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Link du jour

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/jan/05/the-holy-mountain-monks-of-mount-athos-photo-essay




http://narconews.com




http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/n-h-father-fired-missing-work-son-birth-article-1.2936199






http://anthraxvaccine.blogspot.com



http://nypost.com/2017/01/03/cuomos-contemptible-pardon-for-a-terrorist/





http://www.channelpartnersonline.com/news/2017/01/25-year-fbi-veteran-brings-cybersecurity-chops-to.aspx






FBI Octopus
Exposing FBI Tentacles



25-Year FBI Veteran Brings Cybersecurity Chops to iJET
Channel Partners-
An FBI veteran with a track record of taking down cybercriminals has taken a new job ... Janice Fedarcyk, who served for 25 years in the FBI and was one of the ...



http://www.publicceo.com/2017/01/anne-kirkpatrick-to-be-oaklands-first-female-police-chief/

Washington Post
Anne Kirkpatrick to Be Oakland's First Female Police Chief
PublicCEO.com-
According to the Seattle Times, Kirkpatrick served with the FBI's Law Enforcement Executive Development Association, focused on police discipline since 2014.



http://minnlawyer.com/2017/01/05/across-the-nation-fbi-settles-eavesdropping-lawsuit-with-wife-of-inside-trader/


FBI settles eavesdropping lawsuit with wife of inside trader
NEW YORK – The wife of a convicted inside trader has chalked up a rare win over the FBI, with the agency agreeing to settle a lawsuit that claimed agents eavesdropped on her intimate conversations with her husband.
Arlene Villamia Drimal, wife of former Galleon Group LLC trader Craig Drimal, sued 16 FBI agents, claiming they “wrongfully intercepted” more than 180 private calls between her and her husband during the investigation. Terms of the settlement weren’t made public.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation doesn’t usually settle such lawsuits, but the bureau is coming under increasing scrutiny in white-collar crime probes. The settlement with Villamia Drimal comes as an FBI agent potentially faces criminal charges for leaking details of another insider-trading investigation to the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. In that case, Las Vegas gambler Billy Walters is attempting to have insider-trading charges thrown out because of the leaks.
Soon after a judge refused in July to throw out all of Villamia Drimal’s claims, settlement talks began, the two sides said in a joint court filing.
Villamia Drimal sued in 2012 the current and former agents who tapped her husband’s phone during an investigation that also brought down Galleon Group co-founder Raj Rajaratnam.
Villamia Drimal claimed the agents were required to stop listening once it became apparent the calls were between husband and wife. Such conversations are considered confidential and can’t be used in court.
The agents listened in anyway. The U.S. Attorney in New York later characterized one such incident as “indefensible,” Villamia Drimal said in her complaint. She didn’t make the content of the calls public, other than to say that many “involved deeply personal and intimate issues.”
A judge in 2011 said he was “deeply troubled” by the agency’s failure to stop listening to unrelated, personal calls.
A federal appeals court threw out Villamia Drimal’s lawsuit in May, but said it could go forward if it focused on f





http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/fbi-whistleblower-identified_us_586df5a8e4b0c56eb4b71bfe

U.S. prosecutors on Wednesday identified the FBI agent who they say admitted to leaking information to reporters about an insider trading probe involving a Las Vegas sports gambler and golfer Phil Mickelson.

David Chaves, a Federal Bureau of Investigation coordinating supervisory special agent, was named in court papers filed in Manhattan federal court as the agent prosecutors say leaked details about the probe of gambler William “Billy” Walters.

Prosecutors have said the agent, who they previously had not identified, admitted on Dec. 6 to being a “significant source” of information about the investigation in 2013 and 2014 for reporters at The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.

Those newspapers published a series of reports beginning in 2014 about the investigation, two years before prosecutors in May brought insider trading charges against Walters, who has built a fortune as a sports bettor.

The leaks are now the subject of a criminal investigation by the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General, prosecutors disclosed Dec. 21. Walters’ lawyers are meanwhile expected to seek the case’s dismissal as a result of the leaks.

Chaves, who oversaw the FBI squad that conducted the investigation, has not been charged in connection with the leaks. His lawyer did not immediately respond to requests for comment. A lawyer for Walters declined comment.

FBI agent David Chaves was named in court papers filed in Manhattan federal court as the




http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2017/01/05/former-delaware-county-deputy-gets-15-years-for-child-pornography.html

Delaware County deputy gets 15 years for child pornography
Columbus Dispatch-






http://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/news/courts/article_8bf54002-d38f-11e6-b316-3f40fe552e5f.html



Trial delayed for two ex-Tangipahoa deputies indicted in probe into federal drug task force
JAN 5, 2017 - 3:40 PM





http://www.chron.com/houston/article/Officials-pledge-high-security-at-Houston-Super-10837524.php

Turner on Super Bowl security: 'Everything that can conceivably be ...
Chron.com-10 hours ago
There were no credible threats against the Super Bowl on record, said Perrye Turner, special agent in charge at the FBI in Houston. He also said that Super




Nichols says bombing was FBI op | Deseret News
Deseret News › article › Nichols-says-bo...
Feb 21, 2007 - Trentadue claims his brother was killed during an interrogation by FBI agents ... in a fit of rage, McVeigh mentioned Potts' name, Nichols wrote.
Attorney: Ashcroft Gagged Nichols From Exposing McVeigh's OKC Bombing Conspirators - Prison Planet.com
http://www.prisonplanet.com › february2007
Feb 22, 2007 - Trentadue joined talk show host Alex Jones to discuss Terry Nichols' ... Morning News identified the accused FBI provocateur as Larry Potts.
New OKC Revelations Spotlight FBI Involvement In Bombing - Prison ...
http://www.prisonplanet.com › february2007
Feb 22, 2007 - New claims by Oklahoma City Bombing conspirator Terry Nichols that ... Potts retired from the FBI under intense pressure and criticism for the ...
Confirmed: FBI Got Warning Day Before OKC Bombing - Red Ice
https://redice.tv › news › confirmed-fbi-g...
Feb 14, 2011 - In February 2007, Trentadue obtained an astounding declaration from Nichols in which he fingered FBI agent Larry Potts as having directed ...
INTELWIRE: Terry Nichols Alleges FBI Played Role In Oklahoma City Bombing via @intelwire
news.intelwire.com › 2007/02 › terry-nic...
Feb 22, 2007 - Nichols named gun dealer Roger Moore and Potts as ... government since the death of his brother, Kenneth Trentadue, in federal custody on Aug.



https://www.socpedia.com/fbi-fails-patch-site-gets-hacked


FBI Fails to Patch Site and Gets Hacked Once Again!
Socpedia
The hacker in question claims to have not only gotten into http://www.fbi.gov, the FBI's website but has also leaked a few FBI agent's personal account information




http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2206929-american-government-requires-ethical-leadership/

American Government Requires Ethical Leadership
The Epoch Times-
According to the FBI, public corruption is its top criminal investigative priority since it poses a fundamental threat to our national security and way of life.






http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/01/27/siu.fbi.internal.documents/





CNN exclusive: FBI misconduct reveals sex, lies and videotape


By Scott Zamost and Kyra Phillips, CNN Special Investigations Unit
January 27, 2011 10:07 a.m. EST


FBI misconduct revealed
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
Internal documents obtained by CNN show misconduct by agents, supervisors
One document says one employee shared information with his news reporter girlfriend
More than 300 FBI employees out of 34,000 are disciplined each year, the bureau says
For more on this story, watch"The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer" tonight at 5 p.m. ET
Editor's note: Some content in this report may be offensive to readers. For more on this CNN exclusive story, watch Kyra Phillips' full report on "The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer" tonight starting at 6 p.m. ET.
Washington (CNN) -- An FBI employee shared confidential information with his girlfriend, who was a news reporter, then later threatened to release a sex tape the two had made.
A supervisor watched pornographic videos in his office during work hours while "satisfying himself."
And an employee in a "leadership position" misused a government database to check on two friends who were exotic dancers and allowed them into an FBI office after hours.
These are among confidential summaries of FBI disciplinary reports obtained by CNN, which describe misconduct by agency supervisors, agents and other employees over the last three years.
Read the FBI documents obtained by CNN
The reports, compiled by the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility, are e-mailed quarterly to FBI employees, but are not released to the public.
And despite the bureau's very strict screening procedure for all prospective employees, the FBI confirms that about 325 to 350 employees a year receive some kind of discipline, ranging from a reprimand to suspension.
About 30 employees each year are fired.
"We do have a no-tolerance policy," FBI Assistant Directo







http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/York-Theatre-Companys-MARK-FELT-SUPERSTAR-Begins-Performances-This-Week-20170105

York Theatre Company's MARK FELT, SUPERSTAR Begins ...
Broadway World
When former FBI agent Mark Felt revealed in 2005 that he had been Deep Throat, the secret source who helped Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and ...






https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=fbi&source=newssearch&cd=25&ved=0ahUKEwjh18Oh46zRAhVRziYKHeB6Bj04FBCpAggoKAAwBA&url=https%3A%2F%2Fsputniknews.com%2Fmilitary%2F201701061049308403-anti-logic-fbi-dnc-servers%2F&usg=AFQjCNGeCXXPFC_tWoRxk85G_j6b-QwK8g

Anti-Logic: FBI Blind To DNC Servers Before Accusing Russia of ...
Sputnik International-

Six months after the FBI began accusing Russia of a cyber breach, the agency still has not requested access to hacked Democratic National Committee servers




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Bonus read

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/philly-teachers-encouraging-week-lessons-black-lives-matter-article-1.2946394

Philly teachers encouraging week of lessons on Black Lives Matter
Saturday, January 14, 2017, 11:54 AM


Teachers in Philadelphia plan a Black Lives Matter week
Inform

PHILADELPHIA — A teachers' organization in Philadelphia is encouraging teachers to wear Black Lives Matter T-shirts and buttons and provide lessons on the movement every day for one week.

The Caucus of Working Educators, a faction of the teachers union, is developing lessons plans and curriculum ideas for teachers of grades from kindergarten through high school for the week of Jan. 23. The plans, distilled from the movement's 13 guiding principles, such as embracing diversity and globalism, will be available online , organizers said Friday.

"The vast majority of students that we serve are black, and it's important to affirm the lives of our students," said co-organizer Charlie McGeehan, who is white and teaches high school humanities at The U School, where students work on solving real-world problems.


The organizers said more and more educators are signing on every day, but they don't hav



http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-costa-mesa-abuse-story.html


County sheriff's deputy has been ordered to spend 180 days in jail and five years on probation after pleading guilty to sexually abusing a 12-year-old Costa Mesa girl.

Jovanni Argueta, 26, pleaded guilty Jan. 11 in Orange County Superior Court to committing a lewd or lascivious act with a minor younger than 14 and attempted unlawful sexual intercourse, both felonies. He also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of disobeying a restraining order, a

Argueta must register as a sex offender for the term of his probation. If he violates probation, he would have to register as a sex offender for life.



http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/nypd-mounted-unit-busted-phone-sex-girl-16-article-1.2954868

NYPD Mounted Unit cop busted for having phone sex with girl, 16



Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 4:00 AM



David P. Stagliano, 38, of Ronkonkoma, was busted Friday and suspended from the NYPD.
A cop in the NYPD’s mounted unit had phone sex with a 16-year-old Long Island girl and sent her video of himself masturbating, according




http://www.elpasotimes.com/story/news/crime/2017/01/24/man-gets-15-years-teen-sex-trafficking-case/97004524/

Man gets 15 years in teen sex trafficking case

A man who said he was “attracted to the fast life” was sentenced to 15 years in prison


Link du jour


http://mattofboston.com/tuesday-morning-james-marra-still-talking-about-informant-whitey-48039/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/women-legislate-men_us_588778cee4b070d8cad56ee1



http://jfk.hood.edu/Collection/Weisberg%20Subject%20Index%20Files/F%20Disk/Files%20Retrieval%20From/Item%2001.pdf



https://ricefarmer.blogspot.com/


http://touch.latimes.com/#section/1133/article/p2p-92411716/



http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2011/07/trentadue-fbi-oklahoma-city-bombing-evidence



http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/deputy-mayor-doesn-push-developers-house-homeless-activists-article-1.2954880


Heat is Online
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-24/nsw-heatwave-sydney-swelters-records-tumble-in-moree/8205356



NSW heatwave: Records tumble in Moree, while Sydney set to swelter with top of 40C
By Danuta Kozaki


http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-live-winter-weather-california-1485138229-htmlstory.html

JAN. 22, 2017, 6:24 P.M.
Long Beach sets all-time rainfall record; widespread flooding across Southern California
A powerful storm dumped record-breaking rainfall in parts of Southern California, flooding freeways and numerous surface streets.

Southern Los Angeles County was particularly hard hit, with dozens of streets flooded from the Palos Verdes Peninsula through Long Beach and into Orange County.

The National Weather Service said Long Beach Airport set an all-time rain record at 3.87 inches. Other parts of Southern California, including L




http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/man-exonerated-cops-accused-planting-meth-article-1.2953870






Man exonerated after two cops accused of planting meth on him
BY CHRISTOPHER BRENNAN
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Monday, January 23, 2017, 8:27 PM



http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-chicago-wrongful-convictions-20170124-story.html

January 24, 2017, 4:50 p.m.
Dozens of wrongful conviction lawsuits still are pending against the city of Chicago, a high-level city attorney told aldermen Tuesday, even after a yearslong parade of settlements of such cases have already drained tens of millions of dollars from the pockets of taxpayers.

At least two of the pending cases involve allegations from the era of Jon Burge, First Assistant Corporation Counsel Jane Elinor Notz said, referring to the disgraced former police commander who is alleged to have led a team of detectives in the 1970s and 1980s that tortured false confessions out scores of African-American suspects

. And there are 25 other cases in which convictions were reversed and the people initially found guilty later accused police of misconduct, she said.

Notz spoke during a Finance Committee meeting at which aldermen recommended approval of a $4 million settlement in the lawsuit filed by Shawn Whirl, who spent nearly a quarter-century behind bars in a case linked to the Burge era.

Ald. John Arena, 45th, noted the human and financial costs of the Burge era and other police misconduct cases, saying it highlighted the need to implement the recommendations in a recent U.S. Department of Justice report that concluded the city does not effectively deal with police misconduct.

"Decades later, the city — the taxpayers of Chicago — are still trying to make restitution because of that approach to policing that hopefully collectively we can weed out from our police force," said Arena, referring to settlements surrounding the Burge era.

The Burge-era litigation and claims against the city and Cook County state's attorney's office have cost taxpayers more than $111 million, according to one tally. And all police misconduct settlements since 2004 have cost the city more than $500 million.

The numbers are relevant as some aldermen







http://www.chron.com/politics/election/national/article/Photos-Protest-signs-from-Donald-Trump-s-10872212.php#photo-12227285


Menu
Photos: Protest signs from Donald Trump's Inauguration Day from around the world





http://touch.latimes.com/#section/1130/article/p2p-92359716/





L.A. to pay $5.2 million in wrongful imprisonment case



Los Angeles will pay $5.2 million to end a legal battle with a man whose murder conviction was tossed out.

The settlement with Reggie Cole is the latest in a string of legal payouts that are spurring the city to borrow at least $50 million to avoid dipping into its emergency reserve funds.

Cole and his friend Obie Anthony were convicted in the murder of Felipe Gonzales Angeles, who was shot to death outside a South L.A. brothel in 1994.

At trial they insisted they were innocent, and no physical evidence connected the pair to the crime. The two were later freed and both sued the city for wrongful imprisonment. Attorneys alleged that LAPD detectives had used illegal methods and concealed crucial evidence in the case.

Two years ago, the city agreed







http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/secret-service-agent-not-bullet-trump-article-1.2954762



Secret Service agent did not want to take bullet for Trump
BY CHRISTOPHER BRENNAN
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tu




http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/president-trump-institutes-media-blackouts-epa-usda-article-1.2954647


Politics
President Trump institutes media blackouts at EPA, USDA
Updated: Tuesday, January 24, 2017


http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/embattled-nebraska-pol-resigns-sharing-women-march-tweet-article-1.2955150

The lawmaker was already in hot water after paying $1,000 fine last year for misuse of state property. He admitted to engaging in mutual masturbation in 2015 with a woman on Skype.

Kintner reported the cybersex to the Nebraska State Patrol after the woman threatened to expose him if he didn't pay her $4,500.





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http://ticklethewire.com/2017/03/01/ag-sessions-indicates-justice-department-will-pull-back-investigating-police-abuses/

AG Sessions Indicates Justice Department Will ‘Pull Back’ on Investigating Police Abuses

 

AG Jeff Sessions at his confirmation hearing.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The numerous federal investigations into troubled police departments under the Obama administration may be a thing of the past.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Tuesday that the federal government won’t be monitoring police departments as it had in the past.

Sessions claimed in his first speech as attorney general that the Justice Department investigations undermined police efforts nationwide.

“We need, so far as we can, in my view, help police departments get better, not diminish their effectiveness,” Sessions told the National Association of Attorneys General. “And I’m afraid we’ve done some of that. So we’re going to try to pull back on this, and I don’t think it’s wrong or mean or insensitive to civil rights or human rights.”

He added that the Trump administration is working “out of a concern to make the lives of people in particularly the poor communities, minority communities, live a safer, happier life so that they’re able to have their children outside and go to school in safety and they can go to the grocery store in safety and not be accosted by drug dealers and get caught in crossfires or have their children seduced into some gang.”

Sessions claimed that monitoring police departments did not help combat rising violence in some cities.

“One of the big things out there that’s, I think, causing trouble and where you see the greatest increase in violence and murders in cities is somehow, some way, we undermine the respect for our police and made, oftentimes, their job more difficult,” he said.

http://ticklethewire.com/2017/03/02/jeff-sessions-admits-meeting-russian-officials-denies-committed-perjury/

Jeff Sessions Admits Meeting with Russian Officials But Denies He Committed Perjury

 

Jeff Sessions discusses his communication with Russians.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

Attorney General Jeff Sessions acknowledged today that he met with Russian officials at least twice during the Donald Trump campaign, but insisted the election was never discussed.

During a press conference at 4 p.m., Sessions also said he plans to recuse himself from future investigations into the Trump campaign after consulting with Justice Department staff.

“I have decided to recuse myself from any existing or future investigations of any matters related in any way to the campaigns for President of the United States,” Sessions said.

The attorney general insisted he didn’t commit perjury by denying he had communication with Russian officials during his confirmation hearing, saying the meetings were unrelated to the presidential campaign.

Reports that suggested he exchanged information with the Russians, Sessions said, are “totally false.”

Sessions said he was having trouble remembering details of the discussions with a Russian ambassador.

“I don’t remember a lot of it,” Sessions said.

 

 

Broward County

March 1, 2017 7:09 PM

Former Secret Service man pleads guilty to dark, secret relationships with minors


Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/broward/article135850358.html#storylink=cpy

 

 

 

The Department of Justice says until his arrest on Nov. 9, 2015, Moore worked in the Secret Service-Uniformed Division and was assigned to the White House.

In Moore’s guilty plea, he admits to using a profile on the social media app “Meet24.” That’s where he began a two-month chat relationship with a 14-year-old girl in which some electronic conversation turned sexual. Moore sent the girl sexually explicit images of himself.

But Moore really was chatting and sexting with Delaware State Police detectives and members of the Delaware Child Predator Task Force. After they arrested Moore, he admitted to trading sexually explicit images with a minor in Florida, a 17 year old in Missouri and a 14 year old in Texas.


Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/broward/article135850358.html#storylink=cpy

 

 

http://mattofboston.com/one-national-emergency-away-from-disaster-3-of-4-86594/

One “National Emergency” Away From Disaster 3 of 4

March 2, 2017Uncategorized

You think it could never happen in America that D.Trump could shut down the media he deems hostile and suspend our Constitutional rights. But it has happened in the past and it happened under more than one president.

President Adams in 1798 in response to a French threat had his Alien and Sedition Acts. One Federalist in Congress declared, there was no need to “invite hordes of Wild Irishmen, nor the turbulent and disorderly of all the world, to come here with a basic view to distract our tranquility.” It was described as: “No protesting the government? No immigrants allowed in? No freedom of the press. Lawmakers jailed? ” 

President Lincoln: “On April 27, 1861, President Lincoln, fearful that Southern troops might overtake the capital, suspended the writ of habeas corpus and declared martial law in Maryland. . . . On May 26, 1861, Chief Justice Roger Taney, sitting circuit, ruled that Lincoln had acted unconstitutionally — only Congress could suspend the Great Writ. Lincoln ignored the order and continued to seize and hold adversaries without a hearing”

 

http://www.kalb.com/content/news/Rapides-DA-stands-by-choice-to-invite-Jihadi-Movement-expert-for-training-415245023.html

Rapides DA stands by choice to invite 'Jihadi Movement' expert for ...

KALB News (press release)-

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), Guandolo is an FBI agent who resigned in 2008 from the FBI after admitting to having affairs with female ...

 

 

https://theintercept.com/2017/03/02/homeland-security-sees-anger-at-trump-as-a-driver-of-domestic-terrorist-violence/

Homeland Security Sees Anger At Trump as a Driver of “Domestic ...

The Intercept-

A former undercover FBI agent who infiltrated violent domestic organizations, German said the report failed on numerous fronts to achieve its intended purpose ...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FBI OCTOPUS

 

http://www.ydr.com/story/news/crime/2017/03/02/jcc-bomb-threat-info-sent-fbi-chief-says/98602500/

JCC bomb threat info sent to FBI, chief says

York Daily Record/Sunday News-

The York Jewish Community Center has been closed and evacuated following an "emergency situation," according to JCC spokeswoman Melissa Plotkin.

 

 

http://www.sdjewishworld.com/2017/03/01/local-law-enforcement-to-address-jewish-community-march-5/

 

 

Local law enforcement to address Jewish community March 5

San Diego Jewish World-

Addressing the community will be San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman, San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore, and Eric Birnbaum, the FBI Special-Agent-in-Charge ...

 

 

 

http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2014/oct/29/ticker-remember-ruby-ridge-sheriff-gore/#

Do you plead the 5th, Sheriff Gore?

 

Lawsuit seeks to restore Facebook comment pertaining to Ruby Ridge

 

The shooting of an unarmed woman holding her baby in Ruby Ridge, Idaho, in 1992 continues to follow San Diego County sheriff Bill Gore around and that goes for social media sites. Gore, according to a federal lawsuit, continues to dodge questions about the day’s events.

On October 27, Dimitrios Karras filed a federal complaint alleging that Sheriff Gore and his staff deleted comments he posted to the sheriff department's Facebook page, thus violating his right to free speech.

Karras posted his comment on September 2, 2014. It read:

"Sheriff Gore: Do you plead the 5th about your involvement in the MURDER of an unarmed woman who was holding her baby? REMEMBER RUBY RIDGE.”

Within an hour, the comment was removed and Karras was informed that he was not allowed to post any more comments on to the sheriff's Facebook fan page.

More than 22 years have elapsed since the FBI standoff at Randy Weaver's cabin in Ruby Ridge. At the time, Gore served as the bureau chief in Seattle, the lead office in charge of the standoff. Weaver, a white separatist facing gun charges, was holed up in the cabin along with his wife Vicki, infant daughter, and a man named Kevin Harrison.

Days before the seige, a gun battle occurred between FBI agent Michael Degan and Weaver, Harrison, and Weaver's 14-year-old son Sammy as they walked in the woods near the cabin. Weaver's son along with agent Degan were killed during the shootout. The men retreated back to the cabin where they stayed while agents surrounded the cabin.

The next day, Weaver and Harrison tried to leave to find a burial place for the deceased boy. During another shootout that ensued, Weaver's wife Vicki was shot and killed while holding her baby daughter. The men later surrendered. The FBI soon came under scrutiny for the tactics used and the murder of an unarmed woman. Gore denied that he gave the shooter the green light. He refused to testify at a congressional hearing.

Two decades later, people such as Karras still want an answer from Gore; Facebook proved to be no means of

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2017/03/02/fbi-director-james-comey-speak-boston-college/BMjo6XWcsRgS5VTFfe16rM/story.html

 

 

FBI director James Comey to speak at Boston College

The Boston Globe-

FBI director James Comey will deliver the keynote address at a Boston College cybersecurity forum next Wednesday. Comey is scheduled to speak about “the ...

 

 

https://www.rawstory.com/2017/03/fbi-not-answering-congress-questions-on-russia-probe-democrat-schiff/

 

FBI not answering Congress' questions on Russia probe: Democrat ...

Raw Story-

FBI Director James Comey did not answer all questions from a House intelligence panel about the investigation into possible Russian interference in the 2016 ...

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.businessinsider.com/jeff-sessions-russia-ambassador-2017-3

 

The FBI is at the center of a big unanswered question surrounding ...

Business Insider-

The FBI did not inform the Senate Judiciary Committee about its investigation into Attorney General Jeff Sessions' contacts with Russian officials during the 2016 ...

 

 

 

http://www.latimes.com/politics/washington/la-na-essential-washington-updates-rep-adam-schiff-blasts-comey-for-not-1488484979-htmlstory.html

Rep. Adam Schiff blasts FBI director, demands more information ...

Los Angeles Times-

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee criticized the FBI on Thursday, complaining that it failed to share enough information about its ...

 

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4276334/Top-Intelligence-Democrat-blasts-FBI-holding-back.html

Top Intelligence panel Democrat says FBI is sharing only a 'fraction ...

Daily Mail-

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee is blasting the FBI for holding back information, saying the FBI director is revealing only a 'fraction' about what it knows about Trump and Russia

 

 

https://trofire.com/2017/03/02/fbi-thinks-standing-rock-protesters-might-terrorists/

 

 

 

 

FBI Thinks Standing Rock Protesters Might be Terrorists

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Senator Al Franken (D – MN) is challenging the FBI's investigation of at least three Dakota Access Pipeline protesters under their Joint Terrorism Task Force.

 

 

 

 

 

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7 Baltimore Officers Accused of Abusing Power, Robbing Citizens

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Rosenstein announced the indictments at a press conference with Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis and officials with the

 

 

 

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Judge won't dismiss Walter's trading case

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In January, attorneys for Walters requested that the case be dismissed due to government misconduct after it was revealed that an FBI special agent had leaked ...

 

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Holding FBI agents liable after four Muslims landed on no-fly list could deter aspiring cops from the job, U.S. attorney argues

 

 

 

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Judge Castel wrote in the memorandum and order: "The conduct on the part of at least one special agent of the FBI in leaking grand jury material is worthy of the ...

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Why Was The FBI Attempting To Buy A Partisan Dossier On Trump?

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The Washington Post reported Tuesday that the FBI had verbally agreed to pay former MI6 agent Christopher Steele to continue work on his dossier regarding 

 

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An Alabama cop has been cleared of wrongdoing for shooting a man brandishing a wallet — which he mistook for a gun — as video of the nighttime incident has been released.

A federal appeals court held up a lower court’s decision that Opelika, Ala., police officer Phillip Hancock acted reasonably when he shot Air Force veteran Michael Davidson in



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Calif. cop seen brutally beating man in video being investigated


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An NYPD sergeant who raped and sexually abused a 13-year-old girl scored a soft sentence Monday of only three years in prison — one year for each attack.

Vladimir Krull, a 12-year veteran of the department assigned to the Midtown North precinct, first kissed the teen on the mouth in September 2013, prosecutors said.

The victim was the daughter of Krull’s then-girlfriend.


Following a four-week trial in January a Bronx jury found Krull, 39, guilty of having sex with the victim twice — in her home and in his car.

NYPD sergeant guilty of rape, sexual abuse of 13-year-old girl
He was also convicted of making the victim perform a sex act on him in his car in June 2014 after a father-daughter breakfast for her 8th grade




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A Texas state representative proposed a satirical anti-choice bill mimicking a 2011 law that ordered women to receive a sonogram while hearing “a detailed description of the fetus before getting an abortion," according to the Dallas News.

Hoping to shed light on the sensitive topic, Jessica Farrar (D-Houston) suggested men be required to pay fines for "unregulated masturbatory emissions.”

If the legislation passes, men would also be subject to a rectal examination in order to be prescribed Viagra or undergo vasectomy and colonoscopy procedures.





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We’ve covered this story before, revealing how a seemingly rogue wing of the FBI appears to be involved in little more than foiling its own terror plots, then claiming credit for “stopping terrorists” in the USA.
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Editorial: ATF tobacco investigation scheme needs scrutiny
The Register's Editorial 4:32 p.m. CT March 12, 2017


It’s getting harder and harder to tell the good guys from the bad guys.
First there was the scandal involving federal agents who helped route guns to Mexican drug cartels. Then it was revealed that law enforcement officials nationwide have routinely abused forfeiture laws to seize the property of law-abiding citizens.
Now there are signs that agents from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives used highly questionable — arguably illegal – cigarette sales in order to fund a secret bank account used to pay informants.
And we’re not talking about a handful of rogue agents raising a few thousand dollars. The evidence points to tens of millions of dollars being raised by law enforcement officials through the same schemes used by the criminals they were supposed to be apprehending.
The operation, detailed in a recent report from the New York Times, wasn’t authorized by the Justice Department, the agency under which the ATF operates, and that appears to have been by design. It gave agents access to a bank account that, because it was off the books, wasn’t subject to the usual level of oversight.
The scheme itself was built on a complex series of transactions, some of which involved the sale and shipment of water and snacks disguised as cigarettes.
According to court records, one deal involved a pair of ATF informants, both of whom were supposedly working for the tobacco farmers’ cooperative, secretly buying cigarettes at $15 a carton and then selling them to the cooperative at the inflated price of $17.50 per carton, generating $519,000 in profit. That money was routed to the secret ATF bank account which was used to pay for tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of iPads, flat-screen televisions and other gifts doled out to potential targets of ATF investigations.
One of the most alarming aspects of this scheme is that it wasn’t disclosed by whistleblowers at the ATF or by the Justice Department’s internal watchdogs. It surfaced only because a collective of tobacco farmers became suspicious and filed a lawsuit alleging they had been cheated out of at least $24 million.
In fact, when the tobacco farmers first realized what was up, they didn’t just file a lawsuit, they reported their findings to the Justice Department, which chose not to file any charges.
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NYPD cop busted for public masturbation is a serial offender
Monday, March 27, 2017, 2:03 PM


Robert Francis, an off-duty NYPD detective, was busted on Saturday for the perverted acts.
An off-duty NYPD detective busted for peering into women’s windows and pleasuring himself is a serial perv who has committed the sick act many times, police in Long Island said Monday.

Rockville Police Department Commissioner Charles Gennario detailed the two-month investigation that led to Det. Robert Francis, 46, being charged with four counts public lewdness.

Rockville detectives received three separate reports beginning Feb. 5 about a man who would get the attention of a woman by shining a light in her window. He’d then begin fondling himself. When the woman ran to get help, the perverted suspect would flee the scen





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Dennis Kucinich: FBI Director Must Recuse Himself from Russia Investigation


FBI Director James Comey

By Former Congressman Dennis Kucinich
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FBI Director James Comey should recuse himself from all further investigations into the 2016 presidential campaign and its aftermath.

Here’s why:

On Oct. 28, Comey announced the discovery of new Clinton emails, creating a media firestorm that tilted the election toward Donald Trump.

This week, testifying before the House Intelligence Committee, Comey confirmed a report leaked to the media last summer that the FBI was investigating allegations of a connection between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.

Comey could have shared his concerns about both campaigns before the November election, and let the public decide. He did not.

If it was appropriate to withhold information about an investigation into the Trump campaign in July, he should have applied that same logic to the Clinton campaign in October. Hillary Clinton, charged not with a crime but by innuendo, paid the price at the polls. She was convicted in the court of public opinion.

Comey’s announcement this week that the FBI was investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government made national and world headlines and rocked the White House.

But why now? Why not eight months ago? Has new, substantive information been brought forward? Was there even a real investigation in July? Or did an insider leak a story to the FBI back then for political purposes?

Someone on the House or Senate Judiciary Committee should ask for the FBI agents’ time sheets over the past eight months to see if the Bureau was actually investigating, or whether this is another case of abuse of process — using an alleged investigation to smear a candidate.

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From Canada to Siberia, Permafrost Thaw Produces ‘Hell’s Mouth’ Craters, Sinking Lands, and 7,000 Methane Pockets Waiting to Blow 
In places like Canada and Siberia, a memory of ice ages long past is locked away in the very soil. There, dig about three feet down, and you’ll encounter a layer of frozen earth running from 200 feet to almost a mile deep in some places. It’s like a great glacier secreted away underground and covering about 19 million square kilometers of the Northern Hemisphere. We call this frozen ground permafrost.

An Enormous Pile of Sequestered Carbon

Permafrost generally forms in regions where the mean annual temperature is below zero degrees Celsius. And the presently large expanse of permafrost has formed over the past 2-3 million years in which long, cold ice ages and short, and somewhat warmer interglacial periods have dominated.



(Recent research indicates that up to 120 billion tons of carbon could release from thawing permafrost this Century due to the warming that is now being caused by human fossil fuel burning. Such a release would roughly equate to 12 years of present fossil fuel burning adding approximately 40 ppm of CO2 equivalent gasses to the Earth’s Atmosphere [adding about 0.4 C to medium term warming and 0.8 C to long term warming]. The risk posed by this additional carbon feedback coming from the Earth System highlights the need to halt fossil fuel burning as swiftly as possible. Image source: The Impact of Permafrost Carbon Feedback on Global Climate.)

Locked away in all that permafrost is a massive store of carbon. Including peat, methane and methane hydrates, permafrost is estimated to have sequestered some 1,400 to 1,700 billion tons of a material that, if released as gas, could considerably contribute to the volume of heat trapping substances (like CO2 and CH4) already held aloft in the Earth’s atmosphere in a process that scientists call an amplifying climate feedback.

Evidence of Thaw and a Building Carbon Feedback

But now, human fossil fuel burning is causing the Arctic to rapidly warm — at about 3 times faster than the rate of warming for the rest of the globe (0.6 C per decade in the Arctic). And with atmospheric CO2 concentrations presently above 400 parts per million (and CO2e concentrations above 490 parts per million), the world is now starting to thaw out of the icy period of the last 2-3 million years. As a result, the permafrost is melting.

 



(Thermokarst lakes near Hudson Bay. Image source: Commons.)

When permafrost melts it changes the land around it. Often times, land subsides and deforms as the icy permafrost below collapses when it thaws. The resulting underground cavities can also telegraph to the surface in the form of sink holes. In places where microbes or hydrates are present, the cavities can fill with gas — which can sometimes erupt in a methane blow hole or ‘hell’s mouth’ crater. In Canada, a new study recently discovered that 52,000 square miles of northwestern permafrost is already thawing. The thaw is producing large sink holes, causing coastlines to rapidly erode, and proliferating the round ponds known as thermokarst lakes.

But it’s not just Canada that’s feeling the thaw. In Siberia, warming is also eating away at the permafrost. And what is happening there is arguably on a much grander and more disturbing scale than what we presently see in Canada. In East Siberia, for example, a 100 meter deep, 1 kilometer long crater has formed in the sagging Permafrost. It is officially called the Batagaika crater. But the locals know it as the Gateway to the Underworld. The crater began as a small deformation during the 1960s when permafrost thaw in the region initiated. It has, over the decades, grown considerably larger — with the growth rate accelerating along with permafrost melt during recent years.


(Time lapse of Batagaika Crater expansion from 1984 to 2016 as provided by Google’s Earth Engine.)

Further west, the Yamal region of Russia is seeing strange bulges dispersing across the land. The bulges, according to Russian scientists and to reports in the Siberian Times, are being caused by bubbles of methane gas beneath the surface. The scientists state that these formations are likely being triggered by warming — in which either methane hydrates trapped within the permafrost are thawing or where microbes have come in contact with thawed permafrost carbon to break it down and produce methane. And in recent years, this region of Arctic Siberia has seen some very warm temperatures — with readings hitting as high as 35 C (95 F) during the summer of 2016.

These same researchers now note that some 7,000 underground methane bubbles exist in this region and that warming is pushing them to erupt. When the pressure below the land surface reaches a critical point, the Siberian Times report suggests that the land above can be displaced — bursting outward. The Siberian Times went on to note that large holes forming in the Yamal region during 2014 and 2015 were caused by just this kind of methane eruption.



(The Yamal Crater was one of the first indications that methane pockets forming beneath the Siberian Tundra were starting to erupt due to human-forced warming. Image source: The Siberian Times.)

Touchy Subject Scientifically and Politically

Permafrost thaw producing high volumes of feedback carbon release can be a touchy subject in the sciences and politically. The reason is that rational responses to this threat moves decision points forward on human carbon emissions cuts and it adds to the concern that atmospheric carbon capture will be needed later this century and on through many centuries to follow in order to prevent a scenario in which carbon feedbacks cause a form of warming runaway.

It doesn’t help that the science on permafrost carbon feedback is also new and rife with uncertainty — generating a kind of gray area in which rumors and misinformation can multiply. And there also appears to be some indication that the fossil fuel industry is attempting to use the issue to push gas extraction and burning in the Arctic — falsely claiming that all of the gas is going to release anyway. Which is not true — a portion of the permafrost carbon and related methane would remain sequestered even as human extraction efforts, if they continued indefinitely, would ultimately result in the release of a much larger portion of this carbon to the atmosphere than mere feedbacks alone.

It is worth noting that presently accepted science indicates that the present rate of atmospheric carbon release due to fossil fuel burning is likely many times that of the potential annual carbon release coming from the permafrost even under the worst case warming scenarios. And because that realized rate of permafrost carbon release is directly tied to how much fossil fuel we ultimately burn, we should be very clear that the urgency to cut these emissions couldn’t be higher.

Links:

Permafrost

The Impact of Permafrost Carbon Feedback on Global Climate

The Siberian Times

Massive Permafrost Thaw Documented in Canada

Time lapse of Batagaika Crater expansion



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Here's what Jimmy Breslin wrote about Donald Trump decades ago
Updated: Monday, March 20, 2017, 2:55 PM


Jimmy Breslin took a look at one of New York’s biggest characters, Donald Trump, and saw a chump.

The legendary columnist, who died Sunday, was an original champion of the working class, using his space in the Daily News and other papers to spotlight heroes and villains for ordinary New Yorkers.

And many years before Trump’s unprecedented rise to the presidency, Breslin summed up the fellow Queens boy as an enemy of the people.

In the ‘80s and ‘90s, Breslin saw through Trump’s worst instincts — his bullying and bragging, his cheapskate scams, his abuses of the press and the public — while most metro media marveled at the real estate mogul as a symbol of success.

Legendary Daily News columnist Jimmy Breslin dead at 88
One of Breslin’s earliest mentions of Trump avoided even using the name that would soon be screamed from front pages and skyscrapers worldwide.

In a 1982 Daily News column, Breslin brushed past “a young builder named Junior with a Big Ego,” who had recently made a famous but fruitless bid to buy the newspaper.

“His civic responsibility in the past consisted of getting tax abatements,” Breslin mused about the man who would become a daily fixture in the city’s tabloids.


Jimmy Breslin died Sunday at 88.
In a series of Newsday columns years later, which the paper republished Sunday, Breslin unleashed harsh truths about Trump that have only gained more currency since the tycoon took the White House.

Jimmy Breslin to join N.Y. Journalism Hall of Fame
“Trump, in the crinkling of an eye, senses better than anyone the insecurity of people, that nobody knows whether anything is good or bad until they are told, and he is quite willing to tell them immediately,” Breslin wrote in a 1988 column about Trump’s purchase of an airline, which turned out to be one of his biggest business failures.

Breslin saw Trump as a Queens guy running “crap games” while a hungry public admired him for “t


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A 23-year-old NYPD school safety agent without a valid driver's license was busted for drunken driving in the Lower East Side Sunday, according to cops.

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Florida lawman pleaded guilty in federal court to using his police access to obtain records for identity theft.

Frantz Felisma — who’s been held without bail since his December arrest — will be sentenced in early June for credit card and identity theft charges, according to local reports.

Over a 21-month period, the then-Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office deputy is accused of having fed people’s personal information to a criminal who then ripped off their identity, prosecutors said.

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Secret Service agent pleads guilty to sexting minors
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Former Secret Service Lee Robert Moore plead guilty to charges Wednesday.
A former Secret Service agent pleaded guilty to charges Wednesday after admitting he sent explicit text messages and photos to minors while working at the White House, prosecutors said.

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Secret Service officer arrested on felony burglary charge
BY DAN FRIEDMAN
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Saturday, April 11, 2

WASHINGTON — A Secret Service officer has been placed on leave after his arrest Friday morning in the latest embarrassment for the agency.

A spokeswoman for D.C.’s Metropolitan Police said officers arrested Arthur Baldwin on a felony charge of first-degree attempted burglary and destruction of property.

According to cops, Baldwin is accused of being armed with his service weapon when he tried to break into his girlfriend’s house.

Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary, without identifying Baldwin, confirmed the arrest of “an off-duty USSS Uniformed Division Officer assigned to Foreign Missions Branch.”




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Haste learned Friday night that the commissioner from his departmental trial concluded he was guilty of all charges and would recommend Police Commissioner James O’Neill fire him — which O’Neill planned to do Monday, the source said.

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Border Patrol Agent Sentenced to 13+ Years for Smuggling Cocaine



A former Border Patrol agent was sentenced to more than 13 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to charges that he tried to smuggle cocaine in Arizona.

Juan Pimentel, of Rio Rico, was arrested in November 2015 after authorities say he thought he was smuggling 110 pounds of cocaine, the Associated Press reports. He actually was unwittingly part of a sting operation and


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The 11 candidates Trump is considering for FBI director including FBI agent Mike Rogers
involved in the 911 coverup

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http://www.floridabulldog.org/2014/12/florida-congressman-denied-access-to-censored-pages-from-congress-911-report/


DECEMBER 29, 2014 AT 6:04 AM
Florida congressman denied access to censored pages from Congress’ 9/11 report



The U.S. House Intelligence Committee has denied a Florida congressman’s request for access to 28 classified pages from the 2002 report of Congress’ Joint Inquiry into the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Orlando, told BrowardBulldog.org he made his request at the suggestion of House colleagues who have read them as they consider whether to support a proposed resolution urging President Obama to open those long-censored pages to the public.

“Why was I denied? I have been instrumental in publicizing the Snowden revelations regarding pervasive domestic spying by the government and this is a petty means for the spying industrial complex to lash back,” Grayson said last week, referring to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.

Redacted on orders from then-President George W. Bush, the report says the 28 pages concern “specific sources of foreign support” for the 9/11 hijackers while they were in the U.S. Specifically, that is “the role of Saudi Arabia in funding 9/11,” according to former Florida Senator Bob Graham, who co-chaired the Joint Inquiry and helped write the 28 pages.

Graham has long called for declassifying those pages in order to help 9/11 victims and their families find justice, and to better serve national security. In July, 9/11 Commission Chairman Thomas Kean and Vice Chairman Lee Hamilton also came out in support of declassification.

“I’m embarrassed that they’re not declassified,” said Hamilton, a former Indiana congressman. “We emphasized transparency. I assumed incorrectly that our records would be public, all of them, everything.”

House Resolution 428, sponsored by Rep. Walter B. Jones Jr., R-NC, asks President Obama to release the 28 pages of the Joint Inquiry’s report, saying they are “necessary for a full public understanding of the events and circumstances” surrounding the 9/11 attacks.

Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., is one of 21 co-sponsors including Florida Reps. Alcee Hastings, D-Miramar, and Ted Yoho, R-Gainesville. Massie has challenged all members of Congress to read the report, which he said poses no threat to national security.

In 2003, 46 senators – including Joe Biden, Sam Brownback, Hillary Rodham Clinton and John Kerry – wrote to President Bush asking him to declassify the pages.

U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Orlando
U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Orlando
In a party line vote, the House Intelligence Committee voted 8-4 on Dec. 1 to deny Democrat Grayson access to the 28 pages. The same day, the committee unanimously approved requests to access classified committee documents – not necessarily the 28 pages – by 11 other House members.

Grayson, an outspoken liberal and a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, said his denial was engineered by outgoing Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich. Rogers is a former FBI agent who did not seek re-election in November.

“Congressman Rogers made serious misrepresentations to other committee members when he brought this up,” Grayson in a telephone interview. “When the Guardian reported on the fact that there was universal domestic surveillance regarding every single phone call, including this one, I went to the floor of the House and gave a lengthy speech decrying it.”

“Chairman Rogers told the committee that I had discussed classified information on the floor. He left out the most important part that I was discussing what was reported in the newspaper,” said Grayson. “He clearly misled the committee for an improper purpose: to deny a sitting member of Congress important classified information necessary for me to do my job.”

Rogers did not respond to a request for comment. An aide in his Lansing, Michigan office referred callers to a spokeswoman for the House Intelligence Committee who could not be reached for comment.



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Link Du Jour


https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/may/12/cary-grant-how-100-acid-trips-in-tinseltown-changed-my-life-lsd-documentary


https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/may/12/get-me-roger-stone-documentary-review-donald-trump







https://www.americanswhotellthetruth.org/events/robin-wall-kimmerer-to-speak-at-portrait-unveiling-awtt-fundraiser


Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants



Saturday May 13 at 7 pm

Emlen Hall, The Bay School in Blue Hill, Maine*

Portrait Unveiling by Rob Shetterly

Author Talk

Music by Timbered Lake and Shawn Mercer



*The Bay School address is 17 Bay School Dr. off South St. east of Tradewinds.

An Appeal to the Friends of AWTT:

Americans Who Tell the Truth is proud to have initiated the effort to bring Robin Wall Kimmerer to Blue Hill and to be unveiling her portrait at this event. We are also extremely grateful to our co-sponsors, among them the Reversing Falls Sanctuary, Blue Hill Books, Wabanaki Reach, Maine Veterans for Peace, Peninsula Peace and Justice, and The Reversing Falls Women’s Circle. Ms. Kimmerer’s wise voice tells us what values we must choose to live by to survive on a healthy planet. Scientist, botanist, native storyteller, activist -- Ms. Kimmerer is fundamentally an educator for political and social communities desperately in need of education.

Since 2002, Americans Who Tell the Truth has been dedicated to providing models of courageous citizenship. Now, the fundamental focus of the AWTT organization is educational. The more than 220 portraits travel to schools, colleges, libraries and churches all over the US.

But our primary initiative is right here in Maine’s middle schools. Through our Samantha Smith Challenge (SSC) we engage hundreds of students around the state, helping them to identify and address key social, economic and environmental issues; research those issues; and then work toward real world solutions. The SSC is now in its third year. The first year seven schools participated. This year 12 schools will bring students to the culminating event at Thomas College on June 5, Samantha Smith Day.

Because of this growth and the enthusiasm for our work in schools, we need your help!

We need funding to complete the programming for this year’s SSC and to expand the program within Maine next year. Please make a donation. Let’s help students realize their power to be agents of change as they follow the wisdom of Robin Wall Kimmerer and other models of courageous citizenship to make a better future for us all.

Make your donation on the AWTT website or by returning this letter with a check to 46 Bridge Road, Brooksville, Maine 04617. Americans Who Tell the Truth is a 501 c (3) non-profit and your donations are fully deductible.

Thank you,

Robert Shetterly, Founder and artist


More on Braiding Sweetgrass:

“Braiding Sweetgrass has become an essential companion for my life. I was sold early on in the book when Kimmerer talked about the importance of integrating scientific ways of knowing, indigenous ways of knowing and storytelling ─ what an incredible trinity! My first exposure to the book was on my Kindle Fire, and thus I was treated to Robin’s melodious voice as she told her stories. In every chapter, I was gifted with new ways of looking at our world. I had never heard of mast fruiting (Council of Pecans) ─ if one tree fruits, they all fruit. All flourishing is mutual. Wow! What a lesson from our Mother Earth, and these teachings are multiplied in every chapter. We learn how trees communicate, we learn how we are all beneficiaries of reciprocity, we learn the value of the gift economy. We learn that strawberries belong to themselves and that we dwell in a world full of gifts scattered right at our feet! I will be forever grateful to Robin Wall Kimmerer for tilting the axis of my world just enough so that I am seeing with new eyes and understanding our world with new insights.” Anne Ferrara



“I have been mightily impacted by Robin Wall Kimmerer’s books, both Gathering Moss and Braiding Sweetgrass. I have been using her thoughts and words to create ritual for change in our Sanctuary community for years. Rereading Braiding Sweetgrass with our women’s circle has brought great delight to me. Here is a Kimmerer text from an Equinox ceremony I conducted with Susan Merrill and Leslie Goode: Ceremony is a vehicle for belonging. . . to a family, to a people, and to the land. Ceremonies large and/ small have the power to focus attention to a way of living AWAKE in the world.” Pat Wheeler



“Something I love about Kimmerer’s writing is that she weaves all the threads of her knowledge, experience, in short. . . life, in such a way that one aspect informs and enhances the other. She doesn’t separate her science background from her mothering, gardening, or native traditions. She sees that everything truly is connected and this becomes the base coherent structure of her writing.” Daksha Baumann



“Robin Kimmerer’s writing is so full of tough insight and vulnerable openness, precise scientific description and philosophical musing, humble gratitude and stern prescription. . . in short she teaches how to see our broken relationship with nature and history and how to make it whole again. This quote is one of many I’ve copied out from Braiding Sweetgrass:The fear for me is that the world has been turned inside out, the dark side made to seem light. Indulgent self-interest that our people once held to be monstrous is now celebrated as success. We are asked to admire what our people viewed as unforgiveable.” Rob Shetterly

“The thought that comes to mind is the primacy of greed or selfishness as a single commandment versus the 10 of Judaism and Christianity. With income equality escalating (and more so with our President’s proposed tax revision favoring the rich), the focus on an economic system which creates extravagant luxuries for a tiny portion of the populace, while a large percentage are without basic needs, appears particularly germane. I believe in the adage, There is nothing more powerful as an idea whose time has come. I’m hoping this next idea will be Medicare for all. Tony Ferrara







Location: The Bay School, Blue Hill, Maine
Date: May 13, 2017



http://stevehochstadt.blogspot.com/2017/05/better-living-through-chemistry.html




Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Better Living Through Chemistry


On Earth Day, April 22, a hundred thousand people marched all across the world for science. Tens of thousands demonstrated in Los Angeles and London, while 200 people marched 200 miles north of the Arctic circle in Norway. In 600 cities on every continent, citizens and scientists carried signs like “Fund science, not walls” and “Science trumps alternative facts”.

In Washington, DC, the biggest crowd protested Donald Trump’s proposed budget cuts to scientific research in public health and climate.

Trump is carrying out normal Republican politics. None of the many Republican candidates for President in 2016 thought evolution should be taught in public schools. A majority of Republican voters believe in creationism.

The issue of climate change shows the influence of political ideology on attitudes toward science. A Pew poll found that only 15% of conservative Republicans believe “the earth is warming mostly due to human activity”, 34% of moderate Republicans, 63% of moderate Democrats, and 79% of liberal Democrats. A majority of conservative Republicans believes that climate scientists are influenced by desire to advance their careers and political ideology, not by scientific evidence or public interest. To put it simply, conservatives don’t believe in science or scientists, if it’s inconvenient.

Here’s how science denial works in real life. Lots of private websites offer their version of science, paid for by private money which they don’t disclose, using clever tactics to pretend to search for truth. An example is the Heartland Institute, which has been denying the existence of warming for decades.

On the other side is “Understanding Science”, a public project of the University of California at Berkeley, funded by the federal National Science Foundation. This step-by-easy-step primer offers a balanced and authentic understanding of “how science REALLY works”. But those who automatically accuse both government and the nation’s best universities of politicized scientific fraud would dismiss this site as propaganda. So they won’t learn from it how our scientific community does a far better job of policing high standards for honesty and frankness than either politicians or corporations.

And they won’t think about who pays for science: “Most scientific research is funded by government grants (e.g., from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, etc.), companies doing research and development, and non-profit foundations.” Public and private sources have different priorities for funding scientific research. My nephew works on the development of a drug to stop Alzheimer’s for a biotechnology company formed by scientists and venture capitalists. Their research is motivated both to find better medicines for our collective health and to make money. As I approach 70, the prospect of preventing brain degeneration before it hits me is exciting. Their profit might extend my useful life.

Some privately funded scientific research is not in the public interest at all, such as the tobacco companies’ effort to deny the link to cancer, funneled through sciency-sounding propaganda organizations like the Heartland Institute.

The Republicans in Congress are not waging a war on all science; they quote from Heartland’s fake science. They attack government-supported science because it might lead to government spending. For example, the discovery of lead in Flint’s water meant that old pipes must be replaced on 17,000 homes at an estimated cost of $7500 each, totaling $127,500,000. Government-paid scientific research documented how lead affects babies’ brains, supported the creation of regulations which forced industry to stop using lead, compared the levels of lead in Flint’s water to experimental evidence on poisoning, and thus demonstrated the need for federal intervention.

Republicans in the Senate voted overwhelmingly to deny funding to deal with Flint’s crisis, but that effort lost by one vote. Congress authorized $170 million for Flint.

In the words of “Understanding Science”, “Science affects your life everyday in all sorts of different ways.” Good public science saves lives and serves the public interest through government spending and government regulation. But those are Republican curse words. That is the deep secret behind the anti-science policies of Republicans in Congress and the White House. If they want to shrink government, they have to slow down or even stop science. They use tactics of obfuscation and delay. House Science Committee chair Lamar Smith attacked a 2015 NOAA study showing rising global temperatures. He used his old tactics, honed over decades in Congress: he demanded thousands of e-mails and other documents in search of malfeasance, misspent funds, or corruption. He has never found any of those things. But he slowed down science he doesn’t like.

This is not in our national interest. If we don’t prepare for the world’s new climate, if we don’t prevent health crises through regulation of pollutants, if we don’t spend now on inconvenient science, we will have to spend much more later in economic and social costs. Peter Muennig, professor of public health at Columbia University, estimates that the two fewer healthy years of the 8000 Flint children exposed to lead might cost American society $400 million.

The astrophysicist and TV explainer of science Neil deGrasse Tyson said, “The good thing about science is that it’s true, whether or not you believe it.”

The bad thing about Republican science politics is that our children and grandchildren will pay the price. Without science, it’s just fiction.

Steve Hochstadt
Jacksonville IL
Published in the Jacksonville Journal-Courier, Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Posted by Steve Hochstadt






http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-baca-sentenced-jail-sheriff-corruption-20170512-story.html


LOCAL L.A. Now
Ex-L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca sentenced to three years in prison in jail corruption scandal







http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/pittsburgh-police-officer-beat-tased-students-video-article-1.3134079


Pennsylvania police officer beat and shot students with Taser on surveillance video, attorney says
BY MEGAN CERULLO
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 1:55 PM



https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/may/10/union-we-wont-eat-yale-university-negotiate




Some Yale teachers are refusing to eat in protest of the university. I'm one of them
Lukas Moe





http://www.nydailynews.com/newswires/new-york/off-duty-ny-officer-charged-fatal-dwi-crash-article-1.3157233



Off-duty NY officer charged in fatal DWI crash


Thursday, May 11, 2017, 5:10 PM




http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/n-man-pcp-busted-masturbating-van-lincoln-tunnel-article-1.3159660



New Jersey man high on PCP busted after he stops car in the middle of the Lincoln Tunnel to masturbate
BY THOMAS TRACY
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Friday, May 12, 2017, 12:09 PM





https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/12/mexican-woman-who-uncovered-cartel-murder-of-daughter-shot-dead-miriam-rodriguez



Mexican woman who uncovered cartel murder of daughter shot dead
Human rights commission attacks government failure to protect Miriam Rodriguez, who was killed





http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2010/10/20101019212440609775.html


US-trained cartel terrorises Mexico
Founders of the Zetas drug gang learned special forces techniques at Ft. Bragg before waging a campaign of carnage.


Despite the deployment of 50,000 troops, Mexico seems to be losing the 'war on drugs' [AFP]
It was a brutal massacre even by the gruesome standards of Mexico’s drug war: 72 migrant workers gunned down by the "Zetas" - arguably the country's most violent cartel - and left rotting in a pile outside a ranch in Tamaulipas state near the US border in late August.

The Zetas have a fearsome reputation, but the real surprise comes not in their ruthless use of violence, but in the origins of where they learned the tricks of their bloody trade.

Some of the cartel's initial members were elite Mexican troops, trained in the early 1990s by America’s 7th Special Forces Group or "snake eaters" at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, a former US special operations commander has told Al Jazeera.

“They were given map reading courses, communications, standard special forces training, light to heavy weapons, machine guns and automatic weapons,” says Craig Deare, the former special forces commander who is now a professor at the US National Defence University.

"I had some visibility on what was happening, because this [issue] was related to things I was doing in the Pentagon in the 1990s," Deare, who also served as country director in the office of the US Secretary of Defence, says.

"Other cartels have accused the Zetas of not following the 'gentlemen's code' of drug trafficking"

Kristen Bricker, NACLA Research Associate

The Mexican personnel who received US training and later formed the Zetas came from the Airmobile Special Forces Group (GAFE), which is considered an elite division of the Mexican military.

Their US training was designed to prepare them for counter-insurgency and, ironically, counter-narcotics operations, although Deare says they were not taught the most advanced commando techniques available at Ft. Bragg.

Military forces from around the world train at Ft. Bragg, so there is nothing unique about Mexican operatives learning counter-insurgency tactics at the facility. However, critics say the specific skills learned by the Zetas primed them for careers as contract killers and drug dealers.

“The Zetas definitely have the reputation of being the most dangerous, the most vicious, the most renegade of the cartels,” says Kristen Bricker, a Mexico-based research associate with the North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA).

About 29,000 people have died since Felipe Calderon, Mexico’s president, declared war on the drug cartels in 2006.

Extreme violence

The group has mounted the severed heads of its victims on pikes in urban areas, posted torture and execution videos on the internet, forced poor migrants into prostitution and massacred college students during house parties.

"Other cartels have accused them of not following the 'gentlemen's code' of drug trafficking and causing undue violence," Bricker told Al Jazeera.

"At one time, it was considered bad form to kill pregnant women, but not any more." For safety concerns, Bricker didn’t want to say where she lives in Mexico.

Deare estimates "probably more than 500" GAFE personnel received special forces training. He is unsure exactly how long the programme lasted. The Zetas came to the attention of Mexico’s Attorney General’s office in 1999.

After US training, GAFE operatives defected from the Mexican military to become hired guns, providing security to the Gulf cartel, a well established trafficking organisation, according to Laura Carlsen, director of the Americas program of the International Relations Center.

"They split from the Gulf cartel and formed as a cartel in their own right," Carlsen, based in Mexico City, told Al Jazeera.

The Zetas' alleged current leaders, Heriberto Lazcano, known as Z-3 and Miguel Trevino, or Z-40, were first recruited by Osiel Cardenas, the now-jailed leader of the Gulf cartel. The name "Zetas" originates from the radio code "Z" used by top military commanders in Mexico.

But unlike Zorro, the Mexican outlaw hero who also used the "Z" alias, Los Zetas steal from everyone, not just the rich. And they certainly don’t give much back to the poor, except the corpses of their relatives. "They are just known for being a different kind of human being," says Bricker.

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http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ex-nypd-nude-man-florida-dead-fish-hump-mystery-source-article-1.3160264




MAKO LOVE, NOT WAR: Ex-NYPD cop is naked man in Florida dead-shark hump photo mystery, reporter says
BY NANCY DILLON
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Friday, May 12, 2017, 5:03 PM







http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/georgia-sheriff-accused-exposing-atlanta-park-article-1.3146793



Georgia sheriff accused of exposing himself at Atlanta park, running away from bike cop

Monday, May 8, 2017, 5:07 AM


DeKalb County Sheriff Jeffrey Mann was arrested late Saturday after allegedly exposing himself in an Atlanta park. (DEKALB COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE)
One of Georgia’s top cops was busted after exposing himself at an Atlanta park on Saturday night, according to local reports Sunday.

Police said DeKalb County Sheriff Jeffrey Mann bolted when confronted by a bike cop in Piedmont Park, according to an incident report obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.





http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/press-sec-sean-spicer-cutouts-decorate-bushes-article-1.3160013




Press Secretary Sean Spicer cutouts now available to decorate your bushes following fiasco at White House
BY DAN GUNDERMAN
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Friday, May 12, 2017, 2:38 PM







http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-lapd-litgation-costs-20170509-story.html




LAPD settlements soar as officials close the books on high-profile lawsuits against police



The Los Angeles Police Department paid nearly $81 million in legal settlements last fiscal year, a sharp increase as the city closed the books on several high-profile and costly cases.

The settlement numbers were significantly higher than in previous years and involved cases that had been working their way through the court system for the last few years.

Among them were two wrongful convictions of men for separate murders. The men each spent more than 25 years behind bars, and the department settled their cases for about $24 million.

An additional $15 million went to a boy left paralyzed after an LAPD officer shot him. The city last fiscal year also agreed to settle a case that it fought all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court involving a man who was shot by officers while holding a cellphone they apparently mistook for a gun. The city paid $7 million.




http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/ponte-correction-jails-boss-deserves-boot-article-1.3148381



Ponte, beyond correction: the jails boss deserves the boot


Editorials

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, May 8, 2017, 7:13 PM




http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2015/04/fbis-amerithrax-case-just-unravelled-ex-fbi-agent-directed-investigation-suing-fbi-turns-whistleblower.html



FBI’s AMERITHRAX Case just unravelled. Ex-FBI agent who directed investigation suing FBI, turns whistleblower!!!
Posted on April 8, 2015 by WashingtonsBlog
Preface by Washington’s Blog: See also 2 U.S. Government Agencies Say FBI’s Anthrax Case Is Full of Holes, and our archive of Anthrax articles.

By Meryl Nass, M.D. Dr. Nass is a board-certified internist and a biological warfare epidemiologist and expert in anthrax. Nass publishes Anthrax Vaccine.





http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/dianne-feinstein-comey-fbi-clinton/2017/05/07/id/788614/




Feinstein: Comey's 'October Surprise' Impacted Election







http://anthraxvaccine.blogspot.com/


http://anthraxvaccine.blogspot.com/2017/05/how-federal-government-help-make.html




Friday, May 5, 2017
How the federal government helps make healthcare unaffordable/ Medscape
One big contributor to ridiculously high administrative costs of medicine in the US is the federal government.

Constantly changing federal rules seem to aim for complexity. Compliance is nearly impossible for small medical practices, because Medicare changes its rules every few months. Doctors have to play by its rules, but it is very difficult to keep up with them. Medicare feels no need to issue its rules on time, even after it announces their schedule for release.

Here is an example from today's Medscape. Just remember that YOU are paying for this nonsense, and it is one reason that healthcare has basically become unaffordable in the US:
"The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that by the end of May, it will notify all clinicians who are eligible for payment under the new Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). One of two payment tracks in CMS' Quality Payment Program, MIPS was launched January 1. Physicians who are subject to MIPS will have their performance on quality, electronic health record (EHR) use, and practice improvement measured this year to determine positive or negative payment adjustments in 2019.
Physicians and other clinicians are subject to MIPS if they bill more than $30,000 a year in Medicare Part B allowed charges a year and provide care for more than 100 Part B–enrolled Medicare beneficiaries annually. They are exempt from MIPS, however, if they receive a specified percentage of income from one of several care delivery models that are known as advanced alternative payment models.
CMS originally said it would notify clinicians who must participate in MIPS by last December, before the 2017 performance measurement period began. But CMS failed to do that, leaving many physicians and group practices in limbo...
CMS recently released a list of "qualified registries" clinicians can use to report their quality data, he said. But the agency has not issued a list of approved "qualified clinical data registries." The qualified registries are mainly offered by EHR vendors, which can charge hefty fees for the service. In contrast, the more reasonably priced qualified clinical data registries are operated by specialty societies and quality improvement collaboratives.
Gilberg views this omission as a challenge for some practices that want to report more data to CMS this year to qualify for a bonus in 2019...
CMS' requirement that all MIPS participants use 2015 Edition EHRs presents practices with another quandary. So far, only two major EHR vendors, Epic and Allscripts, have had their 2015 Edition EHRs certified by the government. There is serious concern in the industry that the bulk of eligible clinicians will not have 2015 EHRs by the start of the 2018 reporting period....
Posted by Meryl Nass, M.D.




http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/idaho-congressman-dies-lack-health-care-article-1.3144743



Idaho congressman tells town hall that ‘nobody dies because they don't have access to health care’
BY JASON SILVERSTEIN
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Sunday, May 7, 2017, 1:31 PM





http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/police-lose-chance-legal-sex-prostitutes-article-1.3074001

Police could lose last chance to legally have sex with prostitutes they’re investigating
BY JASON SILVERSTEIN
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 10:51 AM

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