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Friends, family of slain Athens suspect vow vengeance


Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014 9:54 AM        

ATHENS, Ga. -- Friends and family of a man shot and killed Tuesday during an undercover drug and firearms operation are using social media to threaten violence against police.

Additionally, some of those same people posted a photograph on social media of a woman they claim to be an informant associated with 20-year-old Javonta Terrell Darden, who died during a struggle with an undercover agent with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives....

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October 9 2014


A Detroit police homicide sergeant has been suspended after department officials say he was found wearing an expensive watch last seen on the wrist of a homicide victim.

Sgt. Alex Vinson was the officer in charge of a case several months ago involving an unknown murder victim who was found wearing an expensive, German-made watch, Detroit Police Chief James Craig confirmed.
The watch was photographed and put into storage in the Homicide Section’s property room. The victim has not been identified, and the homicide case has gone cold.
This week, while Vinson was in Idaho for advanced police training, fellow homicide detectives decided to reopen the case.
The detectives wanted to take another look at the watch — but when they removed the victim’s belongings from the property room, the watch wasn’t the same one that was photographed at the start of the case. Instead, it was a cheaper model, Craig confirmed.
The detectives quickly informed police officials about the discrepancy, Craig said.
“We were made aware of this a few nights ago and immediately initiated an internal investigation,” Craig said. “We directed (Vinson) to return home.”

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Friday, 10 October 2014 18:28
Key Figures In CIA-Crack Cocaine Scandal Begin To Come Forward
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Key Figures In CIA-Crack Cocaine Scandal Begin To Come Forward

“LOS ANGELES -- With the public in the U.S. and Latin America becoming increasingly skeptical of the war on drugs, key figures in a scandal that once rocked the Central Intelligence Agency are coming forward to tell their stories in a new documentary and in a series of interviews with The Huffington Post.

More than 18 years have passed since Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb stunned the world with his “Dark Alliance” newspaper series investigating the connections between the CIA, a crack cocaine explosion in the predominantly African-American neighborhoods of South Los Angeles, and the Nicaraguan Contra fighters -- scandalous implications that outraged LA’s black community, severely damaged the intelligence agency's reputation and launched a number of federal investigations.

It did not end well for Webb, however. Major media, led by The New York Times, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times, worked to discredit his story. Under intense pressure, Webb's top editor abandoned him. Webb was drummed out of journalism. One LA Times reporter recently apologized for his leading role in the assault on Webb, but it came too late. Webb died in 2004 from an apparent suicide. Obituaries referred to his investigation as "discredited."

Now, Webb’s bombshell expose is being explored anew in a documentary, “Freeway: Crack in the System,” directed by Marc Levin, which tells the story of “Freeway” Rick Ross, who created a crack empire in LA during the 1980s and is a key figure in Webb’s “Dark Alliance” narrative. The documentary is being released after the major motion picture “Kill The Messenger,” which features Jeremy Renner in the role of Webb and hits theaters on Friday.

Webb's investigation was published in the summer of 1996 in the San Jose Mercury News. In it, he reported that a drug ring that sold millions of dollars worth of cocaine in Los Angeles was funneling its profits to the CIA’s army in Nicaragua, known as the Contras.

Webb’s original anonymous source for his series was Coral Baca, a confidante of Nicaraguan dealer Rafael Cornejo. Baca, Ross and members of his “Freeway boys” crew; cocaine importer and distributor Danilo Blandon; and LA Sheriff's Deputy Robert Juarez all were interviewed for Levin's film.

The dual release of the feature film and the documentary, along with the willingness of long-hesitant sources to come forward, suggests that Webb may have the last word after all…”


The Truth is coming out, bit by bit. The question is, does the American public even give a shit that their government is run by criminals? - Wes

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Exclusive: U.S. DEA 'most interested' in U.S. investors in Canadian marijuana firms
By John Tilak and Brett Wolf
TORONTO/ST. LOUIS | Fri Oct 10, 2014 10:41am EDT
By John Tilak and Brett Wolf

TORONTO/ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - U.S. investors in Canada's medical marijuana industry are betting they will not fall under the scrutiny of U.S. law enforcement officers - but it is a risky bet.

With marijuana still illegal on a federal level in the United States, American investors in Canadian medical marijuana can be seen as violating the Controlled Substances Act, according to some U.S experts. And the use of the banking system to transfer the proceeds of such investments could be seen as money laundering.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has already been tracking investments made in state-sanctioned marijuana business in the United States. When asked by Reuters about the DEA's view of U.S. investments in Canadian marijuana, DEA spokesman Rusty Payne said the agency is "most interested in those types of activities."

After the Reuters report, shares in Canadian medical marijuana companies fell sharply at the open before recovering some ground. OrganiGram Holdings Inc (OGI.V) dropped 6.9 percent in early trading, Bedrocan Cannabis Corp (BED.V) fell 4.2 percent and Tweed Marijuana Inc (TWD.V) declined 2.8 percent.

U.S. investors have been increasingly drawn to the raft of public listings by producers that has sprung up since Canada overhauled its laws this year, making it legal to buy marijuana from licensed producers with a doctor’s prescription.

Canada's medical marijuana market, which is expected to grow more than tenfold, to C$1.3 billion, in a decade, has matured more rapidly than its peers. While U.S. investors have several European markets where medical marijuana is legal on their radar - Canada has been the biggest beneficiary of fund flows from U.S. investors.

"We really like the Canada model, which is really unlike any other in the world,” said Christian Groh, a co-founder of Seattle-based private equity firm Privateer Holdings, one of the largest players in the medical marijuana sector. "What we're doing here does not violate local, state and federal law (in Canada)."

Privateer created a Canadian subsidiary as its foothold in the market. Other investors, however, have jumped straight in from their U.S. bases.

Timothy White, national risk specialist for Banker's Toolbox Inc, a firm that helps banks detect a

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October 17 2014

JSO officer loses job for keeping purse instead of logging it in property room
Officer Cheryl Cummings is fighting to keep her job after being arrested for petit theft in 2013.

By Amanda Warford


Nearly two decades after Officer Cheryl Cummings was hired by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, she was fired Thursday.

The decision was made during a disciplinary hearing where Sheriff John Rutherford called her a threat to the department's integrity.

“The public has to trust that the person wearing that badge is doing the right thing,” Rutherford told the Civil Service Board during the five-hour hearing. “Officer Cummings did not do the right thing.”

Cummings was arrested last year after a $40 teal purse was found in her SUV. Weeks earlier, it had been turned in as lost property

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Residents voice concern over police action at town hall meeting


The Purdue University Calumet Social Justice Club will hold a rally beginning at 10 a.m. today at Hammond City Hall to protest alleged police brutality.

HAMMOND | Melissa Campbell said she's been followed and stopped by Hammond police for no reason.

She once received a ticket for driving 4 mph over the posted speed limit, she told a group of some 100 people gathered for a town hall meeting Friday night at the Ophelia Steen Center. Her two sons have also been stopped and given tickets for no apparent reason.

"I feel like we are being harassed. I just feel like the police are not on my side and I just don't trust them," she said.

Campbell was one of about a dozen people who told their stories of experiences with the Hammond Police Department during the community meeting.

They all said something needed to be done before problems between police and the community, especially its African-American residents, escalate.

The meeting was called after a series of incidents, the last being the Tasing of Jamal Jones on Sept. 24 during a traffic stop for not wearing a seat belt.

"We are concerned about the citizens, not just of this community, but of the city," said Rev. Herman Polk, who facilitated the discussion.

The concern is over aggressive police action, said Polk, adding after the last incident "people began coming out of the woodwork with horror stories."

"We do not want another Ferguson, Mo., to happen in Hammond, Ind.," he said, adding he was told the two officers involved in the incident have been placed on desk duty.

Homer Cobb, president of the Hammond branch of the NAACP, said the group sent a letter to the city and a liaison has been assigned. He urged the two sides to continue to open up a dialog to resolve the issues and set a "Hammond example."

Orville Sanders, president of the Hammond Ministerial Alliance, said he has been told by the police chief that the FBI called and requested information on the incident. He said he was also told the police have been working on a community outreach program to improve the relationship.

But, Sanders said, of the 201 officers on the department, only nine are African-American.

"We have won a small victory," Sanders said about the independent investigation, "but we have a long way to go. We need t

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From rigging who gets appointed to the US Supreme Court
as described in attorney Alec Charn's book Cloak and Gavel
to making sure the head of the Department of Justice
friends the Facebook page of Wall Street
taxpayer funded FBI agents work tirelessly to keep
Mr Dow protected while they " Jones " you.

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Brooklyn prosecutor emerges as a top candidate to lead U.S. Justice Department
WASHINGTON | Mon Oct 27, 2014

Loretta Lynch, the head federal prosecutor in Brooklyn, is emerging as a leading candidate to replace U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, according to people familiar with the matter, after another top contender withdrew her name from the running last week.

Lynch, Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, and Labor Secretary Thomas Perez are among those being considered, said the people, who declined to be named about the private deliberations.

Lynch, 55, has stirred little controversy during two tenures as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York and supporters say she could be easily confirmed. She would also be the first black woman to lead the U.S. Department of Justice, which could help counter complaints that the Obama administration is dominated by men.

The White House declined to comment on the search to replace Holder, who announced on Sept. 25 that he planned to step down.

"We don't have any personnel updates, and are certainly not going to speculate on any decisions before the president makes them,” White House spokesman Eric Schultz said.

Holder, the first black U.S. Attorney General who came into office in 2009, has said he will stay in the post until the Senate confirms a successor.

A spokeswoman for Lynch, Zugiel Soto, also declined comment.

The administration of President Barack Obama has considered multiple candidates and the White House is not expected to announce a nominee until after the midterm elections next week, so a dark horse candidate could still emerge.

Former White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler pulled out of consideration for the job amid concerns that her involvement in controversial White House decisions could make it difficult to get her confirmed by the Senate.

Solicitor General Verrilli and Labor Secretary Perez both have an advantage of having had a working relationship with Obama. Lynch does not but she is one of several candidates Holder has encouraged the White House to look at, two sources said. Vetting inquiries into Lynch have been underway, sources said.

Lynch has developed a close relationship with Holder from the New York City borough of Brooklyn while keeping a much lower profile than her counterpart across the East River, Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for Manhattan who built his name on a string of big insider-trading cases and prosecutions of politicians for corruption.

Lynch's office did indict Republican Congressman Michael Grimm in April for fraud, and has worked with Justice Department headquarters on several big cases. Her office helped investigate Citigroup Inc over shoddy mortgage securities the bank sold, which led the bank to enter into a $7 billion settlement in July. Her office was also involved in the December 2012 $1.2 billion accord with HSBC over the bank's lapses in its anti-money laundering controls.

Lynch, who grew up in North Carolina and attended Harvard University for college and law school, has chaired the attorney general's advisory committee since the beginning of 2013.

She served previously at the Justice Department, starting as a drug and violent crime prosecutor at the U.S. Attorney's office in 1990. She also previously headed the office in Brooklyn between 1999 and 2001, when she left for private practice at the law firm Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells) and then served as a board member of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

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4 Detroit police officers suspended following probe

November 1 2014
Detroit Police Chief James Craig
Detroit — Four Detroit police officers have been suspended after two separate investigations, including a months-long federal probe into alleged wrongdoing in the department's now-disbanded Narcotics Section.

Two of those suspended were a lieutenant and police officer assigned to the troubled drug unit, Detroit Police Chief James Craig said.

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FBI agent in evidence-tampering case reportedly took heroin being held for trial

November 6 at 11:54 AM


The FBI agent accused of tampering with drug and gun evidence reportedly took heroin earmarked for trial and used it himself, according to two law enforcement officials familiar with an investigation that is prompting authorities to dismiss cases against convicted narcotics dealers in the District.

Robert C. Bonsib, the attorney for Matthew Lowry, the 33-year-old agent, declined to comment on specifics of the case, saying only that some accusations are “grossly overblown.” He added that Lowry, who has been suspended but not charged, wants to cooperate and “help bring this matter to a fast conclusion.” Law enforcement officials said the agent has talked to them and discussed the allegations.

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FBI agents were the principal architects in the creation of 911



Letting terrorists off the hook is dangerous, but inviting a terrorist to dine at the Pentagon is downright dangerous and bizarre. But that’s exactly what happened when Anwar al-Aulaqi, the American-born terrorist ultimately assassinated by President Obama, was asked to speak at a Pentagon luncheon.

The more we learn about what the government knew about al-Aulaqi, the more curious we become as to why this man was courted by those entrusted with our national security.

The same can be said for Omar al-Bayoumi, a Saudi national with known ties to terrorism who was arrested by British authorities working with the FBI days after the 9/11 attacks. Al-Bayoumi was subsequently released one week later. He remains at large.

Judicial Watch has been investigating the suspicious relationships between suspected terrorists and our federal government because we believe our national security has been compromised by cover-ups, incompetence and pro-jihadist political correctness.

JW recently released 79 pages of investigative reports from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) providing further evidence of ties between terrorist leaders Anwar al-Aulaqi and Omar al-Bayoumi, the government of Saudi Arabia, and FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) counter-terrorism investigations in the days leading up to the 9-11 terrorist attack.

Included in the new documents are dozens of pages of a case-establishing “Letterhead Memorandum” from the FBI’s Washington headquarters and San Diego field office. Limited portions of some of the memos had been previously released, but with many of the key elements heavily redacted. The documents came in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch against the U.S. Department of State and FBI on June 4, 2012.

Among the new revelations contained in the 79 pages of documents are the following:

The FBI had early suspicions about closer ties between Aulaqi and 9-11 hijacker Nawaf al-Hazmi than Aulaqi admitted: “This data suggests a more pervasive connection between al-Hazmi and Aulaqi than he [Aulaqi] admitted to during his interview with the FBI.”

The FBI had confirmed Aulaqi’s nexus with other FBI counter-terrorism investigations: “[Investigations] of Aulaqi reveal further links to other FBI International Terrorist investigations including … the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) in the United States.”

The documents explicitly state that as far back as 2001, Omar al-Bayoumi was reportedly a Saudi intelligence agent: “An individual who has requested confidentiality has stated al-Bayoumi is believed to have worked for the Saudi Arabian Intelligence Service and reports on dissident Saudis in the U.S. Rental and other records indicate al-Bayoumi consistently indicated his occupation as a student.”

Several pages of heavily redacted investigative reports contain analysis of pen registers of al-Aulaqi calls. These include a reference to an al-Aulaqi nexus with the DEA investigation, as well as contacts between al-Aulaqi and al-Bayoumi: “DEA Analysts are continuing analysis of telephone call activity …” and al-Aulaqi “… was also involved in call activity with … San Diego PENTTBOM subject OMAR AL-BAYOUMI. AL-BAYOUMI cosigned the lease of an apartment rented by [terrorist hijackers] NAWAF ALHAZMI and KHALID ALMIHDHAR.”

Omar al-Bayoumi’s activities while in San Diego, California, were apparently on behalf of the government of Saudi Arabia according to an unidentified FBI source: al-Bayoumi disclosed “to others at the Islamic Center of San Diego (ICSD) he had friends or contacts at the Saudi Consulate in Los Angeles, California … [redacted] advised AL-BAYOUMI was extremely close to other ICSD Saudis … believed AL-BAYOUMI was in the United States on scholarship from the Saudi Airport Authority of Saudi Airlines ….” Saudi Airlines is the flag-carrying airline of Saudi Arabia.
Omar al-Bayoumi was one of dozens of other Saudis in the U.S. on similar arrangements: “[Redacted] identified AL-BAYOUMI as a ghost employee of AVCO Oversees … estimated that there were approximately fifty (50) individuals carried on the books and PCA or Dallah and being paid for doing nothing.” Dallah AVCO is headquartered in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

According to a New York Times article on a secret Congressional report in 2003, Omar al-Bayoumi, a Saudi national, was suspected of being a Saudi intelligence agent who may have reported to Saudi government officials. The article said that al-Bayoumi was employed by a contractor to the Saudi civil aviation authority, and received payments authorized by a Saudi official. According to the Times story, “The payments authorized by the Saudi official increased significantly after Mr. al-Bayoumi came in contact with the two hijackers in early 2000, the classified part of the report states.”

And now al-Bayoumi--the suspected Saudi intelligence agent, who co-signed a lease on behalf of terrorist hijackers and served as a “ghost employee” for a Saudi shell company--is “at large.” Even though he was once in custody by British intelligence and the FBI.

With respect to al-Aulaqi, on September 11, 2013, Judicial Watch released surveillance reports and logs it had obtained from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) revealing that FBI agents trailed al-Aulaqi to the front doors of the Pentagon on the day he spoke as an invited guest at a Department of Defense luncheon.

The day before the surveillance and luncheon, al-Aulaqi had been identified as a “terrorist organization member,” and an FBI alert had been issued reading, “Warning – approach with caution . . . Do not alert the individual to the FBI’s interest and contact your local FBI field office at the earliest opportunity.” [Emphasis added]

Judicial Watch had previously obtained documents from the U.S. State Department indicating that the (FBI) was aware on September 27, 2001, that al-Aulaqi had purchased airplane tickets for three of the 9/11 terrorist hijackers, including mastermind Mohammed Atta.

Subsequent to the FBI’s discovery, al-Aulaqi was detained and released by authorities at least twice.

These documents suggest that serious questions remain about what an obvious Saudi intelligence asset was doing in assisting the 9/11 hijackers. As these newly released documents confirm, as far back as the 9/11 attacks, the FBI had substantial evidence that both al-Aulaqi and al-Bayoumi were involved in 9/11.

One was not punished for a dozen years, and the other still roams free. We intend to keep digging into this critical issue. It should cause concern that none of these questions were answered before Obama ordered al-Aulaqi’s controversial assassination. - See more at: http://www.libertynewsonline.com/article_301_36519.php#sthash.J72pnf1K.d

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Hassan Shibly: CAIR strikes right balance between protecting security and libertyBY HASSAN SHIBLY
Special to The Tampa Tribune
Published: November 13, 2014
Regarding “Don’t stifle FBI’s terror effort”

It is easy for editors who are not attorneys and have not represented hundreds of victims of FBI abuse to give ill-informed legal advice and advise the public to waive the constitutionally protected right to have an attorney present when approached by the FBI.

America is one of the few nations in the world whose Constitution assumes that the people should take precautions to hold the government accountable. Exercising one’s constitutionally protected right to have a lawyer present when approached by the FBI helps ensure agents are behaving both constitutionally and efficiently. Meanwhile, people who feel their rights are secured with legal counsel present will have the confidence to be more open.

Our concern with the FBI selectively targeting the Muslim community for interrogation and recruitment of agent provocateurs is primarily because it has been documented that such profiling is ineffective, a waste of resources and actually makes our nation less safe and less free. Law enforcement must invest our limited public resources conducting investigations based on probable cause, not religious profiling. Having a lawyer present ensures that the FBI has a legitimate investigative purpose for interrogating Americans and are not acting based on politically acceptable biases that merely serve to intimidate religious minorities and waste taxpayer dollars.

Even though the Trib failed to request any such evidence from us, it claimed “there is no evidence local FBI agents have been abusive.” I’ll wager that the Trib’s own police reporters would find this assertion patently naïve. The Founders did not write the Bill of Rights and then reject it because there was no evidence that the new American government was going to be abusive.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has documented how the FBI has targeted law-abiding American Muslims for interrogation and coerced recruitment as agent provocateurs. According to Trevor Aaronson, executive director of the Florida Center for Investigative Journalism, such FBI tactics are similar to that used by the Counterintelligence Program (COINTELPRO) against the African-American civil rights movement decades ago and has included engaging in blackmail, extortion and threats of harm to self, family and friends. Coerced individuals are then forced into mosques to promote radical violent extremism — using taxpayer dollars — to unstable and mentally disturbed youths.

These programs are not only contrary to the protections enshrined in the Constitution, but are ineffective and make our nation less safe and less free. Even with the rise of Islamic State, those engaging in acts of terrorism on U.S. soil have more often attended churches or synagogue than mosques, and yet the FBI is not engaging in similar tactics against the Christian or Jewish communities — nor should they.

Engaging in criminal plans should make one the subject of a FBI investigation — not following a particular faith. When the FBI wastes resources in questioning individuals who have engaged in no wrongdoing, they may miss catching some of the overwhelming amount of criminals and terrorists who have nothing to do with that faith.

The Trib used Sami Osmakac as an example. The Trib does not mention that Osmakac would not have had the potential ability to harm our community without facilitation by paid FBI agent provocateurs or that in the same time frame several terrorist attacks were planned in Tampa by disturbed youths who, unlike Osmakac, were not Muslim.

Selective targeting of a religious minority by the federal government undermines the Constitution and harms America as a whole. CAIR has documented how many FBI agents have received false training that the entire Muslim community is a threat and that Muslims are not entitled to First Amendment rights. In Florida and nationwide, the Muslim community has often reported extremists espousing violence in mosques who turned out to be paid FBI agent provocateurs. Examples such as these abound.

Let us not forget that only last year an FBI agent who had a documented history of beating up suspects and witnesses and falsifying evidence, threatened several Orlando Muslims with false charges to pressure them to become informants, and then shot in the back and killed one of them after six hours of interrogation in their home three days later.

Counter-productive tactics that infringe upon the rights of religious minorities are not necessary to keep our nation safe. American Muslims are invested in the security of our nation and have a track record of voluntary cooperation with law enforcement on the rare occasion a threat should arise. Former FBI Director Robert Mueller told the U.S. House Judiciary Committee that “many of our cases are a result of the cooperation from the Muslim community in the United States.” The U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida also has repeatedly thanked the Muslim community for helping keep Florida safe.

We are not a nation of fearful people. Our rights are not things to be cast aside because someone scary threatens us. Groups such as IS strip people of t

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Join the police chief (and FBI) for Chipotle
November 17, 2014


Police Chief Leon Krolikowki, middle, and Capt. John DiFederico, second from right, speak with residents like George McEvoy, left, Bill Walbert and Tucker Murphy at the “Pizza with the Chief” event Tuesday, Oct. 14. (Aaron
All New Canaanites are invited to Chipotle with the Chief this Friday, Nov. 21, at 12:30 in the police station training room, 174 South Ave. Attendees will also get a chance to hear from the FBI at the gathering.

Attendees can join in an informal discussion with the New Canaan Police Department’s command staff and get updates on NCPD programs, progress, plans, and challenges, Chief Leon Krolikowski said.

Joining the NCPD that day will be Patricia M. Ferrick, special agent in charge of the FBI in Connecticut.

Food and drinks will be provided by NCPD.

Twice last month, Krolikowski hosted two Pizza with the Chief sessions.

If you plan to attend, RSVP to Jennifer LaPolla at 203-594-3512 or Jennifer.Lapolla@newcanaanct.gov.

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Berkeley Copwatch is the original Copwatch group. We began in 1990 on Telegraph Ave. as an all-volunteer organization dedicated to monitoring police actions and non-violently asserting our rights. Since that time, many Copwatch-type organizations have sprung up across the nation, in various forms. Berkeley Copwatch is based on the idea that WATCHING the police is a crucial first step in the process of organizing. We do not attempt to interfere in police activity or to resist police misconduct physically. It is our hope that, one day, mass outrage at police and government violence will increase to a point where fundamental change in the nature of policing becomes inevitable.
People's Investigation into the In-Custody Death of Kayla Moore is Available Here
Berkeley Copwatch's Goals:
1) Reduce police violence by directly observing the police on the street, documenting incidents and keeping police accountable. We maintain principles of non-violence while asserting the rights of the detained person. We provide support to victims whenever possible. We also seek to educate the public about their rights, police conduct in the community and issues related to the role of police in our society.
2) Empower and unite the community to resist police abuse. We will do this by sharing information with the community, conducting "Know Your Rights" trainings, sponsoring rallies, supporting victims and other community based efforts to deal with the problem.
3) Encourage people to solve problems WITHOUT police intervention. We want to explore alternatives to calling the police.
4) Most importantly, we encourage people to exercise their right to observe the police and to advocate for one another.
You are welcome to copy any of the materials on our website and use them to help educate the public and to start a Copwatch group in your community. If you are interested in starting a Copwatch group or program, feel free to contact us with any questions. Although you may find web pages or organizations that call themselves "Copwatch", read through their material carefully.

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USA FREEDOM and Rand Paul
Civil libertarians are disappointed by the Kentucky senator's vote against debate on NSA reform legislation.

November 21, 2014

Rand PaulbreitbartIn June 2013, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) introduced the Fourth Amendment Restoration Act, a bill declaring that "the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution shall not be construed to allow any U.S. government agency to search the phone records of Americans without a warrant based on probable cause." The legislation was aimed specifically at stopping the National Security Agency (NSA) and other federal agencies from interpreting the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and the USA PATRIOT Act in ways that allows them to clandestinely collect and winnow through Americans' telephone and other electronic records. I entirely support the bill, but the sad truth is that it has garnered not a single cosponsor and it has gone nowhere.

What has gone somewhere, though this week it was stopped in its tracks, is the USA FREEDOM Act. This bill aims to limit the NSA's bulk collection of Americans' phone data under Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act. Specifically, it restricts the FBI to seeking the records related to specific individuals, phone numbers, and email accounts based on a "reasonable, articulable suspicion" that they are associated with a foreign power or its agent engaged in international terrorism or activities in preparation for such terrorism. The FBI would also no longer be able to engage in electronic dragnets by demanding to see the records of every customer of a telecommunications service provider or everyone who lives in a particular zip code or city.

Other provisions dealt with National Security Letters which are administrative subpoenas that the FBI uses without judicial oversight to directly order companies to turn over the banking, telephone, and Internet usage records of their customers and then gag the companies from telling anyone that they did so. In order to forestall agencies from reinterpreting NSLs to permit dragnet surveillance, the bill set the same standard on NSLs as it did on searches under Section 215, that is, limiting them to specific individuals, accounts, phone numbers, and so forth.

The USA FREEDOM Act would also increase the transparency of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court by allowing it to appoint a privacy advocate in certain cases, seek technical information about the operation of surveillance programs, and require the disclosure of significant decisions relating to Americans' privacy rights.

Earlier this week, the bill needed the votes of 60 senators in order for debate on the bill to proceed. It garnered only 58, and so it did not make it to the floor. One of the 42 voting against was Sen. Paul.

"I think NSA reforms are necessary and I will continue to fight against bulk data collection," Paul explained in an emailed statement. "Last night, I stood on principle by opposing a bill that included a provision reauthorizing elements of the Patriot Act that violate the Bill of Rights. I have always been steadfast against the Patriot Act and I will continue to do all I can to prevent its extension."

Paul specifically objected that the act would extend three provisions of the PATRIOT Act beyond their June 1, 2015, sunset dates to 2017. These include bulk collection of records under Section 215, secret "lone wolf" surveillance of non-U.S. persons not affiliated with any terrorist organization, and roving wiretaps that allow one authorization to cover multiple devices—say, an unnamed suspect's cell phone, computer, and tablet.

Cato Institute policy analyst Julian Sanchez tells me that while the lone wolf surveillance provision is "somewhat concerning," it has never been used. With regard to roving wiretaps, the idea that law enforcement should be able to legally track the communications of an identified terrorism suspect across multiple devices is reasonable. The Patriot Act, however, permits the government to apply for a warrant where they don't know who the target is AND they also don't have the full list in advance of the accounts they want to tap. So far such open ended warrants are not common since the government has generally identified a specific target.* Sanchez makes the further point that the USA FREEDOM Act would actually amend Section 215 to limit bulk collection, so extending it to 2017 would be much less problematic.

Most civil libertarians agree with Sen. Paul that the bill is far from perfect. Nevertheless, they wanted the debate to proceed. "I respect that Sen. Paul has been trying to reform the NSA for a long time, but it is disappointing that he voted against moving forward on the bill," says ACLU legislative counsel Neema Singh Guliani. "It is a huge step back, a huge lost opportunity."

Similarly, Electronic Frontier Foundation legislative analyst Mark Jaycox praises Paul as "a very good advocate on privacy" but adds that "it was disappointing that he voted against debating the bill." Jaycox argues that if Paul thought the bill was too weak and needed strengthening, he could have offered amendments during the debate. If those amendments had failed, the senator could have voted against it at that time. Both Guliani and Jaycox believe the USA FREEDOM Act is a good first step in a long process of ending domestic surveillance abuses.

NSA SpyingEFF"I have not heard a single person plausibly argue that we will get more robust and more far-reaching reform now that this bill has failed," says Sanchez. "I am with him [Paul] in spirit, but I don't see how this works strategically."

On the other hand, Sanchez' Cato colleague Patrick Eddington suggests that the June 1, 2015, sunset date on the three PATRIOT Act provisions will make congressional debate on NSA surveillance reform an urgent matter this coming spring. As that date approaches, NSA enablers such as future Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell may be frantic to save some Section 215 surveillance capabilities.

Eddington believes that there is a strong enough bipartisan libertarian/progressive coalition in the House of Representatives to allow the sunsetting provisions of the Patriot Act die in June, if no agreement on substantial s

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Angry protesters storm FBI building, back scared cops into corner November 7, 2014 12:55 am EST 6 Comments

Washington D.C. — This Tuesday, protesters assembled at various sites across the world for a demonstration called “The Million Mask March.” The protests were not centered on one specific issue or event, but served as an outlet for people to voice their frustrations with the different institutions that control their lives.

Protests hit major cities worldwide, with some of the largest in London and Washington DC. During the protests in Washington DC, a group of masked Anonymous protesters stormed the FBI headquarters to face a group of terrified police officers.

At first, the police patrolling the building were caught off guard, and one or two officers came face to face with legions of angry protesters. One officer in the video is seen shaking in fear as he threatens the protesters with violence and arrest.

Eventually, the lone officers were joined by an army of cops who made a human wall to stop the protesters from entering the building. At one point, the protesters can be heard chanting “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot!” a remembrance to the case of Michael Brown, the unarmed teenager recently shot by police in Ferguson, Missouri.

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Boston Police brass, union wary of cameras on cops

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Coercive 13th Century Relics, They Serve the Political Interests of DAs, Not Justice
No More Grand Juries
In case people didn’t get it earlier, it’s time to recognize that the ancient institution of the grand jury has outlived its usefulness, and should be eliminated, as its only real purpose today is to give prosecutors political cover and an added cudgel with which to intimidate witnesses.

Originally established back 1215 as part of the Magna Carta in England, the intent was to put some constraint on the ability of the king to prosecute opponents. In modern times, its use has been reduced, and in fact, throughout the world in countries where the justice system is based upon British Common Law, it has been eliminated — with the notable exception of the United States.

We should be asking why the US, where justice and the rule of law have been so exceptionally corrupted, perverted and and subverted in recent decades, with the virtual elimination of trial by jury in criminal cases, the undermining of habeas corpus, and the ubiquity of excessive bail, not to mention wide-spread racism in all phases of the legal process, from arrest and arraignment to jury selection and sentencing, is the US the lone major country still holding on to grand juries. (Hint: It can’t be for anything good.)

What we have seen in Ferguson, MO in the case of the grand jury “investigation” there of white Ferguson Police Office Darren Willson and his killing of the unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, and in New York City, and in the case of the grand jury “investigation” of NY Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo and his killing, by illegal choke hold, of Eric Garner, the unarmed black father of six, are two examples of a grand jury being used to provide the state, and specifically two elected district attorneys, with an excuse and political cover not to prosecute criminal police officers.

In Ferguson, an unarmed youth who was simply walking down the middle of a largely empty street, was gunned down by a police officer while he was on the ground pleading for mercy. In New York, a 43-year-old man, trying to support his family by selling cigarettes on the sidewalk was piled on by four police officers, one of whom, while the victim was being held on prone on the sidewalk, his face ground into the concrete, choked him to death with an arm hold that had long been specifically banned by the NYPD because of the number of deaths it had caused.

The prosecutor in the first case, Robert McCollom, hails from a family of police officers — his father and brothers were all cops, and his father had reportedly been slain during a call by a black man with a sniper rifle. On that basis alone, he should have stepped aside in this particular case because of an unseemly appearance of and potential for bias. But it gets worse. After the grand jury reached its controversial “decision” not to indict Wilson for any violation at all in the slaying of Brown, it was reported that Democrat McCollom, in addition to being St. Louis County’s top prosecutor, is also president of an organization called The Backstoppers, Inc., a charity that raises money to support cops in Missouri and Illinois, and to compound the felony, that organization had been selling T-shirts emblazoned with the phrase: “I support Officer Wilson.”

In New York, where there are five boroughs and five elected prosecutors, the district attorney who presided over the grand jury that declined to find any violation in Officer Panteleo’s killing of Garner, is Dan Donovan, a politically ambitious Republican in the city’s one Republican-majority borough. To win a GOP nomination to any higher office in the state, Donovan needs to establish his “tough on crime” reputation, which in the Republican Party tends to be a codeword for “tough on minorities.” It also means being an unquestioning backer of police. As Jeffrey Fagan, a Columbia University law professor specializing in police accountability and criminal law, explained the importance of this grand jury in a local publication called The Gothamist:

“It’s politically costly for Dan Donovan to indict a police officer on Staten Island. He can easily shift the political and legal burden to the Department of Justice to decide whether to pursue criminal charges. He’s washed his hands of it.”

Of course, grand juries are most often used to indict criminals who aren’t police officers, but in that case, they actually are completely superfluous. While at the federal level, grand juries are required for any felony indictment, at the state or county level, prosecutors have the full authority to present charges against suspects for crimes without going through the process of a grand jury hearing. In fact, the whole idea of a grand jury investigation in a criminal case at the state level is a huge waste of time and money, particularly for those citizens who are impaneled and have to sit through the process of hearing witnesses.

As jurist Sol Wachtler, a former chief judge of the New York State Court of Appeals, once famously said of the institution of the grand jury that “any prosecutor who wanted to could get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich.” His point was that prosecutors control all the information that the lay people on the grand jury hear about a case in question, and also provide the legal information those citizen jurors need in terms of what different charges, for example first or second-degree murder, manslaughter, or involuntary manslaughter, entail. (In the Ferguson case, we know from grand jury transcripts that McColloch misinformed jurors about the law, inaccurately informing them that in Missouri, it’s legal for police to shoot and kill “fleeing felons.” It is not legal to do so, and the DA surely knew that. We don’t know what Staten Island DA told his grand jury, because the transcript, as with most grand juries, is sealed.)

While both grand jurors and petit jurors have the right to reach their own conclusions in a case, regardless of the evidence and of any instructions from, respectively, a prosecutor or a judge, it is rare enough to see petit jurors reach a decision different from what they are instructed by a judge and rarer still to see a grand jury ignore the recommendations of a prosecutor.

So if grand juries are abused for the purpose of giving political cover to district attorneys, and aren’t needed to bring charges against criminals, why do we have them? Well, it turns out that prosecutors love them for another reason. They get to bring in witnesses and suspected accomplices of criminal suspects and then compel them to testify about what they know — before any trial even takes place.

Witnesses at a grand jury hearing (which is always closed to the public, unlike a courtroom), are required to answer all questions put to them, unless they plead protection under the Fifth Amendment against self-incrimination. That’s a powerful investigative tool for a local prosecutor, and one district attorneys would be loath to give up. After all, the FBI has the advantage, in investigating a crime, that it is a federal felony to lie to an FBI agent, even when not placed under oath, but it is not a crime to lie to a state or local police officer or detective. It’s also a tool that can be overused or improperly used in politically-motivated prosecutions, since simply leaking word that someone in a grand jury hearing “took the Fifth” can destroy a career, even though there can actually be many non-criminal reasons for doing so — for example exposing a marital infidelity, or perhaps a hidden but embarrassing sexual proclivity.

All in all, we’d all be much better off, and our civil liberties, human rights, and the rule of law would be better protected if grand juries in the US were scrapped as they have been in most of the rest of the English-speaking world.

For starters, corrupted, biased and politically ambitious prosecutors like McCollom and Donovan would have to stand on their own two feet and take full responsibility for any controversial decision not to prosecute police officers who clearly, as demonstrated by video evidence, used excessive force and killed unarmed citizens not guilty of any crime.

The mounting toll of such extrajudicial murders by increasingly militarized and brutal US police of innocent, unarmed people, now running in excess of 1400 per year, demands that we have

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Journalist Faces Sentencing Today for Daring to Investigate Government Insiders –

December 15 2014

Barrett Brown faces eight and a half years in prison today for the crime of being a journalist. For any U.S. media outlet that claims to practice journalism, this story should be front page news.
Officially, Brown is charged with three crimes: (1) transmitting a threat in interstate commerce, (2) obstructing the execution of a search warrant, and (3) being an accessory after the fact to an unauthorized access to a protected computer.
Unofficially, Brown is being prosecuted for founding Project PM, a WikiLeaks-like website which dares to investigate “the intelligence contracting industry, the PR industry’s interface with totalitarian regimes, the mushrooming infosec/’cybersecurity’ industry, and other issues constituting threats to human rights, civic transparency, individual privacy, and the health of democratic institutions.”
On March 6, 2012, FBI agent Robert Smith raided Brown’s apartment and Brown’s mother’s house, supposedly looking for information on the hack of intelligence firm HBGary. Agent Smith took away Brown’s computers, which contained Brown’s research into contractors who spy or conduct information warfare on behalf of government and corporate clients.
Barrett Brown faced over 100 years in prison if convicted on all original charges
Following the raid, Barrett Brown faced 100 years in prison for sharing a link on the leaked Stratfor emails, emails which revealed that Stratfor (called the “shadow CIA” by some) had allegedly partnered with a former Goldman Sachs director and other informants in order to profit from insider trading, among other dirty laundry. After prosecutors dropped the 11 charges related to Brown’s sharing a link, the only “crimes” the government had left to charge Brown with resulted from the raid on Brown’s apartment, where Brown allegedly hid his own laptops (aka obstructing the execution of a search warrant) and tried to protect Jeremy Hammond , now in prison for hacking Stratfor, from getting caught (being an accessory after the fact to an unauthorized access to a protected computer). As the FBI held on to his computers, Brown posted a pissed-off YouTube video lashing out at Agent Smith (transmitting a threat in interstate commerce).

While the government would argue that Brown is not being politically prosecuted, the government has taken many actions that say otherwise. Beyond seeking 100 years of jail time for Brown, the government has prosecuted Brown’s mother for obstruction (resulting in six months probation and a $1,000 fine), tried to seize Brown’s legal defense fund, obtained a gag order preventing Brown from speaking about his own case, tried to identify contributors to the website where Brown and others researched links between intelligence companies and governments, and argued that Brown seeks to overthrow the U.S. government.
For anyone horrified that the government would equate researching intelligence companies with trying to overthrow the government, today’s sentencing of Barrett Brown is a major event. Barrett Brown has already spent two years in prison for daring to be a real journalist.
The question now is, how much longer will the First Amendment be locked in a jail cell?

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Why cellular tracking device is so secret
Documents shed some light on how police use controversial cell phone tracking technology

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Dec 22, 2014

The San Diego City Attorney's office released several documents Monday that shed some light on how police are using secretive and controversial cell phone tracking technology and why details about the device remain under wraps.
The documents indicate, among other things, that the police department signed a nondisclosure agreement with the FBI that prohibits it from releasing information about the technology, and that officers do obtain a warrant before using the device to track cellphone signals.
The documents also contend that anyone in an official capacity who releases information about the technology could be jailed for 20 years or fined $1 million.
The First Amendment Coalition, a civil rights group, sued the San Diego Police Department last week in an effort to force the department to fork over more information about how it uses the Stingray device, which a heavily redacted invoice indicates it purchased or uses.
A Stingray masquerades as a cellular tower, tricking all nearby cellphones to connect to it. Law enforcement agencies using the technology then have access to some information from the phones that connect en masse.
The police department has said information about Stingrays is "exempt from disclosure" and in a statement Wednesday, the City Attorney’s office said the

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LAPD investigates Michael Brown parody at retired cop's party
Michael Brown -- LAPD Launches Investigation Over Parody Song
The LAPD is conducting an investigation to determine if cops currently on the force attended a dinner at the Glendale Elks Lodge that featured a parody of "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown," making fun of Michael Brown's death.

LAPD opens preliminary investigation after video emerges of Michael Brown parody song
The Los Angeles Police Department has launched a preliminary investigation into a video that has emerged of a song that plays on the shooting death of Michael Brown. It was sung at a party thrown by a retired LAPD officer.
Police confirmed to the Los Angeles Times the investigation into the video, on which can be heard a parody of "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" that refers to the Ferguson, Mo., 18-year-old and includes lines such as, "His brain was splatter on the floor."

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The song was sung during a recent party hosted at the Glendale Elks Lodge by a retired LAPD officer, police said.

"I am aware of the video released via TMZ. Like many of you, I find it offensive & absurd. It does not reflect the values of the #LAPD," Chief Charlie Beck tweeted. "I have directed our Professional Standards Bureau to look into this & determine if any active department employees were involved."

Video of the party and singing was first sent to TMZ.

If investigators find that any current officers attended "and misconduct took place, a formal investigation will be opened,” said Jane Kim, a spokeswoman for the LAPD.

Some of the changed lyrics to the song released by Jim Croce in 1973 include:

"Michael Brown learned a lesson
about a messin’ with a bad … police man
And he’s, bad, bad Michael Brown
Baddest thug in the whole darn town
Badder than an ol' King Kong
Meaner than a junkyard dog
Two men took to fightin’
And Michael punched in through the door
and Michael looked like some old Swiss cheese
His brain was splatter on the floor."

The preliminary investigation will begin as soon as Tuesday, police said.

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FBI agents the Real Ecoterrorists


JANUARY 4, 2015 ·

In 2008 at a Bureau of Land Management Oil and Gas lease auction Tim DeChristopher bid on 14 parcels of land (totaling 22,500 acres) for $1.8 million that he had no intention of buying. The FBI arrested him and charged him with a two-count felony indictment. DeChristopher was branded an “eco-terroist.” Even though the very leases he bid upon were later canceled because of their inadequate environmental review of impacts, DeChristopher nevertheless served 21 months in prison for his act of “terrorism”.

Of course DeChristopher’s motivation was to protect the land from violation by oil companies not his own financial gain. He should have been hailed as a hero. But in America people acting on principle to protect wildlands are often seen as a greater threat than those whose motivation is their personal financial gain.

A good example of the opposite federal government reaction is how the BLM and FBI responded to Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy. Bundy has repeatedly thumbed his nose at the federal government by refusing to pay minimal grazing fees for more than 20 years (he now owes more than a million dollars), and his failure to remove his cattle from federal property (our property). Instead of being arrested and taken off to jail as DeChristopher was, Bundy is still living free in Nevada, enjoying life as a celebrity.

As a reminder Bundy’s ranch was surrounded by gun toting anti-government militants who threatened to kill federal agents if they attempted to remove Bundy’s cattle from our property. I guess that sends a message that if you want to continue to thwart government action just surround yourself with militia.

One doesn’t have to instigate an armed insurrection to do damage to our patrimony and many acts of eco terrorism are not illegal, yet that doesn’t make them acceptable. Rancher Bill Hoppe, who lives outside of Gardiner Montana, began to run sheep on his ranch in retaliation for wolf reintroduction in Yellowstone which he has vocally opposed. Hoppe is President of the “Friends of the Northern Elk Herd” an anti-wolf organization that has resisted wolf recovery.

Hoppe openly admitted that his domestic animals might jeopardize nearby wild bighorns. As Hoppe is well aware domestic sheep can transmit pneumonia-like disease to their wild cousins causing many to die. Bighorn die-offs linked to domestic sheep have been documented across the West, including in Montana, Colorado, Wyoming, Washington and Idaho. Studies of sheep in captivity have proved transmission. Yet in a blatant disregard for the potential transfer of disease, Hoppe pastured his sheep immediately adjacent to a wild bighorn herd. Bighorns in the area subsequently contracted pneumonia which most observers believe is a result of the presences of Hoppe’s sheep.

Is this an act of “eco terrorism?” It is my book.

Hoppe is not alone in acting with malice towards public wildlife. Rancher Frank Robbins of Wyoming who had his federal grazing leases canceled a number of years ago after more than a dozen violations including overgrazing the public’s grazing lands as well as trespass grazing of other people’s federal leases. Robbins is threating one of Wyoming’s largest wild bighorn sheep herds by purposely running domestic sheep on his property adjacent to occupied wild sheep herds.

Thus Robbin’s threat to mix his domestic sheep in proximity to wild bighorns is analogous to giving small pox infected blankets to Native Americans as a way to reduce their resistance to American settlement and occupation.

Some forms of “eco terrorism” are more subtle and more wide-spread—and unfortunately quite legal. When a rancher’s livestock overgrazes the range, it harms many other creatures dependent on that grass. The grass going into the belly of someone’s cow, means there is that much less grass available for elk, bighorn or even desert tortoises which may depend on the same forage. With less grass, sage grouse may not be able to hide from predators. Yet no one will suffer FBI investigations, much less jail time for starving public wildlife.

Trampling of biocrust by the hooves of livestock damages soil, and permits the establishment of cheatgrass, an exotic alien weed. The spread of cheatgrass has serious consequences for entire ecosystems in part because the plant is highly flammable and increases the likelihood and occurrence of fire, burning out perennial plants like sagebrush. Again destroying biocrusts and spreading cheatgrass while clearly an act of eco-terrorism is not against the law.

How about the draining of our rivers and streams for irrigated hay and alfalfa production? Countless streams around the West are regularly dewatered to grow water loving plants like alfalfa for livestock forage. The removal of water from streams harms fisheries, but also shrinks the stream-side riparian zones that are important habitat for everything from songbirds to bald eagles. You can kill more songbirds and eagles by destroying the volume and acreage of riparian habitat than anyone with a gun may do, but while killing eagles and songbirds is illegal, destroying their habitat to grow cattle feed is not.

We kill thousands of predators from grizzly bears to wolves to coyotes to “protect” private livestock that are grazed on public lands. Even when these animals are not killed, they are harried and displaced by domestic livestock. Even so-called “predator friendly” livestock operations chase wolves and coyotes, harassing our wildlife to make it safe for their livestock. Is this not “terrorism”?

But do we hold ranchers accountable for these acts of eco terriorism? Hardly. Indeed, many politicians, media representatives, and others laud ranchers as the “true conservationists”.

These acts of “eco terriorism do far more damage to our collective heritage than bidding on oil and gas leases that are canceled. Yet while environmental activists like DeChristopher are arrested by Federal Agents and jailed, ranchers and other “eco terrorists” are pampered, and even allowed to continue destroying public property for their private gain. These different approaches to violations of the law demonstrates the blatant inequities in justice in our government’s willingness to fairl

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FBI Agent Shot Up Evidence Against Hundreds of Heroin Dealers: Report

FBI Agent Shot Up Evidence Against Hundreds of Heroin Dealers: Report

A heroin-addicted FBI agent ingested the evidence against at least 28 alleged drug dealers, leading the agency to dismiss dozens of charges—and as many as 150 defendants could go free as a result, the Washington Post reports.

The agent, Matthew Lowry, worked on a heroin task force, which enabled him to steal seized heroin from the evidence room for his own personal use for more than year, investigators say. According

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A Partial listing of African-American hangings since 1859
My websites are dedicated to African and African American history and contain millions of images, ..... of miners (Bob Burton Charles Miller John and William Scott) for boisterous intimidating behavior. ...... Woodbury, Tennessee, July 1, 1892 ,.


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Dozens of Stanford students arrested after shutting down Bay Area bridge in #ShutItDown protest
Several dozen demonstrators identifying as Stanford students were arrested Monday night after they shut down traffic for more than an hour on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge.

Just before 5 p.m., at least 50 people lined up across the bridge, which traverses the San Francisco Bay, said California Highway Patrol spokesman Officer Peter Van Eckhardt.

The seven-mile bridge has no pedestrian access, so demonstrators were dropped off by drivers that continued onward, Van Eckhardt said.

At one point, the crowd -- some of whom donned Stanford sweatshirts -- blocked both directions of traffic, but CHP officers corralled the group toward the westbound direction.

The group identified itself as Silicon Shutdown, a collective of Stanford students organizing against police brutality and oppression, according to its website and Twitter account. At one point, protesters

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This is what happens when a civilian kills a cop during a no-knock drug raid
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The careless use of SWAT teams in no-knock drug raids — when heavily armed police burst into a home without warning — has resulted in a long list of innocent people being killed or seriously injured in the United States. 2014 alone found SWAT teams in Georgia senselessly killing businessman David Hooks and maiming toddler Bounkham “Baby Boo Boo” Phonesavanh. And when those raids victimize people who aren’t even selling drugs, narcotics officers

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About 200 people attend Jessica Hernandez protest at District 2 police station in Denver
Chief: Denver cops asked teens to get out of car before fatal shooting
Jan 29 2015
Denver monitor launches investigation after police kill teen driver

Denver police fatally shoot teen girl suspect; officer hit by car
As questions about the Denver Police Department's policy on shooting at moving vehicles continue to grow, the ACLU of Colorado said Thursday morning it has serious questions about how officers are trained on the policy.
Mark Silverstein, legal director of the civil rights organization's Colorado office, also urged the police and the Denver District Attorney to be more transparent in releasing details of the investigation.
Silverstein spoke to

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Christie Accuser Says He Was Interviewed by Feds


An ex-prosecutor who claims that the administration of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie quashed a criminal case to protect political allies and then fired him for objecting said Feb. 5 that he has been interviewed by federal investigators about those allegations.
Bennett Barlyn, a former state deputy attorney general and assistant Hunterdon County prosecutor, said he met with two men at his home for a 75-minute interview Feb. 4 but got the name of only one of them, who identified himself as James Otten, an investigator with the U.S. Department of Justice.
Matthew Reilly, a spokesman for U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman of the District of New Jersey, confirmed that Otten works for the office but declined to confirm the interview with Barlyn.
Barlyn's whistleblower suit against the Christie administration alleges that he was fired in retaliation for speaking out against its scuttling of a 43-count indictment against Hunterdon County Sheriff Deborah Trout and two deputies, Michael Russo and John Falat Jr.
Among other charges, the three were accused of official misconduct for issuing fake sheriff IDs to nonsheriff personnel, including Robert Hariri, chief executive officer of Celgene Cellular Therapeutics. Hariri and his wife had given more than $10,000 to Christie's 2009 campaign and Hariri served on his transition team.
In January 2012, Celgene hired Richard Bagger, Christie's chief of staff for part of his first term, in the newly created post of senior vice president/corporate affairs and strategic market access.
Trout and Russo were also allegedly political supporters of Christie.
The day the indictments were announced, May 7, 2010, then-Attorney General Paula Dow had Deputy Attorney General Dermot O'Grady take over the Hunterdon County Prosecutor's Office and the Trout file sent to her office in Trenton, N.J., Barlyn alleges. A few months later, on Aug. 23, 2010, the Attorney G

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Menlo Park cops won’t face charges for killing suspect
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Emeryville police officers in fatal shooting identified
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The San Francisco Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigations is hosting an F.B.I. Teen Academy from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 17 at the San Francisco headquarters.

The academy is open to high school juniors and seniors who must submit an application and support essay by 4 p.m. Feb. 20 for panel review.
Applications are on the City of Seaside’s website under Departments - Police Department - Community - FBI Teen Academy’s page.
The application and essay must be mailed to FBI San Francisco Division, Attn: Media Office, 450 Gold Gate Avenue, 13th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94102. Fax: 415-553-2010, email Sharon.hadden@ic.fbi.gov.
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Guantanamo 9/11 case resumes despite CIA-linked interpreter
February 11, 2015
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GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) — A military judge allowed the Sept. 11 war crimes case to proceed Wednesday over objections from defense lawyers alarmed at the discovery a courtroom interpreter previously worked at a CIA "black site" where detainees were subjected to brutal interrogation.

Army Col. James Pohl turned back requests to halt pretrial proceedings at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay while both defense lawyers and prosecutors try to determine how someone with such a background ended up in the high-profile case of five men charged in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack.

Defendant Ramzi Binalshibh brought a hearing to a halt Monday when he told the judge that he recognized the interpreter, seated next to him in court for the first time, from a secret CIA prison where he was brutally interrogated before being moved to Guantanamo in September 2006. Three other defendants identified the man as well.

The interpreter was quickly replaced and has not returned to court.

The defense is expected to file a flurry of motions in the coming days and weeks seeking more information about the man and trying to determine if his placement on the Binalshibh team was more than coincidence. They also want to know if there are any others with links to the CIA or other intelligence agencies among their translators and support staff.

"We cannot go forward in any way until we figure out what is going on here," said David Nevin, civilian attorney for lead defendant Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

- See more at: http://www.morningjournalnews.com/page/content.detail/id/791744/Guantanamo-9-11-case-resumes-despite-CIA-linked-interpreter.html?isap=1&nav=5022#.dpuf

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A 10-year-old girl accidentally shot her 8-year-old sister with her father’s service weapon Friday morning after he left it on the bed while getting ready for work, police said.
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Lawyer Says Feds Are Withholding Evidence That Would Prove ‘Shrimp Boy’ Chow Is Innocent
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SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — An attorney representing Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow says the government is withholding information that will prove his client innocent.
Chow is an associated leader of Chinatown who is accused of running an organized-crime enterprise in an FBI sting that also netted State Senator Leland Yee last year.
In an interview Sunday with KPIX 5’s Phil Matier, Curtis Briggs also claimed the court is holding back evidence which implicates several public officials who

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Hiring spree: Agencies adding 72000 employees in 2015
Federal Times-February 17 2015
Other agencies seeing growth is the FBI and the Bureau of Prisons. The Justice Department is adding about 5,000 jobs in fiscal 2015. Other agencies seeing ...

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Riviera Beach Cops Raid 89-Year-Old Woman's House for Drugs, Find Nothing, Leave Big Mess

Feb. 18 2015 at 9:02 AM

Maybe somebody made a wrong turn?
Riviera Beach Police busted into a home by shooting out the front windows and throwing a flash-bang grenade before pointing a gun at the homeowner in search of drugs and money. But turns out, they got the wrong house.

And the woman whose house they broke into and held at gunpoint was 89 years old.

Don't worry -- it gets weirder.

WPTV first reported the incident this week. The raid happened back on December 18, when cops raided the home of Vera Thompson.

"Oh, it was a show, honey! There was glass everywhere!" Thompson told WPTV's Katie LaGrone, adding: "I woke up; the guy is standing over me with a gun telling me, 'Where are the drugs and where is the money?' I said, 'What drugs and what money you talking about?'"

See also: SWAT Team Responds to Naked Sniper Situation

The only drugs Thompson had in the house were her prescription meds. The cops left through the door they broke down, leaving shards of glass all over a carpet covered with burns from the flash-bang grenade.

The police claim they did an investigation about one week before the raid and saw drug deals go down. But when WPTV requested incident reports, the documents were dated January 23, which was more than a month after the raid and two days after the news station started poking around. LaGrone also says the search warrant for the raid was never properly filed.

Despite his men busting into an 89-year-old woman's home and finding nothing, Riviera Beach Police Chief Clarence Williams is standing by the work of his deputies. He has

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Thursday, February 19, 2015Last Update: 7:46 AM PT
Anonymous Firms Back Twitter in FBI Fight


SAN FRANCISCO - Two anonymous companies are backing Twitter in a fight to publish information about government surveillance.
Twitter sued the federal government in October last year, challenging orders that it cannot disclose how many Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court orders and FBI national security letters the company has received.
A national security letter is a subpoena that gives the FBI access to customer data.
Twitter, which says it's trying to be more transparent with the public, claims the government gag orders violate the First Amendment.
Now two companies - a telecom and an Internet company - have joined the battle. The companies, represented by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, filed an amicus brief on Feb. 17 in opposition to the government's partial motion to dismiss the case. The companies must remain anonymous because they're not allowed to reveal that they've received national security letters from the FBI.
In the brief, the companies argue that the government gag orders are an unconstitutional prior restraint on speech.
"With [national security letters], we have prior restraints imposed at the government's whim, without any judicial oversight or review," EFF Legal Fellow Andrew Crocker said in a statement. "Our clients want to talk about their experience with these NSLs, but the government is unconstitutionally shielding itself from any criticism or critique of their procedures."

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No prison for key informant in major insider trading case

Posted: 02/25/15, 4:52 PM PST |


— A former hedge fund manager who wore a wire to help prosecutors build a massive insider trading case was spared a prison sentence Wednesday after the government called his cooperation extraordinary.

Nearly seven years after Thomas Hardin started aiding what became one of the nation's biggest insider trading investigations, he called his prior conduct "reckless, selfish and inexcusable" as he was sentenced to time served — a brief period he was in custody before an initial court date years ago.

"I'm incredibly humbled and ashamed," he said. "I've done my best to make amends by helping the U.S. government."

Hardin pleaded guilty in 2009 to conspiracy and securities fraud. He made his former firm more than $1 million by trading on secret information about such companies as Google Inc. and Hilton Worldwide, and he passed the tips to other traders who profited off them, Manhattan federal prosecutors said in sentencing papers. Hardin also helped round up payments for sources who provided the information, prosecutors said.

As soon as FBI agents approached him in July 2008, he acknowledged his wrongdoing and began helping authorities piece together a complicated web of interlocking insider trading circles, prosecutors and his lawyers said.

More than two dozen people have pleaded guilty or been convicted, including billionaire Galleon Group hedge fund founder Raj Rajaratnam. Prosecutors said he earned up to $75 million illegally by trading on knowledge the public didn't have. He was convicted and is serving an 11-year sentence, though he argued on appeal that the government had improperly persuaded a judge to permit a wiretap on his cellphone.



Above the Law
Secret Deals, Political Fixes and Other Misadventures of the U.S. Department of Justice

"This book tells us that far too often the Justice Department represents not the people, but the politicians, corporations and other entrenched private interests. In Above the Law, David Burnham once again shows us why his investigative reporting is a national asset."

-- Seymour M. Hersh, Pulitzer Price winning investigative journalist

Myth: The Justice Department is a rational and evenhanded law enforcement mechanism.

Fact: The Justice Department is always political, steadily more powerful, sometimes corrupt and surprisingly ineffective.

The United States Justice Department -- which includes the FBI, the DEA, the INS and more than 100,000 employees -- functions as law enforcer, investigator and jailer of American citizens. The department's legal reach is vast, extending to social controversies of race, religion and economics as well as to thousands of criminal and civil laws, including espionage; mail fraud; corruption; racketeering; vote-fixing; pollution; computer crimes; adulterated food and drugs; price-fixing; tax fraud; gambling; forgery; and the sale, manufacture or possession of illicit drugs. The department then, and the attorney general, make decisions daily that affect every American citizen. But who monitors the Justice Department and its pervasive dealings?

In Above the Law, David Burnham reveals the chilling truth about this powerful arm of the government. Examining its records on such issues as drug enforcement, civil rights and national security, Burnham discovered that the agency runs virtually unpoliced, even after the BCCI scandal, the forcible abduction of Manuel Noriega and the disastrous mission at Waco. For the first time, David Burnham conducts a thorough investigation of the investigator, exposing the Justice Department as never before.

Read Above the Law and learn:

* How the FBI and the DEA have relentlessly expanded their electronic surveillance networks to encompass more and more average Americans -- rather than suspected criminals.

* How the war on drugs currently consumes more than half of the Justice Department's budget but remains a well-documented dud when it comes to reducing the use of illegal drugs.

* How and why FBI director Freeh, following a trail blazed by J. Edgar Hoover, directs a misleading n


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The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] on Friday rescinded a new rule that required military judges presiding over war crimes tribunals at the US Navy base in Guantanamo Bay to relocate to Cuba. The DOD claimed that the rule was enacted, in part, to help speed up the litigation process in military commission prosecutions, but overturned the rule [press release] in response to a judge's suspension of a 9/11 terrorism case. Army Colonel James Pohl, said in his 10-page ruling [JURIST report] on Wednesday that the relocation order created "at least the appearance of an unlawful attempt to press the military judge to accelerate the pace of litigation and an improper attempt to usurp judicial discretion." The DOD's spokesperson for Military Commissions, Lieutenant Colonel Myles B Caggins III, stated [remarks] that retraction of this rule was "consistent with the interests of justice." The lawyers of the men charged for the 9/11 plot filed a motion to have the case dismissed because of the relocation order, arguing that it was unlawful influence.

The trial of the 9/11 terrorist suspects has faced numerous delays. Last April Pohl suspended proceedings following accusations that the FBI [official website] was spying on attorneys for one of the accused. Defense attorneys for admitted 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Ramzi bin al-Shibh news archives] filed an emergency motion with the court alleging that two members of the FBI tried to turn one of the defense team security officers into a secret informant. James Harrington [official profile], the attorney for al-Shibh, would not name the security officer in question but stated that he would have had "unlimited access" [Guardian report] to his clients' files. Harrington argued that the FBI has created a potential conflict of interest and requested that the court conduct an independent investigation into the matter.

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Column: Why the ATF has got to go

/ Tuesday, March 3, 2015        

Published: Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 2:59 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 2:59 p.m.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives can’t seem to do anything right.

Sputtering and wheezing like an asthmatic with a sucking-chest wound, the ATF lurches from one high-profile disaster to another, starting fights it can’t finish, and then meekly calling on other federal agencies to help pick up the pieces and accept the blame.

Lest you forget, in addition to epic failures at Waco and Ruby Ridge, this group of rudderless bureaucrats decided that selling weapons to the Mexican drug cartels was a sound investigative strategy. It would almost have been laughable, except that Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was murdered by one of ATF’s Fast-and-Furious weapons, along with many Mexican nationals.

That ATF is sick.

It needs to be put out of our misery.

The latest debacle is an unfathomable yet fast-tracked plan to restrict one of the most popular types of ammo designed for the country’s most popular rifle.

The gun-walking goons actually want to ban 5.56mm M855 “Green Tip” ball ammunition, because if the mistaken belief that its armor-piercing. It’s not, and that’s a key point, since the “Law Enforcement Officers Protection Act,” or LEOPA, of 1986 bans any round that can penetrate an officer’s soft body armor and be chambered in a pistol.

The fact that many cops carry Green Tip rounds in their duty and personal carbines was evidently never a consideration.

Millions of sportsmen who use the round already are feeling the effects of the proposed ban.

The price of an M855 round has already skyrocketed, thanks in part to hoarders, speculators and outright conmen.

This proposed ban comes on the heels of a similar ban of Russian military 5.45x39mm ammunition, which was popular among AK-74 shooters, albeit while it was cheap and plentiful.

That the Russian ammo ban sneaked through with little hoopla seems to have emboldened the misanthropes in charge of the agency, who are all very well known for their lack of common sense, their decided lack of loyalty to their agents, and their preoccupation with flashy headlines.

Well, headlines they are receiving, and they’re far from flashy.

Thousands of hunters and shooters are taking advantage of ATF’s public comment session, which several gunrights groups believe should be extended, to speak out against the proposed Green Tip ban.

I doubt it will do any good, since it’s a fait accompli. Any real action will have to come from Capitol Hill.

Senators and Congressmen are already signing on to strongly-worded letters that will be sent to ATF Director Byron Todd Jones.

The lawmakers want answers, and they question the reasoning behind ATF’s new-found desire to regulate ammo.

So do I.

Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Florida, has introduced legislation that would strip the agency of its ability to regulate ammunition.

Kudos, to Rep. Rooney and the other pols, but while these are all good ideas, I don’t think they go far enough.

It’s time to end ATF as an institution — defund them now — and parcel out their responsibilities to other federal agencies.

Besides, unless ISIS is fueling their fleet of pickup trucks with revenues obtained by bootlegged cigarettes, I think the country can survive without ATF’s tobacco enforcement.

At best, the ATF has proven itself to be an anti-gun institution regulating the firearms industry.

Either that or they’re simply incapable of standing up to the administration’s anti-gun efforts.

Either scenario should be fatal for the organization.

The ATF agents with badges and backbones would likely be welcomed by FBI, DEA or even IRS.

But ATF’s senior staffers should not get off Scott free.

They should be stripped of their authority

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Former Puerto Rico Police Officer Sentenced for Civil RIghts Violations Related to Fatal

March 06, 2015        

Former Puerto Rico Police Sergeant Erick Rivera Nazario was sentenced today to serve 96 months in prison followed by three years’ supervised release for violating the civil rights of Jose Luis Irizarry Perez, 19, by striking him with a police baton during a fatal police-involved beating, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta of the Civil Rights Division,


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Friday, March 06, 2015Last Update: 1:09 PM PT
No Civil Rights Violation in Bizarre Domestic Spat


A police officer had probable cause to arrest a lawyer for allegedly assaulting his father-in-law with a candlestick, regardless of the fact that the officer later had an affair with the suspect's estranged wife, the 9th Circuit ruled.
The case began in 2007 when Robert Yousefian called the police and claimed that his father-in-law, Matavos Moradian, had attacked him in his Glendale, Calif., home.
When Officer Michael Lizarraga arrived, however, he found Moradian lying on the floor and bleeding from a head wound, whereas Yousefian was not injured.
Yousefian told the officer that he hit Moradian with a candlestick after Moradian began beating him with his cane - claims that Moradian and his daughter, Nora - Yousefian's estranged wife - disputed.
Lizarraga placed Yousefian under arrest, and later met with Nora at the hospital where Moradian was receiving treatment. When Nora told Lizarraga that Yousefian kept drugs in his car, Lizarraga gave Nora his cellphone number and told her to call him if she found any drugs.
Shortly thereafter, Nora called and told Lizarraga that she found the drugs. Lizarranga booked the drugs into evidence but did not re-arrest Yousefian.
The officer continued talking with Nora via text message, however, and their relationship soon became sexual. Lizarraga said in court that his "friends with benefits" arrangement with Nora fizzled after a year.
Yousefian meanwhile faced charges for assault, elder abuse and drug possession. He consistently denied that the drugs were his and maintained that Nora planted them.
After hearing evidence of Lizarraga's improper conduct with Yousefian's wife, a jury ultimately cleared Yousefian of all charges. Lizarraga's texts revealed that the officer encouraged Nora to lie to conceal their relationship.
The Glendale police department later fired Lizarraga for conduct unbecoming an officer.
A federal judge dismissed Yousefian's subsequent civil rights suit against the city, however, and against Lizarraga individually.
The 9th Circuit affirmed Thursday.
"There was indisputably probable cause to arrest and prosecute Yousefian for assault and elder abuse," Judge Stephen Reinhardt wrote for the three-judge panel.
"A police officer who finds an elderly and infirm man bleeding profusely from a head wound admittedly inflicted by a younger man without significant injuries will have probable cause to believe that the latter has committed assault."
Lizarraga did not ignore Yousefian's claims of self-defense - which a jury ultimately found compelling - but acted upon a reasonable interpretation of the scene in front of him, the Pasadena-based court ruled.
Furthermore, Lizarraga's subsequent sexual relationship with Yousefian's wife does not undermine the arrest's probable cause because it began after all the evidence relatin

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INNOVATE A Former FBI Agent Reveals 3 Techniques to Detect Deception
Here's how to look out for liars--without being too obvious.


I want to believe salespeople when they say the product they are selling really does what they say it can do. I want to believe that the people I do business with are telling the truth. I want to believe my kids when they tell me what they did or whom they were with. But sometimes I suspect some of the people I deal with are not being completely honest.

Directly confronting the people who I suspect are lying is often awkward because of the sensitive nature of our relationships. The challenge is to identify disingenuous behaviors without damaging relationships. To solve this problem, I compiled several techniques in my book The Like Switch to detect deception without being detected. The beauty of these techniques is that people are not aware you are testing them.

Land of Is
Yes-or-no questions deserve a yes or no answer. When people cannot or do not want to answer yes or no, they typically go to the Land of Is. This concept was derived from President Clinton's now infamous statement, "It depends upon what the meaning of the word 'is' is. If 'is' means 'is,' and never has been, that's one thing. If it means there is none, that was a completely true statement." The Land of Is occupies the space between truth and deception. The Land of Is consists of half-truths, innuendos, suppositions, assumptions, and verbal judo. Most people want to tell the truth, so they go to great lengths to contort the English language to maintain the illusion of truth without telling it entirely. People often find themselves in the Land of Is without ever being aware of it.

To test people for the truth, simply ask them a yes or no question. If they fail to answer yes or no, a red flag should pop up. After someone provides a convoluted answer to a direct question, ask the same question again. If he or she once again fails to answer with a yes or no, the probability of deception increases significantly.

If you ask someone a direct yes or no question, and the response you get begins with the word "Well," there is a high probability of deception. When a person answering a direct question begins with "Well," it indicates that he or she is about to give an answer that he or she knows the questioner is not expecting.

Why should I believe you?
When truthful people are asked why others should believe them, they typically answer, "Because I'm telling the truth" or some variation thereof. Liars have a difficult time saying "Because I'm telling the truth" because they are not telling the truth. Instead, liars offer various responses such as "I'm an honest person," "You don't have to believe me if you don't want to," or "I have no reason to lie." The question "Why should I believe you?" can be asked in a variety of ways depending on the sensitivity of the relationship.

These methods do not detect deception with 100 percent certainty, but they do provide a strong indicator to determine if someone is being truthful or not. If a person answers questions directly, you can have confidence that the answer is truthful and that the person will not be aware that you have tested their veracity, thus preserving the integrity of ongoing relationships. If the person does not directly answer questions, it does not necessarily mean you are being deceived, but you should examine the person's answers in greater detail.


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Maryland legislature mulls new SWAT transparency bill


March 19 at 4:32 PM

Maryland was the first state in the country to pass a SWAT transparency bill. The bill came in 2011 after a botched SWAT raid on the home of Cheye Calvo, who happens to be the mayor of the town of Berwyn Heights. (Amazing how quickly the political class gets interested in an issue once that issue hits a member of the political class.) The law required every police agency in the state that has a SWAT team to report how often it used the team, for what purpose, what was found, and whether any shots were fired.

Thanks to the bill, we eventually learned that there are about 4.5 SWAT raids per day in Maryland alone, and that the vast majority of them are for what the FBI classifies as “misdemeanors and non-serious felonies” — meaning low-level drug crimes. The law put no restrictions at all on the use of SWAT teams. It only required transparency about the frequency of their use. Yet it was still opposed by every police group in the state.

But the law also included a sunset provision, and it eventually expired. Since then, Utah passed a similar bill and is currently the only state in the country that requires regular reporting on the use of SWAT teams.

But the Maryland legislature is considering a new bill, and this one would require the reporting of even more information. The website Maryland Legislative Watch lays out some of the new provisions:

The number of times the SWAT team was activated and deployed by the agency in the previous six months;
The name of the county and/or municipality and zip code of the location where the team was deployed for each activation;
The reason for each activation and deployment, as specified;
The legal authority, including type of warrant, if any, for each activation and deployment; and
The result of each activation and deployment, including (1) the age, gender, and race of any individual encountered; (2) the number of arrests made, if any, and for what charges; (3) a list of any controlled substances, weapons, contraband, or evidence of crime found; (4) whether the SWAT team was deployed to the correct address; (5) whether the SWAT team announced its presence and requested entry; (6) whether a forcible entry was made and in what manner; (7) whether a weapon was discharged by a SWAT team member; (8) whether a civilian used or threatened to use a weapon against a law enforcement officer; and (9) whether a person or domestic animal was injured or killed by a SWAT team member.

Regardless of how you feel about SWAT teams, they are an incredibly violent and potentially dangerous use of government force. At the very least, we should have as much information as possible about how often they’re used, why they’re used

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Pennsylvania's top cop apologizes for removing signs critical of him

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Silencing whistle-blowers

Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 9:00 p.m.

Whistle-blowers within the FBI might just as well be blowing bubbles as far as the Department of Justice is concerned. A new report from the Government Accountability Office finds Justice dumped 48 out of 62 FBI whistle-blower complaints, supposedly because the accusations failed to meet regulatory requirements.

In at least 17 cases, the complaint was dropped simply because it was made to the wrong person, the GAO found. And complainants were given no time frame as to when they could expect an outcome.

Consider the case of a former FBI agent who blew the whistle on colleagues who allegedly stole items from Ground Zero after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. She allegedly endured peer retaliation as the DOJ took 10 years to rule in her favor, Th

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Durst Lawyers: FBI Illegally Searched New Orleans Hotel Room

Attorneys for millionaire Robert Durst, who faces a California murder charge, say Durst's arrest in New Orleans on weapons charges was invalid, in part because the FBI conducted an unlawful search of his hotel room.

Durst was arrested last mont

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The Real Afghanistan Surge is Increased Afghan Opium Production and a Surge in Overdoses and Addiction Since the US Occupation Began

Recently I worked in another Maine city and was astonished at the number of patients I encountered who were using heroin. I had never seen anything like it, during a lifetime practicing medicine. In New Hampshire, it was said, deaths from heroin now exceed deaths from car accidents. Nationwide, CDC noted, "Between 2002 and 2013, the rate of heroin-related overdose deaths nearly quadrupled, and more than 8,200 people died in 2013."

I've heard stories on NPR about insufficient state funding of heroin treatment facilities. I've heard about plans to make Narcan injections available to iv drug users, for overdoses. Another popular angle (and one currently pushed by the US Drug Enforcement Agency) claims prescription narcotics became harder to get, so users switched to heroin, instead.

However, the DOJ-DEA 2014 National Drug Threat Assessment Summary notes that cocaine availability "remains stable at historically low levels throughout most domestic markets along the East Coast." So users are switching to heroin, but not switching to cocaine from prescription narcotics. Hmmm. Might this be because we have no large military-CIA presence currently in cocaine-trafficking areas, as we did during the 1980s Contra war in Nicaragua, when cocaine use was at high levels? (Coca leaves are only grown in Latin America.) According to a 2010 UN document, "Based on seizure figures, it appears that cocaine markets grew most dramatically during the 1980s, when the amounts seized increased by more than 40% per year". (See this 1987 Senate hearing and this for evidence of CIA and State Dept. connivance with cocaine trafficking by the Contras.)

You can frame stories about the current heroin problem in many ways. But the real heroin story isn't being discussed--which is that since the US military entered Afghanistan in 2001, its opium production doubled, per the UN Afghanistan Opium Survey, 2014 , p.34. The area under opium cultivation in Afghanistan tripled. And the resulting heroin appears to more easily make its way deep into our rural, as well as urban communities. The graph below is from the 2014 UN Opium Survey:

The world supply of opium increased 5-fold between 1980 and 2010, according to the UN."Afghanistan account[s] for around 90% of global illicit opium production in recent years. By itself, Afghanistan provides 85% of the estimated global heroin and morphine supply, a near monopoly."(see pp 37-38).
“The narcotics trade poisons the Afghan financial sector and undermines the Afghan state’s legitimacy by stoking corruption, sustaining criminal networks, and providing significant financial support to the Taliban and other insurgent groups,” John F. Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan reconstruction, said in an October 2014 letter to the heads of the Departments of Defense, State and Justice, which have all played major roles in the failed drug intervention effort. “Despite spending over $7 billion to combat opium poppy cultivation and to develop the Afghan government’s counter-narcotics capacity, opium poppy cultivation levels in Afghanistan hit an all-time high in 2013."
Despite the (now) US $8.4 billion spent to defeat this trade, it just keeps growing. The costs of US reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan total "$110 billion, after adjusting for inflation, [which] exceeds the value of the entire Marshall Plan effort to rebuild Western Europe after World War II" according to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, speaking in May 2015.

The Special Inspector General noted elsewhere that, "US reconstruction projects, particularly those devoted to “improved irrigation, roads, and agricultural assistance” were probably leading to the explosion in opium cultivation."

Only 1.2% of the acreage used for Afghan opium production (est. 224,000 hectares) was eradicated in 2014, according to the UN. Also according to the UN, Burma is the world's second largest producer of opium, currently growing only about 10% as much as Afghanistan. But Mexico has been increasing production.

According to the UN World Drug Report, in the 1990's Afghanistan supplied opium that was converted into half the world's heroin production. By 2010, it supplied 90% of the total.

But the DEA, White House and other official US sources claim that US heroin derives almost entirely (96%) from Latin American opium (based on seizures of shipments); the DEA in 2014 claimed that Latin America was the source for the vast majority of US heroin, with southwest Asia (i.e., Afghanistan) accounting for only 4% of US heroin in 2012.

This is highly unlikely. In 2008, the UN estimated that the US and Canada accounted for 13% of global heroin use. With about 95% of global heroin derived from Afghanistan, Burma, Thailand and Laos, Latin America (mainly Mexico with a small amount from Colombia) does not produce enough to supply the majority of US heroin, let alone 96%. In fact, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy undercuts this claim when it says Mexico had 10,500 hectares under poppy cultivation in 2012, while Afghanistan alone had 154,000 hectares in 2012 and 224,000 hectares in 2014, per UN estimates.

This DEA claim, based on heroin interdiction, suggests a different explanation. Perhaps heroin shipments from Afghanistan are at lower risk of being seized than heroin coming from Latin America. Might some be entering through government channels, when so much materiel and so many personnel (soldiers, aid workers, diplomats and contractors) fly directly between the US and Afghanistan?

Putting aside the issue of the provenance of the US heroin supply for the moment, surely we can look at heroin as we would any other global commodity.

Congruent with the US occupation of Afghanistan, Afghanistan expanded its opium production, and the global supply of heroin increased dramatically. The price dropped as a result. New buyers entered the market. And the US now has several hundred thousand new addicts. Russia and Europe have even more. The resulting social problems are hugely tragic and hugely costly for millions of families, and for our societies as a whole.

If we start being honest about why there is a major heroin epidemic, maybe we can get serious about solving the problem with meaningful eradication and interdiction. Aerial spraying of crops with herbicides or similar methods has been prohibited in Afghanistan, but it works.

Looking beyond the Mexican border for heroin, and inspecting all flights from southwest Asia, including military and CIA flights, could have a large impact on supply as well.

Serious measures are needed. Total world production of opiates always gets consumed: historically, the market for opiates has been extremely elastic. Land under poppy cultivation (in Afghanistan, Southeast Asia's Golden Triangle and Mexico) continues to increase. Without meaningful efforts to reduce opium production and entry of narcotics into the US, the epidemic of heroin addiction may become a considerably bigger problem than it is today.

I will have more to say about this subject in a later post.
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Saturday, September 5, 2015
"One Less" country--Japan--swallows Merck's lies about its HPV vaccine; Japan establishes guidelines and special clinics to treat HPV vaccine-injured girls/ Medscape
Vaccine injuries are real. They can be serious and often fail to respond to treatment. The most serious injuries are usually to the brain. Vaccine injuries may cause death. The US' federal vaccine injury compensation program has paid out $3.18 billion dollars in compensation for vaccine injuries since the program was established in 1988.
Yet with the stoking of fears over measles and the claimed desperate need for vaccine mandates in 2015, these truths about vaccine injuries have been overlooked, or deliberately ignored by the media.
It is hard to believe, but there is lack of proof that HPV vaccines actually prevent cervical cancer. That is why I have published an excerpt from FDA's initial Gardasil approval letter below. Gardasil HPV vaccine was licensed under "fast-track" authority by FDA in 2006 with limited data and its manufacturer, Merck, was required by FDA to collect data through 2017 to determine whether Gardasil really does prevent cancer:
You have committed to collaborate with the cancer registries in four countries in the Nordic Region ( Sweden, Norway, Iceland, and Denmark) to assess long-term outcomes following administration of GARDASI®. In this study, approximately 5,500 subjects enrolled in Protocol 015 (one half from the placebo group that will have been vaccinated shortly after approval) will be followed for a total of 14 years. Two major goals of this study are: 1) to assess the long-term effectiveness of GARDASIL® by evaluating biopsy specimens for presence of HPV 6/11/16/18-related incident breakthrough cases of CIN 2/3, AIS and cervical cancer, VIN 2/3 and vulvar cancer, and VaIN 2/3 and vaginal cancer; and 2) to assess whether administration of GARDASIL® will result in replacement of these diseases due to vaccine HPV types with diseases due to non-vaccine HPV types. This study is designed to accomplish these goals as discussed in the June 6, 2006, submission to your BLA. The final protocol for this study will be submitted by December 8, 2006. Patient accrual for this study was previously completed in the context of Protocol 015. This study will be completed by December 31, 2017, (14 years from initiation of the last patient enrolled in Protocol 015 in the four Nordic countries). The final study report will be submitted by December 31, 2018...--from FDA to Merck
Furthermore, the Gardasil label explicitly notes that recipients must still have regular PAP smears, precisely because it is not clear Gardasil prevents the development of cancer, while PAP smears enable early detection and treatment before a cervical lesion evolves into cancer:
"...Limitations of GARDASIL Use and Effectiveness:• GARDASIL does not eliminate the necessity for women to continue to undergo recommended cervical cancer screening..."
So the vaccine may work. Or it may not. But that has not stopped some states and countries from recommending or requiring this vaccine (intended for a sexually transmitted disease) for all children in junior high school. Rhode Island just mandated HPV vaccine for all 7th grade students in July 2015.

How safe are HPV vaccines? We lack reliable data, but there are many reports of serious injuries.

Now Japan (after 358 vaccine injuries judged serious and 2,000 adverse event reports) has not only rescinded its recommendation that girls receive this vaccine, but has also established guidelines and special clinics for evaluating and treating illnesses caused by the Gardasil and Cervarix HPV vaccines.
From Medscape:
"Japan has put in place a scheme to manage symptoms, especially generalized chronic pain, that have arisen after human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination given to adolescents to protect against cervical cancer.
Although there have been assurances on the safety of HPV vaccination from many official medical bodies since the vaccines were first introduced — Gardasil (Merck & Co.) in 2006 and Cervarix (GlaxoSmithKline) in 2009 — there have also been persistent reports of rare cases of adverse events. These include case reports in the medical literature of complex regional pain syndrome and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, as previously reported by Medscape Medical News.
In July 2015, the European Medicines Agency announced that it was conducting a safety review of HPV vaccines, which was requested by Denmark, where reports of adverse events after HPV vaccination have been widely reported in the media.
Japan withdrew its recommendation for HPV vaccine in 2013, and has not reversed that decision because of concerns from the public about adverse events, which included long-term pain and numbness, as previously reported by Medscape Medical News.
Since then, various symptoms, especially generalized chronic pain after injection, have been reported.
Last month, guidelines for the evaluation and management of symptoms that begin after HPV vaccine injection were issued to healthcare professionals. The guidelines were edited and approved by the Japan Medical Association (JMA) and the Japanese Association of Medical Sciences (JAMS).
In addition, the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare has issued a list of medical institutions where people can visit when they have symptoms after HPV injection; there is at least one in each prefecture. Healthcare workers at those selected institutions are educated by the JMA. However, this does not mean other institutions cannot accept those people with symptoms. The ministry has also issued information regarding HPV vaccine-related health problems and questions, with a telephone helpline..."
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Former FBI Agent Robert Lustyik Sentenced in Bribery Case
September 15 2015


Sleepy Hollow resident, and former FBI agent, Robert Lustyik was sentenced Monday to five years in prison on bribery charges, according to ...

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Mom of man shot by police resolves her misdemeanor case
Posted Sep 17th, 2015 @ 7:39am


SARATOGA SPRINGS — Susan Hunt, the mother of a 22-year-old man shot and killed by two Saratoga Springs police officers last year, has resolved her own misdemeanor case stemming from an altercation with police.

Judge Carolyn Howard signed a diversion agreement in the case Monday, according to court records, agreeing that misdemeanor charges against Hunt would be dismissed in six months if Hunt violates no laws and completes grief counseling.

A diversion agreement does not require a plea from the defendant and essentially puts the case on hold until it is eventually dismissed, contingent on the terms of the agreement being met.

The agreement was finalized out of court Monday, and any subsequent hearings have been canceled.

Last week Hunt marked the one-year anniversary of the death of her son, Darrien Hunt, who was shot six times by two Saratoga Springs police officers who had confronted him about a souvenir katana sword he was carrying.

Darrien Hunt was shot in the back as he ran from the officers, who said they believed he was a threat to patrons in nearby businesses

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A war on Colorado cops? Depends on who you ask
Some believe ongoing protests encourage violence toward police.


POSTED: 09/20/2015

Audio of a threatening 911 call directed at the Aurora and Denver police departments on Sept. 6, 2015.

Denver police officers stand by as anti-police protestors protest during a pro-police rally in Civic Center in Denver, Colorado on July 19, 2015.
Anxiety over a growing hostility toward police officers swelled this month when someone fired shots at Aurora police just hours after the department received a phone call threatening officers there and in Denver.

The threats drew a strong reaction, including the police chief's vow to protect officers, uniform changes at metro-area fire departments and a showing of public support for police.

Everyone agrees the Sept. 6 phone call and shots are unacceptable, but opinions vary on whether intense public scrutiny of police actions around the country has emboldened detractors to act aggressively toward police.

Mike Violette, executive director of the Colorado Fraternal Order of Police, believes that is the case. He cited the case of a sheriff's deputy in Houston who was gunned down while getting gas.

"It's disturbing what we're seeing out there," Violette said. "When you're

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Sep 25, 2015
Spy Court Recruits Outside Lawyer in Phone-Records Case

The federal courthouse in Washington, D.C., houses the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court occupies a super secure space inside the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, behind a biometric hand-scanner and wood-and-metal doors that seal into the walls.

The secret courtroom has been forbidden to all but the government officials seeking warrants in national-security investigations. But it may soon admit an outsider.

The spy court recently appointed Washington, D.C., lawyer Preston Burton to weigh in on whether the government can retain millions of telephone records that it has collected in bulk since at least 2006, in light of a law Congress passed in June phasing out the intelligence program. (The government has said the records don’t include content of calls, only call details such as numbers dialed and duration.)

The government used to have the spy court to itself. But the USA Freedom Act, as the law passed in June is called, requires the FISC to appoint a group of outside lawyers to argue opposite the government in cases deemed by the court to present a novel or significant legal issue. The court can also
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