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Jose de la Trinidad of Culver City was shot seven times, all from behind, according to the coroner.

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Widow’s lawsuit: NYC police officer killed himself over supervisor’s demands for sex


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Border Patrol agents deny sex acts during circus performance

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VISTA, Calif. - Two Border Patrol agents accused of committing lewd acts in public took the stand in their own defense Wednesday claiming that no inappropriate behavior occurred during a performance of Cirque du Soleil's "Totem."


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Cop-on-cop crime in LA: American blowback

February 8, 2013

by George Ciccariello-Maher and Mike King

Yesterday was not simply a day like any other, and yet an entire system is grinding into motion to ensure that the peculiarities of the day be promptly forgotten: Another crazy person lost it and committed unthinkable acts. The act of killing stands in and speaks for the person: Look what he has done. Of course he must be crazy. Case closed.

Christopher Dorner, a Navy reservist, posed in 2006 for a picture with current Oakland Police consultant William Bratton, who was then LAPD chief, for a police newsletter story on a program honoring officers who also served in the military.
What they want you to see is just another Adam Lanza, just another inexplicable act, and when the act speaks for the assailant, words are secondary and there is no need to listen. But this is not, and has never been, a good way to understand reality.

What they want you to forget is the sheer strangeness of what is happening in Los Angeles. Christopher Dorner allegedly killed a police officer and two civilians. This was not a random shooting by a right-wing gun-nut mourning the loss of the “Real America.” Here is a man with good things to say about liberal democrats, a supporter of heightened gun control, a former LAPD officer and Navy reservist, targeting his own institution, which he accused of racism, violence and corruption.

Dorner’s ‘Last Resort’

We know all of these things because what is most peculiar about this entire case is the written testament that Dorner has left us. In a letter titled only “Last Resort” and addressed to “America,” he makes clear his grievances, his objectives and the rationale behind his actions – a chilling declaration of war on the Los Angeles Police Department.

The press is busy citing only those bits of the statement which make Dorner seem crazy: when he addresses Tim Tebow or Larry David, for example, or when he laments the fact that he will not survive to see “The Hangover 3.” (See, for example, Buzzfeed’s “Everything You Need to Know,” which conspicuously says very little.)

In a letter titled only “Last Resort” and addressed to “America,” he makes clear his grievances, his objectives and the rationale behind his actions – a chilling declaration of war on the Los Angeles Police Department.

But the vast majority of the letter paints a picture of someone who, while clearly undergoing some sort of mental break, is astonishingly lucid as to the causes and candid as to what he intends to do about it. These causes and these intentions, regardless of what you may hear on MSNBC or Entertainment Tonight – both will essentially carry the same message – begin and end with the LAPD.

The LAPD has long played a vanguard role in white supremacist policing in the United States. Whether it be the conscious recruitment of racist cops from the South in the 1960s under William Parker – sparking the 1965 Watts Rebellion – or the continuity of well-worn brutal methods under Darryl Gates – sparking the massive 1992 L.A. Rebellions – there has been little new under the sun.

Even after 1992, when change seemed for a moment inevitable and when the Bloods and Crips had, themselves, laid down arms and put forth a plan to rebuild the city, this long-needed transformation didn’t materialize. Instead, South Central became South L.A., Gates was canned and the LAPD forcibly destroyed the gang truce. Nothing had changed.

It wasn’t long before the next scandal. Toward the end of the 1990s, what many had already known became public knowledge: that the LAPD, and especially the Rampart Division, routinely brutalized suspects and planted evidence. As a result of this revelation, the LAPD was charged under the RICO Act (as a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization) and placed under the federal oversight of a consent decree that would only be lifted in 2009.

The bullet-ridden coin mailed to Anderson Cooper by Christopher Dorner had been given to Officer Dorner by then LAPD Chief Bill Bratton. – Photo: CNN
Not coincidentally, “Globocop” Bill Bratton, currently en route to advise the Oakland Police Department amidst widespread public opposition, is credited with cleaning up the LAPD, and Dorner’s statement appears on many websites alongside a picture of the former officer beaming alongside Bratton. It has emerged that Dorner mailed evidence to Anderson Cooper last week, including a gift from Bratton, on which he wrote, “Thanks, but no thanks Will Bratton.”

According to Dorner’s statement: “The department has not changed since the Rampart and Rodney King days. It has gotten worse. The consent decree should never have been lifted. The only thing that has evolved from the consent decree is those officers involved in the Rampart scandal and Rodney King incidents have since promoted to supervisor, commanders, and command staff, and executive positions … Are you aware that an officer… seen on the Rodney King videotape striking Mr. King multiple times with a baton on 3/3/91 is still employed by the LAPD and is now a Captain on the police department? … As a commanding officer, he is now responsible for over 200 officers. Do you trust him to enforce department policy and investigate use of force investigations on arrestees by his officers?”

According to Dorner’s statement: “The department has not changed since the Rampart and Rodney King days. It has gotten worse. … Are you aware that an officer… seen on the Rodney King videotape striking Mr. King multiple times with a baton on 3/3/91 is still employed by the LAPD and is now a Captain on the police department? … As a commanding officer, he is now responsible for over 200 officers.”


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Details of suspended police inspector Doel's hearing to stay secret

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The presiding officer ruled Monday to keep hearings closed in a high-profile case regarding suspended Hamilton Police inspector David Doel.

“I'm critically aware of the public interest,” said presiding officer Robert Fitches, a retired OPP superintendent, during a pre-hearing motion. “On the other hand, there is ... responsibility of retaining information on Ms. Y.”

Lawyer Gary Hopkinson, representing the female complainant referred to as Ms. Y, said neither he nor his client want to be subjected to public scrutiny, and that any information released would be damaging to her personal and professional life.

“I can't sit here and presume to be Yoda [and open and close the door to the public],” Fitches said during the public portion of the hearing. “The danger is far too great.”

David Doel faces a total of 14 charges of misconduct under the Police Services Act.

Monday was the first day of proceedings for Doel, whose offences date as far back as 2006.

Doel faces a total of 14 charges of misconduct under the Police Services Act, including allegedly having sex while on duty, keeping pornography on his work computer, using police phone and video equipment for personal use, and using the national criminal database for personal use.

Doel, a high earner from the police service, has been suspended with pay for the past three years. He is listed on the province's Sunshine List as earning $140,725.94 in 2011.

Fitches first ruled in December that the hearings would be closed to the public in order to protect to privacy of the female complainant.


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Maryland Today — Police trainee remains critical after shooting

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 police trainee remains critical after shooting

The Baltimore police commissioner has suspended some training academy staff after a campus police trainee was shot in the head by an instructor.


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NYPD Sergeant Alberto Randazzo, 36, is arrested after cops find child porn on his computer: police

Randazzo is a 15 year veteran of the NYPD

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Raid Of The Day: Robin Pratt, Shot And Killed In Front Of Her Daughter


In March 1992, police in Snohomish County, Washington conducted six simultaneous raids on members of the same extended family. An informant had implicated the targets of the raids for the robbery of an armored car and the murder of its driver a year earlier.

One of the raids was on the home of Larry and Robin Pratt. The informant had implicated Larry Platt. Though police knew there were likely to be innocent people and possibly children in the house, they decided on the pre-dawn, no-knock raid instead of confronting Pratt as he was coming or going to work. The police had also obtained a key to the apartment from a landlord, but decided instead to enter the residence by slamming a 50-pound battering ram through a sliding glass door.

As they executed the raid, shards of glass flew out toward the Pratts' six-year-old daughter and five-year-old niece sleeping nearby. The police confronted 28-year-old Robin Pratt as she came out of her bedroom to see what was wrong. She immediately dropped to her knees. She briefly raised her head, looked at Dep. Anthony Aston, and said, "Please don't hurt my children." Aston then fired a single bullet into Pratt's neck. She bled out and died in front of her daughter.

The police then went to the bedroom, where they confronted Larry Pratt and put a gun to his temple. When he asked if he could move, the officer said if he did, he'd blow Pratt's head off.

Police later learned that the informant had been lying -- he admitted as much. Every one of the raids conducted that morning were waged against innocent families. The police never bothered to check the informant's statements with the accused before confronting them and their families with violence. If they had, they'd have found that every one of the people he had implicated -- including Larry Pratt -- had solid alibis disproving the informant's story.


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Cop Says He Was Fired For Reporting Officers Who Threatened President Obama and First Lady


A policeman in Richmond, Virginia says he fired for telling a local news stations about threats that other officers made against President Obama and Michelle Obama.


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The whistleblower told CBS 6 last year that the inappropriate comments were made by a 20-year police veteran who was talking on the phone to an officer assigned to provide outside security for the president and first lady. The whistleblower reported that the veteran suggested the officer “take a couple of shots . . .” and that another voice in the background talked about planting a bomb under the stage.

The Secret Service investigated and found no criminal act, but the two officers were fired amidst the furor. The fired officers have been fighting to get their jobs back.

The officer  told a CBS 6 reporter that he was terminated from his job because of the interview he gave CBS, which his supervisors say was a violation of the police department’s policy.


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How Our Romanticizing of Police Creates a Constant Monster

The LAPD’s Frankenstein


The most striking fact about ex cop Christopher Dorner’s rampage against his brothers in blue is that it stems from the LAPD’s apparent cover-up of a single, minor excessive force incident of the kind we seldom talk about, ubiquitous though it is.

Beyond that, the story intersects so many contemporary issues it reads like a morality play: A seething police mob hunts a renegade black cop who declared war on them and their families for firing him for reporting his training officer’s use of excessive force. They go on a rampage themselves, shooting several innocent people along the way before cornering their quarry in a cabin and, it appears, deliberately setting it ablaze – all amid a national debate about whether anyone other than the military and police should be allowed to keep assault weapons under the Second Amendment, which some are arguing was drafted to protect the power of militias to hunt fugitive slaves and crush revolts. You might say the Dorner story takes a manifesto to understand it properly.

Pundits across the spectrum, from former Portland and D.C. Police Chief Charles Moose to civil rights activist Van Jones, say don’t examine Dorner’s motives; doing so only dignifies the actions of a cop killer and domestic terrorist. Despite their command, though, a healthy riot of discussion has sprung up in the blogosphere and social media among citizens exasperated with perpetual police brutality, racism, and lying. Dorner is not a hero, he is a wanton murderer who targeted not only those he claimed wronged him, but their families and random officers. But the notion that he forfeited his grievance because he resorted to violence robs us, not him, of the lessons to be learned.

Whether or not Dorner’s training officer unnecessarily kicked a mentally ill man in the head and chest and covered up the incident in 2007, there is no question the LAPD fired Dorner for violating the police officer code of silence by accusing his trainer, not because he lied, as the Department absurdly found. First, it is virtually unheard of for police departments to terminate officers for false reporting. Lying is not a disqualifier but a virtual criterion for the job of police officer, as former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper observed in his memoir, Breaking Rank. Second, there was ample evidence the brutality in fact occurred, including Dorner’s several pained inquiries to confidantes about what to do before he officially reported it. He had no incentive to breach the code of silence, and everything to lose by doing so.

But even if the evidence had not fully supported Dorner’s allegation, there was no basis for concluding he lied, let alone firing him for reporting it, a move which is also contrary to the basic principle of encouraging whistleblowers to step forward. As such, at least part of Dorner’s gripe is valid on its face, namely that despite the LAPD’s success in diversifying its ranks since the Rodney King and Rampart scandals of the 1980s and 90s exposed a culture of bigotry, brutality, and dishonesty, it has not remedied the second and third items on that list – problems which are endemic to police forces.

The reality, too well known to the marginalized and dispossessed, but little known to their affluent fellow citizens on the other side of town, is that modern paramilitary police operate with virtual impunity, in a vacuum of both institutional accountability and societal ignorance and apathy. They patrol the urban streets with a siege mentality, regularly harassing and administering street justice to people they know wouldn’t dare complain, or whose word wouldn’t stack up against theirs anyway.

There is a degree of alienation which stems from having your complaints fall on the deaf ears of people in the hierarchy of repression, such as captains, district and city attorneys, judges, and mayors. But a different and more explosive kind of alienation builds from watching members of your own supposed community coddle and worship the oppressor, deny there’s a problem because it isn’t part of their experience, and at regular intervals negate your own experience as jurors of your so-called peers. As a former cop, Dorner is not the typical victim of a police gang up. But when his fellow officers walled him off for trying to do the right thing, it festered in him like a regular victim of police abuse, as he made clear in trying to wake us up with his manifesto.

Those who would lay this tragedy exclusively at Dorner’s feet and table further inquiry play into the hands of people who prescribe more social control as a panacea for all that ails us domestically, including more laws, more police, and more powerful police arsenals. To such fortress Americans, the blue line will always be too thin, because they hide themselves and their wealth behind it. They start from the anti-historical notion that every act, or mere utterance, of anti-government violence or rhetoric is necessarily the product of a diseased mind which must be neutralized. Yet they thrill to the truly insane spectacle of thousands of cops in military tech fanning out over hundreds of square miles in vague pursuit of one armed assailant, all itching to be the gunslinger to put a bullet in his skull, menacing the public in countless untelevised ways along the path on top of shooting several innocent people. In cheering for such demented drama, we also help produce it, collateral damage and all. Like in war. The real disease is systemic apathy to the plight of others making us all complicit but detached drone pilots. Whatever lip service we pay to the nostrum that violence is a last resort, we want and expect it like a Hollywood ending, so much so that we have confused reason and patience for a boring plot.

This is the point where the journalist is virtually conscripted to say: Dorner was a lunatic who clearly was not going to let himself be taken alive. But that conclusion is really code for, he deserved to die, and we experienced collective catharsis by killing him. The question isn’t whether anyone will miss him. The question is, what so constrained his choices that he so constrained ours, spilling so much blood? Because government is far mightier than the individual, it has more choice and greater responsibility to pause, reflect, and avoid an emotional responses. Instead, we’ve spiraled into a vortex of emotional responses. We’re more bravado and cowboy swagger, more shoot first ask questions later, than we were when those frontier myths were getting made. Our romantic fascination with police makes us practical extensions of their viscera, causing us to over-feel and under-question their behavior. In so doing, we helped to write both Dorner’s violent beginning and his violent end.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff denies deliberately torching the cabin where Dorner made his last stand by deploying pyrotechnic tear gas canisters known for their propensity to start fires. But intercepted police audio reveals an officer yelling early in the shootout, “Burn that fucking house down…Fucking burn that motherfucker.” Later, another officer exclaims, “burn it down.” The Sheriff and various spinmeisters dismiss this as the emotional upwelling of a few individuals unrelated to the tactical decision to smoke Dorner out, not burn him out, after he refused to surrender. They add condescendingly that the gas canisters are called ‘burners,’ hence our confusion. But the grammar doesn’t make sense. “Tear gas that fucking house down?” Numerous police experts question the decision and the explanation. It certainly wouldn’t be the first time police intentionally set fire to an occupied structure. Witness the FBI’s execution by fire of white supremacist Robert Mathews on Whidbey Island, the Philadelphia police firebombing of the MOVE house, and of course, Waco. The Sheriff is promising an inquiry – not into the decision, but into the cops’ careless utterances. Already, the cover-up has begun. But given the public’s apparent comfort with assassination, it might not be long before police can openly embrace ‘the tactical use of fire.’ From an online troll’s lips (burn that motherfucker) to a policymaker’s ear. So progresses American democracy.

Those who clamor for unfettered police power to confront the Dorners of the world are oblivious that Dorners are also the products of state violence and control, which expects total obeisance in the midst of widening structural inequality, and puts you down on the ground – or in it – just for questioning authority. You don’t have to be a political scientist to understand that this combination produces quiescence in the masses for only so long before it ignites rebellion.

Had Dorner’s narrative not culminated in such tragedy, it might be a thing of allegorical beauty. The LAPD created a monster who, fueled by rage and unbridled by reason, set out on a rampage to avenge the sin of his twisted creation. Had the LAPD sincerely investigated the claims of a whistleblower, nine fewer people would be dead or injured. What goes around comes around. We’re all in this together.

Ben Rosenfeld is a civil rights attorney in San Francisco, and a Board Member of the Civil Liberties Defense Center based in Eugene, Oregon.


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Haiti’s Nightmare: The Cocaine Coup and the CIA Connection
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Global Research, March 01, 2013
The Shadow and Global Research 25 February 2004
Region: Latin America & Caribbean
In-depth Report: HAITI
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by Paul DeRienzo

Originally published by The Shadow no. 32, April/June 1994, published on Global Research 4 days before the February 29, 2004 Coup d’Etat

It was a day before the scheduled return of Haiti’s exiled president Jean Betrand Aristide, and it was clear that the October 30, 1993 deadline for a return to democratic rule in the western hemisphere’s poorest nation could not occur. Aristide, a Roman Catholic priest who had been elected nearly three years before with 70 percent of the vote in Haiti’s first free election, was speaking to a packed session of the United Nations General Assembly.

In a dramatic move, Aristide told the diplomats that the military government of Haiti had to yield the power that was to end Haiti’s role in the drug trade, a trade financed by Colombia’s Cali cartel, that had exploded in the months following the coup. Aristide told the UN that each year Haiti is the transit point for nearly 50 tons of cocaine worth more than a billion dollars, providing Haiti’s military rulers with $200 million in profits.

Aristide’s electrifying accusations opened the floodgate of even more sinister revelations. Massachusetts senator John Kerry heads a subcommittee concerned with international terrorism and drug trafficking that turned up collusion between the CIA and drug traffickers during the late 1980s’ Iran Contra hearings.

Kerry had developed detailed information on drug trafficking by Haiti’s military rulers that led to the indictment in Miami in 1988, of Lt. Col. Jean Paul. The indictment was a major embarrassment to the Haitian military, especially since Paul defiantly refused to surrender to U.S. authorities. It was just a month before thousands of U.S. troops invaded Panama and arrested Manuel Noriega who, like Col. Paul, was also under indictment for drug trafficking in Florida.

In November 1989, Col. Paul was found dead after he consumed a traditional Haitian good will gift—a bowel of pumpkin soup. Haitian officials accused Paul’s wife of the murder, apparently because she had been cheated out of her share of a cocaine deal by associates of her husband, who were involved in smuggling through Miami.

The U.S. senate also heard testimony in 1988 that then interior minister, Gen. Williams Regala, and his DEA liaison officer, protected and supervised cocaine shipments. The testimony also charged the then Haitian military commander Gen. Henry Namphy with accepting bribes from Colombian traffickers in return for landing rights in the mid 1980’s.

It was in 1989 that yet another military coup brought Lt. Gen. Prosper Avril to power. Under U.S. pressure Avril, the former finance chief under the 30-year Duvalier family dictatorship, fired 140 officers suspected of drug trafficking. Avril, who is currently living in Miami, is being sued by six Haitians, including Port-au-Prince mayor Evans Paul, who claim they were abducted and tortured by the Haitian military under Avril’s orders in November 1989. According to a witness before Senator John Kerry’s subcommittee, Avril is in fact a major player in Haiti’s role as a transit point in the cocaine trade.

Four years later, on the eve of Aristide’s negotiated return as Haiti’s elected president, a summary of a confidential report prepared for Congress and leaked to the media says that "corruption levels within the (Haitian military-run) narcotics service are substantial enough to hamper any significant investigation attempting to dismantle a Colombian organization in Haiti." The report says that more than 1,000 Colombians live in Haiti using forged passports of the neighboring Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic leader Joaquin Balaguer opposes the UN blockade of Haiti, and maintains close ties with the Haitian military. The road connecting Port-au-Prince with the border town of Jimini in the Dominican Republic is the only well paved route in Haiti, and serves as the lifeline for the regime. Despite the embargo and U.S. naval blockade of Haiti, the road to the Dominican Republic has become not only the route for oil tanker trucks breaking the embargo, but the major route for cocaine shipments as well.

Fernando Burgos Martinez, a Colombian national with major business interests in Haiti, has been named in congressional records as a major cocaine trafficker, brazen enough to do business with other Colombian drug dealers on his home telephone. One DEA source says both the U.S. embassy and Haitian government have been pressed unsuccessfully to authorize wiretaps, despite DEA allegations that Martinez has been involved in every major drug shipment to Haiti since 1987.

The Kerry report claims Martinez is the "bag man" for Colombia’s cocaine cartels, and supervises bribes paid to the Haitian military. According to Miami attorney John Mattes, who is defending a Cuban-American drug trafficker cooperating with U.S. prosecutors, Martinez was paid $30,000 to bribe Haitian authorities into releasing two drug pilots jailed in Haiti after the engine in their plane conked out, forcing them to land in Port-au-Prince.

Martinez claims innocence from his lavish home in Petionville, an ornate suburb where Haiti’s ruling class live, overlooking the slums of the capital. He runs the casino at the plush El Rancho Hotel, that prior to the embargo realized nearly $50 million in business each week, a cash flow adequate to conceal a major money laundering operation.

But the most disturbing allegations have been of the role played by the CIA in keeping many of the coup leaders on the agency’s payroll, as part of an anti-drug intelligence unit set up by the U.S. in Haiti in 1986. Many of these same military men have had their U.S. assets frozen, and are prevented from entering this country because of their role in overthrowing Aristide, and subsequent human rights violations, including torture and murders of political opponents, raising the question—was the U.S. involved in a cocaine coup that overthrew Aristide?

War on Drugs and Human Rights Violations

When thousands of U.S. soldiers went crashing into Panama to arrest Manuel Noriega on December 20 1989, the administration of President George Bush justified the action as a major victory in the war on drugs. The cost of that victory was played down in the rush of propaganda hailing a rare victory, in a war where the light at the end of the tunnel isn’t often seen. The White House claimed casualties were low, 200 Panamanians killed along with about 20 U.S. soldiers. Bush declared the price worth the achievement of ending Panama’s role as banker and transit point for cocaine smuggled from the cartels of Colombia.

But the human cost turned out to be a great deal larger then the official pronouncements. A lawsuit brought by New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights on behalf of 300 victims of the Panama invasion, charges that the casualties were actually more than 2,000 killed, that the assault left 20,000 homeless and damages exceeding $2 billion. Mass graves were unearthed after the invasion, and hundreds of victims buried in U.S.-made body bags were discovered, and eyewitnesses testified that they saw U.S. troops throwing the bodies of civilians into trenches. These revelations moved the OAS to open an investigation into possible human rights violations by the United States during its invasion of Panama, the first such investigation of a U.S. intervention ever mounted by an international body.

The gunfire had barely subsided in Panama, and General Noriega was hardly settled into his new digs in a federal prison, when another battle in the war on drugs seemed won. In Haiti, decades of brutal dictatorship seemed to be passing, with the election of President Jean Bertrand Aristide to lead the Caribbean nation of six million. It was a time when dreams of a better future by Haiti’s impoverished people seemed within reach.

But it wasn’t long before the dream was transformed into a nightmare. Less than a year after the election, on September 30 1991, Haiti’s army launched a ruthless coup d’etat that forced Aristide into exile. The coup ushered in yet another period of military repression in Haiti’s tortured history—a history marked by twenty years of U.S. military occupation, beginning with the 1915 crushing of a popular revolt by U.S. Marines.

Human rights groups report that Haitians killed in the repression following the coup may be more than 3,000. More than 2,000 others were seriously injured, including victims of gunshots and torture. The OAS imposed an embargo that failed to topple the coup leaders, but forced negotiations, brokered by the UN at Governors Island in New York last July. There coup leader General Raoul Cedras agreed to allow Aristide to return in exchange for an end to the embargo.

Yet as the date for Aristide’s return grew near, the military began a campaign of terror against their opponents. The killings peaked in the days before the scheduled return of Aristide, with the brazen murder of Antoine Izmery, a businessman and key Aristide backer, who was abducted from a cathedral and gunned down on a busy city street. Later, Guy Malary, Aristide’s justice minister, was also killed, and his body left by a roadside.

President Bill Clinton publicly expressed his support for Aristide’s return to Haiti, and sent the transport USS Harlan County, with hundreds of troops, to insure the transition to democracy. But at the port where the ship was to dock, pro-military government thugs staged a demonstration, prompting the Harlan County to turn back. It was shortly after the images of dead U.S. troops dragged through the streets of Somalia had shocked Americans, and provided an excuse for the Clinton administration to back off from what promised to be another open-ended intervention.

The Boys From the Company

Meanwhile, the CIA was openly running a full-scale disinformation campaign against Aristide. Ultra-conservative North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms, a leading opponent of Aristide, brought CIA analyst Brian Latell to Capitol Hill in October, to brief selected senators and representatives on allegations that Aristide had been treated for mental illness. It turned out that the time during which the CIA report alleges Aristide was treated at a Canadian hospital falls within the same period that Aristide was studying and teaching in Israel. Latell also said he "saw no evidence of oppressive rule" in Haiti.

While Helms was a long-time backer of the brutal dictatorship of Jean Claude Duvalier, the Democrats have their own ties to the human rights violators and drug dealers who rule Haiti.

Former Democratic party head and current secretary of commerce Ron Brown headed a law firm that represented the Duvalier family for decades. Part of that representation was a public relations campaign that stressed Duvalier’s opposition to communism in the cold war. United States support for Duvalier was worth more than $400 million in aid to the country, before the man who called himself Haiti’s "President-for-Life" was forced from the country.

Even Duvalier’s exit from Haiti, in February 1986, is shrouded in covert intrigue and remains an unexplored facet of the career of Lt. Col. Oliver North. Shortly after Duvalier’s ouster, North was quoted as saying he had brought an end to "Haiti’s nightmare", a cryptic statement that was never publicly perused by the Iran-Contra hearings.

The CIA and the Cocaine Connection

As Jesse Helms was using the CIA to slag Aristide in the media, an intelligence service in Haiti set up by the agency to battle the cocaine trade, had evolved into a gang of political terrorists and drug traffickers. Three former chiefs of the Haitian National Intelligence Service (NIS) are now on the list of 41 Haitian officials whose assets in the United States were frozen for supporting the military coup.

The CIA poured millions into the NIS from its founding in 1986 to the 1991 coup. A 1992 DEA document describes the NIS as "a covert counter-narcotics intelligence unit which often works in unison with the CIA." Although most of the CIA’s activities in Haiti remain secret, U.S. officials accuse some NIS members of becoming "enmeshed" in the drug trade. A U.S. embassy official in Haiti told the New York Times that the NIS "was a military organization that distributed drugs in Haiti."

Aristide’s exiled interior minister Patrick Elie says the relationship between the CIA and NIS involves more than drugs. Elie told investigative reporter Dennis Bernstein that "the NIS was created by the CIA." Created, Elie says, to "infiltrate the drug network". But Elie adds, the NIS, which is staffed entirely by the Haitian military, spends most of its resources in "political repression and spying on Haitians."

After the 1991 coup, Elie maintains that the drug trade took a "quantum leap", taking control over the national Port Authority through the offices of Port-au-Prince Police Chief Lt. Col. Michel Francois. It was Francois’s thugs, called attaches, who were primarily responsible for the waves of political killings since the coup.

United States government sources say the NIS never provided much narcotics intelligence, and its commanding officers were responsible for the torture and murder of Aristide supporters, and were involved in death threats that forced the local DEA chief to flee the country. Connecticut Senator Christopher Dodd, who sits on the Foreign Relations Committee and received extensive CIA briefings, said that the drug intelligence the U.S. was getting came "from the very same people who in front of the world are brutally murdering people."

Legacy of Corruption

In the early 1980’s, when Haiti was still under Duvalier’s rule, the drug trade in Haiti was the province of individually corrupt military men associated with Duvalier’s powerful father-in-law. By 1985 the cocaine cartels began to seek transit points for the booming cocaine industry. A natural candidate was Haiti lying just south of the Bahamas—another favorite transit route.

Haiti is particularly attractive to the drug smugglers because the most direct route from the Colombian coast to Florida lies through the Windward passage between northern Haiti and eastern Cuba. Port-au-Prince is approximately 500 nautical miles north of Colombia and 700 miles southeast of Miami. A former agent in charge of the Miami DEA, Thomas Cash, told Senator Kerry’s committee that Haiti’s attraction to smugglers is aided by dozens of small airstrips, the lack of patrols over Haitian airspace and the total lack of any radar monitoring approaches to the country. Combined with the legendary corruption of public officials, these conditions make Haiti a "very fertile ground" for drug traffickers.

In fact, infamous drug trafficker George Morales told Kerry that during the mid 1980’s "I used the isle of Haiti mainly as a parking lot, as a place that I would place my aircraft so they could be repaired." When asked if he shipped drugs through Haiti, Morales replied, "Yes, I did," adding, "its something which is done fairly commonly."

Since then the role of Haiti in the drug trade has grown, and the profits to the Haitian officials involved have skyrocketed. This may explain the difficulty Aristide experienced during his short rule, in trying to interdict drug shipments. A confidential DEA report provided to Michigan Representative John Conyers told of the case of Tony Greco, a former DEA agent in Haiti, who fled for his life in September 1992, following the arrest of a Haitian military officer charged with drug running.

Patrick Elie says he got no assistance from the Haitian military in attempts to interdict drug shipments. And when Greco received information in May 1991 that 400 kilos of cocaine were arriving in Haiti, the DEA man watched helplessly as the drugs were delivered to waiting boats. Greco told Elie that the military was "conspicuously absent" at a moment they knew drugs were coming in.

Greco said he finally gave up and fled the country after he received a telephone death threat against his family from a man who identified himself as "the boss of the arrested officer". Greco says only army commander Raoul Cedras and Port-au-Prince police chief Michel Francois, leaders of the 1991 coup, had his private number.

Despite Tony Greco’s experiences, the DEA defends their continuing presence in Haiti. There are currently two DEA agents still stationed in the country, and the DEA has continued its contacts with the military following Aristide’s ouster, despite the DEA’s admission that over 26,400 pounds of cocaine entered the United States in 1993, transhipped through Haiti with the cooperation of the military.

The DEA remains defensive of its contacts with the Haitian military. Agency spokesperson William Ruzzamenti says, "Quite frankly and honestly, we have gotten reliable and good support in the things we’re trying to do there." He acknowledged that the DEA has received reports of Haitian army officers’ involvement in the drug trade, but said that the reports "have not been verified."

The International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, released in April by the U.S. Department of State—Bureau of International Narcotics matters, says the "current level of detected air and maritime drug-related activity in Haiti is low." On the subject of official corruption, the report says the United States "does not have evidence directly linking senior government of Haiti officials to drug trafficking, though rumors and (unsubstantiated) allegations abound." Responding to the State Department report, Representative Major Owens, who heads the Haiti committee of the Congressional Black Caucus, told the SHADOW that the State Department’s failure to act on evidence of corruption by Haiti’s military commanders was a "good question" the government has failed to answer. Owens says Secretary of State Warren Christopher is guilty of a "double standard" motivated by "racism" against Black Haitian refugees.

The Shadowy World of Col. Francois

Most Haitians believe that Port-au-Prince police chief Col. Michel Francois and his elder brother Evans currently run the drug trade. Col. Francois has gained that control and become one of Haiti’s most powerful men , by recruiting hundreds of police auxiliaries or "attaches", to control and eliminate his rivals. Francois commands his own independent intelligence service that spies on opponents and allies alike, while running a protection racket for local drug traffickers. Michael Ratner, an attorney with the CCR, says Francois and former dictator Prosper Avril are the rule behind the facade of General Cedras.

Francois and his men have a history of involvement in the torture of opponents and death-squad-style murders of Aristide supporters. In one recent incident, attaches mobbed Port-au-Prince City Hall to prevent the capital’s mayor, Evans Paul, an Aristide supporter, from entering his offices.

One person was killed and 11 wounded during the September 8th incident, when the mob opened fire on Aristide supporters. Witnesses say the attack began when attaches dragged two of Paul’s aides from a car, viciously beating an Aristide official. Francois is also considered responsible for the murder of Justice Minister Guy Malary.

Journalist Dennis Bernstein writes that Francois was trained at the U.S. Army’s School of the Americas , known in Latin America as La Escuela de Golpes, the school of coups. Originally based in Panama, the SOA was moved to Ft. Benning, Georgia in 1984. In its 40-year history, the SOA has trained 55,000 military personnel from Latin America, including the late Salvadoran death squad leader Roberto d’Aubuisson.

On April 21st 1994, a convicted Colombian drug trafficker, Gabriel Taboada, who is in the fifth year of a 12-year sentence in a Miami federal prison, fingered Francois at a Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee hearing chaired by Senator John Kerry. Taboada testified that Lt. Col. Francois collaborated in shipping tons of cocaine to the United States during then 1980’s.

Taboada said he met Francois while he was in the Medellin, Colombia office of drug king Pablo Escobar, in 1984. During a thirty minute conversation, Taboada told Francois he was a car importer. Francois, he said, asked "why wasn’t I in the drug business since the drug business made good money."

Speaking through an interpreter, Taboada said: "I asked him what his business was and he said that at the time he was in Medellin arranging a cocaine deal." Taboada said he later learned that Francois was Chief of Police in Haiti.

Taboada told the committee that the cartel "took planes out of Colombia and landed in Haiti, protected by the Haitian military. Michel Francois protected the drugs in Haiti, and then allowed the drugs to continue to the United States." Taboada also told the subcommittee that Haitian military figures often met Medellin cartel members in Colombia, including strongman Prosper Avril, who along with Francois, has long been linked to the drug trade in Haiti.
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Burglars poison Richmond officer's dogs

March 6, 2013
Burglars poisoned a Richmond police K-9 officer's two dogs before breaking into his home and stealing guns and other items, police said Wednesday.

The incident unfolded about 6 a.m. Friday when the officer's wife called him while he was at work, saying their 2-year-old black Labrador retriever, Trax, was seriously ill, said police Lt. Bisa French.

The officer returned home, secured his police canine, a Belgian Malinois, in a kennel in the yard and, along with his wife, took the Labrador retriever to a veterinary hospital.

The dog's food had been poisoned, and it died the next day, French said.

When the couple returned from the vet, they found that the police canine had also been poisoned - and their house burglarized - in their absence, meaning somebody had probably been staking out their home and waiting for them to leave, French said.

The police dog is recovering, she said.

The burglars made off with three "sporting guns," two handguns and other items, French said.

Police believe the burglars knew that an officer lived in the home.

"It's frightening that somebody would target him specifically, that they would not only burglarize the house but also harm the dogs," French said.


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Cops’ firing for drugs reversed
Report slams testing
March 7, 2013

Six Boston cops fired after testing positive for cocaine have been ordered reinstated — with back pay — after a state board struck down hair tests as 
unreliable in a bombshell ruling that could have a far-reaching impact on how city workers are drug-tested.

In a stunning, 134-page ruling, the Massachusetts Civil Service Commission this week ordered the six cops back on the job, finding that “the present state of hair testing for drugs of abuse ... does not meet the standard of reliability necessary to be routinely used” to fire someone.

“Hair testing for drugs of abuse has not achieved general acceptance within the scientific or law enforcement communities,” the board wrote. “A reported positive test result is not necessarily conclusive of ingestion and ... may or may not justify termination.”


The six ex-cops — Richard Beckers, Ronnie Jones, Jacqueline McGowan, Shawn Harris, Walter Washington and George Downing — failed drug tests when cocaine showed up in their hair samples in the early to mid-2000s, records state. They all appealed and the board ruled that all should be reinstated with back pay to October 2010, which is when Civil Service took on the case.

For McGowan, the positive test was her second — and she testified before the commission that she was formerly a “regular” cocaine user, the ruling states. Attempts to reach all the officers last night were unsuccessful.


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ATF Admits Mistakes Were Made During Botched Raid at Milwaukee Store

The head of the ATF’s St, Paul Field Division acknowledged mistakes were made during a botched undercover sting operation of gun and drug dealers at a store in Milwaukee, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

The Journal Sentinel recently exposed serious problems during a 10-month ATF sting. Among them: the theft of nearly $40,000 in merchandise; an agent’s machine gun was stolen; wrong suspects were charged; and sensitive information about undercover help was lost.


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Police officer fined $2 for striking man

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Louisville police officer has been fined $2 after being convicted of official misconduct and harassment for striking a handcuffed suspect multiple times.

A Jefferson District Jury on Friday fined officer David Graham $1 for each of the charges stemming from the March 31, 2012 arrest of 19-year-old John R. Sanders. A videotape of Sanders' arrest shows Graham poking Sanders multiple times in the throat and slapping him.


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Landlord says she was shackled to hospital bed for 17 days after cops broke her leg

A Brooklyn landlord says she was shackled to a hospital bed for 17 days after cops broke her leg during a wrongful arrest in the hallway of her Flatbush building. Karen Brim, 42, claims an NYPD officer threw her to the ground, severely fracturing

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Kadner: Calling the FBI on a ticket fix

March 11, 2013

If a police officer goes to the FBI every time he’s asked to fix a traffic ticket by superiors, can he be trusted?

And if the FBI investigated every such complaint, would it ever have time to arrest an organized crime figure or terrorist?

Those and many other questions came to mind due to a decision Monday by the U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago regarding a lawsuit by David Kristofek, a former part-time police officer in Orland Hills.

Kristofek contends that he was fired after announcing to colleagues that he had gone to the FBI to complain about a political fix in the police department. His suit seeking financial damages names the village and Police Chief Thomas Scully, who fired him.

Orland Hills administrator John Daly said the lawsuit was “frivolous” and declined further comment.

Kristofek claims that he stopped a vehicle for traffic violations in November 2010, and the driver could not provide the car’s registration or proof of insurance.

As Kristofek was writing a ticket, the driver mentioned that his mother was a former mayor of another suburb and a passenger in the car (apparently the driver’s girlfriend) handed the officer a cellphone, according to the suit. It says the caller was the driver’s mother, who asked Kristofek not to arrest her son.

By this time, other officers arrived on the scene, and Kristofek, ignoring the mother’s request, took the motorist into custody, the suit says.

Back at the police station, Kristofek was filing paperwork on the arrest when he contends that other officers told him to stop what he was doing, delete computer files related to the case and report to a deputy chief. Kristofek told the deputy chief of his displeasure at being forced to make the arrest disappear, according to the suit.

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Former DEA Chiefs May Profit From Illegal Pot, Critics Say

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Two of the former Drug Enforcement Agency officials who came out this week urging the federal government to nullify new state pot laws in Washington and Colorado are facing criticism for simultaneously running a company that may profit from keeping marijuana illegal. 

Robert L. DuPont, who was White House drug czar under Presidents Nixon and Ford, and Peter Bensinger, who was administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration in the 1970s, today run Bensinger, DuPont & Associates, a company that specializes in workplace drug testing, among other employee programs. Both men signed an open (along with eight other former DEA officials) addressed to Senate Judiciary Committee members this week criticizing the Obama administration for failing to quickly address the new states laws legalizing pot, which are inconsistent with federal law.

[PHOTOS: Marijuana Through the Years]

But a number of supporters of marijuana legalization are upset over what they consider are conflicts of interest for the former drug czars who helped pen the letter.

Paul Armentano, deputy director of the pro-marijuana nonprofit NORML, points to DuPont and Bensigner's work in drug testing as problematic.

"These individuals still have financial and professional interests in ancillary businesses and endeavors that benefit from keeping marijuana illegal," he says. "So there's a lot of bluster to imply the sky is falling, while to the rest of the public this is no big deal." Armentano cites a number of recent public opinion studies on pot, including a 2011 study from Gallup that found at least half of America today supports legalizing marijuana.

Howard Wooldridge, a lobbyist for the pro-marijuana legalization group Citizens Opposing Prohibition, says he doesn't have a problem with former DEA officials making money by using their expertise. "They understood during their time at the agency that this was going to be a long-running policy, and they realized the financial possibilities and they acted on them." But Wooldridge says he was disturbed by the letter this week because it "promotes the policies that line their pocketbook."

In their letter, the former DEA officials called marijuana "a dangerous and addictive drug" that "significantly impacts" a number of aspects of society—including employee productivity.

Both DuPont and Bensigner tell Whispers the law, and not their company's work, was the motivation for the letter. Bensigner maintains that only 15 percent of their business is drug-related, while DuPont notes that the company consults on how to set up workplace drug testing but does not actually conduct the tests.

[READ: Where and How Can You Smoke Pot Legally Now]

According to its Web site, Bensinger, DuPont & Associates provides "full-service" drug testing for employers, which includes everything from developing company policy to selecting a laboratory to training supervisors.

"In a sense that's true," DuPont says of whether the company benefits from keeping marijuana illegal. But he argues the company could also benefit from marijuana legalization, "because the problems it would create for employees would be greater."

Even if the two men don't financially profit from keeping marijuana illegal, Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the New York-based Drug Policy Alliance, says they benefit in other ways.

"They realize they are going to suffer the fate of the people who ran the bureau of prohibition [of alcohol] in the '20s and '30s, and that must be a little demoralizing," he says. "So they are justifying their legacy and their life's work."


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DEA Tight-Lipped about Investigation into Prostitution Scandal in Colombia

The DEA is refusing to answer questions about three of its agents who are still on the federal payroll despite their alleged involvement in a prostitution scandal in Colombia, the Washington Examiner reports.


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Taser incident in Pittsburgh Following Complaints of Civil Rights Violations

The incident captured a national audience after a cell phone video caught Detective Frank Rende walking up to a man and pointing a Taser in his face.

The detective has a long disciplinary history, the Post-Gazette reported.

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L.A. County Sheriff's Department party ends in violence

A fundraiser being hosted by Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials Thursday night ended in violence, with one guest arrested and more arrests possible, a spokesman confirmed.

Sheriff’s deputies were hosting a party at Cities, a bar and restaurant in East Los Angeles, to raise money for an annual law enforcement relay race. About 2 a.m. Friday, there was an altercation that involved off-duty deputies and guests.

One woman invited to the party was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer. Her deadly weapon was a high-heel shoe she allegedly used to hit a deputy.


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Retired LAPD homicide detective admits killing wife
Dan DeJarnette, who had retired to Hawaii, pleads guilty to manslaughter after bludgeoning his wife, Yu, with a jack stand for a car.

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Retired LAPD homicide detective guilty of killing wife

March 26, 2013

A retired LAPD homicide detective pleaded guilty to manslaughter in connection with the fatal beating of his wife in Hawaii seven years ago, authorities said Monday.

Dan DeJarnette, 59, who was arrested at his Big Island home in May, pleaded guilty March 15 to manslaughter while under extreme emotional distress. He faces up to 20 years in prison in connection with the slaying of his wife, 56-year-old Yu DeJarnette, whose body was found in November 2006 on a lava embankment about 20 feet from the couple's home in Ka'u on the southern end of the island.

Police said he bludgeoned her with a jack stand for a car.

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    25 Feb 2013 at 6:03 PM

Mouthy, Gun-Toting Law Student Talks Back To Police Officer, Doesn’t Get Shot 51 Times
By Elie Mystal   

I think I’m supposed to like this story: A man was walking along the street, enjoying a legal activity. He was stopped and harrassed by a police officer, and instead of giving in, he used his legal training to argue with the officer and defend his rights. Truly one of the best uses of a law degree is intellectually defending yourself “when they come for you” as it were.

Normally, I’m a fan of this kind of thing.

But the “legal” activity this guy was “enjoying” was walking around with a firearm. And his way of talking to the police officer sounded less like Atticus Finch and more like a punk bitch.

And I can’t shake the feeling that if this guy were black, if this was an African-American male strutting around with a firearm who then got mouthy with the police and refused to show ID, he be sitting in The Tombs right now.

Or the morgue…

Look, I’m a black man in New York. I know that I can get stopped for any reason or no reason whatsoever. In this city, they stop black people for carrying a backpack.

When I get stopped or have any interaction with the police, Elie the aggressive internet guy disappears and is replaced by Elie the guy who wants to live. I say “sir.” I make no sudden movements. I say “may I please reach into my back pocket and retrieve my identification for you, sir?” That’s right, when confronted by law enforcement, I’m Christoph Waltz, not Django.

But I guess the rules are different for white people. Check out this cell phone video of a guy getting stopped by an officer for walking around with his gun. The incident happened a while ago, but I’m just now seeing the video.

The officer here isn’t well trained and seems, shockingly, intimidated by the guy’s legalese.

But contrast the officer’s behavior here to this recording captured by a black guy named Alvin who was stopped for, as far as anyone can tell, walking around with a backpack. From the Nation:

    In the course of the two-minute recording, the officers give no legally valid reason for the stop, use racially charged language and threaten Alvin with violence. Early in the stop, one of the officers asks, “You want me to smack you?” When Alvin asks why he is being threatened with arrest, the other officer responds, “For being a fucking mutt.” Later in the stop, while holding Alvin’s arm behind his back, the first officer says, “Dude, I’m gonna break your fuckin’ arm, then I’m gonna punch you in the fuckin’ face.”

    “He grabbed me by my bookbag and he started pushing me down. So I’m going backwards like down the hill and he just kept pushing me, pushing me, it looked like he we was going to hit me,” Alvin recounts. “I felt like they was trying to make me resist or fight back.”

Yeah, black guy with a backpack asks about probably cause, and gets threatened with assault. White guy with a firearm does the same thing, and the cop starts bumbling like an idiot.

And, unlike the situation with the black guy and the backpack, this cop had a pretty legitimate (if not legal) reason for stopping the guy. Let me remind you that he was carrying around a freaking gun. And this isn’t an isolated incident. In the very same city where this kid mouthed off to this cop, a guy brazenly walked around with an assault rifle a few days after the Newtown massacre. In both cases, these guys were taking advantage of Maine’s open carry laws, right after the Newtown shooting, apparently to prove some kind of stupid point about liberty.

Maine is so white they call the ice black. But I gotta think that if I was walking around with a weapon, there wouldn’t have been the same kind of respect for Maine’s dangerous gun laws. It’d be great if people in Maine pulled these stunts to illustrate that the law is stupid instead of menacingly glorifying their sense of liberty.

Not that I would be the one trying to prove such a point to any police officers in the area. I’ve decided to accept that there’s a double standard here. I don’t like it, but I’m leaving the “picking a fight with police officers about firearms” to the white guys in the audience.

Stopped-and-Frisked: ‘For Being a F**king Mutt’ [VIDEO] [The Nation]


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Chronicling police oversight in West Virginia
April 27, 2011
The commandant of the State Police Academy has contacted the Troopers Association to say the ...
April 26, 2011
The chief of staff for Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin called state Treasurer Joh ...
April 25, 2011
The current and former presidents of the West Virginia Troopers Association union have both been ...
April 2, 2011
New W.Va. State Police chief leaves retirement to lead troopers
March 13, 2011
A bill designed to stop problem police officers from moving from department to department won approv ...
March 10, 2011
State Police Superintendent Col. Timothy Pack is retiring, effective Wednesday. ...
March 10, 2011
Christopher Winkler solicited teen boy in parking lot, State Police say
A Princeton police officer who was knocked unconscious and got a blood clot in his brain while train ...
March 3, 2011
A Kanawha County jury found today that former State Police trooper Derek Snavel ...
March 2, 2011
The woman accusing a former West Virginia State Police trooper of forcing her to have sex t ...
March 1, 2011
The woman accusing a former State Police trooper of forcing her to have sex with him testified Tuesd ...
February 28, 2011
Derek Snavely is accused of forcing woman into sex
Former West Virginia State Police trooper Derek Snavely testified Monday that he didn't force a ...
February 20, 2011
The bill that will stop problem police officers from moving from department to department now h ...
February 19, 2011
A former Pocahontas County sheriff's deputy whose certification was revoked after he drunkenly ...

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BACK HOME AND GETTING BETTER Prison-conditions whistleblower Deane Brown, exiled for media contact. CREDIT Lance Tapley

On Valentine's Day, prisoner Deane Brown, who sounded an alarm that drew international attention to the savagery of solitary confinement and other abuses in the Maine State Prison's "supermax" unit, was returned to the Warren prison after an exile of more than six years.

On March 12, the American Civil Liberties Union told an international commission that Maine had become a model for how solitary confinement can be reduced.

With these two events, a nearly eight-year-old chapter in the struggle for prison reform in Maine may have closed.

"We could all take a moment to feel good about what has been achieved," reflected Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition (MPAC) co-coordinator Jim Bergin.

In 2005, Brown not only spoke out but also organized other supermax prisoners to be interviewed by the Phoenix. In 2006, to try to end his connection to the Maine news media, the Department of Corrections shipped him to violent, racial-gang-ridden prisons in Maryland and, in 2010, to the New Jersey State Prison in Trenton.

The supermax abuses Brown and other inmates described — especially, prolonged isolation's destructive effects on mentally ill prisoners — are still common across the country. But they are increasingly recognized as torture. The ACLU report calls solitary confinement "barbaric."

Referring to his whistleblowing, Brown, 49, said in a recent prison interview, "I'd do it all again tomorrow."

He has returned to a changed prison. The first change he mentioned was the huge reduction in the number of inmates held in the supermax because less-harsh disciplinary methods have been substituted for solitary confinement. Guards may defuse disruptive situations simply by talking with prisoners.

And "guards aren't going out of their way" now to rile up prisoners, Brown said.

He noted, however — confirming other reports — that not all guards have accepted the changes. Some "feel their hands are tied," he said. They say they fear the new policies will lead to more inmate violence.


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the board would need subpoena powers. As a voter and taxpayer you fund a system that is being run by the inmates.
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Please understand that FBI agents organized the President Kennedy and Martin Luther King assassination.

Justice Department to Review Case of Cops Who Framed Mentally Challenged Teen

Anthony Caravella, who is mentally challenged, served 26 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit in Florida, and the two Miramar cops who framed him may never see time behind bars, the Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

The case drew the attention of the Justice Department after a civil lawsuit ended last week in a $7 million payout to the victim, who was a teenager when sent to prison.

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justice system. Created over 20 years ago by School Teacher Andrea Pritchett and others,
it represents a healthy model of what a copwatch group does.
Want to start one in your neighborhood?
Call Andrea and tell her I sent you.

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Former DA investigator pleads guilty to drug charges

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McALLEN – A former investigator with the Hidalgo County District Attorney’s Office and another defendant pleaded guilty to their roles in a marijuana trafficking ring that was under surveillance by an ICE agent last summer when that agent was shot.


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Bulgarian President Rules Out Foul Play in 'FBI Chief' Crash
Society | April 11, 2013,

Konstantin Kazakov, head of Bulgaria's State National Security Agency, DANS, has sent a personal message to President, Rosen Plevneliev, assuring him he was doing fine.

Kazakov was involved in a freak car crash early Thursday, when an SUV and three other vehicles collided. The accident occurred at around 6:00 am near the National Palace of Culture in downtown Sofia. The "FBI" Head was with his driver in a government-issued automobile.

Plevneliev also firmly rejected rumors the crash could be an attack on Kazakov's life, stressing this has been a common traffic accident and there were no reasons whatsoever for alarm.

In the message, the DANS Chief has further informed the President he was on a business trip.

Local media claimed that the crash was caused by the SUV deliberately hitting Kazakov's car. Two men allegedly left the SUV and the scene in another vehicle that was waiting for them.

The authorities have firmly rejected the above, but have confirmed reports the SUV, a white Land Rover, had been stolen.

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NSA data center front and center in debate over liberty, security and privacy

Twenty-five miles due south of Salt Lake City, a massive construction project is nearing completion.  The heavily secured site belongs to the National Security Agency.

"The spy center" -- that's what some of the locals like Jasmine Widmer, who works at Bluffdale's sandwich shop, told our Fox News team as part of an eight month investigation into data collection and privacy rights that will be broadcast Sunday at 9 p.m. ET called "Fox News Reporting: Your Secrets Out.”

The NSA says the Utah Data Center is a facility for the intelligence community that will have a major focus on cyber security. The agency will neither confirm nor deny specifics. Some published reports suggest it could hold 5 zettabytes of data. (Just one zettabyte is the equivalent of about 62 billion stacked iPhones 5's-- that stretches past the moon.

One man we hoped would answer our questions, the current director of the NSA General Keith Alexander, declined Fox News's requests to sit down for an interview, so we stopped by the offices of a Washington think tank, where Alexander was speaking at a cyber security event last year.

Asked if the Utah Data Center would hold the data of American citizens,  Alexander said, "No...we don't hold data on U.S. citizens," adding that the NSA staff "take protecting your civil liberties and privacy as the most important thing that they do, and securing this nation."

But critics, including former NSA employees, say the data center is front and center in the debate over liberty, security and privacy.

"[It] raises the most serious questions about the vast amount of data that could be kept in one place for many, many different sources,"  Thomas Drake told Fox News.  

Drake -- who worked at the NSA from Aug. 2001 to Aug. 2008 and was unsuccessfully prosecuted on espionage charges -- says Americans should be concerned about letting the government go too far in the name of security.


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Mom Says DC Cop Assaulted Little Kid

     WASHINGTON (CN) - A police officer slammed a 10-year-old student's head on a table, concussing him, while talking to students about "behaving in class," the boy's mother claims in court.
     Chante Price sued Metropolitan Police Officer David Bailey Jr. and the District of Columbia, in Federal Court.
     She claims Bailey assaulted her son while the boy was discussing a book with a classmate, at Wilkinson Elementary School in Southeast Washington.
     Moten Elementary students were temporarily assigned to Wilkinson because of renovations, Price says in the complaint. She claims Bailey's assault gave her 80-lb., 4-foot 10-inch son headaches for two weeks and made him afraid to go to school.

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Boston Marathon bomber manhunt: One in custody, second on the run, reports say


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BOSTON—A late-night police chase and shootout has ended with one marathon bombing suspect being captured here, the Boston Globe reported. Meanwhile, an intense manhunt is underway for a second suspect in the terror case.

Federal agents swarmed neighboring Watertown after local police were involved in a car chase and shootout with at least two suspects. During the pursuit, officers could be heard on police radio traffic describing the suspects as having grenades and other explosives.

One reportedly escaped capture, and another was shot by police and taken to a local hospital. Another man was seen sprawled on the ground in footage shown on WHDH-TV.

The FBI has not confirmed a connection between the events in Watertown to the twin explosions that killed 3 people and injured 170 others at the Boston Marathon on Monday. But according to an alert sent issued to fellow officers, the suspect who remained at large was referred to as the "one with the white hat" seen in the photos released by the bureau on Thursday.

The suspect, described on scanner traffic as a "white male wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt with black curly hair, possibly with an assault rifle and explosives," as police in Watertown, Newton, Brighton and Cambridge were put on high alert.

"We are aware of the law enforcement activity in the greater Boston area," Boston FBI spokesman Greg Comcowich said in a statement to Yahoo News. "The situation is ongoing. We are working with local authorities to determine what happened."


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Wednesday, April 24, 2013Last Update: 10:26 AM PT
Bizarre Outrage Claim Against School & Cops

     DENVER (CN) - An elementary school in a small Colorado town had a student arrested for his good-faith report that classmates were talking about a gun, then police bullied the boy's parents with baseless charges and followed them around town, the family claims in court.


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Subject: NYPD teams with US lab to study airborne weapons 24 Apr 2013
To: CLG News <clg_news@legitgov.org>

Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens for Legitimate Government
24 Apr 2013
All links are here:

Heads up! Let's hope the dirt-bags don't 'go live:' NYPD teams with US
lab to study airborne weapons --Tests will be conducted in July in all
five boroughs 24 Apr 2013 The New York Police Department is teaming up
with a national laboratory to study how chemical weapons could be
dispersed through the air into the subway system. Researchers will
track the movement of harmless tracer gases. They'll place air
sampling devices in specific areas on the street and within the subway
system. The gases mimic how a chemical or biological weapon may react
if released. The project with the U.S. Department of Energy's
Brookhaven National Laboratory was announced Wednesday. It will be
funded through a *3.4 million federal grant. [Yeah, let's cut Social
Security, Medicare, and Medicaid so these sociopaths can do biowarfare
drills that will inevitably 'go live,' so that more and more drills
will be 'needed.' --LRP]

Bloomberg: Interpretation of Constitution will 'have to change' after
Boston bombing 22 Apr 2013 In the wake of the Boston Marathon
bombings, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Monday the country's
interpretation of the Constitution will "have to change" to allow for
greater security to stave off future attacks. "The people who are
worried about privacy have a legitimate worry," Mr. Bloomberg said
during a press conference in Midtown. "But we live in a complex world
where you're going to have to have a level of security greater than
you did back in the olden days, if you will. And our laws and our
interpretation of the Constitution, I think, have to change." Mr.
Bloomberg, who has come under fire for the N.Y.P.D.'s monitoring of
Muslim communities and other aggressive tactics, said the rest of the
country needs to learn from the attacks.

U.S. gives big, secret push to Internet surveillance --Justice [sic]
Department agreed to issue '2511 letters' immunizing AT&T and other
companies participating in a cybersecurity program from criminal
prosecution under the Wiretap Act - documents 24 Apr 2013 Senior Obama
administration officials have secretly authorized the interception of
communications carried on portions of networks operated by AT&T and
other Internet service providers, a practice that might otherwise be
illegal under federal wiretapping laws. The secret legal authorization
from the Justice Department originally applied to a cybersecurity
pilot project in which the military monitored defense contractors'
Internet links. Since then, however, the program has been expanded by
President Obama to cover all critical infrastructure sectors including
energy, healthcare, and finance starting June 12. "The Justice
Department is helping private companies evade federal wiretap laws,"
said Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy
Information Center, which obtained over 1,000 pages of internal
government documents and provided them to CNET this week. "Alarm bells
should be going off."

Was Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's backpack Photoshopped out? 23 Apr 2013  A
YouTube video, posted 22 April 2013, suggests Photoshopping was
involved with an image of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Did the FBI phone Boston suspect before fatal shootout? The father of
the Boston bombing suspects claims to Channel 4 News that the FBI
telephoned his elder son after the attack, and prior to a fatal
shootout that claimed the life of a police officer. 21 Apr 2013  Did
the FBI phone Boston suspect before fatal shootout? The father of the
Boston bombing suspects claims to Channel 4 News that the FBI
telephoned his elder son after the attack, and prior to a fatal
shootout that claimed the life of a police officer. The father of
Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Anzor, told Channel 4 News that the
elder brother had telephoned their mother a few days after the

Boston bombing suspect put on terrorist watch list at CIA request
--Officials said Tsarnaev's name was added to the database but it's
unclear which agency added it. 24 Apr 2013 The CIA asked the main U.S.
counterterrorism agency to add the name of one of the suspected Boston
Marathon bombers to a watch list more than a year before the attack,
according to U.S. officials. The agency took the step after Russian
authorities contacted officials there in the fall of 2011 and raised
concerns that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was seen as an increasingly radical
Islamist and could be planning to travel overseas. The CIA requested
that his name be put on a database maintained by the National
Counterterrorism Center. That database, the Terrorist Identities
Datamart Environment, or TIDE, is a data storehouse that feeds a
series of government watch lists, including the FBI's main Terrorist
Screening Database and the Transportation Security Administration's
"no-fly" list.

Officials: Boston suspect had no firearm when barrage of bullets hit
hiding place 24 Apr 2013 Although police feared he was heavily armed,
the suspect [patsy] in the Boston Marathon bombings had no firearms
when he came under a barrage of police gunfire that struck the boat
where he was hiding, according to multiple federal law enforcement
officials. The FBI declined to discuss what triggered the gunfire...
The FBI declined to discuss the exact sequence of events that led
officers to open fire on Tsarnaev's hiding place and whether the
dozens of bullets that struck the boat caused any of his gunshot

Boston bombing suspect cites U.S. wars as motivation, officials say 23
Apr 2013 The 19-year-old suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings has
told interrogators that the American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
motivated him and his brother to carry out the attack, according to
U.S. officials familiar with the interviews. From his hospital bed,
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has acknowledged his role in planting the explosives
near the marathon finish line on April 15, the officials said.
Officials said the 'evidence' so far suggests they were"
self-radicalized" through Internet sites and U.S. actions in the
Muslim world.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev charged with using 'weapon of mass destruction' 22
Apr 2013 Federal prosecutors announced terrorism charges against the
surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing with terrorism on
Monday, outlining a chilling plot in which the man and his brother
allegedly used low-grade but deadly explosives timed to detonate a
block apart. As he lay seriously injured in a Boston area hospital,
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was charged with using a weapon of mass
destruction and malicious destruction of property, counts that could
bring him the death penalty. He made his first court appearance in an
unusual, non-public proceeding in which a federal judge and several
lawyers went to his hospital bed.

Williams-Sonoma Pulls Pressure Cookers Off Shelves in Massachusetts
--Following the Boston Marathon bombing last Monday in which pressure
cookers were used for the explosion, the cookware giant has decided to
temporarily stop selling the items in their Massachusetts stores. 22
Apr 2013 Williams-Sonoma, the specialty retailer of home furnishings
and gourmet cookware with over 250 stores in the United States, has
pulled pressure cookers from their shelves following the Boston
Marathon bombing. "It's a temporary thing out of respect," said Kent,
who is the Store Manager of the Williams-Sonoma at the Natick Mall.
Pressure cookers will still be available on the Williams-Sonoma

Possible motive for the recent Waterford martial law drill: New bird
flu strain called 'one of most lethal' viruses baffles scientists
--Mike Shaw, who works at the CDC's flu lab, said they found certain
mutations of the virus, which had they mutated further, would have
been rendered ineffective against antivirals. 24 Apr 2013 A new bird
flu strain that has sickened more than 100 and killed 22 in China is
"one of the most lethal" of its kind, and has now spread to another
country, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). A
53-year-old Taiwan businessman contracted the H7N9 strain of bird flu
while travelling in China, Taiwan's Health Department said Wednesday.
This is the first reported case outside China's mainland. Dr. Joseph
Bresee, a flu expert at the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention,
said it is possible the flu is being transmitted from person to
person, but it's not yet been 100 percent confirmed.

Taiwan confirms first H7N9 bird flu case outside China 24 Apr 2013
Taiwan on Wednesday reported the first case of the H7N9 bird flu
outside of mainland China. The man, who had been working in the
eastern Chinese city of Suzhou, showed symptoms three days after
returning to Taiwan via Shanghai, the Centers for Disease Control
said, adding that he had been hospitalised since April 16 and was in a
critical condition.

England prepares mass-vaccination push as measles cases rise 25 Apr
2013 England aims to inject a million youngsters with measles vaccine
following a surge in cases of the potentially fatal disease, public
health authorities said Thursday. The rise in cases appears to be due
to a period in the late 1990s and early 2000s when fears over a
discredited link between the MMR vaccine and autism were at their
height, Public Health England (PHE) said. The MMR vaccine 'immunises
against' measles, mumps and rubella.

FBI investigate weekend shooting at Tenn. nuclear plant 22 Apr 2013 An
East Tennessee nuclear power plant has added security patrols after a
weekend incident in which an officer exchanged gunfire with a man who
then fled on a boat. The FBI and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission are
investigating the shooting early Sunday at Tennessee Valley
Authority's Watts Bar nuclear power plant near Spring City, Tenn.,
about 60 miles southwest of Knoxville.

Shootout at TVA Watts Bar Nuclear Plant --At least one bullet struck
patrol vehicle --Incident happened on the Tennessee River side of
plant property 21 Apr 2013 A TVA spokesperson confirmed that a
security officer patrolling TVA Watts Bar Nuclear Plant in Spring City
was involved in a shootout with a suspect Sunday at about 2:00 a.m.
TVA spokesperson Jim Hopson said the subject traveled up to the plant
on a boat and walked onto the property. When the officer questioned
the suspect, the individual fired multiple shots at the officer. The
officer shot back, and when he called for backup, the suspect sped
away on his boat

Suspects in Canadian terror plot under surveillance for 'more than a
year' --DHS, FBI involved [LOL, of course they were. They're the usual
handlers.] --RCMP: Investigation called 'Project SMOOTH' 22 Apr 2013
Highly placed sources tell CBC News the alleged plotters have been
under surveillance for more than a year in Quebec and southern
Ontario... The investigation was part of a cross-border operation
involving Canadian law enforcement agencies, the FBI and the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security. (CBC News, Wires)

Two arrested in Canada over alleged passenger train terrorist plot 22
Apr 2013 Two men were arrested on Monday night and charged with
plotting a terrorist attack against a Canadian passenger train with
support from al-Qaida [al-CIAduh] "elements" in Iran, Canadian police
said. Chiheb Esseghaier, 30, and Raed Jaser, 35, who live in Montreal
and Toronto, were planning to derail a Via Rail passenger train in
Toronto but posed no immediate threat, according to the Royal Canadian
Mounted police. "This is the first known al-Qaida-planned attack that
we've experienced in Canada," said Superintendent Doug Best.

Alleged terror plot targeting Via train thwarted --Police say 2
accused were getting 'direction and guidance' from al-Qaeda
[al-CIAduh] elements in Iran [Yeah, right!] 22 Apr 2013 Canadian
police say they have arrested two men and thwarted a plot to carry out
a major terrorist attack on a Via passenger train in the Greater
Toronto Area. In a press conference that followed an exclusive report
by CBC, police named the two accused as Chiheb Esseghaier, 30, of
Montreal, and Raed Jaser, 35, from Toronto. They have been charged
with conspiracy to carry out a terrorist attack and "conspiring to
murder persons unknown for the benefit of, at the direction of, or in
association with a terrorist group." The RCMP accused the two men of
conspiring to commit an "al-Qaeda-supported" attack.

Boston bombings: CNN video of first suspect being detained --Caption:
'Two individuals arrested in Watertown' --Suspect told to 'strip
naked' 22 Apr 2013 Here is a CNN video (published 19 April 2013) of
the first suspect in the Boston Bombings being detained by police.

Sacramento Mosque Heightens Security Following Boston Marathon
Bombings 21 Apr 2013 Although the suspects of the Boston Marathon
bombings no longer seem to be a threat, some fear the local Muslim
community could be a target. That anger, according to local Muslim
leaders, is justified but shouldn't be shown toward Muslim Americans.
While the center is on heightened alert, they haven't necessarily done
anything outwardly to make security tighter, said Dr. Metwalli Amer,
Salam Center co-founder.
Charges dropped against suspect in ricin letters sent to Obama, Wicker
23 Apr 2013 A U.S. attorney in Mississippi dropped charges Tuesday
afternoon against Paul Kevin Curtis, who'd been accused of sending
poison-laced letters to President Barack Obama and Sen. Roger Wicker,
R-Miss. Curtis, 45, was arrested last Wednesday, a day after the
letters were intercepted on their way to the White House and the U.S.
Senate. The charges were dismissed without prejudice, which means
Curtis could be charged again. The order for dismissal notes only that
"the ongoing investigation has revealed new information."

FBI: No ricin found in home of Mississippi suspect 22 Apr 2013
Investigators haven't found any ricin in the house of a Mississippi
man accused of mailing poisoned letters to President Barack Obama, a
U.S. senator and a local judge, according to testimony Monday from an
FBI agent. Agent Brandon Grant said that a search of Paul Kevin
Curtis's vehicle and house in Corinth, Miss., on Friday did not turn
up ricin, ingredients for the poison, or devices used to make it. A
search of Curtis's computers has found no evidence so far that he
researched making ricin. Defense lawyers for Curtis say investigators'
failure to find any ricin means the government should release their

Syrian Electronic Army says it hacked AP Twitter account 23 Apr 2013
Twitter has suspended the Associated Press's account after hackers
sent a tweet from it Tuesday that said, "Breaking: Two Explosions in
the White House and Barack Obama is injured." White House spokesman
Jay Carney confirms the president is fine, and AP confirms its account
was hacked. The AP says that the cyber attack "came after hackers made
repeated attempts to steal the passwords of AP journalists." The
Syrian Electronic Army has taken responsibility for the hacking.

In Virginia's Fairfax County, Robbing Banks for the CIA --'Operation
Downstrike' 18 Apr 2013 In a white-walled interrogation room in a
small Virginia police station last June, two detectives were trying to
get Herson Torres to crack. Surveillance video tied him to two
attempted bank robberies in the area during the past week. The
21-year-old didn't have a criminal record and seemed nervous, but he
wasn't talking... "If I tell you, you're not going to believe me,"
Torres said. He was crying as he told them an incredible story about
being recruited by the Defense Intelligence Agency to participate in a
secret operation testing the security of Washington-area banks. He
said he'd been assigned to rob a half-dozen banks over four days.

TSA delays change allowing knives on planes --Opponents of the policy
change attributed its reversal to 'a huge backlash' from flight
attendants, airline executives and lawmakers. 23 Apr 2013 The
Transportation Security Administration has delayed a policy change
that would have allowed passengers to carry small folding knives onto
planes. In a letter Monday to employees, TSA chief John Pistole said
he decided to maintain, at least temporarily, a post-9/11 ban on
knives after meeting with an aviation security panel. The policy
change allowing knives had been scheduled to take effect Thursday.

Senate hearing blasts Obama's refusal to share details of drone
program 23 Apr 2013 Democratic and Republican senators joined a former
deputy chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Tuesday in urging the
Obama administration to make public more information about its
top-secret targeted killing program amid questions about the legality
and effectiveness of hundreds of CIA drone strikes in Pakistan and
elsewhere. The White House refused to send a witness to the Senate's
first open hearing on the issue despite President Barack Obama's vow
to be more forthcoming about a counterterrorism weapon that has become
a despised symbol of U.S. foreign policy in many parts of the world.

After U.S. Troops Leave, Armed Drones Will Patrol Afghanistan's Skies
23 Apr 2013 One of the major elements of Afghanistan's air war will
remain after most U.S. troops have headed home, the U.S. military
command confirmed today. Armed drones, operated by the U.S., will
remain over Afghanistan after 2014. The drones will not be the only
air support available to the Afghan army after 2014, when most U.S.
forces are slated to leave Afghanistan. But only "some fixed wing"
manned fighters and bombers will remain on the battlefield, Polumbo
said. Navy jets flown off of nearby aircraft carriers and Air Force
planes flown from Gulf airbases will supplement them when the Afghans'
small supply of Mi-17 and Mi-35 attack helicopters, and their
forthcoming Super Tucano planes, are overwhelmed. [WHY are US
taxpayers FORCED to fund a drone program to protect the CIA's opium
and gas routes?]

Jordan opens skies for Israel drone attacks on Syria: Report 22 Apr
2013 A new report says Jordan has given the go-ahead to Tel Aviv to
use its airspace for spying on Syria and attacking its industrial
facilities. French newspaper Le Figaro reported on Monday that Jordan
has opened two corridors in its airspace to Israeli Air Force drones
seeking to monitor the ongoing conflict in Syria. Quoting western
military officials in the Middle East, the report added that the
Israeli drones "can hit a target anywhere in Syria."

Over half of Guantanamo Bay prisoners on hunger strike as number
increases to 84 21 Apr 2013 Over half of all detainees at the US-run
Guantanamo Bay military prison are now taking part in a hunger strike,
with many being force-fed, a US military spokesman confirmed today.
The number of prisoners on hunger strike has risen to 84, an increase
of 32 since last Wednesday, with 16 now receiving "enteral feedings,"
a process involving being force-fed via tubes. Inmates at the
facility, which houses 166 detainees, have been refusing food since 6
February, when they claim prison officials searched their Korans for
contraband, an act they considered to be religious desecration. Some
prisoners, including Shaker Aamer, the last British inmate being held
there, have since said they are continuing the strike in protest
against their incarceration at Guantanamo for 11 years without charge
or trial.

Issawi to end hunger strike, lawyer says 23 Apr 2013 Long term hunger
striker Samer Issawi has agreed to end his hunger strike after
finalizing a deal with Israel which will see him return to his home in
Jerusalem, his lawyer Jawad Boulos said Tuesday. Israeli authorities
agreed to the wording of an agreement proposed by Issawi overnight
Monday, which would see him serve 8 months in Israeli detention in
return for ending his strike action, Boulos told Ma'an. Issawi will
then be released to his hometown of Issawiyeh in Jerusalem.

The *real* US threat: Psycho Rick Perry and his merry band of
deregulated corpora-terrorists: West Fertilizer stored 1,350 times
amount of ammonium nitrate that would trigger oversight by DHS 20 Apr
2013 The fertilizer plant that exploded on Wednesday, obliterating
part of a small Texas town and killing at least 14 people, had last
year been storing 1,350 times the amount of ammonium nitrate that
would normally trigger safety oversight by the U.S. Department of
Homeland Security (DHS). Yet a person familiar with DHS operations
said the company that owns the plant, West Fertilizer, did not tell
the agency about the potentially explosive fertilizer as it is
required to do, leaving one of the principal regulators of ammonium
nitrate - which can also be used in bomb making - unaware of any
danger there. A U.S. congressman and several safety experts called
into question on Friday whether incomplete disclosure or
[GOP-engendered] regulatory gridlock may have contributed to the
disaster corpora-terrorist attack.
Bush 'lie bury' event brings 5 presidents to Dallas --Unelected
dictator to open big storage area for 'The Pet Goat,' the only book
the sociopath's likely ever read --Bush library event brings 5
presidents to Dallas 24 Apr 2013 The nation's five surviving
presidents will gather Thursday for the dedication of the George W.
Bush Presidential [sic and sick] Center, a much-anticipated event
expected to draw around 10,000 people to Southern Methodist University
amid tight security from local and federal law enforcement. The
invitation-only ceremony was expected to include speeches by Bush,
President Barack Obama and former Presidents Bill Clinton, Jimmy
Carter and George H.W. Bush, Bush's father.

Rand Paul adviser signs on with Karl Rove's American Crossroads 24 Apr
2013 A top adviser to Ron Paul and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has signed
on with the American Crossroads super PAC -- a move designed to
increase input from conservative grass-roots supporters who have grown
suspicious of the super PAC's activities. Trygve Olson, who advised
Rand Paul in his 2010 Senate campaign and then moved over to the elder
Paul's 2012 presidential campaign, will serve as an adviser to
American Crossroads on House and Senate races, Post Politics has
learned. He will report to Crossroads political director Carl Forti.

Baucus retires, a grateful nation cheers 24 Apr 2013 With one glorious
stroke Max Baucus has made it possible for two of America's more
interesting politicians to play bigger roles on the national stage...
Never has a politician done so much to lift the prospects of the
republic simply by saying goodbye. Is there a soul outside Montana who
is mourning Baucus's decision not to run for a seventh term? Baucus
helped George W. Bush pass his big tax cuts in 2001, making him an
accomplice in the biggest fiscal mistake of this generation,
squandering the hard-won surpluses that Bill Clinton (with Newt
Gingrich's help) had bequeathed... The Montana senator was the
delayer-in-chief on President Obama's health reform, persuading the
White House to let crucial time pass in 2009 while he tried and failed
to secure Republican Chuck Grassley's support. Baucus's pussyfooting
gave the GOP an opening to demagogue Obamacare and move public
sentiment against it

Good riddance, Senator Baucus 23 Apr 2013 Unfortunately, in the last
decade Montana Sen. Max Baucus ('D') has used that power in terribly
destructive ways. For instance, he has used it to sculpt what became
President [sic] George W. Bush's deficit-ballooning tax cuts; riddle
the tax code with corporate tax giveaways; eliminate a public option
from healthcare legislation; and champion job-destroying "free" trade
deals. Just as destructive as what he has done as chairman is what he
has prevented: On behalf of his biggest campaign donors he has, for
instance, watered down drug reimportation legislation; "limit(ed) the
drug industry's 10-year financial exposure under healthcare reform,"
according to the Hill newspaper; blocked a serious consideration of
legislation to close corporate tax loopholes, and, as the Missoula
Independent notes, "refused to allow any discussion of universal or
single-payer health care, instead kowtowing to his donors." These are
just some of the big things. Baucus has also been the reliable
engineer of smaller but equally destructive rip-offs -- most recently,
a half-billion-d*llar pay-to-play giveaway to a pharmaceutical company
in exchange for campaign contributions.

Tax Lobby Builds Ties to Max Baucus, Chairman of Finance Panel 07 Apr
2013 At least 28 aides who have worked for Senator Baucus, DemocRAT of
Montana, since he became the committee chairman in 2001 have lobbied
on tax issues during the Obama administration -- more than any other
current member of Congress, according to the analysis of lobbying
filings performed for The New York Times. "K Street is literally
littered with former Baucus staffers," said Jade West, an executive at
a wholesalers' trade association that relies on a former finance panel
aide, Mary Burke Baker. Like Ms. Baker, many of those lobbyists have
already saved their clients millions -- in some cases, billions -- of
d*llars after Mr. Baucus backed their requests to extend certain
corporate tax perks, provisions that were adopted as part of the
so-called fiscal cliff legislation in January. Baucus aides who later
became lobbyists helped financial firms save *11.2 billion in tax
deferments and helped secure a *222 million tax benefit that is shared
with the liquor industry.

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I always have to remind myself at what level/s karma operates.

The United States voter and taxpayer who allowed their (voter fraud) elected public officials
in Congress to approve and fund invading Iraq and other countries on behalf of Exxon Mobil, BP and other oil companies
for the last remaining supply of oil reserves
certainly deserve to have their police department populated by returning vet/serial killers who cannot distinguish
between Iraq, Afghanistan and Utah or California.

2 reads

1st read
see link for blow back from Iraq War
http://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/articl ... 477423.php

Man tasered dies after LAPD stop
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Los Angeles police say they'll investigate the death of a DUI suspect who died after police used a stun gun on him.

In a release Tuesday, police say they responded to a traffic accident on April 4 where the alleged drunken driver was still at the scene on Vermont Ave. near Interstate 101.

2nd read

for the uneducated and the uneducable

high school dropout can't find work so he joins the Marines to Semper Fi
and collect some money.
High school dropout is sent to Paris Island to be all he can be. He is trained to kill women and children and a occasional freedom fighter trying to protect his wife from being raped by Mr Semper Fi.
High school dropout ships out to invade Iraq for USEmpire and US oil companies.
American oil companies are struggling with the problem of Peak Oil.
Peak oil means we no longer have a infinite supply of oil.Maybe you saw the documentary film END OF SUBURBIA see

high school drop out didn't because his high school teachers were too busy DUMBING him down
http://www.johntaylorgatto.com/bookstor ... nblum1.htm


High School dropout manages to kill a couple hundred women and children while throwing in a occasional rape. Mr Sempi Fi has now been transformed into Mr serial killer.
Mr high school dropout/serial killer now begins to experience extreme depression from his actions. Mental Wealth workers call it Post Traumatic
Stress Syndrome. But the only people who experience traumatic stress in Iraq are the Iraqi women being raped by Semper Fi's before they shot and killed them.
Good thing serial killer/high school dropout has never read the research
of Ian Stevenson MD whose groundbreaking study of 3,000 children who remember previous lives provides the science for the existence of reincarnation. see
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituar ... enson.html


What this means for high school dropout is that he will be coming back
again for another life . Of course so will the people he murdered , so for practical purposes he has another couple hundred lives he has to live getting "wacked" by the life forms he semper fi'd.

The difference this time is the raped and murdered have had some time to ponder while they wait for him to pass over, how they will "do" Mr Semper Fi- the high school drop out serial killer.

Mr high school dropout comes back from Iraq out of work unless he re-enlists. There are not to many job openings for serial killers until he lands a job working with his be all you can be buddies at the Salt Lake City police department or the FBI.

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Friday, May 03, 2013
Samaritan Says Bad Cop Got Him Beaten
 A police officer squealed on a man who called 911 on a marijuana grower, and the pot farmer beat him up, the good Samaritan claims in court.

     Christopher Spahn sued the Town of Irondequoit, its Police Department and Officer Chad Rahn, in Federal Court.
     Spahn claims Rahn violated his civil rights by revealing his identity to the marijuana grower, who had been arrested on his tip.
     Irondequoit is a suburb of Rochester.
     Spahn claims Irondequoit and its Police Department negligently hired, trained and supervised the cop, who used a department computer to track him down after he made the 911 call.
     Spahn claims he called 911 in April 2010 to report that Frank Arena was growing marijuana in his home. Spahn says he made the call anonymously, and "specifically informed the 911 operator that he did not want to provide his name, address or telephone number."
     Arena, whose home Spahn had visited with a mutual friend, was arrested, the complaint states. Arena is not a party to the complaint.
     After Arena was released, Spahn claims, he asked Rahn to help him track down the snitch.
     Rahn got Spahn's name and address from the Monroe County I-Leads system and gave the information to Arena, the complaint states.
     The next time Spahn went to Arena's home, Arena and his roommate Matthew Montrois assaulted him, Spahn says. They robbed him and "forced [him] to go to his home, where he was robbed of additional personal items and threatened with a knife," according to the complaint.
     Spahn claims he suffered lacerations to his back and bruising and swelling to his face.
     Arena and Montrois were convicted of burglary, robbery and assault and were sent to prison, Spahn says in the complaint. He claims that he "continues to live in fear that a retaliatory action will be taken on his life."
     He claims the town and its police department breached their duty to train and supervise Rahn, "especially when an initial background check for employment raised numerous material issues concerning his fitness as an officer."
     As an officer, Rahn "was investigated multiple times for domestic violence and other violations of the law," according to the complaint. At one point, he was given a multi-year suspension, but "displays a pattern of violating the suspension by working with another police department while suspended," Spahn says in the complaint.
     "Defendants have tolerated and permitted a pattern of negligent hiring, training, supervising and failure to terminate of police officers, proximately resulting in employees violating the civil rights of persons such as plaintiff," the complaint states.
     "The custom or policy of defendants, and their deliberate indifference to the rights of those who come into contact with these employees, caused plaintiff to be subjected to denial of his constitutional rights."


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Bitten by a Drunk Chicago Cop, Woman Says
 drunk, off-duty Chicago cop bit a woman's thigh so fiercely she required medical treatment - yet his cronies charged her with disorderly conduct, she claims in court.
     Lisa Murata sued Chicago and 11 police officers, in Federal Court.
     "On the early morning of May 4, 2012, the plaintiff, Lisa Murata, who was approximately 5'1'' tall and weighed approximately 115 pounds, was walking outside in the vicinity of 3478 North Clark Street in Chicago, Illinois, when, without any provocation on her part, she was struck and knocked to the ground by the defendant [Nicholas] Pocius, a man nearly twice the size of the plaintiff who, at the time, was off duty but intoxicated and acting in an unruly, abusive, profane and threatening manner toward other bystanders and who, apparently, had already been involved in some physical alteration with one or more persons within the same vicinity," Murata says in the complaint.
     "After being knocked to the ground, the plaintiff, Lisa Murata, fell upon her back with the defendant Pocius on top of her. When the plaintiff attempted to free herself from the defendant, the defendant Pocius bit the plaintiff on her left thigh."
     Murata was taken to a hospital and treated for a human bite wound, she says.
     When Murata went to file a complaint against Pocius at the police station, she was "placed under arrest by the defendant [W.A.] Seski and the defendant [Kevin] Leahy for the alleged offense of battery upon the defendant Pocius, which had been approved by defendant [J.A.] Hoffman, whereupon the plaintiff was handcuffed to a bench and left in the interview room. Thereafter, plaintiff was transferred to a holding cell and after having remained in custody for several hours the plaintiff was released under a $1,500.00 Recognizance Bond with directions that she appear before Branch 29-2 of the Circuit Court of Cook County on May 30,2012 to answer to this criminal charge filed against her," according to the complaint.

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June 11, 2013

Officer shot dead at Ga. police station
The former cop had broken into the police station and was found wielding an ax trying to break into the evidence room
 Dwayne Burke, 34, a former Sardis, Ga., policeman, was fatally shot early Monday after apparently breaking into the evidence room of the police station where he once worked.

An unidentified Sardis police officer on duty said he found evidence that the police station had been broken into about 2 a.m., said Pat Morgan, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation special agent in charge. He summoned a Burke County sheriff's deputy; they investigated and found Burke armed with an ax. A struggle followed, and the Sardis officer shot Burke, Morgan said.

Former Sardis, Ga., police officer Dwayne Burke had been arrested in 2010, 2012. (Sardis Police Image)

According to previous news stories in The True Citizen newspaper of Waynesboro and the Sylvania Telephone, Burke had a recent history of legal trouble.

The officer, referred to by some locals as "Robocop," resigned from Sardis in December 2009. He had been investigated by the GBI after text-message photos of him unclothed in the Sardis police restroom were transmitted.

In a resignation letter, Burke said he was leaving for a higher-paying job.

GBI agents later confirmed he took the photos at the police headquarters but cleared him of any allegations.

Five months later, he was arrested by GBI agents in Sylvania on charges of terroristic threats and acts.

The GBI told The True Citizen the charges stemmed from a May 2009 incident in which Burke was accused of dressing in a mask and breaking out windows at two Sardis homes. He fled when a homeowner fired a shotgun into the air. Burke had made numerous attempts to serve warrants at the home the previous day and complained that the residents were uncooperative.

In July 2010, he was arrested after a traffic stop in coastal Georgia's McIntosh County. Burke told the officer he was a military police officer. He quickly recanted, produced a Screven County Sheriff's Office badge and claimed to be an officer. Burke had previously worked in Screven County as a jailer.

Officer found two handguns, a number of prescription drugs and 76 Ecstasy pills in his possession.

In July 2012, Burke surrendered to Sylvania authorities after warrants were taken out in connection with a Sylvania residential burglary involving the theft of $16,000 in jewelry.

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An Inside Look at FBI Handgun Training
June 20, 2013

The FBI has changed its training regime based on studies of law enforcement shootings, placing more emphasis on close-range engagements

Last year, and without any fanfare, the Federal Bureau of Investigation made a major change in the agency’s handgun training regime. New handgun training protocols, as well as standardized firearms training packages that went to every FBI field office, were changed to emphasize close-range shooting skills and proficiency. How close? From three to seven yards.

Based on a review of nearly 200 agent-involved shootings over a 17-year period, the FBI discovered that 75 percent of these incidents involved suspects who were within three yards of their agents when shots were exchanged. So FBI top brass decided that some changes were in order to better prepare their agents to survive these life-threatening encounters.

“Until last January, the FBI’s Pistol Qualification Course required agents to fire 50 rounds, more than half of them from between 15 and 25 yards,” FBI Special Agent Ann R. Todd explains. “The new course involves 60 rounds, with 40 of those fired from between three and seven yards. It also requires agents to draw their weapons from holsters concealed by jackets or blazers to replicate the traditional clothing worn by FBI special agents.”

In fact, for all law enforcement the majority of armed confrontations happens at close range. For example, according to data gathered by the Criminal Justice Information Services (a division of the U.S. Justice Department), of the 500 local and state police officers killed “feloniously” in the line of duty by assailants with firearms between 2002 and 2011, 235 of those officers had their lives taken by people who were within five feet of the officers. Another 92 officers were killed by attackers who were between six to 10 feet away. That translates to 65 percent of law enforcement officers killed by assailants who are just 10 feet away or closer.

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Bill O'Reilly: The FBI and the IRS
 July 04, 2013
A conservative group called The American Center for Law and Justice says that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has not even contacted, has not even contacted any of the 41 groups involved in a class action suit against the IRS.

As you may know, the federal tax agency admits it targeted some conservative organizations and individuals, delaying tax exempt status and auditing some people because of their political beliefs. That's a huge scandal, if true. And it is the FBI's job to see if anything criminal was going on.

But two weeks ago, Director Robert Mueller stunned the nation when he testified in front of the House committee.


JORDAN: Can you tell me some basics? Can you tell me how many agents, investigators you have assigned to the case?

MUELLER: We may be able to do that but I have to get back to you.

JORDAN: Can you tell me who the lead investigator?


O'REILLY: Flat out embarrassing. After hearing Mr. Mueller say that I said this.


O'REILLY: Mueller doesn't know? Are you kidding me? Surely he knew he'd be asked about the IRS investigation in front of the judiciary committee. Surely he knew that. If Mueller doesn't know specifics about the IRS investigation, it's because he doesn't want to know.


O'REILLY: Well, today there are charges my analysis was correct that the FBI is either dragging its collective feet or stonewalling the IRS investigation. Between 2010 and 2012, at least five different IRS offices improperly handled requests from conservative operations for tax exempt status.

Also, the former director of the IRS Douglas Shulman was signed into the White House 157 times, far more than any other federal official. Why was Shulman there? It is the FBI's job to find out. But apparently the bureau considered by some to be the finest investigative agency in the world, not up and running yet on the biggest federal case in some time. Does that make any sense to anyone? The answer is no. It makes no sense at all.

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At least 41 weapons missing from U.S. Marshals since ’07

 Sunday, July 7, 2013

Three masked men stunned downtown Frederick the afternoon of Feb. 5 when they made off with more than $190,000 worth of watches from Colonial Jewelers in a 50-second armed heist.

Alonzo Lee Meadows, 31, was arrested the next morning in Washington, D.C., leading to a second stunning revelation.

At a bond hearing Feb. 11 after his extradition from D.C., Assistant State’s Attorney Kirsten Brown revealed that police searching Meadows’ girlfriend’s home found a U.S. Marshal’s AR-15 rifle along with five loaded magazines under his side of the bed.

Between 2007 and 2012, seven U.S. Marshals rifles have been reported missing or stolen, according to the agency’s response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by The Frederick News-Post.

Of the 42 total weapons reported missing, 29 were listed as stolen and 12 listed as lost in the agency’s response. One additional weapon did not have a classification for type of case, but a police report indicates the deputy U.S. Marshal’s truck was broken into.

The types of guns that have been reported missing include shotguns, rifles, pistols, revolvers and a machine gun.

The information was a partial response to a request for all USM-134 forms — which are required when agency property is lost or damaged — when a gun was among the items reported missing.

The Marshals Service conducted a search of the Headquarters Management Support Division and provided 225 pages of responsive information, including copies of the forms and police reports, with names, personal addresses and firearm serial numbers redacted.

The documents released by the agency show that guns were stolen from parked cars, sometimes unoccupied for mere minutes, occupied homes in the middle of the night, and in one case, a deputy U.S. Marshal was robbed of her gun during a hold-up.

The thefts from marshals also had significant ripple effects. In one case, the police report includes a $20,000 estimate to re-key a federal courthouse in California after a marshal’s key set to the building and its jail cells was taken alongside his sidearm.

Dave Oney, a spokesman for the agency, said this week it presents a problem any time a law enforcement officer’s weapon is lost or stolen and is considered a public safety issue.

“The USMS has policies in place to guard against loss and theft, though, as you know, things do happen,” he wrote in response to questions asked by The News-Post.

In 2012, five guns were stolen and one gun was lost for which paperwork was completed (in some cases a gun was reported or discovered missing earlier than the year it was assigned a case control number). In one 2012 case, a deputy U.S. Marshal in Puerto Rico was at Auto Zone getting service for her car when at least three men robbed the store, demanding her gun and a Taser in the process.

In 2011, one gun was reported lost. Two were reported stolen, including a machine gun. That gun, reported stolen by an employee working for the Eastern District of Texas, had a value of $1,049. It is unclear which police reports included as part of the agency’s disclosure address this theft.

In 2010, seven guns were stolen, all from agency employees’ personal or government-owned vehicles. In Atlanta, a rifle and shotgun were taken from the same government vehicle, which was parked overnight at the National Law Enforcement Explores Conference. In East Point, Ga., a deputy marshal from the Western District of Tennessee had his vehicle broken into during a 14-minute break at a restaurant. In Wetumpka, Ala., a deputy U.S. Marshal’s government SUV was burglarized, along with 13 other vehicles, when it was parked at an automotive repair shop overnight.

Another theft from a vehicle was recorded in Prince George’s County in 2009. According to a police report, a deputy marshal woke to leave for work and found both front doors and the trunk to their car open. Two agency-owned weapons, a rifle and a shotgun, were missing from a locked vault. A number of other items, including a ballistics vest and Marshals clothing items were taken, for a total value of $4,850.

A total of seven guns were reported stolen that year, along with one missing.

In 2008, one of the four stolen guns was taken from a car parked in an FBI lot, according to the information.

The USMS employee reported that he parked his Chevy Tahoe in an FBI parking lot in Atlanta and traveled with a senior inspector in another vehicle. When he returned to the Tahoe the next day, they discovered a backpack with the pistol, badge, laptop, passport and other items missing.

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East Texas deputy accused of selling drugs on duty
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Tell Obama NOT to Nominate NYPD Commissioner Kelly for Homeland Security


NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly and the Department of Homeland Security are a match made in heaven -- and that's why we should do everything we can to stop him.

With Secretary Janet Napolitano on her way out, Commissioner Kelly and his racist and unconstitutional law enforcement accolades have made him a Beltway fan favorite to lead the agency. New York Senator Chuck Schumer wasted no time in releasing a statement saying, “there is no doubt Ray Kelly would be a great DHS Secretary, and I have urged the White House to very seriously consider his candidacy.”1 Apparently the White House is doing exactly that.2

This is the man who spied on New York City Muslims after 9/11, institutionalized racial profiling via "Stop and Frisk" and brutalized protesters throughout Occupy Wall Street. Putting him in charge of an agency that itself has an odious legacy of rights abuses would be a monumental mistake.

Please join us in calling on President Obama not to nominate NYPD Commissioner Ray "Stop and Frisk" Kelly for DHS Secretary.

Ray Kelly's tenure as the longest serving commissioner in NYPD history is marred by the institutionalization of unconstitutional law enforcement practices that have turned the city into a police state for the poor, dissenting and people of color. If President Obama was to appoint Kelly to lead the Department of Homeland Security, that would potentially be interpreted as rewarding Kelly for dramatically scaling up his disdainful practices and giving him the green light to implement them on a federal level.

As Matthew Taylor writes in Vice, "Whether it’s directing the Transportation Security Agency and our airports, managing immigration and border enforcement, or just generally having his way with a multi-billion dollar budget, the opportunities for abuse in a Kelly-run DHS are terrifying to contemplate."3

Finally, a Ray Kelly appointment for DHS could also send a message to municipal police departments nationwide that programs like Stop and Frisk or the mass surveillance of Muslims are acceptable, won't be challenged by the Department of Justice, and might even earn your commissioner a top spot in the president's cabinet. This is a precedent that cannot be allowed to start.

Please join us in calling on President Obama not to nominate NYPD Commissioner Ray "Stop and Frisk" Kelly for DHS Secretary.

In Solidarity,

Brian Sonenstein
Campaign Director,

1. Why Ray ‘Stop-and-Frisk’ Kelly Possibly Being Nominated to DHS Would Be so Dangerous, Jon Walker, Just Say Now, 7/15/2013.
2. President Obama eyes NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly to run the Department of Homeland Security, Joseph Straw, New York Daily News, 7/16/2013.
3. Ray Kelly’s Path To Becoming America’s Big Brother, Matthew Taylor, VICE, 7/16/2013.


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Cops Sicced Dog on Sleeping Woman, She Says
 After police watched their attack dog Vortex rip apart a dozing woman's leg, the cops told its handler, "Severe trauma to the leg? ... Awesome ... you deserve a Slurpee," the woman claims in court.
     Katie Hess sued Salt Lake County, the Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake, Police Chief James Winder and Officer Kevin Barrett, in Federal Court.
     Hess claims that she was attacked by the "vicious and aggressive" police dog Vortex, after a night out in suburban Holladay in May 2012.
     Hess claims that and a friend, nonparty Gavin DeGraw, called for a taxi from an Arby's restaurant after one of their bicycles broke down. She says the taxi dispatcher told them they could take their bikes in a cab.
     But when the cab came, the driver "indicated that he would not allow plaintiff and Gavin DeGraw to put their bikes in the back," according to the complaint.
     DeGraw and the driver argued, and "as the taxi driver was leaving, Gavin DeGraw made a derogatory racial comment about the taxi cab driver that appeared to be of foreign and/or Arabian descent," Hess says in the lawsuit.
     She adds: "That immediately upon hearing the comment, the driver turned his SUV around and headed towards Gavin DeGraw. Katie Hess describes the taxi driver as a very, very large Arab man.
     "The taxi driver thereafter left his vehicle and physically pursued Gavin DeGraw. Both DeGraw and the taxi driver began to exchange blows. During this time, Katie Hess yelled at both men to stop fighting."
     The driver got the better of DeGraw and refused to let him up, until "Hess yelled that she was going to take the taxi cab to go get the cops if the taxi driver did not stop," she says in the complaint. "At this point, the taxi driver did get off of DeGraw and released him."
     DeGraw told Hess to head home and he would take care of the bikes. But Hess says she heard sirens and decided to wait for DeGraw near a high school.
     She adds: "That due to the lateness of the hour, plaintiff became very tired.
     "Katie Hess believes she sat waiting for Gavin DeGraw for 20 to 30 minutes.
     "According to plaintiff, the next thing she remembers after sitting down and waiting was that a dog barked. Plaintiff noted that almost immediately, a dog came over a wall and attacked her, chewing on her right leg, breaking her leg and ripping her leg apart and opening large gaping wounds.
     "Katie Hess screamed at the dog to stop and began using her free leg to try and push the dog away from her. Plaintiff was not initially aware that the dog biting her leg was a police dog.
     "At the same time that plaintiff was attacked by the dog, plaintiff recalls that three to four police officers appeared at the area and watched the attack.
     "That the officers of the Unified Police of Greater Salt Lake did not immediately request that the dog stop the attack.
     "Plaintiff began to yell for the dog to stop and for the officers to stop the dog. That several moments passed before the police officers which were present responded.
     "Finally, one of the officers responded by telling plaintiff to lie still.
     "Due to the pain and the dog still gripping her leg, plaintiff had a hard time holding still.
     "That finally one of the officers came and physically got the dog off Hess.
     "Immediately after the dog attack, an officer went to Katie Hess and grabbed her arm, ordering her to stand up. Katie Hess was able to get up onto her left leg and attempted to get up onto her right leg which had been broken, but was in so much pain that she could not bare to put weight on the right leg.
     "After plaintiff was not able to stand, due to problems with plaintiff's leg, one of the officers for the Salt Lake County Sheriff and/or the Unified Police of Greater Salt Lake became enraged and yelled at plaintiff to stand up.
     "Plaintiff did tell the police officer that 'I am trying to but something is very wrong with my leg.'
     "The officer did then grab Hess by her hair and yanked her up on her feet, drug [sic] her up on the grass close to the street, threw her on her stomach, and handcuffed her hands behind her back. ...

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Judge Rules Cops Can Twiddle Thumbs, Watch As Civilians Are Murdered

 Tue, July 30, 2013

The duties of a police officer are to protect and serve — unless they don’t feel like it, apparently. A Manhattan Supreme Court Justice has ruled that the City of New York has no legal obligation to protect its citizens, even if armed police are present at the scene of a dangerous incident.

The case centered around Joseph Lozito, who was stabbed in the face, hands, and neck by deranged attacker Maksim Gelman. As reported by Gothamist:

    Gelman stabbed Joseph Lozito in the face, neck, hands and head on an uptown 3 train in February 2011, after fatally stabbing four people and injuring three others in a 28-hour period. Lozito, a father of two and an avid martial arts fan, was able to tackle Gelman and hold him down, and Gelman was eventually arrested by the transit officers. Lozito sued the city, arguing that the police officers had locked themselves in the conductor's car and failed to come to his aid in time.

Police representatives argued that they had no “special duty” to intervene, and judge Margaret Chan agreed. Chan ruled that the police had no reason to believe that Lozito was in danger at the time, despite the fact that, by Chan’s own words, "The dismissal of this lawsuit does not lessen Mr. Lozito’s bravery or the pain of his injuries. Mr. Lozito heroically maneuvered the knife away from Gelman and subdued him on the subway floor."

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Fugitive Waupun police officer is captured

A Waupun police lieutenant on the run after officials say he burglarized a restaurant and stole a pickup truck was arrested Tuesday in Burnett County, according to the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

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Finally: 75 Cleveland Cops to be Disciplined for Shooting 137 Times at Unarmed Couple
August 10, 2013 |

75 police officers in Cleveland, OH are finally going to be disciplined for firing more than 137 shots killing an unarmed couple November 29 of last year.

An August 2nd report in the Cleveland Plain Dealer reveals that 19 of the 75 officers will reportedly face charges including engaging in a chase without permission and providing false information on duty.

More than 100 officers in 60 police cars engaged in a high-speed chase of 43 year-old Timothy Russell and 30 year-old Malissa Williams.  According to the Business Insider, none of the officers have thus far lost their jobs even months after the incident.

The 25 minute chase that involved three districts ended in the school parking lot of Heritage Middle School, where the couple died in a hail of bullets ripping through their car.

Described as a gunfight, it turns out it wasn’t much of a fight at all as police found Williams shot 24 times and Russell shot 23 times, both unarmed and dead.  Not one police officer was injured in the chase.
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