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Many Errors by Cleveland Police, Then a Fatal One

JANUARY 22, 2015
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Ombudsman: 'Human failings' caused BPD drug squad issues
January 22, 2015

BOISE -- The Boise Police Department has agreed to review policies governing the vice squad after an investigation into alleged misconduct including improper handling of evidence.

Boise's Interim Ombudsman Dennis Dunne issued recommendations Jan. 13 after the Office of Internal Affairs identified issues within Boise Area Narcotic and Drug Interdiction Team (BANDIT.) The recommendations come in the wake of investigations that led to the departure of two officers and the suspension of a third.

But Dunne noted in his report that the missteps that launched the investigation were not due to problems in policy or training. Rather, he categorized them as "human failings."

"Human beings made poor decisions which resulted in their doing things which were already prohibited," Dunne wrote in his report. "Other human beings failed to become aware and take action on these problems before they escalated. As long as BPD must hire from the human race, human failings are always going to be possible."

The investigation began in spring of 2011 after an anonymous report of misconduct was made against a member of the BANDIT squad. The scrutiny broadened to include several more officers and was taken up as part of a crimina
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Renowned medical examiner testifies in former FBI agent's trial
January 23 2015

The testimony of a nationally renowned forensic pathologist Thursday was contrary to a former FBI special agent’s claim that he acted in self-defense when he killed his estranged wife nearly two years ago.

Dr. Marcella Fierro, the retired chief medical examiner in Virginia, testified that at least one shot was fired into Julie Gonzales on April 19, 2013, while she was dead on the kitchen floor.

Gonzales’ husband, Arthur B. Gonzales, is charged with second-degree murder and using a firearm in the commission of a felony in connection with the slaying.

His scheduled nine-day trial in Stafford Circuit Court, which began Tuesday, will resume this morning.

Gonzales has claimed that he shot his wife that afternoon after she charged at him with a knife.

He has said she became upset when he tried to talk to her about speeding up their divorce.

His first trial last year ended with a hung jury.

Prosecutors Eric Olsen and Kristen Bird enlisted the help of Fierro for this trial, and she spent most of the morning explaining the scientific rationale behind her conclusions.

Fierro said her examination of the evidence showed that the “shored” wound caused by one of the four shots that struck Julie Gonzales clearly was the result of the bullet striking a hard surface, presumably the floor, as it tried to exit her body.

Gonzales contends that his wife was upright and coming at him when he shot her.

The forensic scientist who performed the autopsy, Jennifer Bowers, testified Wednesday and at the previous trial that the shored wound could have resulted from the bullet striking the victim’s bra.

But Fierro said that while certain bras could cause such a result, the bra Julie Gonzales was wearing was not sturdy enough to do so.

Asked by defense attorney Mark Gardner about the fact that Bowers and a scientist hired by the defense came to differing conclusions, Fierro replied, “I think that I probably have more experience with that.”

The prosecution contends that problems in Arthur Gonzales life at the time caused him to lose it when he unexpectedly encountered his wife that day at their home on Alderwood Drive.

The couple was in the process of a divorce, and Arthur Gonzales had the house and custody of their two sons.

The prosecution put on a number of FBI employees and other witnesses who talked about such things as Gonzales’ obsession with 23-year-old FBI employee Kara Cast and his dismay over having to pay $2,000 a month to his estranged wife as part of a court order.

Cast had moved in with Gonzales the week of the slaying. On her first night in the home, Gonzales went through her phone and found evidence that she was seeing another man.

She eventually married that other man, FBI special agent Allen George. George was among the witnesses who testified Thursday.

Gonzales’ attorneys have contended that Julie Gonzales was the only one who’d been aggressive in their marriage and that he had no motive to want her dead.

The most riveting moment in Thursday’s testimony came while Gardner was cross-examining Fierro.

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January 23 2015

Ex-officers sue over release of confidential information

A group of former officers from a defunct Los Angeles County police organization has filed a lawsuit accusing the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department of leaking confidential information to the Los Angeles Times.

The 12-page lawsuit filed by 44 former Office of Public Safety officials centers around a series of Times articles reporting that the Sheriff’s Department had hired employees with a history of misconduct.

After the little-known Office of Public Safety was dissolved in 2010, officers were allowed to transfer to the Sheriff’s Department. But the 280 officers picked included a number of problematic hires, such as employees who had had sex at work, solicited prostitutes or had accidentally fired their weapons, according to The Times report.

Records showed that for nearly 100 hires, investigators found evidence of dishonesty, such as falsifying police records; and nearly 200 had been rejected from other agencies for issues such as past misconduct and failed entrance exams, according to the report.

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New Jersey police shoot man dead after stopping car –

January 23 2015

Video has emerged of New Jersey police officers shooting and killing the passenger of a car within two minutes of making a traffic stop. Jerame Reid, 36, was shot and killed by Bridgeton police officers on 30 December, after the driver of the car, Leroy Tutt, 46, was pulled over for allegedly running a stop sign, according to a police dashboard camera video obtained by the South Jersey Times

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Steller: Unsealed Dobyns files look bad for DOJ

Retired ATF agent Jay Dobyns’ lawsuit against the federal government alleged they broke a settlement deal with him and mistreated him, in part by calling him a suspect in the 2008 arson of his own Tucson home.
Newly unsealed documents in his case suggest that the government misbehaved during the trial in 2013, leading to DOJ attorneys being barred from filing further documents in the case. More eerily, the misbehavior may have extended to surveillance of Dobyns’ Phoenix attorney even up into this month.
For people like me, who have sympathized with Dobyns but tried to reserve judgment about his case, the documents push us further into the retired agent’s camp. You can’t read the few filings that have been unsealed in the case without wondering why the Justice Department is going to such extremes and spending so much on what is, at base, a relatively minor contractual dispute that could have ended years ago.
The case began in October 2008, went to trial in 2013 and reached an apparent conclusion in August 2014 when Court of Claims Judge Francis Allegra awarded Dobyns $173,000, a fraction of what he had demanded. But in between, Dobyns published a book about his infiltration of the Hells Angels and became a fierce critic of the agency’s Operation Fast and Furious, a Phoenix-based investigation that led to thousands of guns being smuggled into Mexico.
Maybe that’s why, when I took a peek into the sealed courtroom in June 2013, the Justice Department had four attorneys and two paralegals at their table, to Dobyns’ one attorney and one paralegal.
One of the recently unsealed documents, a Dec. 1 opinion by Judge Allegra, finally explains why in October the judge voided his original decision, made in August, to award Dobyns $173,000. (He later reversed his decision to void the judgment, which still stands.) The reason: The judge believed that Justice Department attorneys had “committed fraud on the court.”
One area in which Allegra decided deception had occurred was in the treatment of Thomas Atteberry, the special agent in charge of ATF’s Phoenix office, and Carlos Canino, then the assistant special agent in charge of the agency’s Tucson office. In 2012, a Justice Department attorney, Valerie Bacon, asked both Atteberry and Canino not to reopen the investigation into the arson at Dobyns’ Tucson home because it could hurt the Justice Department’s defense in this case.
Atteberry and Canino were listed as witnesses in the case, but the judge didn’t hear about the DOJ effort to squelch the investigation until the trial, which he considered a concealment by the Justice Department. They went ahead and reopened the case, which remains unsolved, anyway.
More alarming was the other “fraud on the court” that Allegra cited: “An ATF agent who testified in this case may have been threatened by another witness during the trial.” Justice Department attorneys ordered the agent not to report the threat to the court or he would face repercussions, Allegra said.
A separate filing by Dobyns’ attorney, James Reed, identifies the threatened agent as Christopher Trainor and says the threats have since been reported to the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility. In earlier years, Trainor conducted an internal investigation into ATF’s handling of the fire at Dobyns’ home.
Understanding the Dobyns case through its sporadically unsealed filings can be a bit like trying to grasp a book by reading every 10th page, but it seems that this apparent misconduct by the DOJ attorneys is what led Allegra to make a dramatic ruling on Oct. 24. That day, he barred seven Justice Department attorneys who had led the case until then from making any further filings in the case. The DOJ is fighting that ruling.
But perhaps the most bizarre and worrisome allegations emerged in Reed’s Jan. 11 filing, which was originally filed under seal but unsealed by the judge except for a few redacted words. Reed, who is based in Phoenix, wrote that he “has felt himself under extreme surveillance for the last sixty days, both fixed and moving, and under lesser levels of surveillance for many months before that.”
“In the last 30 days,” Reed wrote, “counsel’s automobile has been broken into but with nothing stolen, as apparently has been his home, for which counsel has filed Phoenix Police Department complaints.”
Reed reported in his filing that he asked a retired ATF agent whom he knows, Joseph Slatalla, an expert in surveillance, about his experiences. Slatalla was also a witness in the Dobyns case.
“Slatalla confirmed that the undersigned is not imagining these things; undersigned counsel is under both fixed and moving constant surveillance by multiple personnel.”
In fact, after Slatalla met Reed at his law office in December, someone driving a car parked at the office followed Slatalla home, Reed wrote. Reed asked the judge to schedule a status conference to discuss the apparent surveillance and whether it is being conducted by the Justice Department.
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Near-brawl breaks out at city council meeting to heal wounds between police and public after Ferguson unrest

Fight erupts at St. Louis City Hall
The altercation broke out during a meeting to discuss the possibility of creating a civilian review board so citizens could have a more direct line to police. Wit…
A city council meeting in St. Louis turned ugly on Wednesday when the business manager of the city's police union got into an altercation with people he called "anti-police radicals."

The board meeting was hosted to get public input on a proposed bill, sponsored by Alderman Antonio French, which would establish a civilian oversight board to review and rule on complaints about police work. The bill was prompted by racially charged protests that erupted in Ferguson last year following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, a black teenager, by white officer Darren Wilson.

But about an hour into the hearing, Jeff Roorda, a state representative who also serves as the business manager of the St. Louis Police Officers Association, stood up and called for order.

Alderman Terry Kennedy, the committee's chairman, responded, "Excuse me, first of all, you do not tell me my function."

Things quickly unraveled, and Roorda, who was wearing an armband that read "I am Darren Wilson," engaged in a scuffle with several attendees.

"About 30 or 40 anti-police radicals (were) fomenting violence against the police," Roorda told KMOV-TV. "I tried to approach the podium and the anti-police radicals started pushing and shoving the police officers and myself."

Bishop Derrick Robinson, a Ferguson preacher and protest organizer who was at the meeting, says Roorda scuffled with a woman in the crowd and triggered the melee.

"We went to protect her and the police tried to protect him," Robinson said. "It was an all-out shoving match, with some punches being thrown, too."
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Exclusive: FBI says it had no prior knowledge of deadly Philippine raid targeting militants
By Julia Edwards
WASHINGTON | Sat Jan 31, 2015 4:08pm
By Julia Edwards

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The FBI had no prior knowledge of a police raid in the Philippines last Sunday to arrest wanted militants that went awry and left 44 police dead, an FBI spokesman told Reuters on Saturday.

Philippine media had reported that the FBI helped orchestrate the raid, which targeted Zulkifli bin Hir, an Islamic militant on the U.S. law enforcement agency's list of "most wanted terrorists."

"The FBI was not involved in the planning or execution of the operation. We do express our deepest condolences to the brave officers of the Philippine National Police who lost their lives in the line of duty," FBI spokesman Josh Campbell said.
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Feds seek to protect national secrets in Cornell trial



Classified information could be part of evidence in the trial of a Cincinnati man accused of plotting to attack the U.S. Capitol and kill government employees, so federal prosecutors are asking for a meeting to assure national secrets are not made public.

Citing the Classified Information Procedures Act of 1980, Timothy Mangan, assistant United States attorney, said a meeting between prosecutors and the defense is needed in the case of Christopher Lee Cornell to assure matters of national security are not breached.

“Due to the nature of the charges and the expected evidence, the United States anticipates that issues relating to classified information will arise in connection with this case,” Mangan wrote in a motion filed last week that asks United States District Judge Sandra Beckwith for a pretrial conference.

Cornell was indicted and pleaded not guilty earlier this month in U.S. Federal Court in Cincinnati to felony charges of attempted murder of government employees and officials, solicitation to commit a crime of violence, and possession of firearms in furtherance of attempted crime of violence. His trial is scheduled for March 2.

Officials had been tracking Cornell since last summer when he voiced his opinion about violent jihad on Twitter and other social media platforms, according to the court documents.

Cornell used social media, posting messages under the alias, Raheel Mahrus Ubaydah. Court documents state he sent a Tweet to an FBI source: “I believe we should just wage jihad under our own orders and plan attacks and everything.”

The former member of the wrestling team at Oak Hills High School began learning about building pipe bombs and plotted to plant them near the U.S. Capitol building, and then go on a shooting spree targeting government employees and officials, the FBI alleges. He met with the FBI confidential source Oct. 17 and 18 in Cincinnati to discuss the attack, and told the informant he needed weapons and had wanted to “move” in December, according to court documents.

He was surrounded and taken into custody Jan. 14 outside a Colerain Twp. gun shop by the FBI’s Cincinnati-Dayton Joint Terrorism Task Force, moments after buying two semi-automatic rifles and 600 rounds of ammunition.

Defending Cornell will be tough given the added issue of classified information, but not impossible, said Michael Allen, Cincinnati defense attorney and former prosecutor.

“What it boils down to is the need to harmonize national security with something we pride ourselves with in this country, the defendant’s right to a fair trial,” Allen said.

He added, all involved have to have security clearance to even hear the information.

It is possible the jury will be given a synopsis rather than details that could contain classified information, Allen said.

“The judge is the one in the hot seat. She will have to decide what comes in and what doesn’t,” Allen said.

‘The intention of CIPA was good and noble, but it is a real balancing act,” Allen said, noting vital aspects of the legal system including the right to public trial, and the right to confront your accusers, must be considered.
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In fracking hot spots, police and gas industry share intelligence on activists

FEBRUARY 2, 2015 | 5:44 PM


Police monitor an anti-fracking protest at Gov. Wolf's inauguration in January.
Police monitoring an anti-fracking protest outside the state capitol during Gov. Wolf's inauguration in January.
Last month an anti-fracking group settled a lawsuit against Pennsylvania, after it was erroneously labeled a potential terrorist threat. The case dates back to 2010 and was an embarrassment for then-Governor Ed Rendell.

But documents obtained by StateImpact Pennsylvania show law enforcement here and in other parts of the country continue to conduct surveillance on anti-fracking activists, leading some to claim their Constitutional rights are being violated.

“This is scary”

It’s not hard to tell Wendy Lee is an animal lover. When I arrived at her home in Bloomsburg, I was greeted by several dogs, an iguana the size of a cat, and three birds. With her cockatiel, Quantum, by her side, she showed me her blog. Lee is a 55-year-old philosophy professor at Bloomsburg University and proud anti-fracking activist.

“My long history of political activism is on the left,” she says. “I am the author of books with titles like ‘On Marx’ if that gives you an idea.”

Anti-fracking activist Wendy Lee sorting through photos she's taken at gas sites.
Anti-fracking activist and philosophy professor Wendy Lee sorts through photos she's taken at gas sites. Pa. State Police won't explain why a trooper came to her home to question her last year. They cited an ongoing criminal investigation.
She often travels to gas industry sites and takes photos. Her website is filled with criticism of fracking, and she’s used to getting criticized for her views.

Still, she was surprised last February when a Pennsylvania State Trooper came to her house to ask her about a visit she’d made to a gas compressor station.

On that trip, she was joined by two other activists and took some photos of the compressor. It wasn’t long before security guards told them all to leave.

“When they tell us to leave, we left,” she recalls. “There was no altercation. There was nothing.”

As the trooper stood inside her door, he questioned her about the incident. After a while, he brought up eco-terrorism.

Lee was stunned when he asked her if she knew anything about pipe bombs.

“Part of me was like, ‘Oh this is scary. This is actually scary.’” she says. “And part of me is just laughing on the inside because it’s ludicrous.”

Lee was never charged or arrested for anything.

It turns out that same Pennsylvania trooper had already crossed state lines and traveled to upstate New York to investigate the compressor incident. He visited 65-year-old Jeremy Alderson, one of the other activists with Lee that day.

When Alderson got a knock at his home in Hector, a New York trooper was there too.

Anti-fracking activist Jeremy Alderson outside his home in Hector, N.Y.
Activist Jeremy Alderson outside his home in Hector, N.Y. A Pennsylvania state trooper came to his home to question him about visiting a gas site in Pa., "What possible reason do they have to come here but to intimidate me?" says Alderson.
“Having two troopers show up at your door, that’s kinda scary,” he says. “Because you don’t know what’s happened.”

While he was being questioned about trespassing, Alderson assumed the police knew about his newsletter, the No Frack Almanac. He’d published photos and an article about his visit to the compressor.

So he asked them, “Why would I publish all that if I thought I’d done something illegal?”

But neither trooper knew anything about it.

“It was clear they’d come to visit me before they had even put my name into a search engine on the internet,” says Alderson. “So this led me to believe, what possible reason do they have to come here but to intimidate me? They don’t care about information. They haven’t done a thing to get it.”

Alderson was also not charged or arrested for anything.

“A history of suppressing dissent”

The Pennsylvania Trooper, Mike Hutson, declined to comment for this story. But documents obtained by StateImpact Pennsylvania through the Right to Know Law show Hutson is part of a broader intelligence-sharing network between law enforcement and the gas industry.

It’s called the Marcellus Shale Operators’ Crime Committee. It allows the industry to swap information with local, state, and federal law enforcement about activists, protests, and potential threats.

“Energy companies have a history of suppressing dissent in this country,” says Witold Walczack, legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania. “Whether it’s coal, oil, or now natural gas.”

Walczack has represented fracking opponents as clients. He says a small percentage of activists resort to crime.

There have been reports of pipe bombs, charred debris, and gunshots fired at gas sites.

“But the vast majority of people who are involved today in the anti-fracking movement are law-abiding citizens.”

A spokesman for the state’s main gas industry trade group, The Marcellus Shale Coalition, declined to comment for this story but sent an email saying, “safety is the industry’s top priority.”

But some activists complain police are trampling free speech under the guise of tracking real threats.

"We believe that collecting and disseminating information about groups engaged in lawful activities ... can and does have a chilling effect upon freedom of speech," says Gas Drilling Awareness Coalition vice president Diane Dreier
"We believe that collecting and disseminating information about groups engaged in lawful activities can and does have a chilling effect upon freedom of speech," says Gas Drilling Awareness Coalition vice president Diane Dreier.
The Gas Drilling Awareness Coalition is the group from northeastern Pennsylvania that recently settled a lawsuit with the state for being labeled a terrorist threat in 2010. The group’s attorney Paul Rossi says he’s disturbed to now hear about the Marcellus Shale Operators’ Crime Committee.

“We just had a ruling that this was unconstitutional,” says Rossi. “I’m about as flabbergasted as an attorney can be at the serial violations of First Amendment rights in this state.”

Both the FBI and the Pennsylvania State Police say they’re not official members of the Operators’ Committee but acknowledge they receive updates from it and have attended meetings.

J.J. Klaver is a special agent with the FBI in Philadelphia and points out part of its jobs is monitoring threats to infrastructure.

“The FBI is not in the business of investigating or tracking groups for having specific beliefs,” he says. “That’s not within our jurisdiction or within the law.”

The documents obtained by StateImpact Pennsylvania show the intelligence-sharing between police and the oil and gas industry goes on in other parts of the country too.

Surveillance in other shale plays

A man named Jim Hansel sends out many of the updates to the Marcellus Shale Operators’ Crime Committee. He’s based in Williamsport and manages security for the Texas-based gas driller, Anadarko Petroleum.

Neither Hansel nor Anadakro responded to requests to comment for this story.

In one of his early emails to the group, Hansel writes that drillers are involved in similar partnerships with law enforcement around the country– in Texas and the Rockies.

Documents obtained by StateImpact Pennsylvania show the gas industry and law enforcement have similar intelligence-sharing partnerships in other parts of the U.S., including Texas and the Rockies.
Documents show the gas industry and law enforcement have similar intelligence-sharing partnerships in other parts of the U.S., including Texas and the Rockies.
Cliff Willmeng is not surprised to hear about the surveillance. He’s a nurse and anti-fracking activist who lives near Boulder, Colorado.

“To some extent, I think we’re experiencing a sort of quasi-privatization of our legal forces,” says Willmeng.

Two summers ago he found himself under arrest– pinned down onto his driveway by a pair of police officers.

“They were yelling ‘Stop resisting!’ and my wife was watching this the entire time screaming,” says Willmeng.

Why was this happening?

According the Erie County Colorado police report, Willmeng drove up to a security guard at a gas well site and asked some questions. He was there for about 60 seconds and never got out of his car. After he left, the guard called police and said he’d felt threatened and harassed.

Two departments showed up at Willmeng’s home. In their report, the officers said he was uncooperative. They charged him with four misdemeanors: harassment, criminal trespassing, obstruction, and resisting arrest.

All the activists in this story say they feel like they’ve been targeted for their viewpoints.

It’s not clear to what extent the surveillance will continue under Governor Wolf’s new administration. His pick to head the state police, Col. Marcus Brown says he’s not familiar with the Marcellus Shale Operators Crime Committee.

“Very early on, we’ll make sure the state police are doing what they should be doing,” Brown said at a recent press conference. “If they’re actions are appropriate, then we’ll continue it. If they’re doing something they shouldn’t be, we’ll make sure it doesn’t go forward.”

After her visit from the Pennsylvania state trooper, blogger and Bloomsburg University professor Wendy Lee filed an open records request with the state police, trying to find out why she was questioned.

Months later, her request was denied. Among other reasons, the police said the records were part of an ongoing criminal investigation.

“They don’t tell me whether I’m the object of that investigation– which would be quite mystifying — and they don’t tell me in any way I would be connected to that investigation if I am not its object.” she says.

Lee thinks the visit was simply to intimidate her.

“While we get to believe we have the free exercise of our First Amendment rights, we’re not actually supposed to use them.”

She still hopes to get the police records and is appealing the decision.

This story has been updated to reflect the following correction: An earlier version of this article misstated the location of Wendy Lee’s home. It is in Bloomsburg, not Lewisburg.

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New White House Rules on Surveillance Fall Short, Privacy Group Says
02.03.15 | 5:59

More than a year after leaks from Edward Snowden exposed a government program collecting bulk phone records, the Obama administration has failed to halt the practice that even its own advisers want to end.
Today the White House revealed new rules it has implemented in the last year governing how the NSA and other agencies can collect and store data on U.S. citizens and foreign nationals. But rather than address the fundamental problems intrinsic to the phone records collection program, the changes focus on other ancillary policies. For instance, one new rule requires intelligence agencies to scrub any private information about Americans that gets vacuumed up in bulk collections of data, as in when spy agencies target a foreign national and collect the content of communications belonging to an American in the process. When that information has no intelligence purpose, agencies are now required to purge it. The new rules also indicate that private information collected about foreigners must be scrubbed after five years if it holds no intelligence purpose.
Foreigners will now also be able to petition U.S. courts to block the misuse of their private information if that information was passed to U.S. law enforcement agencies by a foreign government.
The new rules also address the government’s use of so-called National Security Letters—secret letters that the FBI can serve to internet service providers and other businesses to get them to hand over records about users. National Security Letters can be issued without the involvement of a judge or court and come with an indefinite gag order preventing businesses from disclosing to anyone that they received such an order. They were ruled unconstitutional in 2013 by a federal judge in California. The government is currently appealing that ruling. In the meantime, the White House has refused to halt their use, but the new rules at least place a deadline on the gag orders. Going forward, gag orders accompanying an NSL will terminate either when an investigation involving an NSL is closed or three years after an investigation is opened—whichever comes first. The White House has included an exception, however, allowing any midlevel FBI official to extend the secrecy of an NSL if they can justify in writing why it’s needed.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation, which first brought the NSL case against the government, says the new rules don’t address the main problem: namely that agents can simply issue them to a business without any court oversight and the fact that a gag order exists in the first place, for any duration.
“It doesn’t change the essential problem,” says Kurt Opsahl, deputy general counsel for the EFF. “It is still a gag issued without court authority and can be continued indefinitely (simply on the say of an FBI agent) without court involvement.”
He also says the government needs to clarify what the three-year deadline means for NSLs that have already been issued to businesses.
“I would like some clarification if everybody who received an NSL more than three years ago and doesn’t get a note gets to talk about it now,” he says.
Opsahl also says the new rule on purging bulk-collected data that belongs to Americans is problematic, because of the qualifier that it not serve an intelligence purpose.
“It gives a tremendous amount of discretion keeping in mind that foreign intelligence information is a very broad term,” he says.
The biggest change privacy groups were hoping for from the White House but didn’t get? To halt its phone records collection program. Despite recommendations last year that the government halt its bulk collection of phone records metadata—which it collects from telecoms about all calls made to or from the U.S.—the White House has kept it going.
“[The Administration has not implemented the Board’s recommendation to halt the NSA’s bulk telephone records program, which it could do at any time without congressional involvement,” the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board said in a statement about the new rules.
The board recommended that telecoms maintain the records, rather than letting the government collect and retain them, and make them available to the government only for targeted searches upon court order. The White House indicated that the government will continue to collect and store the data because telecoms have not yet devised a system to store the records and make them available to government when appropriate.
“The companies are saying ‘if you want us to do it, you must compel us to do it,’” a U.S. intelligence official told the New York Times. “So we need to compel them.” As the Times points out, that is a process that would require congressional action.
The section of the Patriot Act that the government has used to authorize the bulk collection of phone records will expire in June. Congress will either need to renew the law by then or pass a new law that authorizes phone companies to retain the data for government.
For now, the government has established new rules for using the collected metadata. A report released today by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence indicates that since February
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Parents of star recruit sue Kendrick Johnson Facebook group

Feb. 5 2015
The parents of the Lowndes High School student named in a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the parents of Kendrick Johnson returned legal fire Thursday, suing a Facebook group dedicated to the late teen’s memory.
Two unnamed defendants are accused of influencing Florida State University officials to withdraw its scholarship offer to Brian Bell, a heavily recruited linebacker who committed to the Seminoles last February.
On January 26, the Facebook group “Kendrick Johnson Memorial” posted a plea urging FSU to rescind their offer to Bell, alleging the 17-year-old “exhibited violent tendencies and a highly unusual appetite for fighting” while at Lowndes.

The suit filed by Johnson’s parents last month accused an unnamed female of luring their son into the old gym at Lowndes High where he was fatally beaten by Bell and his older brother. The siblings were acting at the behest of their father, FBI agent Rick Bell, according to the suit, which alleges a cover-up implicating the GBI, local law enforcement, school offi
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Judge: Loss of murder evidence 'astonishing'


The Erie County Sheriff's Office loss of evidence in the murder case of a Rochester man was "nothing short of astonishing" with "no rational excuse," a federal magistrate judge has ruled.

Still, U.S. Magistrate Judge Jonathan Feldman ruled, the lost evidence — which was shipped by the Sheriff's Office to an auction house and not seen again — was not purposeful. Lawyers for four people accused of murder in federal court in Rochester had asked for a murder charge to be dismissed because of the mishandled evidence — a request Feldman denied because, he said, the law requires that the proof was lost because of "bad faith" on the part of police.
Feldman issued his ruling earlier this month. A day-long hearing on the lost evidence was held in April, and lawyers later filed motions based on the hearing testimony.
As testimony showed, a box of evidence was stored at the Erie County Sheriff's Office in connection with the slaying of a Rochester man, Francisco Santos. Police allege that a local drug ring took Santos to the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation in Erie County in 1998, killed him, and dumped his body in a makeshift grave there.
Facing federal murder charges are Rochester residents James Kendrick, Pablo Plaza, Angelo Cruz, and Janine Plaza Pierce.
A former Erie County sheriff's property clerk testified at the hearing that in 2002 he must have mistakenly misread information on the box and sent it to an auction operation that auctioned off old evidence of little value. Homicide evidence was not sent for auction, he said.
The property storage room was often overcrowded, and was then not computerized, Sheriff's Office officials testified.
Among the evidence stored in the box were the broken blade of a knife found near the burial site, a broken shovel, and broken sunglasses. Police assume the evidence was disposed of by the auction business.
"No matter the vantage point, there is simply no rational excuse or coherent explanation for mindlessly releasing for auction evidence relevant to an unsolved murder investigation simply because the evidence room was getting too crowded," Feldman wrote.
But the property clerk was not involved in the homicide investigation and knew nothing of its possible "evidentiary value," Feldman wrote, refusing to dismiss the murder charge.
Lawyers for the defendants argued that evidence in the box could be exculpatory, but now was not available for more refined forensics testing than was available in the late 1990s.
Prosecutors maintained that there was no clear exculpatory value with the evidence. Soil from the broken shovel, which was found during the searchsearch

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Wife of Windham man fatally shot by police files wrongful-death lawsuit


Vicki McKenney, who witnessed the shooting of her armed, suicidal husband, is seeking $2 million in the case filed in Cumberland County Superior Court.

The wife of a suicidal Windham man who was shot and killed by a Cumberland County sheriff’s deputy last year has filed a $2 million lawsuit against police, saying her husband posed no threat to anyone other than himself when the officer “unilaterally opened fire with his rifle.”

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Secret affair between agent, prosecutor taints ATF stings in Georgia

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Feb. 10, 2015


A Journal Sentinel investigation uncovered mistakes and failures in an undercover sting in Milwaukee's Riverwest neighborhood by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives – stolen guns, sensitive documents lost, wrong people charged and a burglary of the sting storefront.

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Fresh problems have surfaced related to federal undercover storefront stings run by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, nearly a year after the Justice Department launched an investigation into the tactic.

In southern Georgia, the U.S. attorney has disclosed that one of his prosecutors and an ATF agent who together oversaw three such storefront operations starting in 2009 were secretly having an affair and may have illegally helped an informant. The pair are the subject of multiple internal investigations, according to a letter to judges there.

ATF's gun- and drug-buying stings, a common undercover technique used by the agency, were halted after a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigation revealed numerous problems in operations in Milwaukee and nationwide.

Congressional hearings were held last year as members of both parties demanded answers. Director B. Todd Jones told Congress the agency had stopped using that tactic. This week, an ATF spokesman said no new storefront operations have been started since then.

A Justice Department inspector general investigation into storefronts in four cities including Milwaukee continues. That office is now also investigating the Georgia storefronts and the conduct of the prosecutor and agent who had the affair, the ATF said this week.

"The department takes these allegations seriously and is taking active and appropriate steps with regard to the employees involved," said ATF spokesman Patrick Rodenbush, who declined to elaborate further because it is a personnel matter.

The facts surrounding the storefronts in southern Georgia are detailed in a highly unusual letter sent in late January. U.S. Attorney Edward Tarver notified judges in the Southern District of Georgia about the affair between Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron Ippolito and ATF Special Agent Lou Valoze and its effect on cases they worked on.

"During the affair, Agent Valoze testified in the Southern District of Georgia on numerous occasions, in numerous contexts, and in numerous cases, often at the direction of AUSA Ippolito," Tarver wrote.

Tarver has notified defense attorneys of the pair's conduct in four cases. He had to make that notification under a Supreme Court ruling requiring that defense attorneys receive information important to their case.

All five judges from that district signed what a legal expert called a remarkable order, requiring the U.S. attorney's office to go further and disclose every case Ippolito and Valoze worked on together. They also barred them from appearing in court.

"The prosector might have been hoping they could send a letter with their tail between legs and that was it. The judges didn't let them off so easily," said Laurie Levenson, a former federal prosecutor who is now a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.

Tarver's office did not return calls for comment.

The storefront tactic, where agents set up a store selling clothing, drug paraphernalia and other items but are really seeking guns and drugs, was especially popular in Georgia, where the ATF ran at least seven such operations over five years, records show.

Tarver's letter to the judges said Ippolito and Valoze had an affair starting in 2009, which was around the time an ATF storefront was launched. It lasted until March 2014, shortly after the inspector general launched his investigation.
Misleading testimony

During that time, Valoze, with assistance from Ippolito, gave potentially false information to the Department of Homeland Security for a visa for an informant who was working with the ATF in the storefront, according to Tarver's letter. Valoze's application for the informant failed to disclose the informant was suspected of criminal conduct.

Also, Valoze, under oath and questioning by Ippolito, told the jury in a trial the only benefit the informant — who was not named in the letter — received was to be in the United States legally. Valoze failed to disclose that the ATF had helped the informant get a license in Georgia to run amusement machines and did not pursue criminal charges against him for gambling and theft.

Tarver's letter said Valoze's testimony "left a false impression" but it fell short of knowingly providing false testimony. Levenson, the law professor, said criminal charges against Valoze would be difficult to prove, because he might be able to argue he provided incomplete testimony but didn't lie.

Another thing Valoze left out of his testimony was that the informant was suspected of ripping off the ATF's storefront in Brunswick, Ga., the letter said.

Other ATF storefronts across the country also were burglarized, including in Milwaukee and Pensacola, Fla. In Milwaukee, an agent's guns were also stolen from his car, parked at a coffee shop. An ATF automatic rifle remains missing from that theft.

The investigation also found agents used a brain-damaged man with a low IQ to promote the Milwaukee operation and then arrested him; allowed armed felons to leave the store; arrested the wrong person four times; and paid such high prices for guns that people bought guns from stores and sold them to agents for a profit. The investigation found similar flaws in ATF stings in other cities.

Attorney General Eric Holder vowed there would be accountability for what he called "ridiculous" tactics. However, as of the most recent communication with Congress, no one in the ATF received serious punishment as a result of the problems.

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Boston Police Lieutenant on Leave After Allegedly Crashing His Truck, Fleeing


| 02.11.15 | 8:32 PM
A Boston Police lieutenant is on administrative leave after authorities said he fled his pickup truck after it crashed into a backhoe removing snow in West Roxbury early Wednesday morning.

Lt. John Earley was charged with leaving the scene of an accident with property damage, according to Boston Police. Any salary owed to Earley during his suspension will be withheld pending the outcome of the department’s investigation, police said.



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After a controversial police shooting, the Mayor and City Council established and appointed citizens to a Citizens' Advisory Board (CAB) to review the Police Department's Use of Force Policy. This board was designed to be temporary and expire after 12 months. The review process was a success and the board was made permanent.


At the recommendation of the CAB, the City Manager and Chief of Police appointed 15 community members to serve on the Civilian Advisory Panel on Police Practices. The purpose of this panel was to monitor the acceptance and investigation of complaints involving police officers and to ensure thoroughness, objectivity and just treatment of citizens and officers alike.


Propositions "F" and "G" were offered to the citizens of San Diego. "F" proposed a "Police Review Commission" and was viewed by the Civilian Advisory Panel as having a negative impact on the current system. "G" proposed a Citizens' Review Board on Police Practices (CRB) and was seen as most beneficial to the department and community. "G" gained the most support and won the public vote.

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Madison Police Chief: Officer charged with assault, also recommended for termination after incident that severely injured Indian man


, FEBRUARY 13, 2015
– Madison Police Chief Larry Muncey says he has recommended one of his officers be terminated after an incident last week that left a 57-year-old Indian man severely injured. The officer has also been charged with third-degree assault.
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Murder charge dropped due to evidence mixup


| February 14,2015

BENNINGTON — The mishandling of evidence by a Vermont State Police trooper has led the state to dismiss a murder charge against a man who had been accused of the 1986 murder of Manchester golf professional Sarah Hunter.

David Allan Morrison, 53, was serving a life sentence in a California prison last year when he was brought to Vermont and charged with the murder of Hunter, 36, who had been sexually assaulted and strangled.

In 2013, Vermont authorities announced they would file charges against Morrison because a hair found in a car that Morrison used to own had been found to be a DNA match for Hunter. However, it was determined this week that the hair had come from Hunter’s car, not Morrison’s.

Bennington County State’s Attorney Erica Marthage said she had made the decision to dismiss the charge, without prejudice, based on information gathered by her chief deputy, Christina Rainville.

On Tuesday, Rainville went to the Department of Public Safety’s storage facility in Waterbury. Marthage said, in particular, Rainville was looking for a hair brush that had been found in Morrison’s car to see whether it matched a hair brush belonging to Hunter that was reportedly missing after her murder.

Marthage said the visit to the evidence storage facility was routine. However, irregularities began to surface during the review of the evidence.

“During that review, it became apparent that the case officer (Vermont State Police Sgt. Helaine Gaiotti) had sent the vacuumings from the victim’s car to the FBI lab, not the defendant’s car as was represented to the FBI and to this office,” Marthage said.

The hair brush that had been found in Morrison’s car was also found among the evidence, although Marthage said her office had been told it was missing.

Marthage said her office and the Vermont State Police review
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Lawyer seeks to honor early civil rights activist

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Elbert Williams stands on the far left in this photograph of the charter members of Brownsville’s NAACP chapter.

On June 23, 1940, the body of Elbert Williams was discovered in the Hatchie River south of Brownsville. An inquest determined that he died "by foul means at the hands of parties unknown," and his body was placed in the back of a pickup truck and taken to the cemetery. He was buried quickly, with no funeral or graveside service, and no cause of death was ever determined.
Williams was the first member of the NAACP in the nation known to have been killed for his civil rights activity, but his name remains a footnote to history, according to Jim Emison, a West Tennessee attorney. Emison is trying to change that.
Emison, an Alamo native, practiced law in West Tennessee for more than 40 years. He retired from his private practice in 2011 and began researching a famous Election Day shootout in Alamo. That's when he discovered Elbert Williams' story.
"I ran across an article on the internet titled 'Two depression-era lynchings in West Tennessee,'" Emison said. "One was in 1937 in Covington, a fellow by the name of Albert Gooden, and the other was in Haywood County, a man by the name of Elbert Williams in 1940."
Emison said he wondered why he had never heard of the incident. He came from a family of West Tennessee lawyers, many of whom were practicing in 1940, but they had never told him this story.
"They always talked law around the table," he said. "I heard a lot of war stories but I never heard this story. I was very curious."
Emison said he called several friends he thought might know about it. When none of them had heard of it, he decided he needed to tell the story and began working on a book. He started searching for everything he could find on the incident, finding only a six-page vignette on the murder in one book and a chapter devoted to it in another.
"There were other references here and there, but there was no book devoted to what happened and why and the investigations that followed and the failure of anybody to prosecute any of the perpetrators," Emison said.
He said he began doing research at the Library of Congress, in NAACP papers and Department of Justice and FBI files. He also conducted personal interviews. Slowly, he began to piece together Elbert Willliams' story.
Local history
Williams was born on a Haywood County farm in 1908 and educated in the county's colored school system. He married his wife, Annie, in 1929, and when the Depression made farm life difficult, they moved into Brownsville, where they worked at Sunshine Laundry.
In 1939, a black couple in Brownsville led a drive to form an NAACP chapter in the city. Elbert and Annie Williams were among the 52 charter members. The goal of the chapter was to secure the right of black citizens in Haywood County to register to vote. They had not been allowed to register since 1888.
"Haywood County at that time was an overwhelmingly African-American population," Emison said. "Between two-thirds and three-fourths."
Emison said Haywood County was at one time one of the largest plantation counties in the state, and many of the people in the county were descendants of former slaves.
When white leaders in Haywood County became aware of the group's intent to register, they began sending threats.
"A plan was devised to destroy the NAACP chapter," Emison said. "Literally by running its leaders out of Haywood County and terrorizing its members and anybody else who might be thinking about joining."
Emison said according to his research, in June of 1940, white men in the county coordinated a series of kidnappings of NAACP leaders. The leader of the group who attempted to register was Elisha Davis, who owned a service station in Brownsville. He was taken from his house to the Hatchie River Bottom and surrounded by about 50 men. Leading the mob were two Brownsville police officers, Tip Hunter and Charles Read, Emison said.
"They threatened him with death unless he told them the names of the members of the NAACP branch here," he said. "He told them some of those names."
Emison said Davis was run out of town, and as a result of that incident, at least 22 black families left the county.
Williams' death
The white men thought they had shut down the NAACP for good, but a few days later, one of them overheard a conversation between Davis' brother, Thomas, and Elbert Williams about holding a meeting in Williams' home, Emison said.
A few days later, Hunter and Read picked up Davis and Williams from their homes.
"No charges against them, not suspected of a crime, no warrants against them, no accusations of wrongdoing," Emison said. "They got them because they heard they were planning an NAACP meeting."
Davis was released later and fled to Jackson, but Williams was held in the jail. That night, Annie Williams went to the jail to search for her husband. Elbert Williams and Hunter were not at the jail, and Read told her he had no idea who Elbert Williams was. Emison said Read would later admit to taking Williams.
"In the wee hours of the night of June 20, Tip Hunter and Elbert Williams disappeared from the jail," Emison said. "Elbert Williams was never again seen alive."
A few days later, Williams' body was pulled from the river, and the inquest determined that he died "by foul means at the hands of parties unknown."
"He was buried quickly along with the evidence, and he's been there ever since," Emison said.
With pressure from the NAACP, an FBI investigation followed, which Emison said was reluctant and pitiful.
"They gathered no physical evidence," he said. "They took no photographs. They made no effort to exhume the body. The cause of death was never determined."
Eventually, the Department of Justice was directed to get an indictment for civil rights violation, but the indictment never came. The case was closed Jan. 23, 1942.
Emison said the killing was successful in shutting down the movement for voter registration.
"It was the culmination of, literally, a terror campaign," he said. "It was very well-planned, very well-executed, and it was a total, smashing success."
He said the NAACP chapter disbanded, and it did not re-form until 1961, essentially buying the white power structure one more generation of whites-only rule.
"Murder was a tool that was used to keep black people in their place, and that place was as a low-cost labor force to white folks," Emison said. "That's the long and short of it."
Seeking justice
Emison said when he came across the story, he could not resist telling it. He said he does not like the way black people were treated in West Tennessee, and if he can do just a little bit to right the wrong done to Williams, he will do it.
"I practiced law all my life and always thought of the law as an instrument for justice," he said. "Well, what happened to Elbert Williams illustrates what happens when the law is turned on its head and becomes an instrument of injustice and suppression."
In addition to working on a book, Emison has coordinated a team, including a retired FBI agent, the UT Forensic Anthropology Department and a ground-penetrating radar specialist, working to find Williams' remains.
"He's been in an unmarked grave," Emison said. "Nobody cared enough about him to even try to bring his killers to justice. I want as much justice for Elbert Williams as we can give him 75 years later."
Through funeral records and information from Williams' great-niece, the team located an area of land about 150 feet by 100 feet where the body is believed to be. Emison said if Williams' remains are identified, steps can be taken to determine the cause of his death and perhaps identify his killer.
Emison said when he began researching Williams' death, he thought that it was surely the only case like it. He said he could not believe something so horrendous would happen more than once, but it did.
"The longer I studied and the more I researched, I understood that the horror is not in its uniqueness but in its commonality," he said. "What happened to Elbert Williams was not by any means rare. It was common."
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Cops kill every 8 hours in 2015

Feb 15, 2015

Cops kill every 8 hours in 2015
Police sniper targets protesters in Ferguson, Mo., 2014
One could easily get the impression from watching the corporate mass media or listening to public officials like President Obama and FBI director James Comey that the police death toll is rising rapidly and policing is an especially deadly occupation.

In his Jan. 20, 2015, State of the Union address, Obama drew an equal sign between the danger faced by police and those who are the victims of police brutality and murder:

“We may have different takes on the events of Ferguson and New York. But surely we can understand a father who fears his son can’t walk home without being harassed. Surely we can understand the wife who won’t rest until the police officer she married walks through the front door at the end of his shift.”

Speaking on Jan. 4 at the funeral of a New York City police officer who was shot and killed, Comey said he was “shocked and bewildered” by the number of police killed in 2014.

“One hundred and fifteen were killed last year,” he said. “That’s a shocking increase from 2013. I don’t understand evil and I cannot try.” Comey claimed that 100 police had been killed in 2013. But both Obama’s equal sign and Comey’s statistics are falsifications of reality.

As of February 13, U.S. police have killed at least 131 people in 2015, an average of three per day, the vast majority by gunfire. Last year, police killed more than 1,100 people according to the killedbypolice.net website, nearly three times the number reported by local and state police and sheriff’s departments to the FBI. The FBI reporting is voluntary, and many departments, large and small—including New York City—do not participate.

U.S. cops kill at up to 100 times the rate of police in other capitalist countries.

As in years past, a large majority of those killed by the police in 2015 have again been young African Americans and Latinos. The two youngest were both 17-years-old, Kristiana Coignard of Texas and Jessica Hernandez of Colorado. The oldest was 87-year-old Lewis Becker from rural upstate New York.

In the first 44 days of 2015, while 13 police died while on duty, no police were killed by hostile action, according to the pro-police website, “Officer Down Memorial Page.” All of the reported deaths have been attributed to illness or accidents.

The “Officer Down” site records every police, sheriff, prison guard, Border Patrol and other civilian agency and military police fatality, including those outside the country. It is very thorough, even reporting on the deaths of K-9 police dogs.

Many federal, state, local government agencies as well as colleges and universities have their own police departments. There are railroad police, transit police, forestry police, park police, fish and game police, and many, many more.

“Officer Down” lists 122 police fatalities in 2014. Of those, 63 were due to illness or accident, 59 by hostile action. In 2013, the same source reported 112 police killed, 73 due to illness or accident, 39 by hostile action. In 2012, 130 were killed, 65 by hostile action. In 2011, 180 were reported killed, 87 due to attacks.

All together, there are well over 1.5 million police and prison guards in the U.S. According to the 2013 report by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics on fatal injuries, “Police and sheriff’s patrol deputies” ranked as the 41st most dangerous occupation, with far lower death rates not only on such jobs as logging, mining, fishing, and farming, but also plane piloting, truck driving and recycling.

Yet police receive far higher pay than nearly all of those employed in more hazardous occupations. The relatively high salaries and pension benefits received by police is justified to the public on the basis of the supposed great danger the police face.

The glorification of the police by the corporate media and politicians, the exaggeration of the dangers they face, and the high pay most receive are all due to the role the police play as the protectors, not of the people but of a system based on capitalist exploitation and national oppression.
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Loretta Lynch never contacted HSBC whistleblower
Obama's attorney-general pick probed for role in prosecuting scandal


February 16 2015

NEW YORK – In its investigation of HSBC, the office of Loretta Lynch, then U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, never contacted the whistleblower who exposed to the public the banking giant’s criminal responsibility for money-laundering hundreds of billions of dollars in drug and terrorist funds.

“Nobody from the U.S. attorney’s office in New York ever contacted me, despite numerous attempts that I made to get the documentation I had of HSBC illegal money-laundering to federal prosecutors,” said the whistleblower, John Cruz, in an interview with WND.

Cruz, a former HSBC manager in New York, delivered to WND early in 2012 approximately 1,000 pages of customer account records and numerous recorded conversations with bank management and compliance employees that document massive money-laundering activity.

As WND reported in a series of articles beginning Feb. 1, 2012, Cruz was able to document a complex criminal scheme that involved wiring billions of dollars for Mexican drug cartels and Middle Eastern terrorists. Thousands of bogus accounts were created through identity theft by using the names and Social Security numbers of unsuspecting current and former customers. It was done with the active participation of regional bank managers, branch managers and employees, as well as bank compliance officials at hundreds of HSBC locations throughout the nation
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Charles Darwin Award recipient, eh?

never create a civilian review police board unless you
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Police in-custody lawsuit could be settled tonight

February 18, 2015

A wrongful-death lawsuit over the 2013 in-custody police death of Michigan tourist Charles Eimers might finally come to an end this week.

The Key West City Commission is scheduled to vote on formally approving a $900,000 settlement to the Eimers family, which sued the city and several Key West police officers last year, at its meeting this evening.

The settlement, which the city's insurance carrier, Preferred Governmental Insurance Trust, agreed to last month, is on behalf of Officer Gary Lee Lovette and, as a result, settles all other claims against the city and the remaining officers named in the suit.

Eimers, 61, was taken into police custody on the South Beach sand on Thanksgiving 2013 and died at Lower Keys Medical Center on Dec. 4, 2013, after fleeing a North Roosevelt Boulevard traffic stop.

The Monroe County Medical Examiner's Office ruled Eimers' death an accident due to previously diagnosed heart problems. And both a Florida Department of Law Enforcement and grand jury investigation resulted in no charges or indictments.

Lovette was allegedly recorded on his Taser as saying "we killed him so you don't have to worry about it" and "I dropped like a f-ing bomb on his head."
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The most explosive book you may ever read- you will never look at cops, preachers, presidents and prostitutes the same again!

The cover below is what the book will look like- and the non academic title is a little different from the "Academic" one- because I want this book read, not just by academics but by everyone!

Scandal at the highest level- sex, murder, corruption, lies- and it is all true!

While high powered politicians like Eliot Spitzer get a pass, those who provide him pleasure go to prison.

Unfortunately, this happens over and over again. When men like Spitzer and Senator David Vitter (Louisana) get caught, they express remorse- but are they sorry for what they did or just sorry they got caught? Even though they get caught, do they get punished? Senator Vitter is still a senator and Eliot Spitzer may have resigned from office, but who knows if he will make a comeback now that he is not facing criminal charges...

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Cops Claim Video of them Killing Unarmed Man Can’t Be Used as Evidence, Seize Witness’s Phone

The department alleged that they did not know who filmed the video, nor did they have the original file, so it could not be used. A bizarre claim, since his name has been online the entire week.

On Thursday, the police went to the home of the man who filmed the shooting, Dario Infante Zuniga, 21, and seized his phone without a warrant. Zuniga told The Free Thought Project that the police had made no contact with him prior to invading his privacy.

When the police showed up at his door, they alleged it was because he had not been answering his phone. They then gave him the choice of either handing his phone over to them or going with them to the station while they retrieved the file. The police did not give Zuniga the opportunity to clean out his personal files before they took it into their possession. The officers reportedly told him the only thing that they would look for would be the video, but Zuniga still feels as though his privacy was violated.
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Houston Police Clear Rape Kit Backlog


02/23/2015 04:19 PM
Officials in Houston, Texas say they have finished the process of testing a backlog of more than 6,600 rape kits in Houston that date back nearly three decades and entering test results into an FBI database.

A task force has been working for the past couple of years on a $6-million effort to clear the backlog.

This project started by way of a new law back in 2011.

As of today city officials say each has been accounted for and data from each has been entered into the National DNA Database.

Mayor Annise Parker along with District Attorney Devon Anderson and other leaders held a news conference today to make the announcement.

Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson said, "I'm hoping and i'm pretty sure we're going to get more charges as the captain said, just the codas hit is the beginning of the process. Then they go back and investigate and they'll come to our office hopefully to present charges."

Officials say today's announcement is a big step forward.

Still, challenges linger.
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