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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


L.A. NOW  
Why some of the most controversial police shootings aren't on video

Kate MatherThe LAPD has acknowledged that failing to turn on body-worn cameras before a critical incident is a concern and said it is trying to remedy the issue. But similar failures by officers are bedeviling police agencies around the co


La. officer gets 40 years for fatally shooting autistic boy, 6
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Friday, March 31, 2017, 7:

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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.

Donor, cops in corrupt scheme hope bribery ruling clears them

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


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Special to the New York Times
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


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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.



Democrat Miami Beach Commissioner: “We Need to Give the Cops Back their Bullets, Remove their Body Cams”


People's Police Report #70 - January 2017

Table of Contents (text only- May 2017)

(Note: you can also see a pdf version of the newsletter with graphics)
• 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
• Quick Flashes PPR 70   
  • PPB Violence at Post-Election Protests
  • City Pays Big Bucks for Misconduct
• Rapping Back #70   


Minn. police officer found not guilty in Philando Castile Facebook Live shooting death
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Friday, June 16, 2017, 6:32 PM

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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Annotated Table of Contents





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
by Beryl Lipton
June 15, 2017
The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled Tuesday that the Federal Communications Commission lacks the authority to cap intrastate prison phone call rates, putting to an end an Obama-era effort to rein in the bloated costs that come with dialing home from jail.
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Criminal probe of Chicago cop's death was underway when widow cop died, sources sayah

Police coverup in cop's death.


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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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The CIA’s six most dangerous FOIA topics
by Emma Best
June 21, 2017
In a 1978 memo urging the curbing of the newly-empowered Freedom of Information Act, the CIA compiled a list of six FOIA request topics considered to be the most potentially dangerous to the Agency’s reputation.


Norway issues $1bn threat to Brazil over rising Amazon destruction
Deforestation in the Amazon is increasing amid cuts to protection, putting Norway’s financial aid in jeopardy, says minister


Booze Dealers Retain Exclusive Rights to Pot Distribution in Nevada

June 21, 2017


Police killings: the price of being disabled and black in America
Normal police procedures often force people with disabilities to stay closeted, even to themselves. How can there be justice without addressing the stigma of disability and race?
by David Perry in Chicago, Illinois


Hawaii's largest homeless camp: rock bottom or a model refuge?
Long America’s vacation paradise, Hawaii is in a state of emergency as it battles a homelessness crisis. Could Pu’uhonua safe zones help alleviate the problem?


Overheated French male bus drivers don skirts in defiance of dress code
Nantes crew respond to ban on shorts by turning up in skirts in protest against ‘unacceptable working conditions’


W. Va. Court Revives Claims Mormon Church Protected Child Molester

June 16, 201


Justin Welby asks George Carey to quit over church abuse report
Archbishop of Canterbury asks predecessor to step down from honorary position after report on church collusion with Peter Ball

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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Uber driver accuses Oklahoma senator of sexual assault, investigation ongoing
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, July 6, 2017, 9:12 AM


Oregon civic group pushes 'faith-based organization' to remove 'Jesus Loves Strippers' sign

July 6, 2017, 10:57 AM


Army charges soldier over infamous air drop gone wrong in ‘Humvee bomb’ video


CIA’s former senior officer for Congressional affairs was convicted of lying to Congress
by Emma Best
July 05, 2017
Clair George, the CIA officer who was placed in charge of briefing Congress on CIA’s activities, withheld information about the beginnings of the Iran-Contra affair, and was later convicted of lying to Congress. After an eight-month tenure that led to a nearly complete communications breakdown between the Agency and Congress, George was promoted to the third most senior position within the CIA.
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Semen-slinging NYPD cop gets his discrimination suit against city tossed

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, July 6, 2017, 9:09 PM


What Will/Can the Supreme Court Do about Partisan Gerrymandering?
The Supreme Court’s upcoming ruling in Gill v. Whitford may be partisan gerrymandering’s most significant legal battle yet. Law professor Justin Levitt discusses why it matters, how we got here, and what we should

Report: After Alabama conviction, scammer went to work for FBI -- and kept on scamming

Updated on July 6, 2017 at 2:06 PM Posted on July 6, 2017 at 12:09 PM


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.


Pennsylvania district judge accused of watching porn in office

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, July 6, 2017, 3:05 PM


The horrifying case of Curtis Maroney illustrates the need for more oversight in bail enforcement
by Curtis Waltman
July 06, 2017
In the process of continuing our investigation on the world of bail enforcement, we have uncovered the horrifying case of Curtis Maroney, a South Carolina bounty hunter who for years abused his position to extort women for manual labor and sexual favors.
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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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El Salvador teen rape victim sentenced to 30 years in prison after stillbirth
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July 6, 2017
CIA came up with 126 reasons to deny your FOIA request
Agency’s list of ways to censor information because it’s classified has been censored because it’s classified
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.

Which countries are the most (and least) committed to reducing 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.
Dr. Gerald Haines, who was a... more »

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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
From: Warnick,Jeremy
Subject: Re: Public Records Law Request: Cambridge, MA PD Citizen Complaints
Mr. Cartwright,
In response to your request, please find the below and attached information that will address the information you are seeking.
Jeremy Warnick
Director of Communications
Cambridge Police Department

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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.

There will



Suspect dead, 2 Los Banos officers shot after gunfire erupts during a struggle





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
Legal Counsel
Dept. of Rehabilitation & Correction
770 West Broad St.
Columbus, OH 43222
(614) 752-1784 phone
(614) 752-1034 fax
Please note that this message and/or any attachments may contain confidential attorney work product and/or may otherwise be privileged or confidential and/or protected from disclosure by applicable law. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that you have received this message in error. Any review, dissemination, distribution or copying of this message is strictly prohibited. If you have received this message in error, please notify the sender by reply or by telephone at 614-752-1784 and immediately delete this message and any attachments.

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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
Director, Media Relations

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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

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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
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Secret Service officer gives hot meal to homeless man


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SAPD officer admits to providing feces sandwich to homeless man

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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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Georgia Tech campus police shoot, kill barefoot female student holding 'tiny' knife
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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.

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Royalton Officer Resigns; FBI Visits Station

By Matt Hongoltz-Hetling
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.


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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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Church Shooter has ties to G4S   see second post below


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



FBI Public Relations Branding


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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Hoover's FBI and the Fourth Estate. The Campaign to Control the Press and the Bureau's Image. Matthew Cecil . AEJMC Book Award. Finalist, Frank Luther Mott-Kappa Tau Alpha Research Award. “In the present day, ...
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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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