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Tennessee State football player expelled for punching coach charged with felony assault

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, November 21, 2017, 10:47 AM

“Once struck about the face by the defendant, the victim fell to the ground and was dazed and somewhat unconscious from the punches,” read the arrest affidavit, per The Tennessean. “The victim has subsequently been having medical difficulties as a result from the altercation.

Tennessee State expelled Lee, a criminal justice major, from the university two days later. He was booked into jail that night before posting a $7,500 bond, according to the report.


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According to the testimony of two women from the demimonde in Dallas—Jada Conforto, a fiery and highly intelligent red-haired beauty who at the age of 27 was already one of the stars of burlesque, and Beverly Oliver, a naïve 17-year old singer from the club next door to the Carousel Club— Jack Ruby knew Lee Harvey Oswald.

Moreover, Ruby also knew the assassination of JFK was imminent, newly-released jfk files show.

Beverly Oliver told Warren Commission investigators that Jack Ruby introduced her, with Jada present, to Lee Harvey Oswald in his club several weeks before the assassination.

Oliver’s testimony was peremptorily dismissed, and ridiculed as fantasy.But what has until now been virtually unknown is that Beverly Oliver’s testimony was confirmed by Jada in conversation with two well-known and highly-respected journalists in Texas, before she left Dallas for good several days after the assassination.

Edwin ‘Bud’ Shrake and his life-long best friend Gary Cartwright were sportswriters at the Dallas Morning News who shared an apartment in Dallas together that became a hub for late-night parties during 1963. The two men— who both went on to have illustrious careers as celebrated journalists, novelists, and screenwriters— were between divorces. Jada was a frequent visitor. So too was Jack Ruby.

Jack, Jada, Bud, Gary…and the Kingston Trio

Jada Conforto and Bud Shrake were a hot item during the months before the assassination. Jack Ruby was telling local newspapers the big story with Jada was that she was the only stripper in Dallas who was trained in ballet, had a college degree, and was also a descendant of John Quincy Adams. True or no, there was something different about Jada.

From “who was jack ruby?” by Gary Cartwright, Texas Monthly, November 1975:

“Ruby invited us to the Carousel one night, and Shake came home with Jada. We all became good friends, and when Jo and I got married a few weeks later, Jada gave us our first wedding gift — a two-pound Girl Scout cookie tin full of illegal weed she had smuggled across the border in her gold Cadillac with the letters JADA embossed on the door.

“Jada cleared customs with 100 of the two-pound tins in the trunk of her car. She was accompanied by a state politician (who knew nothing about the load) and wore a mink coat, high-heel shoes, and nothing else.

“The first thing she did at customs was open the door and fall out, revealing more than the customs official expected. One of Jada’s great pleasures was driving around Dallas in high heels and a mink coat, with her orange hair piled high and her coat flaring open.”

From “Assessing that bloody weekend” by Kent Biffle in the Feb 4, 2001 Dallas Morning News:

“Gary and Bud were between marriages, sharing an apartment on Cole Avenue. Morning newspaper folks are night owls, and the Shrake-Cartwright pad that year was a late-night hangout for musicians, strippers and other nocturnal creatures. I recall a Dallas TV anchor telling me that late one night, Gary knocked on her apartment door, seeking to borrow ice. Clutching a couple of trays, he invited her to drop by, saying ‘We’ve got the Kingston Trio up there tonight.’

“She humored him, told him good night, and was stunned to learn the next day that Gary really did have the Kingston Trio up there.”

Both Bud Shrake and Gary Cartwright passed away during the past five years.

From Cartwright’s Feb 25 2017 New York Times obituary:

Gary Cartwright, 82, Irreverent Texas Journalist

In the weeks leading up to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963, the Dallas apartment that Mr. Cartwright shared with his friend and fellow reporter, Bud Shrake, was a popular late-night hangout for, among others, Jack Ruby and one of Ruby’s favorite strippers, Jada.

Mr. Ruby, the nightclub owner who shot Lee Harvey Oswald, was a recurring figure in Mr. Cartwright’s journalism. As Mr. Cartwright wrote in ”Confessions of a Washed-up Sportswriter” (1983), ”On the morning of the assassination, Ruby called our apartment and asked if we’d seen Jada.”

“My friend Lee from the CIA”

Gary Cartwright and Bud Shrake weren’t fringe journalists wearing bandanas, pearl-buttoned cowboy shirts, and purple tie-dyed jeans with hand-sewn patches…

They were already nationally-known sports reporters successfully facing the rigors of daily journalism. Both were on their way to stellar careers as award-winning journalists, prolific novelists, and highly-successful screenwriters.

Alas, Bud and Gary did not belong to the pool of nationally-known political journalists unofficially ‘accredited’— Dan Rather’s name comes to mind— to cover the assassination. But on the other hand, there were no national correspondents who could boast that they’d been dating Jada Conforto, Jack Ruby’s star stripper, like Bud Shrake could.

Nor could anyone from CBS or the New York Times casually mention that they’d received a phone call from Jack Ruby just before JFK was killed.

Gary Cartwright could.

In “Scene of the Crime” from the dec 1990 Texas Monthly, Gary Cartwright wrote:

“It all looked so different 27 years ago… My friend Bud Shrake and I shared an apartment on Cole Avenue in Dallas in 1963. Ruby and other characters from the Carousel Club, including an unforgettable stripper named Jada, hung around our apartment. The morning of the assassination, Ruby called our apartment looking for Jada. Shrake said he hadn’t seen her, which, as I recall, was true.

“Ruby said, in a threatening tone, ‘I’m warning you for your own good, stay away from that woman. She’s evil.’”

What Jada Told Bud and Gary

“Evil woman” Jada Conforto and Beverly Oliver asserted—independently and at different times—that they’d been introduced to Oswald by Jack Ruby. Their testimony provides further confirmation for the bombshell in the newly-released JFK files that reveals Jack Ruby’s invitation to an FBI informant to “watch the fireworks” with him just hours before JFK’s assassination.

Back to Gary Cartwright in the dec 1990 Texas Monthly:

“After the assassination Jada told us Ruby once introduced her to Lee Oswald at the Carousel. While they were having drinks, she said, Beverly Oliver, a singer from the Colony Club next door, stopped by and was also introduced. Jada is dead now, but I phoned Beverly not long ago and asked if she remembered.

‘Sure do,’ she said. ‘Ruby introduced him as ‘my friend Lee from the CIA.'”

“I’m reminded how astonishingly innocent we all were. We didn’t dream that our friend Jada was a drug courier for the mob, or that Ruby was anything more than a violence-prone punk. Now it appears the Mafia singled Ruby out for special assignments, like carrying bribe money to Cuba to bail Santos Trafficante out of jail, and Trafficante was a key figure in the CIA-Mafia plots to assassinate Castro!

“Who could have guessed that the CIA was in bed with the Mafia?”

Who Was Bud Shrake

While Ann Richards was Texas Governor, she and Bud ‘kept company.’ He became Texas’ ‘First Guy.’

“Bud was tall and laconic, and he was very good indeed with the ladies,” wrote his best friend Gary Cartwright in Shrake’s obituary after he died in 2013.

For the hot skinny on Bud Shrake, one could do worse than to turn to LIZ SMITH, the native Texan who was one of America’s premier gossip columnists. Liz Smith almost always knew the score. From her July 21, 1992 column:

“I suggested to Linda that “Designing Women” could use a guest shot with the very witty Gov. Ann Richards of Texas. She loved the idea, so don’t be surprised if it happens.

“SPEAKING OF Ann Richards – as we have so often recently – she opted for a bit of R ‘n’ R in Gstaad, Switzerland, after she left New Yorkers panting with admiration last week. She has joined her good friends Bud Shrake and June and Dan Jenkins in the Swiss Alps. These Texas warriors all go way back with each other. Shrake and Jenkins are two of the greatest sports writers who ever faked left and turned to the right. June Jenkins is the creator of Juanita’s Tex-Mex cafes in Manhattan, Fort Worth and Florida. She’s also a former beauty queen, immortalized in all of her husband’s novels from “Semi-Tough” to “Baja, Oklahoma.”

“The governor may be a bit out of her element in the Alps, but she is in very good hands.”

Strange Peaches

Bud Shrake wrote about Jada, in a work of fiction. Smart Bud. In his novel ‘Strange Peaches,’ Jada is called ‘Jingo the tiger lady,’ presumably because Jada used a big stuffed tiger doll in her act, which she enthusiastically humped during the climax of the show.

Even years later, Shrake lovingly recalled her “curving butt;” her sandals with three-inch heels; her penciled eyebrows: orange lipstick; eyes dark with mascara; even her “twisting cone of lacquered orange hair.”

On Jada’s telephone tussle with Jack Ruby:

“Immediately after Jingo took the phone, she and Ruby began arguing,” Shrake writes. “I gathered it was an argument that had been going on for some time, and they were merely continuing after taking a break.”

“Jingo screams, “You double-crossing mutha, you can’t treat me this way, I’m a star!”

“Later Jingo leaves for her room at the Holiday Inn. It took an hour to put on her make-up, she explained, and she preferred doing it in the motel rather than in her gamy dressing room. ( Jack Ruby kept several cats and dogs in his club.)

“Why don’t you take off from work tonight? Some people are coming over to swim and eat barbecue,” asks Shrake’s character.

“‘Jingo’ replies, “Ruby’s already threatening to sue me for missing work when I had to go to Chicago. First he threatened to beat me up. What a laugh that is. I said listen, you fucker, you think you’re rough, but you’re not the only one that carries a gun and knows how to use it.”

“Jingo said “I know some people can hang you on a hook. Ruby asked, would you really cool me? She says ‘lay a finger on me and find out.’

Beverly Oliver gets wised-up

Beverly Oliver told investigators she was introduced—with Jada present—to Lee Harvey Oswald by Jack Ruby in his club several weeks before the JFK assassination.

But before that, Jada had already told the same story to Texas journalists Bud and Gary, who happened to be good friends of hers. Then, shortly after the assassination, she disappeared. Cartwright and Shrake both reported her account of meeting Oswald with Beverly. But not right away. A little later on.

Why later on? Why didn’t the staggering story that Jada told two highly-competent journalists immediately go public? It’s an obvious question. And it’s one that Beverly Oliver, during her later testimony, said had an obvious answer.

Beverly Oliver testified before the Assassination Records Review Board on November 18, 1994. She stated she had been 17 years old at the time of the assassination. In addition to Ruby’s introducing her to Lee Oswald, she told the Board she had been filming with an experimental 8mm movie camera when Kennedy was shot. Her film was confiscated by a man who she said identified himself as an FBI agent. She handed over her camera to him because he was an authority figure, and she feared being caught in possession of marijuana.

Q: Did you ever tell this to any official agency—FBI or police department—at the time?

A: No I didn’t.

Q:Why not?

A: Because I was scared

Q: Why were you scared?

A: Because by that time even a little stupid 17-year old could put together that two and two weren’t adding up to four.

Q:What do you mean by that?

A: Well, Jada had disappeared for one thing.

Q: All right let’s stop a moment. Jada was the red-haired stripper that was at the table with Ruby and Oswald

A: Jada was the first person to come out and admit to having met Oswald in the club with Ruby two or three weeks before the assassination.

Q: And how did you find that out?

A: it was in the Dallas Morning News and Dallas Times-Herald.

Q: Did you ever see Jada again?

A: Never. Not to this day. I don’t know what happened to her. I know that no one has seen her, nobody I know anyway.


Members of the Honduran Directorate for the Fight against Drug Trafficking (DLCN) and the Military Police take part in an operation to seize 32 real estate, 15 vehicles and nine commercial companies of six Honduran police officers charged in absentia in New York late last month, in Tegucigalpa on July 14, 2016.The police officers were indicted in a cocaine smuggling and weapons conspiracy linked to a son of the troubled country's former president. The six defendants, aged 39 to 46, were charged a month after Fabio Lobo, son of former Honduran president Porfirio Lobo, pled guilty to conspiring to import cocaine into the United States. US prosecutors say the officers agreed to give cocaine safe passage through Honduras in exchange for nearly $1 million in bribes from purported Mexican drug smugglers, who were in fact undercover US agents. / AFP / ORLANDO SIERRA (Photo credit should read ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images)

Jake Johnston
November 26 2017, 8:29 a.m.
Photo: Orlando Sierra/AFP/Getty Images
THE HONDURAN MINISTER of security, who was intimately involved in solidifying the 2009 coup, is tied up in drug trafficking, according to testimony from a Mexican drug-trafficker-turned-Drug-Enforcement-Agency-informant in U.S. court.

In November 2016, as the world’s attention was fixated on the surprise election of Donald Trump as president of the United States, two nephews of Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro were found guilty on drug trafficking charges. The conviction was another feather in the cap of U.S. prosecutors who have been targeting the Venezuelan government with corruption and drug trafficking investigations.

But in the South Florida courtroom, the testimony of José Santos Peña also implicated Julián Pacheco Tinoco, a former Honduran military official with long ties to the U.S. security apparatus.

A U.S. prosecutor asked the informant about a meeting in Honduras he had participated in a few years earlier. The purpose of the meeting with Honduras’s current security minister and then head of military intelligence Pacheco Tinoco was “so that he could give me help to receive shipments from Colombia to Honduras,” the informant told the court.

“What type of shipments?” the prosecutor asked.

“Cocaine,” the informant clarified.

According to the prosecution, one of the defendants in the case had deleted from his Samsung phone chat records and contact information bearing Pacheco’s name. But the allegation that the top security official of one of the United States’s closest regional allies was involved in drug trafficking was treated as a nonevent in Washington; not a single major media story mentioned the DEA informant’s testimony.

In March 2017, this time in a New York courtroom, Pacheco’s name would once again come up. More details of his and other Honduran government officials’ alleged involvement in drug trafficking were revealed.

Today, Pacheco remains the minister of security, in charge of the entire Honduran national police force. With hundreds of millions of dollars of U.S. assistance pouring into Honduras’s security forces, Pacheco is one of the most important players in the country’s security and counternarcotics cooperation with the United States.

In an e-mailed statement, Tim Rieser, the foreign policy aide to Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said the senator is concerned with the allegations, but that more facts are needed. Leahy “believes the State Department should be looking at this carefully because the Security Minister needs to be someone of unimpeachable integrity,” Rieser wrote.

With future funding for Honduras threatened by some members of Congress — including Leahy — Pacheco was in Washington, D.C., earlier this month. It wasn’t the first time he had made a trip to protect the U.S.-Honduran relationship.

Authorities incinerate a load of cocaine seized to two Colombian nationals navigating along the Caribbean, in Tegucigalpa, on July 11, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ORLANDO SIERRA (Photo credit should read ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images)
Authorities incinerate a load of cocaine seized to two Colombian nationals navigating along the Caribbean, in Tegucigalpa, on July 11, 2017. Photo: Orlando Sierra/AFP/Getty Images
PACHECO’S CONNECTION WITH the United States dates back decades. As a 21-year-old cadet, Pacheco traveled to the U.S. military’s School of the Americas in Fort Benning, Georgia. In September 1979, he graduated from a course on counterinsurgency tactics.

With the election of Ronald Reagan the following year, Honduras took on new prominence as a U.S. ally and as a staging ground for covert American support for the contra right-wing insurgency in Nicaragua. U.S. security aid to the country skyrocketed, as did allegations that the Honduran military was involved in drug trafficking and in dozens of disappearances of activists. U.S. diplomats largely looked the other way.

In the spring of 1986, at the height of the United States’s Cold War efforts in Central America, Pacheco was once again at the School of the Americas. This time, having been promoted to lieutenant, Pacheco graduated from a course in psychological operations.

After the Berlin Wall fell, the Pentagon changed tack in Central America and began focusing more on the “War on Drugs.”

In April 1988, the most notorious Honduran trafficker at the time, Juan Ramón Matta Ballesteros, was arrested and sent to the United States. As a key interlocutor between the Medellin Cartel in Colombia and Mexican traffickers, Ballesteros had compromised the highest levels of the Honduran military and government. He had also been a U.S. ally and owned a CIA-linked airline that had funneled weapons to the Nicaraguan contras – while sending drugs north.

Honduras’s constitution barred extradition, but working with rogue elements in the Honduran military, U.S. Marshal agents facilitated the capture of Matta Ballesteros. He was brought to the Dominican Republic, where he was officially turned over to U.S. authorities. The Honduran military officers who participated in the rendition were eventually criminally charged in their home country.

The following year, the United States invaded Panama, turning on another erstwhile ally involved in drug trafficking, Gen. Manuel Noriega. Noriega himself was head of military intelligence before becoming president and had been “our man in Panama,” receiving regular CIA payments for decades. Anyone – no matter their criminal record – could be a U.S. ally. That is, until they weren’t.

In Honduras, shifting U.S. priorities, a decrease in funding, and the arrest of Matta Ballesteros pushed the military into the background — at least for a little while. In June 2009, a military coup d’état ousted left-leaning elected president, Manuel Zelaya, who was dropped off in Costa Rica in his pajamas.

With relations tested, and the U.S. having temporarily suspending security assistance, then-Col. Pacheco Tinoco was sent to Washington, D.C., by the head of the Honduran armed forces. His mission was to convince the United States that the military acted properly, that there was no coup.

He met with senior State Department officials at the Old Ebbitt Grill near the White House and with congressional offices on Capitol Hill. He also met with a retired U.S. general who headed the Pentagon’s Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies and who allegedly helped facilitate meetings for Pacheco.

A continued relationship was a geostrategic interest of both militaries.

Later that summer, when Zelaya snuck back into Honduras and took refuge at the Brazilian embassy, U.S. diplomats intervened to ensure it was Pacheco who acted as “the key point of contact.”

Zelaya was not restored to office. In November of that year, the U.S. ended up backing controversial elections that were boycotted by opposition groups and considered illegitimate by most of the region’s governments. With the election, the coup was consolidated, as was the Honduran military’s return to political prominence. The declared winner of the election was Porfirio “Pepe” Lobo of the National Party, which had strong, historic ties to the nation’s military. Pacheco was named director of military intelligence.

The most prominent coup leaders from within the military were removed, and “in general,” wrote the U.S. ambassador, “respected officers have been promoted to positions of importance.” The shakeup would allow “the U.S. to begin to initiate a careful process of reengagement with the Honduran military,” the ambassador wrote to a host of intelligence agencies and other government agencies in Washington.

SINCE THEN, MORE and more evidence has emerged linking senior Honduran officials to drug trafficking. In 2015, Pepe Lobo’s son, Fabio, was arrested in Haiti and quickly sent to the United States. To take down Fabio, U.S. prosecutors again relied on the work of Santos Peña, the Mexican DEA informant. More importantly, in late 2013 Devis Leonel Rivera Maradiaga, the infamous leader of the Honduran criminal organization the Cachiros, quietly reached out to the DEA and began cooperating.

In early March 2017, Maradiaga took the stand during Fabio’s ongoing trial. He told the court that he had given bribes to Pepe Lobo during his 2009 presidential campaign. He also described a meeting with Pepe, Fabio, and others at the president’s residence.

“[Pepe] said not to worry,” Maradiaga testified, “that if anything were to happen that we should talk to Juan Gómez, that Juan Gómez in turn would talk to [Fabio Lobo], and then [Fabio Lobo] would get in touch with General Pacheco Tinoco.”

Before his assassination in 2015, Gómez was governor of Colón, a rural Honduran department at the heart of the Cachiros’s drug trafficking enterprise. During the mid-2000s, when the enterprise began to boom, Pacheco led a military battalion stationed there. He and Gómez met nearly every week. The day of one of their meetings, Fabio called Pacheco from his father’s house and told him he would come by later that day, according to Maradiaga.

Maradiaga and Fabio became close. Maradiaga told prosecutors that he considered Fabio a member of the Cachiros. In the fall of 2013, just before beginning his cooperation with the DEA, Maradiaga told Fabio of an incoming shipment of more than 1,000 kilos of cocaine. “I knew that having him with me, everything would go well and I felt better supported if I was with the president’s son,” he testified. With his security detail of military police officers, Fabio drove to Tocoa, in Colón, to meet the shipment.

Maradiaga claims to have paid Fabio $50,000. “He asked me whether I could pay him a little bit more because he needed to give him — give more money to the boss, and I knew who that was,” Maradiaga testified. The boss was “General Pacheco,” he said.

In June 2014, Fabio and Maradiaga met at a body shop in San Pedro Sula, Honduras’s second city. A white Hummer was in the shop and Maradiaga suggested that this would be a perfect gift for one of their friends in the police. Fabio allegedly called Pacheco and sent him a photo of the car.

It was just weeks later when Fabio and the Mexican DEA informant visited Pacheco. The meeting was recorded. “We wanted to come here with something illegal. You know?” the informant began, after exchanging pleasantries, “Of course, we just want your, your authorization and consent.”

“What type of work?” Pacheco asked.

“Um, we want to come here with merchandise, with drugs.”

The minister of security, a licensed attorney, did not fall for the absurdly obvious ruse. “No, it’s not much,” Fabio tried to reassure him. Pacheco excused himself and exited the room.

Less than six months later, the recently elected Juan Orlando Hernández, also of the National Party, named Gen. Pacheco Security Minister. He was the first active-duty military officer to be named to the post. At the request of the U.S. Embassy, and following a strong outcry by human rights groups, Pacheco retired from the military.

Pacheco categorically rejected the “ill-intentioned” and “unfounded” allegations when Maradiaga’s testimony went public. The drug trafficker was attempting to secure favorable treatment from the United States and undermine the Honduran government’s efforts to crack down on criminal activity, Pacheco said.

In September, Fabio Lobo was sentenced to 24 years in prison. “I want to apologize to the government of the United States,” he said, “and especially to my father, who has nothing to do with this.” Now, it may be the current Honduran president, controversially standing for reelection November 26, whose family is in legal trouble.

Maradiaga has turned over to the DEA a recorded conversation he had with Honduran lawmaker Tony Hernández, the brother of President Juan Orlando Hernández. According to Maradiaga’s testimony, the two discussed funneling government monies to a Cachiro-controlled front company in return for bribes.

Last month, the allegations reached the president himself. The New York Times reported that Maradiaga had given U.S. authorities another recording from 2013 in which a drug trafficker said he “made a $250,000 payment intended for Juan Orlando Hernández.”A Hernández representative denied the charges to the Times, and in what was either an incredibly honest or naïve response to a local paper, the president’s chief of staff said:

If we’re going to look at how organized crime has permeated society in general and funneled money, placed deputies, placed judges, various offices, within the attorney general’s office and everywhere, hold on to your seats, because we’re talking about all colors here.

The takeover of the Honduran government hasn’t stopped the United States from continuing its support for Honduras. Earlier this year, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly referred to Hernández as a “great guy” and a “good friend.” Kelly was the head of the Pentagon’s Latin American subsidiary U.S. Southern Command under the Obama administration. Hernández told the press that relations were now “probably better than ever.”

Eager to try to improve its image internationally, the Honduran government has initiated a police reform process with financial support from the United States and other international donors. At least 14 drug trafficking suspects have recently been extradited to the United States.

But the Honduran government appears to be selective regarding which individuals involved in drug trafficking should be handed to U.S. authorities. Last month, it was reported that Ramon Matta Waldurraga had turned himself over to the DEA in August. He is the son of Ballesteros, the Honduran trafficker rendered to the US in 1988.

Pacheco told the press that the government had no arrest warrant or extradition request for Matta Waldurraga, though the United States later unsealed a 2014 indictment on money laundering and drug trafficking charges. Like his father before him, Waldurraga’s testimony threatens to implicate military and political actors across Honduras.

And so the Honduran government remains on the defensive.

ON MARCH 3, 2016, world-renowned environmental activist Berta Caceres was assassinated. A numbed of suspects have been arrested, including at least one U.S.-trained member of the Honduran military. But more than a year later, those who laid the groundwork for it remain free.

Caceres was the general coordinator of the National Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras, or COPINH. With Caceres at its head, COPINH had led the struggle against a large hydroelectric project in rural Honduras. The company, COPINH has argued, failed to consult with the local population as required by Honduran law.

The concession for the dam was awarded under the post-coup government in 2010. The company building the dam, DESA, counts some of Honduras’ richest and most powerful as investors.

Blocked from accessing the vast majority of the criminal file, and in the absence of an independent investigation, relatives of Caceres arranged for a group of international human rights lawyers to conduct their own. The report from the International Advisory Group of Experts (GAIPE) was released on October 31 in Tegucigalpa.

The team analyzed many gigabytes of data drawn from cell phones and computers of some of those involved, though it was still just a small portion of the full case file. Still, the report found WhatsApp messages suggesting a well-orchestrated conspiracy to assassinate Caceres that had lasted many months. The Honduran government had been sitting on the evidence for more than a year.

The authors of the report presented their findings to members of Congress in Washington, D.C., in early November.

“There is now little doubt about the identities of at least some of the intellectual authors who conceived of and paid for the assassination of Berta Caceres,” Leahy, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Committee, noted in a statement submitted to the congressional record. Yet, he added, “the Public Ministry has failed to act on this evidence, perhaps because it implicates DESA executives with ties to officials in the Honduran Government.”

The lack of accountability and unwillingness of the Honduran government to properly investigate the crime has put continued U.S. assistance “in jeopardy,” he said.

At the time of the assassination, Pacheco was security sinister. Two weeks after the report was released, more recent WhatsApp messages were leaked. They are allegedly from Pacheco. (Pacheco didn’t respond to a request for comment from The Intercept.)

In the messages, Pacheco complained about protective measures that have been decreed for members of COPINH and the cost to the government, though the vast majority have yet to be implemented. Pacheco referred to those whose lives have been threatened as a “mountain of moochers that take shelter behind the human rights banner.”

“This undermines peace and tranquility,” he continued, “this undermines national and international investment.”

In the coming weeks, the State Department is expected to let congressional appropriators know whether it considers that Honduras has complied with certain anticorruption and drug trafficking obligations attached to the majority of U.S. assistance to the country.

But back in early November, before the WhatsApp messages — and at the same time as Caceres’ family was presenting its findings — Pacheco was also in Washington.

Police officers from the anti-drug squad in Tegucigalpa on October 7, 2010 look after a load of 500 kilos of cocaine seized from traffickers during a joint operation by the Honduran Police, the Army and the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), in Brus Laguna, Mosquitia, Honduras. AFP PHOTO/Orlando SIERRA (Photo credit should read ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images)
Police officers from the anti-drug squad in Tegucigalpa on Oct. 7, 2010 look after a load of 500 kilos of cocaine seized from traffickers during a joint operation by the Honduran Police, the Army and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), in Brus Laguna, Mosquitia, Honduras. Photo: Orlando Sierra/AFP/Getty Images
TOGETHER WITH MEMBERS of the police reform commission, Pacheco held high-level meetings with State Department staff and key congressional offices. On November 2, the delegation participated in a public event at the partially congressionally funded Woodrow Wilson Center, housed in the Ronald Reagan Building in downtown Washington.

At the very end of the two-hour event, an attendee, Christiam Sánchez, confronted Pacheco over his alleged role in drug trafficking. Pacheco “should be presenting his resignation and making himself available to authorities that are part of the investigation,” Sánchez said to the packed room. “How can you continue to be a part of the police reform process?” he asked Pacheco.

“I was serving the son of the ex-president,” Pacheco said about meeting with the now-jailed Fabio and the Mexican DEA informant, “and if I had to, I would do that again.”

“If I were a ‘narco’ like Christiam is saying,” he told the crowd, “I would not be seated here.”

Top photo: Members of the Honduran Directorate for the Fight against Drug Trafficking (DLCN) and the Military Police take part in an operation to seize 32 real estate, 15 vehicles and nine commercial companies of six Honduran police officers charged in absentia in New York late last month, in Tegucigalpa on July 14, 2016. The police officers were indicted in a cocaine smuggling and weapons conspiracy linked to a son of the troubled country’s former president. The six defendants were charged a month after Fabio Lobo, son of former Honduran president Porfirio Lobo, pled guilty to conspiring to import cocaine into the United States. U.S. prosecutors say the officers agreed to give cocaine safe passage through Honduras in exchange for nearly $1 million in bribes from purported Mexican drug smugglers, who were in fact undercover U.S. agents.

The FBI is using intermittent reenforcement in their scheduling of terrorist events



Operant Conditioning
Basic Principles of Operant Conditioning: Thorndike’s Law of Effect

Thorndike’s law of effect states that behaviors are modified by their positive or negative consequences.


Relate Thorndike’s law of effect to the principles of operant conditioning


Key Points

The law of effect states that responses that produce a satisfying effect in a particular situation become more likely to occur again, while responses that produce a discomforting effect are less likely to be repeated.
Edward L. Thorndike first studied the law of effect by placing hungry cats inside puzzle boxes and observing their actions. He quickly realized that cats could learn the efficacy of certain behaviors and would repeat those behaviors that allowed them to escape faster.
The law of effect is at work in every human behavior as well. From a young age, we learn which actions are beneficial and which are detrimental through a similar trial and error process.
While the law of effect explains behavior from an external, observable point of view, it does not account for internal, unobservable processes that also affect the behavior patterns of human beings.
Key Terms

Law of Effect: A law developed by Edward L. Thorndike that states, “responses that produce a satisfying effect in a particular situation become more likely to occur again in that situation, and responses that produce a discomforting effect become less likely to occur again in that situation.”
behavior modification: The act of altering actions and reactions to stimuli through positive and negative reinforcement or punishment.
trial and error: The process of finding a solution to a problem by trying many possible solutions and learning from mistakes until a way is found.
Operant conditioning is a theory of learning that focuses on changes in an individual’s observable behaviors. In operant conditioning, new or continued behaviors are impacted by new or continued consequences. Research regarding this principle of learning first began in the late 19th century with Edward L. Thorndike, who established the law of effect.

Thorndike’s Experiments

Thorndike’s most famous work involved cats trying to navigate through various puzzle boxes. In this experiment, he placed hungry cats into homemade boxes and recorded the time it took for them to perform the necessary actions to escape and receive their food reward. Thorndike discovered that with successive trials, cats would learn from previous behavior, limit ineffective actions, and escape from the box more quickly. He observed that the cats seemed to learn, from an intricate trial and error process, which actions should be continued and which actions should be abandoned; a well-practiced cat could quickly remember and reuse actions that were successful in escaping to the food reward.

Thorndike’s puzzle box: This image shows an example of Thorndike’s puzzle box alongside a graph demonstrating the learning of a cat within the box. As the number of trials increased, the cats were able to escape more quickly by learning.
The Law of Effect

Thorndike realized not only that stimuli and responses were associated, but also that behavior could be modified by consequences. He used these findings to publish his now famous “law of effect” theory. According to the law of effect, behaviors that are followed by consequences that are satisfying to the organism are more likely to be repeated, and behaviors that are followed by unpleasant consequences are less likely to be repeated. Essentially, if an organism does something that brings about a desired result, the organism is more likely to do it again. If an organism does something that does not bring about a desired result, the organism is less likely to do it again.

Law of effect: Initially, cats displayed a variety of behaviors inside the box. Over successive trials, actions that were helpful in escaping the box and receiving the food reward were replicated and repeated at a higher rate.
Thorndike’s law of effect now informs much of what we know about operant conditioning and behaviorism. According to this law, behaviors are modified by their consequences, and this basic stimulus-response relationship can be learned by the operant person or animal. Once the association between behavior and consequences is established, the response is reinforced, and the association holds the sole responsibility for the occurrence of that behavior. Thorndike posited that learning was merely a change in behavior as a result of a consequence, and that if an action brought a reward, it was stamped into the mind and available for recall later.

From a young age, we learn which actions are beneficial and which are detrimental through a trial and error process. For example, a young child is playing with her friend on the playground and playfully pushes her friend off the swingset. Her friend falls to the ground and begins to cry, and then refuses to play with her for the rest of the day. The child’s actions (pushing her friend) are informed by their consequences (her friend refusing to play with her), and she learns not to repeat that action if she wants to continue playing with her friend.

The law of effect has been expanded to various forms of behavior modification. Because the law of effect is a key component of behaviorism, it does not include any reference to unobservable or internal states; instead, it relies solely on what can be observed in human behavior. While this theory does not account for the entirety of human behavior, it has been applied to nearly every sector of human life, but particularly in education and psychology.


Former Prosecutor Says FBI Delayed Alabama Conviction
Thomas Blanton is finally going to prison — a life sentence he avoided for almost four decades.

Alabama's former attorney general says he could have put Blanton away 24 years ago if he'd only had access to secretly recorded tapes of Blanton talking to his wife about "the meeting to plan a bomb." The tapes were sitting in the FBI's files.

"If we had had those tapes we would have unequivocally been able to convict Blanton back then," former Alabama Attorney General Bill Baxley said.

Baxley wanted to try the four suspected bombers in 1977. But he needed the FBI's evidence and he says he wasn't getting it. So he enlisted the help of a reporter.

"I had dinner with Bill Baxley over across the street from the Washington bureau of the L.A. Times and he pulled out of his wallet a crumbled piece of paper with the names of these four little girls on it," said Los Angeles Times reporter Jack Nelson. "Then he told me at that time 'I'm going to get the guys that did this,' and he said, 'but I need help.'"

"He went over the FBI's head to the Department of Justice and told the Attorney General that he was going to expose them for blocking a prosecution," Baxley said.

Baxley says the threat got him enough evidence to convict one of the bombers — the ring leader Robert Chambliss. But Baxley didn't know at the time that he didn't get everything in the FBI files, including the Blanton tapes.

"I believe the FBI office here in Birmingham, during the time of the investigation in 1977, did not know of the existence of those tapes," said Charlene Thornton, Birmingham's FBI director."We did not withhold information."

But the FBI acknowledges, at the height of the civil rights struggle in the 60s, the FBI had little faith in Southern law enforcement.

"I recognize that, in years past, they had valid reasons to not trust deep-South law enforcement," Baxley said. "So I spent a lot of time trying to convince them that that wasn't the case with us."

Have Things Changed in Deep South?

The federal prosecutor who finally convicted Blanton this year says things have changed.

"Today's FBI is far different than it was," said U.S. Attorney Doug Jones. "The guys deserve all the credit for helping to bring this case, knowing that they would probably take some criticism for what their agency did years ago."

Baxley says the bottom line is: justice was unnecessarily delayed.

"The FBI for all intents and purposes gave a 'get out of jail free card' to Tommy Blanton," Baxley said.

Of the other suspects, Herman Cash died in 1994. The fourth suspect, Bobby Frank Cherry, has been indicted but ruled mentally unfit to stand trial.

Oxford County sheriff silent about sex allegations
Wayne Gallant, accused by a union official of soliciting sex from two employees and sending explicit photos of himself to a deputy's girlfriend, says his attorney will be available to field questions next week.

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A television news station in Portland reported Tuesday that it had obtained a photo showing Gallant, in uniform, in a sexually explicit pose. The sheriff admitted to WGME-TV that he had taken the photo himself and sent it to a woman he did not identify.

Although Gallant immediately stepped down as president of the Maine Sheriffs’ Association, there was no word on whether he would resign from the sheriff’s position.


Rally planned for 15-year-old Connecticut boy killed by police officer

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Supporters of the family of a 15-year-old boy killed by a Connecticut officer last summer are calling for prosecutors to release video evidence in the case.

Community advocates from across the state plan to rally Monday near the state Capitol in Hartford to bring attention to the May death of Jayson Negron.

Bridgeport Police Chief Armando Perez has said rookie officer James Boulay opened fire May 9 when he was nearly run over by a stolen car driven by Negron. A passenger in the car also was shot, but survived.

Community advocates said Saturday in a news release they want State’s Attorney Maureen Platt to file charges against Boulay. They say Platt has not released a decision on the case.


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FBI failed to tell scores of US officials they were targets of Russian hackers


Officer charged with intimidating teen boy placed on leave

November 26 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. A Massachusetts police officer charged in connection with a violent off-duty confrontation with a 15-year-old boy outside a mall has been placed on leave pending the outcome of the case.

The Republican reports a Springfield police spokesman says city Officer Daniel Cintron is on “restricted leave with pay.”

Cintron pleaded not guilty in September to unarmed robbery, assault and battery and witness intimidation.

Prosecutors say Cintron and another man confronted the teen at a mall in August over text messages he exchanged with the other man’s sister.

They say Cintron was off-duty but wore his badge and carried a department-issued gun to intimidate the teen. The other man allegedly punched the teen and stole his cellphone.

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Cleveland detective 'failed to properly investigate' 60 sex crimes cases, internal investigation finds

Updated Mar 1, 12:44 PM; Posted Feb 28


Police Chief Easton won't be charged in alleged 2008 sexual assault


Police officer extorts girlfriend gets 30 days for threatening to release nudes of ex girlfriend


6 Green Bay officers disciplined for harassment, bullying

A 249-page report released to media outlets through open records requests says as many as nine officers harassed and bullied eight colleagues on the night shift in 2016, including using racial slurs and other inappropriate conduct while on duty.

While six were disciplined, three other accused officers resigned. The findings included a male officer who created a hostile work environment by making sexual comments in the presence of a female colleague and who used a racial slur to refer to African Americans.

Mexican police allegedly used death-squad tactics

Police in Mexico’s corruption-plagued state of Veracruz set up units that used dirty-war, death-squad style tactics to abduct, kill and dispose of at least 15 people, mostly youths, who they suspected of being drug cartel informers and drug runners, according to charges filed by state prosecutors.

The allegations filed last week against the former top police commanders in Veracruz show all the signs of the human rights abuses of Mexico’s notorious anti-guerrilla counterinsurgency campaigns of the 1960s and 70s.

Police in marked patrol cars picked up youths but never recorded their arrests. Instead they turned them over to specialized interrogation/torture squads working at the police academy itself, according to the indictment, and they were later killed and their bodies disposed of.

DPD scrutinizes handling of rape report against ex-cop
George Hunter, The Detroit NewsPublished 12:01 a.m. ET March 1, 2018

Trooper accused of making racist posts online after possible shooting of motorist
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, March 1, 2018, 3:41 PM

MS police chief suspended after video showing alleged marijuana use surfaces

Tuesday, February 27th 2018, 6:41 pm EST
Wednesday, February 28th 2018, 11:44 am EST
By Mike McDaniel, Anchor,


Richmond Sheriff Antionette Irving is charged in vehicle crash in Sheriff's Office cruiser

Sunriver Police Chief convicted of harassment; fined $100

Former St. Louis chief’s mother pleads guilty to fraud


Man pleads guilty in evidence room gun theft case

Moore’s news release says officers investigated after learning that evidence room items were found at a middle school. Authorities concluded that Canterbury’s wife, who worked as an evidence room technician, had taken some of the property and that her husband was selling firearms at a job site near Selma.


police chief, wife default on $1M mortgage


NYPD deputy chief pleads guilty to criminal charge

Thursday, March 1, 2018, 7:09 PMThe Associated Press


Officer who slammed handcuffed man into pool is charged


L.A. County Sheriff's Department trainee stole $100,000 from ATM, authorities allege

Richard Winton
FEB 28, 2018 | 5:55 PM


The FBI Thinks It Has the Right to Surveil People Who Exercise Their First Amendment Rights
They have a grudge against Black Lives Matter groups, especially those led by women.
By Candice Bernd / TruthoutMarch 2, 2018, 10:51 AM GMT


Former FBI Director Addresses Spying on Black Activists
L.A. Watts Times-13 hours ago
Comey said he tried to address the FBI's history of misdeeds regarding African-Americans while director. He said he wanted agents and analysts to study the organization's history of misconduct, including programs such as Cointelpro, a counterintelligence program used heavily in the 1960s to surveil civil and human rights ...

Cop May Have Sexually Assaulted 100 Female Inmates


Report said to fault FBI's former No. 2 for approving improper media ...
Washington Post-
The Justice Department inspector general is preparing a damaging report on former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, alleging he was responsible for approving ... Recently released text messages from an FBI agent and FBI lawyer involved in the Clinton email case show that two days before the story was published, the ...


PHOENIX, AZ – Sex workers and allies protested yesterday October 17, 2013 outside Bethany Bible Church, the site of the Project ROSE Prostitution Diversion Initiative. Twice a year the Phoenix Police and the ASU School of Social Work team up to arrest people working in the sex trade. People who are arrested and found to be “eligible” for services are forced to choose between a 6-month diversion program and criminal charges. Many arrested during the stings are not eligible for the diversion process at all and face incarceration under Arizona’s mandatory minimum statutes.


FBI Agents Are Reportedly Inflating the Threat of MS-13 to Please ...
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FBI agents in New York have reportedly been arresting members of Trinitario, a Dominican gang, but characterizing them as members of the Salvadoran-American gang MS-13 to make Donald Trump happy, The New York Times reported on Thursday. A senior New York state law enforcement official and a senior FBI ...


Margot Williams, Talya Cooper, Micah Lee


More cover-up questions

The facts that we know of in the murder of the DNC staffer, Seth Rich, was that he was gunned down blocks from his home on July 10, 2016. Washington Metro police detectives claim that Mr. Rich was a robbery victim, which is strange since after being shot twice in the back, he was still wearing a $2,000 gold necklace and watch. He still had his wallet, key and phone. Clearly, he was not a victim of robbery.

This has all the earmarks of a targeted hit job. However, strangely no one has been charged with this horrific crime, and what is more intriguing is that no law enforcement agency is even investigating this murder. According to other open sources, Metro police were told by their “higher ups” that if they spoke about the case, they will be immediately terminated. It has been claimed that this order came down from very high up the “food chain,” well beyond the D.C. mayor’s office. Interesting.

One more unexplained twist is that on July 10, 2016, the same day Seth Rich was murdered, an FBI agent’s car was burglarized in the same vicinity. Included in the FBI equipment stolen was a 40 caliber Glock 22. D.C. Metro police issued a press release, declaring that the theft of the FBI agent’s car occurred between 5 and 7 a.m. Two weeks later, the FBIchanged the time of the theft to between 12 a.m. and 2 a.m. Was the FBIgun used to shoot Seth Rich? Neither the FBI nor the Metro police will discuss.

Another aspect that needs to be uncovered is the FBI’s “denial” that its cyber experts who share space with the D.C. Metro police department at Cleveland Avenue in the District, assisted in accessing data on Mr. Rich’s laptop. Not likely. Data on the laptop revealed that Mr. Rich downloaded thousands of DNC emails and was in touch with Wikileaks. The file with evidence of what was on Mr. Rich’s laptop sits with the FBI in a co-shared space with the D.C. police department. According to Ed Butowsky, an acquaintance of the family, in




FBI Opens Internal Review of Handling of Gymnasts' Sex-Abuse ...
Wall Street Journal-
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has opened an internal review of the bureau's handling of sexual-abuse allegations against former U.S. national gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, people familiar with the matter said, in light of concerns that agents in multiple FBI field offices failed to act on gymnasts' complaints in ...


Student, Doctor…Spy? The Secret Life of Maurice Fruit
By Dave Gilson

Mennonite investigator sent to jail after refusing to testify in Robert Ray death penalty hearing
Lawyer for Greta Lindecrantz says she is being punished for long-standing religious beliefs

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Media Puff Piece written for FBI  disinfo regarding  gymnasts  and Dr Nassar

FBI agents were notified about Dr Nassar years ago and did nothing







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FBI Opens Internal Review of Handling of Gymnasts' Sex-Abuse Allegations - WSJ - Wall Street Journal

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  • The FBI first learned of allegations against Larry Nassar, the former team USA Gymnastics doctor, inJuly 2015. He was ultimately charged, in late 2016





Dozens sexually assaulted by Larry Nassar while FBI knew about allegations - The Salt Lake Tribune

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Feb 3, 2018 · Larry Nassar appears for his sentencing at Eaton County Circuit Court in Charlotte onWednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. The former Michigan State University sports-medicine and USA Gymnastics










Former FBI Agent Anthony Box joins Circuit Attorney’s Office as Chief Investigator







Former FBI agent shares true crime tales at meeting

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Retired FBI agent Joe Rodriguez regaled Rotarians with memories of criminals, cracked cases and critters encountered during his 21 years with the bureau, beginning with a fellow new agent he met when he arrived to take his oath of office at the FBI's Dallas Division. The fellow agent, Rodriguez refers to ...






Bozeman officer’s domestic violence charge dismissed after prosecution deferred

By Whitney Bermes Chronicle Staff Writer Mar 1, 2018 


A deferred prosecution agreement means that the state was willing to dismiss the case in return for the defendant agreeing to comply with a number of conditions for a certain time. At the end of that time, if the defendant has complied with the conditions, the state will consider the case closed and not prosecute.


In Gaukler’s case, he agreed to a six-month term in which he is not allowed to drink alcohol or go into bars, must get chemical dependency and counseling evaluations and follow any recommendations, participate in parenting classes, have no contact with the alleged victim or come within 1,500 feet of her, and not commit any new crimes.












Arbitrator reinstates police officer fired over police kick video


showing office kicking man in head  while man was handcuffed









 head of Cleveland police commission avoids jail time for falsifying records


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Washington becomes 1st state to approve net-neutrality rules




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319 NYPD officers keep jobs despite deceiving or assaulting New Yorkers



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March 5, 2018

The Cold War comes to Cornell: The FBI’s fight to safeguard Hans Bethe’s atomic secrets

The nuclear physicist’s idyllic life in academia became a battleground for international intelligence agencies

Written by Robert Hovden

Edited by Michael Morisy, JPat Brown

After World War II, with the Manhattan Project over and the Cold War heating up, the grandfather of the atomic bomb, Professor Hans Bethe, returned to the quiet college town of Ithaca, New York to resume his research. After years of political intrigue and moral dilemma, it was a welcome return to academia. But even at remote Cornell University, an international game of spy-vs-spy would follow Bethe, complete with Soviet agents, a love triangle, and America’s most dangerous secrets.



Much of Bethe’s legacy is well known - his unstoppable scientific mind helped lead to the atomic bomb, only for him to spend the rest of his life lobbying against its further development. Bethe was dubbed America’s “scientist of conscience” for his legacy of extraordinary breakthroughs and his cognizance of the dangers they brought. But less well known is how the intrigue of the Manhattan Project trailed him no matter where Bethe went, with his secretive work helping shape the modern world order.


Bethe’s records, released publicly through a MuckRock FOIA request and the Central Intelligence Agency’s CREST database, detail how the Soviet Union and the United States deployed spies to follow and befriend the professor as he tried to start a new life after the war.


A few years later, Russia’s greatest espionage group began to unfurl with the execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenburg for treason on June 19th, 1953


But before they were apprehended, the country’s dendritic spy network was near the height of its powers, and one operation set its sights on Bethe.


Al Sarant's many pseudonyms


“He is hot stuff alright,” William Perl wrote to Alfred Sarant in a 1946 letter that would later be obtained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 


Perl was an up-and-coming physicist with a doctorate from Columbia and close ties with the Rosenbergs. Sarant was also part of the Rosenberg network, and given Bethe’s recent comments about the dangers of nuclear war, the two thought there could be potential to mine him for information, whether wittingly or not.


Sarant decided to move quickly.


Through introduction by the Rosenberg network, Sarant applied to work under Bethe as a graduate student. However, his application was rejected - it was “apparent that Sarant was not qualified to enter the graduate school in physics,” claimed Bethe.






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