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Former UMass student charged in death of campus drug informant

| 09.29.15 | 9:12 AM

A former University of Massachusetts Amherst graduate student was indicted Monday by a Hampshire grand jury in the death of fellow student and campus police informant Eric Sinacori.

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LIVE: Farrakhan Addresses Million Man March, Delivers 'Hard Truths'

Protesters and Speakers gather at the Capitol building for the Million Man March Rally

Published 10 October 2015 (4 hours 57 minutes ago)
“This is not a moment. It’s a movement,” the Nation of Islam leader said, evoking memories from 20 years ago, as thousands came to attend the D.C. calling for an end racial injustice.

​Nation of Islam Leader Louis Farrakhan addressed the large gathering of demonstrators at the U.S. Capitol building during the “Justice or Else!” march commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March on Washington.        

“I feel the cry of our ancestors the pain of those on whose shoulders we stand. I feel that the ancestors are happy that a young generation has arisen,” he said after greeting the crowd with an “As-salam Alaykoum,” the Arabic and Muslim expression that means “Peace be Upon You.”        

The minister spoke from behind a bullet-proof glass as there were rumors and reports of possible violence against the African-American leader who is seen as controversial by many Americans, especially far-right anti-Islam groups, some of whom organized armed counter-protests.        

Farrakhan praised the presence of Native Americans and Latino delegations at the march, emphasizing the need for cross-cultural unity against racial injustice.        

“(Native-Americans) are here because they are the original owners of this part of the earth and we honor them with the honor they are justly due,” he said.        

“They’re suffering in their land is very great. So all of those who cry for justice, know that no cry is greater than those who have suffered the most. And those who have suffered the most are the indigenous people not only of (the U.S.) but of the western hemisphere.”        

Speaking on the recent African-American uprisings in the United States, Farrakhan attempted to appeal to the youth by praising the Black Lives Matter movement, saying they represent the future.        

“Ferguson ignited it all. All the brother and sisters from Ferguson that challenged the tanks we are honored that you have come to represent our struggle and our demand,” he said.        

Farrakhan also harshly criticzed the FBI, CIA, and IRS, saying that they could “Go to Hell,” while adding he has no fear of government institutions.        

Throughout his speech he emphasized self-sacrifice and self-determination, urging the audience to practice to do whatever it takes to bring about change. “This is not a moment, it’s a movement,” he said. “The many are greater than the one.”        

Notable figures present throughout the march, included Hip Hop artist J. Cole, internatonational pop star Janet Jackson, while other celebirites like Russel Simmons and Will and Jada Pinkett Smith endorsed and funded the march.

Almost 20 years ago, in 1995 thousand of protesters, mostly African-American men, attended the first Million Man March, a movement led by the Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan, who called upon Black men to travel to the country's capital, demanding change from the government.

According to official sources, it was the fourth-largest demonstration in Washington history, and the largest predominantly black gathering.

However, this year calls for the Million Man March to be mo
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Prosecutor, police union still at odds in boy’s death


Monday, October 12, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio ( The Cleveland police union and the local prosecutor remain at odds even after the release of expert reports that found a white officer was justified in fatally shooting a 12-year-old black boy last year.

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty accuses the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association of failing to cooperate with the investigation into the death of Tamir Rice. The union counters that McGinty is just grandstanding.

It is the latest clash between a prosecutor and union who fought over the prosecution of another officer in a racially charged case in a city under federal scrutiny for how its police force interacts with the public.

“The union operates by a double standard,” McGinty said. “It rightly asks the general public to have the courage to cooperate with police in serious criminal investigations, yet when the conduct of officers is being investigated, refuses to help.”

Union President Steve Loomis said McGinty is ignoring the rights that officers have to not give statements during such investigations.

“What he expects us to do, because we’re police officers, is just ignore the Constitution,” Loomis said Sunday. He added: “We have rights like every
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Ed Tatro is a featured speaker
on the JFK assassination this week in New Orleans.

He is a friend of Gary Powers Jr
The son of Gary Powers, the U 2 pilot
shot down over Russia.


Subject: Bridge
of Spies Trailer and Blog

Date: Mon, 12 Oct 2015 11:24:26 -0400

Ed, Hope all is well.



Feel free to share with your lists.


Ed Tatro also sent these links about JFK etc etc etc

Naval Chemical & Biological Warfare Film
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Naval Concepts of Chemical and Biological Warfare

A Department of Defense Motion Picture Film (1952)

Cover sheet - [PDF 236 KB 12-Oct-2015]


MP4 file of film, 14.47 minutes - [MP4 238 MB 12-Oct-2015]

NOTE: Very large file: 238 MB


Earthcam from TSBD View for Movie
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LHO's Apartment = $40,000 Bill
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11/22/63 re-enactment
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DOJ/FBI agents protect members of Congress who commit crimes.

Congress protects DOJ/ FBI agents who commit crimes.

Always funded by your tax dime.

couple of coverups in progress....
Was Hastert a pedophile......

Google Lyndon Johnson assassinated Kennedy

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Oct 15 2015, 10:15 am ET
Ex-House Speaker Dennis Hastert Strikes Deal in Hush-Money Case

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert has struck a plea deal to resolve charges he lied to the FBI about bank withdrawals — money allegedly used to keep sexual misconduct accusations under wraps, lawyers announced in court on Thursday.

The politician, who was not in the Chicago courtroom, will appear on Oct. 28 to enter a plea.

Hastert, who led the House for eight years before retiring in 2007, was indicted in June on charges he structured bank transactions to avoid triggering red flags and then lied about those cash withdrawals to the FBI.

Court papers say he was taking out the money because he agreed to pay a mystery man identified only as "Individual A" some $3.5 million in hush money to conceal "prior misconduct."

Federal law enforcement sources have said "Individual A" was a student at Yorkville High School in Illinois while Hastert was a teacher and coach there in the '60s and '70s, and that the misconduct was sexual in nature.
Dennis Hastert poses with wrestlers in a yearbook photo. NBC News

After Hastert was indicted, a Montana woman, Jolene Burdge, came forward with claims that Hastert had molested her brother, Steve Reinbolt, a Yorkville grad who died in 1995 of AIDS complications.

A friend of Reinboldt's told NBC News on condition of anonymity that Reinboldt — who is not Individual A — also told him years ago that he had sexual contact with Hastert.

"I was hanging out at Steve's house in December 1974, I seem to recall we went for a drive and he told me that he was gay. He also said that his first sexual encounter was with Denny Hastert," the friend said.
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Homan Square revealed: how Chicago police 'disappeared' 7,000 people

Exclusive: Guardian lawsuit exposes fullest scale yet of detentions at off-the-books interrogation warehouse, while attorneys describe find-your-client chase across Chicago as ‘something from a Bond movie’
As one attorney whose client was taken to Homan Square said: ‘Operating a massive, warehouse between two crime-filled areas in Chicago ... the demographics that surround it speak for themselves.’ Video by Philipp Batta and Mae Ryan

see link for full story

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Police “disappeared” more than 7,000 people at an off-the-books interrogation warehouse in Chicago, nearly twice as many detentions as previously disclosed, the Guardian can now reveal.
Homan Square: an interactive portrait of detainees at Chicago's police facility
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From August 2004 to June 2015, nearly 6,000 of those held at the facility were black, which represents more than twice the proportion of the city’s population. But only 68 of those held were allowed access to attorneys or a public notice of their whereabouts, internal police records show.

The new disclosures, the result of an ongoing Guardian transparency lawsuit and investigation, provide the most detailed, full-scale portrait yet of the truth about Homan Square, a secretive facility that Chicago police have described as little more than a low-level narcotics crime outpost where the mayor has said police “follow all the rules”.

The police portrayals contrast sharply with those of Homan Square detainees and their lawyers, who insist that “if this could happen to someone, it could happen to anyone”. A 30-year-old man named Jose, for example, was one of the few detainees with an attorney present when he surrendered to police. He said officers at the warehouse questioned him even after his lawyer specifically told them he would not speak.

“The Fillmore and Homan boys,” Jose said, referring to police and the facility’s cross streets, “don’t play by the rules.”

According to an analysis of data disclosed to the Guardian in late September, police allowed lawyers access to Homan Square for only 0.94% of the 7,185 arrests logged over nearly 11 years. That percentage aligns with Chicago police’s broader practice of providing minimal access to attorneys during the crucial early interrogation stage, when an arrestee’s constitutional rights against self-incrimination are most vulnerable.

But Homan Square is unlike Chicago police precinct houses, according to lawyers who described a “find-your-client game” and experts who reviewed data from the latest tranche of arrestee records obtained by the Guardian.

That place was and is scary. There's nothing about it that resembles a police station
Attorney David Gaeger

“Not much shakes me in this business – baby murder, sex assault, I’ve done it all,” said David Gaeger, an attorney whose client was taken to Homan Square in 2011 after being arrested for marijuana. “That place was and is scary. It’s a scary place. There’s nothing about it that resembles a police station. It comes from a Bond movie or something.”

The narcotics, vice and anti-gang units operating out of Homan Square, on Chicago’s west side, take arrestees to the nondescript warehouse from all over the city: police data obtained by the Guardian and mapped against the city grid show that 53% of disclosed arrestees come from more than 2.5 miles away from the warehouse. No contemporaneous public record of someone’s presence at Homan Square is known to exist.

Nor are any booking records generated at Homan Square, as confirmed by a sworn deposition of a police researcher in late September, further preventing relatives or attorneys from finding someone taken there.

“The reality is, no one knows where that person is at Homan Square,” said Craig Futterman, a professor at the University of Chicago Law School who studies policing. “They’re disappeared at that point.”

A Chicago police spokesman did not respond to a list of questions for this article, including why the department had doubled its initial arrest disclosures without an explanation for the lag. “If lawyers have a client detained at Homan Square, just like any other facility, they are allowed to speak to and visit them,” the police claimed in a February statement.
Numbers are ‘hard to believe’

Twenty-two people have told the Guardian that Chicago police kept them at Homan Square for hours and even days. They describe pressure from officers to become informants, and all but two – both white – have said the police denied them phone calls to alert relatives or attorneys of their whereabouts.

Their accounts point to violations of police directives, which say police must “complete the booking process” regardless of their interest in interrogating a suspect and must also “allow the arrestee to make a reasonable number of telephone calls to an attorney, family member or friend”, usually within “the first hour” of detention.

The most recent disclosure of Homan Square data provides the scale behind those accounts: the demographic trends within the 7,185 disclosed arrests at the warehouse are now far more vast than what the Guardian reported in August after launching the transparency lawsuit – but are consistently disproportionate in terms of race and constitutional access to legal counsel.

82.2% of people detained at Homan Square were black, compared with 32.9% of the Chicago population.
11.8% of detainees in the Homan Square logs were Hispanic, compared with 28.9% of the population.
5.5% of the detainees were white, compared with 31.7% of the population.
Of the 68 people who Chicago police claim ha
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Plaintiff seeks $600,000 from MPD over ‘unlawful’ 2013 arrest

| October 16, 2015


A Mobile man has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city, its police chief, and an officer of the Mobile Police Department for a 2013 arrest he claims was unwarranted. Khzemar James, 39, is seeking a jury trial and at least $600,000 in damages after a November 2013 traffic stop led to his arrest for carrying a pistol without a permit.

In a complaint filed in U.S. District Court Oct. 15 (embedded below), James claimed he was stopped by officer Kevin Kelley at around 9:45 p.m. on Nov. 6, 2013, near the intersection of Kennedy and Adams streets in the Campground neighborhood just west of downtown. James, whom the complaint identifies as a Marine Corps veteran, alleges he presented a valid pistol permit to officer Kelley while also informing the officer of the location of a pistol within his vehicle, but Kelley confiscated both and arrested James for carrying a pistol without a permit.

Two days later, the Mobile County District Attorney’s office issued a motion ordering James released from custody, stating that “insufficient facts exist which will afford a reasonable expectation of conviction” and noting the office would not pursue his prosecution.

In April 2014, James notified the city of his intent to sue, claiming the costs and time of his imprisonment, as well as the publishing of his mugshot in a periodical routinely distributed in many gas stations and convenience stores in Mobile, constituted “physical discomfort, inconvenience, mental suffering, defamation, violations of my civil rights and deprivation of my liberty.”

The complaint filed this week incl
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From: Leslie James Pickering
Date: Wed, Oct 21, 2015 at 11:11 AM
Subject: Free Speech Activist Under Federal Surveillance to Speak in Easthampton
To: calendar@gazettenet.com

A radical environmentalist's free speech and privacy campaign, which has risen to national prominence, will be coming to Easthampton on November 2nd.

Leslie James Pickering, currently an owner of Burning Books in Buffalo and formerly known as Spokesperson for the underground Earth Liberation Front, discovered that he and his bookstore were under extensive federal surveillance.

During a 6 month period starting in late 2012, Pickering became aware that the FBI were questioning his former associates, the US Post Office was photocopying his mail, a federal grand jury had subpoenaed his bank records and he was put on a secret list for heightened security screening at airports. In response, Pickering launched legal efforts to resist and expose the government's intrusions, with surprising results.

Pickering and his legal team have won the release of secret files from the TSA, USPS, ATF and the FBI, among others. The FBI has claimed that their files on Pickering exceed an astonishing 30,000 pages. Pickering and his lead attorney, Michael Kuzma, will be giving a public presentation highlighting the details of the government's investigations which they have uncovered, shedding light on state repression of free speech activity.

Monday, November 2
at 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Flywheel Arts Collective
43 Main St, Easthampton, Massachusetts 01027

For more information:

New York Times article - http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/04/us/monitoring-of-snail-mail.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1#sthash.zKSnMBay.dpuf

More info - http://www.lesliejamespickering.com/repression.html

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Oklahoma City school resource officer charged after punching student over hall pass: cops

Thursday, October 29, 2015, 7:41 PM

MSgt. Thomas Jaha punched a 16-year-old student in the face at US Grant High School after the teen didn't show a hall pass, according to police reports. Oklahoma City Police Department
MSgt. Thomas Jaha punched a 16-year-old student in the face at US Grant High School after the teen didn't show a hall pass, according to police reports.

An Oklahoma City school resource officer is charged with assault on Wednesday after allegedly punching a student in the face over a hall pass.

MSgt. Thomas Jaha had a violent encounter with a 16-year-old student at the U.S. Grant High School in Oklahoma City after the teen refused to show his hall pass.


In the Oct. 9 surveillance footage shown, the officer confronts the teen at a water fountain in a hallway. As the student walks away, the school resource officer started chasing him, leading up to the confrontation.

The teen took "an aggressive stance"
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Controversial Green Beret Retires Quietly With High Award
November 1 2015
Legendary Green Beret officer Jason Amerine, who was subjected to a nine-month criminal investigation after he criticized the FBI's hostage rescue efforts, was ...
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Judge Unravels Illegal Activity by Prosecution That Ensured a Conviction of Renzi — But Will He Do Anything About it?
Rachel Alexander | Nov 02, 2015

Last Monday, Federal District Court Judge David Bury held an evidentiary hearing in Tucson to consider new evidence that prosecutorial wrongdoing took place during the criminal prosecution of imprisoned former Congressman Rick Renzi. Specifically, the judge considered whether the the FBI had offered money to — the one “victim” Renzi had allegedly extorted — to change his testimony and make it unfavorable toward Renzi in order to ensure a conviction. As the hearing was ending, the shocking bribery was exposed, Judge Bury told chief DOJ prosecuting attorney Gary Restaino he wrongly violated Renzi’s rights.

Who is Restaino and why was he so intent on convicting Renzi that he would violate the law? His wife, Leezie Kim, worked closely for former Arizona Democratic Governor Janet Napolitano, and Renzi had been rumored to be a potential contender against her for governor in 2006. In 2003, Kim took a sabbatical from Quarles Brady where she was an attorney to serve as the executive director of Napolitano’s Governor’s Citizens Finance Review Commission. She became the treasurer of Napolitano’s 2006 gubernatorial campaign and the treasurer of the Competitive Edge PAC in 2007, which was primarily started to support Napolitano.

Kim next became Napolitano’s general counsel in February 2008, and after Napolitano was confirmed as Secretary of Homeland Security, joined her in Washington as a deputy general counsel. Kim left Washington in 2010 after news reports indicated that she was involved in efforts to limit responses to politically sensitive Freedom of Information Act requests. In addition to these active roles, Kim also donated $400 to the Arizona Democratic Party in 2005 and $928 to Democratic candidates in 2008.

Like his wife, Restaino is also a staunch Democrat who has donated to numerous Democrats in the past, including Barack
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No one in Florida tracks police shootings


Published: Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 6:06 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 6:06 p.m.

Police shoot someone in Florida on average once every three days.

But Danny Banks doesn't know that. He's the special agent in charge for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in central Florida.

Seventh Circuit State Attorney R.J. Larizza didn't want to hazard a guess on how often police use deadly force.

State Rep. David Santiago, R-Deltona, and other lawmakers thought the information was readily available and were shocked to learn it wasn't.

Not even the FBI is aware of how often police in Florida use deadly force. Cities aren't legally required to report officer-involved shootings to the FBI, and many of them don't. Nor does any state agency track officer-involved shootings.

It took hundreds of public records requests, and combing through hundreds of media reports, for The News-Journal to uncover how often police shot people in 2013 and 2014 in Florida. Many agencies cooperated and turned over records, but others put up substantial barriers, charging hefty bills to provide the information and refusing to answer questions
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When states charge for public defenders, poor defendants are doomed

Making indigent people on trial pay for bad representation helps ensure they won’t be well defended – and their inability to pay up is another legal ding
We are creating an infinite regression that traps poor Americans in the justice system. Photograph: Alexander Kozachok/Getty Images

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We usually lay blame at the feet of wardens and corrections officers for inmate recidivism. They didn’t offer enough treatment. The staff is abusive. Prisoners are discharged without education or job skills.

But the creeping trend toward requiring indigent defendants in the US legal system to pay for public defenders proves that recidivism starts before any defendants even hit a correctional facility – and that it springs directly from the process that was designed to defend them. They receive substandard representation that essentially guarantees convictions and incarceration. They are saddled with the bills for this representation and incarceration and then it becomes a crime not to pay them.
Donate blood or go to jail: when did US judges become vampires?
Steven W Thrasher
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Since 1963, when the US supreme court decided Gideon v Wainwright, any defendant who can’t afford an attorney is entitled to have one appointed to protect the right to counsel as provided in the sixth amendment of the US constitution.

While the phrase “absolutely free” doesn’t appear in any of the supreme court decisions on the right to counsel, neither do the phrases “at cost” or “on layaway”. Public defenders are supposed to be appointed at no cost to the defendant – not because of a legal requirement, but out of fairness and common sense, to give everyone equal access to t
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Can the Government Put a Price Tag On Your Right to Choose Your Lawyer?
Posted: 11/12/2015 11:07 am EST Updated: 2 hours ago

When, if ever, can the government effectively prevent a criminal defendant from using their legitimate assets to hire a lawyer? That's the fundamental question that the Supreme Court confronts in Luis v. United States--a question that implicates the integrity of the criminal justice system. The Court should squarely hold that the government cannot "freeze" legitimate assets a defendant needs to hire the advocate he or she believes will best represent them at trial, simply because there is probable cause to believe that the defendant has committed a crime.

In 2012, the federal government charged Sila Luis with conspiracy to commit Medicare fraud. The scope of the alleged fraud was staggering--over $45 million, stemming from claims for home health services that were neither medically necessary nor actually performed. The government invoked the Fraud Injunction Act, a federal statute that authorizes a "restraining order" against assets when a person is "alienating or disposing of property, or intends to alienate or dispose of property" that is "obtained from" or "traceable to" certain federal offenses. In such cases, § 1345(a)(2)(B) permits a court to prohibit the use of either tainted property "or property of equivalent value" before trial in order to ensure that sufficient assets are available to satisfy any judgment. But rather than just freeze the allegedly tainted property, the federal government asked the district court below to freeze all of Luis's assets, including those that were not even allegedly obtained through fraud. The district court did so.

It is highly questionable whether the Fraud injunction Act authorizes the restraint of all of Luis's assets. As an amicus brief filed by Americans for Forfeiture Reform points out, the relevant statutory provisions are written in the present tense, strongly suggesting that the statute is designed "to stop fraudulent conduct before or while it is happening." The district court, however, concluded that Luis "has alienated or disposed of property, and
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Unaccounted For: Hundreds of Guns Lost or Stolen From Bay Area Police Agencies Since 2010


An NBC Bay Area investigation uncovered hundreds of guns missing from Bay Area law enforcement agencies, stolen from officers’ homes or vehicles, or simply unaccounted for. The BLM, the agency responsible for the gun that killed Steinle, did not respond to NBC Bay Area’s open records requests submitted in July, shortly after the shooting, and the question of how many firearms that federal agency can’t account for remains open. Stephen Stock reports in a video that first aired on Nov. 16, 2015. (Published Monday, Nov 16, 2015)

An NBC Bay Area investigation into the loss and theft of police firearms uncovered more than 500 weapons have gone missing from eight different law enforcement agencies, including the California Highway Patrol, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration and six local departments since 2010.

The investigation found the problem of lost and stolen law enforcement weapons goes far beyond the gun stolen from a Bureau of Land Management ranger’s vehicle in San Francisco. That gun was later tied to the shooting death of Kate Steinle on Pier 14 in San Francisco on July 1, 2015, police confirm.

NBC Bay Area’s investigation uncovered hundreds of guns missing from Bay Area law enforcement agencies, stolen from officers’ homes or vehicles, or simply unaccounted for. The BLM, the agency responsible for the gun that killed Steinle, did not respond to NBC Bay Area’s open records requests submitted in July, shortly after the shooting, and the question of how many firearms that federal agency can’t account for remains open.

The NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit filed California Public Records Act requests with law enforcement agencies at the federal, state and local level following Steinle’s death, seeking records pertaining to the loss or theft of law enforcement firearms. In the Bay Area alone, six local law enforcement agencies can’t account for at least 379 firearms since 2010 because of loss or theft. The weapons unaccounted for include military grade assault rifles such as AR-15s and M16s, sniper rifles, shotguns, a gas grenade launcher and hundreds of handguns. The vast majority of those weapons have never been recovered.

We Investigate: More from NBC Bay Area's Investigative Unit

One agency, the Oakland Police Department, refused to turn over records or say how many guns the agency couldn’t account for, saying the records were exempt from disclosure as part of criminal investigations, even though other law enforcement agencies readily turned over similar records.

Out of the six local law enforcement agencies that provided records to the Investigative Unit, the San Jose Police Department was responsible for 324 firearms discovered missing during a 2010 audit of the department’s inventory. San Jose Police gave NBC the entire audit and was transparent about the problem of unaccounted weapons there.

"Back in 2010, we proactively did an audit of the range and we discovered that we have about 300 guns that are unaccounted for," said deputy chief Phan Ngo. "Totally unacceptable."

Ngo said decades of poor recordkeeping is to blame for the missing guns and that inventory controls have been tightened since the audit.

"I’m always concerned when we have about 300 guns that are unaccounted for," he said. "We’re doing our best to ensure that the situation doesn’t occur again in the future." Even so, Ngo admitted only a handful of those missing guns have been recovered or located to this day.

The majority of the missing weapons from San Jose police were handguns issued to officers. But the department’s audit also discovered they were missing six sniper rifles, two M-16 rifles, 10 40mm launchers, and 49 shotguns. According to police records, only 16 of the lost guns have been located since the audit, which also found 2,448 of the department’s weapons were never
registered with the U.S. Department of Justice.
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A large body of evidence exists that local,state and Federal law
enforcement has worked closely with the CIA to destabalize our cities
by bringing heroin and cocaine into our cities and towns

just Google CIA heroin cocaine

couple of stories, one about a DEA agent
one about a FBI agent


Retired lawmen aid in defense of former federal agent


Published: November 22, 2015

TAMPA — Former federal agent Robert Quinn pleaded guilty to a federal crime on Friday, but he still has the admiration and loyalty of fellow retired lawmen.

About 20 federal agents — most of them retired admire and respect Quinn so much, they chipped in to pay for Quinn’s legal defense, according to Bob Mazur, a retired U.S. Customs and Drug Enforcement Administration agent who organized the collection.

Retired DEA Agent Quinn, 58, of Largo admitted he lied to FBI agents to cover up the possible crimes of a friend who was another retired DEA agent. The friend had been handed a shopping bag with more than $200,000 in cash to help a convicted marijuana importer win release from prison, according


Justice For John
Justice for wrongfully convicted retired FBI agent John Connolly


Bio of John Connolly

John Connolly is proud of his having grown up in South Boston in a hard-working family of very modest means. Under such circumstances, he greatly appreciated the opportunity to attend and graduate from Boston College, to attend Suffolk Law School, and earn a graduate degree in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Today he is married to a wonderful supportive wife, and is the proud father of three terrific teenage boys. It should be of no surprise given his background, that he became a highly decorated and respected FBI Special Agent for approximately 23 years. John retired from the FBI honorably in 1990, accepting the position of being the Director of Government Affairs for one of New England’s largest utilities.

John Connolly retired from the FBI with numerous commendations for his investigative accomplishments in the field of organized crime. These numerous commendations, documented in court records, included eight (8) personal commendations from every FBI Director, from J. Edgar Hoover to Judge William Sessions. To read the commendations click here.

John Connolly, for the majority of his FBI career, was a street agent who put his life on the line by dealing – at the behest of the U.S. Department of Justice – with some of the most dangerous individuals in the world. In 1973, John first became assigned to the FBI office in Boston, and remained in this assignment until his retirement in 1990. He was primarily charged with developing so-called Top Echelon Criminal Informants, and this effort was particularly successful in New England.

The FBI’s Top Echelon Criminal Informant Program was at the time relevant to John’s career deemed to be a secret FBI program. It was designed by the FBI to recruit high-ranking criminals as informants in the U. S. Justice Department’s war on the American Mafia.

John Connolly was advised by FBI headquarters that he had developed more “member sources,” actual Mafia members, as Top Echelon informants, than any other FBI Agent and was periodically assigned to lecture to other FBI agents at the FBI Academy

Google CIA heroin cocaine
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Why Did The FBI Redact A Judge's Comments Mocking The FBI?


December 1 2015

Why Did the FBI Redact a Judge's Comments Mocking the FBI?
The government hides information all the time, for a variety of reasons. As a recently unredacted court documents show, some of those reasons are flabbergasting-dumb.

Yesterday I wrote about Nicholas Merrill, a man who beat an 11-year gag order from the FBI to talk about rejecting a National Security Letter request for his internet service customer’s information. Merrill was able to publish a version of the court’s decision in his favour without redactions.

As blogger Marcy Wheeler pointed out, comparing the unredacted court decision to vacate the gag order to the previously-published redacted version makes it clear that the FBI used redacted to hide remarks from US District Judge Victor Marrero explicitly mocking the FBI’s choices to hide information in the case, including the FBI’s insistence on redacting a single “s” at the end of the word “numbers.” (She underlined the information originally redacted; I bolded it.)

As another example of the extreme and overly broad character of these redactions, the Government apparently believes that while the public can know that it seeks records of an “address” and a “telephone number,” there is a “good reason” to prevent disclosure of the fact that the Government can seek “addresses” and “telephone numbers.” (See Gov’t Mem. Attach.) In any event, based on the Government’s redactions alone, a potential target of an investigation, even a dim-witted one, would almost certainly be able to determine, simply by running through the alphabet, that “telephone numberll” could only be “telephone numbers.” Redactions that defy common sense such as concealing a single letter at the end of a word diminish the force of the Government’s claim to “good reason” to keep information under seal, and undermine its argument that disclosure of the currently-redacted information in the Attachment can be linked to a substantial risk of an enumerated harm.
Marrero’s comment that some of the information that the FBI was redacting was already common knowledge was — you guessed it — also completely redacted:

10 Also interestingly, the Perdue Declaration argues that the category of “[a] ny other information which [the recipient] consider [s] to be an electronic communication transactional record” should not be disclosed. (See Perdue Deel. , 70.) However, this category was not redacted by the Government in its submissions or even in the Perdue Declaration.
These redactions are a clear overstep on the FBI’s part. What’s the argument here? That national security will be threatened if terrorists realise a judge thinks the FBI is employing daft secrecy fetishists with poor abilities to make distinctions between actual state secrets and accurate insults? I didn’t realise getting brutally owned was classifiable.
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LAPD misclassified more than 25,000 serious crimes as minor, audit finds

A report shows LAPD misclassified serious crimes, ommitting them from the tally of violence over the past seven years.

Poor training, an error-prone records system and widespread confusion among Los Angeles police led to thousands of serious crimes being omitted from the city's tally of violence over the past seven years, an audit by the department's independent watchdog found.

In the report, which was released Friday, Inspector General Alex Bustamante estimated the LAPD misclassified more than 25,000 aggravated assaults as minor incidents from 2008 to 2014.

The errors meant the number of serious attacks would have been 36% higher than what the LAPD reported during that time, the audit found. Aggravated assaults are included in the department's official count of crime, while the less-serious incidents are not counted.

The number of misclassified crimes was not large enough to alter the overall crime trends reported by the department from one year to the next, which included a steady drop in violence until 2014, when the crime rate began to climb. Bustamante's report echoes the findings of a Times analysis in October that also concluded the department misclassified thousands of crimes during an eight-year period ending in 2012.

However, the inspector general, who had far greater access than The Times to crime reports and other internal LAPD documents, found considerably more errors.

The inaccurate statistics "were due to a combination of systemic issues, procedural deficiencies, department-wide misconceptions about what constitutes an aggravated assault, and, in a small number of cases, individual officer error," the audit found.
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In one startling finding, Bustamante wrote that a survey conducted by department officials in recent years found roughly 70% of LAPD personnel had received "little or no training" on standardized rules for reporting crime that are set out by the FBI.

The internal survey also found there was "some confusion" within department ranks about who was responsible for entering the information about incidents into the agency's crime database. And watch commanders, who serve as station supervisors, often wrongly refer to the state's criminal penal code when making decisions about how to classify crimes instead of FBI guidelines.
LAPD underreported serious assaults, skewing crime stats for 8 years
LAPD underreported serious assaults, skewing crime stats for 8 years

The widespread shortcomings gave rise to a host of problems.

When completing reports on domestic violence cases, for example, officers and supervisors often failed to specify if the attack was a serious or minor offense under the FBI rules, Bustamante wrote. Without knowing which to choose, station clerks "defaulted to the code indicating simple assault," when documenting incidents into the department's crime database, Bustamante found. One-fifth of the misclassified incidents identified by the inspector general fit this pattern, the report said.

More than a quarter of the errors were due to the LAPD failing to count cases in which suspects brandished weapons as aggravated assaults.

The police commission, a civilian board that oversees the LAPD, instructed Bustamante to conduct the audit after a 2014 Times investigation that examined 12 months of LAPD crime data and found widespread errors in how assaults — including hundreds of stabbings and beatings — were classified.

In response to that report, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck publicly acknowledged problems with the department's process for recording crimes. He launched a series of changes aimed at improving internal accountability and the training officers receive on how to classify crimes.

The reforms implemented last year center around a newly formed team of detectives responsible for improving the quality of the department's crime reporting. Known as the Data Integrity Unit, the team has retrained hundreds of officers who have a role in classifying crimes. The unit also now conducts spot checks on crime reports from across the department's regional divisions in search of mistakes.

Bustamante concluded the reforms appear to be showing results as the LAPD committed errors at about half the rate of previous years in the first quarter of 2015, the audit found.

Saying the department had worked closely with the inspector general as he conducted the audit, Assistant Chief Michel Moore acknowledged that the department had made crime reporting errors. He said the reforms and increased oversight the department implemented following the Times investigation have begun to take root and are meant to improve the accuracy of crime classifications.

The audit, based on a random sample of 3,856 minor crime reports, did not address the issue of "reclassifications," which happen when a case is initially documented as serious but later downgraded to a minor offense. Last year, The Times obtained records on 53 incident reports and found that one-third were improperly changed.

"Numbers matter, especially when they are reported to the public," said Matt Johnson, president of the police commission. "The increase in aggravated assaults is very troubling and I wish it was identified sooner, but I'm pleased
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FBI investigating SAPD officers for mistaken beating of area man

December 8, 2015 Updated: December 8, 2015 3:17pm

The FBI has opened a civil rights investigation into the case of a man who was reportedly mistakenly detained — and severely beaten — by three San Antonio Police officers who were pursuing a suspect on the Northwest Side in May 2014.

Special Agent Michelle Lee, a spokeswoman for the FBI in San Antonio, confirmed the investigation Tuesday into the incident involving Roger Carlos but could not provide additional information. Carlos was left with serious neck, face and back injuries and partial paralysis or limited movement as a result of subsequent surgery, according to news reports.

Federal criminal charges — such as official oppression under color of law — have sometimes been filed against officers who use excessive force, but details are rarely made public by the FBI or federal prosecutors unless they obtain an indictment.

“Clearly it was a case of mistaken identity,” SAPD Chief William McManus told KENS 5, which first reported on the matter, last year.

Carlos was taking photos of a building in the 10600 block of Westover Hills that is his wife’s medical practice when he was approached by three officers around 2:30 p.m. on May 20.

The officers were members of a federal drug combat group known as the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area and members of an SAPD SWAT team who had been pursuing a suspect nearby who was wanted on a felony warrant, according to an SAPD incident report.

Josue Rodriguez Gonzalez, 27, fled from police away from Loop 410 along the Texas 151 access road before he exited at Westover Hills and ditched his car in the parking lot of a Rudy’s BBQ. The restaurant is a few hundred feet from where Carlos was standing.

The incident report released by the SAPD makes no mention of Carlos at all, and it was not immediately clear why.

“All three of them started beating me on the head,” Carlos told KENS. “It was unbelievable. I couldn't believe it was happening to me.”

Carlos told the TV station said he was struck about 50 times, even though he complied with the officers’ instructions and did not fight back.

Shortly after being handcuffed and explaining to officers that he owned the property, a fourth officer approached and said the suspect was in custody nearby, according to Carlos.

All three officers were originally given 15-day suspensions in late 2014, following an internal affairs investigation. McManus shortened all three suspensions to five days after follow-up meetings with the officers, records show.

Two of the officers are identified as Carlos Chavez and Virgilio Gonzalez. The third officer was not identified, because of the confidential nature of his position with SAPD. All three officers used accrued leave time instead of serving their suspensions.

Carlos was hospitalized after the beating. He was treated for a large gash above his eye and a broken tooth.

The swelling of his head was so severe, doctors performed a CT scan of Carlos' head and was partially paralyzed as a result of the ensuing surgery, according to KENS.

“I could understand taking somebody down hard. I can understand the need for that and securing them, but that's not what happened. I got on the ground, I was no threat to anybody, I was fully compliant,” Carlos told
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12/17/15 07:30 AM EST


Good Thursday morning, Illinois. Mayor Rahm Emanuel is still
struggling to regain his political footing more than three weeks after
the release of dashcam video showing a Chicago police officer fatally
shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.

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On Wednesday -- the same day officer Jason Van Dyke was indicted on
first-degree murder and official misconduct charges -- the mayor was
reminded how very real public anger remains over his administration’s
handling of the case. When he stood before a typically friendly crowd
at the Urban Prep campus in Englewood to students suddenly began
chanting “16 shots!” Elsewhere in the city, Department of Justice
officials were meeting with Chicago police brass as it dissects the
department’s practices.

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez is facing the same kind of
issues and her March primary opponents are seizing on her
vulnerabilities. Today, the clout-heavy Thornton Township Democratic
Committee is expected to formally endorse Kim Foxx, former chief of
staff to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.

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Congress adds contested cybersecurity measures to 'must-pass' spending

ACLU criticizes inclusion of Cisa information-sharing rules in
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Congress added some of the most controversial parts of the latest
cybersecurity bill to its gigantic end-of-year “must-pass” omnibus
spending package, including mandatory sharing of any consumer data it
collects with the Internal Revenue Service, FBI and the National
Security Agency.

Civil liberties experts said they were dismayed that Congress had used
the late-night bill to pass some of the most invasive parts of the
Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (Cisa).

“Once again, members of Congress are using the government funding bill
to pursue their extremist agendas,” said Anthony Romero, executive
director of the American Civil Liberties Union. “Sneaking damaging and
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FBI Official: The President Is Very Interested In Flooding This
Country With People From The Middle East For Some Reason
December 14, 2015 ·

James Kallstrom, a former assistant FBI Director, blew the “Obama’s a
secret Muslim” dog whistle on Fox News last night. There wasn’t a peep
of challenge from host Jeanine Pirro.

In a discussion about terrorism on Justice with Judge Jeanine,
Kalstrom announced, “I think Donald Trump had it largely right” about
barring Muslims from entering the country. “I mean, we need to take a
pause because it’s a joke,” Kallstrom said about our vetting process.
“We don’t have any idea who these people are.”

Host Jeanine Pirro interrupted to make the criticism more about
President Obama. “But the president knows this,” Pirro said pointedly.

And Bingo!

KALLSTROM: The president is very interested in flooding this
country with people from the Middle East for some reason.

PIRRO: Do you believe that?

KALLSTROM: Well, for some reason. I’m not gonna say what the
reason is but there’s some reason why this is happening. And why
aren’t the Christians coming into this country? And why aren’t some of
the others, you know, who are being massacred, not that the Muslims
aren’t being massacred, they are. And we have a lot of great Muslims.
Look at all the Muslims on the New York PD…

Pirro has an unhinged hatred for Obama, so it’s no surprise that she
would not challenge this outrageous statement.

Watch it below, from the December 13 Justice wit


FBI lawyer helped destroy
TWA Flight 800


In August 2003, a former U.S. attorney in the Clinton administration,
Valerie Caproni, was appointed to the top legal job within the Federal
Bureau of Investigation – that of general counsel. As such, she
provides legal advice to the director and other FBI officials and,
among other duties, coordinates the defense of civil actions filed
against the United States for the official acts of FBI employees.

"This is the coolest job in the world," the 5-foot-tall Caproni
recently told Robert Vosper, author of a 4,000-word profile on Caproni
in the Corporate Legal Times titled, "The Chosen One." "I can be doing
national security stuff in the morning, a Patriot Act issue after
lunch and an employment problem in the afternoon."

Caproni, however, has a clouded legal past that provides an
unfortunate study in how the national security apparatus can function
if placed in the wrong hands. Working in the Clinton Justice
Department, Caproni did not need the Patriot Act to go awry.

The co-author of this article, James Sanders, learned about Caproni
early in his investigation into the crash of TWA Flight 800. Within
days of the crash, it was she who illegally took the investigation
away from the National Transportation Safety Board and gave it to the

The relevant law [Title 49, section 1131(a)(2)] reads as follows: "An
investigation by the Board ... has priority over any investigation by
another department, agency or instrumentality of the United States
Government." The "Board" in question is the National Transportation
Safety Board. In other words, a "parallel" FBI investigation is by law
inferior to the NTSB investigation.

Caproni, as head of the Justice Department Criminal District, Eastern
District of New York, knew the law. She knew that the FBI was the
subordinate agency. She knew that the NTSB could not legally be
restricted in its pursuit of information. Still, in spite of the law,
she used the full weight of the Justice Department, and the
intimidating presence of the FBI, to order the NTSB witness group to
cease and desist all of the critical eyewitness interviews.

"As for the charges that she and the FBI took over investigation,"
writes Vosper casually, "Caproni says she is guilty." The FBI never
did declare TWA Flight 800 a crime scene, the only possible
justification for Caproni's intrusion. An NTSB document reveals that
Caproni and the Justice Department took over the investigation to
ensure that only one story emerged from the witness interviews, the
official story, their story. In this, she fully succeeded.

Caproni, alas, was just warming up. Her second major transgression was
to place herself in charge of a grand jury investigating Sanders and
his wife, Elizabeth. Sanders had received a residue sample from a
source in the TWA Flight 800 investigation in his attempt to expose
potential criminal misconduct by the same FBI that Caproni herself had
illicitly imposed on site.

In the course of her investigation into the Sanders, Caproni crossed
over the line into criminal territory [USC Title 18, section 1001].
She did so by declaring in writing that she did not know Sanders was a
journalist, thus making it possible to seize his phone records and
ultimately his computer and the information contained within its hard

Caproni's purported ignorance of Sanders' profession defies belief.
She, in fact, first learned about James Sanders from an account of his
investigation in the Riverside Press Enterprise, March 10, 1997.
Sanders' name was easy to find. It was on page one, above the fold,
second paragraph of the lead story. To the immediate left of "James
Sanders" were two words that challenge Caproni's innocence . The two
words were "Investigative Reporter." Indeed, even the Corporate Legal
Times' profile on Caproni describes Sanders as a "freelance

It was Sanders' reporting that first alerted Caproni to the problem at
hand, namely that a journalist was probing into potential criminal
acts within the TWA 800 investigation – acts likely committed by
federal officials. These officials, she knew, included herself and the
FBI head of the investigation, James Kallstrom, who had been coerced
into cooperating. The conflict of interest here should have caused
Caproni to recuse herself. If not Caproni, her supervisors in the
White House, Jamie Gorelick and Janet Reno, should never have allowed
Caproni to pursue a case against her own potential accuser. But then
again, it was the future 9-11 commissioner Gorelick who had leaned on

When Sanders first met with Caproni in April 1997, he had no idea of
the hornet's nest he was walking in to. Escorted by Jeff Schlanger, a
former New York prosecutor, Sanders sat across from Caproni and a
senior FBI agent. A large video taping system recorded the entire
meeting. As part of the federal system used for video meetings during
times of crisis, it was hooked up to other systems in Washington, D.C.
as well as at the FBI's New York City headquarters. The Clinton
Justice department had its first look at the retired cop turned
journalist who threatened its grip on power.

At this meeting, Caproni told Sanders he would become the "target" of
a Justice Department/FBI investigation if he did not immediately turn
over the names of those inside the investigation who were assisting
him. Sanders refused. His attorney argued for Sanders' First Amendment
rights as a reporter. Caproni was not impressed.

The only words that count in a criminal case are those in the trial
transcript, spoken under oath. Sanders' attorney at the April 1997
meeting, Jeff Schlanger, was placed under oath at the Sanders'
criminal trial two years later. These are the relevant words from the
trial transcript:

Q: Did the government indicate at that meeting what, if any, actions
they were prepared to take with respect to Liz Sanders?

A: At the very end of that meeting there was a change in the status of
Mrs. Sanders from being just a subject in the investigation, to a
possible target in the investigation. And that was communicated
directly to myself and Mr. Sanders.

Q: And when you say [it] was communicated directly to you, what was
your understanding if she did not cooperate?

A: That the government would at least attempt to seek an indictment
against her as well.

Q: Now ...

A: It wasn't if she did not cooperate. It was if Mr. Sanders did not

The feds had a complete audio-video tape of the meeting. An FBI agent
at that meeting was in the courtroom, available to rebut this sworn
testimony. The Justice Department declined to engage further in the
issue. Why? The testimony accurately reflected what the Justice
Department video contained.

At that point the trial should have been over. The judge was certainly
aware that Caproni had crossed the line once again into unlawful
territory. Her threat against Elizabeth, now revealed in open court,
constituted "vindictive prosecution." Worse, it violated the civil
rights of the Sanders as no evidence was ever produced to validate
Caproni's rationale for targeting Elizabeth. Caproni had simply
exploited Elizabeth, holding her hostage to Justice Department
chicanery, in a last-minute gambit to get her husband to identify his

But the trial did not end with this revelation. Caproni had stacked
the federal deck against the Sanders. Both were convicted of
conspiracy to steal airplane parts – a law designed to protect crash
sites from scavengers. The mainstream media, so seemingly keen on
constitutional rights in the Ashcroft era, mocked the Sanders as
"conspiracy theorists" and generally applauded their conviction.

In the years that followed, as Sanders served out his three-year
probation, he often wondered why Caproni and her allies had hammered
him so. A summation of her arguably illicit acts defies easy
explanation. These include:

Illegally turning the TWA 800 investigation over to the FBI.

Leading a grand jury investigation of a reporter who was
investigating her own misconduct.

Denying in writing any knowledge that he was a reporter so she
could seize his computer and phone records.

Threatening the vindictive prosecution of Sanders' wife to force
Sanders to cooperate.

Making this threat knowing there was no evidence against Elizabeth

Overseeing the Sanders' conviction on irrelevant and gratuitous
charges, thereby silencing her most dangerous journalist critic.

Only recently, upon discovering another reason beyond the obvious, did
Sanders begin to understand Caproni's behavior. This reason, recently
revealed, is a jaw dropper. In that ill-fated summer of 1996, Caproni,
Kallstrom and other senior FBI agents may well have unwittingly
assisted Islamic terrorist Ramzi Yousef in his effort to destroy an
American commercial airliner.

At the time, Caproni was involved in an ongoing sting operation
against Yousef. While being tried in federal court for his role in
Operation Bojinka, Yousef's diabolical plot to destroy American
targets through the air, Yousef operated under the illusion of having
a safe telephone within his New York City jail

Yousef thought he was routing messages to the outside world through a
phone controlled by the New York Cosa Nostra. Five-time Emmy-winner
Peter Lance documents this thoroughly in his new book, "Cover Up." In
fact, mob informant Gregory Scarpa
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UC system divests $30 million in prison holdings amid student pressure

Inmates from California pass through a metal detector at the Florence Correctional Center, a prison operated by Corrections Corporationp of America in Florence, Ariz., in 2007

The University of California system has sold about $30 million of its holdings in companies that operate private prisons after students voiced their opposition to such investments.

The move, which did not require regent approval, came after system administrators met with students this month and as undergraduates throughout the nation have been pushing administrators to sell interests in fossil fuels and companies that aid Israeli occupation of the West Bank. In June, Columbia University divested from private prison companies after student pressure.

The total amount of the UC system prison sell-off is small compared with the system's nearly $100 billion portfolio, but students and alumni who have been advocating for the move say it is significant, at least symbolically.

"By selling their shares they're sending a message ... that the UC system is against human rights abuses," said Kamilah Moore, who graduated from UCLA in 2014 and is a field organizer for the Afrikan Black Coalition, a student advocacy group.

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Many students pushing for divestment are involved with black advocacy groups and say prisons have a large, adverse impact in their communities. African Americans make up nearly 40% of the U.S. incarcerated inmates even though they account for about 12% of the total population, accor
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The Huffington Post today was critical of the FBI lack of standards
in reporting police shootings/killing of civilians


The Big Problem With The FBI's Tracking Of Fatal Shootings By Police
A Washington Post senior editor says the agency did "a very poor job."
12/29/2015 11:26 am ET

According to a comprehensive report from The Washington Post, nearly 1,000 Americans were shot and killed by police in 2015. That startling number aside, another surprising finding from the data is just how little the FBI truly understood the breadth of police shootings in pervious years.

Washington Post senior editor Marc Fisher discussed the report with HuffPost Live's Alyona Minkovski on Monday, explaining that because most American law enforcement is decentralized and locally-powered, national numbers about killings at the hands of police were lacking -- until now.

"The FBI does make at least a partial effort to get this information," Fisher said. "They ask police departments across the country to voluntarily report fatal shootings by their officers, but only a small number of those departments bother to do that, so the FBI's reports are extremely incomplete, which is what we found this year when our tally came up with three times as many fatal shootings as the FBI had in each of the preceding nine years."

That doesn't mean there was a huge increase in fatal shootings by police this year, Fisher said. Instead, the numbers show the FBI's deficiency in investigating the data.

"What's going on is the FBI was really doing a very poor job of collecting this information, which they'
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