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Oct 2 2014
Silk Road Lawyers Poke Holes in FBI’s Story

New court documents released this week by the U.S. government in its case against the alleged ringleader of the Silk Road online black market and drug bazaar suggest that the feds may have some ‘splaining to do.
The login prompt and CAPTCHA from the Silk Road home page.



Prior to its disconnection last year, the Silk Road was reachable only via Tor, software that protects users’ anonymity by bouncing their traffic between different servers and encrypting the traffic at every step of the way. Tor also lets anyone run a Web server without revealing the server’s true Internet address to the site’s users, and this was the very technology that the Silk road used to obscure its location.

Last month, the U.S. government released court records claiming that FBI investigators were able to divine the location of the hidden Silk Road servers because the community’s login page employed an anti-abuse CAPTCHA service that pulled content from the open Internet — thus leaking the site’s true Internet address.

But lawyers for alleged Silk Road captain Ross W. Ulbricht (a.k.a. the “Dread Pirate Roberts”) asked the court to compel prosecutors to prove their version of events. And indeed, discovery documents reluctantly released by the government this week appear to poke serious holes in the FBI’s story.

For starters, the defense asked the government for the name of the software that FBI agents used to record evidence of the CAPTCHA traffic that allegedly leaked from the Silk Road servers. The government essentially responded (PDF) that it could not comply with that request because the FBI maintained no records of its own access, meaning that the only record of their activity is in the logs of the seized Silk Road servers.

The response that holds perhaps the most potential to damage the government’s claim comes in the form of a configuration file (PDF) taken from the seized servers. Nicholas Weaver,a researcher at the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) and at the University of California, Berkeley, explains the potential significance:

“The IP address listed in that file — 62.75.246.20 — was the front-end server for the Silk Road,” Weaver said. “Apparently, Ulbricht had this split architecture, where the initial communication through Tor went to the front-end server, which in turn just did a normal fetch to the back-end server. It’s not clear why he set it up this way, but the document the government released in 70-6.pdf shows the rules for serving the Silk Road Web pages, and those rules are that all content – including the login CAPTCHA – gets served to the front end server but to nobody else. This suggests that the Web service specifically refuses all connections except from the local host and the front-end Web server.”

Translation: Those rules mean that the Silk Road server would deny any request from the Internet that wasn’t coming from the front-end server, and that includes the CAPTCHA.

“This configuration file was last modified on June 6, so on June 11 — when the FBI said they [saw this leaky CAPTCHA] activity — the FBI could not have seen the CAPTCHA by connecting to the server while not using Tor,” Weaver said. “You simply would not have been able to get the CAPTCHA that way, because the server would refuse all requests.”

The FBI claims that it found the Silk Road server by examining plain text Internet traffic to and from the Silk Road CAPTCHA, and that it visited the address using a regular browser and received the CAPTCHA page. But Weaver says the traffic logs from the Silk Road server (PDF) that also were released by the government this week tell a different story.

“The server logs which the FBI provides as evidence show that, no, what happened is the FBI didn’t see a leakage coming from that IP,” he said. “What happened is they contacted that IP directly and got a PHPMyAdmin configuration page.” See this PDF file for a look at that PHPMyAdmin page. Here is the PHPMyAdmin server configuration.

But this is hardly a satisfying answer to how the FBI investigators located the Silk Road servers. After all, if the FBI investigators contacted the PHPMyAdmin page directly, how did they know to do that in the first place?

“That’s still the $64,000 question,” Weaver said. “So both the CAPTCHA couldn’t leak in that configuration, and the IP the government visited wasn’t providing the CAPTCHA, but instead a PHPMyAdmin interface. Thus, the leaky CAPTCHA story is full of holes.”

Many in the Internet community have officially called baloney [that's a technical term] on the government’s claims, and these latest apparently contradictory revelations from the government are likely to fuel speculation that the government is trying to explain away some not-so-by-the-book investigative met ...
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Justice Department officials helped get relatives paid internships: report
Inspector General Michael Horowitz found that Executive Office for Immigration Review Director Juan Osuna, Board of Immigration Appeals Chairman David Neal and Chief Immigration Judge Brian O’Leary each helped relatives get hired in the agency’s student job program between 2007 and 2010.
Friday, November 7, 2014, 12:00 AM A A A

The top three officials at the Justice Department agency that oversees the federal immigration court system helped relatives get paid internships, according to a report released Thursday by the Justice Department’s inspector general.
WASHINGTON — The top three officials at the Justice Department agency that oversees the federal immigration court system helped relatives get paid internships, according to a report released Thursday by the Justice Department’s inspector general.

Inspector General Michael Horowitz found that Executive Office for Immigration Review Director Juan Osuna, Board of Immigration Appeals Chairman David Neal and Chief Immigration Judge Brian O’Leary
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FBI Blasted For Failing To Video Monitor Its Own Evidence Room


The FBI’s evidence-handling controls are so lax that the agency didn’t have video cameras in its Washington field office evidence room, according to court documents that lawyers say could be used to call into question any number of convictions.

Although use of cameras is considered a good practice, neither the D.C. field office nor a cross-border task force assigned to major narcotics cases in the metropolitan area had them in their evidence rooms, according to a letter sent to 13 defense attorneys in a pending drug conspiracy case.

The details were revealed in court filings involving Matthew Lowry, an FBI agent suspected of pilfering heroin seized in federal narcotics
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Book Review: The Hundred-Year Marathon
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Over an 18-year period the FBI paid her $1.7 million before discovering she was a double agent. According to the 2013 document, "The OIG found that the FBI ...


http://www.defensenews.com/story/defense-news/blog/intercepts/2015/01/27/china-us-taiwan-strategy-superpower-marathon-100/22390029/



The Hundred-Year Marathon: China's Secret Strategy to Replace America as the Global Superpower
, by Michael Pillsbury.
Release Date: February 3, 2015.
Reviewed by Wendell Minnick, Asia Bureau Chief
TAIPEI - Defense News was given a sneak peek at the manuscript of Michael Pillsbury's new book, "The Hundred-Year Marathon: China's Secret Strategy to Replace America as the Global Superpower", due for public release on February 3.
This book is a mixed genre of memoir, analysis, and history. The author, and it is indeed Pillsbury (I can hear his voice in my head when I read it), uses the first-person in much of the book. Pillsbury describes his involvement in US-China government issues, relating his ties with the CIA, FBI, and Pentagon over a 40-year career of China-watching. In many ways, it is shameless self-promotion as Pillsbury inserts himself into history with redundant "I, me, my" injects throughout the text. Those interested in a far more critical analysis of Pillsbury's modus operandi can go no further than Soyoung Ho's "Panda Slugger" in the Washington Monthly in the July/August 2006 issue.
One central thesis of this book is that the hawks in China have successfully persuaded the Chinese leadership to view the U.S. as a dangerous hegemon that it must replace.
Pillsbury claims it took the artsy firebombing of a Christmas tree at Washington's National Mall to raise his curiosity as to why the Smithsonian's Sackler Gallery was honoring famed Chinese artist Cai Guo Qiang, who designed the bizarre fireworks display in November 2012. It further baffled Pillsbury as to why then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was presenting the same man with a gold medal and a check of $250,000, courtesy of the taxpayers, for an event dubbed the "Black Christmas Tree."
The debris from the event, which he witnessed, took two months to clean up. "I don't know if any of the guests contemplated why they were watching a Chinese artist blow up a symbol of the Christian faith in the middle of the nation's capital less than a month before Christmas," but it is obvious the event caused him to rethink America's relationship with China.
Begging to know more about Cai, Pillsbury went to work digging through Chinese-language websites and archives trying to learn more about the artist. What he discovered further infuriated him. "The artist raised eyebrows when he said that the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001, was a 'spectacle' for the world audience, as if it were – in some twisted sense – a work of art." Pillsbury further discovered that Cai had proclaimed that his favorite book was "Unrestricted Warfare: War and Strategy in the Globalization Era, a work of military analysis in which two Chinese colonels recommended that Beijing 'use asymmetrical warfare, including terrorism, to attack the United States.'"
Pillsbury concludes that Americans must finally come to grips with a clear understanding of what China has in store for us. In addition, this must begin by facing down false assumptions America has with China.
False Assumption #1
Engagement Brings Complete Cooperation
For four decades now, Pillsbury claims that he and many China watchers in Washington believed that "engagement" with the Chinese would induce Beijing to cooperate with the West on a wide range of policy problems. Well, it has been a failure. Trade and technology were supposed to lead to a convergence of Chinese and Western views on questions of regional and global order. This has also flopped. In short, China has failed to meet nearly all of our rose expectations. Instead, China has done everything it can to thwart reconstruction efforts and economic development in Afghanistan, it has provided support to anti-Western groups in Sudan, Iran, North Korea, and the Taliban.
False Assumption #2
China is on the Road to Democracy
There is no evidence China is moving towards democracy and that the Chinese Communist Party is on the verge on extinction. China is moving towards "authoritarian resilience" and the Party could survive for decades without change.
False Assumption #3
China, The Fragile Flower
Many China watchers have expressed worry that if the United States pressed China too hard to have elections, free dissidents, to extend the rule of law, and to threat ethnic minorities fairly, then this pressure would lead to the collapse of the Chinese state – causing chaos throughout Asia. The worst parts of the Bible.
Yet the fact is that China's already robust GDP is predicted to continue to grow by at least 7 or 8 percent, thereby surpassing that of the United States by 2018 at the earliest. "While we worried about China's woes, its economy more than doubled."
False Assumption #4
China Wants to Be – And Is – Just Like Us
"In our hubris, Americans love to believe that the aspiration of every other country is to be just like the United States." There is no evidence in today's China that they seek to match and mirror our society. However, Chinese visitors will often cite their love for our country and a deep interest in our culture and lifestyles, Pillsbury warns that Chinese literature and writings indicate this is based on a strategy of deception. "Whereas Americans tended to favor direct action, those of Chinese ethnic origin were found to favor the indirect over the direct, ambiguity and deception over clarity and transparency."
False Assumption #5
China's Hawks Are Weak
Pillsbury claims that over time he discovered proposals by Chinese hawks (ying pai) to the Chinese leadership to mislead and manipulate American policymakers to obtain intelligence and military, technology, and economic assistance. The hawks have been advising Chinese leaders since Mao Zedong to avenge a century of humiliation by the West and to supplant the West as the next global economic, military, and political power.
According to Pillsbury, the plan has become known as "the Hundred-Year Marathon" from 1949 to 2049. "The goal is to avenge or wipe-clean (xi xue) past foreign humiliations." Then China will set up a world order that will be fair to China, a world without American global supremacy, and revise the U.S.-dominated economic and geopolitical world order founded at Bretton Woods at th
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Orangeburg: America's Unknown Political Massacre [ http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/news/orangeburg-americas-unknown-political-massacre/?utm_source=newsletterFeb13&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feb13News]
It occurred on the night of Feb. 8, 1968, the third night of protests by students at South Carolina State College, a historically black college in Orangeburg, who were trying to desegregate a bowling alley in the town, about 35 miles southeast of Columbia. It was the first time students at an American university were killed by police during a political demonstration.

How Activists Are Responding To The NYPD's Attempts To Thwart Black Lives Matter [ http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/news/how-activists-are-responding-to-the-nypds-attempts-to-thwart-black-lives-matter/?utm_source=newsletterFeb13&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feb13News]
The New York Police Department has reportedly been giving young adults free tickets to screenings of "Selma," and last month, on Martin Luther King Day, officers with the 81st Precinct in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood even drove a group of local teens to see the film, which depicts the historic march for voting rights. At the same time, however, the NYPD has sought to thwart, criminalize and defame the current incarnation of civil rights activism underway in New York, treating the Black Lives Matter movement as a threat on par with terrorism.

For Now, No Details On Murder Plot Against Occupy Leaders [ http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/for-now-no-details-on-murder-plot-against-occupy-leaders/?utm_source=newsletterFeb13&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feb13News]
In early 2013, documents about law-enforcement infiltration and surveillance of the Occupy movement began to trickle out via the Freedom of Information Act. One of the most shocking revelations was that the FBI had been aware of a plot to murder leaders of Occupy Houston, "via suppressed sniper rifles," but didn't do anything to protect or warn those leaders.

Police Use Axe Body Spray to Break Up Crust Punk Protest [ http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/police-use-axe-body-spray-to-break-up-crust-punk-protest/?utm_source=newsletterFeb13&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feb13News]
New York Police Department officers deployed Axe Body Spray against a group of crust punk protesters after what they called a "bio-chemical provocation." *Caution: this article may contain satire*

Chicago Latinos Busted For Canvassing Sue City [ http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/news/chicago-latinos-busted-for-canvassing-sue-city/?utm_source=newsletterFeb13&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feb13News]
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FBI Refuses to Uncover Plot to Assassinate Occupy Leaders
By Joshua Krause
Global Research, February 16, 2015
Activist Post 15 February 2015



http://www.globalresearch.ca/fbi-refuses-to-uncover-plot-to-assassinate-occupy-leaders/5431580


During the waning days of the Occupy movement, a FOIA request was submitted by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund in 2013, in regards to the Houston chapter of the movement. In return, they received a heavily redacted document from the FBI that carried some rather disturbing information.

Unbeknown to the peaceful agitators of the Occupy movement, there was a plot to assassinate their leadership, and the FBI knew all about it.

The most damning segment of the document reads:

An identified [DELETED] as of October planned to engage in sniper attacks against protestors (sic) in Houston, Texas if deemed necessary. An identified [DELETED] had received intelligence that indicated the protesters in New York and Seattle planned similar protests in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin, Texas. [DELETED] planned to gather intelligence against the leaders of the protest groups and obtain photographs, then formulate a plan to kill the leadership via suppressed sniper rifles. (Note: protests continued throughout the weekend with approximately 6000 persons in NYC. ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protests have spread to about half of all states in the US, over a dozen European and Asian cities, including protests in Cleveland (10/6-8/11) at Willard Park which was initially attended by hundreds of protesters.

As of now, we have no idea who this person is that was preparing to engage in these attacks, or if it even was person. For all we know it could have been a group of people or a state-sanctioned organization. We don’t know if this is information the FBI received on a suspect, or if this was a communication between themselves and one of their own assets.

The language of the document certainly sounds pretty creepy. Terms like “if deemed necessary” and “received intelligence” have led many to believe that this unknown person was officially sanctioned to act by the government. And if that isn’t true, if the FBI had just received a tip that a lone gunman was about to start killing peaceful protesters, what measures did they take to prevent that from happening? By all appearances, they didn’t do anything. So, best-case scenario, the government knew something could happen, and decided to ignore it; and worst-case scenario, they were playing an active role in this plot.

And there’s a good chance that we’ll never know the exact truth of the matter. Some activists are still trying to get the FBI to turn over the unredacted documents, but the FBI claims that they are exempt from the Freedom of Information Act:

The bureau claimed several exemptions from the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), primarily that the withheld information was gathered through cooperation with local law enforcement agencies investigating matters of national security surrounding the Occupy movement. The FBI argued that releasing data gathered on protesters constituted: interference with ongoing law enforcement proceedings, interference with personal privacy of law enforcement personnel, interference with law enforcement proceedings involving confidential informants and disclosure of enforcement techniques not generally known to the public–all exemptions under FOIA.

Shapiro pointed out that the FBI had denied any engagement with law enforcementover the Occupy protests, and that no major laws were broken by protesters, putting into question the existence of ongoing law enforcement proceedings. Nonetheless, a judge upheld the bureau’s claims last week, allowing the names of the plotters and any further information about the plot to remain unreleased.

All this for a bunch of idealistic college kids. I will admit, there’s a chance that we’re misinterpreting these documents, but they sure make the FBI look insane. Like I said before, it appears that they were either plotting to assassinating Occupy leaders, or they were going to look the other way while somebody else did the deed.

Honestly, it wouldn’t surprise me if the government cooks up these plans for every movement that threatens the establishment. They just keep them in place as a last resort, while they use the combined efforts of the media, informants, and provocateurs to quietly neuter these movements before they become a problem. We may have just gotten lucky by stumbling onto one of their premature plans.
Joshua Krause is a reporter, writer and researcher at The Daily Sheeple, where this first appeared. He was born and raised in the Bay Area and is a freelance writer and author. You can follow Joshua’s reports at Facebook or on his personal Twitter. Joshua’s website is Strange Danger.
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Joe Iosbaker speaks out for Rasema Odeh at Moscow conference
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March 1, 2015

Fight Back News Service is circulating a speech that U.S. anti-war activist Joe Iosbaker delivered at a conference in Moscow, Feb. 24. The conference, called "Developments in Civil Society in Russia and the USA," featured talks by several generations of anti-imperialist activists. A special guest was the Venezuelan Ambassador to Russia, Hoglys Martinez Nunez.

U.S. imperialism and the war on Arabs and Muslims

There is a growing degree of repression and racist violence in the U.S. Witness the murders of the three Muslim students in Chapel Hill, North Carolina a few weeks ago. For the Black communities in the U.S., there is a police state, which has existed since the Africans were brought to America as slaves. And the U.S. government war on Arabs and Muslims, both abroad and at home, continues and expands, despite the drawing down of troops in Afghanistan and the end of the U.S. occupation of Iraq. I want to highlight the case of the Palestinian activist from Chicago, Rasmea Odeh, as the an example of repression of that community.

Attacks on democracy domestically have always accompanied wars of aggression abroad. To understand U.S. imperialism today, it’s useful to look at the recent developments in the War on Arabs and Muslims; the wars fought abroad just in the past year; the level of racism and Islamophobia whipped up by the politicians and media; and the prosecution of Rasmea Odeh, the newest victim of political repression by Washington.

This War on Arabs and Muslims began with George W. Bush. He used the 911 attacks to justify launch-ing wars of conquest in Afghanistan and Iraq, with plans for Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia and Sudan. The U.S. had been in decline on the world stage since defeat at the hands of the Vietnamese in 1975. What he named the War on Terrorism was intended to put the U.S. back on top, to regain a position of power and profitability enjoyed in the 1950s and ‘60s.

Things didn’t work out that way. The Iraq War ended a disastrous loss, and Afghanistan is an unfolding defeat.

The empire didn’t learn the lesson from these losses that regular people learned - that the era where big powers can remake the map using military force has come to an end. The White House thinks it is a matter of smarter tactics, choosing wars more carefully and keeping the junior partners in NATO on board. Now President Obama deploys a variety of war fighting methods: drone warfare, special operations, color revolutions and proxy armies - but their objective is the same - to use military force and the murder of hundreds of thousands, as in Syria, to maintain and expand U.S. hegemony, to control markets and to ensure profitability.

The newest Iraq War that started in August might seem to be a response to the danger to the world from the Islamic State. However, there’s nothing new about wars of ‘humanitarian intervention.’ The same pretext was used in Libya in 2011. The U.S. was looking for a reason to justify going back into Iraq, and now they have it.

Officially, the War on Terrorism has ended. That rhetoric is no longer used. But in truth, there continues to be a war on the countries and nations of the Middle East, South Asia and Africa. Why are they targeted? Because the countries where they are the majority are the largest oil producers. Because those peoples have had the audacity to believe that their national resources should be theirs to develop.

The endless war on these peoples is required because they refuse to accept the dictates by Washington.

In the U.S., there is a necessary corollary to these wars. It is a domestic war on Arabs and Muslims. The U.S. Attorney’s offices in Chicago, Illinois, and Detroit, Michigan, went after a Palestinian community activist in Chicago named Rasmea Odeh. Rasmea is 67 years old. She was put on trial and convicted in November, and now faces a possible sentence of ten years in prison, a fine of $250,000, and deportation. What crime did she commit? When she emigrated to the U.S. from Palestine, she failed to admit that she had been brutally tortured and raped by Israeli guards in 1969. She didn’t say on her application for citizenship that a kangaroo court of the Israeli occupation - a military occupation which is illegitimate and criminal in the eyes of the world, convicted her of a bombing, based on a confession that they tortured out of her, and which she immediately denied.

There is no due process in Israeli military courts, which ‘convict’ over 99% of Palestinians who come before them, and ‘evidence’ from these should not be accepted in a court in the U.S. U.S. law doesn't allow the use of evidence obtained through torture. The War on Arabs and Muslims has changed that. We use torture against prisoners in our wars abroad, and our courts now uphold the use of torture by the Israelis.

Rasmea was targeted by the U.S. government also as part of the repression of the pro-Palestinian movement. This movement, often called the BDS movement for Boycott/Divestment/Sanctions, has grown in recent years against Israel’s occupation and wars on Gaza.

The case against her grew out of the investigation of 23 anti-war and Palestinian community organizers in Chicago and Minneapolis, who were subpoenaed to a federal grand jury in 2010. I am one of those activists. My home was raided by 25 FBI agents on Sept. 24, 2010. I was targeted for my role as an or-ganizer of a large protest against the Iraq War, and because I am a supporter of the cause of the Palestinian people.

The grand jury is investigating myself and the 23 activists for allegations that we provided ‘material support of terrorism.’ This is a lie. The FBI and the Justice Department investigated us and are at-tempting to ‘criminalize’ efforts to empower Chicago’s Palestinian, Arab and Muslim communities, as well as work to build solidarity with the struggle in Palestine. No one testified to that grand jury and, due to broad public support and a strong defense campaign, no one was indicted.

Rasmea was not one of the 23, but she is a colleague of Hatem Abudayyeh, who was raided on the same morning I was. Hatem is the director of the Arab American Action Network in Chicago, a community service organization. Rasmea is the associate director. But it is clear that Rasmea came under attack by the U.S. government because she is Palestinian, and because for decades, she has organized for Palestinian liberation and self-determination, the Right of Return of the Palestinian refugees to their homes, and an end to U.S. funding of Israeli occupation.

On March 12, Rasmea will be sentenced. We are asking the judge for leniency, and we are preparing for the appeal. Rasmea’s story is the tale of the Palestinian people. She and the Palestinians are victims of a brutal occupation that has cost many lives and much suffering.

A growing movement has pledged to continue to work for her until she is out of prison and among the Palestinian community and their supporters. Free Rasmea Odeh.
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WORLD EXCLUSIVE: NATALIE WOOD SECRET AFFAIR WITH FBI AGENT

Published on: March 5, 2015

WORLD EXCLUSIVE: NATALIE WOOD SECRET AFFAIR WITH FBI AGENT

A former FBI agent has claimed he carried on a four-year love affair with NATALIE WOOD right under the nose of hubby Robert Wagner.

“We were in love with each other,” hunky “G-Man” Donald Wilson declared in a blockbuster interview.

Speaking exclusively to The National ENQUIRER, Donald, now 72, broke his silence and said he was cheating with the doomed “West Side Story” before her death off the choppy waters of Catalina Island 33 years ago.

Donald met Natalie in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, in 1973. He was on a law enforcement speaking tour.
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Former top FBI agent dismisses lawsuit against FBI






March 9, 2015


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The agent who led Seattle's FBI office for more than eight years has quietly dismissed her discrimination lawsuit against the bureau and the Department of Justice.

A "Joint Stipulation of Voluntary Dismissal" was signed on November 20, 2014 by attorneys for former Special Agent-in-Charge Laura M. Laughlin.

In a 2011 lawsuit filed in federal court in Washington DC, Laughlin claimed she was a victim of sex discrimination and retaliation.

As the agent in charge of 300 agents in Seattle, she was one of the highest level FBI agents ever to sue the bureau.

Laughlin's attorneys did not respond to KING 5's requests for an explanation of why the suit was dismissed.

A Department of Justice lawyer on the case responded to an email with a single sentence reply.

"Ms. Laughlin dismissed her case with no settlement," said Assistant US Attorney Marine Utgoff Braswell.

At the time the lawsuit was filed, Laughlin was the longest serving Agent-in-Charge of any district in the US.

Seattle is not the place she wanted to be. She said she had been passed over for ten promotions during her tenure in Washington State.

The suit also said she was publicly humiliated when FBI headquarters pulled the Thomas Wales investigation out of the hands of her agents in Seattle.

Wales was an Assistant United States Attorney who was murdered in his Queen Anne home. It became one of the most thoroughly investigated cases in FBI history, but it remains unsolved.

In 2006, amid controversy over the handling of the case by the Seattle office, FBI headquarters transferred the Wales investigation to the Portland office.

Laughlin's lawsuit called this an "unprecedented step" that "damaged Plaintiff's reputation within the agency and in the City of Seattle…."
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Oakhill judge forces confidential FBI informant to testify in public today

 


Published: Fri, October 16, 2015 @ 10:55 p.m.

CLEVELAND

Youngstown political consultant Harry Strabula admitted he secretly recorded ex-Mahoning County Auditor Michael V. Sciortino. And based on his testimony and that of an FBI agent at a hearing, he is the main confidential witness in the Oakhill Renaissance Place criminal-corruption case.

Strabula’s surprising testimony came at the end of a nearly five-hour hearing Friday regarding the number of hours of secretly recorded tapes in the case.

While on the witness stand, FBI Special Agent Wallace Sines explained what the case’s main confidential witness did for a decade, including sometimes wearing two recording devices to tape people law-enforcement officials believed were involved in corruption. Sines also said the confidential source stopped taping Sciortino at the request of the FBI after Sciortino hired an attorney.

Sines’ description during testimony was followed by a private discussion among lawyers on both sides.

Then Strabula testified for a few minutes. His testimony matched that of Sines’ description of the main secret informant.

Strabula said he talked daily with Sciortino, one of the three Oakhill defendants, and met with him frequently, recording the former auditor at the request of the FBI.

Prosecutors had tried to shield Strabula’s identity and not have him testify at Friday’s hearing. If their main confidential informant had to testify, prosecutors wanted it to be done behind closed doors to protect his identity as they contend he had been threatened a few times.

But Judge Janet R. Burnside of Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, who is overseeing the case, ruled that Strabula had to testify in public.

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Judge lets Jill Kelley seek information feds want hidden

Published: November 5, 2015

Lawyers for Jill and Scott Kelley, who are suing the FBI and Defense Department over the leaking of Jill Kelley’s name to the media, will be allowed to continue questioning an FBI agent and obtain additional documents from the FBI, a federal court judge ruled Wednesday.

Judge Amy Berman Jackson issued a ruling that gives lawyers for the Kelleys much of what they were seeking in a Sept. 2 deposition of Supervisory Special Agent Adam Malone.

The Kelleys’ legal team will now be able to ask Malone about when he discovered the source of emails that the couple considered threatening and whether Malone had concerns Jill Kelley had committed a crime.

They also may ask Malone why the Kelleys’ yahoo.com email account was subpoenaed, who else had access to the emails, with whom he discussed them and where they were kept.

In addition, the FBI must turn over a number of records in the case including names of everyone who received or reviewed the Kelleys’ emails and details about their transfer.

Also, internal communications between Oct. 15, 2012, and Nov. 15, 2012, mentioning Washington Post reporters Sari Horwitz or Greg Miller, “even if those emails do not refer to the Kelley case in particular,” the ruling says.

In June, 2012, Malone was working out of the FBI’s Tampa office and was in charge of a cyberstalking investigation that lead to the Nov. 9, 2012, resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus. The resignation came after it was found Petraeus had an affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell.

The investigation was initiated after Scott Kelley received what the couple perceived as threatening emails from someone the FBI later identified as Broadwell. Broadwell was cleared of any wrongdoing in the case. The Kelleys and Broadwell declined comment.

On Nov. 11, 2012, Jill Kelley’s name was leaked to the media as the woman who went to the FBI after her husband received the emails from Broadwell. She and her husband eventually sued the government, but most of the case has been tossed, leaving behind only a Privacy Act claim. The claim requires that the Kelleys prove the leak was deliberate.

Attorneys for the Kelleys suggested in a motion that the source of the leak was former Defense Department General Counsel Jeh Johnson, now Homeland Security Secretary. Jill Kelley’s name was leaked around the time Johnson received emails from the FBI asking him to determine whether Jill Kelley’s emails with now-retired Marine Gen. John Allen violated military rules.

Allen was eventually cleared of any wrongdoing. However, nine reporters were subpoenaed to testify after Judge Jackson ruled that the Kelleys had to seek their testimony before Johnson would be allowed to testify.

Last month, the government filed a motion to limit Malone’s testimony, arguing that during that Sept. 2 deposition, he was subjected to queries designed to “annoy, harass and embarrass” him and the agency.

The government also argued that some questions from the Kelleys’ attorneys are designed to advance the couple’s “public relations goals” and insinuates that the Kelleys have leaked information from the case to the media.

The Kelleys’ legal team argued Jill Kelley was the target of FBI agents in Tampa fishing for evidence she was romantically involved with military leaders. And instead of treating Kelley as a potential crime victim, some of those agents were making lewd remarks about her. The documents say the agents referred to Kelley as a “femme fatale” who brought the trouble upon herself.

Jackson also ruled that protected information in this case cannot be used for “publ
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FBI takes a bullet in banks’ $50 billion fee war with retailers


FILE - This Nov. 18, 2009 file photo shows credit and bank cards with electronic chips in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. In the wake of recent high-profile data breaches, including this week’s revelation that hackers stole consumer data from eBay’s computer systems, Visa and MasterCard are renewing a push to speed the adoption of microchips into U.S. credit and debit cards.

Posted: Sunday, November 8, 2015 10:30 pm



Perhaps the FBI should have stuck to catching bank robbers, rather than weighing in on bank cards.

Last month, the nation’s premier law enforcement agency issued a seemingly innocuous fraud alert telling shoppers to use a PIN with new credit cards embedded with computer chips.

Though the goal was to promote security, the bureau instead found itself ensnared in a decadelong dispute between banks and retailers, in which about $50 billion in annual fees are at stake.

The blowback from both sides has been intense.

Banks said they were blindsided by the notice and forced the bureau to retract it

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Why the FBI profilers in Criminal Minds are the real psychopaths
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Mandy Patinkin was not exactly subtle about his reasons for leaving Criminal Minds. In 2012, with Homeland now confirming he could get TV work again, he told New York magazine exactly what he thought of the CBS crime porn, which he abandoned rather abruptly after only two seasons: “I never thought they were going to kill and rape all these women every night, every day, week after week, year after year. It was very destructive to my soul and my personality.”

In fairness to Criminal Minds, since that very public kvetching, they do seem to have made some effort to rape and kill women only as often as they kill men — one of our society’s more admirable attempts at gender equality, truly. In fairness to Mandy Patinkin, I don’t know that the truly soul-destroying thing about Criminal Minds is its taste in murder dolls, so much as the fact that nothing means anything in its godforsaken universe, least of all the raping and dismembering of our fellow humans. Twisted serial murder sprees, occasionally sprinkled with rape, are the mass shootings of the Criminal Minds world: they provoke a flurry of outrage and tough talk for veritable days before everyone gets back to obliviously living their normal lives, and we do it all again next week.

Sorry, perhaps I should back up here: if you have mercifully never seen the show, it follows a team of FBI profilers, one of those psuedo-mystical police-esque jobs used mostly as an excuse by television writers to papier-mâché criminals out of pop psychobabble. The team is put together with the care of a cut-rate boy band: everyone gets one personality tic that’s then expanded into an en
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https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2018/oct/10/cia-shell-game/

 

 

The CIA and the State Department conspired to exploit a bureaucratic loophole to keep records hidden

by Emma Best

October 10, 2018

In 1955, the Central Intelligence Agency’s Psychological and Paramilitary Operations Staff made some inquiries through their point of contact at the State Department about the storage and accessibility of records concerning CIA operations. When they didn’t receive the answer they wanted, an informal suggestion led to a formal policy to circumvent those requirements by manipulating technicalities and appearances, and in some cases ignoring the records even existed.

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https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2018/oct/11/fbi-aclu-postcard/

 

The postcard that pitted the ACLU against the FBI

by JPat BrownCarolyn Komatsoulis

October 11, 2018

The recently released Federal Bureau of Investigation file for former head of the American Civil Liberties Union Roger Baldwin document numerous times the groups came into conflict with each other. One notable incident, related to the Bureau’s wartime “Postal Censorship” program, led to a testy exchange between Baldwin and FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover after the Bureau investigated the writer and pioneering Libertarian Rose Wilder Lane over her comments on a postcard.

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https://schedule.srccon.org/

SRCCON 2018 • June 28 & 29 in Minneapolis

 

 

 

https://theintercept.com/2018/10/09/brett-kavanaugh-supreme-court-bush-administration/

 

 

OBAMA’S RESISTANCE TO INVESTIGATING THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION ALLOWED BRETT KAVANAUGH TO SKATE ONTO THE SUPREME COURT

Eoin Higgins

October 9 2018

ONE OF BARACK Obama’s first decisions after being elected president continued to haunt the country over the weekend, as Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as the fifth hard-line conservative on the Supreme Court.In January 2009, George W. Bush left office with an abysmal 22 percent approval rating, the lowest ever recorded. Almost everyone with anything to do with his administration was considered politically

 

 

 

https://www.globalresearch.ca/the-plot-to-kill-martin-luther-king-survived-shooting-was-murdered-in-hospital-an-interview-with-william-pepper/5544005

 

The Plot to Kill Martin Luther King: Survived Shooting, Was Murdered in Hospital

Global Research › ca

 

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Apr 6, 2018 · Martin Luther King was murdered in a conspiracy that was instigated by then FBI director J. ... The hospital story was told to Pepper by a man named Johnton Shelby, whose mother, Lula Mae ...

 

 

 

 

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/communication-success/201810/7-traits-the-modern-sociopath-and-psychopath

 

7 Traits of the Modern Sociopath and Psychopath ( working in Law Enforcement )

7 signs of the ruthless and the heartless.

Posted Oct 07, 2018

 

— Robert Hare

Antisocial personality disorder, sometimes identified interchangeably as sociopathy or psychopathy, is defined by the Mayo Clinic as: “A mental condition in which a person consistently shows no regard for right and wrong and ignores the rights and feelings of others. People with antisocial personality disorder tend to antagonize, manipulate or treat others harshly or with callous indifference. They show no guilt or remorse for their behavior.”

 

 

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/stop-the-cycle/201506/assessment-police-officers-others-in-dangerous-jobs

 

 

Assessment of Police Officers & Others in Dangerous Jobs

Assessment of police officers can reduce risk of errors in judgement on the job.

Posted Jun 30, 2015

 

 

 

https://www.bizpacreview.com/2018/10/10/fbi-refuses-to-tell-us-senate-if-trumps-phones-are-tapped-is-nsa-or-fbi-listening-in-on-our-president-682472

 

FBI refuses to tell US Senate if Trump’s phones are tapped: ‘Is NSA or FBI listening in on our President?’

October 10, 2018 | Tom Tillison |  Print Article

 

 

 

https://www.fredericknewspost.com/public/ap/david-wise-author-and-cia-expert-who-exposed-invisible-government/article_f41369ac-ac28-5552-b91b-a9c4700f38ad.html

 

David Wise, author and CIA expert who exposed 'invisible government,' dies at 88

 

 

 

 

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny-metro-nassau-cop-arrested-exposing-himself-20181010-story.html

 

 Nassau cop charged with exposing himself to two women

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/10/10/kavanaugh-fbi-probe-limit-888667

 

 

KAVANAUGH CONFIRMATION

FBI's Wray confirms White House limited Kavanaugh probe

 

By JOSH GERSTEIN 10/10/2018 11:05 AM EDT Updated 10/10/2018 01:33 PM EDT

 

 

 

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/10/10/state-police-tried-destroy-payroll-records-during-fraud-investigations/hrftAIz2BVAhBwJGt8z8lJ/story.html

 

State Police tried to destroy payroll records during investigations 

The department sought to destroy boxes filled with potential evidence in the department’s ongoing internal audit, as well as federal and state criminal probes, into alleged overtime fraud. 10:46 am

 

 

 

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-sheriff-stops-latinos-20181008-story.html

 

L.A. County watchdog investigating team of deputies that stopped thousands of innocent Latinos on 5 Freeway

 

 

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/8xjvez/were-watching-the-slow-poisoning-of-the-supreme-court

We're Watching the Slow Poisoning of the Supreme Court

 

Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation was unusually contentious and bitter, but it wasn't an aberration.

 

 

 

 

http://www.bostonherald.com/news/local_coverage/2018/10/judge_gives_dzokhar_tsarnaev_team_time_to_study_fbi_interview_on_waltham

 

Judge gives Dzokhar Tsarnaev team time to study FBI interview on Waltham slays

Laurel J. Sweet Monday

 

 

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2018/10/08/oh-my-dnc-lawyers-met-with-fbi-prior-to-issuance-of-spy-warrant-targeting-trump-c-n2525649

 

DNC Lawyers Met With Top FBI Official Before Spy Warrant Targeting Trump Campaign Was Doled Out

 

Matt Vespa

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https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/FBI-informant-in-terror-stings-owned-limo-in-13290392.php

FBI informant in terror stings owned limo in deadly crash, state source confirms

 

By Brendan J. Lyons and Larry Rulison Updated 10:27 pm EDT, Monday, October 8, 2018

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/ny-metro-detective-son-of-retired-police-brass-busted-dwi-20181008-story.html

NYPD detective son of two retired high-ranking cops busted on drunken driving charges after Harlem crash

 

 

 

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/treasure-hunters-challenge-fbi-over-dig-for-legendary-gold/2018/10/08/7610b8c4-cb6e-11e8-ad0a-0e01efba3cc1_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.6e6c3ed7dfa7

 

Treasure hunters challenge FBI over dig for legendary gold

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