mississippi to do battle with bigots and the Klan. Although "Mississippi Burning" simply reiterated in a somewhat more fic- tionalized form the heroic portrayal of the FBI's role in the fight for racial justice already presented by Don Whitehead in his 1970 book Attack on Terror3 and by the 1975 made-for-television movie of the same title, it became the target of vocal critics, such as Coretta Scott King, who complained that, among other things, the film grossly overstated both the FBI's commitment to the cause of civil rights and its contributions to the success of the civil rights movement.4 Professor Kenneth O'Reilly's compelling account, Racial Matters, proves beyond question that the critics were correct. O'Reilly dem- onstrates that, far from protecting the civil rights movement, for about a decade in the 1960s and early 1970s the FBI waged war on black America. He leaves in doubt only the motivation behind the Bureau's attack.

Democrat introduces bill to protect FBI director

A Black House Democrat has introduced legislation to prevent future directors of the FBI from meeting the same fate as James Comey did under President Trump.

Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.), a member of the House Judiciary Committee, filed a bill that would limit the president’s at-will ability to remove an FBI director by only allowing dismissal for specific wrongdoing.

That would include violating the Justice Department’s code of conduct or ethics policy; being convicted of a crime; misusing the FBI’s resources; making false statements during official duties; or “for other good cause.”

“A free and independent federal law enforcement agency is critical to upholding our democracy, and all the values we cherish as Americans,” Johnson said in a statement. “Instead of the FBI director serving at the pleasure of the president, this legislation will mandate a for-cause standard to justify an FBI director’s dismissal.”

Current law limits FBI directors’ terms to 10 years as a way to help protect them from electoral politics. Yet the decadelong limit is also designed to avoid another entrenched FBI director like J. Edgar Hoover, who led the nation’s law enforcement agency for 48 years.

Comey was just under four years into his term before Trump abruptly fired him in May and offered contradicting explanations as his reason. Before Comey, the only other FBI director to be dismissed prematurely was William Sessions in 1993 by President Bill Clinton, amid ethics concerns.

The Trump administration originally cited Comey’s handling of the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server as the reason for the dismissal. But the president later said in an interview with NBC News that he was thinking of “this Russia thing” when he decided to fire Comey amid the agency’s probe of whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government during the 2016 election.

The Senate confirmed Comey’s successor, Christopher Wray, as the new FBI director earlier this month.

Another House Democrat previously introduced a similar bill to prevent another FBI director from being dismissed under circumstances like Comey’s.

Rep. Anthony Brown (D-Md.) filed a bill — the Fighting for Intelligent, Rational and Ethical Dismissal (FIRED) Act — in mid-May that would only allow the president to remove the FBI director for “inefficiency, neglect of duty or malfeasance in office.”



Should Black Folks Trust the FBI’s Russia Investigation, Given Its History of Targeting Our Communities?

Martin Luther King Jr. asks that then-President John F. Kennedy issue an executive order declaring all forms of racial segregation illegal at a press conference June 5, 1961, in New York. (Associated Press)
Why trust the FBI or any intelligence agency on Russia? They targeted civil rights activists for years.

We really don’t have proof of the Russians doing anything. Why trust these agencies now?

These are completely legitimate questions that I hear from black folks from time to time on social media and in person. I get it. Black people have a very conflicted relationship with law enforcement, be it local or federal policing. There are plenty of examples throughout the decades of these powerful entities harming black communities. Yet we depend on them to protect and serve us, despite their horrendous records of abuse.

The FBI has a particularly violent history (and if we are discussing the intelligence community in general, that extends to the present) of being aggressive against black liberation movements. COINTELPRO, for example, was one of the most disruptive anti-black law-enforcement programs the nation has ever waged against black civil rights activists.

Yet today the FBI stands as the single most important federal entity that will ultimately determine whether charges should be filed against people in Donald Trump’s presidential campaign for working with Russian entities to secure his victory on Election Day.

Jeffrey O.G. Ogbar, a historian at the University of Connecticut who researches the history of law enforcement targeting black people, told me he looks at the FBI the same way he does police agencies, school systems, the military or any other institution in the United States over the course of history. Ogbar brings up the history of the Atlanta Police Department as an example. One-quarter of the officers were once allegedly Ku Klux Klan members, and black officers could not arrest white people until 1960, Ogbar told me. By comparison, today’s Atlanta Police Department is majority African American and has black leadership.

“Institutions aren’t static,” said Ogbar, who believes the intelligence community’s assessment of Russian collusion. “I can’t see the Atlanta Police Department the same as it was in 1960, any more than I can think [the] FBI is the same as it was in 1960. It doesn’t mean it is incapable of committing some of the same offenses as it did before.”

For me, one of the toughest facts to respond to is that there is no publicly available smoking gun proof connecting the Democratic National Committee hack and other disinformation efforts to the Kremlin. The intelligence report released (pdf) in January is an assessment of what happened, not proof of an actual crime. It’s the job of the FBI and special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation to figure out if any crime happened from either the Russian or Trump sides.

C. Christian Grant, who spent 12 years as an FBI and Defense Intelligence Agency officer, told me it could take decades before Americans learn the real facts of the Russia investigation. For starters, if the intelligence community laid out every detail of proof it has of Russia collusion, it could hamper the current investigation and even lead to the loss of life.

“If you divulge that information, you run the risk of divulging sources and collecting methods, and you want to still continue to be able to collect [information],” Grant, who is African American and tracked Russian targets in the U.S. for four years, told me. “That information is probably held by a small number of individuals or possibly one individual. If that information gets out, Russia, as you know, has a way of dealing with spies and folks who they think are giving up information.”

A recent example of the FBI’s surveillance of black people dates back to the years after 9/11, when, Vice reported, the bureau identified Ayyub Abdul-Alim as a possible informant who could spy on members of the Mosque of the Islamic Brotherhood in Harlem, which was connected to the black nationalist movement during the 1960s. Somehow, the FBI drew a connection between black nationalism and al-Qaida, Michael German, a fellow with the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University and a former FBI special agent specializing in terrorism, told Vice earlier this year.

“The [FBI] files suggest that Muslims with family connections to black nationalist groups of the 1960s and 1970s were, after 9/11, viewed as suspicious, as part of the heightened focus on international terrorism and al-Qaida,” German said.

Abdul-Alim is serving a four- to six-year sentence for illegal-gun-possession charges. He believes that the charges are connected to his refusal to become an FBI informant.

Of course, the Russia investigation is a different can of worms. But the case of Abdul-Alim is another example of how our federal agencies have tried to draw conclusions that simply are not there. There was no proof of criminal activity at the Mosque of the Islamic Brotherhood, but the possibility of criminality was strongly considered after Sept. 11.

I asked Grant, the FBI and DIA officer, if he was ever asked to spy on black organizations. He said, “No.” (I get it. He would not admit to such actions anyway, but I had to ask.) But he did tell me that he was very aware of the history of modern-day


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