Who's A Rat - Largest Online Database of Informants and Agents
HomeMembers LoginLatest NewsRefer A LawyerMessage BoardOnline StoreAffiliatesAbout UsContact Us
Who's A Rat - Largest Online Database of Informants and Agents Worldwide!
Site Navigation
Visit Our Store
Refer A Lawyer
Link To Us
Latest News
Top Secret Documents
Make A Donation
Important Case Law
Members Login
Message Board
Legal Information
Advertise your AD, Book or Movie

Informants and Agents?Who's a Rat Message Board

Sign up Calendar

  Author   Comment   Page 3 of 3      Prev   1   2   3

Posts: 8,845
Reply with quote  #101 

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


Posts: 8,845
Reply with quote  #102 

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.

Posts: 8,845
Reply with quote  #103 

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

Posts: 8,845
Reply with quote  #104 


Texas councilman tasered outside home says he was rehearsing dance routine – video

Posts: 8,845
Reply with quote  #105 

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.

Posts: 8,845
Reply with quote  #106 

Honduras Extradites Ex-Cop With Alleged Drug Ties to US
On October 15, he was handed over to Drug Enforcement Administration

Posts: 8,845
Reply with quote  #107 


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.

Posts: 8,845
Reply with quote  #108 


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

Posts: 8,845
Reply with quote  #109 


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%.

Posts: 8,845
Reply with quote  #110 

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.

Posts: 8,845
Reply with quote  #111 


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

Posts: 8,845
Reply with quote  #112 


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

Posts: 8,845
Reply with quote  #113 
this material is posted by former sheriff deputy


Posts: 8,845
Reply with quote  #114 

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

Posts: 8,845
Reply with quote  #115 

: 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

Posts: 8,845
Reply with quote  #116 
a couple of reasons...
2 press releases from our newsletter members

from Ken Freeland

Draft minutes - April 30 2016 9/11 and Other Deep State Crimes
9/11 Truth Teleconference
Friday, May 20, 2016 9:17 PM
Click to View Full HTML
9/11 and Other Deep State Crimes Teleconference

** wtc7   pentagon

** 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.



from Jonathan Marks

incontrovertible tony Brooke YouTube

if the following links fail

Incontrovertible - New 9/11 Documentary by Tony Rooke - YouTube
YouTube › watch


Duration: 2:01:30
Posted: Nov 27, 2015
Incontrovertible - New 9/11 documentary by Tony ...



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


Posts: 8,845
Reply with quote  #117 


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

Posts: 8,845
Reply with quote  #118 

Bonus read



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 ...

2 stories



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."


Posts: 8,845
Reply with quote  #119 

Bonus Read

author Ronald Kessler is Official FBI Disinformation/Misdirection
not to be trusted


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

Link Du Jour


Heat is online


FBI Octopus

3 stories

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

Read more: http://m.digitaljournal.com/pr/3047817#ixzz4IAiuBvP0

DCCC, DSCC outraise Republican counterparts
“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.

Asked whether running security at a football stadium requires the skills of



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
Man shot, killed following chase on I-485 was deaf, family says
WSOC - Charlotte, NC

00:00 / 02:26
This is as bad as it gets.

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

Monday, August 22, 2016, 2:06 PM

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
By Dialynn Dwyer 10:27 AM
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



Prosecutors seek more restrictions on state trooper awaiting rape trial
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


Failure of the Public Trust: John Clarke, Patrick Knowlton, Hugh Turley: 9780967352107: Amazon.com: Books
Amazon.com › Failure-Public-Trust-John...
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.

Vince Foster's death: An FBI cover-up? - WND.com
WND.com › 2000/08
Aug 19, 2000 - Knowlton and his attorney, John Clarke, entitled “Failure of the ... The FBI interviewed him.


Newsdesk | August 23, 2016 |

VALDOSTA – While the parents of Kendrick Johnson await hearings to determine the amount of lawyers’ fees they will be required to pay in connection with civil suits they filed then later dropped, they have filed a new federal action which repeats many

- See more at: http://valdostatoday.com/2016/08/kj-family-files-federal-suit-claiming-sheriff-superintendent-and-fbi-agent-staged-their-sons-body/#sthash.IrRoRJfK.dpuf


Posts: 8,845
Reply with quote  #120 

Blink Tank

Harvard creates award in honor of Danny Schecter


scroll down

Kickstarter funds new documentary about Danny Schecter


thanks to Ed for Presstitutes



Drunken judge sucker-punches Legal Aid lawyer after party

Saturday, October 29, 2016, 1


Denver cop caught on his own body camera stealing from suspect
: Saturday, October 29, 2016, 12:36 AM


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


OCT 27 2016 05:44PM EDT
UPDATED[redface]CT 27 2016 06:15PM EDT
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.

"I had just laid down on the couch, when I see the lights," said Capps. "I an


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.

They will also address homegrown terrorism and discuss why some citizens feel compelled to commit terrorist attac


Hacking forum cuts section allegedly linked to DDoS attacks
Reseller News-
"There are page upon page upon page of these products," FBI agent Elliott Peterson said during a presentation at the BlackHat conference in August. Many of ...


Report: The FBI still doesn't have a warrant to review new emails ...
Business Insider-
The FBI still has not obtained a search warrant to review the new emails related to the investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server, Yahoo News ...


SEE IT: Trump boots black supporter from rally, calls him 'thug'

Saturday, October 29, 2016, 5:57 PM


Posts: 8,845
Reply with quote  #121 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
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.
Posted by Meryl Nass, M.D. at 7:34 PM 0 comments

New Bill Aims To Eliminate ‘Scandal-Ridden’ Bureau Of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms And Explosives


Pentagon/Foreign Policy Reporter

5:03 PM 01/12/2017

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2017/01/12/new-bill-aims-to-eliminate-scandal-ridden-bureau-of-alcohol-tobacco-firearms-and-explosives/#ixzz4VgAoyrOu


James Comey Cannot Be Trusted With a Trump-Russia Investigation
It was always going to be difficult for FBI Director Jim Comey to oversee an ... by a former British intelligence agent that the Russian government engaged in an ...


FBI Agents Allege Unpunished Domestic Terrorism by Murderer Granted Clemency by Gov. Cuomo

Baltimore police officer convicted of misconduct after tipping off drug ...
Baltimore Sun-
The FBI agents briefed Plater and other Baltimore police officers at the meeting on a Prince George's County Police investigation of four subjects suspected of ...


Steve Williams column: The time is always right to do right
South Strand news-
Saltonstall met with an FBI agent and listened to details of King's private conversations. Later, he met with president Olds to dish the FBI's dirt on King. Saltonstall ...


Escort service operated next to Atlanta area police station
Rolling Out-
FBI Special Agent Joe Fonseca told rolling out in a previous interview, “While looking at factors that might account for Atlanta's high rank regarding sex trafficking ...


Sentencing continued to later date
Hammond Daily Star online-
DEA Agent Chad Scott was suspended from his job in 2016 after a state and ... Chief James Stewart have referred all questions related to that search to the FBI.


Federal Appeals Court Upholds Ferrari Confiscation
In 2008, the FBI grabbed a 1995 Ferrari F50 worth $750,000, which Assistant US Attorney J. Hamilton Thompson and an FBI agent proceeded to take on a ..


NSA gets more latitude to share intercepted communications
The Boston Globe
Previously, the NSA filtered information before sharing intercepted communications with another agency, such as the CIA or the intelligence branches of the FBI ...


Angering Congress, James Comey won't address Trump-Russia ...
The Guardian-
James Comey said he would 'never comment' on a potential FBI investigation in an 'open forum like this'. Photograph: Cliff Owen/Associated Press.


Parents of teen found in gym mat allege time of death manipulated
Raw Story
The Johnsons have contended from the beginning their son was murdered by brothers Branden and Brian Bell, the sons of an FBI agent, despite alibis placing ...

Search Results

Mad killers only slightly crazier than the criminal justice system
Miami Herald (blog)-
And just two months before he flew into Fort Lauderdale with no luggage other than his 9mm pistol, Santiago had complained to FBI agents in Anchorage that ...


Posts: 8,845
Reply with quote  #122 


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.. 
see link for full story


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.


The Queens District Attorney has indicted two NYPD detectives accused of making up a story to justify a bogus drug arrest that landed an innocent 47-year-old man in Rikers Island for more than six weeks, officials said Tuesday.

A grand jury found enough evidence to charge Detective Kevin Desormeau with first-degree perjury, offering a false instrument for filing, official misconduct and making a punishable false written statement


N.C. cop won’t face charges for slamming
black female high school student

Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 10:39 PM


uncertainty, crises, skill
2017/03/02 Uncategorized Asimov, bots, computer languages, crisis management, disaster, e-books, game theory, incident management simulation, inequality, jazz, keyboard skills, learning, making echoes, modeling, risk assessment, survival, transcendence, uncertainty, wargaming, writing craft
uncertainty crises skill

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.


If you’re into reading e-books, you might want to click on this link from booktalk’s bookbub


music compilations of jazz for studying, reading and working




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

Staff writersnews.com.au
Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on Google+Share on RedditEmail a friend
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
Man falsely accused of child sex abuse by Sacramento police wins ...
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
The Monitor
... 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.


Former Tulsa County sheriff defends use of racial slurs in civil rights ...
He testified about it during a civil rights case involving the death of an inmate at the Tulsa County Jail. He said the term was used by the FBI in the 1960s and ...

Posts: 8,845
Reply with quote  #123 


Remote Viewing May 2017: Farsight Predictions









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.








Link du jour






















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…..”













← Russian Oligarch in Election Probe Linked to Drug Cartel


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. 

Posted by Meryl Nass, M.D. at 11:00 PM 0 comments






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.

Read more:


Gangster gets 13.5 years for revenge; ordered AK-47 hit on mom, 3 kids



FBI: Gang members arrested in phone thefts from 9 states


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

Posted: Apr 30, 2017 10:55 AM CDT

Updated: Apr 30, 2017 10:55 AM CDT









FBI: 2016 Director's Community Leadership Awards

Los Alamos Daily Post-

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







Technology, terrorism and modern conflict


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 ...







FBI's program has students in Fort Smith region looking at futures in ...

Gurdon Times-

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 ...









Audit of misused sheriff's fund indicated no problems














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. 







*  Only two places left for the Southern Patrol

 *  Russian Spy Ship Sinks

 *  Intel on the projected World's Largest Aircraft Carrier

 *  Big Contract to General Dynamics

 *  New Class of American Submarines

 *  Deck Tugs Launched off Flight Deck

 *  Carrier Killer in Taiwan Navy

 *  German Facility Just Found


Naturally there is more - there are just the headlines. The full stories were sent to our Members


unsubscribe - to be removed from our roster, simply reply to this email and say - remove




The World's ONLY International Source of U-Boat History



EarthLink Revolves Around You.




Posts: 1
Reply with quote  #124 
Any update on snitches from brooklyn

Posts: 8,845
Reply with quote  #125 

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”:

Link du jour





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.

Posted by J.M. Berger | Permalink


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.


Posts: 8,845
Reply with quote  #126 

Link du jour








Mutilation probe widens as deportation fears mount
Robert Snell , The Detroit News Published 5:45 p.m. ET July 18, 2017 | Updated 6:50 p.m. ET July 18, 2017

Steve Francis, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigation’s office in Detroit, denied that agents were threatening people with deportation in the nation’s first federal prosecution involving female genital mutilation.

“Homeland Security Investigations special agents conduct all investigative activities with the highest level of professionalism and respect,” Francis said in a statement Tuesday. “Any allegations to the contrary are baseless and without merit.”

The head of the FBI in Detroit defended his agents’ handling of the case.

“The FBI has and will continue to tirelessly investigate allegations involving harm to children, and we will pursue each and every lead in this case, as it is literally some of the most important work that we do,” said David P. Gelios, special agent in charge for the Detroit Division of the FBI.

“At the same time, just as we remain steadfast in our efforts to protect children from harm, FBI special agents adhere to the highest level of professionalism and uphold the constitutional protections afforded to everyone in the United States — victims and defendants alike,” he said. “Any accusations to the contrary are misguided, without merit, and cut against not only what the FBI stands for but also the work performed by the men and women of the FBI every day.”


Former FBI agent’s guilty plea could affect child predator case

Rhonda Cook
10:13 a.m. Monday, July 17, 2017 AJC Homepage


FBI agent Ryan Seese sentenced to prison in two Peeping Tom cases in Hershey | PennLive.com
Dec 28, 2010 - A Dauphin County judge this morning sentenced former FBI agent Ryan Seese, 37 , of Derry Township, to 1 to 23-1/2 months in county prison plus 3 years' probation for two Peeping Tom ...


VT Exclusive: Largest Pedophile Ring in History, 70,000 Members, Heads of State, the Rats Scramble | Veterans Today
Veterans Today › 2016/08/24 › vt-exclus...
Aug 24, 2016 - Millions read the news today, the pedophile ring “busted” or the earlier article about how the FBI ..... We remember former FBI director and founder, J Edgar Hoover, the man who said ritual satanic child ...


More than 500 boys abused at top German Catholic school
Physical and sexual abuse took place up to 2015 at Regensburger Domspatzen choir school, referred to by some pupils as ‘hell’


Disgraced Ex-House Speaker Dennis Hastert Released From Federal Prison

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, 75, who had long been regarded in the public eye as just a Regular Joe from the Midwest — that is until his scandal emerged — has been released from a federal prison hospital in Minnesota and transferred to a halfway house in Chicago, Josh Gerstein of Politico reports.

Hastert pleaded guilty last year to violating money laundering laws in a case that shocked the country and Beltway insiders. The scandal stemmed from hush money he paid to conceal sexual abuse he committed of students while he was a high school teacher and coach several decades ago.

A federal judge in Chicago sentenced him to 15 months.

Hastert was never charged in the sexual abuse cases because of the statute of limitations. But Politico notes that two men are suing him, alleging they were abused as kids.

Defending Rights & Dissent Joins Transparency Groups in Trying to Prevent CIA from Destroying Records

the facade of the Archives of the United States building
July 18, 2017 – The CIA recently received tentative approval from the National Archives and Records Administration to destroy files that allegedly have no historical significance. Defending Rights & Dissent joined the National Security Archives, OpenTheGoverment, and Demand Progress in submitting comments opposing the planned destruction of documents.


Despite parents' pleas, police closed in, and a life was lost in Hingham

His parents said he just needed to sleep. A SWAT team came instead
HINGHAM — As police cars rolled into his pristine suburban neighborhood last Saturday night, past the sprawling Colonials and manicured lawns, and as dozens of officers from across the region surrounded his home, Russell Reeves begged them again and again to back off.

In a bedroom upstairs his son Austin, 26, was distraught over a breakup. He had told his family he needed time alone. With him was his dog and his 9 mm handgun. If you pressure him, if he feels cornered, Reeves said he told the police, this will end with Austin killing himself.

The police listened and nodded and took notes in their notebooks, according to Reeves. And yet, more officers kept coming. Some wore camouflage and carried rifles. They set up bright lights to shine onto the house and drove a military-style vehicle into the backyard. Eventually, they broke seven upstairs windows so a mounted camera could look inside for Austin.

“Please,” the frightened father says he asked them, “why can’t you just let him go to sleep?”


KING: Recent stories of injustice in America you may have missed

Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 12:06 PM

Teenager stuck behind bars for a crime he did not commit will soon lose his college scholarship

Pedro Hernandez graduated from high school with distinction and was recognized for helping many of his peers accomplish the same thing. For all of this, he was awarded a full college scholarship and should be starting college in a few weeks. Except Hernandez is behind bars.

Everything about the case against Pedro Hernandez stinks to high heaven. Over a year ago he was arrested for shooting someone in the Bronx. The shooting victim says Hernandez was not the shooter. Eight different eyewitnesses have said Hernandez was not the shooter. In recorded statements, witnesses to the shooting have said that the officer who arrested Hernandez, David Terrell of the NYPD, threatened them with physical violence if they did not claim Hernandez was the shooter, PIX11 News reports. Officer Terrell is now suspended after being recorded gambling while a suspect sat in his squad car. Yeah, really.

Sadly, in a completely separate incident, a surveillance camera recorded a security officer brutally beating then 15-year-old Pedro Hernandez. That officer was fired and charged with a crime.

KING: Police brutality jumped racial fence with Minn. shooting
Now, if Hernandez is not released from jail soon, he could lose his college admission and scholarship.

Justine Damond was fatally shot by police in Minneapolis.
Texas officer who shot and killed 15-year-old Jordan Edwards indicted on murder charge

I know. We've seen this before. An indictment is not a conviction — far from it — but you can't get a conviction without this essential step and that's exactly what it is, an essential step. Officer Roy Oliver was indicted on a murder charge in the shooting death of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards — a star student, athlete and beloved son. Just two weeks ago Oliver was also charged with aggravated assault for a road rage case that actually happened before he killed Jordan.


America steals votes from felons. Until it stops, our democracy will be weakened
Russ Feingold


Animal rights activists accused of freeing more than 30,000 mink in Minnesota
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 12:32 PM


Robot cop found face down in office-block fountain
Machine built to keep humans in check defeated by stairs and fountain in incident where ‘no one was harmed’


Secret Service Employee Stole Authentic Money While Examining Counterfeit money
A Secret Service technician whose job was to determine whether suspicious currency was counterfeit pocketed some of the cash that was authentic.

Shaun Qureshi, a 34-year-old Maryland resident who began working in the Secret Service’s Washington field office in 2009 as a”counterfeit technician,” pleaded guilty Friday to one felony count of illegal conversion of property, the Washington Post reports.

Authorities said Qureshi sole between $20 and $200 nearly every day for 22 months, accumulating at least $8,000 between January 2013 to October 2014.


O.J. Simpson’s friend slams choice of Mark Fuhrman as Fox commentator for parole hearing as a ‘racist and felon’
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 4:39 PM

Disgraced cop Mark Fuhrman will turn Fox News' coverage of O.J. Simpson's parole hearing into a nightmare, not a dream team, the football star's best pal told the Daily News on Tuesday.

"He's a racist and a convicted felon," friend Tom Scotto said of Fuhrman. "Everyone saw he's a racist on live TV."

Fuhrman, 65, is due to provide on-air "contributions and analysis" to Fox News during the Thursday parole hearing tied to Simpson's 2008 robbery conviction in Nevada, the network said in a press release.

The Los Angeles Police detective was a notorious figure during Simpson's “Trial of the Century” in 1995. He told jurors he found the bloody glove that seemed to connect Simpson to the shocking murders of ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman, but then his tape-recorded use of racial epithets surfaced and shredded his credibility.


Honda to debut all-new hybrid next year, plans for long-range EV

July 17, 2017, 4:20 PM


Former USC medical school dean no longer seeing patients; Pasadena police discipline officer

An overdose, a young companion, drug-fueled parties: The secret life of a USC med school dean
During his tenure, Dr. Carmen A. Puliafito kept company with a circle of criminals and drug users who said he used methamphetamine and other drugs with them, a Times investigation has found. Photos and videos captured some of their exploits.


A 2013 Facebook post by Lincoln Charter School announcing the partnership between Thackston and GeoSource provides three GeoSource principals who would be involved in the partnership: Sam Brown, a former federal government operative; Lt. Col. Randy Marcoz, a retired Army intelligence officer; and Courtney West, a former Marine and FBI agent.

Posts: 8,845
Reply with quote  #127 


Black Box Voting, founded in 2003, performs nonpartisan investigative reporting and public education for elections.
The independence of Black Box Voting comes from support through citizen donations -- always needed and very much appreciated! Please take a moment to become a patron by setting up a much-needed monthly sponsorship -- or make a very important single donation: Click HERE.
You may be wondering what the term "black box" means. A "black box" system is non-transparent; its functions are hidden from the public. Elections, of course, should not be black box systems.
Influential reporting by Black Box Voting is referenced worldwide. Here is a link to a free copy of the book, Black Box Voting: HERE. Author Bev Harris became known for groundbreaking work on electronic voting machines, which can remove transparency of the vote count; other important reporting pertains to voter lists, election chain of custody, transparency problems with absentee voting, election industry corporate governance, and financial accountability in elections.
Opaque, non-transparent voting can afflict voter lists, poll lists,vote counting and chain of custody; political finance can also be "black box." The road to better transparency begins with knowledge and public, grassroots dedication. I am glad you are here!
Bev Harris
Contact information: 206-335-7747
MEDIA INQUIRIES: for immediate response please send TEXT message
PO Box 72 Carlsborg WA 98324


KING: In the eyes of our justice system, a black life means less than a white statue

August 17, 2017, 12:31 PM

blink tank



Family: FBI Manipulated Schizophrenic Son to Inspire Bomb Plot in Oklahoma City

The family of a man accused of trying to detonate what he believed was a bomb outside of a bank in downtown Oklahoma City said the suspect is a paranoid schizophrenic and was manipulated by the FBI.

The mother and stepfather of 23-year-old Jerry Drake Varnell said undercover agents took advantage of their son’s mental condition and that he was incapable of carrying out an attack without additional help.

Varnell lived at home and was jobless because of his mental illness, Clifford and Melonie Varnell, of Oklahoma, said in a statement picked up by the Associated Press.

“The FBI came and picked him up from our home, they gave him a vehicle, gave him a fake bomb, and every means to make this happen,” the statement said, adding that authorities “should not have aided and abetted a paranoid schizophrenic to commit this act.”

The FBI declined to comment this week.

Link du jour









City high schoolers spend weeks restoring 71 gravestones of 19th century African-Americans in Brooklyn


NYT: Internet Users Should Be Alarmed by DOJ’s Pursuit of DreamHost Information

Do you use the internet? Are you interested in politics? Do you value your privacy? If you answered yes, you should be alarmed by the shockingly broad search warrant sought by the Justice Department, and approved by a judge in Washington, D.C., last month, targeting DreamHost, an internet hosting company based in Los Angeles.

As DreamHost explained in a blog post on Monday, it hosts disruptj20.org, a website that helped organize anti-Trump protests on Inauguration Day, and posted pictures of those protests in the days after. There were large-scale protests across Washington on Jan. 20, most of which involved peaceful marches or sit-ins. But some people turned to violence, breaking store windows, setting fires, throwing rocks at police officers and, in one case, assaulting Richard Spencer, the white nationalist, during a television interview. More than 200 people have been charged with felony rioting.

As part of its continuing investigation, the Justice Department demanded that DreamHost turn over “all records or other information” relating to the site, which received more than 1.3 million requests to view its pages in six days after the inauguration. Those records include personal information like I.P. addresses, which identify a specific computer; data about which of the site’s pages a user viewed, and when; and the type of operating software on that person’s computer. Federal prosecutors are also seeking all emails, photos and other content sent to and from the site.

“That information could be used to identify any individuals who used this site to exercise and express political speech protected under the Constitution’s First Amendment,” DreamHost wrote in its blog post.

It doesn’t matter whether the visitor is suspected of participating in a crime, or is even known to have attended the protests. If someone clicked anywhere on the site from anywhere in the world, the government wants to know.


‘I hope Trump is assassinated,’ Missouri lawmaker writes — and quickly regrets


Sacramento police release video of controversial encounter with black pregnant woman thrown
to ground


Vermont Man Accused of Spraying Liquid Manure on Marked Border Patrol Car

A Vermont man accused of spraying liquid manure on a marked Border Patrol car pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of disorderly conduct and simple assault of a law enforcement officer with fluids.

Authorities said Mark Johnson, 53, covered the vehicle in manure after telling an agent that he should do more to arrest people in the country illegally, the Associated Press reports.


Two correction officers allegedly punched, kicked black inmate in face and lied about it later
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, August 17, 2017, 6:51 PM


Black Florida inmate who died from police dog bite infection was ridiculed, laughed at by corrections officer
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Friday, August 18, 2017, 2:32 PM


State Attorney General's office probed 11 police-related deaths, resulting in charges against 1 cop
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Friday, August 18, 2017, 2:10 AM


California woman at center of Bay Area police sex scandal sues Richmond officers

 Saturday, August 19, 2017, 10:31 AM
Jasmine Abuslin, who also goes by Celeste Guap, has filed a lawsuit against several Richmond officers and their supervisers.

The 19-year-old sex worker at the heart of a scandal that’s rocked police departments across the Bay Area is suing several members of the Richmond police force.

In a lawsuit filed Thursday, Richmond resident Jasmine Abuslin — who also goes by the name Celeste Guap — alleged several officers had sex with her even though she was a minor, while others “turned a blind eye” to the abuse.

Her attorney, John Burris, named current Richmond Police Chief Allwyn Brown, former Chief Chris Magnus and Lt. Brian Dickerson as defendants for what he called a failure to supervise and stop the sexual misconduct of at least five Richmond police officers, Courthouse News reported.

Burris said the officers, most of them married, acted like “immoral frat boys” and should be fired. His client was identified as only Jane Doe in the federal complaint, but Burris confirmed her identity in speaking with the news outlet.

Abuslin, who started working as a prostitute at a young age, said officers knew she was “available to them for sexual favors and pleasure in exchange for paid monies, protection or other forms of consideration.”

She described her role there as an “exclusively department retained sex worker.”


Leaked memo reveals this congressman’s ridiculous demands of chauffeur

Friday, August 18, 2017, 3:40 PM


State Police announce new homeland security division

  AUGUST 17, 2017
The Massachusetts State Police will now include a new division specifically dedicated to homeland security, Governor Charlie Baker announced Thursday.

The Division of Homeland Security and Preparedness will increase efficiency in the State Police by consolidating efforts to counter terror, efforts to combat the opioid crisis, and the collection and analysis of criminal intelligence, Baker’s office said in a statement.

Those operations were previously spread across various divisions.

“By bringing the different elements of our homeland security operations under one command, we will enhance the ability for the State Police to coordinate, respond and protect the Commonwealth for critical incidents and threats like drug trafficking,” Baker said.

State Police Colonel Richard McKeon said troopers in the homeland security division are currently working with the Boston Police Department to ensure public safety at the “free speech rally” planned for Saturday.

The division was created when Baker signed the fiscal year 2018 budget and has been forming for the past two months, State Police spokesman Dave Procopio said in an e-mail.

“In an increasingly chaotic world, the time has come for the Massachusetts State Police to build the organization and structure needed to meet the challenges that threaten our safety, security, and freedoms,” McKeon said at the conference.

Certain sections of the division, such as the such as the new 24-hour watch center located at State Police general headquarters in Framingham, are still being developed, Procopio said.

The watch center will “monitor all developing incidents, anywhere in the state, nation, or world, that impact public safety and security,” McKeon said, allowing State Police to more efficiently coordinate responses from law enforcement agencies statewide.

In addition to its counterterrorism and antiopioid abuse efforts, the division will also include a section responsible for

Posts: 8,845
Reply with quote  #128 

How a network of citizen-spies foiled Nazi plots to exterminate Jews in 1930s L.A.


Sen. Bob Corker calls White House ‘an adult day care center’ in Trump Twitter feud
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Sunday, October 8, 2017, 11:56 AM


What we talk about when we talk about talking: The CIA’s guide to semantics
The Agency’s required reading on communication skills came from an aluminum company
Written by Beryl Lipton
Edited by JPat Brown
During what would be the last month of his short-lived tenure as Director of Central Intelligence (DCI), William Raborn distributed to his employees copies of a publication he believed had “important and useful things to say about problems in communication.”


Houston student kicked out of her high school for sitting during Pledge of Allegiance
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Saturday, October 7, 2017, 5:50 PM


A prison newsroom mourns
its former editor in chief,
recently released and then
killed in a crash

OCT 8, 2017
Jorge Heredia, an inmate, left, and Jesse Estrin, a facilitator, right, comfort one another during an emotional meeting, mourning the loss of Arnulfo Garcia at San Quentin State Prison. Christina House / Los Angeles Times
Down past the prison yard, where blue lilies grow near a fence topped with barbed wire, the men who manage one of the nation's only inmate-run newspapers were mourning.


Three shootings in three years, and officer wins back job
Theresa Vargas and Kimbriell Kelly, The Washington Post Published 5:12 pm, Saturday, October 7, 2017



Former FBI analyst announces bid for Congress in NE Minn.
Minnesota Public Radio News
Thirty-three-year-old Leah Phifer, a native of Two Harbors and current Isanti resident who stepped down from her job as an intelligence analyst for the FBI in May ...


Jeremy Scahill
October 8 2017, 10:19 a.m.

A lot of the debate around black NFL players kneeling to protest police killings and racism seems to take place in a historical vacuum. The history of athletes and protest is seldom mentioned and, what’s worse, the reason why Colin Kaepernick and his comrades began protesting during the national anthem has been drowned out in the shouting. On #MAGA twitter, flooded in recent weeks with angry mobs calling for a boycott of the NFL, various images have been making the rounds depicting Martin Luther King Jr. with his hand over his heart in respect for the American flag. One photo was accompanied by a message saying MLK “didn’t take the knee in protest of the flag or the anthem, he took the knee in prayer to God.” It was followed by the hashtag #BoycottNFL.

Invoking King’s name on the right is nothing new — ahistorical versions of King have been used to defend gun ownership, racial discrimination, and the Republican Party. In this current climate surrounding the NFL protests, King has once again been transformed into a malleable symbol for rampant deployment by people trying to tell protesters and black people today to shut up. One of the biggest problems with all of this is that it is based on complete fiction and total ignorance of who King actually was and what he actually believed. It is also particularly vile when used to try to suppress protest against police killings.

The same pattern applies to Rosa Parks and her civil disobedience against segregation on public buses. It applies to the civil rights movement in general. Caricatures have been created after being sanitized, historically revised, and made palatable for mass consumption and abuse by crass politicians. It is these sanitized versions that are made into statues, given national holidays, and may one day end up on U.S. currency.

An important and groundbreaking new book coming out in January digs deep into this manufactured mythology surrounding King, Parks, and other figures and movements. It is called “A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History.” Its author is Jeanne Theoharis, a distinguished professor of political science at Brooklyn College in New York. Her previous book, “The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks,” won an NAACP image award and other accolades. Theoharis joined us last week on Intercepted. Below is a transcript of the entire, unedited interview.


Cops in Florida killed a woman after an apparent hit-and-run crash where she knocked a police officer to the ground while trying to escape.


Englewood officer found guilty of falsifying deadly traffic crash report
She’s sentenced to 50 hours of community service
By KIERAN NICHOLSON | knicholson@denverpost.com | The Denver Post
October 6, 2017 at 4:57 pm
A former Englewood police officer was found guilty by an Arapahoe County jury on Friday of falsifying a report in a traffic crash, which later became fatal.

Link du jour






Worried About Trump’s Mental Stability? The Worst Is Yet to Come.
Mehdi Hasan
October 7 2017, 9:12 a.m.


Seattle City Light has paid $7.8M to off-duty cops in ‘unusual relationship’
Originally published October 8, 2017 at 6:00 am


Man jailed for mishandling secrets: Hillary deserves lockup
Just days after the FBI announced it would not prosecute Hillary Clinton for her mishandling of classified information, U.S. Navy Petty Officer Kristian Saucier was ...


'Security not paid in euro': German security chiefs reject pan ...
Gears Of Biz-
In August, the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani said he wants to establish a domestic intelligence service similar to America's FBI within the ...

Russian-Jewish Businessmen Sue After Being Named In Spy’s ‘Trump Dossier’
October 8, 2017 By Reuters

Russian billionaires and businessmen Mikhail Fridman (L) and Petr Aven attend the plenary session of the Congress of Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The special counsel investigating whether Russia tried to sway the 2016 U.S. election has taken over FBI inquiries into a former British spy’s dossier of allegations of Russian financial and personal links to President Trump’s campaign and associates, sources familiar with the inquiry told Reuters.

Read more: http://forward.com/fast-forward/384556/russian-jewish-businessmen-sue-after-being-named-in-spys-trump-dossier/


Congress is dropping the ball on Trump's obstruction of justice
Hot Air-
If Burr means by this that questions of obstruction of justice or the institutional relationship between the White House and the FBI on investigative matters are not ...


Ex-Convict Michael Grimm: Steve Bannon Is 'Very Excited' to Get Me ...
Gears Of Biz-22
What convinced the high-octane former Marine and FBI agent—who resigned his congressional office after pleading guilty to felony tax evasion—that Bannon is ...


If Toyota and Mazda make electric cars together, where's Subaru?

Oct 6, 2017

At the end of September, Toyota and Mazda announced they would form a joint venture with parts maker Denso to design, test, and build components for a shared electric-car platform.

Earlier interviews with Mazda indicate that the small Japanese maker will create its first all-electric model for volume production by putting a unique body on top of those underpinnings, also used by Toyota.

On reflection, though, that rather begged the question: what about Subaru?


Nissan e-NV200 electric van gets longer-range battery; still no U.S. plans
Oct 5, 2017

Nissan Europe said it is rated at up to 280 km (174 miles) on the NEDC test cycle, though a comparable U.S. EPA figure would likely be 120 to 140 miles.

The 2018 Leaf, which is considerably more aerodynamic than the upright e-NV200 van, is rated by the EPA at 140 miles from its 40-kwh battery.

A longer-range Leaf with a 60-kwh battery and range of more than 200 miles will go on sale at a higher price as a 2019 model in the U.S.


Posts: 8,845
Reply with quote  #129 

FBI agents block access to Boston Marathon bomber. Why?
He can show bombing was a FBI Operation





For over two years now, WhoWhatWhy has been trying to get the government to give us the details of the justification behind incarcerating convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev under a repressive confinement regime known as Special Administrative Measures (SAMs). SAMs make it nearly impossible for the media to have any access to prisoners.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) refuses to budge and continues to deploy the dubious logic that to confirm or deny the existence of SAMs would be an unwarranted invasion of Tsarnaev’s privacy. This was in response to a request we filed back in 2015 through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), seeking documents about the conditions of Tsarnaev’s confinement. The DOJ denied our request and subsequent appeal.

And yet, the Bureau of Prisons (BOP), a division of DOJ, readily confirms that Tsarnaev is in fact being held under SAMs.

WhoWhatWhy twice submitted requests to interview Tsarnaev to the warden of the maximum-security federal penitentiary in Florence, Colorado, referred to as ADX Florence. We sent one in October 2015, and another in August 2017; both times we were told we could not interview him because “Inmate Tsarnaev has Special Administrative Measures,” which, among other things, “restricts [his] communication, to include contact with the media.”

Essentially a form of solitary confinement, SAMs typically bar prisoners from communicating with anybody outside their prison cells, except for a very small number of pre-approved individuals, such as attorneys and inmates’ family members. SAMs were originally justified as a way to prevent members of organized crime from sending to compatriots outside the prison messages that could conceivably result in death or serious bodily injury. In the case of Tsarnaev, this justification rings hollow since DOJ insists that he and his brother Tamerlan had no “nexus” to any terrorist group and acted completely on their own.

But it also has the effect of giving the government total control over the narrative and backstory of a troubling event like the Boston Marathon bombing. No one from the media can speak with Tsarnaev and even his defense team and family are severely restricted in what they can reveal about their communications with him.

ADX Florence
The US Penitentiary, Administrative Maximum Facility in Florence, Colorado. (ADX Florence) Photo credit: FBP / Wikimedia.

Back in April 2016, we highlighted the Kafkaesque situation for a prisoner under SAMs.

We wrote about how DOJ denied our first request under FOIA exemption 7(C); the department stated that “lacking [Tsarnaev’s] consent … even to acknowledge the existence of such records … could reasonably be expected to constitute an unwarranted invasion of his personal privacy.” 7(C) is meant to protect the privacy of individuals whose records are held by law enforcement agencies.

We appealed, pointing out that BOP had already confirmed the existence of the SAMs, and it was the very existence of the SAMs that prevented us from getting Tsarnaev’s “consent.” However, DOJ affirmed the denial of our initial request under a slightly modified “categorical” invocation of exemption 7(C) and added for good measure that it was not even “required to conduct a search for the requested records.”

The day after our article ran, officials in the DOJ’s Office of Information Policy (OIP) emailed each other links to the article. How do we know? Because we FOIA’d our FOIA request.

We had hoped to gain some insight into the decision-making process behind the rejection of our FOIA request and appeal. The results were not very enlightening.

We obtained 29 pages from the DOJ’s OIP in total — 10 of which are the requests and appeals we sent, with their corresponding responses. Another three and a half pages are blacked out and labeled “Non-Responsive Records.” We’re still waiting on records related to the initial request, which are processed by a different office.

It’s not clear what, if anything, OIP officials had to say about our article other than linking to it. Most of the substance of each email between OIP officials is redacted.

Melanie Ann Pustay, OIP
OIP Director Melanie Ann Pustay. Photo credit: DoJ

The balance of the heavily redacted records are processing worksheets and emails between OIP employees. Anything related to decision-making about the appeal is blacked out under (b)(5), the infamous “withhold it because you want to” exemption. FOIA experts roundly criticize the exemption because of its broad language and its increasing use by executive branch agencies.

It’s Who You Know?
In our ongoing effort to chip away at the wall of silence surrounding Tsarnaev, we also sent him a letter asking if he was willing to be interviewed. We were hoping to preempt any “without his consent” reasoning that we had encountered previously. The envelope was returned — opened — and accompanied by a notice indicating that the “correspondence was not delivered to the inmate because the inmate is not approved to correspond from [sic] you.”

Interestingly, director Peter Berg of Patriots Day, the Hollywood production about the Boston Marathon bombing, was quoted as saying he had corresponded with the incarcerated Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

“I did a lot of research on them,” director Peter Berg supposedly told Total Film magazine. “I met women who had dated them. I met the boxing coach of the older brother. I met the landlord. I wrote two letters to Dzhokhar in prison; he wrote one back [emphasis added].”


FBI agents block access to Oklahoma City bomber Terry Nichols. Why?
He can show it was a FBI Operation.As of October 23 2017 case is still before Judge Kimball.



FBI Fights Order For Deposition Of Oklahoma City Bombing Conspirator

...... Attorney Jesse Trentdue is seeking to show that his brother Kenneth, a convicted bank robber picked up on a parole violation, was mistaken for an associate of Timothy McVeigh's and killed during an interrogation that got out of hand. ...
David Goodhue - AHN Reporter
November 9, 2008
The FBI said this week that it disagrees with U.S. District Court Judge Dale A. Kimball's decision in September to allow Nichols and David Paul Hammer to make a videotaped interview regarding the case and the death of Kenneth Trentdue.
The Justice Department filed notice Nov. 4 that it is asking the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver to reverse Kimball's order.
Attorney Jesse Trentdue is seeking to show that his brother Kenneth, a convicted bank robber picked up on a parole violation, was mistaken for an associate of Timothy McVeigh 's and killed during an interrogation that got out of hand.
McVeigh carried out the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City that killed 168 people. He was executed in 2001.
Kenneth Trentdue died at the Federal Transfer Station in Oklahoma City a few months after McVeigh and Nichols were arrested for their roles in the bombing. The government says Kenneth Trentdue committed suicide.
Nichols and Hammer, who is on death row at the federal penitentiary at Terre Haute, Ind., have both supplied Jesse Trentdue with written affidavits concerning McVeigh .
Nichols is serving a life sentence at the U.S. Penitentiary Administration Maximum Security Facility in Florence, Colo. He is now claiming a high-ranking FBI official "apparently" was directing McVeigh in the bombing plot, the Salt Lake Tribune reported this week.





ResetAAFont size:Print 19
United States Court of Appeals,Tenth Circuit.
Jesse C. TRENTADUE, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. FEDERAL BUREAU of INVESTIGATION;  Federal Bureau of Investigation's Oklahoma City Field Office, Defendants-Appellants.

No. 08-4207.
Decided: July 02, 2009
Before TACHA, EBEL, and HARTZ, Circuit Judges.Nicholas Bagley, Assistant United States Attorney, Appellate Staff Civil Division, (Gregory G. Katsas, Assistant Attorney General, Brett L. Tolman, United States Attorney, and Mark B. Stern, Assistant United States Attorney, Appellate Staff Civil Division, with him on the brief), of Washington, D.C. for Defendants-Appellants. Jesse C. Trentadue, pro se.
Jesse Trentadue, apparently spurred by concern about the death of his brother in federal custody, has vigorously sought information concerning investigations conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).1  This appeal arises out of his suit under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552, to obtain records of the FBI's investigation into the infamous bombing of the Alfred R. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995.   His request is limited to records that relate to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and its founder Morris Dees. After initially producing no records, the FBI eventually provided 19 redacted documents, and the district court ruled that the agency need not conduct any further searches of its records.   Several months later, however, Mr. Trentadue moved the court for permission to depose Terry Nichols, a convicted conspirator in the Oklahoma City bombing, and David Paul Hammer, a death-row inmate who purportedly had discussed the bombing with a fellow inmate, Timothy McVeigh, who was executed for his role in the bombing.   In support of the motion, Mr. Trentadue submitted declarations by Nichols and Hammer.   The court granted the motion over the FBI's objections.

The FBI appeals the discovery order, and we reverse.   The FBI submitted declarations to the district court that provide a consistent and uncontradicted showing that it has conducted an adequate search for the records requested by Mr. Trentadue, and there is no reason to believe that depositions of Nichols and Hammer would produce evidence relevant to this FOIA case.


 FOIA was enacted to enable the public to examine government records.   See Campaign for Responsible Transplantation v. FDA, 511 F.3d 187, 190 (D.C.Cir.2007) (“FOIA is a disclosure statute enacted to facilitate public access to Government documents.” (internal quotation marks omitted)).   The general rule under FOIA is that a person is entitled to copies of a federal agency's records upon making a request that “reasonably describes such records” and that complies with required procedures for such requests.   5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(3)(A)(i).   Certain categories of records, however, are exempt from disclosure.   See id. § 552(b)(1)-(b)(9) and § 552(c)(1)-(c)(3).   When a request is made, the agency ordinarily must “determine within 20 [business] days ․ whether to comply with such request and shall immediately notify the person making such request of such determination and the reasons therefor․” Id. § 552(a)(6)(A)(i).   If the agency decides to comply with the request, “the records shall be made promptly available” to the requester.  Id. § 552(a)(6)(C)(i).   If the agency decides not to comply, the requester can seek relief in federal court.   District courts have “jurisdiction to enjoin the agency from withholding agency records and to order the production of any agency records improperly withheld from the complainant.”  Id. § 552(a)(4)(B).

FOIA does not set forth a general standard regarding how hard an agency must look to find requested records.   On that issue the sole relevant provision, which was added in 1996, states:  “In responding under this paragraph to a request for records, an agency shall make reasonable efforts to search for the records in electronic form or format, except when such efforts would significantly interfere with the operation of the agency's automated information system.”  Id. § 552(a)(3)(C) (emphasis added);  Pub.L. 104-231, § 5(4), 110 Stat. 3048 (1996).   Although § 552(a)(3)(C) concerns only electronic searches, it appears to reflect an implicit assumption by Congress that an agency's search for records need only be “reasonable” in scope and intensity.   The circuit courts to address the issue have so construed FOIA-both in its original form, see Nat'l Cable Television Ass'n, Inc. v. FCC, 479 F.2d 183, 192 (D.C.Cir.1973), and since § 552(a)(3)(A) acquired its present form in 1974, see Meeropol v. Meese, 790 F.2d 942, 956 (D.C.Cir.1986) (adequacy of search “is measured by the reasonableness of the effort in light of the specific request”);  Weisberg v. Dep't of Justice, 705 F.2d 1344, 1351 (D.C.Cir.1983);  Goland v. CIA, 607 F.2d 339, 352 & n. 78, 369-70 (D.C.Cir.1978);  Gillin v. IRS, 980 F.2d 819, 822 (1st Cir.1992) (following Meeropol);  Ruotolo v. Dep't of Justice, Tax Div., 53 F.3d 4, 9 (2d Cir.1995) (agency need not perform search that is “unreasonably burdensome”);  Abdelfattah v. U.S. Dep't of Homeland Sec., 488 F.3d 178, 182 (3d Cir.2007) (per curiam);  Rein v. U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, 553 F.3d 353, 362 (4th Cir.2009) (following Meeropol);  Patterson v. IRS, 56 F.3d 832, 841 (7th Cir.1995) (following Meeropol);  Miller v. U.S. Dep't of State, 779 F.2d 1378, 1383 (8th Cir.1985) (“[T]he search need only be reasonable;  it does not have to be exhaustive.”);  Zemansky v. U.S. EPA, 767 F.2d 569, 571 (9th Cir.1985) (“[A]dequacy of the search ․ is judged by a standard of reasonableness ․”) (internal quotation marks omitted);  Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Fla. v. United States, 516 F.3d 1235, 1257 (11th Cir.2008) (following Meeropol ).

 We follow our sibling circuits.   Their “reasonableness” rule is a realistic interpretation of FOIA. Although FOIA might be read to demand that an agency provide every nonexempt requested document regardless of the cost of locating it, we doubt that Congress would have chosen to impose “unreasonable” burdens on agencies in that regard.

 In light of the reasonable-search requirement, the focal point of the judicial inquiry is the agency's search process, not the outcome of its search.  “The issue is not whether any further documents might conceivably exist but rather whether the government's search for responsive documents was adequate[,] ․ [which is determined under] a standard of reasonableness, and is dependent upon the circumstances of the case.”   Weisberg, 705 F.2d at 1351 (brackets, citations, and internal quotation marks omitted);  see Rugiero v. U.S. Dep't of Justice, 257 F.3d 534, 547 (6th Cir.2001) (“The question focuses on the agency's search, not on whether additional documents exist that might satisfy the request.”);   Office of Info. & Privacy, U.S. Dep't of Justice, Freedom of Information Act Guide at 103-13, 954-58 (2007);  1 James T. O'Reilly, Federal Information Disclosure § 7:4 at 164 (3d ed.   2000) (“The courts require reasonable, not extraordinary, searches by the agency․ The test is adequacy of the search, not existence of any record.”).   The reasonableness of an agency's search turns on “the likelihood that it will yield the sought-after information, the existence of readily available alternatives, and the burden of employing those alternatives.”  Davis v. Dep't of Justice, 460 F.3d 92, 105 (D.C.Cir.2006).


A. The FOIA Request

On July 19, 2004, Mr. Trentadue submitted a letter to the FBI and its Oklahoma City Field Office, making two requests under FOIA. The first request was for a January 4, 1996, “memorandum from former FBI Director [Louis] Freeh concerning Morris Dees and the Southern Poverty Law Center (‘SPLC’)” (which we will call “the Freeh Memorandum”).   J.A. Vol 1 at 39.   The memorandum, according to Mr. Trentadue, referenced an “SPLC informant at Elohim City,” id., the site of what he characterizes as a “white supremacist paramilitary camp compound” in Oklahoma that included persons purportedly involved in the Oklahoma City bombing, id.   Vol. 4 at 986.   Mr. Trentadue's letter attached a newspaper article describing the Freeh Memorandum.

Mr. Trentadue's second request was for records

which, directly or indirectly, report upon, concern, reference or refer to Morris Dees' and/or the SPLC's involvement with and/or connection to the following:  Elohim City, OKBOMB, BOMBROB, Tim McVeigh, Richard Guthrie, Terry Nichols, Dennis Mahon,[ ] Robert Millar, Michael Brescia, Peter Langan and/or Andreas Strassmeir including all contacts Dees or the SPLC may have indirectly had with the foregoing through informants.

Id. Vol. 1 at 40.   OKBOMB is a reference to the FBI's investigation of the Oklahoma City Bombing.   BOMBROB refers to the FBI's investigation of the Mid-West Bank Robbery Gang, a group of neo-Nazis who, according to Mr. Trentadue, were “suspected by the FBI of being involved in the robbery of banks to fund attacks upon the government of the United States.”  Id. at 47.   The request continued:

In searching for documents-records responsive to this Freedom of In [f]ormation Act request, I want you to look beyond the official files at FBI Headquarters and the Oklahoma City Field Office.   Specifically, in addition to all responsive documents-records from the FBI's official files, I want all responsive documents-records from the I-Drive, S-Drive and/or any other electronic device used for purposes of document-evidence storage, retention, holding, review, etc. at FBI Headquarters and/or the Oklahoma City Field Office, including any responsive documents-records from temporary document, record, data and/or evidence storage locations, files and/or facilities regardless of where such storage files or facilities are located.

Id. at 23.

One week later the FBI sent to Mr. Trentadue a form letter confirming receipt of his FOIA request.

B. Mr. Trentadue's Suit

1. The Claim and Summary-Judgment Motions

Because the FBI had not produced the requested records within 20 business days, see 28 C.F.R. § 16.6(b), Mr. Trentadue initiated a FOIA suit against the FBI and the FBI Oklahoma City Field Office on August 20, 2004, in the United States District Court for the District of Utah. (We will refer to the defendants jointly as the FBI.) He alleged that the FBI had a duty under FOIA to produce the requested documents and that there was no legal basis to withhold them.  (Mr. Trentadue later amended his complaint to pursue an additional FOIA request.   For simplicity, we will address that request only when relevant to this appeal.)

The FBI answered on September 20.   It sought dismissal of the complaint, asserting that it was “exercising due diligence to process [Mr. Trentadue's] requests as quickly as possible.”   J.A. at 55.

Mr. Trentadue then moved for partial summary judgment with respect to the Freeh Memorandum, arguing that he had already seen the memorandum, which the FBI had produced in response to a FOIA request from someone else.   He also argued that the FBI had waived any exemptions to production under FOIA by failing to assert them in the letter to him or in its answer to the complaint.

On November 22 the FBI responded to Mr. Trentadue's partial-summary-judgment motion and filed its own summary-judgment motion, contending that it had responded to his request and that his claims were now moot.   It said that it could not provide documents concerning Morris Dees unless it received proof of his death or a privacy waiver signed by him.   As for the remainder of Mr. Trentadue's FOIA request, the FBI said that it could not find any requested documents.   Its memorandum attached a letter to Mr. Trentadue sent by the FBI on November 18.   The letter stated, “Based on the information you provided, we have not located [the Freeh] memorandum through a search of our indices of our Central Records System․” Id. at 77.   And with respect to the remainder of Mr. Trentadue's request (other than the allegedly protected information regarding Dees), the letter said that a search “of the indices in our Central Records System files both at FBI Headquarters and in the Oklahoma City Field Office[ ] has revealed no responsive records.”  Id. at 78.

2. Mr. Trentadue's Allegations of Bad Faith and the FBI Responses

Mr. Trentadue responded to the FBI's memorandum by arguing that the FBI was intentionally withholding documents and acting in bad faith.   To support this allegation, he submitted a redacted copy of the Freeh Memorandum that he had requested and a redacted teletype (which he terms the “BOMBROB-Funding Memorandum”) that he claimed to be “from FBI Director Louie Freeh dealing with the very subjects of Plaintiff's FOIA Request.”   Pl.'s Combined Mem. in Opp'n to FBI Defs. Mot. for Summ. J. & Pl.'s Rule 56(f) Mot. for Continuance Pending Disc. at 5-6, Trentadue v. FBI, No. 2:04 CV 00772 DAK, 2004 WL 3482786 (D.Utah Nov. 30, 2004).   He asserted that these two documents revealed that “FBI Defendants and/or the SPLC had an informant at Elohim City who reported that two weeks before the bombing of the Murrah Building Tim McVeigh contacted Elohim City trying to recruit others to assist him in carrying out that attack․” J.A. 82.   Thus, according to Mr. Trentadue, the “FBI Defendants knew about and fail[ed] to prevent the attack upon the Murrah Building,” and therefore had an incentive to withhold documents showing such knowledge.   Id. at 82-83 (emphasis omitted).   Mr. Trentadue also submitted a declaration from a retired FBI agent, stating his belief (1) that the teletypes were authentic, and (2) that “it would be a simple matter to retrieve either of these teletypes” through searches of the “respective case files for the serial[ ] [numbers] entered on or about the date of each teletype.”  Id. at 96.   As the former FBI agent observed, the Freeh Memorandum listed two file numbers belonging to the OKBOMB investigation, 174A-OC-56120 and 91A-OM-41859, and the BOMBROB-Funding Memorandum listed a third file number belonging to that investigation, 100A-PH-79375.   In addition, Mr. Trentadue argued that Dees's privacy interest was outweighed by the substantial public interest in disclosure.   Finally, Mr. Trentadue filed a request under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 56(f) for a continuance “until Plaintiff has completed limited discovery on the existence of the documents and/or records in question.”   Pl.'s Combined Mem. in Opp'n at 3, Trentadue, No. 2:04 CV 00772 DAK, 2004 WL 3482786 (Nov. 30, 2004).

On January 4, 2005, the FBI replied.   It clarified that its position was not “that responsive documents do not exist, only that [its] search did not locate any documents responsive to Plaintiff's request.”   The Federal Defs. Reply Mem. in Supp. of their Mot. for Summ. J. & in Opp'n to Pl.'s Mot. to Strike & Stay Dis. (Defs.Reply) at 6, id.  (Jan. 4, 2005).   It maintained that it had made a good-faith effort to search for the requested documents, warranting summary judgment.   To establish its good-faith search efforts, it attached to its reply a December 9, 2004, declaration of David Hardy, Section Chief of the Record/Information Dissemination Section of the FBI's Records Management Division in Washington, D.C. The declaration explained that the FBI's indices to its Central Records System (CRS) generally refer only to subjects of investigations, suspects, and victims, although other names may be indexed by an investigator or supervisor if considered relevant or necessary for later retrieval.2  It then described the search for the records requested by Mr. Trentadue, stating that the search for records referring to Dees was awaiting a proper privacy waiver and that the search for the other records, using “Southern Poverty Law Center” as the search term, was fruitless.3

On February 17, 2005, the FBI submitted a second declaration by Mr. Hardy.   Attached to the declaration was a redacted copy of the Freeh Memorandum.   The declaration explained why the FBI was now able to produce the document:

(7) The initial search of the CRS indices at FBIHQ and the Oklahoma City Field Office, (“OCFO”) for [the Freeh Memorandum] revealed that, based on the information provided in plaintiff's initial request letter to FBIHQ and the OCFO, the FBI could not locate the original document.

(8) The initial search of the CRS indices at FBIHQ and the OCFO for the [Freeh Memorandum] was conducted by using the search term “Southern Poverty Law Center” as described in the Hardy Declaration ¶ 12.   Additionally, a search for the memorandum using the name “Timothy McVeigh,” failed to reveal the [Freeh Memorandum].

(9) Based on new information [the redacted version of the Freeh Memorandum submitted by Mr. Trentadue] attached as Exhibit A to plaintiff's November 23, 2004 REPLY MEMORANDUM IN FURTHER SUPPORT OF MOTION FOR PARTIAL SUMMARY JUDGMENT, it was determined that the document was a teletype dated January 4, 1996.   An electronic search of file 174A-OC-56120 for teletypes dated January 4, 1996, was conducted.   This additional search revealed the teletype in question which was contained within the FBI's OKBOMB investigative file which investigation was conducted pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 844(d).

Second Decl. of David M. Hardy at 3-4 (footnote omitted), Trentadue, No. 2:04 CV 00772 DAK (Feb. 17, 2005).   The declaration did not detail search efforts to find the so-called BOMBROB-Funding Memorandum.

3. The District Court's Initial Ruling

On May 5, 2005, the district court denied the FBI's summary-judgment motion, and granted Mr. Trentadue's partial-summary-judgment motion.  “Given the specific nature of [Mr. Trentadue's] requests ․ and [his] specific evidence that at least some of the requested documents do exist and reasonably should have been found by the FBI,” the district court found that the FBI's search “was not reasonably calculated to discover[ ] the requested documents.”   J.A. Vol. 1 at 159.   It concluded that “[w]hen the FBI's computer search did not identify any responsive documents, it was incumbent upon the FBI to review the actual files for such documents.”  Id. at 160.

In a footnote the district court provided further reason why it doubted the adequacy of the FBI's search.   It cited documents provided by Mr. Trentadue regarding his FOIA request for records relating to the FBI investigation of his brother's death.   One document was a teletype from FBI headquarters to its field offices instructing that documents prepared for the investigation “must not be uploaded into the Automated Case Support [ (ACS) ] system” without prior approval.  Id. at 159 n. 2 (emphasis omitted).   Two other documents were FBI teletypes that the court characterized as indicating that “the FBI lobbied former Senator Don Nickels of Oklahoma to obtain his assurances that no Senate Judiciary Committee oversight would take place with respect to the FBI's handling of the Trentadue investigation.”  Id. at 159-60 n. 2.

The district court also ruled that privacy concerns did not justify withholding or redacting documents because the public interest in the information outweighed any privacy interests of the individuals involved.   Accordingly, the court ordered that by June 15 the FBI must (1) produce unredacted versions of the Freeh Memorandum and the BOMBROB-Funding Memorandum, and (2) manually search the OKBOMB files numbered 100A-PH-79375, 174A-OC-56120, and 91A-OM-41859-the file numbers listed on the redacted copies of the teletypes that Mr. Trentadue had provided the court-for documents responsive to Mr. Trentadue's FOIA request.   The court denied as moot Mr. Trentadue's motion for a continuance pending further discovery, but added that “[u]pon motion, the court will permit Plaintiff to conduct discovery should the FBI fail to produce documents and/or records responsive to his FOIA request.”   Id. at 160.

4. FBI's Motion for Reconsideration and District Court's Revised Order

The FBI moved for reconsideration of the district court's order.   It claimed that (1) the redacted material in the Freeh Memorandum was exempt from disclosure because it would compromise the identity of and information provided by a confidential informant;  (2) the BOMBROB-Funding Memorandum did not reference the SPLC and therefore was not responsive to Mr. Trentadue's initial FOIA request;  and (3) the additional search ordered by the court would be unduly burdensome.

In support of its motion, the FBI submitted a third declaration from David Hardy.   Hardy stated that file number 174-OC-56120, one of the three files to be searched under the court's order, contained about 1,152,000 pages.   He asserted that the manual search ordered by the court would be “extremely time consuming and unprecedented in the history of the FBI FOIA Program.”   Id. at 204.  (The agency's brief below estimated that such a manual search would require “thousands of work hours to complete.”  Id. at 192.)   Mr. Hardy also described interim search efforts that the FBI had conducted in an attempt to comply with the order.   He said that the FBI had manually searched two of the three files named in the order, which contained about 4,100 pages.   And with respect to the 174A-OC56120 file, the agency had performed an electronic search.   He described that search as a

“text search” of the ZyIndex which is not a shared drive, but rather is an automated system component which has been used by the OKBOMB Task Force.   ZyIndex is an off-the[-]shelf software application that indexes words and phrases to allow an electronic retrieval of documents.   An initial “text search” conducted on the ZyIndex indicates that there are approximately 340 documents that are potentially responsive to plaintiff's request.   It took two individuals two days to conduct this burdensome search of the index for the terms “Elohim/Poverty;” “Elhoim/Poverty;” “OKBOMB/Poverty;” “BOMBROB/Poverty;” “McVeigh/Poverty;” “Guthrie/Poverty;” “Nichols/Poverty;” “Mahon/Poverty;” “Millar/Poverty;” “Brescia/Poverty;” “Langan/Poverty;” and “Strassmeir/Poverty.”

Id. at 205 (footnotes omitted).   The 340 potentially responsive documents had not yet been reviewed by the agency to weed out duplicates and to determine whether the documents were responsive and not covered by FOIA exemptions.

In addition, Mr. Hardy provided the context behind the FBI's teletype instructing its field offices not to upload into the ACS system any documents from the investigation into the death of Mr. Trentadue's brother.   Such uploading, Mr. Hardy explained, would have made the text of these classified documents available electronically, thereby jeopardizing the security and privacy of FBI employees.  (Apparently, some FBI employees were subjects of the investigation and others were witnesses.)   The documents would still be retrievable through an electronic search of the FBI's computerized indices.

The district court stayed its initial order pending further briefing.   It added that “[t]o the extent that [the FBI has] discovered documents that are responsive to Plaintiffs's FOIA requests (as interpreted by [the FBI] ) and to which [the FBI does] not assert any FOIA exemption, [it] shall produce such documents as they become available.”  Id. at 239.   On July 22, 2005, the FBI produced 17 documents and filed a “Notice of Release of Documents to Plaintiff” with the court.  Id. at 240.

Still unsatisfied, Mr. Trentadue filed a response to this notice on July 28, 2005.   He claimed that the documents produced were improperly redacted and that the FBI could have produced more documents because (1) the documents produced referenced other responsive documents (e.g., enclosures with teletypes) that were not produced;  (2) the oldest document produced was generated a week after the Oklahoma City Bombing, even though the FBI's undercover investigations had allegedly begun before the bombing;  and (3) the FBI still had not yet performed searches using the terms “Morris Dees” or the initials “SPLC.”

The FBI responded that its production of the 17 documents was not in bad faith.   It maintained that it had not omitted documents that were referenced by the documents it had produced.   Another declaration from David Hardy explained that “[i]f a released document referred to or referenced another document, the referred to or referenced document was also released if it, too, was responsive to plaintiff's FOIA requests․” Id. Vol. 2 at 497.   Likewise, “[e]nclosures referred to by a released document were included in the July 21 release, if the enclosures were located in the FBI's search.   There were two such enclosures.”  Id. at 498. Hardy noted that follow-up searches were sometimes necessary to locate these enclosures, because “[a]s a general matter, in the filing process, enclosures often become separated from their cover documents.”  Id. Two enclosures were not located.   One was a floppy disk;  Hardy stated that “[f]loppy disk enclosures are destroyed in the ordinary course.”  Id. The other was a newspaper article, although the article was “identified [in the released document] with sufficient specificity for [Mr. Trentadue] to obtain the document from public sources, should he so desire.”   Id.

In an order issued on March 30, 2006, the district court declined to reconsider its earlier finding that the FBI's initial search had not been reasonably calculated to uncover responsive documents.   The court did, however, agree with the FBI that it need not produce the BOMBROB-Funding Memorandum, whose failure to mention either Dees or the SPLC made it nonresponsive to Mr. Trentadue's initial FOIA requests.   And it agreed with almost all the FBI's redactions.   Most relevant to this appeal, it “relieved [the FBI] of conducting a manual search of the OKBOMB file․” Id. Vol. 3 at 902.   Instead, the court ordered the FBI to conduct searches like those already conducted but using the names “Morris Dees” (overruling the FBI's privacy contention) and “SPLC” (the FBI had employed the search term poverty in its ZyIndex to cull documents mentioning the Southern Poverty Law Center).   The court noted:

[I]t is so troubling that ․ the disclosed documents also refer to other attachments that at one time appear to have accompanied the document, yet these documents have not been produced. While the FBI's failure to discover documents is not necessarily an indication of bad faith, it is puzzling that so many documents could be referenced but not produced.   But given the nature of Plaintiff's initial FOIA request and the searches that have been conducted by the FBI thus far, the court declines to order further searches beyond what the court has ordered above.   It appears likely, however, that the FBI has not seen the last FOIA request from Plaintiff.

Id. at 901.   After further searching, the FBI produced one additional document.

5. Mr. Trentadue's Motion for Discovery and District Court's Ruling

In February 2007, eight months after the FBI's production of the additional document, Mr. Trentadue filed the motion that generated this appeal.   The motion seeks authorization to take videotaped depositions of Terry Nichols, who was convicted for his role in the Oklahoma City Bombing, and David Paul Hammer, a death-row inmate who claimed to have discussed the bombing in detail with Timothy McVeigh while the latter was on death row.   In the motion Mr. Trentadue reiterated his allegation that the FBI's production of documents had been in bad faith because other responsive documents-especially ones created before the bombing-had to be in FBI files.   The depositions of Nichols and Hammer, he asserted, would “set forth facts establishing a link between Elohim City and the Murrah Building bombing,” thereby “establishing FBI Defendants' apparent complicity in that crime through informants,” id.   Vol. 4 at 988, and would provide evidence of “FBI Defendants' bad faith response to Plaintiff's FOIA requests,” id. at 1008.   To support his motion, Mr. Trentadue submitted declarations by Hammer and Nichols, both of whom gave accounts of alleged involvement of government informants in the bombing.

The FBI opposed the motion, arguing:  (1) the district court lacked jurisdiction to grant discovery because the district court had already resolved all issues in the case and had no authority under FOIA to order discovery designed only to further a private investigation into terrorism;  and (2) Mr. Trentadue had provided no grounds for reopening the case under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 60(b) and had presented no evidence to support a suspicion that Defendants had inadequately responded to his FOIA request.

Stating that it had never closed the case, the district court granted Mr. Trentadue's discovery request.   With respect to the merits of the discovery request, the court cited its earlier order stating that “[u]pon motion, the court will allow Plaintiff to conduct discovery should the FBI fail to produce documents and/or records responsive to [his] FOIA requests.”  Id. at 1155 (internal quotation marks omitted;  first brackets in original).   The court then explained:

In light of (1) the court's previous finding that the FBI's original search was not reasonably calculated to locate responsive documents;  (2) the troubling absence of documents to which other documents referred;  and (3) the information that Plaintiff has thus far discovered from Terry Lynn Nichols and David Paul Hammer, the court is persuaded that it continues to maintain jurisdiction over this action, and, furthermore, that by allowing the requested depositions, Plaintiff may be better able to identify the existence of other records responsive to his FOIA request that have not yet been produced.


The FBI filed a motion for reconsideration.   It reiterated its earlier arguments, but also stressed that discovery in a FOIA action should be limited to “the scope of the agency's search for responsive documents and its indexing and classification procedures,” not expanded into “a fishing expedition into the investigatory action taken by the agency․” Id. at 1161.   Because Nichols and Hammer lacked any knowledge of the FBI's search for records, the FBI argued, deposing them would be tantamount to “conduct[ing] discovery into the Oklahoma City bombing investigation,” an unprecedented move given that neither Mr. Trentadue, nor the court, cited any authority allowing for depositions of nonagency personnel.  Id. The FBI also argued, alternatively, that the court should prohibit video recording of the depositions out of concern for prison security.

The district court denied Defendants' motion except that it ordered that the video show only the deponents and placed other restrictions on the use of video-recording equipment.   The court closed the case, but added that “[i]f Plaintiff is correct and through these depositions he discovers the existence of records responsive to Plaintiff's FOIA request, he may file a motion to reopen the case.”  Id. at 1313.


The issue before us on appeal is whether the district court properly authorized the depositions of Nichols and Hammer.   The FBI argues that such discovery is inappropriate because (1) the FBI has submitted detailed affidavits establishing the reasonableness of its search, and the district court never found the described search to be inadequate or to have been conducted in bad faith;  (2) discovery in FOIA proceedings is limited to the adequacy of the agency's search processes, not its outcome;  (3) the depositions of Nichols and Hammer can provide no information about the nature or scope of the agency's search;  (4) the declarations of Nichols and Hammer do not even mention the Southern Poverty Law Center or Morris Dees, which are the subjects of the FOIA request;  and (5) videotaped depositions of federal prisoners present substantial security concerns.

 We review the district court's discovery order for abuse of discretion.   See Wood v. FBI, 432 F.3d 78, 82 (2d Cir.2005) (discovery in FOIA case).  “A district court abuses its discretion where it commits a legal error or relies on clearly erroneous factual findings, or where there is no rational basis in the evidence for its ruling.”  Breaux v. Am. Family Mut. Ins. Co., 554 F.3d 854, 866 (10th Cir.2009) (internal quotation marks omitted).

 In our view, issuance of the discovery order was an abuse of discretion.   The only proper purpose that we can see for the depositions of the two prisoners, Nichols and Hammer, would be to establish that the FBI likely possesses documents encompassed by Mr. Trentadue's request.   But taking the depositions for that purpose would be improper because (1) Mr. Trentadue has provided no reason to doubt (a) that the FBI has performed the searches described in the declarations submitted by it and (b) that there are no reasonable methods by which the FBI could locate the requested records beyond those described in the declarations;  and (2) there is no reason to believe that the depositions could produce evidence of the existence of unproduced responsive records.

 First, as we explained at the outset of this opinion, the issue in a FOIA lawsuit challenging an agency's search for records is not whether there exist further documents responsive to a FOIA request but whether the agency conducted a reasonable search for responsive documents.   Perhaps the FBI's initial search was inadequate (an issue we need not address), but the searches ultimately conducted were very thorough.   Not only did it search its CRS indices for records described in Mr. Trentadue's FOIA request, but it manually searched two files and conducted a ZyIndex search of the principal file relating to the Oklahoma City Bombing.   Apparently, the only additional search that could have been conducted would have been a manual search of more than one million pages in that principal file-a search that, according to the FBI, would be an unprecedented FOIA effort by the agency that would take thousands of hours of work. To be sure, the FBI's description of its search effort was in the form of a declaration, not cross-examined testimony.   But declarations and affidavits are the widely accepted, even the preferable, means for an agency to respond to concerns about the adequacy of a FOIA search.   We agree with the Sixth Circuit:

In discharging this burden [to show the adequacy of its search], the agency may rely on affidavits or declarations that provide reasonable detail of the scope of the search.   In the absence of countervailing evidence or apparent inconsistency of proof, such affidavits will suffice to demonstrate compliance with the obligations imposed by the FOIA.

Rugiero, 257 F.3d at 547 (citations, brackets, and internal quotation marks omitted).   See Becker v. IRS, 34 F.3d 398, 405 (7th Cir.1994) (“An agency may establish the reasonableness of its search through affidavits.”);   Church of Scientology of Cal. v. IRS, 792 F.2d 146, 151 (D.C.Cir.1986) (Scalia, J.) (“Summary judgment ․ would require an affidavit reciting facts which enable the District Court to satisfy itself that all appropriate files have been searched, i.e., that further searches would be unreasonably burdensome.   Such an affidavit would presumably identify the searched files and describe at least generally the structure of the agency's file system which makes further search difficult.”);  Perry v. Block, 684 F.2d 121, 126 (D.C.Cir.1982) (per curiam) (“The peculiarities inherent in FOIA litigation, with the responding agencies often in sole possession of requested records and with information searches conducted only by agency personnel, have led federal courts to rely on government affidavits to determine whether the statutory obligations of the FOIA have been met.”);   James T. O'Reilly, supra § 7:5 at 165 (“In general, an agency search is adequate where the affidavit shows a good faith effort to use reasonable means to produce the information sought.”). “Discovery relating to the agency's search and the exemptions it claims for withholding records generally is unnecessary if the agency's submissions are adequate on their face, and a district court may forgo discovery and award summary judgment on the basis of submitted affidavits or declarations.”  Wood, 432 F.3d at 85 (brackets and internal quotation marks omitted).

 An agency “is not required to reorganize its filing system in response to each FOIA request,” Goland, 607 F.2d at 370;  and Mr. Trentadue has failed to suggest any search method that the FBI has not used other than a manual search of the primary Oklahoma City Bombing file-an unreasonably burdensome search that the district court ultimately relieved the FBI from undertaking.   Nor has Mr. Trentadue presented any reason to believe that the FBI's descriptions of its searches have been flawed in any respect.   He and the district court have expressed surprise and concern that the agency did not produce enclosures and other documents referenced in disclosed documents;  but the declaration from the section chief of the FBI's Record/Information Dissemination Section explained that only two enclosures (a floppy disk destroyed in the ordinary course and a newspaper article) were missing and the undisclosed cross-referenced documents were not covered by Mr. Trentadue's FOIA request.   In sum, the FBI's declarations provide an internally consistent and uncontradicted record that it conducted an adequate search for the documents requested by Mr. Trentadue.   See SafeCard Servs., Inc. v. SEC, 926 F.2d 1197, 1200 (D.C.Cir.1991) (“Agency affidavits are accorded a presumption of good faith, which cannot be rebutted by purely speculative claims about the existence and discoverability of other documents.” (internal quotation marks omitted)).

In this light, the discovery sought by Mr. Trentadue cannot be justified.   He has failed to show any possibility that the depositions of Nichols and Hammer would produce relevant evidence in this case.   See Oppenheimer Fund, Inc. v. Sanders, 437 U.S. 340, 351-52, 98 S.Ct. 2380, 57 L.Ed.2d 253 (1978) (“Discovery of matter not ‘reasonably calculated to lead to the discovery of admissible evidence’ is not within the scope of Rule 26(b)(1).”);  Fed.R.Civ.P. 26(b)(1) (discovery permitted if it is “reasonably calculated to lead to the discovery of admissible evidence”);  see also id. 26(b)(2)(C)(iii) (courts must limit otherwise-permissible discovery if “the burden or expense of the proposed discovery outweighs its likely benefit, considering the needs of the case, the amount in controversy, the parties' resources, the importance of the issues at stake in the action, and the importance of the discovery in resolving the issues”).   Nichols is a convicted coconspirator in the Oklahoma City Bombing and Hammer is a death-row inmate and alleged confidant of Timothy McVeigh, who has been executed for the offense.   Nichols and Hammer clearly have no knowledge regarding FBI procedures in filing and searching for records-which are the only relevant matters in FOIA litigation challenging an agency's records search.   Only present or past agency employees would have knowledge of those matters, which readily explains why we have been cited to no precedent for deposing nonagency personnel in FOIA cases.   Mr. Trentadue (and apparently the district court) may have supposed that the depositions would reveal that the FBI must have created a record that has not been produced in response to Mr. Trentadue's FOIA request.   But even if the existence of such a record were relevant, it is pure speculation that such a revelation would be forthcoming.   After all, Mr. Trentadue's FOIA request was limited to records relating to Morris Dees and the SPLC, yet the declarations of Nichols and Hammer submitted by Mr. Trentadue to the district court make no mention of either Dees or the SPLC.

To conduct the discovery requested by Mr. Trentadue would be an abuse of judicial process.


We REVERSE the district court's order granting Mr. Trentadue's motion to conduct discovery.   The parties' motions to supplement the appendix and the record are DENIED.


1.  We see no purpose in expanding upon Mr. Trentadue's beliefs concerning the connection between the investigations and his brother's death.

2.  Mr. Hardy described the CRS as follows:(10) The Central Records System (“CRS”), which is utilized by the FBI to conduct searches in response to FOIA and Privacy Act requests, enables it to maintain all information which it has acquired in the course of fulfilling mandated law enforcement responsibilities.   The records consist of administrative, applicant, criminal, personnel, and other files compiled for law enforcement purposes.   This system consists of a numerical sequence of files broken down according to subject matter.   The subject matter of a file may relate to an individual, organization, company, publication, activity, or foreign intelligence matter.   Certain records in this system are maintained at FBIHQ [FBI headquarters].   Records that are pertinent to specific field offices are maintained in those field offices.Access to the CRS is afforded by the General Indices, which are arranged in alphabetical order.   The General Indices consist of index cards on various subject matters that are searched either manually or through the automated indices.   The entries in the General Indices fall into two categories:(a) A “main” entry-A “main” entry carries the name corresponding with a subject of a file contained in the CRS.(a) A “reference” entry-“Reference” entries, sometimes called “cross-references,” are generally only a mere mention or reference to an individual, organization, etc., contained in a document located in another “main” file.(12) Access to the CRS files at FBI field divisions is also afforded by the General Indices (automated and manual), which are likewise arranged in alphabetical order, and consist of an index on various subjects, including the names of individuals and organizations.   Searches made in the General Indices to locate records concerning a particular subject, such as the Southern Poverty Law Center, are made by searching the subject requested in the index.   FBI field divisions have automated indexing functions.(13) On October 16, 1995, the Automated Case Support (“ACS”) was implemented for all Field Divisions, Legal Attaches (“Legats”), and FBIHQ.   Over 105 million records were converted from automated systems previously utilized by the FBI. ACS consists of three integrated, yet separately functional, automated applications that support case management functions for all FBI investigative and administrative cases, which are:(a) Investigative Case Management (“ICM”)-ICM provides the ability to open, assign, and close investigative and administrative cases as well as set, assign, and track leads.   The Office of Origin (“OO”), which sets leads for itself and other divisions, as needed, opens a case.   The offices that receive leads are referred to as Lead Offices (“LOs”), formerly known as Auxiliary Offices.   When a case is opened, it is assigned a Universal Case File Number (“OCFN”), such as “12-SU-34567,” which is utilized by all FBI offices, including FBIHQ, that are conducting or assisting in the investigation.   The “12” indicates the type of investigation, “SU” indicates the Office of Origin of the investigation, and “34567” denotes the individual case file number for that particular investigation.(b) Electronic Case File (“ECF”)-ECF serves as the central electronic repository for the FBI's official text-based documents.   ECF supports the universal serial concept, where only the creator of a document serializes it into a file, providing single source entry of serials into the computerized system.   All original serials are maintained in the OO case file.(c) Universal Index (“UNI”)-UNI continues the universal concepts of ACS by providing a complete subject/case index to all investigative and administrative cases.   Only the OO is required to index;  however, the LOs may index additional information as needed.   UNI, an 84.5 million record index, provides functions to index names to cases and to search names and cases for the FBI's investigative and administrative cases.   Names of individuals or non-individuals are recorded with identifying information, such as sex, race, event date, date or place of birth, locality, Social Security number, or address.(14) The decision to index names other than subjects, suspects, and victims is a discretionary decision made by the investigative FBI Special Agent (“SA”), the supervisor in the field division conducting the investigation, and supervising FBI SA at FBIHQ.   The FBI does not index every name in its files;  rather, it indexes only that information considered pertinent, relevant, or essential for future retrieval.   Without a “key” (index) to this mass of information, information essential to ongoing investigations could not be readily retrieved.   The FBI files would thus be merely archival in nature and could not be effectively used to serve the mandated mission of the FBI, which is to investigate violations of federal criminal statutes.   Therefore, the General Indices to the CRS files are the means by which the FBI can determine what retrievable information, if any, the FBI may have in its CRS files on a particular subject matter or individualDecl. of David M. Hardy at 4-7, Attach. to Defs. Reply, Trentadue, No. 2:04 CV 00772 DAK.

3.  The declaration stated:(16) A search of the CRS indices at FBIHQ and the Oklahoma City Field Office, and the search of the I and S drives at the Oklahoma City Field Office for records which directly or indirectly, report upon, concern, reference or refer to the SPLC's involvement with and/or connection to Elohim City, BOMBROB, OKBOMB, Timothy McVeigh, Richard Guthrie, Terry Nichols, Dennis Mahon, Robert Millar, Michael Brescia, Peter Langan and/or Andreas Strassmeir including all contacts the SPLC may have indirectly had with the foregoing through informants revealed that FBIHQ and the Oklahoma City Field Office have no records responsive to plaintiff's request.   The search was performed using the search term “Southern Poverty Law Center” as that would be the file containing the information sought.   The search was performed using the search term “OKBOMB” as that is [the] file under which the memorandum would have been placed.(17) A search for records pertaining to Morris Dees will be conducted upon receipt of the completed Privacy Waiver and Certification Form which the FBI provided to plaintiff by letter dated November 18, 2004.   In the absence of this privacy waiver, the records, if they exist, are exempt from disclosure pursuant to Exemptions 6 and/or 7(C), 5 U.S.C. §§ 552(b)(6), (b)(7)(C).  To date, plaintiff has not submitted this form to the FBI.Id. at 8-9.



Has the FBI been successful in weapoinizng the phrase " conspiracy"




'I hope someone truly shoots you': online conspiracy theorists harass Vegas victims
Those who lived to describe the mass shooting face flood of abuse on social media accusing them of being actors, as hoax claims flourish on YouTube





Democrats push bill to stop a Trump pre-emptive strike on North Korea



Denver hit a record high of 84 degrees Wednesday. Thursday’s forecast predicts snow.
Snow is expected to fly Thursday afternoon, but it won’t stick around




Congressional Committee Threatens DEA with Subpoena Over ‘Pill Dumping
Growing impatient with the DEA dragging its feet on the opioid epidemic, members of the Energy and Commerce Committee are threatening to subpoena the agency for information on “pill dumping” in West Virginia.

Chairman of the committee, Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., blasted the DEA for its failure to fully respond to a May 8 request for data on drug suppliers sending millions of opioids into the state, the Hill reports.

“Enough is enough. Will you, on behalf of the DEA, commit today to producing the documents and information we requested, and soon? Or do we simply need to issue a subpoena? Because we are done waiting,” Walden said to DEA Deputy Assistant Administrator Neil Doherty at a hearing.

West Virginia has been at the center of the opioid crisis, leading the nation in drug overdose deaths.

Drug suppliers pumped 780 million hydrocodone and oxycodone pills into the state in six years, according to an investigation by the Charleston Gazette-Mail.



Rochester LGBTQ Gun Group launched: 'We have each others back'





Kansas City attorney shot dead on his porch as man he recently defeated in court is tied to case



Writing wrongs: the pioneering New York prison program transforming lives – video




Link du jour







Georgia sheriff who ordered schoolwide drug search interrupted own son’s drug arrest, authorities say
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 6:05 PM


Posts: 8,845
Reply with quote  #130 

Judge: Pennsylvania State Police afraid of public scrutiny


A judge was harshly critical of the Pennsylvania State Police on Friday over its attempt to shut down a grand jury looking into how it investigates shootings by on-duty troopers, saying the agency was afraid of public scrutiny.

Judge Stephen Baratta rejected a state police request that he disband the grand jury, ruling from the bench that it will be allowed to write a report and make recommendations on state police policy.

State police argued the grand jury has no authority to investigate whether the agency should use outside law enforcement to probe shootings by troopers. Experts say police shooting investigations should be independent to ensure objectivity and foster public confidence.

“You’re saying no one’s allowed to tell the state police what to do,” Baratta told a state police lawyer at a hearing Friday.

He said the agency was trying to “silence the citizens who are on that grand jury,” adding: “You’re afraid they’re going to make recommendations that you’re not going to like.”

District Attorney John Morganelli sought the grand jury after state police, citing longtime policy, refused to allow his detectives to take the lead on a probe of a fatal shooting involving troopers near Easton. Troopers shot and killed Anthony Ardo on May 20 after he ignored their commands and attempted to light the fuse of a firework mortar around his neck.

He accused Morganelli of misusing the grand jury.

“We do believe that politics are involved here,” he said.

Morganelli rejected the state police contention that he was using the grand jury for political purposes, approaching the bench and thundering into the microphone: “We have a state police agency that wants to obstruct justice and obstruct the administration of law. ... It’s outrageous, it’s arrogant and it’s an effort to intimidate the grand jury itself and the commonwealth’s attorney.”

Morganelli blamed “brass in Harrisburg” for the dispute and stressed he’s long had a productive working relationship with troopers in his jurisdiction. A day earlier, he held a press conference to announce that two troopers were justified in shooting a suspect who had opened fire on them first, critically wounding one of them.

Under state law, the grand jury will submit its report to the judge. He will review the report to make sure the grand jury followed procedure before allowing it to be filed publicly.

State police tried to prevent Friday’s hearing from being open to the public. Morganelli and a coalition of media organizations, including The Associated Press, opposed the move, and Baratta ruled the hearing would be held in open court.


German court dismisses far-right police officer


A German federal court on Friday dismissed a Berlin police office accused of having far-right tattoos and repeatedly giving the Hitler salute, 10 years after he was first suspended.

The Federal Administrative Court ruled that people who reject the German constitutional order are unfit for public service, even if their behavior doesn’t constitute a criminal offense.

Berlin prosecutors in 2007 opened several investigations of the officer. They were closed because, among other things, investigators couldn’t prove he had given the stiff-armed Nazi salute inside Germany — where it’s a crime — or shown his tattoos in public.

The tattoos included runes and the notes of the Horst Wessel Song, a popular Nazi anthem, though the man denied being aware of its origin.

Lower courts largely rejected disciplinary measures against the officer. The local government appealed.

The federal court said a tattoo constitutes a “bold proclamation” of support of an organization or ideology. It said that the man’s “fundamental and lasting departure from the principles of constitutional order” was also proven by him giving the Hitler salute, posing in front of a swastika flag and by a collection of Nazi memorabilia at his apartment.

German law makes it very difficult to dismiss civil servants. A spokesman for the Berlin branch of the GdP police union, Benjamin Jendro, said it’s a good thing that officers enjoy protection from wrongful accusations — but “in this case, a Nazi benefited for years” from the system. He welcomed the federal court ruling.


police chief pleads guilty to theft from social club


A police chief has pleaded guilty to stealing gambling tickets from a Pennsylvania social club.

The district attorney’s office says 66-year-old Howard Dougherty, of Lemoyne, pleaded guilty Wednesday to theft by unlawful taking.

Police say Dougherty was the president of the Der Harrisburg Maennerchor social club when the tickets were stolen.

Prosecutors say club members installed an infrared camera in the closet where the tickets were stored on the suspicion that someone was stealing them. Police say the camera recorded Dougherty taking two handfuls of the tickets worth about $200 in May.

Dougherty has been sentenced to 18 months of probation.




Media Relations Fail: FBI Embroiled in ‘Sexting’ Scandal
By Patrick Coffee|February 22, 2013


FBI restricts contact between its employees and media
Apr 20, 2017 · The FBI is overhauling its media policy, restricting contacts between the news media and its employees amid controversy over alleged leaks, bureau officials told CNN.


FBI Milwaukee division celebrates 100 years of protecting Wisconsin’s citizens
POSTED 4:30 PM, NOVEMBER 17, 2017



Link du jour







Lawsuit: Silver City hired violent cop who later killed ex

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. The town of Silver City and its police department failed to stop a police captain from stalking his ex-girlfriend despite a number of complaints, and his violent behavior eventually led to her death, according to a lawsuit in federal court.

Authorities say Mark Contreras killed Nikki Bascom than shot and killed himself in 2016.

In the lawsuit, which was moved this week to U.S. District Court in Albuquerque, Bascom’s family alleges that the police department hired Contreras despite his history of violence. After Contreras joined the police force, court documents say the agency did little to stop his physical abuse toward Bascom, 31, and eventually promoted him to captain.

According to court documents, Contreras continued to harass Bascom after the couple broke up and accused her of having an affair with her boss. He also threatened her boss and tried to bait him “into a gunfight,” the lawsuit said.

“On multiple occasions, Contreras threatened to kill Nikki if she ever took their daughter, A.C., away from him, if she ever got a restraining order, or if she ever caused him to lose his job,” the lawsuit said.

After each episode, Bascom contacted Silver City police but Contreras remained on the job.

On the day of Bascom’s death, Contreras armed with his gun came to her home in uniform and in his police vehicle and blocked her from leaving her driveway, the lawsuit said. He then “reached into her car and ‘ripped’ her cell phone from her hand,” court documents said.

The lawsuit said Bascom informed Chief Ed Reynolds of the incident, but police did little to protect her. Bascom fled to a domestic violence center where Contreras allegedly banged on the door of the shelter, the lawsuit said.

Moments before Bascom was killed in April 2016, the lawsuit said, a Grant County sheriff’s sergeant spotted Contreras driving through Bascom’s boss neighborhood but didn’t pull him over.

Authorities say Contreras shot and killed himself moments after he killed Bascom in her friend’s driveway.



NASA says New York will flood when the ice caps in Greenland and Antarctica melt
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Friday, November 17, 2017, 1:16 PM


Sergeant guilty of obstructing police beating investigation


A Florida police sergeant has been convicted of trying to cover for three officers accused of beating of a man caught after a high-speed car chase.


November 15, 2017
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s missing missing person requests
After an unflattering depiction in “The Vanished” podcast, LVMPD has adopted an ever-changing set of rules for accessing public records
Written by Caitlin Russell
Edited by JPat Brown
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department isn’t very good at filling public records requests, but they’ve got a serious knack for infuriating reporters.
MuckRock user and host of “The Vanished” podcast Marissa Jones has been trying to obtain information about a missing person named Chris Turner from the LVMPD since July 26, 2017, and requested help from the MuckRock staff after weeks without hearing from the LVMPD.
Jones says that Turner’s case was closed three days after the first part of a two episode series on Turner aired.

According to Turner’s mom, who was interviewed extensively by Jones, the police never made contact with Turner before closing his case. In a message sent to a podcast listener by the LVMPD and then forwarded to Marissa on July 20th, the police insisted that they had made contact with Turner, but the way the message was written seemed to express uncertainty about whether or not Turner was alive:
“Our case for Mr. Turner is closed. He was sighted/located, so one could say he’s alive.”
The message doesn’t say that he was sighted by anyone affiliated with the police, or related to Turner. Also, the phrase “one could say he’s alive” is a rather odd way to word it if they are in fact certain that Turner is alive. The message went on:
“We cannot release information to someone not involved in a report, and beyond that adults can lead their own lives, even though there are people who are concerned about them, but they tend to be out of touch with people who would like to hear from them.”
However, according to a “Law Enforcement Support Technician” at the LVMPD who only gave her name as Diana, one can obtain this information with the right paperwork - assuming you were able to get notarized authorization from the missing person. Seeing as you would need to find a missing person in order to obtain their permission, it is by definition categorically impossible to get a signature from a missing person.
Diana’s statement was contradicted by a November 2nd email Marissa received from Officer Larry Hadfield, who told her that “due to the fact that you are not identified as media, you must go through police records as any citizen would,” giving the impression that, contrary to information provided by other LVMPD employees, the information is available so long as one goes through certain (apparently ever-changing) channels.
It should be noted that under Nevada’s public records law, citizens have the same rights as reporters, except in instances in which one is trying to obtain a person’s criminal history. Neither Jones nor Muckrock is trying to obtain Turner’s criminal history, however, we are trying to obtain the case file related to his disappearance.
According to Jone’s interview with Turner’s mother, his girlfriend reported Turner missing to the LVMPD on August 7th, 2016, but the family didn’t know until she told them on August 17th,. While it’s understandable that the police might withhold information about an ongoing investigation, it seems strange that they wouldn’t bother to contact any family members to make sure he wasn’t simply angry at his girlfriend and cooling off with a relative.


Elon Musk lifts the veil on Tesla's electric truck of the future – and teases a new sports car


Column In landmark ruling, court orders paint companies to pay to clean lead paint out of California homes


November 16, 2017
Maine town tries to charge MuckRock $750 for opening an email
Brunswick violates state’s public records law with claim that receiving its #AmazonHQ2 entitles you to pay for “administrative and legal fees”
Written by Adanya Lustig
Edited by JPat Brown
This week, in absurd and illegal requests, Maine’s Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority said that MuckRock is required to pay $750 because we opened the email they sent with their 37-page bid for Amazon second headquarters.

MuckRock is requesting copies of the bids that towns and regions submitted to Amazon for the privilege of housing the tech giant’s second headquarters. Many places have rejected our requests, but the more than 20 bids we’ve already received came free of charge.

We won’t be paying the $750 because according to the Maine Freedom of Access Act, if the cost to fulfill the request exceeds $30, the requester must be notified in advance.

Read the $750 bid embedded below, or on the request page.


NYPD probing allegations that cops rebuffed woman trying to report manspreading subway

The NYPD opened an investigation Friday into allegations that cops at two commands rebuffed a straphanger trying to report that a nut she criticized for “manspreading” punched her in the face on a Brooklyn train.

Investigators have reached out to brass at the 17th Precinct in Midtown and Transit District 34 in Brooklyn to find out why Sam Saia was discouraged from filing a report - in apparent violation of NYPD policy.


Republicans consider expelling Roy Moore if he does win a Senate seat — a rare and severe punishment


Military members increased reporting of sexual assault cases in 2016
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Friday, November 17, 2017, 7:06 PM


Cuts Could Jeopardize Environment, Critics Charge


The Latest on a wreck involving a Los Angeles County sheriff’s vehicle that killed two children

A witness says a Los Angeles County sheriff’s vehicle wasn’t using its sirens or lights before it crashed with another car, jumped a curb and killed two small boys.

Julie Valle tells the Los Angeles Times that the sheriff’s SUV didn’t switch on its siren or lights until an instant before it hit another car, jumped the sidewalk and hit a woman and her two boys.

Video from a nearby store shows the SUV, with its emergency lights on, driving on the sidewalk.

Luis Hernandez tells the Times that the boys were his brothers, 7-year-old Jose Luis and 9-year-old Marcos. Their mother was hospitalized in critical condition.

Los Angeles police say they’re investigating the crash that occurred Thursday night as the sheriff’s vehicle was answering an emergency call.


North Dakota city cites 47 reasons for police chief firing


Leaders in a northern North Dakota city are offering dozens of reasons for firing their police chief, including uncompleted paperwork, personal use of police vehicles and unapproved police purchases.


Cops: South Street police station vandalized, anarchist propaganda found at scene

Updated: NOVEMBER 17, 2017 — 3:35 PM EST


NEWS NOV 17 2017, 5:18 PM ET
Roy Moore says signature is a forgery, experts say more evidence is needed either way

Posts: 8,845
Reply with quote  #131 












Larry Nassar reportedly molested 27 additional victims after FBI launched slow-moving probe


NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Saturday, February 3, 2018, 2:35 PM









Why I Am Leaving the F.B.I.


One of the greatest honors of my life was walking across the stage at the F.B.I. Academy and receiving my special agent badge from the director at the time, Robert Mueller. After 21 weeks of intensive training, my class swore an oath and became federal agents entrusted with the solemn duty of protecting Americans and upholding the Constitution.


After more than a decade of service, which included investigating terrorism, working to rescue kidnapping victims overseas and being special assistant to the director, I am reluctantly turning in my badge and leaving an organization I love. Why? So I can join the growing chorus of people who believe that the relentless attacks on the bureau undermine not just America’s premier law enforcement agency but also the nation’s security. My resignation is painful, but the alternative of remaining quiet while the bureau is tarnished for political gain is impossible.


A small number of my current and retired colleagues have said that we should simply keep our heads down until the storm passes. I say this with the greatest respect: They are wrong. If those who know the agency best remain silent, it will be defined by those with partisan agendas.


F.B.I. agents are dogged people who do not care about the direction of political winds. But to succeed in their work, they need public backing. Scorched-earth attacks from politicians with partisan goals now threaten that support, raising corrosive doubts about the integrity of the F.B.I. that could last for generations.


When the F.B.I. knocks on s









New York Times Runs FBI Agent’s Angry Resignation Column, Neglects To Inform Readers Of Agent’s Ties To Democrats

By Evan Lips | February 3, 2018, 17:40 EST








The FBI: political punching bag or in need of reform?

February 04, 2018







As FBI dragged its feet, dozens of gymnasts were molested

Seattle Times-

For more than a year, an FBI inquiry into allegations that Lawrence G. Nassar, a respected sports doctor, had molested three elite teenage gymnasts followed a plodding pace as it moved back and forth among agents in three cities. The accumulating information included instructional videos of the doctor's unusual treatment ...









Nunes memo released: FBI objections lacked credibility given ...


In 2002, The FISA court complained that FBI agents made more than 75 false or misleading claims to secure warrants; a top FBI counterrorism official was prohibited from ever appearing there again. The court also rebuffed Attorney General John Ashcroft's proposal to radically transform its purpose by making it easier for ...









General Michael Flynn Framed By The FBI, Mike Cernovich Claims ...

The Inquisitr-

The same senior FBI agent played a role in both the Trump and Clinton investigations. Cernovich also highlighted that the Democrats and various media outlets aggressively opposed the release of the Devin Nunes memo because it would reveal classified information, yet after its release claimed it was a “nothingburger.









FBI Requested No Body Cameras During Malheur Leaders' 2016 ...

KUOW News and Information-

Federal prosecutors outlined portions of their case in a court filing Friday against an FBI agent charged with lying about firing his weapon during a traffic stop that led to the arrests — and one death — of the leaders of the 2016 Malheur Wildlife Refuge occupation. Prosecutors say W. Joseph Astarita, a member of the FBI's ...








The Best Book on Immigration You Will Read This Year Comes From a Former Border Patrol Agent

Francisco Cantú’s “The Line Becomes a River” is honest, gripping, and wonderfully written.








FBI Octopus



DEA and FBI looking for students to take part in poster contest

News 5 Cleveland-

DEA and FBI looking for students to take part in poster contest. Tracy Carloss. 11:20 PM, Feb ... The contest is designed to draw attention to the DEA and FBI documentary, Chasing the Dragon. ... The FBI points to statistics that show the average age of the first time opiate user is between the ages of 12 and 17. Teenagers in ...








Friends of Scouting

Cleveland Daily Banne

The chosen speaker is Marcus D. Veazey, a former FBI agent and supervisor. Retiring from the FBI in 2013, Veazey now works as an investigative consultant for Unum. The Ocoee District's scouting highlights include more than 600 registered youth, over 350 adult volunteers serving as positive role models for the youth and ...







Prosecutors move to dismiss charges against former Scout leader 


January 3, 2007 


NEW HAVEN, Conn. --Federal prosecutors have moved to dismiss charges 

against a retired FBI agent who was indicted on child sex charges dating 

back more than a decade when he was a Boy Scout leader, in response to 

the death of his accuser. 



William Hutton, 63, of Killingworth, was arrested in February on charges 

he enticed a member of his Scout troop to Maine for the purpose of sexual 

activity in 1994 and 1995. 





Former Scout leader, FBI agent indicted on child sex charges 

News-Times, The (Danbury, CT) 

Saturday, February 4, 2006 



NEW HAVEN A retired FBI agent was indicted Friday on federal child 

sex charges dating back more than a decade when he was a Boy Scout 


William Hutton, 63, of Killingworth, was arrested Friday. The federal 

grand jury indictment accuses Hutton of enticing a member of his Scout 

troop to Maine for the purpose of sexual activity in 1994 and 1995. 


"It's obviously devastating. He was an FBI agent in this district and was 

reputed in this district," defense attorney Hugh Keefe said. 


"The people who worked with him in the U.S. attorney's office and FBI 

respected him." 


Keefe said the investigation has been going on for years. He would not 

discuss the details of the case or how the allegations surfaced. 








Posts: 8,845
Reply with quote  #132 






— The grandmother of an unarmed black man killed by Sacramento police called Monday for changes in the way police confront suspects, such as sending in a police dog, using a Taser, or aiming for an arm or leg when shots are fired.

Sequita Thompson said at an emotional news conference that police didn’t need to shoot at 22-year-old Stephon Clark 20 times, killing him in her darkened backyard March 18.

“They didn’t have to kill him like that, they didn’t have to shoot him that many times,” she said through sobs, recounting the night of his slaying. She believes Clark was in the backyard trying to get into the house he shared with his grandparents and other family members when he was shot.









Our View: County should have postponed sheriff’s spending

A few months from now, when Mohave County is trying to figure out how it’s going to pay for its 2018-19 budget, remember that supervisors just approved $600,000 in unbudgeted spending by the sheriff’s department. That’s not to say the sheriff’s department didn’t need 87 gun suppressors, or a body and iris scanner, or lie detector equipment — we’ll leave those qualitative judgments to people who know the police business better than we do — but it’s clear that a majority of county supervisors weren’t very concerned about spending more than a half-million dollars on things that the sheriff’s department has done just fine without until now. It wouldn’t have hurt to wait a few months for the new budget planning process to begin.













y, March 23, 2018



Common Dreams

Ten Million Americans Could Bring H.R. 676 into Reality Land—Relief for Anxiety, Dread and Fear

Medicare for all is what the Pentagon does. It is what President Harry Truman wanted from Congress back in the nineteen forties. It is time.


Ralph Nader






Judge: Release video of police beating of jhttps://www.apnews.com/ccdf09a9a45b41fca884df474718ce1b/Judge:-Release-video-of-police-beating-of-jaywalkeraywalker

ASHEVILLE, N.C— A North Carolina judge has ruled all video in the case of a white police officer accused of using excessive force against a black man accused of jaywalking should be released.

Local news outlets report Buncombe County Superior Court Judge Mark Powell said Monday it was in the public interest for footage captured by police body cameras to be made public. Powell set an April 2 release date.

District Attorney Todd Williams said the release would threaten his ability to prosecute the case.

Video footage captures former Asheville Police Officer Christopher Hickman ordering Johnnie Jermaine Rush to put his hands behind his back. It shows Hickman punching Rush’s head and using a stun gun while holding him to the ground last Aug. 25.








FBI informants collected hundreds of thousands of dollars as government witnesses 'while continuing to commit murder for the mafia'

Read more: 





A Mississippi police chief says his officers will stop following what he called an “unwritten rule” that gives fellow law enforcement officers a break not offered to civilians suspected of driving under the influence.

Starkville Police Chief Frank Nichols made this announcement on Thursday after his department decided not to ticket a drunken Columbus police officer during a traffic stop. He calls that a bad judgment call.





Friday, 23 March 2018

Injured Victim Suing FBI — for Allowing Terrorist Attack to Happen





It’s perhaps one of the biggest, and most underreported, stories of the last few years. It involves two different allegations, the first being that the FBI allowed a terrorist attack to happen. More damning still, the second is that the FBI actually encouraged it. And now a man injured in the attack is suing the bureau.

The incident was the jihadist attack on the “Draw Mohammed” free-speech event in Garland, Texas, in 2015. The plaintiff is the security guard wounded in the gunfire, Bruce Joiner, who charges that an FBI agent “solicited, encouraged, directed and aided members of













Posts: 8,845
Reply with quote  #133 

9/11 and Other Deep State Crimes Teleconference


Draft Agenda for 8/29/18 Teleconference 


8pm (ET)/5pm (PT)   Teleconference #  (641) 715-0632    Access code: 551571#
[Note: Some telephone service providers block access to this teleconference service, or require additional charges.  If you encounter any of these difficulties, please try calling this alternative number: (716) 293-9623.  You will then be required to key in the original phone number above before entering the access code.  Please inform of us of any technical difficulties you encounter in accessing the teleconference.]

Greetings all,

is Wednesday's teleconference features an exciting double-header you won't want to miss!

First on the bill is Mick Harrison, CEO of the Lawyers for 9/11 Inquiry.  He'll share with us his own insights into the Deep State,  and also bring us up to speed on the latest developments in the all-important campaign for a Grand Jury Petition to investigate 9/11.  Barbara Honegger, a member of the Committee, will be on hand to introduce him.

We're also honored to  welcome back Professor Anthony (Tony) Hall.  To
ny's  battle with Zionist-instigated forces has caused him endless trouble at  the University of Lethbridge (Alberta. Canada), where he holds his professorship. His need to fully attend to this all-consuming struggle means he has been greatly missed on False Flag Weekly News, which he has long co-hosted with the illustrious Kevin Barrett, PhD. This beleaguered academic will give us the latest skinny on his hard-fought struggle for academic freedom against the usual suspects.

Barbara Honegger will then brief us on plans for upcoming 9/11 anniversary events in New York City (and related).

Finally, pursuant to his reply to Craig McKee's request for a retraction from him last teleconference, Wayne Coste will have the opportunity offer proof to support his allegation that Craig McKee " 'frequently apologized' on the teleconference for 'not having any evidence' to support his position that no 757 hit the Pentagon on 9/11." 

As always, we'll reserve time for your announcements.

Please join us Wednesday night for these latest currents in the Truth movement!  

Ken Freeland
Cheryl Curtiss
Craig McKee

DRAFT AGENDA for Wednesday 29 August Teleconference

I Roll call, minutes approval (see copy below)l, agenda approval (5 min)

II  The Deep State / update on Grand Jury Petition [Mick Harrison] {Barbara Honegger} (20 min + 10 min Q&A)
III Academic Freedom: Battle Royale [Tony Hall] (20 min +10 min Q&A)
IV 9/11 Anniversary Events [Barbara Honegger] (10 min + 5 min Q & A)

V Reply to retraction request (continued from last month) [Wayne Coste] (5 min + discussion) 

VI  Announcements

VII  Ideas for next month's teleconference (group discussion)

VIII Any available updates on issues of identified ongoing concern (if any remaining time):
  • New articles, books, films, or recent news about 9/11 or other Deep State crimes
  • 9/11 and the Deep State on the legal front, including current adjudicatory efforts by Lawyers for 9/11 Inquiry, JASTA, 28 pages, William Pepper’s efforts with AE911Truth against NIST and the Dept. of Commerce
  • Censorship and cognitive infiltration: new examples of censorship or harassment of members of the Truth community;  MSM treatment of 9/11 Truth
  • Google (et al.) censorship
  • The 9/11 Consensus Panel
  • 9/11 Truth political candidates
   IX Adjournment (by 9:30 p Eas


Controversial retirement program for L.A. police and firefighters would be reformed under new proposal



One cop came forward to expose secrets in his own ranks. The revelation rocked the court system


Ga. cop who shot two bought murder weapon day of killings


Tallahassee Police officer accused of roadside rape goes on trial

Karl Etters, Tallahassee DemocratPublished 6:00 a.m. ET Aug. 27, 2018 | Updated 7:02 a.m. ET Aug. 27, 2018

Highest-paid cop in La. suspended after FOX 8 probe


Wrongful arrest suit against Minneapolis cop can proceed, appeals court rules

Woman sued after officer said she kicked him during an arrest when she hadn't. 

Judge Rules Ex-Phoenix Cop, Wife Eligible for Death Penalty; Locks Them Up


file: Cop who used Taser on 11-year-old disciplined for 'homophobic slur' in 2017

Cameron Knight and Sharon Coolidge, Cincinnati EnquirerPublished 3:39 p.m. ET Aug. 27, 2018 | Updated 5:23 p.m. ET Aug. 27, 2

VIDEO: Cop accused of hitting, dragging handcuffed man in police station


Arizona police should not face charges in black man’s beating, investigators say





NYPD Internal Affairs examining fight at Gracie Mansion between members of mayor's bodyguard unit


FBI agent facing assault charge after domestic dispute in Wilbraham


Posts: 8,845
Reply with quote  #134 



5 Inglewood officers who killed couple in parked car say they were fired because they are white, lawsuit alleges


DEC 26, 2018 | 10:40 PM 




Cincinnati police officer previously honored for 'exemplary conduct' suspended for using racial slur


DEC 27, 2018 | 9:15 AM




LOCAL & STATE  Posted 12:09 PM Updated at 8:52 PM
Former candidate avoids bisbarment but gets 3-year suspension of law license
Lawyers representing the Board of Overseers of the Bar had argued for Seth Carey to be disbarred for violations including sexual assault, witness tampering and failing to comply with a previous interim suspension order.




Boston police officer charged in shooting that injured his wife
Korey Franklin was released on personal recognizance after pleading not guilty at his arraignment Wednesday.


Manipulated stats and illegal searches of inmate medical records — DOC honcho makes explosive allegations in discrimination suit


DEC 26, 2018 | 6:00 AM 




James Comey Contradicts Brennan‘s Testimony on ‘Pee‘ Dossier Influencing Intel Community Report
December 25, 2018
NEW YORK — In testimony, former FBI Director



Investigative Scoops Worth Rereading: Year in Review 2018
DECEMBER 25, 2018





Federal Prosecutors Need a Watchdog, Too
Lawyers at the Justice Department get little oversight from their own inspector general. That’s a problem.







What Inmates Are Saying About Trump Possibly Going to Prison








Home | Politics
Tags: justicedepartment | fbi | investigation | house | gop

Wash Post: FBI Rejects Holiday Deadline for Bias Probe Docs

By Eric Mack    |   Sunday, 23 December 2018 09:05 AM

Read Newsmax: Wash Post: FBI Rejects Holiday Deadline for Bias Probe Docs | Newsmax.com 



The Amazon Alexa Eavesdropping Nightmare Came True

Jennings Brown
Thursday 11:24am




Sacha Baron Cohen Says He Turned Over Disturbing “Who Is America?” 
pedophile Footage to the F.B.I.
According to Cohen, the bureau evidently decided not to pursue the matter, though the actor noted “This concierge had said that he’d worked for politicians and various billionaires.”


Remembering dad: Forced out of FBI for being gay and then lost to AIDS
A son’s emotional recollection of his gay dad’s dismissal from the FBI and later death from AIDS show how times have changed



Former FBI Agent: Mueller may no longer be protected


Dancing FBI agent who shot man at Denver bar after doing backflip pleads guilty, will avoid jail time




'We’ve informed you': New York Times defends running Alice Walker's David Icke recommendation



Brooklyn businessman used crooked NYPD deputy inspector as a 'cop on call,' prosecutor says


DEC 20, 2018 | 5:10 PM




Louisiana cop charged with having sex with animals and filming the encounters


DEC 21, 2018 | 5:55 PM 




Los Angeles Police Department rocked by shocking porn scandal


DEC 21, 2018 | 8:45 PM 




Bad lieutenant: FSB officer gets 24 years for murdering seven people as part of dirty cop gang
Published time: 20 Dec, 2018 20:12 Edited time: 21 Dec, 2018 09:20 



NATION & WORLD  Posted 12:32 PM Updated at 3:55 PM
Michigan State hampered probe of doctor’s sex-abuse scandal, lawyer says
Hundreds of women and girls, most of them gymnasts, accused Larry Nassar of molesting them under the guise that it was treatment.


Brooklyn businessman used crooked NYPD deputy inspector as a 'cop on call,' prosecutor says


DEC 20, 2018 | 5:10 PM

LAPD commander charged with public intoxication should be fired, disciplinary board rules


DEC 19, 2018 | 2:10 PM 




Cop turned bank robber gets nabbed in San Francisco


DEC 19, 2018 | 11:00 PM 



Iowa man's sexual assault charges dropped after prosecutor shows up to hearing drunk


Posts: 8,845
Reply with quote  #135 


Retired NYPD detective, wife plead guilty to running brothels, gambling ring


MAY 22, 2019 | 7:00 PM


Police use-of-force bill advances after California law enforcement agrees to changes


MAY 23, 2019 | 7:30 PM

Former NYPD detective accused of stalking her ex-lover and pouring urine on her door is in trouble again: police


APR 12, 2019 | 2:37 PM 

Hackers publish personal data on thousands of US police officers and federal agents
Zack Whittaker

Son of sheriff’s deputy arrested in connection to 3 black Louisiana church fires, say sources



SEE IT: Video of cop fracas at Gracie Mansion NYPD said it couldn’t find 


APR 12, 2019 | 6:00 AM 

NYPD quietly closes investigation into fight in mayor’s security detail at Gracie Mansion


APR 11, 2019 | 5:11 AM 

Denver police officer suspended for leaving work early to visit a strip club


APR 10, 2019 | 1:14 PM

L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva reinstates a second deputy fired for misconduct


APR 03, 2019 | 9:00 PM 

Mississippi cop gets 20 years after 3-year-old daughter died in patrol car while she had sex with supervisor


APR 02, 2019 | 9:15 AM 


State suspends $72k annual pension for ex-trooper in OT fraud scandal

Denver police sergeant accused of breaking teen’s bones with metal baton faces second assault charge in incident
Case moves forward after judge finds enough evidence at Thursday hearing

By ELISE SCHMELZER | eschmelzer@denverpost.com | The Denver Post
March 28, 2019 at 5:21 pm


12 Springfield police officers indicted in assault on black men

By Danny McDonald and Travis Andersen GLOBE STAFF   MARCH 27, 2019


CCRB to probe allegation Bronx cop blinded woman; cleared by NYPD, officer could now face charges


MAR 27, 2019 | 8:03 PM 


Ex-NYPD cop who broke the law twice busted again: officials

MAR 23, 2019 | 6:40 PM 


NYPD Cops Caught Making The Most Of A Patrol Car's Back Seat By Their BODY CAM
"A lot of grunting and groaning"

15 March 2019


State troopers lose jobs after dashcam video showing cops beating teen 

MAR 24, 2019 | 2:55 PM 

Fired Texas police officer accused of giving homeless man a sandwich containing dog feces wins appeal

MAR 25, 2019


Two Boulder County deputies charged in death now out at sheriff’s office
James O’Brien and Adam Lunn were charged with manslaughter in the death of Demetrius Shankling.


Second Mass. State Police trooper faces sentencing in overtime scandal



Former police officer admits to having sex while her 3-year-old daughter died alone in a hot car


Cassie Barker, a former police officer in Mississippi. (Photo: Sun Herald)
A 29-year-old former police officer admitted she was having sex with her boss while her young daughter died in her patrol car.
On Monday Cassie Barker, once an officer with the Long Beach, Miss., Police Department, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the 2016 death of her 3-year-old daughter, Cheyenne Hyer, from heat exposure, according to the (Biloxi) Sun Herald.
On Sept. 30 of that year, Barker left her daughter in her parked patrol car outside the home of her then-boss Clark Ladner while the two had sex and slept over a period of four hours. Although the car’s air conditioner was running, it was not blowing cold air. The Associated Press reported that Barker and Ladner were immediately fired, however, Ladner was not charged, as he told officers he wasn’t aware that Cheyenne was in the car. 

Cassie Barker (Photo: Hancock County Sheriff’s Office)
Cheyenne, who was later described by former Long Beach Police Chief Wayne McDowell as a “very happy, joyful little girl” whom officers would occasionally take turns pushing in a stroller, had a body temperature of 107 degrees when she was found.
The girl’s father, Ryan Hyer, reportedly said on Monday, “Every time I close my eyes, I picture her suffering and then I picture her laying in this coffin. I still see her smiling and laughing in my head, and I would assume that smile and laughter turned to pain and suffering in that instance. It’s an image I don’t want to have, but it’s one I can’t get rid of.”
Barker had previously left Cheyenne in the car in 2015 outside a Gulfport store while she went inside, reported the Los Angeles Times. After a pedestrian called the police, Barker went on unpaid leave and welfare workers took temporary custody of the girl. Ryan says he was never told about that incident.
Ryan is suing the Long Beach Police Department and Mississippi Child Protection Services. An attorney for Ryan did not return Yahoo Lifestyle’s request for comment. 


Mississippi police officer charged with murder in death of young mother was allegedly having an affair with her


MAY 25, 2019 | 12:52 PM


Move 9 women freed after 40 years in jail over Philadelphia police siege
Janine Phillips Africa and Janet Holloway Africa released
*                 Group maintains James Ramp was killed by fellow officers

Posts: 8,845
Reply with quote  #136 


Mysteriously vanished Dutch WikiLeaks partner ‘likely’ lost in kayaking accident – Norway police
Published time: 23 Aug, 2019 18:49


SFPD sergeant accused of pulling fire alarm at Pacifica police station could face misdemeanor charge

Alejandro Serrano Aug. 23, 2019 Updated: Aug. 23, 2019 5:55 p.


Houston Narcotics Cop Who Instigated a Deadly Drug Raid Is Charged With Murder
Gerald Goines justified the raid, which killed a middle-aged couple, based on a heroin purchase that apparently never happened.
JACOB SULLUM | 8.23.2019 5:25 PM


cop who overdosed on duty gets 5 years probation
Posted Aug 23, 10:55 AM


Off-Duty Cop in Deadly NH Crash Indicted for Manslaughter

Published Aug 23, 2019 at 12:42 PM | Updated at 1:36 PM EDT on Aug 23, 2019


Hartford Police Launch Investigation After On-Duty Cop’s Fight with Teen Ex-Girlfriend
The girl claims the officer got violent with her.
By Matt Austin
Published Aug 22, 2019 at 10:09 P


Mt. Pleasant, South Greensburg cop accused of oppression, retaliation

PAUL PEIRCE | Friday, August 23, 2019 3:34 p.m.


Cop disciplined for handling of dispute at abortion provider
Published 10:36 am EDT, Friday, August 23, 2019


Man who Recorded NYPD Cop Killing Eric Garner Remains in Prison as Cop is Fired



SERGIO BICHAOAugust 23, 2019


Rolling Meadows cop from Naperville charged with soliciting sex in Rockford


Long Beach PD Investigating Death of K-9 in Cop Car



This cop was fired after he mocked a gay teen who died by suicide. Now he’s been hired again.
He said that he was "seriously offended" by LGBTQ people on a social media post about the bullied teen's death. His new boss says he isn't homophobic.
By Alex Bollinger Friday, August 23, 2019     11 Comments


Federal Cop Sentenced In Hollywood Murder Case
A former federal police officer convicted of murdering a young man in Hollywood has been sentenced to 27 years to life in state prison.
By Mark Nero, Patch Staff
Aug 23, 2019 5:34 pm ET


A North Carolina Cop Said He Was Fired For Following The “Billy Graham Rule”
A former sheriff’s deputy claimed he was fired from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office for following the “Billy Graham rule.”

Tasneem Nashrulla
BuzzFeed News Reporter
Posted on August 23, 2019, at 5:56 p.m. ET


Philly just got its first female police commissioner — 45 years after top cop used ‘God’s wisdom’ to keep women off the force
The 1970s PPD was wary of hormones, bad bones and gullibility


Philly’s female cops sue police department over civil rights abuses every other month, records show
*                 ByMax MarinRyan BriggsNina FeldmanAugust 23, 2019


The Cops Who Abused Photoshop
Police in Oregon manipulated a photo to make a suspect look more like the perpetrator.
AUG 23, 2019


Judge Don Willett Butts Heads With Fellow Trump Appointees Over Qualified Immunity for Cops
“Modern immunity practice—essentially 'heads government wins, tails plaintiffs lose'—leaves many victims violated but not vindicated."


Insurance Companies Are Destroying People's Lives And Cops Are Being Paid To Help Do It
Legal Issues
from the all-hail-your-corporate-law-enforcement-overl


Houston Cop Charged with Murder in Botched Drug Raid; 2nd Cop Charged in
Strong words from Houston Police Officers Union President Joe Gamaldi

Carlos Miller

Former Houston police officer Gerald Goines and his partner Steven Bryant are both facing serious charges.
The Houston cop who was hailed as a hero for engaging in a bloody firefight with two drugs suspects during a January no-knock raid has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder.
Gerald Goines is also being investigated for allegedly stealing guns, drugs and money. His partner, Steven Bryant, was charged with witness tampering.
                The raid uncovered no evidence that the couple killed during the raid, Dennis Tuttle and Rhogena Nicholas, were dealing heroin.
Both men are expected to turn themselves in today, according to the Houston Chronicle. And both retired in the weeks after the incident when it became apparent the police narrative was falling apart.
Prosecutors who are reviewing more than 2,000 cases involving the two cops have already dismissed dozens of cases.
The incident took place on J


Court Dismisses Police Union Lawsuit Over Problem Cops List
A court has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Philadelphia's police union over a district attorney's office list of officers who prosecutors have tried to keep off the witness stand because of alleged wrongdoing.


Fmr. Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne: "FBI Got Hijacked From The Top," The "Men In Black" Pushed Me To Contact Butina

Posted By Ian Schwartz
On Date August 22, 2019


August 22, 2019
Court rules Tennessee can’t withhold public records just because of a criminal investigation
“Under the state’s position, even public records accessible via the TPRA for years prior may abruptly become exempt from disclosure, an astonishing proposition.”
Written by Kent Hoover
Edited by JPat Brown
Last week, the Tennessee Court of Appeals ruled that state agencies can’t withhold public records just because they’re relevant to a criminal investigation.
At issue was a public records request from a Nashville television reporter for travel receipts, credit card bills, telephone records, emails and other documents for the acting director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and another state official. The request was prompted by a tip from the TBI official’s wife, who said her husband was having an affair with an official with the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, and that they may have used state resources to carry on the affair.
In 2018, the state rejected NewsChannel 5 reporter Phil Williams’ request for these public records, contending they were exempt from disclosure since they were part of an ongoing criminal investigation. Williams and the television station filed a lawsuit to compel these records’ release. But before the case was heard, the state completed its criminal investigation, and then disclosed the records.
So this particular case was moot, but the legal question wasn’t. Are ordinary records of a state agency - not investigative files - exempt from the Tennessee Public Records Act when they become part of a criminal investigation?
On August 16th, the Tennessee Court of Appeals ruled such records aren’t exempt from the TPRA.
“We hold that non-investigative public records made in the ordinary course of business, capable of being accessed from their inception by citizens of Tennessee, do not become exempt from disclosure because of the initiation of a criminal investigation in which they become relevant,” the court ruled, in an opinion written by Chief Justice D. Michael Swiney.

Posts: 8,845
Reply with quote  #137 







Sheriff’s e-mails show level of White House loyalty


By Yvonne Abraham Columnist,December 4, 2019, 8:12 p.m.








A former police officer escaped charges after shooting his wife in the arm. Months later, he allegedly murdered her.






Judge dismisses lawsuit in John Dillinger exhumation case

By RICK CALLAHAN Associated Press DECEMBER 4, 2019 — 3:40PM








Democratic leader pours cold water on Tulsi Gabbard’s bid to force Syria withdrawal



Bryant Harris December 4, 2019



Read more: https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2019/12/democratic-leader-deals-blow-tulsi-gabbard-plan-syria-exit.html#ixzz67GPM2Wpr







A single-celled protist reacts to threats in surprisingly complex ways

A new try of a dismissed 1906 experiment suggests a protist can, in fact, ‘decide’ what to do







A new, theoretical type of time crystal could run without outside help

Long-range interactions between particles may create a structure that regularly repeats in time






Fly fossils might challenge the idea of ancient trilobites’ crystal eyes

Fossil lenses from the 54-million-year-old insects raise questions about other species’ sight







Akela Lacy

December 5 2019, 11:50 a.m.








Cora CurrierRyan Devereaux


December 5 2019, 11:08 







Jason Fitzroy JeffersJess Swanson


December 4 2019, 9:00










Rebecca Burns

December 3 2019, 1:00 p.m.










Race Looms Ever Larger as Death Sentences Decline

















ALEC Is an Incubator for Efforts to Protect White Supremacy, Says New Report







Trump Quietly Provides Offshore Drilling Industry Sweetheart Giveaway








Second victim comes forward against Houston-area cop charged with sexual assault

Accuser said the cop forced her to perform sex act after police arrested her boyfriend

By Michelle Iracheta Updated 1:43 pm CST, Thursday, December 5, 2019






Confused Florida cop points gun at girl, 10, orders her to put her hands up


Florida cop leans into terrified 10-year-old girl's bedroom holding his gun and orders her to 'put your hands up' while responding to burglary - before realizing he's at the wrong apartment

  • Officers with the Holly Hill Police Department had been responding to a burglary call on Monday at 5.30pm when the mishap took place
  • Kailynn DiCicco was cleaning in her room when she noticed the officer leaning into her window while holding his weapon
  • She was shocked to discover that the officer was also the same policeman who patrols her school
  • The girl's mother said that the department apologized for the mishap and gave Kailynn a police coin 







The Cops Are Culture Warriors

In the struggle for criminal justice reform, police are playing the victim.


December 5, 2019

Add to Pocket

When San Francisco voters elected Chesa Boudin, a public defender running on a platform to end mass incarceration, as district attorney in November, their decision was swiftly heralded as the end of an era. Boudin’s vision of criminal justice reform hit familiar points, but ones still scraping at the outer edge of the mainstream: declining to prosecute offenses like prostitution and sleeping on the street, ending cash bail, holding police accountable when they kill or use excessive force. At Boudin’s election-night party, a member of San Francisco’s board of supervisors started a chant of “Fuck the POA! Fuck the POA! Fuck the POA!” joined by the crowd, middle fingers raised.





The San Francisco Police Officers’ Association, the city’s police union, had spent more than $700,000—exceeding Boudin’s own fundraising efforts—in an effort to defeat him, pulling cash from police unions in Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle, and New York. The San Francisco Deputy Sheriffs’ Association shared a John Birch Society video calling Boudin a “communist radical” and a son








Community Members at Meeting Demand Civilian Oversight of Phoenix Police

MEG O'CONNOR | NOVEMBER 21, 2019 | 8:



Two things were clear from this week's Phoenix City Council meeting: Many people want to see independent oversight of the city's police department, and







Phoenix Cop Involved in Wife's Alleged Thefts Gets 80-Hour Suspension

MEG O'CONNOR | DECEMBER 4, 2019 | 11:13AM






Appeals court throws out protective order against cop-watcher

Court finds that concerned citizens can question public officials.

By Jake Thomas - Oregon Capital Bureau

December 4, 2019 at 5:47pm








Arizona’s top cop allegedly caught speeding, gets off with just a warning

DPS Director Frank Milstead issues statement after video of incident released to public






A Black Cop Is Suing His Department After His White Colleagues Allegedly Pointed a Loaded Gun at Him

They also used racial slurs and denied him promotions, according to the suit.


By Tess Owen

Dec 4 2019, 4p









NJ combats bad cops with sweeping rule changes after APP reporting


Andrew Ford, Asbury Park Press Published 2:41 p.m. ET Dec. 4, 2019 | 





Ex-Chicago cop avoids jail time for $360,000 theft of dead mom's Social Security checks

The former police commander received two years probation after pleading guilty.


Karma Allen

December 3, 2019, 8:53 PM

4 min read









Ex-Syracuse cop who had sex on the job going to trial for tampering with victim

Updated Dec 04, 3:43 PM;Posted Dec 04, 3:36 PM










NYC Environmental Cop Admits Selling Illegal Weapons

Authorities said he also tipped off a buyer that he was the subject of an investigation.

By Michael Woyton, Patch Staff

Dec 5, 2019 12:47 pm ET









GUNNED DOWN Bodycam footage shows moment female cop shoots unarmed shoplifting suspect’s mum in her home while trying to arrest him








An officer is stopped by another officer on the road, and then gets charged with DUI

Read more here: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/crime/article238078304.html#storylink=cpy









Ex-cop, hockey coach faces charges of molesting four boys over 25 years

François Lamarre, 71, worked as a Montreal police officer and coached hockey in Greenfield Park. Police believe there are other victims.

JESSE FEITH, MONTREAL GAZETTE Updated: December 4, 2019







Toronto cop gets five months for groping two women








Ex-cop details NYPD ‘collar quotas’ — arrest black and Hispanic men, ‘no cuffs on soft targets’ of Jews, Asians, whites: court docs





DEC 05, 2019 | 3:07 PM






North Bay Village police sergeant arrested for DUI in patrol car, cops say





DEC 05, 2019 |






Retired police officer charged with child porn in Sarasota, cops say


DECEMBER 05, 2019 12:44 PM







Carjacking ‘suspect’ driving his own car died after cops applied chokehold

By Adam Schrader

December 4, 2019 






Cops charged with DUI: 3 cases in CT right now

By Jordan Fenster Updated 1:35 pm EST, Wednesday, December 4, 2019









DAs could face punishment for failing to prosecute cops, pot possessors, lawyer says

Attorney for Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie outlines circumstances that could prompt action from proposed state Commission on Prosecutorial Conduct

By Robert Gavin Updated 12:40 pm EST, Thursday, December 5, 2019









Oregon court finds cops coerced confession in killing of mother of 6; overturns murder conviction

Updated Dec 04, 2019;Posted Dec 04, 2019













            Trenton cops reassigned to patrol after sexist 'firecracker' comment to female federal prosecutor








Judge denies motion by former FBI agent to suppress unsigned deposition in perjury case


Posts: 8,845
Reply with quote  #138 





South Carolina Cop Arrested, Sheriff Says Cop Strangled Girlfriend and was Drunk










Kansas police officer off force after fake claim McDonald's workers wrote 'pig' on coffee cup

"This was completely and solely fabricated by a Herington police officer no longer employed with the agency," the police chief said Monday





Alabama cops gloat over "quilt" made from cardboard signs confiscated from homeless people over Christmas






Local Cop Arrested On Child Porn Charge In Hamden: UPDATE

The man recently arrested for allegedly possessing more than 1,400 images of child pornography is a member of a nearby police department.

By Vincent Salzo, Patch Staff

Jan 2, 2019 2:18 pm ET | Updated Dec 30, 2019 2:28 pm ET









Cop charged after hitting and killing 4-year-old with police cruiser, MO officials say

Read more here: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article238847398.html#storylink=cpy





Ex-officer who targeted judge in tax scheme loses appeal

The former Connecticut police officer was convicted of trying to get a state judge in trouble by submitting a bogus tax filing.









Miami Prosecutor Resigns from Women's Rights Group after Protecting Rapist Cop









Reports: Joliet cop slapped ex-wife, covered her mouth when she screamed









Final pretrial hearing set for former Joliet cop in theft case





ASI suspended, another cop booked for self-immolation of man at police station in Delhi

Nearly six months after a 37-year-old man immolated himself at Nihal Vihar police station alleging police inaction in a case, two policemen have been booked and one of them has been suspended, officials said on Monday.









Man who accused top cop of abuse killed






Delhi Cop Arrested For Threatening To Shoot Citizenship Law Protesters: Police

The accused has been identified as 43-year-old Rakesh Tyagi, a resident of Baghpat in Uttar Pradesh, who took voluntary retirement in 2014 from Delhi Police.



















Missouri Cops Used Federal Loophole To Seize $2.6 Million From Drivers Who They Never Charged With Crimes

St. Charles County law enforcement used shady practices to seize motorists' assets without convictions.

ZURI DAVIS | 12.30.2019 3:15 PM





Man brutally beaten by Paterson cops in a hospital in 2018 is found dead


Joe Malinconico, Paterson Press Published 2:02 p.m. ET Dec. 30, 2019





The FBI, The FISA Court And Your iPhone









Agents: The FBI and GPU Infiltration of the Trotskyist Movement by Eric London – How Leon Trotsky’s Assassination was prepared

By Mehring Books 

30 December 2019





Fitton: Judicial Watch Sues DOJ and CIA for Documents on Eric Ciaramella








Police Violence in Utero

An academic study is retracted, but it’s revealing nonetheless.





Recall, funded by Santa Ana police union, moves forward against councilwoman


Iglesias voted against the city and police budget because she said she did not support $25 million in police pay raises, which included retroactive increases and extra money for long-time officers.


Posts: 8,845
Reply with quote  #139 






When a sex offender calls, she’s there to listen

As advocates reevaluate the value of offender registries, a women-led support line vows to offer help to those who feel shunned by their communities.

By Serena Solomon Updated Jan 8, 2020, 10:00am EST





Miami Cops Make Nearly $20 Million a Year in Shady Overtime Security Jobs







A Massive Project Sheds Light on California’s Criminal Cops

By Brandon Patterson

In May of last year, Laurence Du Sault and Katey Rusch stood hunched over a single desk in a records room in a courthouse in Lancaster, California, carefully parsing and then photocopying court files they had pulled on numerous police officers convicted of crimes. No chairs and no breaks, they had already overstayed the window during which they were supposed to have access to the files. When their visit was complete—one of dozens of trips to courthouses they had made that spring and summer—they left with copies of pages from 13 case files.

The pair, both graduate students at the UC Berkeley School of Journalism, were among the dozens of reporters from six media organizations working on a mammoth investigation exploring how often police officers in California are convicted of crimes and what happens to them when they are. The findings of the six-months-long investigation, which was anchored by Berkeley’s Investigative Reporting Program (IRP) and the Bay Area News Group, were published in mid-November. The searchable database produced by the effort is the most robust examination of criminal misconduct by police officers in California ever publi






Paterson officials want every city cop to get a body camera





Kajuan Raye was armed but wasn’t pointing gun when he was killed by Chicago cop: experts




Child 'waited for bullets to hit,' says lawsuit filed against UTPD assistant chief who held family at gunpoint








Murtaza Hussain

January 8 2020, 6:30 a.










Chicago cop wins resentencing appeal

January 8, 2020 | Katie Stancombe






Cleveland cop accused of raping Tinder date is indicted by jury

By Joshua Rhett Miller

January 8, 2020 | 11:41am





Detroit cop convicted for dine-and-dash at Warren restaurant

Posted: 4:37 AM, Jan 08, 2020 






The LAPD Has Suspended Cops for Allegedly Putting an Innocent Person in a Gang Database

People can be listed as gang members if police officers notice they frequent “gang areas,” have “gang tattoos,” or have a history of “gang-related crimes.”





FBI Got Warrants for ‘Unite the Right’ Organizer Jason Kessler, Antifa Activists






January 7, 2020

News Releases

Cato Calls on Congress to Investigate Possible FBI Surveillance of Domestic Policy Groups



Media Contact: (202) 789-5200

Fresh evidence uncovered through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests made by a Cato Institute scholar reveals the need for Congress to launch an aggressive investigation into FBI domestic surveillance practices.


Patrick Eddington, a research fellow at Cato, has filed numerous FOIA requests with the Department of Justice (DOJ) since April of last year. In more than 20 cases, the DOJ refused to confirm or deny whether the FBI is collecting national security or intelligence records on specific domestic organizations, including media outlets, immigration policy groups, and organizations dedicated to upholding the Bill of Rights.


“This type of response raises the troubling possibility that certain domestic public policy and advocacy groups may have been targeted for unconstitutional surveillance or information gathering by federal authorities,” said Eddington.


The Cato Institute is among the 23 organizations that may have been targeted for surveillance or other data collection. Others include Kids in Need of Defense, the Transgender Law Center, the Reason Foundation, the Campaign for Liberty, and Restore the Fourth.


“Had we received such responses for every FOIA request submitted on a domestic organization, we might assume that DOJ was trying to narrow the scope of the FOIA or to frustrate broadly the spirit of the law,” said Eddington. “To date, however, the responses have been selective.”


Federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies have used the “neither confirm nor deny” response — known as a “Glomar” — in the past to conceal surveillance, intelligence gathering, or even combat activities. Courts have generally supported agency use of such responses when the issues involve a foreign intelligence or foreign policy activity.


Federal courts have been less willing to support Glomar invocations in a domestic law enforcement context. Last year, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press won its case against the FBI for its use of Glomar to try to conceal its tactic of impersonating news crews to gather information.


“Courts have yet to define the extent to which the FBI or any other federal agency can refuse to confirm or deny surveillance or data accumulation activities in connection with a domestic group or a media organization,” said Eddington. “But regardless, no federal agency should be collecting data on any domestic groups on the basis of constitutionally protected activities.”


Eddington is sharing the FOIA responses he received with the organizations in question. As this domestic surveillance mapping project continues, additional results will be reported when available.


“A Glomar response is particularly offensive to the spirit of FOIA, as it asserts a privilege of secrecy not only covering the substance of a federal agency’s activities, but even the fact of those activities,” said Eddington. “In light of other recent revelations about federal surveillance activities targeting various do







Help Make Better Laws






Allentown cop pleads guilty to stealing $315,000 from firefighters’ nonprofit





JAN 08, 2020 | 7:22 PM 





The New York TimesFormer Oklahoma Cop Appeals Convictions to US Supreme ...OKLAHOMA CITY — A former Oklahoma City police officer convicted of raping 

and sexually victimizing women he encountered on patrol is ...3 hours ago









Connecticut Cop Sues Local Blogger To Get Him To Turn Over Personal Info On Commenters Who Said Thing The Cop Didn't Like

Free Speech

from the ignorance-of-the-law-is-going-to-get-your-civil-suit-tossed dept

Wed, Jan 8th 2020 2:29pm — Tim Cushing

A Connecticut cop, who doesn't like the things commenters said about him on a local blog, has decided he's legally in the right to demand the identifying info of those commenters from the person who runs the blog.

Hartford police Lt. Vincent Benvenuto has filed a lawsuit in state court against Kevin Brookman, a Hartford resident who runs the popular We The People Hartford blog, seeking the identities of people who post comments.

The lawsuit does not seek money damages, but does seek to know who is posting anonymously on Brookman’s blog, said








Cops arrested a drug dealer and took his money. N.J. court said they went too far.







Alex Emmons

January 8 2020, 7:00 p.m.









Lee Fang

January 8 2020, 8:00 a.m.





JANUARY 8, 2020

Australia’s Big Burn and Scotty From Marketing



Photograph Source: Meganesia – CC BY-SA 4.0

I was in Australia a month ago, experiencing some of the effects of the huge wildfires that had been burning there since August.

The authorities were saying then that the conflagrations would probably not start to die down until cooler weather arrived with the end of the Australian summer (March 2020 or thereabouts).

March 2020 was also the time when rainfall was expected to arrive and abate the prolonged drought accompanying the wildfires.

In the meantime the fires have grown in scale and turned even more deadly. The devastation









JANUARY 8, 2020

A War on Iran Would be Different From Iraq, and Far, Far Worse




Since President Trump’s assassination of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, widespread alarm has centered on whether he is again dragging us into another war like Iraq, to detract from his impeachment. The bad news is that the situation is even more potentially disastrous.

As a political-cultural geographer who has long studied the history of U.S. military interventions, I’m alarmed that his action could set into motion a regional conflagration, the violent break-up of Iran into ethnic enclaves, and a death toll that would make the Iraq War look like a warm-up exercise. The good news is that Americans can and have stood in the way of such a war, and we can do so again.

Most Americans concur with the country singer Alan Jackson, who sang in 2002, “I’m not a real political man… I’m not sure I can tell you the difference in Iraq and Iran.” But Iran has always been more geographically pivotal than Iraq, in land area, population, and economics. It was







JANUARY 8, 2020

The Rocky Mountain Restorative Initiative is a Trojan Horse for More Logging


The recent Durango Herald article about the proposal for aggressive logging of Southwest Colorado Forests supported by the Rocky Mountain Restorative Initiative (RMRI) is a classic example of the Industrial Forestry worldview.

The (RMRI) implies that trees killed by drought, beetles, or anything other than a chainsaw are somehow abnormal.  Not surprisingly, the membership of this group is dominated by timber interests and timber allies.

A healthy forest ecosystem is one with significant tree mortality. Many species live in mortal fear of “green” forests since up to 2/3 of all wildlife depends on dead trees for some portion of their life cycle.

Unfortunately, the RMRI appears unaware of recent science that finds all massive wildfires occur under extreme fire weather conditions of drought, high temperatures, low humidity, and high winds. In other words, climate/weather, not fuels, drives large blazes; therefore, logging will not reduce high severity blazes.

The idea that logging will “restore” the forest ignores the multiple impacts of biomass removal, loss of carbon storage, loss of wildlife habitat, sedimentation in streams from logging roads, the spread of weeds, and all the other ecological impacts associated with any logging proposal. If this is “restoration” we could use a lot less of it.

Indeed, there is even evidence that logging increases the occurrence of high severity blazes. For example, a study that reviewed 1500 wildfires across the West found that t














Should Judges Have to Weigh the Price Tag of Sending Someone to Prison?

A handful of reformist DAs think so. But they’re meeting plenty of resistance.


There’s one trial that Buta Biberaj will never forget. Biberaj, a former defense attorney, remembers how Virginia jurors in 2017 requested 132 years of prison for a man who stole car tires. The jurors may have been unaware that taxpayers could pay more than $25,000 a year to keep someone incarcerated—so by proposing their sentence, they were also suggesting that society fork over $3 million. For tires.

Last week, Biberaj started her term as district attorney in Virginia’s Loudoun County. As part of a wave of progressive candidates that swept district attorney elections in Virginia in November, Biberaj is calling for changes that reformers elsewhere have championed, like ending cash bail and letting marijuana crimes go. But she’s also touting a proposal that goes a step beyond what











Subject: Freedom of Information Request: FBI: Thomas S. Monson


To Whom It May Concern:

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

A copy of FBI files on Thomas S. Monson, former president of the LDS church, whose death was widely reported in the media on Jan. 3, 2018

See http://fox13now.com/2018/01/02/lds-church-president-thomas-s-monson-dies-at-age-90/

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

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

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.


Carlos Gamez

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation


Subject: eFOIA files available


There are eFOIA files available for you to download.



Posts: 8,845
Reply with quote  #140 








The Betrayal of Michael Levine









Cop suing NYPD arrested after Internal Affairs sting

By Tina MooreElizabeth Rosner and Vincent Barone

January 28, 2020 | 1






Court Tosses Evidence From Pretextual Stop When Dashcam Shows Cop Had Zero Reason To Perform A Stop

Legal Issues

from the 'i-um-just-wanted-to-congratulate-you-









Cop camera bill has broad support, deserves Senate vote








Sex Offenders Were Becoming Cops. After Our Stories, Alaska’s Governor Wants That To End.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s proposed law comes after Anchorage Daily News and ProPublica found that dozens of rural Alaskan police officers had been hired despite criminal convictions.

by Kyle Hopkins, Anchorage Daily News Jan. 29, 5 a.m. EST








By Mark Kram








Today, Mitchell filed an affidavit by a former FBI informant in Atlanta, claiming there was an "unofficial policy" of the FBI in the late 1970s and early 1980s to investigate "prominent elected and appointed black officials in major metropolitan areas throughout the United States."

The affidavit, signed by Hirsch Friedman, 45, now a lawyer and businessman in Atlanta, said the policy was referred to in the Atlanta FBI field office as the "fruhmenschen policy." Fruhmenschen is a German word meaning "early man" or "Stone Age man," according to the affidavit.

The term was used, Friedman said, because the FBI assumed that "black officials were intellectually and socially incapable of governing major governmental organizations and institutions."







The DOJ targets black officials









FBI Harassment  of Black Politicians








FBI agent shoots Chihuahua near Waco

An FBI agent who shot and killed a Chihuahua named Sassy in front of his Texas home says he deserves probation.

Amazingly, if a judge approves, that’s the sentence he’ll get.

Lovett Leslie Ledger Jr., 40, who lives near Lorena, pleaded no contest to animal cruelty charges in exchange for a recommendation from prosecutors that he be placed on probation for two years, according to the Waco Tribune.

The 3-pound dog, which belonged to a neighboring 8-year-old girl, was shot in the neck, just above her rhinestone collar, in February of 2008.

A neighbor, who witnessed the shooting when she went to investigate why her dogs were barking, said Ledger shot the dog with a pellet rifle, as one of his children watched.

Ledger initially lied to investigators about the dog’s death but later told deput






Off-duty cop pulls gun on haunted house worker







Beam Me Up: The James Traficant Story 





Jim Traficant - -Israel has used us like a whore!


Posts: 8,845
Reply with quote  #141 






Fulton County rape charges dismissed against FBI agent


Christopher Paul of Coral Springs, Florida, was arrested last year and indicted by a Fulton grand jury on the felony charges.





Mass. State Police overtime scandal: These are the troopers involved







NFL squashed Colin Kaepernick-inspired Super Bowl ad featuring animals taking a knee, PETA claims





JAN 31, 2020 | 4:01 PM







Few sexual assault cases make it to court. A Maine prosecutor wants to change that.



Case workers at Sexual Assault Support Services of Midcoast Maine, say they counseled 503 victims of alleged sex crimes last year. But only 76 filed a police report







This Blue Hill ‘space capsule’ will be one of fewer than 100 net-zero homes in Maine





Hundreds protest over-policing in New York City subways






Stephen King quits Facebook over 'flood of false information,' but is Twitter more 'truth-loving' for him?

1 Feb, 2020 06:25 / Updated 9 hours ago






JANUARY 30, 2020

Postal Worker Rented Storage Unit To Hold All The Mail He Failed To Deliver





Hollywood has been more heavily censored since 2001, films bashing US army & CIA can’t go public – Oliver Stone to RT

30 Jan, 2020 16:37 / Updated 1 day ago






State Police head says he’ll seek to terminate 22 in overtime fraud scandal


By Matt Rocheleau Globe Staff,Updated January 31, 2020, 11:00 a















The Mind-Matter Mapping Project is a world-wide network of researchers, labs and organizations interested in extending our understanding of matter-consciousness interactions and nonlocality as they apply to quantum mechanics, biophysics and experimental parapsychology. Participants do not have to be affiliated with academia or have published research, however given the technical focus of the discussions we recommend that only individuals with a long-term commitment to experimental work in these disciplines apply for membership (see How This Works).






Kobe Police File Released

Memos detail accuser's story, Shaq slur, and a soiled t-shirt






Judge orders federal prosecutors to explore whether State Police OT scandal was a ‘conspiracy’


By Matt Rocheleau Globe Staff,Updated January 30, 2020, 3:45 p.m.






Portland to pay $120K to settle bias suit stemming from cop’s stop of black motorist






Philly cop charged with lying about arrest

by Robert Moran, Updated: January 31, 2020- 7








Roselle Park cop admitted drinking after Matawan crash, before killing himself, records show


Alex N. Gecan, Asbury Park Press Published 7:33 p.m. ET Jan. 31, 2020 | 










'McMillions': How The Ex-Cop Who Scammed McDonald's Monopoly



February 1, 20208:03 AM ET






Carlisle cop pleads not guilty to bribery, other sex charges

Posted Jan 31, 2020








Arizona cop who fatally shot teen in back won't be charged

By JACQUES BILLEAUD Associated Press JANUARY 31, 2020 — 4:05PM








Elizabeth Warren takes another hit from Massachusetts police chiefs over anti-cop rhetoric








Epstein Coverup by Cops


“I want to know why,” Nida said, ticking off the long list of police, prosecutors, judges, jailers and others who conspired to keep her and dozens of other young women from getting justice.








Pilots For 911 Truth









The mobster Whitey Bulger secretly worked for the F.B.I. Or was it the other way around?






Callus on my Soul


Posts: 8,845
Reply with quote  #142 





Former ‘Trooper of the Year’ produced child porn, shared material online: authorities





FEB 13, 2020 | 2:33 PM





James Brown’s 2006 death under new legal scrutiny amid claims ‘Godfather of Soul’ was murdered





FEB 13, 2020 | 5:29 PM





VIDEO of lifelong smoker’s black lungs goes viral






Achilles’ heel of ALL viruses? Scientists discover holy grail which could lead to UNIVERSAL vaccine

12 Feb, 2020 13:11 / Updated 1 day ago






Mother of victim injured in off-duty FBI-agent shooting in San Francisco speaks out






Convicted Murderer Freed After Cop's Letter Surfaces

Letter names suspect other than Calvin Bright, who is released on time served

Which was 25 years








Gay Missouri cop to finish career on 'my terms' after suit

Updated 8:47 am PST, Thursday, February 13, 2020






NYC Council Member Used Cop Connections To Beat Ticket

Bronx rep Vanessa Gibson, former chair of City Council's NYPD watchdog committee, will pay $5,000 for having a cop connection fix a ticket.

By Kathleen Culliton, Patch Staff


Feb 13, 2020 4:20 pm ET | Updated Feb 13, 2020 4:27 pm ET







COPA says Chicago cop should be fired for lying under oath about deadly shooting of 19-year-old










Detroit cop gets 18 years in prison for aiding drug ring








Johnson: Our prisons are too dangerous for everyone, not just former cop convicted of manslaughter








Ex-nanny says NYPD cop Michael Valva, fiancée should suffer same ‘torture’ as slain son

By Lee Brown

February 12, 2020 | 3:23p










The FBI Will Be Audited To See How Frequently They Screw Up Other FISA Warrants







Jersey City cop found guilty of pulling over man and stealing his cash


Sergio Bichao

February 13, 202



Read More: Jersey City cop found guilty of pulling over man to steal cash | https://nj1015.com/jersey-city-cop-found-guilty-of-pulling-over-man-and-stealing-his-cash/?utm_source=tsmclip&utm_medium=referral










NJ Police Targeted Black and Latino Neighborhoods to Fulfill Ticket Quotas, Cops Say

A veteran police officer said cops would target black and Latino neighborhoods to fulfill ticket quotas, and claims there was a financial reward to rack up numbers








Alabama bill adds cops to categories of hate crimes victims










Officers placed on leave, investigations ordered in growing scandal over rogue arrest of black Portland man

Updated Feb 12, 6:22 PM; Posted Feb 12, 12:49 PM









Man Dies In Police Custody After Fighting Cops, Authorities Say

An officer punched the man in the face and head while trying to handcuff him, he then died in an ambulance on the way to the hospital.








D.C. Transit Cops Had a Competition for Arrests. The Prize Was a $20 Movie Gift Card.

Each arrest made was worth 20 points, four points for every citation.






‘I’ll Blow Your !$#%^@* Head Off’: Violent Cops Sued For Wrongful Arrest Of Black College Swimmer

The ACLU has filed a lawsuit on Jaylan Butler's behalf.





R.I. AG: Cops’ hometowns should not be public record








Q: Does a Brady list for Detroit Police Department officers exist and, if so, will that list be made publicly available at any time? Will ongoing cases involving officers on the Brady list still be investigated? (A Brady list contains the names of police officers deemed not trustworthy as witnesses. Such lists often are called Brady lists in reference to the Supreme Court's 1963 Brady v. Maryland ruling that prosecutors must turn over to the defense any evidence that might exonerate defendants.)






Democrat state senator proposes legislation to charge DA’s, cops guilty of ‘circumventing’ bail reforms

February 13, 2020








PPB Will "Look Into" Portland Cops' Involvement in Racist, Retaliatory Arrest


by Alex Zielinski • Feb 12, 2020 at 12:30 pm








FEBRUARY 13, 2020

Timber Industry Wants to Rape-and-Run on Our National Forests





When Idaho billionaire Ron Yanke purchased the timber mills in Townsend and Livingston, Montana years ago







FEBRUARY 13, 2020

How Bernie Sanders Became a “Fighter” for Palestine



With the Democratic primary in full swing, the outlines of public debate are pretty much entrenched. Common










A Canadian Energy Company Bought an Oregon Sheriff’s Unit


February 12 2020, 2:58 p.m.

In partnership with


T A CASINO in the small coastal town of North Bend, Oregon, dozens of law enforcement officers and corporate security personnel gathered for a two-day training on how to wage propaganda battles against protesters. The November










Alice Speri

February 13 2020, 12:45 p.m.






California Police Have Been Illegally Sharing License Plate Reader Data

A major audit found that California cops shared data on the movements of millions of drivers without having policies in place, disregarding state law.











New Hampshire Cops Detain Filmmaker for trying to Record Elizabeth Warren


Posts: 8,845
Reply with quote  #143 





Sunday, March 22, 2020

Here is the Chinese guidebook for clinical care of COVID-19


Handbook of COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment--a 68 page guide

Zhejiang University School of Medicine


Thanks to Jack Ma/ Alibaba for the web creation and English translation of the Chinese guidelines found to be most useful in clinical care of COVID-19! 


Posted by Meryl Nass, M.D. at 1:06 PM 0 comments 









'They have been LYING from the start,' lawyer tells RT as medics sue French PM, ex-minister over Covid-19 inaction

22 Mar, 2020 07:58









Bogota prison riot over coronavirus leaves 23 dead and 83 injured – Colombian justice ministry (VIDEOS)

22 Mar, 2020 16:37 / Updated 4 hours ago







Russian military planes carrying medics and equipment fly to devastated Italy to help combat Covid-19 pandemic (VIDEO)

22 Mar, 2020 14:32 / Updated 4 hours ago






MARCH 20, 2020

Nature’s Revenge: Climate Change and COVID-19



The corona virus pandemic is no accident. Like past global epidemics, it’s a warning that nature has had it with the ecocidal proclivities of man. These outrageous actions are changing climate and are warming and threatening planet Earth. Nature










Cuba’s Welcome to a Covid-19-Stricken Cruise Ship Reflects a Long Pattern of Global Humanitarian Commitment

“Thank you, Cuba…. We will never ever forget that you reached out to us when absolutely nobody, and I mean nobody, else would.’’






If Trump Declares Martial Law Due to Coronavirus, Can He Suspend the Election?








We Can’t Let COVID-19 Drive Us Into Authoritarianism










Sunday, March 22, 2020

byCommon Dreams

WATCH: Bernie Sanders Holds Roundtable on Coronavirus Response With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib

"What better time than now to call for bold, progressive policy solutions.








Published on

Saturday, March 21, 2020

byCommon Dreams

'Oh Hell No': DOJ Using Coronavirus Crisis to Push for Expansive Emergency Powers

"This is abhorrent (also: predictable)."









COVID-19 directives and preparation (Vermont Department of Corrections)









9/11's Trainer in Terrorism Was an FBI Informant

(Peter Dale Scott Talk in Palo Alto,










*eight martinis



I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has

practiced one kick 10,000 times.

- Bruce Lee.







Remembering and Honoring Rachel Corrie








White supremacists encouraging their members to spread coronavirus to cops, Jews, FBI says

The alert was sent to local police agencies by federal officials.


Josh Margolin

March 22, 2020, 1:50 PM

4 min read






When Comey and Mueller Bungled the Anthrax Case








FBI lab reports on anthrax attacks suggest another miscue






Mueller has Long History of Diversions and Cover-Ups





The 2001 Anthrax Deception: The Case for a Domestic Conspiracy Paperback – August 25, 2014

by Graeme MacQueen (Author)









November 1, 2009/36 Comments/in Anthrax /by emptywheel

photo: hqhwtr via Flickr

Steven Aftergood has just published Robert Mueller’s









Peekskill cop indicted on sexual abuse, other charges

March 22, 2020







Radio Legend Paul Harvey Had Close Ties to FBI

(USA TODAY) - He was a broadcasting legend, a commentator with a voice instantly familiar to listeners both loyal and sporadic.But on the cusp of his national career, he was an FBI target whose network bosses fretted about whether he should be fired.






FBI Media Asset 


▼ Primary Sources ▼

Walter Winchell










Legacy of Secrecy: The Long Shadow of the JFK Assassination

By Lamar Waldron, Thom Hartmann






Nothing Vague About FBI Abuse: 

Here Are the Dossiers

excerpted from the book

Wizards of Media OZ

by Norman Solomon and Jeff Cohen






Our Range of Media Assets & Resources: W.F. Pepper Assuredly Soon to be Front Pages all over World









UNLEASHED AND UNACCOUNTABLE The FBI’s Unchecked Abuse of Authority







2 Chicago police fired for shooting at car, another cop killed teen







Facing Murder Charges Cop Attacks Deputy In Escape Attempt






Franklin cop’s attorney challenges release of letter 





Janta curfew: Video of Goa cop hitting motorist goes viral


Read more at: https://www.deccanherald.com/national/janta-curfew-video-of-goa-cop-hitting-motorist-goes-viral-816389.html












NAACP Calls For Miami Police Chief To Resign After Cops Violently Attack Black Spring Breakers

Officers were recording firing shots, arresting and brutalizing partygoers.






Shocking moment two university officers grab sophomore class president by the neck and slam him to ground when he asked them why his friend wasn't allowed in his residence hall in North Carolina







Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in America

By Kristian Williams





9/11 and Other Deep State Crimes Teleconference


Draft agenda for March 25, 2020


8 p.m. (ET) / 5 p.m. (PT) teleconference dial-in # 

(605) 313-4118    Access code: 464958#


[Note: Some telephone service providers block access to this teleconference service, or require additional charges. If you encounter any of these difficulties, please try calling this alternative number: (425) 535-9195. You will then be required to key in the original phone number above before entering the access code. Please inform of us of any technical difficulties you encounter in accessing the teleconference.]


Cynthia McKinney joining us to discuss Coronavirus


Greetings all,


In keeping with the unusual state of affairs in the world these past few weeks, this month’s teleconference will be different from all others. We have decided to focus exclusively on issues related to the Coronavirus and its fallout.


To our delight, Cynthia McKinney has agreed to join us to discuss the subject and her new anthology When China Sneezes: From the Wuhan Lockdown to the Global Politico-Economic Implications. Cynthia can be with us until 9 p.m. EST.


There is also the possibility of a second speaker but that is still unconfirmed. And if we find ourselves with a surplus of time, we’ll open up the floor for a general discussion of the topic.


As always, we’ll finish with announcements and suggestions for future guest speakers.


We hope you’ll join us for this important call.


Cheryl Curtiss

Craig McKee



DRAFT AGENDA for Wednesday March 25, 2020 teleconference


I Roll call/minutes approval (copied below)/agenda approval (5 min)


II The Coronavirus [Cynthia McKinney] (20 min. + Q&A)


III Open discussion on Coronavirus, as time permits


IV Announcements


V Updates on 9/11 topics (as needed)

New articles, books, films, or recent news about 9/11 or other Deep State crimes

9/11 and the Deep State on the legal front, including current adjudicatory efforts by Lawyers for 9/11Inquiry, JASTA, 28 pages, William Pepper’s efforts with AE911Truth against NIST and the Dept. of Commerce

Censorship and cognitive infiltration: new examples of censorship or harassment of members of the Truth community;  MSM treatment of 9/11 Truth

Google (et al.) censorship

9/11 Truth political candidates

  VII  Adjournment



This draft agenda sent to: 

Richard Gage, John Heartson, Don DeBar, Scott Halfmann, Steven E. Jones, William Rodriguez, David Ray Griffin, William Douglas, Steve Alten , Tom Tvedten, Justin Martel, Les Jamieson, Michael Jackman, Michael Wolsey, Peggy Brewster, Barrie Zwicker, Erik Lawyer, Gabriel Day, Kevin Barrett, PhD, Carol Brouillet, Mia Hamel, Paul Craig Roberts, Jack Blood, Diana (for investigar11s.org), Cheryl Curtiss, Jodie Baltazar, Jarek Kupsc, Joseph Culp, Ken Jenkins, Ellen Mariani, Gerhard Bedding,  Jack Shimek, Paul Krik, Rock Creek Free Press, Damon Bean, Allan Giles, Kyle Hence, Michael Berger, Dylan Avery,  Jason Burmas, Mike Palecek, Donald Stahl, Ray McGovern, Cynthia McKinney, Ph,D, Don Plummer, Doug Wight, Global Outlook,  Paul Zarembka, Penny Little, Bob Cable, Suzanne Warson, Peter Thottam, Ralph Schoenman, Carol Wolman, Scholars for 911 Truth & Justice, Hummux, Political Leaders for 9/11 Truth, Frank Morales, Frank Tolopko, Alan Miller, James Hufferd, Ph.D., Erik Larson, Ted Walter , Suzanne Warson, Frederick Coward, Gordon Duff, Sherri Kane, Leonard Horowitz, William Woodward, Jerry Mazza, William Pepper, Wayne Madsen, David Kimball, Jeffrey Orling, Michael Marino, Lenny Mather (in memoriam), Ken Freeland, Tania Torres, Graeme MacQueen, Yumi Kikuchi, Stuart Hutchison, Roland Angle, Frank Agamemnon , Harold Hilton, Phil Restino, Rich McCampbell, John Zito, Manny Badillo, John Hankey, Oskar Mosquito, Edwin Jewett, Ms Anisa Fattah, Robert Barron, Shelton Lankford, Matthew Hayward, Anna Yeisley, Chris Pratt, Craig Ranke, Susan Lindauer, Barbara Honegger, Democritus Blantayre, Joseph Baltar, Jim Hogue, Sheila Casey, Steve Martin, Ben Collet, Elizabeth Woodward,  Runyan Wilde, Susan Wolfe, Adam Ruff, Conrad Gilber. Jonathan Mark, Tonya Sneed, Dan Sutton, Richard Krushnic, Mark Crispin Miller, Byron Belitsos, George Ripley, Laurie Manwell ,  Susan Serpa, Nicolas Guillermo, Dwain Deets, Craig McKee, Steve Fahrney; Fran Shure; David Petrano, Lawrence Fine, A.K. Dewdney, Steve De'ak, Allan Rees, Art Olivier, Ron Avery, Michael Booth, Jim Fetzer, Laura Katleman, Don Gibbs, Mark Basile, John-Michael Talboo, Julian Stroh, Christopher Gruener, Elias Davidsson, Martin McGee, Adnan Zuberi, Jan Ravensbergen, Rich Aucoin (in memoriam), David Hooper, Don Fox, Bill Wilt, William Jacoby, Ron Neils, John Campbell, Dan Hennen, Barton Bruce, Cheri Aspenleiter, Stephen Phillips, Dick Atlee, Lynn Ertrell, Nita Renfrew. Frank Tolopko, Mark McDonald, Christopher Bollyn, John Paul OMalley, Rodger Bories, Mark Snyder, Jane Clark, Richard Sacks, Tim Michel, Lynn Bradbury, Xander Arena, David Cole, Rick Tufts, Jerry Turner, Rick Shaddock, Rebecca Schmoyer, Mark Mckertich, Kip Beckford, Doug West, PF Soto, Dennis Cimino, Jane Clark, Charles Ewing Smith, Lucy Morgan Edwards, Pablo Novi, David Rolde, Gregory Flynn, Pat O'Connell, Jeff Long, Greg McCarron, Andy Steele, Thomas Robichaud, Doug Mackenzie, Peter Michael Ketcham, Gene Laratonda, Karl Golovin, Steve Jarrott, Neil Marquis, Matt Van Slyke, Tony Hall, Ph.D., Mike Springmann, Ezra Smith, Samuel Smith, Janane Tripp, Daniel Fielding, Gerald Pechenuk, Ralph Lopez, Robert Griffin, Linda McPherson, Marie Spike, Kathy Allard, PhD, Trina Silvers, Julio Gomez, Ann Hendricks, Malcolm Arnold, Nooria Ghafoor, Bonnie Faulkner, Clay Smith, Andrew Kreig, Beverly Trout, Joanne Tachera




Revised minutes for the February 26, 2020 regular conference call.

Ann Hendricks, secretary

March 22, 2020

Present were:

Cheryl Curtiss, Teleconference co-facilitator, Connecticut 9/11 Truth

Craig McKee, Teleconference co-facilitator, Truth and Shadows

Ann Hendricks, Teleconference secretary

James Hufferd, 9/11 Grassroots

Fern Tishman

Michael Cook, AE911Truth

Nita Renfrew, New York 911Truth

Zander Arena, Arizona 9/11 Studies and Outreach

Barrie Zwicker, Towers of Deception

Steve Stodola, Boston 9/11Truth

Peter Michael Ketcham, formerly of NIST

Jonathan Mark, FlybyNews

Marti Hopper, Colorado 9/11Truth

Gerald Pechunuk, Larouche Pac

Dan Hennen, 9/11TAP

Karl Golovin, anidealiveson.net

Barbara Honegger, Lawyers’ Committee for 9/11 Inquiry

David Meiswinkle, Lawyers’ Committee for 9/11 Inquiry

Frank Tolopko, Berkshire 9/11Truth

Lawrence Fine, 9/11 Synthesis


The minutes of the January 29, 2020 conference call and the draft agenda were APPROVED.


September 11, 2021 anniversary

Jonathan Mark opened the discussion about 9/11 20th anniversary event planning. He is seeking to bring together peace activists and 9/11 truth researchers and all who want “a democracy that protects the Constitution, rather than disables it.” He asked for a contact with the 9/11 Consensus Panel that would provide their points of agreement to the public. Additionally, he seeks names of various 9/11 organizations to invite to, or to co-host, events. Jonathan suggested an event might show Massimo  Mazzucco’s  summary version of his September 11: The New Pearl Harbor movie. Cheryl Curtiss suggested uniting the anti-war folks, the Muslim community, civil liberty groups, and alternative media journalists.  To contribute suggestions, go to this community forum page: https://www.facebook.com/events/987760258228011/. And the anniversary is addressed on Jonathan’s website: https://flybynews.wordpress.com/2019/12/04/2020-plus-1-20-years-9-11-truthpeace/?fbclid=IwAR2Ot7uO08cdlpMNU6ITZEXJyl_-fapMxiAuQCDtmewMSzRLmLCNgCV-KXo


Lawyers’ Committee legal efforts progress

Immediate suggestions for additional persons to join the New York mandamus lawsuit are appreciated by the Lawyers’ Committee. David Meiswinkle told of the defendants’ motion to dismiss this lawsuit especially due to alleged “lack of standing.” The Courts give higher value for standing to plaintiffs who have lost a family member or those who were injured by explosions or during the cleanup efforts. The deadline for the Lawyers’ Committee response is Tuesday, March 3rd. Please contact an LC board member if you know of someone who meets these criteria and who is willing to join the lawsuit. David also spoke about bringing in a professional investigator and of setting up research committees for several areas including the WTC, the Pentagon, Shanksville, anthrax, government misconduct, etc., to collect evidence for potential grand juries. Barbara Honegger emphasized that the Lawyers’ Committee appreciates participatory help and underscored the need for more plaintiffs to join the lawsuit quickly.


Who Killed Malcolm X? 

Frank Tolopko has studied the life and death of Malcolm X and reported on the release of a six-part docuseries on Netflix following the research of Abdur-Rahman Muhammad. Frank also pointed out several parallels of the assassination case to aspects of 9/11. Based on the new evidence uncovered, the Manhattan District Attorney has decided to reopen the murder investigation. Cheryl Curtiss will be interviewing Mr. Mohammad in the near future.


Bill Binney event

Gerald Pechenuk spoke about a discussion with Bill Binney livestreamed from New York City on Saturday, February 29th. This YouTube video is called “Rescuing the Republic from the Surveillance State – A Conversation with Bill Binney.” 



1. On Friday, March 6, David Meiswinkle, Barbara Honegger, and Christopher Gioia (via live link), will be speaking at an event in San Diego, which is hosted by San Diego 9/11 Truth. This event will be livestreamed on the Lawyers’ Committee YouTube channel, at 5-8 p.m. EST / 2-5 p.m. PST.  Their presentation will be at the Mission Valley Library, 2123 Fenton Parkway, San Diego. The Library offers free parking, and the event is free. For any questions, contact Cheri Aspen at (858) 568-1257.The link to the livestream:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWQbEeExutR4vR4pEFmQUJw


2. Cheryl Curtiss said the next teleconference will be March 25, 2020.

3. Cheryl also highly recommended the book, Gold Warriors:  America’s Secret Recovery of Yamashita’s Goldwritten by Sterling and Peggy Seagrave.


The call began at 8 p.m. EST and adjourned at 9:58 p.m., PST/5 p.m. to 6:58 p.m.


Audio of the February call can be heard here:


The next monthly teleconference will take place on March 25, 2020 at 8 p.m. EST5 p.m. PST. Agenda items should be emailed to facilitator Cheryl Curtiss (chercurt@aol.com) no later than one week before the call. 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. If you would like to join the teleconference list serve, contact Craig McKee (craigmckee911@gmail.com), and anyone who would like information such as links included in the minutes should email Ann Hendricks (hendricks_ann@yahoo.com)


Posts: 8,845
Reply with quote  #144 









Accused of perjury, veteran NYPD narcotics detective is fired





MAY 04, 2020 | 6:30 PM








One billion people will live in insufferable heat within 50 years – study

Human cost of climate crisis will hit harder and sooner than previously believed, research









New, apparently more contagious strain of the coronavirus has overtaken original, study says

A key mutation in the novel coronavirus produced a new strain that appears to be more infectious than the one that emerged in China, according to a study led by Los Alamos researchers.










Pittsburgh researcher ‘on the verge of’ coronavirus discovery killed in murder-suicide





MAY 05, 2020 | 5:07 PM









Maine Focus

Even the guards knew she didn’t belong in a jail cell










CNY cop who owns gym defends decision to reopen illegally amid coronavirus

Updated May 05, 2020; Posted May 05, 2020








Texas cops in tense standoff with six heavily armed men who were protecting a bar owner as she reopened her business in defiance of the state's stay-at-home orders











LAPD Cop Allegedly Beats Non-Resistant Man

Updated May 5, 2020 6:18 PM Published May 5, 2020 4:52 PM








Phila. Cop's Discrimination Lawsuit Against PPD to Proceed, Judge Orders

A federal judge has denied a Philadelphia Police Department sergeant's request to throw out a lawsuit filed by a colleague who claimed he allegedly discriminated against her and created a hostile work environment after she reported him for racist comments.

By P.J. D'Annunzio | May 05, 2020 at 03:53 PM










Woman Punched By St. Albans Cop Sues Over Excessive Force Allegations 










NYPD cop who tased and punched man in viral video named in 7 lawsuits settled by NYC for $210K









33-year-old policewoman found dead; accused husband, also a cop, kills self


Posts: 8,845
Reply with quote  #145 

Posts: 8,845
Reply with quote  #146 




Do you have the right to know what police officers engaged in misconduct?

Due to a court ruling, federal prosecutors must keep a list of all DC police officers who have been investigated for misconduct. If an officer on this list is called to testify, prosecutors must inform the defense of this information.

Property of the People, a transparency organization, thinks the public should know who’s on this list. That’s why they are litigating a FOIA request seeking the release of the so-called bad cop list. 

Join us tomorrow at 1:00 pm (ET) when we will be hosting a Lunchtime Live conversation with Ryan Shapiroand Jeffrey Light, co-founders of Property of the People, to discuss their attempt to liberate this list.

RSVP Today!




Ryan Shapiro holds a Ph.D. from the Department of Science, Technology, and Society (HASTS) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a former Research Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. Shapiro is an historian of national security, the policing of dissent, and government transparency. Shapiro is widely known as a leading expert on the Freedom of Information Act.

Jeffrey Light is a Washington, D.C.-based FOIA specialist attorney. Light is an NLG member who received his JD from Georgetown Law, as well as an MS in Bioinformatics from Brandeis University. Beyond his expertise in FOIA matters, Light also has extensive experience in activist defense and First Amendment law, as well as police misconduct, prisoner abuse, LGBT, and civil rights law. Light is widely regarded as among the best FOIA attorneys in the country.

The conversation will be moderated by DRAD policy director Chip Gibbons.


RSVP Today!






Previous Topic | Next Topic

Easily create a Forum Website with Website Toolbox.

? ?
Copyright ? 2001-2004 Who?s A Rat. All Rights Reserved.
Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission is prohibited.