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a story and a portrait with a quotation



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http://www.americanswhotellthetruth.org/portraits/tim-dechristopher


DeChristopher
Climate Justice Activist : b. 1981
"… those who write the rules are those who profit from the status quo. If we want to change that status quo, we might have to work outside of those rules because the legal pathways available to us have been structured precisely to make sure we don’t make any substantial change."


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http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jan/13/civil-disobedience-often-leads-to-jail-but-now-protestors-can-explain-themselves

Civil disobedience often leads to jail. But now, protesters can explain themselves
Tim DeChristopher

In a historic ruling, several environmental campaigners will be able to argue at criminal trial that their political motives are a defense to their illegal acts
oil train
Activists blockaded an oil train like this one in Minnesota. A judge will let the jury consider why they did it. Photograph: Tom Wallace/AP

Wednesday 13 January 2016 07.30 EST
Last modified on Wednesday 13 January 2016 20.25 EST



In the face of governmental failure in addressing climate change, the climate movement has seen a dramatic increase of civil disobedience. The threat of jail is real to activists who use these tactics – as I learned first hand. But now activists now have a powerful form of defense: necessity.

For the very first time, US climate activists have been able to argue the necessity defense – which argues that so-called criminal acts were committed out of necessity – to a jury. The Delta 5, who blockaded an oil train at the Delta rail yard near Seattle in September of 2014, have been been allowed to use the defense in a historic climate change civil disobedience trial being heard this week. They said they acted to prevent the greater harm of climate change and oil train explosions.

Like all civil disobedience, this new wave of climate disobedience is an inherent critique of the moral authority of government. The necessity defense is an opportunity to elaborate that implicit critique into a fully developed legal argument for the responsibility of citizen action in the face of governmental failure.
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In addition to gaining the permission to openly argue the necessity defense, the Delta 5 defendants have so far been winning the crucial legal maneuvers in the courtroom. The trial started with several motions from the prosecution to limit how the defense could present “sympathetic” evidence or anything related to their backgrounds. These motions were denied.

The judge has shown himself to be committed to a fully open trial of all the factors that would drive people to risk their bodies to stop fossil fuel expansion. This kind of openness is distressingly rare for civil disobedience cases in American courts. Why this particular judge, Anthony Howard, is breaking ranks in this climate trial is unknown, but I suspect it may have something to do with the fact that he is young enough that he will still be alive in 2050.

This willingness to weigh deep questions of justice in the courtroom is already paying off with a thought-provoking trial. The jury selection developed into an insightful conversation about civic engagement, protest and how to express one’s disagreement with the government.

This work of arousing consciences is an essential feature of good civil disobedience. Just by participating in the selection
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oh oh....

http://www.opb.org/news/series/burns-oregon-standoff-bundy-militia-news-updates/militia-sympathizer-leads-protest-outside-fbi-headquarters-pete-santilli/


Militia Sympathizer Leads Protest Outside FBI Headquarters


see link for full story


Jan. 16, 2016 5:43 p.m. | Burns, Oregon
Pete Santilli, an Internet radio host and strong advocate of the armed occupation near Burns, Oregon, led a demonstration outside the FBI's makeshift headquarters there.

Pete Santilli, an Internet radio host and strong advocate of the armed occupation near Burns, Oregon, led a demonstration outside the FBI's makeshift headquarters there.


A group of about 20 protesters demonstrated outside the FBI’s makeshift headquarters in Harney County, which is set up at the Burns Municipal Airport, on Saturday.

The protest was led by Pete Santilli, host of a show on YouTube and a strong advocate for the militants occupying the refuge.





Bonus read




http://fedscoop.com/fbi-shopping-for-a-new-cio


Wanted By the FBI: A New Chief Information Officer

January 16 2016

The FBI is hunting for a new chief information officer, according to a
listing on the bureau’s jobs website.

Billy Mitchell of fedscoop reports that the FBI is looking for an
American citizen who can obtain a Top Secret-Sensitive Compartmented
Information clearance to report to the deputy director and associate
deputy director on enterprise IT functions.

Mitchell writes:

According to the listing, the new CIO will be “responsible for
overseeing the acquisition and integration of the FBI’s information
resources and will provide IT portfolio management, recommend IT
program improvements, and coordinate and review the agency’s IT budget
to both ensure technology initiatives are aligned to FBI objectives,
and sufficiently agile to adapt to the evolving needs of FBI
operations.”

That includes: “all data centers, networks, help desks, computer
program development, computer systems operations, information sharing,
cybersecurity (including policy, standards, and operations), data
management, and end-user computing. “





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yes our taxes funded these military officers at Fort Benning





Twelve of the Eighteen Former Military Arrested in Guatemala are SOA
graduates



Last week, eighteen former military officials were arrested on charges
of genocide and crimes against humanity in one of the largest mass
arrests of military officers Latin America has ever seen. Twelve of
them were trained at the SOA. The arrests happened one week before the
January 14th inauguration of newly elected President Jimmy Morales, of
the National Convergence Front (FCN).

Morales, whose party has close ties to the military, faces pressure in
the face of the current developments. Morales' right hand man, Edgar
Justino Ovalle Maldonado, who is also the FCN party co-founder, newly
elected congressman, and retired colonel, is also facing similar
charges, though he was not arrested because of his immunity as a
congressman. Guatemala's Attorney General, however, has requested the
Supreme Court look at the case to strip him of his immunity. Ovalle
Maldonado, who is also an SOA graduate, is linked to massacres and
disappearances during the 1980's.

The officers arrested last week are (see below for a list of notorious
SOA graduates among those recently arrested):

Ismael Segura Abularach (SOA, 1976)
Pablo Roberto Saucedo Mérida (SOA, 1970)
César Augusto Ruiz Morales (SOA, 1970)
Manuel Antonio Callejas Callejas (SOA, 1962 & 1970)
Colonel Fransisco Luis Gordillo Martínez (SOA, 1961)
Carlos Humberto López Rodríguez (SOA, 1970)
Edilberto Letona Linares (SOA; 1970)
José Antonio Vásquez García (SOA, 1970)
Manuel Benedicto Lucas García (SOA, 1965)
Carlos Augusto Garavito Morán (SOA, 1984)
Luis Alberto Paredes Nájera (SOA, 1960)
César Augusto Cabrera Mejía (SOA, 1967)
Juan Ovalle Salazar
Gustavo Alonzo Rosales García
Hugo Ramiro Zaldaña Rojas
Raul Dahesa Oliva
Edgar Rolando Hernández Méndez

The arrests are linked to two cases in particular, both of which have
gone before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. The first case
concerns the operations that occurred at the military base in Cobán.
In 2012, exhumations by forensic anthropologists led to the uncovering
of at least 550 victims disappeared between 1981 and 1988. The second
is for the disappearance of Marco Antonio Molina Theissen, a
14-year-old boy disappeared by the G-2 military intelligence forces on
October 6, 1981.

Read more about the operations in Cobán:
http://www.cipamericas.org/archives/18204

A pretrial held before a District Court this week in the case of the
disappearance of Marco Antonio determined that four of the former
military officers accused - three of whom are SOA graduates - will go
to trial, facing charges of forced disappearance and crimes against
humanity. The retired officers - Fransisco Luis Gordillo Martínez,
Edilberto Letona Linares, Hugo Ramiro Zaldaña Rojas, and Manuel
Antonio Callejas Callejas - remain in custody pending ongoing
investigations by the public prosecutors.

It remains to be seen if newly sworn-in Morales, whose party is backed
by the darkest structures of the Guatemalan military, will allow for
these cases to run their course. The struggle for justice in Guatemala
is still as much a challenge today as it was in the past. Given the
recent mass mobilizations that brought down the former President and
SOA-graduate Otto Pérez Molina and his Vice-President Roxana Baldetti,
Morales faces a citizenry that has lost much of the fear that created
a culture of silence. In a recent National Catholic Reporter article,
Fr. Roy Bourgeois stated that "there will never be any justice or
reconciliation until there is accountability and the perpetrators
start going to prison". The people of Guatemala are hungry for
justice, and they have memory on their side.

To read the full NCR article:
http://ncronline.org/news/global/guatemalan-authorities-arrest-soa-trained-officers-massacres-disappearances

LESSONS FOR THE U.S.

History has shown us that we cannot count on the government to hold
itself accountable. We know from experience that the power we need to
makes the changes we so desperately need will come from us, the
grassroots. Vice-President Biden, who attended President Morales'
inauguration, also had a meeting with the northern triangle Presidents
yesterday regarding the ill-named Alliance for Prosperity, which
supposedly addresses the root causes of migration. This conversation
comes at the same time that ICE is carrying out raids and deporting
Central American refugees that have fled US-sponsored state violence.
Instead of actually addressing the root causes of migration by
changing its destructive foreign policy in Central America, the U.S.
continues to create the conditions that make people flee their home
countries through violence and economic exploitation. This was the
case during the dirty wars of the 1980's, and unfortunately it is the
case now.

There is no question that there was absolute complicity by the U.S.
during the 36-year-long armed conflict that marked Guatemala for
generations to come. For Guatemalans, this is a decades-long struggle
to break down the wall of impunity and the culture of silence and
fear, and the steps being taken by survivors to bring cases forward
have been nothing short of brave and courageous. For the U.S., what
has unraveled over the past few days serves as a sobering reminder
that the U.S. fully backed - covertly, directly and indirectly - the
Guatemalan military through training, fund ...



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January 16 2015




http://myinforms.com/en/a/21991865-sc-police-told-to-adjust-taser-policies-after-federal-courts-excessive-force-ruling/

US appeals court restricts police use of stun guns - Chicago Tribune
http://www.chicagotribune.com/.../sns-bc-va--police-stun-guns-20160115-story.h...
1 day ago - Police should not use stun guns on people who try to evade
custody but pose no ... a federal appeals court decided in a ruling
that will affect law enforcement ... no threat to anyone when he was
shot five times with a Taser by Pinehurst police.
Second City Cop: Taser Restrictions
secondcitycop.blogspot.com/2016/01/taser-restrictions.html?...
12 hours ago - Police officers lacked clear legal guidance on when
they may zap people with Tasers, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals
decided on Monday, so it made a new rule ...
SC police told to adjust Taser policies after federal court's
excessive ...
myinforms.com › Main › South Carolina (SC)
21 hours ago - South Carolina police agencies were told Friday to
change their Taser policies after a federal court deemed it excessive
force for officers to use stun guns on ...


http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-bc-va--police-stun-guns-20160115-story.html



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couple of Sweedish Collars





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http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world/europe/article4666617.ece


Swedish police admit race cover-up on crime
Communities across Sweden are struggling to cope with an influx of
migrants that is higher per capita than in Germany


A tightening of border controls closer to the promised lands of
Germany and Sweden has left thousands trapped and destitute
Communities across Sweden are struggling to cope with an influx of
migrants that is higher per capita than in Germany
Published at 12:01AM, January 16 2016

Fears that the popularity of a Swedish far-right anti-immigrant party
would soar persuaded police to suppress details of migrant involvement
in crime, officials have admitted.

As anger grows over the country’s open-door refugee policy, the Sweden
Democrats party is believed to be benefiting from claims of cover-ups
of migrant crimes, most recently over sexual assaults by a group of
young Afghan men on teenage girls at a Stockholm festival — for the
second time.




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http://articles.courant.com/1998-10-18/news/9810180067_1_police-review-board-police-brutality-police-officer


State Man Seeks Asylum In Sweden
An Activist Claims His Efforts To Start A Civilian Review Board For
Police Ignited A Campaign Of Harassment, But Swedish Authorities Have
Denied His Request.
October 18, 1998|

It sounds like one of those ``News of the Weird'' column items: A
Connecticut man is hiding in Sweden, where he seeks asylum, because he
thinks U.S. police are out to get him.

The things is, it's true.

The asylum part anyway.

Richard ``Ritt'' Goldstein, 47, became the first American in years to
apply for asylum when he moved to Sweden last year. He said his
activism in pushing for a statewide civilian review board for police
resulted in daily harassment from police in Connecticut and other
states.

Goldstein's asylum request was rejected by the Swedes last month, and
since then he has been living a refugee's life, supported by private
citizens and European human rights groups.

``I live underground,'' he said, during a phone interview Friday.
``The thing is, very fortunately, there are those who looked at the
work I had done and looked at the overwhelming evidence that I brought
with me. Initially, there was a little skepticism, but here, unlike
other places, they were not burdened by believing it can't happen. . .
. Law enforcement wasn't a sacred cow to them.''

Whether Goldstein is characterized as a kook making false claims or a
legitimate poster boy for the crusade against police brutality depends
on who is doing the talking.

Just last week, Amnesty International launched a new campaign calling
attention to human rights abuses within the United States, citing
``widespread and persistent'' police brutality as one of the top
problems.

Former Norwalk Mayor William Collins said Goldstein had a strong
commitment to his work, which included arranging a hearing at the
state capitol last year on forming a statewide police review board.

Goldstein also headed a group called the Standing Committee on Law
Enforcement Development. ``I found him very dedicated to his cause,
which I supported very strongly,'' Collins said.

Connecticut police don't share that view.

Goldstein has made harassment complaints to several police
departments, including Danbury, Norwalk, Wethersfield and Cromwell.
His complaints date back to the 1980s, when his activism began.

The complaints seem to have a pattern: Goldstein told police his car
or home or self was sprayed by chemicals or pepper spray, usually by
someone in plain clothes
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Baltimore
Black Lives Matter activist Deray McKesson runs to be Baltimore mayor

Campaign comes amid trials of officers charged over death of Freddie Gray, with city at the center of the debate about policing in America
Deray McKesson has been one of the most vocal activists since the Ferguson shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in August 2014.
Deray McKesson has been one of the most vocal activists since the Ferguson shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in August


Wednesday 3 February 2016 22.02 EST
Last modified on Thursday 4 February 2016 08.31 EST

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/feb/04/black-lives-matter-activist-deray-mckesson-runs-to-be-baltimore-mayor


Prominent Black Lives Matter activist Deray McKesson announced on Wednesday night that he will run for mayor of Baltimore, a move that could shake up both the movement and the city’s politics.

But McKesson’s campaign may also change the Black Lives Matter movement because Johnetta Elzie, another movement leader, is moving to Baltimore to help with McKesson’s campaign.

“There’s a way to challenge from the outside and a way to challenge from the inside and both are important,” McKesson said.

“Baltimore is a city of possibility and we’ve got to challenge the traditional pathways of politics and politicians who lay those paths. We have an opportunity, fundamentally for Baltimore that could change the city to be more transparent and accountable towards people.”

After rising to prominence during the protests over the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014, McKesson has spent much of the last year traveling from protest to protest.
Ferguson and beyond: how a new civil rights movement began – and won't end
DeRay McKesson
Read more

Last summer, after the massacre of nine African Americans at the Mother Emmanuel church in Charleston, the hashtag #gohomederay began to circulate online.

Eventually – though not because of his critics, he insists – McKesson did go home, to Baltimore, where he had formerly worked as an administrator in the city’s public school system.

McKesson, who attended college at Bowdoin, wher
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March 20 2016




Couple of years ago I had a chance
to interview the real Serpico .
see his portrait
http://www.americanswhotellthetruth.org/portraits/frank-serpico

Here is what he had to say

Frank Serpico
Retired Police Detective, Author, Lecturer: b. 1936
"A policeman’s first obligation is to be responsible to the needs of the community he serves…The problem is that the atmosphere does not yet exist in which an honest police officer can act without fear of ridicule or reprisal from fellow officers. We create an atmosphere in which the honest officer fears the dishonest officer, and not the other way around."

1971: Became the first New York City policeman in history to testify about widespread corruption in the department.
1972: Received the NYPD's higest award, The Medal of Honor.
After being shot and testifying about corruption in the NYPD, Serpico lived in Europe for nearly a decade.
Al Pacino played Serpico in the 1973 movie about
his life.
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March 25 2016





Serpico, Iconic Cop Whistleblower On Snowden And Ferguson

04/03/16

http://www.worldcrunch.com/mobile/#a:20717

At 79, Frank Serpico, the former New York police whistleblower immortalized by Al Pacino is still a rebel at heart, as cranky and idealistic as ever.

Serpico in 2011(Rick Mackler/Globe Photos/ZUMA)



HUDSON — His tall, slender figure is topped by a simple wool hat, as the man glares at us from behind his sunglasses. “How am I? Not too bad for a man my age. Well, I do have this shrapnel that sometimes hurt,” he says, his ringed hand pointing to his head.

Forty-five-year-old scars. He then curses the doctors who want to give him a new hipbone and crutches. At nearly 80 — he’ll celebrate it on April 14 — Frank Serpico still looks good. The interview, which took place a few months ago in the unlikely cafeteria of an organic supermarket on the outskirts of Hudson, two hours north of Manhattan, made it clear: The legendary whistleblower is still driven by the same inner rage that has always guided him.

A police officer in Brooklyn, he caused a sensation in the 1960s and 1970s by officially denouncing — a first — the rampant corruption inside the New York Police Department. Faced with the silence of his hierarchy, he refused to remain quiet. When his accusations made it on the front page of The New York Times in April 1970, the then mayor, John Lindsay, decided to launch an enquiry: the Knapp Commission.

Among his own, Serpico is seen as a traitor. In Feb. 1971, he was struck by a bullet in the face during a drug bust that went wrong for reasons that are still obscure. His colleagues refrained from calling for help; a resident of the building next door had to call in an ambulance. In 1973, director Sidney Lumet, in Serpico, immortalized him with an Al Pacino who would later receive
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March 31 2016




Willard Uphaus Portrait Unveiling & Activist Panel Discussion







 



This celebration of activism past, present and future will feature, at its center, a forum emceed by Robert Meeropol of the Rosenberg Fund for Children, with climate activist Tim DeChristopher, Joia Mukherjee of Partners in Health, and criminal justice activist Andrea James. The presenters will look at the sources of inspiration that motivate them to put themselves on the line for their beliefs.




The evening will begin with the rousing music of the Leftist Marching Band and end with the compelling rhymes of the Foundation Movement. Artist and "narrative activist" Robert Shetterly will unveil the latest addition to his inspiring portrait series "Americans Who Tell the Truth": World Fellowship Director Willard Uphaus, who was jailed for courageously defending his community during the McCarthy Era. A selection of the portraits will be on display in the church during the event.
The event will take place on May 7, 2016 from 7-9 pm at the Arlington Street Church in Boston, MA (351 Boylston Street). 




Purchase tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/courage-commitment-tickets-23065612869




 




 




Location: Arlington Street Church, 351 Boylston St., Boston, MA

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April 2 201


Just Detention International – Rape is Not Part of the Penalty


http://www.justdetention.org/



Dedicated to combating the rape of male and female prisoners and
providing such assistance as they can to survivors of jailhouse rape.
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"FOIA Terrorist" Jason Leopold Visits Cal State Fullerton Today
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 8:35 a.m.

Leopold testifying to the House Oversight Committee in 2015
http://www.ocweekly.com/news/foia-terrorist-jason-leopold-visits-cal-state-fullerton-today-7132783



Jason Leopold, an investigative reporter for Vice who will be speaking to journalism students today at Cal State University Fullerton, is unique among national security reporters in the United States. Instead of living in Washington D.C. and wining and dining contacts at the CIA, Pentagon or various Congressional oversight committees, Leopold lives in L.A. and essentially refuses to run anonymous quotes in his articles. Instead, he relies on the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, (FOIA) which turns 50 years old on July 4, 2016.

In fact, Leopold files so many FOIA requests—following th
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Pennnsylvania man wrongly arrested and given rough ride in police car because he posted video on Facebook of cop dealing ywith parking dispute
Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 7:06 PM

Parking Dispute Video At Center Of Federal Lawsuit
CBS Pittsburgh
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/pa-man-wrongly-arrested-rough-ride-filming-article-1.2623859

00:00 / 02:45
PITTSBURGH - A Pennsylvania man was wrongly arrested, given a rough ride in a police car and jailed for hours after posting a Facebook video he recorded
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Copwatch




http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/26527-police-departments-retaliate-against-organized-cop-watch-groups-across-the-us




Organized "Cop Watch" Groups Across the US
Thursday, 02 October 2014 10:13





When communities attempt to police the police, they often get, well... policed.

In several states, organized groups that use police scanners and knowledge of checkpoints to collectively monitor police activities by legally and peacefully filming cops on duty have said they've experienced retaliation, including unjustified detainment and arrests as well as police intimidation.

The groups operate under many decentralized organizations, most notably CopWatch and Cop Block, and have proliferated across the United States in the last decade - and especially in the aftermath of the events that continue to unfold in Ferguson, Missouri, after officer Darren Wilson fatally shot unarmed, black teenager Michael Brown.

Many such groups have begun proactively patrolling their communities with cameras at various times during the week, rather than reactively turning on their cameras when police enter into their neighborhoods or when they happen to be around police activity.

Across the nation, local police departments are responding to organized cop watching patrols by targeting perceived leaders, making arrests, threatening arrests, yanking cameras out of hands and even labeling particular groups "domestic extremist" organizations and part of the sovereign citizens movement - the activities of which the FBI classifies as domestic terrorism.

Courts across the nation at all levels have upheld the right to film police activity. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and photographer's assocications have taken many similar incidents to court, consistently winning cases over the years. The Supreme Court has ruled police can't search an individual's cellphone data without a warrant. Police also can't legally delete an individual's photos or video images under any circumstances.

"Yet, a continuing stream of these incidents (often driven by police who have been fed 'nonsense' about links between photography and terrorism) makes it
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https://www.muckrock.com


Federal Bureau of Prisons breaks space-time continuum to deny FOIA
by JPat Brown
June 02, 2016
Five years ago, Jason Smathers filed a FOIA request with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. A week later, the BOP closed out the request due to lack of interest - three days before they even acknowledged receiving it.
Read More

CVE Watch
Department of Education refuses to release its feedback of FBI’s Counter-Extremism website
by Waqas Mirza
June 01, 2016
The Department of Education has rejected a FOIA request for departmental feedback on the FBI’s Countering Violent Extremism website, which recruits teachers to spy on “troubled” Muslim teens.
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Parents refusal to get vaccine forced the Minnesota zoo to put down their meerkats
by JPat Brown
May 31, 2016
With debate raging over the Cincinnati Zoo’s decision to euthanize an endangered gorilla after a child fell into its enclosure, documents from a similar incident ten years prior raise the same questions about parental responsibility and stringent laws concerning animal safety.
Read More
The NSA’s guide to the internet is the weirdest thing you’ll read today
by JPat Brown
May 27, 2016
The NSA has a well-earned reputation for being one of the tougher agencies to get records out of, making those rare FOIA wins all the sweeter. In the case of Untangling the Web, the agency’s 2007 guide to internet research, the fact that the records in question just so happen to be absolutely insane are just icing on the cake - or as the guide would put it, “the nectar on the ambrosia.”
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if link fails Google

the price of shame Lewinsky YouTube





https://www.ted.com/talks/monica_lewinsky_the_price_of_shame?language=en
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Colorado State Representative Pete Lee is taking
a leadership role in the Restorative Justice movement







Original Message
On Jul 7, 2016, at 8:07 AM, Pete Lee wrote:
An update from State Representative Pete Lee

Dear Constituents, Friends and Supporters;

Campaign 2016 Kickoff Walk- I was thrilled to have 26 enthusiastic supporters join "Team Pete" for our 2016 walk kickoff  - what a great start to my fourth and final campaign for the Colorado House of Representatives! Thanks to everyone who helped us knock on over 400 doors - our messages about continuing to build an economy that provides opportunities for everyone and reforming the criminal justice system are resonating with voters in House District 18.

As I strive to get back into the swing of campaigning, I need your help. I have a lot of voters to reach - and even though I am walking most weekdays, I simply cannot reach everyone on my own. That's where you come in.
 
Can you walk a couple of times this month? That's our single biggest need - a few hours of your time. If you can join us, please call Andrew at 541-588-0215. We'll plan a time that accommodates your schedule.


Only a few of the many volunteers who attended the campaign kickoff

If you can't walk this month, how about making a financial contribution to the campaign? In this tight election year, every dollar counts. To make a donation, please click here.


Our intrepid volunteers did skip some houses but met scores of voters in HD18

Post Session Legislative Activities- Earlier this month Governor Hickenlooper signed three of my business bills into law. They cut red tape for small businesses, ease the process to transfer business interests, recognize oral partnership agreements and clarify tax status of limited liability companies.  I had a total of 15 bills signed by the Governor this session- my most productive ever!  Every bill passed with bipartisan support.


The Governor signing my veteran's job training bill at the Pioneer Museum

NCSL Conference- I spent part of last week with 37 other legislators at a Juvenile Justice conference sponsored by the National Conference of State Legislators.  I spoke about the collateral consequences of juvenile convictions including the denial of employment and college opportunities, loss of financial aid and housing and the importance of a simplified process to expunge juvenile records.

7 Habits on the Inside-   On June 7, I spoke to the graduating and incoming classes of the “7 Habits on the Inside” program at Fremont Prison in Canon City. Modified from the acclaimed Stephen Covey book, “7 Habits of Highly Successful People,” the program is now offered throughout the Dept. of Corrections and is resulting in a positive culture change among inmates.

NAACP and Juneteenth- Over the June 18-19 weekend, I celebrated Juneteenth at two community celebrations. Recognizing the day that abolition and freedom was actually announced to slaves in Texas, the NAACP commemorated the event with a community gathering on June 19.

Buffalo Soldiers Highway Dedication- A stretch of US Highway 24 will be renamed in honor of the Buffalo Soldiers, the black soldiers who once served throughout Colorado. There will be a dedication ceremony on July 28th at noon in the Stargazer Theater.


modern Buffalo Soldiers at the capitol after passing SB16-035, dedicating the Buffalo Soldiers Highway

1 Million Cups- The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and thriving in Colorado Springs.  Every Wednesday at 9:00 a.m., I join local entrepreneurs for the 1 Million Cups event to hear about new startup ventures and how the community can help them to survive and grow. They now meet at the Catalyst Campus downtown.

Catalyst Campus for Technology and Innovation Grand Opening- I joined over a hundred business people, entrepreneurs and elected officials in the Old Railroad Depot to celebrate the Grand Opening on June 14, the brainchild of Colorado Springs native Kevin O’Neill. This campus could be the epicenter for a renaissance in technology businesses for our community.

Tae Kwon Do Hanmadang Festival- An extraordinary display of martial arts took place at the World Arena on June 17.  As a former student at the US Taekwondo Center, I was a Vice Chair of the Organizing Committee.   Fifteen hundred participants from around the county watched the remarkable display of acrobatics and martial arts skills by the Korean Tigers Demonstration Team performing board breaking and creative forms. Students and their teams competed in a variety of events.


Rep. Lee with Coach Barb Kunkel and her competitive Taekwondo team at the Hanmadang Festival

Soul of Manitou- I joined 30 Manitoids and art aficionados for a unique celebration of the Soul of Manitou Springs, at 7 AM on Sunday June.

Under the Dome interview- HB16-1328, the bill I sponsored with Rep. Beth McCann to abolish punitive juvenile solitary confinement, was the subject of an article in the Under the Dome publication. Read it here.

As always, thank you for taking an interest in state government. It is my honor and privilege to represent House District 18. If you have any questions, concerns or comments please feel free to call my cell at 719-460-2834 or email me at reppete@gmail.com

Pete Lee


State Representative 
House District 18
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9/11 and Other Deep State Crimes Teleconference
        
Draft Agenda for 9/27/17 Teleconference
       


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Greetings all,

As we might expect, the anniversary of the 9/11 events this month saw some major commemorative events.  That fairy godmother of such events, Barbara Honegger, organized one and was present at or involved with several others, and will be on hand to give us the full rundown.  She has helpfully supplied useful links to all of them, and because of the details involved, I think it best to quote her citations in full, even though it will make for a lengthier than usual narrative:
Video of 2017 NYC 9/11 Truth Film Event  
From 9/11 Truth to 9/11 Justice
Foley Square/Thomas Paine Park, NYC
Sept. 8th 6:30 to 10:00 PM
[Note:  This is a partial video of the Event by Cat Wattersof NYC who quickly got it up on YouTube.  The fulland professional video of the Event with the below screened Films inserted where they came in the Program should be up on YouTube in a week or so and Barbara will send the link when it's posted. ]
A&E's Sept. 11th 1:00 P.M. Press Conference
    at the National Press Club with Richard Gage,
    Bob McIlvaine and NIST Whistleblower Peter Ketcham.
    There were also Qs and As which are not included
    in the YouTube: 

Lawyers’ Committee for 9/11 Inquiry Promo Video by Ed Asner:
 
9/11 Truth Action Project / TAP Promo Video:    https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B1640VYNfV6aY09Zd1lQVTNRYUk
Prof. Hulsey Trailer re University of Alaska WTC 7 Study: 
2 min. 20 sec.
Sept. 11th 9/11 Event by D.C. 9/11 Truth
        Roslyn, Va. 7:00 to 11:00 p.m.
        Richard Gage, Christopher Bollyn, Barry Kissin
        and Michael Springmann -- with Qs and As    
Reactions to the 9/11 Museum Virtual Walking Tour by 9/11 Movement Leaders " target="_blank" style="color: #336699;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;">
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Cheryl Curtiss and Cat McGuire will round out this report with a brief summary of the event marking this occasion in their part of the woods.

But the month of September included more than commemorative events.  Dr. J. Leroy Hulsey, professor of structural engineering at the University of Alaska, broke new ground with his preliminary report of his research demonstrating the theoretical impossibility of the NIST claim that WTC Building 7 collapsed due to fires.  Uh oh!  Wayne Coste will provide us with synopsis of this watershed report, and will do so via our Online Meeting visual broadcast as well for those with internet access.  Those unable to follow the visual online may download the relevant pdf file here: http://hopeoutloud.org/pentagon/WTC7_Hulsey_Sept_2017.pdf  To participate in the live presentation at the online meeting, browse to this url: https://join.freeconferencecall.com/9-11andotherdeepstatecrim
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