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.
Jeff Sessions discusses his communication with Russians.
By Steve Neavling
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.
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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.
One “National Emergency” Away From Disaster 3 of 4
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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”
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The York Jewish Community Center has been closed and evacuated following an "emergency situation," according to JCC spokeswoman Melissa Plotkin.
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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 ...
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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
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FBI director James Comey will deliver the keynote address at a Boston College cybersecurity forum next Wednesday. Comey is scheduled to speak about “the ...
FBI Director James Comey did not answer all questions from a House intelligence panel about the investigation into possible Russian interference in the 2016 ...
The FBI did not inform the Senate Judiciary Committee about its investigation into Attorney General Jeff Sessions' contacts with Russian officials during the 2016 ...
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The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee criticized the FBI on Thursday, complaining that it failed to share enough information about its ...
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
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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.
Rosenstein announced the indictments at a press conference with Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis and officials with the
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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A former FBI agent turned anti-Islam conspiracy theorist, who once accused former CIA Director John Brennan of being a “secret Muslim,” is scheduled to give a ...
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 ...
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
FBI'S 9/11 REPORT RIDDLED WITH CENSORED WORDS, MISSING PAGES'Would reveal sensitive details about how much money was being moved around'
(News.com.au) Missing pages from a heavily censored internal FBI report on 9/11 contain explosive information on Saudi Arabia’s role in the 2001 terrorist attack, according to a group of investigative journalists.
The declassified version of a slide show titled “Overview of the 9/11 Investigation” was published by Florida Bulldog, a non-profit investigative journalist outfit, after it sued the FBI for the records in 2015.
The FBI made the presentation to the 9/11 Review Commission in secret on April 25, 2014.
But the agency redacted 13 pages and completely deleted an additional nine pages from the report, which was believed to have originally contained around 60 pages, before releasing it in March.
The document, released under America’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) was also obtained by public records database Government Attic, which posted it online yesterday.
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Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Overview of the 9/11 Investigation Slide showWhat is the FBI hiding in redacted 9/11 slide show documents?JULY 26, 20176:54PMVideoImage
FBI's mysterious 911 slideshow
MISSING pages from a heavily censored internal FBI report on 9/11 contain explosive information on Saudi Arabia’s role in the 2001 terrorist attack, according to a group of investigative journalists.The declassified version of a slide show titled “Overview of the 9/11 Investigation” was published by Florida Bulldog, a non-profit investigative journalist outfit, after it sued the FBI for the records in 2015.The FBI made the presentation to the 9/11 Review Commission in secret on April 25, 2014.But the agency redacted 13 pages and completely deleted an additional nine pages from the report, which was believed to have originally contained around 60 pages, before releasing it in March.The document, released under America’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) was also obtained by public records database Government Attic, which posted it online yesterday.According to Florida Bulldog, which has conducted a long-running investigation into Saudi Arabia’s possible link to the West’s most notorious terrorist attack, the censored pages detail “the transfer of money prior to and funding of the attacks”.Some of the slides released are blank except for their tantalising titles which include “Funding of the 9/11 Attacks”; “Early to Mid-2001: Additional Funding”; “August 2011: Reserving 9/11 Tickets”; and “KSM (Khalid Sheikh Mohammed) Non-Immigrant Visa Application”.Of the 19 hijackers who crashed planes into New York’s Twin Towers and the Pentagon in Virginia, 15 were Saudi Arabian.In documents tendered to court earlier this year, Florida Bulldog alleged the FBI improperly redacted key intelligence related to the funding of the 9/11 attacks.The first page of the FBI’s 60-page, heavily censored Power Point presentation on the 9/11 attacks.
When the FBI finally released its internal slide show to the public in March, 13 pages were redacted and nine had been completely deleted from the presentation.Source:SuppliedIn May, Miami judge Cecilia Altonaga ruled the document should be largely opened for public inspection, after the FBI failed to establish Freedom of Information Act Exemption 7(E) applied. The exemption applies when the information would “disclose techniques and procedures for law enforcement investigations or prosecutions”.But the FBI asked her to reconsider, arguing that while the document doesn’t discuss techniques, it could still reveal some techniques used. As an example it cited a photograph taken from a security camera which could reveal the camera’s location unless redacted.On July 6, Judge Altonaga had a change of heart, siding with the FBI and reversing her May decision, dismissing Florida Bulldog’s application for a Freedom of Information Act trial.“The court sees no need for further facts to be elicited at trial,” she said.The pages exempt from disclosure include two slides titled “Funding of the 9/11 Attacks” and “Early to Mid-2001 Additional Funding” and others that currently appear blank under the headings: “Early to Mid-2000: Pilots/Intended Pilots Arrive U.S.”; “Investigative Findings regarding hijacker Identification”, “Financial”, “Early to Mid-2001: Non-pilots arrive U.S.”,‘July-August 2001: Knife Purchases” and “August 2001: Reserving 9/11 Tickets” as well as four pages titled, “Ongoing Investigation”.Lawyers for Florida Bulldog have indicated they may challenge the ruling in the Supreme Court.Florida Bulldog co-founder and editor Dan Christensen says the FBI’s grounds for continuing to withhold information on the 9/11 attacks are weak and make no sense. He addressed the agency’s concerns, including the mysterious redacted photograph, in an article posted on his website last month.But he believes the real reason for the FBI’s secrecy relates to questions about who financed the 9/11 attacks.
Survivors and relatives of the almost 3000 victims are currently engaged in a fraught civil litigation with Saudi Arabia amid accusations that the kingdom and its official charities were among those who supplied funds. The country has denied any wrongdoing.“Another page the FBI wants to remain hidden ‘contains specific factors deemed pertinent in the analysis of the actions of the hijackers’ concerning financial transactions before September 11, 2001,” Christensen said.“(According to the FBI) disclosure of this information would reveal what the FBI already knows about the hijackers’ financial actions and how they were able to stay ‘under the radar’.”FBI record chief David M Hardy expanded on this in his submission to keep the reacted and missing pages secret.This page, with its promising title, is one of several which were left otherwise blank in the FBI’s heavily censored report.This page, with its promising title, is one of several which were left otherwise blank in the FBI’s heavily censored report.Source:SuppliedNothing to see here. Several pages of the FBI's internal slide show on 9/11 have been redacted and nine have been deleted entirely.Nothing to see here. Several pages of the FBI's internal slide show on 9/11 have been redacted and nine have been deleted entirely.Source:Supplied“The release of this information would reveal sensitive details about how much money was being moved around, when it was being moved, how it was being moved, the mode of transfer and locations the FBI had detected movements in,” Mr Hardy told the court in his sixth court declaration in June.“Disclosure of this information would provide a playbook to future subjects on how much money one can move around in certain forms without attracting attention.”Christensen claims the FBI has also redacted details relating to:*The types of weapons and identification the conspirators carried;*The timing of the arrival of the pilots, intended pilots and conspirators in the US;*Information about when the conspirators moved to their respective departure cities and the timing of their plane ticket purchases;* A timeline of telephone records and money transfers between conspirators; and*Information about previous flights the conspirators took before the attacks to include the collection and timing and locations of flights.“One page, withheld in full, ‘is a photo taken by a security camera’. The FBI does not identify the photo’s subject, the date it was taken or its general location,” Christensen said.“This was withheld because the release of this picture would disclose the location of the security camera at the site where the photo was taken. The disclosure would allow future subjects to know where to find the security camera so as to avoid the area in which the camera points, thereby circumventing detection or the ability for the FBI and law enforcement to try to obtain an image of the subject.“Two more pages from the overview section about the FBI’s ‘ongoing investigation,’ also completely withheld, contain “information about a conspirator and his actions taken in preparation for the attacks. This is sensitive information, which if revealed, would put at risk the collection techniques used to obtain such information. It also reveals sensitivities that future subjects could exploit in the future while
Asking for probe of misconduct claims against police 'symbolic,' St. Louis County Police board chairman says
Former County Executive Charlie Dooley appointed Corvington, a retired FBI agent, to the police board in March 2012. Dooley also appointed The Rev. Lawrence Wooten Sr., vice chairman, and Laurie Westfall, secretary.
Roland Corvington’s comments follow Tuesday night’s 5-1 vote by council members in favor of requesting an outside agency to investigate the allegations raised in a series of stories by Post-Dispatch Columnist Tony Messenger.
The newspaper obtained public documents, photos and video from Metro that supported allegations of county police officers’ loitering in offices, covering a camera at the North Hanley MetroLink substation and refusing to cooperate with Metro public safety officials.
Donald Trump Asked For Russian Help In The Election 1 Year Ago ...HuffPost-In March testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, former FBI agent Clint Watts explained that the Trump team and Moscow-linked media, including ...
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Long Island police officer forced woman to perform sex act at precinct
Thursday, July 27, 2017, 3:36 PMWhile processing the woman wanted for outstanding traffic and vehicle offenses, the Sayville cop brought her to an isolated room and exposed himself, Brooklyn federal prosecutors said. When she refused the proposition, McCoy held her head down, court filings show.
At one point, someone walked by the door and McCoy "quickly zipped up his pants and took her out of the room."
In the course of the act, semen fell on the victim's shirt, court papers state.
More than a week later, McCoy texted the victim — who at first couldn't figure out who was contacting her.
"I put you [in] handcuffs...remember now?," McCoy wrote, court papers claim.
Driving While Female
April 14, 2002"THIS WAS SOMETHING that all the girls knew," a 22-year-old woman named Elizabeth Hardman recently told The Post. Ms. Hardman was referring to the commonly held belief that for years, out on I-66 and I-95 and Route 28, Route 29 and around the watering holes of Manassas, there was a Virginia state trooper, William A. "Buck" Carter, who showed a predilection for targeting women. He liked, Ms. Hardman said, to hang out in parking lots, watching for women leaving bars. He liked to follow them in his police car. He liked to pull them over. This went on, and on, and on, until allegedly he went too far: This month, Mr. Carter was indicted for soliciting sex from a 20-year-old. According to prosecutors, he arrested her for drunk driving, took her to the Prince William jail, let her understand the gravity of that place, then told her that if she left and had sex with him, the charge would disappear. The day the indictment was handed down, Trooper Carter resigned.
It goes without saying that most police don't behave this way; most Virginia troopers treat women, and men, with respect and courtesy. All the more reason to be outraged by this story: an alleged stalker operating under the aegis of the state police, using the power of his badge to violate rather than protect -- and the "girls" weren't the only ones who had an inkling. Some of the troopers knew; they've said so. Officials at the state police knew, or should have known: Last May, a local law enforcement officer complained about Mr. Carter's arrest habits. An internal investigation was done; it found that while 19 percent of those arrested in the county for drunk driving are women, Mr. Carter was arresting 53 percent women, almost three times the average. No problem, headquarters concluded. After all, half the people in the county are women. Looks okay to us.
Belatedly, everyone is taking this seriously. The commonwealth's attorney, who has been forced to drop cases against nearly 40 women Mr. Carter arrested, has charged him with bribery. The superintendent of state police, calling this "possibly profiling of a different nature," says he wants to know who knew what, when. More needs to happen: Last year in New York, the attorney general filed a federal civil rights complaint against the town of Wallkill, charging that officers pulled over young women to solicit dates. Federal civil rights folks should look here too, to see whether women were deprived of their constitutional right not to be unfairly targeted -- and, if so, to see what sort of culture was permitting this profiling to go on. One cannot help wondering: When Buck Carter took that young woman down to the jail, started to book her, abruptly stopped, and left with her, did nobody notice? Was everybody looking the other way?
Deputy Calif. attorney general who is son of Watergate figure G. Gordon Liddy arrested for child porn possessionBY DAVID BOROFF NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, July 27, 2017, 11:19 AM
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Whitey Bulger’s crooked Irish American FBI handler given 2039 parole date
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SEE IT: Off-duty deputy uses wounded gunman as human shield during Chicago shooting BY JESSICA SCHLADEBECK NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, July 27, 2017, 2:51 PM
The deputy, Michael Raines, was uninjured in the gunfight, but died the next year after overdosing on fentanyl-laced heroin, the Chicago Tribune reported.
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FBI Honolulu Division hosts a joint information sharing conference for some of Guam's leading businesses
Posted: Jul 27, 2017 2:46 AM EDTUpdated: Jul 27, 2017 2:46 AM EDT
On July 27, 2017, the Honolulu Division of the FBI hosted a joint information sharing conference for some of Guam's leading businesses. This Strategic Partnership Engagement Conference was an opportunity for the FBI and other law enforcement entities to provide the state's leading industries with unique access to current threats facing the United States as well as specific issues facing Guam. It is part of a national effort led by the FBI's Office of the Private Sector to build deeper and more meaningful relationships with infrastructure, industry, and security stakeholders.
"Typically, law enforcement challenges are overcome by two elements: meaningful community relationships and coordinated law enforcement response," said FBI Honolulu Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) Tuan Nguyen. "The Executive Partnership Engagement Conference is an opportunity for our office in Guam to enhance both these dynamics. Our experience has shown that the time to build these relationships is not in the midst of a crisis. This conference serves as a building block in establishing meaningful dialog between law enforcement and industry leaders."
During the conference, law enforcement subject matter experts briefed industry executives about trending threats in the areas of terrorism, counter-intelligence, economic espionage, and cyber intrusions. ASAC Nguyen noted, "We intend for this to be the next step in a long-term relationship we will have with infrastructure and industry in our community."
Story image for fbi agent from The Harvell gazetteSenior citizens' art displayed at libraryThe Harvell gazetteJay White, a retired FBI agent and a former member of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, lead the discussion. White is an adjunct faculty member at several area ...
Middle East discussion: The Council on Aging is hosting a discussion group on terrorism in the Middle East.
Jay White, a retired FBI agent and a former member of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, lead the discussion. White is an adjunct faculty member at several area colleges.
The group meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 10 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. Call 978-374-2390 if you wish to participate.
Video of woman telling Somali women she’s going to kill Muslims goes viral, gets her fired BY MEGAN CERULLO NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, July 27, 2017, 1:48 PM
CATEGORIES: POLITICSJULY 27, 2017 | STEPHEN P. PIZZOWill a Document Targeting Bill Clinton Come Back to Haunt Trump?Nearly 20 years ago, in the wake of the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky scandal, a legal paper was produced concerning whether a sitting president could be indicted. Today, that document seems more relevant than ever.
Boy Scouts chief apologizes for Trump’s strange speechBY RICH SCHAPIRO NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, July 27, 2017, 5:10 PM
Senate committee tries to revive FBI relocation processReading Eagle
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Harlem Gospel Choir singer claims cops wrongfully arrested her after altercation with pro-Trumpsupporter
Thursday, July 27, 2017, 5:37 PM
A singer who performs with the Harlem Gospel Choir plans to sue the city, claiming cops falsely arrested her after she was harassed by a pro-Trump protester outside Trump Tower.
LennAsia Harvey, 21, of East Orange, N.J., claims she was leaving a choir gig at the Plaza Hotel with a fellow singer and heading toward the subway about 9:45 p.m. on Nov. 10, 2016.
As she and Shacara McLaurin, 23, passed two groups of competing protesters outside the President's building on W. 57th St. and 5th Ave., she claimed a Trump supporter began taunting.
“He was saying things like 'Why are you protesting? You don't even know why you don't like Trump,’” she said of a man she identified as James Durkan, 74, of Manhattan.
White nationalist pleads guilty after shoving Trump protester“We weren't even protesting. We were just walking to the subway.”
Durkan, she said, trailed after them for more than a block and called them the n-word and “black b-----s.”
NYC PAPERS OUT. Social media use restricted to low res file max 184 x 128 pixels and 72 dpiAfter cops heard about the spat and arrived to interview all three, an NYPD supervisor said, “Lock them up,” Harvey said. (ANDREW SAVULICH/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)“I was trying to ignore him, but my friend is very protective and he was getting aggravated,” said Harvey, who has performed with the choir at Madison Square Garden, Barclays Center and elsewhere. “He targeted us because we were young, black and female.”
McLaurin confronted him and told him to back off and then pushed him when he drew too close to her, Harvey said.
Cops cart off 25 protesters outside Trump TowerHarvey alleges that Durkan dramatically fell to the ground. Durkan and other witnesses then reported the incident to police.
After cops arrived and interviewed all three, an NYPD supervisor said, “Lock them up,” Harvey said.
"I was asking them why they were arresting me and they are not answering me at all," she said. “I was just like panicking. It was annoying. Period.”
Harvey said she was held for three hours before she was released without charge — with cops calling it a misunderstanding.
Protesters rally outside Trump Tower over Syria airstrikesNYC PAPERS OUT. Social media use restricted to low res file max 184 x 128 pixels and 72 dpi“We weren't even protesting. We were just walking to the subway," said Harvey. (DEBBIE EGAN-CHIN/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)“I think due to the complete absence of probable cause to believe that my client had done anything illegal, the only explanation for my client’s false arrest is that she was arrested because she is black,” said her lawyer, Joe Stancati.
An NYPD spokeswoman countered that multiple witnesses reported that McLaurin pushed Durkan, leading to her arrest for assault.
“As a result, the victim fell to [the] ground causing a laceration and substantial pain,” the spokeswoman said.
“Harvey was temporarily detained based on allegations made by a complainant. She was removed from an ongoing demonstration. After a brief investigation it was determined that the complainant’s
Oklahoma to Build World’s Second Largest Wind Farm as France + UK Pledge to Ban Fossil Fuel VehiclesIf we’re going to effectively deal with climate change while maintaining economic prosperity, then it’s absolutely essential to rapidly transition fossil fuel based energy to non-carbon emitting energy. And some of the best options for doing so presently involve leveraging economies of scale with three widely available technologies — wind, solar, and low cost storage and EV batteries.
Oklahoma Wind Capacity to Rise Above 30 Percent of Electrical Generation
Over the past week, serious advances continue to be made on these fronts. In the Oklahoma panhandle, Invenergy has partnered with GE Renewable Energy to build a 2 GW onshore wind farm. Once finished, the farm (named Wind Catcher) will be the largest U.S. wind farm and the second largest such farm in the world. The farm itself will be composed of 800 massive 2.5 megawatt wind turbines. This is GE’s largest wind turbine model and its size will help to lower the cost of producing electricity, some of the benefits of which will then be passed on to energy customers.
(According to the American Wind Energy Association, Oklahoma presently ranks as third in the U.S. for wind electrical generation capacity at 6,645 megawatts. Adding another 2,000 megawatts would considerably increase Oklahoma’s wind energy share by 30 percent. As a result, present Oklahoma wind generation of 25 percent of the state’s electrical supply would likely rise to 32.5 percent as a result of this single large project.)
Pete McCabe, President and CEO of GE’s Onshore Wind business noted in Clean Technica:
“GE is delighted to be a part of the groundbreaking Wind Catcher project with Invenergy and American Electric Power. We look forward to putting our teams to work in these communities as we continue to move toward our goal of ensuring that no one has to choose between sustainable, reliable and affordable energy.”
The project which will cost 4.5 billion dollars hits a pretty amazing price of around 2.25 cents per kilowatt hour installed. And with new wind energy projects costing as little as 2.5 cents per kilowatt hour on average in 2017, it appears that raw economic factors alone are likely to continue driving large and lucrative wind projects like the one now being pursued in Oklahoma. A single project that will increase Oklahoma’s wind energy generation capacity by 30 percent to 8,645 GW and push wind’s total share of state electrical generation to around 32.5 percent (see image and caption above).
France and UK Pledge to Ban Fossil Fuel Vehicles
Even as wind gains a larger share of energy production capacity in a red state, the UK and France have now joined a growing number of cities and nations in providing a responsible pledge to ban petrol and diesel based vehicles by 2040. These national moves match a recent initiative by Norway — which aims to sell only electrical vehicles in country by 2025. Meanwhile, India has also recently set a goal to sell only electrical vehicles in its own markets by 2030. Cities such as Madrid, Munich and Stuggard are also considering diesel bans.
Concerns about worsening air quality, recent cheating by automakers on emissions standards, worries about climate change and a major threat to traditional automaker market share by all-electric manufacturers like Tesla appear to have reached a kind of critical mass.
From the New York Times:
Britain’s decision is, however, the latest indication of how swiftly governments and the public in Europe have turned against diesel and internal combustion engines in general. Automakers, though reluctant to abandon technologies that have served them well for more than a century, are increasingly resigned to the demise of engines that run on fossil fuels. They are investing heavily in battery-powered cars as they realize their traditional business is threatened by Tesla or emerging Chinese companies, which have a lead in electric car technology. The shift away from internal combustion engines is in large part a result of growing awareness of the health hazards of diesel.
According to reports from the BBC, France’s own July 6 decision to ban petrol and diesel vehicle sales by 2040 was spurred by the Trump Administration’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord. France has long aimed to reduce its carbon emissions and the 2040 vehicle ban is part of a larger plan for the country to become carbon neutral by 2050.
USA’s Largest and World’s Second Largest Wind Farm to be Built in Oklahoma
Britain to Ban New Diesel Cars by 2040
France to Ban Sale of Petrol and Diesel Vehicles
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Participant in Cliven Bundy standoff sentenced to 68 years in prison
FILE - In this April 18, 2014, file photo, rancher Cliven Bundy, flanked by armed supporters, speaksRancher Cliven Bundy, flanked by armed supporters in April 2014, speaks at a protest camp near Bunkerville, The weight of a heavy sentence landed in the quiet federal courtroom Wednesday morning, leaving Gregory Burleson occasionally stroking his graying beard and his attorney pleading unsuccessfully for leniency.
The 53-year-old Burleson was the first to be sentenced for his role in the 2014 standoff between federal agents and supporters of Cliven Bundy near his Nevada ranch.
He got 68 years in prison.
U.S. District Court Judge Gloria Navarro did take into account his blindness and frailty — he sat in a wheelchair during the hearing — but she also reminded Burleson of his crimes, which included threatening a federal law enforcement officer, obstruction of justice and interstate travel in aid of extortion.
Oklahoma sheriff indicted in death of hallucinating inmate restrained in chair for 48 hoursBY NICOLE HENSLEY NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Wednesday, July 26, 2017, 4:59 AM
Top Vatican official Cardinal Pell faces Australian court on 'historical' sex assault charges
Tuesday, July 25, 2017, 9:19 PM
'An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power' with Al Gore: movie
Wednesday, July 26, 2017, 6:00 AM
With Al Gore. The veep is back, with another global warning. movieIt’s a good thing Al Gore is used to disappointments.
His new documentary, “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” was supposed to be about how things have changed for the better since 2006’s “An Inconvenient Truth.”
The bad news is, global warming continues. It may even be getting worse. But the good news is, people are finally doing something about it.
And in the film’s happy ending, the nations of the world sign the Paris Agreement on fighting climate change. Everyone celebrates. Gore heads home to Tennessee.
Al Gore renews his vote to eliminate the Electoral CollegeThat's the upbeat way the film was supposed to leave you.
Except last month President Trump said the Paris deal was lousy, dead, forget about it. He was pulling out.
It’s a huge setback for the agreement, Gore and other global-warming activists. But it doesn’t make “An Inconvenient Sequel” obsolete. It makes it more important than ever.
Because now you're reminded of what the deniers are trying to forget. Ice caps melting into our oceans. Rising tides flooding cities. Disastrous hurricanes and paralyzing droughts.
Al Gore: Trump’s Paris withdrawal is ‘reckless and indefensible'The material is familiar to anyone who saw the original Oscar-winning “An Inconvenient Truth,” although the footage itself is new.
What’s even fresher, though, is the approach. The first movie was just stiff-as-a-board Gore and his bar graphs. It had the feel of a watch-this-it's-good-for-you slideshow.
This time, though, Gore gets out of the lecture hall and into the streets. We see him trudging through a waterlogged Miami. Carefully crossing a fragile sheet of ice.
And doing what any politician does best — calling in favors, wrangling deals and trying to move a pet cause forward.
Al Gore has 'lengthy and very productive' meeting with TrumpThe stakes are high, too. As the movie points out, although now more people are aware of the problem, there's less time to fix it.
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed. But Gore keeps plugging away, and even finds signs of hope. Like a tiny town in red-state Texas that's switched its energy sources from fossil fuels to renewable energy.
“The less stuff you put in the air, the better it is,” the Republican mayor says flatly. “Common sense.”
“An Inconvenient Sequel” could use more interviews with people like that small-town mayor, folks who know pollution isn't partisan, and clean air and water aren’t political. Maybe the filmmakers will find room for them if they make another sequel.
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Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell will ask the state Supreme Court to review a recent lower-court decision that barred him from giving prosecutors the names of deputies with histories of serious misconduct, he said in a statement Wednesday.
The appeal, which has not yet been filed, will seek to “establish legal clarity” while balancing the privacy protections of officers’ personnel files, according to the statement.
“Our intent was never to compromise or give away your rights. And at no time was the department seeking to voluntarily turn over information from anyone’s personnel file,” McDonnell said in a video issued internally to deputies on Wednesday.
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From: Emma Best
Subject: Freedom of Information Act Request: Carl Oglesby
To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:
Records relating to or mentioning Carl Oglesby (July 30, 1935 – September 13, 2011), an American writer, academic, and political activist. He was the President of the leftist student organization Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) from 1965 to 1966. The Bureau has previously acknowledged having files discussing the subject (see attached).
The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.
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Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.
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Joint Statement with Department of Justice Deputy Assistant Attorney General J. Bradford Wiegmann and Susan Morgan, National Security Agency, Before the Senate Judiciary Committee
November 6, 2019
Reauthorizing the USA Freedom Act of 2015
Joint Statement for the Record
Chairman Graham, Ranking Member Feinstein, distinguished members of the committee, thank you for the opportunity to testify today about four important provisions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) that will expire at the end of this year unless reauthorized by Congress. As indicated in the Director of National Intelligence’s letter to this committee, the administration strongly supports permanent reauthorization of these provisions.
Three of the authorities—the roving wiretap, business records, and lone wolf provisions—have been part of FISA for well over a decade and have been renewed by Congress multiple times, most recently in the USA FREEDOM Act of 2015 (FREEDOM Act). Before that, these same authorities were reauthorized multiple times between 2005 and 2011, each time following extensive congressional review and deliberation. Each renewal gained bipartisan support.
Two of the authorities, the “roving wiretap” and “business records” provisions, have been part of FISA since 2001. These provisions are important in national security investigations and are comparable to provisions available in ordinary criminal investigations. The roving wiretap authority enables the government to continue surveilling a court-approved national security target when the target takes steps to thwart the surveillance. The business records authority allows the government to collect records, papers, and other documents that are relevant to a national security investigation. The government has used these important national security authorities judiciously, with the approval of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), and in the interest of national security.
The “lone wolf” provision was added to FISA in 2004 to close a gap in the government’s ability to surveil a foreign person who is engaged in international terrorism or international proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, but who lacks traditional connections to a terrorist group or other foreign power. Without the authority, the government could not rely on FISA to respond to those kinds of threats. Although the government has not used the lone wolf provision to date, it is critical this authority remain in the government’s toolkit for the future, as international terrorist groups increasingly seek to inspire individuals to carry out attacks, without necessarily providing the kind of coordination or support that would authorize traditional FISA surveillance.
The fourth authority—the Call Detail Records (CDR) provision—permits the targeted collection of telephony metadata but not the content of any communications. Congress added this authority to FISA four years ago in the FREEDOM Act as one of several significant FISA reforms designed to enhance privacy and civil liberties. It replaced the National Security Agency’s (NSA's) bulk telephony metadata collection program with a new legal authority whereby the bulk metadata would remain with the telecommunications service providers. The CDR authority provides a “narrowly-tailored mechanism for the targeted collection of telephone metadata for possible connections between foreign powers or agents of foreign powers and others as part of an authorized investigation to protect against international terrorism.” H. Rep. 114-109, at 17 (2015). The FREEDOM Act also permanently banned bulk collection under FISA’s business records and pen-trap provisions and under the National Security Letter statutes. As this committee is aware, the NSA recently discontinued the CDR program for technical and operational reasons. But the CDR program retains the potential to be a source of valuable foreign intelligence information. The CDR program may be needed again in the future, should circumstances change. NSA’s careful approach to the program, and the legal obligations imposed by the FREEDOM Act in the form of judicial oversight, legislative oversight, and transparency, support the reauthorization of the CDR program.
We urge the committee to consider permanently reauthorizing these authorities based not only on the government’s demonstrated record and the importance of the authorities to national security, but also on the significant reforms contained in the FREEDOM Act. These include authorizing the FISC to appoint amici curiae to address privacy and civil liberties concerns and enhancing public transparency and reporting requirements under FISA. Four years ago, the FREEDOM Act was passed after extensive oversight and comprehensive hearings, and received strong bipartisan support in the Senate. In the wake of repeated reviews and bipartisan authorizations over nearly two decades, the administration’s view is that the time has come for Congress to extend these authorities permanently.
First, Congress should permanently reauthorize the “roving wiretap” provision. The authority outlined in this provision is similar to the roving wiretap authority that has been available since 1986 in criminal investigations, under the Wiretap Act, and which has repeatedly been upheld in the courts.
The “roving wiretap” provision provides the government an effective tool to use in response to adversaries attempting to thwart detection. To understand the importance of this authority, the committee must consider how FISA functions in ordinary, non-roving cases, and how roving authority is necessary for targets who try to avoid surveillance. Under both regular and roving FISA authority, the government’s application for a court order must identify the target of the surveillance with particularity and must establish probable cause that the target is a foreign power or an agent of a foreign power. If the court approves the application, it issues one order to the government and a “secondary” order to a third-party—such as a telephone company—directing it to assist the government in conducting the wiretap. See 50 U.S.C. § 1805(c)(1-2). The secondary order is necessary because, in most cases, the government needs the assistance of a company to implement the surveillance. In an ordinary case, if the target switches to a new communications service provider, the government must submit a new application and obtain a new set of FISA orders. However, where the government can demonstrate in advance to the FISA court that the target’s actions may have the effect of thwarting surveillance, such as by rapidly and repeatedly changing providers, FISA’s roving wiretap provision allows the FISC to issue a generic secondary order that the government can serve on the new provider to commence surveillance without first going back to the court. See 50 U.S.C. § 1805(c)(2)(B). The government’s probable cause showing that the target is an agent of a foreign power remains the same, and the government must also demonstrate to the FISC, normally within 10 days of initiating surveillance of the new facility, probable cause that the specific target is using, or is about to use, the new facility. See 50 U.S.C. § 1805(c)(3).
The roving wiretap authority has proven to be an important intelligence-gathering tool. The government has used the authority in a relatively small number of cases each year. Those cases tend to involve highly-trained foreign intelligence officers operating within the United States, or other important investigative targets, including terrorism-related targets, who have shown a propen
Congress Should Understand the Scope of Section 215 Before Voting to Reauthorize It
NOVEMBER 05, 2019
Tomorrow, the Senate Judiciary Committee will conduct a hearing on reauthorization of the USA FREEDOM Act, the 2015 legislation that extended and amended expiring provisions of the 2001 USA PATRIOT Act, including Section 215. Unless Congress obtains from the intelligence community clearer, public answers about the information that can be obtained with a Section 215 order, Congress should not reauthorize this authority, which sunsets on December 15. It should adopt this stance because intelligence community officials have failed to disclose publicly whether Section 215 is being used, or can be used, to obtain information that courts have ruled is protected by the Fourth Amendment’s probable cause requirement. We believe such a use would be unconstitutional.
Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act broadened the “business records” provision of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to enable the FBI to obtain court orders compelling the disclosure of “any tangible thing” (not just business records). To obtain such orders, the government must prove that the tangible thing sought is relevant to a foreign intelligence investigation not concerning a US citizen or permanent resident, or to an investigation to protect against international terrorism or clandestine intelligence activities.
In the eighteen years since Congress passed the PATRIOT Act, the government has not disclosed the full scope of the records it can obtain under Section 215
In the eighteen years since Congress passed the PATRIOT Act, the government has not disclosed the full scope of the records it can obtain under Section 215, or the type of records it has obtained using this authority. To make matters worse, government officials further muddied the waters when asked whether revealing, sensitive records could be obtained under Section 215 at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on September 18.
Members of Congress have been surprised before about the scope of Section 215 orders. In June 2013, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden disclosed court orders issued under Section 215. These orders compelled communications service providers to disclose, on an ongoing basis, records in their possession of all phone calls to, from, and within the United States. The FISA Court (FISC) had determined that these “call detail records” (CDRs) were somehow “relevant” to an investigation, essentially removing the relevance standard as a meaningful check on government intelligence surveillance activity. We argued elsewhere that the CDR portion of Section 215—which has not been used for months, and when used, was used unlawfully—should be repealed.
Members of Congress risk being surprised again because government officials are being cagey and self-contradictory about the types of records they do obtain, and can obtain, with Section 215 orders. One can infer from the statute, codified at 50 USC 1861, that the government can use Section 215 to compel disclosure of library circulation records and patron lists, bookstore sales records and cust
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The Senator, the Billionaire Pedophile, & the Fugitive Oligarch
By Daniel Hopsicker -
August 30, 2019
The Senator is ‘George Mitchell.’ The billionaire pedophile is ‘Jeffrey Epstein.’ The fugitive oligarch is “Viktor Kozeny.” But first, a word about an Able Seaman…
Nothing’s changed since “Casablanca”
It was a round-up of the usual suspects.
In the aftermath of the release of 2000 pages of previously sealed documents in the lawsuit brought against Jeffrey Epstein by Virginia Roberts Giuffre, news accounts picked only low-hanging fruit for scrutiny.
Bill Clinton. Donald Trump. Woody Allen. Uber-nebbish Alan Dershowitz. He’s now become one of the usual suspects because, despite his vociferous denials, he’s exactly the blend of smarmy and slimy that signals victimizer.
But the goal is to make sense of what Epstein was up to, which remains opaque.
Puzzling out Epstein’s connection to one of those named who’s more of a sexual outlier than a sometime Lothario might be a better bet.
Someone like former Senator George Mitchell, for example.
George Mitchell doesn’t exactly exude savoir faire.
He’s a temperate-looking man. Gray hair, short and orderly. Mild, hazel-brown eyes behind horn-rimmed glasses. He might have entered the U.S. Senate under Dwight David Eisenhower.
The kind of guy that looked old even in high school.
“George lives his life the way he plays tennis: thoughtful, conservative, doesn’t throw away any shots,” a friend said about him. “Nothing brilliant, or colorful; doesn’t have to make the grand slam.”
Epstein had a documented friendship with Mitchell dating back to the early 2000’s. In a 2003 New York Magazine profile, Epstein was paraphrased as saying Mitchell was “the world’s greatest negotiator,” and Mitchell called Epstein “a friend and a supporter.”
George and Jeff made an odd couple. Why did Epstein gift Mitchell the loan for an evening of one of his stable of not-yet-legal sex workers?
I think I know.
A whiff of sexual blackmail…in the 90’s
While investigating the personal pilot of one of George Mitchell’s close associates, I learned a secret about the former Majority Leader.
Mitchell looks like a boy scout, but he’s not.
After he resigned from the Senate in 1994, one of George Mitchell’s closest associates became Viktor Kozeny, known as “The Pirate of Prague.”
After the fall of the Soviet Union, Kozeny was t
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Journalists Publish List Of Convicted Cops The State's Attorney General Said Was Illegal For Them To Have
from the bluff-called dept
Fri, Nov 15th 2019 12:02pm — Tim Cushing
The list of convicted cops the California Attorney General tried to keep secret has just been made searchable by the Sacramento Bee. It contains hundreds of current and former police officers who've been convicted of criminal acts over the last ten years.
This collaboration of multiple newsrooms and journalism advocates began with an unforced error by a state agency. Taking advantage of a new state law allowing the public to access police misconduct records, journalists asked the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training for relevant documents. The agency handed over a list of 12,000 former and current officers -- a list that apparently was never supposed to be made public.
The state's Attorney General claimed the journalists had broken the law simply by possessing a document the Commission never should have given them. This couldn't be further from the truth, but AG Xavier Becerra continued to make this claim, as though it were possible to codify something just by saying it out loud often enough.
I can see why AG Becerra wants this list buried. There's nothing on it that makes cops or their oversight (which includes Becerra) look good. While the 12,000 officers in the database are a small percentage of the total number of California law enforcement officers employed over the past ten years, this small portion includes a number of cops who were never fired from their agencies despite committing criminal acts that would have put regular people out of a job.
Reporters found at least a dozen deputies with prior convictions are still on the roster at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. And the five officers with convictions working for the Riverside police include the acting chief — Larry Gonzalez was a lieutenant in 2013 when he pleaded guilty to DUI after reportedly crashing a city-owned SUV with a blood-alcohol level nearly twice the legal limit.
There’s a Kern County Sheriff’s deputy still working despite a conviction for manslaughter after running over two people while recklessly speeding to a call. And a Santa Clara County Sheriff’s deputy is back on the force after dozing off at the wheel and killing a pair of elite cyclists on a training ride.
Sheriff's departments are especially fond of hiring and retaining the worst people. They're the agencies most willing to overlook long histories of misconduct and the most hesitant to hand down significant punishments when laws are broken by law enforcers on their payroll. The L.A. Sheriff's Department is filled with suspicious individuals who hang out in a high crime area every time they show up at the office.
The list has been trimmed considerably since its surprising release to journalists. Due to the lack of cooperation from law enforcement agencies and the general sloppiness of large-scale bureaucracies, the names in the database are only those that have been verified by journalists. The original list had 12,000 names but the database only contains 630 current and former officers.
Even so, there's plenty to be concerned about. Some officers have multiple convictions but were never fired. Officers have driven drunk, left their children in cars with their loaded guns, and engaged in fraud. There's also lots of domestic abuse -- most of which has gone unaddressed by officers' employers.
Richard Sotelo was an Imperial County Sheriff’s Department correctional officer in February 2013 when he was charged with domestic violence for assaulting his estranged wife. He was allowed to keep working despite the pending charges. But months later he was accused of a crime again, this time sexual battery against a male co-worker. He was charged for that as well. Sotelo ultimately took plea deals and was convicted in both cases and left the force.
In one incident investigated by the Bell Police Department months before his reckless driving, [LAPD Officer David] Guerrero allegedly “threatened, assaulted and battered” a woman who was in a dispute with his girlfriend, according to court records.
“That’s how you do it, LAPD style,” Guerrero allegedly said as he drove away.
The DA’s office didn’t file charges. It also didn’t prosecute Guerrero in 2013 when he allegedly threatened to kill the mother of his child, court records show.
The recycling of California cops isn't going to stop unless the state legislature steps up and makes it possible for officers to lose their certification following a conviction. California is one of only five states with no decertification process, so officers can avoid accountability simply by drifting from agency to agency in the (apparently unlikely) event they've been fired.
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