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The City of Lancaster announced an investigation into its police chief.
By: FOX4News.com Staff
POSTED:SEP 18 2015 09:43PM CDT
UPDATED:SEP 18 2015 10:19PM CDT
The City of Lancaster

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Movie theater shooter's attorneys plan to call police use of force expert

Monday, September 21, 2015
Defense attorneys for Curtis Reeves, the retired Tampa police captain accused of shooting a man in a Wesley Chapel movie theater in 2014, are planning to call a use of force expert in his murder trial next year.

Arrested in January 2014 in the fatal shooting of Chad Oulson at the Grove Cobb Theatre, Reeves, 73, was accused of pulling a gun on Oulson during an argument over Oulson's refusal to stop texting during movie previews. Witnesses said they saw popcorn fly and heard a shot ring out. The bullet hit Oulson in the chest, killing him, and grazed the left hand of his wife, Nicole.

Reeves' attorneys have argued that when he pulled a handgun from his pocket and shot Oulson, he was acting in self-defense after the younger man attacked him. Their list of potential witnesses for the trial shows they have retained retired FBI agent Philip Hayden, who specializes in cases where law enforcement officers shot or used force against people under questionable circumstances.

Among the cases in which Hayden previously served as an expert witness was one in which a Baltimore FBI agent mistook an unarmed 20-year-old for a suspect in an armed bank robbery and shot him in the head.
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Federal judge sanctions Border Patrol over destruction of evidence


A federal judge in Arizona has issued sanctions against the U.S. Border Patrol over destruction of evidence the agency was required to keep during an ongoing civil lawsuit.

Judge David C. Bury issued the sanctions Monday in a months-long lawsuit filed by a coalition of advocacy groups on behalf of three immigrants who say the Border Patrol's Tucson Sector routinely holds immigrants in inhumane, dirty and extremely cold cells for extended periods of time.

More migrants will avoid deportation under Obama's new policy, report says
More migrants will avoid deportation under Obama's new policy, report says
“The court concludes the destruction of the videotape recordings made prior to this court's Aug. 14, 2015, order was, at best, negligent and was certainly willful. Defendants provide no explanation why, in response to plaintiffs' notifications regarding litigation, the defendants did not undertake the efforts initiated in response to the court's Aug. 14 order,” Bury wrote.

The Border Patrol will now have to produce all existing video recordings from all Tucson Sector stations back to June 10, according to the sanctions
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Texas councilman tasered outside home says he was rehearsing dance routine – video
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National Day of Action Against Police Brutality 2015

Starting Date: 10-22-2015

United States
The October 22 Coalition to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation has been mobilizing every year since 1996 for a National Day of Protest on October 22nd, bringing together those under the gun and those not under the gun as a powerful voice to expose the epidemic of police brutality.

The Coalition also works on the Stolen Lives Project, which documents cases of killings by law enforcement nationwide. The second edition of the Stolen Lives book documents over 2000 cases in the 1990s alone. Volunteers are needed to help with the research and editing of cases since then. Please contact stolenlivesprojectonline@gmail.com for more information.
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Honduras Extradites Ex-Cop With Alleged Drug Ties to US
On October 15, he was handed over to Drug Enforcement Administration
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Officer in raid video charged with theft
October 20, 2015 05:09 pm

Pelican Bay State Prison Correctional Officer Matthew Yates, 34, is facing misdemeanor theft charges, accused of taking $100 from a suspect arrested last March in a drug sting.

Yates was part of a group of correctional officers assisting Del Norte Sheriff’s deputies in executing a search warrant March 9 at the home of James Banuelos. A surveillance videotape appeared to show Yates and other prison guards stealing cash from Banuelos, sparking a lengthy investigation by the FBI.
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Police Body Cams: Complaints Down, Arrests Up

Suraj Sazawal , October 23, 2015, In : News

The widespread call for police officers to wear body cameras to improve fraught relations between the public and police is understandable. Proponents view body-worn cameras (BWCs) as an expedient solution amid a climate of distrust, allowing interactions with law enforcement to be filmed and available later for review if abuse of force is alleged. But the large-scale use of this technology raises a host of questions, including the impact on privacy rights and police-community relations. And it needs to be asked: Will BWCs improve police accountability?

Here comes the data. Several recent studies examined the effects body cameras have on police behavior shedding some much needed light on this emerging trend. In cities as diverse as Phoenix, Orlando, Denver and San Diego, researchers found that while the number of complaints against officers often dropped when cameras are rolling, other findings suggest that BWCs are easily subverted and could create unanticipated problems for those on the other end of the camera lens.

During a six month pilot study in Denver, for example, only one in five incidents involving police officers using force or non-lethal weapons like stun guns and pepper spray were captured on film. Only “21 of 80 uses of force (26%) were recorded” by BWCs, the report said. The reasons for this are many: officers say they didn’t have time to activate their camera before a situation escalated, equipment errors, the officers involved in the incident weren’t participating in the study, and officers disabling cameras after they assumed trouble had passed. Similar results turned up in Phoenix’s study: depending on the month, only “13.2 to 42.2 percent of incidents were recorded.”

The Phoenix study also reveals a troubling glimpse into a future where policing and filming become synonymous. While complaints against officers wearing body cameras dropped by 23% during the study period (versus an 11% increase in complaints for officers not wearing them), there was a major spike in arrests made by these officers- up nearly 43%. This increase is nearly triple the rate of officers not wearing cameras.

How should we interpret this finding? Some suggest that police officers wearing cameras feel compelled to follow through with the arrest to justify the interaction (like a traffic stop) in the first place, regardless of the circumstances. While footage of police abuse goes viral and drives much of the conversation around BWCs, there is a lot less scrutiny on the more mundane reality of how people- police officers, suspects, and witnesses- behave when being recorded. The Orlando study found that one in four officers believed wearing a BWC “impacted their behavior in the field.” Will officers show less discretion if they know that their actions will be reviewed by superiors back at the precinct?

It wouldn’t be the first time a policing tactic resulted in unintended and undesirable consequences. The stop-and-frisk program used by officers in New York City was introduced as a measure to improve safety in high-crime
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off duty N.J. cop prior to Staten Island fatal wrong-way crash, says lawyer

Thursday, October 29, 2015, 6:09 PM

Pedro Abad, the Linden New Jersey police officer, is charged in the wrong-way crash on the West Shore Expresway. He is seen in a wheelchair leaving the courtroom Thursday. ANTHONY DEPRIMO/Staten Island Advance /Landov
Pedro Abad, the Linden New Jersey police officer, is charged in the wrong-way crash on the West Shore Expresway. He is seen in a wheelchair leaving the courtroom Thursday.

An off-duty New Jersey cop facing vehicular homicide charges for a fatal wrong-way crash along a Staten Island road said a dancer at a strip club may have slipped him a date-rape drug that impaired him before he got behind the wheel..

Linden Officer Pedro Abad’s lawyer told a Staten Island judge Thursday that a stripper may have slipped him the date-rape drug GHB before the March crash.

The collision killed Abad’s pal Joseph Rodriguez, 28, who was in the front passenger seat of the Honda Civic and Frank Viggiano, 28, another Linden police officer, who was seated in the back.


Abad’s partner, Patrick Kudlac, 23, was seriously injured but survived.

Prosecutors said Abad, who pleaded not guilty last month, crashed head-on into a tractor-trailer after leaving the Curves strip club. Tests later showed the officer's blood alcohol content was 0.24% — three times the legal limit of 0.08%.
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Barry Seal wasn’t starring in a Jason Borne movie
Posted on November 13, 2015 by Daniel Hopsicker        


As MCA Universal prepares a preemptive strike against America’s most important recent history—the public assassination of one of the original American Drug Lords in a movie starring a world- famous Scientologist playing a man outweighing him by a good hundred pounds—it may be time to stand up for what's left of the truth.
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The So-Called ‘Adorable Drug Kingpin’ is the Daughter of a DEA Special Agent
Sarah Furay, dubbed the "Adorable Drug Kingpin."

Sarah Furay, dubbed the “Adorable Drug Kingpin.”

A 19-year-old woman’s beaming booking photo following her arrest on drug trafficking charges went viral, and she was dubbed the “adorable drug kingpin.”

Now for another twist: The suspect is the daughter of a DEA special agent, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Sarah Furay, 19, was charged with possessing and selling ecstasy, meth, cocaine and marijuana.

Turns out, Furay is the daughter of Bill Furray, a supervisor special agent for the DEA, currently serving as the agency’s diplomatic attache
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EXCLUSIVE: PBA will call for firing of CCRB Chairman Richard Emery in scathing new ad

Updated: Sunday, March 6, 2016, 1:41 PM

Richard Emery, the chairman of the Civilian Complaint Review Board, has come under fire after he called the cop union pigs.

Richard Emery, the chairman of the Civilian Complaint Review Board, has come under fire after he called the cop union pigs.

The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association will call for the firing of beleaguered Civilian Complaint Review Board Chairman Richard Emery with a new TV ad, the Daily News has learned.

The 30-second ad, slated to air on Tuesday and run through March 14, reiterates pleas from the Sergeants Benevolent Association and PBA for Mayor Bill de Blasio to oust Emery — and uses the NYPD watchdog chairman’s own words against him.

“We call them cops, police officers, New York’s Finest, but this is what Richard Emery, the chairman of the CCRB, calls them,” the commercial begins, before displaying the Daily News’ front page with the headline reading: “Blaz big calls cop union ‘pigs.’”
The front page of the New York Daily News for Feb. 25 is about Richard Emery and Patrick Lynch in a war of words. New York Daily News
The front page of the New York Daily News for Feb. 25 is about Richard Emery and Patrick Lynch in a war of words.

“Emery is supposed to handle civilian complaints fairly and independently, but his law firm is seeking fees for those very same cases,” the ad continues. “And he calls cops ‘pigs?’”


Emery came under fire last month when The News revealed his law firm had been retained by Stefon Luckey, a Queens man suing an NYPD sergeant and a cop cited by the CCRB for misconduct.

Soon after The News’ report, police union leaders publicly urged the mayor to give Emery the boot.

Emery later likened the calls for his removal to the union heads “squealing like a stuck pig,” — invoking a pejorative term for police officer.

“I’m not going to deprive the public and people who are abused by police officers of having access to excellent lawyers because some union is squealing like a stuck pig.”

On Sunday, Emery sought to distance himself from the epithet.

“Never ever in my life have I called any police officer, whose job I respect and admire, that term,” he told The News.

The chairman’s private firm, Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady LLP, has since withdrawn from representing Luckey.

“My law firm has never — and is not now — benefiting from any CCRB case, or even handling any CCRB case that occurred while I was chair,” he said, adding, “I’ve fully and carefully complied with the requirements that were set forth when I took the position.”

The de Blasio administration continued to stand with Emery. “Under Chairman Emery, the CCRB is working more effectively for community members and police officers alike, driving average case processing times and backlogs down dramatically,” de Blasio spokeswoman Amy Spitalnick said in a statement.

“Chairman Emery has already apologized for his unfort
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Top cop probed by FBI tells friends: ‘I’m f—d’

April 6, 2016 | 11:40pm
Top cop probed by FBI tells friends: ‘I’m f—d’
James Grant

The current boss of the Upper East Side’s 19th Precinct accepted diamonds and cash from one of the businessmen at the center of a federal investigation, sources told The Post.

Deputy NYPD Inspector James Grant was at his Staten Island home when he was handed hundreds of dollars by Jeremy Reichberg, a prominent figure in Borough Park, around Christmas, sources said.

Grant soon became aware that the feds had opened a probe into the NYPD, and he told close friends, “I’m f–ked. I can’t go to jail,” a source said.

Investigators also discovered that Grant on multiple occasions had personally escorted Reichberg from the airport after overseas trips to pick up diamonds.

“[Grant] said he would meet him at the airport and get him back to where he had to go,” the source said.

“And as a form of payment, he’d give him one or two really nice cut diamonds to give to his wife.”

Grant has known Reichberg for about eight years, including Grant’s time as head of Sunset Park’s 72nd Precinct from 2011 to 2014, sources said.

The police boss is still well known in Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jewish communities — having doled out hundreds of Captains Endowment Association cards that bear his name and read, “Please extend all courtesy to the holder of this card.”

At least one person who received one of the cards doesn’t even live in the five boroughs, another source added.

Reichberg and Jona Rechnitz, an Upper West Side real estate investor, are both at the center of a federal probe into whether high-ranking members of the NYPD took lavish gifts in exchange for favors.

According to sources, NYPD cops received presents like Super Bowl tickets and vacations to China and Brazil, while giving out favors such as police escorts for business deliveries and
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: Mercer inmate who died may have been taunted, beaten by corrections officers

Sign at the entrance to the Mercer County
TRENTON >> A lioness against prisoner abuse in New Jersey had contacted county and jail brass a day after she learned a Mercer County inmate who died of an apparent suicide had possibly been led to a remote part of the county jail away from cameras, taunted by corrections officers and beaten within inches of his life.

A day after the alleged beating took place, the 22-year-old inmate, who was set to be released from the county jail in three days, was found hanging in his cell at the Hopewell Township, officials said.

Princeton attorney Jean Ross told The Trentonian on Monday that she received information from Mercer County inmates who may have heard or seen the attack, which is alleged to have occurred sometime April 16, in a stairwell of the jail that may have not been monitored by surv
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Draft minutes - April 30 2016 9/11 and Other Deep State Crimes
9/11 Truth Teleconference
Friday, May 20, 2016 9:17 PM
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9/11 and Other Deep State Crimes Teleconference

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** Draft minutes for
April 27, 2016

May 20, 2016
Craig McKee, Secretary


Final minutes for the Wed., April 27, 2016 regular conference call

Present were:

Ken Freeland, Teleconference facilitator, Houston 9/11 Truth
Craig McKee, Teleconference secretary, Truth and Shadows
Dave Slesinger, 9/11 Truth Outreach
Wayne Coste, 9/11 Truth Outreach
Dan Hennen,  AE911Truth
David Cole, Nine Eleven Accountability Team
John O’Malley, DC 9/11 Truth
Xander Arena, Arizona 9/11 Studies and Outreach, Arizona State
Barton Bruce, Massachusetts 9/11 Truth
James Hufferd, 9/11 Grassroots
Michael Cook, AE911Truth
Cheryl Curtiss, Connecticut 9/11 Truth
Sue Serpa, Act Now
Rich Aucoin, Worchester 9/11 Truth
Steve Cohn, Arizona 9/11 activist
Frank Tolopko, Berkshire 9/11 Truth
Jonathan Mark, Flyby News
Tony Rooke, producer/director of Incontrovertible
Lynn Bradbury, Maine 9/11 Truth
Dick Atlee, Maine 9/11 Truth
Lorenzo Fine, 9/11 activist, Newton, Mass.
Cat McGuire, 9/11 Truth Outreach
Rodger Bories, 9/11 activist
Barbara Honegger, The Smoke Curtain
Bill Wilt, Congressional candidate

The minutes of the March 30, 2016 conference call were APPROVED.

The amended agenda was APPROVED.

Incontrovertible director
After being introduced by Jonathan Mark, British filmmaker Tony Rooke
gave a presentation on his 9/11 documentary Incontrovertible.

Review of deHaven-Smith book
Ken Freeland offered his review of the Lance deHaven-Smith book
Conspiracy Theory in, America. It was agreed that teleconference would
hold a future discussion on the book.

Claim of ‘shadow’ in Citgo video
Wayne Coste gave a presentation on why he thinks Citgo gas station
security video shows the shadow of a plane that he contends hit the

From book on Boston bombing
Craig McKee and Sheila Casey gave an overview of their chapters in the
new book And Nobody Died in Boston, Either.

* Dave Slesinger said his had a successful leafleting campaign at
Northwestern University in Chicago, the home campus of Zdenek Bazant,
an academic and ardent supporter of the official story. He says he
gave out 900 business cards and his website, bazantmisconduct.com,
received more than 40,000 hits the first 10 days. He also asked if
others would be interested in more college outreach initiatives.
* Barbara Honegger reminded the teleconference that she is running in
the 20^th Congressional District in California, and that she raised
the subject of 9/11 in several recent candidates meetings. Anyone
wishing to donate can send a check to Barbara Honegger with 'Campaign
donation' in the re line, and mail it to Box 2198, Carmel Valley, Ca.
93924. Donations of $200 or more have to be reported with the name of
the donor.

Call began at 8 p.m. EST and adjourned at 10:00 p.m. EST/5 p.m. to
7:00 p.m. PST

Audio of the March call can be heard here:
The next monthly teleconference will take place on Wednesday, May 25,
2016 at 8 p.m. EST, 5 p.m. PST. Please email agenda items for next
call to facilitator Ken Freeland (diogenesquest@gmail.com) by May 21.
Please use subject line “Agenda item for 911 Truth Teleconference.”
Please include a brief description of your item and any relevant links
you’d like participants to be aware of, together with your estimate of
the number of minutes your agenda item will require.



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Incontrovertible - New 9/11 Documentary by Tony Rooke - YouTube
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FBI used Best Buy informant to illegally search computers, says lawyer
for Newport doctor facing child porn charges

May 19, 2016, 9:00 p.m.
An employee at Best Buy's nationwide computer repair center served as
a paid FBI informant who for years tipped off agents to illicit
material found on customers' hard drives, according to the lawyer for
a Newport Beach doctor facing child pornography charges as a result of
information from the employee.

Federal authorities deny they directed the man to actively look for
illegal activity. But the attorney alleges the FBI essentially used
the employee to perform warrantless searches on electronics that
passed through the massive maintenance facility outside Louisville,
Ky., where technicians known as Geek Squad agents work on devices from



‘Corrupt in its roots’: as Oakland police scandals pile up, residents
not surprised
Donald Trump may have called the city one of the ‘most dangerous’ in
the world but community members say the real danger is its police

Saturday 21 May 2016 11.00 EDT Last modified on Saturday 21 May 2016
12.33 EDT

Olga Cortez was getting out of the shower and preparing for bed when
she heard a loud banging outside. It was 9.30pm on 7 December, and the
Oakland, California, mother saw a man she did not recognize furiously
pounding on her front door.

“Open the fucking door,” he screamed, according to Cortez’s account.
“Let me in!”

When her husband Nemesio cracked open the door to ask him to leave,
the man, who smelled strongly of alcohol, allegedly kicked him in the
stomach and grabbed Olga, who was wearing a bathrobe and fell to the
ground – exposing her body. Another man came running out of their
backyard and appeared to point a gun at the wife.

Their daughters, ages 11 and 13, stood in the doorway crying.

The traumatizing incident, outlined in a claim to the city, got worse
when the Oakland police department (OPD) showed up. The officer wanted
the couple to “sanitize their story”, asking them if the

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Families Of Charleston Shooting Victims Sue FBI For Letting Roof Buy A Gun
A mistake in Roof’s background check made the purchase possible.
07/03/2016 07:57 am ET
Family members of the people killed in an attack on a South Carolina church last



  FBI: Give Us the Names of Those Who Question Orlando
FBI: Give Us the Names of Those Who Question Orlando

In a letter dated June 20, 2016, the FBI ‘asked’ local law enforcement and government leaders to report the identities of anyone requesting  information on events during the infamous Orlando Massacre of June 12th.

In an expansion to a previous story by TRUNEWS, the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office released a letter received from the FBI instructing them to deny all requests for information and refer news outlets seeking information to the feds.  The letter was authored by Tampa, Florida’s Special Agent in Charge Paul Wysopal.

The letter reads, in part:

As you know, this is an active, on-going investigation being conducted by the FBI. The FBI considers information obtained from state and local law enforcement agencies in furtherance of its investigation to be evidence, or potential evidence. Accordingly, the FBI is concerned that public disclosure of such records or information at this time will adversely affect our ability to effectively investigate the shooting and bring the matter to resolution; could endanger the safety of witnesses, law enforcement officers, and other individuals who have participated in or are otherwise connected with the investigation; and risks unduly prejudicing any prosecutions that may result from the investigation.

However, further in the letter, a darker tone emerges, as not only is the FBI asking for a suppression of the release of the information, but to direct all inquiries for such information to the Bureau.

Then, stunningly, the FBI asks local officials to actually turn over the names of anyone even REQUESTING information regarding the investigation into the Orlando Massacre.  In the following paragraph, the highlighted portion shows Agent Wysopal ‘asking’ local authorities to notify the FBI of any such request:

The FBI, therefore, requests that you direct requesters seeking records or information pertaining to the investigation to the FBI to request such information. We further ask that you immediately notify the FBI of any request your agency receives pursuant to Florida’s Sunshine Law or any equivalent law, or other judicial, legislative or administrative process, for records or information pertaining to the FBI’s active, on-going investigation so that the FBI can seek to prevent disclosure through appropriate channels, as necessary. Finally, to the extent your agency is obligated to respond to a request under Florida’s Sunshine Law for records and information pertaining to the FBI’s pending investigation, including information that your agency has provided to the FBI in furtherance of our investigation, we request you withhold the records pursuant to FLA. STAT. 119.71 and any other applicable exemption to help ensure that the FBI’s investigation can proceed unimpeded.

(TRUNEWS has copies of this letter from Wysopal and local officials in hand)

What that means is that any private citizen, any reporter, or any media outlet that even requests for information related to the Orlando Massacre can have their identities turned over to the FBI.  The implications of having local officials serve as the stifling arm of oppression by an investigative arm of the federal government is chilling.

Are these the earmarks of a new ‘American Gestapo’?

We see this reflected in some of the history of the Nazi regime.  In this article from The History Learning Site,

Hitler’s police state worked on the rule that if you said nothing, no harm, could come to you. If you had doubts about the way the country was going, you kept them to yourself – or paid the price. As nearly 17 million people had not voted for either the Nazis or the Nationalist in March 1933, a large and visible police force was required to keep this sizeable group under observation and control.

In Nazi Germany the police were allowed to arrest people on suspicion that they were about to do wrong. This gave the police huge powers. All local police units had to draw up a list of people in their locality who might be suspected of being “Enemies of the State”. This list was given to the Gestapo – the Secret Police. The Gestapo had the power to do as it liked. Its leader – Reinhard Heydrich – was one of the most feared man in Nazi Germany. His immediate chief was Heinrich Himmler. Both men ran their respective branches with ruthless efficiency.

This ‘request’ by the FBI to law enforcement and other local officials to ‘rat out’ those who are merely seeking truth are draconian and oppressive strategies to stifle freedom of speech and freedom of the press.


Crime U.S. World Politics
Family of slain North Dakota informant files wrongful death suit
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Tuesday, July 5, 2016, 5:12 PM


U.S. World Politics
Third dead dog found in home of former Georgia officer
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, July 5, 2016, 9:47 PM



KING: Don't try to make sense of police killing of Alton Sterling

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Wednesday, July 6, 2016, 1:18 AM

As I glanced down at my phone and began quickly thumbing through the messages, it became evident that a grave injustice had taken place. Dozens of people had already seen what I had not — the brutal and callous slaying of 37-year-old Alton Sterling by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I gathered from the messages that a bystander had filmed it from their car.


NYC Crime Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Education Obituaries
NYPD cop gets light penalty for 2012 attack on mentally ill man

Tuesday, July 5, 2016, 9:39 P

Mohamed Bah charged at cops with a knife and was shot dead. He was mentally ill.
The lieutenant who ordered police to burst into a mentally ill man's apartment received a slap on the wrist from the NYPD for improperly escalating the fatal confrontation, new documents show.

Lt. Michael Licitra brok



NYC Crime Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Education Obituaries
Bratton ripped over pensions for NYPD scandal cops
, July 5, 2016, 9:26 PM
Minority cops call out Police Commissioner Bill Bratton for not receiving the same pension plan courtesy as NYPD chiefs involved in probe. (BARRY WILLIAMS/FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)
Advocates for
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Documents obtained by Salt Lake City attorney Jesse Trentadue reveal new details about the FBI's rules of conduct for informants.

The FBI released 147 pages of heavily redacted manuals and policies related to the use of informants, in response to a FOIA request by Trentadue, who is engaged in a years-long lawsuit with the FBI over documents related to the Oklahoma City bombing.

Read the documents here

The documents pertain to unspecified training for "confidential human sources," including chain of command, dispute resolutions and other topics. The vast majority of direct guidance to informants is redacted, including even chapter headings.

Trentadue filed a related complaint alleging that the FBI has engaged in a practice of using informants within the news media to receive advance notice of potentially unfavorable stories.

As an exhibit in that complaint, Trentadue submitted an FBI FD-302 record


July 31, 2016 | Issue #67

Mkhuseli “Khusta” Jack Is Coming to the 2016 School of Authentic Journalism
At 27, He Organized the Consumer Boycott that Ended Apartheid in South Africa

By Greg Berger
Admissions Director, School of Authentic Journalism
May 9, 2016

Legendary South African resistance organizer Mkhuseli “Khusta” Jack will deliver the keynote remarks at the 2016 School of Authentic Journalism,to be held in Mexico July 4 to 7.

Legendary organizer Khusta Jack learns to shoot video at the 2013 School of Authentic Journalism

Khusta, in 1985 at the age of 27, organized the consumer boycott of white-owned businesses by the black South African majority that many view as the turning point in that decades-long battle to end racial segregation in his country.

This will be Khusta’s second round as a professor at the school (he served on the faculty in 2013). This year he’ll join North American environmental organizer Johanna Lawrenson, Mexican human rights defender


Saturday, July 30, 2016
The case of the vanishing pandemic: Deadly bird flu flies the coop in the US/ Ars Technica
Remember when we kept on hearing that the next big disaster was going to be avian (bird) flu?  Well, bird flu petered out and instead of jumping to humans jumped into a black hole.  The lack of flu vaccinations for farmed chickens and ducks in North America may be key.  The following excerpts come from Ars Technica :

The case of the vanishing pandemic: Deadly bird flu flies the coop in the US

Scientists puzzled by disappearance, but think lack of vaccination may be key.

In November of 2014, a highly pathogenic strain of bird flu derived from Eurasia called H5N2 popped up in North America—in a Canadian turkey farm east of Vancouver, to be exact. From there, the virus quickly spread and mutated into new varieties, including H5N1, fanning fears it would vault to humans and cause a deadly pandemic. By March of 2015, it and its kin had swooped into 15 US states, causing 248 outbreaks



Families meet to remember first anniversary of Jason Corbett

Monday, August 01, 2016
Two families divided by the Atlantic ocean gathered over the weekend to mark the first anniversary of the death of a father of two who died as a result of a violent row in his home.

Jason Corbett, originally from Limerick, was found with fatal head injuries at the home he shared in the US with his second wife, Molly Martens Corbett in Walburg, North Carolina on August 2, last year.

American Molly Martens Corbett, 32, and her father Tom, 65, a retired FBI agent are charged with one count each of second degree murder and voluntary


Turkey Says FBI and CIA Behind Failed Coup, Gulen 'Only a Pawn'
Sputnik International-
A Turkish prosecutor claims that the CIA and FBI provided training to followers of US-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara initially called the ...

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Feds, Neighborhood Reps at Human Trafficking Forum
Proximity to the international border makes communities vulnerable to human trafficking. Child abduction, cyberstalking also on the uptick.
By Beth Dalbey (Patch Staff) - July 31, 2016 2:01 pm ET


http://www.waronwethepeople.com › child-sex...
John DeCamp, author of the Franklin Cover-up, is a Gunderson ally, former Henry Kissinger/William Colby subordinate, ...
Special Report, FBI Killed Franklin Scandal Investigator from Wayne Madsen Report - RoseanneWorld
http://www.roseanneworld.com › 2014/06/20
Jun 20, 2014 - Colby was a Vietnam War colleague of Nebraska state Senator John De Camp, one of major ...


Retired Rhode Island cop kills wife, then himself after chase
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Sunday, July 31, 2016, 3:22 PM


NYC Crime Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Education Weather Obituaries
Bronx cops never reported Sin City club Christmas shooting to SLA


NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Sunday, July 31, 2016, 4:00 AM


Murdered DNC Staffer Seth Rich May Have Been Wikileaks Source
DNC staffer Seth Rich inexplicably was murdered three weeks ago in Washington, D.C., and speculation swirls that he was the Wikileaks source for the published emails who has "paid the ultimate price for exposing Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the DNC's crusade against Bernie Sanders" as reported by Heat Street: "the theory is apparently based on Julian Assange's recent ITV appearance, where he scoffed at the idea that Russian hackers could be responsible for the data dump, and said that 'anyone' within the Democrats' organization could easily have sent Wikileaks the offending messages."

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author Ronald Kessler is Official FBI Disinformation/Misdirection
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EXCLUSIVE: Missing: FBI files linking Hillary Clinton to the 'suicide' of White House counsel Vince Foster have vanished from the National Archives

By Ronald Kessler For Dailymail.com
07:44 EST 23 Aug 2016, updated 10:29 EST 23 Aug 2016


August 22, 2016 Written by Rahul D. Manchanda, Esq.

In Bill Clinton’s COPS Gang-Stalking Program, civilian spies are recruited from every segment of society, and everyone in the “targets” life is made a part of this ongoing, continuous, and systematic form of control and harassment, with such actions that are specifically designed to control the target and to “keep them in line,” like a Pavlovian Dog. These actions are also designed to mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually, financially, socially, and psychologically destroy the target over years, to make them appear to be crazy, and leave them with no form of support, whatsoever.

For the targets of this harassment, COPS Gang Stalking is experienced as a covert psychological, emotional and physical attack that is capable of immobilizing and destroying a target over time. For the state, it is a way to keep their targets in line, control them, or ultimately destroy them.

This modern day systematic form of control is funded at the highest levels of government, just like it has in other societies where these similar types of harassment programs have been implemented.

Targets can be chosen for many reasons: (1) political views; (2) whistle blowing; (3) political dissidence; (4) asserting rights at work; (5) making the wrong enemy; (6) too outspoken; (7) investigating something that the state does not want investigated; (8) signing a petition; (9) writing a letter; (10) being “suspicious” by a civilian spy/snitch; or (11) being a religious/ethnic/racial minority.

The goal of the COPS state sanctioned organized gang-stalking program is to isolate the target from all forms of support, so that the target can be set up in the future for arrest, institutionalized, or forced suicide. Other goals of this harassment are to destroy the targets reputation and credibility, and to make the target look “crazy” or unstable.

The process often involves sensitizing the target to every day stimuli’s as a form of control, which is used to control targets when they “get out of line.” Targets of this harassment become vulnerable and destitute, and often become homeless, jobless, have a breakdown, are driven to suicide, similar to targets of the banned COINTELPRO. The government eliminates perceived “enemies of the state” in this manner.

When a target moves or changes jobs, the harassment continues.

Every time the target moves, the same defamation, lies, libel, and slander will be spread, and the systematic harassment will continue. Online defamation, libel, and slander on the internet has made this continuation of COPS gang-stalking a great deal easier.

People from all segments of society can be recruited to be the “eyes and ears” of the state, such as laborers, drug dealers, drug users, street people, prostitutes, punks, church groups, youth groups, your best friend, your lawyer, local policeman, doctor, emergency services, a neighbor, family, social workers, politicians, judges, dentists, vet, supermarket cashier, postman, religious leader, care worker, landlord, anyone.

Most of these recruited civilian spies/snitches do not understand or even care that the end consequence of this harassment protocol is to eventually destroy the targeted person, and function as “useful idiots” of the state sanctioned COPS gang-stalking program.

It has been reported that people participate in this COPS gang stalking because it: (1) gives them a sense of power; (2) is a way to make friends; (3) is something social and fun; (4) breaks down race/gender/age/social barriers; (5) is forced or blackmailed upon them by the State or police to take part; (6) is told to them that they are part of “homeland or national security” to help keep an eye on “dangerous” or “emotionally disturbed” individuals where they are “heroic spies for the state;” (7) is used on local thugs or informants who are already being used for other activities where their energies are diverted into these COPS gangstalking community spy programs; (8) is either a choice of spying for the State or police, or else go to jail; (9) involves outright lies and slander about the target to get them to go along with ruining the targets life; (10) includes average citizens recruited by the state the same way citizens were recruited in the former East Germany and other countries.

Some techniques used against targets in this organized COPS Gang-stalking program include: (1) classic conditioning where a target is sensitized to everyday stimuli over a period of months and years to harass them in public to let them know they are constantly being harassed and monitored; (2) 24/7 Surveillance following the target everywhere they go, learning about the target and where they shop, work, play, who their friends and family are, getting close to the target, moving into the community or apartment where they live, across the street, monitoring the targets phone, house, and computer activity; (3) isolating the target via defamation, libel, and slander campaigns, (eg, people in the target’s community are told that the target is a thief, into drugs, a prostitute, pedophile, crazy, in trouble for something, needs to be watched, false files will even be produced on the target, shown to neighbors, family, store keepers); (4) constant or intermittent noise and mimicking campaigns disrupting the

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Former U.S. Attorney and First Director of FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center to Lead Guidepost Solutions’ D.C. Office

WASHINGTON, D.C.--(Business Wire)--Guidepost Solutions, a global leader in compliance, investigations and risk management, named Donna A. Bucella to head its Washington, D.C. office succeeding John P. Torres after he was named chief operating officer of the firm's Security and Technology Consulting group. Bucella will provide overall leadership to the D.C. office and strategic guidance to support its continued business growth. In addition, the firm’s D.C. office welcomed Erin Zavalkoff as a managing director to focus on regulatory compliance, anti–corruption

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“CLF also said it will spend nearly $1.2 million to ensure former FBI agent Brian Fitzpatrick secures his brother's seat, retiring Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) ...

To his colleagues, Darrell Foxworth was “The Face.”

It was a nickname he was proud to accept. Wearing his trademark stark-white shirt and dark suit, Special Agent Foxworth was the face of the FBI in San Diego for nearly 10 years. He gave frequent news interviews to explain the latest scams or investigations, and worked closely with local law enforcement and government officials.

Now, he has retired from a 30-year career with “the Bureau,” as he fondly refers to it, and embarked on a job as a National Football League security representative. Each of the 32 NFL teams has one, and Foxworth is tasked with overseeing security arrangements for the Chargers.

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Chaffetz: Clinton Interview Notes Provided by FBI Are ‘Embarrassing’
Cortney O'Brien |Posted: Aug 22, 2016 9:58 AM  Share (472)   Tweet

The FBI granted Congress’ wish in providing notes from the FBI’s interview with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton earlier this summer over her dangerous use of a private email server. Legislators wanted answers after FBI Director James Comey concluded there was no justifiable reason to indict the former secretary of state, despite her lying about sending and receiving classified intel on the unsecure account. 

The FBI gave the House Oversight Committee a peek into their interview with Clinton, but Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) has a few issues with the documents, noting more than a few inconsistencies.

First, the FBI provided the committee a set of documents which Chaffetz said was “highly redacted.” Then, when Chaffetz asked the agency to provide a second copy, the FBI offered them noticeably different documents.

"So we have a second set of documents that's now different," Chaffetz said. "When you turn them page by page, they're different. I don't know why that happened."
Chaffetz went on to criticize the second set of documents as embarrassing, especially after the FBI claimed the material was classified.

"A lot of this that they claim is classified is just flat-out embarrassing. There's nothing classified about it, it's just embarrassing. It's a lot of immature name-calling, stuff like that," Chaffetz said, while adding that he was not accusing the FBI of protecting Clinton


KING: N.C. police kill unarmed deaf man using sign language
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A North Carolina state trooper shot and killed 29-year-old Daniel Harris — who was not only unarmed, but deaf — just feet from his home, over a speeding violation. According to early reports from neighbors who witnessed the shooting this past Thursday night, Harris was shot and killed "almost immediately" after exiting his vehicle.

He appeared to be trying to communicate with the officer via sign language.


VIDEO: New footage shows LAPD officer kick surrendering black man

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New video shows the shocking moment a Los Angeles police officer delivers a powerful kick near the head of a black man who is lying facedown in the middle of a street, attempting to surrender.

The Los Angeles Times obtained footage of the October 2014 encounter through a court order after the LAPD said the video



Former NH trooper expected to plead guilty to assault of suspect captured by TV crews
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A former New Hampshire State Trooper, who was spotted punching a suspect by TV helicopters in May, is expected to plead guilty to assault on Thursday, according authorities.

New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph A. Foster said it is anticipated



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Robert Sundberg (right), with lawyer Richard Rafferty, was first arraigned in April. –Kie
Prosecutors want more restrictions on a state police trooper out on bail while he awaits trial on rape and assault charges, reports The Boston Globe.

State Trooper Robert Sundberg faces 14 criminal counts that include two counts of rape, strangulation or suffocation, and stalking. Sundberg has pleaded not guilty.

Sundberg has a pattern of violence and erratic behavior, according


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Failure of the Public Trust Paperback – September 14, 1999. ... John H. Clarke is a Washington D.C. attorney representing co-author and Whitewater grand jury witness Patrick J. Knowlton. ... Patrick Knowlton's civil rights were massively violated by the Clinton FBI.

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Former FBI Director Mueller Hired to Conduct Security Review of Booz Allen

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller has been hired by Booz Allan Hamilton, a firm whose employee was charged with stealing classified data from the NSA.

“We take the trust clients place in us seriously and are proud to support our country’s important national security missions,” Craig Veith, Booz Allen’s vice president for external relations, said in a statement, the Washington Post reports. “We are committed to doing our part to detect potential insider threats, which are complex and constantly evolving.”

The employee, Harold T. Martin, is accused of one of the largest thefts of classified material in U.S. history


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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - An Orlando man says the FBI raided the wrong home and made a mess of his house. He wants someone to pay for the damage. Oscar Capps says his front door was smashed open by agents and deputies as they burst into his home around 5:30 a.m. on Thursday.

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Top cops during marathon bombing to speak at Salem State

Published: October 29, 2016, 6:00 pm

SALEM, Mass. The men who led the FBI’s Boston office and the city police department at the time of the Boston Marathon bombing are scheduled to discuss the attack at Salem State University this week.

Former Special Agent in Charge Richard DesLauriers (deh-LOHR’-ee-ay) and former Police Commissioner Edward Davis are speaking at the university Thursday.

They will share their story of the bombing, the law enforcement response, the hunt for the offenders, and the rebuilding of community confidence.

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Trump is saying/doing some great, important things, and people aren't getting it
I don't understand why many people are still upset about Donald Trump's election victory. The movement to keep all things Trump stirred up is unprecedented. The only conclusion I can draw is that many Americans have gotten lost in the jungle of identity politics that was created by and for the Hillary campaign, and are unable to see the Trump woods for the trees. Don't forget that Hillary and her team may have to face serious judicial music under Trump, and creating a post-election storm of disinfo and vitriol seems their only post-election Plan B.

Instead, forget about what Trump may have said, and look at what he is doing. Remember the last 8 years. When you examine what Obama said while he was campaigning, it sounded wonderful, but he failed to follow through on those campaign promises. Did the media hold his feet to the fire? Did they try to take him down with fake news? Media focus on words instead of deeds is deliberate. Don't be fooled.

Look at some big positives for Mr. Trump, positives that would have been inconceivable in a Hillary presidency.

1. Trump actually has the establishment freaked out. The establishment has been worsening things for the 99% for a long time -- and so i.m.h.o. freaking them out is a very good sign. We don't know where this is going to go, but the establishment hysteria has proved itself real, which tells us that Trump does intend to change things. I say give him a chance, and I say Bravo!

2. He is appointing billionaires to some Cabinet posts. Well, one thing you can say about billionaires is that they have no need to steal from the rest of us. While this doesn't mean they will be great Secretaries, it removes one strike against them that Hillary, and presumably her people, had: she used her position to steal, and had long-honed knowledge of how to do so. (More on that below.)

3. He says we should have lower drug prices and they should be negotiated. Well, that's a no brainer. Did Obama, the healthcare Prez, do anything about that? Bernie Sanders just backed Trump up on this. Update: thirteen Democrats in the Senate just voted down cheaper medications.

4. Trump says we need to look into vaccine safety. Of course we need the safest vaccines we can get. Why would this be controversial? Only because the drug/vaccine industry has bought the media, politicians and federal agencies, do we hear it's controversial, when it clearly is not.

How many television commercials advertise drugs? Pharma owns TV. How many Pharma lobbyists are there for each member of Congress? Three: a lobbyist army to be reckoned with.

The federal government has paid out $3.5 billion dollars' compensation for vaccine injuries. The chorus of 'medical authorities' who are having a cow over Trump's questioning vaccine safety choose to ignore the facts. Where does their media-anointed 'authority" come from, we should ask. Are their remarks thoughtful and well-informed, or designed to shut down discussion of something important to us all, the safety of what gets injected into ourselves and our families, often as a result of government mandates. Especially when the manufacturers have no legal liability for the end product.

Vaccines are a highly diverse group of substances, and their safety and effectiveness vary considerably between products and brands; due to the age, nutritional status, and genetics of the person being inoculated; and to the integrity of the manufacturing process. These are well-established facts. Every vaccine is relatively safe and relatively effective. If they were all 100% safe you wouldn't use doctors to prescribe them. Instead, you could buy them in bubble gum machines.

In fact, CDC emphasizes the importance of maintaining an "active and ongoing vaccine safety program" in its #1 vaccine reference book, the Pink Book:
"The Importance of Vaccine Safety Programs
Vaccination is among the most significant public health success stories of all time. However, like any pharmaceutical product, no vaccine is completely safe or completely effective. While almost all known vaccine adverse events are minor and self-limited, some vaccines have been associated with very rare but serious health effects. The following key considerations underscore the need for an active and ongoing vaccine safety program..."
So much for the medical establishment being up in arms because vaccine safety needs to be watched. Everyone but the Pharma-paid media and its carefully selected shills knows it needs to be watched. The meme that 'investigating vaccine safety is dangerous' is an oxymoron. It's just more fake news.
5. Trump is pissed off at the lying, war-making, fake news-spreading "intelligence" agencies and appears to want to rein them in. For this we should be immensely grateful, as they have caused so much damage around the world and domestically -- inciting wars we have no business to be in, wars in which the public has no idea why the US is involved. Not to mention fomenting plots to terrorize at home and abroad. Pretty please, do rein them in.

6. He wants peace with Russia, while Hillary did her best to antagonize Russia. Hang up the nukes for the next 4 years: I say that's a very good thing!

Obama said a lot of pretty things, but what did he do? Got us into more wars, didn't get us out of any. He sold us a pig in a poke 'Affordable Care Act' that many people (mainly those who never had to use it) were conned into thinking was a big improvement over what came before. In fact, Obamacare changed the landscape of health insurance, ushering in an era of higher copays and reduced benefits not only for beneficiaries of the A.C.A., but also for those buying commercial insurance in other markets.

What about Hillary? Come on, we know who her constituency really is: they 'donated' billions to her campaign and to her Foundation, and paid her killer fees for speeches. The Clinton Foundation, starting to unravel, is looking like a pay-to-play scheme that led to the resignation of the New Zealand PM (some of the NZ Herald reportage is no longer accessible) and announcements by Australia and Norway that they will cease funding the Foundation.

Don't people understand yet that her strategy to become President was to foster racial, religious, sexual orientation and gender divisiveness, and then ride in on a white horse to fix the mess she had fed and exploited? In truth, she represented only the Business and War Party. Her campaign relied on the politics of gender, religion, sexual orientation and race, because championing them does not cost business anything, and because it allowed her to skirt the much more threatening issue of economic injustice.

Hillary cheated Bernie out of the nomination. Sixteen years ago, she stole White House gifts and furniture. Were those items loot from pay-to-play when Bill was in office? I suspect she collected on foreign policy decisions made when she was Secretary. She certainly was the main cheerleader (why?) for the destruction of Libya and Syria, and bears significant responsibility for the current refugee crisis, which she says is bigger than any refugee crisis since the Second World War.

Hillary played us. Stop being played, the election is over. Let's see what Mr. Trump can do.
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Russian in hacking probe linked to alt-right stock fraud
Posted on March 6, 2017 by Daniel Hopsicker
Pavel ‘Red Eye’ Vrublevsky, a Russian businessman under investigation in the FBI’s probe of Russian hacking in the 2016 Presidential election, shared a business address in John Gotti’s former stronghold of Howard Beach, Queens with a company led by a Tampa Mobster convicted in the “alt-right” stock fraud ring run by Sarasota’s own Andrew Badolato, business partner and Breitbart collaborator of Trump advisor Steve Bannon.

In 2003-2004, Pavel Vrublevsky’s RE Partners LLC listed its business address as 158-49 90th St, a single family residence in Howard Beach the Russians shared with a company involved in pornography and cyber crime, Blue Moon Group Inc.. 
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Standing Up for Our Communities: Why We Need a Police-Free Future
Tuesday, March 07, 2017
We are living in terrifying times. With each passing day, the Trump administration unleashes new waves of humiliation, degradation and repression. Many of us fear deportation, the evisceration of the social safety net, imprisonment or detention, ecological calamity, war and similar disasters. For those of us fighting against the violence of policing, the context was already grim. The predominance of suppression policing -- sometimes called "broken windows policing" -- with its mainstays of racial-profiling, sweeps, stop-and-search, ticketing and psychological and physical coercion and abuse, has made day-to-day contact with law enforcement dangerous. Add to these mundane policing practices the very real threat of dying at the hands of law enforcement agents, and the picture becomes even more bleak. Under the current White House, promises to intensify and expand an already vicious system are a signal of very dark days ahead. In a statement released during the first week in office, the Trump administration communicated its law-enforcement priorities. According to this statement, "The Trump Administration, will be a law and order administration. President Trump will honor our men and women in un the reach, impact, or omnipresence of law enforcement in your daily life? What are your own habits and inclinations in engaging with law enforcement policies, practices and agents? What is your consciousness of the presence of mechanical and human tools of surveillance and law enforcement?

Examine your own relationships to law enforcement. What role do you understand cops to play in the world around us? Do they provide you with a feeling of security and confidence that someone will back you up in an emergency or when you feel afraid? Do you fear their authority or worry about being humiliated, coerced, or hurt by them? Do you experience sohbors, expanding ever outward while taking the chance to intervene and support each other in times of harm or crisis rather than passing responsibility onto unspecified authority figures. It requires study and practice and experimentation and trying and failing and trying again. And it requires consistently taking concrete steps in the direction of our vision over and over again, in a process potentially spanning many years. Taking those steps over the long haul is possible when we believe it's possible to create a fg lives and works in Oakland, California, where she fights the violence of policing and imprisonment. She is a cofounder of Critical Resistance, a national grassroots organization dedicated to abolishing the prison industrial complex and the codirector of the Story Telling & Organizing Project (STOP), a community resource sharing stories of interventions to interpersonal harm that do not rely on policing, imprisonment or traditional social services.


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I was feeling pretty good about the progress I’d made in the craft of writing — but then I read the first few pages of The Echo Maker by Richard Powers.

In a recent re-arranging of office and library, the book had jumped into my hand: ‘remember me? This was set aside for later. It’s later’.

You can read all the kudos about it yourself but, for me, it’s a lesson in how to write and I shall enjoy finishing it.


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There are lots of lessons in writing on my bookshelves, including the course of writing creative nonfiction and the as-yet-unfinished brilliant-but-difficult-to-slog-through Building Great Sentences.

And the fifty-odd books on the craft, plus all the handbooks, thesauri, dictionaries, and other tools. And the 45 e-mails from writing craft groups tucked away for safe-keeping. And the list of writing “assignments” from within the book The Butterfly Hours, whose author Patty Dann taught a class at a local writer’s collaborative.

I added sixteeen of the topics listed on pages 128-129 to my own personal file of topics to write about; so far I’ve finished five of them.


Preventing Violence Against Police or Silencing Dissent?

February 9, 2017 by Chip Gibbons

President Donald Trump today announced a crackdown against violence aimed at police. His  Presidential Executive Order on Preventing Violence Against Federal, State, Tribal, and Local Law Enforcement Officers is one of three executive orders he signed today meant to promote “law and order,” which included a conflation of “illegal immigration,” drug trafficking, and violent crime.

While law enforcement officers–like all human beings–deserve to be protected, the immediate purpose of the order is at odds with reality.  In most states, there are already serious and stringent enhancements to sentencing, including the death penalty, if a homicide victim is a police officer. Further, in spite of a number of high profile killings of police officers, such killings declined both in 2016 and 2015. In fact, in spite of upticks in crime in three cities, violent crime remains at historic low.

So back on planet Earth, Trump’s assertions of carnage in America’s cities, and that America’s law enforcement officers are under siege just doesn’t comport with reality. So why then is Trump pursuing these matters?

For starters, a number of figures close to him, such as his Attorney General Jeff Sessions, are set on fighting the bi-partisan shift in policy around criminal justice that includes a détente in the failed War on Drugs and efforts to make a dent in mass incarceration. With increased attention being paid to the number of Blacks being killed at the hands of police, the issues of excessive force and racism have also been pushed to the forefront.

To Trump and Jeff Sessions, the Movement for Black Lives and campaigns for police accountability amount to a war on cops which is responsible for the non-existent increase in crime or attacks on law enforcement. During Ted Cruz’s bizarre “War on Police” hearing last year, Sessions stated that because of “marches and protests” police were “sitting under the shade tree.”

The logic here is clear, if you protest against the police, you have blood on your hands. Thus, you should keep quiet. And by equating protesters with violence against law enforcement, it opens the door for repression.

Blue Lives Matter

This isn’t just happening on the federal level. Given the stringent penalties for violence against law enforcement it may seem odd that some are positing that state statutes need to be amended to include law enforcement. Yet, a number of self-described “Blue Lives Matters” bills would do just that.

Blue Lives Matters is, of course, a direct reference to Black Lives Matter. It is an attempt to somehow equate the killing of a law enforcement officer, which carries some of the severest penalties imaginable, with the killing of Blacks by police, crimes that are often committed with impunity. Like Trump and Sessions, proponents of Blue Lives Matter laws have tried to blame the Black Lives Matter movement for placing law enforcement under a state of siege, a notion that is not only not based in fact, but serves to demonize political dissent.

Louisiana has already passed a Blue Lives Matter bill, Mississippi seems poised to enact one, and Wisconsin is considering. A federal version of the bill was introduced into Congress during the last session, and although it languished, a similar bill seems likely to reappear.

So what have Blue Lives Matter bills accomplished? In Louisiana, they have led to individuals who allegedly “resisted arrest” being charged with hate crimes. This means a relatively minor encounter with law enforcement can quickly lead to being charged with a hate crime. In October 2016, an individual was charged with a hate crime for yelling obscenities at police officers during his arrest, though the District Attorney declined to prosecute.

These bills have a number of critics. They have been opposed by the American Civil Liberties Union, the NAACP, and even the United Nations Special Rapporteur On The Rights To Freedom Of Peaceful Assembly And Of Association has raised concerns with them. He said,  “unintentional or accidental touching which may easily occur in a context of an assembly could be elevated to a hate crime. Again, such crime conceptions have chilling effects on the exercise of assemblies.”


It goes without saying that no one should ever be the victim of a violent crime, but violent crime is not out of control nor is there a spike in violent crime against police officers, who already receive a number of special protections from such offenses. At time when there is growing concern over systemic racism, unchecked police brutality, mass incarceration, and militarized police being used against protesters, as witnessed at Standing Rock, such claims are not merely factually wrong, they are attempts to create obfuscate the truth and repress social movements.

This rhetoric and the policies that stem from it are not about protecting law enforcement from violence; they are about silencing dissent.


There's all kinds of reviews ... and all kinds of reviewers. But when a giant such as Charles de Lint takes notice of a work, that alone is a review. We are honored.

     I can't imagine Oprah reading the Cross series, but in the 1990s she read a passage from Another Chance To Get It Right during an interview she was conducting with Vachss, and the book hasn't been out of print since then. She was, as were so many others, enthralled with this collection of original stories, poetry and allegory, combined with the gorgeous black & white art by Geof Darrow and others, all of it celebrating the potential of parenting.
     The rights and protection of children is a theme than runs through most of Vachss's books, but this is as clear a mission statement as you're going to get from the author, filled with beauty and despair, sadness and hope. It should be required reading for every new parent. It should be required reading for anyone who cares about kids and cares for kids. Andrew deserves our thanks for writing this book.
     This twenty-fifth anniversary edition features a new cover by Darrow and other new material but but the core thrust remains the same as when it was first published.
     Highly recommended.

Source: Fantasy&ScienceFiction (forthcoming: March/April issue)
Books To Look For: Charles de Lint (pp. 70-71)


Julian Mayfield and Independent Ghana
Center for Research on Globalization
FBI files reveal the agency's attempt to link Mayfield with the Communist Party of Puerto Rico (PCP) and the Movimiento Pro Indepdencia de Puerto Rico.


Coast Guard Plays War Games with FBI, LAPD, LASD, LAFD, LBPD ...
Santa monica Observed-
The Coast Guard, along with members of the FBI, LA Port Police, LA Police Department, LA Sheriff's Department, LA Fire Department, Long Beach Police ...


FBI director speaks at ribbon-cutting for new local headquarters in Chelsea

FBI Director James B. Comey spoke at a ribbon-cutting for the agency’s new facility in Chelsea — its first in a stand-alone building for the Boston region’s headquarters.

  MARCH 08, 2017
FBI Director James Comey met with area law enforcement officials Tuesday, promising to strengthen partnerships between federal, state, and local authorities.

Comey met with about 40 law enforcement heads from Everett to New Hampshire over lunch before taking part in a ribbon-cutting to announce the opening of a new headquarters in Chelsea for the FBI’s Boston field office, which covers Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island.

It is the first time the FBI’s Boston office has been in a stand-alone building, and the first time it has been outside of Boston.

Comey did not take


Wilkileaks Vault 7 dump
reignites conspiracy theories surrounding death of Michael Hastings
MARCH 8, 20173:15PM

WikiLeaks releases thousands of CIA "hacking" documents

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DID the CIA assassinate journalist Michael Hastings?
WikiLeaks’ release on Tuesday of a massive trove of secret CIA documents has reignited conspiracy theories which have swirled since 2013, with revelations the spy agency was attempting to remotely hack vehicles.
“As of October 2014 the CIA was also looking at infecting the vehicle control systems used by modern cars and trucks,” WikiLeaks writes. “The purpose of such control is not specified, but it would permit the CIA to engage in nearly undetectable assassinations.”
Hastings, an acclaimed war correspondent and vocal critic of government mass surveillance, died in the early hours of Tuesday, June 18, 2013, when his Mercedes C250 Coupe apparently lost control and burst into flames before slamming into a palm tree.
Witnesses to the accident, which occurred around 4:25am in the leafy Hancock Park neighbourhood of Los Angeles, said the car appeared to be travelling at top sp


The Mercury News
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Los Angeles Times-
The detective reported the case to the FBI and a special agent told her the bureau would subpoena Facebook for information on the “Pater Noster” account, 


Snowden: CIA Files Show "Recklesness Beyond Words"
His conclusion, one which many of the so-called conspiratorial bent would say was well-known long ago: "Evidence mounts showing CIA & FBI knew ab

Hegemonic Control of the Law is Challenged
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... the image that would be remembered when the BPP was criminalized and said to be the greatest threat to internal security by F.B.I Director J. Edgar Hoover.


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In Defense of Our Earth — A People’s Climate March

I think it can be fairly said that we are a people who believe in a better future. That the ideals of America are founded on building prosperity and expanding prospects — not only for ourselves, but for our fellows and for those generations that are to follow.

Americans have often been described as a ‘can-do’ kind of people. A people who will undertake any challenge to advance or protect our nation and to graciously extend her kind virtues to the huddled masses of a troubled world. Be it the freeing of slaves, the emancipation of women, the facing down of tyrannical dictators, the liberation of scientific inquiry, or the exploration of our Earth and the vast realm of space we have doggedly decided to march forward and on.

But today we are confronted by a new trouble. A trouble that was, in many ways, an unintended consequence of past progress. For as we industrialized, as a nation and as a global society, we also burned ancient carbon deposits long buried beneath the Earth. And so we expelled a great cloud of the most dangerous of gasses into the Earth’s atmosphere.

We didn’t know it so well at the time. But the carbon dioxide spewing from William Blake’s dark Satanic Mills was the same gas that in excess produced the worst and most horrific global die-offs in the great and deep, deep history of our Earth. Times of great mass extinction due to rising global heat that bear the infamous names — Permian, Triassic, Paleocene, Devonian and Ordovician. Blake, living today, would be terrified how right he was to call those mills Satanic. To learn what our scientists now have told us. But even then, he surely had an inkling. For the Bible itself warns — those who destroy the Earth shall be destroyed. And in 1808 the wanton destruction of the Earth and its airs by the pollution caused by fossil fuel burning was visibly evident if not so scientifically proven and explored as it is today.

Today, if we continue to burn fossil fuels as we have for the past 200 years or so, the world will again surely experience another such extinction. We already see the outliers of this crisis now — in the growing number of people bereft of land and home and livelihood as seas rose, or crops were destroyed by worsening storms and droughts, or lands and animals were lost to wildfires, or as reefs and fisheries were killed off by the warming, acidifying waters of our oceans. But what will come over the years and decades and centuries if we do not turn back from this horrid burning of fossil fuels and the dumping of their carbon into the atmosphere will be far, far worse.


What kind of world is this to make for our fellow human beings? What kind of future to leave for the generations that follow? Surely not the better one that we all work and hope for. Surely not one that honors the can-do, make the world a better place spirit of America.

But despite our worsening prospects and the dark and heavy clouds that now hang over the global climate, we have a window of opportunity in which to act. Our tools to confront climate change in the form of renewable energy systems like wind and solar and electrified transportation are growing more capable. And further innovation and change in our actions as people and nations can yet enable us to draw down the awful pall of heat trapping gasses that now hangs above us. These are things we can and must do if we are a moral people with any kind of vision, foresight and compassion.

This is our moment. The moment when we decide to make the choice to act and to save so many of the very precious things we all hold dear or to turn away from action and condemn each and every person and being now living or that will live to an age of terror and darkness the likes of which Earth has not seen in all of half a billion years.

So I’m asking you for your help. I’m asking you to make the choice to act. To join the People in their march for climate justice tomorrow. To support all the voices that are now speaking out. To lift your own voice to our growing chorus.

For the love of life and of all good things — we simply must act now.








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George Webb deserves your time and attention

April 29, 2017 Uncategorized Baxter Dmitry, double-garroting, George Webb, Hillary watch, Macron, Major Major, MS-13, Nikki Haley, North Korea, Obama’s pay day, Operation Condor, Presidential language, Putin, square clouds







A look at President Trump and Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte’s similarities ahead of their possible meeting 















History Dept.

Will Trump release the missing JFK files?

Unless the president intervenes, we’ll soon know more secrets about the Kennedy assassination.


4/30/17, 4:01 AM CET

Updated 4/30/17, 4:26 PM CET


The nation’s conspiracy-theorist-in-chief is facing a momentous decision. Will President Donald Trump allow the public to see a trove of thousands of long-secret government files about the event that, more than any other in modern American history, has fueled conspiracy theories — the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy?

The answer must come within months. And, according to a new timeline offered by the National Archives, it could come within weeks.

Under the deadline set by a 1992 law, Trump has six months left to decide whether he will block the release of an estimated 3,600 files related to the assassination that are still under seal at the Archives. From what is known of the JFK documents, most come from the CIA and FBI, and a number may help resolve lingering questions about whether those agencies missed evidence of a conspiracy in Kennedy’s death. As with every http://boydownthelane.com/2017/04/26/something-wrong-something-right/earlier release of JFK assassination documents in the 53 years since shots rang out in Dealey Plaza in Dallas, it is virtually certain that some of the files will be seized on to support popular conspiracy theories about Kennedy’s murder; other documents are likely to undermine them.

There is no little irony in the fact that decision will be left to Trump, long a promoter of so many baseless conspiracy theories about everything from his predecessor’s birthplace to the notion that the father of one of his campaign-trail rivals was in league with JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald.

For the first time, the Trump White House is acknowledging that it is focused on the issue, even if it offers no hint about what the President will do. A White House official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Politico last week that the Trump administration “is familiar with the requirements” of the 1992 law and that White House is working with the National Archives “to enable a smooth process in anticipation of the October deadline.”

There is no little irony in the fact that the decision will be left to Trump, long a promoter of so many baseless conspiracy theories about everything.

Under the 1992 JFK Assassination Records Collection Act, the library of documents about Kennedy’s death must be made public in full by the deadline of this October 26, the law’s 25th anniversary, unless Trump decides otherwise. It is his decision alone.

The prospect of the release of the last of the government’s long-secret JFK assassination files has long tantalized historians and other scholars, to say nothing of the nation’s armies of conspiracy theorists, since no one can claim to know exactly what is in there.

Martha W. Murphy, the Archives official who oversees the records, said in an interview last month that a team of researchers with high-level security clearances is at work to prepare the JFK files for release and hopes to begin unsealing them in batches much earlier than October — possibly as early as summer.

Beyond releasing the 3,600 never-before-seen JFK files, the Archives is reviewing another 35,000 assassination-related documents, previously released in part, so they can be unsealed in full. Short of an order from the president, Murphy said, the Archives is committed to making everything public this year: “There’s very little decision-making for us.”

Many of the documents are known to come from the files of CIA officials who monitored a mysterious trip that Oswald paid to Mexico City several weeks before the assassination – a trip that brought Kennedy’s future killer under intense surveillance by the spy agency as he paid visits to both the Soviet and Cuban embassies there. The CIA said it monitored all visitors to the embassies and opened surveillance of Oswald as soon as he was detected inside the Soviet compound for the first time.

Other documents are known to identify, by name, American and foreign spies and law-enforcement sources who had previously been granted anonymity for information about Oswald and the assassination. At least 400 pages of the files involve E. Howard Hunt, the former CIA operative turned Watergate conspirator who claimed on his deathbed that he had advance knowledge of Kennedy’s murder.

The documents were gathered together by a temporary federal agency, the Assassination Records Review Board, that was established under the 1992 law. In an interview last month, its former chairman, Judge John R. Tunheim of the Federal District Court in Minnesota, said he “wouldn’t be surprised if there’s something important” in the documents, especially given how much of the history of the Kennedy assassination has had to be rewritten in recent decades.

He said he knew of “no bombshells” in the files when the board agreed to keep them secret two decades ago, but names, places and events described in the documents could have significance now, given what has been learned about the assassination since the board went out of business. “Today, with a broader understanding of history, certain things may be far more relevant,” he said.

Murphy, the Archives official, said she, too, knew of no shocking information in the documents – but she said her researchers were not in a position to judge their significance. “As you can imagine, we’re not reading them for that, so we’re probably not the best people to tell you,” she said. “I will say this: This collection is really interesting as a snapshot of the Cold War.”

The Review Board, created by Congress to show transparency in response to the public furor created by Oliver Stone’s conspiracy-minded 1991 film “JFK,” did force the release of a massive library of other long-secret documents from the CIA, FBI, Secret Service and other federal agencies, as well as from congressional investigations of the assassination.



Many showed how much evidence was withheld from the Warren Commission, the independent panel led by Chief Justice Earl Warren that investigated the assassination and concluded in 1964 that there was no evidence of a conspiracy in Kennedy’s death.

The documents showed that both the CIA and FBI had much more extensive information about Oswald — and the danger he posed to JFK — before the assassination than the agencies admitted to Warren’s investigation. The evidence appeared to have been withheld from the commission out of fear that it would expose how the CIA and FBI had bungled the opportunity to stop Oswald.

The documents showed that both the CIA and FBI had much more extensive information about Oswald — and the danger he posed to JFK — before the assassination than the agencies admitted to Warren’s investigation.

Under the 1992 law, agencies may make a final appeal to try to stop the unsealing of specific documents on national security grounds. But the law grants only one person the power to actually block the release: the president. The law allows Trump to keep a document secret beyond the 25-year deadline if he certifies to the National Archives that secrecy was “made necessary by an identifiable harm to military defense, intelligence operations, law enforcement or conduct of foreign relations” and that “the identifiable harm is of such gravity that it outweighs the public interest in disclosure.”

Both the CIA and FBI acknowledged in written statements last month that they are reviewing the documents scheduled for release; neither agency would say if it planned to appeal to the White House to block the unsealing of any of the records. “CIA continues to review the remaining CIA documents in the collection to determine the appropriate next steps with respect to any previously-unreleased CIA information,” said agency spokesperson Heather Fritz Horniak. The FBI said it had a team of 21 researchers assigned to the document review.

According to a skeletal index of the documents prepared by the Archives, some of the files appear to involve, at least indirectly, a set of conspiracy theories that Trump himself promoted during the 2016 campaign – about possible ties between Cuban exile groups in the United States and Oswald.

On the campaign trail, Trump repeatedly promoted an article published last April in the National Enquirer that suggested a connection between Oswald and the Cuban-born father of Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, one of Trump’s rivals for the Republican nomination. The article was based entirely on a 1963 photograph that showed Oswald, a self-proclaimed Marxist and champion of Fidel Castro’s Communist revolution in Cuba, handing out pro-Castro leaflets in New Orleans with a man who, the tabloid suggested, was Cruz’s father, Rafael.


The Cruz family denied that the senator’s family was the man depicted in the photo and that Rafael Cruz had any connection to Oswald; there is no other evidence of any connection.
The National Archives index shows that the documents to be released this year include a 86-page file on a prominent CIA-backed anti-Castro exile group that Oswald appears to have tried to infiltrate in New Orleans, his hometown, in order to gather information that might be of use to the Castro government.

Judge Tunheim said that Oswald’s trip to Mexico City in September and October 1963 figures directly or indirectly in many of the documents that remain under seal, including the internal files of CIA operatives who worked at the American embassy there.

Historians agree that the trip, which Oswald apparently undertook in hopes of obtaining a visa to defect to Castro’s Cuba, much as he had once tried to defect to the Soviet Union, has never been fully investigated.

“I still think there are loose threads in Mexico City that no one has ever explored,” Tunheim said. “It was a bizarre chapter – there’s no question about it.” Previously declassified CIA and FBI documents suggest that Oswald openly boasted to Cuban officials there about his intention to kill Kennedy and that he had a brief affair with a Mexican woman who worked in Cuba’s consulate. The American ambassador to Mexico at the time of the assassination said later that he believed the woman had probably been working for the CIA.

Tunheim said the Review Board agreed to keep the Mexico-related documents secret in the 1990s at the request of the State Department, the CIA and other agencies that warned that their release could do damage



something wrong something right

2017/04/26 Uncategorized ‘flying a flag’, Chaukeedar, concentration of forces, Deep Work, joy, TED talks

something wrong something right

“… The idea that we informed people, who can see behind the curtain of the power elite, as well as all peace-loving people who feel intuitively that there simply is something wrong in the world, can recognize each other, talk, exchange ideas and encourage each other, seems very uplifting and joyful. To me it is thus not simply a matter of “flying a flag”, but to be able to better interconnect also in real life….

I launch something.

Neighbor Gabriel has put me the idea.


The white flag is swung in wars, and who waves the white flag, sais: I have laid down my arms. I want peace and I am ready for a dialogue.

The vision:

All the world is full of white flags.

The idea:

I was at a Monday meeting at the Brandenburg Gate [note by Chaukeedaar: In Berlin and 50 other german cities there were public meetings for peace every monday night for the last couple of weeks, mainly initiated by people from the truth movement and alternative media, see one of the great speeches of Ken Jebsen]. It was full of people there who want to change things. The people stood there and waited for things to come. When Ken Jebsen put his concise words, they clapped enthusiastically.

That’s good, that’s okay. And it is not enough .

The same people go home and feel alone with their concerns…..

Imagine. In Munich, cars are driving with white flags. In Washington, white cloths are hanging in the windows. When shopping you will see a fellow-man with a white bracelet.

Everywhere is white. White contains it all. It needs no explanation. I know: This guy flags. She shows white. I can talk to him about anything even remotely related to the world situation, to politics, to monetary problems, to corruption.

And, more importantly, I can talk to him about everything that has to do with a joyful, healthy, creative life.

Please imagine that vividly. Through the means of a simple symbol a massive concentration of forces can be achieved.

Pass on this idea with your own inner fire.

I will poke other bloggers with it…..”













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Posted on April 28, 2017 by Daniel Hopsicker

Russian Peter Levashov would have fared better if his wife was a gangster’s moll, who knew when to keep her mouth shut. Instead, she’s a socialite in St. Petersburg, Russia, who told journalists her hacker hubby was busted for “creating a virus linked to Trump winning the election.”

Almost immediately The New York Times began walking the story back.


The Big Fix after The Big Hack?

When Russian Spam Lord Peter Levashov ankled off to jail in Barcelona two weeks ago, his wife was left alone—not home alone in St. Petersburg, where she and her husband live, but in a strange country, Spain. Approached by a Russian-speaking reporter, she perhaps understandably talked freely, volubly, and emotionally.

One day later, The New York Times did everything but accuse her of lying. As they say in scripts for bad TV comedy TV pilots, “Hilarity ensued.”The immediate ntroversy was over whether Levashov was peddling dick pills, get-rich-quick schemes, counterfeit drugs, work-at-home scams and pump-and-dump penny stock scams.. .  or was he instead using his powerful algorithmic bots to hack the U.S. election? Could he have been doing both at the same time? Opinion varied.

What doesn’t vary: the names of Levashov’s American partners. These so-far-unidentified names  — when made public, as they undoubtedly soon will be— will prove useful to puzzling out the big question about the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion in the Russian hacking of the 2016 Presidential election.

Sifting the real from the fake news in coverage of Levashov’s arrest in Spain, was the immediate priority. Capturing elite Russian hacker Peter Levashov is a milestone in the quest to bust open the current public embarrassment, which appears —in one man’s opinion—capable of becoming the biggest American scandal since Watergate.

In the Russian election probe  the question is whether—given the intrigue swirling around Levashov’s arrest — the fix may already be in.


Likes:  Bob Marley, Melancholia, & Catcher in the Rye


Peter’s wife, Maria Levashova, is a socialite in St. Petersburg, where she and her husband live, one of the beautiful people, a sought-after high-end wedding planner.

She’s on Facebook, where she likes Bob Marley, the movie Melancholia, and the classic JD Salinger book “Catcher in the Rye.”

Hardly adequate preparation for a 3 a.m. raid by a dozen grim Spanish policemen wearing funny hats. When Russian Today found her and interviewed her, they headlined it  “Wife of Russian programmer ‘suspected of cyber attacks on US’ shares details about his arrest.”

“The wife of detained Russian programmer Pyotr Levashov spoke to Russia Today (the official Russian TV channel) of her anguish at the prospect of never seei








Thursday, April 27, 2017

French intelligence service piles on with more anti-Assad nonsense--here's why it is BS

According to the LA Times and echoed by many other outlets, 

"France’s foreign ministry says deadly sarin gas used in a chemical attack in Syria this month that killed 87 people “bears the signature” of President Bashar Assad’s government.

A six-page report by French intelligence services claims the nerve agent came from hidden stockpiles of chemical weapons that Damascus was supposed to have destroyed under an U.S.- and Russian-brokered deal in 2013."

Here is what you should be aware of as you sift this latest news:

1.  Assad gave up 1300 tons (2,600,000 pounds) of his chemical weapons in 2013-14.  They were moved out of Syria, loaded on ships, and destroyed by portable shipboard factories far offshore.  The process lent itself to skullduggery.  

And Damascus was not given the option of destroying its own weapons, nor was it even considered safe to do so in a war zone.  They had to be handed over to the West.

How many countries and people had access to Syria's sarin and mustard gas during that process?  Was any sarin withheld from destruction?  (We should more realistically ask, how much was withheld and who got it?)  Who might subsequently have been given some of that material?

2.  Since chemical and biological weapons may leave a chemical or genetic signature, and since a major advantage of such weapons is the difficulty of identifying a perpetrator, the smart players do their best to create chem/bio weapons that leave the signature of someone else. 

3.  If you know the chemical signature of a chemical or biological weapon, even if you cannot obtain someone else's material, you may be able to reverse engineer a specific signature and impute an attack to your enemy.

4.  Seymour Hersh and others have noted that weapons from Gaddafi's stockpile were sent from Libya through Turkey to Syria to be given to anti-Assad rebel forces, in a complicated maneuver engineered by the CIA.  Sarin was alleged to have been found by police, who arrested al-Nusra rebels in Turkey with 2 kg. of sarin.  Using Gaddifi's arms gave the CIA plausible deniability of involvement.

It should not be lost on the reader that anyone giving sarin to Syrian 'rebels' would expect its use to be attributed to Assad.

5.  The UN report on chemical weapons in 2013 did not blame Syria, and the UN's Carla del Ponte described evidence favoring the rebels as the perpetrators.

6.  Since no Syrian sarin attacks have ever been demonstrated conclusively to be due to Assad or to anyone else (rumors and claims abound, but definite proof has been elusive), France's claim that the recent sarin is from Assad because it matched sarin from an earlier attack is utter nonsense, since we don't know the source of the earlier sarin signature.

7.  The French intelligence service authored this report.  And the US intelligence services authored the 2003 report of Iraq's WMD, and claimed the 2013 sarin attacks were due to Assad (without proof, read the report here).  US and UK intelligence services had something to do with the Trump "golden showers" dossier of trash.

These intelligence services were all carrying out their missions, which sadly have become propaganda, not intelligence. 

8.  There was no motive for Assad to use chemical weapons in 2013, and no motive today.  Instead, strategically, he had much to lose.  

Read what a former State Department insider had to say about the unlikelihood Assad used chemical weapons in 2013, in an article in the Atlantic.

9.   When you consider the background to the claims about Syria's chemical weapons, the series of stories blaming Assad for attacking his people with sarin this month make less and less sense.  Instead, it seems we are reliving Judith Miller's series of NY Times stories that provided the drumbeat to war in Iraq, in 2002-3. We should not be fooled again. 

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April 27, 2017 | Dan Wise and Russ Baker

Government Must Tell if Trump Associate Had Russian Mob Ties


Several weeks ago, WhoWhatWhy published an investigative story on Donald Trump, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Russian mob. It addressed challenges the FBI faces in fully investigating and reporting to the public what it knows about Trump’s past and his relationships.

One of the figures in that story — and in a followup piece — is a former Trump business associate named Felix Sater. Our article pointed out that Sater, a man with a criminal past, had become a “cooperating witness” for the FBI and had been so while he worked in Trump Tower. He had been high




New 'snitch' allegations rock federal biker case

Detroit Free Press-

And when the FBI raided the Highwaymen's Michigan Avenue clubhouse in southwest Detroit in 2007, they discovered a photograph of one of their two ...

When the U.S. Attorney's Office indicted 91 alleged members and associates of Detroit's Highwaymen Motorcycle Club on allegations of racketeering, drug trafficking, theft and murder for hire, a central thread in the case was gang leader Aref (Steve) Nagi's attempts to root out suspected snitches.

Nagi's preoccupation with informants inside the storied and homegrown motorcycle gang — whose violent history is credited with keeping the Hells Angels out of Detroit — was evident in his rambling, late-night phone conversations, which were secretly recorded by the FBI and introduced as evidence at the 2010 trial in federal court in Detroit.

And when the FBI raided the Highwaymen's Michigan Avenue clubhouse in southwest Detroit in 2007, they discovered a photograph of one of their two confidential informants —with  the word "rat" scrawled in black marker across his face.

The case sent more than 30 Highwaymen to prison —- many, including Nagi, for lengthy sentences.

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But some of those convictions are now being challenged because of new revelations that Nagi himself — a former Highwaymen vice president and the lead defendant — had worked as a confidential informant for federal and local police agencies.

Convicted Highwayman Gary (Junior) Ball Jr., who from his federal prison cell used Michigan's Freedom of Information Act to uncover Nagi's hidden past, says Nagi and his Detroit attorney



Wisconsin, U.S. used flawed hair evidence to convict innocent people

FBI admits errors in 90 percent of cases

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FBI: 2016 Director's Community Leadership Awards

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FBI Director James Comey formally recognized 58 individuals and organizations from around the country Friday for their efforts to build stronger, safer, and more ...







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I attended two meetings this week that highlight the dark side of technology. The first was the monthly FBI InfraGard meeting of the New Hampshire Chapter and ...







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The FBI's Future Agents in Training (FAIT) 2017 program is not only giving area high school students an in-depth look into the FBI, but is also setting them on the ...









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Since the first Nassar accuser went public last September, however, evidence has emerged suggesting Michigan State officials missed far more potential warning signs than officials at USA Gymnastics did. Michigan State employed Nassar and funded his volunteer work for USA Gymnastics, and the majority of his alleged victims encountered him in connection with his work for the school. In lawsuits, victims have alleged making verbal complaints about Nassar to Michigan State officials as far back as the late 1990s. In 2014, both Michigan State police and the university’s Title IX office cleared Nassar of wrongdoing after an assault complaint. 







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Policing Sexuality: The Mann Act and the Making of the FBI
By Jessica R. Pliley


Glenn Greenwald
February 24 2014, 6:25 p.m.
One of the many pressing stories that remains to be told from the Snowden archive is how western intelligence agencies are attempting to manipulate and control online discourse with extreme tactics of deception and reputation-destruction. It’s time to tell a chunk of that story, complete with the relevant documents.

Over the last several weeks, I worked with NBC News to publish a series of articles about “dirty trick” tactics used by GCHQ’s previously secret unit, JTRIG (Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group). These were based on four classified GCHQ documents presented to the NSA and the other three partners in the English-speaking “Five Eyes” alliance. Today, we at the Intercept are publishing another new JTRIG document, in full, entitled “The Art of Deception: Training for Online Covert Operations.”

By publishing these stories one by one, our NBC reporting highlighted some of the key, discrete revelations: the monitoring of YouTube and Blogger, the targeting of Anonymous with the very same DDoS attacks they accuse “hacktivists” of using, the use of “honey traps” (luring people into compromising situations using sex) and destructive viruses. But, here, I want to focus and elaborate on the overarching point revealed by all of these documents: namely, that these agencies are attempting to control, infiltrate, manipulate, and warp online discourse, and in doing so, are compromising the integrity of the internet itself.

Among the core self-identified purposes of JTRIG are two tactics: (1) to inject all sorts of false material onto the internet in order to destroy the reputation of its targets; and (2) to use social sciences and other techniques to manipulate online discourse and activism to generate outcomes it considers desirable. To see how extremist these programs are, just consider the tactics they boast of using to achieve those ends: “false flag operations” (posting material to the internet and falsely attributing it to someone else), fake victim blog posts (pretending to be a victim of the individual whose reputation they want to destroy), and posting “negative information” on various forums. Here is one illustrative list of tactics from the latest GCHQ document we’re publishing today:

Other tactics aimed at individuals are listed here, under the revealing title “discredit a target”:

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Trevor Noah calls out racist police force in America, says he’s been stopped by cops ‘8-10 times’

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 12:28 PM

“I’ve been stopped a s--t ton of times, I’ve been stopped in rental cars, I’ve been stopped in my car ... I’ve been stopped in a Tesla,” the 33-year-old explained, referencing Castile's shocking 49 roadside encounters with police.

“Whenever I get pulled over, the first thing I do is throw my arms out the window. It looks so stupid when you see me,” he said. “I’d rather have the cop go, ‘You are weird.’


Jimmy Kimmel lets valedictorian finish the graduation speech that got cut off when he criticized the school

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 1:13 PM


Unlocking the Files of the FBI: A Guide to Its Records and Classification System
By Gerald K. Haines, David A. Langbart


FBI Fired Sebastian Gorka for Anti-Muslim Diatribes

Trump confidant Sebastian Gorka was taking money from the FBI—and declaring that the fight against Islamic radicals was “a holy war on our side,” too.

06.21.17 8:00 PM ET

The inflammatory pundit Sebastian Gorka worked for the FBI while he was a paid consultant to Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, lecturing bureau employees on counterterrorism issues.
Until the FBI terminated Gorka for his over-the-top Islamophobic rhetoric.
The Daily Beast has learned that the Federal Bureau of Investigation ended its contract with Gorka just months before he joined the White House as a senior adviser to President Trump.

Law enforcement officials attending an August 2016 lecture from Gorka, whose academic credentials and affiliation with a pro-Nazi group have recently come under fire, were disturbed to hear a diatribe against Muslims passed off as instruction on the


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

While we were all shocked, shocked to discover that the FBI secretly subpoenaed phone records from the Associated Press as part of a leak investigation, it's only the latest in a history of such collisions between the First Amendment and the Bureau's information collection techniques.

The FBI's spying on journalists is a generational problem going back at least to the 1940s -- every generation has its tale. I hate to be the guy who brings up COINTELPRO, but, well, I just did. The scope of the meddling with journalism in that case went beyond simple spying.

The much-vaunted reforms of the post-Watergate era didn't eliminate the tension between the FBI and journalism so much as it bureaucratized it. The FBI created a sensitive informant program that was applied during the 1980s and 1990s to sources within newspapers, television stations, and even extended past that to informants working in the offices of judges and congressmen. That program is currently the subject of a FOIA lawsuit by Jesse Trentadue that journalists interested in this issue would do well to follow. As exhibits in that case, Trentadue has submitted a number of FBI documents related to the program and highly redacted manuals describing its use, which should make for interesting reading.

The FBI's subpoena of Associated Press phone records was sweeping and shocking, but not unprecedented. The bureau, and presumably other U.S. intelligence-gathering agencies, are constantly redefining what's fair game in the world of journalism to fit the public relations demands of a new generation, but this tension has existed for decades without clear resolution. Perhaps it's time to stop treating this issue as if it was born anew every 10 years, but to tackle it with a longer view as a persistent problem, with an eye toward what has worked and what hasn't over the course of generations.

Buy J.M. Berger's book, Jihad Joe: Americans Who Go to War in the Name of Islam

Who Matters Online: Measuring Influence, Evaluating Content and Countering Violent Extremism in Online Social Networks
The SPLC's Hate List: Is America really being overrun by right-wing militants?
#Unfollow: The case for kicking terrorists off Twitter

Views expressed on INTELWIRE are those of the author alone.

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Police and military death squads killed 36 in El Salvador

Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 5:29 PM
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Federal prosecutors in El Salvador say four National Civil Police officers and 15 soldiers participated in death squads that killed 36 people.

Prosecutor Walter Ruiz said Wednesday that arrest warrants were issued for the government agents and nearly three dozen civilians who allegedly participated in the killings. The suspects also allegedly robbed banks.

The killings occurred between 2014 and 2016. Some victims were alleged gang members while other killings appeared to be contract hits.


Law & Order: Donald Trump—talk to my lawyer’s lawyer’s lawyer
Read Scott Feschuk’s spec script for a new Trump-inspired Law & Order – emphasis on law
Scott Feschuk
June 21, 2017


KING: We are losing the battle against police brutality in America

Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 2:05 PM


Chris Christie on his record-low approval ratings: 'I don't care'

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 10:12 AM


Black Man claims he was beaten, stunned with Taser by Connecticut police for flashing middle finger

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 9:18 PM


Statement Before the House Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
Washington, D.C.
June 21, 2017

FBI Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2018
Good morning Chairman Culberson, Ranking Member Serrano, and members of the subcommittee.

Thank you for allowing me to appear before you today and for your continued support of the FBI during this time of transition. The FBI especially thanks this committee for its support of the men and women of the FBI in the fiscal year (FY) 2017 appropriation. As the committee is aware, FBI personnel are the lifeforce of the organization—they work tirelessly to combat some of the most complex and serious national security threats and crime problems challenging the nation’s intelligence and law enforcement communities. Today, I appear before you on behalf of these men and women who step up to these threats and challenges every day. I am extremely proud of their service and commitment to the FBI’s mission and to ensuring the safety and security of communities throughout our nation. On their behalf, I would like to express my appreciation for the support you have given them in the past, ask for your continued support in the future, and pledge to be the best possible stewards of the resources you provide.

I would like to begin by providing a brief overview of the FBI’s FY 2018 budget request, and then follow with a short discussion of key threats and challenges that we face, both as a nation and as an organization.

FY 2018 Budget Request Overview

The FY 2018 budget request proposes a total of $8.77 billion in direct budget authority to carry out the FBI’s national security, criminal law enforcement, and criminal justice services missions. The request includes a total of $8.7 billion for salaries and expenses, which will support 33,533 positions (12,484 special agents, 2,950 intelligence analysts, and 18,099 professional staff), and $51.9 million for construction.

Eight program enhancements totaling $117.6 million are proposed to meet critical requirements and close gaps in operational capabilities, including $41.5 million to enhance cyber investigative capabilities, $19.7 million to mitigate threats from foreign intelligence services and insiders, $21.6 million for operational technology investments related to the “Going Dark” initiative and other investigative technology, $6.8 million to combat transnational organized crime, $3.5 million to support the FBI’s participation in the recently stood-up task force on violent crime and gun-related crime reduction and implementation of the recommendations that will flow from the task force, $8.2 million for physical surveillance capabilities, $8.9 million to improve the timeliness and accuracy of National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) services and enhance the ability to recruit and retain the specialized NICS examiner workforce, and $7.4 million for operation and maintenance costs of the new Biometrics Technology Center.

The FY 2018 request also proposes cancellations, offsets, and reductions totaling $211.5 million, including $195 million from Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) surcharge fee fund balances and a permanent program reduction of $16.5 million from the Secure Work Environment (SWE) Program, which, if necessary, can draw upon account balances to provide additional SWE space.

The FY 2018 request represents a decrease of $44.6 million for the salaries and expenses portion of the FBI budget and over 1,600 fewer positions, which is in line with a Department-wide recalibration of personnel levels. The FY 2018 request represents an 83 percent, or $368 million, decrease from the FBI’s construction account reflecting the non-recur of one-time construction project funding.

Key Threats and Challenges

This committee has been imperative in providing critical resources for the FBI to become what it is today—a threat-focused, intelligence-driven organization. Our nation continues to face a multitude of serious and evolving threats ranging from homegrown violent extremists to hostile foreign intelligence services and operatives; from sophisticated cyber-based attacks to Internet-facilitated sexual exploitation of children; from violent gangs and criminal organizations to public corruption and corporate fraud. Keeping pace with these threats is a significant challenge for the FBI. As an organization, we must be able to stay current with constantly changing and new technologies that make our jobs both easier and harder. Our adversaries—terrorists, foreign intelligence services, and criminals—take advantage of modern technology, including the Internet and social media, to facilitate illegal activities, recruit followers, encourage terrorist attacks and other illicit actions, and to disperse information on building improvised explosive devices and other means to attack the U.S. The breadth of these threats and challenges are as complex as any time in our history. And the consequences of not responding to and countering threats and challenges have never been greater.

The support of this committee in helping the FBI to do its part in facing and thwarting these threats and challenges is greatly appreciated. That support is allowing us to establish strong capabilities and capacities for assessing threats, sharing intelligence, leveraging key technologies, and—in some respects, most importantly—hiring some of the best to serve as special agents, intelligence analysts, and professional staff. We have built and are continuously enhancing a workforce that possesses the skills and knowledge to deal with the complex threats and challenges we face today—and tomorrow. We are building a leadership cadre that views change and transformation as a positive tool for keeping the FBI focused on the key threats facing our nation.

Today’s FBI is a national security and law enforcement organization that uses, collects, and shares intelligence in everything we do. Each FBI employee understands that to defeat the key threats facing our nation, we must constantly strive to be more efficient and more effective. Just as our adversaries continue to evolve, so, too, must the FBI. We live in a time of acute and persistent terrorist and criminal threats to our national security, our economy, and our communities. These diverse threats underscore the complexity and breadth of the FBI’s mission: to protect the American people and uphold the Constitution of the United States.

National Security


Preventing terrorist attacks remains the FBI’s top priority. The terrorist threat against the United States remains persistent and acute.

From a threat perspective, we are concerned with three areas in particular: (1) those who are inspired by terrorist propaganda and feel empowered to act out in support; (2) those who are enabled to act after gaining inspiration from extremist propaganda and communicating with members of foreign terrorist organizations who provide guidance on operational planning or targets; and (3) those who are directed by members of foreign terrorist organizations to commit specific, directed acts in support of the group’s ideology or cause. Prospective terrorists can fall into any of the above categories or span the spectrum, but in the end the result is the same—innocent men, women, and children killed and families, friends, and whole communities left to struggle in the aftermath

In this endeavor, our main focus is the so-called Islamic State—the group we refer to as ISIS. ISIS has proven relentless in its campaign of violence and has aggressively promoted its hateful message, attracting like-minded extremists, to include Westerners. Though many foreign terrorist organizations use various digital communication platforms to reach individuals they believe may be susceptible and sympathetic to extremist messages, no group has been as successful at drawing people into its perverse ideology as ISIS. ISIS’ extensive reach through the Internet and social media is most concerning as the group continues to aggressively employ the latest technology as part of its nefarious strategy. ISIS’ messaging effectively blends both officially endorsed and informal propaganda to recruit followers via numerous digital communication platforms. Due to many technological advances, the message of radicalization spreads faster than we imagined just a few years ago. Like never before, social media allows foreign terrorists to reach into our local communities—for the purpose of targeting our citizens to radicalize and recruit them.

As the threat to harm the United States and U.S. interests evolves, we must adapt and confront these challenges, relying heavily on the strength of our federal, state, local, and international partnerships. The FBI is using all lawful investigative techniques and methods to combat these terrorist threats to the United States, including both physical and electronic surveillance. Physical surveillance is a critical and essential tool in detecting, disrupting, and preventing acts of terrorism, as well as gathering intelligence on those who are capable of doing harm to the nation. To this end, the FY 2018 request includes 78 positions and $8.2 million to address the increasing demand for physical surveillance support.

Along with our domestic and foreign partners, we are collecting and analyzing intelligence concerning the ongoing threat posed by foreign terrorist organizations and homegrown violent extremists. We continue to encourage information sharing, which is evidenced through our partnerships with many federal, state, local, and tribal agencies assigned to more than 180 Joint Terrorism Task Forces around the country.

Be assured, the FBI continues to strive to work and share information more efficiently, and to utilize the full suite of lawful methods available to help stay ahead of threats to the homeland.


The nation faces a continuing threat, both traditional and asymmetric, from hostile foreign intelligence agencies. Traditional espionage, often characterized by career foreign intelligence officers acting as diplomats or ordinary citizens, and asymmetric espionage, typically carried out by students, researchers, or businesspeople operating front companies, is prevalent. Foreign intelligence services not only seek our nation’s state and military secrets, but they also target commercial trade secrets, research and development, and intellectual property, as well as insider information from the federal government, U.S. corporations, and American universities. Foreign intelligence services continue to employ more creative and more sophisticated methods to steal innovative technology, critical research and development data, and intellectual property, in an effort to erode America’s economic leading edge. These illicit activities pose a significant threat to national security and continue to be a priority and focus of the FBI.

A particular focus of our counterintelligence efforts are aimed at the growing scope of the insider threat—that is, when trusted employees and contractors use their legitimate access to steal secrets for personal benefit or to benefit another company or country. This threat has been exacerbated in recent years as businesses have become more global and increasingly exposed to foreign intelligence organizations.

To combat this threat, the FBI has undertaken several initiatives. We developed and deployed the Hybrid Threat Center (HTC) to support Department of Commerce Entity List investigations. The HTC is the first of its kind in the FBI; it has been well-received in the U.S. Intelligence Community and the private sector.

Over the past year, we have strengthened collaboration, coordination, and interaction between our Counterintelligence and Cyber Divisions in an effort to more effectively identify, pursue, and defeat hostile intelligence services using cyber means to penetrate or disrupt U.S. government entities or economic interests.

Finally, we have initiated a media campaign to increase awareness of the threat of economic espionage. As part of this initiative, we have made a threat awareness video available on our public website, which has been shown thousands of times to raise awareness and generate referrals from the private sector.

The FY 2018 request includes 93 positions and $19.7 million to combat these foreign intelligence threats.

Cyber Threats

Virtually every national security threat and crime problem the FBI faces is cyber-based or facilitated. We face sophisticated cyber threats from state-sponsored hackers, hackers for hire, organized cyber syndicates, and terrorists. On a daily basis, cyber-based actors seek our state secrets, our trade secrets, our technology, and our ideas—things of incredible value to all of us and of great importance to the conduct of our government business and our national security. They seek to strike our critical infrastructure and to harm our economy.

FBI agents, analysts, and computer scientists are using technical capabilities and traditional investigative techniques—such as sources, court-authorized electronic surveillance, physical surveillance, and forensics—to fight the full range of cyber threats. As we continue to see an increase in the scale and scope of reporting of malicious cyber activity that can be measured by the amount of corporate data stolen or deleted, personally identifiable information compromised, or remediation costs incurred by U.S. victims, the FBI has actively coordinated with our private and public partners to pierce the veil of anonymity surrounding cyber-based crimes.

As the committee is well aware, the frequency and impact of cyber-attacks on our nation’s private sector and government networks have increased dramatically in the past decade and are expected to continue to grow. We need to be able to move from reacting to cyber attacks after the fact to operationally preventing such attacks. That is a significant challenge, but one we embrace.

The FBI is engaged in a myriad of efforts to combat cyber threats, from efforts focused on threat identification and sharing inside and outside of government, to our internal emphasis on developing and retaining new talent and changing the way we operate to evolve with the cyber threat. The FY 2018 budget request includes an enhancement of 36 positions and $41.5 million to support these efforts.

Going Dark

The rapid pace of advances in mobile and other communication technologies continue to present a significant challenge to conducting court-ordered electronic surveillance of criminals and terrorists. There is a real and growing gap between law enforcement’s legal authority to access digital information and its technical ability to do so. The FBI refers to this growing challenge as “Going Dark,” and it affects the spectrum of our work. In the counterterrorism context, for instance, our agents and analysts are increasingly finding that communications and contacts between groups like ISIS and potential recruits occur in encrypted private messaging platforms. Some of our criminal investigators face the challenge of identifying online pedophiles who hide their crimes and identities behind layers of anonymizing technologies, or drug traffickers who use virtual currencies to obscure their transactions. In other investigations, ranging from white-collar crime to gang activity, FBI agents with court-ordered search warrants seize and attempt to search cellular phones, tablets, and other electronic devices, but are unable to access them due to technical barriers.

In just the first half of this fiscal year, the FBI was unable to access the content of more than 3,000 mobile devices submitted for analysis by FBI field agents and our law enforcement partners using appropriate and available technical tools, even though there was legal authority to do so. This figure represents nearly half of all the mobile devices the FBI attempted to access in that timeframe.

Where at all possible, our agents develop investigative workarounds on a case-by-case basis, including by using physical world techniques and examining non-content sources of digital information (such as metadata). As an organization, the FBI also invests in alternative methods of lawful engineered access.

Ultimately, these efforts, while significant, have severe constraints. Non-content information, such as metadata, is often simply not sufficient to meet the rigorous constitutional burden to prove crimes beyond a reasonable doubt. Developing alternative technical methods is typically a time-consuming, expensive, and uncertain process. Even when possible, such methods are difficult to scale across investigations—and jurisdictions—and may be perishable due to a short technical lifecycle or as a consequence of disclosure through legal proceedings.

Some observers have conceived of this challenge as a trade-off between privacy and security. In our view, the demanding requirements to obtain legal authority to access data—such as by applying to a court for a warrant or a wiretap—necessarily already account for both privacy and security. The FBI is actively engaged with relevant stakeholders, including companies providing technological services, to educate them on the corrosive effects of the Going Dark challenge on both public safety and the rule of law. The FY 2018 request includes 80 positions and $21.6 million for these efforts and to improve investigative technology.

Criminal Threats

We face many criminal threats, from complex white-collar fraud in the financial, health care, and housing sectors to transnational and regional organized criminal enterprises to violent crime and public corruption. Criminal organizations—domestic and international—and individual criminal activity represent a significant threat to our security and safety in communities across the nation.

A key tenet of protecting the nation from those who wish to do us harm is the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS. The goal of NICS is to ensure that guns don’t fall into the wrong hands and also ensures the timely transfer of firearms to eligible gun buyers. Mandated by the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993 and launched by the FBI on November 30, 1998, NICS is used by Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) to instantly determine whether a prospective buyer is eligible to buy firearms. NICS receives information from FFLs and checks to ensure that applicants do not have a criminal record or aren't otherwise prohibited and therefore ineligible to purchase a firearm. In the first complete month of operation in 1998, a total of 892,840 firearm background checks were processed; in 2016, approximately 2.3 million checks were processed per month.

In 2016, NICS processed 27.5 million checks—an increase of 19 percent over 2015. While most checks are completed by electronic searches of the NICS database within minutes, a small number of checks require examiners to review records and resolve missing or incomplete information before an application can be approved or rejected. Ensuring the timely processing of these inquiries is important to ensure law abiding citizens can exercise their right to purchase a firearm and to protect communities from prohibited and therefore ineligible individuals attempting to acquire a firearm. The FBI is currently processing a record number of checks, averaging over 2.1 million a month during the first five months of 2017. The FY 2018 request includes 85 positions and $8.9 million to annualize the salaries of examiners and contractors brought on in FY 2017 to process the increase in NICS checks, enhance the responsiveness of the NICS program, and enhance our ability to recruit and retain the specialized NICS examiner workforce.

Violent Crime

Violent crimes and gang activities exact a high toll on individuals and communities. Many of today’s gangs are sophisticated and well organized and use violence to control neighborhoods and boost their illegal money-making activities, which include robbery, drug and gun trafficking, fraud, extortion, and prostitution rings. These gangs do not limit their illegal activities to single jurisdictions or communities. The FBI is able to work across such lines, which is vital to the fight against violent crime in big cities and small towns across the nation. Every day, FBI special agents work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal officers and deputies on joint task forces and individual investigations.

FBI joint task forces—Violent Crime Safe Streets, Violent Gang Safe Streets, and SafeTrails—focus on identifying and targeting major groups operating as criminal enterprises. Much of the FBI criminal intelligence is derived from our state, local, and tribal law enforcement partners, who know their communities inside and out. Joint task forces benefit from FBI surveillance assets, and our sources track these gangs to identify emerging trends. Through these multi-subject and multi-jurisdictional investigations, the FBI concentrates its efforts on high-level groups engaged in patterns of racketeering. This investigative model enables us to target senior gang leadership and to develop enterprise-based prosecutions.

In March of this year, the attorney general issued a memorandum directing federal prosecutors to focus on violent crime offenders. To support this effort, he also established a task force on crime reduction and public safety composed of Department of Justice (the Department) representatives, including all four Department law enforcement agencies. These representatives are being tasked with making recommendations to the attorney general on ways in which the federal government can most effectively combat violent crime. The FY 2018 request includes 33 positions and $3.4 million to support the FBI’s participation and assist with the implementation of recommendations from this task force.

Transnational Organized Crime

More than a decade ago, organized crime was characterized by hierarchical organizations, or families, that exerted influence over criminal activities in neighborhoods, cities, or states. But organized crime has changed dramatically. Today, international criminal enterprises run multi-national, multi-billion-dollar schemes from start to finish. Modern-day criminal enterprises are flat, fluid networks with global reach. While still engaged in many of the “traditional” organized crime activities of loan-sharking, extortion, and murder, modern criminal enterprises are targeting stock market fraud and manipulation, cyber-facilitated bank fraud and embezzlement, identity theft, human trafficking, and other illegal activities. Preventing and combating transnational organized crime demands a concentrated effort by the FBI and federal, state, local, tribal, and international partners.

While the FBI continues to share intelligence about criminal groups with our partners and combines resources and expertise to gain a full understanding of each group, the threat of transnational crime remains a significant and growing threat to national and international security with implications for public safety, public health, democratic institutions, and economic stability across the globe. The FY 2018 budget request includes 65 positions and $6.8 million to work towards disrupting—with the end goal of dismantling—the most culpable and high ranking transnational organized crime syndicates.

Key Cross-Cutting Capabilities and Capacities

I would like to briefly highlight some key cross-cutting capabilities and capacities that are critical to our efforts in each of the threat and crime problems described.

Operational and Information Technology

As criminal and terrorist threats become more diverse and dangerous, the role of technology becomes increasingly important to our efforts. We are using technology to improve the way we collect, analyze, and share information. We have seen significant improvement in capabilities and capacities over the past decade, but keeping pace with technology remains a key concern for the future.

For example, the new Biometrics Technology Center came online recently. This shared facility will enhance collaboration between the FBI’s Biometrics Center of Excellence and the Department of Defense’s (DOD) Biometrics Fusion Center. Together, these centers will advance centralized biometric storage, analysis, and sharing with federal, state, and local law enforcement partners, DOD, and others. The FY 2018 budget request includes $7.4 million to operate and maintain the FBI’s share of this facility.

FBI special agents and intelligence analysts need the best technological tools available to be responsive to the advanced and evolving threats that face our nation. Enterprise information technology must be designed so that it provides information to operational employees rather than forcing employees to conform to the tools available. IT equipment must be reliable and accessible, thus decreasing the time between information collection and dissemination.


In closing, the FBI cannot be content to just work what is directly in front of us. We must also be able to look beyond the horizon and build toward the future so that we are prepared to deal with the threats we will face at home and abroad and understand how those threats may be connected. Toward that end, intelligence is gathered, consistent with our authorities, to help us understand and prioritize identified threats and to determine where there are gaps. We then try to fill those gaps and continue to learn as much as we can about the threats we are addressing and those we may need to address. We do this for national security and criminal threats, on both a national and local field office level. We then compare the national and local perspectives to develop a threat prioritization ranking for each of the FBI’s 56 field offices. By creating this ranking, we strive to actively pursue our highest threats where they are occurring. This gives us a better assessment of what the dangers are, what’s being done about them, and what we should spend time and valuable resources on.

Being expected to respond to a wide range of complex and ever-changing threats and crime problems is not new to the FBI. Our success in meeting these challenges is, however, directly tied to the resources provided to the FBI. The resources the committee provides each year are critical for the FBI’s ability to address existing and emerging national security and criminal threats.

Chairman Culberson, Ranking Member Serrano, and members of the subcommittee, I would like to close by thanking you for this opportunity to discuss the FBI’s FY 2018 budget request and the key threats and challenges that we are facing, both as a nation and as an organization. We are grateful for the leadership that you and this subcommittee have provided to the FBI. We would not possess the capabilities and capacities to deal with these threats and challenges today without your support. Your willingness to invest in and support our workforce and our physical and technical infrastructure allow the men and women of the FBI to make a difference every day in communities large and small throughout our nation and around the world. We thank you for that support.

I look forward to answering any questions you may have.

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