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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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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
February 15, 2015 3:18 PM
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Curtis Briggs is the lawyer representing Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow. (CBS)
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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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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

March 20, 2015 10:29 AM
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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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nday, September 7, 2015
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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