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25-Year FBI Veteran Brings Cybersecurity Chops to iJET
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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 ...


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


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


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


Delaware County deputy gets 15 years for child pornography
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Trial delayed for two ex-Tangipahoa deputies indicted in probe into federal drug task force
JAN 5, 2017 - 3:40 PM


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
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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
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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 ...
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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
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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
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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.


FBI Fails to Patch Site and Gets Hacked Once Again!
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


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.


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
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


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

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


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.


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


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

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Heat is Online

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


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


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


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


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


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


Secret Service agent did not want to take bullet for Trump


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


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


AG Jeff Sessions at his confirmation hearing.

By Steve Neavling

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 Admits Meeting with Russian Officials But Denies He Committed Perjury


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.



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




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”



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

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













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.






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 ...





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














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 ...





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 ...








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

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





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 ...




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








FBI Thinks Standing Rock Protesters Might be Terrorists

The Ring of Fire Network

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.







7 Baltimore Officers Accused of Abusing Power, Robbing Citizens

CBS Philly-

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





Judge won't dismiss Walter's trading case


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 ...




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




Muslims And Police: Anti-Islam Conspiracy Theorist To Train ...

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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 Orders Regular Updates on Investigation into FBI Grand Jury ...


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 ...











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

Daily Caller-

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


Work by women photographers in Santa Monica exhibit bound by dedication to social justice


Calif. cop seen brutally beating man in video being investigated

Sunday, March 12, 2017, 2:50 PM


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


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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Natural News – by Mike Adams
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.
As much as we appreciate the FBI efforts that are focused on halting actual criminal activity across the United States, the agency seems to have completely lost its marbles when it comes to pursuing domestic terrorism “plots.” See these related stories on Natural News for previous coverage:
From 2011: FBI ‘entrapment’ tactics questioned in web of phony terror plots and paid informants
From 2012: FBI nabs five mastermind geniuses after teaching them how to blow up a bridge in Cleveland

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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


Dennis Kucinich: FBI Director Must Recuse Himself from Russia Investigation

FBI Director James Comey

By Former Congressman Dennis Kucinich
Fox News

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.



The Impact of Permafrost Carbon Feedback on Global Climate

The Siberian Times

Massive Permafrost Thaw Documented in Canada

Time lapse of Batagaika Crater expansion


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.

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“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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Florida cop admits he used police access to help steal identities

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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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.

Lee Robert Moore, 38, pleaded guilty in Florida federal court to charges of enticing a minor to engage in sexual activity and attempting to transfer obscene imag

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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.

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

Friday, May 12, 2017, 7:45 PM


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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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


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


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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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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.


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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.


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FBI’s AMERITHRAX Case just unravelled. Ex-FBI agent who directed investigation suing FBI, turns whistleblower!!!
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Feinstein: Comey's 'October Surprise' Impacted Election



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.


Idaho congressman tells town hall that ‘nobody dies because they don't have access to health care’
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(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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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:Supplied
In 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:Supplied
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.
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.




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Long Island police officer forced woman to perform sex act at precinct



Thursday, July 27, 2017, 3:36 PM
While 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?




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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 EDT
Updated: 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."


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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 ...

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.



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Harlem Gospel Choir singer claims cops wrongfully arrested her after altercation with pro-Trump


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.

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“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.”

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After 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.

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Harvey 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.

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“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 Vehicles
If 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, speaks
Rancher 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 hours
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. movie
It’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 College
That'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 Trump
The 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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NYPD cop gets 20 years for moonlighting as Bronx coke dealer's muscle

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Wednesday, July 26, 2017, 7:44 PM



L.A. sheriff says he'll appeal decision barring him from giving prosecutors a list of problem deputies


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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Corbett trial: Two jurors ‘changed minds’ after night’s sleep
Foreman of the jury says guilty count initially stood at 10-2 for Molly Martens Corbett

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Consultants uncover deep problems within Denver Sheriff Department

PUBLISHED: May 20, 2015 at 3:08 pm | UPDATED: April 24, 2016 at 6:16 am

The safety of Denver jail inmates and deputies is jeopardized because of problems at almost every level of the Denver Sheriff Department, a report produced by two consultants says.

The long-awaited report, which will be released Thursday, offers a sweeping — and sometimes scathing — look at the department. Its recommendations range from changing the culture to changing the style of underwear issued to inmates.

The leadership deficit is so deep that consultants advise city officials to go outside the department to hire a new sheriff, according to the report, which was obtained by The Denver Post prior to its official release.

DOCUMENT: Read the full report on the Denver Sheriff Department

The report, produced by Hillard Heintze of Chicago and OIR Group of Los Angeles for $295,000, delivers 14 key findings and 277 recommendations for change.

Mayor Michael Hancock ordered the review in the summer of 2014 after a string of excessive-force cases shamed the department and cost the city more than $9 million in legal settlements and lawyers’ fees.


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Denver Sheriff Department spent $14 million on OT in 2016 despite surge in hiring
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Denver Sheriff Department suspends deputies for falsifying time cards
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Oregon farmer furious with deputy who shot and killed his $1,200 goat — but police claim self-defense


Family of grandmother, two grandchildren killed in car chase adds Atlanta  Police to Lawsuit

August 10, 2017, 9:35


Justice locked inside old rape kits
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, August 10, 2017, 5:00 AM

Sex crimes from long ago, unsolved for far too long, are now getting the leadership they deserve from the Manhattan district attorney. Victims are getting justice.

As a proud pioneer in using DNA to prosecute old cases, I’m thrilled to see this happening. But far too many states and jurisdictions are still dragging their heels. Recognizing the tremendous advances in forensic science, everyone must get on board the cold-case caravan.

The arc of my career is a testament to the power of this technology. I remember how, in 1984, as a young prosecutor in Manhattan’s Sex Crimes Unit, I took an 8-year-old child by the hand and walked into the grand jury room.

With enormous courage, she faced the 23 adults and described how she was forced to the rooftop in Harlem and sexually assaulted. She was too young to know the language of the acts performed, but answered my questions with such clarity that there was no doubt about her veracity.

William Dixon, a 25-year-old man, was caught running from the building. He pleaded guilty to the indictment. Sentenced to 10 years, he served only four.

Remember that girl. She reenters the story later.

In 1986, I was one of the first prosecutors in the country asked to use DNA, then a new technique, in the investigation of a murder. It took six months to get a result, and the judge in my case did not allow me to use the findings — linking the killer and his weapon to the dead woman — because he deemed DNA too unreliable.

By 1989, courts began to admit DNA findings, and we used it both to convict and exonerate the accused.

In 1994, an 11-year-old child was assaulted in her building in Hamilton Heights at knifepoint. Her unidentified assailant escaped.

A rape kit was used to collect evidence — including a vaginal swab that yielded the attacker’s DNA. At that time, since there was no suspect against whom the DNA profile could be compared, the kit was stored in the police property clerk’s warehouse with thousands of others.

In 1999, when the first national DNA databank was established, we in Manhattan partnered with the mayor’s office and NYPD to locate untested kits, outsource them to private labs, and become the first city in the country to eliminate the backlog of evidence kits — 16,000 of them.

We solved some crimes decades after they had occurred, offering justice to victims of violence who had long ago given up hope of anyone in law enforcement remembering their cases.

In 2002, the evidence found in the 1993 exam of the 11-year-old girl was submitted to the databank. There was no match.

But we adapted another innovative technique — one used by a Milwaukee prosecutor named Norm Gahn. We indicted unapprehended rapists, calling each John Doe, with his distinctive DNA profile as the identifier.

So in 2003, Assistant DA Martha Bashford questioned the witness who had been assaulted at the age of 11, in the same grand jury room where I took the testimony of the 8-year old girl years earlier.

Her perpetrator was indicted as John Doe.

Fast forward to late 2016. William Dixon — now 56 years old — was convicted of raping a 12-year-old in the Bronx. Dixon’s DNA profile was entered into the Combined DNA Index System, or CODIS databank — at last — as a convicted offender.

That profile linked immediately to Bashford’s John Doe suspect, and the long-cold case of the 11-year-old child from Hamilton Heights was solved.

The woman — now 35 — was thrilled to learn that her attacker had been found. My 8-year-old victim — now 42 — was equally pleased and relieved. The memories of the assault have not faded for either.

Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr. and his extraordinary team of sex crimes prosecutors are the nation’s leaders in this backlog elimination. They understand that by taking dusty evidence kits off storage shelves, heinous crimes can be stopped.

In 2015, Vance dedicated $38 million from civil forfeiture proceedings — not taxpayer dollars — to offer grants to other jurisdictions, paying for the testing of 57,000 kits across America.

The preliminary results from this project are in, and they are staggering. So far, up to 39,000 kits have been submitted to labs for testing. Of the first 4,000 profiles entered into CODIS, 48% of them yielded hits — and a quarter of them match DNA from other sexual assault cases.

How is it that there are legislators and prosecutors who refuse to fund testing, or to pass legislation to mandate that it be done? Why is it that New Jersey and Massachusetts still cannot provide the number of untested kits within their jurisdictions? What becomes of the 850 shelved boxes in Austin, Tex., that are covered in mold? Why did authorities in Southern California throw away scores of untested kits?

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Alaskan towns at risk from rising seas sound alarm as Trump pulls federal help
Communities in danger of falling into the sea say assistance from Washington has dried up: ‘It feels like a complete abdication of responsibility on climate change’

According to the Army Corps of Engineers, 31 Alaskan communities face “imminent” existential threats from coastline erosion, flooding and other consequences of temperatures that are rising twice as quickly in the state as the global average. A handful – Kivalina, Newtok, Shishmaref and Shaktoolik – are considered in particularly perilous positions and will need to be moved.


Climate change will hit New England hard, report says
The Northeast will experience warmer temperatures, higher seas, and greater amounts of rain and snow than federal scientists forecast only three years ago, according to a draft of a major report about climate change awaiting the approval of the Trump administration.

The findings were based on an array of new research tools and methods that have sharpened climate scientists’ understanding of how climate change will affect the United States, a greater clarity that one scientist likened to the vast improvement in the images of cellphone cameras over the years.


Secret Service spends $13,500 on golf cart rentals for President Trump's Bedminster trip
Jessica Estepa, USA TODAY Published 4:01 p.m. ET Aug. 8, 2017 | Updated


FL Prohibited Prison Materials
Alec Shea filed this request with the Department of Corrections of Florida.
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From: Alec Shea
Subject: Sunshine Law Request: FL Prohibited Prison Materials
To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to Florida's Sunshine Law (Fla. Stat. secs. 119.01 to 119.15 (1995)), I hereby request the following records:
All lists of material that is prohibited for Florida prisoners, including periodicals, books and audio
The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.
In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.
Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I would request your response within ten (10) business days.
Alec Shea
From: Beard, Donna
Subject: FW: PUBLIC RECORD REQUEST 17-91; Sunshine Law Request: FL Prohibited Prison Materials
Dear Mr. Shea:
The Florida Department of Corrections is in receipt of your public records request below for all lists of material that is prohibited for Florida prisoners, including periodicals, books and audio.
Your request, PRR 17-91, has been forwarded to Security Operations for review and response.
If records responsive to your request are determined to exist you may be provided with a cost estimate (DC1-201). Following receipt of payment, non-confidential and non-exempt records will be produced or made available for inspection in accordance with Ch. 119 and s. 945.10, Fla. Stat.
Donna Beard
Department of Corrections
Office of the General Counsel
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Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2500
(850) 717-3625


DB Cooper mystery: ‘Potential’ physical evidence uncovered in search

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Gym owner displays vulgar sign to ban police officers, military members from using facility

Wednesday, August 9, 2017, 8:36 AM


Fire in the Land of Ice: Massive Wildfires Rage Over Greenland and Siberia
by robertscribbler
Like never before, regions we typically associate with cold and ice are being over-run by wildfires. It's a situation brought on by human-caused climate change. For our continued burning of fossil fuels is causing the Arctic to warm twice as fast as the rest of the globe. Under this oppressive influx of heat, the permafrost is thawing. And the fragile plants, frozen lands, and soils dependent on much cooler conditions simply cannot cope. Increasingly, and on greater and greater scales, they are burning.

(Large Greenland fire captured by NASA's Earth Observatory on August 7th.)

This past week, an outlandish wildfire ignited about 100 miles southwest of Ilulissat near the western coast of Greenland. The fire, visible by satellite, cast a long smoke plume even as it exploded into fierce intensity. The odd blaze subsequently generated a rash of expert chatter among Arctic observers on twitter even as news sources like NPR scrambled for contextual information.

Due to typically very low fire incidence, Greenland lacks a national forest fire information center. However, widespread satellite reports and news based observation provide a pretty clear context for this odd event. According to news reports from NPR, the fire itself is a complex of multiple blazes -- the largest of which has expanded to 3,000 acres. It's a massive forest fire. And it's exceptionally odd seeing such a blaze light up in typically-frozen Greenland.

August 7, 2017

(Time lapse of massive Greenland wildfire provided by Meteos.)

The fire ignited as temperatures rose to near 70 degrees (F) across the region. A range that is well above average for this Arctic zone. And brisk, down-sloping winds likely helped to speed the fire's initial rapid expansion.

Fires do occur at times in Greenland. But they are usually rare and small. This year's fires, on the other hand, have been exceptional. Preliminary satellite observation indicates that as much as 8 times the typical number of active fires have ignited so far in Greenland during 2017. And there is every indication that this particular fire complex is the largest ever recorded on an island that is mostly blanketed by thousands of feet of ice.

To wrap up: wildfires have occurred in the past over Greenland but 2017 is exceptional in number of active fire detections by

(Analysis of active wildfire pixels in Greenland satellite analysis indicates a substantially increased rate of burning in 2017.)

The fire itself is burning through peatlands -- which contain deep, carbon-rich soils. In many regions, thawed permafrost ultimately becomes peat. In addition, peat itself is very sensitive to climate change related warming. For as exceptional heat dries the peat, it becomes a deep, dense fuel for fires. When the fires ultimately come, they can eat far into the peat soils -- burning 3 feet or more beneath the ground.

Though not as bad as fossil fuel burning for the climate system, peat fires do provide a troubling amplifying feedback to human-caused climate change if they become widespread and if large permafrost zones thaw into peat and subsequently burn. One researcher noted to the New York Times last year that: "It's carbon that has accumulated over several thousands of years. If it were to be released, the global CO2 concentration would be much higher."

(Fires burning near the melting Greenland Ice Sheet are likely in a recently thawed permafrost zone. Permafrost contains a massive carbon store that if released will further exacerbate human-caused warming. Wildfires are one mechanism promoting that release. And as Arctic lands thaw and warm, more large fires are popping up across the Arctic.

Jessica L. McCarty, an Assistant Professor of Geography at Miami University provides further context regarding the massive Greenland fires:

“They are likely occurring in areas of degraded permafrost, which are predicted to have high thaw rates between now and 2050 with some evidence of current melt near Sisimiut. Fires in the High Northern Latitudes release significant CO2, CH4, N20, and black carbon. A fire this close to the Greenland Ice Shelf is likely to deposit additional black carbon on the ice, further speeding up the melt.”

Siberian Wildfires Now Extremely Intense

In many places throughout the Arctic, rapidly warmed and dried peatlands, forests and previously frozen permafrost is also burning. In Siberia the inky smoke plumes from massive fires today stretch for nearly 2,000 miles. Numerous fire complexes that dwarf the odd Greenland blaze are plainly visible in the satellite picture.

(The smoke plume in this image would blanket most of Greenland. Massive wildfires belch giant plumes of inky smoke over Siberia and the Arctic Ocean on August 9th. For reference, bottom edge of frame is 1,200 miles. I

The fires come with extreme heat along a high pressure ridge zone stretching from Lake Baikal all the way to the shores of the Arctic Ocean. Today, temperatures in this Arctic and near Arctic region are ranging from 80 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit or as much as 35 degrees (F) above average.

With so much Arctic warming and thawing now ongoing, massive fires have become a frequent occurrence during summertime in Siberia recently. And this year, Russia has resorted to cloud seeding in an apparently fruitless attempt to suppress the enormous blazes.

Most of today's fires are burning in Yakutia -- which contains one of the largest global stores of permafrost carbon in the world. During recent years, permafrost has more and more rapidly thawed through this zone -- providing a larger and larger store of peat-like fuels for the kinds of fires we are seeing today.


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A Massive Wildfire is Now Burning in Greenland

Wildfire in Greenland

Wildfires are Burning in Greenland

Greenland Hit by Largest Wildfire on Record

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Police Receive God’s Eye Technology, Google Earth with Real Time Tivo Capabilities
 AmericanIntelligenceReport /  August 7, 2017 / Uncategorized
Imagine Google Earth with Real Time Capabilities Able to Search Anyones Location By a Click of a Mouse

Kristan T. Harris | American Intelligence Report

Many may remember the Batman movie, The Dark Knight Returns starring Christian Bale. In the movie Batman searches in his computer for the jokers precise location and finds it down to the very floor of the building he is in. This technology has now become a reality and specialized police departments are beginning to use it to fight crime.

“A new surveillance system that collects and records information in real-time — and then lets trackers rewind, zoom in and follow certain targets — has hit the test market streets of Baltimore, Md., and Dayton, Ohio, and in at least one crime-fighting unit in California,” the Washington Times reported.

The surveillance software sounds a lot like Google earth with real time and TIVO like capabilities, able to search any individuals location and associations through out their day. A law enforcement officer could track your daily voyage from when you leave your home in the morning until you return in the evening.

The system will be able to track your daily trends, where you travel to, who you are with, when you visit and for how long. Any crimes you may commit throughout your day could be used against you.

You may feel like you don’t do anything wrong and have nothing to hide but a recent article by the Wall Street Journal published that the average American commits 3 felonies a day, and the odds are you don’t even know it!

According to the Center of Investigative Reporting (CIR), the software uses facial recognition allowing the system to identify individuals located in the systems database.

“The system was kind of kept confidential from everybody in the public,” L.A. County sheriff’s Sgt. Doug Iketani told CIR. “A lot of people do have a problem with the eye in the sky, the Big Brother, so in order to mitigate any of those kinds of complaints, we basically kept it pretty hush-hush.”

What happens to all the faces that are not targeted and recorded by this new Big Brother system?

Jennifer Lynch from the Electronic Frontier Foundation voiced her concern, “Once the nation has a facial recognition database, and once facial recognition capabilities improve to the point that we can identify faces in a crowd, it will become possible for authorities to identify people as they move through society.” This data could easily be merged with the criminal databases, these files are currently kept separate from each other.


Vengeful criminal clocks corrupt NYPD cop who he's grappled with in past: 'What now motherf---er'

 Wednesday, August 9, 2017, 3:49 PM


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The Dangerous Implications of SPLC’s Influence in America
The Southern Poverty Law Center seems to define any disagreement on the truths of sexuality and gender as “hate.”
Dustin Siggins
Readers of the Register are undoubtedly familiar with the influential leftist group Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). According to the Media Research Center's Dan Gainor, SPLC was “once a legitimate civil rights organization” that has become a “leftist propaganda shop.”

Today, they use their influence to malign organizations that don't kowtow to new definitions on marriage, sexuality, and gender as “hate groups.”

Recently, ABC News and NBC used SPLC to label the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) as a hate group. ADF, which has won a number of cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and represents clients whose religious liberty is at stake, has received support from conservatives, including a U.S. Senator who reminded ABC that “disagreement is not the same as discrimination and it’s not the same as hate.”

Some of the implications of SPLC's influence – which from 2007 to 2014 included being an official partner of the FBI – are obvious. Many conservatives hold them accountable for at least a shooter who went after the Family Research Council in 2012, and another shooter who targeted GOP Members of Congress. In 2015, they won a court case that put a reparative therapy group out of business. Under President Obama, they pushed LGBT propaganda onto military service members.

However, there are two other implications that are often overlooked:

1. SPLC's definition of a “hate group” could risk the legal status of mainstream religious groups like the Catholic Church. LifeSiteNews Editor-in-Chief John-Henry Westen told me he thinks this is the goal. “SPLC point is to criminalize the Catholic Church and similar Christian faiths that disagree with SPLC’s ideological views, especially those on human sexuality,” said Westen in an e-mail.


US Drops Case Against NY Financier After Judge Slams FBI
(Bloomberg) -- The U.S. moved to drop fraud charges against Benjamin Wey, the founder of the private equity firm New York Global Group, after a judge threw ...


Emergency responders practice for future FBI disasters?
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The drill included emergency personnel from the Utah Transit Authority, the FBI, Salt Lake County Emergency Management, the West Valley and Salt Lake City ...


NEW HAVEN, CT — A man who served nearly 20 years in prison for a murder charge that was later dismissed has settled with the city for $9.5 million.

Scott Lewis, 52, had charges dismissed in 2015, according to the New Haven Register. He was convicted of killing former Hill Alderman Ricardo Turner and his lover Lamont Fields.

The FBI investigated and found that Detective Vincent Raucci was involved in the city's cocaine trade and had a witness testify that Lewis and Stefon Morant were involved in the murder, according to the New Haven Independent. The witness was arrested by Raucci for another murder and Raucci promised to let him go, according to a federal appeals ruling.

Mayor Toni Harp said the city could have spent up to $18 million and decided settling was the less costly option. The city will go into debt to pay the settlement.


FBI to hold diversity recruitment session at Henry Ford College
Dearborn Press and Guide
The FBI is looking to recruit special agents through its Diversity Agent Recruitment program, and hopes to find some local people from all walks of life to fill the ...


A Special Agent: Gay and Inside the FBI

A former FBI agent describes how, once his homosexuality was revealed, he fought to regain the job he loved, taking his fight to the American public and to court.



WASHINGTON, Sept. 30— A Federal district judge in Texas found today that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had discriminated against Hispanic agents in promotions and working conditions and that the bureau's internal procedure for dealing with discrimination complaints was ''bankrupt.''

In a ruling that could lead to widespread changes in the bureau's employment practices for Hispanic Americans and other minority groups, the judge, Lucius D. Bunton 3d of Midland, Tex., said that ''Hispanic agents suffer disparate treatment in the conditions of their employment'' and ''these conditions affect their promotional opportunities in an adverse manner.''

Judge Bunton, ruling on a discrimination lawsuit brought in El Paso by most of the bureau's 439 Hispanic agents, said he would order remedies after a court hearing on the issue.

The ruling was vindication for the Hispanic agent who first brought the suit, Bernardo M. Perez of El Paso, who said that his career had been sabotaged by bigots at the highest levels of the F.B.I.

Judge Bunton found that Mr. Perez, once the bureau's highest-ranking Hispanic agent, was the victim of retaliation by non-Hispanic supervisors because of his discrimination complaints.

Mr. Perez was demoted from senior F.B.I. posts, the judge said, even though ''Perez's record demonstrates the kind of character and courage which helped rank the bureau among the highest quality professional law-enforcement agencies in the world.''

Of the bureau's 9,600 agents, 4.5 percent are Hispanic Americans. According to Government figures, Hispanic Americans make up about 8 percent of the population. Only 1 of the bureau's 58 field offices around the country is led by a Hispanic agent.

Bureau officials who asked not to be named conceded that Judge Bunton's ruling was a serious blow to an agency that is responsible for enforcing the nation's civil rights laws. In recent years, the bureau has faced a series of embarrassing allegations of internal racism.

Allegations by a black agent, Donald Rochon, of racial harassment while he was assigned to the bureau's field office in Omaha have already been upheld by Government investigators. 'Taco Circuit' Is Cited

In his harshly worded 95-page decision, Judge Bunton found that Hispanic agents were routinely given low-level assignments, often as little more than assistants to non-Hispanic colleagues, because they were able to speak Spanish.

The judge agreed with plaintiffs who charged that there was a ''taco circuit'' in which Hispanic agents were transferred around the country on temporary assignments requiring Spanish-speaking investigators.

Often, he said, Hispanic agents were assigned to the tedious duty of listening to Spanish-language conversations overheard on wiretaps, or to dangerous undercover work requiring the language, and that similar demands were not made of non-Hispanic agents who also spoke Spanish.

Removed from their regular duties, the careers of Hispanic agents had suffered, the judge found, ''Other agents compile a long record of years of successful operations as the Hispanic linguist performing frequent temporary duty assignments receives letters of appreciation but fewer successes on the important indices which lead to promotion,'' he said.

Judge Bunton appeared to reject the bureau's central defense: that the best interests of law enforcement demand that Hispanic agents be assigned in disproportionate numbers to certain types of investigations and to specific regions of the country. ''The protection of the public safety and welfare does not justify the discrimination demonstrated at trial,'' the judge said.

His decision described the bureau's internal procedure for discrimination complaints, the equal employment opportunity program, as ''deficient'' and indicated that he would soon order changes.

''The court is inclined to find injunction relief in the form of significant improvements to a bankrupt E.E.O. process,'' Judge Bunton said, noting that Mr. Perez had faced ''retaliation'' after filing an internal complaint about discrimination.

''There is strong evidence of discrimination and retaliation,'' the judge said of Mr. Perez. ''The testimony demonstrated a collusive pattern of employment decisions made with adverse impact on Perez.''

Once the agent in charge of the bureau's office in San Juan, Puerto Rico, office, Mr. Perez was demoted in 1982 to a post as a assistant agent in charge in Los Angeles. He is now an assistant special agent in charge of the El Paso office, which Mr. Perez described in court last summer as a ''dumping ground'' for the bureau.

According to F.B.I. officials, inspections showed Mr. Perez was incompetent in his assignments in San Juan and Los Angeles. Mr. Perez alleged that he was, instead, the victim of discrimination by supervisors in Washington who were fearful of competition from a fast-rising Hispanic agent.

Judge Bunton today appeared to side with Mr. Perez. ''The court is of the opinion that on balance, Perez was highly successful in his position as special agent in charge in San Juan and the record does not support the negative evaluations made by the inspection process,'' the decision said. 'Strong Evidence' Found

''The court finds the poor inspection reports, transfer and career decisions made by the bureau were a pretext for prohibited considerations of Bernardo Perez based on his national origin.''

Judge Bunton also found there was ''strong evidence'' that the bureau retaliated against three bureau employees who assisted Mr. Perez in his discrimination compalints.

The ruling today came after a trial in El Paso last summer in which nearly 40 Hispanic agents testified about what they described as pevasive discrimination within the bureau.

Judge Bunton said in his opinion that he that he might order ''significant improvements in the promotional system, and the institution of a compensation system'' that could guarantee higher salaries and benefits for Hispanic agents.

In an interview today, Mr. Perez said that Hispanic agents of the F.B.I. ''are finally being recognized for what we do.''

''The F.B.I. won today,'' he said, describing himself as ''overwhelmed'' by the personal vindication contained in the judge's decision. ''The organization will be better for this,'' Mr. Perez said. ''I hope Mr. Sessions is paying attention to what happened here.''

His lawyers, Antonio V. Silva and Hugo Rodriguez, said the ruling could lead to discrimination suits by Hispanic employees in other professions and elsewhere within the Federal Government.

''We've been contacted by Hispanic employees in two major airlines, by Hispanic law-enforcement officials in Miami and New York and Los Angeles, by an Hispanic woman in a big eight accounting firm,'' said Mr. Rodriguez, himself a former F.B.I. agent. ''This is a watershed decision.''

Photo of Bernardo M. Perez, discussing the verdict against the F.B.I. at a news conference in El Paso (AP) (pg. 33)


F.B.I. Is Accused of Intimidation By Attorneys for Hispanic Agents

EL PASO, Aug. 26— The Federal Bureau of Investigation is using surveillance and an unfounded investigation in an effort to intimidate the attorneys for 311 Hispanic agents who have charged the bureau with discrimination in a lawsuit, the lawyers have asserted.

Milt Ahlerich, the bureau's assistant director for Congressional and public affairs, said the charge was ''outrageous and repugnant.''

The flurry of charges and counter-charges came at the end of the nine-day trial Thursday before Federal District Judge Lucius Bunton, who said he hoped to rule by Oct. 1.

The 311 Hispanic agents contended in the suit that the bureau discriminated in the promotion, discipline and assignment of Hispanic agents. They sought an unspecified amount in damages and changes in bureau's policies.

About 400, or 4.3 percent, of the bureau's 9,400 agents are Hispanic agents, compared with about 8 percent of the general population. 'Bringing Out Dirty Laundry'

The plaintiffs' attorneys, Hugo Rodriguez and Antonio Silva, said the bureau had kept watch on them and possibly begun an investigation to discredit them. Mr. Rodriguez, who resigned from the bureau last year, said: ''You've heard witness after witness state that the first rule of the F.B.I. is, 'Don't embarrass the bureau.' That's what this case is doing. It's bringing out the dirty laundry of the F.B.I.''

About 40 agents testified that the bureau transfers Hispanic agents more often to undesirable posts, gives them assignments that are less glamorous or more dangerous, promotes them more slowly and gives them less recognition for their successes. Witnesses called by the bureau denied the accusations.

Mr. Rodriguez and Mr. Silva were notified Thursday that the bureau was concerned about a possible security breach in connection with an affidavit that disappeared from Mr. Rodriguez's briefcase. Someone had mailed the affidavit to the bureau's headquarters. Mr. Rodriguez and Mr. Silva implied the bureau stole the document so it could start an investigation.

Mr. Ahlerich, the bureau spokesman, denied an investigation resulted from the disappearance of the affidavit.


MIDLAND, Tex., Dec. 3— A Federal district judge has ruled that agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation misused a Federal grand jury to retaliate against a Hispanic agent who filed a lawsuit against the bureau charging discrimination.

The judge, Lucius Bunton, ruled in a 17-page opinion Friday that bureau agents requested a grand jury subpoena in an internal investigation of the agent, Bernardo Perez, after he and other Hispanic agents sued the bureau. There was no legitimate purpose for the subpoena, Judge Bunton said.

The lawsuit by the Hispanic agents, filed in January 1987, contended that the F.B.I. promoted Hispanic agents too .


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Branding Hoover's FBI
How the Boss's PR Men Sold the Bureau to America

Matthew Cecil

Hunting down America’s public enemies was just one of the FBI’s jobs. Another—perhaps more vital and certainly more covert—was the job of promoting the importance and power of the FBI, a process that Matthew Cecil unfolds clearly for the first time in this eye-opening book. The story of the PR men who fashioned the Hoover era, Branding Hoover’s FBI reveals precisely how the Bureau became a monolithic organization of thousands of agents who lived and breathed a well-crafted public relations message, image, and worldview. Accordingly, the book shows how the public was persuaded—some would say conned—into buying and even bolstering that image.

Just fifteen years after a theater impresario coined the term “public relations,” the FBI under J. Edgar Hoover began practicing a sophisticated version of the activity. Cecil introduces those agency PR men in Washington who put their singular talents to work by enforcing and amplifying Hoover's message. Louis B. Nichols, overseer of the Crime Records Section for more than twenty years, was a master of bend-your-ear networking. Milton A. Jones brought meticulous analysis to bear on the mission; Fern Stukenbroeker, a gift for eloquence; and Cartha “Deke” DeLoach, a singular charm and ambition. Branding Hoover’s FBI examines key moments when this dedicated cadre, all working under the protective wing of Associate Director Clyde Tolson, manipulated public perceptions of the Bureau (was the Dillinger triumph really what it seemed?). In these critical moments, the book allows us to understand as never before how America came to see the FBI’s law enforcement successes and overlook the dubious accomplishments, such as domestic surveillance, that truly defined the Hoover era.

“This unique, creative, and excellent study makes a significant contribution to the literature on the FBI. Cecils brilliant mining of FBI personnel files has resulted in a fascinating, richly detailed, and wholly satisfying look at the inner workings of Hoover’s FBI.An outstanding work on an important subject.”

—Douglas Charles, author of Hoover’s War on Gays: Exposing the FBI’s “Sex Deviates” Program

“Branding Hoover’s FBI is a path-breaking assessment of former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover’s public relations initiatives. Cecil’s brilliantly researched study documents Hoover’s success in transforming the image of the FBI from a minor and suspect to a powerful and autonomous agency, in the process reshaping American politics in the twentieth century. His thoughtful monograph has particular contemporary relevance highlighting how control over information undermined a constitutional system based on accountability and transparency. ”

—Athan Theoharis, author of The FBI and American Democracy: A Brief Critical History

About the Author

Matthew Cecil is Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, Minnesota State University, Mankato. He is the author of The Ballad of Ben and Stella Mae: Great Plains Outlaws Who Became FBI Public Enemies Nos. 1 and 2 and Hoover’s FBI and the Fourth Estate: The Campaign to Control the Press and the Bureau’s Image, both published by Kansas.


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You Can’t Earn Someone’s Trust Without This One Thing, According to an FBI Agent
Forget the “golden rule.” You should start following the “platinum rule,” instead.

Your mom’s advice was completely wrong. Turns out, you shouldn’t treat others the way you’d like to be treated; you should actually treat others the way they would like to be treated. It’s called “the platinum rule,” and using it could make people trust you more.

That’s according to Robin Dreeke, at least, a FBI agent who also happens to be a former Marine who graduated from the Naval Academy. He recently co-authored the book The Code of Trust, which gives a step-by-step approach to communicating with others more effectively. Here’s how you can use body language to build trust, too.

When it comes to making people like and trust you, Dreeke says it’s important to “talk in terms of what’s important to them, in a way they can readily understand, and they’ll be more inclined to give you what you want,” according to Business Insider.

Dreeke even has some advice on how to best implement this rule. From the very first conversation you have with someone, he recommends determining the type of communicator they are. (And while you talk, slip in one of these 11 magic phrases to make anyone trust

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Surveillance in America: Critical Analysis of the FBI, 1920 to the Present
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Hate Crimes: A Conference on Law Enforcement and Civil Rights September 17 and 18

BIRMINGHAM—Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will be the keynote speaker for the opening session of the 2017 annual Conference on Civil Rights and Law Enforcement sponsored by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Birmingham Division, and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.

The two-day conference will focus on hate crimes. The program begins at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, September 17, at the historic 16th Street Baptist Church, with Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein delivering his address at 4 p.m.

The conference continues on Monday, September 18, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will include a case study on the 2015 hate-crime massacre at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, from a federal prosecutor and investigators who worked the case. The gunman, a 21-year-old white supremacist, killed nine people during a Bible study at the church. The speakers will include Nathan Williams, who prosecuted the case, Brian Womble, supervisory FBI special agent, and Gregory Mullen, the recently retired Charleston chief of police. Each will speak about the role he played in the tragic event.

The conference is free, but registration for each day is required at http://www.bcri.org.

“Hate crimes have devastating effects beyond the harm inflicted on any one victim,” stated Andrea L. Taylor, BCRI President and CEO. “They reverberate through families, communities, and the entire nation.”

“Hate crimes are the highest priority of the FBI’s civil rights program and the objective of this conference is to create open, honest dialogue between law enforcement officials and the community, promote cooperation, and share with the community what a federal hate crime is and how to report it,” said FBI Birmingham Division Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp Jr.

Monday’s session will begin with Dr. Andrew Baer, assistant professor, Department of History, University of Alabama at Birmingham, who will speak about the history of hate. Dr. John Gampher, UAB Department of Psychology, will follow with his presentation, “Inside the Mind of Hate.”

Dr. Shay DeGolier, Outreach and Organizing Specialist with the Southern Poverty Law Center, will deliver Monday’s luncheon address.

Monday’s program also will include a panel discussion addressing what hate looks like from the perspective of various minority communities within the Greater Birmingham metro area. Dr. G. Christine Taylor, Vice President and Associate Provost, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, at the University of Alabama, will moderate the panel.

FBI Special Agent Gerome Lorrain, Jackson Division, will conclude Monday’s session with a case study on the 2015 death of Mercedes Williamson, which resulted in the first conviction on federal hate crime charges arising from the murder of a transgender woman.

For more information on the conference, contact Paul Daymond, at pedaymond@fbi.gov or (205) 279-1457, or Charles Woods III, at cwoods@bcri.org or 205-328-9696 x246.


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Somers Student Completes FBI Teen Academy

September 4, 2017 at 2:35 PM

SOMERS, N.Y. - Somers High School student Thomas Parisi was among 70 high school students to get a comprehensive look into the day-to-day operations of the FBI the week of July 17 through the Teen/Youth Academy offered by the FBI’s Community Outreach program.

Students are given several presentations covering topics like terrorism, cyber security, public corruption, polygraph exams, evidence response and SWAT. An awards ceremony concludes the week.

Through the experience, students gain a better understanding of the FBI’s operations and the various career paths and roles associated with the agency’s activity.

Admission to the program was based upon the applicant’s grades, school activities and community involvement, said Matt Parisi, Thomas’ father. The application included an essay based on his son’s review of an FBI website and video that educated teens about the dangers of opioid abuse. Aside from travel costs, admission to the academy was free.

Parisi was recommended for the program by Charlie Blaisdell, a colleague of his father’s and at Bleakley Platt & Schmidt, LLP, in White Plains.

“At 101 years old, Mr. Blaisdell is one of the oldest living former FBI agents in the country,” Matt Parisi said. “Mr. Blaisdell was an FBI field agent during World War II and, among other interesting and storied career highlights, participated in the arrest of infamous Nazi spy, Erich Gimpel, at a Times Square newsstand on New Year’s Eve in 1943.

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WASHINGTON — Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, a son of the segregated South who was named after leaders of the Confederacy, faces a tough new test of his commitment to protecting civil rights as he oversees the Justice Department’s investigation of the deadly violence at a rally of white nationalists in Virginia.

Sessions’ political career has been dogged by questions about race, including during his confirmation hearings this year. In his six months as attorney general, he has worked quickly to change how the department enforces civil rights law, particularly in the areas of police reform and voting rights.

Yet Sessions was also quick to forcefully condemn the car attack at the neo-Nazi rally in support of a Confederate statue in Charlottesville. His response stood in contrast to that of President Donald Trump, who drew equivalence between the white nationalists and those protesting their beliefs. Sessions denounced racism and bigotry and called the driver’s actions an “evil” act of domestic terrorism worthy of a federal civil rights investigation.

Observers say the real test will be in what Sessions does next, given the legal limitations he faces.

Federal hate crimes law may not cover the killing even if it was motivated by hate. Federal criminal law has no specific, catchall charge for acts of domestic terrorism. Sessions may decide that the murder charges already leveled against James Alex Fields Jr. in state court are sufficient for justice.

“It’s my hope that with the degree of national and international scrutiny, that this department will do the right thing,” said Kristen Clarke, a former hate crimes prosecutor and president of the liberal Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. “This is a case that the world is watching.”

For Sessions, a genial 70-year-old with an Alabama drawl and an uncompromising conservative ideology, leading the Justice Department is the capstone of a decadeslong political career. He has faced questions about his treatment of minorities along the way.

As a federal prosecutor in the 1980s, Sessions charged black community activists, who were swiftly acquitted, in a voter fraud case that, along with allegations of racially charged comments, cost him a federal judgeship. As a Republican senator more than 20 years later, he opposed expanding the federal hate crimes statute to protect people based on their sexual orientation and gender identity.


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878 mb Storm Off North Florida — The Model Forecast for Irma that no one Wants to See Happen
As the United States struggles to recover from severe damage inflicted by one hurricane made far worse by climate change, another powerful storm is brewing over the hotter than normal waters of the tropical North Atlantic.

As of the 5 PM Atlantic Standard Time statement from the National Hurricane Center, Irma was positioned about 1,100 miles east of the Leeward Islands in the central tropical Atlantic. The storm hosted a small circulation, packing 110 mph winds and a minimum central pressure of 973 mb. Over the next few days, according to the Hurricane Center, Irma is presently expected to reach major hurricane status with 130 mph maximum sustained winds.

(Category 2 Irma in the Central Atlantic seems relatively innocuous. But NHC guidance indicates the potential for Irma to develop into a major hurricane over the next five days. Some of the longer range models, however, are producing some rather worrying forecasts. Image source: National Hurricane Center.)

The Hurricane Center is clear to note that it uncertain at this time if Irma will ultimately threaten the Bahamas or the mainland U.S. But the Center cautions that all interests remain watchful and prepared as the storm could pose a risk over the coming days:

It is much too early to determine what direct impacts Irma will have on the Bahamas and the continental United States. Regardless, everyone in hurricane-prone areas should ensure that they have their hurricane plan in place, as we are now near the peak of the season.

Looking beyond the official forecast, some of the our best long range model runs are putting together some seriously scary predictions for Irma. By next week, the Global Forecast System (GFS) model shows Irma as a 878 mb monster hurricane looming about 300 miles off Florida. 878 mb would represent the lowest pressures ever recorded in a hurricane in the Atlantic (The present strongest Atlantic storm was Wilma at 882 mb. The devastating Labor Day Hurricane hit 892 mb.). And it would almost certainly represent the strongest storm in our records ever to venture so far North. 878 mb roughly corresponds with maximum sustained winds in excess of 170 mph and possibly as high as 200 mph or more. And we’ve never seen something like that threatening the Central Atlantic U.S. East Coast in all of the modern era.

(A storm stronger than Wilma and approaching Tip’s record 870 mb intensity off North Florida and not in the Caribbean? GFS says it’s possible. Let’s hope for the sake of much that is precious and dear to us that this model forecast does not emerge. Image source: Tropical Tidbits.)

The model then slams the storm into Cape Hatteras just after midnight on Monday, September 11 as only a slightly weaker Category 5 range storm at 910 mb. The storm proceeds north into the Hampton Roads area early Monday morning retaining approximate Cat 5 status at 919 mb. After roaring over this highly populated low-lying region, the storm enters the Chesapeake Bay at 934 mb by noon on Monday — in the Category 4 range and still stronger than Hurricane Sandy — before crossing up the Bay and over the D.C. region by evening the same day at 958 mb (approx Cat 3).

To say this would be an absolute worst case disaster scenario for the Mid-Atlantic is an understatement. A storm of this intensity would produce 10-20 foot or higher storm surges, devastating winds, and catastrophic rainfall throughout the Outer Banks, Hampton Roads and on up the Chesapeake Bay. But unlike Harvey, it would be a fast-moving event. More like a freight train than a persistently worsening deluge.

This long range model scenario is not, however, an official forecast. It’s just what the GFS atmospheric computer models are presently spitting out. And such long range predictions from a single model, no matter how reliable, should be taken with at least a pinch of salt. That said, we should certainly, as the NHC recommends, keep our eyes on Irma and keep our response plans ready.

(Sea surface temperatures in the North Atlantic off the Southeast Coast are between 1 and 1.8 C above average. Atmospheric moisture levels are quite high as is instability. So as with Harvey, we have quite a lot more fuel than normal available for a hurricane to feed on. Image source: Earth Nullschool.)

We should also note the context in which this present extreme potential emerges. Ocean surfaces in the North Atlantic off Florida are very warm with temperatures around 30.5 degrees Celsius (87 F) near the Bahamas. This is about 1.8 degrees Celsius above the already warmer than normal climatological average. Atmospheric moisture and instability in this region of the North Atlantic are also quite high. These two conditions provide fuel for hurricanes that do enter this region. They are conditions that are linked, at least in part, to human-caused climate change. And they are similar to the conditions that amplified Harvey’s intensity just prior to landfall.

So though the GFS forecast described above is far from certain, we should absolutely listen to the NHC’s urging for us to pay attention to what could be another dangerous developing storm. One that appears to at least be physically capable of defying previous weather and climate expectations. Let’s just hope it doesn’t.


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Law Enforcement Arrested for Trading in Child Rape
The following summary of 103 law enforcement officers (LEOs) arrested for trading in child rape updates earlier research. In November 2014, I profiled seventy local and state police officers arrested on child pornography related charges — Police Trading in Child Rape & Torture. My research was out of date almost as soon as I hit publish. A year later I posted When Law Enforcement is the Perpetrator reviewing one month, November 2015, when more than two LEOs per week were in the news for trafficking in child sex abuse. This research is not comprehensive but rather a small sample of LEOs arrested and does not include federal law enforcement. Without institutional support, conducting a complete study of all local, state and federal law enforcement has not been possible.
As for the weak argument someone always seems to make, “there is a certain number of pedophiles in the population and the number within law enforcement is perfectly normal” — let me respond. No pedophile should ever wear a badge, carry a gun and swear an oath to serve and protect. Not one person trading in child rape should ever be employed in law enforcement. Ever. Period. If we cannot keep pedophiles out of law enforcement, what kind of country have we become? If law enforcement cannot keep child rapists out of their ranks — what kind of “protection” are we paying for with our tax money?
Imagine, as you read these arrests, you are a parent reporting to police your child has been raped, or is missing or trafficked. How do you think the police here might have handled your complaint? How well do you think your children are being protected? These are real children being raped and tortured in the videos and images. American children. Every time an image/video is shared that child is trafficked again. Far too many police are involved in the trafficking.
For further information, please see the National Police Misconduct Reporting Project (NPMRP) at Cato Institute and the Associated Press (AP) year long investigation, 2015, into police misconduct.
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SEPTEMBER 14, 2017 AT 5:23 AM
FBI probe of tie between Saudi ambassador, al Qaeda leader put on ice

Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan, right, and Guantanamo detainee Abu Zubaydah
For 14 years, the FBI kept secret that a top al Qaeda leader captured in Pakistan in 2002 possessed the unlisted phone number of an offshore company tied to Saudi Arabia’s U.S. ambassador, Prince Bandar bin Sultan.

The news got out last year after President Obama ordered the release of the “28 pages,” a long-suppressed chapter of a 2003 congressional report on 9/11. Also disclosed: FBI agents in Denver were assigned to investigate the company, ASPCOL Corporation, which the FBI described as “the umbrella corporation that manages the Colorado residence of Prince Bandar.”

But agents assigned to investigate ASPCOL, whose unlisted number was found in the phone book of “high-value” Guantanamo detainee Abu Zubaydah, quickly suspended the probe.

“The Denver office did not attempt to make any local inquiries about ASPCOL, as they believed that any inquiries regarding ASPCOL would be quickly known by Prince Bandar’s employees,” the 28 pages said. “Due to the sensitivity of this matter, they decided to hold the investigation of ASPCOL in abeyance until they received additional guidance from FBI headquarters.”

The guidance Washington gave its Denver agents is not known, and FBI spokesmen won’t discuss it. It now appears, however, that the FBI never restarted its suspended investigation. Two witnesses told Florida Bulldog the FBI never contacted them to inquire about ASPCOL.

Witnesses not interviewed

One witness owned a company identified in the 28 pages of Congress’s Joint Inquiry into 9/11 as having provided security at Bandar’s magnificent 15- bedroom, 16 bath residence in Aspen known as the Hala Ranch. The other is a well-known Washington attorney who helped incorporate ASPCOL and served on its board of directors.

Prince Bandar’s Hala Ranch in Aspen, Colorado
The FBI’s Denver office identified the company as Scimitar Security, but provided no other details about it. Colorado corporate records identify Scimitar’s president as Hans Marschler. In an interview, Marschler, who now resides near Houston, confirmed that he owned the now-closed Scimitar Security and that the company had worked at Hala Ranch.

“It was a very small operation, one person during the day and one at night. We spent time watching the house. People came to work, we kept an eye on them,” Marschler said. “The FBI never contacted me.”

Marschler added that when Bandar was present he was accompanied by additional heavy security. “They brought in their whole teams,” he said. “Whoever was head of security, I don’t know.

Another Scimitar Security, this one a still active company based in San Diego, CA., has a connection to allegations of terrorism, but owner Abdul Halim Mostafa said his firm never worked for ASPCOL, Bandar or anywhere outside California.

Mostafa’s son is Jehad Serwan Mostafa, who is wanted by the FBI “for his alleged terrorist activities and acting as an operating member of al-Shabaab, a Somalia-based terrorist organization” with ties to al Qaeda. An indictment charging Mostafa, a U.S. citizen who was licensed as a security guard from 2000 to 2006, with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists and providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization was unsealed in 2010. The U.S. has a $5 million bounty on Mostafa’s head.

The Duttons of Arabia

The second person with information about ASPCOL the FBI never contacted is Washington attorney Nancy Dutton. Dutton represented the Saudi embassy for several decades until last year. Similarly, she represented the Saudi foreign ministry from 1975 until about two years ago.

Dutton and her late husband Fred Dutton, an attorney and key strategist to many big-name Democrats in the 1960s and 1970s who later became a counselor to Prince Bandar and a lobbyist for Saudi Arabia, incorporated ASPCOL in Curacao, Netherlands Antilles in December 1988 and later served on its board of directors.

“No, the FBI never called me and I doubt whether they called Fred or I would have known it,” said Dutton, a White House aide under President Kennedy. She declined further comment.

Another person involved with ASPCOL is Aspen attorney William “Willy” Jordan III, who would not be interviewed. Jordan represented Bandar’s interests in the area and served as APSCOL’s managing director for many years before it was liquidated and closed in January 2014.

The island of Curacao is a financial center in the Caribbean known for strict bank secrecy that has facilitated drug related crime. The U.S. currently lists the tiny country that’s part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands as a “jurisdiction of primary concern” where “money laundering occurs through real estate purchases and international tax shelters.”

Records show that a month after ASPCOL N.V. was incorporated it paid $3.5 million for 90 acres in Aspen. The mansion was constructed in 1991. Pitkin County property records show that ASPCOL sold the property for $49 million in May 2012.

Bandar, 68, was Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the U.S. from 1983 to 2005.

He was close to President George W. Bush, earning him the nickname Bandar-Bush. A White House photo taken two days after 9/11 shows Bandar on the White House’s Truman Balcony with Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice.

Bandar interview secret

The 9/11 Commission interviewed Bandar on Oct. 7, 2003. The government continues to keep secret the interview citing national security.

Zacarias Moussaoui
In October 2014, imprisoned 9/11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui gave a deposition to attorneys representing victims of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks on New York and Washington. He talked about how his superiors in al Qaeda had tasked him with creating a digital database of the group’s donors. “Shaykh Osama wanted to keep a record [of] who give money…to the jihad,” Moussaoui said, according to a transcript.

He went on to name numerous contributors he said were on the list. They included Bandar and other members of the Saudi royal family such as Prince Turki al-Faisal, Prince al-Waleed bin Talal and Prince Mohammed al Faisal.

Questions have long been raised about Bandar’s possible ties to 9/11. More than a decade ago it was reported that his wife, Princess Haifa, had for some time sent a monthly check of $2,000 to the wife of Osama Bassnan, a suspected Saudi agent and alleged al Qaeda sympathizer who FBI records identify as a “close associate” of Omar al-Bayoumi, another apparent Saudi agent who provided financial and other support to two 9/11 hijackers in San Diego in 2000.


Florida ‘hot cop’ who went viral for his good looks is accused of writing anti-Semitic Facebook posts
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“Here is one for everybody, “What’s the difference between boy scouts and jews?” Anybody know? Well it is because “Boy scouts come back from their camps,” the post continued.

In another screenshot, Hamill rails against “stupid people”, concluding, “Put them in an oven and deal with them the Hitler way. Haha.”


Jury convicts cop of stealing 'drug money' in FBI sting


If Iran-Contra prosecutor Lawrence Walsh had wanted to know the extent of former Colonel Oliver North's involvement in the smuggling of drugs from Central America to the United States, Walsh might have made at least one phone call to Celerino 'Cele' Castillo in San Antonio, Texas.

Between 1985 to 1991, Castillo was the Drug Enforcement Administration's main agent in El Salvador, where, he says, he uncovered "and reported" a huge drug and gun smuggling operation that was run out of the Ilopango military airport by the 'North Network' and the CIA.

North, the former Republican nominee for the U. S. Senate in Virginia, initially prevailed at the nominating convention by positioning himself far to the right of his rival, former Reagan budget director James Miller III, promising that if elected he will work to "clean up the mess" in Washington, and by cultivating the support of the same fundamentalist Christian Republicans who responded to the direct-mail campaign to finance the North defense committee. Fortunately for America, North lost his bid for the U. S. senate.

But Castillo, the first government official with first-hand knowledge of North's drug dealing to speak publicly about it, says North belongs in prison, not in the U.S. Senate. "We saw several packages of narcotics, we saw several boxes of U.S. currency, going from Ilopango to Panama," Castillo said.

According to Castillo, the entire program was run out of Ilopango's Hangars 4 and 5. "Hangar 4 was owned and operated by the CIA and the other hangar was run by Felix Rodriguez, or 'Max Gomez,' of the Contra operation [directed by North]. Basically they were running cocaine from South America to the U.S. via Salvador. That was how the Contras were able to get financial help. By going to sleep with the enemy down there. North's people and the CIA were at the two hangars overseeing the operations at all times," Castillo said.

CIA spokesman David French said Castillo's allegations are "not something that we would comment on."

Cele Castillo joined the DEA in 1979, after a tour with the First Cavalry in Vietnam, where he earned a bronze star, and a six-year stint as a police officer in Edinburg. His first DEA assignment was in New York, working undercover investigating organized crime. After that, because of his Vietnam experience, he was transferred to Lima, Peru, where he conducted air strikes against jungle cocaine labs and clandestine airstrips. In 1985, he was transferred to Guatemala, where he oversaw DEA operations in Belize, Honduras and El Salvador. Castillo posed as a member of one of the drug cartels, he said, and almost immediately became aware of the drug smuggling operations at Ilopango's hangars 4 and 5. "We took several surveillance pictures...and they were running narcotics and weapons out of Ilopango, with the knowledge of the U.S. embassy."

Though Castillo had been reporting his findings all along, to no avail, a December 1988 report prepared by the Congressional Subcommittee on Terrorism, Narcotics and International Operations (the Kerry Committee) confirmed Castillo's allegations and concluded: "There was substantial evidence of drug smuggling through the war zones on the part of the individual Contras, Contra pilots, mercenaries who worked with the Contras, and the Contra supporters throughout the region."

The committee, chaired by Massachusetts Senator John Kerry, also found that on March 16, 1987, a plane owned by known drug smugglers was seized by U.S. customs officers after dumping what appeared to be a load of drugs off the Florida coast: "Law enforcement personnel also found an address book aboard the plane, containing among other references the telephone numbers of some Contra officials and the Virginia telephone number of Robert Owen, Oliver North's courier," the committee reported. And on July 28, 1988, DEA agents testifying before Kerry's committee said it was North's idea in 1985 to give the Contras $1.5 million in drug money being used by DEA informant Barry Seal in a sting operation aimed at the drug cartels.

If that wasn't enough to compel investigators to pursue North himself as a drug dealer, Castillo provided them with what should have been the clincher. In a February 14, 1989, memo to Robert Stia, the country attache in Guatemala, Castillo laid out in minute detail the structure of the Ilopango operation and identified more than two dozen known drug smugglers who frequented Hangars 4 and 5.

Huge quantities of drugs and guns were being smuggled through Ilopango by mercenary pilots hired by North, Castillo wrote. "Now, all these contract pilots were documented [in DEA files] traffickers, Class I cocaine violators that were being hired by the CIA and the Contras," the memo stated. "And the U.S. embassy in El Salvador was giving visas to these people even though they were documented in our computers as being narcotics traffickers."

Among those Castillo identified was Carlos Alberto Amador, "a Nicaraguan pilot mentioned in six (6) DEA files....The DEA was advised by a source at the U.S. embassy in San Salvador that personnel from the CIA had allegedly obtained a U.S. visa for Amador." Amador, Castillo discovered, kept four planes at Ilopango, and a frequent companion of his was was Jorge Zarcovick who "is mentioned in twelve (12) DEA files," and "was arrested in the U.S. for smuggling large quantities of cocaine."

Walter 'Wally' Grasheim was another smuggler tagged by Castillo. "He is mentioned in seven (7) DEA files," Castillo wrote. "He is documented as a cocaine and arms smuggler from South America to the U.S. via Ilopango airport. He utilized hangars 4 and 5. Grasheim is also known to carry DEA, FBI, and CIA credentials to smuggle cocaine." "Wally Grasheim," Castillo said, "was an American working hand-in-hand with Colonel Oliver North." Grasheim lost his life while accompanying CIA contract arms smuggler Eugene Hasenfus, whose plane was shot down during a clandestine flight over Nicaragua in 1986. When the DEA raided Grasheim's house in El Salvador, agents found explosives, weapons, radio equipment and license plates, Castillo said, adding that much of the weaponry and other material was traced back to the U.S. embassy in El Salvador. Castillo said that when he tried to gather more information on the munitions, he was told by the Pentagon to drop the investigation.

It would not be the last time Castillo was told to back off. Nor was it the last time he ignored such an order and kept on digging.

Much of Castillo's information came from a DEA informant who had worked at the Ilopango airport, doing flight plans and keeping flight logs. The informant, who used the pseudonym 'Hugo Martinez,' was in an ideal position to witness and document North's drug deals. Martinez passed the information he gathered on to Castillo. In an interview, Martinez confirmed Castillo's story about widespread drug and arms dealing by the CIA and the North network at Hangars 4 and 5.

Castillo said additional information obtained after he was transferred from El Salvador to San Francisco confirmed what he had learned in El Salvador. While tracking drug smuggling into Miami, Texas and San Francisco in 1991, Castillo arrested the wife of Carlos Cabezas. In an attempt to make a deal for his wife, who had attempted sell Castillo five kilos of cocaine, Cabezas, a Nicaraguan, told Castillo that he was one of the pilots who had worked for North, smuggling vast quantities of cocaine into the United States from Ilopango. Cabezas described in detail the operations at Ilopango and identified many of the traffickers who worked there. The information he provided matched Castillo's own findings.

Beginning in 1986, Castillo tried to report what he had discovered, launch a full-scale investigation, and shut down the smuggling operation. On several occasions, he met with Edwin Corr, the then-U.S. ambassador to El Salvador, to tell him about the operation. "His words to me were that it was a covert White House operation run by Colonel Oliver North and for us to stay away from the operation. My feeling was the fact that Corr did not agree with what was going on at Ilopango but his hands were tied. He was only following orders from the White House to give all the assistance he could to Oliver North and his covert operation." Corr, now a professor at the University of Oklahoma, would only say, "I deny Cele's allegations that I told him to back off *on the basis of White House pressure.*"

Castillo even managed to give the information he had gathered directly to George Bush. On January 14, 1986, Castillo met the then-Vice-President at a cocktail party at the ambassador's house in Guatemala City. After describing his job to Bush, Castillo detailed North's operation. Without missing a beat, Castillo said, Bush "shook my hand and he walked away." [CN -- "This scourge must stop!"]

Even though Castillo couldn't get anyone to act on his Ilopango information, in July 1987, attache Robert Stia recommended him for a bonus and a promotion. "Castillo is an extremely talented agent," Stia wrote, "...a tireless worker, exceeding all requirements of overtime and work hours. His administration of cases is outstanding."

Nevertheless, as Castillo continued to pursue the North investigation, he fell from favor with his superiors, who suspended him for three days in 1990, and then in 1991 transferred him to San Francisco, where he worked undercover, investigating Hells Angels in Oakland. In June 1992, after further conflicts, Castillo resigned from the DEA.

Before resigning, though, in 1991, he tried to give the government one last chance to use the information he had gathered on North. He secretly met with FBI agent Mike Foster, who was assigned to Special Prosecutor Lawrence Walsh. "Foster said it would be a great story, like a grand slam, if they could put it together. He asked the DEA for the reports, who told him there were no such reports. Yet when I showed him the copies of the reports that I had, he was shocked. I never heard from him again."

On May 4, 1989, North was convicted on the relatively minor offenses of illegally accepting gratuities (his famous security fence), interfering with a Congressional investigation and obstruction of justice. But even those convictions were overturned when an appeals court ruled that they were based on testimony North gave under a grant of Congressional immunity.

Although they talked about drugs, neither Walsh nor the Iran- Contra committee ever seriously investigated the drug-dealing charges. North, who did not return phone calls made to his campaign headquarters in Virginia, has consistently denied having been involved in drug smuggling.

Another former DEA agent, Michael Levine, said he has pored over North's diaries and found "hundreds" of references to drugs that "have never been investigated." For example, Levine said, on July 9, 1984, North wrote: "RDEA, Miami. Pilot went, talked to [Federico] Vaughn, wanted aircraft to go to Bolivia to pick up paste, want aircraft to pick up 1500 kilos."

"My god," said Levine, author of The Big White Lie, "when I was serving as a DEA agent, you gave me a page from someone in the Pentagon with notes like that, I would've been on his back investigating everything he did from the minute his eyes opened, every diary notebook, every phone would have been tapped, every trip he made."

But both Levine and Castillo said the investigation never happened. (DEA officials have not returned repeated phone calls.) In an interview, the FBI's Foster said, "Of course I can't confirm or deny that [his interview with Castillo]. I am aware of Mr. Castillo and his position on Central America," Foster said. "In the course of the Iran-Contra investigation, it's no secret that I was involved in that and was the FBI investigator in that, but I am prohibited from commenting." Foster said he is very skeptical about the drug claims generally. "There are individuals that have a loose relationship with the government and those people are not all choirboys and they have been doing all kinds of weird things. But I think you would be hard pressed to show a concerted government backing or involvement in [drug trafficking]."

It is just that kind of attitude, Castillo said, that led officials to ignore North's operation, allowed him to evade prosecution for drug dealing, and now has him poised to move into the United States Senate.

"There was nothing covert going on in El Salvador regarding the Ollie North operation and narcotics trafficking," Castillo said. "What we're talking about is very large quantities of cocaine and millions of dollars."


Woodland man sentenced to 30 years for producing child porn

POSTED: 09/14/17,
SACRAMENTO >> A 43-year-old Woodland man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for producing child porn.

The decision was handed down to Raul Gonzalez by U.S. District Judge Morrison England Jr. to 30 years in prison for production of child pornography, U.S. Attorney Phillip Talbert announced.

According to court documents, the case originated from a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children when an email address was discovered that was linked to an online photo-sharing site featuring images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.


FBI agent wants to serve jail time in style

AUGUSTA, Maine -- A retired FBI agent serving nine months in jail for sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl is asking to serve a subsequent house-arrest term at an Idaho apartment complex with a swimming pool, tennis court and jacuzzi.


Convicted sex offender and former cop may have violated probation again and left the country
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During his preliminary hearing, a girl from Crabtree’s church told the court that she first encountered the former sergeant on an Internet chat room when she was 15. However, she did not know his real identity. The girl further testified that she had never masturbated until Crabtree walked her through the process online.

Crabtree retired for medical reasons, but his time there was fraught with disturbing incidents. In one instance, he threatened to arrest a woman who had attempted suicide if she did not have sex with him. Also during his time there, a pornographic website called shavedmonkeys.com had been operated out of the police station.

A few years after he was released from prison in 2009, Crabtree fled the country after probation officials found him in possession of a computer and movies and recordings for children — all stuff Crabtree was not supposed to have.  After four years he was captured by Mexican police in 2016 in Puerta Villarta and extradited to the United States. He did a year in county jail and has been free but on parole since last April.


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China and Russia Warn the U.S.

Do Not to Seek North Korean Regime Change

By Ting Shi and David Tweed
Beijing, Moscow worked to weaken sanctions on North Korea
China says it will never allow war on Korean peninsula.


US Senate votes against amendment to stop ‘endless’ war in Iraq and Afghanistan | 13 Aug 2017 | The US Senate has voted 61-36 to kill the amendment, proposed by Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) which would repeal the 2001 and 2002 Authorizations for Use of Military Force (AUMF) in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Senate can’t repeal the AUMF without replacing it with a new authorization, said Senator John McCain (R-Sociopath-Arizona). Paul had vowed to delay the passage of the $700-billion dollar National Defense [sic] Authorization Act (NDAA) if he didn’t get a vote on repealing the AUMF. “We have been there for 16 years. It is time for [the wars] to end. It is time for Congress to vote on whether or not they should end,” Paul said on Monday.



Mike Rogers Joins 4iQ Board of Directors
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Pennsylvania hospital staff accused of taking photos of patient's privates
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, September 14, 2017, 6:10 PM


Sheriff’s deputy arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting 2 inmates

Sheriff’s deputy arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting 2 female inmates

The assaults occurred early Wednesday morning at the Century Regional Detention Facility, McDonnell said. The victims, described only as adult women, reported the assaults to a teaching instructor around 9 a.m. Wednesday, he said.

The women were in the same cell, according to the sheriff, who said Scotti was able “to put himself in a place where he was alone” with the two. The attacks took place over the course of an hour, he said.


2 years for officer in child-porn case

Alan C. Vigiard, a 46 year old Sergeant with the Adams Police Department in

Alan Vigiard
Massachusetts who served as a child exploitation officer, was charged, October 2009, and pleaded guilty to 10 counts of child pornography. Vigiard was sentenced, 22 June 2011, to two years in jail, serving only one year, and five years supervised release. He was free pending sentencing. The Police Department allowed him to resign. On 1 November 2016, Vigiard was arrested for a second time on child pornography charges. He was held without bail pending sentencing and was sentenced, December 2016, to 10–12 years in jail. Vigiard was originally caught viewing child sexual abuse at work; spending, on average, one to six hours per shift viewing pornography, including child pornography, and was caught masturbating in the evidence room.


Sep 14 2017
Utah County to Create A Prosecutor Watchdog Group

Following a handful of local cases that raised concerns about prosecutorial overreach, the Utah County Commission has decided to create a committee that will look into prosecutorial misconduct.
“I don’t want to limit what prosecutors should be doing,” Commission Chairman Bill Lee said. “But it’s important to me that the public also has trust in our legal system as well.”
The County Commission passed a resolution last month affirming its intent to create the committee by the end of 2017. It would be called the Utah County Restorative Justice Commission and would report any allegation of prosecutorial misconduct to the County Commission, which would then refer those reports to another law enforcement agency, most likely the Utah Attorney General’s Office.
Lee said he heard from a wide range of people who convinced him that the committee was necessary.
“I had conversations with multiple groups of people who are concerned, and they brought forth allegations, which I don’t know if they are true or not,” Lee said. “I don’t have a legal background, so I’m not going to review cases myself.”
Lee said he wanted the committee members to have wide range of expertise, and possibly include former judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and non-lawyers. The details about exactly how appointments will be made to the commission are still being worked out.
Connor Boyack, president of Libertas Institute, a libertarian think tank, has been a vocal supporter of creating the committee. As the Daily Herald reported in May, Boyack appeared before the County Commission and said that the goal of the committee “would be to ensure that, if someone was a victim of prosecutorial misconduct, that they would be ‘made whole,’ including reimbursement for costs such as defense fees.”
As Injustice Today previously reported, former Provo City Councilman Steve Turley was charged in 2011 on multiple counts of fraud involving real estate deals. While those charges were pending, prosecutors from the Utah County listened in on conversations Turley had with his attorneys.
All charges against Turley were eventually dropped, and Turley subsequently filed a civil lawsuit alleging malicious prosecution and ethical misconduct by Utah County Attorney’s Office.
Turley was one of the people who urged the commissioners to create the Utah County Restorative Justice Commission.
Another high profile case involved Conrad Truman, who was ultimately exonerated after serving four years in prison for the 2012 murder of his wife, Heidy Truman.
Truman was originally convicted and sentenced in 2014 for first-degree murder and obstruction of justice. But those convictions were overturned in 2016 after it was ruled that misleading evidence was presented at his first trial.
The evidence in question involved inaccurate measurements of the Truman home. Defense lawyers argued that correct measurements of the home increased the possibility that Heidy Truman died of a self inflicted gunshot wound to the head, rather than having been murdered.
Truman was acquitted in a second trial in February 2017.
Utah County Attorney Jeff Buhman, who has been criticized for the Turley and Truman cases, said his office would work with the new commission.
“This is done with us,” Buhman said. “This is not the commission independent of the county attorney, this is us working together.”


National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 7/12/17
Author Jonathan Blanks  Posted on July 13, 2017
Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, July 12, 2017:

Bexar County, Texas: An officer was arrested for family violence. ow.ly/RzB730dzcFf
Update: Orlando, Florida (First reported 8/23/16): One of two officers fired last August was rehired to avoid an arbitration loss. He has been re-assigned to airport duty, given 25 public complaints on his record. ow.ly/jrst30dzdvV
Update: Columbus, Ohio (First reported 4/12/17): An officer was fired for kicking a suspect in the head while the suspect was pinned on the ground by another officer. ow.ly/934L30dzdY3
El Paso, Texas: An officer was placed on leave after he was arrested for negligent homicide for the bathtub drowning death of his infant. ow.ly/f9hc30dzep5
Newark, New Jersey: Two officers were disciplined for unrelated misconduct. One was suspended after he punched a subdued suspect; the other was reprimanded for causing $300 in damage to a prosecutor’s door in a fit of anger. ow.ly/TSYK30dzn2z
Update: Niagara County, New York (First reported 3/8/16): The County will pay the family of a man killed in a crash caused by deputy $2,750,000. The now-former deputy pled guilty to three moving violations and was ordered to pay roughly $500 in fines. ow.ly/2sdZ30dzSPy
Dawson, Georgia: An officer was arrested for pulling a gun on someone during an off-duty altercation. ow.ly/ZSNw30dzV7p
U.S. Customs and Border Protection: An officer pled guilty to an interstate marijuana smuggling conspiracy. ow.ly/5DTe30dzVVy
Update: El Paso County, Colorado (First reported 9/6/16): The now-former sheriff was acquitted of three of seven tampering and misconduct charges. The jury deadlocked on the remaining four charges. ow.ly/WvfS30dA3FD

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Did J. Edgar Hoover Kill JFK?
By Donald E. Wilkes, Jr.


Sex misconduct shame of the Justice Department laid bare: Top U.S. Marshal slept with NINE women in his office and senior lawyer groped two – but the accused got promotions and bonuses
The Justice Department has covered up years of sexual misconduct, according to a blockbuster Inspector General report
Number-two official in the U.S. Marshals Service in Massachusetts engaged in sex with 'approximately' nine different women – in his office
A DOJ Civil Division lawyer groped the breasts and buttocks of two female trial attorneys
An FBI supervisor asked female employees if they 'wanted to see his balls' – his baseball collection – and told one that he admired her 'come-f***-me boots'
Most offenders were reassigned without suspensions or reduction in pay
The Washington Post got the bombshell DOJ inspector general report through the Freedom Of Information Act
By Dailymail.com Reporter
PUBLISHED: 16:27 EST, 27 December 2017 | UPDATED: 18:32 EST, 27 December 2017


Long Creek is failing to keep Maine kids safe. It’s time for its doors to close.


New York City to endure abnormal-freezing temperatures for next six days
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, December 26, 2017, 12:27 PM

Link du jour







It has been nearly five years since two bombs exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, and nearly three years since the conclusion of the trial of the sole surviving Tsarnaev brother, Dzhokhar. And yet, the government continues to maintain radio silence over many crucial questions related to the bombing.

Since the 2013 bombing, WhoWhatWhy has made dozens and dozens of records requests through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and other records request laws, from multiple government agencies, in an effort to fill in some of the many holes in the story that remain after a secretive federal investigation and trial. The results have been mixed, to say the least.

Most of the ongoing secrecy relates to the deceased mastermind and main bombing perpetrator: the older brother Tamerlan.

The lead prosecutor who secured the conviction against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, William Weinreb, even admitted that “it is fair to say that there are still a number of questions unanswered about that case.”

And a surprising number of Boston’s local law enforcement question whether the FBI is coming clean about what it knows about the now-deceased Tsarnaev brother.

As we wrote back in July, some of these enduring questions are:

* How was Tamerlan able to travel back and forth to the country from which he sought asylum in 2012, despite being on multiple terror watchlists?

* Why was he not questioned about the 2011 murder of three of his friends?

* Was Tamerlan working for the US government in some capacity?

* Was the FBI or some other federal agency using Tamerlan’s desire to become a US citizen as leverage?

* Did the Tsarnaevs have help constructing the bombs?

* Was anyone else involved in planning or inspiring the plot?

Besides the big questions, our ongoing efforts to track down and verify even mundane details about the bombing reveal a flawed and seemingly arbitrary system for making government documents public. Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s travel records, for instance.

In September, we wrote about our attempts through FOIA to ascertain details of the confinement conditions of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. We also detailed our multiple requests to the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to interview Tsarnaev. The process was nothing short of a Kafkaesque wilderness of mirrors.

Obtaining “public” records through FOIA has always been imperfect. And although improvements have been made, requesters are largely in the dark about what agencies might be holding back; most agencies’ search practices and criteria are like an impenetrable black box.

WhoWhatWhy’s efforts at obtaining Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s 2012 travel records are a case in point. First off, the elder Tsarnaev brother is deceased. His records are ostensibly public information — and the public has a right to know more about him.

Back in July, we sent Customs and Border Protection (CBP) a request for “arrival” and “departure” records produced when Tsarnaev traveled to Dagestan by way of Moscow in 2012. According to official accounts, Tsarnaev flew out of JFK International January 21, 2012, and returned to JFK July 19, 2012.

The apparent ease with which Tsarnaev flew in and out of the US to a known hotbed of terroristic activity (Dagestan), despite being on multiple watch lists, is one of the enduring mysteries about the elder brother.

Consider also that the Russians, who had flagged him as a dangerous radical well before US officials watch-listed him, also allowed him to fly in and out of their country unimpeded.

So it piqued our interest when it came to our attention that there were early news reports, supposedly based on documentary “travel records,” that Tsarnaev had actually flown out of JFK January 12 — not January 21 as was claimed officially. This was based on a story reported by NBC News affiliate New York 4, which makes reference to “documents” that they “obtained.”

The report even describes a photograph of Tsarnaev on one of the documents. The January 12 date was repeated by multiple media outlets and was even cited by then head of the Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano when she testified before Congress about the bombing investigation.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, JFK, airport
Photo credit: Adapted by WhoWhatWhy from Doug Letterman / Wikimedia.

WhoWhatWhy reached out multiple times to the reporters who wrote the article and asked if they would either confirm — or correct — what was written in the article or, at the very least, describe what type of documents they were referencing. They “respectfully declined.”

Spoiler alert: New York 4 screwed up the travel dates. But the fact that they were citing actual documents with contradictory dates was intriguing given that Tsarnaev’s travel to Russia was shady to begin with. So we tried to verify or disprove on our own.

A deep dive through Tsarnaev’s 256 pages of immigration records (or A-file), much of which is redacted, is no help because it only documents his arrival at JFK airport July 19, 2012. His departure, six months earlier, is either not included in the A-file, or it is blacked out under one of the file’s many redactions. (Tsarnaev’s A-file was released to the FBI’s “electronic reading room,” which is what happens when three or more requests are made for the same records. WhoWhatWhy was one of those requesters.)

So the only other option to clear up the mystery was FOIA.

In July of this year, we requested “all arrival/departure records for Tamerlan Tsarnaev” from CBP. By the end of August (which is a pretty quick turnaround as FOIA goes) CBP furnished us the results of its search. There was only one problem, they provided Tsarnaev’s “arrival” records only.

WhoWhatWhy called CBP’s FOIA liaison to ask how it was possible they couldn’t find a corresponding departure record. The liaison indicated that a search was conducted with the information that was provided in the request — that was the result.

So we appealed, pointing out that it was widely reported in the media, and government officials were on the record stating, that Tsarnaev had in fact traveled out of the country in January 2012 and that CBP must, therefore, have records of his departure. We also included — under the assumption that maybe the name search “Tamerlan Tsarnaev” was the problem — a long list of possible name variants we collected from Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s A-file and from an Intelligence Community Inspector General (IGIC) report.

The IGIC report probed some of the “intelligence failures,” like how Tsarnaev’s travels in and out of the country eluded any additional scrutiny despite the fact that he was on multiple watch lists, each of which characterized him as a dangerous individual. Part of IGIC’s determination was that some of the watch list information about Tsarnaev included incorrect transliterations and incorrect birth dates. So we included all of those too.

This time, we received five pages, including a “Person Encounter List,” a “Person Encounter Detail” (the sought-after departure records), and two Person Encounter Detail documenting his return to the US July 19, 2012.

The departure records indicated that he indeed left JFK January 21, not January 12 as New York 4 had erroneously reported. The name on the additional records: “Tamerlan Tsarnaev.”

It was unclear, then, why the search for documents in the initial request didn’t produce the same records — so we FOIA’d our FOIA request. We asked for “all records, including emails, search slips, index entries, and/or memos” produced as a result of our initial request and subsequent appeal. Surprisingly, CBP’s “final response” came the very next day.

The results: “we were unable to locate or identify any responsive records, based upon the information you provided in your request.”

We appealed, pointing out the absurdity of the proposition that CBP would not be able to find its own FOIA processing records. A month and a half later we finally received 42 pages of FOIA processing records.

Another spoiler alert: It’s not exactly clear in the records why the initial request only came up with Tsarnaev’s arrival records. But Tsarnaev’s Alien Identification Number (A-number) does appear in the subject line of one of the FOIA official’s emails — so maybe they had searched using that. It’s hard to tell. Presumably, CBP officials would know what is the most efficient way to search for records. Why not just search that way to begin with?

Instead, the tertiary initial search for records ends up exhausting one of only two opportunities available — short of suing — forcing requesters to appeal just to get the records they were entitled to in the first place. And if at that point the requester disputes the legitimacy of the redactions in the documents, or what was provided — too bad.

Yes, we ultimately did get the documents we were after. But only after getting the proverbial middle finger and an all-too-common runaround from CBP.

It’s tempting to chalk the terrible state of information requesting up to the usual incompetent government trope. But the responses from all of the federal agencies are so consistently bad, that one has to wonder whether it is terrible by design.



Albie Barden preserves native varieties of flint corn for future generations
His abiding interest in Native American foodways has given him insight into the spiritual significance of growing food.



Albie Barden owns Maine Wood Heat


Israel passes law that critics say is meant to shield PM


Israel’s parliament has passed legislation ending a police practice of recommending indictments, a bill pushed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s party as he faces corruption allegations.

The so-called “recommendations bill” passed early Thursday after days of filibuster. It stops police from recommending to prosecutors whether to indict suspects upon completing their investigations and also aims to stem media leaks.

Supporters say it’s needed to protect citizens who are investigated but never charged. Critics say it muzzles


After outcry, relatives of man shot by Minneapolis police demand visitation
Marcus Fischer's family say they've been barred from follow-up visits.


More Minnesota police departments going to 12-hour work schedules
Once departments see the benefits — more days off — most don't want to go back.
By Erin Adler Star Tribune DECEMBER 27, 2017 — 10:21PM


Thousands of Puerto Rico police owed overtime call in sick


It’s Maine shrimp season, but without the shrimp

PORT CLYDE, Maine — Sitting between Glen Libby’s desk at Port Clyde Fresh Catch and the armchair where his brother’s old dog, Red, likes to nap are two boxes full of “The Original Maine Shrimp Cookbook.” This slim spiral-bound volume includes contributions from various members of the brothers’ immediate family, whose shrimping history dates back nearly four decades in this coastal town about two hours northeast of Portland.

Libby loves the small, delicate Northern shrimp, known fondly here as Maine shrimp, and so do customers at his processing and distribution plant. He bought $700 worth of the books to sell.

“I have sold two,” Libby said.

He is unlikely to sell many more. Not long after the cookbook was published in 2009, its central ingredient began vanishing from Maine’s waters. In 2014, regulators closed the shrimp fishery (the term that encompasses both the fishing grounds and those who work there). The hope was that the struggling species would replenish itself if left undisturbed.

So far, according to scientists who survey the Gulf of Maine annually, it has not. Their most recent data show Northern shrimp numbers at a historic low for the 34 years in which they have been counting the crustacean, Pandalus borealis. Egg production is down. Survival rates for larvae are poor.

Last month, regulators voted to keep the fishery closed again through 2018, the fifth consecutive year without a shrimp harvest. That means no shrimping for the Libbys or the hundreds of other Maine fishermen who have long relied on it as a sweet paycheck (and meal) in the dark of winter.

What makes this an unusual closing is that fishermen are not being blamed for the immediate problem. Cod was overfished. Sea urchins were overfished, as Maine shrimp were in the late 1960s and 1970s. But the most widely accepted theory for the rapid decline of this species, which extends no farther south than the Gulf of Maine, is the same force being blamed for disruption of fisheries around the globe: climate change.

While summer swimmers may still gasp with shock on entering Maine’s chilly waters, the Gulf of Maine is warming, and becoming increasingly inhospitable to the shrimp. Average winter sea-surface temperatures have increased 4.5 degrees in Boothbay Harbor since 1906.

Plenty of shrimpers believe in climate change. Some do not. All feel stymied.

Patrick Keliher, Maine’s commissioner of marine resources, said he had never seen quite as many shrimpers turn out for a meeting as they did on Nov. 29, when a regulatory panel he sits on decided to keep the fishery closed. He raised their hopes, briefly, by arguing unsuccessfully for a “boutique” fishery that would have allowed shrimpers a small but not insignificant catch.

After all, many fishermen reason, if shrimp are going to continue to disappear because of an environmental force unlikely to be stopped, why not just reap what is left? Especially now that unmet demand has sent prices soaring.

Some shrimpers favor backing off on the shrimp to see if they can bounce back. And almost all question the scientific data. Surveys are often run with the help of fishermen, but instead of going where the shrimp typically cluster, the surveys by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration go to mostly random, computer-selected spots to trawl.

“I don’t know if it is as bad as they think,” said Libby, whose brother, Gary, is chairman of the advisory panel to the Northern Shrimp Technical Committee, the voting body of the Atlantic State Marine Fisheries Commission that decides the fate of the fishery each year.

But there is one thing most everyone here agrees on: It would be terrible to see the end of Maine shrimp, a touchstone of local tradition, identity and cuisine.

“Maine shrimp is the only shrimp I’ve ever eaten that has a taste to it,” said Arnie Gammage, a longtime shrimp trapper in South Bristol.

Maine’s relationship with its shrimp is more complex than just love of a flavor.

“We in northern New England love them and have a proprietary relationship with them,” said Sam Hayward, a James Beard Award-winning chef and an owner of the Portland restaurants Fore Street and Scales.

Hayward buys the


Scarborough High wrestler with one leg finds home after years of hardship


Inspector general says mishandling of sexual harassment complaints at Justice Department is a “systemic” problem
By SARI HORWITZ | The Washington Post
December 26, 2017 at 10:15 pm

The cases examined by the IG’s office include a U.S. attorney who had a sexual relationship with a subordinate and sent harassing texts and emails when it ended; a Civil Division lawyer who groped the breasts and buttocks of two female trial attorneys; and a chief deputy U.S. marshal who had sex with “approximately” nine women on multiple occasions in his U.S. Marshals Service office, according to investigative reports obtained by The Washington Post under a Freedom of Information Act request.

While Horowitz’s office investigates the allegations, it is the department that decides on any discipline. In several cases, Horowitz said Justice Department attorneys who were accused of sexual misconduct were not disciplined appropriately and in some cases were later given awards or bonuses.

“We were troubled to learn that subjects of pending sexual misconduct investigations or individuals who had been recently disciplined for sexual misconduct still received performance awards,” Horowitz said.

Some of the most troubling allegations, Horowitz said, have been in the Justice Department’s Civil Division. His office examined the handling of those allegations after receiving a complaint that the Office of Immigration Litigation had not properly disciplined an attorney who had committed sexual misconduct.


FBI Agents Association Sees Increased Donations As Special Counsel Criticism Continues


Bush ethics chief: FBI director needs to stand up to Trump or resign


NJ State Police Have Paid at Least $850,000 for Secret Cell Phone Surveillance Equipment

The 'Stingray,' which can track nearby cell phone use, is used across the country by law enforcement agencies, who are relucant to discuss the device.

By Mitch Blacher and Brian X. McCrone


GOP Rep Rooney Suggests a 'Purge' at 'Off the Rails' FBI, DOJ


FBI refuses to investigate murder of black Baltimore police officer

By Ray Downs | Dec. 27, 2017 at 10:17 PM

The FBI refused a request from the Baltimore Police Department to investigate the murder of a detective who was killed one day before he was scheduled to speak to federal agents conducting a probe into allegedly corrupt police officers. In a letter obtained by The Baltimore Sun, FBI Assistant Director Stephen E.


Lie detector tests, extortion and a rape accusation: How two NC cops landed in hot water

DECEMBER 27, 2017 01:48 PM


JFK files: House Assassinations Committee was suspicious of defector's claims about KGB and Oswald
JFK files: House panel suspicious of KGB defector
Author: Ray Locker and Ed Brackett, USA TODAY
Published: 11:58 PM EST December 27, 2017


Thomas Mitchell: What evidence is pertinent in Bundy trials?
Elko Daily Free Press
... evidence — including information about an FBI surveillance camera, documents citing the presence of snipers, certain maps, FBI logs, threat assessments that showed the Bundys weren't violent and internal affairs documents detailing possible misdeeds by the Bureau of Land Management agent in charge, who was


Revealed: The Secret KGB Manual for Recruiting Spies
The document is from the Cold War. But the material it teaches is still being used today by Vladimir Putin’s clandestine cadres.

Michael Weiss
12.27.17 5:00 AM ET


Cities sue Pentagon for failing to report criminals to FBI gun database
Devin Kelley, who was convicted of domestic violence while serving in the U.S. Air Force, was never reported by the military for inclusion on an FBI database of individuals blocked from purchasing firearms. Kelley went on to kill more than two dozen churchgoers in Sutherland Springs, Texas, last month in one of the worst ...


PRINTS OF THIEVES Russian hackers may have stolen fingerprints of millions of Americans by hiding a secret code in software later bought by the FBI
The company whose code ended up in the software has connections to the Kremlin, say whistleblowers


Blind man killed after confrontation with Yakima PD
Kaitlin Bain and Donald W. Meyers Dec 26, 2017 Updated Dec 26, 2017


Massachusetts police chief travels to Israel for training


Detroit Police official lied after taking deal, FBI says
Robert Snell, The Detroit News Published 12:03 a.m. ET Dec. 27 2017


Here’s the First Guy Computer Hackers Call When They’re in Trouble With the FBI
Tor Ekland “steps up for the thankless shit,” says a fellow lawyer, “just because people need help.”


Law enforcement official resigns after being accused of having sex with crash victim on duty
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, December 28, 2017, 2:32 PM


When Maus next texted Abruzzese's wife, the husband answered pretending to be her.

"'So, do you like being my little w---e for a trooper?' And then I answered a response, 'cause I had the phone at that time, and I said, 'I don't know, let me ask your supervisor,'" Abruzzese said.

He later texted Maus, "Hi. He called. Now I have to speak to an internal affairs person."

"He waited at the Walgreen's down the street and once he passed her, she followed him to this location where they proceeded to have sex in the back of the patrol vehicle," Abruzzese said.


The Administration Claims Crime Is on the Rise. So Why Did the FBI Delete Key Crime Data?
Criminologists say they can’t properly analyze crime trends without the missing data.


Relatives of Black Alabama teen Ulysses Wilkerson claim cops used excessive force in arrest: 'The family wants justice'

Thursday, December 28, 2017, 6:24 PM

"He had trauma to the brain, swelling on the brain, and a cracked eye socket in three different places," his father Ulysses Wilkerson Jr. told CNN affiliate WDHN.

Wilkerson was charged with obstruction of governmental operations and resisting arrest, but his father told WDHN that the charges were dropped.


BY MAX KUTNER ON 12/28/17 AT 3:59 PM


Peter Maass
December 28 2017, 7:29 a.m.


Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Good and Bad in New Tax System

We have a new federal income tax system. The Republicans who created it say that it will transform our economy, of course for the better.

Republicans insistently repeat that tax structure determines economic behavior: people will alter their behavior depending on how their money is taxed, including moving to states with lower taxes. Let’s examine what the tax bill shows about how Republicans think Americans should earn money.

In any tax system, there is good income and bad income. Good income is taxed at low rates and bad income is taxed at high rates. For example, in current US tax policy, so-called “carried interest” is very good income. Carried interest is a kind of performance fee for managers of private equity and hedge funds, a share of the profits, which is typically the major source of income for such investment managers. Although these managers earn enormous incomes, which would normally put them into the highest tax bracket of 39.6%, special rules tax this money at only 20%, less than the rate for normal income of the majority of Americans. That’s great income.

Here’s an example of bad income that affects millions of retired Americans. If your only income is Social Security, you will probably pay no income tax on it. But if you also have some other pension income, you could pay taxes on up to 85% of your SS benefits.

Under the current system, a couple who received $40,000 in Social Security and another $20,000 in other pensions would pay under $100 in taxes. But if instead they got $40,000 in pension income, they would pay $4500 in taxes. That works out to an effective rate of about 23% on the added $20,000 in pension income, even though their total income only falls into the 15% tax bracket. Their extra pension income is bad, because it transforms non-taxable SS benefits into taxable ones.

The new tax system does not change either the good carried interest income or the bad pension income. Donald Trump famously said as a candidate that the carried interest benefit allowed the very rich to “get away with murder” and promised to eliminate it if he were elected. Of course, he has done no such thing, and the new tax bill continues this very favorable treatment of such income. No politician in either party has talked about changing the penalty for pension income.

The Republican tax reform creates new types of good and bad income. A new kind of “good income” is earned by owners of businesses which are not corporations. Their profits are taxed as individual income. Now they will be able to deduct 20% of what they earn from their taxable income, effectively dropping their tax rate by 20%. There is a limit to how much income can be sheltered this way, but complex rules put in at the last minute will allow very wealthy owners of real estate firms, like Trump himself, to shelter much more income.

Other kinds of good income in the Republican tax bill are: inheritances between $5.6 million and $11.2 million, which used to be taxed but will be tax-free; and income used to pay private school tuition, which is now deductible for the first time.

New kinds of bad income are: money spent as moving expenses, which is no longer deductible; money spent as part of your job, which is reimbursed by your employer, now to be classified as income; many kinds of employee expenses, which are no longer deductible, such as business travel, research expenses, tools and supplies.

In the new tax bill there are good and bad tax cuts. According to Republicans, corporations deserve the best tax cut. Their tax rate falls from 35% to 21%, a provision which will add $700 billion to the deficit over 10 years, even under optimistic guesses about economic growth. That cut is permanent. The smaller cuts for individuals are temporary.

You can search far and wide looking for any Republican who says that making the tax cuts for individuals temporary is a good idea. They did this because they had to limit how much the tax bill would add to the deficit in order to be able to pass it with their tiny majority in the Senate. If those individual tax cuts become permanent, that would greatly raise the impact on the deficit. If they expire as the new law says, the advantages for individuals would disappear in a few years, while corporations would continue to benefit.

Leading Republicans admit that it’s “bad policy”: White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney calls it “gaming the system”. Mostly Republicans just hope that the economy will expand so much that the individual tax cuts can be made permanent without hurting the deficit.

Why choose to make the so-called “middle-class tax cut” temporary and the corporate tax cut permanent? Why give most taxpayers a break by cutting rates and then take away much of that benefit by eliminating the personal exemptions? Why add provisions which only help the rich, such as reducing the estate tax? Why at the last minute reduce the top rate from 39.6% to 37%?

Why make some of the income of average people “bad” while making lots of rich people’s income “good”? That shows us what Republican economic policy is all about.

Steve Hochstadt
Bloomington, IN
Published in the Jacksonville Journal-Courier, December 26, 2017


Two NYPD cops suspended after allegedly ignoring order to check on Brooklyn mother who was later found dead
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Thursday, December 28, 2017, 11:45 AM


Man bit off piece of family member's ear during Christmas Eve argument over weed
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, December 28, 2017, 12:49 PM


Opioid distributors point the finger back at DEA for not stopping the epidemicThe distributors argue that if anyone is to blame, it’s the Drug Enforcement Administration, which oversees their regulatory requirement Dec 25, 2017

By Mark Young
The Bradenton Herald


Truck blocks cameras from filming Trump on golf course

by Tom Kludt @tomkludt
December 27, 2017: 11:27 PM ET


Antivirus founder John McAfee has his Twitter hacked
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, December 28, 2017, 12:09 PM


Queens firefighter attacks NYPD traffic agent over parking ticket
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, December 28, 2017, 2:20 AM


Judge denies Roy Moore's attempt to delay Alabama Senate results


63 Documents the Government Doesn't Want You to Read Hardcover – April 4, 2011
by Jesse Ventura (Author),‎ Dick Russell (Author)
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Arizona police officer charged with eight felony sex crimes

An Arizona police officer is facing a slew of felony sex crime charges in California.

Jared Elkins, a 33-year-old officer with the Yuma Police Department, was charged with eight counts — including forcible rape, rape of an intoxicated person, forcible oral copulation and sexual penetration by use of force.

Authorities on Sept. 14 responded to a Kensington home after receiving a phone call from the 23-year-old victim’s mother. She claimed in the 4 a.m. call that the Yuma officer had raped her daughter.

Elkins, who has been married since 2013 is a seven-year veteran with the Yuma police department. He was placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the trial, and was released on $250,000 the day after his arrest.


The Unsolved Mystery Behind the Act of Terror That Brought Putin to Power

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/439060/vladimir-putin-1999-russian-apartment-house-bombings-was-putin-responsible

by DAVID SATTER August 17, 2016 4:00 AM All available evidence points to Putin’s complicity in the 1999 apartment-building bombings in Russia. Those who have tried to investigate have been killed off, one by one. I believe that Vladimir Putin came to power as the result of an act of terror committed against his own people. The evidence is overwhelming that the apartment-house bombings in 1999 in Moscow, Buinaksk, and Volgodonsk, which provided a pretext for the second Chechen war and catapulted Putin into the presidency, were carried out by the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB). Yet, to this day, an indifferent world has made little attempt to grasp the significance of what was the greatest political provocation since the burning of the Reichstag. I have been trying to call attention to the facts behind the bombings since 1999. I consider this a moral obligation, because ignoring the fact that a man in charge of the world’s largest nuclear arsenal came to power through an act of terror is highly dangerous in itself. Russian human-rights defenders Sergei Yushenkov, Yuri Shchekochikhin, Anna Politkovskaya, and Alexander Litvinenko also worked to shed light on the apartment bombings. But all of them were murdered between 2003 and 2006. By 2007, when I testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee about the bombings, I was the only person publicly accusing the regime of responsibility who had not been killed.

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Putin says"I will not control Russians by fear before the Presidential elections"
Refuses to answer if he created terrorist event. FBI says don't look at us we only
taught him how to make terrorist device. sic

Putin declares explosion at St. Petersburg market a terror attack, orders suspects killed on spot if they resist arrest

Thursday, December 28, 2017, 2:01 PM

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Milton Bradley says new J Edgar Hoover shell game, eh?

see if you can detect under which shell  your tax dime is hiding

Edward Rodgers was in charge of investigating cases of Child Abuse at the FBI

THE DENVER POST - Voice of the Rocky Mountain Empire
May 17, 1990
Sisters win sex lawsuit vs. dad $2.3 million given for years of abuse
Two daughters of former state and federal law enforcement official Edward Rodgers were awarded $2.319,400 yesterday, after a Denver judge and jury found that the women suffered years of abuse at the hands of their father.
The award to Sharon Simone, 45, and Susan Hammond, 44, followed testimony of Rodgers’ four daughters in person or through depositions, describing repeated physical abuse and sexual assaults by their father from 1944 through 1965.

Monday August 8, 2005 Longtime FBI agent sentenced to prison on child porn count

also see http://www.policeone.com/news/113935-Longtime-Idaho-FBI-Agent-Sentenced-for-Possessing-Child-Porn/
 A longtime FBI agent who helped arrest mountain-man Claude Dallas and was involved in a deadly 1984 siege involving white supremacists in Washington state is going to prison for 12 months after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography.

FBI agent involved in fatal shooting
Posted: Mar 08, 2013
By WRCB Staff -

(WRCB) - The FBI says an agent was involved in a fatal shooting during an East Tennessee child pornography investigation.

FBI Agent Pleads Guilty to Child Abuse


Tuesday February 17, 2004 11:46 PM

The former chief internal watchdog at the FBI has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl and has admitted he had a history of molesting other children before he joined the bureau for what became a two-decade career.

John H. Conditt Jr., 53, who retired in 2001, was sentenced last week to 12 years in prison in Tarrant County court in Fort Worth, Texas, after he admitted he molested the daughter of two FBI agents after he retired. He acknowledged molesting at least two other girls before he began his law enforcement career, his lawyer said.

Local attorney arrested
On child indecency accusations
 22 Apr 2009

MOBILE, Ala. - Mobile Police arrested 52-year-old Phillip Kent Baxley on child indecency charges. Baxley is a local attorney in Mobile, but he's also a former coach and acting president for the Mobile Soccer Club.

Prosecutors move to dismiss charges against former Scout leader
January 3, 2007
NEW HAVEN, Conn. --Federal prosecutors have moved to dismiss charges against a retired FBI agent who was indicted on child sex charges dating back more than a decade when he was a Boy Scout leader, in response to the death of his accuser.
William Hutton, 63, of Killingworth, was arrested in February on charges he enticed a member of his Scout troop to Maine for the purpose of sexual activity in 1994 and 1995.


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The FBI Told Congress Domestic Terror Investigations Led to 90 Recent Arrests. It Wouldn’t Show Us Records of Even One.
Four days after asking for information on the FBI’s claims of 90 domestic terrorism arrests, we are still waiting. And, frankly, it got kind of weird.
by Fritz Zimmermann Aug. 9, 11:15 a.m. EDT


NYPD officer had more than 60 child porn pictures when he was arrested: prosecutors


AUG 08, 2019 | 6:22 PM


Revealed: how Monsanto's 'intelligence center' targeted journalists and activists
Internal documents show how the company worked to discredit critics and investigated singer Neil Young


Op-Ed: The LAPD spied on our group. Here’s why we shut down the 101 Freeway


FBI Eavesdroppers Now Monitor Your Confidential Conversations With Your Telephone DOWN ON THE HOOK or TURNED OFF!
Everyone is aware of the widespread eavesdropping presently used to monitor telephone conversations and very few individuals now speak freely on the telephone.


Michigan cop suspended after KKK documents found in his house by black potential homebuyer


AUG 09, 2019 | 4:10 PM



Illinois Cop Shot Unarmed Black 12-Year-old in Bed During Botched Raid: Lawsuit
An officer put black tape over his badge and covered his body camera after shooting 12-year-old Amir Worship in the knee during a pre-dawn raid on his home, the lawsuit alleges.

Pilar Melendez

Updated 08.08.19 4:50PM ET 
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Cleveland Cop Who Shot and Killed Man Outside Corner Alley Appears to Have Violated Order to Carry Secondary Weapons
by Vince Grzegorek August 09, 2019 at 1:48 PM


NY bill to make water attacks on cops a felony faces Democratic opposition


Kansas deputy who was arrested twice in same day loses cop license
POSTED 7:31 AM, AUGUST 9, 2019, BY AP


Former Oregon cop admits soliciting child porn, sexually abusing girl, gets 32 years in prison
Posted Aug 8, 3:57 PM


Baltimore Cop Convicted of Pulling Gun on Pedestrian He Almost Hit
August 8, 2019

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Exclusive: Baltimore Cop Convicted of Pulling Gun on Pedestrian He Almost Hit


The Real News has learned a Baltimore police officer was convicted of 1st degree assault for pulling a gun  on pedestrian who he almost hit with his car


Merrimack County Attorney accused of being anti-cop, anti-victim
*                 By Mark Hayward New Hampshire Union Leader Aug 8, 2019 Updat


Former Utah Cop Sentenced to Prison for Forcible Sex Abuse of His Wife


N.J. cop gets a year of probation, quits force after admitting he groped waitress
Updated Aug 8, 5:19 PM; Posted Aug 8, 4:46 PM


Dan Bongino: Newly released FBI documents on Steele dossier, FISA applications are 'devastating'

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L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca implicated in fraud scheme, court documents allege


Sergeants union calls Mayor de Blasio ‘phony bastard’


AUG 28, 2019 | 1:20 PM


Retired NYPD lieutenant charged with stealing nearly $140K in Social Security benefits intended for his kids


AUG 28, 2019 | 6:47 PM


NYPD’s top chief admits huge drop in arrests in wake of Daniel Pantaleo firing over Eric Garner’s death


AUG 28, 2019 | 6:38 PM


Houston Police Union Finally Stops Backing Cop Who Instigated a Deadly Drug Raid With a Phony Affidavit
The Houston Police Officers' Union is no longer covering the legal fees of Gerald Goines, who faces two murder charges.
JACOB SULLUM | 8.28.2019 1:45 PM


Weber County Jail hires Utah cop who was fired after arresting nurse
Written by Associated Press
August 28, 2019


Florida Cop Facing Thousands in Fines by HOA if she does not Move Cop Car


Legal Aid blasts NYPD for returning cop sued for false DWI arrests to full duty


AUG 28, 2019 | 6:44 PM


Craig shows new video of cop punching woman in hospital

George Hunter, The Detroit News Published 7:04 p.m. ET Aug. 28, 2019


Naked Woman Running From Cop Through College Campus Gets Tasered, Eats it Hard
Rob Fox, August 28, 2019 4:30 pm


Lewiston cop’s drug history could compromise court cases


Royal Oak cop who harassed Black man in viral video has resigned
Posted By Steve Neavling on Wed, Aug 28, 2019 at 10:34 am


North Carolina Cop Arrested on Prostitution Solicitation Charge and then Resigns


Man exonerated in '84 slaying sues ex-Detroit cop, lab tech's estate

Oralandar Brand-Williams, The Detroit News Published 1:43 p.m. ET Aug. 28, 2019 | Updated 5:21 p.m. ET Aug. 28, 2019


Cop-Candidate Clash Heats Up
by PAUL BASS | Aug 28, 2019 4:05 pm


Chief: ‘No smoking gun’ in probe of cop with KKK item


cop accused of stealing drugs from Fairfield veterinary office gets 5 years probation


Why Did a Raleigh Cop Draw His Gun and Handcuff a Black Man in His Own Home?
BY LEIGH TAUSS AUG. 28, 2019 1:27 P.M.


Disciplinary hearing postponed for cop who arrested but released serial killer Bruce McArthur
Gauthier is charged with insubordination and neglect of duty related to his handling of a complaint by a man who says McArthur tried to strangle him


SAPD cop accused of throwing flashlight at car windshield while directing traffic
The two women inside the car said the attack happened as the officer was directing traffic.
7:59 PM CDT August 28, 2019


Milford Police Officer Fired After Just Weeks On The Job: Report
The new officer was arrested on a warrant earlier this month, police said.
By Brian McCready, Patch Staff
Aug 28, 2019 4:15 pm ET | Updated Aug 28, 2019 4:19 pm ET


Melrose Park Cop Taken Into Custody For Maywood Homicide Aug. 27
Wednesday, August 28, 2019 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
One man is dead and another wounded after a shooting that happened in Maywood on Tuesday evening, according to Maywood


Olice & Fire
Woman Tackled By Joliet Cop Faces 1 Formal Charge
The incident that prompted Konica Morrow's controversial arrest by Joliet Police Officer Adam Stapleton occurred July 9.
By John Ferak, Patch Staff
Aug 28, 2019 1:42 am ET | Updated Aug 28, 2019 2:29 am ET


3 Russian cops fired after being accused of raping 17yo national team volleyball player
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It's no longer a crime to refuse to help a cop in Calif.
The governor signed a bill striking down a law that makes it a crime to refuse to help a cop


Hialeah Cop Accused of Sexually Abusing Teen Finally Taken Off Street Duty


Repentigny cop suspended 15 days for 'reckless' driving
Responding to a call, officer Marc-André Urèche sped the wrong way on a highway ramp and crashed into a car carrying five people.
DANIEL SUCAR, MONTREAL GAZETTE Updated: September 4, 2019


FBI collaboration results in Little Free Library for Middleburg Heights police station
Updated Sep 1, 2019; Posted Aug 31, 2019


Hot cops under investigation by German authorities for steamy Insta selfies
Published time: 4 Sep, 2019 10:44


Drunk police officer charged with crashing his car into a liquor store


SEP 11, 2019 | 7:06 PM


NYC Correction officer suspended for smuggling contraband into Rikers


SEP 11, 2019 | 5:25 PM


2 more Philly cops to be fired in Facebook probe, bringing total to 15
by Chris Palmer, Updated: September 11, 2019- 11:14 AM



NYPD will let cops seeking mental-health treatment keep badges


NYPD officer arrested for punching person in face


Long Beach cops want advance notice before their misconduct files are released to public
Police union says officers often don't know the contents of their own personnel files


Arizona Trooper Arrested on Sexual Abuse and Kidnapping Charges
An investigation into the trooper, Tremaine Jackson, identified eight victims, the authorities said.


Pennsylvania Officer Pleads Guilty to Child Pornography Offenses


Florida Cop Arrested for having Sex with Prostitute while on-duty


California Cop Sued for Beating Teen after Claiming he took "Fighting Stance"


Los Angeles Deputy Convicted of Sexual Assaulting Six Female Inmates


Lawsuit Targets Ex-FBI Agent Who Runs an Anti-Muslim Consulting Group

Former Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek.
By Steve Neavling

A former Minnesota sheriff has filed suit against an FBI agent

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Could this state commission help weed out bad cops?


Phoenix's police union has a secret deal with the department to purge dirty cops' disciplinary records
The Arizona Republic undertook a deep investigation into the practice and uncovered more than 600 acts of wrongdoing committed by 525 cops (out of 3,000 PD employees) in just the past five years, with 90% of all "serious misconduct" incidents being purges from cops' records.

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Freezing to death: Unheated homes killed over 16,000 people across UK last winter, govt watchdog finds


Lawsuit: Tennessee Deputy Strips to Underwear and Baptizes Woman to Avoid Arrest


Florida Deputy Sues Federal Agents for Injuring him after Blowing Horn at them


Barr Seeks Access to Encrypted Facebook Messages


Narcotics cop busted for using confiscated Porsche on stepdaughter’s school prom day
by Mensah M. Dean, Updated: October 4, 2019- 4:00 PM


NYPD cop in alleged murder-for-hire plot ‘refused’ to leave jail for hearing

Police officer accused of battery after Hollywood cops say he hit a handcuffed suspect

Read more here: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/broward/article235798962.html#storylink=cpy


Ex-cop’s own words used against him at rape trial
October 4, 2019 9:00 am


Ex-cop receives 1 year in jail for criminal sexual conduct involving Lansing students
Posted Oct 04, 201


Ex-Florida Cop, Wife Accused of Stealing $300,000 From Mom

Published Oct 4, 2019 at 3:17 PM


Verdict tossed after prosecutors failed to disclose cop faced discipline for lying


Female cop ‘left in forest by male officers as revenge for reporting sex crime’

Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2019/10/04/female-cop-left-forest-male-officers-revenge-reporting-sex-crime-10863932/?ito=cbshare
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Home » Coast to coast » Pensacola, Fla.:People’s victory: Killer cop fired!
Pensacola, Fla.:People’s victory: Killer cop fired!
By Devin Cole posted on October 5, 2019


Wombat stoning: Hundreds of thousands sign petition to prosecute off-duty cop Waylon Johncock


Punjab Cop Shoots At Wife Then Kills Himself Over Argument
The cop fired three rounds at his wife with his service pistol. The first shot missed her while the other two hit her on the chest, injuring her severely, police said.


Paris knife attack – Anti-terror cops take over investigation after deaf police worker who killed four has flat raided


Cop convicted on firearm charges


‘Deeply disturbing’ video of Black teen being arrested at UPS under investigation


This is how you kick facial recognition out of your town
Bans on the technology have mostly focused on law enforcement, but there’s a growing movement to get it out of school, parks, and private businesses too.


Prosecutor: Video Shows Hollywood Cop Hit Suspect, Fabricated Excuse
TERI BERG | OCTOBER 4, 2019 | 11:41AM


Fort Myers police department hires former FBI agent to be inspector general

Melissa Montoya, Fort Myers News-Press Published 4:45 p.m. ET Oct. 4, 2019



Los Angeles TimesVictim's Sister Haunted by Slaying a Year After FBI Agent Confessed : Crime: Susan Smith's family, believing her death was motivated by more than an unwanted pregnancy, is pursuing ...

MAR 14, 2008 9:57 AM


FBI agent gets 6 years for abduction

The former special agent in charge of the FBI's Toledo office will spend six years in a Virginia prison for abducting his girlfriend last year.
Carl L. Spicocchi, 55, was sentenced Wednesday in Arlington County Circuit Court to 10 years with seven years suspended for an abduction conviction and three years for using a firearm while committing a felony, said Richard Trodden, commonwealth attorney for Arlington County.
Spicocchi pleaded guilty to the charges in December.
During the sentencing hearing, a powerful victim statement was read detailing the Aug. 23 incident in which Spicocchi held his girlfriend against her will and terrorized her, Mr. Trodden said.
"It was a narration of about six hours of sheer terror that the victim suffered at the hands of the defendant," he said.
The victim told the court that Spicocchi had hidden in a closet, armed with tape, a knife, and a gun, and that he then dragged her around her apartment by her hair, stripped her naked, beat her, and threatened to kill her.
The victim said he put the gun to her head and threatened to shoot. And he told her he could cut her veins and know exactly how long it would take for her to bleed to death because of his law enforcement training.
Spicocchi, who was in Arlington on a temporary assignment as a supervisor at the FBI


Did J. Edgar Hoover Really Wear Dresses? Welcome to the bizarre world of J. Edgar Hoover, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 1924 until his death in 1972. Rumors of Hoover's homosexuality were rampant but suppressed during his lifetime. A favorite story is that Mob-friendly lawyer (and deep closet case) Roy Cohn possessed a photograph of Hoover in drag, which he used to blackmail the FBI director into denying the existence of the Mafia. In 1993, Anthony Summers, in his book Official and Confidential: The Secret Life of J. Edgar Hoover, also claimed that Hoover did not pursue organized crime because the Mafia had blackmail material on him. In support of that, Summers quoted Susan L. Rosenstiel, a former wife of Lewis S. Rosenstiel, chairman of Schenley Industries Inc., as saying that in 1958, she was at a party at the Plaza Hotel where Hoover engaged in cross-dressing in front of her then-husband and Roy Cohn, former counsel to Senator Joe McCarthy.

"He [Hoover] was wearing a fluffy black dress, very fluffy, with flounces and lace stockings and high heels, and a black curly wig," Summers quoted Susan as saying. "He had makeup on and false eyelashes." Susan claimed Cohn introduced Hoover to her as "Mary." Hoover allegedly responded, "Good evening." She said she saw Hoover go into a bedroom and take off his skirt. There, "young blond boys" worked on him in bed. Later, as Hoover and Cohn watched, Lewis Rosenstiel had sex with the young boys.
A year later, Susan claimed, she again saw Hoover at the Plaza. This time, the director was wearing a red dress. Around his neck was a black feather boa. He was holding a Bible, and he asked one of the blond boys to read a passage as another boy played with him. It was episodes such as these, Summers declared, that the Mafia held over Hoover's head. "M

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Family and tribal members plead for posthumous pardon for Don Gellers
The Passamaquoddy’s attorney was the victim of a state-sponsored conspiracy while doing work that led to the Indian land claims settlement act.

As the Press Herald reported in a 29-part series published in 2014, Gellers was framed in 1968 for the “constructive possession” of a single marijuana cigarette as part of a shocking state-sponsored conspiracy involving the sitting attorney general, his staff and the leadership of the Maine State Police. The elaborate raid on his home occurred while Gellers was driving back from Boston, where he had just filed a suit asserting the treaty rights of the Passamaquoddy tribe, including the possession of a majority of the state. His work eventually led to Maine’s 1980 tribal land claims settlement act.


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Jeffrey Epstein's autopsy more consistent with homicidal strangulation than suicide, Dr. Michael Baden reveals | Fox News

The body of disgraced money man and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, who was found dead in his Manhattan federal prison cell in August, bore telltale signs of homicide despite an official ruling that he killed himself, a pioneering forensic pathologist revealed to “Fox & Friends” in an exclusive interview Wednesday.

The bombshell claim by Dr. Michael Baden, a former New York City medical examiner who has worked on high-profile cases during a five-decade medical career, is certain to reignite suspicions that surfaced immediately after Epstein, who was awaiting trial on federal sex-trafficking charges involving underage girls, was discovered dead in his cell on Aug. 10. Baden, who was hired by Epstein’s brother and observed the autopsy, told Fox News its findings are more consistent with homicidal strangulation than suicidal hanging. He noted that the 66-year-old Epstein had two fractures on the left and right sides of his larynx, specifically the thyroid cartilage or Adam’s apple, as well as one fracture on the left hyoid bone above the Adam’s apple, Baden told Fox News.


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It’s just wrong to help corporations penalize dissent
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Trump's Glorification of ISIS Leader's Gory Death Panned by Critics
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John Conyers Jr., long-serving congressman who co-founded Congressional Black Caucus, dies at 90
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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.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

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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Driving While Female:

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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

Washington, D.C.

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.

Roving Wiretap

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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‘Meant to intimidate’: Code Pink’s Medea Benjamin slams bogus police raid as crackdown on peace activism

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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








Documents: Former Goose Creek cop faces loss of certification for lying in court






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Charges against a former Sharon police officer stemming from a missing department-issued weapon have been held over to Mercer County Court of Common Pleas. 

Kailie Marie Marshall, 26, of 864 Highland Road, Sharon, is charged with unlawful duplication of a police report, computer trespass, unsworn falsification to authorities and simple assault.

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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.





GOP eager for report on alleged FBI surveillance abuse







The NSA has stopped collecting location data from US cellphones without a warrant

Colin Lecher, The Verge

A US federal court finds suspicionless searches of phones at the border is illegal

Zack Whittaker, Tech Crunch

Bound by Statute: In Mississippi, Jim Crow era laws result in a high rate of black kids charged as adults

Ko Bragg and Melissa Lewis, Reveal

County Clerks Revolt Over N.Y. Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants

Christina Goldbaum, The New York Times

U.S. Park Police officers will not face federal charges in shooting of Bijan Ghaisar

Tom Jackman, Washington Post

Go See The Report, Then Let’s Put Torture to Bed For Good

Sondra Crosby, Brig. Gen, (Ret.) David R. Irvine, Christian Meissner and Scott Roehm, Just Security



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NYPD sergeant linked to Tekashi69 case pleads guilty to transporting heroin





DEC 15, 2019 | 9:00 








Atlanta Cops Cite Good Samaritans for Feeding Homeless People






Handcuffed Man Beaten by Police, Locked in Closet for 4 Days & Starved Awarded $50 Million







California deputies ignored and denied service at Starbucks in incident slammed by sheriff as part of ‘anti police culture’





DEC 15, 2019 | 1:10 PM






After assassinating President Kennedy and Martin Luther King

FBI Director sez. ...........






The F.B.I. Is Not Broken

And President Trump and William P. Barr are wrong to say that it is.

By William Webster

Mr. Webster is a former federal judge and the former director of both the F.B.I. and the C.I.A.

  • Dec. 16, 2019, 6:00 a.m. ET









Former FBI agent charged with another peeping incident - WHTM abc27


A former FBI agent who was already convicted of spying on a 14- year-old girl inside a bathroom at Hershey Middle School is facing even more charges.

Last month 36-year-old Ryan Seese admitted he went into the middle school bathroom and peered over a stall to watch the teen. That incident happened back in May. He pleaded guilty in late August.

Now prosecutors have filed more charges against him stemming from an incident at a Derry Township gym.

They said back in February Seese went into the ladies bathroom at the Granada Gym. They said there were two adult female victims. One reported he peered into her bathroom stall using a mirror, police said.


Former FBI agent charged with another peeping incident


   Former FBI agent Ryan Seese, 36, now faces two counts of invasion of privacy.


 "While it's disturbing and it shows a pattern, at least it did not impact a child," prosecutor Fran Chardo said of the most recent charges.

Prosecutors said Seese was only identified as the suspect in that case after there was media attention surrounding his arrest in the middle school case.

Seese now faces two counts of invasion of privacy.

Seese will be sentenced for the Hershey Middle School incident in November. In the meantime he remains free on bail.

Seese lost his job as an FBI agent back in 2007 after he was caught inside a women's bathroom at the University of Arizona.








Database of cops who have been arrested


The Search by Location feature allows users to search the Henry A. Wallace Police Crime Database using the interactive heat map below. This feature includes summary information on 10,287 criminal arrest cases from the years 2005-2014 involving 8,495 individual nonfederal sworn law enforcement officers. Each arrest case was coded for the most serious offense charged (pursuant to the UCR hierarchy of crime seriousness) as well as for every criminal offense charged against the arrested officer. The heat map provides users with the ability to search various crimes based on crime type, crimes charged, criminal case disposition, final adverse employment outcome, and year of arrest by location.
















Bushfire backfire: Australian firefighters warn of ‘mega blaze’ as country faces another heatwave (VIDEOS)

16 Dec, 2019 10:08 / Updated 4 hours ago







December 15 2019


Reducing emissions from transportation is a long, difficult road for Maine

A preference for pickups, paltry spending on public transit options and slow adoption of electric vehicles create significant obstacles for the state's ambitious goals. 



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Father and adult daughter sue feds over confiscated life savings





JAN 15, 2020 | 9:45 PM




TS Eliot prize-winner Roger Robinson: ‘I want these poems to help people to practise empathy’

Claire Armitstead



From a lament for the victims of Grenfell Tower to snapshots of Windrush arrivals … activist, musician and poet Roger Robinson discusses the inspiration behind his prize‑winning collection



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Missouri could jail librarians for lending 'age-inappropriate' books

Bill would allow parents to decide whether children should have access to controversial books, with heavy penalties if libraries





Roscosmos engineers develop plan to BLIND foreign spy satellites flying over Russian territory

16 Jan, 2020 09:29






From: Emma Best


Subject: Freedom of Information Request: Daniel Schorr


To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

Records relating to or mentioning Daniel Louis Schorr (August 31, 1916 – July 23, 2010) was an American journalist who covered world news for more than 60 years. Schorr died peacefully from an apparent "short illness" on July 23, 2010, at a Washington, D.C. hospital.

In 1971, after a dispute with White House aides, Schorr's friends, neighbors, and co-workers were questioned by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) about his habits. They were told that Schorr was under consideration for a high-level position in the environmental area. Schorr knew nothing about it. Later, during the Watergate hearings, it was revealed that Nixon aides had drawn up what became known as Nixon's Enemies List, and Daniel Schorr was on that list. Famously, Schorr read the list aloud on live TV, surprised to be reading his own name in that context.

Schorr provoked intense controversy in 1976 when he received and made public the contents of the secret Pike Committee report on illegal Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and FBI activities. Called to testify before Congress, he refused to identify his source on First Amendment grounds, risking imprisonment. This did not mollify CBS executives, and Schorr ultimately resigned from his position at CBS in September 1976. Although scolded at first for his television report by former CIA director Richard Helms, Schorr was vindicated by the text of the Pike Committee, which he obtained from an undisclosed source and sent to The Village Voice.

Please conduct a search of the Central Records System, including but not limited to the ELSUR Records System, the Microphone Surveillance (MISUR) Indices, the Physical Surveillance (FISUR) Indices, and the Technical Surveillance (TESUR) Indices, for both main-file records and cross-reference records for all relevant names, individuals, agencies and companies. If any potentially responsive records have been destroyed and/or transferred to NARA, then I request copies of the destruction or transfer slips as well as any other documentation relating to, mentioning or describing said transfer or destruction, to include but not be limited to confirmation that the Bureau has no other copies of said records (as the Bureau has posted copies of records that it previously said were transferred to NARA such as the Tokyo Rose file).

Referring me to the files already posted on the FBI website will not satisfy the intent of this request.

I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I am freelance writer who has previously written about the government and its activities for MuckRock, Motherboard, Unicorn Riot, AND Magazine and Glomar Disclosure. My articles have been widely read, with some reaching over 100,000 readers. My work has been further discussed in outlets including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and BBC. As such, as I have a reasonable expectation of publication and my editorial and writing skills are well established. In addition, I discuss and comment on the files online and make them available through the non-profit Internet Archive, disseminating them to a large audience. While my research is not limited to this, a great deal of it, including this, focuses on the activities and attitudes of the government itself. As such, it is not necessary for me to demonstrate the relevance of this particular subject in advance. Additionally, case law states that “proof of the ability to disseminate the released information to a broad cross-section of the public is not required.” Judicial Watch, Inc. v. Dep’t of Justice, 365 F.3d 1108, 1126 (D.C. Cir. 2004); see Carney v. U.S. Dep’t of Justice, 19 F.3d 807, 814-15 (2d Cir. 1994). Further, courts have held that "qualified because it also had “firm” plans to “publish a number of . . . ‘document sets’” concerning United States foreign and national security policy." Under this criteria, as well, I qualify as a member of the news media. Additionally, courts have held that the news media status "focuses on the nature of the requester, not its request. The provision requires that the request be “made by” a representative of the news media. Id. § 552(a)(4)(A)(ii)(II). A newspaper reporter, for example, is a representative of the news media regardless of how much interest there is in the story for which he or she is requesting information." As such, the details of the request itself are moot for the purposes of determining the appropriate fee category. As such, my primary purpose is to inform about government activities by reporting on it and making the raw data available and I therefore request that fees be waived. Per DOJ FOIA guidance, "a requester should be granted a fee waiver if the requested information (1) sheds light on the activities and operations of the government; (2) is likely to contribute significantly to public understanding of those operations and activities; and (3) is not primarily in the commercial interest of the requester." As this FOIA meets all of those requirements (see above regarding the subject and how I will apply the information), a fee waiver is warranted.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

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.


Emma Best


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Larimer County Judge denies Susan Holmes' red flag petition against CSU police officer


Sady Swanson, Fort Collins Coloradoan Published 10:49 a.m. MT Jan. 16, 2020 | Updat









A Memphis Cop Will Get $3,600 a Month, Even After Having Sex With a Suspect in a Murder Case

He gave her marijuana, too.

ZURI DAVIS | 1.16.2020 11:50 AM








Cop was acquitted of molesting kid, but he’s fired anyway


An officer who was acquitted of molesting a child and saw charges dropped in three other cases has been fired from the Coconut Creek Police Department.

It wasn’t jail that ended Officer Daniel Rush’s career with the agency. Rather, the agency says he violated internal policies, including immoral conduct, improper conduct and improper use of department equipment.


With the officer no longer facing criminal charges, he still may work for another law enforcement agency, his lawyer said. He’ll likely seek a job as an officer elsewhere. “Sometime in the future he would like to be in law enforcement," said Johnny McCray Jr., his defense lawyer. "He’s very serious about his job.”





Cop gave her teen son her work-issued phone. When he got a sext on it she told him to delete it and lie

Updated 1:12 PM;Today 11:26 AM







Grand Jury Backs Murder Charges Against Houston Cop Who Lied to Justify a Deadly Drug Raid

Additional grand juries will investigate possible wrongdoing by other narcotics officers, including the way the raid was conducted.

JACOB SULLUM | 1.15.2020 8:00 PM










St. Pete cop to plead guilty to child porn charges



Security agents raided Enhoffer’s home in September and seized electronics including a desktop computer, three laptops and an iPhone, according to the plea agreement. On those devices, investigators found 391 child pornographic images, seven videos and 293 images of “child erotica.”

“The images depicted prepubescent children engaged in sexually explicit conduct,” the agreement says, “and some displayed children in bondage.”





State Police trooper charged with drunken driving while in Indiana for cop’s funeral faces trial











Judge dismisses rape charges against former Philly and Temple University cop


Officials say FBI agents found nearly 3,000 videos and 25,000 pictures — sexual in nature, but prosecutors say they aren’t all criminal in nature — and they are still looking to identify some of the women.

They also plan to refine charges in the case.

Sloan still has a child pornography charge pending. His preliminary hearing on that is next week.










Hearing for fired Philly cop accused of sexual assault postponed after judge recuses herself







Why convicted heroin dealer wants records of cop facing cocaine possession charge



Dolak argued in a court motion that Feiza seized 16 small bags of heroin during a search of Williams' home in early 2017, but only 15 bags were turned over to state police for testing.






More info released regarding allegations against former Pocatello cop



At one point, Davis allegedly grabbed the woman’s neck, making it difficult for her to breathe, according to court records. He also reportedly pulled her hair as she attempted to go up the stairs.

The woman was able to break free and run to the kitchen, where she got a bread knife to protect herself. She later put the knife down.

When the woman tried to leave the kitchen, Davis grabbed her and threw her “back and forth down the hallway,” according to court records.

A short time later, Davis allegedly got a handgun from the closet and placed it against the woman’s forehead. Then he turned the gun on himself and tried to get the woman to pull the trigger on two occasions, according to court records. Instead, she resisted him and talked him into putting the gun down.


The woman was eventually able to leave the house and walk to a relative’s home. She was transported by private vehicle to Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello.

Court records indicate that the victim sustained a broken wrist and bruises on her knees and neck during the incident.








Tybee cop indicted



The indictment, obtained by Chatham County Chief Assistant District Attorney Greg McConnell based on a Georgia Bureau of Investigation probe, also charged Taylor with “intentionally making physical contact of an insulting and provoking nature with the person of Arynne Keeley by grabbing her upper body with his hands.”

It charged Tayor unlawfully arrested Arynne Keeley with legal authority.” And, Taylor is charged with “forcing her torso to come in contact with the hot roof of a police car while she was handcuffed and wearing a two-piece bathing suit








Uniontown Herald StandardAs civil suit is closed, former Connellsville cop files counterclaimThe City of Connellsville has reached a settlement with a woman who claimed 

she was sexually assaulted by a former city officer.5 hours ago






Chicago cop found guilty of killing his wife at their Spring Grove home

BY SAM BORCIA | JANUARY 16, 2020 4:07 PM








Shows Raleigh Cops Beating Man During Arrest

BY LEIGH TAUSS JAN. 15, 2020 8:12 P.M.






Illinois police chief's cop son, 31, is charged with assault after 'slamming a 66-year-old woman's head repeatedly into a wall' at his precinct

  • Ronald Burge, Jr., a commander with the Dixmoor Police Department, is charged with aggravated battery and official misconduct over th











NYC Cop Curses Out Jews in Vicious Anti-Semitic Tirade 









Union Wants Dismissal Of Cop Who Killed Tamir Rice Overturned








Cop who sprayed disability pensioner in the face with a hose while he was beaten with a baton and mocked by other officers insists victim CONSENTED





Future court dates not yet set for former cops arrested on drug charges








Two former Houston cops indicted for botched drug raid that left two dead





JAN 16, 2020 | 10:06 AM









FBI arrests 3 linked to white-supremacist group ahead of Virginia pro-gun rally









FBI agents smother Dr King to death with pillows after he was brought to the hospital still alive


The Plot to Kill Martin Luther King: Survived Shooting, Was Murdered in Hospital

Martin Luther King was murdered in a conspiracy that was instigated by then FBI director J. Edgar Hoover










What’s New About the Latest Fight Between Apple and the FBI


JAN 16, 202








AP sources: In policy shift, FBI commits to informing states about breaches of local election systems









Privacy Died Long Ago


The  FBI wiretapping started with drug dealers and expanded to political and business figures, according to Gates. In 1979, he testified, he was ordered to wiretap the Hamilton County Regional Computer Center, which handled vote tabulations. His handler at the phone company allegedly told Gates the wiretap was intended to manipulate election results.


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N.J. town rallies around biracial cop suing own department for discrimination








Minneapolis council members who voted to abolish cops get private security









AG Grewal’s mandate to release bad cop data comes up short | Editorial








West Virginia cop rapes minor relative before Sunday service, assaults her again after coming back home

Derek Towner allegedly sexually assaulted the girl five times between June 19 and June 21 at his home in West Union















Missouri cop suspended over ‘reckless’ George Floyd posts on Facebook









Orlando officers acted ‘reasonably’ when they beat accused cop killer Markeith Loyd, report says

OPD officers cleared of wrongdoing in use of force response









What Chicago’s Ultimate Bad Cop Taught Me About Police Reform

Jon Burge tortured black men for years and his fellow officers covered for him. The cover-ups continued long after he was gone.



















Inmates and staff at Maine’s youth prison will be tested for coronavirus








Troopergate case a study in privilege

Ethics Commission sees conflicts of interest, but the real ‘crime’ is a double standard of justice.

By The Editorial BoardUpdated June 29, 2020, 4:00 a.m.

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