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none of the links became active in my previous post


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https://solari.com/blog/all-you-need-to-know-about-james-comey/


All You Need to Know About James Comey
Catherine, News & Commentary on May 17, 2017 at 6:05 pm
Keep Calm and Do the Math

By Catherine Austin Fitts

James Comey, the now former head of the FBI, is also the former General Counsel of Lockheed Martin, the largest defense contractor and weapons manufacturer in America and hedge fund advisor.

Lockheed Martin used to run significant information and payment systems at the Department of Defense. They appear to have spun their subsidiary out of the company after DOD closed their fiscal 2015, with $6.5 trillion of undocumentable adjustments. I wrote about it recently in Lockheed Cuts and Runs and Crazy Man vs. Criminal: Cut and Run, Monica Lewinsky and Real Trouble Ahead.

This is all part of our ongoing coverage of the financial coup d’etat and trillions of missing money: See Financial Coup D’Etat & Missing Money: Links and Financial Coup & Missing Money: Quotes

Here is what you need to know about James Comey. Everything he said or did related to Hillary Clinton or President Trump is unimportant. The fact that James Comey did and said nothing about $6. 5 trillion missing from your government in fiscal 2015 tells you all you need to know about James Comey.

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If You are Doing Due Diligence on Frank Keating
Catherine, News & Commentary on May 17, 2017 at 6:05 pm


“F**k ’em, Jack. By the time they win in court, we’ll be gone.” ~Frank Keating

By Catherine Austin Fitts

The White House has confirmed that Frank Keating, former Governor of Oklahoma and former General Counsel of HUD, is being interviewed as one of the candidates under consideration to serve as FBI director. That may explain some of the recent unusual attorney sign ups for the Solari Report.

If you are doing due diligence on Frank Keating when he was general counsel of HUD, you can find the small amount of pertinent information here on the public site:

Kemp Tapes – recordings of my recollections working in the Bush Administration, including with Frank Keating. These recordings where made at the request of attorneys in 1998. They became a viral hit among my employees and their network, reaching numerous investigators of HUD fraud. Tired of making cassettes, we posted on line.
Hamilton Securities Litigation – this includes links to descriptions of HUD and related fraud.
It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp: Kemp, Cuomo, & Pedophilia in Bush I – Keating was the HUD General Counsel who talked Kemp out of making an illegal grant award to Andrew Cuomo during the Franklin Cover Up scandal.
You will need to subscribe to hear Jon Rappoport and I discuss Hamilton Securities. This should have references to Frank Keating’s role as governor during the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Significant HUD mortgage files were destroyed that day.

Then, there are references in various Solari Report materials to my favorite Frank Keating quote.

When Secretary Kemp was discussing how to shut down the coinsurance program in 1he 1989-90 period, one proposal required violating or abrogating FHA contracts with existing coinsured lenders. Numerous HUD senior staff felt it would create a “great headline.” The proposal was expected to quickly wipe out the coinsured lenders businesses. Arguing to proceed nonetheless, Frank as the HUD General Counsel said something I will never forget. It expressed a remarkable “commitment” on the part of a government official to embrace and enforce the rule of law: “F**k ’em, Jack. By the time they win in court, we’ll be gone.”



http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/gop-dems-trump-special-counsel-appointment-article-1.3174862


Republicans, Democrats and even Trump welcome decision to appoint ex-FBI boss as special counsel for Russia investigation
BY ELIZABETH ELIZALDE
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 9:45 PM



https://theintercept.com/2017/05/16/the-bizarre-story-behind-the-fbis-fake-documentary-about-the-bundy-family/




The Bizarre Story Behind the FBI’s Fake Documentary About the Bundy




May 16 2017, 12:00 p.m.
RYAN BUNDY SEEMED uneasy as he settled into a white leather chair in a private suite at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. As the eldest son of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who had become a national figure for his armed standoff with U.S. government agents in April 2014, Ryan had quite a story to tell.

Eight months had passed since Cliven and hundreds of supporters, including heavily armed militia members, faced off against the federal government in a sandy wash under a highway overpass in the Mojave Desert. Now, here in the comforts of the Bellagio, six documentary filmmakers trained bright lights and high-definition cameras on Ryan. They wanted to ask about the standoff. Wearing a cowboy hat, Ryan fidgeted before the cameras. He had told this story before; that wasn’t the reason for his nerves. After all, the Bundy confrontation made national news after armed agents with the Bureau of Land Management seized the Bundy family’s cattle following a trespassing dispute and the accumulation of more than $1 million in unpaid grazing fees. But the Bundys, aided by their armed supporters, beat back the government, forcing agents to release the cattle and retreat.




http://dailycaller.com/2017/05/16/fbi-is-being-sued-for-records-about-christopher-steeles-trump-dossier/



FBI Is Being Sued For Records About Christopher Steele’s Trump Dossier



1:41 PM 05/16/2017



Judicial Watch, the government watchdog group, is suing the FBI for records about its contacts with Christopher Steele, the former British spy who compiled the uncorroborated dossier alleging that Trump advisers colluded with the Russian government during the presidential campaign.

The suit seeks all records of communications between FBI officials and Steele, who runs the London-based consulting firm, Orbis Business Intelligence.

Judicial Watch is also seeking records of any discussions of payments from the FBI to Steele for his work compiling the dossier.

Steele’s dossier consists of 17 memos dated from between June 20 to Dec. 13.





http://nypost.com/2017/05/13/comeys-firing-is-a-gift-to-the-fbi/


Comey’s firing is a gift to the FBI



May 13, 2017 |
Let’s cut right to the chase: James Comey should have been fired immediately following his disastrous press briefing last July, in which he candidly laid out the case against Hillary Clinton over her mishandling of classified information and then refused to recommend charges. Overstepping his authority while radiating sanctimony, arrogating power while clumsily intervening in the election, Comey deserved to be sacked on the spot.

Everything since has been one long slow twist in the wind for Comey, a former US attorney in Manhattan, where his most notable accomplishment was sending Martha Stewart to jail.

Ignore for the moment Comey’s series of missteps resulting from the Clinton investigation and his increasingly erratic and unconvincing public fan dance as he sent the nation into electoral paroxysms over the past 10 months.

On his watch, the FBI continued its politically correct, see-no-evil attitude toward radical Islam and thus failed to prevent the atrocity in San Bernardino; it also investigated the Orlando nightclub shooter for 10 months before closing its case, allowing him to kill or wound 102 people. Meanwhile, the federal office of personnel management was hacked by the Chinese, resulting in a serious data breach. That’s failure on an unacceptable level.

Now the bureau’s tied up and bogged down in the almost certainly chimerical “Russian hacking” fantasy, which bubbled up out of the leftist fever swamp in the wake of Clinton’s loss in November, and for which there is exactly zero evidence.

So when President Trump finally put Comey out of his — and our — misery last week, it was the best merited cashiering since Truman fired a showboating MacArthur.

Ignore the political firestorm that’s followed. Trump could cure cancer, solve the Israeli-Palestinian crisis and appoint Oprah as his special envoy to Mars and the Beltway press corps would still howl for his head. The fires fueling this politically motivated hatefest will abate only when the Democrats accept that they lost an election they fully expected to win.

As the nation’s chief law-enforcement officer, the FBI director shouldn’t be a political figure.
And that’s the key word — political. As the nation’s chief law-enforcement officer, the FBI director shouldn’t be a political figure.

The bureau began as a financial-crimes investigatory arm of the justice department in 1908, and grew to maturity under J. Edgar Hoover, monitoring domestic Bolshevik radicalism in the early 1920s, then tackling interstate violent crime during the wild and woolly ’30s: the birth of the “G-Men.”

Yet the temptation to be a Washington player is always present. Hoover, who served under eight presidents and whose reign lasted until his death in 1972, amassed a storehouse of inside dirt on politicians, which made him essentially unfireable and which led to congressional insistence on Senate confirmation of future directors and 10-year term limits.

What’s needed now is a restoration of what should be the FBI’s primary mission, as it was in the early Hoover days: counterterrorism. Since the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, it’s far less important for the bureau to be chasing bank robbers in Burlington and Butte than it is for it to function as the nation’s first line of homeland security defense.






https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/true-crime/wp/2017/05/17/in-best-buy-computer-case-judge-throws-out-child-porn-evidence-based-on-fbi-conduct-not-the-geek-squads/?utm_term=.a34762a62d6a


True Crime
FBI’s conduct in Best Buy computer case prompts judge to throw out child porn evidence
By Tom Jackman May 17 at 5:30 AM





http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/05/14/mcconnell-thinks-garland-as-fbi-director-fantastic-idea-ex-adviser-says.html



McConnell thinks Garland as FBI director 'fantastic idea,' ex-adviser says
Published May 14, 2017 Fox News








Da Noive! President Barack Obama has chosen to nominate United States Appeals Court Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court.

We are told he is a “moderate,” but we know how that works. The other “moderates” on the high court somehow manage to march their way in lockstep to the officially designated liberal position on every single major case. Can anyone name an exception?



But that is the least of my objections. Whatever his merits, Garland served as Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick’s “principal deputy” during the two most corrupt years in American political history – the years leading up to Bill Clinton’s reelection in 1996 – and that service alone should kill his candidacy.

Although Garland has no known connection with the TWA 800 investigation, it happened during his watch, and his boss oversaw its unprecedented misdirection.

My newest book on the subject, “TWA 800: The Crash, The Cover-up, And the Conspiracy,” spells out Gorelick’s role in all its unseemly detail. The book will be published before the crash’s 20th anniversary in July, but I would be happy to share an advanced copy with any U.S. senator who wants to know the truth.

In sum, Gorelick and the Clintons pulled off the most successful cover-up in American peacetime history. As a reward, the otherwise unqualified Gorelick was named vice-president of Fannie Mae in 1997, in which job she made more than $25 million during the next six years.

In 2004, Gorelick resigned from Fannie Mae to assume one of only five Democratic seats on the 9/11 Commission, a position no one challenged until Attorney General John Ashcroft testified before the commission on April 13, 2004.

“The single greatest structural cause for the September 11th problem was the wall that segregated or separated criminal investigators and intelligence agents,” said Ashcroft. “Government erected this wall, government buttressed this wall, and before September 11th government was blinded by this wall.”

Ashcroft spoke of the memorandum that established the wall and added a detail that had gone previously unspoken, “The author of this memorandum is a member of the commission.” He was referring, of course, to Gorelick.

Thanks to a mother lode of unearthed CIA documents and one key FBI video, we now know that Gorelick breached her own “wall” to allow the CIA and FBI to work hand and glove in the subversion of the TWA 800 investigation. Senators need to ask Garland what he knew about TWA 800 and when he knew it.

Garland was deeply involved with another questionable investigation, that of the Oklahoma City bombing. In fact, he supervised the prosecutions of Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols. What someone needs to ask Garland is what happened to John Doe No. 2.

In the way of background, 20 minutes before the April 19, 1995, blast in downtown Oklahoma City, employees at a tire store spotted McVeigh and a short Mideastern-looking man, in the infamous Ryder truck, and even gave the pair directions to the Murrah building intersection.

Witness Daina Bradley cried out to the rescuers who were trying to extricate her after the blast – they had to amputate her leg to do so – “It was a Ryder truck. It pulled up, a foreign-looking man got out, and then before long, everything went black.”

Islamic terrorism didn’t start in the U.S. in 2001 — Read the jaw-dropping account of OKC attack: “The Third Terrorist: The Middle Eastern Connection to the Oklahoma City Bombing”

Five minutes before the blast, printing operator Jerry Nance noticed an unusual car in the downtown Oklahoma City parking lot near where he worked. It was a dilapidated yellow Mercury Marquis. Behind the wheel was a dark-skinned, Middle Eastern-looking man in a ball cap.

When Nance walked back towards the car, after getting some stuff from his own car, the Mercury Marquis almost ran him over. The Middle Eastern man was now sitting in the passenger seat, and a tall white man was driving the car out of the parking lot, recklessly at that.

Two minutes later, the Murrah building blew. Nance informed the FBI of this incident before anyone knew McVeigh was apprehended in a yellow Mercury Marquis.

A week later, the FBI quoted Nance and the tire store employees in its request before a federal judge to hold McVeigh over for trial. One of the tire store employees picked McVeigh out of a lineup of look-alikes even before he saw McVeigh on TV.

According to the Washington Post of April 28, 1995, a federal judge ordered McVeigh to be held after an FBI agent “described eyewitness accounts of a yellow Mercury with McVeigh and another man inside speeding away from a parking lot near the federal building.” (Italics added.)

For the next six weeks, John Doe No. 2 was the most hunted man in the world until, without explanation, he just kind of went away, again without the media even commenting on his disappearance. Perhaps Garland could shed some lights on his whereabouts.

Garland was also involved with the Olympic Park bombing. As the reader may recall, security guard Richard Jewell was patrolling the grounds of Centennial Park in Atlanta.

Right around midnight he spotted a large olive-green military-style backpack under a bench. He immediately shared this info with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Jewell and the GBI agent then started to clear an area around the pack.

Soon afterward, the pack exploded. Two people died, and more than a hundred were injured. If Jewell had not seen this 40-pound bomb, it might have killed hundreds.

Likely fearing an Islamic connection as they did in Oklahoma City, the Clinton people turned on the transparently innocent Richard Jewell and hounded him all the way to the November election. Our senators might want to ask who authorized the hounding.


Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2016/03/obama-court-pick-tied-to-twa-800-okc-bombing/#T5ddxJ2RHxqHKRfb.99




recent film about Garland coverup of OKC bombing

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vHDIhxeMOcI








https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/08/william-norman-grigg/merrick-garland-kenneth-trentadue-murder/





Merrick Garland and the Kenneth Trentadue Murder - LewRockwell
Lew Rockwell › william-norman-grigg
Aug 3, 2016 - Merrick Garland, Richard W. Roberts, and the Kenneth Trentadue Murder: The Deep State Takes Care of Its .... The Oklahoma City bombing was the result of a PATCON operation – most likely a security ...


“You have to trust the government,” Justice Department attorney Richard Roberts unctuously told Jesse Trentadue. Seeking to understand why his younger brother Kenneth had died while in federal custody, Jesse, a trial attorney in Salt Lake City, had asked to see the findings of a federal grand jury investigation of the case.

In an incandescent response to Roberts’s patronizing dismissal, Trentadue reminded the Justice Department functionary that the proper relationship between citizens and the government is not one of “trust,” but rather of “accountability from that government to the citizens.”

“The Department of Justice has yet to account to the family for the death of my brother,” Trentadue pointed out. “There is no love between us, and there certainly is no trust.”




By the time Jesse had sent that October 16, 1997, letter to Roberts – who was Chief of the Justice Department’s Criminal Section – more than two years had passed since his brother Kenneth had died in a federal prison cell in Oklahoma City. In the August 22, 1995, phone call notifying Kenneth’s mother Wilma about her son’s death, the warden casually mentioned that the body was scheduled for cremation within hours.

Wilma demanded to know if Kenneth’s wife had authorized the disposition of his body. The warden replied that she hadn’t been aware that Kenneth was married. After making it clear that her son’s remains were not to be cremated, Wilma joined Jesse in Oklahoma City, where they took custody of Kenneth’s body.



After carefully scraping away several layers of ineptly applied makeup, Wilma and Jesse understood why authorities had been determined to dispose of Kenneth’s body. The official story was that he had committed suicide by hanging himself in what was described as a suicide-proof cell. This wouldn’t explain why his face and torso were mottled with bruises testifying of a severe beating inflicted by several people, or why his throat appeared to have been cut and his scalp was split open.

By the time Kenneth’s family had collected his body, all of the evidence in the crime scene had been destroyed. In violation of Oklahoma state law, the floors and walls of the cell had been sanitized, erasing fingerprints and wiping away blood and DNA evidence. The victim’s clothing and bedding had been confiscated by FBI Special Agent Jeff Jenkins, who kept this evidence hidden in the trunk of his car until putrefaction set in, rendering it useless to the FBI Crime Lab.

One witness in a nearby cell testified that he heard the sounds of a struggle shortly before Kenneth’s lifeless body was “discovered” by a guard. Several other witnesses reported seeing bloody riot gear, uniforms, and batons belonging to the facility’s SORT (Special Operations Response Team) unit.

The Bureau of Prisons designated “suicide by asphyxia” as the cause of Kenneth’s death,insisting that his other injuries were “self-inflicted.”

Dr. Fred Jordan, Oklahoma’s Chief State Medical Examiner, was pressured to validate the official story that Kenneth was a suicide victim, despite the fact that his body was “covered in blood … soaked in blood, covered with bruises,” as Jordan would later recall. He was forbidden by federal officials to have access to the death scene until five months after the death. An application of Luminol, a blood reagent, left the cell “lit up like a candle because of the blood still present on the walls after four or five months.”

Rather than acceding to federal demands, Jordan listed the cause of Kenneth’s death as “unknown.” Kevin Rowland, chief investigator for the ME’s office, filed a complaint with the FBI describing the incident as “murder.” He also consulted with Col. William T. Gormley of the United States Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, who concurred with Dr. Jordan’s findings.

Rowland, intriguingly, was recently subjected to the pointless torment over a “sexual battery” charge arising from an incident in which he allegedly twisted a male co-worker’s nipple. That alleged incident, furthermore, occurred decades ago. Bear in mind the nature of that charge, and the institutional memory that led to it being filed against this whistleblower; this will become relevant anon.

All of the pertinent facts about Kenneth’s murder were exhumed by Trentadue and his colleagues long after the Justice Department had concluded what Criminal Section Chief Richard Roberts claimed was a “flawless” and “thorough” investigation – one that began on August 21, 1995, and was closed the following day. The findings of that one-day “investigation” were submitted to a federal grand jury – not one on Oklahoma City – which ratified the Justice Department’s official story.

When Trentadue requested access to the federal grand jury’s findings, Roberts parried that petition with a patronizing admonition to “trust the government.” The following year, Roberts was selected by Bill Clinton to serve on the District Court for the District of Columbia, an appointment that could be seen as a reward for his role in consummating a vital cover-up.

Kenneth Trentadue, Jesse learned from an anonymous caller shortly after his brother’s death, was “murdered by the FBI” in a lethal case of mistaken identity. In appearance, body type, distinguishing features (including, however implausibly, tattoos), age, and criminal background, Kenneth was a near-twin of Richard Lee Guthrie – who was in the custody of the federal prison system when Kenneth was arrested for an alleged parole violation shortly after the April 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

For several years, Guthrie was involved in an FBI-protected gang called the Aryan Republican Army (ARA), which staged bank robberies to fund white supremacist activities across the country. The ARA was an asset of the FBI’s PATCON (Patriot Conspiracy) program, which seeded “radical right” groups with informants and provocateurs. The Oklahoma City bombing was the result of a PATCON operation – most likely a security theater production that went badly off-script. Guthrie is one of the several very good candidates for the enigmatic “John Doe #2” whom many witnesses saw in the company of Timothy McVeigh on the morning of the bombing – and whose identity the government has sought to conceal ever since. Just a few months after Kenneth’s traumatized body was “found” dangling in a cell at the Federal Transfer Center in Oklahoma, Guthrie died in a similarly unconvincing “suicide.”Shortly before he was killed, Guthrie had somewhat imprudently announced his intention to write a memoir disclosing critical secrets regarding the Oklahoma City bombing.

The source who told Jesse that Kenneth had been killed by the FBI described the murder as “an interrogation gone wrong.” Before his parole, Kenneth had been a bank robber, albeit one not affiliated with the alpha gang of the criminal underworld, the FBI. He couldn’t answer any PATCON-related questions, and so he was tortured to death. His captors may have really believed that he was Guthrie. They may have realized that he wasn’t, but decided that it would be compromising to let him live. In either case, the objective was to tie up a loose end quickly. Fortunately, enough of a thread was left dangling for Jesse to find it. He has been tugging on it for more than twenty years.

Learning the identity of “John Doe #2” is necessary to solve the mystery of his brother’s murder, Jesse believes, and the identity of that PATCON asset remains a protected state secret.

In response to a July 2009 Freedom of Information Act request by Jesse, the FBI turned over six DVDs that supposedly contained all of the video recordings collected after the bombing. Missing from that collection – and pointedly ignored in the FBI’s response to Jesse’s request – is a video captured by the exterior surveillance camera located in the Regency Tower

Apartments near the ill-fated Murrah Building. In May 2011, a federal judge ordered the FBI to conduct additional searches and turn over all video records collected, from whatever source, of the Oklahoma City bombing. The bureau has refused to comply with that order, claiming that if the video exists it is irretrievably lost in a long-forgotten evidence vault.

The existence of that video is proven by the testimony of FBI Special Agent Jon Hersley during McVeigh’s April 27, 1995, preliminary hearing. Hersley, who was among those agents tasked “to further identify and locate other individuals who may have been involved in the bombing,” testified that within “two or three days” of the bombing he had been shown “still photos” culled from a video captured by the Regency Tower surveillance system. The film itself, he explained, was in the control of other agents within the bureau.

During cross-examination, defense counsel John Coyle, challenging the foundation for video evidence implicating his client, asked Agent Hersley, “who are those agents that are tasked with the responsibility of reviewing photographs and film footage?” That entirely reasonable question prompted an objection by the lead prosecutor, a Justice Department attorney named Merrick Garland. The objection being overruled, Hersley identified the agent in question as Walt Lamar. As Coyle continued to pursue this line of inquiry, Garland objected a second time, protesting that “we are going in the area of discovery now.”

The second objection was sustained, the matter was dropped, and potential “discovery” of evidence that could have revealed the identity of John Doe #2 was foreclosed by the man who, two decades later, would be chosen to fill a critical vacancy on the Supreme Court.

Assuming that the Senate holds confirmation hearings on the Garland nomination, some senators reportedly plan to ask why he recused himself in a judicial misconduct case involving a colleague – none other than Richard Roberts, who resigned a few days later for “health” reasons. Roberts was under investigation by the Utah Attorney General’s Office and both the House and Senate oversight committees regarding allegations that he had raped a 16-year-old witness during a civil rights case in Utah in 1980.

At the time, the 27-year-old Roberts was an attorney with the Justice Department’s civil rights division. He was dispatched to Salt Lake City to head the federal civil rights prosecution of Joseph Paul Franklin, a white supremacist serial killer who murdered two African-American joggers, Ted Fields and David Martin from an ambush in August 1980.

Terry Mitchell (whose last name at the time was Elrod) had accompanied the two men and a girlfriend during the jog. She was hit by shrapnel but survived. Two months earlier she had been raped by a man named Philip George Moore, which was merely the latest of several such assaults she had endured since childhood. As if the cumulative trauma of those events hadn’t been sufficient, Terry and her family were subjected to hostility and suspicion owing to the fact that the father was involved in a local motorcycle club called the Barons, a fact seized on by some to suggest that Terry had lured the victims into an ambush.

A few weeks after the shooting, Terry fled to Arizona to live with grandparents. She returned the following October to testify in the trial.

During the following January and February, the 27-year-old Roberts sexually exploited the 16-year-old, beginning with an episode in which he lured her into his office on the pretext of reviewing her testimony. Once he had separated the teenager from her mother, Roberts quickly disposed of the fiction that they were going to discuss the case and invited her to dinner.

While Terry was puzzled and concerned and wanted to go home to fix dinner for her younger sisters, “she complied because … Roberts was an authority figure and she had learned to comply with those in positions of authority,”recounts a lawsuit she recently filed against the former judge. With the practiced, methodical patience of a veteran sexual predator, Roberts lured the intimidated girl into his hotel room, where he compelled her to service him sexually, “then raped her twice.”

While maintaining the pretense that he and his victim were engaged in a consensual “affair,” Roberts made it clear that Terry couldn’t disclose what was going on. A mistrial would have resulted, and Franklin – who had yet to be tried for the murders – may have been let loose. If this were to happen, Roberts told his victim, it would be her fault.

After securing Franklin’s conviction, Roberts left, and Terry rarely heard from him again. In 2013, after the serial killer wasexecuted for a murder committed in Missouri, Roberts contacted Terry anew. Terry recorded the phone call and submitted it to investigators for the Utah Attorney General’s office, which verified the substance of her story.

Roberts has admitted to preying upon the then-sixteen-year-old witness, but continues to characterize the matter as a “consensual” affair and a regrettable “lapse in judgment.” Under current state law, the conduct to which Roberts confesses would be statutory rape or perhaps even child molestation. At the time, however, the age of consent was sixteen. Roberts never faced the prospect of serious criminal charges arising from his calculated exploitation of a traumatized and vulnerable girl.



http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2015/04/okc.html


Twenty Years Later: Facts About the OKC Bombing That Go Unreported
Posted on April 12, 2015 by Kevin Ryan
Next week will mark the 20th anniversary of the terrorist bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, which killed 168 people including 19 children. The mainstream media will undoubtedly focus its attention on Timothy McVeigh, who was put to death in June 2001 for his part in the crime. They might also mention Terry Nichols, who was convicted of helping McVeigh plan the bombing and is serving a life sentence without parole.

OKC MurrahThere will be less discussion about how the FBI spent years hunting for a man who witnesses say accompanied McVeigh on the day of the bombing. They called this accomplice John Doe #2 and theories about his identity range from an Iraqi named Hussain Al-Hussaini, to a German national described below, to a neo-nazi bank robber named Richard Guthrie. The Justice Department finally gave up its search and said it was all a mistake— that there was never any credible evidence of a John Doe #2 being involved.

That reversal demonstrates a pattern of cover-up by authorities and limited media coverage in the years since the crime. This week, accounts will not repeat early reports of secondary devices in the building, or reports of the involvement of unknown middle-eastern characters. There will also be little if any mention of the extensive independent investigation into the crime that was conducted by leading members of the OKC community. Here are seven more facts that will probably not see much coverage on the 20th anniversary.

Attorney Jesse Trentadue began investigating the case after his brother Kenney was killed in prison, apparently having been tortured to death by the FBI in its search for John Doe #2. Trentadue’s investigation led to a federal judge nearly finding the FBI in contempt of court for tampering with a key witness. Trentadue now says, “There’s no doubt in my mind, and it’s proven beyond any doubt, that the FBI knew that the bombing was going to take place months before it happened, and they didn’t stop it.”
Judge Clark Waddoups, who presided over the case brought by Jesse Trentadue, ruled in 2010 that CIA documents associated with the case must be held secret. These documents show that the CIA was involved in the OKC bombing investigation and the prosecution of McVeigh. This means that foreign parties were involved because the CIA is prohibited from interfering in purely domestic investigations.
Andreas Strassmeir, a former German military officer, was suspected of being John Doe #2. Strassmeir became close friends with McVeigh and they were both associated with a neo-nazi organization located in Elohim City, OK. A retired U.S. intelligence official claimed that Strassmeir was “working for the German government and the FBI” while at Elohim City. Mainstream reports about the OKC bombing typically avoid reference to Strassmeir.
Larry Potts was the FBI supervisor who was responsible for the tragedies at Ruby Ridge in 1992, and Waco in 1993. Potts was then given responsibility for investigating the OKC bombing. Terry Nichols claimed that McVeigh—who allegedly had been recruited as an undercover intelligence asset while in the Army—had been working under the supervision of Potts.
Terry Yeakey, an officer of the OKC Police Department, was among the first to reach the scene and he was heralded as a hero for rescuing many victims. Yeakey was also an eyewitness to conversations and physical evidence that convinced him that there was a cover-up of the bombing by federal agents. Yeakey was committed to getting to the truth about what happened but a year after the bombing he was found dead off the side of a rural road. His death was ruled a suicide despite overwhelming evidence that he was murdered. Authorities reported that Yeakey, “slit his wrists and neck… then miraculously climbed over a barbed wire fence… walked over a mile’s distance, through a nearby field, and eventually shot himself in the side of the head at an unusual angle.” No weapon was found, no investigation was initiated, no fingerprints were taken, and no interviews were conducted. His family continues to fight for the truth about his death.
Gene Corley, the engineer who was hired by the government to support its claims about the structural fire at the Branch Davidian complex in Waco, was brought in to investigate the destruction of the Murrah Building. Corley brought along three other engineers: Charles Thornton, Mete Sozen, and Paul Mlakar. Their investigation was conducted from half a block away—where they could not observe any of the damage directly—yet their conclusions supported the pre-existing official account. A few years later, within 72 hours of the 9/11 attacks, these same four men were on site leading the investigations at the Word Trade Center and the Pentagon.
There are many other links between OKC and 9/11. For example, the alleged hijackers visited the OKC area many times and even stayed in the same motel that was frequented by McVeigh and Nichols. After both the OKC bombing and 9/11, building monitoring videos went missing, FBI harassment of witnesses was seen, and officials ignored evidence that did not support the political story. Additionally, numerous oddities link the OKC area to al Qaeda. In 2002, OKC resident Nick Berg was interrogated by the FBI for lending his laptop and internet password to alleged “20th hijacker” Zacarias Moussoui. Two years after this interrogation, Berg became world famous as a victim of beheading in Iraq. Investigators looking for clues about these connections will be particularly interested in two airports in OKC, the president of the University of Oklahoma, and the CIA leader who both monitored the alleged hijackers in Germany and was hired at the university just before 9/11.
On April 19, 2015, at the 20th anniversary of one of the worst terrorist attacks in history, citizens should be reminded that we don’t know what happened that day. We don’t know because officials have covered-up the crime for unknown reasons and most media sources will not challenge that cover-up.








https://theintercept.com/2017/05/16/how-an-undercover-fbi-agent-ended-up-in-jail-after-pretending-to-be-a-journalist/


HOW AN UNDERCOVER FBI AGENT ENDED UP IN JAIL AFTER PRETENDING TO BE A JOURNALIST
Trevor Aaronson
May 16 2017, 12:36 p.m.
Image: Glendale Police
WORD TRAVELED FAST in tiny Glendale, Colorado, when an undercover FBI agent identifying himself as Charles Johnson began knocking on doors and asking questions.

For nearly a year, as a part of the FBI’s investigation of the armed standoff between a Nevada rancher named Cliven Bundy and Bureau of Land Management agents in 2014, Johnson pretended to be a documentary filmmaker. At one point, he assured Bundy’s suspicious son Ryan, “I want a truthful documentary.” The more than 100 hours of video and audio recordings that Johnson and his team produced while posing as journalists are being used as evidence in criminal trials against Bundy and his supporters. While Johnson was finished with the fake documentary production by the time he arrived in Colorado, he wasn’t done with pretending to be a member of the news media.

It was February 2016, just a couple of weeks after members of the Bundy family and their supporters were arrested following the standoff at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. At the time, Glendale’s civic life was dominated by debate over a $175 million development proposal, called Glendale 180, to create a new nightlife and entertainment district. Glendale Mayor Mike Dunafon has led the campaign to remake the city. An eccentric politician who lives in a home that looks like a castle — it has its own website — Dunafon ran as an independent for Colorado governor in 2014. Wyclef Jean even produced his official campaign song.

But Dunafon’s plans for remaking Glendale have been stalled by a local businessman named Mohammad Ali Kheirkhahi, who runs a Persian rug store on land he owns that would be a centerpiece of Glendale 180. Glendale wanted to purchase the land for the entertainment district, but Kheirkhahi had proposed developing a high-rise condominium tower on the site. The city’s tiny newspaper, the Glendale Cherry Creek Chronicle, opposed the condo development proposal, referring to it as the “Tehranian Death Star.” The newspaper quoted several citizens in its pages expressing opposition to Kheirkhani’s residential development. For reasons that remain obscure, Johnson started door-stopping people who were quoted in the newspaper, according to police records obtained by The Intercept.

On February 20, 2016, Johnson showed up at the apartment of Sherry Frame, the Glendale city clerk. Johnson didn’t identify himself as an FBI agent. Instead, he said he was an “investigative consultant” who was hired to look into an ethics complaint. As part of that inquiry, Johnson said he needed to talk to Frame.

Feeling threatened by the unannounced visit to her home, Frame called police. Detectives soon discovered that Johnson had also stopped by the homes of two people who worked at Shotgun Willie’s, a local strip club owned by Mayor Dunafon’s wife. A police officer called Johnson’s number and left a message. Johnson returned the call and left another message. Nothing more happened, until the undercover FBI agent returned to town on March 15, 2016, and contacted Douglas Stiff, a disc jockey at Shotgun Willie’s. Stiff agreed to meet with Johnson at a local restaurant, and then he too called the Glendale police.

In this Feb. 10, 2016 photo, a large roadside sign marks the entrance of longtime strip club Shotgun Willie's, and Smoking Gun Apothecary, the new marijuana dispensary, in Glendale, Colo. Smokin Gun Apothecary is on a site formerly occupied by the Denver area’s best known strip club, Shotgun Willie’s. The strip club hasn’t gone away, it’s moved just across the parking lot. Both businesses have the same owner, who envisions pot shoppers getting discounted drinks at the strip club and is outfitting the roof of the pot shop for a future lounge in case Colorado changes its law banning on-site marijuana consumption.(AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) A roadside sign marks the entrance of the Shotgun Willie’s strip club and Smoking Gun Apothecary, the new marijuana dispensary, in Glendale, Colo., on Feb. 10, 2016. Photo: Brennan Linsley/AP
Detective Shaun Farley, suspecting that Johnson was working as a private investigator without a state license, suggested setting up a sting. The case became a game of spy versus spy, an undercover cop trying to catch an undercover FBI agent.
According to audio obtained by The Intercept, on the drive to the restaurant, Farley and Stiff worked on their cover story. “Let’s just say we know each other from CU-Denver,” Farley said.

“CU-Denver?” Stiff said. “All right, cool.”

“Just say we had some class together and been friends ever since, for fucking business degrees,” Farley added. “So we share common interest in business degrees, chicks with titties, and music, because you’re a DJ, right?”

“Yep,” Stiff said.

Farley slipped the recording device under his clothing. “I can’t just walk in and set it on the table. Be like, ‘What’s up, dude? Here’s my recorder. Say some stupid shit.’”

Stiff laughed. Then they walked into the restaurant and greeted Johnson, who explained that he was investigating the proposed condo project and community opposition to it. As part of that work, he said he was contacting people who, like Stiff, had been quoted in the local newspaper as opposing the project. Stiff told Johnson that he didn’t like being tracked down and having a stranger show up at his home.

“I didn’t track you down,” Johnson said.

“You came to my front door,” Stiff replied.

“But I didn’t track you down. The person I work for —”

“Who is?” Stiff interrupted.

“She’s a writer,” Johnson answered.

“Who is?” Stiff asked again.

Johnson refused to answer. He explained that he had been hired by a journalist to investigate claims that were made in the local newspaper.

After nearly an hour of talking, with Johnson repeatedly refusing to disclose who had hired him, Farley piped up: “It still seems like you need a license to do this kind of stuff.”

Johnson demurred, saying he was not acting as a private investigator. The undercover cop and the strip club DJ then walked back to the car.

“How often do you have to waste your time like this?” Stiff asked. “Probably a lot.”

“No, it’s not a waste of time,” Farley answered. “He’s about to get pulled over and get arrested.”

“Badass,” Stiff said, excited. “What crime did he commit?”

Farley explained that in Colorado, as of July 2015, anyone doing contract investigations work needed to be licensed as a private investigator in the state.

“Holy shit!” Stiff said.

Another uniformed Glendale police officer then pulled over Johnson, and they agreed to talk at a nearby Starbucks. After interviewing Johnson, the officer let him go, believing that he needed to review the law concerning private investigators before he felt justified in making an arrest. Glendale police officers then reviewed the law, contacted state regulators, and concluded that Johnson was indeed violating state law. They knew from running his plate that he had a rental car that was due back early the next morning. As Johnson dropped off his car, the police approached him. “So I am being placed under arrest?” the undercover agent said.

When he was arrested, Johnson was carrying three different state identification cards, from Tennessee, Hawaii, and Florida, as well as expensive camera equipment. He also had a business card identifying himself as an “investigative consultant” and listing the same Nashville, Tenn., address and phone numbers as Longbow Productions, the fake documentary company the FBI set up to film the Bundys and their supporters. Glendale police booked Johnson and escorted him to an interrogation room, where a camera recorded their conversation. Dressed in blue jeans and a green parka, Johnson maintained his innocence, pointing out that there was an exemption in Colorado law for journalists and that a journalist had hired him to ask questions in Glendale.

“If it was a journalist, what journalist did hire you?” Farley asked.

Johnson shook his head. “And I’m not getting into that because I’m not — because what happened to me, I’m not saying anything about anybody else,” he answered.

The detective followed up: “How did this person reach out to you? How did they even know to contact you?”

“I didn’t know them. From a friend, from a friend who knows what I do,” Johnson said.

None of it added up to Glendale police. So they charged Johnson with unauthorized practice of private investigations and issued a summons to appear in court. Local prosecutors dropped the charges after receiving a letter from the FBI asking them not to prosecute.

It’s unclear what the goal of Johnson’s Glendale undercover operation was or why the FBI’s Denver office decided to use a journalistic cover. “We are not able to comment on the questions you have posed,” said Special Agent Amy Sanders, a spokesperson for the FBI’s Denver office.

In June 2016, four months after this incident, the FBI adopted an interim policy that requires undercover operations involving the impersonation of news media to be approved by the deputy director of the FBI in consultation with the deputy attorney general. As FBI director, James Comey defended the practice of impersonating journalists in criminal investigations but described it as “rare.”

Johnson testified in March in the jury trial of six defendants who had supported the Bundys during the 2014 standoff with federal agents. The trial ended in convictions against two defendants and a hung jury for the other four. Johnson is also expected to testify in the trial of Cliven Bundy and his sons, which is scheduled to begin June 26. The trial may include as evidence video that Johnson produced while impersonating a documentary filmmaker.

The FBI did not respond to questions about Johnson’s arrest in Colorado, including whether it was disclosed to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Nevada.

Bret Whipple, the lawyer representing Cliven Bundy, had been unaware of Johnson’s arrest in Colorado. “I think it’s absolutely material that could impeach the witness and should have been turned over to us,” Whipple said. “He was breaking local law while acting surreptitiously.”

Top photo: This screen grab made from video released by the Glendale Police shows Charles Johnson during an interrogation.

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13 authoritarian jokes on America


Trump Tracker

1) FBI Director James Comey was speaking to federal agents when news of his firing flashed across the television behind him.

The regime blamed new Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and cited Comey's treatment of the Clinton email investigation — as if daring us to pretend they are telling the truth.

2) More than 200 people arrested en masse on Inauguration Day are now facing decades in jail. Authorities issued search warrants and slapped others, like Dylan Petrohilos, with conspiracy charges after the fact. "Prosecuting people based on participation in a public protest," Petrohilos said, "seems like something that would happen in an authoritarian society."

3) Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from anything having to do with the investigation into Russian collusion with the Trump campaign after he was caught lying to the Senate about his meetings with Sergei Kislyak, a Russian ambassador widely considered to be a spy. But Sessions still wrote a letter recommending Comey's canning. He is also involved in hiring the new FBI director, who will be expected to lead the investigation of the Trump campaign.

4) Trey Gowdy, the South Carolina congressman best known for heading up the endless Benghazi hearings, has been floated as a candidate for FBI chief.

If you can't get Rudy Giuliani or the anti-immigrant former sheriff of Arizona's Maricopa County, Joe Arpaio, Gowdy is perfect. Not only did he direct the 11-hour grilling of the ever-hated Hillary Clinton, but when the House Intelligence Committee questioned Comey in March, Gowdy demonstrated no interest in finding out how Russia had influenced the election. He was, however, quite interested in prosecuting journalists who publish leaked materials.

5) The rest of the Republicans, meanwhile, have been busy stripping healthcare from people with pre-existing conditions.

When Dan Heyman, a reporter in West Virginia, repeatedly asked Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price if domestic violence would count as a pre-existing condition, he was arrested. He faces up to six months in jail for disrupting the work of government. Price commended the police on the arrest.

6) Desiree Fairooz, an activist with Code Pink, was found guilty of disorderly and disruptive conduct and parading or demonstrating on Capitol grounds — for laughing when Sen. Richard Shelby, a Republican from Alabama, said that Sessions' record of "treating all Americans equally under the law is clear and well-documented."

Sessions sent a memo ordering federal prosecutors to seek the stiffest possible penalties in all of their cases, reversing an Obama-era policy that steered away from "enhanced" penalties and mandatory minimums for minor or nonviolent drug crimes.

7) Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates was fired when she refused to enforce President Donald Trump's Muslim ban. She was supposed to testify to the House Intelligence Committee about Russia back before its chair, Rep. Devin Nunes, R- California, flipped out and jumped from an Uber at midnight for a mysterious White House meeting. Finally, Sen. Lindsey Graham, no fan of Trump or Russia, called her to testify before the Senate, where she said that she had warned the Trump team 18 days before he was fired that then-National Security Advisor Mike Flynn had been compromised by Russia. During that time, Flynn sat in on a call with Russian President Vladimir Putin.






http://www.unionleader.com/article/20170517/NEWS21/170519407/-1/mobile?template=mobileart



DeLemus backers outraged by ruling



Granite Staters supportive of Jerry DeLemus expressed outrage that he was denied a chance to withdraw a guilty plea in connection with the Cliven Bundy standoff in 2014.

“She should be wearing orange, not black,” friend Jack Kimball said of the judge on the case. “The whole system is ridiculous.”

Kimball, a former state Republican Party chairman, views DeLemus as a “political prisoner.”

DeLemus, a local Tea Party leader from Rochester, served as a co-chairman of Donald Trump’s New Hampshire veterans coalition during the 2016 campaign.

He now awaits a sentencing May 31 in Nevada. Per the plea deal he originally struck last August, he may serve up to six years in federal prison.

His supporters, who gathered at a rally at the State House in late April, have written letters to Attorney General Jeff Sessions with a request for some intervention for those facing charges related to the Bundy standoff. DeLemus’ friends have previously expressed hope that the President would weigh in, possibly with a pardon.

State Rep. Fred Doucette, R-Salem, one of Trump’s three campaign co-chairmen in the state, said Tuesday he planned to write the attorney general about the case.

“Give the guy a fair hearing, at least,” said Doucette, who also sat on Trump’s veterans coalition. “It doesn’t make sense. It’s just plain wrong.”

FBI agents stormed DeLemus’ house and arrested him on March 3, 2016. The indictment called him a “mid-level leader and organizer of the conspiracy” at the Bundy ranch. The standoff there escalated after the rancher’s long-held defiance of federal court orders to remove his cattle from public lands.

DeLemus first traveled to Nevada on April 10, 2014, and he was the first of 19 defendants in the case to accept a plea. Kimball told the Union Leader late last year that DeLemus told him he signed the plea deal out of coercion, or threat that federal agents would come after his family.

Kimball said Tuesday that DeLemus said in court last year that the charges related to his plea deal were a lie.

The bid to withdraw his plea agreement came after seven people who took over a national wildlife refuge in Oregon were found not guilty in that standoff.

Late last month, Judge Gloria Navarro, the same judge presiding over DeLemus’ case, declared a mistrial in a case against four men accused of conspiracy in connection with the 2014 Bundy ranch standoff. A new trial for those four, and a trial for Cliven Bundy, is scheduled to begin in late June.

dtuohy@unionleader.com






https://www.thenation.com/article/the-threat-of-political-policing-in-the-trump-era/


POLICE AND LAW ENFORCEMENTPROTESTDONALD TRUMP
The Threat of Political Policing in the Trump Era
Trump will brook no protest.




https://robertscribbler.com/2017/05/17/april-of-2017-was-the-second-hottest-in-137-year-climate-record/


April of 2017 was the Second Hottest in 137 Year Climate Record
According to measurements by NASA’s GISS global temperature monitoring service, April of 2017 was considerably warmer than all past Aprils in the climate record with the single exception of 2016.

The month came in at 0.88 degrees Celsius above NASA’s 20th Century baseline and fully 1.1 degrees Celsius above 1880s averages. This measure was just 0.01 C warmer than now third warmest 2010 and 0.18 C shy of last year’s record. All of the top ten hottest Aprils on record have occurred since 1998 and six of the top ten hottest Aprils have occurred since 2010.



(During April of 2017, and with only a few moderate exceptions, most of the world experienced above normal to considerably above normal surface temperatures. Image source: NASA GISS.)

The first four months of 2017 now average around 1.21 degrees Celsius warmer than 1880s ranges. This number is about tied with 2016’s overall record warmth which was spurred by a combined strong El Nino and the incredible buildup of greenhouse gasses in the Earth’s atmosphere that we have seen for over more than a century. It is also a warming that is now strong enough to start bringing on serious geophysical changes to the Earth System. The longer readings remain so warm or continue to increase, the more likely it is that instances of global harm in the form of glacial melt, sea level rise, ocean health decline, severe storms and other extreme weather will worsen or emerge.

This year, ENSO neutral conditions trending toward the cooler side of average during the first quarter should have helped to moderate global temperatures somewhat. As is, though a slight cooling vs the first quarter of 2016 is somewhat evident, the broader, more general counter-trend cooling that we would expect following a strong El Nino is practically non-apparent.



(A mildly warm Kelvin Wave forming in the Equatorial Pacific brings with it the chance of a weak El Nino by summer of 2017. This warming of such a broad region of surface waters may combine with atmospheric CO2 and CO2e in the range of 405 and 493 ppm respectively to keep global temperatures near record highs of around 1.2 C above 1880s averages during 2017. Image source: NOAA EL Nino.)

Very strong Northern Hemisphere polar warming during the winter months appears to be a primary driver pushing overall global temperatures higher during recent months. Meanwhile, southern hemisphere polar amplification is becoming more and more apparent over time.

In April, the trend of Northern Hemisphere polar amplification/warming was readily apparent in the NASA measure despite a seasonal relative cooling. Under global warming related heat forcing, we would expect to see the highest temperature departures during late fall through winter. And as 2016 transitioned into 2017, this kind of warming was amazingly evident.



(Only the very far north and the very far south saw below average temperatures in NASA’s zonal measure. Meanwhile, temperatures in the lower Arctic were particularly warm. Image source: NASA GISS.)

Anomalies during April in the higher latitudes did cool somewhat to 2 to 2.6 C above average in the key 65 to 75 N Latitude zone. Highest departures continued to be very considerable for April — ranging from 4 C to as much as 7.5 C above average over Northeastern Siberian, the East Siberian Arctic Shelf, the Bering Sea and parts of Northwest Alaska. Meanwhile, temperatures over the Central Arctic dipped to slightly below average as polar amplification in the southern hemisphere appeared to take a break before warming again in March.

Globally, according to GFS model reanalysis data, temperatures appeared to cool through the end of April. However, by early May another warm-up was underway and, if the GFS measure is any guide, it appears that May will likely be about as warm as April overall. This track would tend to make it 1rst to 4th warmest on record if this trends analysis bears out.

Links:

NASA GISS

NOAA EL Nino

Global and Regional Climate Anomalies


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https://www.boston.com/news/food/2017/07/17/mayo-or-butter-that-is-the-question-for-lobster-roll-enthusiasts

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http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/bizarre-process-of-picking-jury-gets-martens-trial-off-to-a-dramatic-start-35956181.html


Prosecutor drops involuntary manslaughter charges against FBI agent.

The fix is in?



Bizarre process of picking jury gets Martens trial off to a dramatic start
Court spends four days probing potential jurors before murder case can finally begin, writes Ralph Riegel








https://whowhatwhy.org/2017/07/22/meet-trumps-pick-fbi-director-chris-wray/

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MEET TRUMP’S PICK FOR FBI DIRECTOR, CHRIS WRAY




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https://whowhatwhy.org/2017/07/19/social-security-may-bust-federal-budget-not-think/


CATEGORIES: THREATS TO DEMOCRACY
JULY 19, 2017 | MALCOLM MITCHELL
Social Security May Bust the Federal Budget — But Not How You Think
As President Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “We put those payroll contributions there to give the contributors a legal, moral, and political right to collect their pensions… With those taxes in there, no damn politician can ever scrap my Social Security program.” But what about the Federal budget?


24/7 FBI Media Specialists bombard you with non news in radio,tv and print

https://www.fbi.gov/news/pressrel/press-contacts/fbi-national-press-office


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FBI report shows Barrow gang stole suits in Fort Smith
Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
While speaking to FBI Special Agents E.J. Dowd and C.B. Winstead at the Dallas Division Office from Dec. 6-7, 1933, about the automobiles he and the Barrows ...





http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/20/politics/fbi-media-leaks/index.html

FBI restricts contact between its employees and media

By Evan Perez and Pamela Brown, CNN
Updated 3:55 PM ET, Thu April 20, 2017




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Broadcaster Paul Harvey had close ties to FBI - USATODAY.com
USA Today › 2010-01-22-harvey-fbi_n
Jan 22, 2010 - Paul Harvey's FBI file, released to USA TODAY under a Freedom of Information Act request, shows how ... The 1,375 pages also illuminate how the FBI cultivated one of the nation's most popular media ...



https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Bureau_of_Investigation_portrayal_in_media

Federal Bureau of Investigation portrayal in media
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has been a staple of American popular culture since its christening in 1935. That year also marked the beginning of the popular "G-Man" phenomenon that helped establish the Bureau's image, beginning with the aptly titled James Cagney movie, G Men. Although the detective novel and other police-related entertainment had long enthralled audiences, the FBI itself can take some of the credit for its media prominence. J. Edgar Hoover, the Bureau's "patriarch", took an active interest to ensure that it was not only well represented in the media, but also that the FBI was depicted in a heroic, positive light and that the message, "crime doesn't pay", was blatantly conveyed to audiences. The context, naturally, has changed profoundly since the 1930s "war on crime", and especially so since Hoover's death in 1972.[2]





http://www.fbicover-up.com/press/

The Press.

The following excerpts are from Failure of the Public Trust.

Patrick was harassed beginning October 26, 1995, and the harassment obviously involved the FBI. Five months later, we completed Patrick's Report of Witness Tampering, detailing and proving the harassment (which you read portions of above), and gave it to almost all the major newspapers. No articles appeared.
On October 24, 1996, just under a year after the harassment (before the one-year statute of limitations for the assault count expired), Patrick filed his civil rights lawsuit. Because the timing was on the eve of the Presidential election, the suit was filed under seal in anticipation of attacks that the suit was politically motivated. On November 12, 1996, one week after the election, it was unsealed and distributed at a press conference held on the steps of the federal courthouse in Washington. Many representatives of the press attended. There was almost no coverage.
A year later, October 10, 1997, Patrick's 20-page submission wasattached as an Appendix to Mr. Starr's Report on Mr. Foster's death, by order of the Special Division for the Purpose of Appointing Independent Counsels of the United States Court of Appeals. The media received the Report and its Appendix, much of which is reprinted above. Despite the obvious historical significance of evidence of the FBI cover-up in the case being ordered attached to the Independent Counsel's Report, the media suppressed its existence. Some of the articles even mentioned Patrick's name, but not his Court-ordered Appendix. On the evening of October 10, 1997, Peter Jennings announced that Starr's report should "satisfy even the most ardent conspiracy theorists." (Only three out of ten Americans believed him. )
In October of 1998, Patrick's Amended Complaint was filed (before the expiration of the three-year statute of limitations period for the civil rights violation). It names as defendants United States Park Police Sergeant Robert Edwards, Deputy Chief Medical Examiner James Beyer and his unknown assistant, Deputy Director of the FBI Robert Bryant, FBI agents Lawrence Monroe and Russell Bransford, unknown FBI Lab technicians, Scott Bickett, and the group of men who harassed Patrick: Ayman Alouri, Abdel Alouri, and 24 John Does. The press ignored it.
Those are the developments in the case, each of which occurred in October of the last four years. They were the harassment in October of 1995, the filing of the suit in October of 1996, the Court-ordered Appendix to the OIC's Report in October of 1997, and the filing of the Amended Complaint in October of 1998. The media still fails to apprise the public of these facts.
We cannot explain it, but, despite the fact that evidence of the cover-up is obvious, no major news organization has ever assigned a single reporter to the case. Our efforts to apprise members of the press have been steadfastly rebuffed. The press has acted mostly as a conduit for the official announcements and conclusions of the executive branch, like a public relations department, or the press in countries that do not enjoy the same guarantees of free speech as we do. By its attacks on doubters as conspiracy theorists, the media has a record of turning questions of fact in the case into questions of the motives of those who question the official conclusion, and even into questions of mental stability.
Besides repeating the official conclusions, the media's reporting of the facts of the case is generally limited to the verdict of depression. In light of the physical evidence in the case, the facts of which the press has yet to report, the print on the depression verdict could be the basis of a study on the role of the press during the progress of the cover-up.
Here we simply point out what is now manifest. After six years of anobvious cover-up under the nose of the Washington press corps, the media has a powerful interest in keeping the facts of the case from public view. Mike Wallace remarked on 60 Minutes that some people even accused him of being "a part of the conspiracy." He is not. But his most valuable professional asset, his credibility, as well as the credibility of his industry, will be diminished when the existence of the conspiracy is no longer a secret. Today, suppressing the truth of Mr. Foster's death is a matter of professional self-preservation for numerous members of the news media.
Immediately after this filing is unsealed, it will have been delivered to every major news organization in America. Every day that goes by without its being reported makes the point that much stronger. The media just will not inform the public what it knows of the truth in the case.
End excerpt pages 440-442




Endnote 33: The media
March, 1996, Report of Witness Tampering provided to: Sarah Fritz & Tom McCarthy, LA Times; Robert Hohler, Boston Globe; R.W. Apple, New York Times; Marilyn Rauber, John Crudele, & Steve Dunleavy, N.Y. Post; Jerry Seper, Wash. Times; Anne Devroy, Wash. Post; Michael Isikoff, Newsweek; Micah Morrison, Wall Street Journal; Lou Kilzer, Denver Post; editor, Chicago Tribune; editor, Philadelphia Inquirer; Jack Loftis, Houston Chronicle; Charles Zehren, Newsday; Jamie Dettmer, Insight on the News; Washington editor, Reuters News Agency; Pete Yost, Associated Press; Brian Gaffney, Dateline NBC; Ted Koppel; Julia Malone, Cox News; Lisa Tutman, Cox Broadcasting; HardCopy; Unsolved Mysteries; Inside Edition.
Representatives from the following media organizations present at a November 12, 1996 press conference on the steps of federal District Court in Washington, unsealing Patrick Knowlton's civil rights lawsuit: CNN, Insight on the News, Wash. Post, N.Y. Times, Wash. Times, ABC News, NBC News, CBS News, Fox News, Time Magazine, N.Y. Observer, Cox News, among others.
Media accounts of the October, 1997 release of the OIC's Report on Mr. Foster's death, mentioning Patrick Knowlton's name but failing to report the existence of his Court-ordered Appendix:
S. Labaton, Report of Foster's Suicide portrays a
depressed man, N.Y. Times, October 11, 1997: The report also dismisses the testimony of Patrick Knowlton, a witness who says he was at the park the day Foster died and did not see his car but did see a person who stared at Knowlton menacingly. The report concludes that there is no reliable evidence that anyone at the park "had any connection to Foster's death."
B. York, Vince Foster, In the Park, with the Gun, The Weekly Standard Magazine, October 27, 1997: Byron York is an investigative writer with the American Spectator *** [C]onspiracy theorists... have already begun to complain about Starr's treatment of Patrick Knowlton, a motorist who says that on July 20 he stopped in Fort Marcy to relieve himself and saw a man in a car who stared at him menacingly... But Starr found no other evidence to support Knowlton's story, and the report mentions the incident only briefly.
M. Morrison, In Re: Vincent Foster, Wall Street Journal, November 25, 1997: "Most of the other allegations, including the recollections of much-touted witness Patrick Knowlton, represent the confusions inevitable in any large investigation of a dramatic event."
Some responses from journalists when asked by the authors whether they are interested: George Will, Feb., 1996: "We're not interested in that [Foster case]; Fred Barnes, Feb. 23, 1996: "Conservatives should ignore the death of Vincent Foster and stick to the real issues... It was a suicide... No, I don't want to meet Patrick Knowlton;" Tim Russert, Feb. 29, 1996: "I appreciate your taking the time... It is important to have your input;" James Stewart, March 20, 1996: "Now I think it is too much of a coincidence that he [Foster] would be that depressed and then that somebody would somehow move in and fake some kind of crime. Life just doesn't work like that;" Haynes Johnson, May 28, 1996: "You have raised provocative questions;" Ted Gest, 1996: "Our magazine [Newsweek] covers consumer issues, that is not the kind of story we cover, try one of the daily papers;" James Whalen (St. Paul Journalism Prof.), "If there was anything suspicious about Foster's death the Washington press would cover it;" Paul Gigot (Wall St. J.), July 23, 1996: "Foster committed suicide. Everything points to that... No, I don't want to meet him [Patrick Knowlton] and you probably think I am part of the conspiracy;" Michael Barone, July 30, 1996: "I'm not going to defend the coverage of Vincent Foster by U.S. News & World Report, I do not know enough about the Foster story;" Jerry Seper (Wash. Times), Oct. 17, 1996: "I don't cover Foster, I'm covering Whitewater. Ask George Archibald, he has been assigned the Foster story;" George Archibald, Oct. 24, 1996: "Foster is dead. I don't cover Foster... My time is limited;" Eugene Meyer (Wash. Post), Nov. 5, 1996: "No, it's not my job... I don't care about your friend;" Karen Ballard (Wash. Times), Nov. 5, 1996: "Why don't you write the story;" William Kristol, Nov. 8, 1996: "Amazing... What kind of work does Mr. Knowlton do?" Candy Crowley (CNN), Kwame Holman, Peter Kenyon (NPR), Nov. 19, 1996: "If it was reported I would cover it... I have to cover other news, it's not my job;" Carl Stern, Michael McCurry, Marlin Fitzwater, & Charles Bierbauer (CNN), Feb. 13, 1997: "We don't know anything about it;" Cokie Roberts, April 13, 1997: "Thousands of reporters have looked into the death of Vincent Foster and everyone including the numerous investigations have concluded that his death was a suicide;" Paul Harvey, July 16, 1997: "The death of White House counsel Vincent Foster has now been investigated four times including Kenneth Starr's most recent one and all four have reached the same conclusion. There was no conspiracy, no cover-up, it was suicide;" Mike Wallace, July 23, 1997: "Just wait until Ken Starr's report is released, then you can apologize to me;" Tom Sherwood, WRC-DC, July 31, 1997: "I can't believe there would be a cover-up... Why don't you contact Mike Isikoff;" Michael Isikoff, Aug. 13, 1997: "[I] do not have enough evidence to go with the story about Patrick Knowlton's allegations;" Martha Malan, (St. Paul Press), Oct. 12, 1997: "We don't have the resources to cover the Foster story... No, I don't want to talk to Patrick Knowlton;" John Crudele (N.Y. Post), Nov., 1997: "I don't believe there is a cover-up;" Steve Labaton, (N.Y. Times), Nov., 1997: "The court had to attach your submission;" Bob Zelnick, May 30, 1998: "[There isn't] any credible evidence that Vincent Foster was murdered. Can I ask to change the subject?" Harold Hostetler, June 25, 1998: "Mr. Knowlton does appear to be an honest and forthright person who is sticking up for his principles and beliefs. However, I do not see this as a potential story for Guideposts;" Sam Fullwood (L.A. Times) at Sanford Ungar AU forum (with L. Brent Bozell III, Karen DeYoung & Bill Plante), Sept. 8, 1998: "It's not my kind of story... Why don't you post it on the Internet then everyone will know... Why don't you write a book, you could make lots of money;" Matt Drudge, "I'll read this [written materials] but I was just about ready to believe the body was moved and now you're saying he was murdered;" Frank Sesno, Sept. 24, 1998: "I'll look at this;" Helen Thomas, Oct. 7, 1998: "[T]his should be reported to the American people;" Helen Thomas, April 9, 1999: "Q. I gave you the addendum to Starr's Report. Will you write about Patrick Knowlton? A. No... I don't have time. Q. Can I quote you? A. No. Q. You said then that his story should be reported. A. It is very unfair of you to do this to me. Just forget it."

Attacks on Patrick Knowlton's mental stability: Excerpt from Knowlton v. Edwards et al, USDC, DC, CA No. 96-2467:
170. Defendants also accomplished their object of publicly discrediting Plaintiff. On November 24, 1997, a book review entitled The Secret Life of Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, written by Michael Isikoff, appeared in the widely circulated Weekly Standard Magazine. In it, Isikoff wrote:

* * *
Evans-Pritchards' work, such as it is, consists of little more than wild flights of conspiratorial fancy coupled with outrageous and wholly uncorroborated allegations offered up by his "sources" - largely a collection of oddballs... and borderline psychotics.
* * *
Back in Washington, Evans-Pritchard breaks one of his big stories: Patrick Knowlton, a construction worker who stopped to urinate at Fort Marcy Park on the afternoon of Vince Foster's death and -- here's the key part -- recalls seeing a mysterious "Hispanic-looking" man lingering around the parking lot. No sooner has Evans-Pritchard popped this bombshell in the Telegraph than, Knowlton reports, menacing-looking men in business suits begin following him and staring really hard at him...
* * *
But for the moment I prefer my own conspiracy theory: Evans-Pritchard doesn't believe a word he has written... designed to discredit critics of the Clinton White House by making them look like a bunch of blithering idiots.


* * *
The next day, November 25, 1997 another book
review, entitled Conspiracy Central, authored by Jacob
Cohen, appeared in the widely circulated National
Review Magazine. In it, Cohen wrote:

* * *
...Patrick Knowlton, who claims that he came to the park at 4:30 on the afternoon of July 20 to relieve himself, and at that time saw in the parking lot a brown Honda with Arkansas plates...
* * *
He insists that a very sinister-looking man was hovering around the parking lot and may have monitored his peeing... Knowlton seems to have a penchant for seeing the sinister in the glances of those he meets... Mysterious cars follow him, he says. Carefully organized teams of men constantly pass him and his girlfriend on the streets, giving them very menacing stares... Apparently, they are present during every walk Knowlton takes, so that any experimental stroll will reveal them. One wonders, is there a school that teaches federal agents this methodology of intimidation?

An analysis of the use of the media during the progress of the cover-up could include:
(1) A comparison of the initial published accounts of Mr. Foster's demeanor (no noticeable signs of distress) to the accounts that suddenly began appearing upon the "discovery" of torn note six days after the death (rapid weight loss and other symptoms consistent with severe depression);
(2) The alliance between the Washington press corps and the Justice Department -- permanent institutions of government;
(3) The chilling effect on witnesses of the steady
stream of press leaks that the OIC was soon to issue a report validating earlier official conclusions (see January 1995 Scripps-Howard wire reporting Starr's suicide conclusion appearing the same day that the OIC began grand jury proceedings into the death, February, 1995 Wall Street Journal feature quoting sources close to Starr as saying the case had been closed as a suicide, October, 1995 60 Minutes piece declaring that Starr's suicide report would be out shortly, December, 1995 Fox News report that Starr's Washington office was to issue a suicide report within six weeks, July, 1996 60 Minutes piece declaring that Starr had concluded the death was a suicide and that a report would be issued that summer, November, 1996, Newsweek cover story by M. Isikoff quoting unidentified sources as saying that the suicide report was to be released imminently);
(4) Years of repeating of the official suicide
conclusion in stories about other matters, like
the OIC's Supreme Court litigation of its
subpoena of attorney James Hamilton's notes of a
consultation he had with Mr. Foster shortly
before the death;
(5) Pulitzer Prize winning journalists who
misreported the Foster story: Haynes Johnson,
David Broder, Bob Woodward, Anthony Lewis, Mary
McGrory, James Stewart, and Mike McAlary;
(6) The accounts of the death in virtually every book written on the Clinton Presidency: Bob Woodward, The Agenda, Simon & Schuster, 1994; David Brock, The Seduction of Hillary Clinton, Free Press, 1996; Haynes Johnson & David Broder, The System, Little & Brown, 1996; James Stewart, Blood Sport, Simon & Schuster, 1996; Gary Aldrich, Unlimited Access, Regnery, 1996; R. Emmett Tyrrell, Boy Clinton, Regnery, 1996; HowardKurtz, Spin Cycle, The Free Press, 1998; Ann Coulter, High Crimes and Misdemeanors, Regnery, 1998; Michael Isikoff, Uncovering Clinton, Crown Publishing, 1999; George Stephanopoulos, All Too Human, Little Brown & Company, 1999; Lanny J. Davis, Truth To Tell, Free Press, 1999; Joyce Milton, The First Partner, William Morrow & Company, 1999; Helen Thomas, Front Row At The White House, Scribner, 1999;
(7) Unpublished accounts of witnesses -- in addition to Patrick Knowlton -- who contacted members of the news media to report what they know of the cover-up.
W. Barret, Freedom to Steal, Why Politicians Never go to Jail, New York Magazine, February 4, 1980: Crooked politicians have nothing to fear in New York. Contrary to much of the post-Watergate anti-corruption ballyhoo, the three United States attorneys who have served in Foley Square for the last ten years have failed to make a single case against a crooked politician within their jurisdiction. As astounding as it may seem, not since the legendary Carmine DeSapio was convicted back in 1969 for bribery has a top politician or any of the thousands of public officials in the Southern District's territory -- Manhattan, the Bronx, and Westchester -- found himself in handcuffs. It is uncertain whether this pattern of timidity on the part of the politically appointed prosecutors will change now that John S. Martin has been designated by Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan to replace Robert B. Fiske in the prestigious post... The failure on the part of the federal prosecutors in the Southern District to involve themselves in political-corruption cases is one of the most fascinating, if unspoken, mysteries in city government. The end of Fiske's term, in March will, in fact, conclude a ten-year period in which Nixon- and Ford-appointed U.S. Attorneys have presided over the transformation of the Southern District into a red-light district for political corruption. *** The description of all political-corruption cases handled during the first three years of Fiske's term consumes only 6 of the 187 pages enumerating major cases in the U.S. attorney's annual reports. *** [T]he former WNEW-TV reporter who broke much of the Velez story, recalls numerous meetings with Weinberg and Fiske. "Once I know I brought them absolute, cold evidence of a crime," he said... but nothing happened. *** Charges of campaign-finance irregularities had been made [against Al DelBello] ...Fiske closed it [the grand jury] four months after he opened it... [and] sharply limited this inquiry... *** Fiske's office terminated an eight-month probe of the city's most political bank. Jack Newfield's recent piece on Staten Island Congressman Murphy in the Village Voice centers on an alleged $50,000 bribe *** [It] has now been quietly closed without result. *** Then U.S. Senator James Buckley delayed Fiske's appointment for several weeks because of his concern that Fiske's long-standing connections to Morgan Guaranty, one of the city's six major banks... Fiske did not "recuse" - the legal term for withdrawing... *** Nonetheless, six months after the SEC final report, Fiske released a one-page statement closing the securities case... There are a number of other cases, reported in the media, that have been covered by Southern District silence and inactivity... *** Agents from various federal departments say they prefer to work with assistants from other offices where assistants are closer to the streets and more willing to work with agents as partners... Fiske, for example, has a hard-and-fast rule that assistants are not to do field work with agents, a rule that has no parallel in other, neighboring federal districts. The price we all pay for these relationships and priorities is a federal jurisdiction where official corruption appears legally impenetrable.
Compare Now You Know..., Wash. Post June 22, 1998: President and Hillary Rodham Clinton fed the hands that bite them Friday night, hosting more [than] 1,000 White House reporters, spouses and progeny at a South Lawn carnival.*** But tickled reporters jammed the Ferris wheel, arcade, merry-go-round and Twister, a stomach-churning pendulum. Nothing could kill the horde's locust like appearance for children, sausages, ice cream and cotton candy.
End excerpt pages 504-510 from Failure of the Public Trust


The Press.

The following excerpts are from Failure of the Public Trust.

Patrick was harassed beginning October 26, 1995, and the harassment obviously involved the FBI. Five months later, we completed Patrick's Report of Witness Tampering, detailing and proving the harassment (which you read portions of above), and gave it to almost all the major newspapers. No articles appeared.
On October 24, 1996, just under a year after the harassment (before the one-year statute of limitations for the assault count expired), Patrick filed his civil rights lawsuit. Because the timing was on the eve of the Presidential election, the suit was filed under seal in anticipation of attacks that the suit was politically motivated. On November 12, 1996, one week after the election, it was unsealed and distributed at a press conference held on the steps of the federal courthouse in Washington. Many representatives of the press attended. There was almost no coverage.
A year later, October 10, 1997, Patrick's 20-page submission wasattached as an Appendix to Mr. Starr's Report on Mr. Foster's death, by order of the Special Division for the Purpose of Appointing Independent Counsels of the United States Court of Appeals. The media received the Report and its Appendix, much of which is reprinted above. Despite the obvious historical significance of evidence of the FBI cover-up in the case being ordered attached to the Independent Counsel's Report, the media suppressed its existence. Some of the articles even mentioned Patrick's name, but not his Court-ordered Appendix. On the evening of October 10, 1997, Peter Jennings announced that Starr's report should "satisfy even the most ardent conspiracy theorists." (Only three out of ten Americans believed him. )
In October of 1998, Patrick's Amended Complaint was filed (before the expiration of the three-year statute of limitations period for the civil rights violation). It names as defendants United States Park Police Sergeant Robert Edwards, Deputy Chief Medical Examiner James Beyer and his unknown assistant, Deputy Director of the FBI Robert Bryant, FBI agents Lawrence Monroe and Russell Bransford, unknown FBI Lab technicians, Scott Bickett, and the group of men who harassed Patrick: Ayman Alouri, Abdel Alouri, and 24 John Does. The press ignored it.
Those are the developments in the case, each of which occurred in October of the last four years. They were the harassment in October of 1995, the filing of the suit in October of 1996, the Court-ordered Appendix to the OIC's Report in October of 1997, and the filing of the Amended Complaint in October of 1998. The media still fails to apprise the public of these facts.
We cannot explain it, but, despite the fact that evidence of the cover-up is obvious, no major news organization has ever assigned a single reporter to the case. Our efforts to apprise members of the press have been steadfastly rebuffed. The press has acted mostly as a conduit for the official announcements and conclusions of the executive branch, like a public relations department, or the press in countries that do not enjoy the same guarantees of free speech as we do. By its attacks on doubters as conspiracy theorists, the media has a record of turning questions of fact in the case into questions of the motives of those who question the official conclusion, and even into questions of mental stability.
Besides repeating the official conclusions, the media's reporting of the facts of the case is generally limited to the verdict of depression. In light of the physical evidence in the case, the facts of which the press has yet to report, the print on the depression verdict could be the basis of a study on the role of the press during the progress of the cover-up.
Here we simply point out what is now manifest. After six years of anobvious cover-up under the nose of the Washington press corps, the media has a powerful interest in keeping the facts of the case from public view. Mike Wallace remarked on 60 Minutes that some people even accused him of being "a part of the conspiracy." He is not. But his most valuable professional asset, his credibility, as well as the credibility of his industry, will be diminished when the existence of the conspiracy is no longer a secret. Today, suppressing the truth of Mr. Foster's death is a matter of professional self-preservation for numerous members of the news media.
Immediately after this filing is unsealed, it will have been delivered to every major news organization in America. Every day that goes by without its being reported makes the point that much stronger. The media just will not inform the public what it knows of the truth in the case.
End excerpt pages 440-442




Endnote 33: The media
March, 1996, Report of Witness Tampering provided to: Sarah Fritz & Tom McCarthy, LA Times; Robert Hohler, Boston Globe; R.W. Apple, New York Times; Marilyn Rauber, John Crudele, & Steve Dunleavy, N.Y. Post; Jerry Seper, Wash. Times; Anne Devroy, Wash. Post; Michael Isikoff, Newsweek; Micah Morrison, Wall Street Journal; Lou Kilzer, Denver Post; editor, Chicago Tribune; editor, Philadelphia Inquirer; Jack Loftis, Houston Chronicle; Charles Zehren, Newsday; Jamie Dettmer, Insight on the News; Washington editor, Reuters News Agency; Pete Yost, Associated Press; Brian Gaffney, Dateline NBC; Ted Koppel; Julia Malone, Cox News; Lisa Tutman, Cox Broadcasting; HardCopy; Unsolved Mysteries; Inside Edition.
Representatives from the following media organizations present at a November 12, 1996 press conference on the steps of federal District Court in Washington, unsealing Patrick Knowlton's civil rights lawsuit: CNN, Insight on the News, Wash. Post, N.Y. Times, Wash. Times, ABC News, NBC News, CBS News, Fox News, Time Magazine, N.Y. Observer, Cox News, among others.
Media accounts of the October, 1997 release of the OIC's Report on Mr. Foster's death, mentioning Patrick Knowlton's name but failing to report the existence of his Court-ordered Appendix:
S. Labaton, Report of Foster's Suicide portrays a
depressed man, N.Y. Times, October 11, 1997: The report also dismisses the testimony of Patrick Knowlton, a witness who says he was at the park the day Foster died and did not see his car but did see a person who stared at Knowlton menacingly. The report concludes that there is no reliable evidence that anyone at the park "had any connection to Foster's death."
B. York, Vince Foster, In the Park, with the Gun, The Weekly Standard Magazine, October 27, 1997: Byron York is an investigative writer with the American Spectator *** [C]onspiracy theorists... have already begun to complain about Starr's treatment of Patrick Knowlton, a motorist who says that on July 20 he stopped in Fort Marcy to relieve himself and saw a man in a car who stared at him menacingly... But Starr found no other evidence to support Knowlton's story, and the report mentions the incident only briefly.
M. Morrison, In Re: Vincent Foster, Wall Street Journal, November 25, 1997: "Most of the other allegations, including the recollections of much-touted witness Patrick Knowlton, represent the confusions inevitable in any large investigation of a dramatic event."
Some responses from journalists when asked by the authors whether they are interested: George Will, Feb., 1996: "We're not interested in that [Foster case]; Fred Barnes, Feb. 23, 1996: "Conservatives should ignore the death of Vincent Foster and stick to the real issues... It was a suicide... No, I don't want to meet Patrick Knowlton;" Tim Russert, Feb. 29, 1996: "I appreciate your taking the time... It is important to have your input;" James Stewart, March 20, 1996: "Now I think it is too much of a coincidence that he [Foster] would be that depressed and then that somebody would somehow move in and fake some kind of crime. Life just doesn't work like that;" Haynes Johnson, May 28, 1996: "You have raised provocative questions;" Ted Gest, 1996: "Our magazine [Newsweek] covers consumer issues, that is not the kind of story we cover, try one of the daily papers;" James Whalen (St. Paul Journalism Prof.), "If there was anything suspicious about Foster's death the Washington press would cover it;" Paul Gigot (Wall St. J.), July 23, 1996: "Foster committed suicide. Everything points to that... No, I don't want to meet him [Patrick Knowlton] and you probably think I am part of the conspiracy;" Michael Barone, July 30, 1996: "I'm not going to defend the coverage of Vincent Foster by U.S. News & World Report, I do not know enough about the Foster story;" Jerry Seper (Wash. Times), Oct. 17, 1996: "I don't cover Foster, I'm covering Whitewater. Ask George Archibald, he has been assigned the Foster story;" George Archibald, Oct. 24, 1996: "Foster is dead. I don't cover Foster... My time is limited;" Eugene Meyer (Wash. Post), Nov. 5, 1996: "No, it's not my job... I don't care about your friend;" Karen Ballard (Wash. Times), Nov. 5, 1996: "Why don't you write the story;" William Kristol, Nov. 8, 1996: "Amazing... What kind of work does Mr. Knowlton do?" Candy Crowley (CNN), Kwame Holman, Peter Kenyon (NPR), Nov. 19, 1996: "If it was reported I would cover it... I have to cover other news, it's not my job;" Carl Stern, Michael McCurry, Marlin Fitzwater, & Charles Bierbauer (CNN), Feb. 13, 1997: "We don't know anything about it;" Cokie Roberts, April 13, 1997: "Thousands of reporters have looked into the death of Vincent Foster and everyone including the numerous investigations have concluded that his death was a suicide;" Paul Harvey, July 16, 1997: "The death of White House counsel Vincent Foster has now been investigated four times including Kenneth Starr's most recent one and all four have reached the same conclusion. There was no conspiracy, no cover-up, it was suicide;" Mike Wallace, July 23, 1997: "Just wait until Ken Starr's report is released, then you can apologize to me;" Tom Sherwood, WRC-DC, July 31, 1997: "I can't believe there would be a cover-up... Why don't you contact Mike Isikoff;" Michael Isikoff, Aug. 13, 1997: "[I] do not have enough evidence to go with the story about Patrick Knowlton's allegations;" Martha Malan, (St. Paul Press), Oct. 12, 1997: "We don't have the resources to cover the Foster story... No, I don't want to talk to Patrick Knowlton;" John Crudele (N.Y. Post), Nov., 1997: "I don't believe there is a cover-up;" Steve Labaton, (N.Y. Times), Nov., 1997: "The court had to attach your submission;" Bob Zelnick, May 30, 1998: "[There isn't] any credible evidence that Vincent Foster was murdered. Can I ask to change the subject?" Harold Hostetler, June 25, 1998: "Mr. Knowlton does appear to be an honest and forthright person who is sticking up for his principles and beliefs. However, I do not see this as a potential story for Guideposts;" Sam Fullwood (L.A. Times) at Sanford Ungar AU forum (with L. Brent Bozell III, Karen DeYoung & Bill Plante), Sept. 8, 1998: "It's not my kind of story... Why don't you post it on the Internet then everyone will know... Why don't you write a book, you could make lots of money;" Matt Drudge, "I'll read this [written materials] but I was just about ready to believe the body was moved and now you're saying he was murdered;" Frank Sesno, Sept. 24, 1998: "I'll look at this;" Helen Thomas, Oct. 7, 1998: "[T]his should be reported to the American people;" Helen Thomas, April 9, 1999: "Q. I gave you the addendum to Starr's Report. Will you write about Patrick Knowlton? A. No... I don't have time. Q. Can I quote you? A. No. Q. You said then that his story should be reported. A. It is very unfair of you to do this to me. Just forget it."

Attacks on Patrick Knowlton's mental stability: Excerpt from Knowlton v. Edwards et al, USDC, DC, CA No. 96-2467:
170. Defendants also accomplished their object of publicly discrediting Plaintiff. On November 24, 1997, a book review entitled The Secret Life of Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, written by Michael Isikoff, appeared in the widely circulated Weekly Standard Magazine. In it, Isikoff wrote:

* * *
Evans-Pritchards' work, such as it is, consists of little more than wild flights of conspiratorial fancy coupled with outrageous and wholly uncorroborated allegations offered up by his "sources" - largely a collection of oddballs... and borderline psychotics.
* * *
Back in Washington, Evans-Pritchard breaks one of his big stories: Patrick Knowlton, a construction worker who stopped to urinate at Fort Marcy Park on the afternoon of Vince Foster's death and -- here's the key part -- recalls seeing a mysterious "Hispanic-looking" man lingering around the parking lot. No sooner has Evans-Pritchard popped this bombshell in the Telegraph than, Knowlton reports, menacing-looking men in business suits begin following him and staring really hard at him...
* * *
But for the moment I prefer my own conspiracy theory: Evans-Pritchard doesn't believe a word he has written... designed to discredit critics of the Clinton White House by making them look like a bunch of blithering idiots.


* * *
The next day, November 25, 1997 another book
review, entitled Conspiracy Central, authored by Jacob
Cohen, appeared in the widely circulated National
Review Magazine. In it, Cohen wrote:

* * *
...Patrick Knowlton, who claims that he came to the park at 4:30 on the afternoon of July 20 to relieve himself, and at that time saw in the parking lot a brown Honda with Arkansas plates...
* * *
He insists that a very sinister-looking man was hovering around the parking lot and may have monitored his peeing... Knowlton seems to have a penchant for seeing the sinister in the glances of those he meets... Mysterious cars follow him, he says. Carefully organized teams of men constantly pass him and his girlfriend on the streets, giving them very menacing stares... Apparently, they are present during every walk Knowlton takes, so that any experimental stroll will reveal them. One wonders, is there a school that teaches federal agents this methodology of intimidation?

An analysis of the use of the media during the progress of the cover-up could include:
(1) A comparison of the initial published accounts of Mr. Foster's demeanor (no noticeable signs of distress) to the accounts that suddenly began appearing upon the "discovery" of torn note six days after the death (rapid weight loss and other symptoms consistent with severe depression);
(2) The alliance between the Washington press corps and the Justice Department -- permanent institutions of government;
(3) The chilling effect on witnesses of the steady
stream of press leaks that the OIC was soon to issue a report validating earlier official conclusions (see January 1995 Scripps-Howard wire reporting Starr's suicide conclusion appearing the same day that the OIC began grand jury proceedings into the death, February, 1995 Wall Street Journal feature quoting sources close to Starr as saying the case had been closed as a suicide, October, 1995 60 Minutes piece declaring that Starr's suicide report would be out shortly, December, 1995 Fox News report that Starr's Washington office was to issue a suicide report within six weeks, July, 1996 60 Minutes piece declaring that Starr had concluded the death was a suicide and that a report would be issued that summer, November, 1996, Newsweek cover story by M. Isikoff quoting unidentified sources as saying that the suicide report was to be released imminently);
(4) Years of repeating of the official suicide
conclusion in stories about other matters, like
the OIC's Supreme Court litigation of its
subpoena of attorney James Hamilton's notes of a
consultation he had with Mr. Foster shortly
before the death;
(5) Pulitzer Prize winning journalists who
misreported the Foster story: Haynes Johnson,
David Broder, Bob Woodward, Anthony Lewis, Mary
McGrory, James Stewart, and Mike McAlary;
(6) The accounts of the death in virtually every book written on the Clinton Presidency: Bob Woodward, The Agenda, Simon & Schuster, 1994; David Brock, The Seduction of Hillary Clinton, Free Press, 1996; Haynes Johnson & David Broder, The System, Little & Brown, 1996; James Stewart, Blood Sport, Simon & Schuster, 1996; Gary Aldrich, Unlimited Access, Regnery, 1996; R. Emmett Tyrrell, Boy Clinton, Regnery, 1996; HowardKurtz, Spin Cycle, The Free Press, 1998; Ann Coulter, High Crimes and Misdemeanors, Regnery, 1998; Michael Isikoff, Uncovering Clinton, Crown Publishing, 1999; George Stephanopoulos, All Too Human, Little Brown & Company, 1999; Lanny J. Davis, Truth To Tell, Free Press, 1999; Joyce Milton, The First Partner, William Morrow & Company, 1999; Helen Thomas, Front Row At The White House, Scribner, 1999;
(7) Unpublished accounts of witnesses -- in addition to Patrick Knowlton -- who contacted members of the news media to report what they know of the cover-up.
W. Barret, Freedom to Steal, Why Politicians Never go to Jail, New York Magazine, February 4, 1980: Crooked politicians have nothing to fear in New York. Contrary to much of the post-Watergate anti-corruption ballyhoo, the three United States attorneys who have served in Foley Square for the last ten years have failed to make a single case against a crooked politician within their jurisdiction. As astounding as it may seem, not since the legendary Carmine DeSapio was convicted back in 1969 for bribery has a top politician or any of the thousands of public officials in the Southern District's territory -- Manhattan, the Bronx, and Westchester -- found himself in handcuffs. It is uncertain whether this pattern of timidity on the part of the politically appointed prosecutors will change now that John S. Martin has been designated by Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan to replace Robert B. Fiske in the prestigious post... The failure on the part of the federal prosecutors in the Southern District to involve themselves in political-corruption cases is one of the most fascinating, if unspoken, mysteries in city government. The end of Fiske's term, in March will, in fact, conclude a ten-year period in which Nixon- and Ford-appointed U.S. Attorneys have presided over the transformation of the Southern District into a red-light district for political corruption. *** The description of all political-corruption cases handled during the first three years of Fiske's term consumes only 6 of the 187 pages enumerating major cases in the U.S. attorney's annual reports. *** [T]he former WNEW-TV reporter who broke much of the Velez story, recalls numerous meetings with Weinberg and Fiske. "Once I know I brought them absolute, cold evidence of a crime," he said... but nothing happened. *** Charges of campaign-finance irregularities had been made [against Al DelBello] ...Fiske closed it [the grand jury] four months after he opened it... [and] sharply limited this inquiry... *** Fiske's office terminated an eight-month probe of the city's most political bank. Jack Newfield's recent piece on Staten Island Congressman Murphy in the Village Voice centers on an alleged $50,000 bribe *** [It] has now been quietly closed without result. *** Then U.S. Senator James Buckley delayed Fiske's appointment for several weeks because of his concern that Fiske's long-standing connections to Morgan Guaranty, one of the city's six major banks... Fiske did not "recuse" - the legal term for withdrawing... *** Nonetheless, six months after the SEC final report, Fiske released a one-page statement closing the securities case... There are a number of other cases, reported in the media, that have been covered by Southern District silence and inactivity... *** Agents from various federal departments say they prefer to work with assistants from other offices where assistants are closer to the streets and more willing to work with agents as partners... Fiske, for example, has a hard-and-fast rule that assistants are not to do field work with agents, a rule that has no parallel in other, neighboring federal districts. The price we all pay for these relationships and priorities is a federal jurisdiction where official corruption appears legally impenetrable.
Compare Now You Know..., Wash. Post June 22, 1998: President and Hillary Rodham Clinton fed the hands that bite them Friday night, hosting more [than] 1,000 White House reporters, spouses and progeny at a South Lawn carnival.*** But tickled reporters jammed the Ferris wheel, arcade, merry-go-round and Twister, a stomach-churning pendulum. Nothing could kill the horde's locust like appearance for children, sausages, ice cream and cotton candy.
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Ninth International Conference on Future Energy - COFE9
“ Including the great ExtraOrdinary Technology Conference "
  COFE audience COFE photo IRI publications audience
Integrity Research Institute, sponsor of COFE9, is collaborating with the ExtraOrdinary Technology Conference and TeslaTech, LLC to present a two-day conference event on July 28 and 29, 2017 with an extra introductory talk on July 27th at 5 PM for a separate fee. COFE traditionally fulfills the mission statement of Integrity Research Institute to "research scientific integrity in the areas of energy, propulsion, and bioenergetics" so original papers on those vital topics are invited on the topics of energy, propulsion, bioenergetics. Email: IRI@erols.com . Questions, inquiries for potential exhibitors are accepted by email. Free admission for young people under 21 (student or not). It also includes FREE admission for the 28th and 29th to the concurrent ExtraOrdinary Technology conference going on down the hall if you are 21 and under. It does NOT include admission the evening Social with pizza and a special plenary speaker's presentation starting Wednesday, July 27 at 5 PM and following evenings starting at 7 PM for only $20/night separate Social/Food ticket. The COFE9 Speaker biography, abstracts, and Schedule is online. The Final Schedule is below.

Final Speaker Schedule
Confirmed Speakers include as of June 26, 2017:

*Dr. Carolyn McMakin, D.C. - speaking on "Resonant Effects in Clinical Practice" based on her best-selling book, Frequency Specific Microcurrent (Churchill Livingston, 2011) also featured on the Elsevier Health website plenary evening speaker for joint session of both conferences
*Thorsten Ludwig, PhD - speaking on his scanning electron microscope assisted energy research results
*Glen Robertson - speaking on Acceleration Mechanics for New Propellentless Space Drives
*Mike Gamble - retired Boeing engineer, speaking on his new tabletop experimental model of the Boeing CMG which powers (moves) the ISS and most satellites - a project sponsored and partially funded with a grant from IRI
*Russ Anderson - speaking on the worldwide efforts to replicate the J.R.R. Searl energy and propulsion device which he has also spent years researching
*William Alek - speaking on Developing Practical Warp Drive Engine Technology
*Aidan Shaffer - presenting personal experience with EarthShip sustainability and renewable energy project that produced a closed system for energy generation
*Don Reed - presenting a proof of principle for scalar electrodynamics which can offer faster than light transmission of information
*Dan Grebenisan - speaking on his new Bioenergetics product discovery
*Robert DeBiase - presenting the results of a yearlong effort to experimentally test his Casimir force production invention
*Dr. Glen Rein - speaking on "ELECTRICAL PROPERTIES OF DNA AND ITS SENSITIVITY TO SUBTLE ENERGY"
*Dr. Nirmala Khandan - confirmed professor speaking on "Harvesting Net Energy from Urban Wastewater" developed locally in Las Cruces NM at the Arrowhead Center, Inc.
*Dr. James Purvis - Confirmed speaker on "Electromagnetic Angular Acceleration and Segmented-Capacitor Propulsion Systems"
*David Froning - backup speaker - video lecture from Australian university scientist on quantum vacuum propulsion research
*David L. Strom - backup speaker on a hyper-light antenna
*Thomas Valone - backup speaker - "Energy Breakthroughs Expected to Have a Public Impact"
*James Dunn - backup speaker - former NASA Center for Technology Transfer Director speaking on new energy storage methods which he has investigated
Click here for a COFE 9 One-Page Poster for Friday and Saturday, July 28, 29, 2017

The dual, concurrent conferences will be held at the Embassy Suites near downtown Albuquerque, NM. Preregistration rates to be posted. Embassy Suites special conference rate is $94 per night. Hotel Reservations 800-362-2779. HOTEL reservations conference code is "TTI" .
NOTE: You receive FREE admission to the ExtraOrdinary Technology conference during the two days of COFE9 with your COFE9 registration!




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Note: You may also register at the www.teslatech.info website for their four-day conference and receive free admission to COFE9


************** COFE8 Details from 2016 are below - DVDs are now available for all speakers except Maynard **********

Eighth International Conference on Future Energy

COFE8 was held on July 28-30, 2016 in Albuquerqu NM in conjunction with the ExtraOrdinary Technology Conference. Click here for a nice illustrated review of COFE8 or click here for the Master Program for COFE8 with Titles, Abstracts, and Biographies of ALL of the speakers!

Integrity Research Institute, sponsor of COFE8, is collaborating with the ExtraOrdinary Technology Conference and TeslaTech, LLC to present a two-day conference event with peer-reviewed published proceedings on July 29 and 30, 2016 with an extra introductory talk on July 28th at 5 PM. COFE traditionally fulfills the mission statement of Integrity Research Institute to "research scientific integrity in the areas of energy, propulsion, and bioenergetics" so original papers on those vital topics are presented on the topics of energy, propulsion, bioenergetics. Email: IRI@erols.com . Questions or inquiries are accepted by email. Free admission for young people under 21 (student or not). It also includes FREE admission for the 29th and 30th to the concurrent ExtraOrdinary Technology conference going on down the hall if you are 21 and under. It does NOT include admission the evening Social with pizza and a special plenary speaker's presentation starting Wednesday, July 27 at 5 PM and following evenings starting at 7 PM for only $20/night separate Social/Food ticket. Click here for a one-page COFE8 poster listing confirmed speakers for the conference.

Confirmed Speakers include:

William Alek #1 - Inertial/Gravitational Mass Modification for FTL Deep Space Applications
William Alek #2 - Constructing Free Energy - Overunity Devices using Spin-Zero Core Technology
Robert DeBiase - The Quantum Fire Project
Mike Gamble - former Boeing engineer presenting on BATTERIES NOT REQUIRED - The Real Tesla Electric Car Motor
Thorsten Ludwig - physicist from Germany presenting on Energy Extraction and Detection with Zero Point Energy, Magnetism and Consciousness
Moray King - The Nanobubble Revolution and Nanocavity Plasma
Stefan Weigandt - New Technology for a Better Life Quality - New Solution for You
Dr Norm Shealy - famous anti-aging doctor presenting on Biochemistry and Physics of Longevity
Don Reed - Stueckelberg Off-Mass Shell Model for Particle Interaction and Hidden Dimensions of Time and Mass
Dr Tom Valone - physicist and engineer presenting on Applications of Electrogravitics for Advanced Propulsion
H. David Froning - physicist and faculty member of University of Adelaide presenting on Faster than Light experiments (book)
Tim Wilson - corporate CEO and successful entrepreneur presenting on Monopole Magnet Dumbell Atom Model with Demo
Dr. Elliott Maynard - BRAVE NEW MIND: Future-Science Transformation of the Global Biosphere (latest book)
Click here for a COFE 8 Speaker Schedule for Friday and Saturday, July 29-30, 2016

Click on the links below for select slideshows from COFE8. These are great examples of real scientific progress being made by our presenters. Order their DVDs on our Products link from the Homepage



************** COFE7 Details from 2015 are below - Proceedings to be posted soon (keep reminding us) - **********
Seventh International Conference on Future Energy
“ Including ExtraOrdinary Technology Conference "

Review of COFE7 in Future Energy eNews, August, 2015.

COFE7 Slideshow movie (5 minutes) with music mp4 format .

PDF version to print out coupon for FREE student admission
COFE7 Press Release from IRI Future Energy eNews

COFE7 Program Schedule

COFE7 Speakers' Abstracts and Bios

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Confirmed plenary speakers include (updated 7/27/15):

Moray King (Zero Point Energy and Thunderclouds)
Mike Gamble (Boeing inertial propulsion engineer)
Dr. Nick Simos (Brookhaven National Lab - wireless energy transmission)
Ryan Wood (Detailed Analysis of Papp Engine - an In-Depth Investigation)
Dr. Thomas Valone (V-Track Spiral Magnetic Motor Development)
Dr. Thorsten Ludwig (quantum vacuum experiment)
Rober DeBiase (Asymmetric Casimir Plates Experiments)
Dr. Jacqueline Panting (New Healing Paradigm: Pulsed Magnetic Fields)
Carlos Hendriques (zero point energy Master's Degree presentation)
Marcus Reid (new energy technologies)
Robert Smith (Getting Millions for Your Inventions and Free Publicity)
William Alek (Antigravity revealing technology)
Stephan Weigandt (New Solutions - car mileage, land irrigation and more)
Mike Weiner (My Career as an Electrodevice Entrepreneur)
-- presenters on ENERGY, PROPULSION, and BIOENERGETICS --

The dual, concurrent conferences held at the Embassy Suites near downtown Albuquerque, NM. Preregistration rates to be posted. Embassy Suites special conference rate is $94 per night. Hotel Reservations 800-362-2779. HOTEL reservations conference code is "TTI" .
Note: A few COFE speakers appear in SPECIAL, shared, joint sessions like Dr. Tom Valone (July 29 at 5 PM), Dr. Nick Simos (July 31 at 7 PM), and Mike Gamble (Aug. 1 at 4 PM). COFE attendees will have special admission to those events though they occur in the ExtraOrdinary Tech ballroom.

Questions or inquiries are accepted by email . As to remote presentations, we use Adobe Connect which is easy for slides, audio and video.

IRI has published (see below) the Proceedings of COFE with Elsevier or World Scientific publishers and will contract with them again or other similar, widely distributed ScienceDirect-affiliated publishers of conference proceedings. Your original and unpublished paper is vital to making this record of the conference a lasting success. Guidelines for formatting the paper will be posted shortly.

Click on the links below for select slideshows from COFE7. These are great examples of real scientific progress being made by our presenters. Order their DVDs on our Products link on the IRI homepage.

Nick Simos - "Wireless Energy Transmission: Nicola Tesla 'Unplugged'" COFE7 July 30, 2015

Robert DeBiase - "Can Casimir Forces be Asymmetric?" COFE7 July 31, 2015

Carlos Hendriques - "ZPE Casimir Force Experiments" - COFE7 July 31, 2015

Mike Gamble - "History of Boeing's Control Moment Gyros (CMG)" - July 31, 2015

Thorsten Ludwig - "Subtle Influences on a Single Electron's Spin" - July 30, 2015

Thomas Valone - "Future Energy-Program Initiatives into Emerging Energy, Propulsion and Bioenergy" - July 31, 2015


* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Previous COFE1 - COFE6 Details from Years Past are Below * * * * * * * * * * * * * *


Sixth International Conference on Future Energy
“ Including 20th Natural Philosophy Alliance Conference "

Integrity Research Institute, sponsor of COFE6, collaborated with the highly successful Natural Philosophy Alliance for this conference event July 11-13, 2013. But what is "Future Energy" you might ask? A credible summary is provided by Gary Vesperman for example, who just published in 2013 a 33-page report for investors on "Clean Energy Inventions", none of which use fossil fuels and many are worthy of further research and investigation.

Our joint NPA-COFE6 conference was held at the University of Maryland. Our Conference Summary for the Sixth Conference on Future Energy is updated and online. Our emphasis is on emerging energy developments, propulsion research, and bioenergetics. We are happy to share the webcast recordings as well, which open with RealPlayer. It is suggested to "Save Target As" and select "all files", then add ".flv" at the end of the file name, to ensure saving it as a Flash Video, or simply change the extension after saving to ".flv" so it will be playable.

Francis McCabe - Gyro/Inertial Propulsion Forces and Systems

Thomas Valone - Zero Point and Quantum Vacuum Energy Power

John Finnerty - Konterra Solar Project-Maryland's First Solar Grid Storage

George Miley - Life at the Center of the Energy Crisis-New Book

Thomas Valone - Papp Engine Overview and Video Demo

Thorsten Ludwig - Coler Engine Generator Experiments

Nick Simos - Physics of Tesla's Wireless Energy Transmission

Max Formitchev-Zamilov - Cavitation Induced Fusion

Matt Emery - Analysis of LeedSkalnin's Mysterious Coral Castle

James Putnam - Origins of Force and Acceleration

Sterling Allen - Top 5 Exotic Energy Technologies

The last presentation here is David Froning's narrated PowerPoint presentation which is self-running with good audio:
David Froning - Fusion Confinement with Special EM Fields

University of Maryland campus maps are online: full color map in pdf and my favorite, the 2013 3D black and white 11x17 size map also in pdf.

Students full registration or single day registration was FREE with student I.D.
Everyone else may register here. One low fee for admission to both conferences, demonstrations (Thursday night) and exhibit hall!
Note on the NPA site, authors may choose to publish in the NPA Proceedings ($15/page) and/or the COFE6 Proceedings (free). There is no cost to submit a paper to IRI for the COFE6 online proceedings this year.
COFE and NPA Final Program Schedule

WEBCASTING: We are using Adobe Connect, a professional, high-bandwith Internet based service that shows the PowerPoint slides very clearly, audio AND video of the speaker. Simply click here on Thursday or Friday morning to join our conference. Please join as "Learner" or "participant" only. No credit card needed!

But most important are three compelling reasons to attend the NPA-COFE6 dual event:
(1) Two (2) Conferences under one roof:


COFE6 which includes Space Propulsion, Future Energy, Bioenergetics and Space Science and Technology
NPA which includes over eighty (80) presentations on all aspects of physics developments

(2) Amazing Peer-Reviewed papers published by Natural Philosophy Alliance known worldwide

Physics theories and experiments, Human Missions to Mars, New Energy, Propulsion, NASA advanced concepts, Bioelectromagnetics, Inertial Gyroscopic Propulsion, Gravitomagnetics, Antigravity, Podkletnov effect, Space Elevators, Beamed Power, Nuclear propulsion, Toroidal coils, Coler apparatus, Low Energy Nuclear Power, Water Electrolyzers, Maglevs and Space Habitats and more.
(3) Reasonable registration fees and very reasonable hotel rates.

Conference Dateline Summary

Many of the hotels are within walking distance of the campus and also offer shuttle service.
Hotel information and Contact Info

the official hotel for the COFE6-NPA event is the Quality Inn with a SHUTTLE to the Stamp Student Union but use 301-276-1000 option 2 and ask for Ms. Patel using the discount code "NPA" to get the group rate of $80/night based on availability

Nearby Hotels to the U of Md

Hosted by: University of Maryland
UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND, COLLEGE PARK - Stamp Student Union Building - 495 Ex. 25B

Parking is available in the Union Lane Garage next door to the Student Union for $3 per hour with a maximum of $15/day or in the Student Lot (Lot # 1) for $8/day pre-registered with the NPA or $10/day onsite parking pass.


COFE6 Speaker Titles


View the NPA-COFE6 Poster and view the very impressive and scientifically amazing NPA posting of over 90 abstracts .

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Sincerely, Thomas Valone, PhD, PE, President, Integrity Research Institute, COFE Co-Coordinator and Len Danczyk, COFE Co-Coordinator
2012 COFE5

In 2012, COFE5 was in collaboration with the Space, Propulsion & Energy Sciences International Forum (SPESIF)
The 350 page Proceedings of SPESIF-COFE5, Edited by Dr Thomas Valone are now online for Guests to view and download PDF copies of the published papers: Proceedings of SPESIF 2012

We are grateful for all of you who contributed to this event and made it possible. The Flash FLV videos of most of the SPESIF presentations are also online (see below) and stored chronologically for online viewing, as converted from Adobe Connect.
SPESIF-COFE 5 Proceedings are available online (see above for link or contact IRI at 301-220-0440 to inquiry).
2012 Author page (updated 2/20/12)

SPESIF-COFE5 videos now online - Adobe Flash Video (flv) format. Also recommended as an alternative is RealPlayer which plays flv media files very well with several options for display. Note, all files are 100 MB or larger so high bandwidth WiFi is helpful or simply right-click and "Save Target" before trying to play the file on your computer. However, there are a couple of technical sound problems in a few presentations so please accept our apologies for Adobe Connect issues:

IRI is proud to emphasize the exclusive breakthrough discoveries of Mike Gamble and Garret Moddel that were presented at SPESIF 2012.

Wednesday night, Feb. 29, Dave Nagel and Sterling Allan, 1:23 hours Opening night - two lectures

Thursday morning, Mar. 1, Moddel, DeBiase, Fresco, Carter, Gamble, 3:09 hours March 1 morning

Thursday afternoon, Mar. 1, Cui, Werbos, Chiang, Pomerantseva, Goodwin, Ludwig, Kosovich, 4:14 hours March 1 afternoon

Thursday Banquet Talk, Mar. 1, George Miley, 1:04 hours Banquet presentation

Friday all day, Mar. 2, 2012, Ide, Reed, Lundquist, Fresco, Putnam, Valone, Woods, Bouchard, 6:40 hours March 2 all day

SPESIF-COFE5 News Release, Feb. 20, 2012 (click here)

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SPESIF-COFE4 2011 Press Releases: (1) Energy Breakthrough Announcement at SPESIF-COFE4 ; (2) Life Extension discovery at U of Md conference

View ALL of the SPESIF2011-COFE4 papers and download ANY of them for FREE (pdf): Physics Procedia - ScienceDirect (c) Elsevier B.V.



COFE4 Invited and Accepted Speakers

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http://www.michaelmckevitt.com/the-framing-of-michael-mckevitt/omagh-david-rupert-mi5-fbi-collusion/

THE COLLUSION
JUNE 22ND, 2006

In the summer of 2000, members of MI5 and the FBI met in the Washington office of the FBI. The purpose of the meeting was to finalise the details of the stitch up of Michael McKevitt. Back in the mid 1990’s the FBI had supplied MI5 with a paid informant, David Rupert. Rupert had worked with the FBI since 1974. He was a multiple bankrupt and a career informant for 30 years, working initially with the FBI and later with MI5. During those years he was arrested for cheque and wire fraud as well as suspected white slavery having been found with a 15 year old run-away in his truck. He was never charged or convicted of any of the above. However his informant services where used extensively throughout the same period.

Rupert travelled to Ireland spying on Irish citizens from the early 1990’s. During the mid 90’s Rupert was introduced to MI5 who according to him directed and controlled his actions while in Ireland. At one point the FBI funded the lease of a Bar and adjoining caravan and camping holiday park in Co. Leitrim as a base for Rupert to spy from. Rupert claimed the park was being used by IRA sympathisers and duly sent the names, addresses and telephone numbers of all the families mainly from Belfast who had holidayed in the park to the FBI and MI5. This was at a time when Loyalist death squads were receiving information from state forces to set up and murder selected individuals on their instructions. The Garda authorities were aware of Rupert passing details on to FBI/MI5 about Irish citizens yet they chose to allow this to happen.

Throughout his stay in Ireland Rupert claimed he forwarded all of the relevant intelligence he had acquired to MI5 via encrypted e-mails. Between 1997 and 2001 Rupert posted 2166 e-mails to his paymasters in British intelligence.

According to an article in Forum Magazine:

“On 11 April 1998, Rupert dispatched his most controversial e-mail to MI5 headquarters. It was almost five months before the now infamous maroon Vauxhall Cavalier would decimate the centre of Omagh town and kill 29 people. For this reason the e-mail was all the more startling because in it Rupert informed MI5 that a dissident republican group was planning a car bomb attack in Omagh. The April car bomb attack in Omagh was eventually frustrated by Gardai south of the border. However, MI5 management knew the threat was only postponed and not extinguished. Within days MI5 e-mailed Rupert: “We disrupted the intention to use the car bomb, but maybe not for long”. MI5 obviously foresaw the strong likelihood of a renewed attempt to bomb Omagh. However, MI5 now held the advantage over the would-be car bombers in that from as early as April 1998 it knew Omagh was a likely target for a dissident republican car bomb attack.

Omagh bomb August 1998.

Rupert’s e-mails were not the only pre-August 15th information in MI5’s possession which pointed to a dissident republican attack in Omagh. A second key piece of intelligence came to light on August 4 when an anonymous phone-caller warned British intelligence of a planned dissident republican gun and bomb attack in Omagh on August 15. MI5 subsequently claimed that it dismissed this anonymous phone-warning as a rogue RUC Special Branch call. However, this was a poor attempt at distraction. The importance in all of this is that whereas Rupert provided specific details with regard to the proposed location of the planned bombing, this phone-warning supplemented his e-mail intelligence by not only confirming the location, but also providing the all important precise date of the planned attack.

However, the windfall of dissident republican intelligence did not end there. MI5 possessed a third piece of high-grade information which indicated that a car bomb attack was scheduled for mid-August. Two days before the Omagh bombing, FRU agent Kevin Fulton met with a Real IRA informant whose clothing, according to Fulton, was covered in dust particles of homemade explosives. Fulton correctly suspected that a car bomb attack was in an advanced stage of planning. Fulton provided British intelligence with the agent’s name and car registration number. Yet once again this vital piece of intelligence was ignored.

But perhaps the most startling disclosure concerning MI5’s foreknowledge of Omagh came during the inquest into the bombing. According to the Sunday Business Post (26/8/2001) leading British barrister Michael Mansfield QC, acting for Lawrence Rush, cross-examined several RUC witnesses. It emerged that a warning specifying the precise location of the bomb had not been passed on to local officers in time to clear the area.

“After that, we started getting threatening calls. We were told by the RUC that our name was on a death-list,” Solicitor Des Doherty said.

The RUC also confirmed to Doherty that a newspaper report of a spy satellite picking out the car used to transport the bomb was correct.

Doherty said. “It is understood that when the RUC contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation in America, they produced information from the satellite.”

This suggests that the maroon Vauxhall Cavalier contained a tracking device which enabled a US GPS satellite not only to follow the car’s movements but also pinpoint its exact location on the day of the bombing. At the request of MI5, US intelligence would have monitored the car as a priority and would have conveyed this surveillance data to MI5 without delay. Yet MI5 chose not to relay this information to RUC officers on the ground on August 15. Furthermore, the presence of a tracking device on the maroon Vauxhall Cavalier indicates the involvement of an MI5 agent in the planning or the execution of the Omagh bombing, at some point between the unlawful procurement of the maroon Vauxhall Cavalier and the detonation of the explosives on August 15.

After the Omagh bombing MI5 ordered Rupert out of Ireland as a matter of urgency. An August 16 MI5 e-mail instructed Rupert to “insulate yourself from the Gardai” [MI5 to David Rupert, E-mail 305, 16-08-98]. Later that night Rupert was ordered to: “Collect tickets at Belfast City Airport…You’ll be here [London] for two nights. We need to talk. It’s extremely important” [MI5 to David Rupert, E-mail 329, 17-08-98]. Rupert’s MI5 handlers obviously feared that their agent might be gripped as part of a massive cross-border investigation and that – if placed under sufficient pressure – Rupert might disclose the prior bomb warning he had conveyed to MI5 in early April in relation to Omagh. Indeed all of Rupert’s MI5 e-mails on Omagh were subsequently withheld from Nuala O’Loan when she conducted her large-scale investigation into the intelligence background to the tragic bombing. By late August 1998 there were a number of skeletons inside MI5’s cupboard.






https://www.irishcentral.com/news/fbi-agent-gave-whitey-bulger-explosives-to-send-to-ira-216341761-237765331

An FBI agent gave Whitey Bulger 40 pounds of plastic explosives most of which was sent to the IRA a key witness in the Whitey Bulger trial has stated.

Steve Flemmi is the prosecution key witness already serving life without parole who says he accompanies Bulger on most of his murder sprees, including the  strangling of Flemini’s own girlfriend, Debra Davies, because she knew the two men were FBI informers.

On Friday Flemmi  testifies  that in the 1980s, FBI agent John Newton gave him and Bulger a case of C-4 explosives to send to the IRA.

“It was a surprise when we got it,”  Flemmi old the court adding that he believed that Newton, who was a former Green Beret, got the plastic explosives while in military training.

Newton had the explosives in his South Boston home and arranged for the two gangsters to come and pick it up. Newton has denied the accusation.

Links to the IRA have surfaced in the trial. Bulger was very close to senior IRA figure Joe Cahill, meeting him frequently in Boston after he smuggled him across the border from Canada on a supporters bus when the Boston Bruins hockey team were playing a Canadian side.

Bulger idolized Cahill according to Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy two Boston Globe writers who have written a definitive book on Bulger called “Whitey Bulger”

Bulger had an Irish passport obtained legally through  his grandparents nationality in 1987.

Following the explosives hand over, the IRA worked with the Bulger gang on getting more weapons which ended when the Valhalla trawler left Gloucester, Mass in 1984 chock full of guns and explosives for the IRA. The 7 and half tons of weapons was estimated to have cost $1 million dollars

The arms were handed off to an Irish fishing trawler the Marita Ann but that boat was stopped and boarded by Irish navy officials tipped off by an IRA mole.


 




http://www.enewscourier.com/news/local_news/alea-visits-fbi-center-at-redstone-arsenal/article_659e83a2-6e74-11e7-85b6-137cc61983af.html

ALEA visits FBI center at Redstone Arsenal
 
    
Officials with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency on Monday addressed attendees of the inaugural FBI Analytical Writing Course at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, according to a press release.

ALEA Secretary Hal Taylor, state Bureau of Investigation Director Gene Wiggins and Alabama Fusion Center Director Jay Moseley spoke about the value of the analytical products to the intelligence and law enforcement communities and the importance of the two-week training, which concluded Friday.

They also expressed thanks to the FBI for providing this training to fusion center intelligence analysts from across the nation.

Fusion centers were created by state and local public safety executives in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and given the mission of assisting in the identification, prevention, mitigation, response and recovery of terrorist acts and other major criminal activity.

“Every day across the 79 fusion centers in 50 states and three U.S. territories, personnel assigned to lead and work in fusion centers from state and local law enforcement, homeland security, fire, public health and emergency management agencies, working alongside federal law enforcement and homeland security partners, are accomplishing that mission,” the release said. “They work to identify behavior that is reasonably indicative of pre-operational planning associated with terrorism or other criminal activity. Fusion center staff are also accomplishing their public safety mission with the protection of privacy, civil rights and civil liberties as a core function of their analytical activities.”

At the heart of every fusion center is an analyst who has the task of developing data into the intelligence products used to identify and prevent threats to communities and aid in the mitigation, response and recovery when public safety resources are unable to stop the threat. The National Network of Fusion Centers has more than 1,000 analysts supported through the development of training courses with federal partners.




https://www.propublica.org/article/david-headley-homegrown-terrorist

The American Behind India's 9/11—And How U.S. Botched Chances to Stop Him - ProPublica


Jan 24, 2013 - Officials say David Coleman Headley slipped through the cracks despite repeated warnings to U.S. ... Indian authorities think the U.S. knew more than it has revealed about the FBI informant's activities ...






indiamond6.ulib.iupui.edu:81/MS09070614g.html

The Framing of Michael McKevitt: Omagh, David Rupert, MI5 & FBI Collusion

Excerpt from the booklet, The Framing of Michael McKevitt

The Blanket is serialising the booklet.

Marcella Sands • 22 June 2006

In the summer of 2000, members of MI5 and the FBI met in the Washington office of the FBI. The purpose of the meeting was to finalise the details of the stitch up of Michael McKevitt. Back in the mid 1990’s the FBI had supplied MI5 with a paid informant, David Rupert. Rupert had worked with the FBI since 1974. He was a multiple bankrupt and a career informant for 30 years, working initially with the FBI and later with MI5. During those years he was arrested for cheque and wire fraud as well as suspected white slavery having been found with a 15 year old run-away in his truck. He was never charged or convicted of any of the above. However his informant services where used extensively throughout the same period.

Rupert travelled to Ireland spying on Irish citizens from the early 1990’s. During the mid 90’s Rupert was introduced to MI5 who according to him directed and controlled his actions while in Ireland. At one point the FBI funded the lease of a Bar and adjoining caravan and camping holiday park in Co. Leitrim as a base for Rupert to spy from. Rupert claimed the park was being used by IRA sympathisers and duly sent the names, addresses and telephone numbers of all the families mainly from Belfast who had holidayed in the park to the FBI and MI5. This was at a time when Loyalist death squads were receiving information from state forces to set up and murder selected individuals on their instructions. The Garda authorities were aware of Rupert passing details on to FBI/MI5 about Irish citizens yet they chose to allow this to happen.

Throughout his stay in Ireland Rupert claimed he forwarded all of the relevant intelligence he had acquired to MI5 via encrypted e-mails. Between 1997 and 2001 Rupert posted 2166 e-mails to his paymasters in British intelligence.


According to an article in Forum Magazine:


“On 11 April 1998, Rupert dispatched his most controversial e-mail to MI5 headquarters. It was almost five months before the now infamous maroon Vauxhall Cavalier would decimate the centre of Omagh town and kill 29 people. For this reason the e-mail was all the more startling because in it Rupert informed MI5 that a dissident republican group was planning a car bomb attack in Omagh. The April car bomb attack in Omagh was eventually frustrated by Gardai south of the border. However, MI5 management knew the threat was only postponed and not extinguished. Within days MI5 e-mailed Rupert: "We disrupted the intention to use the car bomb, but maybe not for long". MI5 obviously foresaw the strong likelihood of a renewed attempt to bomb Omagh. However, MI5 now held the advantage over the would-be car bombers in that from as early as April 1998 it knew Omagh was a likely target for a dissident republican car bomb attack.

Rupert's e-mails were not the only pre-August 15th information in MI5's possession which pointed to a dissident republican attack in Omagh. A second key piece of intelligence came to light on August 4 when an anonymous phone-caller warned British intelligence of a planned dissident republican gun and bomb attack in Omagh on August 15. MI5 subsequently claimed that it dismissed this anonymous phone-warning as a rogue RUC Special Branch call. However, this was a poor attempt at distraction. The importance in all of this is that whereas Rupert provided specific details with regard to the proposed location of the planned bombing, this phone-warning supplemented his e-mail intelligence by not only confirming the location, but also providing the all important precise date of the planned attack.

However, the windfall of dissident republican intelligence did not end there. MI5 possessed a third piece of high-grade information which indicated that a car bomb attack was scheduled for mid-August. Two days before the Omagh bombing, FRU agent Kevin Fulton met with a Real IRA informant whose clothing, according to Fulton, was covered in dust particles of homemade explosives. Fulton correctly suspected that a car bomb attack was in an advanced stage of planning. Fulton provided British intelligence with the agent's name and car registration number. Yet once again this vital piece of intelligence was ignored.

But perhaps the most startling disclosure concerning MI5's foreknowledge of Omagh came during the inquest into the bombing. According to the Sunday Business Post (26/8/2001) leading British barrister Michael Mansfield QC, acting for Lawrence Rush, cross-examined several RUC witnesses. It emerged that a warning specifying the precise location of the bomb had not been passed on to local officers in time to clear the area.

"After that, we started getting threatening calls. We were told by the RUC that our name was on a death-list," Solicitor Des Doherty said.
The RUC also confirmed to Doherty that a newspaper report of a spy satellite picking out the car used to transport the bomb was correct.
Doherty said. "It is understood that when the RUC contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation in America, they produced information from the satellite.”

This suggests that the maroon Vauxhall Cavalier contained a tracking device which enabled a US GPS satellite not only to follow the car's movements but also pinpoint its exact location on the day of the bombing. At the request of MI5, US intelligence would have monitored the car as a priority and would have conveyed this surveillance data to MI5 without delay. Yet MI5 chose not to relay this information to RUC officers on the ground on August 15. Furthermore, the presence of a tracking device on the maroon Vauxhall Cavalier indicates the involvement of an MI5 agent in the planning or the execution of the Omagh bombing, at some point between the unlawful procurement of the maroon Vauxhall Cavalier and the detonation of the explosives on August 15.

After the Omagh bombing MI5 ordered Rupert out of Ireland as a matter of urgency. An August 16 MI5 e-mail instructed Rupert to "insulate yourself from the Gardai" [MI5 to David Rupert, E-mail 305, 16-08-98]. Later that night Rupert was ordered to: "Collect tickets at Belfast City Airport...You'll be here [London] for two nights. We need to talk. It's extremely important" [MI5 to David Rupert, E-mail 329, 17-08-98]. Rupert's MI5 handlers obviously feared that their agent might be gripped as part of a massive cross-border investigation and that - if placed under sufficient pressure - Rupert might disclose the prior bomb warning he had conveyed to MI5 in early April in relation to Omagh. Indeed all of Rupert's MI5 e-mails on Omagh were subsequently withheld from Nuala O'Loan when she conducted her large-scale investigation into the intelligence background to the tragic bombing. By late August 1998 there were a number of skeletons inside MI5's cupboard.

We now know MI5 possessed four pieces of high-grade intelligence which forewarned of a dissident republican car bomb attack in Omagh on August 15. The earliest intelligence data was dated 11 April. Then came the anonymous August 4 phone-call, Kevin Fulton's August 13 intelligence report and finally the satellite monitoring of the Vauxhall Cavalier arising from a tracking device planted by a British agent involved in the Omagh bombing. Yet notwithstanding this avalanche of intelligence MI5 made no attempt to intercept the bomb How can this operational decision be rationally explained? What was the motivation of MI5 management? Did British intelligence want to protect the identity of its agent at all costs? Or was this yet another "securocrat" plot to subvert the peace?

MI5 management did not want to scupper the peace process, but it did want to protect the identity of its agent and, at the same time, drive - what it hoped would be - the final nail into physical force republicanism at an exceptionally sensitive time in the Irish peace process.”

 



http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/queens-man-nypd-cops-planted-drugs-home-suit-article-1.3351677

Queens man says NYPD detectives planted cocaine, marijuana in his apartment in suit
BY ANDREW KESHNER
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, July 24, 2017, 1:20 PM

 
A Queens man is suing to chop down a conviction he blames on detectives who planted evidence.

Anthony Lopez says there's no way cocaine and marijuana were found at his Jamaica apartment — unless police put it there during a bogus 2014 search.

And he says it's no coincidence that two officers at the search, Detectives Kevin Desormeau and Sasha Neve, are now facing criminal charges in Manhattan and Queens for allegedly lying in court documents and testimony about facts in other cases.

Lopez says he was boxed into accepting a misdemeanor plea on a weapons possession charge. In his July 17 lawsuit, Lopez asked a Brooklyn federal judge to rule that his civil rights were violated by the detectives and the NYPD, which he claims failed to train its investigators.



 

 


 

 
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/court-forced-woman-perform-sex-act-face-charges-article-1.3349919
 

Court cop who forced a woman to perform sex act inside Brooklyn courthouse may face felony charges
 

 Sgt. Timothy Nolan approached the woman on Oct. 21 as she waited for her boyfriend to post bail at the Schermerhorn St. building during the court’s lunch break, according to the victim.

The 26-year-old stay-at-home mom said the officer asked her to walk with him into the sixth-floor stairwell. Then he exposed himself and began to molest her, she said.

Off-duty NYPD cop arrested after leaving scene of accident
“He should be criminally charged. I don’t want this to happen to anyone else,” said the woman, who was alerted that she will be called to testify before a grand jury in the coming days.

The woman said she immediately reported she was attacked. Nolan was not arrested, but instead he was transferred to the Bronx.











http://dailycaller.com/2017/07/23/exclusive-fbi-seized-smashed-hard-drives-from-wasserman-schultz-it-aides-home/


EXCLUSIVE: FBI Seized Smashed Hard Drives From Wasserman Schultz IT Aide’s Home

7:49 PM 07/23/2017
FBI agents seized smashed computer hard drives from the home of Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s information technology (IT) administrator, according to an individual who was interviewed by Bureau investigators in the case.

Pakistani-born Imran Awan, long-time right-hand IT aide to the former Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman, has since desperately tried to get the hard drives back, the individual told The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group.


http://ticklethewire.com/2017/07/22/fbi-denies-ap-report-missing-ex-fbi-agent-robert-levinson/

FBI Denies AP Report About Missing Ex-FBI agent Robert Levinson
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FBI Denies AP Report About Missing Ex-FBI agent Robert Levinson ... to safely return Robert (Bob) Levinson home to his family,” the FBI said in a statement.





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Media experts rushed to his side and claimed that the memos were like his personal diary, and one CNN legal analyst (and former FBI agent) Asha Rangappa ...



http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-profiler-wrongful-conviction-20170720-htmlstory.html

How an ex-FBI profiler helped put an innocent man behind bars



JULY 20, 2017
Raymond Lee Jennings wipes away tears during a hearing in a downtown L.A. courtroom. After new evidence was discovered and a former FBI profiler withdrew his testimony, a judge declared Jennings factually innocent. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
Exasperated, Jeffrey Ehrlich paused the true-crime television show every couple of minutes. The same thought kept running through the attorney’s mind: “No, that's wrong.”



The episode of “Killer Instinct” highlighted how the work of a retired FBI profiler had helped convict Ehrlich’s client of killing an 18-year-old woman in a Palmdale parking lot.

There were no fingerprints left behind, no murder weapon. But clues from the crime scene caught the profiler’s attention. The driver’s-side window of the victim’s car had been lowered several inches, suggesting to the profiler that the teen had rolled it down when someone who looked trustworthy approached. And her tube top was askew — a sign, the profiler said, of a botched sexual assault.






http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-edu-claremont-students-suspended-20170722-story.html

Claremont college suspends students for demonstration against pro-police speaker
 
 

Claremont McKenna College has suspended three students for a year and two others for a semester for blocking access to a campus event to protest a speaker known for defending police against Black Lives Matter activists.

The action, announced last week, arises out of an April 6 demonstration during which students and others ignored temporary barriers and blocked entrances to the Athenaeum and Kravis Center, where author and commentator Heather Mac Donald was scheduled to speak.

Many participants chanted “black lives matter” and “black lives — they matter here.”

At the time, campus officials and security decided not to make arrests or force the estimated 250 protesters to disperse. Instead, Mac Donald spoke before a handful of observers while the college live-streamed the event. Her 30-minute talk also was made available for later viewing.






https://www.dallasnews.com/news/texas/2017/01/26/fired-san-antonio-officer-made-feces-sandwich-involved-another-poop-prank

Fired San Antonio officer who made feces sandwich was involved in another poop 'prank'


Jan 26, 2017 - A San Antonio police officer fired last year for giving a poop sandwich to a homeless man took part in another feces-related





https://newsone.com/52571/top-5-worst-nypd-brutality-moments/

Top 5 Worst NYPD Brutality Moments



The recent incident with Michael Mineo claiming he was sodomized with a baton by police officers in Brooklyn has shown that police brutality is still a major problem in New York. This is not the first time a minority male has been sodomized by an NYPD officer.


Its seem as if most incidents of brutality in New York involve either sodomy or the shooting of unarmed and innocent civilians. As disturbing as the events actually are, even more disturbing is the amount of times that officers are acquitted for their actions. Here are some of the most disturbing occurrences of police brutality in New York in recent memory.

1. Abner Louima.



What happened to Abner Louima would’ve been disturbing if it happened in the Abu Graib prisons. Abner Louima was at a club in Brooklyn when a fight broke out. Policeman, Justin Volpe, mistakenly took Louima for a man who sucker punched him and began beating him up on the street.

Justin Volpe



Officers took Louima back to the precinct where Volpe continued to beat him. Volpe Kicked him in the testicles and sodomized him with a broomstick, causing critical internal damage. After he was done, Volpe, proudly displayed the excrement and blood stained broomstick to his co-workers and boasted that he had broken a man. Volpe then threatened to kill Louima and his family if he told anyone.

Volpe admitted in court to sodomizing Louima and was sentenced to 30 years in prison. Only one other cop involved in the incident, Chris Schwartz, served any time. Louima sued the city successfully for $5.8 million.

2. Sean Bell



Sean Bell was killed on the morning of his wedding day at a strip club in queens. After leaving the nightclub, Bell and his friends were confronted by a plainclothes undercover officer who did not identify himself. When Bell sped off the officer along with his back up, let off 50 rounds into Bell’s vehicle, killing him and severely injuring his friends.

Although nobody in the car was found with a gun, police continued to smear Bell’s character after the incident as if Bell and his friends were under investigation and not the police officers. The officers were charged with manslaughter, reckless endangerment and assault but we’re all acquitted. Protests erupted all over New York and Al Sharpton was arrested.

Watch a Short Movie on Sean Bell

3. Amadou Diallo



Diallo was an immigrant from the republic of Guinea who despite his education worked selling DVD’s and socks on 14th St while studying at night. While returning to to his home after a meal, Diallo caught the eye of 5 NYPD officers who believed he fit the description of a serial rapist. The officers followed him to his apartment door. When Diallo reached into his jacket, a police officer yelled gun and the other officers let off 41 shots, 19 hitting Diallo. No gun was found on Diallo, only a wallet he pulled out to identify himself.



The officers were charged with second-degree murder and reckless endangerment but were acquitted after the trial was moved from the Bronx to more cop-friendly Albany, New York. Diallo’s mother sued the city for $61 million (20 million plus a million for each shot fired) and wound up being awarded $3 million.

Watch The Trailer For The Amadou Diallo Movie

4. Randolph Evans

15 year old Randolph Evans was shot and killed on Thanksgiving Night in 1976. Officer, Robert Torsney, was called to a housing project in Brooklyn to investigate a man with a gun. He met with group of young black men and proceeded to shoot the unarmed Evans for no given reason.  Although he never was treated for epilepsy, Torsney’s defense maintained that he killed Evans because of a rare case of epilepsy and he was acquitted on the grounds of mental insanity.

5. Alberta Spruil.



Albert Spruil was a 57 year old church-going city worker. Her only crime was living in the wrong neighborhood. Cops believed that there was a large amount of guns, drugs and vicious dogs in her Harlem apartment. Without knocking they battered her door in and threw a flash grenade into her apartment. Although they found now weapons or drugs in her apartment, they put her in handcuffs. Despite the fact that she told them she had a heart problem, it took an hour and half to get her to the hospital where she was pronounced dead. The no knock raids have also killed a 92 year old black woman in Atlanta. Although no officers were charged in the incident, Spruil’s family collected $1.6 million for the






http://www.localnews8.com/news/pocatello-police-reviewing-video-of-man-filming-fbi-building-following-his-arrest/591833973


Pocatello police 'reviewing' video of man filming FBI building following his arrest
Officer: Photography is violating voyeurism laws

 
Posted: Jul 23, 2017 06:18 PM MDT
Updated: Jul 23, 2017 07:05 PM



A Chubbuck man claims the Pocatello Police Department violated his First Amendment rights when officers arrested him for recording video from outside the FBI office.

“I stopped directly across the street and filmed vehicles entering the FBI complex for approximately 10 minutes before a police car drove up behind me,” Sean Johnson wrote to KIFI/KIDK reporter Chris Oswalt in an email. “I was standing on the sidewalk across the street from the complex, near a bus stop. I was just standing there filming, not saying anything to anyone, nor waving my arms around or otherwise causing a commotion.”

The video recorded in June, which is posted on YouTube, has just over 1,800 views. Johnson said he posted the video to raise awareness of “local police force's attitude and knowledge towards First Amendment activity.”

In the video, which starts with Johnson zooming in on the license plate of a vehicle pulling into a secured parking lot, an exchange can be heard between a Pocatello officer and Johnson begin about 27 seconds into the video.



“Everything alright?” the officer asked. Johnson does not acknowledge the officer until the unidentified officer tells Johnson he “got a call” that Johnson “was recording the FBI building.”


“That's correct, I am,” Johnson can be heard saying in the video.

During the nearly six-minute video, the officer continually explained to Johnson that he was conducting a criminal investigation into Johnson's recording.

"Right now I am conducting a criminal investigation,” the officer is heard saying. “We got a report that you were recording the FBI building. So I need to see your identification"

"What crime?" Johnson replied. “Public voyeurism,” the officer answered.

Idaho code does not have a public voyeurism law. There is, however, a video voyeurism code. It is listed under “Chapter 66: Sex Crimes.” Much of the code is targeted at sex crimes and sexual exploitation of another person. It does not address filming from a public right way, which is a protected federal right.

“Did you get their permission to record?” the officer asks Johnson in the video.

“Do I need their permission?” Johnson asks in a reply. “Absolutely,” the officer is heard saying. “It is called public voyeurism,” he continues.


The officer continually uses public voyeurism as grounds for his conversation with Johnson, telling him he needs permission to record a federal building and employees.

A three-page memo to all federal employees and law enforcement from August 2010 says otherwise. In the memo, it clearly reads “remember the public has the right to photograph the exterior of Federal Buildings from publicly accessible spaces, such as streets, sidewalks, parks or plazas.”

The memo goes onto say the recording of federal buildings cannot impede on law enforcement operations. Johnson is charged with resisting or obstructing officers.

Throughout the six-minute video, officers can be heard repeatedly asking Johnson for his ID. Each time, he provides little information until officers place him under arrest, explaining their reasoning.

"I gave you plenty of opportunities to provide identification,” the officer is heard. “You didn't identify yourself. I'm conducting an investigation for unlawful reason of you providing identification. So tell me who you are. Sean Johnson? That's a pretty common name."

“I was taken to jail and held for 15 hours until I paid my bail of $300 directly from my own account,” Johnson wrote in his email. “I have since retained an attorney and the expectation is that the charge of 'obstruction and delay' will be dropped by the prosecutor.”

The Pocatello Police Department said it is aware of the “YouTube video concerning filming of the FBI facility. The department is looking into the matter."


Hundreds of comments have flooded the police department's Facebook page starting the night of Saturday, July 23. Following several comments regarding the video and arrest, a spokesperson said the police department's Facebook page was taken down by an employee, but could not elaborate on why.”

“That will be determined this week,” city spokesperson Logan McDonnell said in a phone call with Oswalt.

The Facebook page has since been restored.

Johnson says he is considering legal action against the city.

"I am definitely considering it, but since my pretrial conference has not even happened yet I think it's a bit early yet," Johnson wrote. "The conference had been rescheduled to 8/10 due to a delay of the city providing materials as part of the discovery process."

Pocatello Police were criticized by the public earlier this month when a video surfaced showing an officer appearing to be sleeping on the job. The department said it was investigating that video back on July 1. Today, the department says the officer is still employed.

“As it is a personnel issue, we cannot comment further," a statement said.

 

 http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/07/20/fbi-turns-over-7000-documents-from-weiner-laptop-in-clinton-tied-case.html


FBI turns over 7,000 documents from Weiner laptop in Clinton-tied case






 
http://www.climatecentral.org/news/florida-california-solar-mandate-21631

South Miami Just Made a Huge Rooftop Solar Decision


 
 
Published: July 20th, 2017
South Miami this week became the first city outside of California to require all new homes to install solar panels on their roofs. Six cities in the Golden State began requiring solar to be installed on new homes over the past few years. But in Florida, where voters killed proposed solar restrictions last year, South Miami is now a pioneer.

This week, the South Miami City Commission in a 4-1 vote approved a law requiring solar panels to be installed on all new homes built in the city.

 Solar panels line the exterior wall of an apartment building in Santa Monica, Calif.
Credit: LimelightPower/flickr
Mayor Philip Stoddard says the city is trying to cut its carbon footprint because the region will be deeply affected by climate change, especially as sea levels rise.

“We’re down in South Florida where climate change and sea level rise are existential threats, so we’re looking for every opportunity to promote renewable energy,” Stoddard said. “It’s carbon reduction, plain and simple. We have a pledge for carbon neutrality. We support the Paris Climate Agreement.”

Stoddard said he expects only a few new homes and other buildings to be built in South Miami this year because the city of about 11,000 is surrounded on all sides by dense urban development and has very little space for new construction. But the requirement for new homes complements the city’s push for existing homeowners to put solar on their roofs.

 

It also sets an example for other cities that may be considering doing the same thing. 

Action to expand renewables on the local level is critical at a time when the federal government has stepped back from advocating for renewable energy, said Jeremy Firestone, director of the Center for Carbon-free Power Integration at the University of Delaware.

Rooftop solar helps wean America’s electric power system off coal and natural gas power plants that pollute the atmosphere with large amounts of carbon dioxide. President Obama made support for rooftop solar a part of his Climate Action Plan, which the Trump administration has abandoned.

“These mandates will have an effect locally,” Firestone said. “As to the larger effect, they would hopefully move states to increase the fraction of (electricity) generation that has to be dedicated toward renewable energy.”

 A solar panel is insallted on a San Francisco rooftop.
Credit: Brian Kusler/flickr
Solar installation mandates would also help accelerate the acceptance of rooftop solar across the country, said K Kaufmann, spokeswoman for the Smart Electric Power Alliance, a nonpartisan renewable energy education organization in Washington, D.C.

As solar panel costs have fallen in recent years, a growing number of homes have installed them, often with the assistance of companies such as SolarCity, which helps to finance and install photovoltaic panels.

Rooftop solar makes up only a tiny fraction — less than 1 percent — of all the electricity generated in the U.S.. The amount of electricity generated by solar panels installed on homes and businesses across the country is expected to grow by 70 percent by the end of next year.

So far, the largest city in the country to mandate rooftop solar panels is San Francisco, which began requiring them on most new buildings beginning in January. The city mandates that solar panels, a “living roof,” or a combination of the two occupy between 15 and 30 percent of the surface area of a new rooftop. A “living roof” is covered with grass, trees or other vegetation.

Other California cities that have mandated solar panel installations include Culver City, San Mateo, Lancaster, Sebastopol and Santa Monica.

In Florida, the rooftop solar mandate didn’t come easily for South Miami.

Florida utilities and other groups launched a ballot initiative last year in an attempt to limit the expansion of rooftop solar. The proposed amendment to the state constitutional would have allowed utilities to charge fees to solar panel owners as a way to make up for the loss of revenue when homeowners generate their own electricity, according to Politifact.

 

The state’s largest utilities spent more than $20 million to support the ballot initiative, but the measure failed at the polls in November. South Miami’s electric utility, Florida Power and Light, which supported the ballot measure, did not respond to a request for comment.

In June, the South Miami solar mandate was opposed by the Washington, D.C. lobbying group Family Businesses for Affordable Energy, which says on its website that homeowners expose themselves to “predatory companies” that hide various costs associated with solar installations. The group did not respond to requests for comment.

“Despite all our sunshine, public utilities have spent tens of millions of dollars to fight solar,” Stoddard said. The measure’s defeat helped clear the way for the city to push solar panel installations for both new and existing homes.

“I expect to see a lot more




http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-lapd-cadets-20170712-story.html

Sex, joy rides and car chases: Scandal in LAPD youth cadet program sparks alarm and calls for reform

The police officer talked strategy with the young cadets as they prepared for an obstacle course competition.

Should the strongest person go first? The tallest? Teamwork was important, said the officer, Ruby Aguirre.

As the teenagers — addressing everyone with a “Sir” or “Ma’am” — powered across monkey bars or scrambled to catch footballs in Elysian Park earlier this month, the scene seemed straight out of a recruiting brochure for the Los Angeles Police Department’s cadet program, which enrolls over 2,000 local youths.

But a recent scandal involving cadets, stolen police cars and illicit sex was not far from their minds.


The disturbing events have illuminated deficiencies both in the cadet program and in how the LAPD keeps tabs on its cars and other equipment.

The department’s written manual governing contact between cadets and adults has not been updated in more than a decade, even though a police officer was recently convicted of sexual crimes involving a 16-year-old cadet.

In the LAPD’s equipment rooms, officers say a culture of laxity has become the norm, creating opportunities for anyone — volunteers, cadets or officers — to walk off with property.
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NEW YORK FED PRESIDENT DELIVERED A JET FILLED WITH CASH TO PUERTO RICO

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-09/fed-s-dudley-sent-puerto-rico-a-cash-filled-jet-as-money-ran-low

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http://robinwestenra.blogspot.com/2017/10/update-from-puerto-rico.html

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Several homes destroyed, at least 1000 evacuated as OC fire grows to 5000 acres

Los Angeles Times 1h ago

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http://www.moonofalabama.org/2017/10/syria-turkey-violates-astana-agreement-renews-alliance-with-al-qaeda.html

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TURKEY ISSUES ARREST WARRANT FOR SECOND US CONSULATE WORKER, LIRA PLUNGE ACCELERATES

One day after an escalating diplomatic spat, in which both the US and Turkey halted the issuance of non-immigrant visas to each other’s citizens following last week’s arrest by Turkey of a US consulate worker, on Monday Turkey issued another detention warrant for a second US consulate employee, Ahaber newspaper reports. SOURCE: ZERO HEDGE

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http://pennyforyourthoughts2.blogspot.com/2017/10/crisis-between-turkey-us-deepens-visa.html

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… the barber shaves another customer

We see the banker sitting waiting for a trim

And then the fireman rushes in from the pouring rain

Very strange…

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-10-09/obliterated-file-reveals-imran-awan-wiped-his-phone-just-hours-his-arrest

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that Moscow insists on the return of its diplomatic properties “illegally seized” by the US, warning of legal consequences and possible retaliation.

“Russia reserves the right to undertake legal action and retaliatory measures,” reads a statement issued by the Russian Foreign Ministry after the phone call. More:

https://www.rt.com/news/406162-russia-diplomatic-property-seizure/

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“The future is little teams operating on land, in the air, and online, taking on enemies that haven’t declared themselves.

The U.S. Army’s new draft strategy for 2025 to 2040 expects enemies to attack ever more lethally in multiple domains — land, sea, air, space, and online — while blurring the distinction between peace and war. To meet these foes, the strategy says, the Army of the future must be much more mobile, with small teams that can fight like today’s large units — and do it in every domain of warfare, simultaneously.

The Army’s Training and Doctrine Command, or TRADOC, creates guides that the Army uses to draft field manuals and train troops for tomorrow’s fights. On Monday, they released a draft of their newest “concept document” that lays out the Army’s best guess about the enemy of the future. Titled “Multi-Domain Battle: Evolution of Combined Arms for the 21st Century, 2025-2040,” it repeats one key point over and over again: Adversaries will make life as difficult as possible for U.S. troops by not declaring themselves to be the enemy, or, as the concept puts it, by “combining regular and irregular forces with criminal and terrorist enterprises to attack the Joint Force’s vulnerabilities while avoiding its strength.”

That idea is not entirely new. The world got a great glimpse of what modern, blended warfare looks like when thousands of little green men invaded Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula in 2014.

“Adversaries have blurred the distinction between actions ‘below armed conflict’ and ‘conflict,’ enabling the achievement of strategic military objectives short of what the U.S. traditionally considers ‘war,’” the document says.

The concept goes on to describe four other reasons the Army cannot successfully fight wars the way it has in the past:

The exponential speed of information technology. U.S. forces can’t assume that they will have the best phones, drones, or computer hardware on the battlefield. As computers get smaller, cheaper, and more widely available, U.S. tech advantages will disintegrate.
2. Warfare will be much more urban. Some 60 percent (conservatively) of the Earth’s population will live in cities in 2030, many in megacities with populations of more than 10 million. This is where adversaries will try to engage U.S. forces, not in open fields or deserts where today’s Army and it senormous battle vehicles have the advantage.

3. The internet will be a key aspect of the battlefield, not just in terms of trading cyber attacks with enemy hackers but in the need to constantly and expertly shape global opinion about the conflict. Troll armies spreading fake news and disinformation, coupled with enough social-media traffic to overwhelm open-source analysts, could “complicate the [Army’s] ability to gain and maintain an accurate, up-to-date, intelligence-driven understanding of the situation, as well as control of the information environment,” the document says.

4. Every bad guy becomes The Joker. The Army sees a rise of “Super-empowered individuals and small groups” who can “use access to cyberspace, space, and nuclear, biological, radiological, and chemical weapons of mass effects to change the battlespace calculus and redefine the conditions of conflict resolution.” Read that to mean: lone wolves and minescule teams with the power to rival many of today’s nation-states.

Even the spread of personal phones and the internet of things will make U.S. troops easier targets. “Unmanaged signatures will become a critical U.S. vulnerability because the adversary’s forces will increasingly possess the ability to find and attack U.S. and allied forces at strategic, operational, and tactical distances simultaneously,” the document says.

To fight in this environment, the Army will move toward smaller, much more versatile, and more capable formations — somewhat like today’s special operations forces that can embark on a wide variety of missions. These “semi-independent” formations won’t just be tasked with winning territory and holding it. They’ll have to do everything from flying drones (and defending against them) to shooting missiles deep into enemy territory (and getting the targeting data to do it) to outflanking the bad guys in cyberspace. And they’ll have to do it with less protection. “Formations must maneuver semi-independently, without secured flanks, constant communications with higher headquarters, and continuous lines of communications,” the document says.

The “semi-independent” part is key. The Army still sees these smaller groups as connected to a much larger whole — perhaps even more so — but that doesn’t mean a return to large tank formations.

Nor does it mean that every tiny, mobile, Swiss-Army-knife formation will also carry an enormous missile battery. Rather, little teams will have to be able to access capabilities like drones and fire support from somewhere, but the capabilities themselves will likely be shared — similar to how people use Uber.

This idea of small, nimble, loosely connected nodes in sprawling networks fits well with what other services’ leaders have described as the future of the Navy and the Air Force. It’s a future where every nodes become smaller, and where connections grow in number even as connectivity itself is challenged.

Patrick Tucker is technology editor for Defense One. He’s also the author of The Naked Future: What Happens in a World That Anticipates Your Every Move? (Current, 2014). Previously, Tucker was deputy editor for The Futurist for nine years. Tucker has written about emerging technology in Slate, ... FULL BIO

http://www.defenseone.com/technology/2017/10/how-us-army-preparing-fight-hybrid-war-2030/141634/

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Trump’s ‘Calm before the Storm’ is a Message to North Korea and Iran

Posted by Michele Kearney at 10:19 PM

[Ed.: ROFLMAO: Alan Dershowitz at the Gatestone Institute on the topic of Israel and foreign affairs. He’d best stick to promoting pedophilia and defending those who perpetrate it.

According to Wikipedia, Gatestone was founded in 2012 by Nina Rosenwald, who serves as its president. Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John R. Bolton, is its chairman. Heiress to the Sears Roebuck fortune, Rosenwald is described at Wikipedia as an ardent Zionist for her entire life.]

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Yvonne Wachter (Monrovia, California)

What the hell happened with my post? I did not link to whatdoesitmean.com! I linked to an article by Maria Hsia Chang, former professor at U of Nevada at Reno, aka Dr. Eowyn, regarding false flags. Even though I disagree with her on most of her claims, she gave a really good explanation that false flags do NOT mean that nobody died. It just means that the govt planned and carried out a huge ruse de guerre to alrm us, to frighten us, to lead us to the conclusion they desire. And then Wayne responds, alluding to Dr. Eowyn. This is really weird. At any rate, I think the Vegas massacre was a false flag AND innocent lives were lost. Going back to govt-staged attacks such as Operation Northwoods, it is apparently a time-honored tradition of sadistic and demonic underworld controllers of our country to pick and choose which amongst us are totally disposable.

William Shanley (New Haven)

Dear Dr. Jim Fetzer–

Where in Heaven or God’s Good Earth are the background files and artifacts from Mr. Stephen Paddock’s life? He was 64 years old. As such, there should be a motherlode!

Here’s a quick list off the top of my head (not necessarily in this order:

photo IDs, driver’s license(s)

pilot’s license

credit cards

store cards

on-line accounts (Amazon, etc)

golf club membership

club memberships

passport

birth certificate

elementary school records/high school records/college records (if any)

professional accounting education/training certifications

IRS, states and local accountant numbers used in filings

medical records

property deeds and transactions

mortgages

telephone records

Internet search records

tax records (local, federal, states)

credit reports

CV/resume/names of past employers/dates

list of private clients

names of relatives, friends, close business associates, wives

FAA flight records, manifests, flight plans, etc (national and international)

Files from Goddard, JPL, Lockheed and contractors, others

national and international banking account records

national and international wire transfers

security camera shots and scenes from all the casinos, hotels and other venues he ever used, including government facilities

airport security camera shots and scenes

Selective Service/draft/military records (the man is Vietnam era ripe for draft; Philippines may be where he evolved relationship while on leave for RR at places like Subic Bay or Manila, or elsewhere

records from the governments of nations he visited and did business in

records from international clients

the plethora of photos that would accrue from the lifetime of a man his age

etc., etc., etc.

I’m sure the pros of Team Fetzer will be able to augment this list in no time!

ALL OF THIS IS MISSING after a week of investigation by all local, federal and state agencies here and around the world? BULLSHIT!

If we had even a fraction of this information, which I’m sure DoD, DHS and other federal agencies have on every American from databases such as Rumsfeld’s Total Awareness Program and its successors at DoD, not to mention credit reporting agencies, you’d be able to discern who this man was in the world. The fact that we have seen only two or three images of the man alive and dead (?) and none of the above PROVES there is an enormous cover-up underway and that the Las Vegas Massacre is a government protected, if not evolved and choreographed operation from top to bottom.

Moreover, why have we seen no information about the drill that began at the Mandalay at midnight, the night before the massacre? Nor records from it?

Plus, the ISIS claims are nonsense! We know from the results of forensic investigations undertaken and reported by Jim Fetzer and others, which include documentary evidence, such as photos with even the likes of John McCain (arrgghh!), that ISIS is a USA-created counter-gang death squad trained in Jordan and formed to continue the War on Terror AFTER al Qaeda lost credibility in the minds of billions, right? Moreover, Putin made public pronouncements saying the same thing that go back to at least 2014:

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/putin-isis-grab-headlines-not-100000754.html

Must Watch: Putin Blows The Whistle On Who Really Created ISIS And How It Continues To Grow



http://www.stillnessinthestorm.com/2015/10/putin-says-us-created-isis-putin-blasts.html

All this said, there must be tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of American and Allied local, state, federal, military actors involved in this operation, not to mention MSM, which has raised none of these questions. They can’t possibly keep a lid on this much longer–unless, of course, these lunatics launch more domestic or international terror, a war in Korea, or the wet dream of the Masons, Illuminati, Satanists, Jacobean-Sabbateans, and lunatic fundamentalists, World War III.

Cheers!

Will Shanley

New Haven

http://www.waynemadsenreport.com/articles/20171006



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[Ed.: The following post requires further confirmation and research.

Was the Las Vegas event connected to child trafficking, a “mop-up” of players, an attempt at topical diversion, or ____?]



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Stephen Paddock who Alledgedly “SHOT UP VEGAS” Has been running the largest Child-Sex Operation in USA since 1980’s – Ran SE-ASIAN children between LV Air-Force Bases and Philpine Island US Bases (pizzagate)

submitted 18 hours ago by nsaeatsshit

Cameron Freeman writes: “When we start to dig deeper into the background of the Las Vegas patsy, things start to get very dark. Given that he stopped working in the 1980’s after leaving the deep state defense contractor Thiokol, the most obvious question is how did Steven Paddock make his millions? We know he owned two planes and had a pilots license. And we also know that his main company since 2004 is called Paradise Ranch, a joint venture with the Philippine Children’s Fund of America, a CA charity that “”Provides a transitional home for American children we fly from the Philippines”. Now, strangely enough, there is also a Paradise Ranch in the Philippines, his partners home country. And this Paradise Ranch is right next to a former US Air Force base in the Clark Freeport Zone in Angeles City – a very well-known site of large-scale sex trafficking, So the obvious question is, did Paddock make his millions as an ex-CIA pilot running a human sex trafficking ring out of the Phillipines? A Pedogate connection would explain a lot of the weirdness and evasiveness surrounding the official story here, hey?” — Cameron Freeman I personally have not verified the above. There has been rampant speculation & rumor that Paddock may have been running guns for the FBI or CIA to ISIS, who has a stronghold in the Philippines. The observations above by Cameron suggest he may have also been running something else. #Pizzagate / #Pedogate / #ChildTrafficking

https://hooktube.com/watch?v=ASIIlrFPF1Q

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http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-10-08/suicide-note-seen-vegas-shooters-hotel-room-finally-explained as calculations for trajectory

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DAILY MAIL REPORTS: VEGAS PROSTITUTE SAID PADDOCK ENJOYED VIOLENT RAPE FANTASIES, WOULD OFTEN RANT ABOUT CONSPIRACY THEORIES INCLUDING HOW 9/11 WAS ORCHESTRATED BY THE US GOVERNMENT

A Las Vegas prostitute who was hired by murderer Stephen Paddock has spoken out about their ‘violent’ sex sessions and how he bragged about having ‘bad blood’. The woman, who spoke anonymously, said she would spent hours drinking and gambling in Sin City with Paddock, who she described as ‘paranoid’ and ‘obsessive’.

SOURCE: DAILY MAIL

A Las Vegas prostitute who was hired by murderer Stephen Paddock has spoken out about their ‘violent’ sex sessions and how he bragged about having ‘bad blood’.

The woman, who spoke anonymously, said she would spent hours drinking and gambling in Sin City with Paddock, who she described as ‘paranoid’ and ‘obsessive’.

If he hit a winning streak, he would take her back to his room for ‘really aggressive and violent sex’ including living out rape fantasies, she said.

The 27-year-old, who was not named, described Paddock as ‘paranoid’, ‘obsessive’, and said he ranted about conspiracy theories including 9/11 being ‘an inside job’ (pictured, the hotel from which Paddock carried out his killings)

Police are questioning Las Vegas prostitutes as they try to ascertain a motive for the worst mass shooting in American history. A note with a number of phone numbers on it was found in Paddock’s hotel room which police are using to make inquiries

Paddock also boasted about his bank-robber father, saying that ‘the bad streak is in my blood’ and ‘I was born bad’, according to texts seen by the Sun on Sunday.

The 27-year-old woman said Paddock, 64, would often rant about conspiracy theories including how 9/11 was orchestrated by the US government.

The escort, who said Paddock paid her $6,000-a-time for their meetings, also had texts in which he described tying her up ‘while you scream for help’.

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Via Solari.com

Be Inert: A Few Thoughts on the Las Vegas Murders

JP Farrell | 05 October 2017

Words of Wisdom…

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Former Navy SEAL Craig Sawyer joins Alex Jones live via Skype to break down how the tragic shooting in Las Vegas is now being used as a political weapon to divide the American citizenry.



[18:52]

[Ed.: I place this here for general consumption and comparison. I am not an avid fan or consumer of Alex Jones; in fact, I hold him at arms’ length.]

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http://www.moonofalabama.org/2017/10/missing-a-motive-for-the-las-vegas-killing-spree.html

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 09, 2017

The Chertoff Connection

“The Chertoff Connection: Las Vegas | Jack Mullen”.

“if their plan is successful state of nevada will pass a law in the future making all casinos have mandatory metal detectors and backscatter machines. soon after a federal law will be passed to put these machines in universities, high schools, federal buildings, you name it. osi systems and chertoff are the main producers of these machines. sometime around 2020 chertoff and osi will merge into a single company. after they merge the owners will sell off all their stock and make billions in profit. mr chertoff has been in contact with sheldon adelson. mr adelson will become a huge sponsor of these machines and he will be the first to put them in his casinos when the law passes. this is my last message for now. don’t expect me to return anytime soon

-john”

From /pol/.

Reddit: “On 9/10, Anon predicted a shooting in Las Vegas and discussed the reasons behind it.”.

“Fear Pays: Chertoff, Ex-Security Officials Slammed For Cashing In On Government Experience”. “Body Scanners Create Profits for Chertoff and Others”. “Guests Scanned at the Wynn in Glimpse of Las Vegas’s Future”.

Backscatter X-ray security machines (dangerous for health and privacy, and thus a hard sell unless we think we’re all going to die without them). OSI Systems. Michael Chertoff. Sheldon Adelson. “High incident project”.

The gun nut screaming is a distraction – it had nothing to do with gun control. The mystery of how he got all those guns into the hotel room is the biggest part of the story, the part you are supposed to remember and worry about. But hey, it’s lucky that somebody has a technological solution to the problem!

Note how Paddock came out of the blue, no ‘radicalization’, no hints of plans, nothing. No way to profile or stop him with any kind of police work or counter-terrorism. Note also the reports that he had booked rooms in other hotels overlooking large groups of people. There is literally no way to keep Americans safe unless all hotels have the type of scanning that would prevent large amounts of guns from being taken into buildings. People are going to make billions off this. Naturally, the hotel industry can’t be expected to pay for this without government assistance.

Chertoff is up to his neck in so much of this stuff going back to the 90s, profiting all the way, that it is baffling that he is not on the radar with each ‘terrorist’ attack.

AT 10/09/2017 05:37:00 AM

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http://www.captainsjournal.com/2017/10/08/the-shock-and-awe-of-the-las-vegas-shootings/

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October 9-11, 2017 — EARLY EDITION — The politics surrounding a massacre (in: GENERAL ARCHIVES October 2017)

Oct 9, 2017

Rift apparent between Clark County Sheriff and FBI in Paddock investigation.

[Ed.: This report sits behind a paywall and is embargoed for another two days but it alleges that Paddock was a professional hitman whose op was “hijacked” and transitioned into mass mayhem.]

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NEW VIDEO EMERGES CLEARLY CAPTURING APPARENT OVERLAPPING GUNFIRE AT LAS VEGAS CONCERT

A new video has emerged from the night of the Las Vegas shooting that appears to show overlapping gunfire coming from multiple locations, which clearly contradicts the mainstream narrative of what occurred on the night 59 people were killed and over 500 were injured. The video is under 3 minutes long and was filmed by an individual who appears to be hiding near a gate during the shooting. While crowds of people can be seen running from the area, the person filming the video is staying low to the ground with a group of people who are encouraging others to take cover, instead of running out into the open. “No, we are NOT moving. Just stay down,” one girl says. “Don’t leave, just stay down!” SOURCE: RACHEL BLEVINS

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http://jamesfetzer.blogspot.com/2017/10/las-vegas-eyewitness-commits-suicide.html

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http://jamesfetzer.blogspot.com/2017/10/scott-bennett-overlooked-evidence-in.html

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Since 2016, Cops have Killed 3 Times as Many Citizens Than 4 Decades of Mass Shootings COMBINED

Original article “If we were to compare the 700 citizens killed in mass shootings to citizens killed by police in the same time frame, the comparison would be off the charts. So, for the sake of simplicity, we will compare all of the mass shooting deaths in the last 35 years, to the number of citizens killed by police this year.”

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“… When all five mainstream news channels are reporting exactly the same thing, that’s usually because they’re all lying in unison. It’s all the same news because they all got the same memo that morning. In contrast, real journalists don’t achieve 100% conformity in their analyses. (Only fake news is homogenized for your mindless consumption.)….”

http://robinwestenra.blogspot.com/2017/10/more-on-cesnorship-by-corporate-media.html

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https://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/2017/10/09/vegas-shooter-brought-more-than-ten-suitcases-into-the-hotel/

https://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/2017/10/09/vegas-shooter-the-bump-stock-revelation-contradicts-the-official-scenario-oops/

https://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/2017/10/09/why-you-shouldnt-believe-anything-the-fbi-says-about-the-vegas-shooting/

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http://thefreethoughtproject.com/stephen-paddock-conspiracy-media/

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http://www.abeldanger.org/waveform-audio-analysis-of-las-vegas-shooting-two-shooters/

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https://www.intellihub.com/was-a-femadhs-capstone-exercise-underway-the-night-of-the-lasvegasshooting/

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In a dramatic shift to the original Las Vegas shooting narrative, over a week after Stephen Paddock rained down bullets on a crowd and killed 58 people, late on Monday Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo drastically changed the timeline of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, and now the gunman allegedly opened fire on a security guard six minutes before he unleashed the massacre. Officials had previously claimed that Paddock, 64, shot Mandalay Bay security guard Jesus Campos only after Paddock had started shooting at the Route 91 Harvest country-music festival from his 32nd-floor hotel suite on Oct. 1.

The revision to the story also undermines the story surrounding the end of the shooting: officials had previously credited Campos, who was shot in the leg, with stopping the 10-minute assault by turning the gunman’s attention to the hotel hallway, where Campos was checking an alert for an open door in another guest’s room. However, with the revelation that Campos was shot before his mass shooting, officials now admit they don’t know why he stopped his attack. More:

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-10-09/vegas-massacre-narrative-changes-gunman-shot-security-guard-opening-fire-crowd

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Forensic Acoustic Proof of SECOND Shooter in the Las Vegas Massacre

October 9th, 2017

Main post: Las Vegas: Worst Mass Shooting in U.S. History

Via: Mike Adams/ Health Ranger:

In essence, because of the differences in the speed of sound vs. the speed of the bullets from a known cartridge (.223 Remington, in this case), the time lag between the last bullet hitting the pavement and the last audible report of the rifle muzzle can be used to very accurately calculate the range of the shooter.

More importantly, when the audio from the Las Vegas shooting is analyzed, it reveals TWO shooters operating at the same time, not just one shooter. Shooter #1 is operating at 425 – 475 yards, which is consistent with the Mandalay Bay hotel, but shooter #2 is operating at approximately 250 – 270 yards.

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The Harvey Weinstein tale looks pretty rancid.

Harvey Weinstein Paid Off Sexual Harassment Accusers for Decades | 05 Oct 2017 | An investigation by The New York Times found previously undisclosed allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein stretching over nearly three decades, documented through interviews with current and former employees and film industry workers, as well as legal records, emails and internal documents from the businesses he has run, Miramax and the Weinstein Company. During that time, after being confronted with allegations including sexual harassment and unwanted physical contact, Mr. Weinstein has reached at least eight settlements with women, according to two company officials speaking on the condition of anonymity…A longtime Democratic donor, he hosted a fund-raiser for Hillary Clinton in his Manhattan home last year. He employed Malia Obama, the oldest daughter of former President Barack Obama, as an intern this year, and recently helped endow a faculty chair at Rutgers University in Gloria Steinem’s name.

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Lena Dunham calls for men to denounce Harvey Weinstein

EW.com 2h ago

RELATED COVERAGE

Kate Winslet Calls Harvey Weinstein Allegations ‘Disgraceful and Appalling’ (EXCLUSIVE) – Variety

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“… It’s also an important reminder that, when the collective decision was made by a cohort of powerful media interests to turn a blind eye to Weinstein’s misdeed, the Times was just as complicit as its peers.”

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-10-09/new-york-times-hypocrisy-exposed-former-reporter-says-paper-killed-weinstein-expose-

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the husband of John Podesta’s daughter Megan Rouse?

https://twitter.com/MikeTokes/status/917314904293392384

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unable to edit my post " on when we become a military power"


here is what I trird to post

http://www.occurrencesforeigndomestic.com/2017/10/17/whats-new-pussycat/



What’s New Pussycat
October 17, 2017UncategorizedArmy battle rifle, asset forfeiture, decapitation, Hillary, Iraq, plague, prostitution, shadow work, space launches, Suchomel, the collective, travel ban, UFOs, Vegas, Weinstein, wildfires, wireless
What’s New Pussycat

“… so let me get this straight. The Army doesn’t know how to shoot as it is, and while focusing on racial diversity, gender issues, gays in the military, women in combat arms, and declining physical standards, are going to teach young boys and girls in the “Big Army” how to shoot 1200 meters with a battle rifle that will have a larger punch (to the shooter), be more physically demanding to shoot, and have no civilian analogue? ….”

http://www.captainsjournal.com/2017/10/16/army-considers-6-5mm-for-its-future-battle-rifle/

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Plague outbreak leaves 57 dead, more than 680 infected in Madagascar

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2017

Big Bang, Big Prinz

“Trump Ignores Advisers on Iran Deal, Follows Money” (Clifton/Lobe). Note the shekels for Cotton, to whom Trump has punted. We talk a lot about Sheldon, but Singer may be the real problem.

“Trump puts Israel first with UNESCO withdrawal” (Abunimah). “Donald Trump: My master, Benjamin Netanyahu, tells me to decertify the Iran deal” (Alexis). The UNESCO-Iran one-two sends a clear message that shekels have replaced MAGA. Sad!

Has anyone calculated the cumulative cost of all the sanctions on American businesses by sanction-mad Washington? Remember that the sanctions turn American business opportunities into Chinese or Russian business opportunities. It is madness.

“Israeli TV Shows Footage Of ISIS Training Camp On Israel’s Border”. Israel plans to use it’s headlopper pals to undo the unwanted Palestinian unity deal: “Showdown looms between Hamas and Gaza Salafis”.

“Iran’s Top General Meets With Kurdish President Barzani As U.S. Neocons Push For War”. You don’t send a general, even a famous one, to negotiate, you send him to lay down the facts of life.

“Casualties Reported After Iraqi Troops Enter Oil Rich Kurdish City Of Kirkuk; Oil Spikes”. Iran and Iraq appear to be resetting the boundaries of Kurdistan to the traditional Kurdish areas, a sensible precursor to federalism negotiations.

It is curious – or not – that the Turks are notably absent from the Greater Kurdistan issue and are instead fooling around in Syria: “Turkish army expands deployment in Syria’s northwest – rebels”. What we’ve seen of Erdoğan is that he is much like Trump – he does foolish, impetuous, stupid things based on the emotion of the moment, but lacks the heart to fully commit, and backs off at the slightest resistance. I get the strong impression that the real players don’t take Turkey seriously.

“How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938″. Good reminder, in the middle of an obvious CIA campaign to slaughter Russian diplomats, of the importance and rarity of exceptional diplomats.

“Embroiled Israeli Spin Doctor Rocks Austria With ‘anti-Semitic’ Campaign Against Chancellor Candidate”. This is some sophisticated rat-fucking, and it worked! The allies of Israel are the European extreme right.

For what it is worth: “UAE planned to invade Qatar with Blackwater-linked mercenaries: Report”.

“Q&A with Mayim Bialik: An observant Jew in Hollywood”. “Harvey Weinstein: Big Bang Theory star Mayim Bialik accused of ‘victim blaming’ in New York Times op-ed”.

“Israeli Child Abusers” (Aangirfan).

Assange tweet, tweet (!).

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https://willyloman.wordpress.com/2017/10/16/syrian-air-defenses-respond-to-new-israeli-violation/

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US-Backed Forces Capture Raqqa From ISIS

New York Times

[Ed.: Res ipsa loquitor.]

Anthony Scaramucci’s media company asked Twitter to vote on the number of Jews killed in the Holocaust

Washington Post

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http://www.moonofalabama.org/2017/10/iraq-the-end-of-the-kurdish-independence-project.html

http://www.moonofalabama.org/2017/10/how-the-washington-post-deceives-us-about-the-war-in-syria.html

http://www.moonofalabama.org/2017/10/syria-iraq-how-the-kurdish-independence-project-died.html

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http://turcopolier.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c72e153ef01b7c92a9505970b-800wi

http://turcopolier.typepad.com/sic_semper_tyrannis/2017/10/kurdistan-yet-another-long-term-british-and-us-policy-triumph-.html

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http://pennyforyourthoughts2.blogspot.com/2017/10/annexing-raqqa-ethnic-cleansing-and.html

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=30&v=rO-hAm4g47o

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SECRET SPACEX FALCON 9 LAUNCH WITH MYSTERY PAYLOAD PLANNED FOR NOVEMBER

Regulatory Filings Suggest Elon Musk Is Planning a Secret Rocket Launch In Mid-November. According to Spaceflight Now, federal regulatory filings suggest SpaceX will launch a mysterious payload on a Falcon 9 rocket mid-November. Mainstream media remains silent on the event considering the payload is top secret. Filings indicate the payload has no public claim of ownership– from any government or private corporation.

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http://careandwashingofthebrain.blogspot.com/2017/10/survivor-of-las-vegas-terror-massacre.html

https://richardedmondson.net/2017/10/16/vegas-massacre-survivor-mysteriously-dies-after-posting-vivid-account-of-multiple-shooters/

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http://greencrowasthecrowflies.blogspot.com/2017/10/cawrant-events-55.html

[Ed.: I wish the lady, with whom I communicate now and again, all the best in her campaign to get Americans to act en masse. That is not going to happen in an world that is heavily engineered socially, surveilled totally, and policed heavily. It would be like herding cats. It is literally impossible under the conditions we live in to get anything to happen with extreme synchronization; even they can’t do it, and they have the tools. What is needed is a sea change in attitude and approach, which may be equally difficult to effect, but we are working on it.]

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[Ed.: Those of us who are in the so-called”alternative media” should a) form an association; b) hire ourselves a good lawyer; c) create appropriate mechanisms of liaison with appropriate agencies and associations and interest groups like EFF, schools of journalism, blogging and investigative research, and politics and media (if anyone with a clean records and reputation remain); and more.

One possible sideline might be connections for the purposes of training, funding, and production of documentary, detailed, serial or satiric and/or parody programming. An example might be a 15-minute vignette entitled CSI Las Vegas.]



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“I’M CONCERNED… IT’S HIGHLY UNUSUAL” – VEGAS MASSACRE SECURITY GUARD REMAINS MISSING

Following reports of his disappearance late last week, after numerous timeline changes and ‘fact’ clarifications by The Mandalay Bay, The FBI, and Vegas PD; Jesus Campos, the secuirty guard, who may or may not have been shot by Vegas Massacre shooter Stephen Paddock, remains missing and friends and family are concerned. SOURCE: ZERO HEDGE

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The 2-4-2 Foxtrot

THE VEGAS SHOOTER, GENERAL AVIATION, & CIA PLANESPOTTING

It is a circumstance unparalleled in American history. Two weeks after a gunman started pouring down fire from a 32nd floor window in Las Vegas on people at a country music festival, police and the FBI remain in the dark over why he did it—and why he stopped. Something hinky this way comes The tragedy hit with no warning and took fifty-nine of our number. And despite being recorded in real time on thousands of cellphones, there is still no explanation for it. SOURCE: DANIEL HOPSICKER, MADCOW MORNING NEWS

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“There’s something wrong with Hillary Clinton,” Assange tweeted. It is not just her constant lying. It is not just that she throws off menacing glares and seethes thwarted entitlement,” he added. The Wikileaks founder went further, tweeting, “Watch closely. Something much darker rides along with it. A cold creepiness rarely seen.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/16/hillary-clinton-wikileaks-subsidiary-russian-intelligence-assange/

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http://robinwestenra.blogspot.com/2017/10/hillary-clinton-cold-creepiness-rarely.html

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FBI Uncovered Russian Bribery Plot Before Obama Administration Approved Controversial Nuclear Deal with Moscow

October 17th, 2017

Via: The Hill:

Before the Obama administration approved a controversial deal in 2010 giving Moscow control of a large swath of American uranium, the FBI had gathered substantial evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering designed to grow Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business inside the United States, according to government documents and interviews.

Federal agents used a confidential U.S. witness working inside the Russian nuclear industry to gather extensive financial records, make secret recordings and intercept emails as early as 2009 that showed Moscow had compromised an American uranium trucking firm with bribes and kickbacks in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, FBI and court documents show.

They also obtained an eyewitness account — backed by documents — indicating Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the U.S. designed to benefit former President Bill Clinton’s charitable foundation during the time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on a government body that provided a favorable decision to Moscow, sources told The Hill.

The racketeering scheme was conducted “with the consent of higher level officials” in Russia who “shared the proceeds” from the kickbacks, one agent declared in an affidavit years later.

Rather than bring immediate charges in 2010, however, the Department of Justice (DOJ) continued investigating the matter for nearly four more years, essentially leaving the American public and Congress in the dark about Russian nuclear corruption on U.S. soil during a period when the Obama administration made two major decisions benefitting Putin’s commercial nuclear ambitions.

The first decision occurred in October 2010, when the State Department and government agencies on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States unanimously approved the partial sale of Canadian mining company Uranium One to the Russian nuclear giant Rosatom, giving Moscow control of more than 20 percent of America’s uranium supply.

When this sale was used by Trump on the campaign trail last year, Hillary Clinton’s spokesman said she was not involved in the committee review and noted the State Department official who handled it said she “never intervened … on any [Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States] matter.”

In 2011, the administration gave approval for Rosatom’s Tenex subsidiary to sell commercial uranium to U.S. nuclear power plants in a partnership with the United States Enrichment Corp. Before then, Tenex had been limited to selling U.S. nuclear power plants reprocessed uranium recovered from dismantled Soviet nuclear weapons under the 1990s Megatons to Megawatts peace program.

“The Russians were compromising American contractors in the nuclear industry with kickbacks and extortion threats, all of which raised legitimate national security concerns. And none of that evidence got aired before the Obama administration made those decisions,” a person who worked on the case told The Hill, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution by U.S. or Russian officials.

The Obama administration’s decision to approve Rosatom’s purchase of Uranium One has been a source of political controversy since 2015.

That’s when conservative author Peter Schweitzer and The New York Times documented how Bill Clinton collected hundreds of thousands of dollars in Russian speaking fees and his charitable foundation collected millions in donations from parties interested in the deal while Hillary Clinton presided on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.

The Obama administration and the Clintons defended their actions at the time, insisting there was no evidence that any Russians or donors engaged in wrongdoing and there was no national security reason for any member of the committee to oppose the Uranium One deal.

But FBI, Energy Department and court documents reviewed by The Hill show the FBI in fact had gathered substantial evidence well before the committee’s decision that Vadim Mikerin — the main Russian overseeing Putin’s nuclear expansion inside the United States — was engaged in wrongdoing starting in 2009.

Then-Attorney General Eric Holder was among the Obama administration officials joining Hillary Clinton on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States at the time the Uranium One deal was approved. Multiple current and former government officials told The Hill they did not know whether the FBI or DOJ ever alerted committee members to the criminal activity they uncovered.

Spokesmen for Holder and Clinton did not return calls seeking comment. The Justice Department also didn’t comment.

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Actually, did that occur 4 weeks ago?

https://special-ops.org/news/navy/us-navys-advanced-submarine-flies-infamous-jolly-roger/

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October 17-18, 2017 — Journalist assassinated in Malta was on trail through Baku that leads to Trump (in: GENERAL ARCHIVES October 2017)

Oct 17, 2017

Is the murder of Maltese journalist connected to FBI investigation of Trump family ties to Azerbaijan?

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Malta Car Bomb Kills Panama Papers Journalist

October 16th, 2017

Via: Guardian:

The journalist who led the Panama Papers investigation into corruption in Malta was killed on Monday in a car bomb near her home.

Daphne Caruana Galizia died on Monday afternoon when her car, a Peugeot 108, was destroyed by a powerful explosive device which blew the vehicle into several pieces and threw the debris into a nearby field.

A blogger whose posts often attracted more readers than the combined circulation of the country’s newspapers, Caruana Galizia was recently described by the Politico website as a “one-woman WikiLeaks”. Her blogs were a thorn in the side of both the establishment and underworld figures that hold sway in Europe’s smallest member state.

Her most recent revelations pointed the finger at Malta’s prime minister, Joseph Muscat, and two of his closest aides, connecting offshore companies linked to the three men with the sale of Maltese passports and payments from the government of Azerbaijan.

No group or individual has come forward to claim responsibility for the attack.

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2017

Toe or ankle?

“Kurdish Peshmerga flees Kirkuk after facing several casualties in clashes with Iraqi Forces”. Makes perfect sense in a world where perfect sense is so hard to find. Iranian general goes to meet leader of Iraqi Kurds. Then the Peshmerga, who fight famously hard, simply fade away when the Iraqi army comes to retake Kirkuk. The real enemy of mankind are the Israeli, Saudi and American demons, so why are the good people allowing themselves into being tricked to killing each other? Kirkuk is not a Kurdish city, and the problem of the Kurds is really Turkey, a problem Iran can help with, so there are common-sense deals to be made.

It is important for all players to put on the table, right at the beginning, that the Israeli plan is to promote Zionist interests by tricking everybody into killing each other. There are other, wise, options.

It is a shame an Iranian general couldn’t meet with Trump: “How Netanyahu Pulls Trump’s Strings” (Parry). Shekels.

“Iran: We will stick to nuclear deal if Europe does”. Smart. Question: Why do the American keep shooting themselves in the foot by marginalizing themselves? Answer: See link above.

“An Al Jazeera Reporter Went Undercover with the Pro-Israel Lobby In Washington”. This should be good, but, of course, Americans won’t be permitted to see it, or even hear about it.

“Syrian Forces discover dozens of Israeli-made weapons and equipment in ISIS dens”. “Neocon Max Boot: Legal and illegal aliens need to enlist in the US army and die for Israel” (Alexis). Alexis starts with the supremely important Irving Kristol quote, the single most important factor in current American geopolitics.

Trump publicly met with Kissinger just before he ‘decertified’.

“Austria’s neo-Nazis find friends in Israel” (Abunimah).

“Jews are Playing the “Antisemitism” Card to Defend Weinstein”. Fair enough, all the perps are Jews, so what else can it be?! “BIG H DELIVERS: Clinton Foundation Won’t Give Up Weinstein Money! HA!”. By the way, on a tour to pimp her book in Britain, Big H had another neurological incident (though they are having trouble with the cover story, but be clear it is as far as possible from the head!). I was amused by the number of days it took her to denounce Weinstein, no doubt carefully using feminist supercomputers to calculate her net shekel position between denouncing and keeping quiet.

“Any chances for Mohammed bin Salman to retain power?” Curious Russian warning to Salman to watch out for the Americans!

Laugh of the day: “Jesus Campos, Vegas security guard shot before rampage, appears to have vanished”.

“Why is he the ONLY one on that floor saying anything??” “Probably the same reason there were only 30 people on each of the 9/11 planes that held 300. The whole floor was likely vacant.” “9/11 flight passenger numbers”.

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http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/federal-hearing-probe-cops-lie-witness-stand-article-1.3570651

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




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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

The city has stubbornly fought Cordero’s claims.

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

Police claimed Cordero sold a small amount of drugs outside the bodega. But both Cordero and the bodega owner said in their depositions







http://www.theroot.com/janaya-khan-black-lives-matter-leader-dismantles-fbis-1819627086


THE MOVEMENT
Janaya Khan, Black Lives Matter Leader, Dismantles FBI’s Fraudulent ‘Black Identity Extremist’ Report

Kirsten West Savali

It should come as no surprise, then, that this white supremacist organ, which has targeted the Movement for Black Lives since its inception, recently had the audacity to create the term “black identity extremists.” The FBI-created myth of the black identity extremist was discovered in a leaked Aug. 3 report obtained by Foreign Policy:


FBI BIE redacted report (Foreign Policy)
For those who aren’t aware, according to the FBI, BIEs are motivated by “perceived” cases of police brutality and a violent ideology that endangers the lives of upstanding law-enforcement officers around the country. Moreover, the FBI has “high confidence” in these assessments because its own investigations—and those of police departments—confirm them.



“Black identity extremism is the FBI’s latest tactic to criminalize black activists and justify increased police presence in black communities,” khan narrates.

“Right-wing extremism leads to far more police deaths than what the report sites. This year alone, 168 black people have been killed by police,” khan continues. “In fact, white supremacists and right-wing extremism are responsible for 73 percent of deadly U.S. domestic-terror attacks since 2001 and have killed more than two-thirds of police officers compared to their left-wing counterparts.

“Despite these stats, police officers kill black people two-and-a-half times more than they kill black people and kill unarmed black people at five times the rate as they kill unarmed white people,” khan adds.








https://www.themarshallproject.org/2017/10/17/black-identity-extremists-and-the-dark-side-of-the-fbi

‘Black Identity
Extremists’ and the Dark Side of the FBI
Leaked documents remind us of the agency’s history of dirty tricks.

DAVID DENNIS


RECENT POLITICAL DEVELOPMENTS have helped put the FBI in a favorable light. The agency and its leadership have been praised for its performance throughout the investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Former director James Comey affirmed the agency’s fundamental goodness in a letter to his colleagues after he was relieved of his post President Trump.

“I have said to you before that, in times of turbulence, the American people should see the FBI as a rock of competence, honesty, and independence,” wrote Comey. “It is very hard to leave a group of people who are committed only to doing the right thing.”

While Comey might only have good things to say about the FBI, newly leaked documents suggest he shouldn’t. Despite the agency’s new, upstanding image, it might be back to its Hoover-era dirty tricks—if it ever really departed from them.

Foreign Policy reported recently on the existence of a document that circulated within the FBI’s counterterrorism division. Just nine days before the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, it named a major threat to public safety: not organized white nationalists, but “black identity extremists.”

“The FBI assesses it is very likely Black Identity Extremist (BIE) perceptions of police brutality against African Americans spurred an increase in premeditated, retaliatory lethal violence against law enforcement and will very likely serve as justification for such violence,” the report reads in part.

The “black identity extremist” tag might be new but the tactic behind it is not. The FBI’s attempt to characterize the police reform movement as violent and extremist is but the agency’s most recent effort to criminalize black activism by labeling it a danger to public safety and national security.

There’s perhaps no better example of the contrast between the FBI’s reputation and its character than its behavior during the 1964 Freedom Summer. If you learned about that historic summer in school, you probably heard stories of how the civil rights campaign would not have been a success without protection provided to volunteers by the FBI. That’s definitely the story I was told in school, but it’s not the whole truth.

My father, David Dennis, was integral to organizing the Freedom Summer as co-director of the Council of Federated Organizations. In fact, a bout of bronchitis kept him from traveling with James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner on the day the three young civil rights workers were murdered by the Klan. He told me the full story of the FBI’s involvement that summer.

The truth is that J. Edgar Hoover, who ran the agency from 1924 to 1972, never wanted the FBI to protect civil rights workers. When the Council of Federated Organizations asked for his help as it registered black Mississippians to vote, he responded in no uncertain terms.

“We most certainly do not and will not give protection to civil rights workers,” Hoover said at a news conference early that summer. “In the first place, the FBI is not a police organization. It’s purely an investigative organization, and the protection of individual citizens, either natives of this state or coming into the state, is a matter for the local authorities.”

Of course, the FBI did later become heavily involved with the Freedom Summer after Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner went missing, beginning its now-famous “Mississippi Burning” investigation. For that, the agency is given more credit than it deserves.


RECENT POLITICAL DEVELOPMENTS have helped put the FBI in a favorable light. The agency and its leadership have been praised for its performance throughout the investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Former director James Comey affirmed the agency’s fundamental goodness in a letter to his colleagues after he was relieved of his post President Trump.

“I have said to you before that, in times of turbulence, the American people should see the FBI as a rock of competence, honesty, and independence,” wrote Comey. “It is very hard to leave a group of people who are committed only to doing the right thing.”

While Comey might only have good things to say about the FBI, newly leaked documents suggest he shouldn’t. Despite the agency’s new, upstanding image, it might be back to its Hoover-era dirty tricks—if it ever really departed from them.

Foreign Policy reported recently on the existence of a document that circulated within the FBI’s counterterrorism division. Just nine days before the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, it named a major threat to public safety: not organized white nationalists, but “black identity extremists.”

“The FBI assesses it is very likely Black Identity Extremist (BIE) perceptions of police brutality against African Americans spurred an increase in premeditated, retaliatory lethal violence against law enforcement and will very likely serve as justification for such violence,” the report reads in part.

The “black identity extremist” tag might be new but the tactic behind it is not. The FBI’s attempt to characterize the police reform movement as violent and extremist is but the agency’s most recent effort to criminalize black activism by labeling it a danger to public safety and national security.

There’s perhaps no better example of the contrast between the FBI’s reputation and its character than its behavior during the 1964 Freedom Summer. If you learned about that historic summer in school, you probably heard stories of how the civil rights campaign would not have been a success without protection provided to volunteers by the FBI. That’s definitely the story I was told in school, but it’s not the whole truth.

My father, David Dennis, was integral to organizing the Freedom Summer as co-director of the Council of Federated Organizations. In fact, a bout of bronchitis kept him from traveling with James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner on the day the three young civil rights workers were murdered by the Klan. He told me the full story of the FBI’s involvement that summer.

The truth is that J. Edgar Hoover, who ran the agency from 1924 to 1972, never wanted the FBI to protect civil rights workers. When the Council of Federated Organizations asked for his help as it registered black Mississippians to vote, he responded in no uncertain terms.

“We most certainly do not and will not give protection to civil rights workers,” Hoover said at a news conference early that summer. “In the first place, the FBI is not a police organization. It’s purely an investigative organization, and the protection of individual citizens, either natives of this state or coming into the state, is a matter for the local authorities.”

Of course, the FBI did later become heavily involved with the Freedom Summer after Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner went missing, beginning its now-famous “Mississippi Burning” investigation. For that, the agency is given more credit than it deserves.


COMMENTARY
Original analysis and perspectives from across the spectrum on criminal justice
After the three civil rights workers disappeared, Hoover ordered FBI agents to begin a preliminary search. He sent additional agents to Mississippi to look for the men after their car was found burned out.

The buried remains of Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner were finally found 44 days after they disappeared.

Most people don’t know, however, that President Lyndon B. Johnson had to pressure Hoover and the FBI to get involved. Hoover expressed his disdain for the civil rights workers, even after they went missing. In fact, in a recorded phone call, Hoover can be heard noting to Johnson that Schwerner and his wife were communists, the “extremists” of the era.

My father told me the story of the FBI’s mixed record that summer and other stories of his interactions with the agency—the spying, intimidation, and blatant racism of agents. My understanding of the FBI’s capacity for wrongdoing only grew as I learned about COINTELPRO, its covert, often illegal, campaigns to break up the civil rights movement and “neutralize” activists.

Hoover has been scapegoated as the nexus of that evil. According to reports, Comey kept a copy of a 1963 order authorizing Hoover to conduct round-the-clock surveillance of Martin Luther King Jr. on his desk as a reminder of the director’s abuses.

News of the agency’s most recent anti-activist activity suggests, however, that anti-blackness and dirty tactics aren't relegated to the agency’s history or one man’s leadership.

It’s unclear how the new “black identity extremists” tag will impact the lives of activists. We do know that the Department of Homeland Security has been surveilling Black Lives Matter activists since 2014, but there’s no way to know what’s next. Damage has already been done, though. With its report, the FBI has legitimized the idea that black activism is a threat and should be treated accordingly—with violent force, no doubt.

We all should be keeping a much closer eye on the FBI than we have in recent years. If its history teaches us anything it's that the agency is capable of serious harm and tremendous good, often at the same time.

It’s great that the FBI is competent, honest, and independent when it comes to its handling of the president, but that’s not all it handles. The agency has incredible power. Despite the changing political winds, we must maintain our skepticism of the FBI to be sure that power isn’t abused.

David Dennis is a journalist and a professor of journalism at Morehouse College.




http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/kneeling-anthem-protest-teacher-woodland-12284799.php?ipid=articlerecirc

NorCal teacher who knelt during homecoming rally placed on leave
By Michelle Robertson, SFGATE


A Yolo County high school teacher was placed on paid leave after kneeling during the national anthem, administrators said.
Woodland High School chemistry teacher Windy Pappas took a knee at a Friday homecoming rally as the speakers blared the "Star Spangled Banner." She held two signs reading, "Black Lives Matter" and "It's OK to disagree with every sign here," according to a photo of the protest circulating on social media.




https://www.lawfareblog.com/fbi-director-christopher-wray-defends-fisa-section-702

Privacy Paradox: Rethinking Solitude
On Friday, FBI Director Christopher Wray delivered a speech at the Heritage Foundation concerning FISA Section 702. The following is his speech as delivered:

Thanks, David and thanks to the Heritage Foundation for putting on this whole program so that we can have a better and more informed discussion about FISA, Section 702, which I think is sorely needed. I'm very happy to be here this morning and I'm extremely fired up to be back in public service at the FBI. As David says, I think I still qualify as new. I still feel new, and I've spent the first two months trying to get up to speed on a lot of things, including Section 702 and the reauthorization effort.

I've also seen the enormous strides that the Bureau has made in transforming our work in the new reality—I still think of it as new, post-9/11. Following the 9/11 attacks, the Bureau and its partners in the intelligence community and elsewhere systematically worked to tear down walls that had prohibited or dangerously inhibited critical sharing of intelligence across our programs. I know that because I was there. I was there in the days before 9/11, I was in the FBI Headquarters on the days of the attack themselves, and I was there for the four years afterwards.

The fact that we have not suffered another 9/11-scale attack is not just luck. It is the product of an enormous amount of very, very hard work and diligence by thousands of professionals. Most importantly, it’s a product of teamwork and information sharing and dot-connecting by those professionals in the post-9/11, post-wall world with dot-connecting made possible, especially by tools like Section 702.

Unfortunately, some of the potential amendments that we’ve heard about as part of this reauthorization discussion strike me as eerily similar to essentially rebuilding walls like we had before 9/11. It’s like watching well-intentioned people start positioning bricks back in the walls again, perhaps growing complacent from the fact that we haven’t had another attack.

So what I’d like to try to do in my brief remarks today—and then obviously, I’d like to have a discussion—is talk first about the current threat landscape, which has evolved and changed since 9/11. Second, the value of Section 702 and helping us stay ahead of those threats. Third, some clarification about what the 702 program is and what the 702 program is not. Last, I want to talk about some of the potential real world practical impact of some of the proposed changes in the 702 program. So, let me start with the current threat landscape.

When I left public service in 2005, we were still very much focused on the 9/11-style attacks, the kind of terrorist threat posed by al Qaeda and groups like that. That threat remains, but since coming back, I’ve learned very quickly how much the threats have changed and diversified. We now face a serious and constantly evolving threat landscape where travel and technology have blurred the lines between foreign and domestic threats. We still have enemies who are plotting the kind of elaborate mass casualty attacks that we suffered on 9/11—attacks that might take months or even years to plot and plan. But that’s not all.

New technologies now allow ISIS and others to recruit, radicalize, and direct people worldwide much more easily and more remotely than ever before, including right here in the U.S. Homegrown violent extremists or lone actors who self-radicalize at home with little warning also continue to be a major concern. We worry that terrorists and others are going to be using, as we’ve seen in Europe, crude but agile methods of attack, from vehicles to drones—attacks that can be planned much more leanly and with fewer participants and executed in a matter of days or even hours instead of weeks or months.

So overall, what that means is we now have a greater volume of arguably more compact threats and much less time to detect and disrupt any one of those potential attacks. We have a much shorter flash to bang, as the professionals would describe it. So, that’s a very thumbnail description of the threat landscape. That volume of threats combined with fewer dots within each one of those threats to connect and much shorter and tighter time windows in which to detect them and connect them puts a huge, huge and obvious premium on agility. One of the things that I’ve also learned since coming back is the tremendous value of the 702 program for just that purpose. That is that agility.

As most of you know, after the 9/11 attacks, our government worked very hard to figure out why we had failed before 9/11 to connect the dots. That’s a phrase that should be familiar to everyone in the audience. As the 9/11 Commission found, a major problem was our inability to take seemingly disparate pieces of information held by different parts of our government—or even sometimes within the same agency—and to integrate those different pieces into a coherent picture. Since then, through a lot of hard work and a lot of motivation by a lot of professionals, we’ve succeeded in changing that dynamic.

The value of Section 702 is that it gives us the lawful ability to connect those dots between foreign threats and homeland targets using information that is already within FBI holdings. I want to make sure people understand that. When you hear about the FBI conducting queries, what they’re doing is doing database checks against databases of information the FBI already has, has already lawfully obtained. So, query, database check, lawfully obtained information we already have. That’s what we’re talking about. That information in our databases gives us the agility we need to stay ahead of those threats.

There’s been some discussion about limiting the FBI’s ability to access that database, accessing its 702 collection, which, I’m telling you now, would create a serious risk to the American public. Every day, the Bureau—across the country and, indeed, across the world—receives tips and leads from lots and lots of different sources: from the public, from other agencies, from state and local law-enforcement, from our international partners. The tips and the leads are flooding in hourly. That’s the good news. The American people rightly expect that we’re going to take every one of those tips and leads seriously and figure out whether that nugget, that fragment of information, represents something innocuous or whether that’s the key flag of the next attack.

To do that, to separate the wheat from the chaff, to figure out which ones are innocuous and which ones are the indication of something really serious at that early stage with that short time window I was describing, we’ve got to be able to connect the dots from the different pieces were getting and figure out whether that nugget fits in with something else we have elsewhere that causes that aha moment that’s so important. The queries of the FBI databases, including the 702 database, is the first step in connecting those dots.

Those queries help us better understand the information, again, that we’ve already lawfully collected from a variety of sources through Section 702 and a lot of other means by allowing us to cross-reference the information. That’s what helps us prioritize and work the threats rather than just randomly working one-off cases. The only way we can do that is by being able to search our data when we get a tip or a lead. So, for that reason, at that early and critical stage, Section 702 is one of the most important tools that we have.

So let me be clear. Obstacles to conducting those database queries will put the American public at greater risk. Obstacles to allowing us to conducting those queries will put the American public at greater risk. They’re going to do that because it will either delay us when time is of the essence in conducting those queries, or worse, in a lot of instances, prevent us from being able to look at all. That’s going to blind us to information that is already lawfully in our possession.

So let me talk a little bit about what 702 is and what it is not. There are a lot of misconceptions out there, and I’m hoping that our discussion afterwards will help us go into a little bit more detail about some of these. But let me just briefly make a few basic points. First, what Section 702 is: Section 702 is a law that has been passed not once but twice by Congress with strong bipartisan support— first in 2008 and then reauthorized in 2012. Section 702 is constitutional, lawful, and consistent with the Fourth Amendment. Every court to consider the 702 program, including the Ninth Circuit, has found that.

A lot of those court holdings, as well as the privacy and civil liberties oversight board, have specifically concluded that those queries I was just describing, the FBI’s queries, that practice itself is consistent both with FISA and with the Constitution. So what that means is all this debate about potentially tinkering with 702, it’s not the Constitution that’s requiring that. That’s not driven by the Constitution. The courts have uniformly held that both the program and the way it’s being executed are constitutional. So a straight reauthorization of 702 would be fully consistent with the Constitution, including the Fourth Amendment. So: bipartisan support, fully constitutional.

What else is 702? Section 702 is, as I’ve described, an essential foreign intelligence collection program for the entire intelligence community, including the FBI. But it is a target authority. By that, I mean that the collection is only focused on specific selectors, like a particular e-mail address. Then one last point about what Section 702 is: It is subject to rigorous oversight. Oversight by not just one, not just two, but all three branches of government. I will tell you from a practical perspective, that oversight is demanding. It can be painstaking. It’s certainly resource intensive. But we want to make sure that the program is working the way it should be. So we take that oversight seriously, and we respect that and embrace that.

But that brings me to what Section 702 is not: It is not bulk collection of anybody, not even foreign persons. We in the U.S. government can’t cast a broad net to collect information indiscriminately, and Section 702 doesn’t provide for that. It does not permit targeting surveillance on U.S. persons anywhere in the world, whether they’re here or abroad. It doesn’t even allow targeting of just any foreigner abroad. Even with foreigners there has to be a reasonable expectation that the target will receive or communicate specific types of foreign intelligence information.

The NSA, and you’ve heard from Admiral Rogers already, is the lead agency for the targeting part. One thing you might find reassuring is that the FBI only receives collection for a very small percentage of what the NSA does. So, it’s about 4.3 percent of the targets that are under NSA collection. But that 4.3 percent is unbelievably valuable and important to our mission. So let me be clear here. When we run our queries that I’ve been describing, we’re running those against just a fraction of NSA collection and the NSA collection itself is not bulk collection. We can get NSA collection only for targets that are relevant to ongoing full national security investigations.

So let me close by making clear that this is not an abstract or theoretical debate that we’re having about this tool. This has real-world consequences. Just to give one example, a tip under 702 from the NSA that was crucial in helping the FBI stop an attack on the New York City subway system in 2009. Just stop and process what a successful attack on the New York subway system would look like, feel like, sound like. 702 helped us prevent that.

Take a different kind of example. 702 helped us reveal the terrorist propaganda of an ISIS member, a guy named Shawn Parson, and identified additional members of his network. He was using social media to radicalize and recruit actors for ISIS. Part of his network was encouraging followers online to carry out attacks in Western Europe and right here in the homeland in the U.S. He was even posting the names and addresses of American service members. I just want to quote from his postings in case there’s anybody who missed understands the seriousness of this.

I’m quoting from him: “Kill them in their own lands. Behead then in their own homes. Stab them to death as they walk their streets thinking they are safe.” These are real-world consequences. Those are American servicemen and servicewomen he’s talking about there, and Section 702 helped us break that network, identify the people he was in contact with. So given these kinds of potential consequences, I am, as you might imagine, very concerned about some of the kinds of proposals being discussed in this reauthorization debate. Any material change to the FBI’s use of Section 702 would severely inhibit our ability to keep the American people safe.

I think back to the time that I was in government before on 9/11, right before 9/11, right after 9/11. I think about how hard dedicated men and women throughout the intelligence community worked to try to tear down the walls that had prevented us from connecting all the information that might have been able to prevent those attacks. As I said at the beginning, listening to this debate right now, watching some of the potential ideas that are being floated strikes me as eerily similar to people, well-intentioned, starting to put bricks into a wall. Normally, the idea of imposing more restrictions on our ability at the FBI to do our jobs would be based on some kind of constitutional challenge. That’s not the case here. As I said at the beginning, every court to consider this program has upheld its constitutionality. So it’s not because of the Constitution. But why else might somebody want to impose restrictions? Maybe in the past there have been times when government has abused its power. So maybe that’s a reason to have restrictions. But there’s been no evidence of any kind of abuse of power under Section 702, despite all the oversight I mentioned before, with three branches of government and quite a few years of experience now.

So the proposed changes to Section 702 that you’re hearing about are not based on a need to somehow make this statute constitutional, either as written or as applied. As I’ve noted, it already is. These are policy changes—policy changes based on personal views that people have, again, well-intentioned views, and I respect that, on privacy. But as you can tell, my views are different. I think our responsibility, our role, my duty, the duty of the people at the FBI and in the intelligence community, is that we owe it to the American people to use the full extent of our authorities that are consistent with the Fourth Amendment, and that we shouldn’t be creating gaps and limitations in those authorities simply for policy reasons.

One of the experiences I had in my prior time in government was meeting with the family members of the victims of 9/11. I am not going to look the families of future victims in the eye and tell them that there were things, there was more that we could have done that was fully constitutional, fully within our legal authorities, but that we simply chose not to. I think Americans rightly expect us to use all of the available information that we have and all the tools that we have that are consistent with the Constitution to combat the threats that we face as a country. The FBI has made enormous strides since 9/11 to make sure that it’s doing just that.

So I urge—I implore—Congress to reauthorize Section 702 in its current form so that we can keep using one of the most valuable tools that we have in our toolbox to keep America safe. Thank you for having me here







http://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/San-Francisco-deputy-s-assault-conviction-12285890.php?ipid=articlerecirc

San Francisco deputy’s assault conviction overturn by court
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

A state appeals court overturned the felony conviction of a San Francisco sheriff’s deputy for assaulting a homeless and disabled man at San Francisco General Hospital, saying Tuesday the trial judge failed to let the jury decide whether the officer’s use of force was necessary.
Michael Lewelling was convicted in October 2015 of assault by an officer and was granted probation, with 100 hours of community service. As a member of the sheriff’s patrol unit at the hospital, he had been charged with illegally attacking Fernando Guanill in the waiting room in November 2014.
Guanill, 60, had come to the hospital in severe pain, and argued with a nurse. He fell asleep while awaiting an appointment, but staff members asked Lewelling to escort him out. The deputy tapped Guanill on the shoulder to wake him, then tried to handcuff him.
In a followup report, Lewelling said Guanill had threatened him and tried to attack him with his cane. Guamill said Lewelling and two other deputies hit and choked him. Prosecutors charged the officer with assault and said a video of the incident showed he was the aggressor.
Guanill sued for damages, and the city agreed to pay a little over $100,000 in a settlement, said Guanill’s lawyer, Randolph Daar.
At Lewelling’s trial, a sheriff’s sergeant who reviewed the deputy’s report testified that Lewelling had used reasonable force to overcome Guanill’s resistance, but that choking him was excessive.
A jury convicted him under a rarely used state law that forbids public officers to assault or beat someone “without lawful necessity.” In Tuesday’s ruling, the First District Court of Appeal said Superior Court Judge Ellen Chaitlin had failed to define “lawful necessity” for the jurors and instead allowed them to decide that any use of force — like pushing Guamill back in his chair — amounted to assault if Lewelling had no legal basis for detaining Guamill.



http://www.denverpost.com/2017/10/17/nfl-endorse-sentencing-reform-legislation/


NFL uses its muscle to endorse sentencing reform legislation
NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart: “We thought it was appropriate to lend our support to it”



Link du jour

http://www.denverpost.com/2017/10/17/a-former-obituary-writer-contemplates-life-at-75/



https://www.courthousenews.com/justices-wont-review-florida-death-penalty-cases/


https://theintercept.com/2017/10/15/alex-vitale-interview-the-end-of-policing/


http://www.denverpost.com/2017/10/16/study-marijuana-legalization-reduced-opioid-deaths-colorado/


http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/California-legal-water-cremation-alkaline-burial-12285298.php?ipid=articlerecirc

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2017/oct/17/cia-somalia/

http://www.denverpost.com/2017/10/17/distracted-driving-smartphones/






https://theintercept.com/2017/10/16/tennessee-national-anthem-protest-man-fired/

TENNESSEE MAN FIRED FOR SITTING DOWN DURING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM

October 16 2017, 5:37 p.m.


TYLER CHANCELLOR STARTED his job as a coach at a kickboxing gym in Chattanooga, Tennessee, less than two weeks ago — the culmination of years of hard work.

“I played football my whole life, and I’ve been around a gym setting and training people — that’s what I’ve been doing my whole life,” he told The Intercept.

He worked at 9Round Fitness for a week before he was fired for sitting down during the national anthem at a boxing event a few weeks ago.

9Round didn’t respond to a request for comment from The Intercept, but confirmed to a local reporter that Chancellor was indeed fired for his political gesture.

Chancellor’s termination occurred amid widespread debate over NFL players kneeling during the national anthem, a protest of police brutality started by former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

At first, Chancellor said the job was a good fit. “The people were cool, they were fun to be around,” the 24-year-old said. But he soon learned that the owners, Courtney and Phil Grubb, were avid Republicans and that Phil Grubb was a former police officer.

“I never thought anything of them, until one day, we were talking about the NFL, and [Courtney] mentioned her husband didn’t like the NFL because of the protests and what’s going on,” he explained.



On October 7, he decided to sit while others stood for the national anthem at a local sporting event.
He explained to The Intercept that his opposition to police brutality motivated him to remain seated.

“I’m not about to stand up for a flag that means nothing to me,” he said. “That flag stands for justice for all? There’s not justice for all right now.”

His bosses didn’t see it that way. The Monday after Chancellor chose to sit during the anthem, he was promptly fired by Courtney Grubb.

“I was dressed for work, I went to work, I didn’t even get to start my shift,” he said. “She flat-out said. ‘We’re no longer doing business with you because of what you said Saturday night. That’s disrespectful here at 9Round, we don’t do that.'”

Chancellor doesn’t buy arguments that the national anthem protests are an affront to the military. He points out his father is a veteran who served for two decades.

“I’m 24 years old. My dad served 20 years out of my life in the military,” he said. “I know more about the military than my bosses did.”


“I have a son on the way,” Chancellor said, explaining why he needs the job. “That was my means of income for my family, and they took that away from me.”

While some states and cities have enacted laws that protect employees from being fired for expressing political views, there is no federal law that enshrines those labor rights. As the law firm of Parks, Chesin, and Walbert notes: “The First Amendment protects the government from infringing on your speech. It does not prohibit private employers from taking negative employment actions, including termination against you for your political speech.”

Other countries, however, have enshrined a national right to air political views in private fora. As the People’s Policy Project’s Matt Bruenig notes, Denmark’s equivalent of the Civil Rights Act, known as the Anti-Discrimination Act, protects political speech.





https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2017/oct/17/nazer-car-theft-ring/

October 17, 2017
Mexican spymaster’s car theft ring shows CIA’s tolerance for corruption
FBI investigation of Agency asset Miguel Nazar Haro put the CIA in direct conflict with the Department of Justice

When Mexican spymaster Miguel Nazar Haro was implicated in a car theft ring operating in both the United States and Mexico, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) moved to prevent prosecution of one of their most valuable assets. As the investigation revealed, however, the web of corruption surrounding Nazar, the head of Directorate of Federal Security (DFS), connected to more than just grand theft auto, with ties to narcotics trafficking, the torture and disappearance of numerous dissidents, and at the murder of DEA Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena Salazar.



When a U.S. Attorney wanted to prosecute Nazar for his role in the car theft ring, CIA intervened to protect their asset. As a result of the prosecutor revealing CIA’s obstruction, he was fired by President Reagan.

As it would turn out, the Agency had shared Nazar with the FBI. Former FBI Special Agent John Foarde stated that Nazar and Mexico were both “pretty amenable to cooperate fully” with the Bureau. He also traced Nazar’s relationship with the Bureau back to George Munro, who had worked for the FBI in Mexico before joining the Agency and who had been responsible for their surveillance of the Soviet embassy in Mexico City. According to Foarde, Nazar “was actually developed for the Bureau” by Munro. This not only re-confirms Nazar’s pre-existing relationship with both CIA and FBI, it links Nazar’s work with the Bureau to the Agency.



Before Nazar’s death, he was interviewed by Jefferson Morley and Michael Scott for the book Our Man In Mexico. In the interview, not only did Nazar no longer deny his relationship with CIA, he described “his close working relationship and friendship with [CIA’s Mexico City station chief] between 1960 and 1971.” As a result of his role in Mexico’s police and intelligence forces, he was in a prime position to provide the U.S. Government with information - or not to. When the House Select Committee on Assassinations interviewed Nazar about Lee Harvey Oswald’s mysterious time in Mexico City, he appears to have waved them off and encouraged them to focus their investigation on the time after Oswald had been arrested. This is especially significant in that it was a report by Nazar that provided CIA with some of their intelligence on Oswald’s activities and contacts in Mexico City.



Perhaps far too unsurprisingly, the released FBI file on Nazar barely acknowledges his involvement in drug trafficking or his ties to CIA. While this might be expected due to the connections to CIA and Nazar’s own role as an intelligence officer, the FBI failed to include either their standard GLOMAR for such individuals or a citation of FOIA exemption b(1) (classified information) with the FOIA releases on Nazar. Exemption b(3) was cited only in regards to the rules of federal procedure and grand jury information. If we take the FBI’s response and lack of cited-exemptions at face value, it means that the Bureau was aware of, but chose to ignore connections between a high profile CIA asset/FBI liaison and major trafficking operations that involved stealing cars into Mexico. No mention is made in the released file of Munro or of Nazar’s cooperation with the Bureau.



Nazar’s role in the Mexican police and intelligence establishments, as well as his long history of cooperating with CIA, gave him considerable protection from prosecution. With vehicles being stolen in the United States and transferred into Mexico, prosecution became even less likely and investigation far more difficult. Nazar enjoyed this virtual immunity until November 1980, when the FBI opened an investigation into a car theft and trafficking ring. The investigation ultimately determined that “several thousand” vehicles were stolen and transported into Mexico. The ring’s reach was considerable, extending up to San Francisco, 500 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border. Given that its reach extended as far east as San Antonio, the car theft ring appears to have operated in up to 850,000 square miles of territory within the United States.



The ring’s tactics will be familiar to investigators with experience in high end car theft: rather than steal cars off the street, the ring’s thieves would visit dealerships and service stations. From there, they would take the keys, either stealing them or taking them with permission for a supposed test drive, and deliver the vehicle to another person who would then deliver the stolen car either into Mexico or directly to Mexican authorities. According to the FBI’s file, it wasn’t unheard for the Mexican authorities, “consisting mainly of elements from the Direccion Federal de Seguridad” (which Nazar led) to come into the United States to help with the theft or delivery of the cars.



According to the 1986 FBI document, at least one of the stolen vehicles was delivered personally to Nazar. This information would later be corroborated by news outlets.



As John Stossol noted on 20/20, the thieves targeted high end cars, with Stossol expressing the view that the high value of the cars made the crimes worse. He did, however, appear to concede that the theft of “a few motor homes” was also unfortunate.



A page from the FBI file, written in 1987, expanded on some of the details of the thieves’ modus operandi:



Eventually, Nazar was indicted, along with twelve other individuals from the DFS, for his role in the car theft ring.



While heavily redacted, the FBI file reveals that part of what led them to Nazar’s involvement in the ring was an informant who had personally delivered a stolen van to Nazar.



The 20/20 segment archived by CIA provides some additional details. Along with the Assistant U.S. Attorney in San Diego, 20/20 explains that Nazar didn’t start the car theft ring - he seized control of it from Gilberto Peraza Mayan.



As a pseudonymous Mexican intelligence officer told 20/20, “The [DFS] has unlimited powers. They can arrest a person and put you in prison there as a political prisoner for life, as long as they want. They don’t have to answer to anyone.” Nazar and DFS acted with impunity in Mexico.



While it was impossible to catch and punish Nazar’s ring in Mexico, they weren’t quite as immune in the U.S. In November of 1980, California’s Highway Patrol stopped two cars stolen by the ring on their way into Mexico, with one of the thieves becoming a Bureau informant. With the help of the informant, the FBI was able to film the car theft ring as they met in a San Diego apartment. At this meeting, one of the DFS agents bragged about their “ability to bring cars and guns into Mexico.”



For eight months, the FBI ran an undercover operation against the ring as hundreds of cars continued to disappear into Mexico. When the car theft ring started smuggling automatic weapons into Mexico as well, the Bureau decided it was time to move.



But when the indictment came down, partially as a result of an assassin apparently having been dispatched to the United States to eliminate the Bureau’s undercover agent, Nazar’s name was conspicuously missing despite the clear evidence against him.



20/20 learned that Nazar had been protected by the U.S. Government, with an FBI cable reportedly saying that damaging Nazar’s interests would damage U.S. national security interests.



According to multiple individuals, including unidentified intelligence personnel and two named members of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Agency considered Nazar to be “indispensable” and their “most important source in Mexico and Central America.” Prosecution would endanger that by depriving Nazar of his position of authority. “If we lost him”, DOJ officials were told, “it would be a disaster.” In response to the obstruction, U.S. Attorney William Kennedy went public with the San Diego Union.



As a result of this exposure, Kennedy was pressured to resign. When he refused, and the Department of Justice (DOJ) ultimately decided not to fire him, President Reagan fired him for exposing one of CIA’s sources. According to one report, senior officials at the DOJ had recommended his firing to President Reagan. The reason behind DOJ’s apparent change in position isn’t immediately clear, though it seems extremely unlikely that under the circumstances senior DOJ personnel would have made such a recommendation without at least the indirect support of CIA. According to the Attorney General at the time, Kennedy’s “comments were highly prejudicial to the interests of the United States.” After all, according to the New York Times, “the Federal Security Directorate gathered information used by the Reagan administration to justify assertions of Soviet and Cuban subversion in the region.”

The exposure is one of several factors believed to have contributed to the temporary end of Nazar’s career with law enforcement and intelligence. As a result of Nazar’s cover being blown, CIA ultimately withdrew their objections to prosecution - most of the damage was already done. Nazar, however, still believed he was untouchable. In response to a TIME article that referred to his criminal activities, Nazar decided to come to the United States to file an $11 million lawsuit against the outlet. The FBI used the opportunity to arrest him on February 23rd, 1982.



Bail was set at $1,000,000 with a $200,000 bond, which was promptly paid in cash by an unidentified party.



For its part, the Agency disagreed with the negative press surrounding Nazar, and found at least some of it lacking in objectivity “from the Agency’s point of view” according to a memo sent to the CIA Director. The Agency did not explain in any of their declassified documents what they considered the facts to be or what they thought objective reporting would have looked like. The Agency’s Acting Director for the Office of External Affairs also called 20/20 “more entertainment and muckraking than news” in response to their reporting on Nazar.



As a result of having skipped out on bail and still being wanted in the United States, officials quickly determined that Nazar was unlikely to return. Once a bench warrant was issued, it seemed all but certain that he wouldn’t come back. After he missed the deposition for his lawsuit against TIME, the lawsuit was dismissed by a U.S. District Court Judge.



Once Nazar had returned to Mexico, the FBI’s Special Agents in San Diego - at least some of whom had worked on the case and participated in the arrest of Nazar - were warned “not to enter Mexico for safety reasons.”



The perceived danger was likely real. Another memo referred to a specific threat against the FBI and/or the DEA in relation to the case.



In addition to his more common criminal activities and threats made against law enforcement, Nazar was known for his considerable role in Mexico’s Dirty War, which saw the disappearance of an estimated 1,200 individuals. Nazar was personally infamous for his brutality and would be accused and tried for the disappearance of several high profile individuals. The United States, however, was unable to extradite Nazar despite the treaty that was in place, and the Government of Mexico declined to prosecute Nazar. He was prosecuted several years for his actions during the dirty war, though he would be acquitted apparently as a result of insufficient legal evidence.



By this time, Nazar’s career with the DFS was finished - though he would later return to the Mexican intelligence apparatus, where he would officially reconnect with its web of corruption, as discussed later.



For its part, the Agency offered a weak defense for its protection of Nazar. According to the defense CIA and DOJ offered to the New York Times, the story had been “misreported, [and CIA] exerted absolutely no pressure on Justice to protect Mr. Nassar Haro, and merely responded properly to a legitimate query from the Criminal Division. Mark Richard, an old pro at the division, resolutely confirms the C.I.A. account, and explains that the indictment was originally blocked because the department wanted to be sure that no ‘’greymail’‘ - threats to expose national secrets - would be used in the defense, and to make that determination required delays.”



The Agency’s explanation seems to ring only half true. Nazar’s known activities involving the Agency not only stretched back decades, but were also very recent and potentially damaging. Nazar’s knowledge not only would have let him use graymail against the Agency, but given him enough information to fabricate especially damaging lies. These lies would’ve become both graymail and blackmail, as the Agency would need to use classified information to disprove allegations that Nazar could have made. These accusations could have not only resulted in embarrassment and the burning of CIA sources and methods, but the release of spies who had been imprisoned for providing information to Russia in the case that would form the basis for The Falcon and the Snowman.

Read Part Two tomorrow.



https://www.courthousenews.com/no-forfeiture-database-backup-millions-line-nypd-admits/

No Forfeiture-Database Backup With Millions on the Line, NYPD Admits
October 17, 2017
MANHATTAN
New York City is one power surge away from losing all of the data police have on millions of dollars in unclaimed forfeitures, a city attorney admitted to a flabbergasted judge on Tuesday.

“That’s insane,” Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Arlene Bluth said repeatedly from the bench.





http://www.denverpost.com/2017/10/16/former-commerce-city-police-officer-convicted-unlawful-sexual-contact/


Former Commerce City police officer convicted of unlawful sexual contact
The officer, who later resigned, fondled two women during DUI traffic stops
John Reinhart, 24, was accused of fondling two women as he arrested them on suspicion of DUI on separate occasions in December 2015. He was convicted by a jury on two misdemeanor charges, according to the Adams County District Attorney’s Office.

The incidents involved a 34-year-old woman and a 36-year-old woman. Reinhart was acquitted on a third charge involving a 22-year-old woman in September 2015.








http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/swiss-investor-fire-racist-remarks-article-1.3571312

Swiss investor thanks God ‘white people populated America, and not the blacks’
BY JESSICA SCHLADEBECK
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 9:46 AM





http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/lego-women-nasa-sets-missing-hidden-figures-inspiration-article-1.3571578


Lego introduces 'Women of NASA' sets featuring female astronauts and scientists, but ‘Hidden Figures’ inspiration not included
BY ARIEL SCOTTI
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 12:45 PM
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joeb
happened again




We knew that before the smoke from the 1st bomb cleared

http://www.newsweek.com/boston-marathon-bombers-aunt-says-fbi-set-her-nephew-and-she-has-proof-691058

BOSTON MARATHON BOMBER’S AUNT CLAIMS FBI SET UP DZHOKHAR TSARNAEV AND SHE HAS PROOF
BY MICHELE MCPHEE ON 10/23/17 AT 3:25 PM

The Russian aunt of convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has filed a motion in his death penalty appeal case that reveals new details on the meetings her nephew’s attorneys had in Russia with his parents and makes a bizarre allegation that the FBI said the bomber had a “heavy-laden black backpack,” not the white one he can be seen carrying in video taken before the deadly blasts.

In the filing, Maret Tsarnaeva, a Chechen attorney and the sister of Tsarnaev family patriarch Anzor, asks to join her nephew’s death penalty appeal defense team, a request denied by a federal judge this year.

Tsarnaeva’s filing includes a still photograph of Dzhokhar taken from a 29-second clip recorded by a Whiskey’s Steak House surveillance camera on Boylston Street. Of it, she says that “the FBI and the indictment have together affirmed that the culprits who detonated these explosions were carrying large, unusually heavy black backpacks concealing pressure cooker bombs.” But her affidavit states, “Dzhokhar was carrying a small-sized white backpack,” which she calls exculpatory evidence.



“The very evidence used by the FBI to identify the ‘Boston bombers’ referenced in the indictment excludes Dzhokhar as plainly as white is distinguished from black,” Tsarnaeva’s filing states. “What can be more compelling than the difference between black and white?”


A still image from a surveillance video shows Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in this handout photo provided by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston on March 11, 2015.


Tsarnaeva’s filing also provides the first details into a trip to Russia taken by two members of Dzhokhar’s defense team, famed death penalty lawyer Judy Clarke and attorney William Fick, who speaks fluent Russian, in late June 2013, just a couple of months after the April 15, 2013, attack. Tsarnaeva says she attended the meeting at her brother’s home in Dagestan, where he has lived with his ex-wife, Zubeidat, since the couple left the United States in 2012.

During the meeting, Tsarnaeva says, Clarke and Fick convinced Dzhokhar’s mother to write him a letter urging him to “cooperate wholeheartedly” and said they planned to point to his brother, Tamerlan, as the “mastermind” of the murderous Patriots’ Day attack attack that killed three, left 17 people amputees and seriously wounded 260 others. They assured the parents that their client, the couple’s son, was “merely following his big brother,” a defense that was used during Tsarnaev’s trial.

Tamerlan was killed during a firefight with law enforcement in Watertown on April 18, 2013, four days after the bombing. He died late that night, after he and his brother executed MIT police officer Sean Collier, carjacked a young businessman and attacked police officers with bullets and bombs. Tamerlan was shot nine times during that gun battle and was then run over by his younger brother as he sped away in a stolen Mercedes SUV. His brief escape launched a 16-hour manhunt; he was eventually found hiding inside a dry-docked, shrink-wrapped boat in a backyard in Watertown.

Paramedics who tended to Tamerlan later testified that he was still alive at the scene and released a final growl before he was pronounced dead at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center on April 19, 2013. His death certificate states he was “shot by police and then run over by a motor vehicle.”



http://www.newsweek.com/boston-marathon-bombers-aunt-says-fbi-set-her-nephew-and-she-has-proof-691058

see link for full story






https://whowhatwhy.org/2017/10/24/classic-ghw-bush-jfk-assassination/

OCTOBER 24, 2017 | RUSS BAKER
CLASSIC WHO: GHW BUSH AND THE JFK ASSASSINATION
What possible connection could there have been between George H.W. Bush and the assassination of John F. Kennedy? Or between the CIA and the assassination? Or between Bush in the 1960s and the CIA? For some people, apparently, making such connections was as dangerous as letting one live wire touch another. Here, in anticipation of the forthcoming final release of long-classified JFK assassination records, is an excerpt from WhoWhatWhy editor Russ Baker’s bestseller, Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, America’s Invisible Government and the Hidden History of the Last Fifty Years. The story is a real-life thriller.

Note: Although these excerpts do not contain footnotes, the book itself is heavily footnoted and exhaustively sourced. This article first appeared 9/16/2013.

Poppy’s Secret
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When Joseph McBride came upon the document about George H. W. Bush’s double life, he was not looking for it. It was 1985, and McBride, a former Daily Variety writer, was in the library of California State University San Bernardino, researching a book about the movie director Frank Capra. Like many good reporters, McBride took off on a “slight,” if time-consuming, tangent — spending day after day poring over reels of microfilmed documents related to the FBI and the JFK assassination. McBride had been a volunteer on Kennedy’s campaign, and since 1963 had been intrigued by the unanswered questions surrounding that most singular of American tragedies.

A particular memo caught his eye, and he leaned in for a closer look. Practically jumping off the screen was a memorandum from FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, dated November 29, 1963. Under the subject heading “Assassination of President John F. Kennedy,” Hoover reported that, on the day after JFK’s murder, the bureau had provided two individuals with briefings. One was “Captain William Edwards of the Defense Intelligence Agency.” The other: “Mr. George Bush of the Central Intelligence Agency.”

To:

Director
Bureau of Intelligence and Research
Department of State

[We have been] advised that the Department of State feels some misguided anti-Castro group might capitalize on the present situation and undertake an unauthorized raid against Cuba, believing that the assassination of President John F. Kennedy might herald a change in U.S. policy… [Our] sources know of no [such] plans… The substance of the foregoing information was orally furnished to Mr. George Bush of the Central Intelligence Agency and Captain William Edwards of the Defense Intelligence Agency.

McBride shook his head. George H. W. Bush? In the CIA in 1963? Dealing with Cubans and the JFK assassination? Could this be the same man who was now vice president of the United States? Even when Bush was named CIA director in 1976 amid much agency-bashing, his primary asset had been the fact that he was not a part of the agency during the coups, attempted coups, and murder plots in Iran, Cuba, Chile, and other hot spots about which embarrassing information was being disclosed every day in Senate hearings.

For CIA director Bush, there had been much damage to control. The decade from 1963 to 1973 had seen one confidence-shaking crisis after another. There was the Kennedy assassination and the dubious accounting of it by the Warren Commission. Then came the revelations of how the CIA had used private foundations to channel funds to organizations inside the United States, such as the National Student Association. Then came Watergate, with its penumbra of CIA operatives such as E. Howard Hunt and their shadowy misdoings. Americans were getting the sense of a kind of sanctioned underground organization, operating outside the law and yet protected by it. Then President Gerald Ford, who had ascended to that office when Richard Nixon resigned, fired William Colby, the director of the CIA, who was perceived by hard-liners as too accommodating to congressional investigators and would-be intelligence reformers.

Now Ford had named George H. W. Bush to take over the CIA. But Bush seemed wholly unqualified for such a position — especially at a time when the agency was under maximum scrutiny. He had been U.N. ambassador, Republican National Committee chairman, and the U.S. envoy to Beijing, where both Nixon and Henry Kissinger had regarded him as a lightweight and worked around him. What experience did he have in the world of intelligence and spying? How would he restore public confidence in a tarnished spy agency? No one seemed to know. Or did Gerald Ford realize something most others didn’t?

Bush served at the CIA for one year, from early 1976 to early 1977. He worked quietly to reverse the Watergate-era reforms of CIA practices, moving as many operations as possible offshore and beyond accountability. Although a short stint, it nevertheless created an image problem in 1980 when Bush ran unsuccessfully for the Republican presidential nomination against former California governor Ronald Reagan. Some critics warned of the dangerous precedent in elevating someone who had led the CIA, with its legacy of dark secrets and covert plots, blackmail and murder, to preside over the United States government.

“Must be another George Bush”
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In 1985, when McBride found the FBI memo apparently relating to Bush’s past, the reporter did not immediately follow up this curious lead. Bush was now a recently reelected vice president (a famously powerless position), and McBride himself was busy with other things. By 1988, however, the true identity of “Mr. George Bush of the CIA” took on new meaning, as George H. W. Bush prepared to assume his role as Reagan’s heir to the presidency. Joe McBride decided to make the leap from entertainment reportage to politics. He picked up the phone and called the White House.

“May I speak with the vice president?” he asked

McBride had to settle for Stephen Hart, a vice presidential spokesman. Hart denied that his boss had been the man mentioned in the memo, quoting Bush directly. “I was in Houston, Texas, at the time and involved in the independent oil drilling business. And I was running for the Senate in late ’63. I don’t have any idea of what he’s talking about.” Hart concluded with this suggestion: “Must be another George Bush.”

McBride found the response troubling — rather detailed for a ritual non-denial. It almost felt like a cover story that Bush was a bit too eager to trot out. He returned to Hart with more questions for Bush:

* Did you do any work with or for the CIA prior to the time you became its director?

* If so, what was the nature of your relationship with the agency, and how long did it last?

* Did you receive a briefing by a member of the FBI on anti-Castro Cuban activities in the aftermath [of] the assassination of President Kennedy?

Within half an hour, Hart called him back. The spokesman now declared that, though he had not spoken with Bush, he would nevertheless answer the questions himself. Hart said that the answer to the first question was no, and, therefore, the other two were moot.

Undeterred, McBride called the CIA. A spokesman for the agency, Bill Devine, responded: “This is the first time I’ve ever heard this . . . I’ll see what I can find out and call you back.”

The following day, the PR man was tersely formal and opaque: “I can neither confirm nor deny.” It was the standard response the agency gave when it dealt with its sources and methods. Could the agency reveal whether there had been another George Bush in the CIA? Devine replied: “Twenty-seven years ago? I doubt that very much. In any event, we have a standard policy of not confirming that anyone is involved in the CIA.”

“Apparently” George William Bush
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But it appears this standard policy was made to be broken. McBride’s revelations appeared in the July 16, 1988, issue of the liberal magazine the Nation, under the headline “The Man Who Wasn’t There, ‘George Bush,’ C.I.A. Operative.” Shortly thereafter, CIA spokeswoman Sharron Basso told the Associated Press that the CIA believed that “the record should be clarified.” She said that the FBI document “apparently” referred to a George William Bush who had worked in 1963 on the night shift at the Langley, Virginia, headquarters, and that “would have been the appropriate place to have received such an FBI report.” George William Bush, she said, had left the CIA in 1964 to join the Defense Intelligence Agency.












BOMBOGENSIS SPEAK = EXXON WARMING

https://www.wunderground.com/news/2017-10-24-great-lakes-bombogenesis-wind-damage-michigan


Great Lakes Storm Undergoes Bombogenesis, Downs Trees and Powerlines in Michigan's Upper Peninsula

Jonathan Erdman
Published: October 24, 2017




https://www.wunderground.com/news/2017-10-24-hawaii-severe-storms-flooding-maui-power-outage

Entire Island of Maui Loses Power as Severe Storms Pound Hawaii

Chris Dolce
Published: October 24, 2017









The new norm


https://www.wunderground.com/news/2017-10-23-severe-storms-east-coast-impacts



Severe Storms Clobber Carolinas; Tens of Thousands Lose Power


Published: October 24, 2017
Authorities confirmed damage Monday evening and at least 75,000 homes and businesses remained without power Tuesday morning after a round of severe storms hit the Carolinas.

The National Weather Service confirmed an EF2 tornado was in progress in Spartanburg County, South Carolina, Monday afternoon. There were several other reports of tornadoes, and the NWS was surveying the damage Tuesday afternoon.

Spartanburg Regional Hospital told the Associated Press it treated eight people for minor storm-related injuries. There were no deaths associated with this round of storms, the report added.

(MORE: Severe Weather Threat Continues for East Coast)

People took to social media to post photos and videos of the widespread destruction left behind by the storms. Photos from Spartanburg, South Carolina, showed serious structural damage and flipped vehicles after a reported tornado.

Police in Spartanburg County reported one of the storms downed numerous trees and power lines, according to NWS. There were also reports of cars overturned at an intersection.

In Edneyville, North Carolina, fire and rescue officials advised residents to stay home due to flooded roadways and downed trees and power lines. Flooding was also reported in Asheville and Boone, according to the AP.

A mudslide in Henderson County forced officials to close Highway 65, according to WRAL.com, and at least two school districts announced the closure of schools on Tuesday due to the storms.

Damage from a possible tornado was also reported at Hickory Regional Airport in Hickory, North Carolina. Local officials declared a state of emergency in the town, as well as for all of Catawba County, to help with storm response, the AP reported.


Damage was also confirmed Monday



http://host.madison.com/news/local/courts/inmate-flawed-fbi-analysis-forced-plea-deal-in-baraboo-sex/article_bc736a12-b5ff-5b73-97d7-6c72cdd5fc4c.html


Inmate: Flawed FBI analysis forced plea deal in 1991 Baraboo sex assaults



KATHERINE PROCTOR and DEE J. HALL Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism






https://www.wunderground.com/news/2017-10-20-billion-dollar-weather-disasters-united-states-record-tied

16 Billion-Dollar Disasters Have Impacted the U.S. This Year, Tying an All-Time Record, Thanks to the California Wildfires

Linda Lam
Published: October 21, 2017


Link du jour
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=JBohMwpBVUE



http://theknow.denverpost.com/2017/10/22/broadway-halloween-parade-denver-2017-photos/163116/







https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2017/10/fbi-director-wray-wrong-about-section-702-surveillance

FBI Director Wray is Wrong About Section 702 Surveillance

BY DAVID RUIZOCTOBER 23, 2017
Newly-minted FBI Director Christopher Wray threw out several justifications for the continued, warrantless government search of American communications. He’s wrong on all accounts.

In a presentation hosted by The Heritage Foundation, Wray warned of a metaphorical policy “wall” that, more than 15 years ago, stood between the U.S. government’s multiple intelligence-gathering agencies. That wall prevented quick data sharing, he said. It prevented quick “dot-connecting” to match threats to actors, he said. And, he said, it partly prevented the U.S. from stopping the September 11 attacks.

“When people, now, sit back and say, ‘Three thousand people died on 9/11, how could the U.S. government let this happen?’” Wray said. “And one of the answers is, well, they had this wall.”

Wray is concerned with the potential expiration of the one of the government’s most powerful surveillance tools. It’s called Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act and it allows the NSA to collect emails, browser history and chat logs of Americans. Section 702 also allows other agencies, like the FBI, to search through that data without a warrant. Those searches are called “backdoor searches.”

Congress is considering bills with limitations to backdoor searches—including one bill that we have analyzed—and Wray is against that. Section 702, Wray claimed, doesn’t need limitations, or as he called it, a “self-inflicted wound.” According to Wray, Section 702 is Constitutional, has broad government oversight, and keeps Americans safe.

Let’s see where he’s wrong.

Constitutionality


“Section 702 is Constitutional, lawful, [and] consistent with the Fourth Amendment,” Director Wray said. “Every court to consider the 702 program, including the Ninth Circuit, has found that.”

The chasm between Wray’s words and his interpretation is enormous. Have courts “considered” Section 702, as Wray described? Yes. Have any decided Section 702’s constitutionality? Absolutely not.

U.S. courts have delivered opinions in lawsuits involving data collected under Section 702, but no single court has delivered an opinion specifically on the constitutionality of Section 702. It’s an issue that EFF is currently fighting, in our years-long lawsuit Jewel v. NSA.

When Wray mentions the Ninth Circuit, he is likely referencing a 2016 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In the opinion for USA v. Mohamed Osman Mohamud, the appeals court ruled that, based on the very specific evidence of the lawsuit, data collected under Section 702 did not violate a U.S. person’s Fourth Amendment rights. But the judge explicitly wrote that this lawsuit did not involve some of the more “complex statutory and constitutional issues” potentially raised by Section 702.

Notably, the judge wrote that the Mohamud case did not involve “the retention and querying of incidentally collected communications.” That’s exactly what we mean when we talk about “backdoor searches.”

Wray is mischaracterizing the court’s opinion. He is wrong.

Government Oversight


“[Section 702] is subject to rigorous oversight,” Wray said. “Oversight, by not just one, not just two, but all three branches of government.”

Wray’s comments again are disingenuous.

U.S. Senators have tried to get clear answers from intelligence agency directors about Section 702 collection. Many times, they have been stonewalled.

When Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) asked former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper: “Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?”

“No, sir,” Clapper said. “Not wittingly. There are cases where they could inadvertently perhaps collect, but not wittingly.”

Months later, defense contractor Edward Snowden confirmed that the NSA does indeed collect data on Americans. Clapper clarified his statement: he gave the “least untruthful” answer he could. If intelligence agencies, and their directors, cannot provide honest answers about Section 702, then meaningful Congressional oversight is a myth.

As for judicial oversight, the court that approves warrants under Section 702—known as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court—has rebuked the NSA in multiple opinions. A chart of Section 702 compliance violations, with accompanying court opinions, can be found here.

While Section 702 is subject to government oversight, it doesn’t look like the NSA pays much attention.

Finally, there can be no meaningful public oversight so long as we are kept in the dark. FISC opinions are not, by default, made public. Revelations to the press are denied. Even negotiations to upcoming bills are made behind closed doors.

American Safety


The safety and well-being of Americans is paramount, and tools that help provide that safety are clearly important. But in his remarks, Wray relied on familiar scare tactics to create political leverage. Unwilling to explain Section 702 success stories, Wray instead relied on the hypothetical. He asked What If?

He conjured hypothetical mass shootings and lone gunmen. He employed the idea of a stranger taking pictures of a bridge at night; another buying suspicious supplies at a hardware store. He imagined a high schooler reporting worrying behavior of an ex-boyfriend. He invoked the specters of would-be victims.

In all these situations, Wray’s position was clear: Section 702 prevents this chaos. Do not challenge it, he begged.

“Any restriction on our ability to access the information that’s already Constitutionally collected in our databases, I just think is a really tragic and needless restriction,” Wray said. “And I beg the country not to go there again. I think we will regret it and I just am hoping that it doesn’t take another attack for people to realize that.”

The U.S. government does not publicly provide data to assert its claim that Section 702 keeps Americans safe, claiming that such disclosures would compromise intelligence gathering. This is understandable. Wray’s suggestion of “another attack” is not. It suggests fear will help steer Americans towards the right decision.

Fear drove McCarthyism. Fear drove Japanese American internment. Fear drove the Chinese Exclusion Act and it helped drive the Patriot Act. Do not let fear drive us from our rights.

Section 702 needs review, and many parts of it—including the backdoor search—do not measure up to Wray’s justifications. If the government can prove that warrantless search of American communications keeps Americans safe, why does Wray rely on hypotheticals?

If you care about ending the backdoor search loophole, call your representatives today.





https://robertscribbler.com/2017/10/24/watts-up-with-renewables-according-to-iea-about-a-thousand-billion-more-in-capacity-by-2022/


Watts Up With Renewables? According to IEA, About a Thousand Billion More In Capacity by 2022
by robertscribbler
The big word around the block is that solar is presently changing the global energy game -- and rapidly.

The major driver of this global sea change is presently China. But it appears that India is also about to play a substantial role. The U.S., depending on the policy choices of the Trump Administration, can remain a renewable energy leader or turn into a laggard. It all just depends on the whims of a man who has shown a quixotic propensity for pushing terrible policies and then, somehow, self-sabotaging at least half of them.

https://t.co/EB1Z3e3nNy #projecthorus on the way #solarenergy on the rise and Elon Musk is added again.

— Red (@R3DF0XON3) October 24, 2017

(Many locations around the world are rapidly transitioning to renewable energy. The destructive impacts of human caused climate change may well serve to speed that process as we see here with Tesla providing solar power generation to Puerto Rico hospitals following the terrible impacts of Hurricane Maria.)

Back to China, the country now holds about 110 billion watts (gigawatts) of annual practical solar panel manufacturing capacity. This is about 66 percent of the world total. From this capacity, it appears that China will itself add around 50 gigawatts of installed solar this year alone -- pushing the cumulative to around 125 to 130 gigawatts by year end. China had already, as of September, added 34 gigawatts during 2017 with an overall installed generation capacity at 111 Gigawatts as of about a month ago.

Such a massive add by China will likely drive global new solar capacity in 2017 to around 80 to 100 gigawatts. Add in wind and hydro and that high number probably hits close to 150 billion watts in just one year.

The massive new solar additions are now helping renewables to swamp dirty energy sources like coal and somewhat less dirty though still very carbon intensive sources like gas. This remarkable achievement is primarily due to the fact that solar is now presently cost competitive with these older, more traditional energy sources. And the price of solar energy worldwide is expected to continue to fall over the coming years. According to a recent report -- by a further 60 percent over the next ten years.

Major energy think tanks are starting to take notice. And it is on the basis of solar, wind, and hydro's relative economic strengths due to growing price advantages (particularly for solar), that the International Energy Agency (IEA) has predicted a 1,000 gigawatt addition of new renewable energy sources through 2022. Such an addition, in just five years, according to IEA's Dr Fatih Birol, would amount to "half of the current global capacity in coal power, which took 80 years to build.” The agency also notes that renewable capacity additions will effectively double additions from sources like gas and coal.

The cost of installing solar energy is going to plummet again ☀️ https://t.co/XyjqieGwIp pic.twitter.com/VpgCOsldZ7

— grist (@grist) October 24, 2017

(New study shows the cost of solar will fall by another 60 percent over the next ten years.)

IEA recognizes that China, the U.S. and India will be primary drivers of this large renewable energy gain. Though the agency points out that detrimental U.S. policy choices could put a damper on renewable energy additions in that key market. However, IEA also notes that more positive policy choices by China, India, the U.S. and others could result in a more than doubling of the new capacity add for renewables to 2,155 GW. Such policies not only result in major renewable energy growth. They would also produce wholesale replacement of fossil fuel and carbon emissions based power sources. A considerable boon to the global climate.

Even IEA's base five year scenario shows renewable electrical power generation growing to compose 30 percent of the global market. This up from 26 percent during 2016. Though still not as high a percentage as coal, IEA predicts that renewables will make up half the difference with that dirtiest of power sources by 2022.



(With atmospheric CO2 levels likely to hit between 411 and 412 parts per million by May of 2018, global carbon emissions cuts due to fossil fuel energy replacement by renewables couldn't come sooner. Image source: The Keeling Curve.)

IEA also predicts that power consumption from electrical vehicles will double from now to 2022. A somewhat conservative estimate considering the fact that the number of EVs on the road will likely double by 2019 to 2020 and that battery sizes for EVs are rapidly growing. IEA's conservative projection continues in that it sees renewables' contribution to transportation energy sources only growing from 4 to 5 percent by 2022.

Taking this analysis a step further and applying it to the potential for global carbon emissions reductions we should point at that renewables taking up a larger portion of both power generation and transportation through 2022 will present an opportunity to start bending the carbon curve downward. The adoption range in which renewables begin to replace fossil fuels at a rapid enough pace to strongly impact global carbon emissions is 150 to 250 GW added per year + a net replacement of the fossil fuel based transportation fleets with EVs and other alternative fuel vehicles. Given IEA's forecast, it appears that there's a decent likelihood that this will happen over then next five years -- barring any major numb-skullery by the present U.S. President and his sometimes-enabling fellow republicans in the U.S. Congress.

robertscribbler | October 24, 2017 at 7:22








http://www.dailybulletin.com/2017/10/23/fbi-investigating-pomona-police-officers-for-alleged-civil-rights-violations/


An investigating of several Pomona police officers accused of excessive force, evidence tampering and falsifying reports, authorities and court records have been confirmed.

Laura Eimiller confirmed in a telephone interview that the agency was investigating allegations of civil rights violations by Pomona police in connection with the Sept. 16, 2015, arrests of Christian Aguilar and his father, Ignacio Aguilar Jr., at the Pomona Fairplex. The incident led to a federal lawsuit being filed against the accused officers in August 2016 which names as defendants officers Chad Jensen, Ralph Correa, Todd Samuels, Prince Hutchinson, Austin Dossey and Tim Dorn.

Three of the accused officers – Dossey, Dorn and Hutchinson – have been named as defendants in another federal lawsuit filed Oct. 4 alleging they unjustly assaulted three brothers, arrested them without cause and falsified reports that led to felony charges, which were dismissed two years later. That incident occurred less than a month after the incident at the Los Angeles County Fair, at the Fairplex.

The Aguilar lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles in August 2016, alleged Jensen grabbed 16-year-old Christian Aguilar as he was following behind other officers who were escorting his father and cousin off the fairgrounds, allegedly for public intoxication. Christian was shooting video of the action on his phone when Jensen grabbed him, spun him around and struck him twice with his forearm. Hutchinson got Christian into a “full Nelson” hold, then Correa began beating Christian with his baton, according to the lawsuit.

Bystandser Robert Hanson shot video of the attack on Christian Aguilar on his mobile phone and was confronted by the officers and arrested for alleged public intoxication. The officers seized Hanson’s phone and edited the video to fit their version of events: that Christian Aguilar attempted to strike Jensen in the jaw. The unedited video contradicted the sworn testimony of Jensen, Samuels, Hutchinson and Correa, who all said Christian took a swing at Jensen. Officers Dorn and Dossey also wrote false reports stating that Ignacio Aquilar Jr. showed ‘objective signs of intoxication,’ despite no evidence proving it, according to the lawsuit.

Christian Aguilar was charged with two counts of obstructing a peace officer and his father was charged with being drunk in public. The charges were ultimately dropped against both of them.

David Gamill, an attorney who represented the Aguilars in the lawsuit, said in a telephone interview Monday that the lawsuit recently settled for $500,000 and was subsequently dismissed.

“I’m still optimistic they’re going to hold these officers accountable in the criminal setting. It’s warranted, at the very least, with Officer Jensen,” Gamill said.

Dossey was also named as a defendant in two other federal lawsuits, filed in the last three years, alleging excessive use of force and other civil rights violations. One of the lawsuits was prompted by an incident that occurred on June 1, 2013, when Dossey was an officer for the Rialto Police Department, but that case was dismissed, court records show.


Rialto Police Chief Randy DeAnda said Dossey worked for his department from Nov. 26, 2012, through Sept. 29, 2014, when Dossey transferred to the Pomona Police Department as an officer in good standing.





https://www.clickondetroit.com/news/defenders/fbi-documents-reveal-new-details-about-inmate-s-death-at-macomb-county-jail

documents reveal new details about inmate's death at Macomb ...
WDIV Detroit-
The FBI found that David Stojcevski had no food his last five days of life. He lay on the jail floor twitching for his last 48 hours without any visits ...







Operation Cross Country XI
Federal Bureau of Investigation (press release) (blog)-Oct 18, 2017
The 11th iteration of Operation Cross Country, the FBI's annual law enforcement action focused on recovering underage victims of prostitution, ...




https://apnews.com/fd1d4d05e561462a85abe50e7eaed4ec/ap-hundreds-officers-lose-licenses-over-sex-misconduct

AP: Hundreds of officers lose licenses over sex misconduct


https://apnews.com/fd1d4d05e561462a85abe50e7eaed4ec


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Flashing lights pierced the black of night, and the big white letters made clear it was the police. The woman pulled over was a daycare worker in her 50s headed home after playing dominoes with friends. She felt she had nothing to hide, so when the Oklahoma City officer accused her of erratic driving, she did as directed.

She would later tell a judge she was splayed outside the patrol car for a pat-down, made to lift her shirt to prove she wasn’t hiding anything, then to pull down her pants when the officer still wasn’t convinced. He shined his flashlight between her legs, she said, then ordered her to sit in the squad car and face him as he towered above. His gun in sight, she said she pleaded “No, sir” as he unzipped his fly and exposed himself with a hurried directive.


“Come on,” the woman, identified in police reports as J.L., said she was told before she began giving him oral sex. “I don’t have all night.”

The accusations are undoubtedly jolting, and yet they reflect a betrayal of the badge that has been repeated time and again across the country.

In a yearlong investigation of sexual misconduct by U.S. law enforcement, The Associated Press uncovered about 1,000 officers who lost their badges in a six-year period for rape, sodomy and other sexual assault; sex crimes that included possession of child pornography; or sexual misconduct such as propositioning citizens or having consensual but prohibited on-duty intercourse.

The number is unquestionably an undercount because it represents only those officers whose licenses to work in law enforcement were revoked, and not all states take such action. California and New York — with several of the nation’s largest law enforcement agencies — offered no records because they have no statewide system to decertify officers for misconduct. And even among states that provided records, some reported no officers removed for sexual misdeeds even though cases were identified via news stories or court records.

“It’s happening probably in every law enforcement agency across the country,” said Chief Bernadette DiPino of the Sarasota Police Department in Florida, who helped study the problem for the International Association of Chiefs of Police. “It’s so underreported and people are scared that if they call and complain about a police officer, they think every other police officer is going to be then out to get them.”


Even as cases around the country have sparked a national conversation about excessive force by police, sexual misconduct by officers has largely escaped widespread notice due to a patchwork of laws, piecemeal reporting and victims frequently reluctant to come forward because of their vulnerabilities — they often are young, poor, struggling with addiction or plagued by their own checkered pasts.

In interviews, lawyers and even police chiefs told the AP that some departments also stay quiet about improprieties to limit liability, allowing bad officers to quietly resign, keep their certification and sometimes jump to other jobs.

The officers involved in such wrongdoing represent a tiny fraction of the hundreds of thousands whose jobs are to serve and protect. But their actions have an outsized impact — miring departments in litigation that leads to costly settlements, crippling relationships with an already wary public and scarring victims with a special brand of fear.

“My God,” J.L. said she thought as she eyed the officer’s holstered gun, “he’s going to kill me.”

The AP does not name alleged victims of sexual assault without their consent, and J.L. declined to be interviewed. She was let go after the traffic stop without any charges. She reported her accusations immediately, but it was months before the investigation was done and the breadth of the allegations known.

She is one of 13 women who say they were victimized by the officer, a former college football standout named Daniel Holtzclaw. The fired cop, 28, has pleaded not guilty to a host of charges, and his family posted online that “the truth of his innocence will be shown in court.” Each of his accusers is expected to testify in the trial that begins Monday, including one who was 17 when she said the officer pulled down her pink cotton shorts and raped her on her mother’s front porch.

But on a June night last year, it was J.L.’s story that unleashed a larger search for clues.

A nurse swabbed her mouth. A captain made a report. And a detective got to work.

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On a checkerboard of sessions on everything from electronic surveillance to speed enforcement, police chiefs who gathered for an annual meeting in 2007 saw a discussion on sex offenses by officers added to the agenda. More than 70 chiefs packed into a room, and when asked if they had dealt with an officer accused of sexual misdeeds, nearly every attendee raised a hand. A task force was formed and federal dollars were pumped into training.

Eight years later, a simple question — how many law enforcement officers are accused of sexual misconduct — has no definitive answer. The federal Bureau of Justice Statistics, which collects police data from around the country, doesn’t track officer arrests, and states aren’t required to collect or share that information.

To measure the problem, the AP obtained records from 41 states on police decertification, an administrative process in which an officer’s law enforcement license is revoked. Cases from 2009 through 2014 were then reviewed to determine whether they stemmed from misconduct meeting the Department of Justice standard for sexual assault — sexual contact that happens without consent, including intercourse, sodomy, child molestation, incest, fondling and attempted rape.

Nine states and the District of Columbia said they either did not decertify officers for misconduct or declined to provide information.

Of those that did release records, the AP determined that some 550 officers were decertified for sexual assault, including rape and sodomy, sexual shakedowns in which citizens were extorted into performing favors to avoid arrest, or gratuitous pat-downs. Some 440 officers lost their badges for other sex offenses, such as possessing child pornography, or for sexual misconduct that included being a peeping Tom, sexting juveniles or having on-duty intercourse.

The law enforcement officials in these records included state and local police, sheriff’s deputies, prison guards and school resource officers; no federal officers were included because the records reviewed came from state police standards commissions. About one-third of the officers decertified were accused of incidents involving juveniles. Because of gaps in the information provided by the states, it was impossible to discern any other distinct patterns, other than a propensity for officers to use the power of their badge to prey on the vulnerable. Some but not all of the decertified officers faced criminal charges; some offenders were able to avoid prosecution by agreeing to surrender their certifications.

Victims included unsuspecting motorists, schoolchildren ordered to raise their shirts in a supposed search for drugs, police interns taken advantage of, women with legal troubles who succumbed to performing sex acts for promised help, and prison inmates forced to have sex with guards.

The AP’s findings, coupled with other research and interviews with experts, suggest that sexual misconduct is among the most prevalent type of complaint against law officers. Phil Stinson, a researcher at Bowling Green State University, analyzed news articles between 2005 and 2011 and found 6,724 arrests involving more than 5,500 officers. Sex-related cases were the third-most common, behind violence and profit-motivated crimes. Cato Institute reports released in 2009 and 2010 found sex misconduct the No. 2 complaint against officers, behind excessive force.

Cases from across the country in just the past year demonstrate how such incidents can occur, and the devastation they leave behind.

In Connecticut, William Ruscoe of the Trumbull Police began a 30-month prison term in January after pleading guilty to the sexual assault of a 17-year-old girl he met through a program for teens interested in law enforcement. Case records detailed advances that began with explicit texts and attempts to kiss and grope the girl. Then one night Ruscoe brought her back to his home, put his gun on the kitchen counter and asked her to go upstairs to his bedroom. The victim told investigators that despite telling him no “what felt like 1,000 times,” he removed her clothes, fondled her and forced her to touch him — at one point cuffing her hands.

In Florida, Jonathan Bleiweiss of the Broward Sheriff’s Office was sentenced to a five-year prison term in February for bullying about 20 immigrant men into sex acts. Because the victims wouldn’t testify, Bleiwess’ plea deal revolved around false imprisonment charges, allowing him to escape sex offender status. Prosecutors said he used implied threats of deportation to intimidate the men.

And in New Mexico, Michael Garcia of the Las Cruces Police was sentenced last November to nine years in federal prison for sexually assaulting a high school police intern. At the time, he was in a unit investigating child abuse and sex crimes. The victim, Diana Guerrero, said in court that the assault left her feeling “like a piece of trash,” dashed her dreams of becoming an officer, and triggered depression, nightmares and flashbacks.

“It had never occurred to me that a person who had earned a badge would do this to me or anybody else,” said Guerrero, who is now 21 and agreed to her name being published. “I lost my faith in everything, everyone, even in myself.”

A 2011 International Association of Chiefs of Police report on sex misconduct questioned whether some conditions of the job may create opportunities for such incidents. Officers’ power, independence, off-hours and engagement with those perceived as less credible combine to give cover to predators, it said, and otherwise admirable bonds of loyalty can lead colleagues to shield offenders.

“You see officers throughout your career that deal with that power really well, and you see officers over your career that don’t,” said Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty, who fired Holtzclaw just months after the allegations surfaced and called the case a troubling reminder that police chiefs need to be careful about how they hire and train officers.

The best chance at preventing such incidents is to robustly screen applicants, said Sheriff Russell Martin in Delaware County, Ohio, who served on an IACP committee on sex misconduct. Those seeking to join Martin’s agency are questioned about everything from pornography use to public sex acts. Investigators run background checks, administer polygraph exams and interview former employers and neighbors. Social media activity is reviewed for clues about what a candidate deems appropriate, or red flags such as objectification of women.

Still, screening procedures vary among departments, and even the most stringent standards only go so far.

“We’re hiring from the human race,” Martin said, “and once in a while, the human race is going to let us down.”

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In the predawn hours of June 18, 2014, J.L.’s report made its way to Oklahoma City sex crimes detective Kim Davis. By that afternoon, Miranda rights were being read to the suspect, an officer who had arrived out of the academy nearly three years earlier, a seemingly natural move for the son of a career policeman but one borne of deep disappointment.

Holtzclaw was a high school football star in Enid, Oklahoma, and a standout on a middling squad at Eastern Michigan University. He was a 6-foot-1, 246-pound leader to teammates who called him “Claw,” and constantly focused on his ultimate goal of the NFL.

“He trained that way. He talked that way,” said fellow linebacker Cortland Selman.

But the collegiate record for tackles Holtzclaw chased went unbroken, and the draft came and went.

He found traces of life on the field in his life on the beat, telling a reporter for his hometown paper that he enjoyed high-speed chases and once charged through two fences while pursuing a suspect on foot on a snow-slicked winter day. He hoped to eventually join the police gang squad.

The Oklahoma City Police Department said Holtzclaw had not received any prior discipline that resulted in a demotion or docked paycheck, but both the department and the state declined to release his full personnel record, citing state law making it confidential.

J.L.’s accusations made Davis and a fellow detective curious about an unsolved report filed five weeks earlier in which an unidentified officer was accused of stopping a woman and coercing her into oral sex.

According to pretrial testimony, the detectives reviewed the names of women Holtzclaw had come into contact with on his 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. shift and interviewed each one, saying they had a tip she may have been assaulted by an officer. Most said they had not been victimized but, among those who said they were, other links to Holtzclaw were found, Davis said in court. The GPS device on his patrol car put him at the scene of the alleged incidents, and department records showed he called in to check all but one of the women for warrants, the detective testified.

By the time the investigation concluded, the detectives had assembled a six-month narrative of alleged sex crimes they said started Dec. 20, 2013, with a woman taken into custody and hospitalized while high on angel dust. Dressed in a hospital gown, her right wrist handcuffed to the bedrail, the woman said Holtzclaw coerced her into performing oral sex, suggesting her cooperation would lead to dropped charges.

“I didn’t think that no one would believe me,” she testified at a pretrial hearing. “I feel like all police will work together.”

All told, Holtzclaw faces 36 counts including rape, sexual battery and forcible oral sodomy.

One additional accuser who came forward after Holtzclaw’s arrest later was charged with making a false report. Supporters of the former officer who congregate on social media express hope that others’ claims will be proven false, too, and friends wear T-shirts that say “Free the Claw.”

Earlier this year, while out on bond, Holtzclaw answered the door of his parents’ Enid home, saying of the allegations: “I’m not going to make any comment about it.” His attorney, Scott Adams, canceled an interview and did not respond to calls, emails and a letter.

Adams’ line of questioning at the pretrial hearing suggests he will raise doubts about the accusers’ credibility and portray investigators as having coaxed the women into saying they were attacked. Many of the women had struggled with drugs. Some had been prostitutes or have criminal records. Most lived in the same rundown swath of the city in sight of the state Capitol dome, and they all are women of color.

Many of their allegations are similar, with the women saying they were accused of hiding drugs, then told to lift their shirts or pull down their pants. Some claim to have been groped; others said they were forced into intercourse or oral sex.

The youngest accuser said Holtzclaw first approached her when she was with two friends who were arguing and he learned she had an outstanding warrant for trespassing. He let her go but found her again later that day, walking to her mother’s house. She said he offered her a ride and then followed her to the front porch, reminding her of her warrant, accusing her of hiding drugs and warning her not to make things more difficult than they needed to be. She claims he touched her breasts and slid his hand into her panties before pulling off her shorts and raping her.

When it was over, the teen said he told her he might be back to see her again.

“I didn’t know what to do,” she testified at the pretrial hearing. “Like, what am I going to do? Call the cops? He was a cop.”

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Victims of sexual violence at the hands of officers know the power their attackers have, and so the trauma can carry an especially crippling fear.

Jackie Simmons said she found it too daunting to bring her accusation to another police officer after being raped by a cop in 1998 while visiting Kansas for a wedding. So, like most victims of rape, she never filed a report. Her notions of good and evil challenged, she became enraged whenever she saw patrol cars marked “Protect and Serve.”

“You feel really powerless,” said Simmons, an elementary school principal in Bridgeport, Connecticut, who works with Pandora’s Project, a support group for rape survivors.

Diane Wetendorf, a retired counselor who started a support group in Chicago for victims of officers, said most of the women she counseled never reported their crimes — and many who did regretted it. She saw women whose homes came under surveillance and whose children were intimidated by police. Fellow officers, she said, refused to turn on one another when questioned.

“It starts with the officer denying the allegations — ‘she’s crazy,’ ’she’s lying,’” Wetendorf said. “And the other officers say they didn’t see anything, they didn’t hear anything.”

In its 2011 report, the IACP recommended that agencies institute policies specifically addressing sexual misconduct, saying “tolerance at any level will invite more of the same conduct.” The report also urged stringent screening of hires. But the agency does not know how widely such recommendations have been implemented.

John Firman, the IACP’s research director, said the organization also is encouraging its chiefs to hire more women and minorities as a way to improve the environment inside departments.

“What you want is a culture that’s dominated by a bunch of people that reflect the community,” he said.

Experts said it isn’t just threats of retaliation that deter victims from reporting the crimes, but also skepticism about the ability of officers and prosecutors to investigate their colleagues.

Milwaukee Police Officer Ladmarald Cates was sentenced to 24 years in prison in 2012 for raping a woman he was dispatched to help. Despite screaming “He raped me!” repeatedly to other officers present, she was accused of assaulting an officer and jailed for four days, her lawyer said. The district attorney, citing a lack of evidence, declined to prosecute Cates. Only after a federal investigation was he tried and convicted.

It’s a story that doesn’t surprise Penny Harrington, a former police chief in Portland, Oregon, who co-founded the National Center for Women in Policing and has served as an expert witness in officer misconduct cases. She said officers sometimes avoid charges or can beat a conviction because they are so steeped in the system.

“They knew the DAs. They knew the judges. They knew the safe houses. They knew how to testify in court. They knew how to make her look like a nut,” she said. “How are you going to get anything to happen when he’s part of the system and when he threatens you and when you know he has a gun and ... you know he can find you wherever you go?”

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Though initially out on bond, Holtzclaw has been jailed since July after letting the battery in his ankle monitor go dead.

While he and his attorneys have remained mostly silent on the accusations, he has offered glimpses of his life in online postings. A photo montage he shared showed him flexing his muscles, Eminem playing in the background. He wrote of God’s blessings and copied Bible verses, and offered photos of him cuddling his dog. He wrote that he had maintained faith, that winners overcome and cowards run. He portrayed himself as David fighting Goliath.

“Behind these eyes and this big heart is pain,” he wrote.

Most of Holtzclaw’s accusers also have stayed silent outside of court. Most did not respond to requests from the AP to speak or cited fear or a desire for privacy, but two did agree to interviews.

One woman alleges Holtzclaw coerced her into giving him oral sex. She cried as she spoke, sitting on a dirty couch in a rundown apartment where a blanket attached to the wall with thumbtacks blocked the sunlight. She talked of how afraid she was to go to police, of how images of her alleged attack haunt her. Enveloped in fear, she said she slipped further into drugs.

“I was getting high, but I wasn’t feeling,” she said. “I was too upset to feel anything.”

In the Oklahoma City neighborhood that prosecutors say served as Holtzclaw’s hunting ground, a narrow ribbon of road twists through a canyon of untended growth littered with black bags of stinking trash. Locals call the spot Dead Man’s Curve.

It’s here that Syrita Bowen contends Holtzclaw took her on May 21, 2014, and told her she could submit to oral sex and intercourse or go to jail. In an interview, she said she was convinced it was the cruel joke of some hidden-camera show until he insisted he was serious. She had been jailed many times before, and knew the math: a 15-minute ride downtown, two hours to be booked, up to a day of waiting to move to a cell, hearings drawn out over weeks or months.

She figured she could give him what he wanted in six minutes.

“God forgive me,” she said, “that was the easiest thing for me to do.”

Bowen agreed to have her name published, and initially she offered a steely front, contending no fear or sadness lingered from her alleged encounter with Holtzclaw. But, before long, tears flowed.

She has known poverty and addiction and imprisonment, and said she was repeatedly raped by a relative as a little girl. The violation she alleges now doesn’t even rank as the worst thing to ever happen to her. But she said she thinks about it daily. There are no nightmares, she said, but reminders come in other ways.

Patrol cars seem to pass more often than they did before. Sirens are more jarring. And when a man in uniform goes by, she wonders what might happen.

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Matt Sedensky, an AP national writer, can be reached at msedensky@ap.org or https://twitter.com/sedensky . Nomaan Merchant, a Dallas-based reporter, can be reached at nmerchant@ap.org or https://twitter.com/nomaanmerchant . AP National Writer Martha Irvine and data journalist Serdar Tumgoren contributed to this report.


http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2016/1/19/sexual-violence-the-brutality-that-police-chiefs-ignore.html

Officers who rape: The police brutality chiefs ignore
Scores of women are sexually assaulted by on-duty officers each month .Most departments are doing little to stop it
January 19, 2016 5:30AM ET


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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/true-crime/wp/2017/10/19/infant-and-young-child-among-the-more-than-80-victims-rescued-in-major-fbi-sex-trafficking-sweep/?utm_term=.33d0abc783dc

True Crime
Infant and her 5-year-old sister, allegedly on sale for $600, rescued in FBI sex trafficking sweep




How many policers officers arrested for rape are graduates of the FBI Academy in Quantico?


https://www.fitsnews.com/2017/10/24/exclusive-fbi-investigating-greenville-sheriff/

Exclusive: FBI Investigating Greenville SheriffPublished 13 hours ago on October 24, 2017 By FITSNews









http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2017/10/24/ex-detroit-deputy-chief-arraigned-corruption-scandal/106966456/


Detroit deputy chief arraigned in corruption scandal
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http://robertscribbler.com/2017/10/24/fire-danger-again-rises-across-california-number-of-structures-lost-in-n-california-blazes-increases-to-8400/


Fire Danger Again Rises Across California; Number of Structures Lost in N California Blazes Increases to 8,400
by robertscribbler
A California still reeling from the devastating impact of wildfires worsened by human-caused climate change just can't get a break.

An army of 5,000 firefighters presently remain engaged in attempting to contain the large fires that are now unarguably the most destructive in California history. As with the recently very extreme hurricanes, we are still tallying the damage estimates. And the results are pretty stark. 100,000 of our fellow Americans have been displaced. The loss of souls has risen to 42. In total, 8,400 structures including thousands of homes, have been burned to the ground.

Already, this disaster is yet another in the billion-dollar class of climate incidents. Now numbering 4 in just the past three months with total estimated losses from the fires ranging from 1 to 3 billion dollars. Unfortunately, this devastating toll is likely to climb as further tallies come in.

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— Bako.com (@Bakocom) October 23, 2017

(Hottest world series on record amid severe fire risk.)

Presently, the remaining fires still burning are between 79 and 97 percent contained -- according to the most recent report from the National Interagency Fire Center. However, temperatures rising into the upper 90s and lower to middle 100s across the state coupled with strong Santa Ana winds are again increasing fire risk across the state. An elevated fire hazard that expected to persist through Wednesday.

In Los Angeles, red flag parking restrictions have been put in place to enable emergency vehicles to rapidly navigate narrow streets in the event of a new fire start requiring rapid attention. And in the south, numerous small brush fires have already been reported. Thankfully, these have not risen to the rapidly expanding extent or intensity of the northern fires over the past couple of weeks. But concerns, given recent events, remain very high.



(Very hot fall temperatures, Santa Ana winds are again predicted across southern and western sections of California today. Image source: Earth Nullschool.)

Warming global temperatures in the range of 1 to 1.2 C above 1880s averages are now starting to have a profound impact on the hydrological cycle, storms, and related rates of precipitation and evaporation. In California, increasingly extreme weather in the form of more intense and rapidly forming heatwaves and droughts, and precipitation coming more as heavy rainfall events increases fire risk. This, together with the general impact of warming which moves climate zones faster than trees can follow or adapt and that increases the prevalence of harmful invasive species, has increased the incidence of large fires throughout the U.S. West.

We are now in a situation where fires can threaten entire cities (the devastating fire that forced the evacuation of Fort McMurray in Canada was finally declared extinguished during September of 2017 after burning for a year and three months) and where the total number of structures lost can rival the size of a town. This is a terrible impact and hazard for those living in the western and northwestern region. One that did not exist to the level or frequency we see today. And though other factors also contribute -- such as increasing encroachment of settlements on wooded areas -- the primary factor increasing fire intensity, size, and expanding the length of fire season is human-caused climate change.

The only way we can get a handle on this rising risk is to mitigate and remove the causes of climate change. And that involves switching the kinds of energy we use to non carbon emitting sources like solar and wind and reducing other harmful practices that emit carbon into our atmosphere.

Links:

Red Flag Parking Restrictions in Effect in LA

Fire Loss Surges to 8,400 Structures in Northern California

California Wildfire Damage Estimates Top $3 Billion

National Interagency Fire Center

Red Flag Warning: Southland Brush Fires

GISS Temperature Data

Devastating Fort McMurray Wildfire Declared out 15 Months Later

Earth Nullschool




https://whowhatwhy.org/2017/10/23/murder-john-kennedys-mistress-part-3/

OCTOBER 23, 2017 | PETER JANNEY
THE MURDER OF JOHN KENNEDY’S MISTRESS, PART 3
Excerpt from Mary’s Mosaic THIRD Edition, by Peter Janney

In Part 3 of this mystery, the case against the black laborer, Ray Crump, for the murder of Mary Pinchot Meyer continues to build, despite the lack of physical evidence, and despite the lack of an obvious motive. She was neither robbed nor raped.

To make matters worse for Crump, a new witness comes forward — William L. Mitchell, an Army lieutenant stationed at the Pentagon. He claimed that, shortly before the murder, he passed a “negro male” who was following the victim “about two hundred yards” behind her. His description of the man’s clothes matches what Crump had been wearing when arrested.

This clean-cut white man seemed like an ideal witness. At the time of the 1965 trial, a Washington Star reporter wrote that Mitchell, by then no longer on active duty with the Army, was now a mathematics instructor at Georgetown University,

But in subsequent chapters of the Peter Janney book — Mary’s Mosaic: The CIA Conspiracy to Murder John F. Kennedy, Mary Pinchot Meyer, and Their Vision for World Peace: Third Edition — the author reveals a number of things that are wrong with Mitchell’s story. And what Janney found out about the man himself is even more disturbing:

His address happens to have been that of a CIA safe house.

Georgetown University had no record of such a person.

In the 1960s, CIA operatives frequently used faculty positions at that university as covers.

“Any trail of Mitchell’s identity or subsequent whereabouts, however, appeared to have vaporized,” wrote Janney after spending years trying to locate him. The rest of the book vividly details his quest to find this man — and what happens when that day comes.

Mary’s Mosaic: The CIA Conspiracy to Murder John F. Kennedy, Mary Pinchot Meyer, and Their Vision for World Peace: Third Edition (Skyhorse Publishing, 2016). To see Part 1, go here; for Part 2, go here.

Below, we present the last of this three-part series.
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