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Houston: They all have a problem
By RICK CASEY Copyright 2009 Houston Chronicle
Feb. 7, 2009, 5:51PM

The whole nation is about to learn what Houston already knows through painful experience.

Crime labs far too often produce not science but science fiction.

A story in Thursday’s New York Times previewed a report expected later this month from the National Academy of Sciences.

In a bipartisan vote, Congress in 2005 commissioned the academy to study the nation’s forensic practices in the wake of a series of embarrassments.

The final straw involved the case of a Portland, Ore., attorney who was arrested by the FBI for involvement in a 2004 Madrid train bombing that killed 191 people. Spanish authorities had to work hard to get the FBI to admit that their fingerprint methodology was wrong.

The government paid the lawyer $2 million in compensation, proving empirically that bad science can be as expensive as good science.

According to the Times, people who have reviewed a draft of the academy’s report say it is “a sweeping critique of many forensic methods that the police and prosecutors rely on, including fingerprinting, firearms identification and analysis of bite marks, blood spatter, hair and handwriting.

The report says such analyses are often handled by poorly trained technicians who then exaggerate the accuracy of their methods in court.”
Budgetary stepchildren

The report, says the Times, “concludes that Congress should create a federal agency to guarantee the independence of the field, which has been dominated by law enforcement agencies.”

Law enforcement agencies, both police and prosecutors, necessarily develop very powerful cultures. Like any cultures, they have their strengths and weaknesses. But they most definitely are not scientific cultures.

Crime labs often are the budgetary stepchildren of a law enforcement agency — Exhibit A having been the Houston Police Lab — and they too often see police and prosecutors as their clients. True science has no clients.

Ironically, our awareness of the ineptitude of traditional police “science” is largely the result of the greatest advance in forensic science, DNA matching.

One of the studies considered by the academy panel examined the trial transcripts of 137 cases in which DNA showed that a suspect had been wrongly convicted.

According to Peter Neufeld, co-director of the Innocence Project, and University of Virginia Law professor Brandon Garrett, who conducted the study, in 60 percent of the cases false or misleading analysis was presented regarding such things as hair, blood, fingerprints, fiber or soil.

The study is scheduled to be published next month in the Virginia Law Review, but its findings in an amicus brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court were described by Justice Stephen Breyer as being “filled with horror stories” of erroneous conclusions by police labs.

The academy’s report is expected to cause quite a splash nationally, but will it provide an impetus for Texas to build a strong network of independent crime labs? A good sign is the emergence of three women in key positions who can push for reform:

• • Barbara Hervey, a judge on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, the state’s highest court for criminal matters, has spearheaded creation of a Texas Criminal Justice Integrity Unit to investigate a range of causes of wrongful convictions, including crime labs.

• • Dr. Sarah Kerrigan, who heads the forensic science program at Sam Houston State University’s College of Criminal Justice, is a strong proponent of independent crime labs. Trained at Scotland Yard’s lab, her most recent post was director of the State Laboratory in New Mexico, which was in the state’s health department.

• • Pat Lykos, the new Harris County district attorney, wants to replace the Houston Police Lab with a regional independent lab. She said she has talked with some county commissioners and the medical examiner and has received a favorable response. Speaking of the upcoming academy report, she said, “This is very exciting. It’s like all the stars are aligning to do something right.”

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Ann Coulter's father was a FBI  agent.
leonard gates voter fraud fbi

Leonard Gates was committing voter fraud for FBI  agents in Cincinnati  from 1978-1985.

Ann Coulter Under Investigation Again For Voter Fraud

February 9, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Conservative pundit Ann Coulter is under investigation by the Connecticut Elections Enforcement Commission for allegedly voting in that state while registered to vote in New York City, according to a New York Daily News report.

Officials are responding to a formal complaint filed by blogger Dan Borchers of Coulterwatch.com. “For over 10 years, Ann Coulter has gotten away with illegal, immoral and unethical behavior, ranging from plagiarism to defamation, perjury to voter fraud,” claims the conservative Borchers.

Coulter declined to comment, but in the past has branded Borchers a stalker. He says the FBI has determined he poses no threat.

Coulter was investigated of wrongdoing in 2006 for allegedly violating Florida’s voter registration laws by voting in the wrong precinct. She used to be registered in Connecticut. The 47-year-old author voted there in 2002 and 2004 via absentee ballot, claiming her parents’ New Canaan home as her residence. But property records indicate she was actually living in New York City.   Seems like those that want to silence Coulter of which there are many, are looking to use the old Al Capone tactic of getting her on a technicality.


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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

A Letter to President Barack Obama

by Michael C. Ruppert
click link for full story

FEB. 17, 2009, 11:00 PM PST

Dear Mr. President:

Today, as you signed your recovery package into law, you said that this was "the beginning of the end."

No shit!

The death and collapse of the U.S. and global economies has been inevitable for some time. The collapse of industrialized civilization cannot be prevented by any plan or scheme invented by any political party operating in the current economic paradigm. There are alternatives and options that can save hundreds of millions, if not billions, of lives, but they are outside the box that you think in. I and many others have foreseen and accurately predicted these events for years. We are known as the Peak Oil/Sustainability Movement. Because of our incredible accuracy in predicting events to this point, over decades, you might want to pay attention to what we and a growing number of honest business reporters are saying about what is coming next.

With all respect, when you said "beginning of the end" with that sincere smile, transmitting hope and confidence, it sent a shudder down my spine. All you are doing is buying time to prevent the collapse of totally dysfunctional marriage where the mother (the government) kills the children (us) to save her relationship with the father (the way money works). The time has come to admit to the people the catastrophic event horizon before us and all of humankind. I cannot believe that you do not see this. And, if you do see it, then what you said today was the biggest Hail Mary pass in American political history. Those, Mr. President, are words that will come back to haunt you and it scares me to think that you might be cynical enough to try and sell it to us.

Mr. President, what you said today was a "tell" of desperation. There are those who want to help you, who are eager to help you. But you must look at us and call us by our name. Otherwise it will not be long before one of two things happens. Either you and the government of the United States will be compelled to listen to us, or else the people will stop listening to you.

The President we need now is not Abraham Lincoln.

It is Thomas Jefferson.


Michael C. Ruppert

The Man Behind the Curtain Revealed

by Jenna Orkin

As we all lunge towards Wikipedia to figure out what it is about Thomas Jefferson that makes him such an apt mentor, I believe Mike's referring to two things:

1. Jefferson's emphasis on local rather than federal government. This is going to play out anyway in the coming years, whether TPTB like it or not.

2: His resistance to the establishment of a central bank that was not beholden to the people whose taxes maintained it. Hamilton won the argument by conceding that the bank would have to retain a gold reserve.

The rest, as they say, is history. As are we about to become, when the end President Obama mentioned we're at the beginning of, arrives in force.

But even as we players strut on the stage in the final act of whatever drama this is, it's gratifying at last to understand our role and to learn the name of the author.

Turns out, the drama's The Wizard of Oz.

First revealed by school teacher Henry Littlefield in 1964, and explicated superbly by Ellen Hodgson Brown in Web of Debt, the fable was written to protest the upcoming establishment of the Federal Reserve. Author Frank Baum did not trust gold which is in notoriously short supply; hence the failure of the yellow brick road to get Dorothy where she wanted to go. In the original story, the magic slippers that finally did the trick were silver.

The scarecrow represented farmers who felt intimidated by the city slickers setting up the Fed. The tin man represented factory workers. And the cowardly lion was William Jennings Bryant whom Baum was trying to enCourage [sic] to fight the good Populist fight.

So the wizard, as we always suspected, was the Alan Greenspan of his day. Fittingly, at the end, he goes off in a hot air balloon which is what Mr. Greenspan was always so full of.

Brown doesn't mention it, but I wonder if the tornado that got the story off the ground, so to speak, was a vortex of inflation or the crash of '07.

Perhaps all this was clear to audiences when the book was first published. Or perhaps, in the spirit of Baum's contemporaries, Messrs. Freud and Jung, the characters were simply intended to resonate with the archetypal Chairman of the Federal Reserve in the collective unconscious.

As for Oz, that stood for 'ounces.'

Top of the Agenda: US Troop Boost in Afghanistan
Just in time for the unemployment crisis. Note the article further down: Mysterious Attack on presidential palace in Equatorial Guinea.
Over-exposed to Emerging Europe
"It is quite likely that the emerging-markets exposure of European banks exceeds even that of US lenders to Alt-A [Alternative-A] and sub-prime loans."

"I don't think that the EU will let any of these big banks fail," Deuber says. But if they do have to recapitalise their subsidiaries with sizable amounts, he continues, they and their governments will regard those new EU members such as Poland and the Czech Republic as more like core markets, while those countries less integrated with the EU and worse hit by the crisis, such as Ukraine, could be let go.
Crisis Tops G7 Agenda

European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet said the ECB had not drawn any particular conclusions after discussions with other central banks.
"I have said that I did not exclude additional non-standard action, but no decision has been taken yet on top of the non-standard action we have already decided to do and we will see," he said on Saturday.

Why does that language sound so familiar? Oh yes: That's how Gideon Gono used to describe his actions as Finance Minister of Zimbabwe.
Despite Obama Pledge, Justice Defends Bush Secrets
JP Morgan Launches Gold-Linked CDs
"The payout will... be around 30%." In other words, they're capping it.
JP Morgan Sees $6.4 Billion Capital Shortfall at Deutschebank
Russia's State Arms Exporter has $20 Billion in Foreign Orders

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Plea delayed in release of Grand Jury documents

By TERRY VAU DELL - Staff Writer

OROVILLE -- While it may have taken months to get a state budget passed, a court arraignment for a former Butte County grand juror charged with leaking confidential documents was done Friday before the court calendar was even called.

The attorney for Georgie Szendrey said a prosecutor from the California Attorney General's Office agreed to delay a plea in the case until April to allow the defense time to fully examine some 150 pages of investigative documents.

State prosecutors have declined to comment on the case, which is believed to stem from information Szendrey allegedly provided to a defense attorney and the Enterprise-Record surrounding a Grand Jury investigation she conducted in 2007 into an excessive force complaint against two Paradise police officers.

Szendrey was charged by the state attorney general earlier this month with a misdemeanor count of improper disclosure of Grand Jury information, which could carry up to one year in jail.

On Friday, attorneys in the case appeared at a "clerk's arraignment" — an informal proceeding outside the presence of a judge, 15 minutes before the scheduled 8:30 a.m. hearing.

Szendrey's attorney, Michael Harvey of Oroville, said that because she is charged with only a misdemeanor, he appeared in her absence.

Harvey said Deputy Attorney General Barton Bowers had also arrived early at the court Friday morning and agreed to continue the arraignment until April 9.

According to Harvey, the criminal complaint


alleges improper disclosure of Grand Jury information between Feb. 7 and March 6 of 2008.

However, he said he won't know the basis for the allegations until he examines the inch-thick sheaf of investigative reports the prosecutor turned over to him Friday.

The case came to light in the spring of 2008, when a Chico attorney included a copy of confidential Grand Jury documents in a motion seeking to unseal the personnel file of veteran Paradise police officer Robert Pickering on behalf of Max Justin Schumacher, 30, who at the time was accused of threatening the officer and resisting arrest on a public intoxication charge.

At his trial, Schumacher claimed the officer stopped his vehicle on a dark road near the county jail, pulled him from the back seat and threw him to the pavement while he was still handcuffed.

Pickering testified that after threatening to kill him and members of his family, the intoxicated man had tried to shoulder past him when he stopped the patrol car to see if Schumacher had injured himself banging his head inside the patrol car. 

In the pretrial motion seeking the names of people who had filed excessive force complaints against the arresting officer, Schumacher's attorney, Kevin Sears, included written findings by the ex-grand juror and transcripts from a videotape of a violent arrest of an underage drunken driving suspect, Justin Baltierra, by Pickering and a second ridge officer, Timothy Cooper, in December 2006.

In her unpublished written opinion, which Szendrey said she turned over to Baltierra's attorney Denny Forland after her term on the grand jury ended, she determined that the two ridge officers had failed to inform the drunken driver he was under arrest before tackling him to the pavement, as a neighbor videotaped the arrest.

After reviewing the officer's personnel file in chambers, Butte County Superior Court Judge Sandra McLean ordered the names of three people who had brought excessive force complaints against Pickering in the last two years to be turned over to Schumacher's lawyer, over objections by the town's attorney.

Schumacher's jury was shown the Baltierra arrest tape prior to acquitting him of all charges. 

Last year, the FBI in Sacramento reportedly cleared both Pickering and Cooper of excessive force complaints lodged against them by Baltierra, Schumacher and a third man, Harold Funk, 51, also of Paradise. 

Funk, who claimed his elbow was dislocated by the same two officers after they pursued him into a public lavatory in February 2007, was acquitted last month by a separate jury of a misdemeanor resisting arrest charge. 

The case against the former grand juror was referred to the state Attorney General's Office because Szendrey's husband, Ed Szendrey, is a retired chief investigator for the Butte County District Attorney's Office.

Outside of court Friday, he said that given the recent acquittals in the resisting arrest cases, "my own confusion is why all this effort is being made to prosecute my wife, when nothing has been done about the officers and their conduct."


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Re: FBI Watch

                Oakland Cop: Ignorant or Arrogant?

March 6, 2009


Oakland police Sergeant Derwin Longmire affirmed his friendship with Yusuf Bey IV, the likely mastermind in the assassination of journalist Chauncey Bailey, during two phone calls last year while Bey IV was behind bars. At the time, Longmire was the lead investigator in the Bailey murder case, while Bey IV was in jail on unrelated charges of kidnapping and torture. As is standard practice, the phone calls were taped by guards at Santa Rita Jail, where Bey IV was being housed. Longmire may have been ignorant of that fact, but as a veteran cop, he likely knew the conversations were being taped and believed his fellow cops -- and superiors -- wouldn't care.

The revelations about the phone calls came in an exclusive today in the San Francisco Chronicle by reporter Jaxon Van Derbeken, who has consistently been out front on the Bailey murder case and was the first to report Longmire and Bey IV's long relationship. The report also came on the heals of explosive stories yesterday by Van Derbeken and by Thomas Peele of the Chauncey Bailey Project, revealing that Bey IV had allegedly bragged that Longmire would protect him from murder charges because he had supplied the homicide detective with girls for sexual favors. The stories also reported that Bey IV allegedly bragged about ordering Bailey's assassination.

In today's story, Van Derbeken reports obtaining the actual recordings of the phone conversations between Longmire and Bey IV last year. The tapes revealed for the first time Longmire himself acknowledging his relationship with Bey IV. Previous news reports had focused on Bey IV bragging about his freindship with Longmire and saying that the Oakland cop had protected him from being charged with murder. If Longmire knew the calls were being taped, it was a brazen example of a rogue Oakland cop obviously not concerned about how it would look that he was talking about his friendship with the man who is believed to behind the murder of Bailey -- at a time when he was the lead investigator in the case.

It turns out that Longmire had little to worry about. That's because his superiors, including current acting Police Chief Howard Jordan, repeatedly defended Longmire in the press, saying he did nothing wrong even though he had an obvious conflict of interest in the Baliey murder case. It's highly unusual for a cop to be allowed to investigate a crime when he's friends with the prime suspect. Both Van Derbeken and Peele also have previously reported that Oakland police brass knew that Longmire had intervened on Bey IV's behalf in the torture and kidnapping case, yet still allowed him to direct the Bailey murder investigation.

At the time of Bailey's death, Bey IV was the CEO of Your Black Muslim Bakery. It has since closed after going bankrupt. Longmire wasn't transferred off the Bailey murder case until late last fall, after numerous stories from Peele and Van Derbeken showed how badly he had screwed up the case, prompting political pressure inside Oakland City Hall. Longmire, who was demoted to the patrol unit, is under investigation by the department's internal affairs division, the state Attorney General's Office, and the FBI.

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Kris Wernowsky
March 9, 2009

A former Okaloosa County sheriff facing corruption charges appeared in federal court in Pensacola this morning.

Charlie Morris, 59, faces charges of fraud, theft and money laundering in a financial scheme that federal investigators said included his finance director, Teresa Adams.

Morris, who has been sheriff in Okaloosa County since 1996, said little during the hearing.

Morris had planned to hire a private attorney, but said in court that he can’t afford one because he has “no liquid finances at all” and his home is “totally encumbered.”

U.S. Magistrate Judge Miles Davis appointed the U.S. Public Defender’s Office to represent Morris.

Davis imposed several conditions on Morris, who will remain free from federal custody. Among those conditions, Morris is not allowed to possess firearms or a passport.

Morris said he had surrendered his guns and that he has thrown his passport in the trash.

The case now goes to a grand jury, which will recommend what charges Morris and Adams should face.

U.S. Public Defender Randall Lockhart, who appeared at Morris’ side Monday, refused to comment as he left the courthouse.

Morris, too, refused to speak with the host of television and print reporters gathered outside the Palafox Street courthouse.

Morris was arrested on Feb. 27 while vacationing in Las Vegas.

Adams was arrested the same day. She has a preliminary hearing March 16. Assistant U.S. Attorney Randall Hensel said Monday that she might waive her right to the hearing.

A federal criminal complaint says that Morris and Adams deposited money in the bank accounts of Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office employees and asked for part of the money back, claiming it was going to various charities.

Gov. Charlie Crist removed Morris from office the morning of his arrest and appointed Ed Spooner as interim sheriff.

State Attorney Bill Eddins announced last week that his office launched a state-level investigation into Morris.

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Pssssst. Mr and Mrs Primary Consumer, otherwise known as voter and taxpayer, otherwise known as primary funder of the criminal-justice system.
Today we talk about the electronic cesspools you fund call prisons.
Designed to warehouse people and produce more vicious and competent criminals. "What does it cost you?" , yeh like you really care about how the criminal-justice system spends your tax dime.
Your tax funded electronic cesspools called prisons cost you over $35,000 to house 1 person in a cell for one year. It is more expensive if it is a juvenile offender.
You can send a criminal to Harvard for 1 year at these prices.
What do you get in return for your tax dime, you ask?
The people running these schools of crime will guarantee you that 7 out of 10 people will return back to prison once they are released.
That is called a recidivism rate and it has as much meaning as the FBI's Uniform Crap reports.
The recidivism rate does not tell you anything about how many crimes are committed by people once they are released from prison.
It only tells you if they are caught  committing 1 crime.
A person could commit 30 crimes before getting caught.
But you come to expect that once you understand the tremendous contamination that takes place in prison.
Look at any prison population and you will see inmates surrounded by other inmates who are role models for each other.The typical inmates way of coping with stress when they were out on the streets was to rob, rape plunder and pillage. These stress coping mechanisms are what they pass on to each other when locked up 24/7 years at a time.
But hey, Mr and Mrs Primary Consumer of the criminal justice system.
You only have to make sure you pay your taxes and fund these electronic cesspools. You don't own the system do you?
Did I forget to mention the police costs, court costs, and welfare costs to maintain their families while they are in prison? You see
that is not part of the $35,000.00 figure I quoted above.
But they do come out more vicious and competent criminals.

    for the uneducated and the uneducable
Wednesday, March 11, 2009    


Angela Davis    
Angela Davis visits St. Cloud
by Charles Hallman
Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder

Activist, author questioned need for prisons in St. Cloud State speech

The U.S. prison system, in its present state, must be abolished, says University of California-Santa Cruz Professor Emeritus Angela Davis.

Davis, a longtime prison reform advocate, spoke March 4 at St. Cloud State University’s (SCSU) Ritsche Auditorium. She cited a Pew Research Center report on prisons released earlier this month:

“One in every 37 adults in this country is either behind bars or under the direct control of the corrections system — on parole or on probation. Here in Minnesota, it’s one out of every 26 adults. In terms of the entire country, that means 7.3 million people are under the control of the correction system,” Davis said.

She sees prisons as “structural racism,” believing that the current U.S. justice system is “based on revenge” and current prisoner rehabilitation methods are not working.

“We have so many people behind bars because of the racialization that enables criminalization,” Davis noted. “We have huge communities criminalized largely because they are under surveillance — those that are subject to greater surveillance are those communities that produce more prisoners.

“And in communities that aren’t subject to that type of surveillance, people can do all type of things without getting caught, like [Bernard] Madoff. He stole millions of dollars, and now all they are talking about is whether he will be able to keep his house.”

The U.S. prison population continues to rise, especially among Black men and women, continued Davis, adding that a “national discussion on what we need to do to solve this problem” is badly needed. “Have you heard [President] Obama or anybody in the government talk about this?” she asked the over-capacity crowd.

“I don’t want to replace the prison system with something else,” she pointed out, adding that “a purposeful commitment to fix the educational system” would be better.

Sponsored by several campus organizations, the professor, activist and author of five books, including her Are Prisons Obsolete? (Seven Stories Press, 2003), first came into national prominence in 1969. The FBI later named Davis to their 10 Most Wanted list in 1970 after a gun registered in her name was used in an attempted prison escape; she eventually was jailed for 16 months before finally being acquitted of all charges in 1972.

“Freedom means not the abstract ability to do whatever one pleases or not, that is the opposite of being behind bars,” she explained, “but as the access to resources and materials that make it possible to fashion lives, communities and futures. Rights always have been guaranteed for some, but it has been the result of struggle for others.

“For some, rights and liberties have been linked to the status quo. For others, it has been linked to radical, revolutionary challenges to the status quo.”

As a featured speaker of the SCSU’s Women’s History Month activities in March, Davis pointed out, “Women’s history always has been about struggles and movements for change that transformed collective lives,” adding that women of color historically had a lot to do with feminism.

She supports President Obama, but not just because he is Black. “I actually was more interested in the politics of the person,” Davis disclosed. “It’s not about who you are, but what you are willing to do.

“If Hillary [Clinton] had had a better political position on certain issues, I would have supported her. If there have been a White male candidate who would have been more progressive and radical, I would have gone with him.”

Davis warned the audience not to see the president as a one-man problem solver. “Obama is not a Messiah,” she duly pointed out. “Racism has not ended because one Black man and one Black family [is] in the White House.”

On the importance of community activism, Davis said, “Everybody who believes in justice and equality must participate in the Movement. What have kept me [involved] are the communities I am associated with. The strength I need comes from other people.”

After her speech, Davis told the MSR, “I don’t see [problems with the prison system] as a separate issue — it is connected with everything else. So, I can’t say that I want [President Obama] to address that more than seeing him address education or health, because they all intertwine.”

SCSU President Earl Potter told the student audience as he introduced Davis that she is “an agent of change…an icon of activism.” After her talk, he said, “She is a wonderful role model for our students.”

Many stayed after Davis’ speech and chatted with her, getting her autograph and posing for pictures. “I thought it was a great thing to have Angela Davis come out here,” said business management junior Jerry Daye of Apple Valley.
Junior Davidlyn Moore hoped that Davis’s visit would help in SCSU’s continuing diversity issues and solutions. “She is an influential woman,” said freshman Charlyn Logan of Davis.

Of her first visit to St. Cloud since 1980, Davis said, “I enjoyed spending time with students, faculty and community people.” The professor suggested that the basic point of her speech was simple: “We should be excited about ourselves and what we are capable of doing. I think that is the real message.”


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Living in U.S., rejecting its laws, targeted as terrorists

Tiffany Brown

Meetings of the Sovereign People’s Court for the United States of America were held in this back room of a printing business until the FBI raided it last week.

By Jeff German

Sun, Mar 15, 2009 (2 a.m.)
Sun Archives

* Anti-government group members arrested for money laundering (3-6-2009)
* Four arrested in Las Vegas on federal charges (3-5-09)

Sun coverage

* Coverage of Las Vegas area crimes

In the back room of a small print shop in the shadow of the Orleans Arena stands a judicial bench next to a U.S. flag.

A large poster of the Ten Commandments hangs on one side of the room, and leaning up against another wall is a blown-up copy of a 1907 speech by President Theodore Roosevelt, touting the merits of a sovereign United States.

A set of the Nevada Revised Statutes and other legal books are lined up in a nearby bookcase. And in a box on the floor are videotape versions of “The Federal Mafia,” imprisoned tax protest leader Irwin Schiff’s book, the sale of which was banned in 2003 by a Las Vegas federal judge.

For the past couple of years, the back room of Sami V’s Signs has been home to the “Sovereign People’s Court for the United States,” the main local gathering place for the sovereign citizens movement. Nationwide, tens of thousands of Americans have declared themselves sovereign citizens, above the government’s jurisdiction and not obligated to pay taxes.

The sovereign citizens movement, which has its roots in the notorious anti-tax group Posse Comitatus of the 1970s, has been rising in popularity the past couple of years, fueled in part by the declining economy.

“One of the major groups they appeal to are the financially desperate, who are looking for somebody to blame for their troubles,” said Mark Pitcavage, the national director of investigative research for the Anti-Defamation League, which monitors extremist groups in the country. “This is a movement that believes our government is illegitimate, a movement that is ingenious at creating frauds and scams.”

The chair-filled back room of Sami V’s is well-known to FBI agents and other members of the Southern Nevada Joint Terrorism Task Force, who had infiltrated the group for three years, frequently attending seminars and moot courts aimed at teaching followers how to declare their “sovereignty” and how to attempt to get out of their financial obligations. Attendees contribute donations to pay for the lessons.

Since 2006, a steady stream of followers from across the country, as many as 120 at a time, has been showing up for Sovereign People’s Court activities, prompting Terrorism Task Force investigators to declare Las Vegas a major gathering place for the movement in the West.

Federal agents executed search warrants and seized records at Sami V’s on March 5 as part of a raid in three states on the local organization. The raids resulted in the arrests of four people, including two of the national movement’s leading ideologues, on various money laundering, tax and weapons charges.

In sworn affidavits, Terrorism Task Force members described the movement as having “an extreme anti-government ideology embedded in conspiracy theories, inaccurate history and irrational interpretations of the law.”

Samuela Villafana, the owner of Sami V’s and the record keeper for the Sovereign People’s Court, doesn’t share that opinion.

In an interview last week, Villafana, who was not arrested in the raid, insisted that the only thing taught in the back room of her print shop were lessons on U.S. history and the Bible and about how the government has gone awry.

Samuel Davis, a national leader who taught some of the seminars, agreed.

“We’re basically a group of people who have all been disaffected in some way,” said Davis, 54, who was arrested on money laundering charges in the March 5 raid. “We’re not malcontents. We’re not out there advocating that people not pay their taxes ... We talk about the problems in the world and how we deal with them in the simplest, most efficient and economic way.”

Villafana said her life was turned upside down when about two dozen heavily armed agents raided her print shop and hauled away not only records of the Sovereign People’s Court, but also some of her business records. She said her landlord is evicting her at the end of the month, and she no longer plans to host the people’s court. Seminars scheduled for March 21 and 22 have been canceled, she said.

The Sovereign People’s Court, Villafana said, is being targeted because of its anti-tax ideology, as Americans prepare to file their tax returns.

“We interpret the IRS laws to read differently than (the government) interprets the IRS laws, and it’s time to scare the public into getting back in line and doing what they’re told,” Villafana said.

But FBI Supervisor Rod Swanson, who runs the Joint Terrorism Task Force, said the three-year undercover investigation was not about intruding upon the First Amendment rights of the organization.

“As soon as they cross the line and commit criminal acts, that becomes of interest to the FBI and the Task Force,” Swanson said.

He described the movement’s leaders as “greedy people” who are in it “to make money for themselves.”

The Southern Nevada investigation is continuing, as Task Force members pore over records seized in the raid and pursue new leads linking other people, some of whom may be tied to those arrested, to criminal activity, Swanson said.

“These arrests were just the first phase of this investigation,” he said.

Sovereign citizens believe that U.S. currency is invalid, and they cite that belief as justification for their use of other forms of fictitious financial instruments, such as fraudulent money orders and personal checks to pay their debts, the Task Force affidavits said.

On its Web site, the Sovereign People’s Court offers a dozen “writs,” affidavits and other documents that can be downloaded by followers to help them declare their sovereignty. Some of the documents appear to be designed to frustrate government agencies.

One of the documents is a 14-page instruction packet, guiding a follower through the self-declaration process.

“You are about to stand in line with those who stood for the freedom upon which this nation was founded,” the instruction packet says. “Today, as they did yesterday, we stand against an evil so pervasive that it sometimes leaves many of us feeling all alone. We are not alone! This is why we must share our knowledge with other Americans, including making every attempt to educate our public servants and police.”

The federal affidavits, however, alleged that the Sovereign People’s Court had other motives.

Members, the affidavits alleged, were taught the national staple of the movement — how to pull off a “redemption scheme,” which Task Force investigators described as a “white-collar criminal scam.” A redemption scheme is an attempt to pay off credit card companies, mortgage lenders, banks and other creditors, including the IRS, using phony documents and monetary instruments.

Redemption schemes are based on the false belief that when the government stopped backing American currency with gold in 1933, it was forced to secretly declare bankruptcy, invalidating all federal reserve notes, Task Force members alleged. To avoid defaulting on its existing loans, the government supposedly was forced to use its own citizens as collateral for the bonds it issued. As a result, the government established secret $1 million accounts for all Americans at birth. Sovereign citizens bombard creditors, state officials and the U.S. Treasury Department with a collection of documents aimed at gaining access to that secret money.

The creditors have refused to forgive the debts, the affidavits said.

This turns the movement’s followers into victims of its teachings, according to Andrew Romagnuolo, a North Carolina FBI agent brought here to work with the Joint Terrorism Task Force.

“People are true believers. They want to get out of their financial troubles,” said Romagnuolo, who investigated sovereign citizens in North Carolina. “But that doesn’t happen in these cases.”

Sovereign citizens also practice what the Anti-Defamation League and authorities call “paper terrorism” — the filing of phony legal documents, frivolous lawsuits and liens to harass and intimidate government officials, including those who might be investigating them. This sometimes has the effect of tying up a court case or a legal action against a member of the movement.

In other parts of the county, authorities have documented cases of violence involving members of the movement over the years. The most notorious sovereign citizen member is convicted Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols.

“They are particularly dangerous in spontaneous incidents when confronted by a law enforcement officer, like being stopped for speeding or being visited by an officer,” the ADL’s Pitcavage said.

None of the four men arrested in Las Vegas, however, was charged with violent crimes. One of the defendants, Jan Alan Lindsey, 66, of Henderson, is a former longtime FBI agent charged with simple tax evasion. And none of the four men even has a criminal record.

A federal magistrate ordered them all released on their own recognizance with some travel restrictions while they fight the charges.

One of the defendants, Harold Call, 67, of Las Vegas, was charged with several counts related to possession of an unregistered machine gun. During Call’s initial appearance in federal court, Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Johnson said Call appeared to be preparing for a siege at his home. In a hidden crawl space, he was storing hand grenades, several rifles, a gas mask, night vision goggles and a stockpile of food. He also had a video camera and monitor in a space above his garage, and suggested to a government informant that he had the urge to kill someone every time he talked to the IRS, Johnson said.

Call is regarded as a leader of another local sovereign citizen organization, the Nevada Lawmen Group for Public Awareness.

The other two defendants — Davis of Council, Idaho, and Shawn Rice, 46, of Seligman, Ariz. — are considered prominent members of the national movement. Davis and Rice were charged with laundering money for undercover FBI agents, some of which allegedly went through religious organizations run by Rice, who says he’s an ordained rabbi with a law degree.

Both Davis and Rice, who plan to defend themselves, denied wrongdoing and said they were entrapped by undercover agents.

Davis said “there is no money,” so he’s been charged with committing a crime “that’s a legal impossibility.

“You can’t launder something that doesn’t exist,” he said.

Rice said the case against him is a “textbook entrapment case.”

“As I understand it, laundering requires a predicate criminal act,” he said. “In this case, there is none. I had a written contract.”

Rice said he drew up the contract in September with a man he later learned was an undercover FBI agent, spelling out the terms of the transactions.

He e-mailed the Sun an unsigned copy of the four-page agreement, which says he entered into it to provide funding for “high technology-based Amish-type communities” to teach the torah.

The contract lists three options for “moving the money,” one of which included moving $50,000 to $100,000 at a time into an Arizona bank through Rice’s religious accounts. Another option was to move up to $100 million to an offshore bank account.

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Sheriff Arpaio Has ‘No Intention’ of Testifying Before Conyers Committee on Alleged Immigration Enforcement Abuses
Monday, March 16, 2009
By Nicholas Ballasy, Video Reporter

Joe Arpaio, sheriff of Maricopa County in Arizona. (AP Photo)
(CNSNews.com) –  House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers (D-Mich.) told CNSNews.com he is going to invite Maricopa County (Ariz.) Sheriff Joe Arpaio to testify in his committee about alleged abuses by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office in its enforcement of U.S. immigration laws. But a spokeswoman for Arpaio told CNSNews.com that the sheriff -- who has not yet received an official invitation to testify -- currently has “no intention” of appearing before Conyers’ committee.
The spokeswoman said, however, that Arpaio “welcomes” a Justice Department investigation into the way his sheriff’s office has handled enforcement of federal immigration laws.
As CNSNews.com reported last week, Acting Assistant Atty. Gen. Loretta King sent a letter to Sheriff Arpaio on March 10 informing him that the Justice Department was initiating an investigation of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO).
The investigation, King wrote, will “focus on alleged patterns or practices of discriminatory police practices and unconstitutional searches and seizures conducted by the MCSO, and on allegations of national origin discrimination, including failure to provide meaningful access to MCSO services for limited English proficient (LEP) individuals.”
The announcement of the Justice Department investigation followed a Feb. 12 letter that Conyers sent to Atty. Gen. Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano requesting an investigation of Arpaio and the MCSO.
Conyers was joined in signing that letter by three other members of the House Judiciary Committee: Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), the chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Immigration; Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), chairman of the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Rights; and Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.), chairman of the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security.
“Specifically, we would like to know what actions your Department will take to ensure that Hispanic residents of Maricopa County are not subjected to racial profiling, unequal treatment at the hands of Sheriff’s Department personnel, or violations of generally accepted standards of confinement,” the congressmen said in their letter to Holder and Napolitano.
CNSNews.com spoke with Conyers after a Capitol Hill press conference last Wednesday, where he had been joined by representatives of ACORN, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, and other activists groups.  The press conference had been called so the groups could present a petition carrying 35,000 signatures that called on the Justice Department and Homeland Security to investigate Sheriff Arpaio for alleged civil rights abuses.
When asked if he had been briefed on specific evidence of racial profiling by MCSO, Conyers said: “No, no I haven’t been briefed on it. We are getting ready to hold a hearing on it.”
When asked if he specifically knows whether Arpaio has done racial profiling, Conyers said, “Look, we are going to invite him to be a witness so we can clear up all the ambiguities in the world, and we’d like you to be there too."

The director of media relations for the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, Lisa Allen, told CNSNews.com that Sheriff Arpaio has “no intention” of testifying in Conyers’ committee.
“He has no intention of going to Washington at this point," said Allen, when asked by CNSNews.com about Conyers' desire to have Arpaio testify.
“We are not surprised by the initiation of hearings and so forth,” said Allen. “We knew when the administration in Washington changed, the likelihood of getting a much more sympathetic ear to a lot of these open-border activists would probably occur. We are not at all concerned about the hearings or about the Department of Justice investigation. We are confident that we are not racially profiling. We have trained and are cognizant of that type of criticism being levied against us all the time,” she said.
“We guard against any type of racial profiling either in the jails or on patrol in our human smuggling operations,” she said. “So, Mr. Conyers, we believe, is politically motivated by some of his Democratic, left-wing constituents, to kind of go after Sheriff Arpaio who is kind of the poster boy for the tough illegal immigration fight.”
“We don’t believe Mr. Conyers is particularly well-informed,” said Allen.

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), the ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee, said he is worried that Conyers’ intended hearing is an attempt to discourage enforcement of the immigration law.
 "Some Democrats seem to have forgotten that in America, you're innocent until proven guilty,” Smith told CNSNews.com in a statement. “I’m concerned that this hearing is an attempt to intimidate other law enforcement officials and discourage immigration enforcement. Democrats need to stop trying people in the court of public opinion--where there is no evidence--and let the Justice Department do its job without political interference."

When asked if there’s anything wrong with Sheriff Arpaio enforcing the immigration laws under authority provided by the federal government, Rep. Nadler said: “Well, I’m not sure there’s anything wrong with enforcing the law under federal authority, but there’s a lot wrong with--in the name of enforcing the law--engaging in racial profiling, grabbing people without due process, without warrants and mistreating them.” 

“I mean it’s exactly what the law prohibits. Section 1983 of the federal law prohibits anyone acting under color of law, depriving people of civil rights, and this guy seems to be doing that also,” said Nadler.

When Conyers was asked whether there was anything wrong with a local sheriff enforcing immigration laws under federal authority, he said: “Well, racial profiling is not legal even from a sheriff. We have laws against racial profiling. That’s the problem. You can’t harass people because you want to use race or language or appearance as a basis for enforcing the law, in my mind.”
In her letter to Sheriff Arpaio, Acting Assistant Att. Gen,King said: “We have not reached any conclusions about the subject matter of the investigation. We believe that you and other Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) officials want to operate the MCSO consistent with the requirements of the Constitutional and Federal Law.”

“During the course of the investigation,” she said, “we will consider all relevant information, particularly the efforts the MCSO has undertaken to ensure compliance with federal law.”
The media relations office for the Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee declined to comment on this story.

Transcript of CNSNews.com interview with Judiciary Chairman John Conyers:

Nick Ballasy, CNSNews.com: What is wrong with the sheriff enforcing the law under federal authority?

Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.):  Well, racial profiling is not legal even from a sheriff.  We have laws against racial profiling. That’s the problem. You can’t harass people because you want to use race or language or appearance as a basis for enforcing the law in my mind.

Ballasy: Were you briefed on the specific evidence that he is indeed racial profiling?

Conyers: No, no I haven’t been briefed on it. We are getting ready to hold a hearing on it.

Ballasy: So, you’re just investigating it? We don’t know specifically whether he is or not?

Conyers: Look, we are going to invite him to be a witness so we can clear up all the ambiguities in the world, and we’d like you to be there too.

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South-Side Pursuit Ends In Police-Involved Shooting

Police: SUV Driver Refused To Comply With Officers' Orders

POSTED: 6:03 am EDT March 15, 2009
UPDATED: 7:05 am EDT March 16, 2009

A man is dead after a police-involved shooting and pursuit on Pittsburgh's South Side early Sunday morning.
Glass lay strewn across 13th Street where police shot at an SUV driver in Pittsburgh's South Side.
The Allegheny Couny Medical Examiner's Office identified the man as Nicholas Haniotakis, 33, of the South Side, saying he died from multiple gunshot wounds to the chest and extremities.Pittsburgh police and a state trooper working on a roving driving under the influence patrol said they observed a white 2000 Oldsmobile Bravada sport utility vehicle traveling south in the wrong lane on 13th and East Carson streets without its headlights on around 1:30 a.m.According to a Pittsburgh police statement, the SUV reached the intersection, stopped and repeatedly lurched forward, nearly broadsiding the police car."When officers activated their emergency lights, the driver put the vehicle in reverse and backed down 13th Street at a high rate of speed," Pittsburgh Police Chief Nate Harper said.The SUV ultimately crashed into a parked car at Wharton and 22nd streets, where, police said, Haniotakis refused to comply with the officers' orders and the officers fired an unknown number of shots into the SUV. Police said Haniotakis backed up again before sharply turning the SUV toward an officer, at which time several more shots were fired.Haniotakis drove off and crashed into a telephone pole and parked cars at Sarah and 22nd streets."There was a race of an engine, and that's when I looked at it. Then, the white truck came racing up and then smashed into the pole," said James Lippencott, a witness.Paramedics transported Haniotakis to UPMC Mercy, where he was pronounced dead shortly after 2 a.m."They was asking him a couple times, 'Get out of the car, step out of the car.' They wouldn't go towards the car. They stayed back a little bit because they probably thought he had a gun," said Richard Bruno, a witness."With the whole volume of safety vehicles, we didn't know what exactly was happening. So, we were just really curious," said Taite Hopwood, a witness.Haniotakis had a similar run-in with the law in 2005 when he was involved in a chase in Mount Oliver after hitting a police officer with his car, records indicate. The car crashed into a cement barrier, and Haniotakis ran off.Police arrested Haniotakis, who pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated assault and was sentenced to 11½ to 23 months in jail.Prosecutors, Pittsburgh police and state police continued to investigate Sunday.No one answered the door at Haniotakis' listed South Side Slopes residence, and neighbors declined to comment.Channel 4 Action News' Amber Nicotra reported the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's office said Haniotakis died from multiple gunshot wounds.The shooting remains under investigation by both the Pittsburgh police department and the District Attorney's office.
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Enhanced Security: Whatever happened to the SSSS and the Terrorist Watch List?

Global Research, March 22, 2009

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I reported on July 15, 2008 that the terrorist watch list reached 1,000,665 and growing, based on ACLU tally, and the government’s own reported numbers for the size of list.

The article also discussed the branding of boarding passes of decent and ordinary citizens, activists, journalists, authors, clergy, congressmen, and many others with the ominous sign of  “SSSS” “Selectee for enhanced security screening,” in order to create the illusion of safety and generating a bogus watch list that targets every American citizen.


Ironically, the new ACLU tally indicates that as of March 19, 2009 the watch list is still growing and has reached the 1,163,390 with no end in sight [1], at a growth rate of 24,000 people per month. Eventually, every American citizen will be on this list.


The Democratic congress has been complicit in this abusive process with the Bush administration and has done nothing in the last few years to dampen the misuse of this practice of unaccountable power.     

In 2009, a new beginning has commenced with the new Obama administration that has promised us reform, hope, equality, fairness, liberty, and justice for all. As a result, the Democratic congress with the support of the new president has continued the same policies of Bush.


However, under extreme public pressure to change the course of constitutional abuse, this treasonous and complicit congress that endorsed the contrived Iraq war and the war on terror, as well as the disembowelment of the constitution and the bill of rights, has passed a house bill on February 2009 H.R. 559, sponsored by Representative Yvette Clarke (D-NY) to give the impression of action that might cleanse them from their sins and from the continuous violation of the rights of the American public. The new bill requires the secretary of homeland security otherwise known as the Orwellian ministry of Love to create an Office of Appeals and Redress.

The American Civil Liberty Union headed by CFR member Anthony Romero, welcomed this development, but reiterated its call on Congress and the Obama administration to reexamine the nation’s approach to the watch list, because it remains fundamentally flawed.

The mockery in this charade is that the victims who were placed on this list wrongly, randomly, or on purpose to be silenced, harassed, and intimidated will have to carry on the burden of proof to the new Home Land Security Bureaucracy to exonerate themselves from the overreaching tentacles of big brother.

Meanwhile, TSA is continuing to implement their behavioral surveillance program that was launched in 2006, and has spread to every state and every airport. It is known as Screening Passengers by Observation Techniques (SPOT). The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) denounced the SPOT program in October of 2008 in an emailed statement to media discouraging the use of behavioral patterns as a predictive measure.

The TSA program trains screeners to become "behavior detection officers" who patrol terminals and checkpoints looking for travelers who act oddly or appear to answer questions suspiciously.

Critics say the number of arrests is small and indicates the program is flawed.                                 

"That's an awful lot of people being pulled aside and inconvenienced," said Carnegie Mellon scientist Stephen Fienberg, who studied the TSA program and other counterterrorism efforts. "I think it's a sham. We have no evidence it works." [2].



The “SPOT” and the “SSSS” continue to subsist in their dark path of abuse, humiliation, and control of passengers, while, Home Land Security and TSA resume their investment in these programs to justify their own bureaucratic existence, and to expand government control over the people.

So next time you are in the airport, make sure that you don’t have a panic attack, be warm and sweaty, or wear sunglasses, because you might be investigated and considered a terrorist.                       

Untrained TSA employees have become psychological Gurus who can read your intentions and your thoughts.                                                                                                                               

TSA also known as the Orwellian thought police will analyze and observe behaviors and act accordingly. Behavior analysis will continue to target specific groups. In Newspeak terms, the behavioral analysis of passengers is another expression for racial and cultural profiling.  


Finally, I wonder if it is feasible for president Obama to truly govern a nation that is immersed with pundits, mentors, special interests, and financiers who guide him every step of the way.


Can Obama ever have the courage to reduce his bloated bureaucracy and eliminate these parasitic agencies like HLS and TSA that are financed by the blood and hard work of American  citizens?       

Bigger governments do not correlate to efficiency and safety, and new presidents do not correlate to change but more of the same. However, Orwell’s Oceania definitely correlates to today’s America .




  1. http://www.aclu.org/watchlist 
  2. USA Today. (11-19-2008). TSA's 'behavior detection' leads to few arrests

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For full story google dan moldea new york times or click on

Alien Ink.

In early 1992, I received a call from a colleague who told me that a newly-released book--Alien Ink: The FBI's War on Freedom of Expression, written by author Natalie Robins--revealed that the FBI had maintained a covert "book review section", which had been used to sabotage authors and their published works. My writer-friend added that my embattled 1989 book, Interference, was named in Robins's book and, according to the author, had been one of the FBI's targets--in fact, one of its last two targets before the section went out of business. My colleague knew that I had been extremely critical of the FBI in my book for its suppression of numerous investigations involving National Football League personnel and a variety of underworld figures.

I had never before heard of Robins--who is the wife of Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, the New York Times's widely-respected daily book critic--or her new publication. For whatever reason, she never attempted to interview me. However, I am very grateful for the revelations in her book.

At the time I received the news about Robins's book, my attorneys and I were in the midst of our litigation, Moldea v. New York Times, which claimed that Interference had been sabotaged by the NFL through its relationship with Gerald Eskenazi, a New York Times sportswriter, who had written a false and misleading review of my book in the New York Times Book Review.

However, we had also charged that a second review--which received very little attention but was published in the Washington Post Book World--had been written by a well-known investigative journalist who had also served as a long-time informant for the FBI.

After my friend told me about Robins's book, I began making my own inquiries, going first to the New York Times Book Review. Explaining the contents of Robins's new book, reviewer David Traxel had written:

Since antiquity, governments have feared writers because of their willingness to subvert official truths while seductively arguing for visions of their own. . . .

The Federal Bureau of Investigation had begun gathering information on American writers at least a decade before J. Edgar Hoover assumed command in 1924, but he brought an energetic efficiency and sense of mission to the task that resulted in hundreds of journalists, novelists, short-story writers and poets receiving unwanted reviews. . . .

What they [independent researchers] found ranged from the banal (newspaper clippings, extracts from Current Biography, bone-headed interpretations of the writings that would make a freshman blush with embarrassment) all the way up to serious trouble (malicious and anonymous letters, wiretap transcripts, agent reports)--all perhaps evidence that they had been victims of the sabotage programs the agency ran against those it considered a threat.

In other words, the FBI had created a section within the bureau for the purpose of, when necessary, undermining books with controversial points of view, as well as the authors who wrote them.

Did the FBI's "book-reviewing" operation end with J. Edgar Hoover's death?

In Robins's book, she wrote on pages 373-374:

In the eighties, the Book Review Section of the FBI, which had begun life in 1920 as the Publications Section, was placed under the Public Affairs Section. During the 1950s, book reviews had been handled by the Central Research Section, and in the 1960s, by the Research Satellite Section. In the 1970s, they were back under the Central Research Section.

Today, FBI deputy assistant Milt Ahlerich says that certain books are of interest to the FBI "not from an investigative standpoint necessarily," and that "in a very limited fashion we will review five or six books a year." The FBI is no longer looking for subversive writing, but "technique or new research that's being done--maybe a current work on terrorism, a current work on foreign counterintelligence."

In addition, according to FBI special agent Susan Schnitzer, "The authors of books reviewed are not indexed, because it is not done for investigative reasons."

What interested the FBI in the eighties? Thirteen books. . . .

Robins then noted these thirteen books, including:

In 1989, the Bureau reviewed Interference, by Dan E. Moldea., and Donnie Brasco: An FBI Agent Undercover in the Mafia, by Joseph D. Pistone and Richard Woodley. As of May 1990, no further books were reviewed. (Emphasis added)

After calling several sources at the FBI--who, unfortunately, did not have access to records from the bureau's Book Review Section--I filed a Freedom of Information Act request, asking for the FBI's "review" of Interference referred to in Alien Ink.

The FBI investigation

In mid-April 1996, after a four-year wait, I finally received the FBI's files regarding my book about professional football.

These documents demonstrated that, unknown to me, the FBI had placed me under investigation in August 1989, within the days after the release of Interference. The collection of records in the package I received ranged from my investigation of the Teamsters Union--which led to my first book, The Hoffa Wars in 1978--to my work at the left-wing Institute for Policy Studies to my 1986 book, Dark Victory, Ronald Reagan, MCA and the Mob to my probe of the NFL in Interference.

In a portion of a background report to Milt Ahlerich, the FBI deputy assistant who coordinated the investigation of me and my work, an unnamed FBI special agent wrote:

I am responding to your request for information concerning the author, Dan Moldea. Mr. Moldea is the subject of Bufile 190-3181, containing five sections. These files contain FOIPA requests dating from 1977 and continuing to the present. The primary subjects of his requests appear to relate to alleged organized crime figures and the Teamsters Union.

Mr. Moldea is also identified in Bufile 9-60052, Serial 855, dated October 1975. This file identifies Moldea as a self- identified, free-lance writer. . . . [Moldea] previously lived in the Detroit, Michigan, area, and did extensive research on the Teamsters Union. He developed valuable sources close to the Teamsters Union, and planned to put this information into book form. . . . It appeared from Moldea's [theories about the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa] that he was quite knowledgeable of local Teamster politics and individuals associated with the disappearance of Hoffa.

Dealing specifically with Interference, FBI Special Agent Scott Nelson wrote in another report:

Ostensibly providing a public service, the author has turned out a glaring commentary on law enforcement's efforts, or the lack thereof, to rid professional sports of organized-crime influence. At the Federal level, he charges that only the Kennedy and Carter administrations made a serious attempt at curbing organized crime.

Mr. Moldea is highly critical of Attorney General Richard Thornburgh and provides a mixed review of the FBI. While he acknowledges the positive results of some Bureau investigations, he also points out an instance in which the FBI was allegedly uncooperative with the IRS [the Donald Dawson case], that a new Agent working a major gambling case [the Computer Group investigation] was naive to the practices of bookmakers and that the FBI conducted electronic surveillance without court authorization.

The FBI, which widely disseminated these and numerous other reports about me, also included the horrific reviews of Interference by Gerald Eskenazi for the New York Times and Sandy Smith for the Washington Post.

Sandy Smith and the Washington Post review

My war with the New York Times over the Eskenazi review is well known. However, very little is known about my streetfight with the Washington Post over the review by Smith, then an investigative reporter for Time whom I openly accused of being a shill and informant for the FBI.

Here is part of what I wrote about Smith in a memorandum to my attorney, Roger Simmons, who was handling the New York Times case:

On October 29, 1989, Sandy Smith published a review of my book, Interference: How Organized Crime Influences Professional Football, in the Washington Post Book World. The review was extremely critical and, in my opinion, extraordinarily unfair.

In part, Smith wrote:

The most serious problem with Interference is the ridiculous information Moldea cites to support the charge of organized crime influence in pro football. He appears to have been bamboozled by his prime source of information, a Detroit hustler named Don Dawson. . . .

According to Moldea, Dawson's admissions establish that other successful game fixing followed the attempted bribery of two New York Giants in the 1946 NFL championship game.

"Dawson confessed to me that during the 1950s and 1960s he had been personally involved in the fixing of no fewer than 32 NFL games," writes Moldea. "Don Dawson's shocking admission is a first. No one has ever stepped forward and claimed to have actually been involved in fixed games." . . .

Thus Moldea is totally dependent on the shaky credibility of Dawson, a windy gambler convicted in a betting case that had nothing to do with the NFL. The FBI was all over Dawson at the time. While the investigation showed he knew [a particular NFL player] and there was little doubt that [the player] had done some betting through Dawson, there was no evidence of any fixed games."

On October 30, 1989, I submitted a letter to Nina King, the editor of Book World, in response to the Smith review.

One major point of contention between Smith and me was which federal agency had conducted the investigation of Detroit bookmaker Donald Dawson. I had claimed in my book that it was the IRS and that, according to federal sources quoted in my book, the FBI had refused to cooperate. Smith claimed that it was the FBI.

In an effort to attack Smith's credibility, I also gave Book World an IRS surveillance report on Dawson and then challenged Smith to support his claims about the FBI. I even asked Book World's editors to publish an "Editor's Note" to determine, once and for all, who was telling the truth: the author or the reviewer.

On November 26, 1989, Book World published my response to Smith's review. However, Book World refused to intervene as a third party to resolve the dispute, even though it's editors were in possession of my evidence that Smith was wrong about the question of which federal agency had conducted the investigation.

Consequently, to the readers of Book World, it was my word against his. And he had the first and last word.

In my published response, I wrote:

Sandy Smith spent nearly half of his review of my book, Interference: How Organized Crime Influences Professional Football, charging that I was "bamboozled" by one of my principal sources, Detroit bookmaker Donald Dawson. Smith claimed that I was "totally dependent on [Dawson's] shaky credibility," especially with regard to his confession that he had fixed NFL games. Smith's charges are simply not true.

Several federal and state law enforcement officials-- whom I named and quoted in my book--told me that Dawson had participated in the fixing of numerous NFL games. Even former Detroit Lions defensive back **** 'Night Train' Lane admitted to me that Dawson had personally tried to bribe him.

I then found Dawson and interviewed him. He confessed to me that he had "been involved with players in at least 32 NFL games that were dumped or where points were shaved." (The NFL claims that no game in its 69-year history has ever been successfully fixed.)

In his review, Smith dismissed Dawson's claims as "ridiculous," because "the FBI was all over Dawson at the time." But this is also not true. It was the IRS--not the FBI--that conducted the 1970 federal probe of Dawson and gambling in the NFL and had Dawson under constant surveillance. A top IRS official and several agents involved in the case told me that the FBI refused to cooperate with the IRS in its investigation.

In short, responsible law enforcement officials told me that a target of their investigations had been engaged in NFL game-fixing. I confronted the target with this charge, and he confessed. That would be accepted as credible evidence in any court of law. Consequently, it was incredibly deceptive and misleading of Smith to write that I was "totally dependent" on Dawson and then to use this charge as a means to discredit my book. (Emphasis added)

In his reply, published on the same page immediately after my response, Smith wrote: "If Dan Moldea had looked around a little more, he would have found that the FBI was indeed 'all over' Don Dawson."

I was furious when I read Smith's response, because he simply couldn't prove what he had written--whereas I had supplied my evidence to Book World.

Sandy Smith and the FBI

Concluding my memorandum to my attorney, I wondered out loud: (a) where Smith had received his false information; and (b) what the nature of his association with the FBI really was.

While trying to find the answers to these questions, I found three interesting sources about Smith's relationship with the FBI:

* In Sanford J. Ungar's 1976 book, FBI, a critical examination of the bureau, the author wrote on pages 284-285:

"As chief spokesman for the Bureau, [Cartha] DeLoach kept a stable of trusted journalists well supplied with information--people such as Hoover's close friend Walter Trohan of the Chicago Tribune, labor columnist Victor Riesel, Jeremiah O'Leary of the Washington Evening Star, Sandy Smith of Time and Life magazines. . . . Like many other government agencies in Washington, the Bureau profited from selectively leaking material to its friends that it wanted to see in print or on the air." (Emphasis added)

* In former FBI Special Agent William F. Roemer's 1990 book, Roemer: Man Against The Mob, the author wrote on pages 47-48:

"[T]here was one guy in Chicago who was in a position to help us a lot. His name was Sandy Smith, the ace of the investigative reporters in Chicago. Sandy had been with the Chicago Tribune for a decade or so. . . . In general, Sandy's help was invaluable. Whenever we possessed information that we could not use to make a case or to assist in gathering further intelligence, we fed info to Sandy for publication in the Tribune and later, when he left the Trib, in the Sun-Times. (Sandy later left the Sun-Times for Life magazine and eventually Time, where he cemented his reputation as the top crime reporter in the country.)"

* In Anthony Summers's book, Official and Confidential: The Secret Life of J. Edgar Hoover, the author wrote on page 212 that Sandy Smith had allegedly fabricated a story in Life magazine, which was based upon a non-existent FBI transcript:

"Life reporter Sandy Smith, who obtained the 'transcript' in 1968, had made his name as an organized-crime specialist while working for the Chicago Tribune, a paper especially favored by the FBI. In 1965, when Playboy consulted Smith about an article by a former agent critical of the FBI, he recommended it be rejected and passed it on to the Bureau. Bureau documents described Smith's value to the FBI as 'inestimable' and say he was 'utilized on many occasions.'

"While Smith has refused to comment, former Life reporter Bill Lambert, who also worked on the Gallagher story, recalled that his colleague was so close to the FBI that he was 'almost like an agent.' It was possible, he agreed, that someone at the FBI might have fed him a phony transcript. Former Assistant Director DeLoach, for his part, has admitted he knew Smith well in 1968, but had no comment on the Life story."

Later, Summers gave me his file on Sandy Smith, which included a letter to the editor of Playboy from William W. Turner, a former FBI agent. In his letter, published in the January 1981 issue of the magazine, Turner wrote:

"The FBI and the CIA have openly declared that they will continue to secretly employ journalists as collaborators. Obviously, that enables them to propagate their viewpoints with seeming objectivity; but it may interest Playboy's readers to know that there is an even uglier side to this business: disguised censorship. It happened to me some time ago, when my critical article, 'The FBI and Organized Crime,' was submitted to Playboy.

"On March 12, 1965, I was advised by my then literary agent, Lurton Blassingame, that Playboy intended to buy the article and have crime reporter Sandy Smith of the Chicago Sun- Times do some rewrite. Murray Fisher of Playboy gave the article to Smith, and then that's when the fun started. Smith, it turned out, was an FBI collaborator. According to bureau documents recently obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, he had been 'utilized on many different occasions' and his value was 'inestimable.' No wonder that, in reciprocation, he was able to authoritatively quote 'Justice Department sources' in his crime articles. . . .

"Smith rushed over to the Chicago FBI office and handed my article to Special Agent in Charge Marlin Johnson, who immediately copied it and sent it to Washington. Johnson reported that Smith had 'absolutely no intention of doing this assignment' but 'saw an opportunity to get the article . . . so that we could take a look at it.' Smith intended to tell Fisher that 'it is completely ridiculous, inaccurate and not worth the paper it is written on.'

"One week later, my agent received a memo from Playboy, saying that Smith had told them my article was not worth salvaging and was filled with inaccuracies and errors. . . .

"So the article was dinged, with Playboy's editorial staff not having the slightest notion of the duplicity involved." (Emphasis added)

Furthermore, at the time of his review of Interference, Sandy Smith was in the midst of a litigation against Little, Brown, the publisher of his recently canceled book about organized crime. Smith and his co-author, Roy Rowan, were represented by Washington attorney William Hundley, the former chief of the Justice Department's Organized Crime and Racketeering Section (OCRS), who had been retained by the two authors in June 1989.

What is the significance of Hundley's representation of Smith at the time of his review of my book about the NFL?

After leaving the government, Bill Hundley was selected by Pete Rozelle as the director of NFL Security.

In Chapter 18 of Interference, which is entitled "Bill Hundley and NFL Security," I was extremely critical of Hundley's role as NFL security chief, providing specific details of his alleged participation in the suppression and/or killing of official probes, including several investigations of game-fixing.1

However, when I reported Smith's obvious and well-documented conflicts of interest to the Washington Post--including the fact that he was currently represented by an attorney who was the former chief of NFL Security--the Post still decided to do nothing, refusing to give me any ammunition to use in my ongoing libel case against the New York Times, whose attorneys were repeatedly using the Smith review against me in their legal briefs and motions.2

Milt Ahlerich becomes director of NFL Security

Did the FBI attempt to sabotage Interference as a favor to the NFL?

Remarkably, in January 1996--with thousands of candidates to choose from--the NFL's high command selected Milt Ahlerich--the special agent who had supervised the FBI's investigation of Interference and me--to succeed former FBI Special Agent Warren Welsh as the chief of NFL Security. Immediately, Ahlerich began answering to his new boss, Joe Browne, the vice president of NFL communications and Gerald Eskenazi's long-time friend, who had initiated his attacks on Interference seven months before the book's release.

Author Natalie Robins asked the most obvious question at the end of Alien Ink: "Can the excesses that have been the subject of this book happen again?"

My answer? They can, and they will--the next time a journalist decides to investigate the NFL and the Mafia.

Bet on it.

Linked notes:

1. In addition, in Chapter 51 of Interference, pages 415-417, I discussed Hundley's role in the killing of a recent federal investigation of MCA, which he later represented as a private attorney. I concluded this section about Hundley--which was also based on my book, Dark Victory: Ronald Reagan, MCA, and the Mob, as well as a June 1988 article, "MCA and the Mob," in Regardie's--charging:

"The evidence is clear that there has been a cabal among some past and present officials of the Justice Department's Organized Crime and Racketeering Section and some of its Strike Force offices. And the NFL, through its long-term sweetheart relationship with a variety of law-enforcement agencies, particularly the OCRS has been a direct beneficiary of this situation--which raises serious questions about possible conflicts of interest, as well as activities that border on sheer political corruption."

Hundley, whom I had interviewed twice, denied my charges about the MCA case, which have since been corroborated by, among other publications, the Los Angeles Times and the Sacramento Bee, as well as the American Lawyer. In addition, Hundley directly attacked me in the June 4, 1988, issue of Billboard, over a year before his client, Sandy Smith, reviewed my book.

2. The Smith review of Interference in the Washington Post Book World has been used as a weapon to discredit me in a variety of forums since its publication. The New York Times used it as evidence against me in, among other documents, its motion for summary judgment, submitted to the court on November 30, 1990. Also, it was referred to by attorneys for the plaintiff during my February 11, 1991, sworn deposition as an expert witness for the defense in the libel case, Cooke v. Washingtonian--in which I was, once again, extremely critical of the FBI. The transcript of my sworn statement reflects ten pages of questions and answers specifically regarding the Smith review.

On June 20, 1991, I sent a letter, along with twenty-three exhibits, to Leonard Downie, then-managing editor of the Washington Post. Asking for a retraction of the entire review, I wrote, in part: "Even though a considerable amount of time has passed since the Smith review, . . . I am still being haunted by [it]."

Also, I asked Downie, "Did Hundley or the FBI have any influence on Sandy Smith's review of my book in the Washington Post Book World?"

Without addressing that specific question, Downie sent me his reply on October 26, 1989: "I have reviewed the material you sent . . . with our general counsel. I do not think that there is anything further that should be done in or by the Post at this time.

"As you noted in your chronology, we published your response to the Book World review of your book two years ago. In newspaper terms, much time has passed since. . . . We do not see a reason to pursue this further."

Actually, Downie did know something about Smith. In his 1976 book, The New Muckrakers, Downie had written on page 241 about "the flying squad of muckrakers assembled by Life magazine in its dying days during the late 1960s," who included "Sandy Smith, a burly Chicago newspaper veteran who specialized in investigative stories about the Mafia during two decades with the Tribune and Sun-Times."

On page 242, Downie continued, writing that after Life folded, "Sandy Smith rebounded the most successfully, taking his Justice Department contacts to Life's sister news magazine, Time." (Emphasis added)

In other words, Smith's relationship with the FBI was one of the worst-kept secrets in journalism. Yet, under the guise of objectivity, he was still permitted to publish stories about people, like me, who were critical of his benefactors.

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Cops See Green From St. Patrick’s Day


BPD doubled overtime spending for parade despite crisis

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Even as the Boston Police Department is vowing to rein in runaway overtime spending, it shelled out nearly $224,000 to cops charged with eighty-sixing the drunken shenanigans at the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade, more than double last year’s tab, the Herald has learned.

All told, the city dished out $223,904.32 to 650 officers to police the parade route, compared to $108,576.09 for 342 cops last year, according to payroll data obtained by the Herald.

Police Commissioner Edward Davis said the payout “squares very well” with BPD’s pledge to live within its means.

There weren’t enough cops to handle the mayhem at last year’s parade, Davis said, and he had to beef up the ranks to contend with out-of-town rowdies looking for trouble.

But Boston Finance Commission Executive Director Jeff Conley questioned the city’s commitment to controlling wasteful overtime spending.

“It’s hard to fathom how they can say they’re reducing overtime, especially when they doubled it (for the parade) from last year,” Conley said.

Indeed, in spite of recent belt-tightening, the BPD is poised to blow through its $30.6 million OT budget, having spent $27.3 million with about three months left in the fiscal year.

Conley noted the city spent $110,292 in 2007 on 420 cops at the parade.

“I don’t understand where public safety wasn’t a concern the year before,” Conley said. “It sounds like the police department continues to need to do more to manage its overtime budget.”

“It was money well spent,“ Davis said about the increase. “It could have been a real bad day.”

Overall, the BPD, which had announced a stepped-up push on public drinking, arrested 13 people and ticketed 400 for public drinking at $200 per citation, according to police. A year earlier, fewer cops busted 17 but cited just 67.

The South Boston parade is among the city’s most expensive festivities to police - but not its biggest OT budget buster. The all-day Carribean Festival in 2008 required 716 cops who got $311,000 in overtime.

City Councilor Stephen J. Murphy said Davis was right to flood South Boston with cops but warned there are consequences to high spending.

“Given that for every $50,000 spent there’s a job that’s going to be lost this July, they have to do better,” Murphy said.


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Fusion Center Freak Out: ACLU Uneasy With Big Brother's National Listening Party
Submitted by meg on Wed, 04/08/2009 - 2:47pm. Analysis

by Meg White

Mike German is not surprised you haven't heard of fusion centers.RTA's PSA about national security just got creepier

German was an FBI agent until 2004 and is currently a national security policy advisor for the American Civil Liberties Union, yet he "had never heard of a fusion center" until 2007. He said the reason that he started investigating these intelligence centers for the ACLU was because he saw hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars going to support law enforcement activities that he couldn't define.

German said part of the problem is that "no two fusion centers are alike," making it hard to even talk about them. Even determining "whether something is a fusion center or not is iffy."

So what are they?

A fusion center is part of a network linking at least 800,000 federal, state, municipal and private security and law enforcement professionals who gather information about Americans in order to combat terrorism. Maybe one such person will stop and ask you why you're taking a picture of those power lines, or show up incognito to your religious meeting or anti-war demonstration. They might look at your credit report or your phone records. There are at least 58 centers, though some estimate there are as many as 70. They could be in a back room at your local police department, housed within a National Guard office or in a nondescript building down the street.

Do I sound paranoid?

Well, though German told me these centers "developed really quietly" in the years following 9/11, they are not a secret. The Department of Homeland Security has a brief and vague description of the centers on their Web site, notably putting the emphasis on "state and local." The department also recently issued a report detailing privacy threats posed by the centers. And all the examples of the instances related above have been documented in the media or by the ACLU.

German worked on an ACLU report about fusion centers published in December 2007. In the months that followed, news reports about the abuses the ACLU report anticipated started popping up around the country, so German compiled an update to the report in July 2008. With this week's news of the report leaked from a Virginia fusion center that warned of traditionally black colleges and peaceful religious and social change groups being potential hotbeds of terrorist activity, German said they're thinking about compiling another report.

The original idea of a fusion center network came out of the turf war over intelligence sharing after 9/11. Local law enforcement officials weren't getting security information from the Feds, so states set up these centers to gather and share information. In turn, the Department of Homeland Security was more than happy to have extra hands on the counterterrorism case.

There's no mission statement or clear set of guidelines for these centers, but in many cases they were envisioned as a repository for suspicious activity reports. If you've ever heeded those signs in public places to "say something" "if you see something," the information you gave out probably went to a fusion center.

Then came the "mission creep." Each center existed in a local area, each with its own individual problems. Some centers began to focus on border patrol; others volunteered themselves for the drug war. And then there's the inherent flexibility in the term "suspicious activity."

If these were merely call centers for concerned citizens to report to, German said he would have no problem with that. In fact, it's not the fusion centers themselves that are the real issue, but rather the sometimes illegal and unconstitutional activities that occur in clear violation of federal privacy statutes within and around the centers.

Supporters of third party presidential candidates such as Bob Barr and Ron Paul have been targeted for surveillance by these centers for no other reason than their political ideology. Mainstream ecological groups such as the Sierra Club and the Humane Society are being watched as eco-terrorists. One North Central Texas center alleged a terrorist conspiracy between a disparate group of hip-hop musicians, Muslim civil rights organizations, lobbyists, anti-war demonstrators, the U.S. Treasury Department and former Congresswoman and presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney.

(The above would be laughable, if it weren't so scary. Seriously; my mom volunteers for the Humane Society. On second thought, if there are any fusion center employees reading this, leave my poor mother alone! I swear she's not a radical!)

The ACLU is calling for lawmakers at all levels to institute guidelines and oversight for these centers. They are also calling on the Department of Homeland Security to investigate the abuses that have been documented.

While there have been a handful of congressional hearings on fusion centers as well as local efforts to ensure the centers comply with Freedom of Information Act requests, specific instances of abuse have been largely glossed over by the government and ignored by the media.

"Where there are instances of abuse, there has been very little investigation," German said, specifically noting a case in Los Angeles where a few fusion center officials were court-martialed for stealing classified information, but the local law enforcement officers who were involved in the theft were never charged.

"We are working with the executive branch to draw guidelines, and there is some progress there," German said.  He emphasized a "multifaceted" approach with state and local legislation plugging the time gap before federal action is taken.

This comprehensive approach mirrors the networking of many levels of jurisdiction at fusion centers themselves. German said the fact that these centers are considered neither national nor local allows them to "water down all the protections to the least common denominator." In states with strong privacy laws, fusion centers abide by less restrictive federal laws; in states with lax protections, the centers use local regulations.

Public-private collusion also allows fusion centers to skirt privacy laws. Law enforcement doesn't have the legal right to collect and store certain personal information because of its ties to government. Instead, fusion centers pay private companies, which own extensive stores of information about Americans' consumer and intellectual habits, to create and maintain searchable databases for the center's benefit.

"They have created this symbiotic relationship," German said. "If you combine [federal information gathering with private efforts], it is very dangerous to the individual." German said the privatization problem at fusion centers is not acknowledged as an issue by officials.

"This is one area that is being ignored by the federal government," German said.

It would be one thing if these fusion centers worked, but from all the intelligence reports German has seen, he's concluded that they haven't done anything to contribute to the country's security. On the contrary, German says they're becoming an obstacle to safety due to the public uproar over privacy violations.

"Law enforcement authorities are having to respond to the criticism rather than focus on security," German said.

Besides the distraction and lack of results, the basic math behind fusion centers may be flawed. The primary weapon at these centers is a method of sifting through information received from all these different sources that is called "data mining." The practice is very common among direct mail marketers and other small-scale commercial operations, but the ACLU report cites several independent studies showing that data mining is not at all a useful technique for the counterterrorism community. Instead, the ACLU found that data mining would only drain resources and implicate innocent citizens in imaginary plots.

OK, let's recap: We have local centers in almost every state in the country that engage in illegal and unconstitutional activities, cost hundreds of billions of dollars and that do not actually work to combat terrorism. The impetus for these centers may have been understandable at the time, but why are they still around?

German said the federal intelligence agencies are more than happy to have these local nodes to gather security information for them, saying it's like having 800,000 extra agents working for them. But Congress may have its own reasons for resisting a call to shut these places down.

"Fear is still driving a lot of our security policies," German said. He noted political pressure against reducing funds or projects combating terrorism is strong. Many expected the Democratic Congress to limit programs such as warrantless wiretapping, but instead "they've been expanded."

"To narrow any program [related to national security] is extremely difficult," German said.

Meanwhile the right wing of the blogosphere, already itchy from myths about "Obama's enemies list" and the expansion of Americorps into liberal "re-education camps," has broken out in a rash of paranoia over these fusion centers.

German said the ACLU is working with the executive branch to rein these centers in. But after years of operating in secrecy under the Bush Administration, I hardly think a set of guidelines is going to make the renegades at some of the more troubling centers behave. The best move President Obama could make -- from a security, civil rights, budgetary and public relations standpoint -- is to close these homegrown spy centers immediately.

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Karl Rove confronted by ex-chief of staff to former Rep. Tom Feeney. Tells Rove Bush would not have been in White House without Feeney. Ex-Feeney aide Jason Roe right - Feeney was Florida House Speaker who had Clint Curtis write vote flipping program.

April 09, 2009
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Karl Rove accosted by ex-GOP chief of staff

Former Bush adviser Karl Rove was verbally accosted Thursday evening by an ex-chief of staff to former Rep. Tom Feeney (R-Fla.).

Rove was quietly having dinner at the tony restaurant Charlie Palmer Steak on Capitol Hill when he was aggressively approached by Jason Roe, the former Feeney staffer. Roe, now of Federal Strategy Group, was "loud and boisterous" toward Rove. He was apparently (still) upset over the following comments Rove made on Fox News, the day after the election, in which Feeney — along with many other Republicans — went down in flames.

From FNC:

Rove: "It was a big night, no doubt about it, but look, the people who got defeated last night were people who had not done their homework and hadn't gotten ready for a tough race.

"You know, like this guy Feeney in Florida."

Colmes: "Tom Feeney, yes."

Rove: "Tom Feeney, who — who had a bunch of ethical issues raised and then voted against the rescue package. You know, voting against the rescue package was supposed to be a sure thing to get you elected in some quarters."


Shortly thereafter, Roe had to be escorted away from the table. Charlie Palmer Steak management remained typically mum and wouldn't even confirm Rove's appearance to Shenanigans, but when asked if there was a fight, the reply was, "Noooooo, this is a quiet family establishment."

Rove, when contacted, had "no comment."

Roe, when contacted, also had "no comment."

UPDATE: According to people familiar with the back and forth, we hear this was the conversation between Roe and Rove:

Roe walked over to the table, "I'm Jason Roe."

Rove: "Oh, the famous Jason Roe."

Roe: "I don't know that I'm famous, but I'm Tom Feeney's former chief of staff, and I'm offended by your comments on Fox about Tom. You guys wouldn't be in the White House without Tom. And you made these really degrading comments about him that offended a lot of people."

(Sidenote: Tom Feeney was the speaker of the Florida House of Representatives during the whole Bush/Gore 2000 recount.)

Rove: "Well, I have a file on the things Tom Feeney said about George Bush."

Roe: "That says more about you than me that you kept a file on Tom Feeney. This guy was so restrained in his desire to criticize the president — even against this staff's advice."

Rove: "I have a file."

Roe: "I'm right here. Tell me to my face what's in that file."

Rove: "I'll send you the file."

Roe: "Well, I hope the file is the beginning of the conversation and not the end. I would love to disabuse you of whatever you think of Tom Feeney's loyalty from this file."

Rove: "If you keep talking over me, this conversation's going to end right now."

Then a lady came over to fill up Rove's water glass, breaking up Roe and Rove, and Roe returned to the bar. Rumor has it Rove was waiting to have dinner with former RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman.

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Now you know what the B stands for in FBI. FBI  agents start their training as children and progress to the point where they can write a letter to Martin Luther King telling him to commit suicide. When he didn't take their advice they took matters into their own hands.

2 reads about bullies....

Constantly bullied, he ends his life at age 11
 Milton J. Valencia
Globe Staff / April 20, 2009

SPRINGFIELD - He was just 11 years old, and they called him gay. They said he acted like a girl and bullied him. Girls, boys - anyone, it seemed - taunted Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover until he could take it no more.

Less than two weeks before his 12th birthday, the bright boy beloved for his wide smile came home and hanged himself.

He left a note, saying he loved his mother and his aunt. He also left his Pokemon games and cards to his 6-year-old brother. On a Monday evening, as his mother was preparing dinner, she found him hanging from the railing of the third-floor landing, by an electrical cord.

His note did not say why, only that he was sorry for what he had done. But in a way only a mother could, Sirdeaner Walker had to explain the pressures her son faced.

"I know he would not have done this," Walker said, "unless he felt he did not have any other choice."

An 11-year-old committing suicide is tough to explain, especially to a mother.. But Walker's newfound campaign to address schoolyard harassment since the death of her son on April 6 has exposed realities that national experts and academics are still trying to comprehend: bullying, youth suicide, and a community's responsibility to respond.

"There's so much more to this story," Walker, the director of a homeless program at a local social-service agency, said only days after she found her son dead. "Carl was a wonderful young man, and he had so much potential, and his potential is now gone."

Officials at the New Leadership Charter School acknowledged that the boy was bullied, but said they had responded appropriately and that the death was a tragedy no one could have foreseen.

"When we would see this (bullying), we would sit them down and tell them this is not an appropriate way to act," said Peter Daboul, chairman of the board of trustees at the charter school.

Since 2002, at least 15 schoolchildren, ages 11 to 14, have committed suicide in Massachusetts. They include a 13-year-old last year at the Gilmore Academy, a school for gifted students in Brockton. Three of them were Carl's age. But Walker won't let her son become just another statistic.

By all accounts, he was a promising sixth-grader, some say a scholar in-the-making who mixed football and basketball practice with mentorship and leadership programs. All along, he was the charismatic one in the class who would sing to Rihanna's "Umbrella" with the radio during a bus trip, or pose for the camera on a roller-blading adventure with a summer youth program.

"You knew he wanted to be somebody," said Clifford Flint, of the Black Men of Greater Springfield group, at the boy's funeral. Flint knew Carl through a mentorship program.

For Carl, the darkness began in September when he entered a new school, a process that can leave even the most secure of children unnerved and uncertain.

All was well, his mother said, until he met his new classmates and tried to make friends at New Leadership, a diverse Grade 6-12 school with just under 500 students. Walker enrolled her son at the charter school as an alternative to the local public middle school, thinking he would have better opportunities.

There, the troubles began. Students would bully Carl, say he was gay, make fun of his clothes. He complained of gangs and had to eat lunch with a guidance counselor numerous times to evade the harassment that was tearing at his young soul.

Walker did everything she could. She complained to teachers and administrators. She sat in one of Carl's classes, to get acquainted with the school. She joined the Parent-Teacher Organization and became head of the Sixth Grade group. She asked for help, saying no student, let alone her son, should be subject to such abuse.

The school staff knew about the harassment. Daboul, chairman of the board of trustees, said Carl met regularly with a psychologist to discuss his relationship with classmates, and students involved in bullying were disciplined. He defended the school's response, saying its anti-harassment policies go beyond what is required in Springfield schools. Among other things, the school issues a policy handbook on bullying to all students and makes them sign an agreement to treat each other with respect.

Daboul said the board of trustees has formed a committee to investigate the way the school responded, how staff worked with Carl, how staff disciplined and advised other students, and how administrators reacted to Walker's complaints. The committee's findings could help determine what went right, what did not, and ways the school and others can respond to such incidents in the future, Daboul said.

But he also stressed that the death was a tragedy, and that the suicide, and bullying, are an indication of a more sweeping problem.

Nationwide, suicide rates among 10- to 14-year-olds have grown more than 50 percent over the last three decades, according to the American Association of Suicidology, or the AAS. In 2005, the last year nationwide statistics were available, 270 children in that age group killed themselves. Suicide remains among the leading causes of death of children under 14. And in most cases, the young people die from hanging.

"Suicides go back to the biblical days. It's not a new phenomenon, even among kids," said Dr. Lanny Berman, head of the AAS. "Young people can, and do, die by suicide."

The struggle, Berman said, is to find the underlying cause, and ways to learn from such tragedies. Decades ago, family strife may have driven a youngster to commit suicide. Today, a teenager under constant harassment can feel stressed and depressed and begin acting out until the bullying is overwhelming.

"This is not simply teasing behavior," Berman said. "This has serious consequences, one of which we now know much more about."

The National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center estimates that close to 30 percent of today's schoolchildren are either bullies or have been harassed by them. Boys are often beat up. Girls are the subject of rumors. Either way, the targets can feel tense, anxious, and afraid. Over time, they lose their self-esteem and sense of self-worth. They become withdrawn, and depressed.

In Carl's case, in the classroom "there was no one he felt he could turn to who could help him," said Eli Newberger, a pediatrician and faculty member at Harvard Medical School who has written about bullying and child development.

He said schools need to look at ways to not only prevent bullying, but also teach youngsters how to cope with harassment and how to empathize with others students.

"How to discern other people's individual rights, and to appreciate and respect them," he said.

One bill introduced to the state Legislature before Carl's suicide would require the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to set up a model curriculum for schools to follow on addressing bullying and teasing, which includes harassment over the telephone, computer, or other electronic device. School employees would have to undergo yearly training in identifying and responding to bullying, students would have to participate in surveys each year, and school districts would be required to set up antibullying policies approved by the state. Currently, districts can decide on their own policies, and the state is only required to provide resources.

Walker said she will file a complaint with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education about how New Leadership handled the incident. She believes the school could have done more to help her son, and she urges schools to learn from this tragedy "because I don't want anyone to have to bury their child like this."

"No one should have to do that," she said.

She had noticed Carl acting out, seeming disruptive, and having troubles at school. He would tell her, "I hate this school." They already had plans for him to attend a private academy. But until then, his mother asked, try to make it work.

That Monday, he was in another fight. A girl had yelled at him and threatened him after he accidentally bumped a TV at the school with his backpack, and the TV bumped into the girl. School staff intervened. The psychologist who had been seeing Carl tried to mediate, and told him and the girl that the three of them would have to sit together during lunch for the week.

Carl called his mother after school and told her of the fight.

At 6:28 p.m., she found him hanged.

see link for letter written by FBI  agents telling him to commit suicide

The Counter Intelligence Program and the internet

on this page:

    * COINTEL operations to disrupt civil rights and peace movements in 1960s
    * smear campaigns against "oilempire" website

    "Over the years we have been warned about the danger of subversive organizations that would threaten our liberties, subvert our system, would encourage its members to take further illegal action to advance their views, organizations that would incite and promote violence, pitting one American group against another... There is an organization that does fit those descriptions, and it is the organization, the leadership of which has been most constant in its warning to us to be on guard against such harm. The [FBI] did all of those things."
    -- Sen. Philip A. Hart
    Select Committee on Intelligence Activities and the Rights of Americans, 1975

http://www.cointel.org - excellent reference site, including declassified and liberated documents. Includes the FBI's letter to Martin Luther King, Jr. urging him to commit suicide, sent just before he accepted the Nobel Peace Prize

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FBI  agent invested his money in site being used for new FBI  Building.
Did he break the law?

Mississippi Briefs

 November 21, 2010
see link for full story

Agent acquitted on 2 counts

A federal jury acquitted a veteran FBI agent on two of five counts against him, and the judge declared a mistrial on the other three.

Defense attorney Christi R. McCoy told The Associated Press that Hal Neilson was acquitted on one count of lying to an FBI agent and one of making official acts for personal gain.

U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock declared mistrials on the three other counts. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that prosecutors haven't said whether they'll retry Neilson on them.

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Gang Stalking = COINTELPRO = STASI decomposition


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


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


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

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

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


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

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




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












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



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

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


·         http://www.newamericancentury.org/


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


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


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


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


·         http://www.foreignpolicyi.org/


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


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


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


What are the components of gang mentality?



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



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



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


What is the concept of “historic mission”?


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

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


Prominent neocon Michael Ledeen stated…

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


What is the cult of personality?


The cult of personality is explained pretty well here…

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


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

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


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


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


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



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



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


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


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










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


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


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


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


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



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


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


According to anti-communist author Ludwik Kowalski

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


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

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


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

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


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Civil Liberties for Christmas?
December 25, 2011
Congress has sent to President Obama a military spending bill that expands the government’s powers to fight the Long War on terrorism, including the ability to imprison alleged “terrorists” and accomplices indefinitely, even if Americans on U.S. soil, warns ex-FBI agent Coleen Rowley.

By Coleen Rowley

Sad, isn’t it, that just two days before Christmas, we had to stand out in the cold and worry about getting another big lump of coal from our politicians? But unfortunately it’s expected that President Barack Obama will sign the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law right after the holiday.

Since that’s the same day the big post-Christmas sales/returns start, few Americans will probably be paying attention to the police statebeing officially ushered in.

Protesters at Obama's reelection headquarters in Minnesota

On Dec. 23, however, we were still able to protest the despicable NDAA in front of Obama’s Minnesota Campaign Headquarters. At the end of the rally led by members of “Occupy Minnesota” and the “Minnesota Committee to Stop FBI Repression,” everyone taped their signs to the front window of Obama’s campaign office, hoping he’d somehow get the message.

Then we made  telephone calls to tell Obama’s volunteer receptionists to act as his better angels and plead for him to veto the NDAA.

But a veto would be quite the Christmas miracle. Obama’s expected signature will not only de-link the “war on terror” from its original justification, the 9/11 attacks of more than a decade ago, to ensure the “long war” does not end, but it will keep Guantanamo open indefinitely and turn the whole world into a battlefield, including our own backyards here in the U.S. where citizens will stand guilty until proven innocent.

What’s the worst that could happen as a result of the congressional rubberstamp broadening the war and allowing indefinite military detention of American citizens as “enemy combatants”? Can it happen here? It’s interesting to see what journalist Joshua Phillips learned from research for his new book, None of Us Were Like This Before: American Soldiers and Torture, a harrowing description of the torture of prisoners in Iraq and the deep psychological scars it left on the members of one battalion who dispensed pain to their victims.

When asked how this came about, the author saysthat almost all the soldiers he interviewed cite the main reason for the various torture abuses as the climate of “permissiveness” that began when they were told they did not need to follow the Geneva Conventions anymore.

Protest sign taped to Obama's Minnesota headquarters


It should be recalled that Bush’s Office of Legal Counsel lawyers Robert Delahunty and John Yoo had written their memo on Jan 9, 2002, stating that the Geneva Conventions did not apply to “non-state actors”, i.e. Al Qaeda, Taliban and other “terrorist” suspects. Bush consequently signed a directive the following month,  implementing this OLC memo and the word went out that gave rise to the abusive conditions at Guantanamo and other military detention sites.

The term I’ve personally used for this new culture of “permissiveness” is “the green light.” Unless you worked in the system, you might not recognize what the insidious “green light” is. I’ve tried to warn over and over that the “green light” will eventually go out and the people down the line who have gone along under its influence instead of resisting in accord with their previously ingrained sense of right and wrong are likely to pay a heavy price.

More signs taped to Obama's Minnesota headquarters

Phillips’s book documents that soldiers are now taking their own lives years after having participated in the abuse occasioned by the culture of permissiveness under Bush. Yet, instead of extinguishing the “green light,” Obama’s signing of the NDAA could well signal an even worse one being turned on than occurred with Bush’s torture memos.

Coleen Rowley, a FBI special agent for almost 24 years, was legal counsel to the FBI Field Office in Minneapolis from 1990 to 2003. She wrote a “whistleblower” memo in May 2002 and testified to the Senate Judiciary on some of the FBI’s pre 9/11 failures. She retired at the end of 2004, and now writes and speaks on ethical decision-making and balancing civil liberties with the need for effective investigation.

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Lee Zurik Investigation: Former FBI agent tosses loan, beachside dinner, LSU tickets to Hingle


                All can be eye-catching alone -- but combine a former FBI agent, millions of dollars of contracts, an LSU football trip and an expensive beachside dinner, and it all adds up to connections that one corruption watchdog calls troubling.

“There's obviously some smoke,” says Rafael Goyeneche, president of the Metropolitan Crime Commission.

A Mobile, Alabama-based disaster recovery company, the DRC Group, has made tens of millions of your dollars.

Since Hurricane Katrina, DRC has secured lucrative contracts all over the state: $8 million with the Orleans Parish Sheriff; $1.5 million at the Port of New Orleans; $7 million with the City of New Orleans. DRC also worked with the State of Louisiana, Jefferson Parish, St. Tammany Parish. And, in Plaquemines alone, records show DRC has been paid almost $34 million from the parish government since 2008.

And some dealings in Plaquemines Parish could have DRC Managing Director Robert Isakson in trouble.

It all started in November of 2009. LSU played Alabama in football in Tuscaloosa. Two sources in Plaquemines Parish confirm Isakson paid for former Plaquemines Parish Sheriff Jiff Hingle and his driver, Major Brandon Mouriz, to attend.

Fast forward to the next year, two months after the oil spill: state records show Hingle's driver, Brandon Mouriz, formed an equipment rental company, BCA Offshore. It just so happens, Hingle owned 50 percent of that company, but didn't disclose his ownership with the Secretary of State -- his wife did, though, in an ethics filing she submitted last year.

And now to one critical piece of this story. To start BCA Offshore, Mouriz and Hingle received a $100 thousand loan from DRC and its owner, Robert Isakson. Mouriz’s attorney says the loan has been paid back with interest.

And right after receiving the loan, DRC hired Hingle and Mouriz's company, BCA Offshore, for post-oil spill work. With BP money, DRC paid Hingle and Mouriz about half a million dollars.

DRC also paid almost half a million dollars to Delta Security, another company connected to Mouriz. In another instance, Hingle's marina made $250,000 from DRC.

Tickets, a loan, contracts were not the only perks of the relationship between Hingle and Isakson. In August 2010, Plaquemines Parish sources say Isakson and DRC hosted a nearly-$10,000 dinner for Hingle at Seagar's restaurant in Destin, Florida, when Hingle became president of the state's sheriff association.

“Substantial sums of money that were spent, it would appear to curry favor with the sheriff,” says Goyeneche.

From 2003 through the oil spill, DRC had no contracts with Hingle's office. But after that 2009 LSU football trip, the loan, the BP-related work for Hingle and his driver and the pricey beach dinner, the money began to flow from Hingle's office to Isakson's company.

In January of last year, Hingle gave DRC a $1.2 million contract to build a temporary 22-bed jail. Months later, DRC received a $1.9 million dollar contract to build a temporary correctional training facility.

“We are not dealing with a very sophisticated issue,” Goyeneche says. “It’s right and wrong. When you are in business, you don't need to have been a lawyer or a federal agent, or aware of the criminal laws: There are certain things you can or cannot do. You cannot influence a public official by spending money on them.”

Robert Isakson should know better than most. His DRC biography shows Isakson spent a decade in the FBI, running the political corruption unit in Louisiana.

Right now, he remains a commissioned deputy in Plaquemines -- given a badge by Jiff Hingle.

Hingle’s attorney, Frank DeSalvo told us, “Everything with Isakson was up and above board and the government was made aware of that.”

Late last year, Hingle pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges. The charges came after a series of FOX 8 investigations that looked into Hingle.

Acting Sheriff Michael LaFrance let Mouriz go last month after an investigation into department violations.

Last month, we emailed Isakson giving him a detailed explanation of what we planned to lay out in this story. Here's his response: "I have received your email. I will certainly look into this. It will take me a couple of days as I am traveling. I look forward to gathering this information and making a reply to you."

We never heard back from Isakson, but did receive a statement from a DRC attorney Wednesday that doesn't address anything in this story -- a story that asks whether the managing director of a powerful company spent money on a public official to secure lucrative government contracts.        


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                Let Your Life Be a Friction to Stop the Machine        



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Community Leaders Call for Transparency in SFPD-FBI Collaboration
, Mar 19, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO – Arab American, Muslim and South Asian community leaders are urging Mayor Ed Lee to approve an ordinance that they believe could re-establish trust between their communities and the San Francisco Police Department.

Last week, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors narrowly passed the Safe San Francisco Civil Rights Ordinance, intended to prevent civil rights abuses in SFPD-FBI collaboration. The measure, proposed by Supervisor Jane Kim and supported by about 80 civil rights, legal and community groups, aims to increase transparency and restore local control over the actions of San Francisco police officers operating as members of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF).

The ordinance is up for a final Board of Supervisors vote this week, and if it passes, it will head to the desk of Mayor Ed Lee.

Lee, however, said he would follow the recommendations of Police Chief Greg Suhr, who has publicly expressed his disapproval of the ordinance.

Community leaders are hoping that Lee, who has a long history of advocating for civil rights, will take their concerns into consideration when making his decision.

“These issues are not new to him,” said Nasrina Bargzie, a staff attorney with the Asian Law Caucus, where the mayor used to work, “and we hope that we will have the opportunity to discuss them with him.”

Lily Haskell, program director at the Arab Resource and Organizing Committee, added, “Instead of looking to testimony about harassment and racial profiling, he is strictly looking to the police chief. We understand that he needs to take police protocol into account, but we believe it’s equally important to listen to community experiences with FBI intimidation and to make a decision out of those experiences.”

Civil rights advocates argue that this ordinance is necessary to repair and restore trust between community members and law enforcement.

“The American Muslim community has a difficult time trusting law enforcement in light of what various agencies, most recently the NYPD, have been doing to their friends, neighbors, and religious leaders,” said Zahra Billoo, executive director of the Council on American Islamic Relations in the Bay Area.

CAIR has heard complaints in San Francisco from individuals who were visited by law enforcement agents and questioned about activity that did not appear to be criminal, such as their religious and political beliefs, Billoo said. The ordinance, she said, would “build a layer of protection and accountability at the local level to ensure that San Francisco police officers aren’t engaging in this problematic behavior.”

Thus far, more than 500 people have contacted the Mayor’s office asking him to approve the legislation, according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Northern California. Bargzie of the Asian Law Caucus said more than 50 people showed up to the Board of Supervisors’ vote last week.

But community leaders were disappointed that last week’s vote was so close: the Board of Supervisors passed the ordinance in a 6-5 vote.

Supervisor Cohen, who voted against the ordinance, said she had concerns that it could prevent the SFPD from accessing necessary intelligence information, and pointed out that because existing police departmental guidelines protect the interests of all San Franciscans, there was no need for duplicative legislation.

“I feel more comfortable making it a resolution, particularly when we already have in existence the general order,” said Cohen.

However, advocates said the current guidelines conflict with the 2007 agreement between the FBI and SFPD, creating confusion about which should be followed.

The agreement between the SFPD and the FBI states that when police officers are assigned to participate in the JTTF, they are under the control of the FBI’s rules, and are not held accountable to the same civilian oversight measures as the SFPD. The general order issued by the police chief in May 2011 attempted to address this by stipulating that those officers must report to the police department and are subject to oversight from the Office of Civilian Complaints.

But community leaders worry that this order could order easily be reversed by the next police chief.

Unlike the police chief’s order, an ordinance approved by the Board of Supervisor s and signed by the mayor would be binding. “An ordinance can’t just be changed when the police chief changes,” Billoo explained.

The Safe San Francisco Civil Rights Ordinance would require that any police officers participating in the JTTF must act in a way that is consistent with state, not federal, constitutional privacy standards, and avoid profiling. Any investigations into First Amendment activities (such as a person's religious or political beliefs) must be based on reasonable suspicion of criminal activity, subject to civilian oversight through the Police Commission and Office of Civilian Complaints, and authorized in writing by the chief of police.

The ordinance would only apply to future agreements between the SFPD and FBI. (A clause recommending that the current memorandum of understanding between the FBI and the SFPD be terminated was removed from the ordinance before it went up for a vote.)

If approved, the next time a memorandum of understanding comes down the pipeline from the FBI -- which advocates expect to happen soon -- it would be subject to civilian oversight and accountability.

“In the end, civil rights are protected by laws, not by vague assurances,” noted John Crew, police practices specialist with the ACLU of Northern California.

San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr, whose lead the mayor is likely to follow, has expressed concern that if the ordinance passes, the SFPD will have to opt out of participating in the JTTF entirely -- a resource he considers to be extremely valuable in intelligence gathering.

According to Sergeant Michael Andraychak, “The SFPD obtained over 200 tips/items of information from the JTTF on criminal activity NOT related to First Amendment [activity] and the SFPD conducts investigations accordingly.”

But advocates note that a similar resolution that passed in Portland, Ore. – which the San Francisco ordinance is modeled after – did not stop police from working with the FBI. Portland continues to work with the JTTF after the city restored local control and transparency to its police officers participating in the task force.

In a Feb. 28 memo to the Portland City Council, Portland Police Chief Mike Reese explained how this worked. In order to provide proper oversight, he said, the Portland Criminal Investigations Unit Lieutenant is involved in the day-to-day management of the activities of the Portland police officers participating in the JTTF. Reese also continues to receive regular briefings on the work of the JTTF and attends JTTF Executive Committee meetings.

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The Hutaree Case: Next Time, They'll Just Send In The Drones
By William N. Grigg
Pro Libertate
Sunday, Apr 1, 2012

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Monday, Apr 9, 2012
Obama targets journalists
By Glenn Greenwald

[Glenn Greenwald is on vacation this week and three writers will be filling in for him]

By Jesselyn Radack

For two years I have been writing about the criminalization of whistleblowing, or as Glenn Greenwald has put it more aptly, the “war on whistleblowers.”  I’m an attorney with the Government Accountability Project, the nation’s leading whistleblower organization.

How did I get into this line of work?  Because I myself was a whistleblower when I worked as a Legal Advisor at the Justice Department and blew the whistle when my advice not to interrogate “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh without an attorney (and, parenthetically, not to torture him) was ignored and then “disappeared” from the file in contravention of a federal court discovery order. After I blew the whistle, the Justice Department retaliated against me by, among other things, placing me under criminal investigation, referring me to the state bars in which I’m licensed as a lawyer based on a secret report to which I did not have access, and putting me on the “No-Fly” List. (The D.C. Bar charges are still pending 8½ years later.) I write about the experience in my new book TRAITOR: The Whistleblower and the American Taliban. Glenn Greenwald, for whom I am substituting here, wrote an eloquent foreword for the book.

While the Bush administration treated whistleblowers unmercifully, the Obama administration has been far worse. It is actually prosecuting them, and doing so under the Espionage Act — one of the most serious charges that can be leveled against an American. The Espionage Act is an archaic World War I-era law meant to go after spies, not whistleblowers. Strangely, using it to target the media and sources is the brainchild of neo-conservative Gabriel Schoenfeld, who would have sources who disclose information to reporters, journalists who then write about it for newspapers, the newspapers that publish the information and the publisher itself all be held criminally liable.

Everyone wants to know why Obama, with his pledge to “protect whistleblowers,” would do this.  After all, Obama’s transition agenda recognized that “[o]ften the best source of information about waste, fraud, and abuse in government is an existing government employee committed to public integrity and willing to speak out. Such acts of courage and patriotism, which can sometimes save lives and often save taxpayer dollars, should be encouraged rather than stifled.”  That’s not just a broken promise, it’s a complete reversal.

At first I thought Obama’s war on whistleblowers was meant to appease the intelligence establishment, which saw him as weak. I soon recognized this assault as a devious way to create bad precedent for going after journalists. All the Espionage Act cases involve allegations that the government employee “leaked” information (or retained information for the purpose of leaking it) to journalists.

The government’s spectacularly failed case against NSA whistleblower Tom Drake claimed that he allegedly retained allegedly classified information for the purpose of leaking it to Siobhan Gorman, then with the Baltimore Sun. It turned out that he disclosed unclassified information about a failed and wasteful (multi-billion dollar) NSA spy program that compromised Americans’ privacy. FBI translator Shamai Liebowitz pleaded guilty to leaking information to a blogger. Leibowitz made his disclosure because of an all-too-real fear that Israel might strike nuclear facilities in Iran, a move he saw as potentially disastrous. State Department arms expert Steven Kim is accused of leaking to Fox News that North Korea was planning to respond to a U.N. Security Council resolution by setting off another nuclear test — surely of public interest to China and South Korea. And, of course, Army Private Bradley Manning is accused of leaking to WikiLeaks.

In the most extreme proof yet that the war on whistleblowers is also a war on journalists, Glenn Greenwald’s explosive piece last night detailed Department of Homeland Security (DHS) repeatedly detaining and interrogating Oscar- and Emmy-nominated documentarian Laura Poitras, who has filmed three of my NSA clients for the third installment of her War on Terror trilogy. Not surprisingly, her latest film will be about the government’s ever-expanding secret domestic surveillance, NSA treating our nation like a foreign country for spying purposes, and the war on whistleblowers.

In yet other examples, for the Espionage Act prosecution of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling, the government has subpoenaed New York Times journalist James Risen three times to testify about whether Sterling was his source. The issue is on appeal in the 4th Circuit from a lower court ruling that Risen had a “qualified reporter’s privilege” not to do so. Going after the media is also evidenced by last week’s Indictment of CIA officer John Kiriakou, which is laced with thinly-veiled references to “Journalist A” (Matthew Cole of ABC News) and “Journalist B” (Scott Shane of the New York Times). “Journalist C” (Richard Esposito of ABC News), mentioned in the charges, mysteriously disappeared from the indictment.


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Monday, April 23, 2012 Whole Show
More Secrets on Growing State Surveillance: Exclusive Part 2 with NSA Whistleblower, Targeted Hacker
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In part two of our national broadcast exclusive on the growing domestic surveillance state, we speak with National Security Agency whistleblower William Binney and two targeted Americans: Oscar-nominated filmmaker Laura Poitras and hacker Jacob Appelbaum, who has volunteered for WikiLeaks and now works with Tor Project, a nonprofit organization that teaches about internet security. Binney left the NSA after the 9/11 attacks over his concerns about the agency’s widespread surveillance of U.S. citizens. He describes how the FBI later raided his home and held him at gunpoint and notes there is still no effective way of monitoring how and what information the NSA is gathering on U.S. citizens and how that data is being used.

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couple of reads

1st read
Obama praises FBI, says country counting on it

WASHINGTON—Offering a robust endorsement for the FBI and its leadership, President Barack Obama on Tuesday praised the bureau's employees for their commitment to staying "one step ahead of all who step outside of the law."

"We are counting on you," Obama said from an outdoor courtyard at FBI headquarters, where he was greeted by sustained cheers.

Thousands crammed the plaza, while many other FBI workers peered down from their windows. Obama thanked them all for embracing "a profound transformation" in their mission and their capabilities.

"With the attacks of 9/11, your mission became focused more than ever before on prevention, so that we have the capacity to uncover terrorist plots before they take hold," he said. "With the spread of new technologies you increasingly confronted adversaries in unconventional areas, from transnational networks to cybercrimes and espionage. And through it all, you must continue to stay one step ahead of all who step outside of the law."

Obama's brief stop at the FBI was part of a broader effort in support of the crime-fighting and intelligence community. He went to the CIA last week in a morale boost for employees after controversy erupted over his decision to release Bush-era memos detailing harsh interrogations methods against terror suspects.

At the start on Tuesday, Obama got a big burst of applause when he donned the FBI cap given to him by the bureau's director, Robert Mueller.

2nd read

Who Killed Robert Kennedy?
by Philip Melanson

3rd read
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Former OSU professor due in court on child porn charges
Sachtleben to attend bond hearing
 May 17, 2012

A former Oklahoma State University professor and FBI agent will be in court
Donald Sachtleben was arrested by federal agents in Indiana on child pornography charges. Sachtleben will face a judge Friday and find out if he will remain in jail or be released on bond.

Sachtleben helped investigate the Oklahoma City bombing when he was an explosives expert with the FBI. As of last October, the former agent was a visiting professor at OSU's Center for Health Sciences. He resigned following his arrest.

Investigators say they found dozens of pictures and videos of child porn on Sachtleben's computer and believe he was trading those images online. Police say the explicit images on Sachtleben's computer are mainly of girls around the age of 12.

4th  read
Judge rules attorney Trentadue cannot take video depositions from Nichols and Hammer who say Oklahoma City bombing was a FBI  Operation

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Dr Bill Deagle MD

April 18th 2008

May 1st 2008 is a special day for Jesse C. Trentadue. This is the day he finds out if a Federal Judge permits an already mandated Video Deposition to take place of Terry Lynn Nichols.

In Feb 2007, Jesse C. Trentadue Attorney, spent one and one-half days with Terry Lynn Nichols, obtaining his deposition. In it, he stated that there were many other parties involved and that the operations were overseen by FBI. Jesse won a Federal injunction allowing a video deposition of Terry Lynn, but the US Dept of Prisons and FBI had filed motions to quash his video deposition of Terry. May 1st 2008 is May Day for the Old World Disorder, as this Video evidence will demand finally a Grand Jury, that will make complicit two and possibly three Presidencies, FBI, ATF, and US State's Attorney in Colorado, Arapahoe County Sherriff, and many more.

"On March 20, 2008, Plaintiff receive from the FBI's Philadelphia Office documents relate to information provided by informants to the FBI regarding: Tim McVeigh, Elohim City, the Aryan Republican Army or 'ARA', OKBOMB, BOMBROB, Richard Lee Guthrie and the Mid-West Bank Robbers, one of whom was Mark Thomas." ..." Donna Marazoff is or was the girlfriend of Mark Thomas and the mother of two of his children. The Court will recall that Thomas was a member of the Mid-West Bank Robbery Gang, a member of the Aryan Republican Army."

"With this background, the Marazoff 302 is very significant. In this 302, the FBI documents that Marazoff reported that prior to February of 1995, she and Thomas had been discussing the federal government's involvement in Waco and Ruby Ridge. According to Marazoff, Thomas became "very irritated" during that conversation and said: "We are going to get them. We are going to hit one of their buildings during the middle of the day. It's going to be a federal building. We will get sympathy if we bomb the building"[T]he people who will lose their loved ones, will realize how bad it feels." (Marazoff 302) (emphasis added).

"Interestingly, Thomas and the other Elohim City, ARA and Mid-West Bank Robbers crowd do not seem to have been subjects of interest to the FBI when it came to the bombing of the Murrah Building, and one has to wonder. Why? The answer to that question may likewise be the basis for the FBI Defendants' suspicious of Plaintiff's reason for advising the Court about this recent release of additional informant documents. This Saturday will be the 13th anniversary of the Bombing. That attack was the biggest act of domestic terrorism in the 20th Century and resulted in the deaths of 168 people, including 19 toddlers as well as hundreds of injured victims. Perhaps this approaching anniversary is why FBI Defendants' are so suspicious and wary of the motive behind Plaintiff's filing of the Notice of Release. But, if Plaintiff wante to present FBI Defendants in a bad light, he would have included the Marazoff 302 and similar FBI documents in his Notice of Release of additional informant documents. Dated this 17th day of April, 2008. -- Jesse C. Trentadue; Pro Se Plaintiff "

As Exit Medical Examiner at CCOM, St. Francis Hospital, I personally examined all five Special Ops Bomb Forensics Military Officers. One of the officers spent several hours provided extreme details of the scene, cause of the demolition and operational control of the site by Wakenhut Security. He wanted further testing from positive radiation exposure, and told me how the entire operation was run by FBI and ATF and how all their bags were weighed and scanned for radiation traces of removed debris particles and chunks. They were warned, "Don't remove any material from the site or we will track and kill you." When it became evident that he told me this information, he was court-martialed and I was summarily fired and threatened.

Your stomach wretches when you read the attached Marazoff 302 documents, the depos of Terry Lynn Nichols, death row Oklahoma cohabitant David Paul Hammer, Kevin Lagan, etc. and the news of additional bombs removed from the US Federal Murrah Building by local news. It is evident that a comprehensive criminal cover-up was and had been continued by FBI and the Dept of Prisons trying to block the video deposition of Terry Lynn Nichols. Terry's deposition is quite damning, and lined up with my affidavit attached and these other documents. We need a Grand Jury to obtain suppressed videotapes around the building and safe harbor for other whistleblowers to come forward for a new OKC Murrah Demolition investigation.

As we remember the Battles of Lexington and Concord on April 19th, 2008, Patriot's Day, remember it also memorialized the dates of OKC, Ruby Ridge and Waco in our souls. Only with a Grand Jury and indictments will we be free of future OKCs, 911s, and the nukes activated in multiple US Cities or release of pandemic death. OKC Murrah revelations are the 'can-opener' of 911 WTC Demolition. National crimes were committed with advanced explosives, micro-nukes, and thermate. A 'real 911 WTC Full Grand Jury Investigation' must follow swiftly and in parallel with the OKC revelations presented here on the 13th Anniversay of the OKC Murrah Demolition. It was the self-inflicted wound of OKC and 911 that propelled the USA into two and now a possible third unjustified and illegal war, blown the US Dollar and economy, and brought the world to the brink of WWIII.

Let us take a deep breath of hope, and invigorated with courage step forwarded into a tomorrow. A day when the 'terror state' is dismantled, national IDs and North American Union are bad memories and adventurous wars promulgated on self inflicted terror will never more happen in this great United States of America.

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couple of reads about serial killers with guns funded by your tax dime.
boo, did I scare you?

1st read
Fatal Police Shootings In Los Angeles County Rise By 70 Percent


LOS ANGELES -- The number of suspects killed by police in Los Angeles County has risen nearly 70 percent in 2011 over the previous year.

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Cost of drug war too high, former DEA official tells Libertarians
Saturday, Jun. 09, 2012
By Gene Trainor

Special to the Star-Telegram

FORT WORTH -- Calling America's war on drugs a campaign that has spread violence worldwide, created distrust in law enforcement and wasted billions of tax dollars, a former federal investigator called for the legalization of drugs.

Sean Dunagan said Saturday that because drugs are illegal, people involved in dealing drugs turn to violence to settle disputes.

"There are no arbiters, there are no courts, there are no contracts, so necessarily all disputes get settled by violence," said Dunagan, who worked for the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Dunagan said he turned against the drug war while working in Miami when a mother with a 5-year-old son on her lap and her drug-dealing boyfriend were traveling into an apartment complex.

Drug rivals shot up their vehicle, killing all three people.

Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/2012/06/09/4020334/cost-of-drug-war-too-high-former.html#storylink=cpy

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5th read

for the uneducated and the uneducable

high school dropout can't find work so he joins the Marines to Semper Fi
and collect some money.
High school dropout is sent to Paris Island to be all he can be. He is trained to kill women and children and a occasional freedom fighter trying to protect his wife from being raped by Mr Semper Fi.
High school dropout ships out to invade Iraq for USEmpire and US oil companies.
American oil companies are struggling with the problem of Peak Oil.
Peak oil means we no longer have a infinite supply of oil.Maybe you saw the documentary film END OF SUBURBIA see

high school drop out didn't because his high school teachers were too busy DUMBING him down

High School dropout manages to kill a couple hundred women and children while throwing in a occasional rape. Mr Sempi Fi has now been transformed into Mr serial killer.
Mr high school dropout/serial killer now begins to experience extreme depression from his actions. Mental Wealth workers call it Post Traumatic
Stress Syndrome. But the only people who experience traumatic stress in Iraq are the Iraqi women being raped by Semper Fi's before they shot and killed them.
Good thing serial killer/high school dropout has never read the research
of Ian Stevenson MD whose groundbreaking study of 3,000 children who remember previous lives provides the science for the existence of reincarnation. see

What this means for high school dropout is that he will be coming back
again for another life . Of course so will the people he murdered , so for practical purposes he has another couple hundred lives he has to live getting "wacked" by the life forms he semper fi'd.

The difference this time is the raped and murdered have had some time to ponder while they wait for him to pass over, how they will "do" Mr Semper Fi- the high school drop out serial killer.

Mr high school dropout comes back from Iraq out of work unless he re-enlists. There are not to many job openings for serial killers until he lands a job working with his be all you can be buddies at the local police department or the FBI.

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Whaddya tell yourself after you let the FBI crime family use your tax dime to murder 19 women and men?

see link that makes you a co-enabler


Disgraced G-man’s fate rests with courts
By Laurel J. Sweet
Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Miami lawyer fighting to free fellow ex-G-man John J. Connolly from a Florida state prison is hoping remarks attributed to James “Whitey” Bulger that Connolly “was framed” for the 1982 execution of business tycoon John Callahan will be revealed on the record should a federal judge in Boston lift a protective order.

“Right now we’re just waiting to see what the judge does,” attorney James E. McDonald, who once served with Connolly, 71, on an organized crime squad in the San Francisco bureau of the FBI, told the Herald.

McDonald said “sources” in Boston — who he stressed are neither within the FBI or the U.S. Attorney’s Office — have told him Bulger, 82, stood up for his former FBI handler following his arrest last year in Santa Monica, Calif., one year ago Friday, as well as during the cross-country plane trip home to Boston for his arraignment.

“Bulger said John was framed,” McDonald said. “I don’t think Bulger is cooperating now.”

Still, it’s McDonald’s expectation, as a former FBI agent and federal prosecutor, that whatever Bulger may have said will be well documented in the government’s discovery.

Bulger’s attorney J.W. Carney Jr. has a motion pending before U.S. District Court Judge Richard G. Stearns to remove the protective order so that he may discuss the case for strategy purposes with outside counsel. Carney declined to comment on Connolly’s claim in Newsweek magazine that his onetime star informant had cleared his name.

Bulger is slated to go on trial in November for the murders of 19 women and men.

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Monday, January 2, 2012 Did Eric Holder Cover Up FBI’s Role In ’95 OKC Bomb Plot? http://conspiracyscope.blogspot.com/2012/01/did-eric-holder-cover-up-fbis-role-in.html Eric Holder, current attorney general of the United States, managed an FBI operation that provided explosives to Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols just prior to the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995, according to official documents released during the ongoing investigation into government foreknowledge of the supposed terrorist attack. According to the documentation provided in the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit brought against the Department of Justice by Salt Lake City attorney Jesse Trentadue, the Oklahoma City bombing had aspects of being an FBI sting operation that went out of control. Holder had authorized the FBI to provide explosives to Nichols and McVeigh, then lost track of both the explosives and their targets. McVeigh went on to detonate some of the explosives outside the federal building, an act that was designed to help anti-terrorism legislation pass Congress. But an additional case of explosives was unaccounted for.

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Don't you love the Fox spin- "faulty testimony" see link for full story http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/08/16/lawmaker-accuses-fbi-official-faulty-testimony-on-how-bureau-handled-al-awlaki/ Lawmaker accuses FBI official of faulty testimony on how bureau handled al-Awlaki By Catherine Herridge Published August 16, 2012 A Republican congressman, in a letter obtained exclusively by Fox News, accuses a senior FBI official of making misleading statements or providing incorrect testimony about the Fort Hood massacre and about the bureau’s contact with the American Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki immediately after the Sept. 11 attacks. “I am concerned that the bureau’s witness at this recent hearing, Mr. Mark Giuliano, the executive assistant director for national security, made comments to the committee that I believe were misleading or incorrect with regard to the nature of findings in the Webster Commission report and the FBI’s understanding of Anwar (Aulaqi) al-Awlaki,” Rep. Frank Wolf wrote in the letter to FBI Director Robert Mueller, dated Wednesday. During testimony earlier this month before Wolf’s appropriations subcommittee, which has oversight of the FBI, the congressman questioned whether a decision by the FBI to let al-Awlaki walk away from a federal arrest warrant in 2002 was evidence the bureau wanted to work on terrorism cases with the cleric as an informant. Giuliano insisted to the committee that the FBI would have incarcerated the cleric if it had been possible, but the warrant was weak. But Wolf, in his letter, made clear he didn't buy that explanation. “I would like you to provide for the record whether the FBI or other federal agencies ever approached, cultivated or targeted Aulaqi or Hasan (the alleged Fort Hood shooter) to be potential confidential informants. I believe this additional information would help reconcile Aulaqi’s comments with the bureau’s actions – and perhaps clarify why the FBI was reluctant to take more aggressive investigative actions with regard to Aulaqi.” In an incident first reported by Fox News as part of its ongoing investigation of the cleric, al-Awlaki was detained by customs agents at New York City's JFK airport because there was an active warrant for his arrest on passport fraud. At the time, al-Awlaki was the subject of a full investigation by the FBI’s Washington Field Office, and he had been interviewed at least three times in the first week after 9/11 because of his known contact with two of the hijackers. He was killed in September 2011 in Yemen by a U.S. drone strike. On the morning of Oct. 10, 2002, FBI agent Wade Ammerman told customs agents to release al-Awlaki, even though court records show the arrest warrant was still active. On a bipartisan basis, the committee rejected Giuliano's explanations as not believable, because after the cleric was released from federal custody at JFK on the say-so of Agent Ammerman, the cleric then turned up in Ammerman’s investigation in Virginia of Ali al-Timimi, who was later convicted of inciting terrorism. While Timimi’s case is on appeal, court records show he thought al-Awlaki was wired.

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 August 28, 2012
In the Land of False Cognates
On Translating Securityspeak into English

One might wonder, reading the American “national security” community’s pronouncements, if they refer to the same world we live in. Things make a little more sense when you realize that the Security State has its own language: Securityspeak. Like Newspeak, the ideologically refashioned successor to English in Orwell’s “1984,” Securityspeak is designed to obscure meaning and conceal truth, rather than convey them. As an example, take these 2010 remarks to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee by Ambassador Jaime Daremblum, Senior Fellow and Director of the Hudson Institute’s Center for Latin American Studies.

Daremblum, after praising Senators Lugar and Dodd for their promotion of “national security and democracy” in Latin America over the years, warned of the threat of “radical populism, which has taken root in Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Nicaragua.” Perhaps most alarmingly, Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez has formed an alliance with Iran, “the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism.” The Nicaraguan government, having “returned to its old ways,” occupies a Costa Rican river island in defiance of an OAS resolution.

Chavez’s alliance with Iran, in particular, is “the biggest threat to hemispheric stability since the Cold War.” The Chavez regime poses a “serious threat to U.S. security interests.”

First, we have to remember that in Securityspeak, “democracy” doesn’t mean what it does in English. You probably think of democracy as meaningful control by ordinary people of the decisions that affect their daily lives. The false cognate Securityspeak term “democracy” sounds the same, but can cause great confusion. It actually refers to a society in which the system of power is disguised by the existence of periodic electoral rituals in which the public chooses between a number of candidates, all selected from the same ruling class. These candidates may argue a lot, but it’s all about the 20% or so of secondary issues on which the different factions of the ruling class are divided among themselves. The 80% of primary issues, on which the ruling class agrees — issues that define the basic structure of power — never come up for debate.

When the structure of power itself comes up for debate — when people start talking about, say, the concentrated ownership of land, or export-oriented development policy — it’s a sign that “democracy” is in danger of being replaced by “radical populism.” That’s a matter for the CIA or Marines to deal with. The whole point of Securityspeak’s version of “democracy” is to safeguard the fundamental structure of power by distracting the population with the illusion of choice.

It’s also important to keep in mind that in Securityspeak, the label “state sponsor of terrorism” — by definition — cannot include the United States. That’s because actions by the Sole Superpower and Hegemon to promote “democracy” cannot — by definition — be terroristic. Actions to promote “radical populism,” on the other hand, can.

As in Newspeak, actions that are considered laudable when practiced by one side are reprehensible when practiced by the other. Take, for example, the Nicaraguan action of occupying Costa Rican territory in defiance of an OAS resolution. That same action — defying an OAS resolution — was entirely commendable when practised by the U.S. (i.e., the mining of Managua harbor as a means of combating “radical populists” thirty years ago).

Consider labeling the Iran-Venezuela alliance the “biggest threat to hemispheric stability since the Cold War.” You’re probably thinking he put that qualifier in there so U.S. actions during the Cold War wouldn’t count. After all the U.S. overthrew Guatemala’s democratic government in 1954, installing a military regime that terrorized the country for decades. It backed Central American death squads that killed hundreds of thousands of people, and (starting with the overthrow of Brazil’s government in the 1960s and proceeding with Kissinger’s Operation Condor in the 1970s) put military dictators in power in most of South America.

But those things wouldn’t count anyway. When the United States overthrows government after government, with domino chains of military coups putting pro-U.S. dictatorships in power throughout most of the hemisphere, that’s protecting stability, not threatening it. It’s all for the sake of defeating that “radical populism,” which is by definition a threat to stability.

And in Securityspeak, saying a Venezuela-Iran military alliance is a “threat” doesn’t mean they might attack the U.S. and invade its territory. It means they might be able to fight back when the U.S. attacks them — that the U.S. might not be able to defeat them and put a stop to the treat of “radical populism.” In other words, they might get away with taking land away from oligarchs and patrons and distributing it to the people who actually work it, and their economies might start serving the interests of the people who live there instead of Norteamericano corporations. And that would be bad.

Similarly, “national security” refers not, as you might expect in English, to the security of the American people. It refers to the security of the American state and the coalition of class interests that controls it. Economic populism is indeed a threat to “national security” in this sense. American economic elites are the heart of one of the opposing sides in the age-old conflict between those who own the world, and those whose blood and sweat enriches those who own the world. When a functionary of the American state like Daremblum refers to a “threat to national security,” he means a threat to the ability of the hemisphere’s owning classes to extract wealth from the blood and sweat of the rest of us.

There — that wasn’t so hard, was it?

Kevin Carson is a senior fellow of the Center for a Stateless Society (c4ss.org) and holds the Center’s Karl Hess Chair in Social Theory.

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April 20, 2013

Gang video prompts questions of dismissal for 2 Chicago cops
The officers argue the man in the video was never in any danger, as gang members heckle him from the back of a squad

By Chip Mitchell

CHICAGO—The Chicago Police Board on Thursday evening is expected to decide the fate of two cops recommended for dismissal because of their conduct in a 2011 gang video spotted by WBEZ.

Police Supt. Garry McCarthy has accused patrol officers Susana La Casa, 49, and Luis Contreras, 44, of unlawfully restraining a young man and violating six police department rules, including bringing “discredit upon the department” and making a “false oral statement” about the incident to an Internal Affairs detective.

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April 18, 2013

Video: Aggravated cop pulls gun on drive-thru customer

The off-duty, plain-clothed cop had a lapse in judgement when the vehicle in front of him took too much time at McDonalds


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Boston Suspect Arrested Stripped Naked so WHEN was he shot and killed?

Global Research, April 21, 2013


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Judge rejects FBI's request to use 'extremely intrusive' hack tactic
April 26, 2013 03:38

A federal judge in Texas has denied a Federal Bureau of Investigation request to move forward with an investigation tactic that would have tracked alleged hackers by turning a suspect’s computer into a surveillance agent.

In a 13-page explanation Houston magistrate Judge Stephen Smith eviscerated the FBI’s attempt to push an “extremely intrusive” tactic to track down someone who allegedly used his or her computer to commit federal bank fraud and identity theft.

Smith’s order denied the use of a so-called Trojan Horse tool investigators would have installed on a computer to override its operating system and use a webcam to take pictures of the suspect. The request also asked for permission to access the computer’s email contents, chat message logs, documents, pictures and passwords as well as Internet activity, according to Smith’s memorandum.

Known as a remote administration tool (RAT), hackers have previously used the method proposed by the FBI to spy on women through their computers and share stolen erotic pictures with hackers. 

Judge Smith wrote that the FBI hoped to “surreptitiously install data extraction software on the Target Computer. Once installed, the software has the capacity to search the computer’s hard drive, random access memory, and other storage media; to activate the computer’s built-in camera; to generate latitude and longitude coordinates for the computer’s location; and to transmit the extracted data to FBI agents within the district.”

He decried law enforcement’s overly broad intentions, which, if granted, could have set a dangerous precedent for other judges approached with similar requests in the future.

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FBI's new mid-Hudson gang task force chief soft-spoken, but not soft on crime

FBI Supervisory Senior Resident Agent Felipe Orengo talks about his new position commanding the Hudson Valley Safe Streets Task Force. The understated 53-year-old Orengo is a departure from his boisterous predecessor, James Gagliano.CHET GORDON/Times Herald-Record
- 04/30/13



 The FBI's new leader of a mid-Hudson gang task force says his team is as focused as ever on the region's most violent criminals.

Supervisory Senior Resident Agent Felipe Orengo said the mission remains "absolutely the same" three years after more than 500 federal, state and local law enforcement officers swarmed the City of Newburgh in surge-style gang takedowns.

Orengo, a Middletown High School graduate, took over the FBI's local operations after the old boss, James Gagliano, was appointed deputy legal attaché in Mexico City.

Orengo's job includes oversight of the Hudson Valley Safe Streets Task Force. The hybrid unit comprising 11 law enforcement agencies led investigations that have yielded federal indictments of more than 300 defendants in Orange, Sullivan and Dutchess counties.

The bulk of the work came in Newburgh, where the task force targeted the Latin Kings and Bloods gangs, leading to convictions for drug dealing, racketeering, assaults and a half-dozen murders.

Orengo began as a state trooper in the Middletown barracks of Troop F, where he patrolled nights with New York State Police Academy classmate Joseph Tripodo. Now captain of Troop F's investigations unit, Tripodo said Orengo is a street-savvy, organized lawman.

"He's a stand-up guy, both on the personal and professional level," Tripodo said.

Soft-spoken and understated, the 53-year-old Orengo is a departure from the boisterous Gagliano, whom U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara described as a "force of nature."

Orengo is a career special agent who began his FBI days 28 years ago roaming the southern parishes of New Orleans before returning to New York to chase Colombian drug cartels and La Cosa Nostra. He's volunteered for 13 years as an assistant girls' basketball coach for John S. Burke Catholic High School in Goshen. Gagliano considered him his right-hand man on the task force.

"Jim and I don't have the same style, but we share the same passion for the mission," Orengo said. The switch to management makes Orengo the main contact for the partnering agencies that continue to lend scare resources and manpower to the task force. Without their cooperation, Orengo said, there would be no task force.

Newburgh police Chief Michael Ferrara, who devotes two detectives to the task force, said the partnership led to "unbelievable arrests" and was crucial to keeping new gang leaders from filling the void.


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Angela Davis: FBI Targeting Assata Shakur ‘Reflects Very Logic Of Terrorism’
May 5, 2013

ANGELA-ASSATALegendary activist, scholar, author and former political prisoner Angela Davis (pictured left), who is currently a professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz, is still speaking truth to power, specifically as it pertains to revolutionary freedom  fighter, Assata Shakur (pictured right).

In an interview on Democracy Now with Amy Goodman and Juan González, Davis said that the FBI placing Shakur on its “Most Wanted Terrorists” list, the first  woman to be so designated, “reflects the very logic of terrorism.”

    “It seems to me that this act incorporates or reflects the very logic of terrorism,” Davis says. “I can’t help but think that it’s designed to frighten people who are involved in struggles today. Forty years ago seems like it was a long time ago. In the beginning of the 21st century, we’re still fighting around the very same issues — police violence, healthcare, education, people in prison.”

Davis was joined by Lennox Hinds, Assata Shakur’s attorney since 1973 and professor of criminal justice at Rutgers University, who also said the act is politically motivated:

Shakur, formerly Joanne Chesimard, was a member of the Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army. In addition to being the first woman placed on the “Most Wanted Terrorists,” Shakur, the godmother of slain Hip-Hop artist, poet, actor and activist, Tupac Shakur, is only the second person from inside the United States to placed on the list. In an unexpected move, the state of New Jersey announced it was adding $1 million to the FBI’s $1 million reward for her capture.

Though the politically accepted version of events vilifies Shakur, please read below for the facts.

Hip-Hop artist, actor and activist Yasiin Bey, formerly Mos Def, showing support for Assata Shakur.

    Shakur was falsely convicted of having killed an officer on May 2, 1973. While driving on the New Jersey Turnpike, Assata, Zayd Shakur, and Sundiata Acoli were stopped by state troopers, allegedly for having a “faulty taillight.” A shootout ensued where one state trooper killed Zayd Shakur, and another trooper, Werner Foerster, ended up dead. Shakur was charged with both murders, despite the fact that the other trooper, James Harper, admitted he killed Zayd Shakur.

    Assata had been, following police instructions, standing with her hands in the air, when she was shot by Trooper Harper more than once, including a bullet to the back. Trooper Harper lied and said he had seen Shakur reach for a gun, a claim he later recanted. He also claimed she had been in a firing position, something a surgeon who examined her said was “anatomically impossible.” The same surgeon said it was “anatomically necessary” for her arms to have been raised for her to receive the bullet wounds she did. Tests done by the police found that Shakur had not fired a gun, and no physical or medical evidence was presented by the prosecution to back up their claim that she had fired a gun at Trooper Harper.

    While she was in trial proceedings, the state attempted to pin six other serious crimes on her, alleging she had carried out bank robberies, kidnappings and attempted killings. She was acquitted three times, two were dismissed and one resulted in a hung jury.

    Shakur was put on trial in a county where because of pre-trial publicity 70 percent of people thought she was guilty, and she was judged by an all-white jury. Without any physical evidence to present, the prosecution had to rely totally on false statements and innuendo aimed at playing on the prejudices of the jury pool against Black people, political radicals, and Black revolutionaries in particular. Finally, after years behind bars, the state secured her conviction for the Turnpike shooting.

In 1979, Shakur escaped from jail and fled to Cuba where she received political asylum and has lived ever since.

She once wrote, “I am a 20th century escaped slave. Because of government persecution, I was left with no other choice than to flee from the political repression, racism and violence that dominate the U.S. government’s policy towards people of color.”

Watch Democracy Now’s interview with Lennox Hinds and Angela Davis below:

It speaks to the hypocrisy of the United States that there are police officers who have not only killed unarmed, innocent people, but are roaming free and lauded for their bravery. Based on the criteria, there are certain police departments who should be characterized as domestic terror cells. But instead, the FBI is going after a 65-year-old revolutionary who isn’t even guilty and — by international law — has the right to seek political asylum.

It is amazing — and pathetic — how swiftly the FBI felt compelled to frame the domestic terrorism conversation around a Black revolutionary living in Cuba, instead of two White men from Boston.

Timing is everything — and the timing of this travesty of justice speaks volumes.

To show your support and say Hands Off Assata Shakur, sign the Change.org here.

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MSSC Justice Randolph blasts DOJ in Manning execution dissent (Updated)

May 7th, 2013

The Mississippi Supreme Court stayed the execution of Willie Jerome Manning, who was scheduled to die Tuesday night at 6 at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman.

Manning was convicted in 1994 of killing two Mississippi State students in front of the campus’ Sigma Chi fraternity house.

Justices voted 8-1 to issue the stay. Justice Michael Randolph, of Hattiesburg, dissented.

Randolph was critical of the court’s decision, writing that Manning had failed to comply with the statutory requirements attached to his claim that DNA testing on a hair found in one of the victim’s cars could possibly exonerate him.  Randolph took particular issue with letters submitted with the hair analysis from the U.S. Department of Justice that were unsigned.

“The letters challenge not only former FBI experts in hair, but also ballistics. Our established law and justice require more,” Randolph wrote in his opinion.

Randolph also pointed out what he felt were discrepancies in one of the DOJ letters, which said mitochondrial DNA testing became routine in 2000. Randolph cited an article published by the DOJ in 1999 that said the testing became routine in 1992, and would have been available for Manning’s 1994 trial, if he had asked that it be done.


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LOL ! you got the same look on your face as the deer frozen in the middle of the highway staring into the headlights of a  oncoming semi.
If, like us, you believe that blogging isn't behavior, and only behavior is the truth,how about picketing the home of the local FBI SAC? How about creating a volunteer civilian review police board with subpoena powers that can set standards for the criminal justice system and enforce those standards by hiring and firing personnel?
After all you own the this corruption. As always it is  funded by your tax dime.

see link for more about the FBI  crime family

same thing happened in Boston
see   http://articles.latimes.com/1998/may/24/news/mn-52930

FBI's Cozy Ties to Mobsters Threaten Boston Racketeering Case
Crime: Federal agents protected two secret informants, even exchanged gifts, testimony shows. The relationship puts prosecution of major figures in jeopardy.
May 24, 1998
BOSTON — The retired FBI agent walked to the witness stand, still looking the part of a G-man. Gray suit. Nondescript tie. Silver hair. Eyes straight ahead.

Then came the questions that made him squirm, questions about a past he really didn't care to talk about.

Had he, John Morris, former chief of the FBI's Boston organized crime unit, exchanged Christmas gifts of books and liquor with mobsters James J. "Whitey" Bulger and Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi?

Yes, answered Morris.

Had he, John Morris, taken upward of $6,000 from Bulger--one of Boston's most notorious tough guys--including $1,000 to bring his girlfriend to a 1982 Drug Enforcement Administration conference in Georgia?

Yes, Morris admitted, he had.

Had Morris and other agents shielded Bulger and Flemmi from prosecution for 20 years because they were the most prized secret FBI informants in New England history?

Yes, Morris told the judge.

The agent testified for hours, then days, bearing witness to the fact that the FBI in Boston had protected some gangsters and sacrificed less powerful thugs in the pursuit of inside information.

same thing happened in New York

same thing happened in Atlanta

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FBI Agent Took Gifts and Cash, Ex-Mobster Informant Alleges

May 29, 2013

The FBI has opened an investigation into accusations that one of its agents took lavish gifts and cash from an informant who has been indicted in the murder of a popular Atlanta rapper known as Lil Phat.

The informant, Russian ex-mobster Mani Chulpayev, has told investigators for the Department of Justice's Office of Inspector General that he was asked for and gave the FBI agent gifts of cash, jewelry, watches, expensive sports shoes, basketball game tickets, hotel rooms and the use of luxury cars, according to his lawyer, George Plumides.

"The agent obstructed a murder investigation," Plumides told ABC News in an interview to broadcast Thursday on ABC News' "World News with Diane Sawyer" and "Nightline".

"That's my opinion and it is Mani's as well," said the suspect's lawyer, claiming the FBI agent's efforts to get local police and detectives to leave Chulpayev alone actually complicated his client's case and led to the murder charges against him.

"Well, it's nice to have an FBI agent that is looking over your shoulder, I guess. But I think he was ill served. He didn't get a bargain," Plumides said.

The FBI confirmed to ABC News that the DOJ's Inspector General and the FBI's own Inspection Division are both looking into the allegations against the agent, Dante Jackson.
PHOTO: Russian ex-mobster and FBI informant Mani Chulpayev
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"We take the allegations very seriously," an FBI spokesperson said. "The policy on this could not be more clear."

Phone messages and a letter sent by ABC News to Jackson at the FBI office in Atlanta seeking comment were not answered.

The murder case grows out of the 2012 death of Melvin Vernell III, 19, a popular rap artist in Atlanta who used the name Lil Phat.

Prosecutors in Fulton County, Ga. allege that Chulpayev, who says he has worked with the FBI since the 1990s, helped arrange the murder in league with four other men. A grand jury indictment charges them with murder, felony murder, street gang criminal activity and weapons counts.

Prosecutors said Lil Phat was involved with Chulpayev and the other suspects in a dispute over "drugs and other 'business' dealings."

Chulpayev's lawyer said his client will enter a plea of not guilty and has an alibi for the night Lil Phat was murdered outside an Atlanta hospital where Lil Phat was waiting for his fiancee to give birth to their child.

It was the alleged role of Chulpayev in the murder that led to the significant FBI investigation of one of its own agents.

As an apparent informant for the FBI for almost a decade, Chulpayev has twice been able to avoid long prison terms of possible deportation.

Even before the murder charge, an ABC News investigation found that someone in the FBI attempted to divert law enforcement attention from allegations that Chulpayev was selling stolen luxury cars to unsuspecting victims.

One of the victims, Travis Jones of Atlanta, said when he reported to local police that Chulpayev had sold him a stolen car, he was told by a detective that Chulpayev was protected by the FBI.

"He's just untouchable," Jones told ABC News.

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If the FBI Never Kills Anyone by Mistake, Why Kill Tsarnaev's Maybe-Accomplice?
Jun 19, 2013

Last month an FBI agent killed Ibragim Todashev, a man who was friends with the dead Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev and very well might have had information tying him to a triple murder to better explain the marathon attack. There were many conflicting accounts of that night, all of which led to the question of why a house full of law enforcement officials used lethal force against an apparently unarmed man who was about to peacefully sign a confession as Tsarnaev's accomplice. If past statistics of the agency's internal examinations hold, expect the FBI to fully justify Todashev's killing — even though it's taking a suspiciously long time to do so.

The New York Times's Charlie Savage and Michael Schmidt have your stark FBI statistic and conspiracy theorist fodder of the day (emphasis ours), as a result of their four-year investigation:

    [F]rom 1993 to early 2011, F.B.I. agents fatally shot about 70 'subjects' and wounded about 80 others — and every one of those episodes was deemed justified, according to interviews and internal F.B.I. records obtained by The New York Times through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.

So, essentially, the FBI says that the FBI has never made a mistake in the agency's 70 or so deadly shootings in the past eighteen years. And the key word here is "justified." The bureau's policy, as Savage and Schmidt explain, "allows deadly force if agents fear that their lives or those of fellow agents are in danger." But there are scant details of what the threshold of "danger" entails. If the FBI is after a suspect, isn't there some implicit danger in that already? And that leads to the most pertinent question: What makes an FBI kill justified?

Indeed, the FBI's own people kill people, the FBI's own people tend to take over investigations after the killing, and then the FBI's own people are the ones who deem whether or not a mistake was made. And many of the rest of us people don't have the Freedom of Information Act skills that Savage possesses.

Tim Murphy, a former deputy director of the FBI who conducted some investigations of agency shootings during a 23-year career, told Savage and Schmidt the agence believes that all the mistake-free shootings are due to agents being better, older, and more experienced than police officers — and that those better agents are involved in planned operations as opposed to more random ones.

In the case of Todashev, there are still plenty of questions. In the initial reports, there were varying accounts of whether or not he was armed. Todashev was first reported to be wielding a knife, while some accounts had him stabbing an agent, and later the leaked news reports about the knife — or even that he was wielding a sword — were walked back by law enforcement officials. The FBI has not officially said whether or not the was armed. And the agency has declined to describe the events that led to the May 22 shooting of the 27-year-old ethnic Chechen near Universal Studios in Orlando. Nor have officials really explained how this all happened in a house full of FBI agents and other law enforcement officials when the FBI is supposed to be so good at using lethal force these days.

The Boston Globe's Maria Sacchetti explains that protocol is out of step with the way the agency usually treats shootings, citing a deadly FBI shooting in Illinois that occurred 12 days before the Todashev case. "Within 24 hours, the FBI issued a press release saying agents shot and killed Tony Starnes, 45, when he allegedly rammed an agent’s vehicle with a stolen Honda Civic," Sacchetti reported.

Savage and Schmidt did find some punishments had been doled out: Of the 289 deliberate FBI shootings in the time frame which their FOIA requests examined, they found five "bad shoots." None of those left anyone wounded, and the typical punishment was  adding "letters of censure to agents' files."

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The FBI's Nearly Unbelievable Record of "Justified" Shootings
June 19, 2013, at 10:19 AM

We're still waiting for the FBI to finish its internal investigation into exactly what happened in an Orlando apartment last month, when an FBI agent shot and killed Ibragim Todashev, a Chechan man who knew Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Since the shooting, unnamed officials have painted a number of different pictures of the scene in the room in the moments before the agent opened fire. Among them, that Todashev was unarmed, that he was brandishing a knife, and that he was carrying a pipe or maybe a broomstick.

For all the current uncertainty surrounding exactly what led the agent to shoot and kill Todashev, the bureau's next step appears almost a foregone conclusion: Based on recent history, the FBI's final report is all but certain to conclude that the shooting was justified. The New York Times with the agency's eye-raising track record:

    [F]rom 1993 to early 2011, F.B.I. agents fatally shot about 70 "subjects" and wounded about 80 others — and every one of those episodes was deemed justified, according to interviews and internal F.B.I. records obtained by The New York Times through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. The last two years have followed the same pattern: an F.B.I. spokesman said that since 2011, there had been no findings of improper intentional shootings. ...

    Out of 289 deliberate shootings covered by the documents, many of which left no one wounded, five were deemed to be "bad shoots," in agents' parlance — encounters that did not comply with the bureau's policy, which allows deadly force if agents fear that their lives or those of fellow agents are in danger. A typical punishment involved adding letters of censure to agents' files. But in none of the five cases did a bullet hit anyone.

Depending on how you read those numbers—more than 150 shootings that wounded or killed a subject in the past 20 years, all justified; 284 deliberate shootings in all, 279 justified—that's either an extraordinary track record, or an unbelievable one. Regardless, it raises some obvious red flags about the fairness and validity of those internal reviews. Perhaps as troubling, as the Times explains, is that in most of those cases the FBI internal investigation was the only inquiry into the shooting, as it currently is in the Orlando incident.

Go check out the full NYT piece here, which also breaks down the conflicting accounts of a 2002 shooting the agency declared justified that independent investigators weren't so sure about. (During the episode in question an agent shot an innocent Maryland man in the head after mistaking him for a bank robber.)

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Circuit Finds FBI Informant Issued 'True Threat' Against Judges

June 24, 2013


Hal Turner

A divided federal appeals court Friday upheld the conviction of a blogger for threatening three judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Two Second Circuit judges said the evidence at trial was sufficient to prove that Harold Turner committed a "true threat" of violence when he issued a blog post saying that Seventh Circuit Judges Frank Easterbrook, William Bauer and Richard Posner deserved to die when they upheld a Chicago gun ban, finding the Second Amendment does not apply to the states.

Second Circuit Judge Debra Ann Livingston (See Profile) and Eastern District Judge Brian Cogan (See Profile), sitting by designation, said the evidence at Turner's trial in Brooklyn federal court was "more than sufficient" to meet each of the elements for threatening a federal judge under 18 U.S.C. §115(a)(1)(B) and that "Turner's conduct was unprotected by the First Amendment."

Judge Rosemary Pooler (See Profile) dissented in United States v. Turner, 11-196-cr, saying "as a matter of law" Turner's speech was not a "true threat" under the statute and the First Amendment.

Turner began running the Hal Turner Show on a website in 2000 that was popular with groups such as the Klu Klux Klan and Aryan Nations. Between 2003 and 2007, he also helped the FBI by providing information on extremists who visited his web site and proposed acts of violence. The FBI dropped him in 2007 after he was admonished for his own violent speech on the website and his agent handler came to believe there were "serious control problems" with Turner, according to the circuit's opinion.

Turner published a blog post on June 2, 2009 following the Seventh Circuit 's decision in National Rifle Association of America v. Chicago, 567 F.3d 856 (7th Cir. 2009).

"Let me be the first to say this plainly: These judges deserve to be killed. Their blood will replenish the tree of liberty. A small price to assure freedom for millions," he wrote.

Turner then referred to the murders of U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow's husband and mother in the judge's Chicago home in 2005, connecting it to Lefkow's role in a case involving white supremacist Mathew Hale and his organization "World Church of the Creator."

Lefkow had ruled against Hale in a 2002 trademark infringement case, finding that his church infringed on a trademark belonging to another group. In 2003, Hale was arrested for plotting to kill Lefkow. In 2005, Hale was convicted of soliciting Lefkow's murder, and he was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

On June 3, 2009, Turner posted photos of the three Seventh Circuit judges, the room numbers of their chambers at the Everett McKinley Dirksen U.S. Courthouse, photos of the courthouse and a map that indicated the location of "Anti-truck bomb barriers."

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26.06.2013 - Oslo

Norwegian IT Company Forced to Hand Over Emails to FBI

IT entrepreneur Hans Jørgen Lysglimt claims he was forced to give their clients’ emails to the U.S. federal police.
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The monthly magazine Journalisten wrote that the incident happened in 2010 and 2011. Lysglimt was general manager of e-mail service Runbox, and in March 2013, he was forced to deliver the traffic and e-mails from the servers of the company to the FBI in the United States.

According to Lysglimt, he was first contacted by NCIS in August 2010, where he was asked to assist the American police. But he demanded a court decision. After NCIS got it from the Oslo District Court, he had to give the demanded information.

- I find the whole affair as uncomfortable, not to mention that I can not talk about it with anyone. As I still choose to tell, it’s not because I’m so brave. But when you see what others, like Snowden, is willing, I think it’s a small sacrifice to reveal what happened, says Lysglimt to the magazine.

Hans Jørgen Lysglimt is now also on the parliamentary list of Pirate Party in Oslo for the upcoming elections.


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former Boston FBI SAC James Ahearn  was at the core of the Whitey Bulger scandal


F.B.I. Official Suspended for Reno Criticism

 February 25, 1994

The Federal Bureau of Investigation's top official in Arizona has been suspended a few days before his scheduled retirement because of his published criticism of Attorney General Janet Reno.

The official, James Ahearn, who has been with the agency for 35 years, was placed on administrative leave with pay on Tuesday for his comments in an interview on Feb. 13 in The Arizona Republic, an F.B.I. spokesman, Dean St. Dennis, said on Wednesday.

In the interview, Mr. Ahearn questioned Ms. Reno's ability to run the Justice Department, which includes the F.B.I., and criticized her for rejecting a plan to merge the bureau and the Drug Enforcement Administration.


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How the Pentagon Papers Came to Be Published by the Beacon Press, Told by Daniel Ellsberg and Others
Thursday, 04 July 2013

Forty-one years ago, Beacon Press lost a Supreme Court case brought against it by the U.S. government for publishing the first full edition of the Pentagon Papers. It is now well known how The New York Times first published excerpts of the top-secret documents in June 1971, but less well known is how the Beacon Press, a small nonprofit publisher affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Association, came to publish the complete 7,000 pages that exposed the true history of U.S. involvement in Vietnam. Their publication led the Beacon press into a spiral of two-and-a-half years of harassment, intimidation, near bankruptcy and the possibility of criminal prosecution. This is a story that has rarely been told in its entirety. In 2007, Amy Goodman moderated an event at the Unitarian Universalist conference in Portland, Oregon, commemorating the publication of the Pentagon Papers and its relevance today. Today, we hear the story from three men at the center of the storm: former Pentagon and RAND Corporation analyst, famed whistleblower, Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the Pentagon Papers to The New York Times; former Alaskan senator and presidential candidate Mike Gravel, who tells the dramatic story of how he entered the Pentagon Papers into the congressional record and got them to the Beacon Press; finally, Robert West, the former president of the Unitarian Universalist Association. We begin with Ellsberg, who Henry Kissinger once described as "the world’s most dangerous man."


AMY GOODMAN: We turn now from Snowden to Daniel Ellsberg. Forty-one years ago, a small, independent press, the Beacon Press, lost a Supreme Court case brought against it by the U.S. government for publishing the first full edition of the Pentagon Papers. It’s now well known how The New York Times first published excerpts of the top-secret documents in June of 1971, but less well known is how the Beacon Press, a small nonprofit publisher affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Association, came to publish the complete 7,000 pages that exposed the true history of U.S. involvement in Vietnam. Their publication led the Beacon Press into a spiral of two-and-a-half years of harassment, intimidation, near bankruptcy and the possibility of criminal prosecution. This is a story that’s rarely been told in its entirety.

In 2007, I moderated an event at the Unitarian Universalist conference in Portland, Oregon, commemorating the publication of the Pentagon Papers and its relevance today. Thousands of people were in the audience. Today, we hear the story from the three men on the stage at the center of the storm: former Pentagon and RAND Corporation analyst, famed whistleblower, Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the Pentagon Papers to The New York Times; we also hear from former Alaskan senator and former presidential candidate Mike Gravel—he’ll tell the dramatic story of how he entered the Pentagon Papers into the congressional record and got them to the Beacon Press; finally, Robert West, the former president of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

We begin with famed whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, who Henry Kissinger once called "the world’s most dangerous man."

    DANIEL ELLSBERG: There were 7,000 pages of top-secret documents that demonstrated unconstitutional behavior by a succession of presidents, the violation of their oath and the violation of the oath of every one of their subordinates—I, for one—who had participated in that terrible, indecent fraud over the years in Vietnam, lying us into a hopeless war, which has, of course—and a wrongful war—which has, of course, been reproduced and is being reproduced right now and may occur again in Iran. So the history of that, I thought, might help us get out of that particular war.

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I’m writing to you because a new and dangerous bill in the Massachusetts Legislature would allow local law enforcement to monitor and collect data on all phone calls, just like the NSA.


Click here to sign my petition to stop this.


Right now in Massachusetts, police and prosecutors are only allowed to wiretap your phone if they suspect you of involvement in organized crime. The new bill would allow police to eavesdrop on anyone suspected of even the mildest offenses. What's worse, it would grant law enforcement direct access to phone company switching stations, setting up unconstitutional "general wiretaps" that would collect data on huge numbers of residents, even ones who have never been suspected of a crime. 

Through my new nonprofit, Digital Fourth, I've organized a broad coalition of groups to oppose the bill, including  the ACLU of Massachusetts, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Demand Progress, the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, and Fight for the Future.


The Massachusetts Legislature is on the fence about this issue. We can win this and defend privacy -- but only if *everyone* takes action. Will you add your name? It would mean a great deal to me!


The stakes are high. If this bill passes here, other states will likely follow. It’s disturbing enough to know that the NSA monitors all of us without a warrant, but imagine if every local cop in the country had access to all your phone calls.



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Any smart criminal justice consumer worth their salt would ask:
Did FBI  agents follow the Bill of Rights when they assassinated President Kennedy
and Martin Luther King?
Did FBI  agents follow the Bill of Rights when they created the 1993 1st World Trade Center
bombing, Oklahoma City bombing and 911?

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Posted on July 16, 2013
Rand Paul: I Want To Know If FBI Is Following The Bill Of Rights When Using Drones For Surveillance

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said he would put a hold on the nomination of James Comey as FBI director to get more information on how the federal government is using drones.

"I'm trying to get a real truth. Is the FBI using the Bill of Rights? Are they seeking a warrant from a judge before they spy on us?" Sen. Paul said on FOX News this afternoon.

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Family of man slain by FBI agent demand answers; accomplice arrested, wounded at scene identified in court documents

August 01, 2013

Another person has surfaced in the already complicated investigation into an FBI agent who fatally shot a man during what authorities said was a drug sting Tuesday afternoon. 


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There is a growing concern  that journalist Michael Hastings was assassinated by unidentified
FBI  agents for exposing the FBI connection. Best to start and find out who were the FBI  agents involved harassing Hastings, eh?

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 Suit Triggered by Petraeus’s Affair Accuses FBI of a Smear Campaign
August 12, 2013 3:43 pm

United States military leaders sometimes use the bloodless euphemism “collateral damage” to describe what happens to civilians unlucky enough to be in the vicinity when rockets, bombs or artillery shells land. The term could also be applied to Jill Kelley and her husband and children, according to a lawsuit against the federal government in the fallout over the indiscretions of Gen. David H. Petraeus.

Jill Kelley and her husband have filed suit against various figures in Washington over leaks in the scandal that ultimately took down former Gen. David Petraeus.

Kelley was instrumental in revealing that Petraeus was having an affair with Paula Broadwell, his much younger protegee and biographer, a misstep that forced Petraeus to resign as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency in November 2012 in a sad end to his brilliant Army and government career.

Earlier in 2012, Kelley had received threatening emails, which she reported to federal authorities, who traced them to Broadwell, who lives in North Carolina. But for doing the right thing by helping the authorities, the Kelleys, who live in Tampa, Fla., have been harassed and smeared by people in power, according to a 65-page complaint filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

The complaint accuses the FBI and Director Robert S. Mueller III, the Department of Defense and unknown “John Does” and “Jane Does” of violating the Kelleys’ right to privacy by snooping through the couple’s email, instead of conducting a narrow search to determine the sender of the abusive messages, and of trashing the Kelleys’ previously outstanding reputation as civic-minded people. (Jill Kelley’s husband, Scott, is a surgeon.)

Perhaps most bizarrely, according to the complaint, Mrs. Kelley was abducted from her home on July 12, 2012, by FBI agents who refused to let her call an attorney, then drove her around while asking her “bewildering questions” about her relationship not only with Petraeus but about Gen. John Allen of the Marine Corps, formerly the top American commander in Afghanistan. After the harrowing automobile ride, the agents deposited Mrs. Kelley at the Tampa airport without her luggage, the complaint states. (She had been planning to fly out of Tampa that day.)

In fact, the Kelleys’ complaint says, Broadwell had no reason to be jealous of Mrs. Kelley, who never had an affair with Petraeus or Allen, both of whom Mrs. Kelley knew socially, or anyone else. Allen, who became entangled in the mess after he received an email disparaging Mrs. Kelley, was exonerated after an investigation but chose to retire anyhow, citing personal reasons and his wife’s health.
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