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Wet Bulb Near 35 C — Heatwave Mass Casualties Strike India Amidst Never-Before-Seen High Temperatures
Never-before-seen high temperatures and high humidity are resulting in thousands of heat injuries and hundreds of heat deaths across India. In some places, wet bulb readings appear to be approaching 35 C — a level of latent heat never endured by humans before fossil fuel burning forced global temperatures to rapidly warm. A reading widely-recognized as the limit of human physical endurance and one whose more frequent excession would commit the human race to enduring an increasing number of episodes of killing heat. A boundary that scientists like Dr. James Hansen warned would be exceeded if a human-forced warming of the world was not halted.


And it is in this newly dangerous climate context that temperatures near 125 degrees Fahrenheit settled in over India’s border region with Pakistan yesterday. A blistering wave of crippling heat hitting never-before-seen readings over that highly-populated nation. In Phalodi, India, the mercury rocketed to 123.8 degrees Fahrenheit (51 degrees Celsius). This reading exceeded India’s previous all-time record high for any location which stood at 123.1 degrees Fahrenheit (50.6 degrees Celsius) set on May 25, 1886. Across the border in Pakistan, temperatures crossed “critical” thresholds this week, hitting 124.7 degrees Fahrenheit (51.5 degrees Celsius) Thursday in the city of Jacobabad as officials in that state issued health warnings to the public.


Published on
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
byCommon Dreams
Student Activism Pushes UMass to Become First Major Public University to Divest
University president recognizes power of students to make societal change

Thirty-four University of Massachusetts- Amherst students were arrested in April for occupying a campus building during a nonviolent divestment protest. (Photo: Divest UMass)
University of Massachusetts students—who just over one month ago were arrested for demanding that their school divest from fossil fuels—were validated on Wednesday after it was announced that the school would become the first major


Tottering Totten and the Coming Multi-Meter Sea Level Rise
A new scientific study has found that the Totten Glacier is fundamentally unstable and could significantly contribute to a possible multi-meter sea level rise this Century under mid-range and worst case warming scenarios.


408 Parts per million CO2. 490 parts per million CO2e. This is the amount of heat-trapping CO2 and total CO2 equivalent for all heat-trapping gasses now in the Earth’s atmosphere. Two measures representing numerous grave potential consequences.

We’re Locking in 120-190 Feet of Sea Level Rise Long Term

Looking at the first number — 408 parts per million CO2 — we find that the last time global levels of this potent heat-trapping gas were so high was during the Middle Miocene Climate Optimum of 15-17 million years ago. During this time, the Greenland Ice Sheet did not exist. East Antarctic glacial ice was similarly scarce. And the towering glaciers of West Antarctica were greatly reduced. Overall, global sea levels were 120 to 190 feet higher than they are today. Meanwhile, atmospheric temperatures were between 3 and 5 degrees Celsius hotter


Criminal cops allowed to retire and keep pension


2 NYPD Officers Questioned in FBI Probe to Retire

Deputy Inspector James Grant, left, and Deputy Chief of Housing David Colon have filed for retirement.
Two high-ranking NYPD officers have filed for retirement amid the ongoing FBI investigation into whether officers accepted gifts in return for working as police escorts to influential businessmen.
Deputy Chief of Housing David Colon filed for retirement on Tuesday – a day after Deputy Inspector James Grant put in his papers, officials said.
2 Charged in 2015 Overdose Death of NY Dermatologist
Grant, head the Upper East Side's 19th Precinct, was stripped of his badge and gun last month. The decision came after the New York Post reported that the FBI was investigating claims that Grant had accepted diamonds and cash from a Brooklyn businessman.
Colon was transferred last month because of the investigation, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said at the time.
Case Reopened for 'Real Housewives' Star Teresa Giudice
The investigation was launched by the NYPD at the end of 2013. The FBI and Justice Department joined the ongoing inquiry in early 2014, Bratton


FBI warns about wireless keyloggers more than a year late


The FBI has issued a warning about a “new” keylogging threat. What makes this one different than most other keyloggers is that it's not software ...


FBI admits FBI agents shouldn't have questioned Oregon standoff ...
FBI agents shouldn't have questioned Oregon standoff figure David Fry after taking him into custody Feb. 11 because his attorney already had ...



Jury Rejects Egyptian-American FBI Agent's Bias Claim
Law360 (subscription)-May 24, 2016
Law360, Los Angeles (May 24, 2016, 9:46 PM ET) -- A D.C. federal jury on Tuesday denied an FBI agent's claim that the agency discriminated against him after ...



May 25 2016

CLARKSBURG — Forty-eight students from Norwood Elementary School graduated from the FBI’s annual Junior Special Agent (JSA) program Wednesday evening, completing a program that taught them about the value of being a good citizen.

Students learned about safety, in addition to learning about the programs and careers that the FBI offers.


‘Five Presidents’
By Elise Cooper May 25, 2016R & R

“Five Presidents” by Clint Hill with Lisa McCubbin is a non-fiction book written as a page turning historical novel. People might not recognize the author, but the photo of him jumping on the Presidential car is engrained in most everyone’s mind. He is the Secret Service Agent that heroically leaped onto the Kennedy car in Dallas after the president was shot.

This book illuminates the lives of each leader in an insightful way. Hill has allowed readers to take the memory journey with him as he opens up about the private world he observed. He succeeds in allowing readers to have a rare glimpse into the personalities and characters of the five uniquely different presidents, from Eisenhower to Ford. This book is an incredible inside account.

Mr. Hill will be speaking on Wednesday, May 25 at Warwick’s bookstore in La Jolla at 7:30 pm. Below is a Q/A with him:

Elise Cooper: Can you give us a short description


This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

, May 25, 2016, 04:48pm, (Issue #928)
Posted in: News Brief Police Corruption
Four Texas cops get indicted for cocaine, a former Utah narc has a pill problem, a sticky-fingered former Baltimore cop heads for federal prison, and more. Let's get to it:

In Houston, four current or former law enforcement officers were indicted last Wednesday as part of a broad-ranging cocaine trafficking conspiracy. The four include Border Patrol Agent Daniel Polanco, Edinburg Police


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Matt Damon speaks MIT commncement


At least 33 US cities used water testing 'cheats' over lead concerns
Exclusive: Guardian investigation reveals testing regimes similar to that of Flint were in place in major cities including Chicago, Boston and Philadelphia

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Lawyers Accuse Federal Prosecutors of Routinely Spying on Defense Strategies

Jun 3, 2016 5:36 pm ET
Federal prosecutors in Miami have found themselves on the defensive after lawyers representing a doctor accused of fraud alleged in court that the U.S. attorney’s office has for years been spying on the litigation strategies of defendants.

The allegations surfaced days ago on the eve of a scheduled trial, which is now delayed. In court papers filed May 26, lawyers alleged that prosecutors had secretly gained access to discovery document files assembled by the defense team.

The lawyers wrote that an assistant U.S. attorney informed them in April that an FBI agent had received CDs containing duplicates of discovery files the defense had assembled and scanned from the more than 200 boxes of seized government evidence made available to them.

The duplicates, they wrote, were provided by a government-contracted service that makes copies of government discovery documents that defense lawyers want to inspect.

The lawyers said the owner of the service told them in an email that he has routinely provided the FBI with duplicates of the set-aside files — and not just in their case.

“It appears that this practice of surreptitiously duplicating the discovery work-product of defense counsel in the Southern District of Florida has b


Texas college cancels controversial law enforcement training event led by 'anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist'

The Independent-
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) requested that the Cedar Valley College in Texas scrap the event, which was to feature FBI agent John Guandolo



Chamber to hold second Women’s Business Awards
June 2nd, 2016   
The Clermont Chamber of Commerce’s second Women’s Business Awards will take place June 7.

The chamber got 21 nominations for the awards and a committee evaluated each nomination based on the criteria for each of the three categories: Business Woman of the Year, Women Owned Business of the Year and Young Professional of the Year. The committee then selected finalists.

The event will be held at Receptions Conference Center East beginning at 11:30 a.m. Sheila Gray, from Good Morning Cincinnati, is the emcee and Angela Byers, Special Agent in charge of the FBI’s Cincinnati Division, is the keynote speak


Thursday, June 2, 2016, 7:57 PM

A former Arizona police officer on a vengeful rampage allegedly killed his wife and a Good Samaritan who tried to save her.

It started Tuesday morning, when Christopher Glen Wright violently crashed his wife’s Range Rover he stole in a rage-filled attempt to kill her, according to police reports.

After the accused killer’s wife, Nasbah Laverne Wright, survived the mayhem, she ran out of the car


Cop drives past stopped school bus


Thursday, June 2, 2016, 5:24 PM

NYPD corruption probe
Thursday, June 2, 2016, 8:47 PM


Deputy Chief John Sprague, a high-ranking NYPD commander, was stripped of his shield and gun for refusing to testify before the grand jury
A rising-star NYPD commander is the latest high-ranking cop to be stripped of his shield and gun in the ongoing corruption probe rocking the police force.

Deputy Chief John Sprague was placed on modified duty Thursday after he refused to testify before a federal grand jury convened as part of the ballooning gifts-for-favors scandal, sources said.

Sprague, of the NYPD’s Force Investigation Division, got a subpoena Friday, sources familiar with the probe said and informed the U.S. Attorney’s office on Thursday that he would take the Fifth if called to testify, according to sources familiar with the probe.


Thursday, June 2, 2016, 6:18 PM

Harlem Iman Talib Abdur-Rashid took the police department to court to get access to their files under the Freedom of Information law but the NYPD said merely confirming the existence of records could endanger them
Two Muslims who believe the NYPD monitored them as part of a broad campaign of spying


Thursday, June 2, 2016
Former DEA Agent Pleads Guilty to Child Pornography


HOUSTON — A 39-year-old former Drug Enforcement Administration agent who lived in McAllen pleaded guilty to a child pornography charge before a federal court judge.

James Patrick Burke, 39, entered a guilty plea to one count of access with intent to view child pornography and faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, according to a Thursday news release from the U.S. Attorney's office.

Burke, who is originally from Massachusetts but was residing in McAllen last year while working with the DEA, was found accessing files from a website known to contain child pornography, according to FBI investigators.

A search warrant was executed at Burke's residence on Aug. 14, 2015, where investigators seized a laptop computer and a desktop computer. Burke admitted to downloading and viewing child pornography from the internet and to using forensic wiping software to delete the images and movies, the release states. 

"An examination of what was collected from the server side of the website showed that Burke had accessed a total of 77 threads which contained 345 contact sheets with approximately eight images of child pornography per sheet. These images included children under the age of 12, bondage and acts of violence. Some of the images are of known victims as identified through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children," the releas


Case of 3 Somali youth entrapped by FBI goes to all-white jury
Fight Back! Newspaper
Case of 3 Somali youth entrapped by FBI goes to all-white jury ... substantially less jail time if they helped get convictions of the young men entrapped by the FBI.


FBI kept demanding
Email Records Despite DOJ Saying It Needed a Warrant
Jenna McLaughlin
June 2 2016, 5:22 p.m.

THE SECRET GOVERNMENT REQUESTS for customer information Yahoo made public Wednesday reveal that the FBI is still demanding email records from companies without a warrant, despite being told by Justice Department lawyers


Federal judge allows release of Oregon standoff defendants Jake Ryan, Travis Cox


A federal judge on Thursday, June 2, 2016, allowed for the release of Oregon standoff defendants Jake Ryan, left, and Travis Cox, right, pending trial. A federal trial has been set for Sept. 7. (Multnomah County Sheriff's Office)

June 02, 2016 at 8:10 PM
A federal judge Thursday allowed for the pretrial release of two more defendants facing federal conspiracy charges in the Maheux Wildlife Refuge

FBI Octopus

Two Picked for Arapahoe County Court Judgeships
Posted on June 3, 2016.
Attorneys Kelly LaFave and Michael Roche have become Arapahoe County’s newest county court judges, Gov. John Hickenlooper’s office announced today. Hickenlooper appointed LaFave and Roche to fill the vacancies created by Judges Dana Murray and Christine Chauce, who are retiring. The appointments are effective July 1, 2016.
LaFave currently serves as senior deputy district attorney in the 18th Judicial District, with her practice focusing on misdemeanor and felony prosecutions. She was also previously an assistant district attorney in Denton County, Texas, a consultant for Paige-Wheatcroft, Inc., a deputy county attorney in Pima County, Arizona, and a special agent with the FBI in Sacramento, California

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Oakland police chief resigns following multiple officer misconduct cases
Misconduct cases include a high-profile sex scandal
Departure follows that of San Francisco police chief less than a month ago

Oakland has a long history of controversial policing.
Friday 10 June 2016 14.30 EDT Last modified on Friday 10 June 2016 14.56 EDT

The police chief in Oakland, California, has resigned following multiple officer misconduct cases, including a high-profile sex scandal, making him the latest top cop of a major US city to step down in the face of growing backlash.

‘Corrupt in its roots’: as Oakland police scandals pile up, residents not surprised
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Less than a month after the forced resignation of the San Francisco police chief, the city of Oakland abruptly announced the departure of chief Sean Whent saying the decision was a “personal choice”. However his resignation came several weeks after allegations surfaced of sexual misconduct by numerous officers.

The resignation of Whent – who’s department has also faced allegations that an officer may have gotten away with murder – comes after the police chief in San Francisco, Greg Suhr, stepped down in the wake of multiple fatal shooting controversies and a widening scandal involving racist and homophobic messages by officers.

The resignations of the chiefs of two of the largest cities in California are the latest in a string of police chiefs losing their jobs in metropolitan police departments.

Anthony Batts, former head of the Oakland police department, was fired as Baltimore police chief following the death of Freddie Gray in police custody. Chicago police chief Garry McCarthy was fired after video emerged of the shooting of Laquan McDonald. Thomas Jackson, police chief of Ferguson, Missouri stepped down on the heels of a federal investigation of racial bias. And the Portland, Oregon police chief was recently placed on leave in the wake of allegations that he lied about an accidental shooting.

In Oakland, which presidential candidate Donald Trump recently declared one of the “most dangerous” places in the world, scandals have piled up in recent months.

Police chief Sean Whent. Photograph: City of Oakland police department
In one case, an Oakland officer was charged with battery, trespassing and public intoxication after he allegedly showed up intoxicated to a stranger’s house and assaulted her. The victim has


Blogging is not truth
Behaviour is truth

What have you done to
to stop the massive FBI led,
voter fraud that permeates
our elections?

see this link
which opens up two page article
of FBI agents caught committing
voter fraud in Cincinnati in 1989
click story/page icon at top of page to open



FBI Runs 'Hundreds' of Sting Operations to Create Homegrown ...
Sputnik International-
On Wednesday, FBI officials admitted that there are "hundreds" of sting ... Most recently, an FBI agent gave a panhandler some money and a knife and told him ...



The Los Angeles Police Department will add a collection of 100 BMW i3 electric vehicles to its fleet.
BMW and its i3 electric car have beaten out Tesla Motors for the right to don the Los Angeles Police Department shield. Looking to purchase a fleet of EVs for community outreach and police business, the LAPD tried out both the i3 and Tesla Model Slast year and opted to contract with BMW.

While the Model S can accelerate quicker and reach higher speeds, the i3 won where it really counts: the price tag. At just $42,000 apiece, the i3 is a little more than a third of the price of a Model S P90D, and that difference really adds up in a 100-car fleet. The BMW EVs also features a 150-mile gasoline range extender to quell the police department’s concerns about use during a power outage.


NYC Crime Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Education Obituaries
Off-duty NYPD cop arrested for refusing DUI test
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Saturday, June 11, 2016, 2:05 PM



June 10, 2016
Wake up, America! Constitution no longer works

Posted: Jun. 10, 2016 12:01 am
While Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are battling in their final round in the Democratic primaries and Donald Trump is arguing that Clinton should be in prison for failing to safeguard state secrets while she was secretary of state, the same FBI that is diligently investigating her is quietly and perniciously seeking to cut more holes in the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution.

That amendment -- which requires the government to obtain a search warrant issued by a judge based upon some evidence of criminal wrongdoing, called probable cause, before the government can search persons, houses, papers or effects -- is the linchpin of the right to privacy, famously referred to by Justice Louis Brandeis as the right to be let alone.

The Fourth Amendment has a painful yet unambiguous history. The essence of that history is the well-documented and nearly universal Colonial revulsion to the British use of general warrants.

General warrants, which were usually issued in secret in London, permitted British soldiers and agents in America to search wherever they wished and seize whatever they found. General warrants were not based upon any individualized suspicion, much less any probable cause. Their stated purpose was the need to enforce the Stamp Act, a totalitarian measure that cost more to enforce than it generated in revenue.

The Stamp Act required all colonists to purchase and affix stamps to all legal, financial, political, personal and public documents. It was billed as a revenue-gathering measure, but it truly


By: Jake Allen
June 9, 2016 at 7:19 pm

Teen academy gives students a feel for the FBI
Colorado Springs Gazette-3 hours ago
After almost 30 years with the FBI, Thomas Ravenelle said days like Thursday remind him of why he wanted to be an FBI agent. "I came in long enough ago and ...

Michael Bird checks out the weapons at the FBI Teen Aacademy Thursday, June 9, 2016. The class gave 45 area students a behind-the-scene look of how the FBI operates. Hands-on experience involving evidence collection and tactical operation overview were part of the course. (Carol Lawrence, The Gazette) 
After almost 30 years with the FBI, Thomas Ravenelle said days like Thursday



The Georgia man shot by police who showed up to the wrong house during a 911 call has died, his family confirmed.

Wanda Powell Dodd, who said she was Powell's sister, disputed that cops identified themselves, asked him to drop his gun or even had their patrol lights on.

"The dogs started barking, someone outside. He grabbed his gun and walked outside. As soon as he did, he was shot in the neck," she posted on Facebook Thursday evening.



U.S. World Politics
S.C. cop fired for wearing Confederate flag boxers files lawsuit
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Saturday, June 11, 2016, 11:17 A



BLM Creates A New Security, Protection, Intelligence Division
Don't Comply-
What was discovered is that, the BLM Special Agent in Charge of S.P.I. will be ... BLM's multi-year undercover investigation that collaborated with the FBI for a .


NYPD cop steals over $600,000 in disability claim/
disability benefits
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, June 9, 2016, 4:44 PM


sheriff faces more
inmate beating charges


UPDATE: DOJ adds charges to Ackal and Savoy's indictment; another defendant added

Posted: Jun 09, 2016 5:05 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 09, 2016 5:40 PM EDT

00:00 / 00:22
Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal and Lt. Col. Gerald Savoy were indicted today on additional civil rights violations and another former employee, Capt. Mark Frederick, was added to the list of employees implicated in the case, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced today.

The additional charges rise out of the beatings of two men -- including a man who was accused of assaulting Ackal's relative in 2014 -- and are in addition to federal charges Ackal and Savoy were indicted on in March. Those early charges stem from the 2011 beatings of five Iberia Parish inmates; Ackal is accused of telling deputies to "take care of" inmates he didn't like.


D.C. moves to ramp up training for 17,000 security guards

D.C. officials have proposed doubling the amount of training for the 17,000 licensed security guards



No charges, no surprises, no
decency in Jamar Clark case
June 8, 2016

But there’s lots of hypocrisy



Did U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger actually say his “heart goes out” to the Clark family, and that he has a son near Clark’s age, after making sure that the law allowed Minneapolis cops to get away with his murder?

Few were surprised by the announcement last week that the U.S. government, represented by Luger’s office, the (in)Justice Department, and the FBI concluded that the coldblooded shooting death of Jamar Clark by Minneapolis Officers Dustin Schwarze and Mark Ringgenberg did not constitute a civil rights violation in the eyes of the law of the land.

This leads reasonable people to conclude that the law is farcical, full of hypocrisy, and enforced only against the poor and powerless.

And U.S. Attorney Luger doesn’t have a heart. Just ask the local Somali community, whose young people he has been harassing and victimizing. He sure doesn’t see his son in those Black immigrant Muslim young people. You can’t work at the highest levels of U.



NYC Crime Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Education Obituaries
Brooklyn DA pushes for jail time for cop convicted of stomping
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Friday, June 10, 2016,

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FBI informant involved with accused assassin
of British MP


Thomas Mair, Suspect in Murder of UK Lawmaker Jo Cox, Attended White Supremacy Meeting: Report

The man suspected of killing a British lawmaker once attended a meeting of American white supremacists in London, the Southern Poverty Law Center said in a report published Sunday.

A court artist sketch shows Thomas Mair appearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London, Saturday. ELIZABETH COOK / Reuters
Jo Cox, 41, a respected Labour Party MP, died Thursday after Thomas Mair, 52, allegedly stabbed and shot her and referenced a far right anti-immigrant group opposed to Britain's membership in the European Union.

The SPLC, which tracks hate groups, said that Mair was one of between 15 and 20 people to appear at the gathering 16 years ago, which aimed to expand an American neo-Nazi's "white power" music business into Europe.

The report cites Todd Blodgett, a former GOP domestic policy analyst and consultant who became involved in the radical right in the 1990s and helped arrange the London meeting. In May 2000, when the group convened, Blodgett was working as a paid FBI informant, according to the report.

Book of the Month


Inspiring New Xulon Autobiography: Former FBI Agent/Current Apostle Encourages The Body Of Christ And Informs Readers That Spiritual Warfare Is Real

June 20, 2016 4:11am  

Frank Burton Jr. takes readers on a journey through FBI cases, as well as some of his most intense spiritual warfare cases – proving that in the end, God wins!

June 20, 2016

Frank Burton Jr.'s new book, From FBI Agent To An Apostle - Saga Of A Spiritual Sniper, ($10.99, paperback, 9781498434157; $5.99, e-book, 9781498434164) is the autobiography of Retired FBI Special Agent Frank Burton Jr. Burton – also an Apostle and the Pastor and founder of Perfect Will Ministries in New Castle, Delaware. This outstanding book details Burton's life's experience and how one Apostolic encounter changed his entire life. The book is about Spiritual Warfare and how God used him to solve some of the biggest Cases in the FBI and powerfully minister to those in need, while on the job. Most of his successful cases had nothing to do with sophisticated FBI techniques. However, it was by the leading of the Holy Spirit he was able to become one of America's Finest in the FBI and be labeled an "expert," at the same time – one of the greatest Servants in the Ministry.

"I want the readers to realize that God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things to accomplish His will in the Earth Realm," states the author. "All you have to be is willing and obedient."

As a 22-1/2 year veteran with the FBI, Frank Burton Jr. was justifiably labeled as an "expert." He was a Hostage



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terror dairy
June 19, 2016Uncategorized9/11, failed patsy, Feinberg, history, missile games, NDAA 2017, NSA, Orlando, Pentagon, Saudi Arabia, skin blemishes, Strauss, Syria, voting lawsuit pending
terror dairy

Top NSA Officials’ Reaction To 9/11: “9/11 Is a Gift To The NSA. We’re Going To Get All Of The Money We Need, And Then Some” … “We’ll Milk This Cow For 15 Years”

Posted on June 18, 2016 by WashingtonsBlog

What was the NSA’s reaction to 9/11 … the greatest intelligence failure in history?

After all, overwhelming evidence shows that 9/11 was foreseeable. Indeed, Al Qaeda crashing planes into the World Trade




Posted on June 13, 2016 by Daniel Hopsicker
The father of the man who slaughtered 50 people in the Orlando nightclub shooting Saturday night is a longtime CIA asset, whose TV show receives funding from the Voice of America -Dari. Pictured below is Seddique Mateen with California Republican Congressman



Ohio man accidentally shot to death during gun safety class drill
June 19, 2016, 12:13

64-year-old store owner James Baker was shot in the neck around 1



Orlando gunman visited Saudi Arabia on NYU trip with 12 NYPD cops

Saturday, June 18, 2016, 1:56



Posted June 19, 2016 -
School district police alleged misconduct surfaces in recorded


Did FBI agents lure Orlando suspect into
terror plot?


FBI: Citizen's Academy coming back to Wyoming
Wyoming Tribune-1 hour ago
To obtain an application for the FBI Citizen's Academy taking place in Cheyenne, contact FBI public affairs specialist Deborah Sherman at 303-630-6060 or ...



Palm Springs bar disputes report that Orlando shooter was a frequent customer
June 19, 2016         | Filed in: Criminal, Noor Salman, Omar Mateen, Orlando shooting.


Sunanda case: SIT Chief to visit FBI labs
Times Now.tv-
The Delhi Police Special Investigating Team (SIT) Chief probing Sunanda Pushkar murder case to visit Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) labs to get further ...

​Tor Is Teaming Up With Researchers To Protect Users From FBI ...
The FBI has had a fair amount of success de-anonymizing Tor users over the past few years. Despite the encryption software's well-earned reputation as one of ...

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Ex-FBI Agent Wheatley to Lead Challenged Athletes Foundation
Wheatley spent 24 years with Sony Electronics, retiring as senior vice president. He also served for four years as co-director for the Califor

Border Patrol Names New Boss, Former FBI Agent Mark Morgan
Arizona Public Media-Jun 21, 2016
Morgan will take command of more than 20,000 Border Patrol agents and support staff. He has served 20 years as an FBI agent. In recent years ...


Florida deputy charged with murder for road rage fatal shooting


: Tuesday, June 28, 2016, 4:50 PM

Deputy faces murder charges in connection with road-rage shooting
WESH - Orlando, FL

00:00 / 01:40
A central Florida cop has been charged with murder after a road rage dispute led him to shoot and kill a man while he was off-duty.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement on Tuesday arrested Brevard County Sheriff’s deputy Yousef Hafza, 32, for second-degree murder charges after the Father’s Day shooting death of 25-year-old father of three Clar


Cops in East New York's 75th Precinct sued 47 times in past year


Tuesday, June 28, 2016, 3:56 PM

Cops in the 75th Precinct in East New York were sued 47 times from June 2015 through May 2016. (DEBBIE EGAN-CHIN/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)
Cops in one Brooklyn precinct were sued more than twice as many times in federal court as police officers in the city’s second



NYPD officers learn about accepting gifts amid corruption probe
Tuesday, June 28, 2016, 6:16 PM
The NYPD’s deputy commissioner for legal matters stressed that officer can’t take airline tickets, accept free home repairs or gifts for their families — all among the allegations lodged in the ongoing corruption probe. (HOWARD SIMMONS/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)
Faced with a burgeoning corruption scandal, the upper echelon of the NYPD went back to school Tuesday on the do’s and don'ts of free gifts.

Nearly 800 cops, from captain on up — and including Commissioner




Greenfield chief on leave after officer-involved shooting
The Union Leader-



Jason Corbett's family celebrate what should have been his ...
Irish Mirror-
The 32-year-old and her retired FBI agent father Tom, 65, have both pleaded not guilty to second degree murder and voluntary manslaughter. Mr Corbett's ..


Violent Radicals Prepare For Cleveland And The Republican ...
Right Side News
Maggie Rice, 28, an organizer with Food Not Bombs, a volunteer group that provides food at demonstrations and to the homeless, said an FBI agent and a ...


ISIS created by US Government


America Created Al-Qaeda and the ISIS Terror Group | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization
http://www.globalresearch.ca › america-created...
Jun 13, 2016 - America Created Al-Qaeda and the ISIS Terror Group ... of Islamist extremists, who were trained by the CIA and funded by the Saudis, in order to defeat the Russians in Afghanistan.
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FBI failed to tell hundreds of Americans that they were on an ISIS kill ...
Daily Mail-
Americans discovered on an ISIS kill list obtained by the FBI were not told about ... Former FBI counter-terrorism agent Chad Jenkins was astonished by the lack ...

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Secret Pentagon Report Reveals US "Created" ISIS As A "Tool" To Overthrow Syria's President Assad | Zero Hedge
Zero Hedge › news › secret-pentagon-re...
May 24, 2015 - And while speculation was rife that just like the CIA-funded al ... 'Supporting powers want' ISIS entity.


Man claims FBI ‘extorted’ him on sex crime in exchange for dirt on former ATC chief Troy Hebert


A former Louisiana liquor lobbyist is claiming the FBI used the threat of child porn charges against him in hopes of encouraging him to “wire up” on



Why protesters were wearing all black, masks at Capitol
KCRA Sacramento-Jun 27, 2016
Retired FBI agent Jim Wedick said this isn't a way to settle differences in the 21st century. "It's the state Capitol; it's Sunday,” Wedick said. “We got folks walking ..


FBI Informant funded by tax dime to run scams

tiso’s alleged partner in crime was Paul Mancuso, described by prosecutors as a “master manipulator,” with ties to the Bonanno organized-crime family, who had worked as a confidential informant for the FBI until 2011.

The judge said Mancuso defrauded nearly $11 million from investors before cutting a deal with prosecutors and pleading guilty last September to conspiring to commit wire fraud.

In contrast, Martini said $460,000 in lo

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



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

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

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

The letter reads, in part:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Coastal Cities, Critical Infrastructure Unprepared to Face the Rising Tides of Climate Change
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Written by Mike Greene, former NYPD Detective and former Orange County Sheriff candidate.
I conducted local level criminal investigations through high level national and international level investigations (terrorism, espionage, international abductions, crimes on the high seas, etc.). 

Many of us saw the FBI Director’s speech yesterday. Like many of us, I was a bit pissed that, after Comey described a mountain of very serious wrong doing, his agency was not going to recommend prosecution of the case.
Like many of us, I smelled a rat so I conducted my own investigation.  The results of my investigation will  astound you and show a clear path to corruption here.
Here’s my step by step breakdown of this seemingly corrupt decision …..
1. Lynch was appointed as U.S. Attorney in Brooklyn, NY from 1999 to 2001. Who appointed her?  Then President Bill Clinton.
2. Lynch resigned in 2001 to join the law firm Hogan & Hartson. This is the same law firm that represented the company MXLogic. MXLogic was the company Hillary first used to set up her private email server and account. Executives from this law firm have also donated to the Clintons.

3. From 2003 to 2005 Lynch served as a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of NY. The Federal Reserve Bank is actually a privately owned corporation, comprised of numerous banks. Several of these banks and or their executives have donated to the Clinton‘s political campaigns and to the Clinton Foundation.
4. In 2010, President Obama re-appointed Lynch as U.S. Attorney in Brooklyn. In 2015, Obama then appointed her as head U.S. Attorney for the nation.

5. A few days ago, as we all know, Lynch met with Bill Clinton, privately, on her private government jet. This meeting was a few days before the FBI interviewed Hillary and a few days before today’s announcement.

6. After this meeting, Lynch said something that no U.S. Attorney has ever said. She first apologized and said she should not have met him (obviously an apology based on her being caught, not apologizing for the actual action). She then states something U.S. Attorneys do not state. She stated her office will be guided by whatever recommendation the FBI gives them. Why was this statement ridiculous? She is the head of the U.S. Justice Department. The FBI is a sub unit of the DOJ. She is the top boss, not Comey and not the FBI. Heroffice decides to prosecute or not, NOT the FBI.

7. In 1996 Comey was appointed as a Senate Committee Investigator/Counsel to investigate the Clintons in Whitewater. His findings concluded no wrongdoing with the Clintons.

8.  Comey and Lynch met back in the early 2000’s.

Comey was appointed by Bush as the U.S. Attorney for Manhattan.
9. In 2002, Bush appointed Comey as Deputy U.S. Attorney and he was tasked with investigating Bill Clinton‘s mass pardons as he left office. Comey concluded that Clinton had done nothing wrong.

10.  Comey went into private practice and in 2005.

11. In 2014, Obama appointed Comey as FBI Director. Lynch is Comey’s boss, as she is the head of the parent agency, DOJ. Lynch is the chief law enforcement officer of our nation. Comey holds the number two position in the sub agency, the FBI.

At the end of the day, how do we have Lynch, previously appointed by Bill Clinton, and formerly an employee of the law firm that is connected to Hillary‘s email scandal, in charge of the investigation intoHillary‘s email scandal, with the lead investigative agency led by a man who twice investigated the Clintons and both times found them not guilty of wrong doing, also appointed by the current U.S. President, who appointed Lynch, who is Comey’s boss??????  And Comey and Lynch have known each other for decades as well.

How was this investigation to have ever been legitimate????”  ~Mike Greene



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July 24, 2016

PHOENIX - A group in Phoenix joined the national protest against the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Hillary Clinton, braving 100-degree heat Sunday.

The protest comes after the FBI did not recommend charges for Hillary Clinton over her use of private email servers as secretary of State.

The Facebook event asked that participants not carry firearms in the open, but concealed


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 Corrupt cop frames black man … and is forgiven on ‘Steve Harvey Show’ (video)
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The Man Who Invented Miller Lite Was Suspected Of Being A Communist


Light beer is as American as apple pie, and Miller Lite is one of America’s favourite light beers. But what if I told you that the marketing man behind the creation of the Miller Lite brand was investigated by the FBI for being a communist? That’s the startling revelation that has come to light based on newly released documents that I obtained today from the National Archives.

When George Weissman died in 2009, he was remembered for his years as an executive at America’s largest tobacco company: Philip Morris. An expert branding man, he not only helped define the image of the now-notorious Marlboro Man character but also helped invent Miller Lite — ushering in a new wave of light beer fanaticism to the United States.

The one thing that the obituaries didn’t mention? The FBI’s file on Weissman, which details his alleged associations with the Communist Party in the 1940s, both before and after he served in the United States Navy during World War II.

Portion of an internal FBI document from March 2, 1949 about future Philip Morris executive Geroge Weissman

The file details various friends and informants snitching on Weissman as being a Communist in the 1940s, as well as the letters he’d write to the headquarters of the Communist Party in New York.

Portion of an internal FBI document from August 13, 1948 about future Philip Morris executive George Weissman

The FBI also followed up in the 1970s when they investigated Weissman’s involvement with an organisation called Executives Move For Peace in Vietnam. It appears that the FBI considered protesting the war in Vietnam to be more dangerous than selling a product that killed tens of thousands of Americans every year.

Portion of George Weissman’s FBI Name Check file, dated October 9, 1973

last page of the file was produced.

Portion of George Weissman’s FBI Name Check file, dated October 9, 1973

That page notes that the FBI’s 1940s investigation into Weissman’s alleged Communist activities could not be independently established. It’s not entirely clear from the file why the Nixon administration was interested in Weissman, though it was later revealed that Weissman was on one of Nixon’s many political enemies lists.

The entire FBI file on George Weissman is below.

letters he’d write to the headquarters of the Communist Party in New York.


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Former Bullitt County deputy convicted in false arrest

LOUISVILLE -- A former central Kentucky sheriff's deputy has been convicted on charges that he arrested a man for crimes he didn't commit.

A federal grand jury on Friday convicted Matthew Corder of Louisville, who was a Bullitt County sheriff's deputy. Corder was charged with two counts of willfully dep


Jeff David:         An employee of the Department of Defense Technical Support Working Group described by Whitehurst as "enraged that the almost $1 million in portable equipment that his program had bought for the FBI sits now in the closet because members of the explosives unit already had decided what the bomb was composed of, even before going to the crime scene, and don't think they need the equipment. Page 6-7.
Keith Farrell:         Described by Whitehurst as a former student in explosives who called him from the Oklahoma City laboratory to request his assistance and advice. Page 7. Whitehurst told him to get the civilians out of the blast area to avoid secondary bombs which have been known to be placed at such scenes to increase the carnage. According to Whitehurst, no one had even thought of that eventuality, not Martz, Burmeister or Tom Thurman. Whitehurst said they followed his advice (which may account for the evacuation of rescue personnel after the bombing). Id.
David R. Glendinning:         This is the agent that Whitehurst addresses many of his letters to and his title is Supervisor Special Agent assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division of the Office of Inspector General. Page 6. Thus, it is not clear whether he is a scientist assigned to the laboratory.
James J. Kearney:         According to Whitehurst, Kearney has authority over Roger Martz because Whitehurst complains if he would only do his job and stop Martz from refusing to obey direct orders, then they wouldn't have that many problems. Page 21. Whitehurst states that Jim Kearney is aware of contamination in the FBI Lab. Page 52.
Laura Bloomenfeld:         Bloomenfeld is an employee of the Office of General Counsel and Whitehurst stated that he told her about Martz with no qualifications in explosives residue analysis analyzing evidence from the Oklahoma City bombing matter. Page 17.
Chris Fielder:         Whitehurst states that he spoke with Fielder and talked about the "aftermath of the testimony" which is an apparent reference to the World Trade Center testimony but the letter is redacted so I cannot tell. Page 27. Fielder told Whitehurst that the Nexis search of all news articles about the testimony has been passed around the lab like hotcakes. Id. Fielder had apparently had a discussion with Wayne Lord at Quantico and both of them were concerned for the case in Oklahoma City. Id.
Wayne Lord:         Special agent at Quantico whom Whitehurst described as "just returned from work in Oklahoma City for three weeks." Page 27.
Ricky Hahn:         Described by Whitehurst as a principal witness in the Oklahoma City bombing case. Page 27. Whitehurst states that he "definitely hid evidence from the court in the [World Trade Center] bombing matter." Page 27. Described by Whitehurst as one of the principal investigators in the Oklahoma City bombing case. Page 28. According to Whitehurst, Hahn "is running the forensic investigation at the Oklahoma City bombing crime scene." Page 150.
David Williams:         Also described by Whitehurst as a principal witness in the Oklahoma bombing case. Page 27. Described by Whitehurst as one of the principal investigators in the Oklahoma City bombing case. Page 28. Whitehurst states that Dave Williams is an alcoholic. Page 101.
Danny Deffenbaugh(sp?):         Described by Whitehurst as one of the principal investigators of the Oklahoma City bombing case. Page 28.
Robert Mallado:         Whitehurst directs a letter to Mr. Mallado and addresses it to him as a supervisory special agent with the Criminal Investigations Division of the Office of the Inspector General. Page 44.
Richard Buechele:         Described by Whitehurst as issuing a report concerning paint. Page 44.
Monica Ann Knuckles:         Whitehurst reports that Williams told him that he had concerns about Buechele's report and sent the paint samples to DuPont Laboratories for analysis and had Monica Knuckles carry the evidence to the DuPont Laboratories. Page 44. Whitehurst stated that he was "trying to discuss science with her when she blew up in his face with insults and he ordered her out of his office and she eventually left and accused him of threatening to kill her." Page 46. Examiner with the Materials Analysis Unit (MAU) at the FBI Lab.
William A. Tobin:         Referred as having a background in statistics. Page 45. He is an FBI Metallurgist at the FBI Lab. Page 90. Tobin in the person who claims Agent Thurman told him he could determine the composition of the bomb simply by looking at the site. Page 91.
Tom Thurman:         Referred to by Whitehurst as "the man running the crime scene." Page 146.
Milt Ahlerich:         Whitehurst asks a rhetorical question, "Why has Jim Corby issued a verbal report to Milt Ahlerich stating that the Rudolph work was terrible and why did Milt Ahlerich say he would see that any cases reported by Jim would be followed up on." Page 49. Whitehurst refers to a memo that he wrote to Ahlerich on 7/30/95 that has a direct bearing on the value of evidence on the Oklahoma City bombing. Page 52. I don't believe we have received such a document and should be clearly exculpatory and covered un Brady.
Frederick Whitehurst:         Note that Whitehurst states that he has seen a psychiatrist for the FBI as well as two other psychiatrists all of whom found him fit for duty and one of whom questioned the FBI's "forcing me to go to the shrink and pay for it too." Page 49.
Dr. Randy Murch:         Referred to Whitehurst as the SAS Section Chief. Page 49.
Ed Kelso:         Referred to at page 49. He is the Unit Chief of the Evidence Response Team (ERT) of the FBI Lab. Kelso described David Williams, the SAC at the Oklahoma City bombing scene as the "laughing stock" of the EU community. Id. at 81.
James Maddock:         Apparently a lawyer in the Office of General Counsel at DOJ who according to Whitehurst advised Dave Williams not to talk with Whitehurst about the OKBOMB investigation. Page 56.
R. Patrick Welch:         Referred to by Whitehurst as one of the experts among which there is disagreement. Page 57. According to Whitehurst, Welch does not believe that it is possible for an individual to simply look at blast damage at a site like that found in the Oklahoma City bombing and estimate the velocity of detonation of the explosive used in the bomb. Page 57. He also states that this opinion is shared by James Corby, Steve Burmeister, Bill Robin, Ed Kelso. Page 58. Supervisory Special Agent FBI Inspections Division. Page 93. According to Welch, Dave Williams was in charge of the O


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by Joachim Hagopian

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Important New Book on Orlando False Flag Edited by Kevin Barrett

I’m extremely pleased to plug a new important book – Orlando False Flag: The Clash of Histories – available now on Amazon edited by my friend Kevin Barrett. It’s his third volume in a series of publications on false flags. First there was We Are Not Charlie Hebdo, then came Another False Flag? Bloody Tracks from Paris to San Bernardino. And now Kevin has once again assembled journalists and scholars to contribute chapters to his latest seminal work offering an alternative explanation far more in line with the truth than the government’s official false narrative. And I’m especially honored that Kevin asked me to contribute a chapter entitled “The Empire’s Post-9/11 Hegelian-Style Warfare Against Both the World and American Citizens.” Below are a few comments about Kevin and his work, an informative review, the Table of Contents and contributing authors’ bios. Finally, at the bottom of the page is a link to Amazon.

“Fierce debate” over Orlando False Flag:

The Clash of Histories

(and its editor Kevin Barrett)

“Mr. Barrett’s views . . . have outraged some Wisconsin legislators and generated a fierce debate about academic freedom.” – The New York Times

Barrett “never expected to find himself carrying the banner for one of the most controversial theories of our times.” – Chicago Tribune

“Kevin Barrett is to be applauded for Orlando False Flag, his latest instant anthology false flag exposé. It presents a variety of sometimes clashing views. As such it’s an example of much-needed radical informational democracy in print, devoted once again to the key challenge of our time: vast manipulative deception by the American Empire.” ­– Barrie Zwicker, author of Towers of Deception: The Media Cover-up of 9/11

Kevin Barrett should be “in the Charles River, floating down towards the harbor.” Bill O’Reilly, Fox News commentator

“Under these circumstances, the patriotic act is disbelief of the government narrative thereby rendering the actions of the Deep State dysfunctional.”

– Cynthia McKinney, former six-term Congresswoman and Green Party Presidential Candidate

“I consider Kevin Barrett the top analyst for false flags.” – Robert David Steele, former CIA covert operations specialist and pioneer of the Open Source Intelligence (OS-INT) movement

5 Star Review written by Robert David Steele

Blows Apart the False Government Narrative on a False Flag Event Intended to Advance Gun Control & Keep the Fear Going…

The Table of Contents is at the end of this review to help Amazon readers make their decision about buying or not buying. Many of the integrated pieces can be found free online but I believe that the value added by the editor in organizing this information is huge and worthy of your support.

Why is this book important? Since the assassination of JFK and the cover-up of that assassination led by LBJ, the USA has been under the direct control of the 1% and their fascist, pedophile

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Climate change The Observer
Scientists warn world will miss key climate target
Grim backdrop to vital global emissions talks as new analysis shows 1.5C limit on warming is close to being broken

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NYC Crime Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Education Weather Obituaries
Racist NYPD cop hit pregnant woman's car, didn't try to help
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, August 8, 2016, 4:00 AM


"Hitler in Argentina!"   

We are all taught that the Red Army surrounded Berlin and that, faced with capture by the Soviet Union, Adolf Hitler and his new wife Eva Braun (Hitler) committed suicide in the Führerbunker.  Don't believe it - Josef Stalin knew better as did most of the world leaders of the time!  Stalin even made a great fuss about Hitler's escape in statements he made in July of 1945 - more than two months after the alleged suicide.

As you read through this book taken from the file of a Spanish spy who worked for the Reich and who saw Hitler and Eva Braun forcibly drugged and removed from the Führerbunker under orders of Martin Bormann, you will realize that Hitler's suicide was a well conceived escape plan by the man who desperately had to keep the Reich, and thereby Hitler, alive.....Martin Bormann.  This book also contains photos of places Hitler lived in Argentina, interviews with people there and in Europe - FBI and OSS files clearly stating that they and the United States Government knew that Hitler did not die in Berlin.

  Reviews of this book are at the bottom of this page.

As of early May 2014........one of the TOP SELLING books from Amazon.

Author Harry Cooper has worked on this for two and a half decades with dozens of trips to German, Austria, the Soviet Union, Russia and since 2008 four expeditions to Argentina, to Chile and Brazil where he found the remains of the nuclear research facility in a remote part of Argentina that was built in 1947, two years AFTER the war ended; built by German scientists.

It is well known that two German submarines surrendered in Argentina well after the German surrender.  U-530 surrendered in late July 1945 and U-977 surrendered in early August but the surrender order came on May 8.  Why did they take three months to surrender?  And why at the other end of the world?

Photo right is U-977 in the port of Mar del Plata, the large Argentine Navy base where she and U-530 surrendered well after the end of the war.

But Sharkhunters has learned that other German U-Boats, tramp steamers, large sailing ships all made the journey to Argentina as late as middle 1947! That is more than two years AFTER the end of the war...........but they were indeed coming there.  Why?



The plateau looked like this during the author's expedition in 2009

But this is how it looked in 1939 - with the German radio station

These two photo above show the island of Trindade, an isolated rock in the central South Atlantic.  These ships, submarines etc. stopped at this island in the south Atlantic, an island that was not much more than a huge rock in the middle of nowhere - but it had tremendous quantities of fresh water as well as herds of goats and pigs for food.  With the approval and great assistance of the Brazilian Navy, Cooper was here in 2009.

The Reich had many hidden route & coves charted in South America
The author is in possession of many such secret German charts.

The author is in possession of dozens of such FBI and OSS (CIA) documents showing that the U.S. Government was aware that Hitler escaped.

This book contains the entire text of "Escape From the Bunker!" but we have added another 178 pages with a great many more photos, charts, personal interviews and more


Former FBI agent sentenced to probation for lying on stand during 2013 Bulger trial
Robert Fitzpatrick.         –
Retired FBI agent Robert Fitzpatrick was sentenced to two years of probation in federal court Friday for lying on the stand at Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger’s 2013 trial, according to The Boston Globe.

Fitzpatrick, 76, who was second-in-command of the FBI’s Boston office from 1981 to 1986, pled guilty in May to six counts of obstruction of justice and six counts of perjury for testimony that exaggerated his accomplishments and assisted



Mexico police official resigns after Texas properties worth millions discovered
Arturo Bermúdez Zurita, public security secretary of Veracruz, and his wife purchased five properties with a combined value of $2.4m despite $3,200 salary

police officer arrested on suspicion of possessing child porn |

Little is accused of exchanging sexually explicit messages with a 13-year-old girl, asking and receiving pornographic images and video of her and sending her an image of his genitals. The interaction occurred over the KIK messenger app on a smartph

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SEE IT: Texas woman arrested after reporting cop’s harassment
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Friday, August 5, 2016, 12:11 PM



Video shows Chicago cops' shooting of teen (WARNING:GRAPHIC)
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Friday, August 5, 2016, 3:47

Body cam shows Chicago police shooting
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Body cam shows Chicago police shooting
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Chicago authorities have released video of an unarmed teen being shot and killed by police, including one who laments that he will receive “desk duty” for his actions.

Officers opened fire on 18-year-old Paul O'Neal, striking him in the back as he fled in a Jaguar


Feds: NYPD cop who torched SUV and abuse dates shouldn’t get bail
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Friday, August 5, 2016, 7:

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Former female agent sues FBI claiming sexual harassment, discrimination
FBI agents were loafing on the job or not coming to work, lawsuit says

Denver Post file Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey gestures while speaking during a press conference at the conclusion of a visit to the Denver FBI Field Office on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 in Denver, Colorado.
BAugust 19, 2016 at 8:20 am
Inappropriate sexual remarks became so commonplace within the FBI ranks of a special drug task force that male agents would often joke about how many zeroes would be on a lawsuit after particularly rancid remarks.

Danielle Marks identified FBI Director James Comey as a defendant in the federal civil lawsuit filed Thursday on her behalf by Denver attorneys Charlotte Sweeney and Kaitlyn Wright.

Marks is asking to be reinstated as an FBI agent, and seeking back pay, compensatory damages and attorneys fees in the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Denver.

Marks became a FBI agent in 2010 and worked as a drug and gang officer in Baltimore, where she received “successful,” and “excellent” marks. She transferred to Denver in 2013, where she joined the MGTF, which is made up of Denver and Aurora police officers and federal agents.

Marks said she notified supervisors as early as September of 2013 that fellow male agents refused to assist her with surveillance on her case even though it was the only open case in the office, the lawsuit says. She named three agents who “behaved inappropriately and made repeated sexual comments around Ms. Marks and other female employees.”

On 20 occasions, the agents failed to attend their surveillance shifts for her wiretap case. The only explanation she would receive is that they were “unavailable.” Agents would ask female agents to expose their breasts or allow them to perform sex acts on them, the lawsuit says.

In fact, the only FBI agents on the task force who had active cases were Marks and two other female agents. The male agents explained they were working a case that had closed in 2013. The male agents failed to come to work on days they were scheduled to work, the lawsuit says.

Although her supervisor assured Marks that he would speak with the three FBI agents about the harassment and failure to work with her, but the agents’ behavior only got worse. They often made derogatory remarks about female FBI agents, including that they shouldn’t be in the FBI. Once, a FBI agent on the unit said he hoped another female agent would quit and “stay home in the kitchen.”

The agents would make lewd jokes about how one of the male agents was having an affair with a female prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Meantime, a supervisory agent was having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a female FBI agent, including openly sharing a hotel room during a work conference, the lawsuit says. The supervisor helped the woman get a position as secretary to Special Agent in Charge Thomas Ravanelle, who oversaw the Denver office and recently was transferred to the inspection division at the agency’s headquarters.

Agents would make sexually inappropriate remarks, look at Marks and the other female agent in the unit and say, “I wonder how many zeroes will be at the end of that lawsuit check.” It became so common that they would make a sexual comment and say, “Uh oh, add another zero.”

Marks was routinely ex


FBI academy offers students insight into agency
Visalia Times-Delta

. “The FBI Teen Academy enables students to better understand our investigative role in the communities ..

FBI Agent Art Gonzales’ Girlfriend Marries Other Agent After Shooting
by 2Paragraphs in Culture | August 19, 2016

FBI Agent Arthur “Art” Gonzales shot his estranged wife Julie Gonzales, 42, in his Strafford, Virginia home in 2013. They were going through a divorce. After an argument, Gonzales says his wife came at him with a knife and in self-defense he shot her four times in the chest. During the police investigation, it was discovered that Gonzales was having a sexual relationship with a fellow FBI employee, a young woman named Cara Kast. One day prior to the shooting, Art Gonzales found provocative photos of Kast with another FBI agent based in Indianapolis. Gonzales’ supervisor, Doug Merel, insists the shooting of Julie Gonzales had nothing to do with Art's obsession with Cara Kast and everything to do with the knife Art says

August 18, 2016
Cadre of Special Agent Candidates Gather in D.C
Recruiting Event Supports FBI Commitment to a Diverse Workforce 

Candidates line up at a recruiting event in Washington, D.C. for qualified special agent candidates of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.

“I want to ensure diversity is a part of the DNA of the FBI...until it becomes who we are.”

So said FBI Director James B. Comey earlier this week at a Bureau-sponsored gathering in Washington, D.C. for qualified special agent candidates of varied racial and ethnic backgrounds. During the Diversity Agent Recruitment event for aspiring agents, Comey told participants that diversity is a priority within the Bureau because a diverse workforce is a strong workforce.

The August 17 information session was designed for highly qualified, diverse applicants from the Washington, D.C. metro area, but drew hundreds of applicants from around the country as well. Participants learned firsthand about the skills and competencies required to become agents. They also had the opportunity to speak with current FBI agents who shared their own on-the-job experiences.

In addition to Comey and other FBI personnel, the event featured a keynote speech from retired former FBI Executive Director Mike Mason, who encouraged applicants to see past any possible mistrust or misgivings about joining law enforcement and follow their passion to serve. “Never give up,” Mason said. “Be the person you know you are.”

This week’s event was one component of the FBI’s overall commitment to building and maintaining a diverse and inclusive workforce in order to connect with the communities we serve. More informational sessions and outreach events are planned for cities and college campuses throughout the country.

“I want to ensure diversity is a part of the DNA of the FBI."


The body of Kendrick Johnson was found upside down in a vertically-stored gym mat at Lowndes High School in January 2013. A state autopsy ruled the 17-year-old’s death accidental. The Johnson family insists their son died of foul play.

The Johnsons filed a $100 million civil suit in January 2015, which alleged local FBI agent Rick Bell, his two sons and 35 state and local officials either directly caused or covered up the cause of their son’s death.

FBI Wants Cyber Analytics Systems That Keep Humans In Control
Nextgov-Aug 18, 2016
FBI Wants Cyber Analytics Systems That Keep Humans In Control ... Today, it's in the range of 1 to 2 terabytes, on average, according to agent Gabe Maxwell, ...

FBI Offers $5000 Reward to Recover Stolen Equipment
Federal Bureau of Investigation (press release) (blog)
The property was taken from an FBI agent's vehicle parked in a hotel parking lot at 4011 South Loop 289 in the early morning hours of Tuesday, August 16, 2016 ...

FBI Octopus


False reports of gunfire create a real case study in airport security
Mr Kenneth Maxwell, a former FBI agent who later worked as a top security official at JetBlue Airways, said the Port Authority police contingent at Kennedy ...

Bank of America acquitted of discrimination against Muslim charity
Arab American News-
However, the bank's anti-money laundering expert, Dennis Lormel, a former FBI special agent for 28 years, who focused on anti-terrorism financing in the wake ...


Paul Babeu Spent RICO Funds on Training by Notorious Islamophobe ex FBI agent John Guandolo
THURSDAY, AUGUST 18, 2016 AT 6:01 A.M.


In his lawsuit, Mr. Wevodau, a retired FBI agent, said he wants to return to work, but Ms. Kane banished him from the office because she believed he was a “mole” working with authorities to monitor her. He continues to collect his annual $140,421 salary.

The attorney general’s office filed a motion last week seeking to dismiss Mr. Wevodau’s lawsuit, arguing, in part, that he has no claim because he has not suffered any economic harm.

Murrieta police officer under investigation by FBI dead in apparent suicide
Aug. 18, 2016 | Updated Aug. 19, 2016 6:26 a.m.

A Murrieta police officer appears to have committed suicide Tuesday, a short time after his


Push is on to clear Marcus Garvey’s name
August 18, 2016 Filed under FRONT PAGE, NATIONAL, NEWS Posted by FCEditor

WASHINGTON – Nearly 100 years after a politically motivated criminal conviction on federal mail fraud charges – and on what would have been his 129th birthday – the descendants of Jamaican-born Black activist Marcus Garvey and members of Congress are pushing for his legal exoneration.

Garvey is well-known within the worldwide African Diaspora for developing and advocating a Pan-African philosophy known as “Garveyism” that sought to empower people of African descent.

Young activist
Marcus Mosiah Garvey began his activism when he left Jamaica at the age of 23. He traveled to England, but later returned to Jamaica to found the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) in 1914. He came to the United States in 1916 and he organized the UNIA’s New York division the following year.

Garvey promoted the idea of Black people returning to Africa – but not all of them. Many would be “no good there,” he once wrote, according



A Brief Index to FBI Agents
and Snitches

L.A August. 22, 2016 68°


LAPD officer arrested for sending 'harmful' texts to juvenile

August 19, 2016, 8:55 p.m.
A Los Angeles police officer assigned to work on an LAPD youth program was arrested Friday on suspicion of sending “harmful” text messages to a juvenile, the department said.

Abel Montes De Oca, who has been with the LAPD for nine years, was arrested at the department’s downtown headquarters after a months-long internal affairs investigation, the LAPD said in a statement.

De Oca was booked on suspicion of distribution of harmful matter of a juvenile, child annoyance and destruction of evidence, polic

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Fairfax County police name new communications director
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Parker, who lectures at the FBI National Academy and was formerly an ABC 7 reporter, received praise for her efforts to rebrand the Prince George's department, ...

Republican Bob Giuda seeks District 2 State Senate seat
Laconia Citizen-Aug 25, 2016
From 1984 to 1985, Giuda worked as a FBI agent based in Denver with the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, which at that time was mainly ...

CLOUDSEC 2016 Empowers Organizations to Takes Control In The ...
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When speaking at CLOUDSEC Hong Kong 2016, Timothy Wallach, supervisory special agent, Cyber Taskforce of FBI, discussed about the importance of global ...



FBI Agent Fatally Shoots Individual While Serving Search Warrant at ...
A person was fatally shot by an FBI agent Thursday night while agents were serving a search warrant for a wanted parolee at a home in ...



Family Of Rancher Killed In Oregon Standoff To Sue FBI, Police ...
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The widow of an Arizona rancher shot and killed at the end of a month-long standoff between federal authorities and militia members in Oregon plans to sue FBI ...


'Chasing the Dragon': FBI screening movie in Cobb on heroin ...
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The FBI and the Drug Enforcement Agency are screening their film "Chasing the ... The panel includes a U.S. attorney and DEA special agent along with ...


Gowdy raises new questions about Clinton emails, FBI investigation
House Benghazi Committee Chair Trey Gowdy (R-South Carolina) is raising questions about the FBI's investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server and ...


A Madison police officer, convicted of taking nearly $4,000 during a sting operation last year that was aimed at him, was sentenced Friday to two years of probation after a federal judge said the crime was brought about more by stress, mental illness and addiction.

U.S. District Judge James Peterson said that there was no legitimate reason to send former officer Andrew Pullum to prison, given that he is no longer a police officer and that his crime was sparked by stress, depression and other mental health concerns that caused him to self-medicate with cocaine and marijuana.


Rikers Island guard pleads not guilty to raping female inmate


Friday, August 26, 2016, 7:13 PM

Jose Cosme, 36, will be suspended. (BRONX DA)
A city correction officer has been indicted on charges of raping an inmate inside a woman’s jail at Rikers Island.

Jose Cosme, 36, pleaded not guilty Friday to first-degree rape, sexual



Pastor who caused outrage after Orlando arrested for molestation

: Friday, August 26, 2016, 8:13 PM

A conservative Florida pastor who said that the victims of the Orlando massacre got “what they deserve” is being charged with child molestation.

Bishop Kenneth Adkins was arrested by southeastern Georgia authorities on Friday after allegations that he molested a boy under the age of 16.

The 56-year-old clergyman, who runs churches in Jacksonville, Atlan


Innocent Dallas couple

gets unwelcome visit from FBI


-- Donna and Walter Williams were asleep in their bed Tuesday morning when they were startled by a loud noise.

"Boom, boom, boom!" Donna said. "My husband jumped up, and he said, 'Somebody's trying to break in!'"

She said the couple started panicking, frantically searching for something to use to protect themselves. Their home on Blanton Drive had been broken into before.

"We heard, 'Open the door! Open the door now!'" Donna recalled.

She and her husband went to the front door, cracked it open, and found themselves blasted by bright lights and a loud voice.

"'Come out with your hands up! Come out with your hands up!'" Donna remembered. "I didn't have nothing but a gown on, and my husband, he had shorts on and no shirt.

Donna Williams   (Photo: WFAA)

"We came out, they threw my husband on the ground, and handcuffed him," she continued. "Then, they put the handcuffs on me from the front. I was crying. I was hysterical."

The Williams' home was the unsuspecting target of the FBI.

The men in her yard were agents, armed with guns. They proceeded to enter the home to search it, looking in every closet, according to Williams. They said they were looking for a man who they had seen entering or leaving the premises.

"He showed me the picture, and I said, 'Sir, I've never seen this man before in my life,'" Williams said. "It's only me, my husband, and our little dog."

The Williams bought the home last December. Walter Williams is an elementary school janitor in Dallas ISD, and Donna worked as a quality assurance assistant.

They lead a quiet life and were shocked by the incident.

"I'm 60 years old. I've never ever been to jail. I've never been handcuffed in my life," Donna said. "That was traumatic for me, because I kept saying, 'Well, what did we do? What did we do wrong?'"

Donna and Walter Williams' home   (Photo: WFAA)

Williams said that Walter has had back surgery, and she worries about the toll it may have taken on him.

"They threw my husband on the ground," she said.

Williams said that the agents were wearing clothing that said FBI, but she said they never identified themselves or showed a warrant.

"I'm not a police officer, but I watch a lot of '48 Hours,' and you're supposed to at least identify yourself," she said. "They didn't even tell us they were the FBI."

After the agents cleared the home, Donna Williams said they gave her a phone number for the FBI's Dallas Field Office and told her


Stingray documents offer rare insight into police and FBI surveillance
Court records in Oakland reveal cases where a warrant wasn’t required to listen to calls and how much law enforcement uses the devices

Privacy activists have pointed out that Stingray devices are technically capable of accessing phone content and data. Photograph: Uncredited/AP

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Court documents ordered released by a judge in Oakland, California, have revealed rare insights into how local police and the FBI use a sophisticated surveillance device known as Stingray.

Stingray, manufactured by the Delaware-based Harris Corporation, is one of a class of devices known as “cell site simulators” or “IMSI-catchers”. About the size of a suitcase, they work by pretending to be a cellphone tower in order to strip metadata and in some cases phone content and data from nearby devices tricked into connecting to it.

Despite the fact that the devices are also capable of listening to phone calls, in many cases they still do not require a warrant to use, instead requiring a much lower-level authorisation known as a “trap-and-trace”, a court order designed in the era of the rotary phone.

However, following several years of reporting by the Guardian, Ars Technica, the Wall Street Journal and others, some states – including California – and some federal agencies now require a full warrant for their use.

The Oakland documents, which were first reported on by Ars Technica, show that the city police department used its Stingray device for several hours in a search for a suspect named Purvis



Trial in case of alleged would-be BLM bomber still months away, at least
By MATTHEW PIPER | The Salt Lake Tribune        


Friday, Aug 26, 2016

Bethel officer pleads guilty to misdemeanor assault

ANCHORAGE — Authorities on Thursday defended the length of time it took to win a conviction against a former Alaska police officer accused of assaulting a man during a violent arrest more than two years ago in Bet


Prosecutor will review on life sentence of FBI informant who brought ...
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A prosecutor has said she will review her position on the life sentence of drug dealer turned FBI informant who helped bring down members of Detroit's corrupt ...


FBI-owned Megaupload.org serves up porn and sex ads
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But once Dotcom was hit with US criminal charges, that site and many others were grabbed by the FBI, and visiting them produced nothing but a government ...



Father Kaiser’s death is just one of many extrajudicial killings that remain unsolved

In Summary
Soon after Fr John Anthony Kaiser’s death, the FBI were invited to assist with investigations.

However, from the outset it was obvious that the sleuths were more interested in covering up than uncovering the truth about his horrendous death.

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a volunteer civilian review police board with subpoena powers
would set and enforce standards of performance for law enforcement
personnel in every community.

Tell us what you think of this idea and any success you have had
implementing this model.

the board would be comprised of volunteers with the board changed every 3 years.

One goal of the board is to allow the voters and taxpayers to determine
how they want to meet their needs for safety and what standards are needed to implement
this model.

The volunteer civilian review board would hire .
and fire people who work for the criminal justice
system providing for the community"s safety needs.
This would be based on the standards of performance set by the board.

District Attorney Sim Gill determined the shooting was justified under the law, but Salt Lake City police policy is tougher on when officers can shoot.a


(KUTV) Six months after two Salt Lake City police officers fired on Abdi Mohamed near the homeless shelter, a civilian review board has determined the shooting was “not within” the police department’s policy on the use of deadly force.


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Deputy constable in Texas destroys 21,500 pieces of evidence

Wednesday, September 7, 2016, 3:32 PM

Houston, we have a problem. A messy one.

A deputy constable in Texas destroyed more than 20,000 pieces of evidence while cleaning out a crammed property room, Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson announced last week.

The gaffe has led to 150 cases in the Houston area being dismissed, and another 1,000 others will need to be reviewed. The FBI is working



NYPD officer was sentenced to three years in prison on Wednesday for repeatedly sexually molesting a friend's young daughter — but he won’t be heading behind bars anytime soon.



IG: FBI Office Wasted $60000 Buying Premium Fuel
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The Miami Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) office overpaid for bulk fuel purchases in 2015 because it bought premium fuel instead of standard grade, and ...



diGenova: 'This Was an FBI Cover-Up'
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Lawmakers railed against FBI Director James Comey, who said the FBI would not recommend charges against Hillary Clinton. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite).


DOJ drops appeal in Pulse records case
Published September 07, 2016
ORLANDO, Fla. –  The U.S. Department of Justice is reversing itself less than a week after it appealed a ruling on whether authorities must release hundreds of 911 calls recorded during a massacre at a gay nightclub in Florida.

Federal prosecutors on



Morale At The DOJ Hits Rock Bottom
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Over one year ago I filed a report with the FBI and U.S. Attorney's office regarding the on-going theft of tens of billions of dollars in the municipal bond market.



Asbury Park Press: Gov. Chris Christie Should Soon Stand Trial in Bridge Scheme

Chris Christie

By Editorial Board
Asbury Park Press

Jury selection will begin Thursday in the trial of two former senior staff members of Gov. Chris Christie’s administration: Bill Baroni, former deputy executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and Bridget Anne Kelly, Christie’s former deputy chief of staff.

Both were indicted in May 2015 on charges of fraud, conspiracy and civil rights violations for their alleged role in the politically motivated George Washington Bridge lane-closure scheme three years ago this month.

But Baroni and Kelly won’t be the only ones on trial. So, too, will be Gov. Chris Christie, whose insistence that he had nothing to do with ordering the lane closures and knew nothing about them until long after the lane closings occurred


Fired Secret Service officer accused of sexting from White House to underage teen
moved to S. Fla. to face Broward charges

A U.S. Secret Service officer who was fired after investigators said he sexted with underage girls while on duty at the White House has been moved to South Florida to face criminal charges.

Lee Robert Moore, 38, made his first appearance Tuesday in federal court in West Palm Beach on allegations he tried to lure a Broward County girl into sexual activity.

Few details have been revealed about the allegations in the South Florida case. Moore was indicted on three federal charges of attempted production of child pornography, attempted receipt of child pornography and using a computer to persuade, entice or coerce a minor to engage in sexual activity between January and May 2014.

Moore, who worked as



Border Patrol Fails at Meetings Its Goal of Hiring 1,600 Women as Agents
Border Patrol has struggled to hire female agents to help fight illegal immigration.

Between October 2014 and September 2015, the federal agency received more than 6,200 applications for Border Patrol job vacancies. But according to the Albuquerque Journal, only 54 women where fired – far below the goal of hiring 1,600 female agents.


FBI Disinformation-Misdirection

9/11 could have been stopped in San Diego
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#Former FBI agent Mark Rossini, who was assigned to the CIA's Counterterrorism Center, said CIA officials blocked the memo to the FBI because the agency ...

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San Bernardino officer to speak at Arkansas event
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... a talk on human trafficking by Cpl. Chris Heid of the Maryland State Police and FBI Special Agent Patrick Winn of Baltimore; and a talk by Lt. James Henning of .

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Fighting addiction: police agencies, educators discuss problem
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PANELIST Stephen Anthony, special agent in charge of the Cleveland FBI office, said the epidemic is "in its infancy. With this more than any of the other drug ...



Boston police unions overstate case for “long guns”
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According to the letter, “The FBI has told us [Boston Police] that Officers must be ... While it is possible that an agent spoke unofficially about what might or might ...



Are Media Exaggerating ‘Reformed Terrorist’ Story to Advance FBI’s Disturbing Agenda?

Posted on Sep 7, 2016

U.S. media outlets are eagerly broadcasting the supposedly redemptive story of Jesse Morton, a Pennsylvania-born former “Al Qaeda recruiter” turned FBI informant and counter-terror expert, transformed into a force for good thanks in part to his run-ins with federal agents. The 37-year-old Morton’s story is capturing attention because he was recently hired as a fellow at George Washington University’s Program on Extremism, which functions as a feeder school and think tank for the federal war on terror and domestic surveillance apparatus. In his new position, Morton will, as New York Times reporter Rukmini Callimachi put it, “research the very ideology he once spread.” Lorenzo Vidino, the director of the GW program, boasts that this is the first time a former jihadist will take an academic post in the United States.

In addition to the Times article, titled, “Once a Qaeda Recruiter, Now a Voice Against Jihad,” Morton was featured in an interview on PBS news hour and covered by publications from CNN to the Washington Post. Each of these stories is remarkably similar, echoing Morton’s narrative of being “rehumanized” by an FBI agent and reformed by reading western philosophers and writers like John Locke and Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Reporters overwhelmingly take Morton’s story of “de-radicalization” at face value, failing to raise the most basic questions about the federal agents he lauds.

It is easy to understand why the FBI would be thrilled with the positive media coverage its informant program has received, thanks to Morton. The program has been subjected to lawsuits and accusations of gross human rights violations, including mistreatment of the people it coerces into cooperation. It is also worth questioning whether Morton’s story, as it is being told by major media outlets, is entirely true.

A closer look at Morton’s story raises serious questions about his past and the way it has been exploited. Two expert researchers who interviewed Morton before his conviction describe him as a provocateur who had little influence and no operational role in Al Qaeda. With the help of self-styled national security reporters, Morton may be exaggerating his past to advance his career ambitions, while providing the FBI with desperately needed public relations help.

Prolific Al Qaeda Recruiter or Provocateur?

Morton says he was propelled toward extremism by the abuse he endured during his early childhood. After running away at the age of 16 to follow a Grateful Dead tour, he allegedly first came into contact with Islam in 1999 via a man he was



Brooklyn homicide case dismissed after black man serves nine years
Wednesday, September 7, 2016, 11:32 AM



NYPD defends broken windows in new report


Updated: Wednesday, September 7, 2016, 12:09 PM

Rep. Jason Chaffetz: Clinton Bought Used Blackberrys on eBay
Last week, FBI revealed that Clinton used 13 personal devices as secretary of state, including eight Blackberrys. Clinton frequently lost or misplaced her ...


Did prominent Detroit officer ask hitman to kill 'White Boy' Rick?
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While in prison, Wershe told the FBI that Hill was taking bribes to cover up homicides. An investigation resulted in no criminal charges. Hill was celebrated at his ...



Assange Points Out A HUGE Lie In Hillary's Email Defense -- 'We ...
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WikiLeaks's Julian Assange stopped by Fox News's Tuesday broadcast of “Hannity” to point out a huge discrepancy in the FBI's notes on Hillary Clinton, ...


US media opens anti-Russia witch hunt to cover-up (real) DNC ...
Rich, 27, was working on several DNC cases involving voter and election fraud, and was also scheduled to testify in the FBI's email probe before he was killed.

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Black Rifles Matter' Sign Offends Tourists in Boothbay Harbor, Maine

By Danielle Waugh


FBI agents caught committing voter fraud
Senator Shaheen now wants FBI agents to
investigate Ruasia tampering with US elections

see FBI committing voter fraud



September 15, 2016 - 12:17 PM EDT
Dem pushes panel to investigate for Russian election interference

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) on Thursday pressed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to hold a hearing on reported efforts by Russia to interfere



Audit reveals thousands of dollars, pieces of drug evidence missing from Braintree police

September 15,2016
An audit of the Braintree Police Department’s evidence room revealed thousands of pieces of drug evidence, over $400,00 in seized money, and at least 60 firearms disappeared from police custody, The Boston Globe reports.

Town officials said Wednesday evening the audit found that the heat-sealed bags containing drugs were torn open or cut and bags containing cash were sliced at the bottom, according to the Globe.

“I find the auditor’s report of unaccounted for items and poor record keeping practices by the Police Department to be deeply troubling a



Elizabeth Warren To FBI: I Can Think Of Some Other Investigations You Should Release
If the FBI is suddenly releasing information about investigations, Warren says, why not those investigations into the 2008 financial crisis?
09/15/2016 05:19 pm ET

Elizabeth Warren has some suggestions for what investigations the FBI should release next.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) wants to know why the FBI will publish records related to an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server, but not records related to the FBI’s investigation of bank executives during the 2008 financial crisis.

“The DOJ’s inability to obtain meaningful convictions or settlements in the vast majority of these [Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission] referrals ― let alone in any other cases involving senior Wall Street executives ― suggests that the Department failed to hold the individuals and companies most responsible for the financial crisis and the Great Recession accountable,” Warren wrote in her letter to the FBI on Thursday.

Warren noted that the FCIC referred 11 cases to the DOJ in which the commission found “serious indication of violation” of federal banking laws, implicating nine individuals in those violations. “Not one of these nine has gone to prison or been prosecuted for a criminal offense,” Warren said.

Those named by the FCIC include top executives of some of the largest banks in the country and some of the most politically connected men on Wall Street, including Robert Rubin, former Bill Clinton treasury secretary and Citigroup chairman.

Warren’s staff also found 14 corporations the FCIC referred to the DOJ that were never criminally prosecuted.

Warren said the FBI’s recent decision to release details of its Clinton probe gives the agency “clear precedent” for providing more information about the financial crisis ― noting that, typically, the FBI doesn’t release details of investigations when it doesn’t recommend prosecution.

But with FBI Director James Comey deciding to make previously undisclosed information available “in the interest of tra



Do you play bridge? These people want you
The Harvell gazette-
Jay White, a retired FBI agent and former member of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, leads the discussion. He is an adjunct faculty member at several area ...



‘Ghost Forests’ Appear As Rising Seas Kill Trees
Published: September 15th, 2016
By John Upton

OCEAN COUNTY, N.J. — Jennifer Walker stepped off her kayak into a wall of riverside grass. She steadied herself and stooped to scoop soil into a jar, then disappeared into the thicket for more. Analysis of amoeba fossils


From Black Panthers to Black Lives Matter – in pictures


6/09/14/the-supranational-suspects-behind-911/ [mirror]

https://isgp-studies.com/911-supranational-suspects#update2 [original source]

https://isgp-studies.com/911-supranational-suspects#appendix [list of suspects]

https://wikispooks.com/wiki/ISGP [Who is ISGP? WikiSpooks?]

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FBI Agent Who Posed As News Editor Didn't Break Policy, Inspector ...

An undercover FBI agent who impersonated a journalist to find out who was making bomb threats to a high school near Seattle did not violate ...


What is the FBI Hiding?
People's Pundit Daily-
In the House, it was apparently necessary to serve a subpoena on an FBI agent to obtain what members of Congress want to see; and in the Senate, the ...



FBI's Comey: Twitter fuels 'monster of a bias'
By LOUIS NELSON 09/14/16 05:11 PM EDT
FBI Director James Comey lamented on Wednesday the loss of public trust in government institutions like the one he runs and blamed “echo chambers” like Twitter for making his job more difficult.

“My children, again, discipline me not to go on Twitter because apparently people say bad things about me on Twitter. But things like Twitter offer us the opportunity only to encounter views consistent with our own, 24 hours a day,” Comey explained at a Center for Strategic and International Studies event Wednesday. “There’s an opportunity to feed that monster of a bias, that confirmation bias, all the time. So it accelerates that fractionalizing of our society, and it makes it much harder for people like me, like you, like the people in here, to speak reason to folks about our institution


Researcher Shows Simple iPhone Hack FBI Said Couldn't Be Done
Earlier this year, the FBI sparked a major controversy by seeking to force Apple to develop hacking tools for breaking into iPhones. Ultimately, the bureau backed .


Orlando Releases More 911 Calls From Pulse Shooting
This is the second public release of phone calls by Orlando after the FBI said that the calls “no longer need to be protected as part of the active criminal ...



GOP questions about Clinton email server go unanswered at hearing
The FBI closed its investigation of Clinton's handling of classified information in July. Director James Comey said Clinton and her aides were “extremely ...



Columbus police shoot dead 13-year-old boy carrying BB gun
Tyre King shot multiple



AP: Justice Department report ‘effectively condone[s]’ FBI impersonation incident
By Erik Wemple September 15 at 6:04 PM



Judge: FBI agent raised 'legitimate' ethics concerns in case

Thursday, September 15, 2016

An FBI agent in New Orleans raised legitimate concerns that the Justice Department is either "unable or unwilling" to self-police ethical lapses within its ranks, a federal judge said in a ruling Thursday.
U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt refused to order the release of a 31-page letter that FBI Special Agent Michael Zummer wrote about his investigation of a former Louisiana district attorney accused of trading sex for leniency.
But the judge wrote that he shares Zummer's concerns about the Justice Department and found the agent's correspondence to be "particularly interesting (and troubling, to say the least)."
Last month, Engelhardt sentenced former St. Charles Parish District Attorney Harry Morel to three years in prison for obstructing



Former Atlantic City police sergeant receives five years probation for lying



black motorist Sandra Bland's Family Reaches Settlement, Wins Commitments to ...

... questions for us,” she said. A judge ordered the FBI to release a report of the Texas Rangers' investigation into Bland's death to the family earlier this year.



Black Rifles Matter' Sign Offends Tourists in Boothbay Harbor, Maine

By Danielle Waugh


FBI agents caught committing voter fraud
Senator Shaheen now wants FBI agents to
investigate Ruasia tampering with US elections

see FBI committing voter fraud



September 15, 2016 - 12:17 PM EDT
Dem pushes panel to investigate for Russian election interference

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) on Thursday pressed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to hold a hearing on reported efforts by Russia to interfere



Audit reveals thousands of dollars, pieces of drug evidence missing from Braintree police

September 15,2016
An audit of the Braintree Police Department’s evidence room revealed thousands of pieces of drug evidence, over $400,00 in seized money, and at least 60 firearms disappeared from police custody, The Boston Globe reports.

Town officials said Wednesday evening the audit found that the heat-sealed bags containing drugs were torn open or cut and bags containing cash were sliced at the bottom, according to the Globe.

“I find the auditor’s report of unaccounted for items and poor record keeping practices by the Police Department to be deeply troubling a



Elizabeth Warren To FBI: I Can Think Of Some Other Investigations You Should Release
If the FBI is suddenly releasing information about investigations, Warren says, why not those investigations into the 2008 financial crisis?
09/15/2016 05:19 pm ET

Elizabeth Warren has some suggestions for what investigations the FBI should release next.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) wants to know why the FBI will publish records related to an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server, but not records related to the FBI’s investigation of bank executives during the 2008 financial crisis.

“The DOJ’s inability to obtain meaningful convictions or settlements in the vast majority of these [Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission] referrals ― let alone in any other cases involving senior Wall Street executives ― suggests that the Department failed to hold the individuals and companies most responsible for the financial crisis and the Great Recession accountable,” Warren wrote in her letter to the FBI on Thursday.

Warren noted that the FCIC referred 11 cases to the DOJ in which the commission found “serious indication of violation” of federal banking laws, implicating nine individuals in those violations. “Not one of these nine has gone to prison or been prosecuted for a criminal offense,” Warren said.

Those named by the FCIC include top executives of some of the largest banks in the country and some of the most politically connected men on Wall Street, including Robert Rubin, former Bill Clinton treasury secretary and Citigroup chairman.

Warren’s staff also found 14 corporations the FCIC referred to the DOJ that were never criminally prosecuted.

Warren said the FBI’s recent decision to release details of its Clinton probe gives the agency “clear precedent” for providing more information about the financial crisis ― noting that, typically, the FBI doesn’t release details of investigations when it doesn’t recommend prosecution.

But with FBI Director James Comey deciding to make previously undisclosed information available “in the interest of tra



Do you play bridge? These people want you
The Harvell gazette-
Jay White, a retired FBI agent and former member of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, leads the discussion. He is an adjunct faculty member at several area ...



‘Ghost Forests’ Appear As Rising Seas Kill Trees
Published: September 15th, 2016
By John Upton

OCEAN COUNTY, N.J. — Jennifer Walker stepped off her kayak into a wall of riverside grass. She steadied herself and stooped to scoop soil into a jar, then disappeared into the thicket for more. Analysis of amoeba fossils


From Black Panthers to Black Lives Matter – in pictures


6/09/14/the-supranational-suspects-behind-911/ [mirror]

https://isgp-studies.com/911-supranational-suspects#update2 [original source]

https://isgp-studies.com/911-supranational-suspects#appendix [list of suspects]

https://wikispooks.com/wiki/ISGP [Who is ISGP? WikiSpooks?]

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FBI Agent Who Posed As News Editor Didn't Break Policy, Inspector ...

An undercover FBI agent who impersonated a journalist to find out who was making bomb threats to a high school near Seattle did not violate ...


What is the FBI Hiding?
People's Pundit Daily-
In the House, it was apparently necessary to serve a subpoena on an FBI agent to obtain what members of Congress want to see; and in the Senate, the ...



FBI's Comey: Twitter fuels 'monster of a bias'
By LOUIS NELSON 09/14/16 05:11 PM EDT
FBI Director James Comey lamented on Wednesday the loss of public trust in government institutions like the one he runs and blamed “echo chambers” like Twitter for making his job more difficult.

“My children, again, discipline me not to go on Twitter because apparently people say bad things about me on Twitter. But things like Twitter offer us the opportunity only to encounter views consistent with our own, 24 hours a day,” Comey explained at a Center for Strategic and International Studies event Wednesday. “There’s an opportunity to feed that monster of a bias, that confirmation bias, all the time. So it accelerates that fractionalizing of our society, and it makes it much harder for people like me, like you, like the people in here, to speak reason to folks about our institution


Researcher Shows Simple iPhone Hack FBI Said Couldn't Be Done
Earlier this year, the FBI sparked a major controversy by seeking to force Apple to develop hacking tools for breaking into iPhones. Ultimately, the bureau backed .


Orlando Releases More 911 Calls From Pulse Shooting
This is the second public release of phone calls by Orlando after the FBI said that the calls “no longer need to be protected as part of the active criminal ...



GOP questions about Clinton email server go unanswered at hearing
The FBI closed its investigation of Clinton's handling of classified information in July. Director James Comey said Clinton and her aides were “extremely ...



Columbus police shoot dead 13-year-old boy carrying BB gun
Tyre King shot multiple



AP: Justice Department report ‘effectively condone[s]’ FBI impersonation incident
By Erik Wemple September 15 at 6:04 PM



Judge: FBI agent raised 'legitimate' ethics concerns in case

Thursday, September 15, 2016

An FBI agent in New Orleans raised legitimate concerns that the Justice Department is either "unable or unwilling" to self-police ethical lapses within its ranks, a federal judge said in a ruling Thursday.
U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt refused to order the release of a 31-page letter that FBI Special Agent Michael Zummer wrote about his investigation of a former Louisiana district attorney accused of trading sex for leniency.
But the judge wrote that he shares Zummer's concerns about the Justice Department and found the agent's correspondence to be "particularly interesting (and troubling, to say the least)."
Last month, Engelhardt sentenced former St. Charles Parish District Attorney Harry Morel to three years in prison for obstructing



Former Atlantic City police sergeant receives five years probation for lying



black motorist Sandra Bland's Family Reaches Settlement, Wins Commitments to ...

... questions for us,” she said. A judge ordered the FBI to release a report of the Texas Rangers' investigation into Bland's death to the family earlier this year.

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“… These concerns focus on millions of dollars that Comey accepted from a Clinton Foundation defense contractor, Comey’s former membership on a Clinton Foundation corporate partner’s board, and his surprising financial relationship with his brother Peter Comey, who works at the law firm that does the Clinton Foundation’s taxes…..”

Whole article here:


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Bonus Read from Ed Tatro




Trailer for Alcatraz: Search for the truth on History Channel

MailOnline has uncovered a redacted FBI files showing the US authorities received a tip off in 1965 from a barman in Brazil, who claimed he had seen one of the Anglin




Trailer for Alcatraz: Search for the truth on History Chann

MailOnline has uncovered a redacted FBI files showing the US authorities received a tip off in 1965 from a barman in Brazil, who claimed he had seen one of the Anglin ...

Link Du Jour





1.         THROW DOWN        

An untraceable gun dropped at a crime scene, usually left by an officer who needs to justify a bad shooting. Few cops carry throw downs, and even fewer admit to it. If you're caught with a throw down, your career is over.

Loss of FBI Reputation Irredeemable: James Comey Will (Have To) Resign



Here's the FBI File of Paul Soros, Brother of Billionaire George Soros

Paul Soros at a fundraiser for the Central Park Zoo on June 3, 2008 in New York City (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images) and a page from his FBI file in 1949
Paul Soros, shipping innovator and the older brother of Democratic mega-donor and businessman George Soros, died in 2013. Paul (originally Paul Schwartz before the family

SATURDAY, SEP 24, 2016 02:00 PM EDT
Who’s the real insane clown posse? Trump fans give Juggalos a run for their money in “7 Days in Ohio”
Salon talks to Nathan Rabin about the politics of



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“How Is This Not Classified?”- Obama Used A Pseudonym In Emails With Hillary, FBI Data Dump Reveals | Zero Hedge

Posted by Michele Kearney at 10:49 AM

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FBI Dump Reveals Obama’s Pseudonym Use, Private Email Traffic with Hillary’s Private Email


The Federal Bureau of Investigation revealed Friday that President Barack Obama used a private email address and pseudonym to communicate with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary R. Clinton and her own private email account as early as June 2012.

So much for Obama’s claim he only learned of the private server in the news media!

Read more: WHAT REALLY HAPPENED | The History The US Government HOPES You Never Learn! http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/#ixzz4LEhLpbAG

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“The documents, released on Friday and cited by ABC News, show that when Clinton was on a trip to Russia while serving as US secretary of state, her aide brought a classified briefing book into the hotel suite. The classified documents were left behind when the aide and Clinton left the room….”

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FBI gave top Clinton aide Cheryl Mills immunity in email probe, rep says | 23 Sept 2016 | Hillary Clinton’s former chief of staff Cheryl Mills and two other staffers were granted immunity as part of the now-closed FBI probe into the former secretary of state’s email practices, according to a top House Republican who questioned whether the numerous deals hindered the bureau’s ability to build a case. “This is beyond explanation,” House oversight committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said in a statement Friday. “The FBI was handing out immunity agreements like candy. I’ve lost confidence in this investigation and I question the genuine effort in which it was carried out.” The arrangements detailed by Chaffetz bring the total number of publicly known immunity deals in the Clinton case to five.

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Keith Scott’s Criminal Background Exposed

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Election Fraud in Florida

Class Action Attorney Has Evidence That Could End Hillary’s Run

By: alexmark

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VIDEO: Home Depot co-founder:’America Will Go Down The Drain’ If Clinton Is Elected

By: alexmark

Read more: WHAT REALLY HAPPENED | The History The US Government HOPES You Never Learn! http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/#ixzz4LEcRgslQ

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Need You Ask?

A gunman who was last seen armed with a rifle remained at large Saturday morning after four women and a man were fatally shot Friday night at a shopping mall about 65 miles north of Seattle… [More]

Who could have predicted this as well?

Cascade Mall in Burlington, WA – A Gun-Free Zone

If only they would disarm you and me…

Posted by David Codrea at 9/24/2016 10:26:00 AM

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Gun advocates: death toll at Cascade Mall could have been lower if witnesses had guns

By: PatriotRising


Local gun rights advocates rallied in Olympia Saturday on the front steps of the state Capitol building, claiming that if the Cascade Mall had allowed citizens to carry their legal guns, the death toll Friday night might have been lower.

Read more: WHAT REALLY HAPPENED | The History The US Government HOPES You Never Learn! http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/#ixzz4LEbgu94s

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9/11 Suspects by The Corbett Report (7 VIDEOS)…

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‘A Five-Alarm Threat to Our Food Supply’: Experts Describe Bayer-Monsanto Merger | naked capitalism

Posted by Michele Kearney at 9:36 AM

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A Member of Kennedy Clan Horrifies Media With Epic Trump Endorsement: “This Year, I Will Vote Donald Trump” – World News Politics

Posted by Michele Kearney at 12:57 PM

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The country’s top white collar crime expert, William Black – who put over 1,000 top S&L executives in jail for fraud, and is a professor of law and economics at the University of Missouri – confirmed recently what the alternative media has beensaying for years: the business plan of Wall Street is fraud. That’s their key profit center. Black also says that a British parliamentary investigation Tories found that all of the retail profits of the largest banks in the UK came from fraud.

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In a handwritten letter sent to Fox News, Guccifer calls Hillary Clinton “one of the high priests, a goddes (sic) of this occult, satanic, shadow group.” “Though I know I invested a great deal of time & effort trying to expose the crimes of the Rockefellers, the Bush Klan, the Clintons, and many others, maybe my skills (or lack of skills?) were NOT matching my faith.”

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Just a couple of days ago we noted that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had “mistakenly” granted citizenship to over 850 immigrants from “countries of concern to national security” even after they had been flagged for deportation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) (see “DHS Admits “Mistakenly” Granting Citizenship To 858 Immigrants From ‘Countries Of Concern To National Security'”). Now, newly disclosed DHS emails, indicating a rush to “process as many [citizenship] cases as possible due to the election year,” may help explain why so many “mistakes” were made.


The suspect's father, Mohammad Rahami, said his son was a changed person after visiting Afghanistan and Pakistan in 2013. He said he told the FBI in 2014 about his son's apparent radicalization after household tensions led to a fight in which another of his sons was stabbed.

"I found a change in his personality. His mind was not the same. He had become bad, and I don't know what caused it, but I informed the FBI about it," Mohammed Rahami said in Urdu.

A senior FBI official pushed back against Mohammad Rahami's claim to have warned agents about his son.

FBI agents interviewed the father in 2014 after Ahmad Rahami's arrest on charges — later dropped — that he stabbed one of his brothers in the leg. The FBI initiated contact because the father had expressed concern to someone following that episode over his son's internet use and some of his associates.

But in interviews with agents, Mohammed Rahami "at no time" discussed his son's radicalization or potential interest in al-Qaeda, the Taliban or their propaganda, according to the FBI official, who wasn't authorized to discuss the case by name and spoke on the condition of anonymity.

When Ahmad Rahami was arrested, prosecu

Former US Intelligence Officer Arrested in Philippines

A man who claims to be a retired intelligence officer of the United States Air Force was arrested on Monday while in possession of so-called party drugs in Taguig City.

Authorities identified the suspect as Raul Antonio Cisneros, who was nabbed by the Taguig police in his condominium unit around 2 p.m., GMA News’ Steve Dailisan on said in an exclusive report on “24 Oras.”

More than 1,000 tablets of assorted party drugs and P40,000 cash were seized during the raid.

Cisneros said he thought that illegal drugs were legal in the Philippines. “I thought this is (party drugs) is okay here,” he said.

Cisneros, who arrived at the country only in April, did not give details on how he brought the drugs into the country.

He admitted that he was dealing with Filipino distributors.

“I’m not saying these aren’t mine but I’m helping some Filipinos,” he said. “It was given to people who want it.”

– See more at: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/581107/news/nation/american-nabbed-for-possession-of-1-000-tablets-of-party-drugs#sthash.uBFzCZ5L.dpuf

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Donald Trump on Saturday threatened to bring a woman that Bill Clinton had an extramarital affair with when he debates Hillary Clinton

“If dopey Mark Cuban of failed Benefactor fame wants to sit in the front row, perhaps I will put Jennifer Flowers [sic] right alongside of him!” Trump tweeted.

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September 23-25, 2016 — Hillary’s sex pervert problem

(in: WMR GENERAL ARCHIVES September 2016)

Sep 23, 2016

Did Fairfax City’s special relationship with the Hillary Clinton campaign involve any “liaisons” between Fairfax’s “meth-for-sex” mayor and Democratic staffers?

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Justice Department Is Fighting Fired FBI Agent’s Use of Whistleblower Defense

Jenna McLaughlin

Sep. 28 2016, 2:17 p.m.

JOHN PARKINSON, AN Iraq War veteran who led a special operations unit in FBI’s Sacramento field office, first filed whistleblower complaints almost a decade ago when he became concerned with his coworkers’ behavior. He identified a colleague as having “a career-long pattern of soliciting prostitutes,” who used an FBI’s surveillance plane to travel to Reno to pay for sex. He alleged another colleague had a porn habit, even viewing explicit material at work. At one point, Parkinson removed furniture from an FBI office to keep it from getting soiled by the colleague, according to court documents.

After filing his complaint, Parkinson found himself the subject of what he says was a retaliatory investigation, and was eventually fired. He has been fighting that decision for the past four years through a Kafkaesque maze of courts and internal appeals.

On Monday, his attorneys filed a brief to the U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals arguing for his right to raise a whistleblower retaliation defense.

Parkinson’s ordeal began eight years ago when he decided to lodge a whistleblower complaint about his colleagues’ alleged sexual misconduct. What followed was a little noticed whirlwind of professional reprisals, investigations, and legal battles.

After his complaint was filed, Parkinson’s boss removed him from his leadership position and gave him poor performance reviews, sending him to a different field office — actions he interpreted as retaliation. He reported those concerns in a letter to Rep. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, who forwarded it to the Department of Justice’s inspector general.

When the DOJ inspector general interviewed Parkinson in 2009, he thought it was about his whistleblower complaint; instead they questioned him about his own conduct, without mentioning he was the target of an investigation. The colleagues he reported for abuse had, in turn, claimed Parkinson misused funds on a construction project during his time in Sacramento, according to his attorney.

The FBI later claimed he obstructed the investigation into the alleged misuse of funds by communicating with witnesses, and that he “lacked candor” in his responses concerning those allegations.

In 2012, he was fired for those offenses.




The Donald and the Snitch

The Narco News Bulletin-

In fact, according to the Wall Street Journal, Trump met with FBI agents in the early 1980s to discuss his plans to enter the casino business in Atlantic City, in part, ...








Crowd rallies for Peyton Pruitt, Alabama teen held on terror charges


A St. Clair County investigator testified last year that the FBI determined Pruitt ... and that he told an FBI agent that he provided links to encrypted information on ...





Police: Threat made against DPSCD came from FBI agent's hacked system

By John Steckroth - Digital news editor

Posted: 11:50 AM, September 28, 2016Updated: 11:50 AM, September 28, 2016









Outgoing NJHA head Ryan talks about her decision, her remaining ...


First, her husband, a former FBI special agent, retired earlier this year, which prompted her to consider retirement. Second, she had been at NJHA for 16 years, ..






REAKING: Barry County sheriff candidates to debate Oct. 11

Monett Times-

Nominees are former FBI agent Gary Davis, R-Cassville, and Barry County Deputy Justin "Dave" Ruark, D-Cassville. The debate, sponsored by The Monett ...





Police inviting public to chat, learn at forum

Chadds Ford Live-

On Tuesday, Oct. 11, FBI agent Charles Dayoub will address the audience regarding he FBI's role in providing assistance to local communities as well as ..






John Guandolo: Muslims Working In Hotels, Buying Gas Stations To ...

Right Wing Watch-

Disgraced FBI agent turned anti-Muslim activist John Guandolo joined VCY America's “Crosstalk” program last week, where he warned that Muslim Americans ...





Database misuse in Michigan

The Daily Telegram-

An FBI agent was reprimanded for asking an employee in the Detroit office to run a search on his brother after the brother was detained at an airport.







New Scandal: Hillary Caught Paying Off FBI Director?

Liberty News Now-

When Comey, the director of the FBI decided not to charge Hillary Clinton, it looks ... The lead agent on the case resigned in the middle of the investigation and ...









NYC Bomber's Dad Caught Him Watching Terrorist Videos As Far ...

Daily Caller-

In the wake of this incident, Rahami's own father warned the FBI that his son was ... The FBI's special agent in charge noted that “injuries included lacerations to ...




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FBI Octopus....exposing FBI tentacles

Former KBI director to speak about agency's history
Salina Journal
Larry Welch, a former FBI agent and director of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, will present a two-part behind the scenes look at the KBI in the First Thursday ...

Main Streaming Media giving us what we want to hear....

couple of stories


FBI agent that worked 1965 march visits Selma

Monday, October 3, 2016

After more than 52 years, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent that was involved in the 1965 Selma to Montgomery march came back to Selma to pay a visit.

Daniel Clancy, a special agent for the FBI during 1965, was assigned to cover the 5-day march throughout its entirety.

“I still remember getting a call from our headquarters on the Friday before the march saying that you are being transferred up to Selma temporarily,” Clancy said. “So we left on Saturday morning from Jacksonville, [Florida] and got up here.”

Clancy said before he was ever called to Selma, he and his wife, Carol, watched the events of Bloody Sunday unfold on television.

“They interrupted the program to show this. And we were just absolutely shocked. We could not believe that this type of beating and assault was taking place in the United States,” Clancy said. “We did not realize the significance of this in the United States history. It was probably the most significant event that led to the passing of [The Voting Rights Act of 1965].”

Although Clancy was from Cleveland, Ohio, he had been stationed in Jacksonville during that time and was called upon to supervise the march.

“Our role was to observe for any violations of the federal court order in which the march was taking place,” Clancy said. “We would stay with the marchers during the day until they got to the campsite, then we would come back to Selma.”

The agents were on 12-hour rotating shifts, and Clancy worked during the day.

“There were really no incidents that occurred during the march. … Nothing really happened until the last night,” Clancy said. “We were all out at Craig Air Force Base having dinner, and we got a call to return to our hotels in Selma that there has been a killing along the road.”

The killing was that of Viola Liuzzo, who was shot to death by members of the Ku Klux Klan while driving back from transporting fellow activists.

Clancy said he and the other agents met at the Federal Courthouse the following morning to receive their assignments in the investigation of Liuzzo’s death. Clancy’s assignment was to go with a team of agents to search for the ammunition and casings that had been thrown out of the car following the shooting.

“We started looking from the site that the shooting occurred and the car ended up, and we probably walked the entire distance to the Montgomery airport,” Clancy said of looking for the casings for five days. “We were walking along right over a site that we had already been over, and there laying on the top of the mowed grass was one of the spent cartridges.”

Dianne Harris, a foot soldier from the march, took Clancy and Carol, along with other family members, around Selma Monday.

“It brought back memories,” Clancy said. “There’s a few places that I still remember as I was driving down the main street.”

Harris said she was honored to have the opportunity to show Clancy around the city.

“As a 1965 foot soldier, student marcher, today has been most humbling for me as well as educational, because I never thought that I would be able to come in contact with or meet someone as Mr. Clancy’s stature as far as being a part of the historical movement that took place,” Harris said.

After the march and working in Alabama for a short time more, Clancy became an administrator at Case Western Reserve University, formally Western Reserve University, for more than 45 years. There he was able to share his story to students.



Gary Thomas Rowe Jr.
Keith S. Hebert, University of West Georgia
Gary Thomas Rowe Jr. (1933-1998) is one of the most controversial figures of the civil rights movement in Alabama. Between 1960 and 1965, Rowe, worked as an informant for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan in Birmingham and providing the FBI with information about the group's members and activities. Rowe, however, ignored FBI instructions to avoid violent situations and participated in several high-profile attacks upon civil rights activists and was an accessory to the murder of Viola Liuzzo.
Rowe was born on August 13, 1933, to Gary Thomas Rowe and Alma Ann Sellars in Savannah, Georgia. He dropped out of school after completing the eighth grade and later joined the Georgia National Guard and United States Marine Corps Reserves. After his discharge from the military in March 1957, Rowe moved to Birmingham, where he unsuccessfully pursued a career in law enforcement. Rowe would be married four times and father three children and adopt two more during his multiple marriages.
Local Klan leaders began encouraging Rowe to join the group while he worked as a bouncer at the Birmingham Veterans of Foreign Wars Club, one of the city's many Klan hangouts. Meanwhile, FBI agents had come to Alabama to gather information about the Ku Klux Klan and black activists whom the agency suspected of having Communist ties. Initially Rowe refused to join the Klan, but when he was caught impersonating an FBI agent, the FBI recruited Rowe to join the group to provide them with insider information about Klan operations. The FBI's task was made easier by the fact that Rowe had wanted to be a police officer, but was ineligible because he lacked a high school diploma. In May 1960, Rowe joined the Eastview Klavern and began receiving monthly payments ranging from $80.00 to $250.00 plus expenses from the FBI "for services rendered." FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover personally approved these payments.
Although some Klansmen were suspicious of Rowe, others, particularly Grand Dragon (supreme leader) Bobby Shelton, found Rowe to be trustworthy and willing to use violence to achieve the Klan's goals. Within months of his initiation, Klansmen elected Rowe to a leadership position with the Birmingham Klan. Rowe's quick rise resulted from support from younger members who criticized older leaders for their reluctance to use violence against civil rights activists.

Freedom Riders Arrive in Birmingham
On May 14, 1961, Rowe helped organize the Klan response to the Freedom Riders and led one group of Klansmen in an attack upon a group of Freedom Riders at the Birmingham bus station. Although Rowe had warned the FBI three weeks earlier that the Klan planned to attack the Freedom Riders, the FBI did not intervene because it claimed it lacked jurisdiction for various reasons, although the Freedom Riders were protected by federal interstate commerce laws.
Some of Rowe's FBI handlers believe he may have been involved in the May 11, 1963, bombing of Martin Luther King Jr.'s room at the Gaston Motel in Birmingham and of King's brother's home and parsonage. Rowe claimed, however, that he had an informant in the African American community who said it was Black Muslims who planted the bombs. Rowe was involved in other acts of violence against African Americans and was arrested and may have been involved in another murder in 1963.
Rowe and five other Klansmen were arrested outside of Tuscaloosa in early June 1963 by the Alabama state police, who had been tipped off by the FBI, according to some accounts. The Klansmen were found with a trunkload of weapons, including dynamite, hand grenades, and a machine gun, aiming to disrupt the admission of James Hood and Vivian Malone at the University of Alabama. The men were released and had their weapons returned.
In September 1963, Klansmen bombed the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, killing four young girls. Rowe may have participated in the bombing and possibly even knew about the bombers' plans, but he failed to report the plot to the FBI and a 1979 investigation found no evidence of his participation.

Viola Gregg Liuzzo
On March 25, 1965, Rowe was among a group of four Klansmen who murdered civil rights activist Viola Liuzzo in Lowndes County, following the Selma to Montgomery March. Alerted soon after by Rowe, the FBI arrested him and the others less than 24 hours after the murder. Nine days later the charges against Rowe were dropped and the nation learned that he had been a longtime FBI informant. Rowe's violence and the FBI's failure to monitor him deeply embarrassed FBI director Hoover, who subsequently sought to smear Liuzzo's reputation to distract attention away from Rowe's involvement in her murder. Rowe later testified against the three murder suspects, who were found not guilty by an all-white Lowndes County jury but later found guilty of violating Liuzzo's civil rights in a federal court. Rowe always made the claim that he did not fire his weapon, which was confirmed by FBI investigators.
In 1965, Rowe entered the FBI's witness protection program under the name Thomas Neil Moore. He briefly served as an agent in the U.S. Marshals Service but was dismissed for his continued violent behavior. After Rowe became alienated from the FBI, he began to openly criticize the agency's actions during the civil rights movement. In 1975, Rowe appeared before a congressional hearing wearing a disguise to hide his identity. He claimed that the FBI could have prevented numerous assaults upon civil rights activists during the 1960s but had failed to act. Rowe repeated many of these accusations in his 1976 autobiography, My Undercover Years with the Ku Klux Klan.
Although FBI regulations prevented informants from committing acts of violence, Rowe and the FBI ignored those rules to protect Rowe's identity and to gain access to information shared only among Klan leaders. Most notably, Rowe related to the FBI a plan by Klansmen to kill Fred Shuttlesworth at a recently integrated Birmingham restaurant in July 1962. The FBI relayed that information to Shuttlesworth, who had planned to test the new policy at the restaurant, but on another night. Overall though, the FBI employed Rowe to learn more about the Klan's operations and members. His covert work helped the FBI uncover the names of numerous active Klansmen and provided information about men who had committed acts of violence against African Americans and civil rights workers, but the FBI often ignored these reports and subsequently did little to curtail Klan violence or to protect civil rights activists. Rowe's intentions have been questioned by many historians and journalists, who have accused him of using his FBI connections to avoid prosecution as he carried out his own violent racist agenda. In later years, Rowe stated that he had opposed racial integration but disputed reports that racism motivated his actions as an informant. Rowe claimed that he disliked the Klan and served the FBI to protect America. Often times, though, his statements and testimony were found to be inconsistent.
In 1978, Alabama attorney general Bill Baxley charged Rowe with Viola Liuzzo's murder. The indictment was thrown out because Rowe had been granted immunity from prosecution before he entered the federal witness relocation program in 1965. A 1979 task force on the agency's use of informants came to few conclusions, most notably about the Liuzzo murder. Rowe remained in the news throughout the early 1980s as the FBI defended itself during a series of lawsuits filed by Liuzzo's family stemming from the agency's actions during the civil rights movement. For the rest of his life, reporters and historians often sought out Rowe for interviews about his work as a FBI informant. Rowe died of a heart attack on May 25, 1998, in Savannah, Georgia. His obituary was not published until that October.

Additional Resources

Carter, Dan T. The Politics of Rage: George Wallace, the Origins of the New Conservatism and the Transformation of American Politics. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1995.
May, Gary. The Informant: The FBI, the Ku Klux Klan, and the Murder of Viola Liuzzo. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005.
Rowe, Gary Thomas Jr. My Undercover Years with the Ku Klux Klan. New York: Bantam Books, 1976.
Stanton, Mary. From Selma To Sorrow: The Life and Death of Viola Liuzzo. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1998.
Thornton, J. Mills, III. Dividing Lines: Municipal Politics and the Struggle for Civil Rights in Montgomery, Birmingham and Selma. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2002.



For one bright moment back in the late 1960s, we actually believed that we could change our country. We had identified the enemy. We saw it up close, we had its measure, and we were very hopeful that we would prevail. The enemy was hollow where we had substance. All of that substance was destroyed by an assassin’s bullet. – William Pepper (page 15, The Plot to Kill King)

By Craig McKee

The revelations are stunning. The media indifference is predictable.

Thanks to the nearly four-decade investigation by human rights lawyer William Pepper, it is now clear once and for all that Martin Luther King was murdered in a conspiracy that was instigated by then FBI director J. Edgar Hoover and that also involved the U.S. military, the Memphis Police Department, and “Dixie Mafia” crime figures in Memphis, Tennessee. These and many more incredible details of the King assassination are contained in a trilogy of volumes by Pepper culminating with his latest and final book on the subject, The Plot to Kill King. He previously wrote Orders to Kill (1995) and An Act of State (2003).

With virtually no help from the mainstream media and very little from the justice system, Pepper was able to piece together what really happened on April 4, 1968 in Memphis right down to who gave the order and supplied the money, how the patsy was chosen, and who actually pulled the trigger.

Without this information, the truth about King’s assassination would have been buried and lost to history. Witnesses would have died off, taking their secrets with them, and the o


Justice Department: DEA Paid Informants Millions of Dollars without Proper Oversight

The DEA is under fire for spending millions of dollars on confidential informants without proper oversight and using sources in a way that potentially violates the Constitution, the Justice Department inspector general has found.

The 65-page report lists serious missteps in the handling of confidential informants and recommended better policies and procedures, the Washington Post reports.

Inspector General Michael Horowitz found a lack of oversight that led to fraud and abuse. One example showed that the DEA paid a source more than $469,000, even though he had previously been “deactivated” for lying in court and depositions.

The investigation found that the DEA used more than 18,000 informants between October 2010 and September 2015, and half were paid about $237 million.

The Washington Post wrote:

The sources ranged from criminals providing information on their associates to airline, train and parcel-service employees providing tips on suspected drug


A Texas sheriff who once busted Willie Nelson linked to a rogue US intelligence unit under criminal investigation

Even among the colourful pantheon of Texas lawmen, Hudspeth County Sheriff Arvin West has seized his share of the limelight. In his 16-year career patrolling the West Texas outback, he has busted crooner Willie Nelson for pot, accused the Mexican army of invading US territory and repeatedly ripped the federal government on television over border security.

Less well known are the country sheriff’s strange connections to a rogue Navy intelligence office at the Pentagon that has been under criminal investigation for the past three years.

The former director of the intelligence unit, David W Landersman, a civilian, is facing federal conspiracy charges for allegedly orchestrating a mysterious scheme to equip Navy commandos with hundreds of untraceable AK-47 rifle silencers.

A new wrinkle in the case, however, has recently emerged in US District Court in Alexandria, Va., where prosecutors have suggested that Navy officials from the intelligence unit also sought to funnel military equipment to rural Hudspeth County and set up a secret training base near the Mexican border.

Even more unusually, two of Landersman’s former subordinates have testified that when they were not working full time on intelligence matters at the Pentagon, they moonlighted 1,600 miles away as reserve deputy sheriffs in Hudspeth County, a desolate, Connecticut-size jurisdiction east of El Paso.

Also serving as deputies to Sheriff West were Landersman, his son, and the husband of one of the Navy intelligence officials, according to two Pentagon officials and others familiar with the case.

Why so many Pentagon officials and their relatives were working on the side as sheriff’s deputies in Texas has not been explained in court, where much of the evidence has been sealed to protect national security. What a training base would have been used for there is just as murky.

West, who was first elected as Hudspeth County sheriff in 2000, did not respond to several phone calls and emails seeking comment. He has not been charged with any wrongdoing.

Hudspeth County is home to only 3,300 people but covers an enormous stretch of parched terrain in the Rio Grande basin. It is best known for a Border Patrol checkpoint on Interstate 10 where drug-sniffing dogs nab hundreds of motorists a year for carrying small amounts of marijuana.

Besides Nelson, other musical performers who have been arrested on drug charges while passing through Hudspeth County include Snoop Dogg, Fiona Apple and Nelly.

West, who has been described by NPR as “a stout, swaggering lawman” with a sign over his office that reads “Boss Hog,” has just 14 full-time deputies under his command. To compensate, he has sometimes recruited outsiders to provide extra muscle.

In 2011, he pinned a reserve deputy sheriff’s badge on Hollywood tough guy Steven Seagal. Insisting the move was not a publicity stunt, West predicted the action star would bring “a wealth of tactical experience and dedication as a peace officer” and teach martial arts to others in the department.

Exactly what the Pentagon officials did during their stints as deputy sheriffs in Hudspeth County remains unknown. But apparently the work could be dangerous.

Worried about threats from Mexican drug lords, West required his special deputies to carry a firearm for self-protection when they flew on commercial airlines, according to Sterling Gill, a civilian Navy official who served in Hudspeth County.

The policy even applied when they traveled outside Texas. At a court hearing this September, Gill testified she once carried a gun on a flight between Washington and San Francisco.

“My sheriff, who has had several threats against his life by the drug cartel and has a bounty on his head, insists that all of his deputies fly armed at all times,” Gill added, noting that she filled out the proper paperwork to carry a weapon on board.

Gill holds personal ties to Hudspeth County through the 32,000-acre Circle Ranch, a property owned by her in-laws. At the court hearing, she acknowledged that Landersman — her boss at the Pentagon and a fellow onetime Marine — had visited the ranch on at least four occasions.

In a brief line of questioning, prosecutors asked Gill whether she and Landersman had tried to set up a military training centre at the ranch, along with new roads, an airstrip and $14,000 worth of radios from the Defense Department.

Gill said the radios were intended for the Hudspeth County Sheriff’s Office. She denied the other allegations without elaborating.

Gill has not been charged in the case. She testified that the Navy has suspended her indefinitely without pay and that she is under investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS). Her attorney, Christopher Man, said Justice Department officials have told him it is unlikely they will bring charges. He declined further comment.

The Texas connection represents another puzzle in an already enigmatic case involving the Navy intelligence unit.

Blandly known as the Office of Plans, Policy, Oversight and Integration, the small agency has about 10 people on staff, mostly civilians, and is supposed to focus on policy matters. Somewhere along the way, however, it started to become more directly involved in secret missions, prompting one former senior Navy official to describe the group as “wannabe spook-cops.”

The office came under scrutiny in January 2013 when one of its civilian executives appeared at a Defense Intelligence Agency office in Arlington, Virginia, and asked for a badge that would allow him to carry weapons on military property, according to prosecutors.

The executive flashed a set of credentials stamped with the letters LEO — an acronym for “law enforcement officer” — even though he lacked police powers. That prompted federal agents to search his office at the Pentagon, where they found more suspicious badge materials.

The investigation broadened as NCIS agents uncovered evidence that the intelligence unit had arranged an unauthorized, sweetheart contract to purchase AK-47 silencers from Landersman’s brother, Mark, a California hot-rod mechanic.

Under terms of the deal, Mark Landersman produced a batch of 349 homemade, unmarked silencers in a machine shop and sold them to the Navy for $1.6 million, even though they cost only $10,000 in parts and labour to make.

After a federal trial, Mark Landersman was convicted of conspiracy in October 2014 along with a Navy intelligence official who helped arrange the contract, Lee M. Hall. Both men are appealing the verdicts.

The silencers’ intended use remains hazy. Many details are classified, but some court filings suggest they were part of a top-secret operation to help arm Navy SEAL Team 6, the unit that killed Osama bin Laden.

David Landersman, who was indicted after his brother’s conviction, has pleaded not guilty. His attorney has argued that the intelligence-unit director was kept in the dark about the contract between his brother and the Navy and that a subordinate orchestrated the deal without his knowledge.

Adding to the air of mystery have been revelations in court that Navy security officials burned and shredded piles of sensitive documents shortly after The Washington Post first reported on the existence of the investigation in November 2013.

David Landersman’s attorneys have argued that the case against their client should be thrown out because the destroyed files would show that other Navy officials oversaw the silencer contract.

They have hinted that Navy officials also wanted to get rid of the documents because they contained other embarrassing information, including notes about sexual misconduct at the Pentagon and files related to a massive bribery investigation into the Navy’s 7th Fleet.

Richard Kent Ford, the Navy security officer who supervised the destruction of documents, has said that he was purging old files in accordance with Navy regulations. He originally testified in 2014 that he was unaware that Landersman, Gill and others from the intelligence unit were under investigation or that there had been news coverage of the case.

At a court hearing this September, however, Landersman’s attorneys confronted Ford with an email Ford had written alerting several Navy officials to The Post’s front-page article shortly before he oversaw the elimination of the files.

“He lied to this court straight up,” said Stephen M. Ryan, one of Landersman’s defense lawyers, adding that Navy officials had demonstrated “more than a whiff of bad intent” by destroying evidence.

Ford denied lying on the stand, saying he had forgotten about The Post’s coverage. Records from a separate personnel hearing, however, show that the Navy booted Ford from his job after concluding he was “not truthful” in his original testimony in the silencer case.

Justice Department officials said that Navy security officers destroyed the documents without their knowledge. They also argued that the files were not relevant to the case.

US District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema is scheduled to rule whether to dismiss the charges against Landersman or proceed to trial. “It’s certainly a messier-than-normal case,” she said at a hearing.


Why FBI Should Disclose How iPhone Was Hacked

By Editorial Board
Orange County Register

After the San Bernardino attack in December that killed 14 people and wounded 22 others, the FBI hired a private hacker to unlock the iPhone of one of the two dead terrorists. Perhaps the FBI learned some of Syed Rizwan Farook’s evil secrets. But it also created unsettling secrets of its own.

The mysteries left over from the episode start with these: Who is the unnamed private party the FBI paid to break the smartphone’s security device? How much taxpayer money did the agency pay?
News organizations that have been stiff-armed by the FBI in their Freedom of Information Act request now are suing the bureau for answers.

We hope they succeed. The public should be able to know more about how the FBI cracked the privacy safeguards on the terrorist’s Apple phone. This is about more than one investigation and one wrongdoer’s phone – it’s about the threat that the government’s ability to break into electronic devices could pose to anybody’s online privacy and safety, especially if the tools fell into the wrong hands.

As stated in the lawsuit – filed last week by the Associated Press, the Gannett media company and the Vice Media digital and broadcasting company – “Understanding the amount that the FBI deemed appropriate to spend on the tool, as well as the identity and reputation of the vendor it did businesses with, is essential for the public to provide effective oversight of government functions and help guard against potential improprie

Did NYPD Lt. Shoot Himself to Avoid Testifying Against Former Boss?

Authorities are questioning whether an NYPD lieutenant shot himself twice in the stomach to avoid testifying against his friend and former boss.

The New York Post reports that Lt. Peter Salzone shot himself after he was interviewed by the FBI as part of a corruption investigation into the NYPD.

Salzone had been asked to testify against his former boss, NYPD Deputy Inspector James Grant.

The Post wrote:

The NYPD’s Force Investigation Division is looking at the possibility that Salzone never intended to kill himself and merely wanted to appear emotionally unstable to sabotage his credibility as a witness, according to sources.

Salzone was stripped of his gun and badge Saturday. He could not be reached for comment.

He is the second police officer to shoot


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The Wojciak-Talberg American Legion Auxiliary Unit 602 of Hillman sponsored Callie Long for Girls State held at the Bethel University. Over 300 citizens were there. Long reported to the Auxiliary about her experience at Girls State.

Long said it was a wonderful experience. She learned about government practices by attending general assemblies, city meetings and county meetings. During the general assemblies, there were guest speakers. One speaker was an FBI special agent, “And that was fascinating,” Long said. “She talked to us about what it takes to become an FBI agent, and what the job is all about. It was actually really crazy, we were sitting there listening to her speak during one of our general assemblies, and she said something about having to leave because she had to go take care of a bomb threat. She was so calm about it, she knew she would get it under control. I thought the FBI agents job sounded like a very interesting job.”


FBI misconduct reveals sex, lies and videotape

By Scott Zamost and Kyra Phillips, CNN Special Investigations Unit
January 27, 2011 10:07 a.m. EST

FBI misconduct revealed
Internal documents obtained by CNN show misconduct by agents, supervisors
One document says one employee shared information with his news reporter girlfriend
More than 300 FBI employees out of 34,000 are disciplined each year, the bureau says
For more on this story, watch"The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer" tonight at 5 p.m. ET
Editor's note: Some content in this report may be offensive to readers. For more on this CNN exclusive story, watch Kyra Phillips' full report on "The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer" tonight starting at 6 p.m. ET.
Washington (CNN) -- An FBI employee shared confidential information with his girlfriend, who was a news reporter, then later threatened to release a sex tape the two had made.
A supervisor watched pornographic videos in his office during work hours while "satisfying himself."
And an employee in a "leadership position" misused a government database to check on two friends who were exotic dancers and allowed them into an FBI office after hours.
These are among confidential summaries of FBI disciplinary reports obtained by CNN, which describe misconduct by agency supervisors, agents and other employees over the last three years.
Read the FBI documents obtained by CNN
The reports, compiled by the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility, are e-mailed quarterly to FBI employees, but are not released to the public.
And despite the bureau's very strict screening procedure for all prospective employees, the FBI confirms that about 325 to 350 employees a year receive some kind of discipline, ranging from a reprimand to suspension.
About 30 employees each year are fired.
"We do have a no-tolerance policy," FBI Assistant Director Candice Will told CNN. "We don't tolerate our employees engaging in misconduct. We expect them to behave pursuant to the standards of conduct imposed on all FBI employees."
However, she said, "It doesn't mean that we fire everybody. You know, our employees are human, as we all are. We all make mistakes. So, our discipline is intended to reflect that.
"We understand that employees can make mistakes, will make mistakes. When appropriate, we will decide to remove an employee. When we believe that an employee can be rehabilitated and should be given a second chance, we do that."
Will, who oversees the bureau's Office of Professional Responsibility, said most of the FBI's 34,300 employees, which include 13,700 agents, follow the rules.
"The vast majority of our employees do not lie," Will said. "The vast majority of our employees do not cheat. The vast majority of our employees do not steal. The vast majority of our employees do not engage in the type of misconduct you are describing. There is an occasional employee who will engage in such misconduct, and that employee will answer for it."
However, the internal summaries show that even with serious misconduct, employees can keep their job (names and locations of the employees are not listed in the reports):
-- An employee had "a sexual relationship with a source" over seven months. The punishment was a 40-day suspension.
-- The supervisor who viewed "pornographic movies in the office while sexually satisfying himself" during work hours received a 35-day suspension.
-- The employee in a "leadership position" who misused a "government


FBI battling rash of sexting amongst
its employees
By Scott Zamost and Drew Griffin, CNN Special Investigations Unit
Updated 5:35 AM ET, Fri February 22, 2013

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CNN obtained FBI internal reports on employee misconduct
According to the reports, employees sent naked photos and inappropriate text messages
An FBI official says it sends the reports to its employees to deter further misconduct
She described a "rash of sexting" cases among the bureau's employees
It sounds like the plot of a bad movie: bugging your boss' office. Sending naked photos around to co-workers. Sexting in the office. Paying for sex in a massage parlor.
But it all happened in the federal agency whose motto is "fidelity, bravery, integrity" -- the FBI.
These lurid details are outlined in confidential internal disciplinary reports obtained by CNN that were issued to FBI employees as a way to deter misconduct.
Read the FBI's internal reports (PDF)
The FBI hopes these quarterly reports will stem what its assistant director called a "rash of sexting cases" involving employees who are using their government-issued devices to send lurid texts and nude photos.
"We're hoping (that) getting the message out in the quarterlies is going to teach people, as well as their supervisors ... you can't do this stuff," FBI assistant director Candice Will told CNN this week. "When you are given an FBI BlackBerry, it's for official use. It's not to text the woman in another office who you found attractive or to send a picture of yourself in a state of undress. That is not why we provide you an FBI BlackBerry."
While the vast majority of the FBI's 36,000 employees act professionally, the disciplinary reports issued by the agency's Office of Professional Responsibility show serious misconduct has continued for years.
From 2010 to 2012, the FBI disciplined 1,045 employees for a variety of violations, according to the agency. Eighty-five were fired.
The internal reports over the last year don't specify job titles, names or the location of the employees. Yet, they provide exact details of their misdeeds:
-- One employee engaged in a "romantic relationship with former boyfriend (now husband) knowing he was a drug/user dealer. Employee also lied under oath when questioned during the administrative inquiry about her husband's activities."
-- Another FBI worker "hid a recording device in supervisor's office. In addition, without authorization, employee made copies of supervisor's negative comments about employee that employee located by conducting an unauthorized search of the supervisor's office and briefcase." It said the employee "lied to investigators during (the) course of the administrative inquiry."
-- An FBI supervisor "repeatedly committed check fraud and lacked candor under oath."
-- One employee "was involved in a domestic dispute at mistress' apartment, requiring police intervention. Employee was drunk and uncooperative with police" and "refused to relinquish his weapon, making it necessary for the officers to physically subdue him, take the loaded weapon and place employee in handcuffs."
-- In other cases, an employee was charged with DUI for the second time, one used a lost or stolen credit card to buy gas, and another was caught in a child pornography sting operation, according to the internal reports.
All of the employees in these cases were fired.
More FBI employees were discipl


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Black Panthers 50 years on: art show reclaims movement by telling 'real story'

The end of an official letter, much enlarged, frames Sadie Barnette’s profile. “Very truly yours,” it reads, “J Edgar Hoover.” Behind the 32-year-old artist is a wall covered in pink glitter. A single drawing hangs in its center, a black man’s mugshot rendered in pencil.

The images form the heart of Barnette’s latest work, an installation at the Oakland Museum of California. They come from a Black Panther’s FBI file – hundreds of pages recounting years of covert surveillance in search of something, anything, to pin on the activist.

To the government, the young black man was a dangerous extremist. To Compton, his southern California home, he was a community organizer. At the museum, he is part of a new exhibition commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther party.

To Barnette, he is a rich subject to tap for making art. He is also Dad.

Rodney E Barnette, now a soft-spoken 72-year-old, opened the Black Panthers’ Compton office. He lived with Angela Davis during her trial on murder, kidnapping and conspiracy charges. Although the FBI investigation came up empty, it cost him his job as a letter carrier for the US Postal Service.

Former Black Panther Rodney Barnette with his daughter Sadie Barnette in front of an art exhibit she created in honor of him at the Oakland Museum. Photograph: Josh Edelson for the Guardian
What is left of the federal investigation is more than 500 pages that Sadie Barnette has turned into raw material. The documents include a veritable family tree, listing relatives’ names, birthdays and military awards. There are interviews with her father’s employers, his high school teachers, his childhood neighbors. FBI agents from at least eight cities were involved; their names punctuate the file and Sadie


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New York bombing suspect's father says FBI made 'mistake after mistake'
Mohammad Rahami says FBI is ‘punishing’ his family by barring travel to US
Agency was allegedly warned of Ahmad Khan Rahami’s radicalization

Mohammad Rahami, the father of Ahmad Khan Rahami: ‘My son’s bad act … caused bad impression about Islam, which stands for peace.’

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The father of New York bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami said on Saturday the FBI had made “mistake after mistake” in handling the case and was now “punishing” the family for his son’s wrongdoing by barring them from travelling to the US.

Mohammad Rahami said by phone that the FBI did not “do its job properly” by failing to act when he contacted investigators in 2014 with concerns his son could be a terrorist. He said he told investigators that his son had become “bad” and his personality had changed after returning from trips to Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Ahmad Khan Rahami spent time at Pakistan seminary tied to Taliban
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A senior FBI official last month contested the elder Rahami’s claim that he had warned agents about his son. FBI agents interviewed the father after a 2014 incident in which Rahami was arrested on charges – later dropped – that he had stabbed one of his brothers in the leg, according to the FBI official, who insisted that Rahami’s father “at no time” discussed his son’s radicalization or potential interest in al-Qaida, the Taliban or their propaganda.

The official was not authorized to discuss the case by name and spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Rahami said US authorities had recently turned back his wife and one of his sons when they tried to travel from Afghanistan to the US. He said Ahmad Khan Rahami’s wife was also refused entry into the US. He would not reveal where his daughter-in-law was living, but said her family was from the Pakistani city of Quetta.

Father of bombing suspect says he contacted FBI in 2014
He urged US authorities to allow his relatives to travel to the US, saying they were law-abiding citizens.

Rahami is accused of planting bombs in New York and New Jersey that wounded 31 people last month. The Afghan-born US citizen remains hospitalized with gunshot wounds after a police shootout.

Prosecutors said that when he was arrested, R


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Insane Clown Posse Finally Weigh In On America's Clown Epidemic
Considering that the Insane Clown Posse have been battling the FBI over their classification of Juggalos, this stance probably doesn't come as a big surprise.

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My FBI File and What's In It
October 8, 2016
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North Dakota Tramples Journalist Deia Schlosberg’s Constitutional Right to Cover Historic Climate Protests
“We already have five times as much oil and coal and gas on the books as any scientist thinks is safe to burn.” — Bill McKibben


Deia Schlosberg seems to me to be an exceptionally responsible person. A producer of the Josh Fox film How to Let Go of the World and Love all the Things that Climate Can’t Change, Deia has already helped thousands of people to more deeply understand the very serious risks associated with our continued burning of fossil fuels. To understand it on an intimate, personal level. And for this we owe her not only our gratitude, but the firm affirmation of our voices lifted to support her during her time of unjust persecution.

(Deia Schlosberg [left] and climate activists who briefly shut down TransCanada Tar Sands production on October 11 [right]. Image source: Desmogblog.)

For Deia appears to have earned herself the ire of some of the most powerful and destructive private economic interests on planet Earth. Interests that are apparently now involved in leveraging the loyalty of politically aligned persons within North Dakota law enforcement in an attempt to intimidate and silence this responsible and compassionate journalist.

Journalistic Documentation of an Unprecedented Protest Action

Back on October 11th, Deia provided journalistic coverage of a pipeline protest in Walhalla, North Dakota. The protest involved an act of civil disobedience in which 5 people used shut-off valves to stop tar sands crude transported by TransCanada pipelines from entering the U.S. These five locations were private holdings of TransCanada and represented the main access points for corporate-produced tar sands. When the protesters operated the shut-off valves, TransCanada’s significant flow of greenhouse gas producing syncrude was temporarily halted.

(TransCanada is a corporate producer of tar sands — one of the most environmentally and climatologically destructive fuels on planet Earth. An energy source whose continued use risks extraordinarily damaging climate outcomes. Now that replacement fuels and renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, biofuels, and electric vehicles are much more readily available, we have an opportunity to turn away from such dangerous activities. For years now, climate activists have been fighting to make the public aware of risks and harms associated with tar sands extraction all while challenging an unhealthy level of economic dominance by fossil fuel interests that prevents and delays access to far less damaging energy sources. Image source: Desmogblog.)

Deia, according to her statements to Desmogblog, was recording the act of civil disobedience by one of the activists operating the shut-off valves — documenting what is likely to become an event of historic importance as a filmmaker and a climate journalist.

Deia noted to Desmogblog:

In general, I felt like this was an extremely important action to document because it was unprecedented — shutting down all of the oil sands coming into the U.S. from Canada. And as a climate reporter and someone who worries about the impacts of climate change and our future, I know that the Canadian oil sands are a pretty scary source of energy to be exploiting at this point.

False Charges That Violate a Journalist’s Constitutionally Protected Freedoms

To be very clear, Deia was both performing a public service by recording an event of historic significance and exercising journalistic freedoms that are held sacred by the Constitution of the United States. The Constitution plainly states:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Prosecutors apparently aligned with fossil fuel special interests in North Dakota obviously did not agree. Instead, on October 13th, they brought unwarranted, trumped-up charges against Deia for simply excising her Constitutionally protected First Amendment freedoms. Prosecutors claimed that Deia was involved in a conspiracy to steal property, a conspiracy to steal services, and a conspiracy to tamper with or damage a public service.

Ironically, not only do these charges serve to infringe upon the protected freedoms of an American citizen, they also have no legal basis whatsoever. For, acting as an event-documenting journalist, Deia in no way served as an accessory to or conspirator for any crime. Furthermore, the charges leveled by North Dakota do not in any way fit events as they transpired or match the legal definitions of possible crimes as they are technically defined. No property or services were stolen as part of the protest action. Access to tar sands crude was simply briefly interrupted. And since TransCanada is a private corporation that profits from its sales of tar sands to agencies within the U.S., labeling its wealth-seeking activity as a ‘public service’ is the very definition of inaccurate legalistic contortion.

Moreover, Deia’s record of the pipeline shut-off by activists has been unjustly and probably unlawfully confiscated. An action that removes from the public eye a critical piece of reporting related to an event of historic human welfare significance.

The Risk From Continuing to Burn Fossil Fuels is Human Civilization Collapse, Mass Extinction

In the context of Deia’s climate journalism, we should very clearly identify the climate harms and risks that arise from continuing to burn fossil fuels and in expanding that rate of burning. And we should also state plainly that it is these harms, these risks which provide strong justification on moral, survival, and human safety and welfare grounds for the actions made by protesters covered by Deia.

The science is pretty clear on the fact that of the five major mass extinction events that have occurred on planet Earth, at least four were set off or greatly contributed to by large environmental carbon releases and related rising global temperatures. This includes the worst mass extinction event — the Permian — in which hothouse temperatures may have produced a Canfield Ocean that, in turn, wiped out most of life on Earth.

Based on our best understanding, it takes an atmospheric equivalent CO2 level (CO2e) of around 550 to 1000 parts per million under current conditions to generate an appreciable risk of setting off a hothouse mass extinction event. This is particularly true if, as is the case today, such an initial carbon spike occurs following periods of glaciation when Earth’s available carbon stores for providing added warming feedbacks are at their highest levels. Meanwhile, the currently unprecedented rate at which human beings are adding carbon to the atmosphere through fossil fuel burning presents further risks outside the context of past hothouse events.

(Neil Degrasse Tyson — ‘I don’t want Earth to look like Venus.’)

We’ve already pushed CO2 levels, through our burning of fossil fuels and through other industrial activities, to above 400 parts per million (and to around 490 parts per million on the CO2 equivalent scale during 2016). The amount of carbon in the atmosphere already is currently enough to risk raising global temperatures this Century to 1.6 to 2.1 degrees Celsius above 188os values, to risk amplifying feedbacks in which the Earth System produces its own carbon spike that adds to the human sources, and to present serious challenges to the resiliency of human civilization and life on Earth.

But, even worse, there’s presently enough carbon listed as proven reserves on the books of coal, oil, and gas companies across the world to push atmospheric CO2 equivalent levels well above 900 parts per million. If we burn all this carbon, or if we discover and extract even more, we will see between 4 and 9 degrees Celsius warming this century and possibly as much as 9-18 C warming in the centuries to follow. So much burning and resulting heating of the Earth would set off a catastrophe that no current human civilization would be likely to survive. One that could also cause the worst mass extinction event in all of the deep, deep time of Earth’s long history.

These basic facts may be difficult for some to hear and understand — especially when they’ve staked their aspirations for economic growth on the false hope represented by fossil fuels. But, as tough as these facts are to listen to, they remain. Continuing to burn fossil fuels will wreck civilizations, disrupt growing seasons, raise sea levels, generate storms the likes of which we have never seen, evaporate water supplies, and transform our now benevolent and life-supporting oceans into a toxin-producing mass extinction engine.

In the face of such terrible harms, we as American citizens and as human beings have the responsibility to stand up and do what we can to help people avoid them. To help people make the right choices and to shine a light in the dark places where harms are currently being committed. Deia was within her rights to do just that in documenting a climate action by protesters who voluntarily risked arrest so that the rest of us could, yet again, have the opportunity to make the right choices before it’s too late.


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BLM pulls back oil & gas leases bought by Utah activist, author ...
Salt Lake Tribune-Oct 19, 2016
(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Terry Tempest Williams (holding her bidding number) and Brooke Williams in the BLM's Salt Lake City ...


Terry Tempest Williams is leaving her University of Utah teaching post and walking away from the Environmental Humanities program she founded rather than agree to administrators' demands she move her teaching from the state's desert landscapes onto campus.
"For reasons I will never know or understand, the University of Utah wanted me gone — and in the end, what was most threatening was my teaching. Why? Because each of you and our current students are challenging the status quo, each in your own way with the gifts that are yours," the acclaimed author wrote in an email last week to about 80 current and past students of the U.'s Environmental Humanities graduate program.

Known as Utah's most eloquent homegrown voice for conservation, Williams helped launch what has become one of the U.'s premier educational experiences, connecting highly motivated students with the nation's most adventurous writers and artists. Now some are accusing university administrators of being more concerned with procedural bureaucracy than with ensuring Williams continued her leadership.
Williams' departure came as a shock to students, colleagues, program supporters, and at least one foundation, whose executive director said it would not renew a $50,000 grant awarded last year for Williams' "Reading the Book Cliffs" project.
"We saw this course as a national model on how to engage people in new ways for critical issues, such as climate change," said Ellen Friedman of the Compton Foundation, which had premised its support on Williams' field teaching. "We are extremely disappointed."
Williams' supporters are heaping criticism on U. administration for failing to find a way to keep her on faculty, and some suspe


The Ecology Hall of Fame, adding Terry Tempest Williams to its honorees, noted that she “combines all the major strains of environmental passion.” Her life´s work is driven by love of the desert, and other naturally beautiful places; a passion for multigenerational land stewardship, which ties her to the region where she was born and still lives; and opposition to resource destruction, especially when it affects human health.

Williams is a Utah native, descended from five or six generations of Mormon pioneers. “I write through my biases of gender, geography, and culture,” she says. “I am a woman whose ideas have been shaped by the Great Basin and Colorado Plateau.”

Williams is perhaps best known for her book Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place (Pantheon, 1991), in which she chronicles the epic rise of Great Salt Lake and the flooding of the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in 1983, alongside her mother's diagnosis with ovarian cancer, believed to be caused by radioactive fallout from the nuclear tests in the Nevada desert in the 1950s and 60s. Refuge is now regarded as a classic in American nature writing, a testament to loss and the earth's healing grace.

Williams’ other books include Red: Patience and Passion in the Desert, 2001; An Unspoken Hunger (Pantheon, 1994); Desert Quartet: An Erotic Landscape (Pantheon, 1995); Coyote's Canyon (Gibbs M. Smith, 1989); and Pieces of White Shell: A Journey to Navajoland (Charles Scribner's Sons, 1984). She is also the author of two children's books: The Secret Language of Snow (Sierra Club/Pantheon, 1984); and Between Cattails (Little Brown, 1985).

In 2004, Terry Tempest Williams published The Open Space of Democracy, in which she tried to define how we might break down the partisanship and polarization in our society so that we can come together to solve the political and environmental problems which threaten our democracy and our land. In it she says, “I do not think we can look for leadership beyond ourselves. I do not think we can wait for someone or something to save us from our global predicaments and obligations. I need to look in the mirror and ask this of myself: If I am committed to seeing the direction of our country change, how must I change myself?”

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Portland City Council approves police contract amid unruly protest

Tumult ensued on the steps of Portland City Hall as police pepper-sprayed and arrested protesters in the aftermath of an unruly demonstration Wednesday over a newly approved contract for rank-and-file officers.
The scene devolved into a lengthy standoff, with dozens of protesters swarming Southwest Fifth Avenue and blocking traffic and light-rail trains until an estimated 75 officers in riot gear intervened.
Police had already shoved protesters out of City Hall, dousing some with pepper spray, after they disrupted a City Council hearing. Demonstrators wouldn't begin dispersing until just after 5 p.m., some eight hours after the unparalleled protest began.
The source of contention: City Council's 3-1 vote for a controversial new police contract, and Mayor Charlie Hales' unprecedented maneuvering within City Hall to conduct the vote in meeting room cordoned off from protesters.

Portland police push, pepper spray protesters out of city hall
Hales, who made the contract a top priority before he leaves office Jan. 1, said fallout was unlikely to be avoided because protesters were determined to make a scene.
"This is a good day," Hales said of the contract's approval. "It will pay dividends, for a bureau that has a good relationship with the city, over time."
The contract raises officers' pay, amid a staffing shortage, and ends a contentious rule that let officers wait 48 hours to speak with internal investigators after using deadly force.
Officials said concerns over rules for body-worn cameras will be publicly vetted next year under the new mayor, Ted Wheeler. But that hasn't satisfied opponents, who also wanted expanded civilian oversight powers.
Protesters also claimed a victory of sorts, arguing the City Council's closed-door vote — broadcast online, over television screens and remotely in the City Council chambers — may help them file a complaint over a violation of public meeting laws.

"They wouldn't have gotten this passed if they did it in a democratic way," said Gregory McKelvey, spokesman for protest group Don't Shoot Portland.
Wednesday's protest capped a fiery few weeks at City Hall as tensions mounted over Hales' proposed three-year contract with the Portland Police Association. Longtime City Hall staffers couldn't recount a similar scene aside from the Occupy Portland movement of 2011 that overtook three city parks.
"I regret it ever got to that point," said Commissioner Nick Fish, who supported the police contract. "We have to find a way to have these kinds of charged discussions and debates without having disruptions to our building and to our ability to conduct the people's business."
The demonstration began in earnest Tuesday as protesters set up tents outside City Hall and hung a large banner for the Black Lives Matter movement. And, as they'd done in weeks past, protesters came prepared to disrupt Wednesday's City Council meeting – with one person even writing an email warning that "after we take city hall maybe we will take bridges and freeways too."
City officials took public testimony about the contract last month and weren't required to listen again before voting. So protesters signed up to speak on other matters, hoping to nonetheless criticize the police contract, a tactic they used last week.
But protesters' frequent outbursts and interruptions prompted Hales to adjourn Wednesday's public meeting less than 3


John Mark Dougan

John Dougan arriving to his photoshoot (April 14, 2016)
Born         John Mark Dougan
December 15, 1976 (age 39)
Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.
Nationality         American
Website         http://www.johnmark.ru
John Dougan (Russian: Джон Марк Дуган) is a former police officer who fled the United States for Moscow, Russia to obtain political asylum in 2016. Dougan was running a website that had been critical of Ric Bradshaw, the sheriff of Palm Beach County, Florida. Dougan fled after his home was raided by law enforcement authorities on March 14, 2016.[1][2][3]

Dougan stated that after the raid on his home, the FBI was following him and his family, so he decided that he needed to escape from them and flee the country. He did so by wearing various disguises, sneaking into Canada, so that he did not have to go through American Customs, who he suspected had him on a no-fly list. Dougan then took a flight from Toronto to Istanbul, and boarded another flight to his final destination, Moscow, Russia.[4]

An anonymous source told independent television station WHDT that the website, PBSOTalk.com, was taken down by GoDaddy after being pressured by law enforcement agencies.[5] The site was moved to PBSOTalk.ru and hosted in the Russian Federation.[6][7]

Dougan started PBSOtalk in 2009 and began making public records requests bases on tips from readers and anonymous posters on the website. In 2012, he received information, and public records, that the elected Sheriff of Palm Beach County was using taxpayer money to take campaign contributors, some with ties to organized crime, to dinners. After filing a complaint with the Florida Commission on Ethics, the Sheriff was cleared "because he didn't know it was a violation of the law." However, the Commission stated the money he used to take those people to dinner was "inconsistent with the proper performance of his public duties".[8]

Shortly after the ethics complaint was filed, the Chief Deputy of Palm Beach County filed a SLAPP (Strategic lawsuit against public participation) suit against Dougan [9] after the Sheriff's office tried unsuccessfully to purchase the web site from Dougan.

In what was billed as a digital election-day dirty trick the night before the November 2012 elections,[10] an email was sent out to the A-list of voters in Palm Beach County from BurtAaronson.com, a domain owned by Dougan. The email stated that BurtAaronson.com no longer endorsed the Sheriff as a candidate and instead endorsed the other candidate in the race. The real Burt Aaronson, who was, at the time, a county commissioner, stated he was outraged and had no knowledge of the email. He accused Dougan of identity theft, and attempted to have Dougan arrested. The Palm Beach County State Attorney's office, however, determined since Dougan owned the domain, he was legally justified in using it, however, called the email "outrageous conduct," further saying that laws have not kept up with mischief that can be wreaked on the Internet.[10]

In 2015, Dougan obtained and posted a collection of audio recordings of a Palm Beach County detective speaking to an unidentified woman. The recordings revealed targeted retaliations and investigations against the Sheriff's political enemies, including Dougan, that speak critically of the Sheriff.[11] The FBI and Palm Beach County raid on Dougan's home was motivated by the posting of these audio files, which was deemed to be wiretapping. The other reason listed on the warrant was for suspected hacking, and posting of names, of thousands of names, addresses and phone numbers of law enforcement officers, judges and FBI agents, though the property appraiser claimed nothing was ever hacked.[12] Dougan claimed it was merely a reason to seize his computers and attempt to locate the sources of his information as well as to shut down his web site.

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^ Правда (Pravda), Юрий БЕЛЯТ | АО ИД «Комсомольская (2016-05-05). "Американский полицейский, ищущий убежище в России: У нас в Штатах шантаж, коррупция и продажные суды" [American policeman searching for refuge in Russia: In the states, we have blackmail, corruption and corrupt courts]. АО ИД «Комсомольская правда» (in Russian). Pravda News. Retrieved 2016-05-10.
^ "Американский полицейский сбежал в Россию от произвола США" [John Dougan asked for political asylum in Russia after the US began to pursue him for his human rights activities.]. РЕН ТВ (in Russian). 2016-04-12. Retrieved 2016-05-10.
^ "Отступник. Джон Дуган бежал в Россию от политического преследования" [John Dougan fled to Russia from political persecution Подробнее: http://vm.ru/news/2016/04/10/otstupnik-dzhon-dugan-bezhal-v-rossiyu-ot-politicheskogo-presledovaniya-317095.html]. Вечерняя Москва. Retrieved 2016-05-10.
^ ""Достало!": американский полицейский объяснил свое желание переехать в Россию" ["Enough!": American policeman explained his desire to move to Russia]. НТВ (in Russian). Retrieved 2016-05-08.
^ WHDT WORLD NEWS (2016-04-21), Did Ric Bradshaw Finally Take Down PBSOTALK.COM? - Interview with PBSO Whistleblower Mark Dougan, retrieved 2016-05-09
^ "EXCLUSIVE — From Russia With No Love: Anti-Sheriff Ric Bradshaw PBSOTalk Back On The Web … New BSOTalk Takes Aim At Broward Sheriff Scott Israel And State Attorney". Gossip Extra. 2016-04-25. Retrieved 2016-05-10.
^ "We're Back! Stronger than ever! - PBSOTalk.ru". http://www.pbsotalk.ru. Retrieved 2016-05-10.
^ "Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw chided for using tax money". The Palm Beach Post. Retrieved 2016-05-10.
^ "Sheriff's Office second-in-command files defamation lawsuit". The Palm Beach Post. Retrieved 2016-05-10.
^ a b "Aaronson seeks investigation into faux email blasting Bradshaw...". The Palm Beach Post. Retrieved 2016-05-10.
^ "Deputy who said he went after Bradshaw's enemies investigated". The Palm Beach Post. Retrieved 2016-05-10.
^ Writer, By Lawrence Mower - Palm Beach Post Staff. "PBSO investigating release of confidential law enforcement addresses". http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com. Retrieved 2016-05-10

Black Lives Matter march triggers massive Seattle police action
by Laurel Holliday | October 19th, 2016
Nationwide, Black Lives Matter (BLM) has successfully increased public awareness of police violence against people of color. In Seattle, BLM and other racial-justice activists just convinced Mayor Ed Murray and the
Seattle City Council to suspend the construction of a new $149 million North Precinct Police “bunker” that activists said would lead to further police militarization and excessive use of force.

Even before the City Council, police precinct showdown, the Seattle Police


Justice Dept. asks to join civil rights suit by fired police officials in Pocomoke, MD

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Assistant Director Blasts Bureau Leadership Over Clinton Probe

FBI Director James Comey

Former FBI Assistant Director James Kallstrom blasted the bureau’s Director James Comey for his handling of the Hillary Clinton email scandal, saying the alleged “quid pro quo” deal with the State Department appears on the surface to be illegal.

James Kallstrom responded to an FBI agent’s acknowledgment that he offered to declassify an email in exchange for opening two spots for


New Evidence Points to TWA-800 Coverup | Veterans Today
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May 1, 2015 - Focusing on whether TWA Flight 800 was brought down by an internal (i.e., ..... Kallstrom of the FBI was the big liar and cover-up man who should  ...
Was TWA Flight 800's fiery crash part of a massive cover-up? | New York Post
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Jul 4, 2016 - In his new book “TWA 800: The Crash, the Cover-Up, and the Conspiracy” ... 8, 1996, Jim Kallstrom, then-FBI assistant director, was forced ...
CNN - FBI's Kallstrom angrily denies any TWA probe cover-up - Nov. 8, 1996
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Nov 8, 1996 - FBI's Kallstrom angrily denies any TWA probe cover-up ... Secretary Pierre Salinger that a Navy missile might have shot down TWA Flight 800 .
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Bronx woman wrote essay on fears of police years before an officer killed her
Deborah Danner agonized over the deaths of mentally ill people like her at the hands of police five years before police sergeant fatally shot her in her apartment

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Residents across Beaufort County use debris to bring hope, help after Matthew

Fender said he was looking for an outlet to funnel his frustrations following the storm and to try to bring the Harbor Island community together. With the help of his wife, Donna, the debris-snowman idea was created.
When he was an FBI agent, Fender said he was on the ground for many disasters, including the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995 and the Pentagon terrorist attack on 9/11.


Book Excerpt: An Ex-Detroit Police Officer Writes About Racism and the Racial Divide on the Police Force

Mike Cowling served in the Detroit Police Department from 1972-90 and worked uniform patrol, a felony plainclothes car and 16 years as an undercover narcotics officer. The white former officer writes in his new book, “Force Divided,” about the racial divide in the department and racism he saw among white and black officers.

“Yes, the ugly force of racism is alive and well in the Detroit Police Department, and it exists on both sides,” he writes u


The FBI just got access to Twitter data. Should you be concerned?

NOVEMBER 24, 2016
The FBI recently signed a deal that will give it access to monitor Twitter’s “firehose” — every tweet posted publicly each day, roughly 500 million of them.

The move has raised privacy concerns and claims that Twitter is not being consistent


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CNN broadcasts porn instead of 'Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown'
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FBI Octopus

Fighting against sex trafficking: A survivor shares her story


Fighting back against sex trafficking

Surviving a life of sex trafficking
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OMAHA, Neb-- Anna Brewer, a former FBI Special Agent, spent a lot of time investigating sex-trafficking. She recently joined the board for Magdalene Omaha - a safe haven for sex-trafficking victims. She decided to get involved because she saw first-hand what kind of impact this lifestyle has on a victim.

"But I'm also fed up with the buyer and the consumer, and the fact that those people live among us, yet they think they go un

FBI Agent Pleads Guilty to Child Abuse


Tuesday February 17, 2004 11:46 PM

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

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

another backstory anecdote and then I will sign off.

FBI informant Kimball was released from prison early to work for the FBI agents. He continued his serial killing of women funded by your tax dime on the payroll of the FBI.

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Will Sims murdered by three white men in Calif. hate crime

Friday, November 25, 2016, 12:56 PM

Will Sims was shot and killed by 3 white men in a California hate crime. (HANDOUT)
Just days after Donald Trump’s election, in El Sobrante, Calif., about 20 miles north of San Francisco, something truly terrible happened. I honestly believe it must be viewed in the context of the wave of hate crimes that swept our nation immediately after Trump’s win. Except most of us are just now learning that it took place.

Will Sims, 28, an accomplished musician and vocalist, widely hailed as a gentle, peaceful, gifted soul, was murdered in a vicious hate crime. He was targeted, robbed, beaten, then shot, and left on the street to die. When the police found him on the street on Nov. 12, he was already dead.

Police have openly stated that Sims was targeted by the three wh


Hate Crimes Are Rising But Don't Expect Them to be Prosecuted
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Last week, the FBI announced there were 5,850 hate crimes in 2015—a 7 percent increase over the year before. But that total, which is based on voluntary

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One by One, ISIS Social Media Experts Are Killed as Result of FBI ...
New York Times-Nov 24, 2016
One by one, American and allied forces have killed the most important of roughly a dozen members of the cell, which the F.B.I. calls “the Legion ...


Why Does the FBI Have to Manufacture its Own Plots if Terrorism and ISIS Are Such Grave Threats? - The Intercept
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Feb 26, 2015 - Why Does the FBI Have to Manufacture its Own Plots if Terrorism and ISIS ... parents into allegedly agreeing to join an FBI-created plot to attack the ..

Secret Pentagon Report Reveals US "Created" ISIS As A "Tool" To Overthrow Syria's President Assad | Zero Hedge
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May 24, 2015 - Secret Pentagon Report Reveals US "Created" ISIS As A "Tool" To .... Central Command, the Department of Homeland Security, the CIA, FBI, ...

Terrorism Created By The FBI: Trevor Aaronson Says US Should Be Blamed For Creation of ISIS, Al Qaeda And Domestic Terrorism (VIDEO ...
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Jun 8, 2015 - "The F.B.I. is responsible for more terrorism plots in the United States than any other organization," investigative journalist Trevor Aaronson claims .

84 Years Ago Today, the FBI's Crime Lab Opened in DC
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From fingerprinting and ballistics to handwriting analysis and moulage, the FBI's Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory is known for assisting ...

CNN - FBI whistle-blower leaves, gets $1.16 million - February 27, 1998
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Feb 27, 1998 - WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Frederic Whitehurst, the whistle-blower who triggered an overhaul of the FBI's world-renowned crime lab and claimed he ...
Bad FBI Science | The Marshall Project
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Apr 24, 2015 - Dr. Frederic Whitehurst knows a thing or two about FBI lab scandals. As a “supervisory special agent” and noted forensic scientist, he began ...
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Jul 30, 2014 - Dr. Frederic Whitehurst. July 30, 2014 – Another front-page story about the FBI Lab Scandal appeared in the Washington Post today. In this story ...
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Apr 25, 2012 - A former Supervisory Special Agent in the FBI Crime Lab, Dr. Frederic Whitehurst joins us to discuss a startling new report on how the Justice ...
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Defense Team Tried to Demonstrate Parlato’s Innocence; were told they had orders to Indict
November 25, 2016

 It might be informative to readers to get a peek inside the US Attorney’s investigation and prosecution of an American citizen.
     The Parlato case might be a good example of how the office works.
     While trying to show the US Attorney’s office, then under William Hochul, that indicting him was a deep injustice, Parlato, who has professed his innocence, retained former New York State Attorney General and former US Attorney Dennis Vacco; former Federal Magistrate Judge Carol Heckman; former Assistant US Attorney [under Preet Bharara] Brian Feldman, and Parlato’s two civil litigation lawyers, Ralph Lorigo and James Roscetti, who had successfully battled serial litigant Shmuel Shmueli for years.

Brian Feldman, a former AUSA, made a serious, three-months long effort to try to persuade AUSA Anthony Bruce that it was wrong to indict Frank Parlato. During that time, AUSA Bruce reportedly erupted with anger repeatedly, often swore profusely, refused to listen to exonerating information and only wanted to know if Parlato would take a plea deal, otherwise he would be indicted.

“We provided so much information to the U.S. Attorney’s Office on so many topics,” Ralph Lorigo told the Buffalo News, expressing surprise at how the government ignored all the documentary, exonerating evidence. “I’m very taken aback by what I read in the indictment.”

     Every one of these lawyers, all known for their long history of integrity, went on the record with the US Attorney that they believed Parlato was innocent of criminal wrongdoing.
Former Magistrate Judge Heckman and former Assistant US Attorney Feldman gave a 126 slide Power Point presentation showing extensive, exonerating evidence to Assistant US Attorney Anthony Bruce, FBI Special Agent Brian Burns and others with the US Attorney’s office, then under Hochul.
 Assistant US Attorney Bruce reportedly sat there with his legs folded, not taking notes, expressing great annoyance and rudely urging former Magistrate Judge Heckman to hurry up. FBI Burns reportedly made it a point at times to heckle, laugh and scoff during the presentation.
Afterward AUSA Bruce told former Magistrate Judge Heckman that he had “marching orders” from US Attorney Hochul to indict Parlato.
Former New York State Attorney General Vacco presented an exhaustively documented “White Paper” to AUSA Bruce and FBI SA Burns which argued that the government’s theories were demonstrably wrong and that the issues in dispute were at best civil and not criminal matters.
  AUSA Bruce reportedly told Vacco that, based on the time FBI Agent Burns and an IRS agent had invested in the case, he had to have at least one fraud (for the FBI) and one tax (for the IRS) felony count.

He was both the New York State Attorney General and a US Attorney, making Dennis Vacco probably the most prominent, well known and best qualified prosecutor in Western New York.
Vacco went to bat for Parlato, writing a comprehensive “White Paper” which Vacco put his name to and which clearly showed he believed Parlato was innocent and that the government wrongly asserted theories of criminal liability which included actual mistaken identification of critical documents. These serious mistakes by the government may have spread to the grand jury.

     AUSA Bruce offered Parlato, over a ten month period in 2015, a series of plea deals – each with lower contemplated sentences, from four years, to two, to less than a year and finally one with a possible halfway house and/or home confinement – all with two felony counts – one for the FBI and one for the IRS.
     Most offers were accompanied with deadlines of “take the plea or be indicted”.
Parlato refused to accept any plea deal since he claimed it would require him to lie to the judge in admitting to a crime he did not commit.
     Parlato was indicted on Nov. 20, 2015 and faces 20 years if convicted on all counts.
 Parlato has said he has come to realize that the decision to indict him was decided long before his attorneys met with the US Attorney’s office under Hochul.
     He also said he understood that most people are not in a position to fight the enormous forces of the government, and even though they are innocent might be tempted to take a plea deal.
In spite of extensive, exonerating and documentary evidence presented to the government, FBI Agent Burns allegedly ignored documents in his possession and, as alleged in Parlato’s recent motion, made 38 “inaccurate” statements in his affidavit filed with Hon. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder, Jr. during the prosecution’s secret (ex parte) hearing to seize Parlato’s funds.
Parlato said that FBI SA Burns must have felt he needed to insert these inaccuracies since he had documents in his possession that contradicted the false claims made in the affidavit. However, without the inaccuracies, Magistrate Judge Schroeder might have declined to approve the seizure or called for a hearing during which Parlato’s attorneys would have been permitted to appear and explain why it was unjust that their client’s funds should be seized before there was a trial proving any wrongdoing.
How many of the 38 alleged inaccuracies which FBI SA Burns inserted into his affidavit before Magistrate Judge Schroeder were also presented to the grand jury is unknown by the


The FBI Is Wrongly Telling People To Change Passwords 'Frequently'
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''No taste is so acquired as that for someone else's quality of mind.''
Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), British critic. "The Journal of Cyril Connolly 1928-1937," p. 230, David Pryce-Jones, Journal and Memoir (1983).

Seth -Jane Roberts

The Nature of Reality
As words would give little hint of the reality of color or sound to someone who did not experience these, so words can only give insight into the nature of reality. I have been sent to help you, and others have been sent through the centuries of your time, for as you develop you form new dimensions, and you will help others.

There is never any justification for violence. There is no justification for hatred. There is no justification for murder. Those who indulge in violence for whatever reason are themselves changed, and the purity of their purpose adultered.

If you do not like the state of your world, it is you yourselves that must change, individually and en masse. This is the only way that change will be effected.

The responsibility for your life and your world is indeed yours. It has not been forced upon you by some outside agency. You form your own dreams and you form your own physical reality. The world is what you are. It is the physical materialization of the inner selves which you have formed.

It is wrong to curse a flower and wrong to curse a man. It is wrong not to hold any man in honor, and it is wrong to ridicule any man. Your must honor yourselves and see within yourselves the spirit of eternal validity. You must honor all other individuals, because within each is the spark of this validity. When you curse another, you curse yourselves, and the curse returns to you. When you are violent, the violence returns.

I speak to you because yours is the opportunity to better world conditions and yours is the time. Do not fall into the old ways that will lead you precisely into the world that you fear.

There is no man who hates but that hatred is reflected outward and made physical, and there is no man who loves but that love is reflected outward and made physical.

Beyond myself there is another self and still another, of which I am aware. And that self tells you that there is a reality beyond human reality and experience that cannot be made verbal or translated into human terms. And to that self, physical reality is like a warm breath forming in the winter air...


Amicus Brief Filed on Behalf of FBI Whistleblower with Larger ...
Whistleblowers Protection Blog

On December 6th, the National Whistleblower Center filed an amicus brief in support of FBI whistleblower Darin Jones. Jones alleged he made whistleblower disclosures about an improper award of a $40 million contract and other improper procurement spending at the FBI. The FBI fired him from his position as a Supervisory Contract Specialist, which Jones alleges was done as an act of retaliation for his whistleblowing. The FBI argued that the current inadequate whistleblower protections at the FBI did not protect Jones because they require whistleblowers to report to the highest-ranking FBI official at their job site, rather than reporting to their immediate supervisor, which is consistent with FBI policy. Because Jones behaved in a manner consistent with standard practices at the FBI of reporting alleged wrongdoing through the managerial chain of command, he was written out of whistleblower protection for supposedly not reporting his allegations to the correct office and the retaliation against him has thus far been tolerated by the Department of Justice.

In an amicus brief filed in support of Jones this week, the National Whistleblower Center argues that the whistleblower protections do in fact apply to Darin Jones. The argument here is that if FBI officials have the authority to hire or fire personnel, they are necessarily acting in the shoes of the Attorney General of the United States. This means the Whistleblower Protection Act prohibits these officials from retaliating against a whistleblower if they are aware of the Whistleblower’s legal reporting activities because under current law FBI employees are protected if they disclose wrongdoing to the Attorney General. In Jones’s case the FBI officials who fired him were acting on behalf of the Attorney General and they were the very same officials to whom he reported his whistleblower disclosures. You can read the amicus brief here.


'Drunk' cop stripped of his gun and badge
The NYPD cop suspended for being drunk on the job had a sobering morning on Friday — walking into his upstate house clutching a ­giant Dr Pepper cup.

Officer Richard Evans, 44, refused to comment outside the Newburgh home at about 9 a.m., hours after The Post reported that he was stripped of his gun and badge for being “unfit for duty” Thursday during his midnight-to-8-a.m. shift in The Bronx’s 52nd Precinct.

Evans had responded early Thursday to a report of a drunken dispute, and a civilian there accused the cop of being drunk as well.

Someone at the scene shot video of the allegedly drunken Evans and complained to 311, according to a law-enforcement source.

Adding insult to injury Thursday, a photo emerged of Evans passed out in a chair in the station-house locker room, his shirt pulled up to


Georgia’s Secretary of State Accuses Homeland Security of Attempted Hack

Georgia’s secretary of state alleges Homeland Security tried to illegally hack the state’s computer network that contains the voter registration database.

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp claims in a letter to Homeland Security that his office discovered that a DHS Internet address tried to breach the computer system, the Hill reports.

The system also contains personal information of more than 6.5 million residents, 800,000 corporate entities and 500,000 licensed or registered professional.

“On November 15, 2016, an IP address associated with the Department of Homeland Security made an unsuccessful attempt to penetrate the Georgia Secretary of State’s firewall,” Kemp wrote. “I am writing you to ask whether DHS was aware of this attempt and, if so, why DHS was attempting to breach


FBI will increasingly rely on foreign help to stop hackers, Assistant AG says

FBI Director James Comey (Flickr / Brookings Institution)

Chris Bing Dec 8, 2016 | CyberScoop
The emergence of cybercrime as a global phenomenon is causing the FBI and Justice Department to increasingly rely on international law enforcement collaboration, legal treaties and informal agreements in addition to cooperation from the private sector, Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division Leslie Caldwell described, Thursday.

“We have greatly increased our international cooperation with international law enforcement partners all around the world, including in countries that just two years ago we had no relationship with,” Caldwell said. “As cybercrime proliferates so too does our relationships with countries around the world. We’ve got to continue to do build those international relationships and grow them and improve them because they are going to be more and more critical every single day.”

In an effort to fight these criminals, Caldwell said the Justice Department will be pursuing new legislative remedies next year in the same vein as recent changes made to Rule 41, which became effective as of Dec. 1.

These changes to Rule 41 — a mandate first designed in the scope of wiretap authorization procedures — enables investigators to secure warrants during the course of computer crime cases even while the suspect’s actual location is hidden. Critics believe the rule change will cause the FBI to expand its use of hacking techniques to access evidence on computers.

“There are other laws that we look to fix and to change and to update. As I have said, most of these proposed fixes are very technical and very narrow and they are designed just like the Rule 41 change to address very specific issues that we have encountered,” said Caldwell.

The Assistant Attorney General provided no further information regarding proposed, future changes to existing federal rules of criminal procedures and was unavailable for questions follow her public speaking event.

Caldwell’s comments — which were made during a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a D.C.-based think tank — come just one week after european law enforcement authorities disclosed multiple arrested associated with the dismantling of an international cybercrime network known as Avalanche.

“We’ve really developed our capabilities to disrupt criminal networks both here and overseas … working hand in hand with international partners to address technical threat like botnets, bulletproof hosts, darknet markets and international hacking forums,” said Caldwell.

The downfall of Avalanche is being trumpeted as a sort case study, showing how domestic law enforcement can combat digital crime through multi-stakeholder cooperation.

The Avalanche takedown operation included help from prosecutors and investigators in 40 different countries. It is believed that the criminal network caused more than $100 million in damages to a wide array of both public and private sector organizations — largely through the deployment of ransomware and banking trojans.

Broadly speaking, the advent and proliferation of hacking tools and anonymizing software are allowing cybercriminal to cause greater damage with less effort while seeing more of a return on their investment, Caldwell explained.

“We’ve seen a growth in global, very sophisticated cyberthreats. And there are some very significant loopholes in terms of our legal authorities, many of which have not kept pace with changes in technology,” Caldwell said.

She added, “in recent years and frankly since I have been on this job, there has been a drastic increase in warrant-proof encryption … [also] our access to offshore data and cross border access to data is very inefficient and very haphazard,” Caldwell said of the Justice Department’s challenges in prosecuting cybercrime.

While Caldwell — who said she plans to leave public service before the President-elect’s inauguration on January 20 — spoke extensively about the Bureau’s challenges to prosecute computer crimes on Thursday, it is also true that U.S. law enforcement is undoubtedly getting better at tracking down these types of criminals.

Over just the last four months, the Justice Department has announced the arrest of multiple prominent hackers, including a series of individuals responsible for breaking into email accounts belonging to U.S. officials. Other recent prosecutions include the sentencing of 22-year-old Timothy French, an accomplished hacker who targeted multiple universities an


New FBI Headquarters Gets Green Light from Congressional Commitee

The long-delayed effort to build a new FBI headquarters has gotten the green light from the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to move forward.

But the GSA still needs to finalize the location of the new headquarters, Federal News Radio reports.

The committee approval was praised by chairman Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa.

“This will greatly improve the FBI’s security posture and its operations, and save money. But because of the size and complexity of the project, it will important to ensure there is strong congressional oversight to keep the project on time and on budget,” Shuster said.

The plan calls for the GSA and FBI to pay for the headquarters. President Obama’s 2017 budget proposal includes $1.4 billion for the project, which has already received $390 million under the fiscal 2016 omnibus spending bill.

Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., said many challenges are involved.

“What makes this project challenging is it is not a simple construction project of a single building. The project will be a secure campus with separate visitor screening, its own utility plant and specialized security requirements,” Barletta said


Ken Paxton taps Ted Cruz adviser for key attorney general office job
METRO-STATE By Chuck Lindell - American-Statesman Staff

Chip Roy, a key political strategist for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, will be Attorney General-elect Ken Paxton’s right-hand man at the Texas agency, Paxton announced Tuesday.
Roy, who will serve as Paxton’s first assistant attorney general, was Cruz’s chief of staff for almost two years before moving into an advisory role in September — a move some saw as positioning Cruz for a potential presidential run in 2016.

Roy also has close ties to Gov. Rick Perry, helping to write “Fed Up!” — a book that helped launch Perry’s unsuccessful presidential campaign in 2012 — and running the Texas Office of State-Federal Relations in Washington, D.C., after he was appointed by Perry in 2011.

At his confirmation hearing before the Texas Legislature, Roy promised to run the state-federal office in a way that would uphold “liberty and state sovereignty” while opposing federal regulations that are “destroying our nation and endangering the state.”

Roy has also served as a special assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of Texas and as a senior staff member for U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas.

“Chip is a longtime friend, and someone whose counsel I trust,” Paxton said in a written statement. “I am pleased that he will bring his strong legal mind, devotion to liberty and servant’s heart to the office of attorney general as first assistant.”

Ken Paxton taps Ted Cruz adviser for key attorney general office job
Paxton also announced his transition advisory team:

Roger Alford, law professor and associate dean at Notre Dame University

Ernest Angelo Jr., former chairman of the Texas Public Safety Commission and former mayor of Midland

Jordan Berry, campaign strategist with Berry Communications in Austin

Kevin Brannon, Paxton’s campaign manager

Susanna Dokupil, Senior fellow at the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation and former assistant solicitor general of Texas

Dee Kelly, founding partner of Kelly, Hart and Hallman in Fort Worth

Leonard Leo, executive vice president of the Federalist Society in Virginia

Oliver “Buck” Revell, former associate deputy director of the FBI.

Chip Roy, first assistant attorney general.

Kelly Shackelford, president and chief executive of Liberty Institute in Plano.

Andy Taylor, prominent Republican lawyer, former first assistant attorney general.

David Whitehurst, partner in the Whitehurst Cawley law firm in Addison.


Lockerbie — A Parallel

"The covert operators that I ran with would blow up a 747 with 300 people to kill one person. They are total sociopaths with no conscience whatsoever."
— Former Pentagon CID Investigator Gene Wheaton

On December 21, 1988, in the tiny town of Lockerbie, Scotland, 270 lives came to a traumatic and fiery end when Pan Am flight 103 was blown out of the skies. Two hundred and fifty-nine people plunged to their deaths, and 11 more died on the ground.

Several minutes before flight 103 took off from London's Heathrow airport, FBI Assistant Director Oliver "Buck" Revell rushed out to the tarmac and pulled his son and daughter-in-law off the plane.[1001]

How did he know?

Perhaps Revell's intimate knowledge derived from his relationship with Lt. Colonel Oliver North. In March of 1986, North advised Attorney General Edwin Meese to head off the FBI's ensuing investigation into Iran-Contra. Meese informed Revell. Consequently, North managed to keep abreast of the FBI's investigation by conveniently receiving copies of all FBI files.[1002]

Widely known for his inestimable and illegal support of the Contras, North (along with General Richard Secord and Iranian Albert Hakim) was a business associate of Syrian arms and drug runner Monzer al-Kassar. For his role in shipping Polish arms to North's mercenary army, al-Kassar became the recipient of North's undying gratitude [and laundered drug proceeds].[1003]

Like so many criminals, drug-dealers, and mass-murderers the CIA had cozied up to over the years, al-Kassar enjoyed the highly valued status of CIA "asset."

Al-Kassar was also closely aligned with Rifat Assad, brother of Syrian dictator Hafez Assad. Assad's daughter Raja was Kassar's mistress, and had once been married to Abu Abbas, a colleague of the notorious terrorist Abu Nidal. Rifat himself was married to the sister of Ali Issa Dubah, chief of Syrian intelligence, who, along with the Syrian army, controlled most of the opium production in Lebanon's Bekka Valley. The drug profits financed various terrorist groups, including the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC), run by former Syrian army officer Ahmed Jibril.[1004]

Al-Kassar also acted as middleman in the ransom paid by the French to effect the release of two hostages held in Beirut. Given his assistance in securing the release of those hostages, the CIA believed al-Kassar would prove invaluable in negotiating the release of the six American hostages then bein


Did Harry Morel Jr., the former St. Charles Parish district attorney now imprisoned for obstructing justice, get a sweetheart deal because of friendly ties between his defense attorney and a top prosecutor? Did the FBI retaliate against one of its agents because he aggressively pursued Morel and complained about the prosecutor?

That's what the chairman of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee wants to know. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, sent letters inquiring into both issues on Nov. 15 to U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch and FBI Director James Comey Jr. A spokeswoman for Grassley's office said Wednesday (Dec. 7) he had not received a response.

Morel, 73, was the top prosecutor in Louisiana's 29th Judicial District for 33 years. He pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in New Orleans to obstruction of justice and is serving a three-year prison term in federal prison. 

In Harry Morel case, FBI agent challenged prosecutor's ethics
Investigation into St. Charles Parish DA was called Operation Twisted Justice

In his letters, Grassley said FBI agent Michael Zummer reported to the Judiciary Committee that a "relationship between then-First Assistant United States Attorney Fred Harper and defense attorney Ralph Capitelli may have resulted in a lenient plea agreement" for Morel. Zummer filed an ethics complaint in 2013 with the Justice Department's inspector general about Harper, who shared ownership in a condominium with Capitelli.

Harper later sold his share to his girlfriend, Grassley writes. Capitelli has dismissed Zummer's assertion of favoritism, and has described him as an overzealous agent whose investigatory tactics are questionable.

Fred Harper
In August, Zummer wrote a 31-page letter to Morel's sentencing judge, outlining his concerns about the way the prosecution was handled. U.S. District Judge, Kurt Engelhardt did not put the letter into the public court record but described it as "troubling" because of the ethical breaches alleged b


FBI outreach
The FBI hosted an employment workshop on Buffalo's East Side Thursday, as it looks to further diversify its workforce. 

Listen Listening...1:55 WBFO's Chris Caya reports.
To help spread the word about its job opportunities, the FBI invited about 70 community leaders to First Shiloh Baptist Church for a recruitment workshop. Pastor Emory Brown of Refreshing Springs Church says familiarizing more people with what the FBI does can help start to improve the relationship between the community and law enforcement.  

"Especially at a time like this, you know, when there's so many difficulties in the community and across the country, I think it's very important to be able to get facts and get insight and build relationships and bridges so that we can move forward as a country as a city," he says.

The goal of 24-year-old Stephanie Mejia is to become a special agent. Mejia, a social worker, says she thinks the FBI's effort to hire "more minorities is awesome."

"Because the more people you see that are similar to you in the community, the more people are willing to open up to you, if say you are in a situation where a crime has occurred and you can trust them," she says. "Like I think we definitely need more trust in the community between civilians and law enforcement and this is great that they're trying to reach out to minorities and others in the Buffalo community."  

But it is not all law enforcement. In fact more than half of the FBI jobs are non-agent positions. Adam Cohen, Special Agent in Charge in Buffalo, says there are a variety of opportunities, including auto mechanics, IT specialists, intelligence analysts, linguists, scientists, accountants and more.

"So we have an entire range of positions available and we are



WASHINGTON, A Chicago-based agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation has acknowledged that he and other white colleagues planned a campaign of ''retribution'' against a black agent, Donald Rochon, whose case has prompted a national debate over racism in the bureau.

Newly released F.B.I. documents also show that the white agent, Gary W. Miller, has conceded that in 1985 he forged Mr. Rochon's signature on an application for death and dismemberment insurance for the Rochon family.

Mr. Rochon has described the unsolicited insurance policy as a death threat. Mr. Miller, who was suspended without pay for two weeks as a result of that incident and others aimed at Mr. Rochon, has denied that he was trying to harass the black agent. Agents Admit Harassment

The disclosures, contained in court papers filed here Friday, amount to the first public acknowledgment by the bureau that white agents may have participated in harassment of Mr. Rochon in Chicago, where he was assigned from 1984 to 1986.

The newly released documents are bound to cause further embarrassment for the bureau, which has been criticized by Congress over the Rochon case and over other discrimination claims involving black and Hispanic employees. More than half of the F.B.I.'s Hispanic agents have joined in a separate lawsuit against the bureau, charging that they faced discrimination in hiring and promotion.

Mr. Rochon has said that while he and his family were living in Chicago, their safety was repeatedly threatened in anonymous telephone calls and obscene, racist letters from white F.B.I. agents.

The Justice Department and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission have found that Mr. Rochon was the victim of ''blatant racial harassment'' in the F.B.I.'s Omaha office in 1983 and 1984. In one incident, someone in the Omaha office taped a picture of an ape's head over a photograph of Mr. Rochon's son.

Mr. Rochon has long contended that the later incidents in Chicago, which are the subject of an inves


Footprint Prank Gets FBI Agent Suspended

BOSTON — An FBI agent screening a prominent black lawyer for a federal judgeship forced the lawyer to submit a footprint and then posted the print and joked about the stunt, the Boston Herald reported Saturday. Both the agent and his supervisor were suspended for the prank, which happened about a month ago, the newspaper said, citing sources it didn't identify. The agent, whose name was not disclosed, told lawyer Walter Prince that collecting footprints was standard procedure. Then he hung the print on a wall at the Boston FBI office. ''There can be no question that this type


"The FBI FRUHMENSCHEN program is one of the least known of the many illegal FBI black ops programs. FRUHMENSCHEN is a german word that means ape man. This program was created by FBI agents during the 1940's to target black elected officials in sting operations without cause because the FBI feels blacks are incapable of governing. The National Council of Churches of Christ issued a resolution condeming this program during the late 1980's. Dr Mary Sawyer , professor of Religious studies at Iowa State University wrote two books about this program including HARRASSMENT OF BLACK ELECTED OFFICIALS TEN YEARS LATER 1987. Former FBI agent Dr Tyronne Powers documents this program in his book EYES TO MY SOUL. Massachusetts filmaker Curtis Henderson of Jamaica Plain documented this program in his 1987 film ALABAMA SUMMER. FBI informant attorney Hirsch Freidman blew the whistle on this program. One offshoot of this program was the assassination of Dr Martin Luther King by FBI agents as documented in two books by King family attorney William Pepper. The books are ACT OF STATE and his earlier book called ORDERS TO KILL. Anyone analyzing the Ford trial must first look at the history of the FBI FRUHMENSCHEN program funded with American tax dollars Eyes to My Soul: The Rise or Decline of A Black FBI Agent by Tyrone Powers " One of the most readable and important of [recent African American autobiographies]....Powers is a compelling writer." William Jelani Cobb - Washington City Paper " The significance of this literary masterpiece has compelled me to violate my most sacred rule: never expose your battle plan to the enemy...with this work of art by Mr. Powers, my collection is now complete." James Wm. Morrison, Esq., Civil Rights Attorney About Eyes to My Soul Former FBI Special Agent Tyrone Powers, a veteran of the Maryland State Police, spent nine years as an FBI agent, with posting in Cincinnati and Detroit. He resigned in August 1994. The picture of the country's top law enforcement agency that emerges from Powers' eloquent prose reveals an organization beset by the same problems of racism that plague the rest of American society. Powers describes sheet -clad students at the FBI Academy impersonating Ku Klux Klansmen. He reports on FBI agents in Detroit raising funds for white Detroit policemen charged with (and later convicted of ) second degree murder in the death of Black motorist Malice Green. White agents according to Powers' narrative, urinated on photographs of President Bill Clinton and Vice-President Al Gore. Powers provides eyewitness evidence of the agency's extra- legal harassment of African American Mayors Coleman Young (Detroit), Marion Berry ( Washington, DC) and Harold Washington


Racial Mapping
Shhhh – What The FBI Doesn’t Want You to Know About its Racial Profiling Program
By Nusrat Choudhury, Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project at 12:40pm

The FBI is using a racial and ethnic mapping program to collect intelligence on American communities – and it doesn’t want you to know which ones it’s spying on, or how it’s using census data to do so. The ACLU and the ACLU of Michigan filed a brief in federal court on Friday to challenge the FBI’s secrecy over its profiling practices.

FBI documents we already secured show that the Bureau is profiling some communities for intelligence collection based on false stereotypes that ascribe certain types of crimes to entire minority communities. Targeted groups include Muslims and Arab-Americans in Michigan, African-Americans in Georgia, Chinese and Russian-Americans in California, and broad swaths of Latino-American communities in multiple states.

We obtained these FBI documents through the ACLU's “Mapping the FBI” campaign. As part of the campaign, 34 ACLU affiliates filed public records requests in 2010 to uncover how the FBI is collecting and “mapping” information about racial and ethnic groups around the country. Here’s just one troubling example: a 2009 Detroit FBI field office memorandum shows that the Bureau sought to collect information about Middle Eastern and Muslim communities in Michigan – without any evidence of actual wrongdoing and based on a generalized and entirely unsubstantiated threat assertion.

The public needs – and deserves – to know more about the FBI’s racial and mapping program. For that reason, the ACLU and the ACLU of Michigan brought a federal lawsuit in July 2011 to enforce our request for records about how the program is being used in Michigan. But the Bureau refused to disclose hundreds of documents – and most problematically, it fought to keep secret its use of information from public sources.

On Friday, we filed a brief in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to challenge the FBI’s sweeping secrecy claims. Our brief makes a simple but important argument: the Freedom of Information Act doesn’t permit the FBI to hide its use of information about Michigan communities that is already publicly available, like U.S. Census and other demographic data.

This just makes sense. Congress passed the Freedom of Information Act to help uncover information about government programs – not to let the government claim secrecy over census statistics that are already public.

Our brief also raises another critical issue: whether the FBI (or any other government agency) can secure an entirely secret, one-sided judicial process to resolve a challenge to its potential use of the FOIA’s exclusion provision, 5 U.S.C. § 552(c). That provision allows a government agency to avoid confirming or denying the very existence of records in its possession in certain circumstances. The possibility of abuse is obvious, and that makes it all the more important that there be a meaningful process for FOIA requesters to challenge – and the public to know – whether a government agency is properly relying on the provision.

The details of this issue may sound technical, but in essence, it’s simple. The FBI proposed a one-sided, secret judicial process to decide whether its reliance on the provision was proper. We proposed to the court a fair and transparent alternative to secret process. We argue that the FBI’s proposal goes against a fundamental tenet of our judicial system: public access to courts and judicial opinions. It also undermines a critical purpose of the FOIA: to promote government transparency and accountability.

We hope the Sixth Circuit will adopt our process to resolve our claim and those of future FOIA requesters who fight back against government secrecy. And, ultimately, we hope to get the information we all need to know about the true impact of FBI racial and ethnic mapping on our civil rights and civil liberties.

Learn more about racial mapping and other civil liberty issues


Intelligence Chief Publishes New Training Guide to Teach ...
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Michael German, a former FBI agent and fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice, said he appreciated the decision to release the training guidance, but he ...


Secret Love Child Instead!
Thursday, 08 December 2016

Fidel Castro fathered a secret love child with a CIA operative dispatched to assassinate him — but instead of killing the Cuban strongman, she became the “spy who really loved him!”

Just days after the dictator’s death, double agent Marita Lorenz has revealed intimate details of their forbidden affair, and her shocking betrayal of her American handlers to RadarOnline.com in a blockbuster exclusive interview.

In yet another bombshell, 77-year-old Marita has claimed their child — who she thought she’d lost during her pregnancy — is alive and well, and living in Cuba!

“I had a forbidden love child with Fidel Castro!” Marita told Radar.

“The CIA and FBI wanted me to believe that Fidel killed our son, Andre, but that was a lie.”

She claimed Castro — who died at the age of 90 on Nov. 25 — reunited her with


AP sources: Mattis received anonymous email in Petraeus case
By TED BRIDIS Associated Press Updated 33 min ago


Attorney entitled to fees in
ex-Panther case

Friday, December 9, 2016

OMAHA, Neb. — A lawyer who handled the final appeal of a man convicted in the 1970 bombing death of an Omaha police officer is entitled to attorney's fees, the Nebraska Supreme Court ruled Friday.
The state's high court found that Douglas County District Judge James Gleason abused his discretion when he refused to order payment to Timothy Ashford, an Omaha lawyer who claimed about $7,400 in fees for work he did on a post-conviction appeal for David Rice. Gleason had appointed Ashford to represent Rice, but later determined the appeal was frivolous and refused to order payment to Ashford.
But the high court said reasonable fees must be paid to a lawyer once he or she is appointed to a case. The high court ordered the case be sent back to Douglas County — but to a different judge — to determine the amount Ashford should receive.
Rice, who went by the name Mondo we Langa, was convicted along with fellow Black Panther Edward Poindexter in the death of officer Larry Minard. Authorities say they lured police to a house with a 911 call, then detonated a homemade bomb that killed Minard.
The pair maintained their innocence and argued they were targeted by an FBI program

Man Wrongfully Convicted by Perjured FBI Testimony Freed After 28 Years in Prison; Donald Eugene Gates Released on Basis of New DNA Evidence
Aug 5th, 2014 @ 10:37 am › Mary Jane Wilmoth

The following is from guest contributor Jon C. Hopwood.
This article was originally published in 2009 on Yahoo Voice and is reprinted here by permission of the author.

Summary: Donald Eugene Gates, who was convicted of the 1982 rape-murder of a Caucasian college coed, was released on the basis of new DNA evidence.

Donald Eugene Gates, a 58 year-old African American wrongfully convicted in 1982 of the rape-murder of Caucasian college coed Catherine Schilling, was freed by the D.C. Superior Court after a DNA test revealed that he could not be the culprit.

The prosecution of Gates was heavily dependent on the testimony of F.B.I. Crime Lab analyst Michael P. Malone, who testified that two hairs found on Schilling’s body came from an African American male. Schilling, who was a student at Georgetown University, was murdered in Rock Creek Park in Washington, D.C. in 1981.

Gates, who has always maintained that he was innocent of the crime, had been imprisoned for nearly 30 years until ordered release by Senior Judge Fred B. Ugast. Ugast had overseen his trial back in 1982.

In 1988, Ugast had ordered a DNA test of the evidence used to convict Gates, but DNA testing a generation ago was primitive. The more sophisticated DNA testing of the 21st Century proved that Gates was right: He was innocent.

Crime Lab Corruption

Since the Gates trial, former F.B.I. agent Michael Malone has become notorious as an unreliable and unethical expert witness who likely committed perjury in hundreds of trials. Dr. Frederic Whitehurst of the National Whistleblower Center’s Forensic Justice Project first revealed the widespread corruption at the F.B.I. Crime Lab back in 1993, when he, too, was an F.B.I. employee.  

Whitehurst charged that Malone and other F.B.I. Crime Lab employees were not only manufacturing evidence to support prosecutors and law enforcement agencies, but were engaged in providing perjured testimony at trials using their evidence. Malone had a profitable sideline in providing expert testimony favorable to the prosecution.

A 1997 report from the Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General validated Whitehurst’s charges, and cited Malone as one of 14 F.B.I. Crime Lab that conducted inaccurate tests and made false reports. Whitehurst had revealed that Malone had perjured himself and falsified evidence when testifying during the impeachment proceedings against federal judge Alcee Hastings (now a U.S. Representative from Florida’s 23rd Congressional District).

Facing Bureau discipline for his conduct in the Hastings case, Malone was allowed to retire. The Bureau apparently did not take any adverse action against him.

In contrast to the Bureau’s treatment of Malone, Whitehurst — the man who blew the whistle on Crime Lab corruption and illegal activities by Lab employees — was harassed by the F.B.I. and the Department of Justice. Whitehurst’s wife, who also worked for the Bureau, also was a victim of the F.B.I.’s smear campaign against her husband.

In a classic case of the king killing the messenger bearing unwanted news, Dr. Whitehurst was driven from the F.B.I. After years of litigation, the government settled lawsuits targeting its unlawful conduct against Whitehurst for $1.46 million.


Speaking from the bench, Judge Ugast termed the prosecution’s conduct in the Gates trial as “outrageous.” He demanded to know why it took the Office of the U.S. Attorney so long to investigate the use of phony evidence in the Gates case, in light of the knowledge that former Crime Lab analyst Malone has been revealed to be a serial perjurer who fabricated evidence.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Joan Draper defended the government by claiming that the Office of the U.S. Attorney had begun looking into the situation “as soon as it was brought to our attention.”

Ugast ordered that all convictions in the District of Columbia that were obtained with testimony from Malone be reviewed.

Righting a Wrong

“We are trying to right a wrong,” Ugast explained when he ordered that Gates be freed. Ugast’s order gives Gates his freedom, but does not exonerate him. The U.S. Attorney may decide to try him again, though in the light of the new DNA evidence, that seems unlikely.

Defending their conduct in the Gates case, federal prosecutors claimed that their case was based on more than Malone’s hair testimony. The government’s case included the use of a jailhouse informant, who was paid for his testimony that Gates has confessed that he had raped and murdered Schilling.

Jail-house confessions are among the most notorious, underhanded methods by which prosecutors seek to gain a conviction. Dr. Sam Sheppard, whose case provided the basis for the TV series and movie The Fugitive, was wrongfully convicted of murdering his wife in the Cleveland suburb of Bay Village, Ohio in 1954. The perpetrator of the murder was left-handed while the 30 year-old Sheppard, a highly respected osteopathic physician, was right-handed.

Sheppard claimed that his wife had been murdered by an intruder, whom he had tried to subdue but who had beaten him. The doctor had suffered injuries on the night of his wife’s murder which his defense attorney claimed, during his trial, could not be self-inflicted.

Sheppard was convicted of murder and sentenced to life-in-prison. The case became notorious, and by the late 1950s, it was widely suspected that Cuyahoga County court had convicted an innocent man, who was imprisoned for life.

In 1966, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a federal district court decision on a writ of habeas corpus that had ordered that the State of Ohio to either release Sheppard or grant him a new trial. It is important to understand that Sheppard’s conviction was not overturned on the basis that he was innocent, which was irrelevant, but on the fact that there had been a great deal of negative, pre-trial publicity attacking Sheppard in the press that likely had led to his prosecution.

The High Court noted that the media campaign before and during Sheppard’s arraignment and trail created a “carnival” atmosphere that influenced the trial. It also cited the fact that the judge had failed to sequester the jury or insulate it from this ongoing media campaign against Sheppard. Furthermore, it cited the fact that the judge, on the first day of the trial, had said, “Well, he’s guilty as hell. There’s no question about it.”

The media-created “circus” atmosphere had poisoned his chances for a fair trial. The trial judge’s behavior and his failure to counter the effects of the anti-Sheppard media campaign violated his due process rights. The Supreme Court ruling effectively vacated his sentence, and granted a writ of habeas corpus that gave Sheppard his his taste of freedom in a dozen years. The state of Ohio improbably re-tried Sheppard for murder.

Sam Sheppard’s attorney, F. Lee Bailey, told the press during the second trial that he was going to have Sheppard take the stand in his own behalf. (Sheppard had testified at his first trial.) Bailey had learned that the Ohio prosecutors planned to use a jail-house informant as a rebuttal witness, after Sheppard took the stand. The informant would claim that the imprisoned Sheppard had confessed to him that he had murdered his wife.

Bailey did not let Sheppard testify, with the consequence that the Ohio prosecutors could not put the jail-house informant on the stand. While some saw this as a brilliant move on Bailey’s part, the fact was, Bailey revealed after Sheppard’s premature death in 1970, the wrongfully convicted doctor was in no shape, psychologically, to testify in court. Twelve years behind bars for a crime he did not commit had devastated him.

Within four years after being declared innocent at his second trial, Sam Sheppard was dead of liver failure due to acute alcoholism. He was 46 years old. Appearing on the Tonight Show With Johnny Carson soon after winning his freedom at his second trial, Sheppard had confessed to Carson during a commercial break that if he had been convicted again, he would have committed suicide.


Donald Eugene Gates was released from the federal prison in Arizona where he was serving his sentence. He was given a ticket to Ohio, where he has family, a set of winter clothes, and $75. Whether he will remain a free man, or will – like Sam Sheppard – be retired, remains to be seen.

A hearing to determine whether Gates should be exonerated is scheduled for December 23rd. At the hearing, prosecutors will examine the DNA testing of the evidence. If Gates is not exonerated, he will have to register as a sex offender – for a crime he did not commit.

Malone’s Legacy

Dr. Frederic Whitehurst first revealed Michael Malone’s malfeasance at the F.B.I. Crime Lab back in the 1990s. Now executive director of the Forensic Justice Project, he provided relevant information about Malone’s conduct at the Lab obtained via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit to Gates’ attorney, Sandra Levick.

In the wake of the Office of the Inspector General report on F.B.I. Crime Lab corruption, the Department of Justice set up the Brady Task force to investigate all of the cases Malone and the other 13 lab examiners criticized in the OIG report. The testimony of Malone and the others resulted in hundreds of convictions, all of them suspect and many surely wrongful, like that of Eugene Gates.

The Brady Task force was terminated in 2002. No report was ever issued, and Congress was never informed of its findings of the Brady Task force. Apparently, in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on America, the F.B.I. was given a “pass” by the George W. Bush Administration and a Republican-controlled Congress, despite the fact that the incompetence and criminality revealed by whistleblowers like Whitehurst and former F.B.I. translator Sibel Edmonds show that such behavior actually undermines national security.

Ironically, after he retired under threat of disciplinary action that never came, Malone continued his relationship with the Bureau. As an F.B.I. contractor, Malone conducts security clearance background checks. Clearly, the Bureau intended to reward him for his falsification of evidence and perjury.

The message the F.B.I.’s continued employment of Malone sends to other wrong-doers in the Bureau and the national security establishment is unmistakable. It also sends a warning to those whistleblowers, like Sibel Edmonds, to think before they reveal corruption. The safety of the United States suffers as a result.

The Future

Though has been known for over a decade that hundreds of convictions obtained by prosecutors depending on the evidence of Michael Malone and the other 13 suspect F.B.I. Crime Lab employees have been tainted, those convictions have been allowed to stand. The federal government has not reviewed them, a situation highlighted by Judge Ugast’s remarks from the bench when freeing Eugene Gates.

The National Whistleblower Center has filed a FOIA seat to obtain the Brady Task force records, which come dribbling in on a monthly basis. Dr. Whitehurst has long contended that Malone manufactured evidence and that all of the cases in which he was involved in must be considered suspect. However, until the Gates case, nothing was done to uncover the truth in those cases.

Judge Ugast’s order that all cases in the District of Columbia involving Malone should be reexamined may be the first step towards obtaining justice for innocent individuals wrongfully convicted by manufactured evidence and perjured testimony provided by F.B.I. Crime Lab employees.

@2009, 2014 by Jon C. Hopwood. Reprinted with permission of the author.


Associated Press: “DNA testing clears man who served 28 years”

Washington Examiner: “Man freed after 28 years in prison by DNA testing”

Washington Post: “DNA sets free D.C. man imprisoned in 1981 student slaying”


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The Heat Is Online
The Climate Movement and the Liabilities of Hope

* Fearful of Trump, scientists fudge language, scrub data  (Dec. 2016)

* Warming is driving local extinctions all over the globe  (Dec. 2016)

* The wandering polar vortex:  an explainer  (Dec. 2016)


Thursday, December 22, 2016
Hospital that fired workers for refusing annual flu shots must reinstate them with back pay--and exploring the odd mechanisms used to impose vaccine mandates on healthcare workers, while CDC claims there are "no legally mandated vaccinations for adults"
A hospital in Erie, PA fired 6 healthcare workers for refusing the annual flu shot.  Taken to the EEOC, the hospital has settled by offering them their jobs back with $300,000 in back pay.

The interesting piece to me is the acknowledgement that the hospital imposed its mandate (with over 99% compliance of its remaining workers) in order to get higher Medicare reimbursements.

Yet the federal government, via CDC, claims it does not impose mandates, and suggests that it is actually illegal to force US adult civilians to get vaccinated. (Cite below)

What is going on?  

The federal government has created and co-created a variety of organizations which are supposed to help determine how to improve the "quality of care."  These organizations are called 1) QIOs, established by Medicare https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/QualityImprovementOrgs/index.html?redirect=/qualityimprovementorgs/

and 2) organizations like the National Quality Forum, a federally-established, public-private health quality organization http://www.qualityforum.org/about_nqf/history/.

Medicare is used as a cudgel (while the federal government hides behind the “quality improvement” skirts of organizations it created) to forcibly impose a few cherry-picked "quality" measures on medical institutions, by threatening to lower reimbursement rates to institutions that do not comply with the “quality improvement" measures Medicare selected from the large palette of measures suggested by these intermediary organizations.

While at the same time, CDC wants you to think this has nothing to do with CDC.


“CDC does not issue any requirements or mandates for state agencies, health systems, or health care workers regarding infection control practices, including influenza vaccination. There are no legally mandated vaccinations for adults, except for persons entering military service. CDC does recommend certain immunizations for adults, depending on age, occupation, and other circumstances, but these immunizations are not required by law.”

Yet  CDC elsewhere on its website acknowledges what is going on:  


“...Facilities must report employee coverage rates of flu vaccination as a quality measure: "Currently, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requires reporting of influenza vaccination coverage for workers in acute care hospitals as a part of the Inpatient Quality Reporting Program through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Health Care Safety Network, a web-based data reporting system using National Quality Forum (NQF) #0431. Each hospital’s influenza vaccination coverage among their health care personnel will be included as a quality measure on Medicare’s consumer-based Hospital Compare program.”

I don’t understand why this issue has not been resolved in a federal court, and why cases are going through EEOC, where employees may win but their wins do not stop the nationwide healthcare worker mandates--for a vaccine flu that does not protect patients, according to meta-analyses by Cochrane Collaboration http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27251461 and http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23881655, the WHO http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/irv.12087/full
and CDC http://cid.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2013/09/17/cid.cit580.full.pdf+html.

That no one in media or healthcare administration seems to know about this incredible preponderance of evidence against healthcare worker flu shots is itself interesting.

Here is the article on the EEOC settlement by St. Vincent Hospital.—Meryl


Saint Vincent settles federal lawsuit filed by workers who claimed religious discrimination.
By David Bruce david.bruce@timesnews.com
Saint Vincent Hospital has agreed to rehire six former employees it fired after they refused to get flu shots in late 2013 and early 2014 due to their religious beliefs.
The Erie hospital also will provide about $300,000 in back pay and compensatory damages to the employees as part of an agreement to settle a lawsuit filed on behalf of the workers by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in September. A consent decree that ended the case and detailed the settlement terms was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Erie.

The commission had claimed Saint Vincent violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when it fired the six workers, who refused to be vaccinated after the hospital implemented a mandatory flu vaccination policy for all employees. The hospital granted medical exemptions to 14 other workers.
"The consent decree filed this week between the EEOC and Saint Vincent Hospital does not constitute any admission of violations by Saint Vincent or a finding on the merits of the case," Dan Laurent, a spokesman for Allegheny Health Network, Saint Vincent's parent organization, said in an email. "Although we have vigorously and respectfully disagreed with the EEOC's position and characterization of how employee claims outlined in this lawsuit were handled by the hospital, we have reached a resolution of the matter in the interest of avoiding the expense, delay and burden of further litigation on all parties."
As part of the consent decree, Saint Vincent must pay the following employees back pay and compensatory damages:
Bryan Nash - $81,712.86;
Aleksandr Gevorkyan - $81,814.81;
Aza Galustyan - $54,493.85;
Joshua Dolecki - $19,608.17;
Lisa Waller - $29,503.37;
Beth Theobald - $32,866.94.
In addition to providing the money, Saint Vincent must also offer to reinstate each former employee to their previous job with the same pay and benefits. If the job is not vacant, Saint Vincent must offer the employee a similar job if one becomes vacant over the next two years at any of the defendant's facilities within a 50-mile radius of Saint Vincent.

Saint Vincent implemented the mandatory flu shot policy to receive the maximum reimbursement for treating Medicare patients. At least 95 percent of the hospital's entire workforce had to be vaccinated to meet the requirements, Saint Vincent officials said in 2014 shortly after the policy went into effect. Saint Vincent said in February 2014 that 99.4 percent of its workforce had been vaccinated or received an exemption.
Those who sought a religious exemption for a flu shot were told they must provide proof of doctrine from an established religious organization. Several employees who provided letters from clergy were still denied exemptions by the hospital.
The consent decree states that Saint Vincent, from now on, "shall not require proof that an employee's or applicant's religious objection to vaccination be an official tenet or endorsed teaching of any religion or denomination."

The hospital also cannot conclude that a person's "religious belief, practice or observance is not sincerely held simply because (Saint Vincent) deems the belief, practice or observance unreasonable, inaccurate, unfounded, illogical or inconsistent in Saint Vincent's view."

Saint Vincent, which was founded by the Roman Catholic Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania, stopped requiring all employees to get a flu shot after it joined Allegheny Health Network, Laurent said.
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ATF Stays Mum on ‘Officer-Involved Death’ of Suspect in Milwaukee

The ATF is keeping quiet about an “officer-involved death” of a
suspect in Milwaukee last week.

“I apologize, I know it’s really confusing,” ATF media contact Ashlee
Sherrill of the St. Paul field office told the Milwaukee Journal
Sentinel. “But we don’t want to compromise the investigation.”

The Wisconsin Department of Justice is investigating the case.

The ATF was leading an operation Thursday that involved serving an
arrest warrant on Bruce Young, who was accused of possessing illegal
explosives. Young fled and was under pursuit when he shot himself,
according to the Department of Justice.

A video shows a law enforcement vehicle striking the running suspect
before he fell to the ground.


Records: FBI Had No Evidence of Wrongdoing Against Clinton in Computer

Hillary Clinton

The FBI had no evidence of wrongdoing when the bureau asked a judge
for a warrant to search a computer that contained correspondence


L.A.'s highest-ranking African American officer to head
scandal-plagued SFPD


cop charged with killing four in cocaine deal
Tuesday, December 20, 2016, 1:47 PM


Video of BART police officer punching handcuffed man spurs anger

December 21, 2016, 7:50 p.m.
Videos captured the moment in July when Bay Area Rapid Transit police
officers pounced on Michael Smith and his girlfriend in downtown San
Francisco, ordering them to the ground at gunpoint and handcuffing

As people gathered and recorded with their cellphones, Smith,
22, still handcuffed, crooked his head up and spit in an officer’s


PBSO deputy charged with identity theft
Some call it the ultimate breach of public trust.

Palm Beach County Sheriff's deputy Frantz Felisma faced a federal judge in West Palm Beach on Thursday, charged with stealing people's personal information from his department-issued laptop, and selling it.

Federal agents say the man to whom Felisma sold the information, then set up credit card and bank accounts, and ran up tens of thousands of dollars in fraudulent charges in the names of at least 15 victims.

"There is so much information contained within those databases," said former FBI agent Stuart Kaplan, who's now an attorney based in Palm Beach Gardens.

Kaplan said a law enforcement officer has access to the driver and vehicle information system, as well as the FBI's crime database.

"And if that information gets into the wrong hands, unfortunately it could have devastating consequences," said Kaplan.

Court documents indicate Felisma's alleged co-conspirator pled guilty to identity fraud this past summer. The man, according to agents, said he paid Deputy Felisma thousands of dollars for information on drivers of high-end cars.

"Ironically, what's kept in the National Crime Information Center (FBI database) is those people who have already been victimized by identity theft," Kaplan pointed out, meaning some have likely been victimized multiple times now.


Video: Mich. cops arrest FBI agent who opened fire on sergeant
The suspect’s attorney said it’s possible the agent had a “paranoid”
episode at the time of the incident

Dec 20, 2016

CNN Political Commentator Says She Was Subjected to ‘Vaginal Pat Down’
at Detroit Airport

CNN political commentator Angela Rye said she was subjected to an
invasive “vaginal pat down” at Detroit Metro Airport.

Rye, who wrote about the experience in an op-ed on CNN’s website, said
she was told she was randomly chosen for additional screening, despite
having a TSA Precheck status and is a CLEAR traveler.

After being told that a female TSA agent would do “a backhanded pat
around the upper thigh,” the search went beyond that, she wrote:

The pat-down began and was uneventful until she went down my leg, up
my dress, and her hand sideways hits me right in the crack of my
labia. Startled, I jump and feel a lump in my throat trying to hold
back tears. What happened to the back handed pat-down?

She comes around to the front; I grow nervous and pull back a bit,
afraid of the same thing happening ― and her sideways hand hits in the
middle of my genitals again. I can no longer hold


Attorney: FBI singling out Chinese-Americans with insider-threat program

By Catherine Herridge Published December 22, 2016


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Bonus Read

President Trump thanks FBI for ensuring
his election win


It's President Trump
The president rode in his official vehicle for the first portion of
the parade and stepped out in front of FBI headquarters along
Pennsylvania Avenue. He got back ...


Retired FBI agent Jim Feldkamp, who twice was the Republican nominee
to challenge Democratic Rep. Peter DeFazio in Oregon’s 4th
Congressional District, has been charged with secretly recording
himself having consensual sex with a university student in Arlington,
Va., according to local media reports.

Feldkamp, 53, a Roseburg native, ran twice for Congress, in 2004 and
2006, each time securing the GOP nomination. But he lost heavily
against DeFazio in the general election on both occasions.

Feldkamp has been an adjunct professor at George Mason University in
Virginia since 2008. He met the female student on campus but wasn’t
teaching her at the time of the alleged recording, according to the
media reports. They had consensual sex last August, but the student
allegedly didn’t agree to Feldkamp recording their encounter.

The student found the camera in Feldkamp’s apartment and saw the
video. After Feldkamp allegedly downplayed the recording, the woman
called police.

Feldkamp first was arrested in November, court records show. He’s
facing a charge of nonconsensually filming a person in the nude.
That’s a first-class misdemeanor in Virginia, punishable by up to a
year in jail and a $2,500 fine. Feldkamp is due back in court on Jan.
31, according to court records.

Feldkamp, a former Navy commander and FBI special agent, taught
courses on domestic and international terrorism at George Mason. But
his faculty

FBI Lost and Found


Machine-gun stolen from FBI agent's car
The Mercury News-
Adding to a growing concern over missing police weapons, an MP5
sub-machine gun was stolen from an FBI agent's car somewhere in Contra
Costa County ...

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Secret Service, Agents Settle Over Racial Discrimination Allegations

January 18, 20178:06 AM ET

A member of the Secret Service stands guard while President Obama
attends a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton in August 2016 in College
Park, Ga.
Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images
A long-running lawsuit accusing the Secret Service of discriminating
against black agents appears to be coming to an end without a trial.

The Department of Homeland Security, the Secret Service and more than
100 agents have reached a settlement agreement, the department says. A
court still needs to approve the settlement.

The Washington Post reports that the agreement calls for the Secret
Service to pay $24 million, including lump sum payments as high as
$300,000 per agent, but does not require the agency to admit

In a statement late Tuesday, Homeland Security Secretary


When Nixons Henchmen Plotted to Assassinate a Journalist
Daily Beast-
But Anderson exposed Martin Luther King Jr.'s affairs shortly after
his assassination in 1968, saying Robert Kennedy's greenlighting of
the FBI wiretap on King ...


Thursday, January 19, 2017
Why is the Deep State Fighting So Hard Against Trump? His treatment of
women, Mexicans, Muslims is the last thing they care about
From Mike Whitney at Counterpunch, what we all should consider, as we
seek to understand the craziness of the last several months :
"Trump wants to fundamentally change Washington’s  approach to policy,
that is, he wants to abandon the destabilizing wars and regime change
operations that have characterized US policy in the past and work
collaboratively with countries like Russia that have a mutual interest
in establishing regional security and fighting terrorism.
This has not been warmly received in Washington, in fact, Trump’s
recommendations have triggered a firestorm among elites who now
believe that he is a serious threat to their interests. Recent attacks
in the media and preemptive provocations with Russia,
suggest that an effort to remove the new president from office
is already underway. We expect that these attacks will only intensify
in the weeks ahead. Here’s an excerpt from the speech Trump delivered
in Cincinnati on December 1 that is the source of the controversy:
“We will pursue a new foreign policy that finally learns from the
mistakes of the past…We will stop looking to topple regimes and
overthrow governments…. Our goal is stability not chaos, because we
want to rebuild our country [the United States]… We will partner with
any nation that is willing to join us in the effort to defeat ISIS and
radical Islamic terrorism …In our dealings with other countries, we
will seek shared interests wherever possible and pursue a new era of
peace, understanding, and good will.”
None of the major media published Trump’s comments, and for 'good'
reason. The statement is a straightforward repudiation of the last 70
years of US foreign policy during which time the United States has
either overthrown or attempted to overthrow 57  foreign governments
according to author William Blum. Removing governments that refuse to
follow Washington’s diktats has been a mainstay of US foreign policy
for the better part of the last century. Regime change is what we do.
And while GOP administrations have relied more on direct military
power (Re: Afghanistan, Iraq) as opposed to the more covert operations
(proxy-wars –Syria, Ukraine, Libya) preferred by the Democrats,  both
parties fully support the violent and illegal ousting of foreign
leaders provided Washington’s geopolitical objectives are achieved.
Trump has charted a different course altogether, which is why the
media, the Intelligence Community, the political establishment and the
deep state puppet-masters who operate behind the curtain,  have
abandoned all restraint and are doing whatever they can to
delegitimize him, back him into a corner and potentially remove him
from office. .."


Video shows police cornering mentally ill man and fatally shooting
him: 'This was an execution'


NYPD unable to direct trained cops to deal with mentally ill
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Thursday, January 19, 2017, 1:58 PM


Two 17-year-old girls claim cops roughed them close to school
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, January 19, 2017, 8:19 PM


Retired FBI agent to be featured author at library
South Strand news-
"Behind the Mask" is an FBI thriller about an idealistic FBI agent who
goes deep undercover to befriend and infiltrate a dangerous group of
domestic terrorists.


Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Continues to Eat Away at ...
The Patriot Act permitted FBI agents to write their own search
warrants for business records (including medical, legal, postal and
banking records), and ...


Project Star Gate: CIA makes details of its psychic control plans

The project looked to use 'remote viewing' and telekinesis as a weapon
 Wednesday 18 January 2017


Jan. 20, 2017

Huntington Beach police detective charged with stealing from officers'
donation fund


Jan. 20, 2017

L.A. County sheriff's deputy arrested in fatal stabbing of wife


Jan. 20, 2017
LAPD officers ordered to stand trial on charges they covered up crash,
filed false reports


Hawaii Republicans gather to watch Trump inauguration
Honolulu Star-Advertiser-
Like others, Charlie Goodwin, the retired Special Agent in Charge of
the Honolulu FBI field office, had high hopes for the country — and
for Hawaii — from a ...

FBI Octopus
Making FBI tentacles visible


Ex-FBI sleuth recalls tracking stolen art
Albany Democrat Herald-
Before Lynne McKee became the manager of the Benton County
Fairgrounds, she was the head of the FBI's international art theft
investigation program.


About Town
Elk Grove Citizen
The Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Feb. 3 breakfast that
will feature a FBI special agent who will give a talk on cyber
security for businesses.


FBI tech sentenced to 2 years in China spy case
A former technician for the FBI who pleaded guilty in August to
charges of acting as an agent of the Chinese government and passing
sensitive information was ...


What has the FBI been up to for the past 15 years, and will a Trump
Dissent NewsWire (blog)-
The FBI has sent paid informants into Muslim communities, even
mosques, to track people's ... FBI field agents have shown up on the
door steps of prominent ...


Device with propane tank explodes next to Police Car


Chattez: Rep member promises to keep investigating Clinton

Though the FBI recommended not prosecuting Clinton, Chaffetz promised
after the election to continue his independent House probe.



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Pending Lawsuit Seeks to Expose Trump’s Neo-Nazi Connections
Posted by Bill Conroy - January 29, 2017 at 9:40 pm
US President Donald Trump Has Surrounded Himself With Advisors Who Are Sympathetic to White Supremacist Ideology
A lawsuit pending in federal court in Kentucky since this past April may shed some light on the oppressive executive orders issued recently by President Donald Trump that target refugees worldwide as well as immigrants from seven Muslim-majority nations.
The executive orders ban Syrian refugees from entering the US, temporarily suspend all refugee entries into the country and block citizens from seven Muslim-majority nations from entering the US for at least 90 days, even if they are legal US residents. The president’s orders left hundreds of people stranded in airports, many fleeing war zones or government persecution in their home countries, sparked nationwide protests and prompted federal judges in four states to issue rulings blocking part of Trump’s orders pending further court review.
Pleadings filed in the Kentucky case contend that it is likely Trump and his inner circle have more than a coincidental relationship with the various white supremacist groups that frequented his election campaign rallies. Recently, Narco


Evelyn Turner: “Sessions tried to jail me for helping people vote”

February 8, 2017 – Evelyn Turner, a longtime civil rights and voting rights advocate recounts her past encounters with Sessions in a new piece in USA Today: “While my husband and I were trying to help black people vote in Alabama, Jeff Sessions was trying to put us in jail.”

Oakland City Council to Consider Surveillance Ordinance

February 7, 2017 – Believe it or not, there’s some good news. The Oakland Privacy Advisory Commission, which is chaired by BORDC/DDF Patriot Award winner Brian Hofer, in January approved and passed to the Oakland City Council an ordinance that calls for close scrutiny of the city’s spy


Donald J. Trump and the Deep State, Part 2
The world’s richest are now more likely to be Internet billionaires than traditional “captains of industry.” However, these young mavericks are still trying to shape the world in a way that suits them. With regard to the deep state, the players may have changed, but the game remains the same.

Donald J. Trump and the Deep State, Part 1
On the campaign trail, Donald Trump attacked Wall Street, but now he plans to roll back the recent reforms of the financial sector. This action confirms the importance of his connections to big money, both new (often self-made) and old (mostly institutional).


Tuesday, February 7, 2017
US military has failed to publicly disclose potentially thousands of lethal airstrikes conducted since 2001 in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan/ Military Times
The U.S. military under former President Barack Obama quietly hid “potentially thousands of lethal airstrikes” from the American public that likely killed hundreds of civilians in war-ravaged Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan, the Military Times has found.
In 2016 alone, U.S. combat aircraft conducted at least 456 airstrikes in Afghanistan that were not recorded as part of an open-source database maintained by the U.S. Air Force, information relied on by Congress, American allies, military analysts, academic researchers, the media and independent watchdog groups to assess each war's expense, manpower requirements and human toll. Those airstrikes were carried out by attack helicopters and armed drones operated by the U.S. Army, metrics quietly excluded from otherwise comprehensive monthly summaries, published online for years, detailing American military activity in all three theaters. 
Most alarming is the prospect this data has been incomplete since the war on terrorism began in October 2001. If that is the case, it would fundamentally undermine confidence in much of what the Pentagon has disclosed about its prosecution of these wars, prompt critics to call into question whether the military sought to mislead the American public, and cast doubt on the competency with which other vital data collection is being performed and publicized. Those other key metrics include American combat casualties, taxpayer expense and the military’s overall progress in degrading enemy capabilities...
U.S. Central Command, which oversees military activity in all three war zones, indicated it is unable to determine how far back the Army’s numbers have been excluded from these airpower summaries. Officials there would not address several detailed questions submitted by Military Times, and they were unable to provide a full listing of annual airstrikes conducted by each of the Defense Department's four military services.  
Now why would the DOD want to publish false information?  Well, it helps in the effort to achieve "plausible deniability" --by denying a US mission took place when the US military commits a potential war crime, like deliberately bombing hospitals or bombing elite counter narcotics forces in Afghanistan, which the USG initially denied.  In fact, an unnamed Army official quoted in the article said he did not consider Apache helicopter attacks airstrikes! While according to Boeing, its manufacturer, “The Apache is the world's best armed, integrated and connected attack helicopter in production and in operational use today. It’s a flying weapons system that is fully integrated. It has options to have missiles, rockets or guns depending on what your enemy is."

If you have no report of thousands of air attacks, instead of bombing ISIS, you can bomb anti-ISIS targets and likely get away with it. There could be so many reasons to hide US military missions.
UPDATE:  From the Sept 7, 2015 Wall Street Journal, we learn that a US "friendly fire" airstrike in southern Afghanistan on Sept 6 "hit a 30 member elite counternarcotics police unit as they were on a mission..." [to stop opium trafficking.  We stopped them all right.]
At least 11 died in "one of the deadliest friendly fire incidents in the country in recent years." Here is the Reuters story. The US denied the strike in Helmand province, but admitted to airstrikes in the adjacent province of Kandahar. According to the Guardian, "The US is the only member of the NATO coalition known to have carried out bombing raids in Afghanistan this year." The AP/WaPo on 9/8/15 reported that, "Brigadier General Shoffner [Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications in Afghanistan] said 'based on information we received [on 9/8], we feel it is prudent to investigate the airstrike our forces conducted in Kandahar.'"
Deliberately falsifying the number of  US airstrikes in Afghanistan makes it impossible to know what was spent, how many Afghanis were killed, and what actually is being "accomplished" in Afghanistan.  

It makes it harder than ever to know why we are in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq, what our targets truly are, and what has been done in our name.  As I discussed here, the US presence in Afghanistan can only be explained as a grab for at least a trillion dollars' worth of oil and minerals, a pipeline, and a renewable resource called heroin.  


Feb 9, 2017 | 4:17pm EST
DEA agent spared prison over concealed strip club ties

David Polos (L), a former assistant special agent-in-charge at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, exits the federal court with his lawyer, Marc Mukasey (R), in Manhattan, New York, U.S., February 8, 2017.

A former U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent avoided prison on Wednesday after being convicted last year of lying during a national security background check about operating a New Jersey strip club with another agency employee.

David Polos, an ex-assistant special agent-in-charge with the DEA, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Paul Gardephe


Federal Court Hearing on FBI Clinton Records – Agency Wants Up to Two Years to Turn Over 35 Records

FEBRUARY 06, 2017
Hearing Set for Tuesday, February 7

(Washington DC) – Judicial Watch today announced a hearing will be held Tuesday, February 7, 2017, regarding Judicial Watch’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit seeking records held by the FBI containing text messages and emails of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stored on the equipment of Datto Inc., a commercial data management company, as well as FBI records about the device and what materials were recovered on it (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:16-cv-02369)). The case is before U.S. District Court Judge Randolph D. Moss.

At the previous hearing Tuesday, January 24, 2017, Trump administration lawyers for the FBI informed Judicial Watch and the court that it located 35 FBI records that concern the Datto device and that it may take up to two years to release the records. In addition, the FBI recovered approximately 10,000 messages from the Datto device. The messages were turned over to the State Department to be processed and released on its website.

Tomorrow’s hearing should address whether the Trump FBI will be able to slow walk the release of these records.

Judicial Watch’s lawsuit seeks:

All records, including but not limited to emails or text messages (SMSs, MMSs, BBMs, iMessages, etc.), discovered, recovered, retrieved from, or found on any Datto device, equipment, or hardware connected to or used to backup or support former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s clintonemail.com email system.
All records relating to the FBI’s efforts to discover, recover, retrieve, or find emails or text messages stored on the Datto device, equipment, or hardware …
Clinton reportedly was using an online backup service called Datto Inc. to create copies of her data during a time when she and her aides were improperly handling classified material. Datto’s website company promises data is “invincible, secure, and instantly restorable at any time.

Datto announced it had turned over a “hardware device” to the FBI, along with all Clinton emails the company had in its possession, possibly including Clinton’s deleted private emails:

“With the consent of our client and their end user, and consistent with our policies regarding data privacy, yesterday, Tuesday, October 6, Datto delivered a hardware device to the FBI containing all backed up data related to Platte Rivers Networks’ client known to be in its possession,” said the company.

The court hearing is scheduled for Tuesday morning:

Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Time: 10 a.m. ET

Location: Courtroom 21

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

333 Constitution Ave NW

Washington, DC 20001


February 7-8, 2017 -- SPECIAL REPORT. Trump chief adviser was aide to two CNOs during the largest pedophile crime in U.S. naval history
publication date: Feb 6, 2017
Why was Stephen Bannon so prized by the Reagan administration? What did he know and why did he know it?


SEE IT: South Carolina police officer punches handcuffed suspect

Thursday, February 9, 2017, 1:57 PM

A South Carolina police officer caught on video punching a handcuffed suspect has been charged with assault.

Leroy Hair, 29, turned himself in Wednesday on a charge of third-degree assault and battery.

James Terry III was stopped


Mouse walking on crib in Kushner-owned Brooklyn home

Thursday, February 9, 2017, 4:45 PM


Black man allegedly raped by police officers was accidental

A group of police officers accused of beating and anally raping a black man with a baton did so accidentally, investigators said Thursday.

A 22-year-old man identified as Theo said four police officers sodomized him during an identity check on Feb 2.

One officer was charged with aggravated rape and the others with aggravated assault, Fren


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Prosecutor recommends no jail for FBI agent who shot at officer
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Kent County Prosecutor's Office has recommended no jail time for an FBI agent accused of shooting ...


Special Agents Symposium

Inaugural Event Highlights FBI Diversity
February 24, 2017
The inaugural African American FBI Special Agents Symposium—organized by former African-American agents and scheduled to coincide with Black History Month—was held in the nation’s capital last weekend to recognize the role agents of color have played in the FBI’s past and the vital role they will continue to play in the future.

On Friday, February 17, the group visited the National Museum of African American History and Culture. There, participants saw poignant exhibits, including an interactive lunch counter lined with stools from the Woolworth store in Greensboro, North Carolina, the site o


Malcolm X remembered for Black History Month
After an undercover FBI agent acted as Malcolm's bodyguard, bugs, cameras, and more high tech surveillance equipment was secretly put in place to oversee ...


Mike Edmonson should resign after State Police troopers' Vegas trip, U.S. Sen. John Kennedy says
FEB 24, 2017 - 5:19 P

U.S. Sen. John Kennedy on Friday called for the resignation of Col. Mike Edmonson, the Louisiana State Police superintendent, amid an investigation into a questionable road trip taken last year by four state troopers who took a costly detour to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon as they drove to a law enforcement conference in California.

The troopers charged suites at a resort and casino to state taxpayers, and three of them were paid for dozens of hours of overtime while driving across the country in October to attend the annual conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police in San Diego.

The head of the State Police's Internal Affairs Division, Maj. Derrell Williams, was among the four troopers, who drove a state SUV nearly 4,000 miles during the trip.  

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Kennedy, the longtime state treasurer until he was elected to the Senate last year, accused Edmonson of squandering taxpayer dollars at a time when the state has faced repeated fiscal challenges, including a more than $300 million budget shortfall that recently prompted a special legislative session. 

"I like the superintendent," Kennedy said in an interview with WVUE-TV. "But he has demonstrated that he is intent on being the tallest hog at the trough. And this is all taxpayer money."

Besides the money spent on the four troopers' road trip, Kennedy criticized Edmonson for sending 17 members of his agency to a conference at which Edmonson was presented a lifetime achievement award.   


Raytown students get real-life law enforcement training
By the end of the school year they're saying I want to be a highway patrol trooper, FBI agent, or I want to be a Kansas City police man,” explained Jim Ripley, ...


Brooklyn jail guards poisoned inmates' carrot cake: lawsuit

Saturday, February 25, 2017, 12:42 PM

The Thanksgiving Day 2015 menu at the Brooklyn House of Detention featured deliberately tainted carrot cake that left 16 inmates incapacitated, according to a new federal lawsuit.

Correction officers or other jailhouse workers caused the prisoners “to suffer food poisoning from (the dessert) ... containing poisons or including rat poison on said Thanksgiving Day,” the lawsuit charged


FBI Jokes About Seeing Hillary In Handcuffs

9:55 AM 02/22/2017

FBI agents in the New York field office were rumored to have joked about seeing former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in handcuffs, Vanity Fair reports.

A former Department of Justice official told Vanity Fair a segment of the New York field office had a high a level of animosity towards Clinton. “It was widely understood that there was a faction in that office that couldn’t stand her and was out to get her,” he continued to Bethany McLean.

McLean elaborated that the level of acrimony towards Clinton in the New York field office may have been so high, FBI Director James Comey placed the bulk of the Clinton investigation in Washington, D.C.

The anecdote fits with widespread reports of internal FBI dissatisfaction with the July 2016 decision not to prosecute Clinton for illegally using a private email server to conduct official State Department business


FBI investigates theft at McAlester Army Ammunition plant
by Kameilla Weatherall
Friday, February 24th 2017



Latest from the John Swallow corruption trial: Defense claims FBI agent perjured himself
By JENNIFER DOBNER | The Salt Lake Tribune        
First Published Feb 22 2017 09:06AM    •    Last Updated Feb 23 2017 09


When Does Contact Between the FBI and the White House Cross ...
The Atlantic-
Speaking to The Guardian, former FBI Agent Mike German said that “It is illegal for an FBI employee to take information from an ongoing criminal investigation ..


Charges: Drug-trafficking jail guard ratted out snitch to dealer
Informants told their handlers to be careful sharing information with others in law enforcement

FBI Octopus


STATE OF THE NATION: Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick addresses ...
Bucks Local News-
He is a former FBI Supervisory Special Agent, Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Emergency Medical Technician


Federal appeals court reverses Tennessee death penalty case
Washington Times
(AP) - A federal appeals court on Friday reversed a death penalty case prosecuted by Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich because the FBI paid a key .witness


Five reasons why liberals should boycott
Bill Maher

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Friday, February 24, 2017


Dancing Children


Knowing One’s Place in the Scheme of Things

I have come full circle. I was a boy born to a mother who died immediately, perhaps at the hands of my father but that is only a distant third-party allegation, who grew up to watch as a small group of sheltered and sheltering effete Eastern

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Fla. cop fired for shooting, killing 73-year-old in role-play

Thursday, March 9, 2017, 8:09 PM

A Florida cop has been fired after shooting and killing a beloved 73-year-old retiree during a citizen police academy where he was not supposed to be using real bullets.


Justice Department halts its review of Memphis police
DOJ said its COPS Office won't proceed with the collaborative reform process, and has made other technical assistance and training resources available

Mar 3, 2017


AG Sessions seeks 46 U.S. attorney resignations including Bharara

Friday, March 10, 2017, 6:17 PM


Baltimore Declares End To Plainclothes Policing After Officer Indictments

Originally published on March 9, 2017 2:30 pm

In Baltimore, they're known as knockers or jump-out boys - police officers in street clothes - jeans, T-shirts, tactical vests - who were tasked with going after gun crimes and drug offenders. But after seven officers in this police intel unit were indicted last week on allegations of robbery, extortion and other crimes, the police commissioner said no more. The plainclothes unit is being dismantled, and its officers are being sent back on the street in


FBI allegedly paid Geek Squad technicians as 'confidential human ...
Recently unsealed documents reveal the FBI has allegedly been paying Geek Squad technicians to search customers' computers for illegal material, allowing ..


China attacks US racial tensions, police brutality in report
Posted: Mar 09, 2017 10:46 PM EST
Updated: Mar 09, 2017 10:46 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) - China assailed what it called America's "terrible human rights problems," in its annual report on rights abuses in the United States, citing police brutality, high levels of incarceration


22 FBI agents cheated on exam on counterterrorism - Washington Post
Washington Post › Metro
Sep 28, 2010 - The Justice Department said Monday that it found almost two dozen FBI agents, including supervisors, had cheated on an exam to test their ...


Fort Myers PD asks feds to look into misconduct
Posted: Mar 08, 2017 6:11 PM EST
Updated: Mar 08, 2017 10:51 PM EST

Fort Myers Police Chief Derrick Diggs is looking to the U.S. Attorney's Office for help conducting an investigation into officer misconduct.

The call for help comes after a scathing 71-page report about the department was released two weeks ago by the Freeh Group.

"He's gone the best way, the U.S. Attorney's Office," said Fort Myers City Councilman Forrest Banks.

The report revealed just how deep the suspected corruption went behind department doors. Officers were implicated in tipping off drug dealers and even alleged to have cheated on tests to gain promotions.

Banks is hopeful this will strengthen the city.

"I don't know what I expect," Banks said. "Hopefully it'll be a growing experience for us, and the city and good things will come of it."

Fort Myers City Manager Saeed Kazemi said the city is happy with the decision to involve


The notorious ex-cop jailed for murdering his third wife and then trying to have someone kill the prosecutor who put him behind bars was transferred to a federal prison because authorities felt he was a danger to the facility where he was serving out his sentence.

Drew Peterson last month was suddenly transferred from Menard Correctional Center in Illinois to a prison in Terre Haute, Ind. At the time, officials declined to discuss the move, but a prison memo obtained by the Chicago Tribune revealed they felt the former Bolingbrook police officer was “a threat to safety and security of the department.”


Judge Knocks FBI on Secrecy in Old FOIA Battle
– A murder investigation that has supposedly been closed for a quarter-century is at center of a federal court battle over old records that the FBI still keeps secret.

Hyram Kitchen, dean of the veterinary school at the University of Tennessee, was killed in 1990. Ambushed in his driveway while on his way out for an early morning meeting, the doctor was shot eight times – twice in the back of the head.

Police could not connect the murder to militant animal-rights activists but did acknowledge that there were rumors about extremists on a witch hunt for individuals like Kitchen.

The FBI closed its investigation of Kitchen’s murder more than 25 years ago, but his assailants remain unknown.

While fielding a request for its records on the case by Ryan Noah Shapiro, however, the FBI invoked exemption 7(A) of the Freedom of Information Act, which permits a law enforcement agency to withhold records whose exposure could interfere


NYPD cop convicted after backing up illegal arrest with lies

Friday, March 10, 2017, 6:20 PM


Kern County Settles Videotaped Beating Case

Kern County and its sheriff’s officers have settled a 3-year old lawsuit accusing them of illegally arresting a man and seizing his cellphone after he recorded them beating another man to death


A former Queens postal worker allegedly beaten to a pulp by two cops showed up to work days later bloody, bruised and walking with a limp, his colleague testified Friday.

Christopher Larmond described seeing co-worker Karim Baker following his bloody run-in with Officers Angelo Pampena and Robert Carbone in Oct. 2015.

"He came in to work with dry blood on his face and clothes," Larmond testified in Queens Supreme Court. "He was all messed up with cuts and bruises. ... He was walking funny, had a little limp."

The 27-year-old Baker testified that he endured almost a year of police harassment after he unwittingly gave directions to would-be cop killer Ismaaiyl Brinsley who gunned down Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu outside a Brooklyn housing project in Dec. 2014.

Brooklyn man who said he was beaten by police admits to lying
The ex-postman, while being attacked, made two separate 911 calls screaming for help.

NYPD Officers Angelo Pampena (far l.) and Robert Carbone (r.) are accused of beating A former Queens postal worker allegedly beaten to a pulp by two cops showed up to work days later bloody, bruised and walking with a limp, his colleague testified Friday.

Christopher Larmond described seeing co-worker Karim Baker following his bloody run-in with Officers Angelo Pampena and Robert Carbone in Oct. 2015.

"He came in to work with dry blood on his face and clothes," Larmond testified in Queens Supreme Court. "He was all messed up with cuts and bruises. ... He was walking funny, had a little limp."

The 27-year-old Baker testified that he endured almost a year of police harassment after he unwittingly gave directions to would-be cop killer Ismaaiyl Brinsley who gunned down Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu outside a Brooklyn housing project in Dec. 2014.

Brooklyn man who said he was beaten by police admits to lying
The ex-postman, while being attacked, made two separate 911 calls screaming for help.

NYPD Officers Angelo Pampena (far l.) and Robert Carbone (r.) are accused of beating Baker bloody.
Baker says the beatdown was the culmination of 20 previous NYPD stops.

But Internal Affairs Bureau Sgt. bloody.
Baker says the beatdown was the culmination of 20 previous NYPD stops.

But Internal Affairs Bureau Sgt.


Lying cop doesn't know Uber driver is actually a lawyer
March 9, 2017
When defense attorney Jesse Bright was pulled over in North Carolina while moonlighting as an Uber driver, he began filming the encounter. Allegedly, he had been pulled over for picking up a passenger from a known 'drug house,' but that didn't stop Bright from continuing to film, despite the police officers incorrectly telling him that it was illegal to do so. Jesse Bright shared the video on his Facebook page.

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The hottest story about Trump and Russia you never heard

April 2, 2017 Updated: April 2, 2017 6:00am
Photo: Evan Vucci, Associated Press In this March 31, 2017, photo, President Donald Trump listens during a meeting with the National Association of Manufacturers in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. Slim majorities of Americans favor independent investigations into Trump’s relationship with the Russian government and possible attempts by Russia to influence last year’s election according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

.This season of “Homeland,” the TV espionage thriller that continues to grip me, is particularly dark and twisted. But it has nothing on real life, as President Trump’s regime and the deep state continue to wrap their oily tentacles around each other’s throats. In season six of the Showtime series, brilliant bipolar spook Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) thinks she has safely escaped the CIA vortex, only to be dragged into the whirlpool of a violent Washington power struggle that pits a female president-elect (yes, the show’s writers were just as fooled by Hillary Clinton’s “inevitability” as the rest of us) against a ruthless CIA faction aligned with a vast Breitbart News-type fake news operation. Nuclear peace in the Middle East hangs in the balance. Ho-hum. Like I said, art pales before reality in today’s Washington.

There’s so much political drama and intrigue unfolding by the hour in the nation’s capital that not even news junkies can keep up with it. In the latest reality episode of Trump’s Washington, FBI Director James Comey emerged as the liberal media’s hero. The towering, 6-foot-8 lawman is now portrayed as the only one with the power to bring down the clownish, orange-haired villain — by laying bare the truth about his corrupt pact with Russian archenemy Vladimir Putin. Now that’s entertainment!

But sorry, I’m not buying this story line. James Comey? The same wily Washington operator who tipped the election to Trump in the final days of the presidential race by reviving Clinton’s email issues? He’s no hero of mine.


Kucinich: Who Influenced US Elections? His Name is James Comey
MINA-Mar 31, 2017
Two-time US Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich discussed the hearing. ... “I would also say that there is plenty of proof that FBI Director Comey ...


April 3 at 11:47 PM
Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered Justice Department officials to review reform agreements with troubled police forces nationwide, saying it was necessary to ensure that these pacts do not work against the Trump administration’s goals of promoting officer safety and morale while fighting violent crime.

In a two-page memo released Monday, Sessions said agreements reached previously between the department’s civil rights division and local police departments — a key legacy of the Obama administration — will be subject to review by his two top deputies, throwing into question whether all of the agreements will stay in place

April 1, 2017
Tishomingo Police Officer Russ Robinson committed suicide March 24 after admitting to authorities he had molested minors.

His admission came after the Alcorn County Sheriff’s Department, with assistance from the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, questioned the 53-year-old officer about allegations he molested a 17-year-old boy after flashing his headlights to get the teen to pull over.

RELATED:x-deputy gets 40 years for sex crimes against children

It was not the first time molestation allegations had arisen against Robinson, but it was the first time authorities took action to address them.

Several years earlier, Robinson, a deputy then for Tishomingo County, left his part-time job at Brooks Grocery in Iuka following another such accusation.

Asked if Robinson had been fired, owner Davis Brooks replied, “I don’t want to comment. That’s private information.”

Asked if Robinson had been fired because he allegedly molested a young male there, Brooks replied, “I told you before, that’s private information.”

Robinson left the Tishomingo County Sheriff's Department after a new sheriff was elected in 2015 and began working for the Tishomingo Police Department.

Tishomingo Police Chief Mike Kemp said he was aware that authorities on March 23 were questioning Robinson about molestation allegations.

“(The allegations of molestation) happened in another county,” Kemp said. “I knew he wasn’t charged.”

He said Robinson was still working for the police department at the time of his death.

Asked about Brooks Grocery, Kemp said Robinson was never fired from there.

“There were some innuendoes,” Kemp said. “We determined that he resigned from Brooks Grocery. I don’t think there was any molesting. Certainly no charges were made.”

The rumor, Kemp said, was that Robinson had said something inappropriate.

“Nobody ever contacted us or said anything,” he said. “I had heard the rumor, but until I had concrete information, there was nothing I could do.”

Asked if he questioned Robinson about this, Kemp said no.

He explained that he was never approached by anyone with any information.

But Kemp was working at the sheriff’s department several years ago with Robinson and then-narcotics officer Jeff Palmer.

Palmer’s estranged wife, Leigh, recalled him coming home several years ago and talking about a surveillance video from Brooks Grocery, which supposedly showed molestation by Robinson.

She said he worried this matter could "come back and bite them” since no criminal action was taken against Robinson.

Palmer denied all of this, saying it was a lie and that his wife has admitted under oath to lying in the past when she was mad.

Documents show Jeff Palmer's veracity was called into question when he failed a polygraph test in which he was asked about using drug buy money for personal use.

Palmer, who is no longer in law enforcement, had been suspended from the state Bureau of Narcotics after he was accused of falsifying and forging vouchers “for the purchase of information and evidence


Paul Ohm: Internet bill could give FBI massive power
By Paul Ohm The Washington Post  Apr 2, 2017  
Many are outraged about congressional efforts to eviscerate Internet privacy regulations set by the Federal Communications Commission under President Barack Obama. But a frightening aspect to the current bill remains underappreciated: If signed, it could result in the greatest legislative expansion of the FBI’s surveillance power since 2001’s Patriot Act.

Don’t believe anyone who suggests that the law merely returns us to the state of the world before the FCC finalized its landmark privacy rules in October. The obvious reason Internet service providers (ISPs) burned through time, money, political capital and customer goodwill to push for this law was to ask for a green light to engage in significantly more user surveillance than they had ever before had the audacity to try.

This must be the reason, because on paper, the law accomplishes little. President Trump’s handpicked choice to head the FCC, Ajit Pai, already began work to roll back these rules in a more orderly fashion. Make no mistake: ISPs aren’t just asking for relief from a supposedly onerous rule; they want Congress’s blessing. With Trump’s signing of the bill, diminishing the FCC’s power to police privacy online, ISPs will feel empowered — perhaps even encouraged — by Republicans (no Democrats voted for this measure) to spy on all of us as they never have before. And spy they will.

How, then, does this law — which would directly affect only private behavior — benefit the FBI? From 2001 to 2005, I worked for the Justice Department and spent a lot of my time advising law-enforcement agents and prosecutors who wanted to track Internet behavior. Many of our investigations led directly to a specific IP address — the identifier for a particular computer or device — which then prompted a request to an ISP for more information. Tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of these requests arrive at ISPs around the country every year.

Many — perhaps most — of these requests do not involve criminals; instead, they lead to victims of crimes, mere witnesses or otherwise innocent people. These requests have typically sought only information about the identity of the person associated with the IP address because the FBI understands that this is the only information ISPs tend to


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 former police officer who most recently worked as a dentist in Pennsylvania was charged with raping an unconscious patient while she was under anesthesia.

Wade Newman served as a State College police officer from 1991 to 1994 before he shifted into his dentistry career. He’s been the executive officer of Bellefonte Family Dentistry for 17 years and previously served as the president of the Pennsylvania Dental Association, the Centre Daily Times


Homeland Security Employee Gets 18 Months in Prison After Bringing Gun to Work

A Homeland Security employee who brought a loaded gun to work was sentenced to 18 months in prison Monday.

Jonathan Leigh Wienke, 46, was convicted in December of making a firearm violation of the National Firearms Act by attaching a silencer to his pistol, NBC Washington reports.

Wienke was found with a gun, knife, pepper spray, thermal imaging equipment and radio devices at his job at agency headquarters on Nebraska Avenue in northeast Washington D.C.

A search warrant of his home turned up 19 firearms and up to 50,000 rounds of ammunition.

An agent said in cour documents that there was “probable cause


An NYPD officer was caught on tape asking Brooklyn high school students if they want to “ride the lightning” while carrying what appeared to be his unholstered Taser at his side, according to a viral video posted on YouTube.

The footage, uploaded on Saturday, appears to show two officers trying to herd kids away from the corner of Bedford Ave. and Campus Road by Midwood High School on March 16.

The teenagers can be heard talking back to the cops as they tried to move them along, with one student picking up a handful of snow.

That’s when one of the officers is seen on video pulling out what appears to be his Taser.

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One police officer is shown holding his baton and pulling out his taser as he and his partner shoo away a group of students from the front of Midwood High School. (ALEX VITALE VIA YOUTUBE)
“Do you wanna ride the lightning?” he asks on the footage, adding “you better walk away” as the rowdy youths cross the street.

CUNY Prof. Alex Vitale, who shot and uploaded the video, said that he didn’t know why the officers were there, but their actions appeared unwarranted.

“The whole interaction seemed like an abuse of authority,” said Vitale


Suspect fatally shot with his own weapon
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Published: August 21, 1988
 The Federal Bureau of Investigation kept a confidential file on the United States Supreme Court from 1932 until at least 1985, according to recently obtained F.B.I. documents.

The 2,076-page file, much of it compiled during the tenure of Director J. Edgar Hoover, contains everything from suspicions about possible Communist influences on the Court in the 1950's to the use of Court employees as F.B.I. sources. The file was obtained by Alexander Charns, a Durham lawyer and freelance journalist, under the Freedom of Information Act.

Other F.B.I. documents, obtained by earlier freedom of information requests, show that the F.B.I. wiretapped or monitored conversations involving four men who served on the Court: Earl Warren, William O. Douglas, Abe Fortas and Potter Stewart.

It is not clear from the documents whether all the conversations occurred while the four were on the Court. Nor is it clear, in most instances, whether the F.B.I. listened to actual conversations of the four Justices, or conversations involving them. Stewart's Voice Is Heard

Justice Stewart, who served on the Court from 1959 to 1981, was heard in two monitored conversations. He was not the target of the wiretap, the bureau documents show. The dates of the conversations and the target of the investigations that occasioned the wiretaps were not revealed.

Ramsey Clark, who was Attorney General from 1967 to 1969 and as such officially in charge of the F.B.I., said he had not been aware of such a file on the Supreme Court.

Told of the file, whose existence was first reported last week in The Durham Morning Herald, Mr. Clark described the disclosure as worrisome ''considering the history of the F.B.I. and its ideology.'' Mr. Clark said he did not recall ever being asked to authorize electronic surveillance of a Justice or being told of a wiretap involving a Justice.

Spokesmen for the F.B.I. repeatedly declined to comment. Material Changes With Years

Kenneth O'Reilly, professor of history at the University of Alaska at Anchorage and author of ''Hoover and the Unamericans,'' said that wiretapping was so pervasive from the 1940's to the 1960's that ''virtually everyone was overheard'' who was important in Washington politics.

The documents, which include newspaper articles, clippings from The Congressional Record and internal F.B.I. memorandums, show the F.B.I.'s relations with, and changing attitude toward, the Court from 1932 to 1985.

The earlier material includes references to personal favors, such as help with travel arrangements, that the bureau furnished the Justices and their families. Much of the material after Mr. Hoover's death in 1972 includes references to security checks for prospective Court employees that the F.B.I. furnished at the Court's request.

In the late 1950's, the F.B.I. became increasingly concerned about what it believed were pro-Communist decisions by the Court. F.B.I. records previously released show that Justice Douglas's loyalty was questioned by Mr. Hoover and his top aides in that era because of his views involving the Constitutional rights of Communists. Rosenberg Case Is Mentioned

Also, according to the file, select Court employees served as F.B.I. sources of information during the Rosenberg atomic spy case in the early 1950's.

The chief of the Supreme Court police, Capt. Philip H. Crook, was described in a 1953 memorandum as having ''furnished immediately all information heard by his men stationed throughout the Supreme Court building. He kept special agents advised of the arrival and departure of persons having important roles in this case.''

An F.B.I. memorandum states that Harold B. Willey, then Clerk of the Supreme Court, made suggestions to F.B.I. agents as to the best places to be in order to ''know at once what action individual judges, or the court as a whole, was taking. They also advised as soon as legally possible any action contemplated by the defense lawyers.''

A few days after the execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg in 1953, an F.B.I. memo recommended that Mr. Willey; T. Perry Lippitt, the


WASHINGTON -- Aspiring federal agents who can hack a computer with ease but can't shoot their way out of a paper bag could soon find the FBI to be more welcoming.

In a series of recent speeches, FBI Director James Comey has hinted the bureau may adjust its hiring requirements to attract top-notch cyber recruits, the better to compete with private sector companies who can lure the sharpest technical minds with huge salary offers.

He's floated the idea of scrapping a requirement that agents who leave the FBI but want to return after two years must re-enroll in the bureau's storied but arduous Quantico, Virginia, training academy. He's also lamented, half-jokingly, that otherwise qualified applicants may be discouraged from applying because

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May 8, 2017

FBI struggled with “messaging challenges” surrounding its controversial counterterror program for teens

In internal emails Bureau decried “self-proclaimed activists who are providing incorrect information to the media” regarding CVE

Written by Waqas Mirza

Edited by JPat Brown

FBI officials fretted over critical press coverage of their interactive website and online game on violent extremism aimed at high school students and attempted to assuage concerns raised by civil liberties and Muslim organizations, according to documents released through a FOIA request by Michael Best.

The FBI’s Don’t Be a Puppet website is intended to raise awareness of violent extremism and the risk of radicalization to vulnerable students. It relies on flawed theories of radicalization which erroneously assumes that there are “indicators” or “risk factors” of violent extremism.


The website and the online game were immediately met with criticism and ridicule. A letter signed by 19 organizations, including the American Federation of Teachers, the National Immigration and Law Center, and others, accused the FBI website of promoting “bigotry and hatred” and doubling down on “the problematic law-enforcement strategy of profiling.”

The FBI held a meeting with representatives of many organizations which had criticized the website. According to Abed A. Ayoub, the legal and policy director for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, the meeting was “very tense” and FBI officials received “blowback from everybody.”

The documents released by the FBI are heavily redacted and exclude nearly every substantial discussion of the website, including meeting presentations and notes, changes proposed by groups, input by students and teachers, and media briefings.

What the documents do show, however, is the clear frustration of many FBI officials due to critical coverage of the website and pushback from civil liberties and community organizations.

One e-mail laments the “unfortunate press” in the New York Times and the Washington Post “as a result of criticisms by several groups” whose “characterizations of the website” it claimed were “very inaccurate.” The e-mail also claimed that such a response was not representative since FBI focus groups with “nearly 50 groups and 200 individuals” yielded an “almost universally positive” response.


Such critical press coverage was foreseen by at least one shrewd FBI official, who, in a response to queries by the New York Times reporter Laurie Goodstein, remarked to colleagues that “NYT should certainly be discouraged from writing a story as they have little to nothing to go on.”


There documents included notes on one meeting with the Muslim Leaders’ Council, perhaps to showcase the “almost universally positive” response to the website, which also derided “self-proclaimed activists who are providing incorrect information to the media.”


It is unclear exactly what the Muslim Leaders’ Council is. The notes refer to “our” Muslim Leaders’ Council and one of its members as one of “our” members, which seem to suggest that it has close connections to the FBI and would also explain the effusive response of the group to the FBI website.

Nonetheless, such an “almost universally positive” response by individuals and groups FBI held focus groups with did not solve the Bureau’s “messaging challenges,” for which it ultimately reached out to a woman who worked on the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) initiative in Montgomery County, MD.


The woman whose name is redacted is likely someone who works for the World Organization for Resource Development and Education (WORDE), which runs a CVE initiative that relies on a flawed theory of radicalization, stigmatizes Muslim Americans, and has the potential to curtail civil rights and political expression and organizing.

The Bureau attempted to confront its “messaging challenges” by replacing at least one “Islamic angle” with a focus on animal rights activists.


Nonetheless, the Bureau ran into an easily avoidable logistical difficulty when it attempted to meet with religious leaders to further its messaging efforts.


One individual invited to a briefing with the Bureau hoped the FBI’s CVE initiative would not brand bearded Muslims as terrorists.


To which an FBI official helpfully responded by stating that “facial hair” would not be a part of the discussion.


While the FBI boasts of holding focus groups and seeking inputs from students, teachers, community leaders, and members of religious organizations, the actual input is curiously not made available to the public. Previously, the Department of Education had rejected a FOIA request for the feedback that it provided to the FBI on its website. The documents released by the FBI also redact all input received from the public but include the consent forms signed by parents of students.











May 8, 2017 

The Government Is Not Done Messing with Barrett Brown


A recent lawsuit against the FBI is shedding light on the complex game the Bureau is playing to silence investigators of the cyber-industrial complex.

The lawsuit concerns the subpoenaing of anonymous donor information to the legal defense fund for formerly incarcerated journalist Barrett Brown. Brown had investigated data from private intelligence corporations that was leaked by the hacker collective Anonymous. He created a wiki, ProjectPM, to crowdsource the work of sifting through the data — which found interesting bits of information, like an effort to discredit WikiLeaks and the journalist Glenn Greenwald through fake documents and propaganda.

The FBI did not like this snooping. Agents arrested Brown in September 2012 after a raid on his apartment and his mother’s house. They initially indicted him on the now infamous “linking” charge — because he linked the already leaked data from one chatroom to another — but that was dropped in favor of lesser charges: threatening an FBI agent on a Youtube video, interfering with a search warrant’s execution by hiding his laptop, and accessory after the fact. Brown was in prison for four years, before being released to a halfway house in November 2016. He is now on parole.

Kevin Gallagher, an advocate for privacy who followed Brown’s work and arrest, created the website FreeBarrettBrown.org and used the donation platform WePay.com to collect anonymous donations for a legal defense fund during his incarceration. Suspecting that these anonymous donors may have had ties to hackers, or were hackers themselves, the FBI subpoenaed WePay for its information — demanding “any and all records” regarding the donations to Brown’s defense fund. Gallagher and an anonymous donor decided to officially retaliate, signing on as plaintiffs to the lawsuit.

Is the subpoena legal? Gallagher’s lawyers say no. The lawsuit claims that the FBI violated the First Amendment, the Stored Communications Act, and the privacy rights in the California Constitution (Gallagher and some of the donors are from California, according to the lawsuit). Whatever the charges against Brown were, the lawsuit claims that “the identities of, and the amounts donated by, the journalist’s supporters are completely irrelevant to the charges levied against the journalist.”

The gravity of the problem is right in the lawsuit: “the WePay subpoena was part of a larger scheme… to unlawfully surveil the donors in violation of the First Amendment.” We know the intelligence community has an unseemly knack for crushing dissent, the most high profile example being Edward Snowden; but the incarceration of Brown and the subpoenaing of anonymous donor information shows the lengths to which they will go. Snowden can at least be cast as a villain by the government because he leaked classified information, but Brown was deemed a criminal because he looked at information that was already leaked. And now donors, who have nothing to do with what Brown did, are on the FBI’s list.

Why would the FBI jail a journalist, whose worst crime was a mildly threatening Youtube video because he was angry about the FBI raiding his mom’s house, for four years? It was simply part of a long play to intimidate journalists, and to find more information on hackers. Once the defense fund was set up, the FBI saw an opportunity for more information and they subpoenaed it. Maybe some of those donors have hacker ties, or are hackers themselves, or maybe not. But an innocent man was jailed for those names.

Brown is now out on parole in Texas, but the ire of the FBI is not over. He was re-arrested on April 27 for speaking to the press about his plight, only to be released on May 1. According to Brown himself in a column for D Magazine, the Texas Bureau of Prisons (BOP) had begun demanding Brown and his interviewers sign forms prior to interviews, which Brown rejected on claim that there is no relevant rule, either in the Bureau of Prisons Program Statement on News Media Contacts or in the Constitution, which constrains his dealings with the press. The BOP retaliated by ordering him on the morning of April 27 to appear at the Volunteers of America halfway house that day, where he has biweekly meetings with his case manager.

Brown could tell something was amiss, so he called journalists and Dallas City Councilman Philip Kingston to tell them what was going on. At 10 am, Brown was taken into custody. He was never given an official explanation of why he had been re-arrested, and waited for four days while a lawyer retained by D Magazine, David Siegal of Haynes and Boone, made a series of calls to the BOP describing “what they’d gotten themselves into.” On May 1, the jail’s counselor summoned Brown into his office and told him “You won. Get your stuff ready. You’re leaving.”

But did he win? Brown was taken back to the halfway house and pressured, yet again, to sign forms that had nothing to do with his situation. The forms can be seen here and here; these are forms for the press gaining access to speak to a prison inmate, not for someone out on parole.

Brown wrote a detailed description of his last meeting:

“Woody Hossler, the aforementioned halfway house staffer, had to pick me up in his car and take me back to Hutchins, where I was given a breathalyzer and drug test before being cajoled into meeting with Wells, who this time had some other fellow in his office with him whom he identified vaguely as his new ‘program director.’ After commenting that I ‘look mad,’ Wells said that the BOP wanted me to sign two forms. I asked him what would happen if I didn’t. He replied that in that case we would ‘be back where we started’ and that he would have to call the BOP. I asked who at the BOP had told him all this; he said that Lujan was absent that day and someone else was acting in her role. I spent about two minutes trying to get him to admit that I was being threatened with yet another unlawful arrest if I failed to sign these two inappropriate forms, an idea that he attempted to depict as wholly silly. I asked, for instance, if I










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Whistleblower Says USA Went Easy on Dumping in Gulf of Mexico




May 8, 2017

whistleblower who told authorities three oil drilling companies dumped chemicals in the Gulf of Mexico claims a federal prosecutor ignored his evidence, costing the United States $28 million in fines.

Evan Howington sued the United States on May 4 in Federal Court.

The Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships encourages whistleblowers to speak out, but they need the cooperation of federal prosecutors to collect any reward.

Whistleblowers can be paid up to 50 percent of penalties the government gets from a polluting ship operator under the law, which Congress passed in 1980.

Howington’s lawsuit turns on how that law defines a ship.

He says that Jon Maestri, an assistant U.S. attorney in New Orleans, came to the “patently incorrect” conclusion that an oil drilling support vessel from which Howington saw chemicals dumped into the Gulf is not “capable of being used as a means of transportation” so it does not meet the definition of a ship under the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships.









Texas Policeman Charged With Murder


A fired, white Dallas-area police officer who inexplicably shot and killed an unarmed black teenager with a rifle as he was leaving a party in a car was arrested late Friday on a murder charge and sued in federal court for wrongful death.












Tickled by CIA’s Tweets, Anthropologist Files Suit





May 8, 2017

BOSTON (CN) – The CIA’s tongue-in-cheek Twitter posts inspired a federal complaint from an anthropologist specializing in social media, hoping to get records on the spy agency’s funny bone.

Set to get her doctorate this year from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Amanda Johnson brought her May 4 complaint in Boston after waiting years on an answer by the CIA to her request under the Freedom of Information Act.

“It is rare for a federal agency – especially an agency whose duties are so serious – to employ a humorous tone when communicating with the public,” the 11-page complaint states. “This makes the CIA’s decision to do so a matter of both public and academic interest, especially for scholars in the humanities.”

Johnson notes that a sarcastic tone has been evident in the CIA’s Twitter communications from the get-go.








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Repeat Felon Is Hero Alt-Right Deserves


Ex-con has cracked heads at Berkeley street demonstrations

Kyle Chapman, 41, is a thrice-convicted felon who has spent ten years behind bars for his various crimes. He now seeks to destroy "neo-Marxists."


MAY 8--The latest hero of the alt-right, a California man who has beaten and maced anti-Trump protesters on the streets of Berkeley, is a thrice-convicted felon who has served three separate prison terms, jumped bail, twice violated parole, used cocaine, LSD, and meth, and was described by his own lawyer as having “severe psychological problems,” court records show.

Kyle Chapman, a 41-year-old rough boy committed to destroying the “neo-Marxist scourge,” was arrested March 4 following a melee at a rally organized by Trump supporters. While marchers purportedly were there in support of free speech, Chapman--who has spent a combined 10 years behind bars--came dressed for a fight.

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A Quantitative Description of FBI Public Relations.
Gibson, Dirk C.
Public Relations Review, v23 n1 p11-30 Spr 1997
States that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had the most successful media relations program of all government agencies from the 1930s to the 1980s. Uses quantitative analysis to show why those media efforts were successful. Identifies themes that typified the verbal component of FBI publicity and the broad spectrum of mass communication channels that were tapped.



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People's Police Report #70 - January 2017

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• Police Kill 1st Man in a Year; Former Chief Indicted   
  • Shootings in Other Oregon Jurisdictions
• Bad Police Contract Rushed Into Place   
• Judge Seeks Fixed DOJ Oversight Body   
• Review Board Makes Recommendations   
• Proposed Oversight Changes in Works   
• Cop Complaints Sustained Over Civilians'   
• Profiling: "Gang" List, $90K Settlement   
• Updates PPR 70   
  • Cops Sweep Houseless from Springwater
  • Policy Changes at a Standstill
  • Sheriff Reese Keeps Job Till 2018
  • WashCo Sheriff Troubling Behavior
  • Training Council Squanders Time with Chief
  • Mohammed Loses Appeal
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Minn. police officer found not guilty in Philando Castile Facebook Live shooting death
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Castile tried telling Yanez that he was a licensed gun owner and had a firearm with him at the time, according to Reynolds, who said her boyfriend was shot as he reached for either his wallet or seat belt.

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Ron Bayne named new commander for Sedona Police Department

After an extensive search to recruit for a new police commander, Ron Bayne will join the Sedona Police Department in August 2017.

For the past three years, Bayne has been employed with the FBI as a staff instructor, traveling extensively as a trainer and presenter to thousands of law enforcement students. Bayne is a distinguished graduate of the FBI National Academy Class 260 and consults law enforcement leadership to police departments across the United States.

Prior to joining the FBI, Bayne served 23 years with the Scottsdale Police Department in a variety of assignments including patrol, SWAT, internal affairs and commander of the department’s Special Operation’s Division/Patrol Enforcement Section. He is also a veteran of the U.S Army Military Police Corps.

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Above the Law

Secret Deals, Political Fixes and Other Misadventures of the U.S. Department of Justice

"This book tells us that far too often the Justice Department represents not the people, but the politicians, corporations and other entrenched private interests. In Above the Law, David Burnham once again shows us why his investigative reporting is a national asset."

-- Seymour M. Hersh, Pulitzer Price winning investigative journalist

Myth: The Justice Department is a rational and evenhanded law enforcement mechanism.

Fact: The Justice Department is always political, steadily more powerful, sometimes corrupt and surprisingly ineffective.

The United States Justice Department -- which includes the FBI, the DEA, the INS and more than 100,000 employees -- functions as law enforcer, investigator and jailer of American citizens. The department's legal reach is vast, extending to social controversies of race, religion and economics as well as to thousands of criminal and civil laws, including espionage; mail fraud; corruption; racketeering; vote-fixing; pollution; computer crimes; adulterated food and drugs; price-fixing; tax fraud; gambling; forgery; and the sale, manufacture or possession of illicit drugs. The department then, and the attorney general, make decisions daily that affect every American citizen. But who monitors the Justice Department and its pervasive dealings?

In Above the Law, David Burnham reveals the chilling truth about this powerful arm of the government. Examining its records on such issues as drug enforcement, civil rights and national security, Burnham discovered that the agency runs virtually unpoliced, even after the BCCI scandal, the forcible abduction of Manuel Noriega and the disastrous mission at Waco. For the first time, David Burnham conducts a thorough investigation of the investigator, exposing the Justice Department as never before.

Read Above the Law and learn:

* How the FBI and the DEA have relentlessly expanded their electronic surveillance networks to encompass more and more average Americans -- rather than suspected criminals.

* How the war on drugs currently consumes more than half of the Justice Department's budget but remains a well-documented dud when it comes to reducing the use of illegal drugs.

* How and why FBI director Freeh, following a trail blazed by J. Edgar Hoover, directs a misleading national advertising blitz about the nation's crime problem.

* How the Justice Department has routinely failed to investigate the political allies of all presidents, including Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, John F. Kennedy and George Bush.

* How -- more than three hundred times a year -- teams of agents from the FBI's top secret Surreptitious entry Program go about the task of breaking into houses, offices and warehouses of selected targets, usually to plant hidden cameras and microphones.

* How the law enforcement powers of the Justice Department have been used to harass black politicians and aid white ones.

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FBI investigated Ayn Rand superfan who saw himself as the heir apparent to her Objectivist philosophy
by Nathanael King
June 16, 2017
Ayn Rand had a competitor for status as the most dizzyingly incoherent and morally questionable writer of the 20th century: her stalker. FBI files released to Emma Best show that the unnamed man sent Rand dozens of mommy issue-riddled letters over the course of the late ’60s, some making threats on her life.
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“The word was ‘dick.’” DC and Marvel FCC complaints
by Emma Best
June 15, 2017
There are a lot of stupid FCC complaints, but some of the stupidest are complaints about superhero and comic book TV shows. Things like a citizens crime-stopper group taking on the Flash for calling somebody a dick are too far-fetched to appear in a show with an evil mind-controlling gorilla, but that didn’t stop an Orlando based group from trying to do just that.
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Courts rule that FCC can’t regulate in-state prison phone calls
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May 17, 2013
7 Rules When Recording Police

Written by Steve Silverman of FlexYourRights.org
Last week the City of Boston agreed to pay Simon Glik $170,000 in damages and legal fees to settle a civil rights lawsuit stemming from his 2007 felony arrest for videotaping police roughing up a suspect. Prior to the settlement, the First Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that Glik had a "constitutionally protected right to videotape police carrying out their duties in public." The Boston Police Department now explicitly instructs its officers not to arrest citizens openly recording them in public.

Slowly but surely the courts are recognizing that recording on-duty police is a protected First Amendment activity. But in the meantime, police around the country continue to intimidate and arrest citizens for doing just that. So if you’re an aspiring cop watcher you must be uniquely prepared to deal with hostile cops.

If you choose to record the police you can reduce the risk of terrible legal consequences and video loss by understanding your state’s laws and carefully adhering to the following rules.

Rule #1: Know the Law (Wherever You Are)

Conceived at a time when pocket-sized recording devices were available only to James Bond types, most eavesdropping laws were originally intended to protect people against snoops, spies, and peeping Toms. Now with this technology in the hands of average citizens, police and prosecutors are abusing these outdated laws to punish citizens merely attempting to document on-duty police.

The law in 38 states plainly allows citizens to record police, as long as you don’t physically interfere with their work. Police might still unfairly harass you, detain you, or confiscate your camera. They might even arrest you for some catchall misdemeanor such as obstruction of justice or disorderly conduct. But you will not be charged for illegally recording police.

Twelve states-California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and Washington-require the consent of all parties for you to record a conversation.

However, all but 2 of these states-Massachusetts and Illinois-have an "expectation of privacy provision" to their all-party laws that courts have ruled does not apply to on-duty police (or anyone in public). In other words, it’s technically legal in those 48 states to openly record on-duty police.

Rule #2 Don’t Secretly Record Police

In most states it’s almost always illegal to record a conversation in which you’re not a party and don’t have consent to record. Massachusetts is the only state to uphold a conviction for recording on-duty police, but that conviction was for a secret recording where the defendant failed to inform police he was recording. (As in the Glik case, Massachusetts courts have ruled that openly recording police is legal, but secretly recording them isn’t.)

Fortunately, judges and juries are soundly rejecting these laws. Illinois, the state with the most notorious anti-recording laws in the land, expressly forbids you from recording on-duty police. Early last month an Illinois judge declared that law unconstitutional, ruling in favor of Chris Drew, a Chicago artist charged with felony eavesdropping for secretly recording his own arrest. Last August a jury acquitted Tiawanda Moore of secretly recording two Chicago Police Internal Affairs investigators who encouraged her to drop a sexual harassment complaint against another officer. (A juror described the case to a reporter as "a waste of time.") In September, an Illinois state judge dropped felony charges against Michael Allison. After running afoul of local zoning ordinances, he faced up to 75 years in prison for secretly recording police and attempting to tape his own trial.

The lesson for you is this: If you want to limit your legal exposure and present a strong legal case, record police openly if possible. But if you videotape on-duty police from a distance, such an announcement might not be possible or appropriate unless police approach you.

Rule #3: Respond to "Shit Cops Say"

When it comes to police encounters, you don’t get to choose whom you’re dealing with. You might get Officer Friendly, or you might get Officer Psycho. You’ll likely get officers between these extremes. But when you "watch the watchmen," you must be ready to think on your feet.

In most circumstances, officers will not immediately bull rush you for filming them. But if they aren’t properly trained, they might feel like their authority is being challenged. And all too often police are simply ignorant of the law. Part of your task will be to convince them that you’re not a threat while also standing your ground.

"What are you doing?"

Police aren’t celebrities, so they’re not always used to being photographed in public. So even if you’re recording at a safe distance, they might approach and ask what you are doing. Avoid saying things like "I’m recording you to make sure you’re doing your job right" or "I don’t trust you."

Instead, say something like "Officer, I’m not interfering. I’m asserting my First Amendment rights. You’re being documented and recorded offsite."

Saying this while remaining calm and cool will likely put police on their best behavior. They might follow up by asking, "Who do you work for?" You may, for example, tell them you’re an independent filmmaker or a citizen journalist with a popular website/blog/YouTube show. Whatever you say, don’t lie-but don’t let police trick you into thinking that the First Amendment only applies to mainstream media journalists. It doesn’t.

"Let me see your ID."

In the United States there’s no law requiring you to carry a government ID. But in 24 states police may require you to identify yourself if they have reasonable suspicion that you’re involved in criminal activity.

But how can you tell if an officer asking for ID has reasonable suspicion? Police need reasonable suspicion to detain you, so one way to tell if they have reasonable suspicion is to determine if you’re free to go. You can do this by saying "Officer, are you detaining me, or am I free to go?"

If the officer says you’re free to go or you’re not being detained, it’s your choice whether to stay or go. But if you’re detained, you might say something like, "I’m not required to show you ID, but my name is [your full name]." It’s up to you if you want to provide your address and date of birth if asked for it, but I’d stop short of giving them your Social Security number.

"Please stop recording me. It’s against the law."

Rarely is it advisable to educate officers about the law. But in a tense recording situation where the law is clearly on your side, it might help your case to politely present your knowledge of state law.

For example, if an insecure cop tries to tell you that you’re violating his civil liberties, you might respond by saying "Officer, with all due respect, state law only requires permission from one party in a conversation. I don’t need your permission to record so long as I’m not interfering with your work."

If you live in one of the 12 all party record states, you might say something like "Officer, I’m familiar with the law, but the courts have ruled that it doesn’t apply to recording on-duty police."

If protective service officers harass you while filming on federal property, you may remind them of a recently issued directive informing them that there’s no prohibition against public photography at federal buildings.

"Stand back."

If you’re approaching the scene of an investigation or an accident, police will likely order you to move back. Depending on the circumstances, you might become involved in an intense negotiation to determine the "appropriate" distance you need to stand back to avoid "interfering" with their work.

If you feel you’re already standing at a reasonable distance, you may say something like, "Officer, I have a right to be here. I’m filming for documentation purposes and not interfering with your work." It’s then up to you to decide how far back you’re willing to stand to avoid arrest.

Rule #4: Don’t Share Your Video with Police

If you capture video of police misconduct or brutality, but otherwise avoid being identified yourself, you can anonymously upload it to YouTube. This seems to be the safest legal option. For example, a Massachusetts woman who videotaped a cop beating a motorist with a flashlight posted the video to the Internet. Afterwards, one of the cops caught at the scene filed criminal wiretapping charges against her. (As usual, the charges against her were later dropped.)

On the other hand, an anonymous videographer uploaded footage of an NYPD officer body-slamming a man on a bicycle to YouTube. Although the videographer was never revealed, the video went viral. Consequently, the manufactured assault charges against the bicyclist were dropped, the officer was fired, and the bicyclist eventually sued the city and won a $65,000 settlement.

Rule #5: Prepare to be Arrested

Keene, New Hampshire resident Dave Ridley is the avatar of the new breed of journalist/activist/filmmaker testing the limits of the First Amendment right to record police. Over the past few years he’s uploaded the most impressive collection of first-person police encounter videos I’ve ever seen.

Ridley’s calm demeanor and knowledge of the law paid off last August after he was arrested for trespassing at an event featuring Vice President Joe Biden. The arresting officers at his trial claimed he refused to leave when ordered to do so. But the judge acquitted him when his confiscated video proved otherwise.

With respect to the law Ridley declares, "If you’re rolling the camera, be very open and upfront about it. And look at it as a potential act of civil disobedience for which you could go to jail." It’s indeed disturbing that citizens who are not breaking the law should prepare to be arrested, but in the current legal fog this is sage advice.

"Shut it off, or I’ll arrest you."

At this point you are risking arrest in order to test the boundaries of free speech. So if police say they’ll arrest you, believe them. You may comply by saying something like "Okay, Officer. But I’m turning the camera off under protest."

If you keep recording, brace yourself for arrest. Try your best not to drop your camera, but do not physically resist. As with any arrest, you have the right to remain silent until you speak with a lawyer. Use it.

Remember that the camera might still be recording. So keep calm and act like you’re being judged by a jury of millions of your YouTube peers, because one day you might be.

Rule #6: Master Your Technology


By Jan Ransom GLOBE STAFF  JUNE 30, 2016

The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts filed a federal lawsuit against the Boston Police Department and the Suffolk District Attorney on behalf of two civil rights activists who said they have feared retaliation after openly making recordings of police officers.


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FBI Hammered in Court for Pre-Election Records on Trump

 June 20, 2017
WASHINGTON (CN) – Bashing the FBI for equivocating on whether it has pre-election records on President Donald Trump, a government-transparency group brought a federal complaint to spur action.

Ryan Shapiro filed the June 18 lawsuit in Washington with his group, Property of the People Inc., and with investigative reporter Jason Leopold.

The men say they faxed the FBI on March 16, 2017, a request under the Freedom of Information Act for any records dating back to June 14, 1946 — the day of Trump’s birth — to June 15, 2015.

With the FBI refusing to confirm or deny the existence of such records, Shapiro and Leopold appealed to the Office of Public Information. They say the OIP missed the 20-day window to respond, so a federal judge should intervene.

Calling the FBI’s silence improper, Shapiro and Leopold argue that Trump’s privacy interest is minimal, both as the president and his prior status as a celebrity real estate mogul.

“Additionally, Mr. Trump has further diminished his privacy interest by speaking publicly about contacts he has had with the FBI,” the complaint states. “For example, in an article describing his connections with organized crime, Mr. Trump told The Washington Post that he met with FBI agents in April 1981.”

Shapiro and Leopold also call the public interest in such records enormous, saying it “clearly outweighs any embarrassment [Trump] might suffer from his name being associated with FBI investigation.”

“The FBI has a statutory duty to investigate criminal conduct, and the existence or nonexistence of records about Mr. Trump prior to the election would indicate whether or not the FBI was as diligent in investigating Mr. Trump as it was of less prominent citizens,” the complaint states. “The FBI’s substantive law enforcement policy is also a matter of great public concern.”

More to the point, the men claim, the FBI has previously released responsive records in answer to previous requests, and some of those records even contained Trump’s name unredacted.

“The FBI has not only unreasonably withheld the responsive records, but has unreasonably refused to even confirm the existence of responsive records,” the complaint states.

In addition to the general request for records on Trump, Shapiro and Leopold also identified five FBI case numbers and asked for the associated files.

The FBI missed the deadline to respond to requests about three of those case numbers, while it issued what is known as a Glomar response for the other two, refusing to confirm or deny the existence of these records. When put to a simple Google search, however, those two file numbers produce an FBI memorandum about Trump dated 1981.

How the 5-page document became public is unclear. Leopold and Shapiro’s attorney Jeffrey Light said in a phone interview that his clients want to see the full files in case they contain more information about Trump.

A press release about the lawsuit from Operation 45, which is dedicated to the transparency and accountability of the Trump administration, claims the lawsuit will “shed new light on already known investigations linking Trump to organized crime and will provide new information about Trump’s engagements with the bureau.”

Shapiro, a historian who is working for his doctoral degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is a member of Operation 45, as is Light.

The attorney said access to the documents will also shed light on the FBI’s role and function.

“The goal is to find out over the years what the relationship with the FBI has been like, as well as to find out what the FBI’s priorities have been,” Light said.

A representative for the Justice Department declined to comment on pending litigation.

Attorney Light said the bureau’s Glomar response is inappropriate. “That’s why we’re suing,” Light said.

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DOJ Accused of Hiding Policy on Spying Notice


June 21, 2017
SAN FRANCISCO (CN) – The federal government is concealing a policy on when it must notify criminal defendants that evidence used against them was obtained through a secret government spying program, the American Civil Liberties Union claimed in court Wednesday.

The ACLU lawsuit seeks records on the Department of Justice’s policy regarding when it must tell individuals that their emails, phone calls and other data were seized and searched without a warrant.

“DOJ has a track record of failing to inform individuals about the surveillance of their communications even when notice is expressly required by law,” the ACLU says in its 35-page complaint. “Accordingly, the public interest in the release of the DOJ policy documents at issue is substantial.”

The ACLU says the Justice Department has withheld records it asked for in a Freedom of Information Act request filed on Feb. 6 this year. The request sought records on a DOJ policy memorandum titled, “Determining Whether Evidence Is ‘Derived From’ Surveillance Under Title III or FISA.”

That memo reportedly outlines the department’s position on when it must inform surveillance targets about how information about them was collected under Title III of the Wiretap Act and Section 7 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA. Those statutes authorize “hundreds of thousands of secret wiretaps and other searches” each year, according to the ACLU.

“The government’s searches under FISA and Title III are generally invisible to the individuals whose privacy they impact,” the ACLU says in its complaint. “Unlike traditional searches of a person’s home, electronic searches rarely leave any sign, and thus individuals whose privacy has been invaded are entirely dependent on the government’s provision of notice.”

For five years, the Department of Justice had a policy of not notifying criminal defendants when evidence used against them was obtained through secret government surveillance, according to a New York Times report published in October 2013 and cited in the complaint.

The Justice Department changed its policy after former Solicitor General Don Verrilli Jr. found in 2013 that there was no legal justification for refusing to disclose such information.

However, the Justice Department’s new policy has remained shrouded in secrecy, making it impossible to determine if prosecutors actually adhere to that directive, the ACLU says.

As few as 10 criminal defendants have received notice that they were the subject of surveillance under Section 702 of FISA, the ACLU says in its complaint. That means there is good reason to suspect “that DOJ is still failing to give individuals notice” as the law requires, especially since the government collects hundreds of millions of communications under Section 702 of FISA each year, the ACLU says.

“FBI agents around the country routinely search these Section 702 databases for information about Americans in criminal investigations, as well as in virtually every national security-related investigation,” the complaint states.

The ACLU says such disclosures are necessary to fully inform the public about when the government will notify them that their private information was seized without a warrant. The records are also critical to inform the ongoing public debate about the reauthorization of Section 702 of FISA, which is set to expire in December 2017.

“This information bears on whether the government’s controversial surveillance powers should be reformed, whether individuals have an opportunity to seek judicial review of this surveillance in the public courts, and whether Congress should act to strengthen existing notice requirements,” the ACLU declares in its lawsuit.

The civil liberties group seeks a court order directing the Justice Department to immediately disclose the requested records.

The ACLU is represented by Linda Lye and Matthew Cagle of the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Northern California.

The Department of Justice did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment Wednesday afternoon.


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Report: After Alabama conviction, scammer went to work for FBI -- and kept on scamming

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In 2006, he pleaded guilty to scamming a Mobile mosque. Then he was released early because he purportedly was helping the government pursue terrorists. Now it's alleged that he continued to run wire scams after his release, even while serving as an FBI informant.

On Thursday, investigative news site The Intercept published a story about the continuing adventures of Mohammed Agbareia, who at one time was sentenced by a U.S. district judge in Mobile to a two-year prison term followed by deportation. According to the story, Agbareia is the subject of a Florida wire fraud indictment handed down in late June. The alleged offenses mirror the scheme of which he was convicted in Mobile, and occurred between 2012 and 2017 - a time when he played a pivotal role in an FBI sting that led to three men being charged as ISIS supporters.

The story by Trevor Aaronson asserts that "Federal prosecutors have acknowledged that there are intersections between Agbareia's scams and his undercover work for the FBI." But an attorney representing one of the men in the terrorism case complain that prosecutors are sitting on information about that overlap that could be vital to their client's case.

According to Press-Register reports from 2006, Agbareia and a partner scammed officials at the Islamic Society of Mobile in 2004. Agbareia represented himself as a representative of an Islamic development bank offering funds to expand the mosque. Later, mosque officials were led to believe that Agbareia's partner, Zouhair Hissy, had gotten stranded en route to Mobile and needed a wire transfer of $1,500 to get out of the jam.

Testimony in the 2006 trial indicated that this had not been an isolated incident for Agbareia and Hissy: In his judgment, Senior U.S. District Judge Charles Butler Jr. ordered Agbareia to pay $90,899 to 54 victims throughout the country.

According to one Press-Register report, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations said the organization had tracked Agbareia for years and was grateful to see him prosecuted.


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Judge Pressures OC Sheriff in Jailhouse-

July 6, 2017
SANTA ANA, Calif. (CN) — The sheriff of Orange County, California, took the stand before a skeptical judge Wednesday to insist that her department has not had a practice of cultivating jailhouse informants to question criminal suspects in custody.

At most,. Sheriff Sandra Hutchens said, there may have been a few deputies in the jails who violated suspects’ constitutional rights, but the practice was not widespread.

“I will not say that there may not have been misconduct by a few,” Hutchens said, but those deputies’ activities are being investigated by her office and by the state attorney general’s office.

Hutchens testified during a multi-week hearing on whether confessed mass murderer Scott DeKraai — who in 2011 killed his ex-wife and seven others at a beauty parlor in Seal Beach — should be spared the death penalty.

DeKraai’s attorney, Assistant Public Defender Scott Sanders, says the sheriff’s department for years has used informants against suspects in high-profile crimes without protecting the suspects’ rights or informing their defense attorneys.

Sanders’ allegations — announced in a 505-page motion he filed in January 2014 — led Orange County Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals to remove the Orange County District Attorney’s Office from prosecuting the DeKraai case.

In addition, sentences or convictions in at least six other Orange County murder or gang-related crimes have been set aside due to informant issues.

Since then, the Department of Justice and the state attorney general’s office have launched probes of the alleged snitch program. The district attorney’s office and the county grand jury have concluded investigations of their own.

Testifying in a courtroom crowded with attorneys, journalists, families of DeKraai’s victims and even members of the county grand jury, Sanders pushed back for several hours against allegations of a secret, long-running informant program.

“There is no jailhouse informant program, as being charged in the media, that is not in accordance with the rules,” she testified.

The sheriff said that jail deputies do work with criminal investigators from her department or from outside police agencies to see if an informant — often another inmate who is being paid or seeking consideration in sentencing — can acquire useful information.

“Do [the jail deputies] go around developing informants to build a case on their own? No,” Hutchens said.

“There may have been a few deputies who took their duties to a level beyond where they were authorized to go,” she added.

Hutchens, who announced last week that she will not seek re-election next year, said it is part of jail deputies’ job to collect information from inmates, especially about safety and security issues, such as drug or gang activity.

“The question is, are they keeping proper documentation and following all the laws,” she said.

She said her department has tightened its procedures and upgraded its training since the informant scandal arose.

Sanders asked how she could dispute the existence of such a program, given emails, memos and other documents showing that jail supervisors were aware of and praised deputies’ work with informants.

One memo that hung on the wall near the jail “special handling unit,” which oversaw informants, listed developing of informants as one of the duties of the unit’s deputies.

Deputy Attorney General Mark Murphy, whose office is prosecuting the DeKraai case now, did not ask the sheriff any questions.

Judge Goethals, however, hit her with some tough questions. Goethals noted that he issued a discovery order for documents about jailhouse informants in January 2013, yet Hutchens’ office is still uncovering troves of documents.

“I received numerous sworn statements from members of your staff … saying, ‘We’ve looked everywhere and there’s nothing here,’” the judge said. “But time and time again, that turns out not to be true.”

Hutchens replied: “I would have to say that’s what they believed,” and added that maybe “they didn’t look hard enough.”

Goethals was particularly concerned about a 1,100-page log of data from the special handling unit, which came to light in March 2016.

The log was stored in a folder in a shared computer drive open to deputies and supervisors in the unit. Yet it apparently wasn’t found until almost three years after the judge’s discovery order.

“How could [unit supervisors] not know it exists? I’m having a problem with that,” he said.

“They may not have looked,” the sheriff said. Because of computer issues, “It wasn’t easy to retrieve.”

Goethals also expressed astonishment that when this latest hearing began in late May, the sheriff’s lieutenant newly in charge of the reconfigured special handling unit discovered 68 bankers’ boxes of previously undisclosed documents.

Hutchens apologized for that.

“I cannot explain why those boxes were not discovered before,” she said. “I hope the court recognizes that when we find something, we turn it over.”

Goethals noted that Hutchens was the 19th witness to testify in the hearing over the past two months, all of them from her department.


July 6, 2017

A federal judge denied the city of Vallejo’s attempt Wednesday to halt a defamation lawsuit stemming from its handling of a peculiar 2015 kidnapping case that garnered national attention.

U.S. District Judge Troy Nunley refused to dismiss defamation claims from victims of a kidnapping that Vallejo police initially called a hoax. The criminal case gained nationwide attention after police accused Denise Huskins and Aaron Quinn of acting out the plot of the film “Gone Girl.”

Attorneys for Huskins and Quinn — now plaintiffs — said the two are “thrilled” about Wednesday’s ruling and look forward to a jury “holding the Vallejo Police Department accountable.”

“Vallejo police attacked the victims without evidence and destroyed their reputations,” said attorney Kevin Clune, with Kerr & Wagstaffe in San Francisco.

Huskins and Quinn sued the city in March 2016, a year after Matthew Muller broke into their Vallejo home and abducted Huskins. The case was unsolved for more than two months, until officials arrested Muller for a separate home invasion burglary. Investigators recovered evidence from the Vallejo kidnapping, including video of Muller sexually assaulting a blindfolded Huskins.

The former Marine-turned-Harvard-educated attorney was sentenced in March to 40 years in prison in March by Nunley, after pleading guilty to a federal kidnapping count.

Vallejo, pop. 116,000, is northeast of San Francisco and west of Sacramento.

According to the complaint, Vallejo police detained Quinn immediately after the abduction and interrogated him for more than 18 hours. Quinn says investigators were skeptical of his story and released him to a throng of waiting reporters while wearing pants marked “Solano Prison,” though he was never arrested or charged with a crime.

“Instead of focusing on finding the true perpetrator and protecting the community from a violent predator, defendants attacked plaintiffs and plaintiffs’ families, created a destructive nationwide frenzy through public statements accusing plaintiffs of faking Denise’s kidnapping and rape,” the complaint states.

Vallejo police Lt. Kenny Park and Det. Mathew Mustard are named as defendants along with the city. Park held a news conference when Huskins was found; Mustard interrogated Quinn. Huskins and Quinn seek millions of dollars in damage for defamation, unlawful search and seizure and negligent infliction of emotional distress.

Clune said in a phone interview that Vallejo has given no indication that it wants to settle the lawsuit and that the plaintiffs are looking


MANHATTAN (CN) — Flushing claims by an activist whom police pepper-sprayed in the face while she looked for a bathroom, the Second Circuit found Wednesday that immunity shields the two New York City police officers she sued.

Imani Brown’s lawsuit dates back to an incident on Nov. 15, 2011 – the day that the NYPD tore down what had been known as the unofficial headquarters of the global anti-corruption movement Occupy Wall Street.

A Starbucks manager called 911 that night, reporting that six people had been “knocking on the door really really bad trying to get in” and “making nasty comments.”

Brown acknowledges asking to use this restroom around that time, but she insists that the Starbucks worker politely invited her to come back in 25 minutes.

She says police gave her a rude response when she asked for directions to another restroom. “What do we look like, the potty police,” the officer said, according to Brown’s lawsuit, saying the man told her to “piss in the park.”

When police asked for Brown’s ID, the petite woman claims that she asked “on what grounds,” and was then wrestled to the ground and pepper-sprayed twice in the face at close range. The Second Circuit posted graphic video of the incident on its website.

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Written by Emma Best
Edited by JPat Brown
Driven by its never-ending desire to have greater control of what information about its activities are made public, CIA drafted a SECRET report listing 126 things that the Agency could use to argue something was subject to the “sources and methods” protections. Intended to address difficulties censoring Victor Marchetti’s book on the Agency, the list was designed to be both “broad enough and specific enough” to include as much as possible. While the list has been used to help justify a number of FOIA withholdings, the list itself has been withheld … to protect the Agency’s intelligence sources and methods.

First proposed by the Policy and Plans Group, the paper was meant to serve as justification “for use in injunctive cases such as Marchetti and in Freedom of Information cases in conjunction with exemption 3 [b3] of the FOIA.” It was to “become a definition of what constitutes intelligence sources and methods.” While the concept is essentially sound, the problem with the list being the de facto definition of intelligence sources and methods emerges in some of the memos exchanged in its preparation.

One memo makes it explicit that the definition of “intelligence sources and methods” was being applied very broadly enough to include non-intelligence methods. The Deputy Director of Security reported that one sections “security methodology must be considered an intelligence methodology.” The specifics of these security methodologies remains redacted, with the unredacted portion giving no hint as to what makes a security methodology an intelligence methodology. The closest the memo seems to come to an explanation is stating that the information needed to protected.

According to the office of the Policy and Plans Group, the list’s explicit purpose was to help the Agency argue that requests should be denied because the information could be considered an intelligence source or method. The proposal paper stated that when the Agency became embroiled in FOIA litigation “as it will most assuredly be”, having such a list would “be convincing to be able to argue that a request should be denied because it is … exempted from disclosure by the sources and methods provisions.” The list would act as a “prior determination” from the Director that could predate any individual FOIA request or injunction against publication.

While the list of “aspects of intelligence sources and methods” remains redacted in its entirety, we know that when it was created it consisted of 126 aspects and it was about 20 pages long. Thanks to the proposal paper, we have two sample entries that give us an idea of the type of categorical information the Agency hoped to prevent from being disclosed through FOIA or by former employees.
While the proposal cautioned against trying to include “all names of agents of the Agency,” instead an appropriate categorical exclusion would be “the name of any Agency employee, who has served, is serving or may serve under cover, the revelation of which might damage the future effectiveness of such cover arrangements.” The other example used similarly broad language regarding the identity of the Agency’s agents and assets. While this type of exclusion is both logical and difficult to argue with, it’s disconcerting that the Agency generated 126 such broad points of exclusion - some of which were not strictly not strictly intelligence sources or methods.

The proposal hoped that the list could be quickly generated, an idea which the document’s reader apparently found ridiculous. Written in the paper’s margins is a note that “they are dreaming!”

A memo produced months later, after the list had been drafted but before it was finalized or given the force of the Director’s orders, provides some additional insight into the nature of the list. According to the memo, the Agency’s philosophy had been to “include both general and specific Aspects which may have overlapping application.” The overlapping aspects and multilayered concerns meant that the Agency might have several aspects that could apply in any particular case. In these cases, it was suggested that only one aspect be cited as justification to disclose as little as possible.

The cover to the memo adds that a lot of things on the list won’t actually need protection most of the time. Since the Agency’s goal was to be as inclusive as possible with the list, this is hardly surprising. The “tricky part”, as the Agency saw it, was drafting a regulation to use alongside the list that would give the Agency complete “discretion and yet will still hold up in court.”

These issues were apparently addressed, as CIA Director Colby signed a determination the following January, ordering the adoption of the list of aspects of intelligence sources and methods. The determination was classified SECRET, and has only been declassified recently and with the redaction of the list. One highly notable aspect of the Director’s determination remains unredacted, however: anything so much as related to any activities of the Agency’s that violated a U.S. statute, Executive Order or Presidential Order” or was “without the authority of law” would not be protected by the determination. This will, of course, be used to challenge a number of b3 and 25X1 redactions in the future.

Mandatory Declassification Review requests have been filed for the Agency’s list of aspects of sources and methods. In the meantime you can read the Director of Central

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Secret Service Investigating Lawmaker over ‘Aggressively Sarcastic’ Anti-Trump Facebook Post

By Steve Neavling

The Secret Service is investigating a state lawmaker in Maine after causing alarm over a Facebook post about President Trump.

Rep. Scott Hamann called Trump a “half-term president, at most, especially if I ever get within 10 feet.”

The Democrat later said he regretted the social media post, describing his comments as “aggressively sarcastic and inappropriate.”

A Secret Service spokesman confirmed the investigation to Fox News.


Australian woman living in US fatally shot by Minneapolis police after she called 911 to report a 'possible assault

Monday, July 17, 2017, 4:08 AM

A 40-year-old Australian woman who was engaged to be married was fatally shot by a Minneapolis police officer after she called 911 to report a possible assault in the alley behind her home.

One of the two officers who responded to the scene shot and killed Justine Damond, the Star Tribune reported.

Police arrived in a squad car and the officer seated in the passenger seat shot the Sydney, Australia, native through the driver's side window, sources familiar with the incident told the media outlet.

The two officers involved have been placed on paid administrative leave.

Minn. cop shoots two dogs while investigating canceled alarm
"Two Minneapolis police officers responded to a 911 call of a possible assault just north of the 5100 block of Washburn Avenue S, just before 11:30 p.m. Saturday," the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said in a news release.

"At one point, an officer fired their weapon, fatally striking a woman," it adds.

"The BCA's investigation is in its early stages. More information will be available once initial interviews with incident participants and any witnesses are complete. ... The officers' body cameras were not turned on at the time and the squad camera did not capture the incident. Investigators are attempting to determine whether any video of the incident exists."

The woman was not named by police but people at the scene confirmed her identity, according to the Tribune.

NYPD may use body camera vids to fight false claims against cops
Justine Damond was fatally shot by police Saturday after she called 911 to report a possible assault in an alley behind her home.
Justine Damond was fatally shot by police Saturday after she called 911 to report a possible assault in an alley behind her home. ( INSTAGRAM )
No video of the incident has been released, and investigators are working to determine whether any exists.

The officers' body cameras were not turned on and the squad camera did not capture the incident.

Police didn't say why the body cameras were turned off.

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges also questioned the circumstances.

KING: Seattle-area officers killed man wielding pen for no reason
"I have questions about why the bodycams weren't on," she said in a press conference Sunday.

Minneapolis police officers are required to activate their cameras during "critical incidents," according to department policy.

A "critical incident" includes "any action by an officer that causes or is intended to cause Death or Great Bodily Harm."

The 40-year-old's death was not captured on police body camera.

Justine Damond was engaged to Don Damond, 50, whose 22-year-old son, Zach Damond, was at the scene Sunday morning.

"Basically, my mom's dead because a police officer shot her for reasons I don't know," he told the Tribune. "I demand answers. If anybody can help, just call police and demand answers. I'm so done with all this violence," he said.

Zach said Justine called police after she "heard a sound in the alley," which neighbors described as being well-lit at night.

They also described Justine as "a beautiful light" who was "so in love" with her fiance.


FBI agent was Ex-Las Vegas prosecutor, key player in Russia probe, cited for sex discrimination

Greg Bower, a former top prosecutor who currently is the FBI’s top liaison with Congress during its investigation in Russian election meddling, has been cited for misconduct in an 8-year-old sex discrimination case.

While Bower was in charge of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Nevada from January 2008 to October 2009, a former female prosecutor was subjected to sexual discrimination and retaliation, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

An administrative judge said Brower acted hostilely toward a prosecutor after she alleged he had made a sexist comment.

“While acts of discrimination and retaliation are no doubt common within the federal service, it is extremely rare to see such a finding against the U.S. attorney’s office, which is charged with upholding the laws of this country,” said Las Vegas attorney Adam Levine, who has represented clients in the federal equal employment opportunity process. “If any agency should be aware of the prohibition against retaliation, it is the U.S. attorney’s office.”


Off-duty correction officer arrested for fondling himself in front of Staten Island neighbor

Sunday, July 16, 2017, 3:44 AM


Seattle insists it's a model for progressive policing – so why was Charleena Lyles killed?
On 18 June, two white police officers shot dead a black pregnant mother of four, in a city where, family members say, police are ‘trained to kill’


Cops in truck run over two beachgoers on Long Island
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, July 17, 2017, 3:03 AM


Federal agencies fail to report hate crimes to FBI

Special to the Trice Edney News Wire from ProPublica

In violation of a long-standing legal mandate, scores of federal law enforcement agencies are failing to submit statistics to the FBI’s national hate crimes database, ProPublica has learned.

The lack of participation by federal law enforcement represents a significant and largely unknown flaw in the database, which is supposed to be the nation’s most comprehensive source of information on hate crimes. The database is maintained by the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division, which uses it to tabulate the number of alleged hate crimes occurring around the nation each year.

The FBI has identified at least 120 federal agencies that aren’t uploading information to the database, according to Amy Blasher, a unit chief at the CJIS division, an arm of the bureau that is overseeing the modernization of its information systems.

The federal government operates a vast array of law enforcement agencies — ranging from Customs and Border Protection to the Drug Enforcement Administration to the Amtrak Police — employing more than 120,000 law enforcement officers with arrest powers. The FBI would not say which agencies have declined to participate in the program, but the bureau’s annual tally of hate crimes statistics does not include any offenses handled by federal law enforcement. Indeed, the problem is so widespread that the FBI itself isn’t submitting the hate crimes it investigates to its own database.

“We truly don’t understand what’s happening with crime in the U.S. without the federal component,” Ms. Blasher said in an interview.


War with Iran is back on the table – thanks to Trump
Trita Parsi
Obama knew the only way to avoid conflict was to agree on the nuclear deal. Now its future is in question
Trita Parsi is the author of Losing an Enemy - Obama, Iran and the Triumph of Diplomacy and president of the National Iranian American Council.


Indiana bride-to-be cancels wedding and throws party for the homeless instead
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Saturday, July 15, 2017, 10:51 PM


Trump's tax proposal would push US below Greece on inequality index
Researchers say tax reform plan would increase gap between rich and poor
US already does ‘very badly’ on global inequality index

Sunday 16 July 2017 19.01 EDT Last modified on Monday 17 July 2017 09.36 EDT

Donald Trump’s tax reform plans would, if enacted, increase the gap between rich and poor Americans and see the US slip below Greece on a new global index of inequality.

According to the Commitment to Reducing Inequality (CRI) index, developed by researchers at Oxfam and Development Finance International, the US already distinguishes itself among wealthy countries by doing “very badly” at addressing inequality.

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But it would fall a further six places from its ranking of 23rd overall if Trump’s tax reform effort is successful, with the US’s specific rating on tax policies plummeting 33 places from 26th to 59th – just below Peru, Chile and Sri Lanka.

“When you already have countries like Portugal and Slovenia ranking higher than the United States on the overall index, we think that’s a concern considering the wealth of the US,” Paul O’Brien, Oxfam America’s vice-president for policy and campaigns, told the Guardian.

If the White House passes its budget, which would slash social service spending and could leave millions of Americans without health insurance, the US would fall behind Greece, which is crippled by a debt crisis; Spain, which for 10 months in 2016 did not have a government; and Argentina, which has been plagued by high inflation, according to the report.

O’Brien said global understanding of inequality has grown significantly in the past decade, but this awareness has not led to the creation of pervasive government policies. Compilers of the index spent a year looking at policies around taxation, social service spending and labor in 152 countries.

“The reason we did this comparative index,” O’Brien said, “is in large part to challenge policymakers like President Trump to look to other economies and other societies, to give people smarter ways to give everyone an opportunity to lift themselves from poverty.”

The US performance on the index is strikingly bad compared to other wealthy countries, including the 35 members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). These countries account for 63% of the world GDP. The US is ranked 21st among them in the inequality index, despite being the wealthiest country in the history of the world.

Threaded through the new report are stark facts that explain some of the ways the US has earned its low ranking. In 2012, 43.3% of corporations in the US paid no federal income tax. US employers are required to provide zero days of paid maternity leave, while Sweden offers 480 days. The US federal minimum wage of $7.25 is well below the $10.60 an hour needed for a family of four to stay above the federal poverty line.

The report makes clear that inequality in the US could get worse if efforts to reform tax and repeal the Affordable Care Act are successful. If, instead, Trump decided to attack inequality in the US, O’Brien said he would need to create a more progressive tax system that lessens the burden on the poorest people, improve labor laws, and “ensure that investments in healthcare, education and social protection gave all Americans an equal shot at the American


Member of India's lowest caste expected to be elected president
Ram Nath Kovind, nominee of Narendra Modi’s party, is from dalit (Untouchable) community, the country’s most oppressed

Monday 17 July 2017 06.33 EDT Last modified on Monday 17 July 2017 09.32 EDT

A member of India’s poorest and most oppressed caste is expected to be elected president.

Ram Nath Kovind, the governor of Bihar until last month, was announced as the nominee of Narendra Modi’s government in June, in what was widely seen as part of a decades-long strategy by Hindu nationalists to win over members of the dalit (Untouchable) community.

Nearly 5,000 Indian state and federal members of parliament took part in a secret nationwide ballot on Monday to decide the next president using specially designed violet ink pens with unique serial numbers.

The five-year post has significant responsibility under India’s constitution, but similar to other Westminster-style governments, it is largely ceremonial in practice.

India's caste system: ‘They are trying to erase dalit history. This is a martyrdom, a sacrifice’
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The result of the collective parliamentary votes will not be known until Thursday, but Kovind, 71, has secured wide cross-party support and is expected to comfortably beat Meira Kumar, the former diplomat and MP nominated by the opposition Congress party and its allies.


Unlocking the Files of the FBI
A Guide to Its Records and Classification System
This volume is the first comprehensive guide to the records of the FBI. At last historians have clear descriptions of the FBI's documents and how to gain access to them.
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Eric Garner’s daughter blasts de Blasio’s talk of ‘progress’ on third anniversary of chokehold death
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, July 17, 2017, 2:58 PM


Bernie Sanders’ wife Jane slams ‘sexist’ attack behind federal bank fraud probe
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Cambridge, MA PD Citizen Complaints

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer filed this request with the Cambridge Police Department of Cambridge, MA.
Submitted July 18, 2017

From: Alexander Cartwright
Subject: Public Records Law Request: Cambridge, MA PD Citizen Complaints
To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, §10, I hereby request the following records:
1. What is the total number of citizen complaints made against your department’s officers annually for the last 10 years?
Please include the type of complaint (i.e., use of force, abuse language, unwarranted search) and the result of complaint (i.e., sustained, exonerated).
2. What is the total number of complaints police officers made against their peer officers in department annually for the last 10 years?
Please include the type of complaint (i.e., use of force, abuse language, unwarranted search) and the result of complaint (i.e., sustained, exonerated).
3. What is the total number of calls for service your department received annually for the past 10 years?
4. What is the number of officers involved in shootings in your department for the past 10 years?
Please include the number of officer-involved shootings resulting in discipline.
5. Which of the above data are published publicly? Please provide a link to any and all publicly available reports containing the data above.
I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.
I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.
In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.
Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.
Alexander Cartwright
From: Warnick,Jeremy
Subject: RE: Public Records Law Request: Cambridge, MA PD Citizen Complaints
Mr. Cartwright,
Please note that we are currently processing this request. Due to the large volume of requested information, a cost estimate may be required in order to fulfill the request.
Jeremy Warnick
Director of Communications
Cambridge Police Department
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Mr. Cartwright,
In response to your request, please find the below and attached information that will address the information you are seeking.
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The mother of a man who was shot and killed in March during an encounter with Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies has sued the county and the Sheriff’s Department, saying that deputies lacked proper training and used unnecessary force against her son, who suffered from a mental illness.

The civil rights lawsuit was filed Monday in U.S. District Court. It follows another federal lawsuit filed by the children of Dennis “Todd” Rogers, 41, who was shot by deputies the night of March 7 outside a 24 Hour Fitness gym in Ladera Heights.

Peter Morris, an attorney representing Rogers’ mother, said that Rogers had been asked to leave the gym, where he was a member. Rogers complied, but returned a few hours later and was shot and killed by one or more deputies, Morris said.

The lawsuit alleges that deputies attempted to shock Rogers with stun guns, and that Rogers was “unarmed and made no offensive moves towards the deputies when they killed him.”

“The sheriff’s deputies did not handle this situation in the proper way and as a result Todd is dead,” Morris said.

Rogers graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in accounting and finance, and he moved to Los Angeles from Houston around November 2015 to pursue a career in acting.

Janet Williams, Rogers’ mother, told reporters at a news conference outside the federal courthouse downtown that Rogers had called her every day, telling her about his auditions. Williams recalled that after she saw an audition video in which he played the role of a villain, she told him, “You’re not going to make it — you’re smiling too much.”

Rogers had bipolar disorder, which he managed with medication, his mother had previously told The Times.

She said Monday that at the time of the incident Rogers was off his medication.

“He was harmless,” she said. “





We Are Suing for Roger Ailes' FBI File

This morning, Gizmodo filed a lawsuit against the FBI seeking access to any files it holds on Roger Ailes, the one-time chief executive of Fox News.

Gizmodo sought access to the records under the Freedom of Information Act on May 18, the day Ailes was found dead in his Palm Beach home due to a traumatic brain injury aggravated by his hemophilia. As one the most influential and controversial political figures of his era, we believe these files are likely to exist. The FBI failed to provide or formally deny access to the records within the time period allowed under the federal statute. Needless to say, we’d really like to read them.

Depending on whom you ask, Ailes either cultivated or destroyed American conservative politics. After humble beginnings in an abusive blue-collar home in Warren, Ohio, he grew to become a fixture in the White House by lending his media expertise to presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and George H. W. Bush. For more than a decade, he reigned over what became the most-watched network in cable news history, serving to more than 2 million Americans daily his own brand of divisive, vitriolic and often racially-charged commentary.

As the story goes, President Obama once addressed him as “the most powerful man in the world.” Ailes replied back coolly: “Don’t believe what you read, Mr. President. I started those rumors myself.”

But his achievements will forever be overshadowed by the accusations of sexual harassment, coercion, psychological torture, blackmail, and surveillance of his employees that ultimately led to his downfall. Given the seriousness of the allegations raised by more than a half dozen women, he naturally found a home on the presidential campaign of Donald Trump, whom he’d gifted years before with a weekly segment on the Fox and Friends morning show.

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Ohio Prohibited Books
Alec Shea filed this request with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction of Ohio.
Submitted July 31, 2017
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From: Alec Shea
Subject: Open Records Request: Ohio Prohibited Books
To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Ohio Open Records Law, I hereby request the following records:
All lists of books and periodicals prohibited in Ohio prisons
The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.
In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.
Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I would request your response within ten (10) business days.
Alec Shea
From: stephen.young@odrc.state.oh.us
Subject: FW: Open Records Request: Ohio Prohibited Books
Attached is the current list of books and printed materials screened and excluded in the past four years. Per ODRC retention policy, items drop off the list after four years.
Stephen A. Young
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Republican Congressman Calls for Resignation of Robert Mueller


By Steve Neavling

An Arizona congressman is calling for the resignation of special counsel Robert Mueller, suggesting he had two conflicts of interest.

U.S. Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., joined President Trump’s claims that Mueller should be disqualified to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election because at least four people on the special counsel’s staff donated to Hillary Clinton’s campaign.




Subject: Public Records Law Request: FIO Policies
To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, §10, I hereby request the following records:
The current departmental policies and procedures for field interrogation, observation, frisk and/or search practices. I also request policies and procedures related to bias-free policing.
I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.
I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.
In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.
Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.
Grace Raih
From: Media Relations
Subject: Re: Public Records Law Request: FIO Policies
Dear Ms Raih,
Please contact my office directly as we need clarification to fill this
request. Thank you
Lt detective Michael McCarthy
From: Media Relations
Subject: Re: Public Records Law Request: FIO Policies
August 1, 2017
via email only
Dear Ms Raih,
This email is being sent in response to your July 18, 2017 request for
records that may be in custody or control of the Boston Department.
Specifically you requested: The current departmental policies and
procedures for field interrogation, observation, frisk and/or search
practices. I also request policies and procedures related to bias-free
Please find attached Boston Police Rule 323 Field Interaction / Observation
/ Encounter Report and Boston Police rule 113A Biased Free Policing. Both
of these documents as well as all BPD rules and procedures are avail by
going to http://bpdnews.com/rules-and-procedures/
If you have been denied records by the Boston Police Department you have
the right to appeal this decision with the Supervisor of Public Records at
the Public Records Division of the Secretary of the Commonwealth.
Lieutenant Detective Michael McCarthy
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Persistent FBI surveillance put no damper on I.F. Stone’s incisive pen
Thousands of pages track the free speech principles of one of the agency’s earliest and longest agitators
Written by Beryl Lipton
Edited by JPat Brown
Isidor Feinstein Stone - popularly known as I.F. Stone and to the Federal Bureau of Investigation by a variety of alternate spellings - had one of the longest journalistic careers as a critic of federal operations, and, accordingly, his FBI file is thousands of pages long. Born before the First World War, by the time WWII was eminent, Mr. Stone was already an editor at The Nation and his writing career carried through the engagement, the early Cold War years, and much of the Vietnam era before his health required retirement.


In his November 9, 1959 edition of I.F. Stone’s Weekly, Mr. Stone highlighted the agency and its collusion with the House Un-American Activities in identifying communist sympathizers. By that point, they had already been following him for nearly two decades - he had piqued their interest during the discussion over the Smith Act - and as recently as four days prior, they had been in attendance at a rally of a reported three hundred-ish people gathered under the curious cause - almost certainly a Communist cabal in the Bureau’s consideration - of “First Amendment Defendents.”

The collection of honored attendees was something of a lightning rod for federal attention at the time, comprised of educators, authors, labor organizers, and others who had already been called before or proved of interest to the HUAC.


Among them was Lloyd Barenblatt, whose case before the Supreme Court had been decided against him at the beginning of the summer, finding that he had been in contempt of Congress when he refused to answer its questions about his political and religious leanings.


Mr. Stone took the opportunity to direct attention to the G-Men who might be in the audience, calling out their alliance with tyranny …


and their camaraderie with a particular noted Biblical backstabber …


The event is but one in the long-standing saga between Mr. Stone’s staunch First Amendment advocacy and the Feds’ Soviet suspicions.

Would you like to know more? Continue browsing the file via the request page. You can also access more of I.F. Stone’s Weekly, as well as other writings and speeches on the website of I.F. Stone.

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Robert Blum, the spy who shaped the world Part 2
by Emma Best
August 18, 2017
At the same time that Robert Blum was helping shape National Security Council’s policies on covert psychological operations and paramilitary actions, Secretary of Defense Forrestal named Blum to the committee exploring the creation of the Armed Forces Security Agency - the direct predecessor to the NSA.
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The Justice Department is often zealous, sometimes to the point of recklessness, in prosecuting street crime and drug offenses. But it has been dilatory and feckless — our podcast guest this week calls it “chickenshit” — in prosecuting white collar criminals, many of whom helped to bring down the US economy in 2008.

Once, not that long ago, the government prosecuted the likes of Michael Milken and executives of Enron, Adelphia and Worldcom. It may have been the golden age of white collar prosecution.

Today, executives at Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs, and so many others that played roles in precipitating the 2008/2009 crash, have escaped the long arm of the law.

What happened? What’s changed? In part, it was a backlash to the Enron era. Suddenly, defending executives became an increasingly lucrative practice at elite law firms.

This created a revolving door between the Department of Justice and “big law” — with the result that prosecutors and defense attorneys on opposite sides of the table were often the same people wearing different hats.

In a story that involves the likes of James Comey, Preet Bharara, Sally Yates, and Eric Holder, this week’s WhoWhatWhy guest, journalist Jesse Eisinger, the author of “The Chickenshit Club: Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives,” tells Jeff Schechtman that it was Comey himself who said that federal prosecutors who had never lost a case and shied away from bringing hard, complex cases, were obviously “chickenshit.”


How to FOIA secret algorithms and White House summits
by Michael Morisy
August 18, 2017
Sometimes the most direct way to get the answers you want is through a rejection, and sometimes it’s through another agency entirely. In this week’s FOIA roundup, some great examples of creative and persistent requesting that overcame the odds to expose public scrutiny in hard-to-reach places. Plus, FOIA comedy.
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Trump, first lady to skip Kennedy Center Honors over concerns of ‘political distraction’

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump have elected not to attend the annual Kennedy Center Honors in December amid a political backlash among those who will be feted at the event.

The first family will not participate “to allow the honorees to celebrate without any political distraction,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement Saturday morning.

The announcement comes as three of the five honorees — television producer Norman Lear, singer Lionel Richie and dancer Carmen de Lavallade — said they would or may boycott the traditional White House reception related to the celebration. As for the other two, rapper LL Cool J had not said whether he would attend, and Cuban American singer Gloria Estefan said she would go to try to influence the president on immigration issues.


Why Isn’t the Mainstream Media Honest about US Torture?
It’s been almost 10 years since US citizens learned that their government was engaging in torture. Why does the media continue to sugarcoat this state-sanctioned crime by calling it “enhanced interrogation?”


Rightwing Boston rally ends early as thousands of counter-protesters turn out
Thousands of counter-protesters gathered in Boston in protest at rally
Some rallygoers turned up but left less than an hour after it began


Texas wants over a million dollars for records regarding sexual assault in prisons
by Nathanael King
August 18, 2017
Our request for investigations of sexual assault in Texas correctional facilities since 2013 returned a price tag of $1,132,024.30 from the Department of Criminal Justice, which says there are more than 260,000 pages of responsive documents that would require more than 61,000 hours to process.
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Right-wing rally planned for Laguna Beach sparks backlash, counter-demonstration against racism


Dashcam video shows white officer punching black man during traffic stop
Michael Amiott shown on video repeatedly punching Richard Hubbard
Hubbard’s attorney says Amiott did not give Hubbard a chance to comply
Saturday 19 August 2017 12.16 EDT

A dashcam video of a traffic stop that led to a white police officer with a history of disciplinary issues repeatedly punching a black man and hitting his head on pavement appears to show a different sequence of events than police had originally described.


While California is teaching inmates to code, other states ban them from teaching themselves
Ohio and Michigan prisons ban books teaching programming skills on grounds they’re a “threat to order and security”
Written by Alec Shea
Edited by JPat Brown
Computer programming is, according to Wired’s Clive Thompson, “The Big Blue Collar Job.” In countries like Australia and Estonia, coding has become a central part of school curricula. If programming is the wave of the future in employment, prisons in several American states may be cutting incarcerated people off from gaining important skills by preventing them from possessing or receiving books about computer programming.


Numbers shrinking for Tasmania's weird but much-loved giant freshwater lobster
Federal government calls for more areas to be placed in reserve to protect the huge crayfish, the world’s largest invertebrate


Climate change will likely wreck their livelihoods – but they still don't buy the science
The small Louisiana town of Cameron could be the first in the US to be fully submerged by rising sea levels – and yet locals, 90% of whom voted for Trump, still aren’t convinced about climate change


Michael Bennett continues anthem protest as white team-mate shows support
Seattle Seahawks defensive end sits out anthem over injustice in US
Had said white players needed to join in to make impact


TV networks struggle to book pro-Trump guests following statements about Charlottesville


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to RCW Ch. 42.56 (Public Records Act), I hereby request the following records:

*Policy and procedures for handling Port Orchard Police Department Officer misconduct.

Dating from 2006 to present:
*Record of how many POPD Officers have received reprimand and/or disciplinary action for misconduct.
*Record of reprimand and/or disciplinary actions received.
*Record of officers who received disciplinary action and what those actions were.
*Policy and procedures followed when receiving information (reports) about possible Officer misconduct.
*Explanation of procedures followed to prevent retaliation and to protect the public reporting Officers' misconduct.


Charities cancel events at Trump's Mar-a-Lago club
After the president’s remarks blaming violence at a neo-Nazi rally on ‘both sides,’ the Red Cross and others cancel fundraiser at his property

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This is the Climate Pattern Scientists Warned Us About — Wildfires Approach 8 Million Acres in U.S. During Summer of Extreme Western Heat, Severe Eastern Storms
“If the same weather persists for weeks on end in one region, then sunny days can turn into a serious heat wave and drought, and lasting rains can lead to flooding.” — Dr. Stefan Rahmstorf.

“The warming of the Arctic, the polar amplification of warming, plays a key role here. The surface and lower atmosphere are warming more in the Arctic than anywhere else on the globe. That pattern projects onto the very temperature gradient profile that we identify as supporting atmospheric waveguide conditions.” — Dr. Michael Mann.


To say that, for the U.S., it’s been hot out west and stormy in the east this summer is a bit of an understatement. For while the east has seen numerous storms producing local-to-national record rainfall amounts, the west has been baking under heatwaves that appear to have set off one of the worst years for wildfires nationally on record. This is an extreme summer weather pattern that recent scientific studies have linked to human-caused climate change.

(Severe western wildfires blanket northern U.S. under a massive plume of smoke. Image source: NASA Worldview.)

Last week, extreme heat baked the U.S. west coast. On Friday, San Francisco hit a record high of 106 degrees (F), striking up to 102 (F) on Saturday. Regions further inland near Eureka hit a Death Valley-like 115 F.  36 million Californians fell under a heat advisory as excessive heat warnings ranged on up the west coast through Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia.

The heat wave — which was just the most recent of many for the region this year — baked hills and valleys covered with new vegetation springing up after unusually heavy winter rains. Setting off a spree of wildfires that has seen very severe burn rates throughout summer.

Los Angeles County in Burbank experienced its largest fire on record Saturday as a massive blaze swept through the hills — igniting 7,000 acres before being tamped down by the oddly northward tracking remnants of a tropical storm drifting through the region on Sunday.

The fire spurred the response of 1,000 firefighters, forced 700 people to evacuate, closed route 210 for a time and consumed three homes. Assisted by the rains and moisture flowing off the remnants of Lidia, firefighters have now managed to contain 30 percent of this particular blaze. But with many more fires continuing to burn throughout the west, the region is far from out of the proverbial woods.

According to the National Interagency Fire Center, 70 large fires continue to burn in the western states of Montana, California, Oregon, and Washington. The vast majority of these fires remain uncontained. And at least two exceed 100,000 acres in size. Smoke from these fires has been cycling into the upper level winds for some time now — with most of the northern U.S. falling under a high altitude smoke plume (see top image above).

In total, more than 7,800,000 acres have burned so far in the U.S. this year. This represents the second worst fire year on record so far compared to the last ten years and may ultimately beat out 2006 as the second worst fire year ever recorded. By end 2006, 9 million total acres had burned. During the worst fire year for the U.S. — 2015 — 11 million acres burned in total. By this time during 2015, nearly 9 million acres had been consumed compared to 2017’s present total near 8 million acres.

These fires are occurring primarily in the west where a persistent high amplitude ridge in the Jet Stream has formed. This ridge keeps enabling heatwaves to bake the region and spike fire dangers. And it’s a weather feature that some scientists are saying is linked to human-caused climate change — which is causing the Arctic to warm, while pulling meridional south-to-north upper level winds into the polar zone and producing a wavier jet stream during extreme weather patterns.

(A study produced by a team of scientists including Dr. Michael Mann in March linked extreme summer weather patterns to polar warming and a wavier jet stream.)

The net effect is to create a kind of Halo of Storms and Heatwaves over the middle and upper latitude regions of the world. Earlier this year, The Scientific American noted:

What we think happens is that when there is a ridge forming in a location where Arctic warming can intensify it, that makes the ridge strong and builds it even farther northward. It creates an even bigger wave in the jet stream. You get a stronger ridge over western North America and a stronger southward dip that is farther toward eastern North America.

A subsequent scientific study lead by Dr. Michael Mann and presented in March of this year found that:

… analysis of both historical model simulations and observational surface temperature data, strongly suggests that anthropogenic warming is impacting the zonal mean temperature profile in a manner conducive to wave resonance and a consequent increase in persistent weather extremes in the boreal summer.

And this is exactly what we’ve seen over the U.S. this summer. A stronger than normal ridge in the west fueling record heatwaves and wildfires and a stronger than normal trough in the east fueling more extreme storms. This is a pattern of juxtapposed extremes. One that appears to be fueled by climate change related factors.


NASA Worldview

National Interagency Fire Center

Largest Wildfire in Los Angeles History Burns Amid Record-Setting Heat

The Arctic is Getting Crazy

Extreme Weather Events Linked to Climate Change’s Influence on the Jet Stream

A Halo of Storms and Heatwaves


Cop shoots Ohio journalist at traffic stop after confusing camera, tripod for gun
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Tuesday, September 5, 2017, 7:02 AM


Mental health and the courts: a difficult spiral
There’s an alternative to criminal justice system for the mentally ill, but lawmakers balk

“Who needs Mental Health Court?” by Elissa Ely (Opinion, Aug. 25) describes an all-too-common scenario in Massachusetts: A person whose mental illness causes him to believe he is not ill refuses needed treatment and becomes caught up in the criminal justice system. Even Mental Health Court isn’t enough.


Ohio police officer fatally shoots man he was transporting to homeless shelter
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, September 5, 2017, 11:08 AM


Secret Service officer gives hot meal to homeless man


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SAPD officer admits to providing feces sandwich to homeless man

Dec 8, 2016 - Matthew Luckhurst, the San Antonio police officer who was fired for providing a feces sandwich to a homeless man in May, admitted to doing so, according to SAPD documents r


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Life Without Parole: A Reconsideration

Gordon Haas, Lloyd Fillion
Criminal Justice Policy Coalition. Norfolk Lifers Group, 2010 - Parole - 44 pages


Man’s parents fly from India to Florida to help beat his ‘disobedient’ wife: police
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, September 5, 2017, 2:50 AM

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Mueller, Congressional Committees Clashing Over Investigations into Russian Meddling

The special counsel investigation into Russia’s election meddling is beginning to clash with three different congressional probes of the same issue.

CNN reports that special counsel Robert Mueller was blocked from obtaining the Senate Intelligence Committee’s transcript of an interview with former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

The various congressional committees aren’t sharing a lot of information, and Mueller is keeping lawmakers “out of the loop,” CNN reported.

CNN wrote:

The previously undisclosed fight, described to CNN by multiple sources, underscores the new challenges as congressional committees and Mueller’s operation head into a more intense phase of their parallel — and sometimes, conflicting — investigations into Russian election meddling and any collusion with Trump associates.

There are three committees on Capitol Hill competing for information and witnesses — and there is little, if any, communication among them, even as congressional officials say they all are preparing to intensify the pace of their inquiries this fall. While the Hill investigations into Russia’s meddling have been underway since the beginning of the year, the next few months could be the most consequential in terms of hearing from witnesses and gathering documents, sources say.


Category 5 Irma the 5th Strongest Atlantic Hurricane on Record

Dr. Jeff Masters  ·  September 5, 2017, 2:13 PM

Above: Infrared-wavelength [or visible-wavelength] GOES-16 satellite image of Category 5 Hurricane Irma as of 9 am EDT Tuesday, September 5, 2017. Image credit: RAMMB / CIRA@CSU.
Hurricane Irma intensified into an extremely dangerous high-end Category 5 storm with top sustained winds of 180 mph on Tuesday morning, putting it among the strongest Atlantic hurricanes ever observed. Irma's winds are the most powerful ever measured in an Atlantic hurricane north of the Caribbean and east of the Gulf of Mexico. Measurements from Hurricane Hunter aircraft found peak winds of close to 180 mph, well above the 157-mph threshold for Category 5 strength. At 11:07 am EDT, a dropsonde in Irma's eye measured a central pressure of 927 millibars, 4 mb lower than the previous pass, so Irma is still strengthening.

Irma radar
Figure 1. Radar image of Irma from NOAA hurricane hunter aircraft N42RF, taken at approximately 7 am EDT Tuesday, when the aircraft first observed Category 5 winds. Image credit: Tropicalatlantic.com and Google Earth.

Irma is poised to deliver a punishing blow to the northern Lesser Antilles Islands on Tuesday night and Wednesday. As of 11 am EDT Tuesday, Hurricane Warnings were in effect for the northern Leeward Islands, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. Tropical storm-force winds are expected to spread into the Lesser Antilles on Tuesday night, reaching the Virgin Islands on Wednesday morning, Puerto Rico on Wednesday afternoon, and the Dominican Republic on Thursday morning (Figure 2). As of 8 am EDT, most of southern Florida, Cuba, and The Bahamas were in the 5-day cone of uncertainty for Irma.

Irma forecast
Figure 2. Most likely arrival time of tropical-storm-force winds from Irma, as of the 11 am EDT Tuesday, September 5, 2017 advisory from NHC.
Satellite images on Tuesday morning showed a spectacular hurricane with a large eye surrounded by extremely intense eyewall thunderstorms with very cold cloud tops, indicating that they extended high into the atmosphere. Irma had excellent upper-level outflow on all sides. Conditions were favorable for even more strengthening, with wind shear a low 5 – 10 knots. Sea surface temperatures (SSTs) were a very warm 29.5°C (85°F), and the total heat content of the ocean was a high 60 kilojoules per square centimeter, giving the storm plenty of heat energy to fuel intensification. The surrounding atmosphere has been steadily moistening, as seen on precipitable water imagery, with a mid-level relative humidity near 55%, according to the 12Z Tuesday analysis from the SHIPS model. The eye of Irma was just beginning to be seen on Martinique radar.

Intensity forecast for Irma
According to Dr. Phil Klotzbach, Irma is tied with Rita (2005) and Mitch (1998) as the fifth strongest hurricane in Atlantic records going back to 1851, based on maximum wind speed. Irma is the first Atlantic hurricane outside of the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico known to attain 180-mph sustained surface winds. The lowest central pressure measured outside the Caribbean and Gulf was 919 mb in Hurricane Gloria (1985), versus Irma's most recent central pressure of 927 mb, but Irma could end up breaking this record as well. The highest winds of any Atlantic hurricane are 190 mph, set by Hurricane Allen (1980), and Irma may approach that record.

For the next five days, wind shear, SSTs, and ocean heat content will remain very favorable for development, with Irma passing over slightly warmer waters of 29.5 - 30°C (85 - 86°F) later this week. Mid-level relative humidity is predicted to slowly rise, reaching 65% by the end of the week. We can expect one or more eyewall replacement cycles (ERCs) this week, which will act to temporarily weaken the hurricane by perhaps 10 mph, followed by re-intensification.

Three of our four most reliable intensity models—the HWRF, COAMPS-TC, and LGEM—predicted in their Tuesday morning runs that Irma would be a Category 4 or 5 hurricane with 130 - 160 mph winds through Saturday, and the official NHC forecast of a Category 4 or 5 hurricane for the remainder of the week looks reasonable. The only major impediment to Irma’s strength would appear to be interaction with land; a close pass or direct hit on Hispaniola or Cuba could potentially damage or destroy the hurricane’s inner core and knock it down to Category 2 or 3 strength.

Potential impact on the islands
Only three hurricanes in the satellite era (since 1966) have hit the Leeward Islands with winds of 150 mph of greater: David (1979), Hugo (1989), and Lenny (1999). All three hurricanes caused major damage on the islands they hit, and we can expect Irma to cause extreme damage to any islands it makes a direct hit on. At this time, it appears that The Bahamas are at highest risk of receiving the most devastating wind and storm surge impacts from Irma, though the islands at the extreme northern end of the Lesser Antilles chain and the northern Virgin Islands may also receive direct hits.

Irma will assume a more west-northwesterly track over the next day, which would bring the core of the hurricane just north of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Wednesday. The northern portions of both locations are in the cone of uncertainty, and could recieve a direct hit. Irma is expanding in size, and is predicted to increase the radius of its tropical-storm force wind area by about 10 - 15 miles every day. As of 11 am EDT Tuesday, tropical storm-force winds extended out 140 miles from the center, and hurricane-force winds extended out 35 miles from the center. Most of the islands along Irma’s path will be on the weaker left side, where the wind and storm surge impacts will be less than on the right side of the storm.

The 11 am EDT Tuesday Wind Probability Forecast from NHC highlighted a number of islands that might be at risk of hurricane-force winds on Tuesday and Wednesday. The highest odds were for Barbuda and Saint Maarten, with a 87 - 90% chance of hurricane-force winds. For the northern Virgin Islands and northern Puerto Rico, a 41 - 66% chance was given.

The 6Z Tuesday run of the HWRF model predicted that much of The Bahamas and eastern portions of Cuba may receive rains of 8 – 16” from Irma, and these rains will be capable or causing life-threatening flash floods and mudslides. Hopefully, these core of the 8 - 16" rain swath will stay offshore from Puerto Rico and Hispaniola, but these islands could well be affected by torrential rain.

Irma forecast
Figure 3. The 20 track forecasts for Irma from the 0Z Tuesday, September 5, 2017 GFS model ensemble forecast. Image credit: CFAN.
Irma forecast
Figure 4. The 0Z September 5, 2017, track forecast by the operational European model for Irma (red line, adjusted by CFAN using a proprietary technique that accounts for storm movement since 0Z), along with the track of the average of the 50 members of the European model ensemble (heavy black line), and the 50 track forecasts from the 0Z Tuesday European model ensemble forecast (grey lines). Image credit: CFAN.

Irma forecast
Figure 5. The 0Z September 5, 2017, track forecast by the operational European model for Irma (red line, adjusted by CFAN using a proprietary technique that accounts for storm movement since 0Z), along with the track of the average of the 50 members of the European model ensemble (heavy black line), and the track forecasts from the “high probability cluster” (grey lines)—the four European model ensemble members that have performed best with Irma thus far. Image credit: CFAN.
Long-range outlook for Irma
Irma poses the most serious hurricane threat to northern Cuba and Florida since at least Hurricane Andrew (1992). Since Sunday night, computer models have agreed that Irma will continue west-northwest before making a fairly sharp right-hand turn in the vicinity of the Florida Straits over the weekend. The level of agreement among models and over time has been quite high for a forecast in the 5-day range. Given this agreement and Irma’s Category 5 strength, residents of Florida must take this hurricane with the utmost seriousness.

What is not yet certain is whether Irma will travel along Florida’s west coast or its east coast, offshore from one or the other, or along the spine of the Florida peninsula. Any of these paths could bring significant and potentially devastating impacts to large parts of the state. There remains a small chance that Irma will make a sharp enough turn to miss Florida and head north through The Bahamas, but the stakes are too high for Floridians to count on that possibility.

Based on model guidance from Monday night (00Z Tuesday), it appears that the most likely outcome is for Irma to arc slightly leftward as it approaches the Florida Straits, moving just inland over northern Cuba for perhaps 12-24 hours. Much of Irma’s circulation would remain over water, and northern Cuba is a much less mountainous region than southern Cuba, so it is less likely to disrupt Irma’s circulation and cause a major drop in intensity. Cuba has a well-organized hurricane warning and response program that will go a long way to ensure public safety should Irma make landfall. Still, severe damage would be possible if Irma does strike northern Cuba, and Irma’s intensity could easily remain at Cat 4 after it leaves Cuba, as indicated by our most reliable models. If Irma stays just north of Cuba, it will likely maintain Category 4 or 5 strength through at least Sunday, as predicted by NHC.

NHC's official 5-day forecast as of 11 am EDT brings Irma to the Florida Keys by Sunday morning. At this point, it appears the most likely course for Irma after its right-hand turn is to move northward near Florida’s west coast or up the western side of the peninsula from around Sunday into Monday. This is the scenario favored by the operational 00Z Tuesday run of the European model, as well as two of the highest-probability ensemble members from that run. The other three highest-probability Euro tracks keep Irma offshore, either to the west or east of the Florida peninsula; one of those three tracks results in a landfall in the Florida Panhandle, and the other two would be a devastating blow to The Bahamas. The operational 00Z, and the ensemble members from the 00Z Tuesday GFS model run, are more tightly clustered around a track near or just off Florida’s west coast, but again with some variation. The 06Z run of the GFS takes Irma near Miami and along Florida’s east coast.

The take-home message: while it is too soon to rule out other possibilities, Irma has a good chance of moving northward close enough to the Florida peninsula for significant impacts to large parts of the state, potentially devastating in some areas. Irma may be moving at 10 mph for a day or more after it makes its northward turn, which will prolong the period of high winds and heavy rains within its circulation. Even if it moves along Florida’s west coast, residents on the East Coast could still receive hurricane-force winds, significant storm surge, and torrential rains of 10 - 15” or more. Depending on Irma’s track, some areas could experience 8 hours or more of hurricane-force wind and 24 hours or more of tropical-storm-force wind. The National Hurricane Center reminds us not to focus on the exact forecast track, though, especially at the longer ranges, since the average NHC track errors are about 175 and 225 miles at days 4 and 5, respectively.

Donna track
Figure 6. Track of Hurricane Donna of 1960.
Comparison with Hurricane Donna of 1960
The best historical analogue for a hurricane that follows the current NHC forecast for Irma may be Hurricane Donna of 1960, which tore through The Bahamas and the Florida Keys just northeast of Marathon as a Category 4 storm with 140 mph winds. The hurricane continued to the northwest along the southwest coast of Florida, passing over Naples and Fort Myers before turning inland to the northeast. Donna maintained Category 2 strength into central Florida, then weakened to a Category 1 storm as it passed near Orlando, and exited the coast near Daytona Beach. Donna then made landfall near Wilmington, NC and on Long Island, New York as a Category 2 storm. Donna killed 148 and caused $387 million in damage (1960 dollars).

If Donna were to hit today, damage would likely be more than $50 billion, according to three separate estimates. ICAT estimates a loss of $66 billion; according to a 2006 AIR Worldwide publication, “What would they cost today? The estimated impact of historical catastrophes on today’s exposures”, a repeat of Donna in 2005 would have caused $26 billion in insured losses. This includes loss to property, contents, direct business interruption, and additional living expenses for residential, mobile home, commercial, and auto exposures. Since uninsured losses from a hurricane are typically roughly equal to insured losses, this would put the cost of a repeat Donna at $52 billion in 2005. That was 12 years ago, and according to a 2006 report by AIR Worldwide, catastrophe losses should be “expected to double roughly every 10 years because of increases in construction costs, increases in the number of structures and changes in their characteristics.” Thus, a repeat of Donna in 2017 could be expected to generate roughly $100 billion in losses. An independent analysis done in 2012 by Karen Clark & Company, “Historical Hurricanes that Would Cause $!0 Billion or More of Insured Losses Today”, found that a repeat Donna in 2012 would have done somewhat less damage (but still a staggering amount): $25 billion in insured losses, or roughly $50 billion in total losses.

Figure 7.  Enhanced infrared image of 94L as of 1315Z (9:15 am EDT) Tuesday, September 5. Image credit: NOAA/NESDIS.
Tropical Storm Jose forms in central Atlantic
A tropical wave located about 1500 miles east of the Leeward Islands developed into Tropical Storm Jose on Tuesday morning. As of 11 am EDT, Jose was moving west-northwest at 10 - 15 mph with top sustained winds of 40 mph. Satellite images on Tuesday morning showed plenty of spin, and heavy thunderstorm activity was gradually increasing and growing more organized. Conditions were favorable for development, with moderate wind shear of 15 - 20 knots, SSTs near 28.5°C (83°F), and a moist surrounding atmosphere.

The 0Z Tuesday operational runs of our three reliable models for predicting tropical cyclone genesis—the GFS, European and UKMET models—all predicted further develompent of Jose. Residents of the Lesser Antilles Islands should keep an eye on this system, since approximately 40% of the 50 members of the 0Z Tuesday European model ensemble forecasts showed 94L affecting the Lesser Antilles late this week. The official NHC forecast as of 11 am Tuesday takes Jose well north of the Leeward Islands as a strong Category 2 hurricane by Saturday. The super long-range GFS model forecasts of 94L/Jose show it performing an unusual clockwise loop in the mid-Atlantic next week, but such long-range forecasts are of low reliability.

Because Jose and Irma are more than 1000 miles apart, their tracks are unlikely to be influenced by the Fujiwhara effect. However, outflow from Irma could produce vertical shear that may slow Jose's development later this week.

Figure 8. Enhanced infrared image of 95L as of 1342Z (9:42 am EDT) Tuesday, September 5. Image credit: NASA/MSFC Earth Science Branch.
Gulf of Mexico disturbance 95L may develop
A trough of low pressure in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico’s Bay of Campeche was designated Invest 95L on Monday night. The system was producing increasingly organized heavy thunderstorms on Tuesday morning, as seen on satellite imagery. SSTs are very warm, near 30.5°C (87°F), but wind shear is high, 20 – 30 knots. Our three reliable models for predicting tropical cyclone genesis all developed the system in their 0Z Tuesday runs, predicting that it would affect the coast of Mexico between Veracruz and Tampico with heavy rains late this week. Strong upper level winds out of the northwest over the Gulf of Mexico should keep 95L bottled up in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico near the coast of Mexico this week. None of the 0Z Tuesday operational model runs nor the 70 members of the GFS and European model ensemble runs intensified 95L into a hurricane. In its tropical weather outlook issued at 8 am EDT Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center gave this system 2-day and 5-day odds of development of 50% and 60%, respectively.

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Law Enforcement meets with NAACP
Tri-State NAACP Conference features a Law Enforcement panel

Posted: Sep 16, 2017 10:34 PM MDT

Police Chiefs, FBI, and Highway Patrol sat on a panel Saturday during the Tri-State NAACP Conference. Law enforcement officials presented information how their departments have been working to better serve and better include minorities.

Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike brown talked about de-escalation. "We have a de-escalation medal at the SLCPD that we have awarded about 40 times now  to officers who have been placed in tense situations where they could have used deadly force and through their training and their communications skills they were able to deescalate these situations."

Recruitment became a major theme of the meeting. All departments on the panel said their applicant numbers are down. FBI Agent Daniel Brady said, "If you're going to police fairly in a community, your police organization needs to look like to community to be fair. We're forming a teen academy where we invite teen in the valley to come spend a day with us on October 15, we won't hire teenagers, but we want them to think about what a great career it can be."

Attorney William Pepper details in 3 books how FBI agents organized assassination of Martin Luther King
with the help of Memphis police.
Dr King was still alive when brought to hospital in Memphis where FBI agents spit on his body
and smothered him to death with pillow.


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

Martin Luther King was murdered in a conspiracy that was instigated by then FBI director J. Edgar Hoover. Review of William Pepper's Book

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Family raises money to leave New Hampshire after 8-year-old biracial son was almost hanged by teens
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Saturday, September 16, 2017, 6:21 PM


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Calif. lawmakers revamp sex offender registry, throw out lifetime rule
By Melody Gutierrez Updated 6:08 am, Saturday, September 16, 2017


These miniature murder scenes have shown detectives how to study homicides for 70 years
Frances Glessner Lee, the “mother of forensic science,” handcrafted the macabre tableaux of tragedy. They depict shotgun slayings, hangings, bludgeonings and possible asphyxiations, all based on actual murders, suicides or accidents, most from the 1930s and 1940s.


Georgia Tech campus police shoot, kill barefoot female student holding 'tiny' knife
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Sunday, September 17, 2017, 12:51 PM


Citizens academy offers look at what the FBI does
Albuquerque Journal-
The citizens academy is a free nine-week course designed to showcase the day-to-day operations of the FBI to citizens and leaders in the community.


FBI agent and Ex-Staten Island pol Michael Grimm hoping to reclaim Congress seat after stint in prison
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Sunday, September 17, 2017, 11:38 AM

Lawsuit accuses former FBI agent DA in Las Cruces of corruption, retaliation

Sunday, September 17th, 2017 at 12:05am
LAS CRUCES – A lawsuit alleges that Doña Ana County’s top prosecutor offered to dismiss criminal charges against a defendant in exchange for money.
The complaint filed by former office manager Marylou Bonacci also alleges that District Attorney Mark D’Antonio retained incompetent employees as political favors, improperly used funds and discriminated against women in his office.

The complaint

“As a former FBI agent and federal prosecutor with an unblemished record, I am offended by these vague accusations of corruption – coming years after they are alleged to have occurred,” he said. “This is not only a calculated attack on me and my family, but it undermines the exceptional work my office does every single day.”

The lawsuit accuses D’Antonio, the district attorney’s office and the state of New Mexico of retaliating against Bonacci after she claimed to have raised concerns about alleged improper acts within the office. Bonacci worked at the district attorney’s office from January 2013 to September 2015.

The allegations date back to 2013, D’Antonio’s first year in office. He was re-elected in November.

Bonacci’s lawsuit claims the district attorney would meet with defendants in his office without attorneys present. In one case, Bonacci claims D’Antonio asked her to “secure a loan” from a defendant’s family in exchange for charges being dropped.

The complaint also alleges that the FBI began to investigate after Bonacci told a third party about D’Antonio’s request. FBI spokesman Frank Fisher cited agency policy, saying he would never confirm nor deny a report of an investigation.

According to the complaint, D’Antonio learned about the alleged FBI investigation in August 2015, about a month before Bonacci was fired for being late to work by about nine minutes.

By April 2015, the complaint states Bonacci had been demoted on pretext that her job performance was unsatisfactory. She claims she was not given further explanation. She also alleges she was subjected to a hostile work environment following her demotion.

About a month before her termination, Bonacci accused the defendants of mishandling a child sex case, including “refusal to produce evidence material to the defendant,” according to the complaint.

D’Antonio urged the public to withhold judgment until the facts of the case are brought to light.

FBI says they will never confirm or deny an investigation in progress
Except when the FBI elected Donald Trump


Comey on why he revealed FBI investigation into Clinton but not Trump - Business Insider
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A view of an unbelievable campaign from ground zero
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Royalton Officer Resigns; FBI Visits Station

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Valley News Staff Writer
Sunday, September 17, 2017


Hundreds of police officers fired for misconduct, then rehired, report says
Brad Schrade
August 3, 2017  Atlanta, crime and public safety, Police shootings.

Fired Boston Police Officer Reinstated By State's Highest Court
July 13, 2017

Barbara Howard: A Boston police officer who has been fired two times for using excessive force has been ordered reinstated again, this time by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. The first time, back in 1995, Officer David C. Williams nearly killed an undercover police officer, mistaking him for a criminal. He was fired, but reinstated by an arbitrator. The second firing stems from an incident in 2009. Williams, accused of using excessive force after he reportedly put a choke hold on a man during an arrest in Boston’s North End. On the line to talk about the ruling to reinstate Williams is WGBH News legal analyst and Northeastern University law professor Daniel Medwed. Hi Daniel.

Daniel Medwed: Hi Barbara.

Barbara Howard: Well, in making that ruling yesterday, the Supreme Judicial Court effectively ruled that the Boston Police Department does not have rules that explicitly forbid choke holds. What do you make of that?

Daniel Medwed: That’s’ exactly right. The Boston Police Department’s own use of force policies are very subjective. They allow the use of nonlethal force as long as that force is reasonable. There’s not a general and explicit ban on choke holds. So in other words, as long as the arbitrator here found that Mr. Williams engaged in force that was reasonable, then the BPD was found not to have a justification to require firing him.

Barbara Howard: Well in writing the opinion, Justice Geraldine Hines said “the Court is troubled by the prospect that any use of force not explicitly prohibited by a rule of conduct is essentially unreviewable.” Is that what you’re talking about?

Daniel Medwed: Absolutely. The entire structure is set up to give arbitrators a lot of power in deciding whether or not a termination is justified, because the use of force policies are so open-ended, they’re so subjective, they leave a lot of room for interpretation, and ultimately that interpretation belongs to the arbitrators. The SJC in this opinion by Justice Hines seemed to express frustration between the lines with the inability of the court to overturn or look anew at those arbitrators' decisions.

Barbara Howard: And you’re right about the arbitrator having a lot of power on this. It should be noted that 72 percent of discipline that’s meted out by the commissioner, the police commissioner, Evans, is overturned in arbitration. 72 percent, that’s according to research that was conducted last year by Northeastern University students in cooperation with reporter Mike Beaudet of WCVB television. What do you make of that?

Daniel Medwed: That’s a very powerful figure, and it shows that in the balance of power between the police union and the police department, it seems like the union might be winning when officers are terminated, the union-backed candidates will then have a very good likelihood of success through arbitration. Perhaps beefing up the use of force policies or making more explicit some of the rules could make it harder for arbitrators to reverse these termination decisions.

Barbara Howard: Now the judge went on to write, and I quote, “because choke holds are unpredictably lethal, both officers and the public deserve a bright line rule.” Now what does she mean by that?

Daniel Medwed: I think Justice Hines means that the Boston Police Department should forbid all choke holds under any circumstances because of their unpredictable nature.

Barbara Howard: Well this ruling from the SJC has dealt a real blow to public confidence in the police department, when even the police department itself seems not to be able to get rid of an officer who has been fired by them twice.

Daniel Medwed: Absolutely. And one of the telling issues in this opinion was when Justice Hines criticized the Boston Police Department itself for not investigating this allegation, the allegation against Officer Williams, with alacrity. The person who was injured in the North End filed a complaint, but it languished, it looks like for about a year before the BPD really did anything about it. So on the one hand we can look at this and say, poor Boston Police Department, they can’t even fire their own officers. But on the other hand we can look at it and say, maybe if the BPD had investigated this more quickly and more thoroughly, it could have reached a different result.


Entire Philippine city police force fired over killings | Philippines News | Al Jazeera
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An entire city police force in the Philippines has been fired in metropolitan Manila after some of its members were suspected in the gruesome killings of three teenagers and others were seen ...


What is Police Misconduct?
Police misconduct encompasses illegal or unethical actions or the violation of individuals’ constitutional rights by police officers in the conduct of their duties. Examples of police misconduct include police brutality, dishonesty, fraud, coercion, torture to force confessions, abuse of authority, and sexual assault, including the demand for sexual favors in exchange for leniency. Any of these actions can increase the likelihood of a wrongful conviction.
Police misconduct statistics gathered by the Cato Institute’s National Police Misconduct Reporting Project confirm that around 1% of all police officers commit misconduct in a given year and that the consequences of such misconduct are grim. Keith Findley from the Wisconsin Innocence Project conducted a study and found that police misconduct was a factor in as many as 50% of wrongful convictions involving DNA evidence.
At times, police misconduct is systematic. In one such case, Former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge was arrested on federal obstruction of justice and perjury charges for allegedly lying about whether he and other officers under his command participated in torture and physical abuse of suspects in police custody dating back to the 1980s. On more than one occasion, Burge participated in the torture and physical abuse of persons in police custody in order to obtain confessions and Burge was aware that detectives he supervised engaged in torture and physical abuse of people in police custody. On one specific occasion, in order to coerce a confession, the police officers placed a plastic bag over the suspect’s head until he lost consciousness. He was fired from the police department in 1993 and was later convicted in federal court for perjury connected to a civil lawsuit flied against the city.
Four of Burge’s victims of torture, who were on death row because of their coerced confessions, were granted innocence pardons by the governor after Burge’s police misconduct was brought to light. In all, there were 14 documented cases where death sentences were based on confessions involving allegations of torture.
In most misconduct cases, the misconduct is more subtle than torture. Often times police simply push the envelope in order to obtain a witness statement. In the case of Timothy Atkins, Atkins was convicted after a witness, Denise Powell, testified that Atkins had confessed to the crime. After Atkins was incarcerated for more than two decades, the California Innocence Project presented evidence that Powell was pressured by police to testify. When reversing Atkins’ conviction, the judge held that the officers who interviewed Powell threatened her with jail if she did not provide information about the case.
Like prosecutors, police officers are tasked with making our society safe. Sometimes their zeal leads them to cross the line and use the power of their badges to make a case that otherwise would not be triable. Especially when a brutal and senseless crime occurs, the zeal to see justice done can actually lead to great injustice. Other officers are often reluctant to report misconduct because of the loyalty they feel for their fellow officers. The proliferation of cell phone cameras have allowed citizens to record and report police misconduct. Although, in the past, most misconduct stories were assumed to be false, now, a quick search on Youtube.com results in hundreds of videos exposing incidents of police misconduct. One example of a compilation of news and amateur video about the problems inherent in this system is BrasscheckTV’s Youtube page.
Even now, however, actually making a report of police misconduct can be a challenge for the average citizen, largely because when reporting police misconduct a person has to make the report to the agency being complained about. In many cities, a citizen’s review board will review complaints against police officers. Reforms and close monitoring are required to ensure that police misconduct is discovered quickly and that innocent persons are not falsely accused.
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Personal turmoil weighed on Nashville church shooting suspect
USA TODAY NETWORKAdam Tamburin, The Tennessean Published 8:14 a.m. ET Sept. 26, 2017 | Updated 12:21 p.m. ET Sept. 26, 2017


Alex Emmons
June 14 2016, 1:44 p.m.

THE MAN WHO shot over 100 people and killed 49 in an Orlando nightclub Saturday worked at a retirement home as a security guard for G4S – a giant, often controversial global contracting corporation that provides mercenary forces, prison guards and security services. G4S is one of the world’s largest private security companies, with more than 620,000 employees and a presence in over 100 countries.

G4S confirmed in a statement that Omar Mateen had worked for the company since 2007, and said it was “shocked and saddened” by the shooting. A later statement said that Mateen was subject to “detailed company screening” in 2007 and again in 2013, “with no adverse findings.”

But one of Mateen’s former coworkers told the New York Times that he “saw it coming,” that Mateen “talked about killing people all the time,” and that he was “always angry, sweating, just angry at the world.”

The coworker, who said he quit his job due to harassment from Mateen, explained that he “complained multiple times” to G4S, because Mateen didn’t like “blacks, women, lesbians, and Jews.”

Yet G4S continued to employ Mateen, who was able to obtain a “security officer” license to buy firearms in addition to his state license and conceal carry permit.

Mateen was even allowed to work at G4S while under FBI investigation. According to the FBI, Mateen was suspected of involvement in terror in 2013. The FBI investigation included the use of paid informants, recording conversations, following him, electronic surveillance, and interviewing him three times, FBI Director James Comey said on Monday. The investigation was closed because it produced no hard evidence of terrorist complicity.

G4S’s statement says that Mateen was subject to “checks from a U.S. law enforcement agency with no findings reported to G4S.” But according to the New York Times, the investigation took place because of “reports from [Mateen’s] coworkers, that he… suggested he may have had terrorist ties.”



December 1, 2015 by Allene Edwards
Last updated on: March 15, 2017

Judy Mikovits, PhD is a biochemist and molecular biologist with more than 33 years of experience. Internationally known, a veritable “rock star” of the scientific world, she served as the director of the lab of Antiviral Drug Mechanisms at the National Cancer Institute before directing the Cancer Biology program at EpiGenX Pharmaceuticals. She later developed the first neuroimmune institute. Her early work focused on cancer and HIV, her latest on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and autism. She has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles.

In 2011, she made the discovery that destroyed her career. She found that at least 30% of our vaccines are contaminated with gammaretroviruses. Not only is this contamination associated with autism and chronic fatigue syndrome, it is also associated with Parkinson’s, Lou Gehrig’s disease, and Alzheimer’s.

When she released this shocking information, she was warned by Dr. Andrew Wakefield that she would become a target, just as he had been. But she assured him that all of her work had been properly reviewed and, of course, she was safe.

She was wrong. She was threatened and told to destroy her data; she refused. She was fired, then arrested for supposedly stealing her data from her worksite. She had been facing charges and was bound by a gag order from the court for the last four years. Recently, charges were dropped and the gag order was lifted. Dr. Mikovits is now free to talk, and boy is she talking.

The retroviruses contaminating vaccines originate from mice used for research. Dr. Mikovits asks, “How many new retroviruses have we created through all the mouse research, the vaccine research, gene therapy research? More importantly, how many new diseases have we created?”

“When they destroyed all of our work, and discredited everything I or Frank Ruscetti had ever published, and arranged for the publication of my mug shot in Science, the NIH very deliberately sent the message to researchers everywhere about what would happen to any honest scientist who dared ask those important questions.”


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November 20, 2017
Records show D.C. Police used an LRAD sound cannon to “direct crowd flow” during the Women’s March
Despite risks which include permanent hearing loss, LRADs are increasingly part of police’s crowd control arsenal
Written by Curtis Waltman
Edited by JPat Brown
After a wait of nearly ten months, MuckRock has finally received documents from the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department regarding their response to the protests surrounding President Donald Trump’s inauguration early this year. Surprisingly, while we didn’t receive any records related to the J20 protests, we did receive documents relating to January 21st’s Women’s March, which in Washington D.C. alone attracted by conservative estimates between 450,000 and 500,000 people. While it was the largest protest in the city since the anti-Vietnam War protests of the ’60s and ’70s, no arrests were made.

The After-Action Report provided by the DCMPD, under the header “Improvements,” contains the information that the department utilized both a D.C. National Guard Jump Team, and a Long Range Acoustical Device, better known as an LRAD. The LRAD was used “to assist in instructing the crowd flows on continuing to flow away from the entrances of the stations.”

Since the first documented use of an LRAD sound cannon on protesters by Pittsburgh Police during the 2009 G20 summit, LRAD use by police against activists appears to be on the rise. The Pittsburgh Police Bureau used it again in 2011 during the Super Bowl, the New York Police Department has used it several times including the Eric Garner protests and during Occupy, the Oakland Police Department also used it against Occupy protesters, and more recently and perhaps most prominently, an LRAD was deployed during the Ferguson unrest and the Standing Rock protests.

There are various models of LRAD, with military grade versions that can send voice communications up to 5.5 miles away, and slightly less powerful versions like the LRAD 500X or 300X which are what police departments generally use. All can produce a sound somewhat akin to a high-powered car alarm that can cause intense headaches, nausea, loss of balance, and potentially permanent hearing loss.

The National Institutes of Health says that the risk of hearing loss can begin at as low as 85 dB. The higher the decibels, the higher the chances of permanent hearing damage - pain from sustained sound begins at 120 dB, and at 130 dB, permanent hearing loss is inevitable. Even low-powered models of LRAD’s can easily go up to 140 dB, with most police models capable of reaching at least 152 dB.

In a Motherboard piece written just after Ferguson, protesters describe the experience of being on the receiving end of this sound cannon. Photojournalist Anika Edrei told Motherboard reporter Alex Pasternack, “It was really loud - I could hear it through my fingers.” She continued,

“For the first week, I had a migraine, and just a lot of facial pressure,” she said. “Since the LRAD incident, I’ve been pretty freaked out about going back,” she added. “I’m worried about what damage it caused and it could cause if I went out there again.”
Said photojournalist Shay Horse,

“It feels like your eardrums are beating out of your head. It makes the side of your body that you’ve been hit on feel numb and that your sinuses are inflamed. I felt like I had blood coming out of my orifices. I heard the ringing for about a week.”
DCMPD refused all comment on the subject, so we do not know whether the department has their own LRAD (like the NYPD, which purchased one for roughly around $35,000), or whether it was borrowed from another agency, nor do we have any information on usage or training guidelines. We hope a public records request can uncover some of the answers.

What we do know is that this won’t be the last time the DCMPD plans on deploying its LRAD. If you look at the opening page of the After-Action Report embedded below, it includes the line, “The use of this document is critical for future planning and deployment of Metropolitan Police Department assets and resources.” Read the full records embedded below, or on the request page.


November 20, 2017
J. Edgar Hoover once called the Bill of Rights “literature favorable to Russia and in opposition to the U.S. foreign policy.”
FBI director railed against tax-exempt status of peace groups, called for investigation of judge associated with the NAACP
Written by Emma Best
Edited by JPat Brown
A recently released Federal Bureau of Investigation file shows that then-director J. Edgar Hoover personally wrote to the head of the Internal Revenue Service to complain about the tax exempt status of pro-peace groups, alleging they were led by ‘concealed Communists’ and that they sent out “literature favorable to Russia and in opposition to the U.S. foreign policy” - literature such as the Bill of Rights.The file also reveals that Hoover personally requested a former Governor of the United States Virgin Islands and then-U.S. federal judge be investigated by the Bureau for his association with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Other files show that the FBI’s tracking of NAACP members was hardly a one time affair, as the Bureau dedicated an entire index to NAACP members and leaders. Other groups that received this treatment included La Cosa Nostra (the mafia) and alleged Communists. While the FBI has only acknowledged a handful of people being assigned to their special NAACP index, the Bureau’s dedication to tracking the group underlines the severe racism of the time - a state of affairs which, it appears, has hardly abated.

After a conversation with future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and then member of the NAACP and NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Max Rabb of the Eisenhower Administration reported to the Bureau that two names had been supplied to him by Marshall, saying that they “influenced the NAACP” on a national level. One of the two people was identified as Judge William Henry Hastie, prompting Hoover to personally request information about him on the sole basis of his affiliation with the NAACP.

In response, a memo was produced noting that, among other things, Judge Hastie was affiliated with the Southern Conference for Human Welfare, the National Negro Congress, and the National Conference on Constitutional Liberties. The Bureau’s memo noted with apart alarm that these groups had been designated Executive Order 10450, which targeted spies and anyone involved in “any criminal, infamous, dishonest, immoral, or notoriously disgraceful conduct, habitual use of intoxicants to excess, drug addiction, or sexual perversion.”

For its part, the Central Intelligence Agency objected to the portions of the EO that acknowledged the right to legal counsel, arguing “informally” that portions of the EO didn’t apply to the Agency. This EO wouldn’t be explicitly repealed until the final days of the Obama administration as a result of it’s final Executive Order, EO 13764.

Hoover’s request for information also turned up the FBI’s curious idea of what constituted “Treason.” One of the individuals who had been named was Samuel Ralph Harlow, whose FBI file apparently went back at least two decades prior. In one instance, an informant had complained that Harlow was part of the National Committee of National Religion and Labor Foundation, which was “very leftist” and accused of having “forsaken” G-d in favor of attempting “to solve the world’s troubles by Socialist formulae.” In other words, the group had abandoned “thoughts and prayers” in favor of attempting an actual policy solution.

According to the FBI, this was taken from case number 61-443, serial number 1226. The prefix number of 61 indicates that it was filed under “treason.”

The Bureau also noted that Harlow had been part of some of the same organizations as Judge Hastie, which had been identified pursuant to EO 10450.

One of the organizations that Harlow was associated with appears to have been the target of Hoover’s particular disdain. Hoover went as far as to write a letter, marked CONFIDENTIAL, to the IRS Commissioner about a group called Promoting Enduring Peace, citing it as a matter of Internal Security.

The purpose of the letter was ostensibly to inform the IRS Commissioner of the IRS’ activities, specifically that they had granted the group tax exempt status. Given that Hoover appears to have had no reason to doubt that the IRS was aware of its own activities, this may have been an excuse to send the letter and prod the IRS Commissioner into withdrawing the tax exempt status without actually requesting that.

This seems more likely in light of the fact that Hoover’s letter notes that the IRS had already received this information from the Bureau. The only ostensibly new information in Hoover’s letter was that the group had been soliciting donations and mentioning its tax exempt status.

The Bureau noted that, according to the Acting Superintendent of the local Post Office, the group’s primary objective was distributing “literature favorable to Russia and in opposition to the U.S. foreign policy.” According to an unnamed confidential informant, the group’s leader was also “a concealed member of the Communist Party.”

As for the “literature favorable to Russia and in opposition to the U.S. foreign policy”? It included such subversive materials as the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the U.S.’ own Bill of Rights. It was this pamphlet that Hoover cited in his letter to the IRS. Hoover’s letter did not mention or cite any other publications or pamphlets produced by the group.

You can read portions of the file below, and peruse the rest on the request page.


Global Electrical Vehicle Sales Grew by 63 Percent in the Third Quarter, But Model 3, Leaf, and Bolt Say You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet
Tesla may still be the industry leader in global electrical vehicle sales. And though a very important player — primarily as a gadfly that’s helping to spur key renewable energy innovation through clean energy business models and competition — this story of a breakout in new energy production isn’t just about Tesla.

During July, August and September of 2017, according to Bloomberg, 287,000 electrical vehicles were sold worldwide. This is some pretty stunning growth equaling 63 percent more than during the same period of 2016 and 23 percent more than during April, May and June of 2017.

Electrical vehicle sales saw broad growth in all major markets. However, China experienced very rapid expansion of EV sales and was the primary driver of such a large jump with 160,000 electrical cars sold there in the 3rd quarter alone. Europe came in second with around 70,000 EV sales with North America following third with more than 55,000 EV sales. Since Bloomberg only tracked these major markets, total global EV sales were likely even higher, particularly when you consider that EV sales in places like Japan, India, other parts of Southeast Asia, and Australia are also on the rise.

China’s incentives aimed at cleaning up dirty air through EV purchases weighed strongly. In addition, pledges by various cities, states and nations to fully transition to electrical vehicles coupled with numerous policy incentives are helping to produce a ground swell of rising EV demand. However, EVs are also increasingly available, lower cost, and feature an expanding array of capabilities that are often competitive with or superior to their global warming producing fossil fuel competitors. And a number of new developments indicate that EV sales will continue to rapidly expand in the near term.

Signs the Model 3 Production Log Jam May Be Starting to Clear, Serious Competition on the Rise

During 2017, primarily on the strength of Model S and X sales, Tesla is the global sales leader for EVs at 73,227 cars sold through September. Chevy, runs a distant 7th with 36,963 EV sales through same period. While BYD, BMW, BAIC, Nissan and Toyota fall 2-6th in the global sales rankings thus far.

In the coming months, Tesla plans to be adding thousands of high-quality, lower cost Model 3s to its trend-setting volume. For 2017, the company is likely to hit near 100,000 sales in total. But if Tesla is able to achieve 5,000 Model 3 per week production by early 2018, that number could more than double in the follow-on year.

Presently, Tesla represents 10 percent of global electrical vehicle sales. And Bloomberg expects 1 million electrical vehicles to be sold globally during 2017. Yet during 2018, vehicles like the Leaf, the Model 3, and Chevy’s Bolt really have the potential to blow the lid off even these far-stronger numbers.

(The 2018 Nissan Leaf sold a pheonomenal 14,000 units during October of 2017. A record setting number of an all-electrical vehicle launch. Image source: Nissan.)

Nissan launched its longer range Leaf on October 1 of 2017 in Japan and Europe. And early reports indicate that sales of this model have just been going gangbusters. In total, 14,000 of the vehicles are reported to have moved in just one month — close to Tesla’s goal of hitting 20,000 per month by early 2018. The 2018 Leaf features a shorter range than the Model 3 (150 miles vs 210 for the base Model 3). But it also has a more attractive base price of 30,000 dollars (5,000 dollars lower than the base Model 3). And though not as zippy or sporty as the Model 3, the Leaf’s new design and 147 horsepower are nothing to shake a stick at. In total, for the same price, Leaf buyers are now getting a far more attractive and capable zero emissions vehicle. And though not in the same class as the Model 3, the Leaf is a serious competitor for those without the extra cash.

Hunger for lower cost EVs was also evident in Chevy’s sales of 2,871 Bolts in the U.S. during October. Though nowhere near the pheonomenal Leaf sales totals, the Bolt is giving Tesla a serious run for its money on its home turf in the U.S. And the high quality, 238 mile range Bolt is certainly a competitor of note. Priced about the same as the Model 3’s base vehicle at around 36,000 dollars, the Bolt is unable to compete on performance in any measure other than range. And its economy styling is certainly less appealing. However, the Bolt is nonetheless capable of capturing serious market share. Probably at least in the range of 30,000 to 50,000 annual sales.

With 500,000 pre-orders, the lower cost, longer range EV market still appears to be the Model 3’s to lose. And with a production ramp struggling to reach 440 vehicles by end October, Tesla looked like it was in a bit of a bind as competitors circled in. Yet some clouds appear to be readying to clear for Tesla as lots swell with Model 3s and the company opens up Model 3 orders to regular reservation holders. An indicator that production may finally be starting to ramp.

Understanding the Context — Sooner or Later, Model 3 Ramp is Imminent

In other words, the fact that Tesla is now transferring reservations into orders is an indicator that Tesla is now more confident in its ability to clear bottle necks and to rapidly ramp production. With a large number of employee pre-orders that need to be completed before it starts to meet regular customer orders, it appears that Tesla may be set to hit in excess of 1,000 Model 3s produced per week sooner than feared. However, we’ve seen hopeful signs of Tesla hitting an early production ramp disappointed before. So this news may just be another false signal.

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More than 300 faith leaders condemn ‘sinful’ Roy Moore over sexual harassment allegations
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Tuesday, November 21, 2017, 2:04 PM


Jury awards wrongfully convicted Baltimore man $15 million


A federal jury has awarded $15 million to a wrongfully convicted man in his lawsuit against the Baltimore Police Department and two detectives.

The 47-year-old Burgess spent nearly two decades in prison after being convicted in 1995 of killing his girlfriend. He was sentenced to life plus 20 years in prison. Burgess was released in 2015 after being exonerated.

Burgess’ lawyer Jon Loevy says the $15 million verdict is among the largest in the country for a wrongful conviction case.

In the civil trial, Burgess accused now-retired homicide detectives Gerald Goldstein and Steven Lehman of pinning the crime on him without pursuing other credible leads.


Top cop James O'Neill defends promoting NYPD captain who made controversial rape remarks
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, November 21, 2017, 2:30 PM


Judge dismissed lawsuit accusing Parma police of conducting shoddy investigation in rape case

Updated Nov 21, 2:25 PM;


Southampton police officer settles discrimination lawsuit

Tuesday, November 21, 2017, 9:50 AM


A veteran police officer has settled a gender discrimination lawsuit she filed against the Southampton Town Police Department on eastern Long Island.

Detective Sgt. Lisa Costa claimed in the suit that she was passed over for promotions and faced lewd comments from male colleagues.


Corrections officer arrested on sex charge involving inmate
Staff reports Nov 16, 2017
A corrections officer was arrested Thursday after allegedly imposing a sex act on a woman under his supervision.


Report: Sex charge recommended for King County sheriff


NYPD detective sets husband’s clothes on fire at Long Island home
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 12:20 AM


Redding police chief under investigation
By Katrina Koerting Updated 10:47 pm, Monday, November 20, 2017

Valenti hanged himself after texting friends that he needed police assistance at his home. Police found Valenti in the shed, but Fuchs and other officers at the scene did not initially allow an emergency medical technician to examine him, saying it was a “crime scene.” After a delay of about 13 minutes, the medic tested Valenti and determined he still had some cardiac activity.


Police board overrules superintendent, will review 2012 case


Chicago’s police oversight agency has decided an officer involved in the 2012 fatal shooting of a 15-year-old boy must face a disciplinary hearing that could cost him his job.

Earlier this year, the Independent Police Review Authority determined Officer Brandon Ternand used excessive force when he shot to death Dakota Bright.

The teen was fleeing from police and was 50 feet (15 meters) away when he was struck. The officer said he thought the teen was armed and turned toward him. Investigators didn’t find a weapon.

Superintendent Eddie Johnson


Summit County sheriff's deputy charged with domestic violence

Updated Nov 21, 4:49 PM; Posted Nov 21, 4:43 PM

WKYC reported, citing a police report, that Grogan's wife said he forced her on the bed and tried to shove a whole egg down her throat. She later said Grogan screamed at her and called her names and disregarded her cries for help, the TV station reported.


ACLU suing Phoenix police for records tied to Trump protest




Terror convict: I was mentally incompetent, entrapped by FBI

Published: 11/22/17 @ 12:00


An Ohio man serving 30 years in prison for plotting to attack the U.S. Capitol in support of the Islamic State group wants his plea and sentence thrown out, arguing that he was mentally incompetent and was entrapped by the FBI.

Christopher Lee Cornell, 23, of suburban Cincinnati, recently asked a court to overturn his sentence. He filed the request from a federal prison in Fairton, N.J.

FBI agents arrested him in January 2015 after he bought guns and ammunition, which investigators said were to be used to attack during President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address.

Cornell claims in his request that he was lured into the plot and encouraged by an FBI informant. He says the FBI manufactured the case by taking advantage of his mental illness.

“This is one of the many cases where the FBI created and facilitated a phony terrorist plot to make it appear as though they are doing their job and winning the so-called ‘War on Terror,”’ he says.

Cornell says his counsel should have pursued


The U.S. government has prosecuted 829 people for terrorism since the 9/11 attacks. Most of them never even got close to committing an act of violence.

The U.S. government segregates terrorism cases into two categories — domestic and international. This database contains cases classified as international terrorism, though many of the people charged never left the United States or communicated with anyone outside the country.

Since the 9/11 attacks, most of the 829 terrorism defendants prosecuted by the U.S. Department of Justice have been charged with material support for terrorism, criminal conspiracy, immigration violations, or making false statements — vague, nonviolent offenses that give prosecutors wide latitude for scoring quick convictions or plea bargains. 535 defendants have pleaded guilty to charges, while the courts found 180 guilty at trial. Just 2 have been acquitted and 3 have seen their charges dropped or dismissed, giving the Justice Department a near-perfect record of conviction in terrorism cases.

Today, 361 people charged with terrorism-related offenses are in custody in the United States, including 67 defendants who are awaiting trial and remain innocent until proven guilty


From: Grace Raih
Subject: Freedom of Information Request: Free Speech Rally Boston (DHS)
To Whom It May Concern:
This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:
Any and all reports generated by or in custody of the Department of Homeland Security that concern the August 19th, 2017 "Free Speech Rally" held in Boston, MA with regard to the surrounding counter protests that took place on Boston Common.
I also request any and all relevant Boston Police Department, or Boston Regional Intelligence Center documents in custody of DHS that were generated before, during or after the aforementioned Boston demonstration.
This includes, but is not limited to: electronic communications that mention "Free Speech Rally", Arrest and After Action Reports, compilations of munitions and equipment to be used, Field Analysis Reports, memoranda, photography, videos, Suspicious Activity Reports or Special Threat Assessment Reports (SETAs).
The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.
In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.
Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.
Grace Raih



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Retired FBI agent Shepard speaks Dec. 7 at Foley Library
David Shepard, retired FBI Agent, will present a program on Thursday, Dec 7 at 2 p.m. at the Foley Public Library entitled The Mission of the FBI Abroad.


Hoover's FBI and the Fourth Estate - University Press of Kansas
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2017 Senators Grassely and Leahy do nothing about FBI sexual assaults


Inspector general says mishandling of sexual harassment complaints at Justice Department is a ‘systemic’ problem

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‘If we don’t work together we should be fired’: Ex-CIA agent calls for closer ties with Russia


Michigan State Police internal affairs chief reassigned from her post — then reinstated
Feb. 13, 2018 | Updated 11:43 a.m. ET Feb. 13, 2018

LANSING – The head of the Michigan State Police internal affairs section, who led an investigation that resulted in her director, Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, having to work five days without pay over a controversial Facebook post, was reassigned last week, then reinstated after the Free Press raised questions about the move.
First Lt. Twana Powell was also in charge of a recently completed towing-related internal affairs investigation that officials said was sparked by the ongoing FBI bribery case involving metro Detroit towing titan Gasper Fiore.
MSP spokeswoman Shanon Banner confirmed the department announced internally last week that Powell had been transferred to recruitment and training, in what the MSP described as a lateral move, "to assist ... with background investigations for applicants" wishing to join the department.
The Free Press raised questions about the transfer Friday morning. On Friday afternoon, Banner said Powell's transfer had been "reconsidered and ... Powell is going to remain as the commander of the Professional Standards Section," also known as internal affairs.

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NYPD detective allegedly scammed New Yorkers out of $1.5M by stealing their bank info to pay off debts
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 4:08 PM


NYPD cop found guilty after forging deed, stealing blind man’s Brooklyn home
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 6:08


February 13, 2018
Read the FBI’s guide to Mardi Gras
Mostly redacted assessments warn of potential threat from religious fundamentalists, white supremacists, and Occupy Mardi Gras
Written by JPat Brown
Edited by Beryl Lipton
In response to a FOIA request, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has released several years’ worth of Special Event Threat Assessments regarding Mardi Gras …

which, as the Bureau repeatedly reminds us, “literally means ‘Fat Tuesday’.”

Like previous SETAs we’ve seen, the reports are heavily redacted, though what remains cites potential danger from religious fundamentalists …

white supremacists …

and, oddly enough, Occupy Mardi Gras.

The latter is only identified in a unredacted footnote that most likely refers to the section on “Potential Protests or Disruptions,” however an FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force report from the year prior had listed Occupy Wall Street among domestic terrorist groups.

FBI investigated decades of
https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2018/feb/12/fbi-scientology-allegations/ allegations against Scientology, both foreign and domestic
Charges included murder, money laundering, and even child slavery
Written by Emma Best
Edited by JPat Brown
Recently released Federal Bureau of Investigation files, obtained in the ongoing lawsuit against the Bureau brought by the author and represented pro bono by Dan Novack, describe several investigations into the Church of Scientology, both foreign and domestic.
The first investigation detailed in the new files appears to involve Interpol and several FBI field offices, touching on an Internal Revenue Service investigation into COS, an allegedly murdered informant and a shredding party designed to cover-up Scientology money laundering. The second investigation originated in the Netherlands and looked at criminal behavior that included queries on terrorist and anti-democratic activity from Scientology. In response, the Bureau produced a memo acknowledging that they had “received numerous allegations of criminal violations against COS, including kidnapping, extortion, violations of child labor laws, prostitution, drugs and theft.”

The first of the two investigations discussed in the new files appears to date back to September 7th, 1988 with a teletype from the FBI Director to the Bureau’s field offices in Boston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Tampa. Although unclassified, the teletype was marked for the immediate attention of personnel at the various field offices.

The teletype describes a letter rogatory, or letter of request, from a party whose identity remains redacted. According to the Director’s teletype, the unidentified party wished to travel to the U.S. as part of an investigation “involving the Church of Scientology.” The request was forwarded to Interpol by the DOJ’s Office of International Affairs.

The request was considered urgent, likely due to the time constraints. If possible, the party which had sent the letters rogatory wanted to interview specific subjects by the week of September 12th. The Bureau wanted to be have an update on the status of potential witnesses for the DOJ, and presumably Interpol, “by close of business, September 8, 1988.”

The Director’s teletype makes it clear that the Bureau wasn’t investigating Scientology, despite its desire to help the requesting party with their investigation, including identifying and locating witnesses. The Bureau was “only assisting” the unidentified party in their investigation.

The requests for assistance seem to have been rather specific, going so far as to include specific questions for potential witnesses.

One of the witnesses in Boston that the Bureau sought to contact had been of assistance with several past probes. In Los Angeles, the FBI wanted to contact the IRS’ Criminal Division about investigations into Scientology’s “possible financial transgressions.”

The IRS would later respond that they would be unable to be interviewed, due to a pending tax investigation against Scientology. In order to be interviewed, the IRS agents in question required a specific request from IRS Headquarters.

The tax investigation in question appears to have scared Scientology’s leadership, according to a report the FBI received from an informant about Scientology’s alleged plans to destroy financial documents, including memos reportedly written by L. Ron Hubbard himself. Hubbard had allegedly warned that the COS could never allow the material to fall into the hands of “any outside source.” [emphasis in original]

According to the source, the roughly 30,000 pages of materials set to be destroyed detailed Scientology’s money laundering efforts, detailing how Scientology “acquires, allocates, reports, and distributes their income and how they hide assets.”

The informant warned that as a result of the Bureau’s last raid, people within Scientology had been hurt - “some financially, others physically.” One of the memos reportedly set to be destroyed identified someone that Scientology’s leadership had been informing to the Bureau. The memo, apparently called an “internal policy letter,” allegedly stated that they should “under no circumstances” be allowed to leave the organization, with death being an acceptable measure to prevent their departure. According to the anonymous informant, the individual was killed. The Bureau notified the Assistant U.S. Attorney for Los Angeles as well as the Las Vegas Division, though the portion of the file released doesn’t show how they followed up on the lead.

The Bureau also wanted to contact specific witnesses in Los Angeles, including informants who had “been effective members of the Church of Scientology and have held important offices in the organization including the management of money.” Other witnesses in L.A. were believed to have information on “various documents concerning the policies of Ron Hubbard the content of which is particularly interesting” to the requesting party.


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Bronx DA’s office overrun with sex, booze and fights, crime analyst says




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Australian police official quits over racist, obscene posts

Monday, February 26, 2018, 9:14 PM





City  settles Las Cruces police brutality case for $1.4 million

 3:40 p.m. MT Feb. 25, 2018

LAS CRUCES - The city of Las Cruces decided last year not to appeal a $1.6 million jury award given to a former Las Cruces couple who successfully sued two police officers over allegations of brutality and civil rights violations.

Instead, the city decided to enter into a settlement with the couple, Jillian and Andrew Beck, agreeing to pay them a total of $1.4 million, according to the Las Cruces law firm that represented the couple.


The Becks' lawsuit centered on allegations that two Las Cruces police officers — Isaiah Baker and Joseph Campa — violated the couple's civil rights when they responded to a dispute involving the Becks and a neighbor.

The incident occurred the evening of Jan. 5, 2013, according to the lawsuit. 

Jillian Beck, then 26, had been "upset with a neighbor who was throwing rocks and blowing an air horn in the middle of the night at another neighbor's dog," the lawsuit states. After explaining her complaint to Baker, Beck turned to walk away, according to the lawsuit. But then Baker "unexpectedly grabbed her arm, twisted it behind her back, and slammed her to the ground," the lawsuit states.

During the trial last February, it was revealed that Beck had tried to lift her head off the ground to call out to a neighbor. But as she lifted her head, Baker slammed her face onto rocks, her attorneys said. An image of Beck's bloodied face was presented as evidence during the trial. Her nose and wrist were broken and fractured.

When her husband then attempted to help her, he was detained by Campa. He testified that he believed his wife was "choking on her own blood," according to his attorneys.

During the trial, a police audio recording of the incident was played for the jury. In the recording, Baker can be heard saying "she got thrown" and she got a "face full of rocks," Strickland said. A female officer then said "cool" in response.






Ex-state treasurer to help in Albuquerque police reform






February 26, 2018

Forty years ago, the CIA was prohibited from engaging in assassinations - again

Memos in CREST offer a look at the Agency reaction to President Carter’s E.O. 12036

Written by Beryl Lipton

Edited by JPat Brown

Forty years ago - in the aftermath of a very public American reckoning with the nation’s Intelligence Community that featured the Watergate scandalthe Churchand Pike Committees, and the Rockefeller Commission - President Jimmy Carter signed Executive Order 12036 on January 24th, 1978, placing additional restrictions on the Central Intelligence Agency’s ability to operate in the United States …

and further prohibiting the Agency from committing assassinations …

which had also been a part of President Gerald Ford’s E.O. 11905 two years earlier.

The order set up the National Foreign Intelligence Board, which still exists …

as well as the National Intelligence Tasking Center.

CIA’s CREST archive contains a collection of notes and memorandums related to CIA’s negotiations with the Executive prior to the Order, in addition to materials related to the implementation of its details. 




On Russia, Americans trust special counsel Mueller more than Trump, USA TODAY poll shows

Susan Page and Marilyn Icsman, USA TODAYPublished 12:22 p.m. ET Feb. 26, 2018 | Updated 3:46 p.m. ET Feb. 26, 2018


13 Shocking Facts About Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller

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9/11 Cover Up

Rowley says:

TIME Magazine would probably have not called my own disclosures a “bombshell memo” to the Joint Intelligence Committee Inquiry in May 2002 if it had not been for Mueller’s having so misled everyone after 9/11.

In addition, Rowley says that the FBI sent Soviet-style “minders” to her interviews with the Joint Intelligence Committee investigation of 9/11, to make sure that she didn’t say anything the FBI didn’t like. The chairs of both the 9/11 Commission and the Official Congressional Inquiry into 9/11 confirmed that government “minders” obstructed the investigation into 9/11 by intimidating witnesses (and see this).

Mueller’s FBI also obstructed the 9/11 investigation in many other ways. For example, an FBI informant hosted and rented a room to two hijackers in 2000. Specifically, investigators for the Congressional Joint Inquiry discovered that an FBI informant had hosted and even rented a room to two hijackers in 2000 and that, when the Inquiry sought to interview the informant, the FBI refused outright, and then hid him in an unknown location. See this and this.

Harper’s notes:

Bob Graham, the former chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told me recently that Robert Mueller, then the FBI director (and now the special counsel investigating connections between Russia and the Trump campaign) made “the strongest objections” to Jacobson and his colleagues visiting San Diego.

Graham and his team defied Mueller’s efforts, and Jacobson flew west. There he discovered that his hunch was correct. The FBI files in California were replete with extraordinary and damning details …


Nevertheless, Mueller adamantly refused their demands to interview him, even when backed by a congressional subpoena, and removed Shaikh to an undisclosed location ‘for his own safety.’

Graham also wrote that the FBI also “insisted that we could not, even in the most sanitized manner, tell the American people that an FBI informant had a relationship with two of the hijackers.”

And Kristen Breitweiser – one of the four 9/11widows instrumental in forcing the government to form the 9/11 Commission to investigate the 2001 attacks – points out:

Mueller and other FBI officials had purposely tried to keep any incriminating information specifically surrounding the Saudis out of the Inquiry’s investigative hands. To repeat, there was a concerted effort by the FBI and the Bush Administration to keep incriminating Saudi evidence out of the Inquiry’s investigation. And for the exception of the 29 full pages, they succeeded in their effort.

Iraq War

Rowley notes:

When you had the lead-up to the Iraq War … Mueller and, of course, the CIA and all the other directors, saluted smartly and went along with what Bush wanted, which was to gin up the intelligence to make a pretext for the Iraq War. For instance, in the case of the FBI, they actually had a receipt, and other documentary proof, that one of the hijackers, Mohamed Atta, had not been in Prague, as Dick Cheney was alleging. And yet those directors more or less kept quiet. That included … CIA, FBI, Mueller, and it included also the deputy attorney general at the time, James Comey.


Rowley also points out:

Mueller was even okay with the CIA conducting torture programs after his own agents warned against participation. Agents were simply instructed not to document such torture, and any “war crimes files” were made to disappear. Not only did “collect it all” surveillance and torture programs continue, but Mueller’s (and then Comey’s) FBI later worked to prosecute NSA and CIA whistleblowers who revealed these illegalities.

Anthrax Frame-Up

Mueller also presided over the incredibly flawed anthrax investigation.

The U.S. Government Accountability Office says the FBI’s investigation was “flawed and inaccurate”. The investigation was so bogus that a senator called for an “independent review and assessment of how the FBI handled its investigation in the anthrax case.”

The head of the FBI’s anthrax investigation says the whole thing was a sham. He says that the FBI higher-ups “greatly obstructed and impeded the investigation”, that there were “politically motivated communication embargoes from FBI Headquarters”.

The FBI’s anthrax investigation head said that the FBI framed scientist Bruce Ivins. On July 6, 2006, he filed a whistleblower report of mismanagement to the FBI’s Deputy Director pursuant to Title 5, United States Code, Section 2303, which noted:

(j) the FBI’s fingering of Bruce Ivins as the anthrax mailer; and, (k) the FBI’s subsequent efforts to railroad the prosecution of Ivins in the face of daunting exculpatory evidence.

Following the announcement of its circumstantial case against Ivins, Defendants DOJ andFBI crafted an elaborate perception management campaign to bolster their assertion of Ivins’ guilt. These efforts included press conferences and highly selective evidentiary presentations which were replete with material omissions.

In other words, Mueller presided over the attempt to frame an innocent man (and see this).

Unsure If Government Can Assassinate U.S. Citizens Living On U.S. Soil

Rather than saying “of course not!”, Mueller said that he wasn’t sure whether Obama had the right to assassinate Americans living on American soil.

Constitutional expert Jonathan Turley commented at the time:

One would hope that the FBI Director would have a handle on a few details guiding his responsibilities, including whether he can kill citizens without a charge or court order.


He appeared unclear whether he had the power under the Obama Kill Doctrine or, in the very least, was unwilling to discuss that power. For civil libertarians, the answer should be easy: “Of course, I do not have that power under the Constitution.”

Crippled Investigations of Financial Fraud … Helping to Allow the Great Recession

In a 2013 piece entitled “Mueller: I Crippled FBI Effort v. White-Collar Crime“, the country’s top white collar crime expert, William Black – who put over 1,000 top S&L executives in jail for fraud, and is a  professor of law and economics at the University of Missouri – wrote:

The FBI never developed “an intelligence operation” “to analyze threats” of even epidemic fraud.


White-collar crime investigations and prosecutions are massive money makers that reduce the deficit, but Mueller, Holder, and Obama refuse to make these points and refuse to prosecute the elite bank fraudsters. On substantive and political grounds their actions are either inexplicable or all too explicable and support my readers’ belief that the FBI leadership no longer wants to investigate and prosecute the elite bank frauds.

This is important because:

§  Fraud CAUSED the Great Depression and the 2008 financial crisis

§  Numerous Nobel prize winning economists say that we need to prosecute fraud, or else the economy will never truly stabilize

§  After the Great Depression, the government cracked down on Wall Street fraud.  But Mueller and other Bush and Obama administration officials let it slide

(There are a lot of people more responsible for the Great Recession – and for lack of reform afterwards – than Mueller.   For example, Mueller’s boss (the FBI is a part of the Department of Justice) made it more or less official policy not to prosecute financial fraud.   But this is another example of Mueller dropping the ball.

Spying on Americans

Mueller participated in one of the greatest expansions of mass surveillance in human history.

As we noted in 2013:

NBC News reports:

NBC News has learned that under the post-9/11 Patriot Act, the government has been collecting records on every phone call made in the U.S.

On March 2011, FBI Director Robert Mueller told the Senate Judiciary Committee:

We have put in place technological improvements relating to the capabilities of a database to pull together past emails and future ones as they come in so that it does not require an individualized search.

Remember, the FBI – unlike the CIA – deals with internal matters within the borders of the United States.

On May 1st of this year, former FBI agent Tim Clemente told CNN’s Erin Burnett that all present and past phone calls were recorded:

BURNETT: Tim, is there any way, obviously, there is a voice mail they can try to get the phone fcompanies to give that up at this point. It’s not a voice mail. It’s just a conversation. There’s no way they actually can find out what happened, right, unless she tells them?

CLEMENTE: “No, there is a way. We certainly have ways in national security investigations to find out exactly what was said in that conversation. It’s not necessarily something that the FBI is going to want to present in court, but it may help lead the ainvestigation and/or lead to questioning of her. We certainly can find that out.

BURNETT: “So they can actually get that? People are saying, look, that is incredible.

CLEMENTE: “No, welcome to America. All of that stuff is being captured as we speak whether we know it or like it or not.”

The next day, Clemente again appeared on CNN, this time with host Carol Costello, and she asked him about those remarks. He reiterated what he said the night before but added expressly that “all digital communications in the past” are recorded and stored:

NSA whistleblowers say that this means that the NSA collects “word for word” all of our communications.

Colleen Rowley writes:

Mueller’s FBI was also severely criticized by Department of Justice Inspector Generals finding the FBI overstepped the law improperly serving hundreds of thousands of “national security letters” to obtain private (and irrelevant) metadata on citizens, and for infiltrating nonviolent anti-war groups under the guise of investigating “terrorism.”

Covering Up for Turkish Terrorists

Sibel Edmonds, a former FBI translator who has been deemed credible by the Department of Justice’s Inspector General, several senators (free subscription required), and a coalition of prominent conservative and liberal groups, who the ACLU described as “The most gagged person in the history of the United States of America”, and who famed Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg says possesses information “far more explosive than the Pentagon Papers”, says that Mueller covered up a Turkish terror network.

Gagging Whistleblowers

Edmonds also said that Mueller gagged her and other whistleblowers.


Rather than being “above the fray”,  Mueller is an authoritarian and water-carrier for the status quo and the powers-that-be.

As Coleen Rowley puts it:

Mueller was chosen as Special Counsel not because he has integrity but because he will do what the powerful want him to do.

Mueller didn’t speak the truth about a war he knew to be unjustified. He didn’t speak out against torture. He didn’t speak out against unconstitutional surveillance. And he didn’t tell the truth about 9/11. He is just “their man.”


It’s sad that political partisanship is so blinding and that so few people remember the actual sordid history.


























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Ex-Minneapolis FBI agent accused of leaking files to media
Washington Post-
MINNEAPOLIS — A former FBI agent who allegedly shared secret documents with a national media organization has been charged months after Attorney General Jeff Sessions vowed to crack down on government leaks. Terry J. Albury, who was an agent in Minnesota, faces two counts of unauthorized ...
The charges allege Albury shared two documents with a reporter, including one dated Aug. 17, 2011, that relates to how the FBI assesses confidential informants. The other document, which is undated, pertains to “threats posed by certain individuals from a particular Middle Eastern country,” according to the information


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Lawyers Cite Race In Defense Of Black FBI Agent Who Leaked Classified Info

“He accepts full responsibility for the conduct set forth in the Information. We would like to add that as the only African-American FBI field agent in Minnesota, Mr. Albury’s actions were driven by a conscientious commitment to long-term national security and addressing the well-documented systemic biases within the FBI.”


Man says FBI pressured him to recant racial profiling claim
The next month, Perkins received a call from FBI agent Robert Hilland. Accompanied by the campus police lieutenants, Hilland interviewed Perkins in a small conference room at the law school. Perkins said he quickly sensed the investigation was focused on him, not the officers. “He said something to the ...




Madrid police dogs get 'Mozart effect' music therapy
BBC News-
Madrid's police dogs are to get air-conditioning and music therapy to improve their well-being. The Spanish capital's municipal police force has installed a specialised system providing music therapy for its service dogs. It is hoped that the innovation will reduce the levels of stress experienced by the dogs. The technique ...



Detroit police investigate sexual assault allegation against officer
Detroit Free Press-
The Detroit Police Department is investigating an allegation of criminal sexual conduct against an officer of the 11th precinct, police confirmed. Police Chief James Craig told reporters at a press conference Wednesday that investigators have tried, but have not been able to interview the woman who made ...



Why does a city without a police force have a weapons vault ...
Los Angeles Times-
Compton officials are scrambling to explain the theft of 31 handguns from a municipal vault that contained nearly 200 weapons from the city's long-disbanded police department and a corps of formerly armed code-enforcement officers. "There's stuff a little too loosey-goosey around here," City Manager ...



Officer charged with money laundering financed Lamborghini through police credit union
Two Houston police officers are among 22 people facing charges related to illegal gambling and money laundering. Both officers are accused of buying expensive cars as part of the scheme.



Police shootings cost cities millions in settlements

Attorney for Stephon Clark's family agreed to millions in settlements in other police killings




Parkland student targets Ingraham's advertisers after tweet about college rejections
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Arizona police department arming motorcycle police with AR-15s
BY JOSH DELK - 03/28/18 08:13 PM EDT



The Sacramento Kings say there will be a heavy police presence to keep protesters from blocking fans from entering the team’s arena for a third time.

Demonstrators upset with the fatal shooting an unarmed black man by police in California’s capital earlier this month twice prevented thousands of fans from entering Golden 1 Center. Team members and owners supported the protest at another game, with members donning warm-up T-shirts honoring 22-year-old Stephon Clark.



Tensions flare at NYC protest of Sacramento police shooting





Hundreds enter Sacramento City Hall protesting police killing of Stephon Clark

Outraged demonstrators, protesting the police shooting death of Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man, entered Sacramento City Hall calling for justice on March 27, 2018. The protest, attended by Clark's brother, prompted police to shut down admission to the Sacramento Kings game.




NYPD wrong on discipline-records stance for over 40 years, lawyer admits

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, March 29, 2018, 12:06 AM



Mom furious after sick daughter is cuffed for 7 hours at police precinct

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 8:52 PM






Bridgeport cop charged with assault, DUI in wrong-way crash
By Daniel Tepfer Updated 4:44 pm, Tuesday, March 27, 2018



The Latest: Protesters again block Sacramento NBA arena over police

shooting of unarmed black man


Video from a police shooting in South Carolina shows a volunteer officer firing as many as eight shots at a car as the driver hits a police cruiser and then drives away from a traffic stop.



Stamford police reward pedestrians for safely crossing street
By John Nickerson Updated 5:08 pm, Tuesday, March 27, 2018




“Electric cars are disasters; they are evil," says Hyundai union head
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Cops' lack of training on use of deafening loudspeakers may protect them from lawsuits

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 5:28 PM


NYPD officer cuffed for lying about seeing gun in suspect’s apartment under oath

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 2:10 PM



At Trial of Omar Mateen’s Wife, Judge’s Questioning Reveals a Huge Hole in Prosecution’s Case and Deceit by Prosecutors
Glenn Greenwald, Murtaza Hussain
March 22 2018, 7:51 p.m.
Photo: John Raoux/AP
IN A FEDERAL COURTROOM in Orlando this afternoon, the prosecution of Noor Salman, the wife of Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen, suffered a major setback. In front of the jury





American who escaped Al Qaeda captivity says FBI, under Mueller and Comey, betrayed him




– After he escaped from Al Qaeda in Syria, American photojournalist Matt Schrier investigated his own kidnapping and uncovered what he describes as a pattern of "betrayal" by FBI agents handling his case.

Schrier is now asking hard questions of former FBI Director Robert Mueller, who now leads the special counsel Russia probe, and former FBI Director James Comey, who was fired by President Trump in May 2017.

"Not every FBI agent is bad. Some are very good people," Schrier told Fox News. "But the ones that are bad need to be weeded out. And the ones who let them be bad, and who turn their head, need to be exposed."

In an exclusive cable interview that first aired Monday on "The Story" with Martha MacCallum, Schrier went in depth, sharing emails, financial records and formal letters of complaint, which backed up allegations that after he was taken hostage in 2012, the FBI monitored his accounts as Al Qaeda terrorists used his money to buy at least a dozen computers and tablets.





Suspect taped cop, FBI agents grilling him over bribery and lying about warrant — while he drank heavily

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, March 26, 2018, 4:00 AM



March 26, 2018
FBI investigated early LGBT organization for alleged Communist ties
Bureau saw the Mattachine Society’s push for Gay Rights as evidence of pro-Soviet sentiment
Written by Joey Del Ponte
Edited by JPat Brown
At the height of the Cold War, an informant’s tips resulted in the Federal Bureau of Investigation looking into the then newly-formed LGBT organization, the Mattachine Society and their publication ONE Magazine. The organization was started in 1950 by activist Harry Hay and a group of men from Los Angeles seeking unify the gay community, educate the public, and recognize homosexuals as a marginalized and oppressed group.
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The FBI was concerned that the organization was pro-Communist and had been publishing articles detailing allegations of unfair government discrimination and entrapment by police departments. In particular, the Bureau was interested in a ONE Magazine article called “Are you now, or have you ever been a homosexual?” about an airline that enlisted the FBI to do a “thorough investigation of the private lives of its employees.” In other words, interrogate employees suspected of being gay.
The Bureau’s takeaway was that the article’s author was pro-Communist.

The retelling of the interrogation features the first of many references to “loyalty oaths” in the Mattachine file, jarring reminders of the political landscape of early McCarthyism. According to the file, employees of the unmentioned airline were asked to reaffirm their loyalty oaths, and were subsequently cornered into waiving their rights to refuse to answer questions about their sexuality. The FBI, however, denied that they ever worked with an airline.

The file also show that the leader of the San Francisco chapter, presumed to be Hay, was dropped from the University of California, Berkeley payroll for refusing to sign a loyalty oath.
By checking ONE Inc.’s incorporation documents, the FBI discovered that the non-profit’s first three directors were Martin Block, Dale Jennings, and Tony Reyes of Los Angeles. The investigations into affiliated members and their alleged Communist leanings lead the FBI to procure Mattachine Society questionnaires, meant to be sent to local lawmakers. The questionnaires highlight the organization’s concerns about police harassment.



NYPD slammed by DOI for downgrading importance of date rape cases

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 11:16 AM



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Navy SEAL to plead not guilty to murdering ISIS teen, other war crimes





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Sinaloa Cartel Paid $1M a Month to Bribe Mexican Officials, Ex-Trafficker Testifies in El Chapo Trial

‘El Chapo’ Guzman

By Steve Neavling

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FBI Formed New Media-Leaks Unit, Internal Documents Show

The FBI last year established a new unit to counter “media leak threats,” according to internal documents obtained by TYT under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).






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The government’s star witness in the trial of El Chapo Guzman  was trying to buy information from a man who was instrumental in the purchase of the DC-9 — dubbed “Cocaine One” for its resemblance...



The FBI investigated The Village Voice and RCFP for espionage in 1976

by Emma Best

January 02, 2019

Documents obtained by MuckRock reveal both what triggered the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s espionage investigation of The Village Voice, and what caused it to expand to include the Reporter’s Committee for Freedom of the Press.

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The community’s needs above all: Lessons from the Providence External Review Authority’s struggle for police accountability

by Lucas Smolcic Larson

January 03, 2019

Driven by movements for police accountability, civilian oversight agencies have become commonplace across the county. But often politically weak and under-resourced, they fail to live up to the aspirations of the activists that fight for them. In Providence, Rhode Island, a civilian oversight agency works to reestablish its legitimacy.

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NYPD sergeant busted for dealing heroin, feds say





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Black off-duty cop beaten by brothers in blue 







awarded $5 million settlement from NYC


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Louisiana deputy allegedly forced mother to perform oral sex on 1-year-old son


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'It’s a miracle': Helsinki's radical solution to homelessness


lieutenant, trooper sentenced to 1 day in prison in State Police overtime scandal

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deputy who stayed outside during Parkland shooting ‘cost lives,’ charged with multiple felonies


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The Supreme Court Just Made It Easier for Police to Arrest You for Filming Them



Violent Far-Right Extremists Are Rarely Prosecuted as Terrorists

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March 23 2019, 8:34


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Minneapolis police officer who shot 911 caller sentenced to 12½ years


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Probe: State Police didn’t deliberately withhold info in 2017 fatal crash

By Danny McDonald and Shelley Murphy Globe Staff,June 7, 2019, 9:22 p

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Former Head Cop of Pedophile Unit Arrested for not Registering as a Sex Offender
He was once the top cop of New Orleans pedophile unit. Now he's been arrested for not registering as a sex offender.
Stanley Carl Burkhardt, 68, the convicted pedophile who oversaw the New Orleans Police Department child sex abuse investigations unit between the 1970s until 1987, before he was revealed to be a pedophile himself, was arrested last week for not registering as a sex-offender.
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Lawyers Press Case That 9/11 Confessions Given to F.B.I. Are Tainted
July 29, 2019 | The New York Times


Subject: Freedom of Information Act Request: FBI files on Art Kunkin

To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:
- Any records regarding Arthur Glick Kunkin (March 28, 1928 - April 30, 2019), the Los Angeles-based publisher of the Free Press. Please search for cross-referenced records relevant to my inquiry, as well as ELSUR records. Proof of death is not required, as his death has been reported: https://www.latimes.com/local/obituaries/la-me-art-kunkin-la-free-press-dead-20190508-story.html
The requested documents will